Towards Higher Consciousness in the 21st Century
Global Sustainability, Peace and Total Wellbeing!
London, UK - 17 May 2007, 21:47 GMT
- When we look
at any complex global challenge which has hitherto proved to be intractable,
it appears to be deeply interlinked to other complex global challenges. When
addressing the subject of clean energy and climate chaos in developing countries,
one cannot ignore the parallel need to raise masses out of poverty. When examining
radicalisation in our society and the decline of moral and ethical values,
one cannot ignore the need for a spiritual awakening that takes human society
to a higher level of consciousness in the 21st century, so that humanity may
survive and thrive rather than carve itself and nature out.
Dear ATCA Colleagues
Re: Towards Higher Consciousness in the 21st Century: Global Sustainability,
Peace and Total Wellbeing!
His Holiness Master Kirpal has said, "Man is the highest in all
creation. All creation has been made subservient to you; all are lower than
you are -- animals, birds, reptiles. The laws of Nature you are controlling.
Man is next to God. So have reverence for all. God resides in every body,
whether high or low; have reverence for all who are over you, above you;
reverence for all who are around you; and reverence for all who are beneath
you, under you."
The most striking creativity one sees in any given country, community, or
company, is when each individual takes responsibility for his or her personal
growth, self sufficiency, and inner connection to their spirit manifest
as love towards one's own and all fellow beings via collaboration. Until
a kindred spirit -- an espirit de corps or a team spirit -- is cultivated
first and foremost in the individual, people tend to operate from a level
of personal interest instead of seeing all as a part of the 'whole'. When
kindredness or love is first and foremost, the life of the individual --
as a humble member of a team -- becomes an example and inspiration of the
'way' to be which is stated in all the faiths. The essential purpose of
each faith is to be a way to show higher knowledge with human interpretation
as inspired from the unifying Divine Light within. It has been proven that
higher consciousness brings in the understanding and compassion that each
individual is valuable and can contribute to the welfare of all in their
unique way. This is true philanthropos -- or philos which means love and
anthropos which mean humanity -- where each and every one is invaluable
and no one is superfluous. Money and materials are secondary even tertiary
and not primary drivers of global transformation -- for the real battles-of-ideas
are for hearts and minds and have to be won with love, trustworthy bonds
and common understanding.
What is the cause of violence towards fellow humans and our environment?
It is an internal lack of confidence in oneself -- a deep sense of insecurity
or injustice -- which contributes to indifference towards one's fellow humans
and nature in all of its forms. And as Mahatma Gandhi said, it is about
greed and coveting: "There is enough in this world for everybody's
need but not enough for everybody's greed." We are all essentially
spiritual beings, capable and designed to fulfil the divine intention of
Oneness and this is our natural flow. What is not natural is the misnomer
that one is unworthy and one needs to possess more to feel secure. This
idea of unworthiness can be due to past events and other peoples expressed
impressions or treatment of one, and one's own feelings of lack of self
As the Great Spiritual Masters have said, meditation is the sublime communication
with the source of love within. Contemplation is the reflection of one's
own actions and accountability, and Dharma is one's duty in life. As the
Holistic Quantum Relativity project has shown, Einstein's Theory may be
re-presented where the 'unified field' means unity. One can tap into this
unlimited experience and live unity. Unity is conscious understanding through
direct experience which proves everything is interconnected with its synchronicities.
This knowledge gives one the understanding that there is perfect order in
the universe, and balance must be maintained or is forced upon us.
Unity is also lived as Dharma, which in Sanskrit means righteousness, truthfulness,
compassion, and understanding. To realise one's own real nature is also
to experience and understand through direct knowledge the inner value of
all things in life. This gives deeper understanding of the value within
each individual, and the value within all forms of life. Non-violence is
a product of inner peace and unity. One who experiences this inner peace
reflects this in all areas of life and shares in life from this understanding.
With love non-violence becomes natural; from within, the thoughts become
more refined, more compassionate, and more attuned with the Consciousness.
The essence of love is to experience peace and this sublime bliss carries
one over in one's daily life.
Divine Light manifests as Supreme Intelligence or Wisdom and provides the
rules for balance and order; this is also known as the Universal Set of
Laws or the Divine Laws. One must live life in unity recognising all as
having come from the divine light within manifest as the love within our
heart, this is union or yoga. It is not enough to talk of this 'unified
field' of all possibilities; we must live it and BE it, if we are to begin
to tackle the complex global challenges of the world. The development, growth,
and greater potential of each individual must be recognized. As long as
one does not value themselves or see their own potential, they will not
value anyone or anything outside of themselves.
How are we to tackle consumerism and the desperate desire to acquire in
order to feel good? In and of themselves, material objects are for one's
use, they are neither positive nor negative. The misguided value an individual
places on themselves causes the internal stress that leads to the idea of
possessiveness. As long as one does not understand their own value, they
will grasp at material things, have addictions, and misuse others. Material
things do not cause violence. What does cause violence and destructive thoughts
is jealousy due to lack of self appreciation. From a higher perspective,
all material goods are due to the positive productivity of individuals,
and this enhances all areas of life. It is not just material wants that
cause pain. The desire to be accepted, have one's needs fulfilled, and enjoy
life, is a natural universal theme. Those who have the ability must educate
those who do not have the means to create their own self sufficiency. It
is the responsibility of those who have greater understanding to speak for
those who do not have a voice, and who do not have the understanding or
means to speak for themselves, hence the World Future Council, by way of
Non-violence (Ahimsa) can be sustained by the regular practice of union
with the spirit combined with higher education for all ages. The children
of today are our Leaders in the future. They must have role models. The
values of life must be re-presented to them, and the practical integration
of spiritual and self sustained living must be seen and experienced to have
effective changes. The practice of alignment of values should begin at an
early age. For adults, the practice of alignment with correct values leads
to better decisions, better living, and better ways of taking care of one's
life. The global economy will naturally improve with a higher level of individual
consciousness due to the natural unfolding of the unlimited potential within.
The experience of higher consciousness establishes the basis for maintaining
peace within oneself, which creates peace naturally in one's environment.
From this level of higher consciousness, this advanced science crosses the
boundaries of traditional science and scientific education in an innovative
and dynamic way. The spiritual understanding shows the interconnected value
of all life which creates and sustains unity. Through this integration,
the individual has a greater sense of responsibility; this effects the environment
and maintains non-violence through the appreciation of the inner and outer
values of life. The combination of meditation, spirituality, and education
provides the foundation for even greater economic potentials through the
individual's comprehension of obligations to family, society, and government.
Spiritually, at the level of love, the individual feels a sense of belonging
to humankind through the direct experience of "Oneness" within;
crossing boundaries of prejudice, and creating harmony in ones family, community,
nation, and extending into a global view of unity.
We cannot have an economically sustained society without the personal experience
of inner peace and love. Higher consciousness and the experience of peace
within give a self-affirming understanding of non-violence, promoting personal
productivity in all areas of life. Compassion combined with understanding
of spiritual values, reveals through direct experience the greater values
for all life.
Non-violence cannot be had by merely telling one who has very little to
desire even less. Non-violence is a product of higher consciousness due
to a cultured heart and increased intelligence. Non-violence means to not
harm, and this means respecting all life; the way we treat one another,
the way we treat animals and other sentient beings, and the compassion we
extend to other life forms and our own selves. We are Spiritual Beings and
this must be experienced, understood, and lived to be in unity for the betterment
of all life, the environment, and with each other. We can create a better
today and tomorrow. True and lasting peace on earth begins with each individual.
Through love and peaceful living, one gains the highest knowledge. The heart
becomes pure, and the mind has unlimited potential for receiving and retaining
education in any field of learning. The Educator has fertile ground in the
mind of the student, for each understands the greater potential, and each
understands and comprehends the more complex thoughts and ideas. Higher
consciousness, beauty and refinement, are results of this great potential.
Due to direct understanding of Dharma, one lives in the awareness of "cause
and effect" or the knowledge of self-affirmation. This leads one to
living the principles of personal duty, understanding equality, and transcending
false ideas of limitation and prejudice of religion, race, gender, or caste.
All that is needed to realize a better reality of life is to raise consciousness,
restore traditions of respect, and establish higher values in all areas
of life. This is up to each individual, and is a loving obligation for having
the gift of life.
Experiencing unity and self awareness is higher consciousness. It is a practical
means to peace, giving each person the ability to be self sufficient, to
be self-governing, and being able to add to the welfare of all life, while
experiencing Divinity within. We can create peace, we can create unity,
and we can be the Divine Spark that becomes the Living Flame. Like the sun
-- the creator of light -- we can shine our Light, which carries energy
and a profound appreciation for all life, touching each person, reaching
each country, and encircling the globe with this peaceful Divine Light for
an ecological, economically and spiritually viable, Sustainable World.
We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views.
For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency
ATCA: The Asymmetric Threats Contingency
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to resolve complex global challenges through collective Socratic
dialogue and joint executive action to build a wisdom based global
economy. Adhering to the doctrine of non-violence, ATCA addresses
asymmetric threats and social opportunities arising from climate
chaos and the environment; radical poverty and microfinance; geo-politics
and energy; organised crime & extremism; advanced technologies
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