I could not sleep the whole night. The longer I kept awake, the more news I was gathering. The more news I was reading, the more depressed I was getting. That kept me awake, like a vicious cycle…. feeling sad and depressed. People affected by this pandemic is growing day by day into more then a million and a half so far. I cannot imagine the number of people infected by the coronavirus and more depressing is the number of deaths .
No one could have imagined such a state we have come to . The numbers are not simply numbers on the screen or board ! These are human lives like you and me. No reason for these people to die like this. This is how pandemics have been throughout history. Wars, famines, diseases. But from what our generation can gather, we have not had a first hand experience of such nature.
Wars were fought by soldiers and in some far off land. Well, Tsunamis caused nearly this much havoc, but not in every country in the world. We seemed to have been doomed to all these catastrophic occurrences on and off. Yet we have not learned to live consciously recognizing the vulnerability of life on this earth. … Reminds me of the Mahabharata. Similar incidents took place. When we read all these historical events, one thing is common.
Man seems not to have changed. The basic qualities which started off for survival, has metamorphosed into a complicated and advanced level of dealing with each other and the world at large. Man has always fallen due to his ego and greed. Somehow we have not learnt our lessons looking at our history. Nothing seems to be different. The only difference will be that due to the growth of technology we have become more advanced in the way we react and act out the same things. It’s like history is repeating itself again and again. In these trying times, what have we learned ?
Have we learned to be empathetic ? Have we learned not to harm animals ? Have we learned not to rape the forests ? Have we learned not to harm each other ? Have we learned not to be racists and clannish ? Have we learned not to be greedy ? Ego and Greed have been our greatest downfall in our journey.
Have we not learned that we are no different from the next person ? Have we learned to see each other as ourselves ? Have we learned to share what we have with each other?Have we learned that our lives are ultimately fragile and mortal ? Have we learned that each breath that comes into us is not by our doing ? Have we learned that when the breath decides to stop, we have no power in the whole universe to stop it.
When will we learn that we are just a drop in the ocean. ? That every drop is the same as the other drop in the ocean. That every drop came together to become the ocean. And this ocean exists because of these each individual drops. These drops in fact merge within each other to form this vast ocean.
These drops are not different from each other. That you and I are not different. That you and I are the same. We are the same drop from the same ocean . When that is realized and understood, then ego, greed, hate, anger, jealousy, fear and all these negative traits won’t exist for that drop.
That drop recognizes that it is the only one existing in this vast ocean.
(By Reflections of a Pilgrim)