This world did not get to where it is by swapping recipes or dancing hand-in-hand around the maypole. There are forces at war in every day, every country, every man. The sooner people realise that Shiva is alive and well, the better. What does war mean in 2013? It does not mean the same as war in 1939. No. It does not mean the same as Hiroshima. Nagasaki. War in 2013 means suggesting to aggressors that theirs’ is not a wise tack to take. Is it not an act of humanity, striking against what is wrong? There is not one American, or one British person, or in fact any educated person on this planet that would accept their entire town or city being murdered in their sleep by the government. Not one. Why should the Syrians stand for it? Who are they supposed to ask for help, if not the West? That puts the West in an awkward position. Do you pretend that what happened – is happening – in the Middle East is acceptable? Or do you condemn the massacre of innocent civilians with force? It depends on what language the murderers understand. If President Obama strikes against Syria, remember that he is not trying to take over the world. He is not doing a Hitler. He is authorising his military to protect the people of Syria. That this action would have widespread ramifications is clearly understood. I think everybody understands that it is not just Syria and America in the picture here. There will be retaliation and others will be drawn into the fray. Does that count as collateral damage? I wonder.
Let us not pretend there has ever been peace on this planet. There never has. What can we do about that? We can work towards it – the same way generations before us have been working towards it. It would seem that there is a permanent hitch with Israel and Palestine. They love this war-business. They should accept that their protracted battle over a piece of the EARTH is the work of fanaticism. It is holy land? Well then stop warring on it, over it. Respect its holiness. Give the Palestinians a place to become who they are, please Israel. Show your bigger heart. It means a dent to your pride, perhaps, but that is not the worst thing in the world. The amount of hatred directed at the Jews – for whatever reason anti-semites hate Jews these days – builds for them their fate. Do you not realise that hate rolls around, and around, and around? Someone, somewhere has to give ground. I don’t see where the Palestinians can go if Israel takes the land from under their feet. Must they now wander in the desert for 40 years? China, also, should stop stealing borders. They do not own the planet, they should be a lot more respectful towards it.
You cannot say that bombing Syria is like killing Syrians to stop Syrians killing Syrians. That is not what happened – is happening. That is overly simplistic and it is rubbish, besides. Is bombing Syria perhaps a necessary protest, a stepping-stone in the bigger picture? Think about it. When do you stand up and say no? When enough, is enough. Where is humanity if the Syrian government can kill its people with impunity whilst the rest of the world stands by and watches? I wonder.
There are conditions for flight. That is the first thing to understand. Before you fly, you need to know where you are going. Up – or down – is not enough information. Should you imagine for one moment that flight is not what you are made for then please correct that bit of misinformation for yourself. You are made to fly. How you manage that feat is up to you. Train your mind. Train your body. Free your heart. Open your consciousness out, lay your thinking bare and find what parts of it are worth keeping and which parts are worth losing. To fly – you must travel light. If you have too much baggage on your mind, you cannot find lift. That is how it is.
Fear plays a big role. Imagine letting go, letting yourself free to think and be and trust and love and live and learn and understand. That is all in your power. When you want to understand the power that you can unleash as a human being you must immerse yourself in your emotions. You will be astounded by their strength. Look at what you feel most strongly about in your life. There will be something. If what you feel strongly about is negative then you are doing yourself a disservice. You are taking your psyche down without supervising its transition and that is not responsible. Be responsible with your thinking, your thoughts. You cannot allow negatives to dwell in you. You decide what – and who – affects your life. Know that you are not on this planet to avoid your feelings. You are human. Your privilege is to feel – do not disrespect Nature by ignoring your own say-so. You must face your feelings if you are going to fly. It is up to you when you are ready for that adventure, it is up to you when you take flight. It is something you will know inside of you. You will know when it is time to let go of the branch to which you cling. There is no point holding on too tightly to the first branch you find yourself on. There is another branch with a better view. You have to trust your ability. For some people, the likes of meditation is flight. The stilling of the mind means the spirit can be free to feel how it feels to be. When you can invite yourself into a state of being that allows you to feel what it is to be human, then you can understand yourself, your purpose. You have to focus on freeing your thoughts. You should not cling on tightly to them, either. There is a way of having thoughts and letting them slide by without fixating on any single one of them. Observe what you think and consider the quality of your thoughts. Your thoughts are energy. When your mind thinks freely, creatively, it flies. You just have to hope that it is a homing pigeon. The adventure to be had out there in the wilds of the mind is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it likely that your mind will wish to return to the mundane reality of daily existence in this dog-eat-dog world. The wilds of the mind are unlike anything you will learn on earth.
Flight must be kept in context. Should you wish your mind and soul to fly, do not think of flight as in fleeing – you look at flight as in freedom. Freedom of spirit. Flight as in fleeing is something for animals that are going to be eaten. As humans, we should not feel the need to flee from one another. It is wrong that there are aggressors in this world. Who does each one think he is? That there are people loose in our world who will extort and kill or maim other people or animals is hard to understand. These people should be put in cages or put down. You have to wonder what you are if you will deliberately hurt another person, another creature. And we all know what deliberate means. Who does a man think he is when he murders someone? You cannot just decide another’s life belongs to you. If you decide that, you must know you are trading with your soul. Know that your soul will be haunted forever by the spirits of those/that made dead by your hand. You cannot escape the fact that you will atone – big time – for taking a life. That is why it is not easy to be trained as a soldier. To know that you might have to shoot someone to save yourself, your country, is not a knowing that will sit easy with any sane man.