Nature, Morals and Spirituality

Wolves change an entire ecosystem. Apart from the interconnectedness of things, this gave rise to thoughts related to morals and spirituality. See the video first. And then perhaps my 2cents.

Nature and Morals

Nature does not do morals. In Her universal economy violence has as much value as compassion. Man considers himself superior to the animal, perhaps it is true when compared from one man to one animal, especially seen from each of their highest capabilities. But when viewed in context of their environment, the animal is so clearly superior in its individual and collective action. Man, with his divisive mind, is a creature of conflict. Man is torment both in isolation and in the collective. He is perfectly capable of perceiving subtle differences, and also capable of conjuring differences where none exist. And for example one has only to see how the non-East regions of this world, in its non-scientific modes of thought, views other societies and cultures.

Morals and Spirituality

True spirituality, once it transcends mere theory and hearsay, and ventures into seeing and experience acknowledges the utility of suffering and hardships. These lesser modes of Life are conventionally viewed as expressions of Ignorance or the Devil but once we have crossed the stormy oceans and reached the shores of certitude we realize the storms have made us more than what we were at the start of the journey. The shore comforts but our gratitude goes to the storm for strengthening our resolve and giving birth to endurance we did not posses before.

The Eastern religions in their profoundest moments venerate the Divine as Destroyer and the Terrible. The aspect of benevolence, the Friend of Man, and the Divine Beloved all exist. But we acknowledge too the Fierce and the Wrathful. For Nature is both benevolent and violent in her moods. And pursuing these trails within ourselves we find the Power that contains every mask that lures, deceives and bewitches us. Kali is our Mother too, as is Durga. All that is transient and of a lesser perfection is effaced by an unerring and benevolent violence. Kali wipes the slate clean. Painful but necessary.

Any contrarian views?

Aphorisms: Pain and Spiritual Freedom, West and Gita

To convict the soul of the spiritual freedom and erect a mental edifice of bounded ego will bear on itself the modesty of crucifixion as a progressive necessity of normal and tardy evolution and will delay the divine progression for a brief while.

Pain as a progressive necessity of an evolution caught in the mire of its own darkness – the representative figure or symbol of it in its partially awakened consciousness is the crucifixion of Christ – cannot be advocated as a supreme gospel of divine life upon earth.

Even though the promise of heaven is implicit in the Christian idea of self-redemption, it comes at the cost of a self-inflicted pain, an amputation of the Spirit and Life still worthy of evolving otherwise through the means of a higher Power and Consciousness descending through the stairs of the mind into the human frame.

Such a divine Consciousness, even when it has assumed a human form, will not digress from its own illumination and intricate self-existence or lose itself to the pressure of the Inconscient or to the term of Ignorance.

It is one of the most important ideas of the Gita that to be in self-weakness is a mistake, a spiritual regression into dismay and self-dejection has no honour in itself or in the world.

The spiritual warrior declines the way of pain and fights for the just cause of the inner or higher Deity, the Lord of all existence who determines everything according to a profound inner law of existence, where the human morality of self-redemption and self-forgiveness does not exist but only the ineffable movement of the highest Spirit.