Spiritual Responsibility and Social Justice


What does spiritual responsibility look like with the current unrest and injustice against black people worldwide? I’m struggling to understand what calling for social justice means and looks like in light of dharma and the spiritual path.

—A, US


Dear A,

Thank you for this question: right now it is on the minds of many devotees. Ananda’s leaders, Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi, have addressed this in a new video, “A Call to Action”.

Also, Devi-ji has written a letter addressing this. In it she writes:

There is a tremendous battle before us now to right the injustices that exist in the world and to reclaim this nation’s high purpose. Each of us must do our part as we feel within.

As devotees, we have both a personal and a social responsibility. First, we should redouble our efforts to achieve soul freedom for ourselves and others. Then we must humbly try to draw the divine grace that will raise global consciousness, which in turn will bring outer freedom for all.

You can also read Devi-ji’s full letter.

You might also be interested in the affirmation Jyotish-ji and Devi-ji created that we are repeating daily, “Be a Warrior for the Light”:

God’s light is within me and around me. With the sword of faith in my hand, with the love of God in my heart, I am a warrior of light. I join my brothers and sisters everywhere to overcome fear with faith, hatred with love, and disease with health. We all are warriors of light. We fill the world with God’s light.

Joy to you,