A revolution against racism and social injustice is upon us. Like the slow rise of water behind a dam, this revolution has been building for a long time. Finally, one drop too many fell on the rising water: the death of George Floyd while in police custody. This released the flood of global conscience which is sweeping away the long-standing barricades of racial injustice.
As well as outer events, there are unseen currents that direct human destiny: the influence of God and of Self-realized masters. That influence, subtle though it be, changes the course of world events much more than we realize.
In part this impact works through the Law of Karma.
Painfully or joyfully, karma teaches individuals and nations the lesson, “As you sow, so shall you reap.” Over time we come to realize that when we bring suffering to others, we ourselves suffer. By contrast, when we help others to achieve well-being, we find happiness for ourself. In this way the evolution of human consciousness takes place through the operation of higher laws.
Techniques of meditation that the Masters have brought also aid in uplifting humanity. The soul power awakened through God communion is invincible: greater than weapons, armies, or political control.
Mahatma Gandhi used this soul force to free India from British rule and to diminish the racism that has long been a blight on the caste system. In 1918 he started the Satyagraha movement based on non-violence and non-cooperation with foreign rule. For the next thirty years until the British withdrew from India in 1947, Gandhi and his followers used soul power to break the chains of colonial dominance.
Martin Luther King Jr., who led the civil rights movement from its beginning in 1955, was greatly influenced by Gandhi’s methods. Reverend King said that the Gandhian philosophy of non-violence was “the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.”
Knowing that humiliations and dangers lay ahead for his “freedom fighters,” King trained them to maintain their dignity and inward centeredness in spite of demeaning, brutal treatment. With deep faith in God, King’s followers drew upon their soul strength to overcome oppression and hatred.
Now we are at a moment in time when, consciously or not, we are being propelled forward by forces of social change. What can we do to add our energy to the wave of transformation?
Protests serve to bring racial injustices to public awareness and to awaken the demand for social change. Voting for ethical, honest leaders who work for the welfare of all also plays a vital role.
But those who believe in a just God — a large portion of humanity — need to awaken the soul force within them. Now is the time to make use of His gift of meditation, brought to us by enlightened teachers. Meditate, live in truth, share higher consciousness with all whom you meet, and use the immense power of prayer to bring about the needed changes.
Are you, or others you know, struggling with a sense of frustration or hopelessness as you confront the daunting challenge of effecting change in the world? If so, and if you haven’t yet learned to meditate, begin today. Make it a daily habit to awaken your own inner strength. Ananda offers a vast array of free online classes, guided meditations, inspiration, and personal instruction to help you get started, or to go deeper in your meditation.
The world is changing now, and according to the Masters, it will be for the better. If we look past the turmoil and uncertainty of these times, there are many hopeful signs for the future. People are beginning to realize how better to relate to the environment, government, and one another.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we hear a lot about “herd immunity.” The idea is that if enough people (80% of the population) develop immunity either through a vaccine or by recovering from the disease, the virus won’t be able to affect us.
Similarly, if enough people awaken their soul power through meditation and God-communion, humanity may develop “herd immunity” from racism, hatred, and injustice. There is so much we can do, and so much reason for hope for positive changes in society.
Let us join our soul strength with God and with one another in this effort.
With hope for a better world,