It would seem
that in the world at large there is not much order or sanity. Whole nationsand groups of people of different cultures, ideologies and beliefs are ready to kill oneanother at the least provocation. The old tribal mentality continues to breed havoc in theworld and the powerful continue to lord it over the weak. The invention of enemies seemsto have become a necessary adjunct of economic and industrial progress and war has cometo be accepted as a necessary evil. Faced with such evidence and with the increasing decayof ethical standards in the normal transactions of daily life, one cannot help but feel thattoday’s society is underpinned by greed and violence. This quality of covetous and aggres-sive energy is being cultivated everywhere as the very key to success. In the absence of anydeeply held humanistic values, the mass of mankind seems to have reverted to the oldsexual, territorial and hierarchical drives of its animal background, using ideologies andbeliefs as a necessary veneer of respectability. One has the feeling that this madness couldbe stopped and a world of peace and plenty for all be created overnight. But we evidentlydon’t intend it and the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place in spite of all ourknowledge of the scientific facts and their consequences.The evidence now at our disposal does not augur well for the future. Whether we lookatthe exponential rise in world population, the ecological problem, the universal culturaldecay, or the political and religious conflagrations currently brewing all over the place,wemay easily find ourselves feeling that our individual actions will be mere drops in theocean, and the thought that all the oceans are in that drop may be small comfort in viewofthe mounting threat to global survival.This global survival demands a radical change in our relationship with nature, witheachother and with ourselves. The pieces in this issue explore various approaches to thischange, including the needful protection of the environment, the question of the material-ity and transformation of consciousness and an inquiry into the structure of confusion.Theeducation section deals with the general question of insights in education and alsoaddresses the teaching of specific subjects in the overall context of learning. A report byRaman of his visits to the Ukraine, Turkey and Azerbaijan offers a touching glimpse of theactivities around K’s teachings in these countries.There is no escaping the fact that the individual, as the representative of mankind, is atthe centre of the whole problem. The crisis out there comes from within. This perception isin itself liberating inasmuch as it devolves full responsibility to each of us and reveals thepsyche as the holographic mirror of society. It is through insight into this microcosm thatthe wider world can be transformed. And this transformation hinges on the quality of time-less or undivided perception we bring to bear on all aspects of life. It is this wholeness thatmight put an end to the rising wave of destruction and violence in the world.
Javier Gómez Rodríguez, October 2006
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