Economic Recovery?


If you’re getting tired of hearing about the Economic Recovery in the
news, you’re not alone.  One day things are moving in a
positive direction, and then a few days later, “the recovery is slower
than expected.”

But the problem is not the economy. The problem is in
the linear way that we think. It’s in believing that things can somehow
move in a continuously straight, upward direction … bigger, better,
happier, healthier – a constantly increasing amount of worldly abundance
for us all!

Well, nature does not work like that. An economy cannot recover unless
it can also fall ill. For one to happen, the other must remain an
eventuality too. Hardship, though it is painful at the time, is not a
curse. It is a blessing. It presents us with the opportunity to learn
from our mistakes and to make better, wiser, more evolutionary
decisions in the future.

This economic crisis and economic recovery has revealed a lot of
lessons for a lot of people. In the end, those who are able to recover
a “saner” approach to life will have less painful experiences to face in the future. Those who limp
out of this challenge, only to stride back upon the same old road again
… well, sooner or later they will be given another chance to learn the
lessons they missed this time around. That’s the one thing we can
always count on!

This delightful article about change by Amma Meenakshi Devi
gives some good food for thought …

Passing Clouds… Changing Forms

By:  Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani

“All passes… perhaps two of the most important words in Yoga. All things change. The good turns to bad, the day to night, peace to war, darkness to light. On a more personal level, friendship turns to enmity, love to hate and some times vice versa. Nine times down, ten times up is the name of the game the Lord plays with us.

There is so much joy and delight in human life. The earth is truly a paradise, yet we humans have turned it into a hell! (It’s becoming hotter and hotter all the time isn’t it, in more ways than one).

Yet step back a moment and reflect. If we could make earth a paradise, then we would never strive to transcend body, emotions and mind! We would be so happy in our human lives we would never seek the Divine. That is why the Lord, in His infinite wisdom, has devised mosquitoes and flies (Have you ever tried to meditate with a fly sitting on the tip of your nose? The Lord is reminding you to transcend the body).

We must be grateful that all things pass, all things change. A static heaven with angels dressed in white singing Alleluyah to the Lord would get quite boring after a while! Even rivers flowing with chocolate and lollipop trees can only please for a short time. The pleasures of the senses have natural limits. Going beyond a certain point, all pleasure turns into pain as anyone who has tried to eat ten pieces of chocolate cake at one sitting will testify!

Yes! The Lord has created Earth Lokha only as a temporary dwelling and our bodies are merely “One Night’s Shelter” so to speak. Nothing on earth is stable. Nothing lasts! Yet, the human soul longs for permanence, a blissful state which lasts eternally.

The Lord has deliberately programmed that “yearning” into the human psyche, so that after sifting through the millions of experiences possible for us as humans, throwing each aside with a mutter: “Not this, not that” (Neti, Neti), we finally find what we have sought deep within ourselves and along with it a “peace which passes understanding” (the stilling of the whirlpools of a mind whipped into a frenzy by desire).

It is only THIS DEEP STILLNESS which lasts forever. Not us! We merge in THAT, dissolve in THAT! Realizing this truth, we can heave a huge sigh of relief!
Thank The Lord that all passes! For DEEP STILLNESS can never cloy! And THAT is ETERNAL!

All else is just passing clouds in an endless blue sky!

— END Economic Recovery —

About the Author:

Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani is the resident Acharya of Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, India. She is also the Director of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER), the Director of Yoganjali Natyalayam, and Editor of Yoga Life, a publication of Ananda Ashram. For more information, visit:

Meenakshi Devi BhavananiAmma ; Ananda Ashram

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