[Economic Karma, Con’t …]

As our economic karma sets governments around the world pouring trillions of dollars into their fledgling financial structures, we have all quickly become swept up in yet another delusion.


We’re not trying to figure out what we have been doing wrong all along. We’re trying to figure out how to fix things so that we can get back to living a life of mindless consumerism again.

The greatest tragedy of all is not the downturn in world economies; it’s not that we will probably be working harder and gaining less in the coming years; it’s not the increased tax burden that awaits us.

The greatest economic karma lies in the fact that we are still just heading down the same, unfortunate road. It may take ten years, or fifty years, or even another hundred before history again repeats itself, and our world once more comes crashing down around us.

At some point we have to realize that life is more than big homes, cars, gadgets, and fancy clothes; that happiness does not lie in the things that we own, but in the things that we do; that real fulfillment comes from the things that we uncover about ourselves while striving to lead a life of selflessness for the greater good of humanity.

We now stand on what could be our generation’s greatest threshold of opportunity, with a chance step bravely into a new, more enlightened way of living. Yet few seem to recognize the opportunity, and fewer still seem to have the courage to step through that doorway.

Sure, it would have been nice for such a big shift in consciousness to come easily and painlessly, but big shifts, as a matter of course, do not. Massive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions alter the landscape of this planet and so too do massive cultural and economic upheavals shake mankind from its slumber.

The quake of our economic karma has hit; we’ve all been stirred from our blissful dreams, and now it’s time to stop pointing fingers and to start coming to terms with the reality that faces the world — a reality that says its time to start living a more intelligent life.

Swami Gitananda used to tell his students, “You don’t have a problem, you are the problem!” We are, each and every one of us, responsible for our lives and all that happens to us.

In the same way that we have all created this nightmare for ourselves, we all have the power and ability to change it, to create lives of immensely deeper meaning and purpose, lives that are based on the foundations of wisdom and moderation, lives that show understanding of the interconnectedness of humanity and nature, lives that reveal love and compassion for all our brothers and sisters across the globe, and lives that reflect seeing the world as it truly is — not as we ignorantly and selfishly want it to be.

It’s time to realize the difference between our “needs” and our “greeds.”

Life can and should be a lot simpler. Once we embrace that fact, then we won’t get hit with another such painful bought of economic karma; we will never let ourselves be enticed by the golden calf down the road to ruin again. Then we, as a global population, will finally find peace, health, happiness, and everlasting prosperity.

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Yogacharya is the director of International Yogalayam, and Editor of “The Yoga News”.

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