Some of my political activist friends say the urgent necessity in these times is to empower people.
It’s quite a valid proposal. Yet, aren’t they nurturing a mistaken assumption that politics is the way? Do you want to strengthen the working class? Good. Then why leave out the capitalists? Aren’t chief executives as frail and frightened within as a coolie? Same blood, same fears, just different attires and attitudes. Restore insight into both, so that the emancipation shall be comprehensive, collective. Yet, this is not done through legislation or street circuses. Each one is isolated in his or her narrow worlds. To liberate people, lead them to their real power.
Where does it lie? Where does the real power of a ceo or a coolie lie? It is in the source of their choices. To be materially rich or poor can be your choice. To consider oneself as rich or poor is your choice definitely. If you are a dalit, that’s your choice. If you are a beggar, that’s your choice. If you are a frightened divorcee, that’s your choice. You know you are not all these. Yet you beg for sympathies.
This is where you need to bring in the revolt or the revolution. How does one see the reality? How does one see the truth? How does one witness oneself in life? This is where the change needs to happen. All political and social revolutions are just mascara and lipstick. The real revolution is where one begins to see who he or she really is. Politics is easy as chewing and spitting off a bubble gum. Spiritual revolution? You’ll piss and moan if you are not ready for it.. Am daring you to be greater. Am daring you to get ready. Arm yourself with guns? Isn’t that a vital proof of your cowardice? Where’s your guts? Go to this one who will truly empower you and make you ready for anything : Your Heart <3
Gita (Ch 16, Verses 1-4) says: ‘Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life.’
This is a start. Aim for fearlessness first. Purity will come by itself. Dedicate yourself to the inner revolution. That’s Krishna’s advice.
‘Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve.’
Once our fears are healed, we would realise that giving is indeed receiving. This leads us to lose any urge to garner more. Such self control leads one to being sincere in one’s thoughts, words, and action. That’ll make you truthful and loving. One loves by serving others like oneself.
‘Realize the truth of the scriptures; learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation.’
The scriptures are a good tool to remember your own truth. Once, we see our strengths, then we rely less and less on external objects of the world. Hence, it’s a joyful experience to let go of all what we used to possess. This dropping is not making us fearful but more joyous.
‘Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all. Cultivate vigour, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, Arjuna, you will achieve your divine destiny.’
If you have no more needs in objects or people, then your anger goes. You don’t feel the urge to harm anyone. That’s the origin of compassion and gentleness in you. Your vigour is only to abide in your joyful truth, not anywhere else. Obviously, all malice and pride drop off from you. Then the door opens. The gateless gate. And you get glimpses of who you really are.
This is the real empowerment.
You’ll no longer see a working class or a ruling class. You’ll see only truth being hidden by ignorance or avidya in them. You’ll see no revolution is needed outside.
This is advaita’s joyful path to truth.