Everyone has created a measure of difficult karma, it is only a matter of degree, but our inner power to triumph over it is real and must be affirmed. And the challenges of our difficult path provides us with the resistance that catalyzes our inner growth and also awakens in us a wisdom in action that is useful to others.
The levers of love and service are powerful and by them we can transform our world. It is time to emerge from the preoccupation with ideas of a weighty personal karma and realize that it is the karma of the whole of humanity which is our main concern and it is that to which we must attend. And in the realization of this wider destiny we gain the strength of spirit.
“A cosmogonic Hindu tale relates “There lived long ago a terrible monster who devoured people. Once the monster was pursuing an intended victim and the man, seeking to save himself, plunged into a lake. The monster sprang after him, but the swimmer threw himself on the back of the monster and took firm hold of its projecting crest. The monster could not turn over on its back because its belly was unprotected. It rushed about in a furious course, waiting for the man to become exhausted. But the thought came to the man that, in maintaining his desperate plight, he was saving humanity, and with this pan-human thought his strength became unlimited and inexhaustible. The monster, meanwhile, increased its speed until sparks formed a fiery wake. Amid flames the monster began to rise above the earth. The universal thought of the man had uplifted even the enemy.” Agni Yoga Series – Master Index – ENEMY
Looking out upon the world, or back upon our life, it may sometimes seem that a beautiful change is not possible. The weight of the world and its chaos seems overwhelming. And it is the same when, at certain stage, we confront the burden of our own chaos. The pain and chaos of the group and the personal worlds mirror each other.
But there is a moment of realization, the moment when we wake to inner power and divinity. In this revelatory light, all things look different, and all things look possible. There is then no barrier too high and no way too difficult. We come to know then, with certainty, that the ultimate triumph of the good is inevitable. No matter the history or the long chain of dark days. It becomes clear that no circumstance and no limits can ultimately withstand the transformative energy of spirit. No cycle of chaos will remain unbroken. The power of divinity spirals up irresistibly and may not be denied. No human construction can long withstand it. There will be a new world in the future, and it will be good beyond dreaming.
“Love, from its awful throne of patient power
In the wise heart, from the last giddy hour
Of dread endurance, from the slippery, steep,
And narrow verge of crag-like agony, springs,
And folds over the world its healing wings.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley
Portions adapted from my work: Morphing with Light