SWAMI SHANKARATILAKA

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THE COMMON HOUSE part 1

by Swami Shankaratilaka

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The human being and his link with his enviroment

“Ayam bandhurayam neti ganana laghuchetasan Udāracharitānām tu Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”

‘Only small men tend discriminate saying: One is a relative; the other is a stranger. For those who live magnanimously the whole world constitutes a family.’ Maha Upanishad 6,72.

The human being is a God and a devil. The human being is a re-creator and a predator. The human being lives in two worlds. He lives in the world of everybody, that is, in the world of all species, of all beings, of all planets and all stars. And the human being also lives in his world, in his own world.

The two worlds in which the human being lives form an ecosystem aligned that interacts defending and assaulting each other.

The human being is the result, anthropological, of the evolution and development of the ecosystematic world in which he lives and at the same time, of the display of the galaxies, from the most remote ends of the universe.

The human being keeps within himself the reptilian brain from which the human brain has evolved and has in his cells the luminous radiation of the particles of the stars and the suns that light the cosmos.

We do not know, human beings, no similar one to us on the planet where we live. As we do not know any intelligent life in other planets, we cannot compare with it.

The human being thinks in himself, in the universe and in God in a way that links himself with this two big magnitudes. Sometimes in that thought the human being sees himself negligible and little, frightened and disturbed by the grandiosity of god and the greatness of the universe.

Sometimes he thinks that he is one with the cosmos and something more than the image and similarity of the Divine, that is, he thinks he is divine, he is god.

Since the human being thinks he calls himself “manava”. That is, he calls himself intelligent, holder of a mind, with capacity to give an opinion and have criteria, invent (recreate) and wish. That is, the human being has manas.

Because the human being has the capacity of doing thesis, praxis, and antithesis, elaborate doctrines, give answers and explanations to the misteries and the doubts that he has about the existence itself and be able of talking and conveying the knowledge he acquires with his mind to other human beings, that is, the human being has the ability of “vāda”.

The human being, therefore, in relation to his environment can become the protector, the carer and the re-creator, that is, cooperator of the divine doer if he honors his own condition and respects life within himself and in all the beings that cohabit with him. If he does so, he becomes the guardian of the life, in the “lokeshwara”, is the governor of his world. For that the human being has to develop “nirudhavigñya-manas”, a mind, his mind not disturbed, not affected by greed and, what we would call, deification or confusion of realities. Shrî Krishna reveals us on the Bhagavad Gîta in the sixteenth discourse, which deals with the discrimination between divine and evil natures, that man has a weak mind, vulnerable to arrogance, looses his purity, the righteous behavior and honesty:

Nashosam nā´pi chã´charo
na satyam teshu vidyate
Asatyam apratishtham te
yagad yãhur anîshvaram

“Without law in the universe, without religious foundations and without god that rules and punishes”.

When this happens, when the mind of the man has polluted, the man looses his role, his mission, his position facing the universe, the planet and the humanity and himself. Then man is no longer a “manava”, man is a predator animal. “Vyāda pashu”: an evil beast.

We know out of the history the horrors the human being is able to create. From his mind emerges the poison that pollutes families, villages, nations, rivers, valleys, mountains, atmosphere. From wicked emotions the human being breaks the Dharma, the law and balance with “himsa”, the most damaging and cruel violence that no other animal o species within the common house of the world develops and manifests against himself, his fellow men and against all. Even against the planet, putting his existence in danger.

Etām drstim avashtabhya
nashtātmano´l pabudhadayah
prabhavantir ugrakarmānah
kshayāye jagato´hitah
B.G. XVI / 8,9

 

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