We have all read about celebrity suicides in the news lately. The number of famous people who are dying young, either through active suicide or passive suicide of drug overdoses and addictions bring the alarming increase of suicides to mind. Statistics show that the US has an increase of 30% more suicides in the last twenty years. We count the number of people who have been successful in committing suicide, but the number of those who are continually in a suicidal mode of mind, world-wide, is staggering. The one who lives in the grip of the disillusioned mind is already on the path to suicide. The person may live for 80 years, but that is only a number. The person is more dead than alive, deeply asleep and unaware of who they truly ARE!
Yes, the more people are into their electronic devices to escape the tyranny of their self-created phantom mind, the more there will be suicides. The virus of consumerism and mammon worship is also eating into the very fiber of human society. The old values are challenged every day! Money, glamour, status–that is a goal for many.
One thing is for sure; unhappy souls create unhappy situations and relationships in society. There are then more and more people who today or tomorrow take to suicide as the only escape. When will society realize that having material things does not create happiness? The poor children in Kolkata that we work with can be as happy as can be, and they don’t have a thing.
Who can stop this trend, this growing mental health issue? It is an epidemic! We can drive out smallpox with a vaccine, but what vaccine can we create that can take care of this illness? Yes, meditation, prayers, and love of God and goodness is the way, but then how can a unbalanced monkey-mind perceive all this high philosophy when it is divided by opposing thoughts?
There are very few true seekers of Truth since most people want quick shortcuts to happiness, and there are enough spiritual teachers to take care of this growing number. But how can we expect a major change in humanity? People will not learn who they truly ARE by scrolling on the news feed of the social networks for inspiration! We are moving further from our most precious goal: ATTENTION!
The parting message of a great Master was “attention, attention, attention!” It is only through attention that we come to realize who we truly are. Yes, that is what we lack, and that is what meditation and mindfulness are all about. We mustn’t jump from task to task, thought to thought, purchase to purchase, relationship to relationship! We need to first pause, relax, breathe, invoke the God in us, and set our compass toward inner self-study and reflection to find out Who dwells within!
In short, to be where and who you are needs you totally. It is not true that you are where your body is. Children’s bodies are at the study desk while their minds are out playing in the field. Spiritual evolution demands your attention, your intention and your devotion to the single goal of life, to be fully aware of your indwelling Atman, your Self, and to be who you truly ARE. There is no shortcut to Truth, for Truth needs you totally.
,As such, if we all are given attention, love and care from early childhood, all will grow up with a brain that is well developed and healthy. It starts in the early childhood. Let us never forget it is all in the “mind.” Mental health is most important and needs the culture of spiritual education. Meditation, mindfulness, prayerfulness, and soulfulness; these are the foundations of happy life on earth. Happy individuals can always create happy families, and happy families can create happy society. None of us can imagine the pain at the emotional level that one goes through before attempting suicide.
May we spread more awareness of mutual love and appreciation, and support so that no one feels isolated, lonely, or depressed to the point of slipping into the abyss where evil can possess and lead one to suicide. Humanity has to wake up and realize the responsibility of supporting all species of life, live and let live, and create a truly sustainable environment of mutuality and love, where all can live in peace.