In spite of, and in some cases, because of, all the advancement in technology, humans in this world are now going through a difficult phase in their lives. None are spared. A case in point is how much the use of the internet and other technology influenced the social media and media coverage of the recent elections in the U.S.
It pains my heart to see that technology is silently robbing the heart of man. The future of humanity depends upon the universal culture of mutual and balanced relationships, loving empathy and compassion for one another. But the way the technology and economies of the world are moving, it appears to offer promises, but be bereft of heart. At times I become numb to hear of the demonic acts and agony that millions go through at the hands of fellow humans. My heart is in pain over what is delivered to humanity in the name of comforts and convenience which is also creating the plight of nature around the world. What has caused this degradation of nature? Man or technology?
Why are we humans, after having achieved so much, after being blessed with the gifts from the world of technology, still so restless? Why is there so much anxiety and fear stealing the peace of humanity as never before? Isn’t it true that somewhere we have gone wrong? All our dreams of finding peace and happiness in the world’s glitz and glamour are unable to deliver what we expected. Globally, the values of human life have been deteriorating very quickly, to a point we could face yet another catastrophe that might annihilate life on earth. It happened before, and it appears that it is moving again toward that tipping point of mass destruction.
Carl Jung said prophetic words about the human mind; “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Is it that technology, with all its glory, has been successful in pulling us outside to the objective world, and in the meantime causes us to overlook the eternal source of our inner life, the fountain of inexhaustible happiness and peace? Isn’t it true that we give more time to the screens of devices of communications than to our mental screen of infinite potential? Isn’t it true that being madly focused outside we have been moving away from our inner core, our heart, our center of the universe within, and gasping most of the time like a fish out of water?
Technology is not meant to bring unhappiness and misery to humanity, rather it is always trying to make life easier, happier, and merrier. But then why is the opposite experienced by the masses the world over?
Alcohol is not bad. But to be alcoholic is not a happy state! Everything in life in its extreme becomes a curse. Today technology not only has robots, but has been successful in creating millions of human robots all over the world; men and women are distancing themselves from each other as the devices are sucking all the juice of life. There is no more time for each other. No more true value in each other. In a mechanistic society the human relations are more and more mechanical now, devoid of love and harmony.
The brain may be excited with all the gadgets and devices and screens, but the heart and soul of humans long for a hug, a word of appreciation, thankfulness, gratitude, and the simple bonding of loving relationship. Nothing is as fulfilling as the bonding of a mother and child in an unconditional love relationship.
We need to bridge the gap between the inner and the outer, and between science and technology, with our simple, humble values based on the path shown by the Masters of diverse faith traditions in the world. We have to find time to see the footprints of these holy teachers in the sands of time. These teachers were born across the epochs, but have had a common message of love and kindness, and harmony and fellowship based on the principle of SPIRITUAL COEXISTENCE.
It is time we wake up to this spiritual inheritance, and open our hearts. We need to make sure that we are here on this planet not to destroy it with the fire of our greed, but here to develop the inner technology of spiritualizing our cells and mind. How wonderful it would be if we could be happy for no reason or be happy with less!
The world is enough proof of the fact that material abundance does not add to sustained happiness. Rather, it robs the dignity of humanity and saps the heart’s flow of love to the body, both at the individual level as well as the collective level.
We must have an openhearted technology of seeking one’s own self first, diving within the recess of the heart and in the quiet, listening to the whispers of the Divine Master. There we find our true self beyond the false persona of egocentric mind, and come to live in this most beautiful world manifested outside in a state of continual celebration. The Master designer has designed this universe to be a perennial celebration for all.