(by Vipula Wanigasekera) Humans are locked down inside their homes, away from the rat race, deprived of enjoyment of wealth, position and fame. It is undeniable that Covid-19 does not recognize what is considered important in material world when it hits the human race wherever they are, if exposed. Ironically, this is no contagion for any other beings.
Much has been written on what Covid-19 has shown to the world already. There is however a promising chance to be seized specially by those who for sure, believe their lives are not going to be the same hereafter hence the need to clarify the so-called correlations of what they hitherto learnt in schools, colleges and spiritual ashrams. This is an invitation to a probe at one’s life story from a different perspective at this time of apparent despair.
One way or another, explicitly or otherwise, everyone including spiritual seekers, look for something better for ‘ the subtle egoic self, in the next moment’- both being fallacious and yet the ambitious world would embrace them regardless of the goal being ‘ ‘whatever success in the physical world and ‘enlightenment’ in spirituality.
Mankind has gone through these experiences from Spanish Flu to Bird Flu over the last few centuries and yet the true nature of life is overlooked, not only because we are trapped inside the mind made – four dimensional illusion, but our reluctance to go against the ‘ common wave’ in which the humanity is defined and interpreted in many fields from engineering to business and religion to science.
Covid-19 was hardly expected in this magnitude despite there were some predictions, underpinning the uncertain and changing movement of existence. Except for the humor in social media, there is suffering across the world and yet people do not believe that there was suffering all along, that was termed in modern days as anxiety, stress, worries, depression and earlier days as anger, hatred, grief, misery caused by diseases, hunger and poverty etc.
The belief in the ‘free will and choice’ – the biggest delusion in the human history which, the Covid -19 is revealing to some extent as an expression of the universe which calls for one response from the humanity, just one – Compassion!
Before we return to where we were prior to the onset of the pandemic, and some may not get there, grasp the possibility that the truth may not be what you thought it was. Is there a way out of the character in the movie, or the dream which is real only when dreaming?
Seeing this could well be the freedom which can hardly be expressed through the language.
( Dr.Vipula Wanigasekera is a Non-Duality and Buddhist Mediation teacher. He is a former Sri Lankan diplomat in Norway, tourism official and an academic who entered the study of spirituality.)