… continued from last weekPrime Minister of India in his speech at UN said ‘“We can achieve the same level of development, prosperity and well-being without necessarily going down the path of reckless consumption. It doesn’t mean that economies will suffer; it will mean that our economies will take on a different character. For us in India, respect for nature is an integral part of spiritualism. We treat nature’s bounties as sacred. Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies
Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.” The inner world of thought and the outer world of physical phenomena are actually not separate worlds or systems. They are part of the same “causal continuum”.
The outer physical phenomena begins as inner subtle phenomena—impressions, thoughts and feelings. We must always remember that our experiences, impressions and thoughts can change even a long held awareness. For example, the astronauts and cosmonauts would have believed they were part of a large, solid, and stable earth until the moment they found themselves in space looking out of the window of a spaceship and seeing the lovely Earth spinning slowly in the vast ocean of space like a small blue marble. After that experience, many of them spoke of Earth’s vulnerability and of “Spaceship Earth”.
In this causal continuum, our awareness naturally produces a certain kind of attitude. Our thoughts and feelings emerge naturally from the attitude we hold and our attitude also causes us to see things in a certain way. Because we see things in this way, we take a certain kind of action, in turn creating a certain kind of world. So if we intend to find solutions to chronic problems such as degradation of the earth’s environment, we must go to its roots and if we want to change the world we are continuously recreating, we need to go “upstream” of laws, treaties, and policies designed to police actions, because with those actions we are working at the end of the causal continuum.