Friday, April 1, 2016

Be Gentle

While we often revel in the belief that we are all here to fulfill some great destiny, that each one of us is special and unique in some way, let us also remember that with greatness comes the responsibility to care. Let us learn to walk gently upon the earth. For such a destiny is hardly worthwhile if it leaves within its wake a trail of emptiness and betrayal. Let us learn to walk gently upon the earth, aware at every point that what we take from her is always far far greater than what we will ever be able to give back. Let us learn to walk gently upon the earth, ever inspired by what we can achieve in this life, but also deeply cognizant of how connected we are to the earth, and how fragile our existence is, here within these physical realms.

In the Sanskrit/Vedic texts, there is a line that asks for Mother Earth's forgiveness that we place our feet upon her and weigh her down, ~ "Paadasparsham Kshamasvame ||" ~ "forgive me, Mother, for placing my feet upon you." Such is the level of reverence the ancient ways demanded of us for the earth.

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