POINTS TO PONDER OVER
- What is knowledge and how is it acquired?
Many factors contribute to today's
imbalance. Can one list them according to the damage
If the damage has to be contained
and controlled, where exactly should one start?
In what way am I contributing
personally to this imbalance?
What should I do to mitigate this
imbalance and where should I start?
Collect all Baba quotes pertinent
to this Chapter.
Collect anecdotes relating
imbalance, detachment, proper perspectives
etc. [See, for example, the story narrated
by Swami in SUMMER SHOWERS IN BIRNDAVAN, 2000,
Here is one example of imbalance
created by corporate greed. Lately, the fishermen
of Senegal in West Africa are finding that
their catch is getting less and less. Reason?
Heavy fishing by mechanised trawlers from
Japan and various European countries. When
the fish population is demolished, the trawlers
go away to other areas. The local fishermen
have to stay where they are and suffer. This
is happening in many parts of the world.
In Goa, there was another
kind of trouble. The Government imposed a
ban on fishing for sometime, to allow the
heavily-depleted fish population to recover.
The depletion had occurred due to reckless
fishing, and the environmental groups had
campaigned for a temporary ban. But the fishermen
who did not understand anything about imbalance
and population dynamics, protested violently.
They did not realise that they there is only
so much that Nature can take. In today's world,
rich corporations often behave like ignorant
and uneducated fishermen. Greed blinds the
educated and the uneducated alike.
Line up some case-studies
like the above, that you think could be discussed
with fellow-seekers. The important thing is
the restoration of balance. That can come
about only when one goes into the Heart. The
big question is how to motivate people to
look inside? What, according to you, are the
steps one should take?