Waking up to Wisdom
In Stillness and Community

Each of Us, a Miniature Wholeness

--by Vimala Thakar (Jul 21, 2008)

Internally, we are divided against ourselves; the emotions want one thing, the intellect another, the impulses of the body yet another, and a conflict takes place which is no different in quality, although it is in scale, from that of the world wars. If we are not related to ourselves in wholeness, is it any surprise that we cannot perceive the wholeness of the world? […]

Because the source of human conflict, social injustice, and exploitation is in the human psyche, we must begin there to transform society. We investigate the mind, the human psyche, not as an end in itself, as a self-centered activity, but as an act of compassion for the whole human race. We must move deep to the source of decay in society so that the new structures and social systems we design will have a sufficiently healthy root system that they will have an opportunity to flourish. […]

Those of us who have dedicated our lives to social action have considered our personal morality and ethics, our motives and habits, to be private territory. We not only want our personal motivations and habits cut off from public view, but from our own recognition as well. But in truth, the inner life is not a private or personal thing; it's very much a social issue. The mind is a result of collective human effort. There is not your mind and my mind; it's a human mind. It's a collective human mind, organized and standardized through centuries. The values, the norms, the criteria are patterns of behavior organized by collective groups. There is nothing personal or private about them. We may close the doors to our rooms and feel that nobody knows our thoughts, but what we do in so-called privacy affects the life around us. If we spend our days victimized by negative energies and negative thoughts, if we yield to depression, melancholia, and bitterness, these energies pollute the atmosphere. Where then is privacy? […]

The study of mind and the exploration of inner freedom is not something utopian, is not something self-centered, but it is urgently necessary so that we as human beings can transcend the barriers that regimentation of thought has created between us. Then we will perceive ourselves, each as an unlabeled human being […]  a miniature wholeness.

--Vimala Thakar, From "Spirituality and Social Action: A Holistic Approach"

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On Jul 22, 2008 Neha wrote:
Very inspiring and it constantly reminds me that we as humans have a moral responsibility of transforming the society by making the efforts in the areas of social action.Everything around me motivates me to dedicate my life for a "good" purpose. At the same time, the above study teaches us to always walk ahead with positive thoughts and just leave back the negativism...

On Jul 22, 2008 Jon wrote:
so deeply true
it seems like perhaps we are on the cusp
of something new
of knowing that what we take for privacy
with all its games of shame and gain
is actually the music written
by our collective mind

coming to recognize what we take for the most personal
may be the most deeply instinctive
shared through endless strands of DNA
woven on our looms of life
looms of mind embodied
each of us an individual
joined in the collective

om-shalom, jon

On Jul 24, 2008 mitu wrote:
this thought is so beautiful! it makes me want to run out and buy her book. i loved 'towards total transformation!' as to this particular passage, i used to think sharing my feelings and thoughts to others was self-indulgent, or selfish. in fact i think our conditioning tells us that (at least in my experience, i was told that). yet, now i've come to realize that it is not. ironically, it is quite the opposite, as the passage articulates. through self-understanding you can positively transform yourself and hence, the world. :)

On Nov 2, 2011 Ken Bergstrom wrote:

 There is indeed a synchronicity brewing all around us.  And it rides high on a wave nearing its crash to the shore.  We may survive this impending disaster only if we awaken to the connection among us. We are all alone together!

On Nov 2, 2011 maria amor ruales tradio-ponsica wrote:

thank you.. i really appreciate all inspiring messges and it can give my self more courage, hope and enlightenment in my day by day journey. i wish you always sending me the reflection and wake up messages to guide me every day. once again thank you.. and please don't stop sending me the daily good news that inspires my life and so to my family..

God Bless+.

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