meditation and spiritual growth

As the population of the earth increases the human resources and ingenuity needed to alleviate poverty seem to be lacking. Some progress has been made, but much more needs to be done.

To rectify this situation locate and establish the wellspring of infinite abundance in your life, gain pure consciousness. A few minutes of meditation every day can profoundly change you and the world.

Poverty exists on all levels of human life.

Physical – lack of basic human needs such as clean water, nutrition, health care, clothing and shelter.

Emotional – depression, hopelessness, anger, hostility, lack of faith in humanity, powerlessness, feeling alone, and no hope for the future.

Mental – illiteracy, lack of education and ideas, mired in problems, inadequate representation, low self esteem, and loss of freedom.

Spiritual – people are not able to realize the fulfillment of their human, religious, and spiritual goals.

The key to eliminating every aspects of poverty is the full development of the individual.

Meditation is an instrument that can raise individual and collective consciousness. Just as we can use the principle of the lever to raise and lift objects much heavier than we could normally lift by hand, so to meditation is a lever/technique that can destroy the shroud of ignorance that has enveloped us.

As long as we remain in bondage our true infinite potential remains untapped. The SELF is lost as the objects of perception overshadow the mind. Break the boundaries of time and space, cause/effect, by gaining bliss consciousness.

Here are some alarming poverty statistics:

•Almost half the world – over 3 billion people – live on less than $2.50 a day.

•Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.

•1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day).

•Infectious diseases continue to blight the lives of the poor across the world. An estimated 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, with 3 million deaths in 2004. Every year there are 350–500 million cases of malaria, with 1 million fatalities: Africa accounts for 90 percent of malarial deaths and African children account for over 80 percent of malaria victims worldwide.

•Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.

In the United States the definition for economic poverty is,

Single Individual, under 65, making less than $11.201 per year Single Parent, two children, making less than $17,347 per year

Two Adults, three children, making less than $25,694 per year

The number of children under 18 living in poverty is 19%, or 14 million.

The World Bank has initiated a program to help alleviate some of these issues. They are spearheading the work with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative.

The MDGs are a set of eight goals for which numerical targets have been set and quantifiable progress indicators have been identified.

Goals of the Millennium Development:

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Achieve universal primary education Promote gender equality and empower women Reduce child mortality Improve maternal health Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases Ensure environmental sustainability

Develop a global partnership for development.

The MDGs call for reducing by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day by 2015. A reduction from 28 percent in 1990 to 12.7 percent in 2015, would reduce the number of extreme poor by 363 million.

It often seems that our endless folly is to run after time. Personal wants and desires obfuscate the truth. A cloud of ignorance appears to magically hide everyone’s latent possibilities. Poverty on all levels of human life (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) will persist until we unfold our full potential.

The river is always the same; everywhere at once, in the mountains at it source, cascading past cities and fertile farm fields, flowing into the estuary and out to sea. The river is never the same twice; the river banks and path to the sea change over time, as the water continuously flows.

Everything is the same, but continually changes, only to return back home again.

Brahma, manifesting as Maya (illusion), returns home as Jivanmukti.

When you say you are seeking you imply there is something to find. A realization is that there are no goals, as the infinite silence is already within you. But as the shroud of illusion dominates the mind, we practice meditation to dispel its influence.

Here is a pebble. After some time it will become soil, and then a plant, animal and then man. So it is not really just a pebble, it is the expression of the universal SELF found in all things. With the cycle of change it could be the next Dalai Lama, or a man, and can have importance. It already has been everything.

Play your part in dispelling poverty, and also practice meditation a few minutes morning and evening, to marshal in an abundant life in bliss consciousness.