Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Human Future

Whenever a system shuts down, it affects every level. First of all, economically and simultaneously, psychologically; it’s not a physical ailment alone. Physical is on one side. But what happens with the psychological side, when things are denied? Sometimes when people have to face poverty, they tremble, they shiver. They can’t handle it; even potential poverty; it may not be even poverty. If people say, “Hey, look here, food will not be available after 10 days”, people will go crazy. Even if that thing is not true, people will go crazy.

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So we have a strong instinct for survival just like any other species. Plus, we would like to survive by keeping all our habits, all our likes and dislikes, all our usual patterns. This is human life, but for an animal, as long as they get the food, it’s fine. If the food is not coming, they’ll starve, they’ll keep quiet. But for us, we cannot tolerate that. We are an advanced species. We are much more evolved apparently. So we would like to have all those things in control. But that’s not the case always, especially now with this Corona virus situation. Most of the factories are shut down; banks are working on a skeletal basis. The whole economy has shifted. I believe the economy will never be the same again. This is what I feel.

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People have to reinvent this time. People have to think again and revise, reinvent their whole life. And this is the time for that. This time we have to understand and also accept reality and adjust accordingly. Now, will there be somebody dominating this? It is possible because in every situation you can see a predator or a predatorial aspect; even in competition, in corporate business, there are predatorial activities, definitely. And will there be a victim? There will be victims. We still have victimhood. Many of us do not have choices. We think we have choices, but it’s always the same wine in different bottles. We are bound by fast food, fast food system. We are bound by various aspects of life.

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So will there be a kind of slavery? Possible as we are already experiencing it. Will there be predators? Yes, possible as we already have predators. I think many of the governments are still controlled by war machine makers, drug manufacturers, medicine manufacturers, food industry etc. Food industry decides the taste of a generation. Food industry binds people with the salt and sugar; dairy industry, meat industry, big violence, big-time control. All of these are there. So how do we know that it will be different? It may not be different. And a difference can happen provided purchasing power is affected. People will go for more durables because they don’t want to change it all the time. If purchasing power is not affected, they will continue to buy things as per the use and throw items (disposables). But if there is a restriction in the income flow, then people will go for more durables, which means less exploitation of Earth. More use and throw, more disposables means more exploitation of Earth. I hope to see less exploitation of the Earth’s resources.

So all these factors are possible, but I strongly believe the economy will never be the same again. People will have to think twice and so many people may lose their jobs. Many people may find or may have to adjust to continue to work. Many of the production units will have to reboot. Many countries will have to reboot themselves, reinvent, innovate or re-start their whole process. And sometimes countries like China and the huge producers may have to readjust to the world’s economy or they will make the world economy to readjust to their system or their plan and pattern. All this is possible. We have to wait and watch.

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I’m not interested in predictions, but logically, whatever is possible, I have just said. It is definitely going to be a new world; take it for granted. It will be a new world. It has to be. People may try to go in their old ways, but it may not be easy because we have a shut down for almost a month now and to reboot, it will take time, at least this year. Next year onwards, probably if we go back to our old ways etc., we will see.

But then if we really go back to our old ways and start living an unconscious existence, nature is going to hit very hard, harder than now. At that time, we would not care whether it was human intervention or nature’s intervention. It is basically a small, invisible virus creating panic in the most intelligent community, species on earth. A small, invisible being is literally bringing one species to its knees; nations to its knees. Total shutdown.

So this is very important to understand. We’ve got to renovate, we’ve got to reinvent ourselves, our life. We’ve got to re-organize this whole thing. This is important. Also, our communication system has to change now. We have to use the internet, phones and other communication channels more than physical contact. So the next generation could be mostly non-physical contacts because people are used to it now. People know that you don’t have to really meet, probably we will get used to it and we will say, “Oh, can I come and meet you?” or “You really want to come? Let’s talk on the phone.” Possible, that life is possible; or “Can I show you a presentation?” “OK, send it on email.” which was happening before. Now it will be more accented. Why do you have to travel? Because then in that way, if we look in that case, then again the pollution levels will be less. Emissions will be less, etc. But it’s a tall order. I’m just hoping, it’ll happen that way.

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Transcribed and proofread

by Rekha Murali

 

 

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Mohanji’s Message on Corona Virus Pandemic – 19th March 2020

Today, I would like to talk about two aspects of human existence. This is also in the wake of Corona virus, where there are reportedly 200,000 infected people in the world, about 90,000 people have recovered and about thousand people are dead. As I understand, the death is not because of the corona virus itself, but because of the immunity which is taken away by the corona virus that has killed the people. This means there were other illnesses which became predominant and which took over the person and that killed them. This is my understanding. In any case, I would like to say that there is no room for fear. There is room for precaution. There is room for prevention, but there is no room for fear. I do not believe in fears. We cannot live a life just with fear.

In this context, I would like to address two aspects of our very existence in the modern day. One is the walls.

Walls

We have created consciously or unconsciously, many walls.  Walls means W, A, L, L, S; just walls – barriers or boundaries. If you look at your own existence, you will know how many walls you have, which is mostly acquired from this life. Some have been inherited from the family, from the society, from the education; some you have created yourself. So, we have various walls.

Education sometimes is a wall; education of certain nature, like education for the sake of a job, profession, social status, etc. There are boundaries to it. It is not a free flowing education. I’m talking about this in context of how education used to be in India during the pre-British rule. A student approaches the teacher. The teacher understands the taste, the inclination of the student, and he guides him towards the right education, where he needs to hone his skills, where he needs to increase or strengthen his strengths, already existing strengths. We are all a bundle of strengths and weaknesses, all of us, everybody, and nobody is only striving. We are strengths and weaknesses. The right education is to reinforce the inherent strength because human beings are driven by inclinations, tendencies. That’s the driving force. We are all moving, walking, talking tendencies, we are tendencies, and we are inclinations. That’s exactly what we are. There’s no way we can have an education, which is contrary to our inclination. That’s why some people gravitate towards medicine; some people go to arts and science, music and dance. Some people go to engineering, some people like military, they’re all connected to inclinations but sometimes not to inclinations. Sometimes the motive is profit and their life is not successful. When you really follow your own strength, you are a powerful personality. When you strengthen your strengths, in a very determined way, ignoring your weaknesses, while they exist side by side with your strengths; if you ignore them and don’t pay much attention, they will exist but they wouldn’t bother you. Usually, we try to hide our weaknesses and try to portray an image of invincibility in this world and that affects us, which really affect us. That affects us adversely. We try to tell the world that you look here; I’m all strengths, only strength. I’m all strengths. It doesn’t work that way. We are all strengths and weaknesses. We are all black and white; we are everything – all human beings. We are all everything that the world has.

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We must accept it. There is no other way. And we enhance that acceptance. In the old times, the education was in tune with the inclinations and strengths and that was making successful people. When I say success, it is contentment; every moment – contentment, every moment – satisfaction, every moment – peace. This is what success in life is. It’s not that you made a lot of money and you created more walls, more protection, highly insecure, and always worried whether this money will go away. That’s not a good life. That is not success. Material success is often not success. If you’re too attached to money, if you’re too attached to anything outside of you, it is against you. You are being a watchman of something which you have collected. That’s not a good idea, you can’t sleep.

What is success? Success is contentment, every moment – happiness. When you complete what you came for, you will be successful. When you are happy with your life, you’re successful. When every moment brings you happiness and peace, you are successful. It is not about money. It is not about position. It is not about relations. This is all different.

Now, coming back to the walls, why do we create walls? Basically, to create a smaller atmosphere for ourselves to feel successful. This is because we do not have complete satisfaction with our own life. So we create the wall of education, certificates, various certificates, we create the wall of experience, another level of another wall, another level of defined walking space.

Then we have social positions, materials. We have concepts. We have considerations, we have likes and dislikes. We have prejudices. We have a lot of different walls around us. And all these walls have bound us without doubt. They have been binding us and then we settle for temporary, imaginary satisfaction, imaginary contentment, saying, “I am very contented with my family. I’m happy with my children. I’m happy with my car. I’m happy with my possessions. I’m happy with my social position.” These are all happiness which you peg with something outside of you. If something changes, suddenly there is a fall. You wouldn’t know what to do. This is what is happening in the society under the threat of corona virus. You can see that happening. For so many people, their movements are restricted, their activities are restricted, and their purchasing power is restricted. Opportunities are restricted. Travel is restricted. Expressions are restricted. People fall into traps of the mind. Insecurities, anger, hatred, anxieties, and a whole lot of different emotions pulls you down. And the sum total of most of this is a heavy level of depression.

People stop feeling good about themselves. They feel like failures. It is caused by situation. But at that point in time that clarity will not be there. You will feel you’re a failure as you have not allowed room for failures. You have not allowed room to fall. You have always believed that you should walk, you should run, you should always be successful. What is the price of success, it doesn’t matter. There, insensitivity takes root. So these walls are very detrimental in our life, in our happiness quotient, in our levels of success. This should be clearly understood. That’s why I took up the subject, the subject of walls, our limitations.

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What are our limitations? It could be a prejudice. It could be a complex. What will others think? What will four people think? Will they accept me? Will the society accept me? If I say I am connected to Mohanji, will they accept me? All these are your fears. If you’re not accepting your own reality, you’re compromising your existence. Then you stop being real to yourself. This is one thing which I would like you to contemplate because you have time now. You do have time.

Choices

Another aspect is choices. This is also connected to this reality. We mask our existence with our choices. We say, “It’s my choice. It’s my choice to drink alcohol. It’s my choice to smoke. It’s my choice to eat meat. It’s my choice to do what I want to do because I have the purchasing power. I have money. I have position or I have reason.” But choices are a broader subject. If your choices harm another being, disturbs another being, creates bad ripples in the society, they are not good choices. They are selfish choices. Taking this time, I think you should consider your choices deeply. Have you been harming lives because of your choices? Have you been insensitive because of your choices? Have you been indifferent in life, because of your choices? If you have been, time to rethink, time to make a difference, and this is a good time to introspect, to correct, and to put it right in the right track.

I have explained before what is the right track. What is the right way to live? Selflessness is the right track. Selflessness is the right way to live, because you brought nothing from anywhere when you came here. You were born with nothing in hand. And when you die, you take nothing from here. You die with your hands free, empty. If you understand this, you understand that we are here on a tourist visa just for some time. We can own nothing from here. Earth does not belong to us. We can take nothing from here. All our positions, possessions, relations are all temporary. Nothing is permanent.

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Then, what is reality? Reality is right now, what’s happening right now. In that context, what is the purpose of life? Your experiences of yesterday, today, tomorrow and day after are the purpose of life. Your experiences are the purpose of life. One diversion to it is expressions. Your expressions are also your own unique expressions, the way you are. If you are borrowing expressions, if you are comparing with others, if you’re competing with others, it all goes in a negative mode. Otherwise, your original expressions as you have been, as you are; that’s also your original reason for coming here, for walking this earth.

With this body, you have time duration definitely. In that mode, when you say it’s my choice to kill somebody, it’s my choice to harm the economy or ecology, it’s my choice to do what I like, think again. Think once more. Is your choice harming you? Is your choice harming the world? Is your choice making a bad difference in this world? Take a U turn. Start corrections now. Correct all that you have done so far. Forget about the past because you can do nothing about it. That’s over. Now, the future is at hand. Today is the right day for that. Take a turn for the right. Be selfless now. Forget about selfishness, all your greed, anger, hatred, jealousy, revenge, character assassination, whatever, gossips, everything that you have been doing, forget it. It’s over. Finished. Look at reality as of now. What is the reality? You are alive! That’s the primary reality. You are walking, talking, thinking. This is your reality. Your existence is your reality.

Remove all the walls, education, time, religion, and people, all the walls which you have created around yourself and stay as naked as you are, as you came, not physically but mentally – fresh, totally fresh. Then look at life. Life is also fresh. Life is as how you are. Your life is as you are. Your life is always as you are. You create it, you un-create it. You make it, you break it. There is no reason for blaming anybody for your life. You created it. You brought this reality. You brought these relations, you brought these positions and possessions not from anywhere, but because you earned it due to your merits, due to whatever reasons. So have gratitude for what you have. You should be grateful for what you have. You should also think, now that I’m walking this world, how will the next generation accept this world from me? How will you deliver this world to the next generation? It should be better than what you have got.

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If you take that decision, that’s the right decision. That’s the very right decision. That means you are delivering a world much better than what you received. You have something to do there. You have reason to make a big difference within yourself and outside yourself. Each of us, 7.5 billion people have the same power, same energy, same opportunity in our sphere, in our own way, in whichever way, but we can actually make a broad, positive difference. Don’t say that you don’t have the capacity. You do have the capacity. Don’t say you have no reason or material. Everybody has some strength. As I said in the beginning, we all have our strengths. We do not need all the different strengths, we don’t have it. We do not have all the weaknesses, either. We have some weaknesses, we have some strength. Ignore the weaknesses, nurture the strength. Conglomerate with like-minded people. Wake up early. Have more time. Make a difference in the world. And because you’re walking this earth, leave the earth better for the next generation. You’ve done your part. That’s all you have to do as a human being, as a human being living your humanity. That’s all you have to do.

So, remove your walls, break the walls away, be open, be clear, and let nothing bind you. Unlearn all your concepts, prejudices. Unlearn all your theories and fears or unbind yourself, totally be free. No fear. There is no room for fear. Fear actually prevents experiences which you came for. Because of fear of society, because of fear of people or failure, we have denied experiences. Not anymore. Keep going. People may not like certain things that you do, but if your intention is pure, you are on the right track. Purity of intention – that’s all you need to think. Selflessness – that’s all you need to understand. That’s it. That’s your expression.

I wish you success. We will talk again.

And in this time of Corona virus, forced isolation, seclusion, we should use this time well to introspect, contemplate and make positive differences in our life and the life of everybody, every being in the world. Nobody should be sad because of us. Nobody should be unhappy. Make such choices. That’s the right choice.

Love you.

Mohanji

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Transcribed and edited
By Rekha Murali

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