Series | Lockdown
Lockdown, Day 19
Hello, hello, hello, everyone. I hope you’re all well. And, you know, under the circumstances, I hope you’re taking this in stride, one day at a time. That’s all you can do—one step at a time, one day at a time, one moment at a time. That’s such a befitting pattern to life, to take things one step at a time.
Yes, we have the capacity to plan for tomorrow. Yes, we have the capacity to remember yesterday. But we also have a capacity to understand what today is all about. We also have the fantastic capacity to understand what now is all about.
And unless we bring that into play, that capacity that we have to understand what now is all about, what today is all about, the planning for tomorrow is going to be fairly pointless. And the yesterdays would have gone and will be gone.
But today, this moment carries a message for you. And that message is very profound; this message is very simple. And that message is very clear. And that message is all about “Be. Exist. Enjoy.”
And not the enjoyment of this world, not the enjoyment that people usually talk about, “Yeah, let’s go to the beach,” or “let’s go do this,” or “let’s go do that,” but enjoyment that comes from within you—the enjoyment that is all about your existence, the enjoyment that is all about you being alive, the enjoyment that comes from understanding what it is that this moment brings to you.
Is this life, is this existence a gift? It’s only a gift if you realize that it is a gift. If you realize, if you’re willing to accept this gift, if you’re willing to take this gift, if you’re willing to open this gift, then it’s a gift.
Otherwise, it means nothing. I mean, so many people before you and so many people after you would have come in this world and would have gone. And what difference would it make? Another person....
You know, these days everything is about statistics. And every morning that I wake up, I go to this one website and it’s called “Worldometers.” And I go to that website and it’s just got all these numbers. It’s got numbers for all the people that are born, all the people that are dying, all the people, everything. And then it’s got all the information about coronavirus.
And I look at those numbers and it’s like, “Yes, those numbers represent all these human lives. But are they truly representative of what really is going on, lives that are at stake?”
You know, you say, “Oh, yeah, so many people died and they, you know, they were above this age and they died.” That’s really sad. It is sad. Because there will be a whole generation that’ll grow up without that wisdom and that knowledge that the grandparents impart to their children.
I mean, that’s so valuable; that is so important, somebody to be there to tell them, “That’s the way it is.” That “It’s okay.” It’s okay when something happens that they didn’t plan on happening; it wasn’t part of their little plan.
You know, a lot of times, the parents, they don’t have the time. But the grandparents do have the time. And that wisdom gets passed on, generation to generation to generation to generation.
And this is the value—not the numbers, but the value of each person who is around, the life. Because one of those numbers, (maybe it’s in thousands), but it represents a human being. It represents you; it represents me. It represents, truly, the meaning that this breath comes into that person—that they are given an opportunity to exist, they’re given an opportunity to thrive.
And I’m saying all these things to you because I think, once in a while, we have got to get our head out of the sand, (like an ostrich), and look around us and look at the reality that exists, look at the beauty that exists.
Because, yeah—yeah, there are terrible things happening. Some world leaders really missed the boat. They really missed the boat; they saw the storm coming and they did nothing about it till it was too late. And terrible penalty, terrible chaos, terrible fiasco.... But even in that fiasco, you’ve got to pull your head out of the sand and look at what’s real. What is real? What is beautiful; what is good.
Because you have those two wolves in you, a good wolf and the bad wolf, and they fight. Which wolf is going to win? It’s obvious—the one you feed. If in this situation, you are feeding the bad wolf, the bad wolf is going to win. And believe me, when the bad wolf wins, it’s going to make your life miserable. And that would be a tragedy on top of a tragedy.
But if you feed the good wolf.... What does the good wolf live on? The good wolf lives on kindness. The good wolf lives on clarity. The good wolf lives on joy, a fulfillment. And if these are the things that are fed to that wolf, it’ll become strong. And then it wouldn’t be a tragedy on top of a tragedy. It’ll be something good. Something would have been learned; something would have been understood.
There’s a saying, you know, “When you’re down, pick something up. You’re so close to it; pick something up.” And I agree with that. When you’re down, pick something up. Understand.
It’s always been a case of, “When there’s the time of the bad, you must have prepared for that bad time when the times are good.” To prepare for the bad times, you must prepare for them when the times are good. And the question becomes, “Did you? Did you prepare when the times were good?”
Or were you just out there going, “Yes, you know, everything is great; nothing bad will ever happen. Look at our....” This is what happens so many times in civilizations. And this wouldn’t be the first time that, at the apex of the civilization, at the crescendo.... And people lost. People got into, “H’oh my God, we are so powerful; we are this; we are that; I mean, nothing bad can happen....”
Everybody, about virtual reality. Well, try virtual reality now—I wish you could. Because this reality is not very good; some virtual reality might be good.
How is that going to help the human condition? That’s why I keep pointing out to people; people always kept telling me, you know, “What about this; what about that?” And I’m like, “Wait-wait-wait-wait, wait-wait-wait-wait, wait, wait, you are a human being.”
You know, relatively speaking, we haven’t really, as this “modern man,” this modern human being—we haven’t been around for that long. We haven’t even sorted things out yet. We’re still living in a very antique world.
We—I mean, we may think we are living in this “modern,” you know, at 2020 and all of these technologies and all that. But the reality of it is that women still don’t, in our society, have equal space. And that’s unimaginable.
Not so long ago, just a few years ago—and I know that there are countries like India which I’m sure that this is going on there right now, that they don’t want mixed marriages. It has nothing to do with love—but it’s like, “No, no, that person can’t get married to that....” Even though the society has changed dramatically, but it has such a long way to change.
There are people of LGBT community—that are having to fend off so much hate. And we’re not accepting them as who they are, as human beings.
And the society still remains dramatically divided—dramatically divided. I know there are shows on television where they show people hoarding things. And they’ve got so much, so many things; I mean, you can’t walk into their living room and they’ve been hoarding and hoarding and hoarding and hoarding.
But what do you think some of these corporations have been doing? And when they hoard, (they hoard money), they’re tapped on the back, “Oh, you are doing really good.” But all they’re doing is hoarding money.
When, “But, oh, look, look how that person became so successful.” Maybe that person, what they have, they took from somebody. You know, when there’s corruption, this is what happens. That it is taken away from some poor person’s mouth; the food is taken. We produce so much and waste even more. This is the society that we have created for ourselves.
It is time, truly, to reflect on this; to understand, “What do we want? Do we want to be divided up or do we want to be united as human beings on the face of this earth? Do we want to have a world which feels safer and safer and safer or do we want a world that feels more dangerous and more dangerous and more dangerous?”
The answers to these questions, my friends, lie in your heart and the heart of all human beings. These are not some exceptional ideas that have come up in 2020; these are the ideas that have been around for a very, very long time—in fact, as long as there have been societies in this world. A desire to be free, a desire to move forward, a desire to be progressive and a desire to be united.
And working for the betterment of all mankind. The world we create today is the world which will reflect upon tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that and the day after that. Whether you like it or not, you are the architects of tomorrow.
But believe me, you will never be able to understand what tomorrow is all about if you have no idea what today is all about. You will not be able to understand the value of yesterday if you don’t understand the value of today. Tomorrow will remain a mystery if today is a mystery to you.
And so this is the time; this is the time to take a step, to look inside. Not to ponder about the uncertainty, but to ponder about the certainty that we can bring. It is time to unite like we have never united before. And more importantly than the rest of the whole world, we need to be united with ourselves.
We cannot be two; we cannot be three; we cannot be four—we need to be one within ourselves, too. We need to know who we are. We need to understand who we are, so that we can move forward and make this world a better place for everyone—that we understand, we understand the meaning of “man kind, man kind,” kindness for all human beings across the world.
So, thank you very much; I’ll talk to you later. I hope you give this some thought. And most importantly, be safe; be well. And be.