The Easter moon, Wesak and the Christ Festival this Friday bring the highest divine energies most closely to each of us as the Buddha and the Christ work with and for humanity and the planet. Each year, at this time, they give us the opportunity for spiritual rebirth and for enlightenment, and to overcome duality as we strive, consciously, to do our best.
This year the challenge and the reminders of our work have been particularly strong: the period of spiritual celebration has seen significant terrorist attacks in the UK, Sweden, Egypt, and Afghanistan, a major global ransomware cyber-attack, an escalation of aggression by North Korea and the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It seems as if our strong but fragile world is under threat from many sides – all driven by humans - and it would be easy, but wrong, to despair.
Theresa May said after the third attack in Britain, “Enough is enough”, and her message of defiance applies to the cruelty and destruction we see all around us, in war and terrorism, and in the abuse of the environment and the vulnerable. Outrages, eventually, bring unity of purpose and clarity of value and vision, and there have been too many wrongs perpetrated for too long. People are starting to say no.
It was encouraging that Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris Agreement resulted not just in worldwide condemnation, but also in the determination of some states and companies in the US to disregard the White House decision. His act reminded all of us of the importance of recognising the threat created by our actions to the wellbeing of Earth and our species, and of taking action, urgently. It is a long time since there was such a universal and high profile coming together over the planet. Enough was enough.
The message behind the many sad events of these three months is about coming together to create a better world, working to eliminate the wrongs in solidarity and with determination. That, of course, is the meaning of the three spiritual festivals – what a coincidence. It may be something to think about at the next full moon, the Festival of the Christ, on Friday.
(Image by Jessie Eastland)