Modern day avatars

“Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain. In the process of discovering bodhichitta [the awakened heart], the journey goes down, not up. It’s as if the mountain pointed toward the center of the earth instead of reaching into the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward the turbulence and doubt. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, our companions in awakening from fear. At the bottom we discover water, the healing water of bodhichitta. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die. ” ~ Pema Chodron

Over this past week I have been traveling around Victoria on a tour of sorts. My partner Ben and I have been visiting people who are doing some amazing things for an article I’m writing on Karma Yoga, or the path of selfless service. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna: ‘Whenever there is a decrease of righteousness in the world and unrighteousness seems to be on the rise, the Lord of mercy and compassion manifests to bring balance’ (BG IV.7).

In a post on the Jivamukti website, Tamar Samir, explores the idea of avatars who come to the material world to elevate consciousness. She writes: “The avatar descends so that human consciousness can ascend. In the Sikh tradition, every soul that has taken form on earth, is considered an avatar. According to that belief, you, and me, and everyone we know, all beings, we are avatars. We are here on this earth to bring about an evolution of global consciousness. Did you know that that’s why you are here?”

On our little tour de modern day avatars we met Pam Ahern, from Edgar’s Mission, who has devoted her life to rescuing farm animals in need. She has a couple of hundred animals who have been given happy lives because of her dedication to alleviating suffering. We also visited David Laity from Goodwill Wines, who, after losing all of his belongings in the Black Saturday bushfires, used the financial assistance he received from the Red Cross to start a business which gives most of the profits to charity. Not only is he committed to top quality wine, he is so generous that he only keeps a small portion of what he makes from each purchase – the rest goes to the charity of the buyer’s choice. We also visited our friends on the Sea Shepherd ships docked in Williamstown who are busy getting the ships ready for the next whale defence campaign.

There are so many people who are doing incredible things and elevating and uplifting human consciousness – they are all Krishnas, restoring balance where unrighteousness is on the rise. We are all avatars and we are here to bring about an evolution of global consciousness. We’re all here to help each other and inspire each other to keep connected to our awakened heart.