For the Highest Good! Amen.
Let’s define austerity as a deliberate and intentional practice dedicated to the benefit of all. So…it is like a sacrifice.
And now we are all being asked to sacrifice for the benefit of all — we are all being asked to live with awareness of the wellbeing of others, and to live in a way that cares for and respects the wellbeing of all.
Yes – we are all being asked to live in a sacrificial way for the benefit of all. And, for now – at least in the USA, it is still more-or-less an optional choice, hence perhaps some people are still resisting — but soon it could even become a mandatory lockdown and we’d all be forced to start live pure and holy lives in honor and out of respect for the welfare of all 😉
Mandated holiness! This could finish in a pretty awesome way.
How many people will have glimpses of the Infinite in these quarantined times?
Or…of course if the time is spent in media saturation, maybe there might not be too much spiritual benefit — but even still the austerity of staying in or nearby your home for a month or two or twenty would likely bestow a radically advanced awareness and understanding of life.
In the yogic tradition, there are some sayings about austerities taken on for 12 years at a time, and the benefit that follows such a discipline. For example, if one speaks nothing but the truth for 12 years, then after 12 years, everything one says becomes true! There is a similar benefit about if one stays in one place for 12 years…and I don’t quite remember the benefit but it is something awesome! Anyway…even if practiced for just a few weeks or months, one starts to get a taste of the benefit.
So we will all get a taste of the benefits of austerity.
Very interesting times ahead. Massive uncertainty and massive opportunity to ponder, to reflect, to pray, to meditate, to dream, to align, to serve, to sacrifice for the welfare of all!
As Gandhi may have said….Joy in life comes from living for the welfare of all.
May we all realize greater clarity about how we can live for the welfare of all.
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!