Violence Lingers, Yet Love Conquers

Day 15 in Assam. Trauma continues, here and there, in bits, pieces and chunks. Miscreants loaded in trucks, jeeps and bikes, men, women and children, with torches in hand, chasing the villagers, looting their houses and then charring them to ashes. Missing police and security, all adding up to a loss of sensibilities. But, hope still prevails. In the midst of unheard screams and trauma, love—persistent, devoid of the general mood—continues to heal and uplift the spirits of the traumatized.

Soldiers of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji are working tirelessly. Armed with love, belonging, patriotism, unflinching focus, the power of meditation, and the grace of their Guru, they are sowing seeds that will take root in the deepest of the soils of consciousness. Once in bloom, the love will shine through the smiles, lifestyles and actions of the people, proving again, that how much ever bad exists, good always reigns, it is always is victorious.

Swami Divyanand of The Art of Living, teachers, volunteers and yuvacharyas are going village to village and are interacting with the victims. They are gathering the villagers for satsangs, meditation and trauma relief. They are blessing the traumatized. How would satsangs, meditation and blessings work in the midst of so much violence? One might wonder. Well, it does. The physics of satsang, meditation and blessing, is quite different from the physics of physical relief. While physical relief such as, food, clothes, shelter, medicines are immediate necessities; satsang, meditation and blessings provide relief to the mind and the soul. They get you out of the bubble of fear. They’re like a balm with soothing effects, which has a direct effect on the body too, and with the grace of the Guru it works wonders. “Hundreds of villagers are proactively coming for blessings,” says Swamiji. “They come and talk to us, with tears rolling down their eyes. We listen to them without judgment. Just by talking to us and opening up they feel relieved. They feel relieved being listened to. Those few minutes of meditation takes them away from the pain and trauma they are experiencing. And when they come back, they feel different. It works in wonderful ways. Inexplicable, but it does.”

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