When did we lose the final memory of our sustaining Reality? At what point did
we relinquish our understanding of the Eternal Natural Way? When did we lose
our precious connection to Dharma?
Was it when all the ancient sacred temples of the past became the archeological
ruins of today? Was it when the medicinal arts, consisting of healing herbs and
plants, was replaced by the synthetic poisons we now call pharmaceuticals? Was
it when animals went from being our beloved companions to becoming our tortured
food? Was it when good conduct and ethical behavior ceased to be a universal
value and became, instead, merely a matter of subjective opinion? Was it when
nature was no longer seen as a manifestation of God's loving abundance, but
instead seen as a lifeless commodity? Was it when the gods ceased to be beings
whom we could speak with face-to-face, and instead became the subject of "myth".
Was it when the bliss of love was replaced by the orgiastic carnival of lust?
Was it when works of art stopped being manifestations of beauty and meaning, and
became instead exhibitions of narcissistic psychosis on canvas? Was it when we
lost the innate human ability to use philosophical discernment and reason, and
instead began using our amorphous feelings to make important life decisions?
Was it when we sacrificed natural diversity, hierarchy, social sophistication,
qualitative depth and personhood upon the altar of artificially imposed
conformity and radical egalitarianism? Was it when we abandoned our innate
necessity for the expansiveness of freedom and liberty, and submitted instead to
the ever-intrusive shackles of the welfare state? Was it when the study of the
history of religion eclipsed the impetus to make religious history? Was is when
we began to worship dog more than we worship God? Was it when the uninformed
opinions of worthless celebrities became more authoritative sources of truth for
us than the sacred teachings of the liberated sages? Was it when we merely
settled for mediocrity, rather than strove for the very greatest that the cosmos
has to offer? When did Reality recede from our vision, and reality television
take its place?
We can once again reestablish our cherished connection with Dharma, with a way
of living that leads to health, joy, abundance, meaning and spiritual
fulfillment for ourselves and for all sentient beings. We can heal ourselves
and our Earth by once again relearning and reclaiming the Eternal Natural Way.