The Whole World is One Family

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When we are from the creative process, part of the reality, how can we act against the whole? Our lives will be uplifted to another level when we think and live as part of a large family with each having distinct and meaningful role to play. When the oneness of creation drives our goals, the negative side to our self like selfishness, ego, and false pride fade in the background.

Purpose of Life

There is interconnectedness in Creation and that binds us as one irrespective of our beliefs. In fact, the whole world is one family though, like within each family, we have independent existence, thoughts and needs. “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is a Sanskrit term that originates in Hindu Vedic Sculptures that translates into “the whole world is one family”. The famous Hindu monk, Swami Vivekananda, said “All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything”. If we are from the same source, how can we be different? We are born here to exist for a term and respond to our inner calling – do what is right by the creative process. We are meant to be co-creators in our own way – part of the oneness of creation but at the time to shine our light of the uniqueness in each of us. That should summarize the purpose of our life here.

Part of Whole

We tend to compartmentalize, live in isolation, separation, losing ourselves in physical appearances, and pass our time oblivious to the plan behind the purpose of coming into being. We fail to ignite our awareness, listen to the inner knowing, that lies mostly dormant; we fail to tap its wisdom. We get carried away by the noise to not listen to the sublime, rhythmic music than is within us. “Aham Brahmāsmi” is a concept in Hindu philosophy, meaning - "I am the Infinite Reality"; we are part of creation – the link is permanent; we are not separate, so ego has no place since we are part and parcel of the whole process. Our individual entity here merges with the cosmos eventually. We may be nothing but also everything when being inseparable part of the creative process – the classic duality of separateness and the oneness! That is, when we forget our self, ego, we move closer to the cosmic spirit. The 13th century Persian poet, Rumi, echoed similar thoughts - “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” When we move closer to this ideal, our lives are uplifted; there is nothing to fear. It could well be the reason the dead do not connect with us in the way we take life here, though they may still influence us in subtle ways.

Empathy and Gratitude

We are dealt a deck of cards here and we should use them as best as we can to benefit the whole. These concepts are not related to any particular religion – in fact, all religions, even atheists, agnostics, stand for peace, compassion and coexistence and the underlying link is our interconnectedness, living as a part of a large family sharing the munificence of our Creator including for the most basic of basics, the air we breathe. We can feel the connection in our day-to-day life: we know how others feel in the circumstances they find themselves in – it reflects the empathy factor in us. The emotions that are generated are same. Everyone has worked to reach the position they are in – they have paid the price in terms of time, effort and living by their conscience or even ignoring it! We are all blessed to show our appreciation and gratitude. In Helen Keller’s words -“So much has been given to me that I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.”

Towards Shift in Consciousness

We have marched to this stage after coursing through paths that tested our resolve. Our enemies are now our own and live among us. The world of strife is due to our taking a path against the creative process that is based on nurturing, embracing sans borders. We know every rose has its thorns – it is up to us to find our own position within the duality of creation; after all, balance is the essence for our existence. The universe is perfectly balanced, rejuvenates itself every moment, and is on its way at breakneck speed, but don’t we enjoy a smooth ride? We are taken on a humongous ride piloted by one with unfathomable ability and passion. The majority everywhere swears by unity, compassion, empathy and love, but a minority rides roughshod over the will of the vast majority! That has been a vicious cycle we have found ourselves in from primordial times – the lack of will to coexist, to put our foot down when necessary. We are carried away by the sweet rhetoric of our leaders despite our knowing they are just wishful thinking; merely serving their purpose to get elected. We should not end up like complaining about the weather and doing nothing about it – at least in terms of weather we are, in a way, helpless but in terms of quality of lives we can have a decisive say. Let us remember the words of Jesus – “If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Words of wisdom should be reflected upon and act as the basis for our actions.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Mark for your moderation and encouragement through awarding star merit - siva

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author avatar writershirley lopez
8th May 2015 (#)

We are all as one if we can only see it and understand. Good article

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Writershirley Lopez for your understanding and support - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th May 2015 (#)

Siva, excellent article as always and might I say very true words. I applaud you Siva for writing the words that everyone should know and follow. Why it is so hard for people I just simply do not know. The answer for a peaceful world is right in front of us. Why it can't be seen I just don't know.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th May 2015 (#)

Yes Nancy, it is tough to understand though the reasons are clear enough. We never grow up!

It is easier to show our might by threatening others. Creation is a challenge while destruction is easy, so we tend to choose the latter path!

Our ego, pride, stand in our way. We just have to look at nature around us to understand what we have to do. I read just now: "The Russian space agency says that its out-of-control spacecraft has burnt up as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. Re-entry was over the Pacific, it said, and only a few fragments were expected to hit the sea."

A Supreme power (I don't mean America and other aspirants) protects us, cleans up after us, gives us umpteen chances. Are we not blessed enough and more? siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
9th May 2015 (#)

Siva, I'm sending blessings to you. You are the best. I think you bring the best out in all of us.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy, I bow my head for your generous words of motivation - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
11th May 2015 (#)

God gives us signals again and again, but we the people fail to see his intentions, and resort to our selfish and confrontational ways.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th May 2015 (#)

Yes Ptrikha, may be He tries out various stages of intelligence, giving us an inner prompt to do what is right, but also tremendous freedom. Like in democratic system most enjoy, we blow the many chances to realize our true potential. We think there are many Gods and even coax them to fight each other like we do even within one family! siva

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author avatar vellur
9th May 2015 (#)

So true, when the oneness of creation drives us the whole world becomes one and life becomes worth living. Great post as always.

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author avatar snerfu
9th May 2015 (#)

Yes, the ability to give and take has slowly been replaced by the river of greed and ego.
Surely, the end is in the beginning and this we follow each and every day.
Nice article Siva, makes me think...and that is humungous!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Vellur, we should shine our light of uniqueness in a positive way and the inspiration should come from within by listening to our inner awareness and soul.

We still tend to hit others below the belt and then blame them! We have all sinned, so let us learn the lessons than highlight only the negatives in others.

A shift towards the reality of oneness is the way forward. Imagine the possibilities if we hold our hands as part of humanity,creation! Why be obsessed with country borders? Let us share what we can taking the cue from nature - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th May 2015 (#)

Yes Snerfu, we know what to do but may not now where to begin! I have seen people obsessed with wealth creation only to realize too late that their own are getting restless counting the days to get their hands to the hoard!

Every issue can be broken down, taken one at a time, and basing our action on the ultimate truth of the oneness of creation is a good beginning.

“All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything”, “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”, “So much has been given to me that I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.” and “If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

I am sorry for the repetition but these quotes are never leaving my mind, silly me! siva

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author avatar snerfu
9th May 2015 (#)

We need to sustain ourselves but in our mad dash towards freedom, we fail to realize that the we are fighting the very bonds of freedom itself.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th May 2015 (#)

Agreed Snerfu, we have attained the ultimate goal of freedom and democracy but we do not know what to make of them! In countries like India, we let the leaders off the hook and they cling to power by dividing the people - sort of biting the hands that fed them!

Some have made fortunes but they still do not let go with a motto - the sky is the limit, little realizing they are robotic. The money is mostly made from the majority poor and by leaving such wealth they pass on their corrupted karma too! siva

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author avatar snerfu
9th May 2015 (#)

I will get back soon Siva after some more feed back comes through.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Snerfu I am gratified that my post is generating continuing response, make people think - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
9th May 2015 (#)

We are all one and a shift in consciousness has already started! Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th May 2015 (#)

Let it gather momentum Kingwell before it is too late. When our Creator wills it, it will happen! siva

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author avatar Retired
10th May 2015 (#)

Siva, you used the term "creative process" throughout your post: is that another term for 'God'?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th May 2015 (#)

Yes Christopher, I see God in His Creations that are everywhere including us and within us! We are created by Him and He takes us back, lock, stock and barrel; everything, everyone, is recycled and resurface soon in mint condition.

I refer to "creative process" as an inclusive term so that it gels with every belief and even no belief! siva

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author avatar Retired
10th May 2015 (#)

It reminds of another saying of Swami Vivekananda: To serve humanity is to serve God.
Enjoyed reading the post. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Joyesh. I am reminded of Gandhi's words "There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."

The beauty of creation is in the oneness of humanity and the uniqueness in each of us. So we are meant as co-creators to lend our shoulders to the wheel of creation - siva

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author avatar Retired
11th May 2015 (#)

Great post.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th May 2015 (#)

Thank you CM, appreciate your support - siva

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author avatar Carol
13th May 2015 (#)

This is lovely Siva, many thanks.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol, your support is appreciated - siva

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author avatar spirited
13th May 2015 (#)

I like your quotes and analogies used here siva.

The holographic nature of it all is felt in Rumi's quote.

Perhaps the only difference I would have is in the pack of cards analogy.

"We are dealt a deck of cards here."

This seems to imply that we are dealing with only what some card-shark has dealt has to deal with.

I believe we can construct our own cards and add to his deck by doing so. His deck is just an example a blueprint of one that we must construct for ourselves and live from the cards we deal to ourselves. We are responsible for the way we play our cards, and any other card dealt to us too.

We can't cop out of it by saying those were just the cards dealt to me.....that's my extra "joker" card thrown into your mix siva, LOL.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Spirited for your inputs too.

I am curious about where we are born and how we respond to the situation we find ourselves in. We cannot choose our parents as it is a done deal! We also have no choice where we are born - if one is born in a lucky country, one has a higher calling too, just not to find ourselves in another not so lucky country later!

Regarding deck of cards, I was driving home the point we should not lament our position in life - we should make the best use of the available resources. I take a view that one is not necessarily lucky to be born in comfort as others can get better life experiences early on in life - siva

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author avatar spirited
14th May 2015 (#)

thanks for your reply siva,

of course I am coming to this from the karmic viewpoint too.

There would be some argument that all of these opening positions have been set up because of our karma.

On the surface though you are right generally and I agree with all you have said.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th May 2015 (#)

Thanks Spirited. Karma is a logical explanation for where we find ourselves in at the starting block. I can be placed at midway, but I may have to contend with Usain Bolt!

I feel anyone can be happy whether he is ultra rich or "dirt" poor. In the poorest of places, many find wholesome family camaraderie and mutual help to lend a hand to the needy.

So I feel everyone is given enough support systems in life to weather the storms - siva

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author avatar Souvik
16th May 2015 (#)

Excellent article Sivaji, in the days of globalization it is absolutely true.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Souvik-ji - appreciate your support - siva

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author avatar Nancy Austin
16th May 2015 (#)

Yes. This is an awesome thought process you have indeed and a great article to express such feelings. Very uplifting.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy for your motivating words of support. I am gratified that my post has resonated among many.

Our lives could have been much more worthwhile and meaningful and that was what was intended - siva

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author avatar Nancy Austin
17th May 2015 (#)

To be at peace is not to be in a perfect world where nothing is wrong. It is to be in a world where nothing is perfect and still experience contentment.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th May 2015 (#)

Beautifully said and a sure way to find contentment and peace of mind, thanks Nancy.

I have seen peace where people feel gratitude in their lives for the many blessings. I am sure even in heaven there will be challenges! siva

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author avatar Helen Thomas
21st May 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Siva ~ for another great article. Most definitely ~ balance is the main key that too many of us keep losing. I love what you said here: "Let us remember the words of Jesus – 'If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.' Words of wisdom should be reflected upon and act as the basis for our actions." Yes ~ absolutely!

Richest Blessings to you and your loved ones.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd May 2015 (#)

Thank you Helen for your encouragement.

Every belief exhorts us towards peace and coexistence. Nature has given us enough and more for all to exist and find meaning, but we ignore all the blessings and that is the worst form of ingratitude - siva

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author avatar Sharon Jumbo
23rd May 2015 (#)

It very painful to note that God intended us to live as one indivisible people,but men in their greed for power, wealth and security has turned the divine purpose of creation to suit their selfish aggrandizement

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd May 2015 (#)

Thank you Sharon for your thoughts on our sad predicament. We share every resource that is given free. Thank God the air we breathe is still free!

I have experienced the inclusiveness of humanity when strangers chipped in when my own balked to step forward; so we are still blessed and divinity in creation is still felt. Let us keep that candle burning bright - siva

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author avatar Sherri Granato
26th May 2015 (#)

Wonderfully written! Appreciation and gratitude is so important for inner peace and a basic understanding of the human race.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Sherri for your generous words of motivation. We share this planet, universe. Our feelings, pain, joy are all similar. So the path to fulfillment and bliss is through coexistence. United we stand, divided we fall - is the choice we have to make. Our happiness is from within, being part of creation, in giving and not taking - siva

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author avatar Subra
29th May 2015 (#)

Dear Siva, God has created human beings in the divine image. Human beings have been made for relationship with God, to live in peace and harmony with each other. Human beings are created good, but imperfect which is the reason why there is so much strife and discord among human beings. You are perfectly right in saying that the path to fulfillment and bliss is through coexistence, but because of man's imperfections, ego, greed and power there is so much disparity and disunity.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th May 2015 (#)

Thanks dear Subra for your wise input. When God created us in divine image, we have a higher call to step up. When we know our faults and have paid the price, we should avoid similar mistakes. Luckily during Second World War, only America had atom bombs!

We need to press on with our message of love, compassion and understanding at every level of existence. We can at least agree to disagree than look out for faults in others while avoiding self-scrutiny.

I quote a couplet from Kabir (a mystic poet from India who lived over five centuries ago) that I recall when I look at others critically.

Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye
Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye


I also quote Edmund Burke - The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." This inspires me to share my thoughts and keep them alive - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th May 2015 (#)

The English translation was left out from Kabir's quote - " I searched for the crooked man, met not a single one
Then searched myself, "I" found the crooked one"

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author avatar Abdul Batin Bey
21st Jun 2015 (#)

I found this to be a very lovely piece and I like how you linked different faiths together to show your point. Nicely done

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Abdul Batin Bey, I believe everything flows from our one Creator by whatever name we call Him.

We are from the same source and enriched by different beliefs though some try to drive a wedge between us - siva

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author avatar brendamarie
27th Jun 2015 (#)

Siva, I am glad, to see the there is a world movement for this. Although, it will take many lifetimes for total world oneness to be fully understood.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jun 2015 (#)

Yes Brendamarie, let us keep shining light on the awareness that the majority lives by though they are stymied for now by few because they are blinded by greed, ego, hatred.

Einstein lamented - "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

But we seem to never learn and have short memories. I quote Edmund Burke - The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Let us do our part - siva

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author avatar Althea
16th Jul 2015 (#)

People nowadays tend to be self centered that they forget or fail to realize that we are all social beings with social responsibilities. We are one humanity.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jul 2015 (#)

Though we may have country borders for administrative purposes, we are one and the same from the same source. We can have different beliefs but the oneness of humanity and, nay, creation should be the byword.

We may have gadgets that dazzle but we should remain human. Nothing can outdo pure love that I see more in those who have no material possessions.

Thanks Althea for your input, appreciated - siva

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