Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus
Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus – the revolutionary Gang of Four. What they wrote, collectively speaking could be called the book of Genius and Spiritual Mastery for Dummies. Ideas are interesting things. A truly awesome and profound idea can change the world. It’s also interesting to consider that once a great idea changes the world, the world then changes the great idea as it plays in the world. But the great idea stands . . .like a rock or a statue. Take the main ideas of Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus. This is some revolutionary Gang of Four. If great ideas were pop songs these four would be bigger than the Beatles.
And doesn’t it seem so dreadfully simple when you reduce their message to its essence? Love one another. Do to others as you would have them do to yourself. Throw off the yoke of the oppressor and yet do it non-violently. Don’t get attached to the things of this world. They are after all temporary and such attachment will cause you suffering. Instead practice the right path and have compassion. And Marx . . .capitalism is a flawed system and will lead inevitably to violent revolution due to the inherently unbalanced nature of the attachment to power of the powerful. Everybody gets to be miserable in capitalism. Which is ironic since it is all about the unfettered pursuit of happiness. Or something.
Once you get down and dirty with the truth it certainly gets complex. Once the classic and immutable truth gets down into the painful cracks and crevices of our broken or coherent and multi-faceted lives . . .ah! What Comedy! What shadow play! What drama! What miracles! Those patterns and love lights play and dance on the walls and in the catacombs of our convoluted illusion which we call our . . . reality. It is a terrible, marvelous and an often awkward joke. And it is this perpetual paradox of daily life which the heroic unsung heroes of our lives make a meal of daily.
Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus – the revolutionary Gang of Four. They wrote the book of Genius and Spiritual Mastery for Dummies. One can only have admiration for those amazing souls who continually demonstrate, whether quietly or not so quietly, the grounding of those great ideas in the noisy strife of day to day Terra firma; in the marketplace of our daily lives. They are the people who will nod in your direction, take the time to say G’day. Get on with what needs to be done and then somehow within themselves strive to do the right thing, the honourable thing, without ripping themselves or anyone else off. Emotionally spiritually physically or mentally. So here’s to them and here’s to Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus – the revolutionary Gang of Four. What they wrote, collectively speaking could be called the book of Genius and Spiritual Mastery for Dummies. Thanks for dropping by the store.