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How Covid 2019 has shattered the ownership syndrome worldwide

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

Little did we think and realize what a virus can do to the entire human race in a span of few days. It has not only brought us to the brink but also made us acknowledge that how vulnerable we are as a species. Since ages, we humans have conditioned our mind with the ownership syndrome. We have been living and ruling this planet as if we are the sole proprietors of every natural resource available. Whether animal kingdom or plant kingdom, we have been ruthless and self-centered.

In his book, ‘A New Earth’ published in 2005, renowned author Eckhart Tolle said, ‘Having the concept of ownership is a fiction created by the ego.’ He further said, ‘Another aspect of the collective dysfunction of the human mind is the unprecedented violence that humans are inflicting on other life-forms and the planet itself - the destruction of oxygen-producing forests and other plant and animal life; ill-treatment of animals in factory farms; and poisoning of rivers, oceans, and air. Driven by greed, ignorant of their connectedness to the whole, humans persist in behaviour that, if continued unchecked, can result in their own destruction.’ Ironically, how his words stand true today when we are faced with a grave danger in the form of Covid 2019.

Ego is nothing but an illusion about the self. Many of us live all our life in the delusion of ownership thinking that all is permanent, and nothing will ever happen to us. Such a shallow knowledge and ignorant behaviour has led to the fall of many mighty empires earlier as well. Many men and women endowed with divine intelligence, divine love and divine wisdom descended on this beautiful earth to guide us, enlighten us and raise our consciousness but we blinded by our own perceptions and convictions defeated their purpose. We still preferred to live the same way and did not learn the right lessons.

We forgot that we all are here to seek awareness, gain knowledge and evolve but we ended up losing our being, oneness with each other and the values and virtues for why we are here on the planet. God made us all equal, but we created inequality among us through illusions, delusions and superfluous inhibitions. We are still ruled by orthodox and retrogressive mentality where being an owner, we think that we have right over all the privileges and forget the fundamental reality that we all are co-travelers in this world, and nothing is permanent. The Chinese, American, European, Korean economies have all fallen flat in the wake of the global crisis and how badly the stock markets worldwide have tumbled in the following weeks. The virus has spared no one. We all whether big or small, rich or poor, black or white are facing the wrath of this biological terrorism.

The Covid 2019 does not know whether you are a Chinese, Iranian, Japanese, European, American, Italian, Spanish or Indian. It does not discriminate on the basis of caste, color, creed, sex, religion or whether you are an owner or a not. It has taught us not only the biggest lessons of our life but has also exposed the hypocrisies of the human mind. The present calamity has not only dismantled the old-age beliefs and idiosyncrasies but has also highlighted the need of universal awareness and brotherhood. In these darkest hours of humanity, we need to rewire our brains and reset our life-buttons. Unfortunately, real education is still elusive, and we need to think beyond are logically and rationally driven minds. It’s a global threat faced by the mankind and we need to learn many lessons:-

  • We need to accept each other the way we are and learn to respect our different and divergent nationalities, opinions, cultures and even existence.

  • We need to be more careful and vigilant in the usage of our natural resources whether plants, animals, minerals, oil and gas, fuels and all others.

  • We need to slow down a bit. Instead of running blindly and indulging in a rat race, we need to focus on ourselves, our own resources and means and not on others.

  • Materialism and spirituality are the two sides of the same coin called life. Both need to be balanced so that we could live a holistic and wholesome life.

  • We should give more, gift more and love more so that world could be a better place to live in. Exchange of small gestures of love, peace and harmony could resolve many things.

  • Conflicts and contradictions are integral part of human nature. Being more receptive, accommodating and responsive we can address the issues more sensitively and highlight the importance and significance of various theories and doctrines.

  • Paradigm shifts in the thinking process and openness of the mind can prove to be more fruitful in cementing the relationships and the bonds universally.

  • And last but not the least, our response and respect towards the nature needs to be more elevated, uplifted and sublimated.

  • The nature has taught us the biggest lesson of life, the principle of co-existence.

The following video has posed a big question to us.

We have threatened our entire ecosystem by our own recklessness and now we are paying for it. A universal saying, ‘What you sow is what you reap’ is a stark reality today and no doubt we are learning the lessons hard way. We have lost many precious lives and it’s a great tragedy seeing human lives withering away like this. All respect and reverence to the departed souls who became the victims of this deadly virus. May their soul rest in eternal peace and solace.

Hare Krishna!

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About the Author

Dr. Gazal Chetan Bansal

Dr. Gazal Chetan Bansal, Ph.D is a spiritual evangelist and a practical thinker. She is the founder and CEO of ‘Conscience Connect’ which aims to build up people holistically and wholesomely.

She holds Doctorate in Political Science and is an NLP Practitioner, a Pranic Psychotherapist, and an Arhatic Yogi. She is a Blogger and a prolific writer. She has co-authored and edited various books.

She writes to inspire people that deep contentment is the outcome of the passionate actions and courageous commitment towards compassion.


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