By Octavio Salvado.
It’s time for us to renounce the lie, that somehow in the eyes of God, some people are more privileged than others. This is the exact opposite of what the Yoga Tradition stands for.
The most important message from the entire Bhagavad Gita is:
Life and Death are not nearly as important as ‘How’ we live. Only Dharma gives our lives meaning.
Here is the brutal truth: you will not be happy unless you achieve your Dharmic potential, which is the reason you incarnated on this planet. It is the ONLY way to find lasting happiness in this world and there are no exceptions to this rule.
To suggest that race, color, or economic class define privilege and somehow provide the upper hand when it comes to TRUE happiness and TRUE success, is a spit in the face of life, God and humanity. Please hear it again: only Dharma, only Soul-aligned purpose brings happiness and success.
People who are pushing the ‘poor me’ or ‘poor them’ narrative and still calling themselves Yogis, need to check themselves. Otherwise life will do it for them. There is no room for hypocrisy where we are going.
Personally, my role models have always been black or brown. As a kid and all through my high school years, I worshipped Michael Jordan. Now as an adult (and realizing that I probably won’t make it to the NBA) my focus has shifted.
Now, instead of Air Jordan posters on my wall, I have Pandit Rajmani Tigunait posters on my alter.
The common thread: Dharma
The common thread connecting both of these extraordinary men, apart from their skin color is Dharma. Both men came from poor families, in poor communities. No special privileges. Yet they knew in their hearts what their mission was and they committed to that mission uncompromisingly.
They endured the storms and hustled, each in their own way, harder than all the rest. More practice, more study, more failure, more growth. So if you are pushing the pity card for yourself or others, then you are trapped in a self-created, extremely flawed vision of reality. If you don’t elevate your mind then you are going to suffer, badly.
Let me spell it out for you. This is how you succeed in life and the only way you will be happy.
Get clear on what you love – figure out that thing that lights you up more than anything else. Then ask yourself if by committing to that thing, you can serve the world and make it shine a little brighter. Now, for the rest of your life, commit to that thing with the full force of your soul and with every ounce of energy that you have, indefinitely and without wavering.
Next, expect ridicule, criticism, failure, set-backs and difficulties. Train yourself to be resilient. Train yourself to get up, time and time again and brush yourself off and keep going with increased tenacity.
The result, 100% of the time, without fail, because this is Universal Law, will be that the forces of nature and the broader universal forces, such as those governing timing and synchronicity will conspire to assist you in your Dharmic mission.
If your path is the correct one and truly aligned to your grandest reasons for being here, then NOTHING can stop this process. It won’t be instantaneous and it won’t be without heartache, loss and sacrifice, but if you commit fully, it must come to fruition. This is Law.
If you want proof, first look at nature and see how empowered every single creature is to do its allotted ‘work’. This power comes from alignment to the higher design. From this alignment each aspect of nature is compelled to act with precision and power and life unfolds harmoniously and with immense beauty.
The reason human beings ‘typically’ are not connected and empowered in the same way is because of free will, which is a gift or disaster depending on how it is used.
When we are not connected to the guiding principle of ALL of life, then free will moves us towards false narratives, such as those proposing separation and lack. This will ultimately orchestrate our downfall via mediocrity, or self-initiated destruction. This is what we are seeing on the planet right now.
If you want further proof of the laws of Dharma at work, research the vast number of ‘true’ success stories that have come from nothing, or very little. Those who have come from poverty, abuse and hardship. These are the success stories that warm our hearts, because we sense the truth in them. All succeeded because either consciously or unconsciously they understood and tapped into the Eternal Law, a law which is incorruptible.
Privilege can be a major obstacle to happiness.
The concept of ‘Privilege’, as it’s being pedaled today can actually be a major obstacle to true happiness and success. Why? Because it usually goes hand in hand with money and education.
Education is not synonymous with intelligence. Academics are some of the dumbest people I know, because a lot of the time they lack inner access to their intuition and God-given capacity to ‘feel’ into what is true. Too much time spent in the left brain analyzing and being told what to think and HOW to think.
As a result, critical thinking and gut instinct are devoured by memory and book knowledge. Curious minds become submissive, left-brain robots bowing to every command, no matter how unjust or insane, coming from those who they deem ‘above them’ intellectually and higher up the food chain.
Being born into money is another potential obstacle to Dharma. Do you seriously think that money buys happiness? Not from what I see. Money not earned through hard work often corrupts the personality and makes it weak. Money can also pad us from the necessary blows from life that are meant to shape us.
Furthermore, those who offer the money, whether its parents, or a benefactor will likely have some pre-established agenda for the direction ‘they’ think we should take in life. At the first sniff of rebellion, they will bring the authoritarian hammer down, tell you to get back in line and threaten to withdraw the income flow.
Its time to evolve beyond this worn out idea of ‘privilege’. Its time to evolve beyond fundamental flaws in perception regarding core spiritual truths about life. Its time to evolve beyond hiding behind slogans that allow us to play small, or that keep others small.
We are ALL equal under the eyes of God. Every living soul has the same potential to be happy and succeed.
So stop whining, stop complaining and blaming others. Your destiny is in your hands. The old paradigms are officially obsolete.
Get up. Be brave and go make something of your life.
Octavio is now delivering live-streamed weekly philosophy lectures on Wednesdays at 2pm Bali time. Book your spot online.