Be Transparent

Q & A with Sri Avinash.

Be Transparent

Q & A with Sri Avinash.

Question

You’ve mentioned several times in your Satsangs that people are in misery, but are people really that unhappy?

Question

You’ve mentioned several times in your Satsangs that people are in misery, but are people really that unhappy?

We are living at a time on our planet where there is misery and unhappiness occurring on a mass level. The only reason why it doesn’t look like that is because nobody wants to admit it.

But if we were truthful, if everybody on this planet had the courage to be transparent, every problem would be solved.

If we were transparent, when a person is feeling suicidal they’d print out two signs with bold lettering saying, ‘I feel suicidal’. They’d stick one to their chest and one to their back. Then another person who feels lonely will put a sign on their chest and their back too.

We are living at a time on our planet where there is misery and unhappiness occurring on a mass level. The only reason why it doesn’t look like that is because nobody wants to admit it.

But if we were truthful, if everybody on this planet had the courage to be transparent, every problem would be solved.

If we were transparent, when a person is feeling suicidal they’d print out two signs with bold lettering saying, ‘I feel suicidal’. They’d stick one to their chest and one to their back. Then another person who feels lonely will put a sign on their chest and their back too.

If everyone did this, then we’d all look at each other thinking, “Huh—you’re suicidal? I didn’t know that!” And someone looks at you thinking, “Huh—you’ve got bipolar? I didn’t know that!” The supermarket manager’s sign says, “I’m massively depressed.” And in the fruit section, the person putting up the apples has a sign saying, “I have regular anxiety attacks.” When the CEO of the company comes to visit the store the sign says, “I hate myself, I have no love for myself.” Then everyone will feel, “Huh? This is the CEO and they’re not well either!”

If we all saw each other like that, we would realise, “There’s something going on. Why is everybody like this?” Then we’d do something about it.

But our planet is not transparent like that. If we have some sort of illness or if we’re suicidal or if we’re taking tablets for depression, we don’t want other people to know, in case they judge us.

If everyone did this, then we’d all look at each other thinking, “Huh—you’re suicidal? I didn’t know that!” And someone looks at you thinking, “Huh—you’ve got bipolar? I didn’t know that!” The supermarket manager’s sign says, “I’m massively depressed.” And in the fruit section, the person putting up the apples has a sign saying, “I have regular anxiety attacks.” When the CEO of the company comes to visit the store the sign says, “I hate myself, I have no love for myself.” Then everyone will feel, “Huh? This is the CEO and they’re not well either!”

If we all saw each other like that, we would realise, “There’s something going on. Why is everybody like this?” Then we’d do something about it.

But our planet is not transparent like that. If we have some sort of illness or if we’re suicidal or if we’re taking tablets for depression, we don’t want other people to know, in case they judge us.

But if the whole world was transparent like that, once in a while someone’s sign might say, “I haven’t felt sad or low for years. I feel beautiful every moment of my life!” It might be a bus driver, and when he finishes his shift and goes to the supermarket, everybody will be saying, “Huh? There are 100 people here and everybody has got some problems except this one guy.”

Now, those 100 people won’t want to let the bus driver leave until they’ve asked him, “How do you do that? How come you’re like that?” And then the person will share, “Well, it’s because of this, it’s because of that. I live like this, my perspective is like that…” So then those 100 people will adopt that same approach and, after some years, everybody comes to the supermarket and they all have new signs saying, “I love myself and other people!” It will change, quickly.

But if the whole world was transparent like that, once in a while someone’s sign might say, “I haven’t felt sad or low for years. I feel beautiful every moment of my life!” It might be a bus driver, and when he finishes his shift and goes to the supermarket, everybody will be saying, “Huh? There are 100 people here and everybody has got some problems except this one guy.”

Now, those 100 people won’t want to let the bus driver leave until they’ve asked him, “How do you do that? How come you’re like that?” And then the person will share, “Well, it’s because of this, it’s because of that. I live like this, my perspective is like that…” So then those 100 people will adopt that same approach and, after some years, everybody comes to the supermarket and they all have new signs saying, “I love myself and other people!” It will change, quickly.

But we’re not living in a society where we’re allowed to be transparent. Imagine going for a job interview and you have a sign saying, “I hate myself.” The company manager will say, “Look, I’ve got plenty of people wearing those signs, I don’t need another one!” You won’t get the job! We’re living in a society like this.

I feel the sooner we are honest about the scale of mental illness and suffering that is currently occurring on our planet, the quicker we can work together to put an end to our suffering and misery.

But we’re not living in a society where we’re allowed to be transparent. Imagine going for a job interview and you have a sign saying, “I hate myself.” The company manager will say, “Look, I’ve got plenty of people wearing those signs, I don’t need another one!” You won’t get the job! We’re living in a society like this.

I feel the sooner we are honest about the scale of mental illness and suffering that is currently occurring on our planet, the quicker we can work together to put an end to our suffering and misery.

© Sri Avinash Do Mission Inc.

2018-05-03T17:39:48+00:00

3 Comments

  1. Maria June 14, 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your beautiful words as always, Sri Avinash. I too wish for a world where transparency is the reality and we are all open so that we can learn to truly live from our hearts, beyond any fear or judgment. Thank you and God bless.

    • Anandamayi Guerry August 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Hi Maria,
      Thank you very much for your kind words. We are very happy to see that you are enjoying the teaching posts, and that your heart wishes for the same beauty and love for the world.
      Warm wishes,
      The Sri Avinash Do Mission Team

  2. MDR October 18, 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for a beautiful satsang, Sri Avinash. It really makes me contemplate on how I lead my life.

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