I received a call from someone in the States expressing what a strain it is these days on the financial level. “Either you’ve lost a job or you’re working 10-12 hours a day to hold onto what you have,” she said. The unemployment rate is up to almost 10%. Discontentedness is strong as evidence by protests by Wall Street. Many have lost their jobs and homes and are not left with such high hopes. Bank firms live on fat profits while the average person struggles like anything. People feel cheated and exploited.
Welcome to the material world and the system of capitalism.
Any ‘ism’ does have its defects. We plod along in life waxing and waning, from profits to losses in any scenario, it’s the way it is. To those who have taken up the fighting spirit against injustice, “Keep it up!” But ultimately we do need to keep our sanity, isn’t it, while going through all this gruel.
The caller’s name was Vaidehi, which is a name of Sita, the same damsel, consort of King Rama. The epic, The Ramayan, details how Sita was kidnapped by the demon Ravana, whose vain effort to exploit this great goddess of fortune led to disaster. It seems Ravana had little scope for dharma, acting outside the boundaries of righteousness. During the stressed ordeal, Sita kept her composure because of her constant, positive contemplation on Rama.
The Vedas of India constantly tell us to stand up for dharma, doing what is right, and to stay cool in the process through positive reflection, keeping in good association, and chanting the names of Rama and Krishna.
Take heart, Vaidehi, and hubby, Ram. Hang in there! Stay on track.