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and I am thinking particularly about the
matter that makes up this physical body of
mine. From the moment I try to possess
matter, I become a slave to my own
physical senses and my desire to gratify
my senses. So, materialism and a conquest
of matter have actually led to forgetting
the inner being and allowing this matter
to take over my consciousness and my
The solution to materialism is the awaken-
ing of the human heart, the awakening of
human consciousness, so that I can really
understand the happiness I am seeking is
not to be found through a bigger house or
a bigger car or a larger television set. It is
actually found by going within.
I am not talking about something
which is abstract and I sit in a corner and
I meditate on my own. I am instead talking
about something which is very practical
and is very much needed for today's
world. It is simplicity. The ability to reduce
our personal needs so that we are able to
reduce our carbon footprint, so that we
can find the happiness we need within
ourselves and not think that happiness
involves things outside.
The moment we discover that real
treasures lie within, we will have an open
heart, a generous heart, a heart that is able
to share. We will then know that things
really do not belong to us. We are here at
this moment and we can care for things,
but also they exist to be shared with all
others around us. I believe this is the
change that can bring about a trans-
formation within society. It is a change that
has to happen within ourselves, but as it
happens within us, it can also be shared
with the world.
Finally, I want to close with an
experience from the UN Millennium Peace
Summit in 2000. It was the first time that
spiritual religious leaders were called to
the UN. When everyone came together
they spoke about one thing; they all had
the same story, every single one of them.
We have more resources, more technology,
more information, more money, but the
problems of the world have multiplied in
each one of these areas.
At the summit we came to the real-
isation that it is only when human
consciousness changes that these
problems will be able to improve. For me,
it was a very powerful defining moment
that a political body should come to
the awareness that there is a need for a
change in consciousness. But, of course,
consciousness cannot change by a blanket
edict. It can begin to change when I
reach to that awareness myself.
Read Margaret Evans' interview with Sister
Jayanti at the time of the GFC in "A Pathway
to Peace" NOVA December 2008 (Vol 15
No 10 Forgiveness) at www.novamagazine.
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'The moment we discover
that real treasures lie within,
we will have an open heart,
a generous heart, a heart
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