What’s the Endgame here?

April 15, 2020 | Dr. Satyavani Gayatri

When we step back and look at all that is happening in the world at once it can be dizzying.

We have insufficient and incompetent leadership, corruption at an all-time high, an environment that is transforming before our eyes due to human recklessness and a pandemic that has brought to the forefront a shining reality that all of us are expendable. In an instant.

Ayurveda discusses health and healing in the Charaka Samhita as:

“Any condition that restores the mind, body and spirit to their naturally balanced states.”

And then continues by saying:

“Any treatment that attends only to the symptoms is not a good therapy. The best treatment is one that balances the whole and does not create other disorders.”

That’s loaded. Simple. But loaded. Especially in times like these.

Disorder is everywhere around us in this moment. Maybe the highest it has ever been.

I was having a discussion both in person and over text messaging the other day with a few students that are currently participating in a seasonal Ayurvedic cleanse with me and the question came up about the state of health and wellness in our country with the direct and wonderful question – What is the endgame here?

We all agreed that the posed question was a much larger conversation for sure and that it needed the respect of more time to process, filter, research and express a myriad of thoughts and ideas.

The topic that spurred this engaging question was the current push by Bill Gates and his team of wealthy and influential payroll recipients on vaccinating/immunizing the world. I want to be clear and direct that the purpose of this blog is not to promote views that are pro-vaccinations or anti-vaccinations but rather to look at it from a larger perspective – the relationship between our health and control.

Those of you that know me know where I stand personally on the topic of vaccination-immunization but again, I want to examine what is behind this beyond the surface discussion that is being presented which is only keeping us distracted from what is really happening in our world and what is preventing us from returning to the Charaka and Ayurvedic definitions of health.

Disease exists or rather, dis-ease exists, in many forms. My student reflected on the idea of vaccinations-immunizations developed to prevent the once-deadly spreading of such things as small pox, measles and polio. Was that not a good thing she asked? I answered: Maybe. Maybe not.

If we are looking at it from the perspective of preserving the body then maybe your answer is yes. But, if you are looking at it from the angle of control of one group over another then maybe not. We do have to remember how and who those diseases were introduced into our populations. Was this a form of control? Hmm. We also have to examine the technology and scientific research that is now being poured into all things dis-ease and its tie to big money and those that have it and wield it.

Native Americans and many indigenous populations treated their people with natural herbalism and the like – things that came from the natural environment. Yes, people died – no doubt. AND, if you look at that from a yogic and Ayurvedic view this is what kept population control and a cap on things like greed and environmental distraction. I realize that this is not a popular talking point but it is a reality nonetheless and an expression I have heard from many people in recent weeks. We are so attached to the material body that we will do anything, at any cost, to save it. Including giving over our power to demagogues with money. What exactly are we trying to save and for what? To continue to hoard wealth and power? To what end?

Krishna talks to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita about the investment in the body by saying in summary that the body is going to die – that is a guarantee. Your soul however will live on and that’s the important part – the part we should be cultivating in this life.

The whole point of this material existence is to burn off our karma by doing our dharma so we can go back home. Instead, what happens is that we are pulled away by the senses and the three modes of material nature and get stuck in believing we are that. That is what is happening right now. We believe in the body so much that we are willing to hand over our mental, emotional and spiritual existence to someone that we would never listen to in the first place had they not acquired huge sums of wealth to get a seat at the political decision-making table. What then does this lead to? It leads to the destruction of the environment and no natural controls or checks and balances on the flow of things. It leads to investment in things that don’t matter. It leads to control of individual bodies and minds (something women have been dealing with for decades). It leads to the cultivation of fear. It leads to hate and discrimination. It leads to increased anxiety. It leads to having no control over what you do with your own life in this material existence. It leads to not living your dharma. It leads to subjugation. It leads to fascism. The list is endless…

Whether it is Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Hilary Clinton, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, etc. is actually irrelevant. What is relevant however is the future of dis-ease in our world because we handed over our power to those with material wealth and snubbed that which is the natural order of things.

We are at a crossroads. How are we going to show up? How are we going to be? As the great yogic scriptures say, only Kala will tell. Isn’t that interesting?

Jai Bhagwan!

Dr. Satyavani Gayatri

Dr. Satyavani Gayatri, Ed.D, AHP has 27 years of experience in Ayurveda, Yoga and Spiritual teaching both domestically and abroad in India, China and Southeast Asia. She holds advanced credentials in Education, Yoga and was initiated as an Acharya (spiritual teacher) in 2016 as part of the Kripalu lineage. She has a regular Ayurvedic medicine practice in Boise, ID as part of the ZenSpot Institute for Vedic & Taoist Studies where she is co-founder. Her focus these days is on her year-long program The Ayurvedic Woman where she assists women on the path of Ayurveda, Yoga and Spirituality to find their true selves.

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