As I prepare to leave the country, yesterday’s acts of terror in Boston have stuck me profoundly, not just because I have family living there or that my son will be living there as soon as I bring him back to the United States, but by the simple fact that some human being or beings could hold so much hatred in their hearts to perpetrate such acts of hatred. I read the following written by Mastin Kipp, and it speaks to me of how we can open our hearts and should open our hearts to send out universal love and healing.
No amount of hate can solve the deep problem of ignorance. Hatred brings more hate. We have enough history to show us this. We have enough evidence of modern-day fighting that demonstrates this as well.
What I can tell you is that ignorance struck yesterday. But ignorance will not tame us. Ignorance will not keep us down.
Nothing can put out the eternal American and for that matter – human Spirit that dwells within each and every one of us.
I’ve come to believe that acts of violence are ways certain people try to prove how powerful they are. And yet, nothing could be further from the truth.
Violence to prove power, violence to cast a shadow of fear, violence meant to stop progress – has not and will not ever be a sustainable endeavor.
So, what can we do?
We can give, we can donate, we can send Light, we can pray, we can get involved; but there is one thing that we can do that can prove that acts like this, no matter how ill-intended, never truly achieve their intended effect…
We can choose to Love.
Love ourselves. Love those that we are with. Love others even more.
And perhaps, perhaps, Love those that hurt us. “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”
Loving those that hurt us does not make right what they did. It does not mean we are pushovers. It does not mean that we will not find those who are responsible and bring them to justice.
But Loving them proves that we are more evolved, more righteous and that our spirits and our ability to Love cannot be broken, even in the depth of tragedy.
Loving them does not mean we have to like them. But it does mean that we see that they are simply ignorant. And our Love is greater than that.
So, if we really want to heal, if we really want to do the right thing, then – when tragedy strikes, we must Love more.
We must learn to love more! It is vitally important we do this so that those who died yesterday in Boston, and the thousands of others who die senselessly each and every day in the world, have not died in vain. Do not resort to ignorance, finger-pointing or blame, instead reach for love.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
~The Dalai Lama