Spiritual Destitution

Soninke Symphony © 2008 Aida Toure

The heart is the seat of our being, our actions and words are reflections of our heart’s condition. The plight of men’s communities and nations mirrors our hidden collective heart.

We contribute to disharmony when we fail to cultivate a good feeling heart that shelters kindness and true caring. At some point, blaming all ills on nations’ “leaders” or self-appointed “authorities” seems too simplistic because their notion of power is all illusion for they truly don’t have any control over the most coveted Resources: the ones within us, unless we allow them to… it’s the same challenge we face externally as well with the Earth’s natural Resources’ plundered by an elite; pure extensions of our inner challenges…

We should look at ourselves first and how we live as individuals, as families, nuclei of community. We should work at taming our ego so that the heart doesn’t get intoxicated by its vanity: all the problems in our world stem from this toxicity, we carry it around and make decisions from such a negative state that eventually affects others’ lives. It’s useless to seek betterment of our lives’ conditions by external means until we individually strive to cleanse ourselves of the ego’s toxicity, of its arrogance which only leads to decline.

“… Surely never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves … ” ~Qur’an 13: 11

© 2008 Aïda Touré