Sunday, January 29, 2017

THE DEEPER WOUND





Deepak Chopra was waiting in the lounge of Denver airport when, on the morning of September 11, 2001, the terror struck from the skies and brought down the iconic twin towers in New York City. Just as the horrendous images numbed all of us, it left the famous spiritual teacher numb, too. Right there, yes right in the midst of frightening devastation, he got down to pen the core message for his book of healing – ‘THE DEEPER WOUND’.

 It was sixteen years ago. And, it seems, Donald Trump has leant nothing from this tragedy. Nothing from the images of the mammoth towers melting down and taking away thousands of lives in a few moments… later, the retaliation of the US… later the retaliation from the terror outfits… later… later… later. Yes, later!

Donald Trump has not only invited unimaginable trouble for himself, he has done it to innocent people – lakhs and lakhs of them – all over the globe. I see no difference between Donald Trump and a hardcore terrorist… The mind is the same: evil and ignorant… The heart is the same: dead… and consequences will be the same: more retaliation, more devastation… more and more wounds!

So, here he goes, Donald Trump as the Commander of the greatest nation on earth, a robust democracy and a free nation… yes he goes doing what America would never have done: blatant discrimination of people based on their religion and nationality… branding all people from seven nations - Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia - terrorists and unworthy is something brutal and inhuman. Donald Trump has lost it all in a few days in office… More madness and more aftermaths, sadly, are bound to follow…

I only pray, “Lord, have mercy!”

A few hundred years ago, that land of dream called America belonged to the natives… and when the White invaded and made the natives homeless… what was it? Was it not terrorism? Was it not a country totally built to what it is today by immigrants? Donald Trump has lost it all… He has done more damage to America and the world than those who caused havoc on 11 September…

I am only praying: “Lord, have mercy!”

“We can become living memorials to tragedy by restoring the power of life,” wrote Deepak Chopra in the book born through 11 Sept tragedy, “You are that life, you are that power. Let us see if we can find the spark that will make the spiritual flame spring up.”

Today morning, when I read the newspaper headlines, I felt exactly how Deepak Chopra had felt watching those horrendous  11 September TV images  from the Denver airport lounge… I felt numb… yet, strong in that numbness… I am not an American or a citizen of any of those banned Muslim countries… but, I felt the pain, as if it was inflicted upon me directly…
But, then, it reminded me of the deeper wound…
From where all human suffering came…
I saw the flame of hope…

Donald Trump cannot extinguish that flame. No, never!

GERALD D’CUNHA
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