Healing the Roots of Hatred
Perhaps the greatest human tragedy, the one that feeds all the others, is hatred. It’s remarkable to see how long people hold onto this emotion. Hatred takes various forms — resentment, anger, passivity, and so on — but underlying hatred’s many forms is always hurt. Hurt feelings are incredibly powerful motivators, and instead of efforts to move past or heal from hatred, many continue to hold onto negative feelings year after year. Why is it that people prefer to hold on to the hatred?
Take a moment to reflect upon the people you have known throughout your life. Likely you have witnessed the sad human tragedy of hatred many times, in both personal and professional settings. Why do people, fueled by hatred, assault others with their hostility time and time again? Do they do this out of pride? A set of principles that have become warped over time? Or is it a physiological state of emotional collapse into an irretrievable state of wounding?
The damage these people inflict with their wounding results in a great scourge upon humanity. From friendships falling apart to cities dividing along real and imaginary lines, the effects of hatred are all around us. Even wars are the result of this seed of hatred spreading and multiplying. Tension and cruelty replace harmony and goodwill. Hatred is a heavy, dark, and relentless cloud that hangs over individuals, families, communities, and nations. How are such things healed?
No matter how many people with heartfelt sincerity request healing, it seems that once the collapse into hatred occurs, the hater will not, or cannot, let it go. It can even seem that attempts to heal actually only inflame the hatred. People sometimes prefer to leave and take their emotionally collapsed state of hatred with them, only to inflict it again wherever they may go next. It is as if they insist that the emotional collapse does not exist within themselves, but is out there in the world, ready to attack them wherever they go.
What can we do when we find ourselves at the receiving end of such crippling hatred? Oftentimes just walking away and avoiding the situation is not enough, and can in fact enflame the situation further. Haters practically insist that you stay and be a target for their hostility.
What can we do if we find ourselves filled with this same hatred that we know to be powerfully destructive? What is the best way to acknowledge this state and heal from it?
The first step to moving beyond hatred comes down to releasing stress and strain within ourselves. Letting it go is doable, but not necessarily easy. Fortunately we have the technology available to release stresses and strains, that allows us to come from a place that is more in harmony with our true nature, and as a result, all of nature. We then act more harmoniously with those around us. That technology is Vedic technology which brings out the harmony and coherence found at the depth of existence (the unified field level). On an individual level, that means practicing a meditation that works at that level. On a larger scale, that means utilizing a variety of tools, including architecture, engineering, etc. that work on that level. Thousands of years ago, the ancient Rishis cognized the knowledge of this technology. While our modern age, so full of hatred, has unfortunately obscured the knowledge of this technology, it is available.
From teaching around the world for the past 35 years to opening a Vedic community in North Carolina, my life has been dedicated to offering this technology to humanity. But it is a tough sell. The arrows of hatred, anger and resentment continue to fly. At times, it is all one can do to continue to stand up and keep moving forward. Sometimes it feels as though such hatred cannot be tolerated for another moment. When will this scourge upon humanity leave us? Sometimes the Dylan song comes to my mind and it feels like the answer is “blowin’ in the wind.” Yet all we can do is face the wind and continue moving forward, forward, always forward. In time, the world will live in peace. Harmony will prevail.
Dr. Michael Mamas is the founder of The Center of Rational Spirituality, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity through the integration of ancient spiritual wisdom with modern rational thought. From personal issues to global trends, Dr. Michael Mamas helps individuals and organizations develop a deeper understanding and more comprehensive outlook by providing a ‘bridge’ between the abstract and concrete, the Eastern and Western, and the ancient and modern. Dr. Michael Mamas has been teaching for 35 years (including the U.S., India, Europe, and Canada) and writes on a variety of subjects on his blogs, MichaelMamas.net and DrMichaelMamas.com.