A Warrior of the Light knows that certain moments repeat themselves. He/she often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life. “I’ve been through all this before,” he says to his heart. “Yes, you have been through all this before,” replies his heart. “But you have never been beyond it.” Then the warrior realizes that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn.
– Warrior Of The Light, Paulo Coelho
Upon losing my mother less than 48 hours ago, I cannot help but reflect on the nature of my personal loss as also amounting to a loss to the world. With no allusion of self-importance, I feel the souls of all individuals who have suffered beyond the limits of human imagination in their lifetime, merit our fullest respect and deference. My parents were two such individuals; chosen amongst the last living souls lifted out of the pits of despair, to be sanctified by the ashes of their loved ones directly by the grace of God.
The singular, surreal atrocity that was the Holocaust endowed those who survived its hell, as well as those who perished, the first-hand experience of horrific suffering that we have been spared. For this reason alone, my mother and father, along with all other righteous survivors are owed an eternal place in the heart of all humanity and particularly, in the hearts of those as myself, who have merited living directly amongst these mortal heroes and heroines.
In spiritual study, there is a common theme that the universe is organized through a multi-dimensional framework. The purely physical plane amounts to little more than a platform for the embodied experiences of the higher spiritual plane, enabling our humble human existence to give expression to the soul; that which was, is, and always will be a part of the eternal cosmos.
According to this model, the soul belongs to a realm outside of time and space; giving ample opportunity for it to experience its limitlessness through multiple human occurrences. Each lifetime offers a cumulative trove for acquired wisdom with which to serve in its own evolution.
All lifetimes and experiences point back towards a singular centre, just as each spoke of a wheel points from the periphery back to its hub. In this manner, each embodied experience we live brings us one step closer to the ultimate objective of returning to our central essence, that is love. The experience of the soul is the hub that we eternally serve.
At the soul level, one primary truth exists. All lifetime experiences serve to remind us that love is the central unifying nature of our being. This truth is reflected by our longing and affinity for human connection from the moment of birth, our vital inter-connection with all sentient beings, and our wholly dependent relationship on Mother Earth. Every experience serves to brings us closer to realizing this one ultimate reality… “Only love matters in the end”.
The present generation of Holocaust survivors is quickly coming to an end, yet their legacy must never die in order that the unfathomable suffering that they endured, was not in vain. We owe a debt of gratitude to each of the courageous individuals; not merely by remembering them, but also in honouring their legacies of love that served to sustain them.
- May we know through them, that a world without love is bleak and desolate.
- May we remember that when the essence of our humanity is separated form the heart’s domain, only misery remains.
- May we merit to realize that ultimate wisdom is reflected in the precious gift of life; the physical embodiment of love.
- May we live with constant reverence and awe for all that constitutes life.
- May we each recall with every breath we take, that we are equal custodians to an infinite cycle of souls that are continually reaching towards the most exalted state of love.
In this way, may we protect the future of our collective humanity, mitigating the onus of further suffering for all generations.