“Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.”
How do you begin to understand the times we’re living in? This is a nearly impossible task. You could do years of intense research, traveling down the deepest rabbit hole, and you still might not have all the facts. There are a million different ways to look at the same situation. No one actually knows what’s going on in the world and why we’re here to experience it.
By now, you’ve learned you have very little control over what’s happening to you. Yet, you have a relationship with everything you’re experiencing. So, how do you navigate this strange terrain? As Yogi Bhajan puts it, “Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.” This is the 4th Sutra of The Aquarian Age. These words of wisdom are essential for getting through this challenging period with grace.
Every person is coping with life in a unique way. We all have our individual stories, affairs, traumas and expectations. There are many factors that determine your particular perspective and how you deal with it. Because you only really know you, it may be difficult to understand another person’s point of view, especially if it’s drastically different from your own. This can cause unnecessary pain and conflict if you forget the 4th Sutra.
It never helps to judge or criticize something you don’t understand. Even if you strongly disagree with someone or something, the best thing you can do is have compassion. That doesn’t mean you don’t form your own opinions or fight for what you believe. Rather, put yourself in their shoes before you say or do something negative. Ultimately, this approach will make you smarter, happier and a much better leader.
As you scroll through Instagram or watch the local news, be sure to remember this sutra, “Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times”. Remember that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have. The world really needs you to practice your compassion muscle. Walk away, turn it off or unfollow if you can’t let it go. These times call for us to wake up and step it up. Let’s make humanity proud.