"All that evil needs to succeed is for good people to stand by and do nothing"
The last few weeks have been particularly intense. There has been a tremendous amount of harshness. I've hesitated writing because my emotions have been pretty raw and I have been accused of being hurtful and unloving at times when I speak my mind. I've been questioning the value of speaking my mind.
After much self-reflection, and examining the role of my ego in regards to recent events, I can honestly say that my motivation for calling people out on their appalling behavior is coming from a genuine desire to protect people from getting hurt.
Over and over I'm told that I need to be accepting and forgiving of others. Over and over I'm told that love is the only answer. Durga's love is the answer we need right now. Durga is a fierce warrior Goddess. She is also fiercely protective. I very much feel that intense Durga energy.
"All that evil needs to succeed is for good people to stand by and do nothing."
My fear is that the good people have this misconception that they must learn to love and accept evil.
Here's the thing. At least as I see it.
Whether we want to accept it or not, some people are evil. There are people in this world that want to do harm to others. Yes, I do believe that God is in everyone and yes, I do believe everyone needs love. However, that doesn't mean that good people need to invite evil into our homes. That sure as hell doesn't mean that we should give evil any position of authority or leadership.
Good people need to engage their inner Durga Ma and stand up and fight for those who are unable or unwilling to fight for themselves. A long time ago, a teacher told me that Durga creates a protective shield around you and fights for you until you are strong enough to stand up for yourself and fight the righteous fight along side of her.
I have a strong connection to Durga Ma....I'm ready to stand alongside of her to protect the people I love and care about. I used to worry that my fierce protective nature goes against the teachings of yoga but then I remembered a quote that David Newman shared with our ytt class...
"You can kick someone out of your home, just not out of your heart"
I can still feel compassion for the evil people as they clearly don't see their own Divinity but that doesn't mean I want to invite them to lunch and that doesn't mean I'm going to stand by and watch them bully and terrorize people. Doing nothing is no longer an option. Recoginze that by our inaction we are playing a part in the success of the evil people's actions.
Om Hrim Shrim Dum Durgayai Namaha!!!