Student: Master, I think we must increase our frequency of prayers.
Master: May I ask why?
Student: Don’t you read the news? The world is falling apart.
Master: May I ask how?
Student: So many horrible events have taken place – I don’t even know where to begin.
Master: Focus not on the severity of problems and just begin.
Student: Well, so many earthquakes have taken place. Look at the wreckage the tsunami has caused Japan. The affected nuclear power plants pose huge risks now!
Master: Did volunteers not spring up from everywhere to help out during these occasions? Did it not cause the masses to clamor for safer forms of energy?
Student: Er.. Yes , on both accounts. But master, the situation in the Middle East is unthinkable. So many lives have been lost. The revolution is scary!
Master: And what is the reason for the revolution? For dominance or for liberation?
Student: I suppose it is the latter…. Master, there is great turmoil in the financial situations of USA, Europe and other countries. They are calling it a meltdown!
Master: How did we come to this state? Were they operating their business on the basis of integrity or greed? Did they embrace sustainability or quick gains?
Student: Hmm… I think I understand what you are trying to say. So, we should not worry about it right?
Master: On the contrary. We should worry when the masses still do not see the big picture. The biggest lessons are upon us. When we own up to the problems we have created, we start to understand accountability. Freedom is a given on this planet. When we take this gift of free will for granted, we will have to face its divine brother.
Student: Divine brother?
Master: In one word – “Consequence”.