HUMANS VS OTHERS
In his e book, The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin reasoned that human and animals differ in diploma not form.
But this differentiator is phenomenal. Humans learn, write, communicate, forecast future, uncover the historical past and ship missions to house.
Humans invent and develop applied sciences in science, communications, engineering, warfare, structure, transport and so forth.
Humans construct and develop establishments of economic system, politics, governance, faith, artwork, leisure, diplomacy and schooling.
Humans, in innumerable methods, stand out as a one-of-a-kind species on Earth.
COLLAPSE OF CIVILISATIONS
And it’s not the primary time that people are affected by a calamity.
History reveals how civilizations have collapsed up to now.
Indus cities, for instance, started to crumble round 1700 BC and caved in by 1900 BC. Nobody got here to learn about them for 1000’s of years until the stays of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro had been excavated within the 1920s.
But the human race, on the entire, has survived. And it possible will the coronavirus pandemic.
VIRUS TURNS HUMAN NOTIONS ON HEAD
But for now, the illness has turned each establishment and virtually each human notion on its head.
Many among the many world’s strongest and wealthiest elite are themselves quarantined. Some different from the identical super-rich elite are jetting off to subterranean hideouts, accompanied by private medics, a Guardian report stated.
VIRUS SHUTS DOWN FAITH CENTRES
Believers flip to faith for solace during misery. But an invisible virus has compelled shutdown of a few of the world’s main non secular centres of just about all main faiths.
The heartland of Islam, Saudi Arabia, has suspended pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina. Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque can also be closed.
On March 15, Pope Francis delivered his blessing to an empty St. Peter’s Square on the Vatican.
In the heartland of Hinduism, India, main Hindu temples had been closed to worshippers earlier than the nationwide lockdown set in. Among them had been Tirumala Tirupati, Siddhivinayak and Vaishno Devi.
The Akal Takht, the best seat of Sikh temporal authority in Amritsar, issued what was a uncommon order within the 550-year historical past of the religion.
On March 22, Giani Harpreet Singh, the Jathedar or the pinnacle of the Akal Takht, directed gurdwaras throughout the globe to restrict actions to low-profile practices and postpone giant congregations and non secular occasions for 2 weeks.
ARE GOD, HUMANS LEAVING EACH OTHER?
This leads us to wonder if God or Divine Intelligence, Allah, Waheguru, All Knowing or All Powerful — name the creator and ruler of the universe by any title — is abandoning people and vice versa?
I flip to my religion, Sikhi, for a solution.
At the group degree, there’s largely an settlement that social distancing holds the important thing, as prompt by the Akal Takht. This, regardless of the Sikh religion’s long-cherished custom of Sangat or congregation.
FROM CONGREGATION TO CONTEMPLATION
At the identical time, the extreme coronavirus restrictions appear to be putting a stability between outward actions and inward attitudes.
Giani Harpreet Singh, as an illustration, has directed all main gurdwaras to direct one of many core ideas of Sikhi, sewa or voluntary service, in direction of the care of the victims of coronavirus and that of the lockdowns it induced.
He urged gurdwaras world over to throw open their visitor homes for doable use as quarantine services for Covid-19 sufferers.
“Sikhi is both a personal and public commitment,” defined Harinder Singh, co-founder of the Sikh Research Institute within the United States. “Since the time of Guru Nanak Sahib, we have been sharing the langars — distribution of wisdom and food. Let’s double down on both to fight coronavirus. Guru Nanak Sahib asked ‘whys’ at a personal level; the Guru served with ‘Hows’ at the public level.”
FAITH VERSUS BLIND FAITH
In the non secular realm, once more as of now, the pandemic can also be settling what has been an limitless debate over what constitutes religion — and what blind religion.
“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility,” as soon as wrote Albert Einstein, the nice 20th-century scientist whose views about God have been variously interpreted.
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind,” he stated.
In his March 22 message, Giani Harpreet Singh cautioned the believers in opposition to superstition whereas sustaining unflinching religion in Absolute Being.
Harinder Singh of the Sikh Research Institute defined how mental energy and religion can complement one another within the deepening disaster.
“Stay at home, unless you are an essential worker — medical, food, logistics. Become more centred by connecting with 1Force (All Powerful), by traditional means or current mechanisms. You need to decide how to connect with 1Force!” he remarked. “That means, strengthening your intellect and your body to share your assets. Take precautions, remain calm and informed. If willing and able, support essential workers by joining them for service, or fund them.”
Spirituality and creativeness, continued Harinder Singh, are very important sources for all times. “Pray as victorious people, not as defeated beings!” he concluded.