I spoke briefly again recently about karma yoga. Beyond the doing of basic chores to maintain our homes, karma yoga speaks to an awareness of the eternal way of things.
How much of modern life is sold to us through the veil of convenience when in fact it would be beneficial to maintain connection to the task?
Take agriculture for an instance. We place all out trust in multinational corporations to grow nutritious food. We have supermarkets operating at vast profit supply us the food. A behemoth of a supply chain that diminishes the power of farmers and decreases yield of the land and reduces the quality of the food.
Yet, it’s convenient, it’s cheap, it’s strawberries in winter.
We permit this madness in the name of convenience. And greed. A little bit of greed. And instant gratification. I’ll have what I want, when I want it. Strawberries only in summer? Nah, all year round, thank you very much.
This is just an example, but it speaks to the more fundamental shift that has been taking place since the second world war.