I believe it is also harmful to be anticipating catastrophe When I grew up, I always was anticipating a catastrophe
I wonder if I might give an opinion about a subtle point concerning anticipating or foretelling the calamities, the tribulations and the catastrophes:
The mind of the body needs to grasp what happens as a consequence of these things, and that is the linking up a person with the One - the only One - who when the time comes, is able to provide the help. It helps in a measure the release of the Divine within, a degree of emancipation from the stranglehold that the lesser self has on the spirit.
From the spiritual viewpoint, focussing on foretelling the coming of trouble itself
: this concentrates the mind of the body on these things and therefore it weakens
the individual instead of strengthening, because the focus is on the fear of the shadows
rather than on grasping the underlying shaking free of the spirit from the suffocation of the baser self bound to the world. Wisdom
concerns the things which are of God
. Concentrating on plagues, famines, storms and earthquakes is concentrating on knowledge of the things of the earth
. Probing beneath the surface of earthly things is revealing earthly
knowledge - and only in a measure at that - however it is not
revealing wisdom, and wisdom is of God - and as we love the Master Jesus, we should always keep our thoughts on the highest and best.
I hope this subtle point has been brought out.
Finally, amongst all the trouble going on at this moment, may we prayerfully think of those left behind who have lost loved ones in the devastation of the recent Nepalese disaster. Thank you so much.