My summer plans did not originally include traveling on a 40 day bus tour of North America. Little did I know while being on an orange school bus with 18 other people doing service and concerts I would have some important realizations.
The bus tour, put on by Ananda Marga, a yoga and meditation group, went all across the United States, and even ventured into Canada and Mexico. One of the stops included Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California.
While in Venice Beach I sang â€œBaba Nam Kevalam,â€? a universal Sanskrit mantra that roughly translates into â€œeverything is an expression of one infinite, loving consciousness.â€? A mantra is used to help a person focus on a particular point through auto-suggestion, in this case helping a person feel closer to God.
When I was in California I smiled to myself as I sang this mantra with my arms opened wide. It occurred to me that instead of being weird for practicing yoga and meditation, I am a revolutionary. I am spreading the message of love. Ernesto â€œCheâ€? Guavera shares my sentiment. He writes:
Let me say, with the risk of appearing ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love. It is impossible to think of an authentic revolutionary without this quality… One must have a large dose of humanity, a large dose of a sense of justice and truth, to avoid falling into extremes, into cold intellectualism, into isolation from the masses. Every day we must struggle so that this love of living humanity is transformed into concrete facts, into acts that will serve as an example.
However, physical force is necessary sometimes â€“ as a last resort. But let us continue to fight the injustices of the world, but at the same time to remember to love our brothers and sisters.