Enlightenment for Warriors
The clarity and calmness that is needed to function at the top of your game is no more evident than in war.
There are periods of intense life threatening activity where total presence of mind, instantaneous assessments and response becomes the key to living.
The greatest warrior in mythology is in my view the enlightened master Krishna. He orchestrated the win of a severely outnumbered, out armed, and more experienced army, through wit and tactics, all emanating from his deep understanding of the human condition.
We often think of Krishna is his playful role, or his womanizing role, but his tactics and roles in the India’s great war mythology are clearly enlightening!
He was able to determine the deep psychological vulnerabilities of the opposition leaders, and create tactics that rendered them powerless. It was from his deep state of enlightened consciousness that he was able to determine what was in the best interests of everybody in their individual quest for enlightenment ( even if they did not know they were questing!) His over arching vision was so clear and magnificent that he delivered one of the greatest teachings of all time, right on the front line of the battle.
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The cost of war on the participants, the warriors who fight, is drawing increasing attention as generations of young men return home deeply scarred internally from the horrific events. New methods using meditation are helping thousands, with extraordinary success.
One Iraq war veteran, Anthony Anderson commented on the benefits of meditation:
“If I knew that when I was in Iraq, I feel I would have had a completely different experience,” he said. “If I had had that ability to repurpose my mind and refocus my mind at the end of every day, to relieve anxiety, to relieve the stress, to refocus myself, I think I would have had a very different experience.”
This video describes how meditation has been a massive help in the recovery of veterans from the traumatic stress of war and the syndrome that can develop from those stresses.
The latest developments in training for war have the students at the top US Academies learning meditation, including the TM method. This is a result of the research on ways to help veterans overcome PTSD. The meditation is being undertaken to reduce PTSD by creating calm, clear warriors from the ground up.
Who knows what the other long term effects will be, but I say they are likely to result in more negotiated interactions, and more gentle interventions even when a strong arm is needed.
The full story is here: Huffington Post