The changes on our planet are increasingly rapid and extreme. In the past, some thought that one of the main problems was not having access to information, but in the last 50 years, the rapid development of technology and the internet has shown us that access to knowledge is important, but it does not solve all the problems.

We all know that we are destroying the planet, that with industry and development we have brought the ecosystem to a point of no return, that if we do not do something drastic soon, we will self-destruct. It seems that this is not enough to create changes that really have an impact.

Reading about the life of Rāma, and those of other great Initiates like Christ and Krishna, the thing that fascinates me the most is their deep relationship with something invisible, a spirit that guides them and gives them the capacity to be revolutionary without being destructive.

Perhaps access to information needs to be supported by another kind of inspiration, connected to more elevated reservoirs of consciousness: awareness and energy that will lead us to actions that are enlightened, that are truly effective and sustained not only by thought, but also by the soul. With his story, perhaps Rāma can reassure us that, if we make an effort with a pure heart and a true spirit of love and service, access to these elevated energies is possible. The questions find answers, the yearnings are supported, and they can lead to actions that really transform the world.

Knowledge is important

Rāma – who was also called Ram – lived during a time when human sacrifices were normal, but his soul rebelled against those bloody rituals. His race was in danger of extinction, just as we are now faced with self-destruction.

Ram, a young man destined for the priesthood, was called “the one who knows” and “the one inspired by peace“. His main interests were herbs and their use, the stars and astrology. When a plague epidemic broke out, Ram thought it was divine punishment for human sacrifices. So, he began to look for a way to save the people. However, even though his knowledge was quite vast, it was not enough…

…but it’s not enough

After several days of meditation about how to find a solution, sitting under his beloved oak tree, Ram heard the voice of a man. He was a shining figure dressed in a white tunic, with a divine frequency. This being gave Ram a branch of mistletoe and whispered to him about how to prepare it in order to save his people. Ram prepared the mistletoe potion according to the instructions that he had received. He then gave it to a sick person to drink, and after some time, he was cured. From that moment on, mistletoe became a sacred plant in India, just as it is for the Celts of Europe. Reading this story, it was a Celtic Druid who appeared in Rāma’s dream, which goes to show that these reservoirs of inspiration have no cultural or geographical boundaries.

What strikes me the most about Rāma’s story is the “magic formula” that is indicated for us: a profound harmony between study and inspiration, knowing how to act and knowing how to let oneself be guided, knowing how to desire which then becomes knowing how to be.

Bertuccia Bietola