On 5th May 2020, Mohamed Amersi shared a meaningful speech with the Gayatri Pariwar community, a Hindu faith-based community with a following of over 100 million people globally. Mohamed’s speech, titled “The Future of Humanity” was live streamed, after a personal invitation from Dr. Chinmay Pandya. Dr. Pandya is the grandson of one of the greatest scholars, seers, philosophers of recent times in India – Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya (1911-1990), who was the founder of All World Gayatri Pariwar.
The Gayatri Pariwar community is guided by principles of human unity and equality, with a vision to bring harmony, friendship, brotherhood, peace and prosperity across the world.
In his speech, Mohamed shared his reflections on the uncertain state of the world and his hopes for humanity to heal, recover, and grow from this experience. Key messages from the speech include;
1 “We have withdrawn from one another to protect each other.”
We must recognise the paradoxes and the tension in the opposites we face in these times. Whether it is recognising the physical distance we need to maintain to come together to protect ourselves, or the emotional toll of a silent, invisible war we collectively face. The paradoxical circumstances are testing and uncomfortable, yet from these often highly conflictual balances, as recognised by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, there can emerge a unity or wholeness.
2 “While we may be in the same storm, we are definitely not in the same boat.”
Whilst Covid-19 has touched all of us, our experiences vary widely. These differences shine a light on the inequity that exists in our societies and the overarching need for us to refrain from judging each other. Rather, we are presented with an opportunity to actively observe and see beyond the surface and listen deeply to truly understand and genuinely respect each other. We choose our actions and behaviours and the emerging acts of kindness rippling through our communities to look after each other are important signals of hope and connection.
3 “Every natural disaster is nature’s attempt to create a new balance.”
Covid-19 is a warning and an opportunity. Rooted in this upheaval is an urgent need for collective change and for humankind to recalibrate and re-prioritise what is truly important for us in the present and to re-design a regenerative future for everyone.
The full transcript of Mohamed’s speech is available on request.