India – Poverty First Impressions.

This is an impression from a Western perspective and so may not give a fair or accurate observation of Poverty here in India, so much here confronts me. I am sure my impression of the physical world here will change as I become familiar, also as my Kundalini rises over time.

Poverty and homelessness is everywhere, in the West it is a cost of Capitalism, of being unemployed and also underemployed, where at any time, one may be one pay check away from it, it comes primarily from Corporate greed, exacerbated by the “Free Trade” agreements which are not at all about free trade but where Governments provide a means for Corporations to move jobs off shore, to other sovereign jurisdictions, that have very low wages and low protection for employees, in the areas of wages, benefits and heath. This desertion of their home country leaves many tens of thousands or millions of people who had jobs, now without any means to live. Here the situation is very complex including the immensity of the population, the lack of education, politics and something that is found in all political systems, corruption.

In India, there is no safety net or any kind, social programs that one experiences, even at the low rate that is in Australia just don’t exist … the quantity in need here is vast, on a cursory examination, there seems no National Government support for the homeless, the poor, the destitute – via food kitchens, shelters, beds or the like. I don’t know as yet the extent of private provision of the same from overseas organisations, I am sure I will given time …

You cannot walk down the street here without seeing the poor, rapier thin bodies begging, one does what one can, it is the mothers and children that my heart goes out to … the mothers ( malnourished ) who are going without so their children will have food … one gives, but then what? Does it only delay an inevitability … but nevertheless we give, but what comes next for them? We cannot know this, all we can do is help in this moment and then move on. The quantity is vast, there are sadly many who may not be in poverty, they are in a business to again make money off the tourists – one can only guess and hope that the deserving get something, so for me I give to the very old, and mothers with children.

To give you an idea, I was walking along the road, when I first arrived and not far from where I am staying, right in front of me in the gutter, was a body of a young man, thin beyond comprehension … he was just lying there, not moving, I could not see him breathing, was he alive or dead, to this day I don’t know.

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  1. Maybe with the belief in a caste system results in a lack of concern, or perhaps better put- results in it not making it a serious “priority”- for the people who are suffering and homeless. And yes, while it may be technically against the law to discriminate according to caste, people don’t change lives or worlds overnight, especially if it’s a basic life view.

    I myself, view life as that people are born into this world and we can’t help it when we end up. But that assumes there is no sense of deserving that outcome. But if there’s the belief that you were born somewhere for a reason (as I speculate the caste system implies), then yeah, why would anyone be too concerned about the guy half-dead laying in a gutter? It sounds awful to someone like you or I, but I guess the light bulb in my head clicked a long time ago after reading this article:

    A word of warning: it’s a very long article. But extremely interesting and relevant to what I’m trying to say! I read it as a teenager many years ago…yet the vivid imagery depicted really stuck in my head forever concerning the lifeguard in a swimming pool and how that poignantly illustrates two entirely different mindsets and how it shapes lives.

    I read your blog and yes, being from the US, I feel sorry for the man of whom you could not determine alive or dead. But oddly enough, maybe to others- this was not a concern to them. In fact, maybe they didn’t see it as bad at all but just an aspect of life. I’m not Indian, so I can’t say I entirely understand what is really going on. But clearly, the reaction of seeing him is for others is not there like it is for us.

    I sigh a heavy sigh to read your blob post too. The poverty sounds great. I still hold a strong personal belief that people can’t help where they end up born into this world and I know this mindset truly fuels me to think all deserve compassion. But this definition of compassion – the same kind that makes you decide to help others- where does it come from?

    Listening to the heart is key, I believe. But I think something people have a hard time with is attaching feelings that aren’t their own. For example, I’m definitely a baby-boomer child and I have nothing to do with the Cold War and definitely WW2, yet there are still people who try to hate on “the other side” when there are no longer sides or war. I am ashamed of the endless war the US causes to others…I even wish I scream, “I have nothing to do with this! I didn’t kill anyone!” It irks me to be seen as an American when I realize others around the world might truly think of only “aggressive jerks” when seeing US citizens. I am horrified to therefore automatically attached to those memories by many, I’m sure.

    So, ultimately, I guess I see what is crossing over in your mind. Or rather what you’re trying to not let cross over your mind? Or is there any crossing, or rather just forming? 🙂 Eh anyway, I kind of haphazardly threw some thoughts here. Maybe something if it were one word as a response, I’d leave you with just “wow…hmmm”!

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