Que Sera, Sera
I grew up in the 60s and 70s when although it may have felt in many ways like the world was falling apart, in retrospect it all now seems so tame and containable like our Charlie Brown lunch boxes. My mother had a phrase she said often - Que Sera Sera - which translates to whatever will be, will be. This morning at dawn as I sat and tried to take my meditation seriously, my mother's voice sang in my head and somehow made me feel a little better. Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be, will be, The future's not ours, to see, yeah Que Sera, Que Sera………..
But the message here is not just to accept what will be, no matter how atrocious, unjust or inhumane. Although there is here is a kind of Ishvara Pranidhana - a surrender or accepting of an outcome even though it may not have been what you wished for; a turning over of what happens in our outer world to a higher power - there is more to the story in that we can affect change. We affect change in who we are, what we believe in and how we respond to that which we cannot change. The Bhagavad Gita, a second century BC 700-verse Hindu scripture, reminds us that we are always in battle in some way, whether internally or externally, between what is light, spacious and of love - and what is dark, contracted and hateful. We surrender not to the ignorance and the hate, but to the idea that the battle in necessary in order to evolve us.
But I believe that love that takes many shapes and does in the end win because it is bigger and more powerful than darkness and hate. If we arm ourselves with kindness, respectfully intervene when we see a wrong, challenge ideas that are bigoted and hateful, fight for what we believe, and stand up for those that can’t yet stand, what will “be” is a stronger, more just, and safer world. Just look at all the brave, resilient protesters at Standing Rock. And ALL the fearless who stood up and stand up for the right to live and love and speak in freedom…….
You can choose to sit down and be quiet and what will “be” is aversion and darkness and fear. Or you can choose to stand up and que sera sera more light and more respect for ourselves, each other and this planet we call our home.