Every life has cornerstones in it. And last week I had a sort of eureka moment.
It begins with a story. My mentor, Tara Singh, was meditating on a hillside somewhere in the Himalaya. He had a sort of eureka moment.
He said to himself –
‘It’s very nice for me to meditate in these beautiful mountains and quite easy to be peaceful here but…’
That “but”lead to the thought: Can I do something to help mankind?
If we transcribe this moment in the story to comedy status we might write this for his character:
1. Master meditation
2. Help mankind
When I met him he told me the story of how he was given an appointment with Prime Minister Nehru. And he turned it down. He went to Nehru’s Secretary and he cancelled the appointment.
The secretary asked him why he would do a thing like that! Tara Singh responds:
“Because I have nothing to say.”
Later, he makes another meeting and now he has something to say. He asked Nehru how he could help the Indian farmer to deal with Industrial society.
Nehru sends him to Moscow and to New York and Washington to live for extended periods. The Congress is so impressed with his work (he organized for Eleanor Roosevelt to go on her tour of India) that they make him a US citiizen.
Later in his life, he studies yoga and the Course in Miracles very deeply. And I meet him and become his student.
I lived in South India for a number of years where I ran a company and studied yoga with my mentor’s teacher.
I have seen the rates of suicide among the rural farmers. Nehru and Singh’s fears of the modern world neglecting the subsistence farmer came true in many ways.
Only Yugoslavia and India refused to take sides in the Cold War. Tara Singh continued to advise Nehru and his daughter Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from the United States. ￼But it was management of land in a post industrial world that they focused on. And their focus was humanistic.
The other day, it hit me, what that meeting was looking for was really an understanding of holistic management systems in an Industrial Age. One that honored the ecology and the system.
I recognized in the work of Allan Savory that he was , in a big way, the ecologist to answer my teacher’s question that day with Nehru.
Both men were looking at a human problem and applying it to an ecological one – advancing technology and how to manage the land. Or how it manage companies or nations. Or families. Allan’s breakthrough in Zimbabwe delivered untold gifts for balanced economies and ecosystems for generations to come.
Now we just have to apply it.
It is my dedication to create a company and a non-profit that genuinely believes that is possible, do-able and done in whatever way can be solidly imagined.
There’s a mythological side to all this too. But, in my humble opinion, as far as ecology of systems goes, Allan Savory really made a breakthrough there. Credit where credit is due.