Saturday, November 17, 2018

Who do you want to be?

Yesterday was Halloween, and as I was giving out candy to "tick or treaters," I remembered a time when I took my daughter for her first "trick or treat."  I had bought her a Cinderella Custom with matching face mask.  She was about four years old.  We walked to our neighbor's house, climbed  up the stairs, where Nikki put on her Cinderella face mask.  She suddenly stopped, took off her mask, and said to me, "Dad, I don't want to be Cinderella, I just want to be myself."  Here was my four year old little girl making a life decision to "be her herself."  It was unexpected and amazing at the same time.  I asked her if she wanted to knock on the door to get her candy treat, and she said, "No."  We went back home. She took off her custom, took out her coloring book, and began to color; and that was that. 

In contrast to my daughter's life decision, I wanted to be a garbage-man.  I thought it would fun ridding on the back of a garbage truck.  When I would go visiting with my father to his friend Tony, he would ask his friend to ask me what I wanted to be; he asked and I, with no hesitating replied, "a garbage-man."  Than my father and his friend would laugh.   My sincerity and my daughter's, about our desires for our lives were forthright and honest, but her dimensional spectrum was much more expanded than mine. 

Shakespeare wrote, "To be or not to be.  That is the question..."  So reader, I am asking you, who do you want to be?  I can see you smiling and saying, "that is easy,  I want to be a fireman, a policeman, a poet, a writer, a dancer, a singer, etc. any one of million desires that may "float my boat."  If your desires are strong and you are deeply committed, over time you will manifest your desire.  Than after you achieve your goal, the pleasure of your achievement is self satisfying; you bask in it.  Than after time you begin to feel the urge to expand yourself further.  It is like living in a ten by ten space, its comfortable, but you began to imagine a space twenty by twenty.  As you accommodate to that space, you begin to imagine living in an even larger space.  What is really happening to you is, you have consciously awakened the innate, cosmic urge of expansion into your life.  Life is never satisfied with the status quo; you might have a recognition of this urge

Now, with the connection of this urge you have created an existential or experiential attachment to the cosmos.  At this point, you and the cosmos are one.  This then is the beginning of truth, and has unbounded the possibilities of the entire Universe, to be within your preview. 

The whole Universe is knitted together in an absolute web of unity and destiny.

















Sunday, September 30, 2018

Seeking Sholas

Have you felt impotent and frustrated over your inability to effectively help resolve the deep problems currently existing in our country?  Do you sincerely want to do something positive to help alleviate the widespread problems of our world?  There is a way.  It is simple, effective, and resides in the power of the spoken word.   Some may call it prayer, some affirmation, some invocation, some mantra, but all who use it know of its power to affect results. 

Below is a prayer I put together using thoughts inspired by several religions and spiritual sources, intended to inspire a sense of peace, and feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood in the hearts of those that sincerely say it. All that is required of you to help resolve the great troubles in our country and the world, is to say this prayer aloud or interiorly, with sincerity, as few or as often as you think it needs to be said to realize its effect.  If you believe it's a valuable idea, share it with family and friends.  Just think, a prayer chain linking thousands or perhaps tens of thousands of human minds all focused on the same idea of brotherhood and sisterhood, and peace.  What an awesome aggregation of power.  If the old expression, that "God and one man or one woman can conquer the world" has any truth, just think what God and tens of thousands of humans can accomplish.


                 Oh!_________________________,*

                 In whose breath we live, move, and have our being,
                 we ask for wisdom and courage.  For we have lost our
                 sense of who we truly are.  We force and press, hurting
                 our earth, ourselves, and our children.

                We need to call a halt to our damaging impulses. 
                We need to rest, and allow earth to rest.

                Let there by peace in the sky and in the atmosphere.
                Let there be peace in the plant world and in the forests.
                Let there be peace in our hearts.
   

            *Insert the name and any adjective of any god or divinity that relates to you.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Play of Life


























As human beings living in our material world we constantly move through a wave of conditions and circumstances.  Our lives seem to be constantly bombarded by them.  They are the realm and environment in which we navigate.  If we are not prepared to deal with them they bring us suffering, stress, and anxiety, a triple threat to our stability.

The conditions and circumstances are schools through which we pass to invoke within us, knowledge which we can process into a foundation of wisdom.  And when our foundation is built strong and sturdy, no amount of negativity can brake our stability, we will remain "four square."

Stand forthright, my companions, with integrity and right action inherit the bounty of your gained wisdom, and share it with all beings.















Monday, September 3, 2018

The Quality of Love

The idea of love as an expression of human beings seems to be inborn.  Humans from the inception of recorded history have attached a great importance upon the idea of love.  Humans see love in everything: poets write about it, Barrette  Browning, "shudders in his lover's shadow," song writers flood the airways with songs of love, while preachers proclaim love as a living force.  Great and infamous deeds have been committed in the name of love, from sacrifice of one's own life to save another's, to murdering the one you love.  Yet for all the attention placed on love and all the vociferous affirmations of love, the world of human affairs has more discord than harmony.  Somehow, love has come to be misinterpreted and misapplied  with regard to human expression, otherwise there would be harmony in the world of human affairs.

St. Paul, in Corinthians, 13, helps explain love in its purest expression.  He writes, "I may gain all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all faith to move mountains, but if I have no love, I am nothing."  In this statement, St. Paul dissects love into intention or desire to love.  Where love is, the benefit is "thou."  Where love is not, the benefit is "I."  The man who gains knowledge and understands all secrets, merely benefits himself.  He thus works against his higher nature, and eventually becomes cold, indifferent, and without love.  For such a man, any attempt at expressing love, would be a cheap imitation of love's sentiments, since within each expression is the intention of self-benefit.  Even if the man gave large sums of money and his time to a needy charity, if his intention was to show the world his own beneficence, his actions would be loveless and provide him small merit.  Such a man associates lower selfish passions and desires with higher ideals which is both a delusion and a corruption.  Love, in its purest expression is selfless.

St. Paul continues his explanation of love, "Love is patient and kind, it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with truth.  Love never gives up, and its faith, hope, and patience never fails.  Love is eternal."

The discord within the world seems to be the result of a rigid focus on the "I."  The self-gratifying wills of collective humanity clash and fiercely fight for fulfillment, but frenzy and discord can be the only out come.  If only we could feel the love of the Universal Spiritual Heart that gives us our beat, and strikes each one with a common rhythm.  As one heart beats, so beats the whole planet, solar system, and galaxy.  We are all commonly tuned and even the slightest of discord reverberates through the entire Cosmos, rewriting our common destiny.

Let us choose to resonate with the Universal Spiritual Heart, and begin to become one with it.  In so doing, we will be able to express love in its purest form.  "Love is eternal."

             

Sunday, August 5, 2018

simple, noble ideas-the building blocks of life

Ideas and their manifestation in words, in and of themselves, just add to the general chaos, but because of their affinity to the human mind exert a potential force comparable to the total force wrapped up in our solar system.  It is ideas merged with the intent of humans that make, unmake, and shake our world; ideas that once set loose have a potential to shape and determine present and future realities. They can fizzle and sputter and eventually die out or can, like a giant magnet, create a great field of influence, and attract and persuade the minds of millions of humans.  It was the ideas of compassion and forgiveness seeded and cultivated by the mind of the Buddha and the Christ that lifted the hearts and minds of men and women out of spiritual depression and inertia, into a higher spiritual awareness.  It was ideas of superiority and dominance seeded and cultivated by the mind of Hitler that launched our globe into war.


As I trace my life, I found three simple ideas that serve to motivate, direct and, anchor my  life.  The first idea comes from a phrase used by the ancient Creek Oracles, "Man know thyself."  The second comes from the Buddha's entreatment to live an examined life.  The third comes from the theme of the "Bhagavad-Gita," devotion.  Words so simple yet so engaging that they continually inspire me, and so dense with wisdom that they serve as the fountainhead for the unveiling of the mysteries of life.

The moment I read the phrase, "Man know thyself," my soul stirred, and I immediately knew that I would embark on an adventure of self-discovery.  I can trace the sequence of self-discovery from strategies of economic self-improvement, to a deeper psychological self-discernment, to a conscious spiritual encounter and connection, all stepping stones on the pathway to an ever-expanding consciousness.  This idea of knowing one's self has found a resonance in the deepest region of my soul, and has become a living imperative.  As was said by Krishna  to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita, ..."the principles of thy nature will impel thee to engage."

The igniting of my inner motivation towards self-discovery was augmented by the second important idea in my life. Buddha's entreatment to live an examined life.  While the idea of knowing thyself pinpointed the subject of study, the idea of living an examined life showed me how to study.  To examine one's life means to be aware of all the experiences occurring in life, awake or asleep, and relating them causally back to one's self.  This requires a conscious connection of the self to the self.  It is as St. Francis  of Assisi, said, 'What you are looking for is what is looking back at you."  What is looking at you is the Self, the divine aspect within your being.  This Self  is a seer, a watcher that you first recognize as an adviser, bringing good counsel, a watcher that you begin to rely upon over a course of time  and believe is your friend, and then becomes your beloved friend.  And finally you discover that this beloved friend is in part your true essence.  you are it and it is you.  In the Bhagavad-Gita, recension by, William Q. Judge, Chapter 11, Arjuna just having seen Krishna in his full divine form says, "Having been ignorant of thy majesty, I took thee for a friend, and have called thee 'O Krishna, O son of Yadu, O' Friend, and blinded by my affection and presumption, I have at times treated thee without respect in sport, in recreation,  in repose, in thy chair, and at meals, in private,  and in public; all this I beseech thee, O inconceivable Being, to forgive."  Arjuna is illuminated by his divine quality, understands Its source, and humbly surrenders to It.  Krishna responds, "Thou hast seen this form of mine which is difficult to behold.  But I am not to be seen, even as I have shown myself to thee, by the study of the Vades, nor by mortification, nor alms giving, nor sacrifices.  I am to be approached and seen and known in truth by means of that devotion which has me as the object.  He whose actions are for me alone, who esteemeth me the supreme goal, who is my servant only, without attachment to the results of action and free from enmity towards any creature, cometh to me, O son of Panda."

It is from the close examination of my life that has lead me to become acquainted with the voice or watcher within and recognition of my higher self.  Even though my recognition of the divine within comes no were near
Arjuna's revelation of Krishna's full glory, and even though my acts are involved in faults and failures, I recognize the truth.  And in striving towards that truth as an object worthy of devotion I am provided with an ultimate goal, and with an infinite source of hope.

Although the above three ideas serve as a continuous source of inspiration and as a spiritual beacon on my path, the walking stick that I rely upon is the  study of the great ideas coming from the God-Wisdom.  The doctrines of the Ancient Wisdom are the mortar around which my life is supported.  They provide me with a point of view from my spirit, and an universal perspective that brings guidance and meaning to all of my experiences.  The doctrines of that Wisdom provides boundless opportunity to stretch the  capability of my knowledge to an infinite level.   









  










Saturday, July 14, 2018

ignorance

The dictionary definition of "ignorance" is: the condition or quality of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, education, etc., unawareness.  This definition of "ignorance" gives us little clarity as to the quality of ignorance and an explanation of the psychology behind ignorance   However, we might be completely satisfied, that because the definition came from the authority of Webster, it must be true.  If we stand, stead fast on that interpretation,  I think, we would have exposed, ironically, a clearer and existential definition of ignorance.  By excepting Webster's authority for the meaning of ignorance, without any further examination, we are showing our ignorance, and creating that ignorance into a belief with faith as an attachment.  There is error in this make shaft logic.  Error now intermingles with truth, and Webster's authority turns belief into bias, and faith into blind faith.

 "Ignorance," says Katherine Tingley, a theosophist, paraphrasing, is that false, pernicious fear of forces or powers, that push against our good conscious.  She continues, "Again and always it is ignorance, lack of moral knowledge, that opens the door to peril."

If we want to dispel ignorance we must find a way to expose it. and the path for exposer is to begin to become seekers of truth.  In order to expose the truth we must do a deep excavation; digging out authorities' opinions, public opinions, expert opinions, common clich├ęs that have over time, come to be used as truth, and all the remaining bullshit.  As we continue to excavate all the sludge, we hit bedrock, and from here we can now unobstructed, begin to mine for truth.  Finding truth needs a practice, and a cogent practice would be to resurrect the idea and practice of "virtue." 

"Virtue," when was the last time you heard that word?  Perhaps it was in Catechism Class or Sunday
School, some 40 or 50 years ago. These days no one speaks or cares to know virtue.  Most of us expend our physical, mental energy around ideas of material gain or sensual pleasure or entertainment. Who in their 21th. century right mind, would be caught wasting their time becoming vitreous?  Although virtue in our society is not generally practiced, it is not altogether dead.  If we pay close attention to the daily news we would find acts of courage, where a stranger risks his life to save the life of an accident victim.  We would find, wisdom from a 15 year old boy who's death by disease is eminent, but he transcends his misfortune into a deep understanding of life and death.  We would find humility from an athlete who credits her success to her god, her parents, family and friends.  Virtue, then is not dead, but for the majority of us there is little interest in practicing it.

After we distill the aroma of virtue and begin to take it in, we  will have begin to set a solid foundation for the mining of truth,  The practice of virtue will have expanded our awareness to the point of digging out intent and falseness of the words being used.  We will begin to sift out the inner  meaning of the spoken words, thus exposing the truth. With this combined practice of virtue and deeper consciousness, we will build a strong and lasting foundation for knowing he truth.    .              

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The hyper use of the spoken word

Hold your tongue and listen a minute, to the great avalanche of words entering your ears.  Day and night, words are pumping out through mouths in rapid-fire succession.  Where once they were used sparingly, and now derelict of truth they spew out faster then a machine gun, with little care and little heart.  Most words spoken today are wasted words, as if there were an eternal supply; much like  puffs of wind traveling the air and dying off as does smoke, only to have them reaper, ready to again be spoken.

But where do they disappear to?  Do they reverberate through the canyons of space like some eternal echo?  Do they completely dissolve into emptiness?  Do they gather at some cosmic point and mark their selves on some universal, verbal ledger?

Every word spoken and its intent imprints upon the cosmic waters.  There every boast, every syllable, every atom of sound lives and follows its path to manifestation.  There is no escape, not under the deepest ocean, not atop the highest mountain.  It is your breath that breathes them out and they will seek their indented  desire.

Thunder is the voice of lighting and responds only to the bolt; never more, never less.  What would the world be like if all humans spoke so succinctly?