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Friday, April 20, 2018
The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved - Judaism, Christianity, Islam. These are sky-god regions. They are, literally, patriarchal - God is the Omnipotent Father - hence the loathing of women for 2,000 year in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates. the sky-god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is in place not for just one tribe but for all creation. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. - Gore Vidal
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The stillness of the body, the silence of speech, and the spacious awareness of mind are the three doors to enlightenment. - Adyashanti
The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. - Hermann Hesse
Do not ask me where I am going, as I travel in this limitless world, where every step I take is my home. - Dogen
The whole world is you, yet you keep thinking there is something else. - Hsueh Feng
Every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. - Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. - Henry David Thoreau
Every explicit duality is an implicit unity. - Alan Watts
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. - John Muir
When the ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful. - Unknown
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. - Jonathan Swift
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few. - Stendhal
All religion's dangerous... if taken too far. - David Tyrel
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. - Blaise Pascal
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Most of us spend the first six days of the week sowing wild oats, then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure. - Fred Allen
The church is only a secular institution in which the half-educated speak to the half-converted. - William Ralph Inge
Monday, April 16, 2018
Modern man is often reluctant to accept that his remote ancestors were endowed with keen intelligence and acute powers of observation. As a consequence, we tend to dismiss as mere nonsense accounts that have come down to us regarding the beginning of all things. Therefore, like wayward children who refuse to acknowledge the legacy of wisdom accumulated by our parents we often find ourselves adrift upon a sea of uncertainty. But the laws which operate within the human psyche continue to function, undisturbed by our periodic ignorance of their existence.
The axiom of modern science which states that ‘matter can neither be created nor destroyed’ - matter is immortal. And since immortality is an attribute of God and the Cosmic, then matter is ‘the oldest of all things.’ Further, modern theories accounting for the origin and evolution of our solar system, and presumably the entire physical universe as well, are based on the existence of a sort of cosmic ‘plasma.’ Plasma is a state of matter that is neither gas, liquid, nor solid, but a sort of fourth, ‘fluid,’ state in which there are only free electrons and free atomic nuclei. From this ‘plasma’ the ions, atoms, and molecules that compose our physical universe are born.
The Big Bang
The most widely accepted theory accounting for the origin or creation of our physical universe is that referred to as the Big Bang Theory. According to this theory, the universe began in a giant explosion. Current estimates suggest that 20,000 million light years have elapsed since the Big Bang occurred. Because of the original explosion, our universe continues to expand and, according to some scientist, will continue to do so until it ‘runs down’ much as does a wound spring in a clock. However, this theory does not attempt to account for how our universe ‘wound up’ in the first place.
A second theory holds that ‘there has never been a beginning.’ Instead of a single instance of creation, the proponents of this theory envision a universe in which new matter continually comes into being to fill the space created by the observed expansion of the universe. According to this theory, the appearance of the universe remains reasonably constant from age to age. However, most scientific observations indicate that the appearance of the universe constantly changes.
An intriguing variant of the Big Bang is the theory of the Oscillating Universe. According to this theory, the universe is continually blowing up and contracting in cycles. An oscillating universe would have neither beginning nor end, but would go through cycles of expansion and contraction. Presumably it would ‘come into’ and ‘go out of’ existence in a rhythmic manner.
In the face of the rejection of ancient knowledge by many people today, we need to account for the unmistakable correspondence, existing between ancient and modern view. Many people today also dismiss the idea of psyche or soul. Could the correspondence between ancient myths and modern science be in some way relate to the nature of psyche or soul?
Our present level of understanding owes much to the knowledge gleaned by those brave men and women of past ages who dared to harness the creative power that ensouls our universe and characterizes the human psyche. As we stand in awe of this creative force, we may seek comfort in the wisdom of the ancients who assure us that true knowledge is always rediscovered. Our spiritual ancestors discovered that the laws and principles which operate in our world and within the psyche are eternal and ageless. They also sensed that the secret to experiencing creation involves a turning within. Ancient myths and legends down through the ages point to the maxim: “know thyself.” Through meditation we can each discover whether creation is a chance occurrence of the past, or whether creation is eternally present. Through meditation each of us can come to witness creation.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Everything is Energy. Energy connects everything. Energy carries information. The past, present and future all exist simultaneously. Therefore, as energetic beings, we have access to the past, present and future at any point in time via energy. It all connects. - Unknown
The world is nothing but a dance of shadows, a line drawn between darkness and light, joy and oppression, time and eternity. Learn to read this subtle line, for it tells all the secrets of creation. - Fakhruddin Araqi
What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else. - Joseph Campbell
Your work is not to drag the world kicking and screaming into a new awareness. Your job is to simply do your work … sacredly, secretly, and silently ... and those with ‘eyes to see and ears to hear’, will respond. - The Ardurians
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018
Compelling Evidence (and maybe even proof) of Reincarnation
by Makia Freeman
Sunday, April 8, 2018
It is hard for a poor man to be generous.
It is hard for a rich man to learn the way to enlightenment.
It is hard to seek enlightenment at the cost of self-sacrifice.
It is hard to see the Buddha-world in the present world.
It is hard to hear the Buddha’s teaching in the turmoil of this world.
It is hard to keep the mind pure against the instincts of the body.
It is hard for a strong man not to use his strength to gratify his desire.
It is hard not to get angry when one is insulted.
It is hard not to desire that which is beautiful and attractive.
It is hard to remain innocent when tempted by sudden circumstances.
It is hard to apply oneself to study.
It is hard not to look down on a beginner.
If successful, it is hard to keep humble.
It is hard to get a good friend.
It is hard to endure discipline to make oneself a faithful practicing Buddhist.
It is hard not to be disturbed and upset by the external conditions surrounding us.
It is hard to teach others by being mindful of nature.
It is hard to attain a peaceful mind.
It is hard not to get into arguments about religion.
It is hard to find and practice a good method.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
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Thursday, April 5, 2018
The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal. - Deepak Chopra
The substance is One under different names, and everyone is seeking the same substance; only climate, temperament, and name create differences. Let each man follow his own path. - Sri Ramakrishna
The essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect. - Dali Lama
Walking a spiritual path without initiation is like going on a journey at night through a dense forest full of wild animals. It is wise to bring a lamp with you. The light of knowledge is this lamp. - Unknown
When we speak of Nature it is wrong to forget that we are ourselves a part of Nature. We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire Universe. - Henri Maisse
At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. - Thich Nhat Hanh
Only as we begin to open to others in love can our isolated ego be transformed. An awareness of our interdependence with other human beings and with all of life provides the environment in which the seed of our souls can flourish. - Kabir Helminski
The only way you will ever awaken is through silence, not through analysation of facts. Not by sorting out good and bad, but through simple silence, letting go. Letting go of all thoughts, all the hurts, all the dogmas and concepts. Letting go of these things daily. - Robert Adam
Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul. - James Allen
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
An immoral character, glossed with religious pretension, is like a rotten egg with an Easter colouring. - Lewis F. Korns
Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but – live for it. - Charles Caleb Colton
No religion is better than an unnatural one. - William Penn
Religion is legalized madness. - Arthur Janov
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Why did men worship in churches, locking themselves away in the dark, when the world lay beyond its doors in all its real glory? - Charles de Lint
Some go to church to see and be seen, some go there to say they have been, some go there to sleep and nod, But, few go there to worship God. - Proverb
Monday, April 2, 2018
The emergence of life on Earth is on a short list of the biggest unknowns in Science. Did life begin in a small, warm pond at the edge of a primordial sea, as Charles Darwin speculated? Or deep beneath that sea, around one of the burbling hydrothermal vents first seen in the 1970s? and never mind the where: What was it, this initial germ of life? Was it a cell? A replicating molecule?
One of the most intriguing theories says that the answer to the mystery is right inside us. Biologist Harold Morowitz of George Mason University argues that our metabolism – the chemical reactions that allow cells to turn energy and atoms into biologically useful molecules – provides a long fossil record of Earth life. Morowitz and collaborator Eric Smith of the Santa Fe Institute believe that a central set of chemical reactions has been in place since life’s earliest moments about four billion years ago. These reactions involve just 11 small carbon molecules, such as citric and acetic acids - very ordinary stuff that would have been abundant on the young Earth.
Those 11 molecules could have played a role in other chemical reactions that led to the development of such biomolecules as amino acids lipids, sugars, and eventually some kind of genetic molecule such as RNA. In other words, metabolism came first – before cells, before replication, before life as we commonly think of it.
This is probably not what opponents of the teaching of evolution want to hear, but it seems that a kind of molecular natural selection applies event to the world of geochemistry. Some types of molecular chains outcompeted other molecular chains for the plant’s resources, and gradually they led to the kind of molecules that life depends upon – all this before the first living thing oozed forth. Many scientists say life wasn’t a freak accident at all, but the likely outcome of the interaction of the molecules and minerals of the Earth. “Life is an elaboration of something very simple.” Says Smith, “it looks easy and inevitable.’
Earth scientist Robert Hazen’s new book, Ge*ne*sis, says that many theories about the origin of life involve the principle of “emergence.” From simple beginnings, complexity can emerge. A classic example of emergence is in your brain. Individual neurons don’t think, but collectively they produce the emergent phenomenon we call consciousness. Says Morowitz, “the unfolding of life involves many emergences.”
All this is sure to be a matter of contentious debate for a long time. But ours would not be so interesting a world if its ultimate secrets were easily discovered. It took us four billion years to evolve to a point where we could even begin the search.
- Article by Joel Achenbach