Category Archives: Awareness

The present moment

What defines us, separates us

What defines us, separates us. If you stop to to think about this statement, your actions on society, you will come to see that it is a fact that by whatever measure, we tend to define ourselves – by species, culture, gender, lifestyle, appearance or convictions – while doing this and becoming part of something, we are also detaching ourselves from the ones who believe otherwise.

What is baffling is that we do it in the blink of an eye, we could say – Im American – in a second you have detached yourself from the other 194 countries in the world. – Sure this is not a bad thing, the bad thing is the habit of choosing a side, a definition, without giving it a second thought.  Essentially what is happened is that you have removed yourself from those who do not think alike – but its not the arabs fault for not being american, or viceversa.

If they suffer, it means nothing to us, for they are “something” else, beyond the reach of our compassion. We are who we are and they are who they are. There will be many who will go against this text, believing they do care about global affairs and have empathy towards others – what it boils down to is choice. –

Should you have a choice to choose under pressure or no pressure a side, which side would you choose? You will always choose a side because you are a fabric of the conditions of the society which you have chosen sides with.

Be free – Namaste.

 

 

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Fundamental principles of life

Principles are fundamental truths or general laws. Without them we would not stick to a defined set of rules and would be all over the place. In my personal opinion, there are two different fundamental principles of life.

Jaisalmer - Inside the fort views
This is Jaisalmer, I was wondering on the edges of the fort when this thought came to me, – definitely a special place!

Let me make clear that life wont make complete sense to us because we have no sense of the completeness of life. However the reality of life does have two principles which make it magical >

  • Love; there very stuff of existence, the positive power that encourages everything.
  • Justice; the law of cause and effect that weaves and dyes the complex patterns of creation and ensures that it’s fabric never wears away.

If you live your life in the present and by that I mean, a life lived consciously; aware of your actions and apply these 2 principles to it – you will enter a golden age – but rest assured our brain (thoughts) is cunning – nothing is impossible though in this short life we have been given.

(these thoughts could be related to books I have read, I do not mean to copy any works – if this is the case – please let me know).

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Life & Fear

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Life & Fear
The biblical framework talks about law, with 10 commandments being the solution to humanity’s woes. The Greek framework talks about the oppresor and the oppressed, where you must instil order by control to ensure freedom. Unfortunately, these two govern our modern day society and thought process. What both models fail to understand is that life is not a problem that requires solving. It is a sight to be seen, and contemplated upon, so that we see ourselves truly and eventually open ourselves to joy without seeking change in the world. Hence, the great value given in India and other eastern countries to Darshan, the act of seeing.
Most people when they go to temples, they are there to see a statue, others say they go to see God, others for the “peace”. No one goes to rave there. Many even go looking for answers, but how many of those go to see themselves for who they are infront of the “Divine”?. How many pay attention to themselves? Perhaps who they are in temples can be dignified as divine. – thinking all are one, respecting strangers, speaking only when necessary, having control over the mind etc etc.
Darshan, reveals that fear of death pervades in nature. It’s not the almighty, but fear of death which impulses one to think “I want to die a good man/women” “I want to die thinking of the divine, I wanna die in peace” …
Fear makes us shun potential predators. Fear makes us want to dominate and discriminate. Humans alone have the power to outgrow this fear, discover love and include the stranger. To enable this is Dharma. But human imagination often amplifies fear. Fear cripples our mind and narrows our view of the world as we invent predators, and create structures and hierarchies to exclude them rationally. This is adharma. The problem is that acts of adharma must not incur outrage, but compassion, for adharma is rooted in imagined fear. Anger only amplifies this fear; love only can dissolve it.

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Socrates: The Test Of Three

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Socrates: The Test Of Three
One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?”

“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me, I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Test of Three.”

“Test of Three?”

“That’s correct,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to test what you’re going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man replied, “actually I just heard about it.”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?”

“No, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him even though you’re not certain it’s true?”

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

Socrates continued, “You may still pass though because there is a third test – the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really…”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.

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Men are superior to women

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Men are superior to women
I guess most were startled to read the title, yes it was a SEO move to get you to click on the link.

I’m currently reading this book called – Sikhandi and other tales they don’t tell you: by author Devdutt Pattanaik. Thought I’d share this little excerpt as I constantly debate this topic of women and men and their inequality within my family, friends and foes and well, usually end up being ridiculized.

“Hindu mythology reveals that patriarchy, the idea that men are superior to women, was invented. The epic, Mahabarata, for example, refers to a time when there was no concept of marriage. Men and women were free to go to anyone, until it became important to establish fatherhood (‘this son is mine’), for which ownership and fidelity of women became critical (‘she is the field for my seed’). Fatherhood became important because property became important (‘this is mine’) and with it the idea of inheritance (‘what is mine shall go to my sons’). Property and inheritance became important because they offered humans the delusion of immortality (‘I may die but what I have will outlive me through my sons’).
Feminism, the idea that men and women are equal is, however, discovered in Hinduism as the scriptures point to the differences between the soul and the flesh. The un unenlightened value the flesh, hence gender over the soul. Such a unenlightened being values the male flesh over the female flesh, the young flesh over the old flesh, flesh encased in fair skin rather than dark skin, the property owned by that flesh, the family to which that flesh belongs, the stature of that flesh in society. The enlightened see the flesh purely in functional terms; they venerate both the devadasi, who offered her body to everyone, and the sanyasi, who offered his body to no one.”

It’s sad to see that despite we having come into 2014 AC, having “hinduism” or “Sanatana Dharma” being practiced as per current evidence suggests 7000 BC, we still live in a delusioned world.

You see, regardless of people not believing in this, having different beliefs and such, if the system in place sticks to a certain value, those values will be practiced, be them right or wrong.

You want a modern example? See the politics which go behind modern day Indian marriages. The range from enquiring about families wealth to brides and groom undergoing a physical change for their big day.

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Enough of it

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Garden of birds

Enough of it
Come with men
Do not follow me.
You have followed many for centuries.

Listen to me,
Do not repeat my words.
You have repeated words for centuries.

Understand me,
Do not adore me.
You have adored many for centuries.

Love me,
Do not worship me.
You have worshipped holy persons for centuries.
I say – enough of this immature authorization.

Embrace me,
Do not bend and kneel.
You have bent down and knelt for centuries.
I say – enough of this self- humiliation.

Befriend me,
Do not condem me as an authority.
You have condemned enlighted ones for centuries.
I say – enough of this callous condemnation.

Excerpt from A Friendly Communion by Vimala Thakar

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Infalible truth

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Infalible truth

Everybody played the game, if you don’t you’re called insane.
All the girls played the mental games and all the guys were dressed the same.
Why not try it all, if you only remember it once?

Todo el mundo juega el juego, si no participas te llaman loco.
Todas las chicas jugaron los juegos mentales y todos los chicos estaban vestidos igual.
¿Por qué no probarlo todo, si sólo lo recordarás una vez?

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Autophobia

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The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what others may think. Only when you truly stop doing it, is when you realize what a prison you lived in before. You will the realize how easy it is to control people. All you have to do is dictate what is right and wrong, moral and immoral, the good the bad, the sane or insane, the posible or imposible and you build a zone free of problems. Now if you live inside that zone of perception and live along those rules, the people will leave you alone, because your normal. However, once you start manifesting your uniqueness, what has happened to society is that most are watch dogs for the norm, you won’t fight any authority figure but individuals itself.
You see, omce we reach the boundaries of the problem free zone, we ourselves have trouble pushing through. People have been brainwashed through decades of obedience to follow these rules.
The principle is basic, just like in school, you don’t fight against the head master, ie lets say you steal from class, you don’t think about omg, what will the head master say, it’s what will my friends, parents or colleagues say/ understand of me, the main authority figure who has made these rules does not cross your mind, it’s other sheep just like you who do.
What has been achieved is a large army of zombies who impose this normality on you.

AND THE SOONER YOU ABANDON THE HERD THE BETTER OFF YOU WILL BE.

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