The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source. This source is called darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding. Lao-tzu Tao te Ching
There was a boy A very strange enchanted boy. They say he wandered very far, very far. Over land and sea. A little shy and sad of eye. But very wise Was he. And then one day a magic day he came my way, and while we spoke of many things, fools and kings, this he said to me: "The greatest thing You'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." Nature Boy - Nat King ColePerfidia
Orphan's Lament - Been Away for a While. Huun Huur Tu As a baby bird who fell from the mother's nest, I will never see my mother again. Even if she'd appeared in front of me now, all those years of tears and suffering without her wouldn't have gone away... But I will never see her again... simply and utterly stark and achingly beautiful. I feel connected to the universe as i listen and weep in joy, pain! I do not know.
Poetry is the language of the soul, and for Rumi it was his passion to share with us his realization: There is an unseen but immanent, majestic yet tender reality we cannot afford to live without. And there is some work we can do to remove what stands in the way of perceiving this truth/beauty and being transformed by it. Water says to the one who has gotten dirty: Come! The dirty one answers: But I'm so ashamed ...Water answers: But how will you get clean without me!
Light up a bonfire of love in your soul,burn thought and self-doing away entirely!
the model for both God and the soul as these are portrayed by Meister Eckhart
When I Was The Forest -by Meister Eckhart When I was the stream, when I was the forest, when I was still the field, when I was every hoof, foot, fin and wing, when I was the sky itself, no one ever asked me did I have a purpose, no one ever wondered was there anything I might need, for there was nothing I could not love. It was when I left all we once were that the agony began, the fear and questions came, and I wept, I wept. And tears I had never known before. So I returned to the river, I returned to the mountains. I asked for their hand in marriage again, I begged—I begged to wed every object and creature, and when they accepted, God was ever present in my arms. And He did not say, “Where have you been?” For then I knew my soul—every soul— has always held Him.
The rose is without 'why'; it blooms simply because it blooms. It pays no attention to itself, nor does it ask whether anyone sees it. Angelus Silesius
The rose of which Silesius writes is simultaneously the model for both God and the soul as these are portrayed by Meister Eckhart. In blossoming without why, the rose exemplifies the fullness and plenitude of devine being, which stands in need of nothing outside itself. The rose also portrays the soul which lets God enter and become the internal source of its life.
The ultimate technologization of man and earth is the "doing" of Being. The world is posited and framed for us as the realm of the manipulable, and we are ourselves posited as the masters of the earth, those who manipulate, calculate, and accumulate. Who today has not felt the pull of Being's withdrawl?
This is what Martin Heidegger had in mind when he wrote in The Principle of Sufficient Reason:"What is unsaid in the saying, and everything depends on this, is rather that man, in the most hidden ground of his essence, first truly is, when he is in his own way like the rose, without why."
man, in the most hidden ground of his essence, first truly is, when he is in his own way like the rose, without why
Wonder of Being Human: "We have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Right here, right now I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere where we are, I am, the life force power of the universe. At one with all that is. Or I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere, where I become a single individual, a solid, separate from the flow, separate from you ... The more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be". Jill Bolte Taylor - My Stroke of Insight
to mean what we say, to love without deceit, to think no evil, to bear no grudge, to be free from selfishness, to be innocent and straightforward... simple-hearted. Living in a sacred worldBede Griffiths
During trauma many neurotransmitters and hormones are released that alter normal states of councoiusness as a survival mechanism and work to restrict blood flow through blood vessels and ramp up the body for survival. Many people who lose blood, experience traumatic situations, or come close to or actually momentarily die have described such states as a catalyst that shifts the whole paradigm of their perception and value system into a new state of relization and a repriortizing of values and goals. Shannon Nunn
Life entails a certain measure of suffering and no one is exempt from that. The question is how to deal with fear, hurt, anger and trauma and release them out of the body, out of the stories, out of the emotions. This healing is built into the practices of mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness, and forgiveness. The ground for compassion is established first by practicing sensitivity toward ourselves with a healthy sense of who we are and honoring our own capacities and fears. As our own hearts is opened and healed, it seeks the healing of all it touches. Compassion for ourselves gives rise to the power to transform resentment into forgiveness, hatred into friendliness, and fear into respect for all beings. It allows us to extend warmth, sensitivity, and openness to the sorrows around us in a truthful and genuine way. If you are sitting across the table from a person who is experiencing deep emotional suffering in their life right now the most important thing you can do is to be fully present with as much compassion and care and perspective and deep breath and love as you could. Let them know that their experience is part of the difficulty and the gift of human incarnation and we are all called upon to bear our sorrows as well as our joys. A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind, Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thoughts Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves In the infinite ocean of samsara. Rest in natural great peace. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche , audio recording by Sogyal Rinpoche
When you dealing with music you are dealing with the soul of the society.
The opposite of consumption isn't thrift, it's generosity. Raj Patel on The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy. Some People Know Price Of Everything But The Value Of Nothing (Oscar Wilde). The most valuable things in life are not bought with money.
Songs can empower, motivate and inspire. They can move people to action. The effect that a simple song can have on the world is real and tangible. This website provide many links to musicians who have created music and lyrics that make you think about the ordinary and remember the remarkable, that chronicle a social attitude, a mood, a movement, an historical event, and that teach you something about the world or about yourself.
Everybody wants to be of some importance in life. To make this dream come true depends on great deal on the right choice of a profession, its true conception and good execution. A professional work, that is neither attractive in payment nor in social prominence, but that is of great importance is teaching. Teaching, educating means uplifting. To perform this task the teacher must first of all well understand the high standards of human qualities and must have lifted himself to such high level both intellectually and morally and must bring forth the magic strength to continue climbing to more personal perfection. Nobody can demand of others what he does not require from himself. In the strain of mental ascent the teacher must be a perfect example of justice, perseverance and strong will and has to attain a very far reaching general knowledge of the subject he instructs. Nobody can teach what he does not know well himself. To arise interest and the desire to know in others, he must generate mental enthusiasm in himself so he can attract the student's sympathy and confidence and lead them to the highest mental accomplishment, the inspiration. The teacher is only the guide to the treasures; he delivers only the tools for the work. By his skillful method he helps the pupils to be their own diggers and masons, and their own explorers and discoverers. To make each lesson a festival of intellectual delight, he may give some magnitude of each subject of learning. He may present history as a drama of human relationship and fate, geography as a strange journey around the world. He may reveal in the natural history the plentitude of creation in beauty and purpose and in biology the interdependence of all life. In physics the fantastic play of energies and in chemistry the mysterious fusion of matters. Arithmetic may be the discovery of the wonder and key to problems, literature the exploration of human genius along the times, philosophy or religion celebration of mankind's greatest perceptions. Gerta As Henry Adams reminds us "A teacher affects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops".
The subject tonight is Love And for tomorrow night as well. As a matter of fact, I know of no better topic For us to discuss Until we all Die! Hafiz
Children, everybody, here's what to do during war: In a time of destruction, create something. A poem. A parade. A community. A school. A vow. A moral principle. One peaceful moment. The Fifth Book of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston
When I get older I will be stronger. They'll call me freedom Just like a wavin flag. We cannot wait for some faithful day it's too far away so right now I'll say. When I get older I will be stronger. They'll call me freedom Just like a waving flag (And then it goes back x3). Ahhho ahhho ahhho So many wars, settling scores. All that we've been through and now there is more. I hear them say: love is the way, love is the answer, that is what they say. When I get older When I get older I will be stronger just like a waving flag. Young Artists For Haiti - Wavin' Flag
In a world where risk and suffering are everybody's problem, the needs of our neighbours are the needs of the whole human family. Let's respond to the suffering of those in distant countries just as we do when our immediate family is in need or trouble. We may be amazed by the difference we can make. Before we shrug our shoulders and lower our expectations, let's not lose sight of one enormous lesson we can learn from the last decade. Above all, it's about not losing our hope for change and our love and respect for the dignity of everyone. Dr Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Just drop a small pebble. We'll keep doing it. Together. Start yours tomorrow, and you will see that it spreads and covers the world very fast. That's how the world gets changed, by Small Pebble People. We change, and the world changes. I would like you to share an affirmation with me. In the name of truth, peace and love: Make the right judgement, right decision and the right move. For the highest good of all concerned, So be it. Yoko Ono Lennon
Mondo is a movie about a 10-year-old gypsy boy. Mondo's innocence is contagious & the wrecklessly handsome boy somehow brings out the best in those he meets. Directed by Tony Gatlif.
There's an old friend That I once heard say Something that touched my heart And it began this way I was born by the river In a little tent And just like the river I've been runnin' ever since. He said it's been a long time comin; But I know my change is gonna come, oh yeah. I went, I went to my brother, And I asked him, "Brother Could you help me, please?" He said, "Good sister I'd like to but I'm not able" And when I, when I looked around I was right back down Down on my bended knees, yes I was, oh There've been times that I thought I thought that I wouldn't last for long But somehow right now I believe that I'm able, I'm able to carry on, I tell you that it's been a long And oh it's been an uphill journey, all the way But I know, I know, I know I know my change is gonna come Sometimes I had to cry all night long, yes I did Sometimes I had to give up right, for what I knew was wrong. Yes it's been an uphill journey. It's sure's been a long way comin', yes it has It's been real hard every step of the way But I believe, I believe This evenin' my change is come Yeah, I tell you that my change is come, A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
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Like the Tao, any description of this thing (I don't know what to call it) would limit what it is, and what it is is limitless, so it cannot be described. Even saying this is limiting it. Go figure. SenorDee
"All human beings are like the organs of a body: when one is afflicted with pain, the others cannot rest in peace." Sa'adi Shirazi
Of One Essence is the Human Race, Thusly has Creation put the Base. One Limb impacted is sufficient, For all Others to feel the Mace. The Unconcern'd with Others' Plight, Are but Brutes with Human Face.
Sa'di's attitude towards wealth and authority vis-a-vis freedom and enjoyment of a tranquil life: Astride a horse I am not, nor camel-like carry a load, Subjects I have none, nor follow any sultan's code; I worry not for what exists, nor fret for what is lost, I breathe with extreme ease, and live at very little cost.
Each of the five fingers of the hand has its own peculiarity; each part of the body has its own function, high or low; the teeth may at times bite the tongue, but since the whole of it is your own body, you accept all its ways and take great pains to look after every part of it. In the same manner, try to regard as your own every person you contact. By making this a habit you will in due course come to feel that everyone in the universe is part of you. To abolish the distinction between 'I' and 'you' is the sole purpose of all spiritual endeavor. Sri Anandamayi Ma
The wise man learns what draws God near. It is the beauty of compassion in your heart. What unspeakable wonders must await with the commencement of unfolding of the infinite number of petals that are the soul. What excitement will renew your body when we all begin to see that His heart resides in everything? God has a root in each act and creature that he draws his mysterious Divine life from. All the talents of God are within you. How could this be otherwise when your soul derived from His Genes? Hafiz
It is our attitude, our behavior and our dealings with ourselves and our fellow-beings that determine what we are.
With an attentive mind I open my heart; Taking in the vibration of truth revealed is mine amidst the many; the truth feeds the famished the poor and wise ; the truth is the sun that nourishes the vine; it bandages the wounded on the battlefield of life ; it cuts though the darkness like a double edged knife; where would I be had the truth not found me? a ship without sail lost out to sea? pour me pour me, I'd say without the truth at our side; swept out with the current at every low tide; she will take you and carry you when you can walk no more; she will sooth you and caress you at every closed door; She will keep you company when alone; Which is never with this sacred tone; She will protect you when in danger; She is the friend of all friends never a stranger; When fear reaps it's havoc I will not have it; in assault and attack pain is slain The beacon of life stands steadfast on the rock of truth leading us all AUM; she removes the veil so that I can see. Paramaarthasatya
ahimsa as the great vow and foremost
spiritual discipline which Truth-seekers must follow strictly and
without fail. This extends to harm of all kinds caused by one's
thoughts, words and deeds--including injury to the natural environment.
That we so easily draw opposing lines speaks volumes of the despair of our faith, the death of our hope and the ultimate denial of love. Love is the fundamental meaning of sacred transcendence: love which respects and honours the other by refusing the demanding, determining 'deafness' of definition. Love is nurtured and sustained by learning and practicing the sacred art of conversation (or the act of living with). Conversation is the nexus point of I - Thou relationships (Martin Buber) which address sacred otherness by navigating the demanding, objectifying expressions of the ego's dominance. As the act of living with, conversation is concerned with tending (mindfulness) the sacred ground between us, withdrawing from the temptation to reduce others to objects of conjecture or definition. To converse is to respect the 'con-verse' (the opposite) by sidestepping the ego barriers of opposition, risking encounter with those whom we previously opposed. When conversation is silenced or refused: hope dies, denying love, birthing despair. That we have no existence apart from others means that there is no ground, holy or otherwise, except that which exists between. Attending to what comes between us (or has come) is to express the very essence of life's creative possibilities. To refuse encounter with what is between us is to deny life. To become fully alive is to undertake life's quest of traversing the holy ground between. What exists between us is the promise of hope. In other words, the sacred is that which questions us from within and without. As the art of living with, conversation is concerned more with attending to the spirit's movement rather than filling space with words. As an art, conversation is the practice of language and listening, of honouring the space of silence and place of other's voice. It resists reducing others to 'objects' of concern, conjecture or conversion. To objectify is to reduce others to the status of 'it'- the defined, determined objects of our control, a control often hidden behind the pretence of care and love. To honour the other is to commit to the mutuality of mystery, whereby we address one another as ultimately unknown and yet opening ourselves to their presence. In the face of mystery, openness is that deep listening which elicits the spirit's elusive creative presence. Opening to awareness, not grasping after knowledge is the ultimate expression of humanity's promise. Despite best intentions, harm is always done when father knows best! If truth be told, we would all be better off if father realized he knew less! Conversation as an art is a discipline of living wellness! As such, it requires the practice and patience of persistence. To commit to this art is not so much idealism as it is working with the realism of honest failure which is, after all, simply the admission that we do not control nor determine outcomes. Living wellness is not so much a function of successfully achieving goals as it is committing to the process of becoming, unafraid of occasionally floundering. As we are committed to living with, we persist in honouring hope, the thin place where grace pushes through the veils of control.
All acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice.Joy Harjo
Dalai Lama philosphy of compassion as a solution for our own happiness and that of the planet.
Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future. Johann von Goethe
When we are narcissistic, we are not on solid ground (earth) or thinking clearly (air) or cought up in passion (fire). Somehow if we follow the myth, we are dreamlike, fluid, not clearly formed, more immersed in a stream of fantasy than secure in a firm identity. Narcissus lays his head on the grass by the pool, and then he quietly disappears into the underworld, where he continues to gaze at the image in the waters of the river Styx. Our images, especially those that appear in life and play important roles in episodes of transformation, stay with us forever. Once we have entertained an image, it is always potentially present to our gaze. You visit the Uffizi Gallery and see Botticelli's "Primavera," and then for a lifetime you dream of it or you talk about it frequently as a measure of beauty. Unexpectedly it presents itself in a moment of thought or in a discussion, reminding you of its eternal presence. This fragment of the myth suggests that we might continually make soul out of our narcissism by preserving and tending to the images that have come to us throughout our lives. This is the basis of art therapy or journal-keeping: making a home for certain images that have been transforming. Certain photographs or old letters might be related to the pool of water. Culturally, of course, we are constantly invited into the depths of ourselves by the plays, paintings, sculptures, and buildings of past centuries. Art can be a cure for narcissism. The words "curator" and "cure" are essentially the same. By being the curator of our images, we care for our souls. Quotes by Thomas Moore
Shambhala Warrior by Joanna Macy There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. In this era when the whole future of sentient life seems to hang by the frailest of threads, the kingdom of Shambhala begins to emerge.
Now the time comes when great courage - moral and physical - is required of the Shambhala warriors, for they must go into the very heart of power where decisions are made.
The Shambhala warriors have the courage to do this because they know that the dangers that threaten life on Earth are not visited upon us by any extraterrestrial powers, satanic deities, or preordained evil fate. They arise from our own decisions, our own lifestyles, and our own relationships.
So in this time, the Shambhala warriors go into training in the use of two weapons.The weapons are compassion and insight. Both are necessary,you have to have compassion because it gives you the juice, the power, the passion to move. When you open to the pain of the world you move, you act. But that weapon by itself is not enough. It can burn you out, so you need the other - you need insight into the radical interdependence of all phenomena. With that wisdom you know that it is not a battle between good guys and bad guys, but that the line between good and evil runs through the landscape of every human heart. With insight into our profound interrelatedness, you know that actions undertaken with pure intent have repercussions throughout the web of life, beyond what you can measure or discern. By itself, that insight may appear too cool, too conceptual, to sustain you and keep you moving, so you need the heat of the compassion. Together, within each Shambhala warrior and among the warriors themselves, these two can sustain us as agents of wholesome change. They are gifts for us to claim now in the healing of our world.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it. The Crisis by Thomas Paine
Susan Neiman believes Moral Clarity requires rigorous thinking: people facing terrible choices can't simply hide behind a few lines from the Bible or from a few simple ethical nostrums. If you're committed to Enlightenment, you are committed to understanding the world in order to improve it. Twenty-first century Enlightenment must extend the work of the 18th by pointing out new dangers to freedom of thought within our own culture and extend social justice by expanding older attacks on injustice. These are crucial commitments. Reclaiming the Enlightenment must entail reexamining other values that derive from it. They include commitment to reason as opposed to blind authority and superstition; reverence for Creation with gratitude and humility; and hope as a foundation of action.
A culture will be remembered for its warriors, artists, heroes and heroines of all callings, but in order to survive it needs survivors. The Ancient Reluctant Conscript, present if seldom noticed in all the turbulent histories of men on earth. When our latter-day kings and captains have joined their forebears, he will still be carrying on, stoically obeying orders and performing the tasks allotted to him. But only up to a point. It is also he who finally says, "Enough!" And after the rulers have disappeared into the morass of their own excesses, it is he who builds on the rubble and once more gets the whole thing going. THE SPIRIT OF HAIDA GWAII by Bill Reid
Wise Guys- Crows can reason, solve problems, and have long memories.IDEAS producer Yvonne Gall explores the world of the urban crow and reveals how crows are a lot like us.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems and to ensure the survival of species for future.
We should be using, on the ones who practice wicked charms. For the sword and the stone. Bad to the bone. Battle is not over. Even when it's won. And when a child is born into this world.It has no concept Of the tone the skin is living in. It's not a second.And there's a million voices.To tell you what she should be thinking.So you better sober up for just a second, 7 seconds away. 7 SECONDS, Youssou N'Dour
Us and Them; and after all we're only ordinary men, me and you.God only knows it's not what we would choose to do; forward he cried from the rear, and the front rank died; and the General sat,and the lines on the map moved from side to side Black and blue, and who knows which is which and who is who, up and down, and in the end it's only round and round and round; haven't you heard it's a battle of words, the poster bearer cried; listen, son, said the man with the gun; there's room for you inside Down and out, it can't be helped but there's a lot of it about, with, without; and who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about; out of the way, it's a busy day, I've got things on my mind, for want of the price of tea and a slice; the old man died. Pink Floyd
According to the epistemology of Visishthadvaita Vedanta "Valid Knowledge" is that which (a) reveals the true nature of a thing and (b) is conducive to meaningful action. If a stated Siddhanta leads to selfishness, divisiveness, aggression, unfriendliness, discrimination, resentment, lack of compassion or selective charity then that Siddhanta is useless knowledge.
Theology (Siddhanta) must have a practical outcome (Dharma) and that Dharma is loka-sangraha - engaging in the welfare of all sentient beings at every monent in word, deed and thought. The nature of the Divine Reality cannot be settled by argument, the validation of theological dogma is less important than the quality of our actions. Let us see Krishna in every being and all beings in krishna, let us serve all beings as if they are Krishna Himself - this is Ramanuja Siddhanta. He was prepared to go to hell so that all others could be liberated - this should be our role model and ideal for service.
Even the smallest of event in our work and personal life be of some benefit to the Greater Good. How? By performing the actions involved in each event in a mood of humble service to all living beings.
In oneself lies the whole world, and if you know how to look and learn, then the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either that key or the door to open, except yourself.You Are the World
Have you ever thought about it? We want to be famous as a writer, as a poet, as a painter, as a politician, as a singer, or what you will. Why? Because we really don't love what we are doing. If you loved to sing, or to paint, or to write poems, if you really loved it, you would not be concerned with whether you are famous or not. To want to be famous is tawdry, trivial, stupid, it has no meaning; but, because we don't love what we are doing, we want to enrich ourselves with fame. Our present education is rotten because it teaches us to love success and not what we are doing. The result has become more important than the action.
You know, it is good to hide your brilliance under a bushel, to be anonymous, to love what you are doing and not to show off. It is good to be kind without a name. That does not make you famous, it does not cause your photograph to appear in the newspapers. Politicians do not come to your door. You are just a creative human being living anonymously, and in that there is richness and great beauty. Krishnamurti
From a tear drop of Avalokitesvara You came to us Beautiful, tranquil, loving and kind, Oh Tara, In you I seek refuge. We hide behind our masks Of indifference or toughness, We try hard to do the things That gives us comfort; We try to numb the pain And to delay the time of death, And yet some of us indulge To hasten our own deaths. We pretend that we can cope When we are falling apart; We avoid eye contact with each other In fear of revealing our hearts. Oh Tara, In you I seek refuge. We hide behind a facade of busyness; Artists filling their canvases with paint, Indignant activists fighting for change, Designers showing off their latest creations For those who live for trends, Humanitarians desperately helping the desperate, Not wasting a moment in just staying still; Cruel dictators ordering soldiers to kill Anyone that they regard as enemies; Politicians prioritising popularity Above their true conscience; Confused and lost, Some of us wander around Hearing voices in our heads, Some of us seek safety in our Little worlds of self indulgence; Collecting friends, admirers Or inanimate objects. Oh Tara, In you I seek refuge. How long do we have be like this? How many lifetimes do we have to live Oh Tara, In your loving smile I seek refuge. Homage to Tara by Feraya
Kazi Nasrul"TheRebel" poet of Bengalwas a voice against bigotry, extremism, fanaticism, fundamentalism, and exploitation in the name of any religion or ideology. "The Rebel" gives support to Gaia Theory to consider the planet as one immerse and eternally living system where every part of its great engine affecting every other, for good or for ill.
A day will come, not too late will be, when human beings look at one another a different look, and will see in one anothers eye what has forced Angles to bow him, and so will he be, and become fair to one another.
We all have an inner language that lies in our subconscious mind. This communication system contains injunctions or directions that guide our lives as values, beliefs, and attitudes. Lets bring forth the permeating sound of our Ancestors whose munay (love) can transcend all barriers of fear, disease, hatred and self-destruction.
The love I have for you is something I cannot deny. I drool all over I cannot help it. BuenaVistaSocialClub - Chan ChanCandela El Cuarto de Tula Ibrahim FerrerMarieta, I like it when Marieta dances. Listen, Ibrahim, you're singing great. Teresita, let me introduce Marieta. That rhythm's really wild. Who doesn't like to dance with Marieta? My mother told me to sing and have fun.
Reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another.(Leibniz, 1670)
The Gaia theory suggests that, in some sense, the earth is "alive". James Lovelock writes: I am of course prejudiced in favor of Gaia and have filled my life for the past twenty-five years with the thought that Earth may be alive: not as the ancients saw hera sentient Goddess with a purpose and foresightbut alive like a tree. A tree that quietly exists, never moving except to sway in the wind, yet endlessly conversing with the sunlight and the soil. Using sunlight and water and nutrient minerals to grow and change. But all done so imperceptibly, that to me the old oak tree on the green is the same as it was when I was a child." (In "Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine", Gaia Books Limited, London, 1991, p.12.)
"If Gaia exists, the relationship between her and man, a dominant animal species in the complex living system, and the possibly shifting balance of power between them, are questions of obvious importance...The Gaia hypothesis is for those who like to walk or simply stand and stare, to wonder about the Earth and the life it bears, and to speculate about the consequences of our own presence here". Vector Sketch - Maya Particles
Plato wrote: "We shall affirm that the cosmos, more than anything else, resembles most closely that living Creature of which all other living creatures, severally or genetically, are portion; a living creature which is fairest of all and in ways most perfect."
The Prince of Wales delivers the BBC Richard Dimbleby Lecture If we wish to maintain our civilizations then we must look after the Earth and actively maintain its many intricate states of balance so that it achieves the necessary, active state of harmony which is the prerequisite for the health of everything in creation. In other words, that which sustains us must also itself be sustained, and I am afraid that we are failing to do that. We are not keeping to our side of the bargain and, consequently, the sustainability of the entire harmonious system is collapsing, in failing the Earth we are failing Humanity. So, I wonder, is it the case that the problem lies first and foremost not in what we do but in a fracture within us that leads to a limited view of what and where we are in the natural order, and that, therefore, we need urgently to look deeply into ourselves and at the way we perceive the world and our relationship with it?
Facing the future, therefore, requires a shift from a reductive, mechanistic approach to one that is more balanced and integrated with Nature's complexity, one that recognizes not just the build up of financial capital, but the equal importance of what we already have,environmental capital and, crucially, what I might best call community capital. That is, the networks of people and organizations, the post offices and pubs, the churches and village halls, the mosques, temples and bazaars,the wealth that holds our communities together; that enriches people's lives through mutual support, love, loyalty and identity. Just as we have no way of accounting for the loss of the natural world, contemporary economics has no way of accounting for the loss of this community capital.
And this is why we need to ask ourselves whether the present form of globalization is entirely appropriate, given the circumstances confronting us. I mean there are, clearly, benefits, but we need to ask whether it requires adaptation so that it also enables, as it were, globalization from the bottom up. This, after all, is the way Nature operates! It grows things from the roots up, not from the sky down. At the moment we operate under a form of globalization that tends to render down all the rich diversity of a culture into a uniform, homogenized mono-culture. And this is where the Modernist paradigm needs to be called into question before the damage being done is irretrievable
We can enter into the egalitarian, idealist vision of the cosmic Aquarian tribe by having each individual discovers the Source within them, and channels their unique offerings for the healing and evolution of earth and asking ourselves what specific gift can I contribute to the tribe? It is up to each person to support their community, to join forces to inspire each other, and to remember to play and invoke the inner innocence. Aligning oneself with peaceful and creative strategies for traversing the coming changes is key. Listen to the translators of healing languages, tones and vibrations of transition which will support you and surround yourself with the humans, animals, plants, and minerals which inspire you, teach you, heal you, and whose vibration you contribute to evolving as well. If you can sustain the essential truth of the synchronic perspective, then every moment will radiate, pregnant with meaning. Every friend and every stranger you meet will morph into a sweet song of soul-nostalgia. Indeed, there is a worldwide con-spiracy. The word itself means "with spirits" we are here together, as angels, messengers delivering the lessons we all asked for. Together, we teach each other the lines of our spirit-script and from that perspective we ascend into the glory of gratitude. VerDarLuz
If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day. Alex Noble
Walking the spiritual path properly is a very subtle process; it is not something to jump into naively. There are numerous sidetracks which leades to a distorted, ego-centered version of spirituality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. This fundamental distortion may be referred to as spiritual materialism. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Spiritual Materialism
habanot nechama, so far, you see the sky you cry, you don't know why..It's joy, it's happiness, The rainbow makes you feel high, Maybe I'll wear an incandescent gown, I'll grow my heels I'll widen my size, But even that won't express me sufficiently, And if I leap to heights -beyond the horizon, Maybe that won't make their hearts beat either, What else will I do?
All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. Speech Commonly Attributed To Chief Seattle
How at any moment we arise out of eternity, moment after moment. To escape the illusion of transience and to see into the absolute moment. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin regarded this as a great mystical event in the life of an individual, as well as in the human journey. But he said that a deeper and harder achievement and challenge before us is to awaken to the time-developmental nature of the universe. The whole journey is this moment, his moment is also the birth of the universe itself. But more significantly for this particular discussion, it is also the moment of the absolute future. The challenge before us is the absolute future calling to the present. This is really his mysticism. He would say that by learning to see, by becoming alert and awake in this universe, you feel the call and the presence of the unborn God asking for, or guiding us into, the type of creative action that gives birth to the next moment in a process that he called divinization.
Connection and wholeness are the foundation of all healthy functioning;, personally, relationally, communally and globally. The more connected we are, the more we know that who we are and what we do has an impact. It makes a difference. Our spiritual journey is about coming to know who we really are; as not separate, but a part of everything that is, which includes our sense of the sacred. If all is connected and whole, how can any aspect of life/nature/the universe be separate from God/Spirit/Source? Spirit is no longer transcendent only, but imminent in all of life. It gives rise to an identity shift in the human, away from the separated, individual, isolated self to a radically interconnected self with all that is. We are not alone. We do matter. It gives our lives meaning and purpose. What we do makes a difference and informs our behaviors and choices. Environment & Spirit
eYe(I) am a child of the Dancing Star born of Chaos, only in challenge shall we find our greatest strengths and our weaknesses, only in challenge shall our spirits be strong, the goal of life is outward evolution mastering inner peace; but peace that brings no challenge means stagnation ; confidence in self wrought through challenge is TRUE peace
eYe(I) AM FIRE, eYe(I) AM LIGHT = LOVE, ALL eYe(I) DO, eYe(I) DO WITH LOVE = PASSION
fire is light, light is love, love is passion, passion is Qi, vital energy of life, passion is the will that makes you succeed your goal; it is this magic that makes the bear , become the bear & the eagle fly as an eagle. passion is the gift that allows us to be what we wish; to do something without passion is to go through the motions without sPYRit (PYR=FIRE); to be passionless is to lose the fight of life
the study of PHIsics tells us,that all life is born from atoms,electrons,protons,neutron particles of energy; this energy cannot be destroyed, only changed; it exists in our PHIsical body, it directs us in our path, this is our passion; this is our gift
eYe(I) SEE FIRE = LIGHT IN ALL EXISTANCE, ALL LIFE IS BORN FROM LIGHT=FIRE, ALL IS ALIVE; the spirit of a living being is the sPYRit of GOD'US
the only difference between a hueman, an animal & a plant is their different bodies (skins), if we can be able to see, hear & feel their living power, we would be able to communicate with them as we do with huemans, not with the spoken word, but only with our senses, we would then hug a tree & feel its love, speak to the wind & listen to the ocean, bless the sun for giving us live; those who can see & hear all living beings can learn from their wisdom, then you are spirit & matter in oneness
eYe(I) AM A HUMBLE WANDERER IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING GARDEN = EVE
we SHALL never forget that we are guests here, in this planet of the living GODS, and so we should learn to enjoy all goods respectfully; all that we may receive from this planet must be returned or left here, we can not take anything with us, all knowledge has been accumulated in memories and shall be with us forever
in the Song of the morning sky,there is a line that says live as though you cannot speak; it means, that what you do is more important than what you say; if you cannot speak, you must communicate your love and friendship through your actions; learn to demonstrate that which you feel; let your actions be your measure COMMANDMENTS OF THE STAR WARRIORS. VENUSBLUE
I Am I Am Mantra. Chanting and/or listening to it could heightens your sense of personal relatedness to the cosmic as it connects.
How do you release emotional toxins? 1. Take responsibility for your emotions. 2. Witness the emotions in your body. 3. Define it: is it anger, fear? 4. Express it: write down what is happening. 5. Share it with a loved one. 6. Do a ritual to release it: write it down and burn it. 7.Bring it to a closure. Deepak chopra
The Last Why: the poem O Lord what fools we tend to be.The facts of life we do not see.In zones of rights each one resides,When in real life there are no sides. 1 We are blinded by our sense of rights.That justifies our deadly fights.Which end it should be plain to see.With one left standing; it is me. 2 What is the point? We must ask, why?When we are alone who will hear our cry? We need each other to survive.We is the state to feel alive. 3 God knows our rights of self are wrong.But can not modify our song.Together we must change our tune.For if we do not we will end too soon. 4 There will be doubt that we can change.Our choice of notes yields such a range;But harmony is not for dreams. It is within Our Law it seems. 5 The action that we need to take.In which we all must have a stake,Is adding clear thread to our weave, A choice that we just can not leave. 66 With choices made we will begin.To see a change starting within.From self-destruction we will turn.As ways of the ideal we learn. 67 We will sense the punishments abate.For one, we will no longer hate;And though the void will not be filled, Ideal rewards will leave us thrilled. 68 In this real life no sides there will be.We all will live in harmony.Our life lines individual Will not cross running parallel. 69 If Our Law states what we will become,We could add up to just one sum.We might then find when in our place Together we reflect God face. 70 "Why am I?", gave birth to humanity and it will be "the last why"; thus life. The rose is "the last why". We can 'pick' it and create "the void" then in trying to fill it destroy our lives; or we can simply "reach out...", smell the rose and realize our lives.
Outer phenomena spell dissatisfaction as well as momentary happiness in today's world wind encounter with life. Anguish is an integral part of our existence as an inner discontent is the cause of our individual and collective unwholesome striving that never seems to end. To move beyond this restless turmoil, one should embrace a sacred outlook and accept a universal responsibility for the well-being of every creature. The right attitude to life creates a sacred space for a happy dwelling place, where the spirit of love, compassion and tolerance are cherished. Lighting the lamp of our Higher Consciousness must begin individually, where each one's lamp lights up another's flame illumining our greater existence together.
In Tantra, a simplicity of being profoundly in touch with the vast universe and the pure self gradually distills and dispels all mental commotion, emotional instability and physical discomfort. Wealth, abundance, desire and happiness need not be merely the illusory maya of our worldly dispositions if we can learn to experience their deeper essence with harmony and grace. A clearer focus on our inner self awakens us out of our worldly fixations and generates an awareness and insight that allows us to deal with the real needs of life.
In our social contacts, we exert a covert violence against ourselves and others through our like and dislikes, opinions, dogmas, faith and even spiritual practices. Today's mind psychoanalyses everything, drawing an inevitable link of emotional obsession into our personal becoming. Our psychology convinces us of the finality of our roles played out as the mother, the lover, the guru or even the healer. We cling to our self-image, concealing our true identity as pure consciousness that has no form.
Being alone and still creates fear in our hearts. The space of silence is too empty and profound for us to cope with very long. Our psyches are addicted to perpetual stimulation. The illusory world limits the ability of our awareness to enter into the realm of inner purity. Dependence upon the external is upheld by our society, ostracizing us through its religion, cults, rigid views and institutions, bringing about the death of unfettered Divine Consciousness in the heart. Psychologists and New Age healers often cause yet more internal disruptions and disturbances, stirring the intrigues of not only the recent past but of previous lifetimes. We can barely learn to cope with this life, leave alone open the corridors to the ghostly remains of past incarnations.
Our spiritual well being must guide us to experience the original pure and blissful nature of consciousness itself. Rediscovering this simple truth within ourselves we ignite the hidden flame of the spiritual heart, nurturing compassion, joy and peace for all. Atman is the self or soul, the deeper essence of our being as pure consciousness, uniting us with all beings. The Atman is a Divine principle and our true self is the Divine power behind the manifestation of all time and space. Tantra reveres the Divine presence within us, honoring our deeper nature as sacred and immortal. Unfolding the Harmony of Bliss as featured in Tathaastu Magazine By Shambhavi Chopra, adopted from Yogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess (Wisdom Tree India, 2007)
Every kind of power lies in this one thing which we call love. Charity, generosity, kindness, affection, endurance, tolerance, and patience - all these words are different aspects of one; they are different names of only one hing;love.That which is called imagination, thought, perception, conception, inspiration, and intuition, comes from the power of love. There is no greater power than love. It changes a person's voice, heart, manner, form, movement, activity, everything becomes changed.Those who have developed the ideal love within themselves transform their nature into a more and more loving one in time. Their love for a certain person is akin to learning the abc, for by learning the abc one comes to be able to read not only the primer, but any book. By learning to love one, we gain a light, a torch, by the light of which we can read all things in life; it is as if in our nature we have developed something that we can give to everyone.The real lover will show his kindness, gentleness, sympathy, all aspects of love, to everyone he meets. But it is not only a matter of love for a living person. There is a love of art, of science, of music, of poetry, of all the different aspects of beauty. Love in every direction shows one the sublime vision of the beautiful. It is those who have loved the beauty of poetry who are able to enjoy its beauty and to express it to others; those who have love of music are enabled to give their music to the world and attract the lovers of music, as well as being able to enjoy its beauty themselves. Love's power ever shows its magnetism afresh through all the ages.The Message of Inayat Khan
How do you release emotional toxins? 1. Take responsibility for your emotions. 2. Witness the emotions in your body. 3. Define it: is it anger, fear? 4. Express it: write down what is happening. 5. Share it with a loved one. 6. Do a ritual to release it: write it down and burn it. 7.Bring it to a closure. Deepak chopra
When you grow a smile on a child's face / You are in the most holy place. MYSTERY by Bruce Cockburn
The modern Ahrimanic world view puts forward that all things around us (e.g. plants, rivers, land, mountains, rocks, caves) are essentially soulless. They neither think nor feel. They can be exploited by man for whatever purpose man dictates. This paradigm, introduced to the world by the demon Ahriman, would even state that animals have neither cognition nor feelings, and can thus be hunted, tortured and experimented on. Another paradigm puts forward that the Earth is alive. It is our mother. All of its children, (e.g. animals,plants, insects, rivers, mountains, etc) both have a soul and are animated by spirit. In fact, like humans, each plant, tree, river, mountain, cave, etc. has a higher spirit that is aware and has cognition. The spirits behind and within everything are seen as agents in the spirit realm and are capable of healing, helping, etc. The Trust is the Spiritual Power to purposefully affect change on the physical and spiritual planes for the purpose of achieving balance, harmony and beauty. Carry on this Trust by: * Knowing that all things are alive and have spirit; * Communicating with the spirits of all things (e.g. mountains, rivers, animals, plants, etc.); * Working with the spirits of all things to affect change (e.g. healing) on the physical plane; * Praying for the well being of all spirits.
The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. Thomas Paine
Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid. Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds. "I have a dream"
Another aspect of freedom that is very crucial especially in our contemporary society is the necessity for us to minimize if not totally eradicate the cultural inclinations that glorify evil and at times seems to punish good. In other words this is the time for us to assume accountability, responsibility and transparency in our dealings as a father, or mother, son or daughter, lovers or friends, student or teacher, leaders or subjects. It is our moral responsibility to try and train ourselves and our wards to cherish doing the right thing by being obedient and keeping the commandments of love.
Measha Bruggergosman Reve Infini (Infinite Dream) Her visit to northern Uganda with AMREF Canada ( the African Medical & Research Foundation). She spends time with war-affected children to help promote healing through song and dance. Some of these children were featured in the documentary, War/Dance.
Samar Minallah has been fighting and bringing attention to the voiceless and helpless through various means and mediums.She noted that through folksongs, many of which are developed by women, women had a public forum in which they could air their problems in a culturally acceptable manner, somewhat anonymously but still publicly. Allaho-A lullaby for you my daughter!