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Words, even if they come from the soul, hide the soul,
as fog rising off the sea covers the sea,
the coast, the fish, the pearls.

It is noble work to build philosophical discourses,
but they do block out the sun of truth.

See God's qualities as an ocean.
This world is foam on the purity of that.
Brush it away and look through the alphabet to essence,
as you do the hair covering your beloved's eyes.

Here is the mystery:
This intricate, astonishing world is proof
of God's presence even as it covers the beauty.

One flake from the wall of a gold mine
does not give much idea what it is like
when the sun shines down inside
and turns the air and the workers golden.
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plus a Gauranga bhajan...

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(videos put together by a friend in Amsterdam, who took the chanting from
cassettes he bought nine years ago when he was in Vrindavan, India.)

Recital by Sri Brahmananda Swami of the Chinmaya Mission.


Chapter One, Part 1

Part 2

Chapter Two

Krishna teaches Arjuna about the nature of the soul.

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Still working on the Jewish phase of "God..."
But there were so many snippets that I wrote down
& want to share. Go read this book; good times.

- Unlike the pagan deities, Yahweh was not in any of the forces of nature but in a realm apart. He is experienced in that scarcely perceptible timbre of a tiny breeze in the paradox of a voiced silence.

-There was no way that we could fathom this out by reason. It is only "revealed" to us by an experience (anubhara) which cannot be expressed in words & concepts. Brahman is "what cannot be spoken in words, but that whereby the mind can think." It is impossible to speak to a god that is as immanent as this or to think about it, making it a mere object of thought. It is a Reality that can be discerned in ecstasy in the original sense of going beyond the self: God
       "comes to the thought of those who know It beyond thought, not to those who imagine It can be attained by thought... It is known in the ecstasy of an awakening that opens the door of life eternal."

- Language is not equipped to deal with
a reality that lay beyond concepts & reason.

- Isaiah had expereinced that sense of the numinous which has periodically descended upon men & women and filled them with fascination and dread. In his classic book The Idea of Holy, Rudolf Otto describes this fearful experience of transcendent reality as mysterium terribile et fascinans: it is terribile because it comes as a profound shock that severs us from the consolations of normality and fascinans because, paradoxically, it exerts an irresistable attraction. There is nothing rational about this overpowering experience, which Otto compares to that of music or the erotic: the emotions it engenders cannot even be said to "exist" because it has no place in our normal scheme of reality.

- Aristotle had an acute understanding of the nature and importance of religion & mythology. He pointed out that people who had become initiates in the various mystery religions were not required to learn any facts "but to experience certain emotions and to be put in a certain disposition." Hence his famous literary theory that tragedy affected a purification (katharisis) of the emotions of terror and pity that amounted to an experience of rebirth.
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14 Precepts - Words by The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh

(it's buddhist thought, but applies to all very nicely)

Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.

Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to receive others' viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout our entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.

Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education. However, through compassionate dialogue, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness.

Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. find ways to be with those who are suffering by all means, including personal contact and visits, images, sound. By such means, awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.

Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of you life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.

Do not maintain anger or hatred. As soon as anger and hatred arise, practice the meditation on compassion in order to deeply understand the persons who have caused anger and hatred. Learn to look at other beings with the eyes of compassion.

Do not lose yourself in dispersion and in your surroundings. Learn to practice breathing in order to regain composure of body and mind, to practice mindfulness, and to develop concentration and understanding.

Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.

Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest of to impress people. Do not utter words that cause diversion and hatred. Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things you are not sure of. Always speak truthfully and constructively. Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.

Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party. A religious community should, however, take a clear stand against oppression and injustice, and should strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.

Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. Do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to life. Select a vocation which helps realize your ideal compassion.

Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and to prevent war.

Possess nothing that should belong to others. Respect the property of others but prevent others from enriching themselves from human suffering or the suffering of other beings.

Do not mistreat your body. Learn to handle it with respect. Do not look on your body as only an instrument. Preserve vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of the Way. Sexual expression should not happen without love and commitment. In sexual relationships be aware of future suffering that may be caused. To preserve the happiness of others, respect the rights and commitments of others. Be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world. Meditate on the world into which you are bringing new beings.

Do not believe that I feel that I follow each and every of these precepts perfectly. I know I fail in many ways. None of us can fully fulfill any of these. However, I must work toward a goal. These are my goals. No words can replace practice, only practice can make the words.
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there are as many phenomenal worlds as there are sentient beings.

each world system also contains an equal number of worlds.

in each of the systems of worlds, the worlds are inconceivably many.

some forming, some decaying; some have already crumbled away.


ALL are illusions.  



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During one's life time, one is bound to have many attachments to things and people one loves. Such attachments are bound to bring pain and agony eventually. Anything one desires will always become the source of one's suffering, whether one's desire is gratified at the time or not. If one does not obtain what one desires, naturally one suffers. But even if one does obtain what one desires, one will eventually suffer because of it's loss since nothing lasts forever. The more one desires something, the more pain that thing will bring one.

Once one is born, the whole process of aging, sickness, and death becomes inevitable. One has to go through the whole process of dealing with disappointments of unfulfilled desires, pain from the loss of loved ones, suffering derived from one's clingings, attachments, obsessions, resentments, etc.




Everything we perceive around us is empty; hence unreal. We live in a delusion or a dream-like state in which we believe that things are real. Once we wake up from this delusion or dream, we will realize that nothing and no one is what we take it to be. We will then terminate our attachment, our discernment, our perception, our conception, and enter the realm of Emptiness.



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February 2012



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