Saturday, October 22, 2011

IT'S JUST A RIDE!

"The world is like a ride at an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it, you think it's real, because that's how powerful our minds are... And it's fun, for a while...  Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: 'Is this real? Or is this just a ride?' And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and they say 'Hey! Don't worry, don't be afraid -- ever -- because... this is just a ride...' 
And we kill those people."

- Bill Hicks (1961-1994)

I love this cartoon as it perfectly depicts a favorite analogy of mine... Imagine that you're thrown from an airplane and you are plummeting downward...without a parachute.  Now, you've already been thrown, there's nothing you can do about that.  You WILL hit the ground - there's nothing you can do about that either.  So what ARE your options here, eh???

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Health Update on Aja

In the name of Hypocrites, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.
- Edward Everett Hale

(Preface to this blog entry: To many of you this may be simply an unnecessary update on one weird guy's physical/mental/emotional stuff.  To those friends/family/students etc. who may have been wondering "What the hell is up with Aja?", this may give some clue.   More philosophical/spiritual blogs are coming in the VERY near future - I promise.)


Giant Addition for Simplicity Gardens

"That's the great thing about a tractor.
You can't really hear the phone ring.
- Jeff Foxworthy


The Barnashram Boys are thrilled!  Finally, after three + years of farming, all with only a little riding lawn mower and their arms and backs to haul literally tons of compost, produce, and everything else here, they have acquired a tractor.

Occupy! The 60's Virus Revisited?


"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." - Yoko Ono


Some years back, I wrote (I think) a piece called "Trigger the 60's Virus," with, however, little thought or hope that it would ever happen.  For those of us who were alive and active back then in the 60's and 70's, it was a time like no other. I know everyone says that about their time, but even historians admit that it was a very unique time, at least in the more recent times.  Thousands were coming out to the streets for many reasons, most notably, for peace and against the Viet Nam war. For God's sake, even my 50 something mother who spent the majority of her adult life drinking coffee, smoking Pall Mall cigarettes and reading the newspaper at the kitchen table, came out to protest! - though most probably in hopes that neither of her sons would have to go and come back in a box. (Thankfully, neither of us ended up having to go.)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Why the Blight of Blogs?

Mine is Smaller and White!
So what's the deal with the sudden 'Bum's Rush' of Blogs?  It's my 'White Board'. I know...the picture at left is really a blackboard, but it's a more exciting picture than my white board.  (Originally, the caption for this was, "And thus, you have the basic formula for understanding women.").  Anyway, I got two primary things for my birthday a couple of weeks ago - a big white board and an Amazon Kindle (more on this at a later time  and the upcoming "In This Moment Kindle Book") 

Send Me Some Love!!!

Heart to Heart!
Ironically, when I first contemplated writing this blog, it was about how 95% of the time, due to my health, I am at home at Barnashram, and most of that alone, and I am currently at a coffee shop.  (In my defense, however, I am on my way home from the doctor.)

So, anyway, there I am, lying around, spending most of my time between reading, sleeping, meditating, etc. and it comes to me...what else can I do for folks?  You can only sleep so much, my eyes get too tired and blurry after awhile for reading, and eventually there's a blank spot.  So, I thought, I could send out some love. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

So Now I'm a Terrorist????

Do I look like this?

Nearly 30 years ago, I did an apparently radical thing,,,I declared my sovereignty, i.e. I became a "Sovereign Citizen".  What does that mean?  It's the same thing the founding fathers did 200+ years ago when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. They said there was no one between them and God, such as the King of England or the East India Company  (yep, even then - governments and corporations). 

Now, I didn't do it because I particularly disliked our government, it was simply one of the many things I have done through this life in a question for FREEDOM!  And, I might add, there actually was a great sense of freedom that arose, like one more veil was lifted...one more thing that I didn't have to identify myself as; one more false conception to cling to or to burden me....there was just Aja and God. 


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Brief Update on Tower

So...the comment period ended (last month), which is followed by a 60 day period ,before the final decision.  (Thanks everyone for your emails and letters!) 

Once the decision has been made it can be appealed (for$250) and then a hearing will be set - about a month or more later.  So right now just sort of a waiting game.

We'll let you know. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What a Beautiful Tree...OR IS IT???

"Took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum...
And charged the people a dollar and a half just to see 'em"

What you're looking at to the left is NOT a tree, but rather a giant cell phone tower.  Isn't it pretty?  Now, here's the good news (NOT)... they are planning to put one up right on the other side of our property. Yes, just a few hundred feet from Barnashram, the bastion of simplicity, spirituality, organic, natural anti-"civilization" living, they are planning to build a (get this!) "120 foot tall wireless communications tower - STEALTH MONOFIR DESIGN." (Their words, not mine!!!)

You see, there are only so many objections you can make to technology, and  since President Clinton signed into law the telecomunications act of 1996 (yes 15 years ago), it is illegal to bring up health issues when commenting on cell phone towers.  Of course, in that 15 years, hundreds, if not thousands of studies have been done showing the dangers of EMF and RF emissions with human and environmental health impacts, and hundreds of tumors, cancer clusters, and other miseries perpetrated, but we're not allowed to mention that. So, you're stuck with environmental impact, how they look (thus pretty green cell towers), and mostly, HOW THEY WILL IMPACT PEOPLE FINANCIALLY.  In other words, if we can prove that we will lose money (like we have any to lose), by that monstrosity being here, we might have a case.  (It's ALWAYS about money.  We're just trying to serve God and Mother Earth, but that don't matter in this culture, does it?)


Saturday, April 9, 2011

NO ‘GREEN THING’ BACK THEN

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Our Technology Has Surpassed Our Humanity

"It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity. I hope that someday, our humanity might yet surpass our technology." - Albert Einstein

I have not written much lately, and I perhaps should apologize for that. But, as anyone who has looked around has probably noticed, there is a lot going on right now.  And because I often point this out to people, they tend to steer away from us, avoid us.  I have even come to call myself Buzzkill Baba, since rather than point out all the sweetness and love and light of the world, I point out the pain, the evil, the dark side.  But in light of what occurred to me, I'd like to explain this a bit, not as a rationalization, although to many it may seem that way, but a realization of how this works, and my experience of it.

Let me begin with an often quoted phrase of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:
 "Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves."

I'd like to point out here that this 'knowing' is not just the mental knowing of most, but the actual realization of knowing.  Since 1990, I KNOW that I am nothing.   When one inquires into the Self, they recognize that the individual persona is an illusion – that what each of us is, is Consciousness, boundless, unattached, and thus nothing. But that nothing encompasses Everything. So when you look or see "outside" you recognize that Self is everything, without exception.