Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fly - Be Free



This morning as I lay in bed, Abhaya was gazing out my window and noticed some little birds outside, exclaiming that  there were like 50 of them. When she said that I suddenly longed to be one of those birds – to be free, carefree, to simply pick at food and flitter and fly from one place to another.


It made me think of the D.H. Lawrence poem. Self Pity:


I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

 

Our lives have been convoluted from the simplicity of life itself. Too many choices and alternative views. We work too hard to have so little of meaning but too much which is meaningless.  We worry for what is not worthy even of thought, and because of that millions upon millions are depressed, drugged and suicidal. And yet we fight for the right to live in this way.
 
The Tao Te Ching says:
 
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
 
We do anything but!  We live disconnected from the earth and ground and we contemplate political systems, religious systems, and all kinds of high-falutin thoughts. We surround ourselves with machines to "make life simple" and which do exactly the opposite.
 
We don't know who we are anymore. And yet we fight over ideologies, religions, nationalities, colors, preferences of all sorts. We fight for the right to be both arrogant and ignorant.
 
I am not one of those little birds, but, oh, how I long to be simple and free.
 

 


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DO NOT VOTE!!!

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." - Emma Goldman

As everyone probably realizes, we are counting down to the so-called 2012 election. So, I thought I would say a little something about voting. DON'T!

Now this little blog will probably either register as a "well, duh", or "Blasphemy!" But the reality is that voting is simply a means to theoretically choose which puppet slave-master you want. All government is bad, and based on the principle of violence of one or some over others. Why would one choose to have someone rule over them? Generally, no one would choose it unless they had a complete lack of self confidence or were physically or mentally handicapped. Because something is already in place, we assume that it is the norm and therefore 'okay.' The same situation existed for slavery for thousands of years. Often slaves were treated extremely well, and were even part of the family. But they were slaves. Similarly, just because there is a government, doesn't imply that it is good. Do you want to govern people? I don't. But the reality is, that those who want government, and more particularly those who want to be IN government, nearly always want to govern others with a VERY few notable exceptions - Ron Paul for instance, who I think has basically good intentions. But the reality is that voting for any government is voting for someone to rule over you and tell you what you can and cannot do. "But we can change that," I hear you exclaim. But can you really? Have you yet? The great cry of Obama was, of course, Hope and Change. And yet, even after "winning" the Nobel Peace Prize, he continued and escalated the killing. Politicians are all just....well...politicians. And they are there to, by definition, RULE you, control you, govern you.

But what would happen if there was no government? Who would build the roads? - which is the most common question. Who does everything now? People. Anything that can be done by government can be done by individuals and groups of people in exactly the same way and a miniscule fraction of the cost. If inidivduals or groups felt a road, or building, or electrical project was needed, they could come together and either build it themselves or fund it themselves.

But even more important than that is the fact that by voting for a government, allowing the government to rule you, you also are voting for all of their laws, and EVERYTHING they decide to do with that money. Which means you are voting for chemtrails, big pharma, banksters, flouride in your water, big agri-business versus small farms, required permits for children's lemonade stands, and especially mass murder in the name of democracy, really imperialism. If you vote, AND pay any taxes, 36% of that money is going to the current military budget. (That does NOT include things like homeland 'security', personal surveillance, etc.) So, say you pay $100 in taxes, you are paying $32 to kill people. Pay more...kill more people. It's as simple as that.

Voting = Murder

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Atma Items Now For Free

Our present culture, our so-called civilization, has completely based itself on a concept -  money. And the truth is, there is no money. We have, in our minds, created or concretized money as something real and tangible. It is only a concept, an imagination, a chimera. There is NO money.  And yet, virtually everything we do in every moment of our lives revolves around this sham called money.

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." - Jesus tells us, and is oft quoted (like the way I use 'oft'?)

For years I thought mammon was some fancy pants word for 'man', but it's not. Mammon means money or riches, and denotes greed. Our entire culture is based on greed. Sure, maybe each of us is not as greedy as that infamous 'One Percent'. I mean, we're part of the 99 %, the oppressed, the one's getting our collective butts kicked. But too often, we are also kicking the butts of others. Each one of us has a tendency to get what we can, get as much money as we can. Even, or especially, in the name of spirituality.

In my own life, I noticed that I always appreciated those teachers who never charged anything for their teachings. It wasn't like I sought them out, but noticed, after the fact, that those for whom I had the most respect, to whose teachings I was most strongly drawn, never charged a penny. It's not to say that the others didn't perhaps have good teachings, but somehow their teachings were tainted slightly.

Today, of course, it is virtually impossible, perhaps even illegal to not have money. It is the accepted means of exchange. And, indeed, we use it here at Barnashram. I mean, you still have to 'pay' bills like electricity. But what if you could get away from it as much as possible. For instance, what if you could give things away for free or barter.  It's sort of like fasting. Not everybody is going to fast for spiritual reasons, but maybe some will, a day, a week, a month. Or perhaps some will learn to live without food and live on faith, so to speak. There are many in history and I've known some myself. 

So, along these lines, I've decided to stop selling my products. On the products tab of this site, you'll find that the books I've produced have been put into PDF format, and the Mantra CD has been put into mp3's for download.   (There's a couple of things I've produced that aren't there yet, and perhaps I'll get them there at some point.)  So, please, take, enjoy. May they serve you well.  Now, I'm not against donations, and if you find them useful, you're welcome to donate, but PLEASE do not feel obligated.

In the past, how wisdom was received, was in a teacher/student relation, wherein the teacher gave teachings and the student reciprocated with service. Today, however, no one wants to serve. Our basic nature is that we always serve, but in our culture we serve only ourselves. There is no humility and far too much narcissim and hubris to actually serve someone else. Culture has made us all the same, under the term equal. Equal and Same are different. A man and a woman are equal, but not the same.  A doctor and patient are equal but not the same.  And one who has knowledge and realization, and the one who doesn't are equal, BUT NOT THE SAME. 

We live in a universe of make-believe, and we fail to discern the truth from that make-believe. Sameness is make believe. Money is make believe. Government is make believe. Political Correctness is make believe.  Seek to see the real truth in all things. Inquire into it and explore if it is truly real or make believe. In many cases you can find out by simply asking, did someone say this, insist on it, is it the law of man or religion or culture. If so, it's probably complete bullshit. But your HEART will know, if you are free from greed.

Okay, go have fun now.
I love you!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kinda Cool Story

"If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him"

(Old Buddhist Saying)

 

Okay, so here's the story.  My friend Kelley sent me a link to a youtube video which I had seen before, but worth watching again - Unmistaken Child, the story of Tenzin Zopa's quest for his reincarnating teacher, Lama Konchok.

  

In the beginning of the movie, they are showing the cremation of the Lama, after which they collect little 'Pearl Relics' from the ashes. Called Shariras, these little pearl like items are considered to be spiritually potent leftovers from some enlightened beings.  Watching the movie, I thought, "Cool, I want a little spiritual relic", as if I don't have enough already.

 

So, about half way through the movie, I pause it to go sit on my porch and have a smoke. I'm gazing around on the ground next to me, and something catches my eye amidst the dust and pebbles, and it looks like.... a Buddha head.  "No way," I think. It's probably some chicken doo that just looks like a buddha head. You know, like Jesus in Toast, or Mother Mary in an oil slick.  Anyway, that wasn't the case. I got closer, and lo and behold, it WAS a Buddha head.

 

Okay, for full disclosure, I must admit, I had seen it before. Another friend, Katie, (Yes, most of my friends names begin with 'K' or the k sound), had given me this little Buddha statue from which the head had broken off. We had tried to glue it several times, but it kept falling off, and we kept it in the garden.  However, at some point the head was lost and my wife threw the body out. (Is that sacrilegious? - I mean, it was plastic!)  So, the head was missing and the body was gone.  Months ago!!!   Now, in the midst of watching this movie and thinking I want a spiritual relic (okay, even a plastic one), I sit down on my porch where I often spend HOURS every day, and whoop de doo, a magic, plastic, Buddha head, relic! 

 

 IT'S A MIRACLE!!!

   

  

  


 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

You Are An Avatar

"We are perceivers. We are an awareness; we are not objects;
we have no solidity. We are boundless."  Don Juan (Carlos Castaneda)

 
Who are you?  Do you really have any idea?  Most people assume that they are this body, this mind.  But the reality is far different than that.

In the movie, Avatar, Jake Sully had to enter into an atmosphere that was unnatural for him, foreign to him - indeed toxic to him.  The only way he could do that was to put on a suit, an Avatar.  In the photo note that Jake is looking at his own Avatar suit - the body that he will wear, in order to operate on the Pandoran world, having transferred his consciousness into the suit.

The world 'Avatar' is a Sanskrit word, and means to cross (tara) over or down (ava). It generally refers to the various forms of God who descend to the material world for their pastimes - Krishna, Vishnu, etc. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Breaking Free

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."
     - Soren Kierkegaard


Mostly (he he) this is kind of a test of using my phone to blog. 

Recently, I've been researching law - natural law, positive law, divine law. Interestingly enough, the word law originally comes from Old English licgan, to lie.  I like the idea that all laws our lies, but in this case I believe lie is like lay.  Still. every law is basically 1 person or a group of people telling another person or group of people what they can and cannot do.  In fact, by definition, law is something that is enforced by an authority. 

Our beliefs are like laws.  They bind us, body and mind.  Whether they are cultural, political, religious, or ... They bind us to something that is not necessarily true.
Truth can only be discovered by truly looking into what is real, being willing to let go of all assumptions, all concepts, and finding out what you are prior even to mind.
Okay... That's enough by phone.
With love
Aja

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Beliefs Lie Hidden Everywhere

"For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery."
Jonathan Swift



I know I haven't written for awhile, but as we often talk about freedom, in all it's various forms (which really is only one), it seemed appropriate that on this day, when everyone is paying homage to their masters, that we should write something about the nature of government.

Like ALL beliefs and superstitions, the "government" is taken for granted.  We believe we need government to protect us from the evils of the other side (which is the republicans if you're democrat and democrats if you're a republican). At least in the U.S.  Of course, outside of the U.S. it is necessary to keep us safe from 'terrorists', even though governments are the biggest form of terrorism there is.  I mean, on today of all days, what would happen if you decided NOT to pay those enslavement fees (also known as taxes) to wage wars on innocent people in other lands, to help subsidize poisoned GMO foods, to generally tell you what you can and more importantly cannot do?  Why, yes. You would be fined, and/or imprisoned.

But like all superstitions, we were born into this one.  It is the unseen cage, the hidden matrix, that we live with, simply assuming that it is necessary, and that it is the right of some individuals to enslave others, as long as you don't call it slavery.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

"All I'm Offering You is the Truth"


"Lift me up out of this illusion, Lord. 
Heal my perception, 
that I may know only reality."

I read this quote the other day (I'll tell you who by in a moment) and was nearly brought to tears. What more could we possibly and truly want? However, as many people know, Truth often comes at a very high cost. Jesus said, "The Truth will set you free."  He didn't say it would make you happy or fulfill all your wants. It sets you free.  In India, the word for 'enlightenment' is Moksha or Mukti, literally meaning liberated or freed. It is not so much the airy fairy groovy world that people think it is, but rather the space of absolute freedom from all your preconceived ideas, your hopes and dreams; all the things that make your life "Your Life". 

Monday, January 23, 2012

You are NOT the Body

"In reality, there is no death because you are not the body. Let the body be there or not be there, your existence is always there; it is eternal."  -  Nisargadatta Maharaja

The other day I was reading somewhere that some Christians actually believe that you ARE the body.   This is part of the reason behind burial - you need your body in the resurrection.


Now to me, this is about as absurd as you can get. There is a common saying these days that 'we are not a physical person having a spiritual experience, but rather spiritual entities having a material experience.'  We HAVE bodies. They are there. We ride around in them like riding in an automobile.  Now, if you knew someone who thought that they were their car, you'd probably want to put them in a looney bin.  It's like thinking you're Napoleon Bonaparte or something.  "Hi!  Like my shiny body and my ragtop convertible? Wanna see my moonroof?"  Of course, some people are so attached to their cars that they almost fall into this category. But in most cases you can convince them that the car is, at best, a possession, not what they are.