SORROW is the rain of remembrance falling upon the blossom of love
"There was a time I used to reject those who were not of my faith. Now my heart has grown capable of taking on many forms: a pasture for gazelles, a convent for Christians, a temple for idols, a Kaaba* for the pilgrim, a table for the Torah, a book of the Koran. My religion is love - whichever the route love's caravan shall take, that path shall be the path of my faith."
*The most sacred Muslim shrine, to be found in Mecca Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (1165-1240)
"….often contradiction is the clearest way to truth"
"we are most clearly defined not by what we will do, but by what we will not do".
"…for we do not really know who we are are until we meet the opposite of who we perceive ourselves to be. We are as candles who need the darkness in order that we may see our own shining.In this sense all trauma that visits our life has within it the potential to be a magnificently radiant triumph of the human spirit"
Ok. So now it's almost Christmas, you know that time of the year when we are all pleasant and kind to each other.(even Scrooge learnt the lesson!)
SO NOW IT'S official, not simply a meaningful statement from some spiritual 'leader'. Being kind to each other is in our own best interests! What is more, 'kindness gives birth to kindness' as Sophocles said – so an act of kindness actually improves the health, physical health, of the doer – and of the receiver if that receiver also does likewise.
You are right to be sceptical. You are right to want something more than spiritual, loving theory.
So here you go – proven, verifiable, scientific FACT:
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness". Dalai Lama
I hope, whatever your religion or non-religion, that your heart will be healthy during this Christmas period and throughout the coming years.
It is well for us all to remember that the vast majority of Western-based Muslims are
as horrified by this development as we are. It would be good to know how many
innocent Muslims were actually in Drottninggatan at or around that time.
The fact that a so –called Jidadist website web-site claims the 'lone'(?) bomber was
acting on behalf of Al-Quaeda is simply that – a claim. It appears the man so far
identified was also of exceptionally high moral and religious character – married
with 2 children he nevertheless was to be found on the ' Muslima dating website'.
So, just to be sure we understand, the Q'ran expressly forbids the murder of innocents.
This was no more a religious act than climbing everest proves the world is flat.
The actions of an emotionally or psychologically disoriented individual do not
represent any recognisable tenets of a true religion – if those actions are without
love, they have nothing to do with God.
A true religion – and it's leaders – finds ways to heal wounds and and not create more pain.
Well, I've been around now for over 6 decades cascading through this amazing kaleidoscope of experiencing that we call 'life'.
Just occasionally, roughly about once a decade or so, there comes amongst us someone who so pushes the boundaries of our possibilities that we are staggered to see just what the human spirit is capable of doing with the energy factory we call the body.
So, check this decade-inspiring 8 year old out:
Now, if he can train his mind, body, reflexes, to do a thing like this…….and he's only 8 years old…..
what do you think we could create in this world with all our loving energy if we had his dedication?
a thousand thanks anjelolildemon.
I hope I have the joy of watching you over the coming years – you are an inspiration :)
"Question: Can your loneliness fill another's loneliness?
Question: Can an empty glass fill another empty glass?
Question: Can your sense of being unwanted fill another persons want?
Question: If you cannot love yourself, how can you expect that someone
else can love you? Is that not an unfair and unrealistic demand
Question: If you do love yourself, if you really know who and what you are,
is not your primary motivation to give out 'the lovingness' rather
than to concern yourself with receiving from another? Is not this
the way of Christ, of the Bhudda, the Dalai Lama, Gandhi and others
we regard as 'spiritual greats' that have walked the earth?
Question: If you lack 'self respect' how can you expect others to respect you?
Question: If you make yourself less than you are, why be surprised when
others treat you as less?
Question: why do you seek from the outside an awareness that can only
be found on the inside?"
and they said to me 'write'
and I asked 'of what shall I write?'
They answered 'write words that inspire us, lift us to higher, nobler things.'
I asked 'do you want the words as a scripture, as a story, as a poem, or simply as a child speaking?'
Now there followed much discussion, much heated argument about respecting traditions or interpreting meanings or having regard to this or that sensibility or establishing the historicity of the words or the burden of responsibility in translating or………..
Meanwhile, with the cannon cacophony of their doubtless well intentioned but grossly heated disputes receding in my consciousness like the dying groans of thunder as the sun broke through, I began writing…….
love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love
In my life I have not yet finished writing……….
What's true for seeing colour is also true for seeing form and shape. In fact it's true about everything we see. When you look at this image, you are aware of two very differently sized tables.
So why do they look so different? Because your brain takes the image on the retina and creates what it sees according to what the information would have meant in the brain's past experience of interacting with the world.
Now, doesn't that make you think about what is taught to children?
No wonder it is written 'the sins of the father are visited upon the sons'
Joseph Olupot in Arua, Uganda, writes:
"It is thrilling to see the valuable lives of people being rescued after such a long time of hopelessness and desolation. I could not contain my happiness. I am delighted. I join the Chileans in celebrating." via
Dan Lundmark from Long Beach, US tweets:
"Awesome watching Chilean miners rescued and reunited with family, after months trapped 700m underground, on my birthday! What a gift." via
erhem! Maybe the world wide rejoicing at this incredible rescue where a nation has illuminated the importance of 1 human life…. may help others to come to a similar comprehension……
“So go about life condemning none, but looking kindly and with love upon all; hold no harsh thought even about a so-called enemy.
In truth, no man can really be your enemy, all are your teachers; and when you are tempted to feel injured or resentful because of some apparent injustice, look first within yourself and ask, "What has this to show me, what have I to learn from this?" In time truth will reveal itself, so that instead of thinking antagonistically you will be able to say, "Thank you, brother, for you have taught me much, and helped me".
The other person's motive is not your business”
A secular court has now made a judgement about this disputed 'holy' site.
In essence the three protagonist parties will share the site.
Once again we see secular society teaching ethics and morality to 'old religions'.
If only these 'religious' participants could have embraced 'One-ness' and come to the decision to share the site themselves.
What difference would it have made?
2,000 lives difference!
There is nothing 'holy' about a 'religious' site that has claimed 2,000 lives upon the altar of hate!
Here is what was said on this blog on 5th March 2002……. read Afsana's story, a 15 year old. Read it and marvel, as I do, at such lovingness from a child.
It were better if all three of the protagonists 'religions' in this case agreed to utilise the disputed land to erect a memorial to all those who died – and spent the rest of their lives praying daily there for the souls of the murdered innocents.
Ayodhya is the Indian word for 'shame'….if it wasn't before, it is now!
"the way Sir Willoughby continues to speak through the answers of other characters, returning to notice their replies only when his own vein of thought is exhausted" is a "wonderful observation of human speech"
Angus Wilson commenting upon George Meredith's tragicomical novel, The Egoist.
It doesn't really matter what religion you are – or if you have no religious beliefs at all.
Whether we meditate or pray
But in these coming hours let us all set aside some moments to send out our loving and peaceful thoughts/prayers/meditations for a resolution of this desperate problem
It is time for LOVE and PEACE to begin to resolve this Middle East wound which has stubbornly refused to be healed for so very, very, very long.
We, the world, sincerely request and desire that all parties involved will find an honourable, respectful and peaceful method….
to save the children of the future.
"There are in all religions essentially only 3 types of persons:
1. Those who always look to others to tell them the words. Studying the words themselves
implies too much effort. For these any 'confrontation with a Godly presence is emotionally satisfying but is often regarded as a mere coincidence'.
2. Those who study and know the words. Intellectually. They are 'libraries of knowledge' able, at any moment, to recite an appropriate verse or text. For them such studies are emotionally rewarding and intellectually appealing, whilst hiding in the thoughts of others they have no need to deal with real spiritual life situations or with themselves. They are exceptionally skilled at steering group 1.
3. Those who have gone beyond the words, the metaphors, the traditions and whose hearts have welcomed the deepest meaning of the words. For these 'the word has become flesh' These are easily recognisable, for they speak little with words. Their loving eyes shout their awareness of one-ness. Their compassionate actions (without requiring 3rd party recognition or reward) manifest a living faith and a loving religion. Their example, once observed, does not seek to lead others, yet in the beauty of it's lovingness others awaken to their own beauty.
Yet all have their unique and precious place within the totality of one-ness. Each 'group' helps us to 'know and love ourselves and thus know and love all others'...and those 'steps of understanding' are the stairway to heaven".
"In 1972 Pope Paul VI said, 'Satan's smoke has made its way into the temple of God...' Now, as we enter the third millennium, it is no longer 'smoke' but a raging fire. Catholicism is in the throes of the worst crisis in its entire history." - Fr. John Hardon, S.J., Introduction to The Marian Catechist
And all this time you were thinking I was anti-catholic, huh? Read again what Pope Paul VI says……
I am 'anti' any religion or persons in 'positions of religious authority' who seek to abuse the peoples of the world, the 'children of the One God', with lies, hypocrisy, manipulation, fraud, embezzlement, murder, rape, mutilation…or anything else that does not respect the individualism created by the One God or honour the sanctity of life..
To be 'anti' is not too hate, it is to love your brother/sister enough to help them see the log that is in your own eye, so that they may better find the speck that is in their eye.
In this apparently PR dominated world it is often difficult to really know what persons in powerful positions are actually saying…and meaning.
I remember from my youth a film " The shoes of the Fisherman" where a fictionalised powerful man actually DID mean what he said…..
Anthony Quinn played the lead role…along with many, many top-rate actors/actresses at the time. Of course, a 1968 film may seem a little lacking in CGI or even violence/sex……but if you have any interest in 'non-marginalised religious/ethical actions' it's worth watching……especially if you are interested in moral actions that create scandal because they are so moral – as opposed to the opposite margin.
Courtesy of IMDB you may be able to watch a trailer HERE
"….adherents of a given religion, like everyone else, focus on things that confirm their attitudes and ignore things that don’t. And they carry that tunnel vision into their own scripture; if there is hatred in their hearts, they’ll fasten onto the hateful parts of scripture, but if there’s not, they won’t. That’s why American Muslims of good will can describe Islam simply as a religion of love. They see the good parts of scripture, and either don’t see the bad or have ways of minimizing it.
So too with people who see in the Bible a loving and infinitely good God. They can maintain that view only by ignoring or downplaying parts of their scripture.
For example, there are those passages where God hands out the death sentence to infidels. In Deuteronomy, the Israelites are told to commit genocide — to destroy nearby peoples who worship the wrong Gods, and to make sure to kill all men, women and children."
Robert Wright (amongst other things has taught philosophy at Princeton and religion at the University of Pennsylvania).
"religious bodies - including institutions linked to the Catholic Church - need to be free to act in accordance with their own principles and specific convictions based upon the faith and the official teaching of the Church"
Pope Benedict XVI, speaking at Westminster Hall, London on 17 Sept 2010.
In an interesting, if somewhat intellectual, analysis of the roles between religion and State, the Pope bemoaned the 'marginalisation of religion" in modern societies. Within the speech were the above words.
Freedom of religion is a precious and deeply treasured aspect of most modern democracies – yet that freedom is moderated by the requirement to honour and uphold the moral and/or ethical standards within a society as manifest by laws that protect human rights.
'Marginalisation' is nothing more or less than the refusal of society, and the peoples that constitute society, to accept a lower standard of behaviour from religious organisations than is required, practised and manifest within secular society.
Freedom to act within a religion pre-supposes a basic fundamental of respect for others. This is integral in Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, etc.etc. Time after time in ancient writings of any and all of these religions the same message is found – behave towards others as you wish them to behave towards you.
As has been observed before on this blog, society is now teaching ethics and morality to the major religions. For as long as that continues – and the major religions continue to espouse outdated and immoral standards of human rights – for this long shall the major religions continue to be marginalised.
"She had a wonderful sense of humour. I learned from her that the highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion."
"Sincerity is the luxury allowed, like diadems and authority, only to the highest rank.
Every man alone is sincere.
At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins"
It kind of reminds me that as children we all have an innocence of faith/belief…. and then we fill ourselves with other people's experiences/ideas/concepts….so that by the time we are 30 years old, we have become fairly expert at making all the conceptual permutations that are necessary to allow us to do whatever we want, say whatever we want,….always claiming to be part of the 'peer group'.
There is a general misunderstanding about 'old religious texts'. General simply because most people are busy getting on with their lives and have little time for in-depth study, Form Criticism or Higher Criticism researches occupy much time…so unless you are unemployed or long-term sick, you are unlikely to devote a lot of time to such researches.
For these reasons 'sound-byte religion' has become the norm at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century.
So, check out this article which looks at some of the 'mirror settings' that can take a sacred text and severely alter or obscure it's intended meaning:
Not everyone is trying to get headlines and attention by extreme actions – like terrorist activities or Burning Korans or complaining about new religious building a few blocks away from 'ground zero'..
CLICK HERE to have the full story about this inter-faith community in Memphis.
In these true events you can actually begin to understand the concept of 'the ONE GOD'
Ok. So we thought the Catholic Church had a pretty bad past on this subject. They are now paying the price in lost respect, revulsion and decline.
But as has been mentioned in this blog before, many 'religious organisations' are also revealed to be lacking in this morality. As has also been mentioned here, Islam – with it's seperate and warring clans and groups (Sunnis, Shia, Wahabbi, Alawites, Taleban, etc.etc.etc.) – is no stranger to Paedophilia. However, most of the time this is presented as isolated incidents in modern life, or in the past.
So, take a look at modern Syria – where the government has actually removed 1000 teachers who wore the niquab – and read about recent 'proposed revisions' to State Law:
"…as a concession to Islamists, …..…a proposed rewrite of Syria’s personal status law, which governs civil matters, leaked last year, retained provisions that made it legal for men to marry girls as young as 13 years old"
Oh Dear, Islam…..between the BACHA BAZI in Afghanistan and proposed laws like this in Syria……and your reliance upon ethical and moral standards of more than 1000 years ago……you set a poor example in this modern world
Time to modernise………?
The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists. ~William J. Clinton, 1
"The great Sufi saints like the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi held that all existence and all religions were one, all manifestations of the same divine reality. What was important was not the empty ritual of the mosque, church, synagogue or temple, but the striving to understand that divinity can best be reached through the gateway of the human heart: that we all can find paradise within us, if we know where to look. In some ways Sufism, with its emphasis on love rather than judgment, represents the New Testament of Islam."
There are some who 'play the mind games' with spiritual truths. It's a kind of spiritual sudoku. It's entertaining. Sold as an expensive necessity to life or as the latest 'ticket to an enlightened nirvana", consciousness, or self-satisfying personal indulgence.
“Sometimes it is only when you meet the opposite of what you are
that you truly become what you are” geoff groom
"Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of...[our] immune system[s] and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results. Imagine that! Kindness extended, received or observed, beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved"
The Power of Intention Wayne Dyer, Ph.D
"The Catholic Church continued to heap insult upon injury when it revealed its long-awaited new rules on clergy sex abuse…."
Maureen Dowd, New York Times…read the full article here
"(it)…did not issue a zero-tolerance policy to defrock priests after they are found guilty of pedophilia; it did not order bishops to report every instance of abuse to the police; it did not set up sanctions on bishops who sweep abuse under the rectory rug; it did not eliminate the statute of limitations for abused children; it did not tell bishops to stop lobbying legislatures to prevent child-abuse laws from being toughened."
errr….what does it take for the Vat to realise that with each step it takes down the road of denial, it more than echoes Peter?
Within 20 years this org in it's present form will have disintegrated from within.
"It is of little consequence where the words come from, where the thoughts originate. Whether from some ancient text imbued with divine attributions, or from some 'other-worldly' guest in our consciousness. Whether from some perceived 'spiritual presence' or from the mouth of a child.
There can be little doubting that these unspoken words of love, motivations of compassion, punctuate our lives, they are the pause between our breaths.
To cease to heed them is to cease to breathe correctly. To not take notice is to degrade our importance and role in the life of the world and humanity.
The only, yes only, thing of consequence is to give ourselves permission to not only listen to the words of one-ness lovingness – but to allow ourselves the joy of the actions motivated by those words".
The Vatican has stepped up its criticism of raids by Belgian police investigating alleged child sex abuse, calling the detention of priests "serious and unbelievable". via
Ah, so the words 'serious and unbelievable' are known to the Vat.
They are words that the rest of us know and especially those victims of abuse whose trust and faith were abused in a serious and unbelievable way.
Righteous indignation by the Vat seems a little misplaced in this scenario and, worst, the Police actions demonstrate what the majority of us know – the Vat can no longer be trusted!
Why, oh why, must they continue to resist the inevitable – better to simply co-operate fully. Nobody blames the whole Catholic Church, or any church, for the wickedness of a few. However, responsibility for the continued cover-up and abuse of power has not been accepted. The Vat is in denial.
It's inability to be fully truthful is both 'serious and unbelievable'.
We do not have TV – by choice – but do have a screen for watching DVD's and videofilms. I was recently able to buy, at a very cheap price, this film:
Which was actually quite good and very thought provoking. Really surprising the way in which the plot unveils people you never would think of as being the people to meet in 'heaven'. (if you want to know more then go to imdb.com )
It's an interesting exercise to try and think about who those people could be in one's own life. Often our lives impact upon another's in ways that we cannot imagine and do not realise.
"Because everything we say and do is the length and shadow of our own souls, our influence is determined by the quality of our being".
Dale E. Turner
The beacon of ridicule and moral judgement that has forced the Catholic Church to face the realities of it's hypocrisy in respect of human rights is now being turned upon Islam as, little by little, the child-abusing practices and traditions are being revealed.
Beware,Islam. You are being destroyed from within.
A seven-year-old boy was murdered by the Taleban in an apparent act of retribution this week. Afghan officials said that the child was accused of spying for US and Nato forces and hanged from a tree in southern Afghanistan.
Daoud Ahmadi, the spokesman for the provincial governor of Helmand, said that the killing happened days after the boy’s grandfather, Abdul Woodod Alokozai, spoke out against militants in their home village
Child bride beaten for running away via
Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers - for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. ~Osho
"Pope Appoints Panel To Investigate Child Abuse In Irish Catholic Institutions" via says the headline.
Too little, Too late, says this blog!
"For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light". Mark 4:22, Matthew 10:26, Luke 8:17