Mad British people

From: http://news.yahoo.com/s/chitribts/abritishdemonisrumbling

By day, the center of Newcastle bustles with shoppers, their faces and dress reflecting the ethnic diversity that is helping to breathe new life into this old smokestack city.

By early evening, the city is transformed. Young revelers have taken over the streets. Dance music pours out of clubs with names such as Kiss, Whistle, Liquid, Cage and Pop, and the night floats along on a froth of alcohol-induced exuberance.

"There are two types of night life in England," said Mark Dosh, a 25-year-old window washer from nearby Sunderland. "You can stay home and watch telly, or you can go out and get drunk."

Britain always has been a hard-drinking society, but in the past decade or so, the economics and demographics of drinking have undergone a dramatic transformation.

"In the postindustrial economy, large tracts of our city centers have been handed over to the control of the alcoholic drinks industry," said Dick Hobbs, a professor of criminology at the University of Durham. "We have created these boozing zones. We don't manufacture anything anymore, but we do serve a lot of drinks."

By midnight in Newcastle, it's getting ugly. On the sidewalk outside one club, a 20-something woman is sitting on the sidewalk, legs splayed, skirt hiked up around her hips. Four female friends are trying to help her up, but they are having trouble staying on their own feet.

A pack of about 10 men, also in their 20s, is stumbling down the middle of the street, shouting lewd propositions to women. One man flings a beer bottle against the front of a building.

Outside a train station, two intoxicated men argue with a taxi driver. The driver won't let them get into the taxi with their beer cans. He fears they will vomit in his car.

Newcastle takes a certain grim pride in its rowdy night life, but the scene is similar in other British towns and cities.

"The pattern for British cities is intense shopping during the day, intense drinking at night," said Paul Rubinstein, director of arts and culture for the Newcastle City Council.

A stunning new concert hall has put Newcastle on the European cultural map, and Rubinstein is quick to credit the city's busy night life for helping to revive the downtown economy. But now there are concerns that the drinking and partying are getting out of hand.

"If you are not under age 25 and intent on being part of the drinking culture, you might feel a bit threatened," Rubinstein said. "You don't see many families or minorities on the streets after 8 p.m."

In most European countries, per-capita alcohol consumption is declining. In Britain, it is rising sharply, especially among young people, who tend to binge drink.

"You used to learn the protocols of using alcohol in the local pub where there were people of all different ages. You didn't get drunk, or if you did, you didn't show it. You didn't swear in front of women. You didn't shout. You didn't throw up," Hobbs said.

`No behavior . . . too crass'

"Now kids learn to drink from other kids in these giant kids' bars, and there is no behavior that is too crass for these venues."

Binge drinking, generally defined as consuming five or more standard-sized drinks in one session, has become the norm for many young people. According to a recent study of 15- and 16-year-olds in Britain, 29 percent of the girls and 26 percent of the boys had engaged in binge drinking at least three times in the previous month.

The link between alcohol and anti-social behavior in Britain is striking. According to recent government statistics, 78 percent of assaults and 88 percent of property damage crimes are directly related to alcohol.

A 2003 government study indicated that about 40 percent of all emergency room admissions are alcohol-related. The study also calculated that Britain's economy loses 17 million working days to hangovers. For blue-collar and white-collar Britain, showing up for work with a ripping hangover does not carry the social stigma that it does in most societies.

Drinking is big business in Britain. The pub and club industry, which employs about a half-million people, turns over annual revenues of $45 billion, 3 percent of the national
GDP.

The industry promotes itself to the youth market in a manner that experts say encourages binge drinking. While suited corporate spokesmen speak solemnly of "responsible" alcohol use, pubs and clubs push happy hours, 2-for-1 specials, ladies' nights and discounts on sugary alcoholic beverages marketed to young people.

Last month, Prime Minister
Tony Blair vowed a crackdown on alcohol-fueled anti-social behavior.

"People are rightly fed up with ... binge drinking that makes our town centers no-go areas for respectable citizens," he told Parliament.

The government's new anti-crime bill, nearing approval with its second reading earlier this month, empowers local authorities to designate "alcohol disorder zones" and force pubs and clubs in these areas to pay policing and clean-up costs.

The bill also gives police new powers to impose curfews and to ban troublemakers from certain pubs.

Experts are skeptical.

"It's not enough to slam someone over the head with a ban. That just displaces the problem. They will drink somewhere else," said Srabani Sen, executive director of Alcohol Concern, a British agency that deals with alcohol abuse.

In Newcastle, where 336 pubs and clubs in the city center draw as many as 75,000 visitors on a busy night, Northumbria Police Chief Constable Mike Craik has launched a campaign to identify troublemakers and arrest them before the trouble begins.

Billboards around the city warn "Get violent, get drunk, get disorderly--get locked up." Closed-circuit television cameras on the streets and inside drinking venues help police keep an eye on things.

"As soon as you become offensive, we will be there, and we will arrest you before somebody gets in a fight," Craik said. "Two arrests get you banned from the city center."

Before the campaign, police made about 600 arrests a month for alcohol-related offenses. In the first month of the campaign, the number doubled.

Scent of soccer hooliganism

Craik said that the culture of drinking and violence required the kind of sophisticated crime-fighting used to combat soccer hooligans a decade ago.

"I will not solve this problem with a four-month campaign," he said.

Later this year, Britain will retire its Victorian-era licensing law that required pubs to close by 11 p.m. This will usher in a new era of round-the-clock drinking.

The government blames the old law for pressuring people to squeeze in too much drinking before last call. It argues that 24-hour licensing will encourage people to spread out their consumption and imbibe in a more "European" manner.

The alcoholic beverage industry thinks this is an excellent idea. Most medical and law-enforcement experts do not.

"The entire research community is opposed to 24-hour licensing," the University of Durham's Hobbs said, "but the government has ignored every bit of evidence in its drive to bring its market-oriented policies to bear."

The Kite Runners by Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan has children - but no one there has had a childhood in thirty years.
The world needs to weep for statistics like that.
This book services that need.

Weep. Weep. Weep.

And resolve to build a better world.
For it is given unto you to do that.

Rage

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Dylan Thomas

Can you change the world?

It was the summer of 1958, and Jack Kilby, a 34-year-old electrical engineer from Great Bend, Kansas, was too new at Texas Instruments to qualify for a summer vacation. Working mostly alone with borrowed and improvised equipment, Kilby tinkered on a fingernail-sized sliver of germanium—a semiconductor—to see if it would be possible to etch transistors, resistors, capacitors and other integrated components onto it. Normally these components were soldered together into a bulky unit the size of a large bread box. So if Kilby succeeded in creating an integrated circuit on a slice of semiconductor, it would revolutionize the electronics industry, allowing devices to be made smaller, faster, cheaper, more reliable and less power hungry.

He did, of course. By the end of the summer almost 47 years ago, Kilby demonstrated the first crude integrated circuit to his Texas Instruments colleagues. And, quite literally, he changed our world.

Kilby is also credited with inventing the first computer using integrated circuits, the first handheld electronic calculator, and the thermal printer. His remarkable career is a testament to the power of the individual who, given the necessary education, support and resources, can change the world.

do not think of the sky as a limit

scratch at the dark corners in your life,
destroy the dullness,
find the seat of your pain,
and throw it into the healing sea
of your determination to live

passion

refinement

some words are poems in themselves.

Carpe Diem

"I'm telling you, she's a hunter. I think most of us are cowards; we live at home in our nice little worlds, and the artists are the ones who come along, the adventurers, who go out into the dark away from the campfire, and then they come back and tell us the story of their adventures. And she's one of those people. I think life is an adventure for her."

someone describing Angelina Jolie

From "A Gift for all Mankind" by Tara Singh

""Your peace surrounds me, Father.
Where I go, your peace goes with me.
It sheds its light on everyone I meet.
I bring it to the desolate and lonely and afraid.
I give Your peace to those who suffer pain, or grieve for loss,
or think they are bereft of hope and happiness."

From A Course in Miracles

Lesson 298 ACIM: I love You, Father and I love your Son.

We think we know what this means. But do we? Honesty is required to know the truth.
As long as we are content with just words - and most of us are - we will never know whether we really love.

We use the word "love" so frequently, but few of us have any notion of what it really is. Every single word - including the word "love" - is external to the actual state of love. Love is a state uncontaminated by words.

Love renews itself every second. How many billion breaths are taken every second! Can you sense the energy behind them? Every split second the planets are rotating. With what energy! Can you conceive of it? That is what love is: this kind of energy. The impact of this realization dissolves all words. It brings one to innocence, to the purity of a saint. And probably the saint alone has the right to use the word "love," and no one else."

Tara Singh

Meditations on self-reliance, loyalty and inter-relationships

"It is unselfish and good when a man, after completing his own urgent tasks, uses his strength in the service of others, and without bragging or making much of it, helps quickly where help is needed. But the man in a superior position who is thus aided must weigh carefully how much he can accept without doing the helpful servant or friend real harm. Only where such delicacy of feeling exists can one give oneself unconditionally and without hesitation."

The I Ching

Self-Reliance

There can be no wisdom nor love without Self-reliance. It is the first rule of love. Where it is perfected, there is perfect kindness and perfect balance. Inevitably refinement and love follow in its stead.

When will wisdom have a voice in politics

George Bush's administration, as previous American administrations, sell weapons to the Third World and then a few years go by and they find themselves waging meaningless wars and diffusing bombs in their own Embassy's - that they themselves once supplied the new "enemy." Those very individuals they once saw as on "their team" - their old buddies - like Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, whom they once did business deals with. And they keep steering the military-industrial complex to their own ends - always repeating the same foolish mistakes, creating more wars, more conflict, more bullshit moral "higher ground". And we the public let them do it...because no one has a voice any more or they are too cowardly to speak...

Which is it?

Why?

Modern Politics

A couple of weeks ago I put some thoughts down about political and religious issues.
Do not questions about political issues mean we should be very attentive to the role of freedom of speech and religious issues also?

I hear a lot of noise in this world - but personally I have met very
few individuals who have the capacity and the determination to ask
fundamental questions. I simply asked what a Christed being would be
like - which I feel is a very essential question - particularly with
the political and religious backdrop (an insane backdrop built on fear
and organization - rather than what would be intelligent - ie love, individual responsibility and understanding and the right questions ) of our times. Asking this question does not preclude that one must have a belief in God. It is a very factual question, and surely an intelligent one.

I myself hold no beliefs. Except perhaps a belief in
my own abilities and the abilities of friends and perhaps also a
belief in the wisdom of the founding fathers and the excellent
Constitution that they brought us.

We live in an angry and bitter world - I would hope that our job as
commentators and questioners is to go beyond the cruel rhetoric of
that bitter world to give something authentic and profound in response
- how else can there be sanity and healing? Asking what a Christed
being is - to me is an essential question; it is a question which
destroys the idea of leaders and organized religion - it is an
intimidating question only because like the words "pussy",
"democracy", "freedom" etc- "christ" has sadly become such a loaded
word. But in the old greek it simply means "the anointed one" - one
who is blessed with understanding and insight based upon clarity.

This is not a matter of views - this is a matter of asking intelligent
questions and discussing them with insight and affection - ie I am
describing the process of intelligent discourse -whereby facts are
looked at and learned from and where opinions and viewpoints do not
enter. How else can there be mutual understanding and transcendence of
the petty realm of opinions?

The kind of questions I have raised may make you angry - but if you are - can
you ask yourself the serious question: Where is the division between
politics and religion?

Nepal is the largest Hindu country in the world. Officially. Because India has a secular Constitution. But come to India and you will see that 99% of the people believe in God blindly. So if one is realistic and clear how can one separate
religious matters from politcal ones. Politics means the brotherhood of man - but how can there be brotherhood without ethical behavior - and what is religion without ethical behavior - surely just an empty shell....

We can argue and get blue in the face about the injustices of the American government - but little will change because of our angry words. I am a realist and so I very seriously question the value of staged protests - the wars go on, the Bushs' get fatter and richer - is it not time to question in detail the approaches of the modern
political movement? I find more inspiration from good people who are helping the underpoverished in whichever way they can at the grassroots level (wherever they may be on the planet) - than those knocking on the doors of Capitol Hill petitioning change and more often than not getting nowhere.

Of course there has to be a two pronged approach and that requires political lobbying - but it does seem to me that so much energy is wasted in this field and I would be curious to hear if anyone has pondered this issue with any seriousness and
intensity...I feel this is a very important area of discussion.

The greatest political system yet evolved is the American constitution
which has in place the Electoral college system. How wise India would
have been to include the same (ie an electoral college system) in her
founding constitution - but, sadly (very sadly), she did not (such a
provision would have benefited the lives of countless millions for the
better). And in America today (at least in the last two elections) -
where the Electoral college system could have served justice to the
people - instead it ended up serving vested interests and little men
(Bush and co).

It might be good to have some articles on this very issue - articles
that go to the heart of the foundation of our problems. I, like
Lincoln, believe in the Constitution and revere the American
constitution - above all others - as the leading light in a dark and
Machievellian world. Why is it not used to greater effect? and how can
such a great nation allow itself to be the victim of a handful of
clever and ethically-bankrupt Texas millionaires? As Kennedy said we
need "men who can dream of things that never were." Not Machievallian
politicians who pull the puppet strings of power to profit their own
ends.

Surely, these are immensely important questions - the likes of which I
have not seen written about with any seriousness - except snippets in
Britain's "Economist."

It is interesting to meditate on the insights given by Mr Jiddu
Krishnamurti. He recognized the importance of democratic systems in
our lives. But at the same time he pointed to the facts. Democracies,
after a certain period of time, tend to produce a very mediocre
society (no matter how proud it might be of its increased freedoms -
this is an inescapable fact)...and this is one of democracy's great
weaknesses. It is up to individuals like us to question why that is
and to look to love for the avenues of excellence and compassion that
are needed to rise above such sad realities.

Modesty from the I Ching

Within the earth, a mountain:
The image of Modesty.
Thus the superior man reduces that which is too much,
And augments that which is too little.
He weighs things and makes them equal.

The wealth of the earth in which a mountain is hidden is not visible to the eye, because the depths are offset by the height of the mountain. Thus high and low complement each other and the result is the plain. Here an effect that it took a long time to achieve, but that in the end seems easy of accomplishment and self-evident, is used as the image of modesty. The superior man does the same thing when he establishes order in the world; he equalises the extremes that are the source of social discontent and thereby creates just and equable conditions.

Emerson

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Song of togetherness

Song of togetherness

Who am I? I am you.

I like to walk by the wooded stream in the spring.
I like to breathe the crisp morning air on the mountain path.
I like to celebrate the spirit of freedom.

I walk with you awhile.
you with me.
Along the beach, to the sound of the seabirds
And the sea.

I walk with you long miles.
hand in hand.
I hear you sing and proclaim the day.
Wake up God with a bell in the morning.
Sleep in silent knowledge.

I like to take a cup of water and bring it to my friend.
I like to share the best of myself.
This I wish for you.
Laughter and silence.

I walk in the shade of the summer sun.
I walk over the bridge in the fall as the leaves are wilting in glorious color,
I walk into winter happy in the cold;

Warmed by family.
I am grateful for the rising sun and the voices of friends.
I am grateful for the people love has sent me.

I see so many sad faces waiting to find their smile.
I look for that smile.
That I must do.

Who am I?
I am you.

Following also from the I Ching

Following has supreme success.
Perseverance furthers. No blame.

In order to obtain a following one must first know how to adapt oneself. If a man would rule he must first learn to serve, for only in this way does he secure from those below him the joyous assent that is necessary if they are to follow him. If he has to obtain a following by force or cunning, by conspiracy or by creating faction, he invariably arouses resistance, which obstructs willing adherence. But even joyous movement can lead to evil consequences, hence the added stipulation, "Perseverance furthers" - that is, consistency in doing right - together with "No blame." Just as we should not ask others to follow us unless this condition is fulfilled, so it is only under this condition that we can in turn follow others without coming to harm.

The thought of obtaining a following through adaptation to the demands of the time is a great and significant idea; this is why the appended judgement is so favorable

from the I Ching

Following creates success.
Perseverance brings misfortune.
To go one's way with sincerity brings clarity.
How could there be blame in this?

It often happens, when a man exerts a certain amount of influence, that he obtains a following by condescension toward inferiors. But the people who attach themselves to him are not honest in their intentions. They seek personal advantage and try to make themselves indispensable through flattery and subservience. If one becomes accustomed to such satellites and cannot do without them, it brings misfortune. Only when a man is completely free from his ego, and intent, by conviction, on what is right and essential, does he acquire the clarity that enables him to see through such people, and become free of blame.

Sangha

A meeting of minds dedicated to spiritual upliftment... and attention to detail.

Giving by Kahlil Gibran

On Giving

Then said a rich man, "Speak to us of Giving."
And he answered:

You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?

And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?

And what is fear of need but need itself?

Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?

There are those who give little of the much which they have - and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who have little and give it all.

These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.

And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;

They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.

Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding;

And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving

And is there aught you would withhold?

All you have shall some day be given;

Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors'.

You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving."

The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.

They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.

Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy of all else from you.

And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.

And what desert greater shall there be than that which lies in the courage and the confidence, nay the charity, of receiving?

And who are you that men should rend their bosom and unveil their pride, that you may see their worth naked and their pride unabashed?

See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.

For in truth it is life that gives unto life - while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.

And you receivers - and you are all receivers - assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.

Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings;

For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father.

Pretence

Pretence about anything sometimes deceives the wisest and shrewdest man, but, however cunningly it is hidden, a child of the meanest capacity feels it and is repelled by it.

Leo Tolstoy from Anna Karanina

There is a crack in everything

That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

The Modern Peace Warrior

To start anything the will must be activated. If we are to take action without an integrated heart our actions will be sloppy and ineffective. We need space in our lives to face ourselves in the mirror of circumstances and events.

The true warrior is he who is ready to sacrifice his life to a life of service and forgiveness. Forgiveness takes guts. It undoes the guilt and anger of the past and replaces it with clarity and gratefulness. It gives us a taste of our oneness.

In the whirlwind pressures of our age it takes determination to rise to a state where we can be of service to humanity. If we listen to the popular consciousness there are sparks of light and dignity – but there is also a great deal of the black smoke of ignorance. We fear too much and we question our fears too little. Very rarely does there emerge an original voice – a voice related to its own eternity. Most of us are too tied to our habits and illusions that we have not the space to question what eternity is!

The mind must be examined with the clarifying attention of meditation. Attention is essential. Where there is attention, there is the potential to learn. We have much to learn- but not in the way in which we have been conditioned to learn. .

Our airwaves are charged with violent imagery, with arguments and law suits. The world is weary and deadly. If we take the time to look into our hearts – we can find our true calling. Life begins when you have something to give.

We have been raised to worship the greedy gods of acquisitiveness and materialism. The more you have the better off you are. This logic is flawed. The truth is the more you give (attuned to life forces) the more you receive.

Abraham Lincoln once said that “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” If you travel the southern and eastern seaboard of China – in the cities at least, you will come across crowded high rises stretching out as far as the eye can see. The factory of our future world (China) is a sea of poverty (the rural poor in their millions) and modern skyscrapers vying for a seat at the top of the world’s food chain. Elsewhere in Asia the picture is often similar – and Russia and Brazil are racing forward at a dedicated pace to be powerful players in the new global elite. Regardless of where we live in the world, everyone is heading out to work each day to maximize the crop of their smallholding on their tiny plot of land – in whatever currency they deem valuable – whether it be learning or money or freedom of expression.

This is the challenge of the ordinary man; to make the most of his lot. Some rare individuals can be a President or a Pope – and many of them will come to their office weighed down and blighted by the vested interests of party politics and personal greed. Some will be beyond the nonsense of arguments. Men like Lincoln who stood for the Constitution and carried the torch of freedom forward amidst mayhem and injustice. Such men are rare. But we can all draw inspiration from them and look to see how we might implement the values and traits of great humanitarian voices in to our daily lives.

We must learn to celebrate the arts and start colleges of scientific healing. We must work with like-minded individuals in our community’s to help them see the beauty of their own light and potential. We must rekindle the art of self-reliance.

Ours is the age of the multi-national corporation. The political oligarchies and the multi-nationals are so powerful. But somehow man must find space away from the conflict and the self-destructive path of the ego to nurture his relationship with his spiritual center of attention. Do not say, “I cannot do it. There is not enough time.” The brain is a past-master of postponement and unwillingness. Finding order in thought is impossible. Order surfaces automatically when thought is hushed by attention. Then there is direct perception and empathy – then there is productivity and grace.

Lincoln found that kind of space. He watched and listened and learned from his times and from his fearlessness and deep compassion. To learn of love you must go out to greet it – you must teach it by infusing it in all that you do.

Reactive political activism is inevitable and wasteful in modern society. But civil disobedience carries the hall mark of wisdom and courage. We can shout all we want – but, as the sage speaks with a clear voice – so must we! – if our voice is to build conviction and confidence.

The dirty business of modern politics will go on and will improve and deteriorate as is the cyclic nature of evolutionary cycles. Yet the example of noble individuals will live forever. Nobility has its own resources, its own impeccability.

Honesty - honesty that is born of a responsible attitude and a state of inner consciousness that is steadfastly dedicated to the spirit is the only form of honesty that will last. Real honesty is allied with an awareness that is free of the sense of lack which betrays us all. It is most liberating.

So ask yourselves: Who am I? What does life want me to do? (is that not where your destiny is to be found?).

There are many ways to serve. But only when we come to what we do with joy in our hearts can we said to be wealthy or wise. Joy cannot be cultivated nor imitated. It must come from the wellspring of a disciplined attention to the life we are living. Are you all you could be? What prevents you from rising to greater heights?

It takes one acorn to start a forest. A million protestors can traipse down the streets of London or Washington – yet the wars go on. The seeds of action we plant as modern peace warriors should be effective and healing. There are many ways to meet our opponents (in truth there are no opponents - only brothers on the way to God) and go forward with them determined to bring peace and understanding amongst us. This is the creed of the peace warrior.

First, we must turn to prayer. Prayer never asks for anything. Real prayer is born out of gratefulness and selflessness. It does not carry the sense of limitation that fear leaves as its stamp. Real prayer is ever-expansive and profoundly powerful – in the hands of the disciplined mind. Real prayer happens when there awakens a sense of connection with our eternity; when there is space for silence and communion with spirit. In the hands of a Master, prayer is permanently being broadcast and replenished.

The spirit that infuses prayer guides us with care and certainty. It says: “In crisis, give, and through your giving the world will be sustained.” Coming to crisis is the beginning of calm. For when life is brought into question, meaning is only round the corner.

Do not deny your anger. But be more and more aware (or at least be open to the concept) that anger is never necessary. The religious life begins when you remember to laugh. That does not mean we allow ourselves to be trampled on. Dignity, humility and love have their own ways. Discover them.

A child said to me earlier today:

“A friend is leaving forever.”

Her friend was moving to another country. She was seven and she would probably never see her friend ever again. Live a life related to reverence and you will miss nothing or no one – for oneness and sacredness is in everything that you see and everywhere you go. Find the sacred heart in your worst enemies and the courage to rise above fear and you will be blessed with a life free of attachment and founded on love. Then how can you not be a peaceful warrior on the battlefield of sense perceptions and ego-illusions? Destroy the ego, and meet the divine in each one. Then there can the space to discover what is discrimination and right action.

Where there are alternatives to choose from there is inevitably confusion – there is not the attention of a mind that will not settle for second best. Rise to your highest potential and keep rising. Your limits are to be respected but pushed. Liberation demands it. And that is why the school at the branching of the road (where the ego is left) demands that you awaken dormant forces within and come to wholeness and integrated, meaningful focus. No one else is going to take responsibility for your life but yourself – ever! Will you have the inner urgency to change your lifestyle? to give space to what is important? to find time for reflective inquiry and intuitive attention? To live for humanity?

And how many different ways are there to live for humanity?...

As many as there are people. When there is clarity, there is no confusion; no alternatives. Just the right action to take. Each one of us must work to come to such a state of clarity, and help our brothers and sisters progress on their path to freedom. To communion with their source.

company

He finds a comrade.
Now he beats the drum, now he stops.
Now he sobs, now he sings.

Here the source of a man's strength lies not in himself but in his relation to other people. No matter how close to them he may be, if his centre of gravity depends on them, he is inevitably tossed to and fro between joy and sorrow. Rejoicing to high heaven, then sad to death - this is the fate of those who depend on an inner accord with other persons whom they love. Here we have only the statement of the law that this is so. Whether this condition is felt to be an affliction or the supreme happiness of love, is left to the subjective verdict of the person concerned.

I Ching

What takes place in the depths of one's being, in the unconscious, can neither be called forth nor prevented by the conscious mind.

The influence shows itself in the back of the neck.
No remorse.

The back of the neck is the most rigid part of the body. When the influence shows itself there, the will remains firm and the influence does not lead to confusion. Hence remorse does not enter into consideration here. What takes place in the depths of one's being, in the unconscious, can neither be called forth nor prevented by the conscious mind. It is true that if we cannot be influenced ourselves, we cannot influence the outside world.

From the I Ching

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Mind is the closest thing to our Reality...Be careful how you use it. Businessman, yogi, teacher, addicted to laughing...