Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beer Yoga? Wall? Flowers from Space? (video)

BBC.com/news, April 25, 2017; CC Liu, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Is it a joke, a German fad in Asia, a clever PR stunt, or a dismal reality? See below.

 
Wildflower "super bloom" visible from space
An explosion of wildflowers has covered the deserts of California, surpassing previous blooms in its enormous scale.  Satellite imaging startup Planet Labs has captured shots of the bright spectacle from space. Images Courtesy: Planet Labs; video courtesy: Carla D Gilbert, Henry Toro, and @nat.lee. Edited by Charlie Northcott. More
Beer at Yoga?


(BBC) Have you got the bottle for "beer yoga"? A new fitness craze from Germany, combining traditional yoga poses while drinking bottles of beer, is gaining popularity in Asia. Video
 
COMMENTARY 
This goes completely against the Eight Factors or Limbs (Ashtanga) of Integral or Raja Yoga, which the Sage Patanjali outlined in The Yoga Sutras or Aphorisms. The purpose of yoga is meditation. Violating precepts does not lead to success in meditation or even in better posture, poise, strength, and balance for those just doing poses. But nobody cares about details. They care about being controlled by fads and counterintuitive diets or exercise programs or being "hipsters."
There will be NO wall between Mexico and US
Demonstrators want no ban, no wall, sanctuary for all. And they'll get no wall.

Pres. Trump's GOP backs down on building wall between US and Mexico. Trump lied.

There will be no wall, but Trump can arrange a war on North Korea. So watch it.


How long is ancient history? (video)



A Vedic "Day of Brahma" is an "aeon" (hundreds of millions of years). Kalpas are of varying lengths. Some are of indeterminate duration. The Buddha defined a "great aeon" (maha-kalpa) as consisting of four ordinary aeons. The duration is so staggering that he gave a simile of a flawless mountain of granite a mile long, a mile high, a mile wide. On it each century a small bird comes to whet its beak while holding a piece of fine Kasi cloth. Well, that mound of granite would be ground down to nothing and still one kalpa will not yet have elapsed.

Ancient Discoveries have been Hidden from Public
Ancient Secret DiscoveriesForbidden archaeology about human origins refers to texts and tangible artifacts and discoveries that do not fit into conventional timelines and theories of mainstream academic and scientific communities.

Neanderthals built mysterious underground circles around 175,000 years ago inside a cave in France. They arranged pieces of stalagmites in rings, as well as in separate piles that they used to light fires upon.

Mes Aynak, Buddhist Afghanistan
This showed a high level of intelligence, he noted, as the beings had to collaborate to pull off the accomplishment, given that the stalagmites were quite heavy.

The standard idea is that the Neanderthals came into existence about 300,000 to 400,000 years ago, and modern humans (Homo sapien sapiens) like us came much later.

But there is plenty of evidence to show that anatomically modern humans were present in Europe at the same as Neanderthals and even before. For example, a couple years ago, archaeologists found footprints resembling modern humans in a layer of rock in Happisburgh, England dating back to around 900,000 years.

RIP: Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

PRI's The World (pri.org); Dhr. Seven, Seth Auberon, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, dies (AFP)
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Jonathan Davis of Korn famously noted that there are "dead bodies everywhere, dead bodies everywhere." And Chris Barnes of Cannibal Corpse infamously delighted that "They're all dead, they're all dead, they're all dead." Death is all around. We ignore it. Then someone writes a book, and suddenly it's in our face. The lesson? It's better to travel than arrive. Zen says, Be where you are, or as Ram Dass phrased it, "Be here now."
 


HEADLINE: Robert Pirsig, author of the iconic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, dies
AFP via PRI.org
 
It has sold around five million copies around the world. Pirsig died at his home in Maine on Monday, news reports said.

(BBC) Interview with and about Pirsig on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
 
Over 5 million copies sold, paperback
The book is a first person narrative [a kind of meditation or contemplation rather than the deeper Buddhist sense of absorption (jhana) and insight-practice (vipassana)] that draws on a 17-day motorcycle trip that Pirsig took across the US in 1968 with his 11-year-old son Chris.
 
In the book Pirsig speaks under the name Phaedrus, one of the characters in Plato's Dialogues. He reflects among other things on what should be essential to people as they go about living their lives.

Pirsig's son died in 1979 after being stabbed outside a Zen center that he frequented in San Francisco.
 
Pirsig, a biochemist by training, published in 1991 another novel that was less successful: Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals. Source

Zen Buddhist Pirsig interviewed on NPR, 1974
"What is the road less traveled?" asked American poet Robert Frost. Pirsig answered.
(NPR) Pirsig interview, July 12, 1974 -- the year the book came out. Written by former English teacher while working writing boring computer manuals. It took four years to write, and it was rejected by more than 100 publishers.

Ukraine's Aratta Civilization older than Sumeria


Discovery of the Ancient Aratta Civilization of Ukraine, Older than Sumeria
Zohar StarGate.ComSeveral locations have been suggested as probable locations of Aratta. Now there is firm evidence that it was located in a region of modern Ukraine north of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

While many Western texts still refer to Sumer as being "the oldest civilization with writing," Ukraine has something far older. [Hail the Goddess Inanna.]

Buddhist burial mounds (stupas) in Ukraine
It was Aratta, which was recorded in the Sumerian epic tale Enmerkar and the Land of Aratta.

This was the cradle of civilization -- at 22,000 BCE -- and Kamyana Mohyla was its most significant sanctuary. This is a very special place. It is the oldest known sanctuary-observatory in the world.

Aratta is now recognized as having been the world's most ancient known civilization. It developed on the steppes north of the Black Sea, in modern Ukraine, long before the Sumerian civilization originated, and from there it radiated its culture into India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Western China, Ireland, and across Europe. More relics of Aratta are increasingly being found and identified in Ukraine.

Tibetan Buddhist lamas visit Khortytsia Island, Ukraine, as place of their origin
 
Commentary
The Buddha was a supremely handsome Central Asian royal with blue eyes, fair/golden complexion, black curly hair, and striking features, from the Solar Dynasty, a warrior-caste "noble" (Aryan or Iranian). See Rhys Davids' Jataka (trans.) with "Story of the Lineage" (MT)
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Buddhism and Vedas speak of aeons of history
All of these amazing pre-Ice Age civilization discoveries are giving greater and greater weight to an outlandish theory proposed by a Russian scholar years ago, which Wisdom Quarterly covered early on (Was the Buddha Ukrainian?) we covered early on.

There's a saying: "If you're one step ahead, you're a genius. If you're two steps ahead, you're a lunatic." That would explain in large part why Wisdom Quarterly is willing to talk about such outlandish things long before the gatekeepers, media, and dictators of our "consensus reality" catch up. We must get to the truth however unexpected it is or how ever much it violates our preconceived notions.

It's not so surprising if the Buddha were from North Asia. Dr. Ranajit Pal says the Buddha was born in Bamiyan, Afghanistan (one of the three seasonal capitals of people the Ancient Greeks would later call the Scythians/Shakyians, the other two being Kapil/Kabul or Kapilavastu and, we surmise, the incredible Mes Aynak). Ukraine is just above that and the formerly Buddhist "stans" of Central Asia, which later formed the USSR/Russian Empire:
Ven. Junsei Terasawa (Japanese 寺沢潤世, Russian Дзюнсэй Тэрасава, Ukrainian Дзюнсей Терасава) was born Sept. 15, 1950. He is a Japanese Buddhist monk, belonging to the Order Nipponzan Myōhōji. He is notable for being the first Nipponzan monk to be active in Eurasia. Being a respected mentor, surnamed Terasawa-sensei or simply Sensei, he has undertaken many years of monastic peacemaking practices in India, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Presently, he teaches groups of monks from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China.

Daily CARTOONS at The New Yorker (Trump)

Ashley Wells, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; (The New Yorker)
Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, April 25th

Watch: In this episode, Bob Mankoff and The New Yorker's newly anointed Associate Cartoon Editor Colin Stokes review celebrity submissions to the caption contest.
"This town ain't big enough for both our haircuts" (Pat Byrnes/The New Yorker)
You call this march silly? In a parallel universe, there must be a counter-march.
"We didn't invent the Internet to share it with this." (Pat Byrnes/The New Yorker)
See these guys? [Blank] these guys! I'm the real New Yorker! I own Manhattan.
"Boy, they really let their yard go" (Patterson/TheNewYorker.com)

    Buddhism is everywhere in South Korea (audio)

    PRI's The World (April 25, 2017); Crystal Quintero, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

    All Vegan Festival (VegFest LA), April 30th

    VegFestLA.org (@vegfestla); Wisdom Quarterly
    FREE admission to all. You can buy a "fast pass" to support the event.
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    VegFest L.A. Fast Pass 
    VegFest LA (fka WorldFest)Package sales are a win-win! All revenue from these sales contributes directly to the nonprofit organization’s festival production costs. This helps to keep the festival FREE. A win for you -- a win for everyone.
     
    There are two great supporter packages to choose from, both packages include use of the “Supporter Fast Pass” lane at food exhibitors and in the Oasis! Click here to buy tickets!

    Ex-Illuminati banker exposes talks (video)

    WOW! Ex "Illuminati Banker" Exposes EVERYTHING! (2017)
     

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Did Armenia really have a genocide? (video)

    Wisdom Quarterly; XII. Loki; factcheckarmenia.com; SOAD, Benny Lambaba; Glink; Burning Red


    Now we're not saying the mass murdering and ethnic cleansing was not a "genocide." But genocide has a very specific definition on the world stage -- so why has no court recognized it as such?

    Is Turkey really so powerful and influential in Europe today? The fact is we live next to Armenia II (Glendale, California), so we have grown up with hearing one side of the story. And we love System of a Down, who also only give us one side of the story. Just because Hitler offhandedly referred to it, allegedly referred to it, as a "genocide" does not make it so.

    We have to question it because we're progressives -- and that means listening to all sides. Any sensible person has to question why mainstream politicians and media outlets are so eager to label it a "genocide" without a court agreeing or with 173 countries saying it wasn't or at least not saying.



    Thoughtless sentimentality = propaganda (AP)
    No Turk -- what city do they live in? -- ever stands up and gets a say. Last year while taking the side of Armenia yet again, we had Turkish scholars saying it was a genocide. Sell outs trying to get ahead in academia because the gatekeepers do not allow some discourse but fund and encourage other points of view they like.

    It happens, of course, with Israel. It happens with everything when people dictate what's PC (politically correct) to say, question, so much as think.

    For example, recently UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was telling us all what to think. Gruesome and grizzly images of Syrian atrocities are allowed. They pull our heartstrings and get massive coverage. People are up in arms demanding WAR! Let's attack! Let's bomb! Let's kill! Revenge! Justice! American superiority!

    Hey, numb-numb, no. Can we see we're being set up? Whoever rules the mainstream press rules the conversation and manufactures consent. Let's get the other side. Let's constantly listen to the other side even when someone says, "It's lies," it's "fake news," it's "not worth listening to." Yes it is.

    There's no doubt there was killing, atrocities, crimes against humanity. But did Armenia really have a genocide?




    Here is the truth [as interpreted by the pro-Turk side]
    The events of 1915
    were far more complex than what has been reported in the past and it is important that we recognize this was not as simple a scenario as the Armenian lobby would have us believe.
    Despite the propaganda being pushed by a powerful and well-funded Armenian diaspora, the series of events in 1915 and beyond resulted in losses of life on both sides of the conflict. We cannot diminish the suffering that the Armenians faced, but we must acknowledge that millions of Turks, Kurds, and Arabs were also killed during this conflict.
     
    For nearly a century, the Armenian lobby has attempted to portray these actions as a willful, deliberate attempt to commit genocide of the Armenian people -- a specific crime that is defined by international law. Nothing could be further from the truth, and a detailed examination of the broader context of history paints a vastly different picture.
     
    Furthermore, and as a result, international courts have never designated these tragic events as genocide. There is no legal consensus on the tragedy of 1915 because even though the Armenian lobby has been misrepresenting the facts for nearly a century, history -- and the law -- tells us otherwise. It’s time to cut through the propaganda and get the facts straight. More

    And now for an opposing point of view saying it was genocide: System of a Down

    (Benny Lambaba) Rare footage of Armenian mistreatment to be screened and called a genocide.
    (The Burning Red) Our beloved newscaster crush, Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks, has a melt down over the question of an Armenian genocide.



    (Glink) This is a response to The Young Turks and Ana Kasperian involving recent events concerning the [alleged] Armenian genocide. Where does the name "The Young Turks" comes from, and has founder Cenk Uygur denied it in the past? There are many parallels between the Armenian genocide and Dragon Ball Z, oddly enough. Connections are made throughout the video.

    Fairies (Fae, Phe, Devas) are REAL (video)

    Guest Cara St. Louis, Host Tere Joyce (freedomofjoyce.com, Aug 1, 2016); BoostinR31, Aug. 2016, live in Melbourne, Australia; Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
     
    Fae (devas) in Buddhism
    Cara St. Louis breaks new research on the Fae, Phe, Fe, or Fey (devas in Buddhism) for the first time to American audiences on the Freedom of Joyce Show. St. Louis is a writer, teacher, activist, and speaker. She has penned the books Consolata's Companion, The Sun Thief, and co-written with Harold Kautz-Vella Dangerous Imagination, Silent Assimilation. The Fae are the so-called "fairies" of legend who are the seed race of modern human beings, the Sidhe (Irish shee), the hybrids.

    Live in Australia

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    A Day at the Beach (no-self)

    Sister Khema, Meditating on No-Self: Dhamma Talk (Edited for Bodhi Leaves) edited by Amber Larson and Dhr. Seven for Wisdom Quarterly





    This is me, myself, and I...and my dog.
    In Buddhism we use the words "self" and "no-self," so it is important to understand just what this "no-self" (anatta) is all about even if it is first just an idea.

    This is because the essence of the Buddha's teaching hinges on this realization. This teaching is unique to Buddhism. No other spiritual teachers in history, other than buddhas, which are fully enlightened teachers establishing the Dharma in the world, ever come to realize and teach no-self. No philosophers, no thinkers, no debaters, no sages or seers. It may be the only teaching that has no parallel in other philosophies, religions, or doctrines.

    Because of the way it was formulated by the Buddha, there exists the possibility of speaking about it. Otherwise, it would not even occur to one that it is true. Much has been written about no-self, but in order to know it, one must experience it. And that is what the teaching aims at, the experience (liberating insight) of no-self, egolessness, impersonality, suchness (utterly altruistic unselfishness).
     
    Look at me, look at my body. This is me.
    Yet in order to experience no-self, one has first to fully know what "self" is, actually know it. For unless we do know what this "self" we are slaves to is, the self called "me," "myself" and that grasps at things as "mine," it is impossible to know what is meant by the preposterous/perplexing claim, "There [ultimately speaking] is no self there." In order to give something away, to let it go, to abandon it, we first have to have it in hand. We have to know why we would want to do that.
     
    We are constantly trying to reaffirm self. This already shows that this "self" is a very fragile and wispy thing. If it weren't why would we constantly have to reaffirm it? Why are we constantly afraid of the "self" being threatened, being insecure, worrying that i may not get what it needs for survival? If it were such a solid entity as we believe it to be, as we take for granted that it is, we would not so often feel threatened.
     
    Southern California coast where the salt hits he sand, Point Dune, Malibu (wiki)
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    I bought all these clothes; they're totally me!
    We affirm "self" again and again through identification. We identify with a certain name, an appearance, a memory, a story, an age, a gender, a habit, an ability, an occupation. "I am a lawyer, I am a doctor, I am an accountant, I am a student." And we identify with the people we are attached to. "I am a husband, I am a wife, I am a mother, I am a daughter, I am a son."

    Now, in the manner of conventional speech, we have to use the word/concept "self" in that way -- but it isn't only in speech. We really think that that "self" we refer to is real, is enduring, is who we are. We really believe it.

    There is no doubt in our mind that that "self" is who we are. When any one of these factors is threatened, if being a wife is threatened, if being a mother is threatened, if being a lawyer is threatened, if being a teacher is threatened -- or if we lose the people who enable us to retain that "self" -- what a tragedy!
     
    The self-identification becomes insecure, and "me" finds it hard to say "look at me," "this is me." Praise and blame are included. Praise reaffirms "me." Blame threatens [but subtly reinforces the sense of] "me." So we like the praise and we dislike the blame. The ego is threatened. Fame and infamy -- same thing. Loss and gain. If we gain, the ego gets bigger; if we lose, it gets a bit smaller.


    So we are constantly in a quandary and in constant fear. The ego might lose a little bit of its grandeur. It might be made a bit smaller by someone. And it happens to all of us. Somebody is undoubtedly going to blame us for something eventually. Even the Buddha was blamed.
     
    But the blame that is levied at us is not the problem. The problem is our reaction. The problem is that we feel smaller. The ego has a hard time reasserting itself. So what we usually do is we blame back, making the other's ego a bit smaller too.
     
    Money, sex, food...am "I" enlightened yet?
    Identification with whatever it is that we do and whatever it is that we have, be it possessions or people, is -- so we believe -- needed for our survival, "self" survival. If we don't identify with this or that, we feel as if we were in limbo. This is the reason why it is difficult to stop thinking in meditation. Without thinking there would be no identification. If I don't think, what do I identify with?

    It is difficult to come to a stage in meditation in which there is actually nothing to identify with anymore.
     
    Happiness, too, may be an identification. "I am happy." "I am unhappy." Because we are so keen on survival, we have got to keep on identifying... More

    17th Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare (video)

    Wikipedia (ft. article for 4-22-17); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly
    Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, unknown artist, 1575, Nat'l Portrait Gallery, London
    (RR/49 mins) Established people refuse to debate due to their vested interests and because they control education. See big-lies.org for more on the issue.

    Portrait on right is of a mask.
    The Shakespeare authorship question is the argument, first raised in the 19th century, that someone other than William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the works attributed to him. All but a few Shakespeare scholars and some literary historians consider it a fringe belief.

    Anti-Stratfordians (pro-Oxfordians) believe that Shakespeare was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who did not want or could not accept public credit (such as Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford).

    This controversy has spawned a vast body of literature, and more than 80 authorship candidates have been proposed, the most popular being the 17th Earl of Oxford Edward de Vere, Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, and William Stanley.

    To the claim that the actor named Wm. Shakespeare lacked sufficient education, aristocratic knowledge, and the sensibility of royalty/nobility, or familiarity with the royal court for a writer of such eminence and genius, scholars reply that there is much documentary evidence supporting his authorship -- title pages, testimony by contemporary poets and historians, official records -- and none supporting any other candidate.


    COMMENTARY
    [Of course, what they fail to consider is that the real author was purposely attributing his work to the Stratford-upon-Avon actor and signing his name to plays and manuscripts by agreement. To say that there is no "official record" of the real author claiming his own name is only saying that he kept his agreement and did not renege. To be an earl dabbling in something so base as bawdy playwright and comic fop critical of other royals or nobles was unthinkable and would have led to his fall. But note how pro-war, pro-country, pro-royalty, pro-nobility, pro-status quo "Shakespeare" is. No ordinary, uneducated Englishman of the day would have sided so wholeheartedly and unquestioningly with the 1%. And the greatness of one author writing under his nom de plume  or pen name/pseudonym is explained that because there were no copyrights on plays, everyone cannibalized others. It was common practice to take the genius of another, embellish and potentially improve it and make it a timeless masterpiece. Edward de Vere the Earl of Oxford, and that is who we think was the true author, not only represents his genius and ingenuity but that of everyone around him and his many books, none of which the shabby actor had access to]. (Full article...)