Equanimity, attraction and aversion

Sawadee Khrap

Here’s a great talk “Is Homosexuality FORBIDDEN in Hinduism? A Scriptural Perspective” by  Swami Tadatmananda  a traditionally-trained teacher of Advaita Vedanta, meditation, and Sanskrit at the  Arsha Bodha Center.

Note where he discusses proper judgment.

“To understand why, consider how the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures place great emphasis on spiritual values like tolerances, equanimity, and on graceful acceptance of things that cannot be changed.   The Gita famously says. “samatvam yoga ucyate”, yoga is equanimity. Properly understood, equanimity is to refrain from judging all the people, things, and events in life because what’s good for you may be bad for someone else, and visa versa. Good simply means what you like, and bad means what you don’t like.  In Sanskrit, these two notions are called raga and dvesha, attraction and aversion, or more simply, likes and dislikes. Raga and dvesha compel you to chase after whatever you think is good.  These two urges keep your attention firmly fixed on worldly matters, and prevent you from gaining a higher spiritual perspective. Raga and dvesha are huge obstacles to spiritual growth.  To overcome them you have to drop your habitual judgments of good and bad.  You have to develop equanimity.   You need an impartial, unbiased, and completely objective view of life.”

Recall  Genesis 3:4,    KJV   Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Be “LIKE” God – have the power of judgement.   To be able to change reality to our liking instead of accepting it as it was created.   The result of Sin, missing the mark or understanding,  is Death.   Non-equanimity or Spiritual DEATH.

Spiritual death is the birth place of illusions,  separation, and specialism.   The birth place of DUALISM.   The thought that there is existence  other than ONENESS, a tiny mad idea of separation, a dream – actually a nightmare, we call the Physical/Material World,  where pain, sacrifice and death rule over Love, Truth, Spirit, and Eternity.

The ancient Hindus knew it, Jesus taught it and made it personal, and it is repeated again in ACIM.

Thank you Father of providing me a way Home to You.

God Blesses      Christ Blesses      I Bless

Ciao

  

NON-DUALISM

Sawadee Khrap

Most all religions teach DUALISM.,  they consider this world as Reality and some, but not all,  believe in a separate Spirit world or visits by aliens.   Most all Gnostic teachings lean toward a non-dualistic view but in all cases they try to justify,  what they still feel as this world expressing good and/or evil.    It wasn’t until I was introduced to “A Course in Miracles” that I began to consider if there was any truth in a full belief in non-dualism.

Non-Dualism, what does it mean?    I love the way the  ACIM states it:

“Nothing real can be threatened.   Nothing unreal exists.   Herein lies the Peace of God.

There’s only ONE REALITY – GOD, expressed HERE by many words – All, Truth, Love, Mind, Idea, Thought,  One, Elohim, everything else is but a denial of God’s presence or ONENESS and is an illusion or dream of Separation or the desire or belief in specialness and doesn’t really exist.

The author of the  ‘Course’ is purported to be Jesus, ‘Is this the same person as expressed in the Bible?’.    in the Bible,  Jesus, taught using the words and symbols of a Dualistic religion, BUT, did He express ‘NON’ Dualism?

Consider what  Jesus stated   “I and the Father are One”, “I AM”, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”.   “My Kingdom is not of this world,” and more specific in the Gospel of Thomas-# 3

“Rather, the kingdom is inside of you and outside of you.  When you come to know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will realize that you are the children of the living Father.  But if you do not come to know yourselves, then you exist in poverty, and you are poverty.”  and  #29

“If the flesh came into being because of the spirit, it is a wonder.  But if the spirit (came into being) because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders.  Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has taken up residence in this poverty.”

Jesus is the Light of TRUTH,  – He brings the illusion of this world to the Truth of the Non-Dualistic God. “Elohim”

God is ONE,  –  Father, Son and Holy Spirit – “The Elohim” is ONE  Another name for the Son is Christ – “The Son of the Living God”  

Here’s a great explanation by Kenneth Wapnick  about ACIM’s  non-dualism.

kind and gentle 

God Blesses   Christ Blesses   I Bless

Ciao

David on dreaming

Sawadee Khrap

dreamer

Here’s a great video from David Hoffmeister that puts more light on the Dreamer, Character relationship that I  speak a lot about.

One Dreamer – One dream   Christ is the dreamer, the ONENESS

Awareness of dreaming is the real function of Godʹs teachers. They watch the dream figures come and go, shift and change, suffer and die. Yet they are not deceived by what they see. They recognize that to behold a dream figure as sick and separate is no more real than to regard it as healthy and beautiful.”      {Manual for Teachers 13:6}

God Blesses       Christ Blesses         WE BLESS

Ciao


“The REDEMPTION”– Dance with Great Choreography

Sawadee Khrap

Here is the Epic story of man’s “Fall into Sin”, the battle between the Angels, Lucifer and Michael, the “Morning Stars”.    This Zurcaroh Dance Group’s performance on AGT 2018  embodies the story of Adam and Eve’s fall from GRACE into CIAOS and SIN and then REDEMPTION. 

Thanks Kevin for the link.   I have more detail explaining the theology of the myth in my earlier post on Religions.  Please check it out after the show. 

A&E Dance

Ciao

Consciousness or the Dreamer

Sawadee Khrap

What is Consciousness? – a million-dollar question isn’t it?    In this video Sadhguru clears it out for us, looking at it from Mystic point of view, which puts in a different dimension which we have never heard from anyone.”.

Consciousness

BUT then consider the ‘MIND” of the Dreamer, isn’t this the absolute consciousness where all concepts originate and exist.  The MIND of Christ, One with God or dreaming of separation.  Neither can be explained with the symbols of this world, but both can be experienced here.    This is the ‘teachings’ of Jesus, The Gospel, The Good New.  “I have overcome the world.”

He, Sadhguru, does point out that the illusion of chemical induced experiences may appear to be mystical insight but nevertheless are still in the illusionary realm.  The soap bubble image is a great example of this idea.   And some great comments are posted too – well worth reading and meditating on.   I particularly like Blondie Kowalski’s posting:

“Experiencing yourself as boundless consciousness is what a baby feels all the time. Before you learn to distinguish between You and Objects, there is no subject and object and you are everywhere as pure consciousness. Since for babies there is no subject/object distinction there is also no Time, so you are also Now and Forever. Observe babies, they feel that they are the objects they look at, there is no subject/object duality in them at all, only bliss and instincts. It’s a profound illusion this, the illusion of mystical union with God and consciousness as source of creation. This experience of at-oneness lies at the root of everyone’s personality because we were all babies once, it’s like the carpet on which the furniture of your personality gets accumulated. Is that consciousness really God? I doubt it. Accessing this dimension gives you psychological wisdom in that you get to look at the structure of your personality from the deepest level inside yourself that is possible, almost like inverting yourself from the inside and out.”

I also doubt its God,  I think it’s the CHARACTER of the DREAM, intensely trying to identify itself as a SPECIAL and SEPARATE existence from the ALL.    ISN’T IT SO !

God Blesses         Christ Blesses          I Bless

Ciao

Haystack of lies

Sawadee Khrap

Here is a great talk on ‘PURPOSE’ by David Hoffmeister.   I particularly like the analogy of the needle in the haystack he spoke of early in the chat.

purpose 

I pictured it as trying to find the TRUE purpose or TRUTH under a stack of ‘Judgments’ I have made and defend as ‘MY’ Truth or existence.    Thank God,  Jesus and the Holy Spirit,  is teaching me that this idea or concept of what I am is just that a ‘FALSE IMAGE or ILLUSION.’   I AM AS GOD CREATED ME.   But that implies that I am Spirit, the SON, one with God, in the Image and Likeness of my Father.   I do not exist apart from Him nor SPECIAL in any way from Him or ANY OF HIS SONS, we are all ONE. 

The straw is merely the judgments, desires to be separate or special,  or as the Buddhists say ‘attachments’ that is burying my true identity, function and purpose.    Forgiveness is the bringing to the surface these false conceptions and looking at the through the eyes of Christ and realizing they are not real. 

Christ, the true Son of God, THE DREAMER, imagining the dream or nightmare of separation and the peopled illusion of the projection of this world to prove it to Himself.  The “ELOHIM”, Father-Son-Holy Spirit, broken into fragments, each called by a name, a unique character  and ALONE.

Thanks be to God a path was provided out of this NIGHTMARE.

God Blesses      Christ Blesses       I Bless

Ciao

Undoing Body Symptoms

Sawadee Khrap

mind healingI do a lot of research on the internet and found this great video on mind healing by David Hoffmeister.   David has a very good talent of explaining the healing techniques of ACIM.  I love the way he uses movies and songs for lessons.   Giving ones life over to the Holy Spirit and Jesus to be guided to true healing of the Mind is easier said than done. 

We – I – have been conditioned by the belief of the ego to believe our reality to be this physical world and the body’s senses are the proof.   Our JUDGEMENTS determine what our projected world or illusion is.  Our GUILT demands we hold fast our faith in our decisions or judgments as ‘TRUE’, NEVER to be brought to LIGHT and shown that our perception could be distorted.

I love the way David put it, I paraphrase: ‘Jesus knows your mind, what we feel, what we are capable of and where we ae in recovery.’    Giving our Mind and Will over to Spirit will never introduce more guilt or fear.  We will be guided ONLT TO THE DEGREE THAT  WE NEED AND CAN ACCEPT to TRUE healing.

There is a wonderful prayer in the Review V Introduction of the ACIM Workbook:

“Steady our feet, our Father; let our doubts be quiet and our holy minds be still, and speak to us. We have no words to give to You. We would but listen to Your Word and make it ours. Lead our practicing as does a father lead a little child along a way he does not understand. Yet does he follow, sure that he is safe because his father leads the way for him.

So do we bring our practicing to You. And if we stumble,   You will raise us up. If we forget the way, we count upon Your sure remembering. We wander off, but You will not forget to call us back. Quicken our footsteps now, that we may walk more certainly and quickly unto You. And we accept the Word You offer us to unify our practicing, as we review the thoughts that You have given us.”

Amen.    God Bless   Christ Bless   I Bless

Ciao

Gnosis vs Orthodoxy

Sawadee Khrap

Below is a link to a great lecture.  But pay close attention to what he is saying and at the end, in part 2, of what he is actually practicing in his daily life.   Gnostics or Orthodoxy – both extreme sides of the same road.     WHICH one is right?     WHAT is the MIDDLE path?

Look, Listen, and do not judge!  See the world as a illusion of separation and specialness  – NOTHING  more and let it go.  NOT as good or evil – those are just judgements, made from my limited perspective, without ALL the facts.     Projections of specialness and separation.       Indeed:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  (Matthew 7:13)

NOTHING is hidden, NO SECRET ESOTERIC  KNOWLEDGE  –  ALL HAS BEN REVEALED – if I but look around and see through the eyes of Christ Jesus and relinquish all judgments to HIM.

The Lost Gospel of Judas Discussed at RSE Part1,2

God Bless    Ciao

Historical Timeline

Sawadee Khrap

First, this is the best historical timeline I can find so far.  I will refer to it often in my following posts.

  1. Creation world    = 3950 BCE  Tian/Elohim = Heavenly Supreme (Love), Shang Di/Yahweh = Bringer of the law.
  2. Carbon Dating  = 3500 BCE     earliest C14 possible dating.
  3. Great flood     = 3170 BCE    Noah Ark – Gen. 7
  4. Noah in Shinar valley    3100 BCE – Ham, Japheth, Shem – Generations Noah    Gen 10
  5. Whole earth was of one language, and of one speech      Gen 11
  6. Otzi Neolithic mummy –3100 BCE   ( carbon dating) located 10,530 feet Fineil Peak, Otzal Alps, Italy
  7. Tower of Babel     = 2950 BCE  – dispersed languages   –  70 tribes    Gen. 11
  8. Royal Game of Ur  =  2500 BCE  Sumerian
  9. Oldest evidence of circumcision  2400 BCE,   bas-relief – Necropolis at Saqqara,  Egypt
  10. Chinese writing    = 2330 BCE  (Yellow Emperor-Huang Di) Shang Di (Chinese) story. (Shem’s prodigy)
  11. Hinduism(India)    = 2300 BCE
  12. Zoroastrianism =  2300 BCE   Persian
  13. Emperor Shun    = 2230 BCE   Last of the 5 Emperors.
  14. Xia Dynasty    = 2205 BCE   Emperor personally preformed Border sacrifice.
  15. Egypt founded  = 2100 BCE  Manasses
  16. Epic of Gilgamesh = 2100  BCE     Sumerian writings from Mesopotamia.
  17. Greece founded   = 2089 BCE  Eusebius of Caesarea 
  18. Abraham in Ur  =  2040-1970 BCE     Gen 12:4
  19. Melchizedek     = 2000  BCE   Abram tithes King of Salem (thought to be Shem)
  20. Isaac, Ishmael, (Jews-Arabs) = 1970 BCE
  21. Hyksos Dynasty   =  1750 – 1530 BCE
  22. Tempest Stele-Pharaoh Ahmose =  1550 BCE   great Storm in  Egypt
  23. Moses          = 1670 – 1400 BCE   Yahweh (Hebrew – Israelites) Oral story. = 1420 BCE 
  24. Santorini Eruption =  1550 BCE   Exodus plagues
  25. Moses  (Hyksos)  Exodus  =  1530-1400  BCE   Gen 16:35
  26. Alter to Heaven      1420 BCE      Chinese complex built – no idols – one Supreme God.  
  27. The Testament/Ascension of Moses    1400 BCE   2500 years after creation
  28. Israel mentioned  =    1200 BCE  Egyptian – Merneptah Stele
  29. Sea People  = 1177 BCE  Ramses III    attack of the Philistines   – Collapsed Civilization,  First Dark Ages
  30. Daoism, Taoism    = 600 BCE
  31. Buddhism (India)= 600 BCE
  32. Torah         = 600-500 BCE – modern scholars, collected during this period.
  33. Confucianism    = 500 BCE
  34. Jesus        = 3-4 AD
  35. Buddhism in China = 68 AD
  36. Muhammad Born    = 571 AD

Here are several videos on the Chinese pictograms.

Knowledge of God, Creation and Flood in China’s History and Character writing.

The God and Savior of Ancient China (Shocking!)

The Gospel Message in Chinese Characters

Note: The oral story of the flood, tower, and migration (Genesis) is told  both in both the Chinese Pictograms and Moses Myths. – but they are 750-1000 years apart.  Both cover the time from creation to the confusing of the languages and  scattering of the peoples (tribes).  They call their Gods by different names but everything else seems to be the same.   Both are monotheistic and comply to the same yearly sacrifice to their God – heifer, sheep, unblemished, killed with a spear, burnt at an alter. And both have sin and a SAVIOR  or Redeemer.  Interesting !!! 

I will explore this subject in more detail in future posts.

God Bless    Ciao

Mae Hong Song Trip–Simon

Sawadee Khrap

Avoiding Songkran here in Chiang Mai,  Simon and I headed for 2  Days 1_MaeSheThaPathanaChitChaloenPhraKiatin Pai and 2 days in Mae Hong Song.  We tried to visit “Unseen” Thailand this trip and so when arriving in Pai – 2_NextBridgePaivisited a female monk meditation area- Mae She Tha Pathana Chit Chaleon Phra Kait.  Then we went to the Memorial Bridge on the entrance to Pai with it’s unique statues.    We were very4_PoiSangLong-Pai lucky 3_PoiSangLongPai-WatSriDonChaito visit Wat Sri Don Chai in time to view their Shan – Poi Sang long Festival – great and  colorful. And while in Pai stayed at the Phaewdao Resort – very very nice. Excitement did happen as a neighbor 2 doors down from Simon’s 5_PraewdaoResort-PaiDSC04440room was robbed and the police were there investigating in the morning.  One great site, South of Pai, was this (not on the map) hot water geyser, on the side of the road.    L6_NgamtaHotel-MaeHongSongeaving Pai and on to Mae Hong Song and booked into the Ngamta Hotel, next to the lake.  From this base we explored the surrounding countryside looking for “Unseen” sites. Gravel collection site from the river by Shan people, a river-floating restaurant, burning along the side of the road, and went to visit a 106 year old Monk – but he seem to be at the Poi Sang long 7_GravelCfromRiver-8_Riverside Resturanat9_RoadSideFiresfestival in the area, so we missed him.  We did visit several more Temples 10_Wat106yoMonk11_Watonhill12_DhammagiriChildrenFoundationand a special Children’s home for Shan refugees called Dhammagiri Foundation.  Great, relaxing trip – little traffic, lots of water throwing but only in designated areas and along the roads by little children – So I have made this Slideshow of the best images – Enjoy.