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True Religion Apr. 13th, 2005 @ 05:06 pm
bardia
"My religion is not Buddhism;
my religion is loving-kindness."

H.H., the Dalai Lama


As with
'knowing'
and
'understanding,'
religion,
too,
IS
a 'matter'

Not of
'belief'
'faith' or
'ritual,'

"but," rather,
of
experience, of
'practicing'

one's
self-chosen
principled
Path.Read more...Collapse )

Apr. 12th, 2005 @ 12:58 am
bardia
dear absurdistanic_flower:

I do not
wish to be
a weight
you feel
you have to
carry.
drop my weight,
like a rock,
into the
Abyss,
where I have dropped
yours.

better to chant,
and to send each other
Light.
I
do
not (even)
carry any weight (much)Read more...Collapse )

Apr. 6th, 2005 @ 12:20 am
bardia
sitting
outside
balcony
cold
night
strong winds,
prayer-flags
whipping

sending

yellow candle
flickers
remains
burning

trees
bowing
bending
dogs barking,
answering

no clouded
stars
unmoving.

"body agitated

mind serene

sould as limpid as a mountain lake."Read more...Collapse )

Mar. 29th, 2005 @ 06:15 pm
bardia
OM
Thank you Sun
Ultimate force of Compassion
You give to all without discrimination
And take from none
You exist out of pure Love
I honor you sun for your light, warmth, ultimate Compassion, absolute Love,
And for my consciousness.
OM
Thank you infinite Universe
For sharing your atoms with me
Your existence is Bliss
Your Cosmic Consciousness is the Great Breath
You are the Primordial essence
You are the ultimate Mystery
Let your Logos guide us
So that we may be one with the flow of the Great Breath
Namaste.

Mar. 4th, 2005 @ 10:24 am
bardia
Not ever
Oh, not ever
Will it come
To an end:
The drum of,
The song of
The Giver of
Life.

We come
To the magic water.
Your word
Goes over the water
With the water bird.

Oh, not ever
Not ever
Will it come
To an end:
The drum of,
The song of
The Giver of
Life.

Your flowers, this earth:
Do they go
Like shadows go
When we go
To the Ghost Place?

Oh, not ever
Not ever
Will they come
To an end:
The drum of,
The song of
The Giver of
Life.

The good trees, the old:
Under the branches of,
Among the roots of
The ancient cottonwoods
Will we wake?

Oh, not ever
Not ever
Will it come
To an end:
The drum of,
The song of
The Giver of
Life.

Feb. 27th, 2005 @ 10:09 am
bardia
Hello, my precious lord
so nice to meet you again
here
among the ruins,

having migrated back into the shadow-world of the "Cave"
weaving
navigating
in and out
back and forth
among its prisoners

wonders all,
motives as mixed as their oh so non-pellucid minds
filled with curious intent.

You expect me to function here,
among the blind who think they see,
don't you?

You,
to whom expectations
are merely another
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Feb. 17th, 2005 @ 11:52 pm
bardia
though
'time'
IS
an 'illusion,'

"if"

I were you
I would
'use'
it ...

"wisely ..."

"for,"
(even)
'illusions'
'have'
their
'seasons' ---
you know,

"and,"
like 'seasons,'
they
'come'
"and"
they

'go.'

the
problem,
"of course,"
with the
'time-illusion'Read more...Collapse )

Feb. 13th, 2005 @ 09:45 pm
bardia
'before'
and 'after'

'here'
and 'there'

'now'
and 'then'

'this'
and 'that'

'you'
and 'me'

'us'
and 'them'

'cause'
and 'effect'

'eternity'

and 'time'Read more...Collapse )

"... leaving aside for the moment our own 'selfs' ..." Feb. 13th, 2005 @ 09:34 pm
bardia
If,
as Plato teaches,
'vision'
consists of 'something'
entering the eye, from 'without,'

and some other 'something'

exiting the eye, from 'within,'

how are we to
'account for'

one's
'vision'
of one's
'self'?

leaving aside the absurd
notion that we 'are'
our physical bodies,

one's 'vision,'

one's 'impression,' of one's 'self'

clearly pertains to what is often referred to as

'the mind's eye.'

the questions are:

what is 'entering' this 'eye'
from within ... anything at all?Read more...Collapse )

Hymn for the drowning Feb. 11th, 2005 @ 07:02 pm
bardia
when
Socrates,
at his 'trial,
was asked:
"Of what state are you
a citizen?,"
he replied:

"I am a citizen of the world."

he was,
as we know,
condemned,
to death,
for

"teaching disbelief in the 'gods,'" and

for

"corrupting the 'morals' of the young" --

A.K.A.,

for encouraging
people to
think --
for themselves.

such
'encouragement,'
it would seem,
is
even more sorely needed
today --
so very many
centuries
later.

we are like show-offy,
superstitious
jingoistic
children,
wielding
sophisticated
death-dealing
toys --
while the duller,
more cowardly among us,
cheer
us
brazenly on ...
... are we not?

is it any
'wonder'
"Jesus" said,
as he hung,
dying:

"Forgive them,
Father,
for they know
not
'what' they
'do'"?

'they'
do
not
still.

our
'enemy'
is never,
in reality,
"the people"
of some other
'country,'

is never
"the people"
of some other
'ism,'
or
'system,'
or
'religion.'

it
is
ever
a mere
'few' ...
in the
'higher echelons'
of same --
primarily unseen --

and unknown,
the 'salaried priests' of

our currupted
'religions,'
the corrupted
'leaders'
within,
and behind,
our much-tauted
'systems'
and
'isms' ...
... all of whom
'see'
"the masses"
as (just) so much

'grist'

for their greedy,
power-hungry,
monetarily-driven
'mills' ...

and we,
the washed,
and unwashed,
"masses,"
both near-at-hand,
and afar,
in our
childish naivette,
look up to,
and follow,
those
who
have little more honest
'regard'
for us --
-- certainly no
'feelings' of
equality --
than for a
fish
they might catch
at one of their esoteric,
'working retreats.'

Buddha
replied,
in answer to the question,

"What are you?" ...
"I am awake."


... "Is there anybody 'out there'?" (Pink Floyd)

Anyone
'awake'?

'sleepers'
become
achingly 'attached,'
to
their
'dreams.'
one 'awakens'
them
at one's own
peril.

Gandhi,
(in 1912),
referred to
"modern civilization"
as
"a great hypnotizing machine..."

... it
is
so
very
much
worse,
now.

who,
if
'I'
may be so bold as to ask,
are the
'hypnotists'?

'what,'
if
'I'
may,
are
'they'?

it
is
(almost)
an unbridgeable
'gap'
between our
'modern-day'
hypnotic
'subject's'
state of consciousness
and that
'state'
which has 'realized' (that):

"If we all knew our true business,
life would be a contest of smiles" ---

is
it
not?

leaving aside
(for the moment) the
self-proclaimed
(pseudo)
'enlightened,'
(numbers growing daily),
'happy'
'blissed-out,'
in their
fuzzy-wuzzy
cloud-cuckoo-land
nothingness,

it
is
necessary for
true Seekers
to avoid both
nihilism and,
equally contemptible,
conscious,
or unconscious,
solipsism.

'other people'
ARE
real ...
... all of them ...
no more,
no less,
then you
are ...
they,
like you,
want
'happiness,'
as H.H. the Dalai Lama
often points out;
they,
like you,
feel,
at times,
the 'burden,'
the 'suffering'
of incarnated
human existence;

they,
like you,
are mortal ...
... and do not,
like you,
know
'when';
they,
like you,
have their 'illusions' --
masquerading,
in their minds and
hearts,
as 'knowing.'

truly,
did Socrates teach (that):

'the cause of most human suffering
is "double-ignorance" -- thinking
one "knows" ... when one does not,'

hence, his other teaching (that):

'awareness of one's (fundamental, ontological)
ignorance is the beginning of wisdom.'

Teachers
are
needed,
not 'gurus,'

not 'celebrities,'

not propogandists

not 'educators,'

not 'trainers,'

not 'instructors.'

"Where
are the
Teachers?
Why do They not
show Themselves?"

Alas,
the ancient (now cliched, as much else)
'maxim'
still applies:

"When the
pupil is
'ready,'
the Teacher
WILL
appear,"
For,

That

IS

the

Law.

thus,
if you,
lonely, sore-footed pilgrim,
have yet
to 'find'
your
Teacher ...
you

are

not

yet

'ready,'
And ...

"readiness is all." ("Shakespeare")

rather than
blindly follow
"the jesters and the fools" (Bob
Dylan),
why not

"Look inward,
thou art
Buddha"?
("The Voice Of The Silence," H.P. Blavatsky)

... for,
'out there' ---
--- truly ---
"nothing
is
'what'
it
seems,
or appears,
to
'be.'"

your
'alarm'
is
going-off --
don't you
'hear'
IT?

the
first
'awakening'
may be a bit 'rude,'
but,
if
you
can
"stay
'with it,'"
the now
dull
horizon will,
gradually,
open ...
"unto the span of
all three worlds."
(ibid.)

wishing
you
"all the very best,"

018

5:48 p.m. = 17 = 8 + 6 = 14 = 5 + "H.T." = 8.


P.S.:

NOT
"God bless the U.S.A.,"

NOT
"Allah bless the Moslem 'Freedom Fighters,'"

NO.

rather ---
"in so far as
there
are any
'blessings,'
may
they
fall
upon
ALL of
US ...
... for peace."

(have you not heard of HUMANITY,
as a whole?)
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