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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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