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picture17 Jul 2006 @ 20:38, by D

“...launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.”
—Henry David Thoreau



Por el suelo hay une compadrita
Que ya nadie se para a mirar
Por el suelo hay una mamacita
Que se muere de no respetar
Pachamama te veo tan triste
Pachamama* me pongo a llorar

Esperando la ultima ola
Cuidate no te vayas a mojar
Esperando la ultima rola
Mamacita te invito a bailar

Por el suelo camina mi pueblo
Por el suelo hay un agujero
Por el suelo camina la raza
Mamacita te vamos a matar

Esperando la ultima ola
Pachamama me muero de pena
Escuchando la ultima rola
Mamacita te invito a bailar

Por el suelo camina mi pueblo
Por el suelo moliendo condena
Por el suelo el infierno quema
Por el suelo la raza va ciega

Esperando la ultima ola
Pachamama me muero de pena
Escuchando la ultima rola
Mamacita te invito a bailar

—Manu Chao, Por el Suelo



*Pachamama [Inca mythology]: fertility goddess who presided over planting and harvesting. Catholic conquest replaced her image with that of the Virgin Mary with which she is identified in some parts of Chile, Bolivia and Peru.


“IF you can’t see what’s happening in front of you and around you, how could you expect to see your own nature? It is not by closing your eyes that you can see your own nature. On the contrary, you have to open your eyes and wake up to the real situation in the world - that is being able to see completely your whole Dharma treasure, your own Dharma body. The bombs, the hunger, the pursuit of wealth and power - these are not separate from your nature.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh, A Guide To Walking Meditation




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18 Jul 2006 @ 04:08 by martha : Energy
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18 Jul 2006 @ 17:41 by i2i : Meditation

The original title of this post, which is more of a quote/music/image collage kind of a thing, was originally "Meditation." I usually prefer to leave the meaning of such pieces to the viewer's imagination because of the ability of meditation to touch us in ways, which are beyond the every day noise of our ordinary subjective reality and daily preocupations, and which relate to that part of us within ourselves that is deeper than us, which sometimes speaks through us and to us and beyond us - it speaks of the things we all share, the things that bring us together (which are many more than some would have us believe) rather than of our differences.

"Dharma" was suggested to me by Hanae, as was the quote by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thich Nhat Hanh coined the word "Interbeing" which relates to our interconnectedness, interdependence and interrelatedness - he was once nominated for a Nobel peace prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who himself once proclaimed:

"We are all caught up
in an inescapable network
of mutuality ..."

Hanae spoke of "interbeing" before in a comment on another post on NCN, here: Evey's choice:

"Teachers who say not to pay attention to the problems of the world like hunger, war, oppression, social injustice, who say that we should only practice have not understood deeply enough the meaning of mahayana... What is going on in the world is also going on within ourselves, and vice versa. Once we see this clearly; we will not refuse to take position or to act. When a village is being bombed and children and adults are suffering from wounds and death, can a Buddhist sit still in his unbombed temple? If he has wisdom and compassion, he will find ways to practice Buddhism while helping other people...If we cannot see what is going on around us, how can we expect to see into our own nature? [Thich Nhat Hanh, "Interbeing"]
---6 Apr 2006 @ 05:04 by Hanae @68.165.234.38 : Interbeing - one Buddhist 's perspective

Hanae could just have as easily quoted the Dalai Lama:

"The world is increasingly interdependent, so that lasting peace ~ national, regional, and global ~ can only be achieved if we think in terms of broader interest rather than parochial need. ... As the world grows smaller, we need each other more than in the past."

As to the meaning and origins of the word Dharma, well, I have never been much of the "how many angels can fit on the head of a pin" school, and there is already so much out there about it: link.

In so far as to its more immediate use, as to the way it relates to this post, the following will do:

"[Dharma] is, so to speak, the essential nature of a being, comprising the sum of its particular qualities or characteristics, and determining, by virtue of the tendencies or dispositions it implies, the manner in which this being will conduct itself, either in a general way or in relation to each particular circumstance. The same idea may be applied, not only to a single being, but also to an organized collectivity, to a species, to all the beings included in a cosmic cycle or state of existence, or even to the whole order of the Universe; it then, at one level or another, signifies conformity with the essential nature of beings…" (from Guenon's "Introduction to the Study of Hindu Doctrines")
 



18 Jul 2006 @ 18:02 by jstarrs : Definitions
I like the way this post is focusing on the necessity to be active, to open ourselves up to our human family whilst following a spiritual path, instead of letting the spiritual path become an ego mandala.

There is often a lot of confusion due to the language-translation problems that arise from spiritual terminology that comes from another language.

I was hit the other day, by a term that has long been translated from sanskrit into english as "blessings", as in blessings from ones teacher but whereby a more precise term was suggested as "inspiration", in that we ask for inspiration for our teachers so that our own path becomes active and not passive, as blessings may suggest.  



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lets join hands togather all of hidnus to save Dharma and conversations from YSR Congress as cristianity.Lakhs of People has been converted by Anil Kumar Hindus as cristianity Chala papam chesaru working as under ground mafia. maximum villages are reached 30% Cristianity plz save the state and the nation from this blade Y.S.Family now sharmila started Pada yatra with carrying of Bible atomatically people attrack with there hipnosis words and cristianity will rised to 40% to 50% cristianity in villages. Chudandi Y.S.Vijayamma garu meru kattukunna saree hindu tradition meeru pattukunna bottu hindu Tradition yendukuamma meru hinduvulani mosamchestharu lakshaladimandi hindu vulani cristianity ga marchina meru me alludu Anil kumar chala papam chesthunaru.Plz Note : Y.S.Family has not visiting our temples with heartly (manasulo varu saithan dhaghariki vacham anukuntunaru and saying to jesus on his prayers for visiting hindu Temples)plz stop to visit our temples other wise we have to make suddhi after visit of Adharma People Temples are using as a political Drama and acting.Mokka ga thunchanidhi manu ga thunchalemu.  


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lets join hands togather all of hidnus to save Dharma and conversations from YSR Congress as cristianity.Lakhs of People has been converted by Anil Kumar Hindus as cristianity Chala papam chesaru working as under ground mafia. maximum villages are reached 30% Cristianity plz save the state and the nation from this blade Y.S.Family now sharmila started Pada yatra with carrying of Bible atomatically people attrack with there hipnosis words and cristianity will rised to 40% to 50% cristianity in villages. Chudandi Y.S.Vijayamma garu meru kattukunna saree hindu tradition meeru pattukunna bottu hindu Tradition yendukuamma meru hinduvulani mosamchestharu lakshaladimandi hindu vulani cristianity ga marchina meru me alludu Anil kumar chala papam chesthunaru.Plz Note : Y.S.Family has not visiting our temples with heartly (manasulo varu saithan dhaghariki vacham anukuntunaru and saying sorry to jesus on his prayers for visiting hindu Temples)plz stop to visit our temples other wise we have to make suddhi after visit of Adharma People Temples are using as a political Drama and acting.Mokka ga thunchanidhi manu ga thunchalemu.  


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Hi Chris,Great blog, much of it reflecting my own tutghhos and questions. Like you I'm a white UK citizen who has been heavily drawn towards Hinduism. Having rejected Christian faith at an early age too many rules, burning in hell, guilt, shame etc etc I came across Buddhism for a short spell in my teens. It felt good but I took another path of being a wild teenager and lost my way!Over the last five years or so I've been seeking a closer contact with God' however you want to see him. Books came my way' and I was hooked.I was brought up in South London, so was always around Indian people. My first ever memory (9 months old!) was of an Indian lady friend of my mum in a saree serving dinner. On a work trip to Tamil Nadu several years ago I arrived jetlagged in Chennai. I met my Indian colleague and we set off, I had the overwhelming sensation that I had been there before. The chaos, the smell, the poverty etc that usually amazes us westerners just felt so familiar. All I wanted to do was get out on the streets and visit temples. My Hindu friends did take me to lots of incredible temples on my visits there but generally wouldn't let me out the hotel! My interest in Hinduism and it's teachings just deepened and deepened. It is a path that makes sense for me.As to whether I can call myself a Hindu, I really don't know. It kind of doesn't really matter I suppose. I read, I learn and I follow the path to the best of my ability. Does one really have to be born into a Hindu family to be a Hindu? Again, the path is there for all to take, should one choose it.Anyway, I could rattle on for ages but I won't. I will keep an eye on your upcoming posts and read a few more that you have already written,Thanks, Andy  


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