Monday, 26 September 2011

MAKE SOMEONE ELSE REALLY HAPPY THIS WEEK

COMMENT:
Since the natural state of beings is happiness and they become unhappy by choosing to think, say and do things which lead to unhappiness, it is hard to imagine what one might do to help them out.

If one were seen to fill one's watering can and walk to an already full pond and empty it carefully in it and, on being asked what one was doing, one replied, "helping to make the fish wet"; it might be thought that one was wet oneself or at least in need of help.

If there were fish flapping around on the dry land next to the pond, it might seem sensible to throw them back in. But if they had spent a lot of time and effort in struggling to jump out of the pond in order to further their careers, like oneself, on dry land, one's efforts might go unappreciated.

No. The answer is that, since their natural state is happiness and they leave it of their own freewill, the really helpful thing to do is to avoid doing anything which might cause them inconvenience or nudge them out of their natural state. That is the half of it.

The other half is, without any kind of ostentation, to generate from one's heart, wherever one is, indiscriminate goodwill towards all beings, without any expectation of appreciation.

The role model is the radiator in the hall; maintained, fully functioning and full on, it warms the house whether we are aware of the source of heat or not. And it is quite oblivious of being appreciated or not.

Like that other radiator in the sky. The sun shines on the good and the bad, the deserving and the undeserving. The rich and the poor.

In a world which has become very cold indeed everywhere with the coldness of misery and poverty and war and disease caused by beings wilfully turning their backs on their natural state - happiness.


NEW PROJECT: ECONOMY OF SPEECH

Monday, 19 September 2011

HERE IS NOW

COMMENT:

You can say The Girl IS Jill. You can't say The Girl IS a Boy. Not unless you mean that you had always thought Jill was a girl but now discover that she has been a boy all along. That is, you are saying that the boy is a boy, which makes sense. Boys are boys and girls are girls.

Here IS Now follows the same rule. It must mean that they are not different. You thought that Here referred to the dimension of Space, and Now referred to the dimension of Time, and that they were different dimensions. But now, you are being told that they are the same, that they must, in some way refer to the same dimension.

The mystery is solved when one realises that Time does not exist.

When we look for Time, all that we see are movements through Space: hands turning on a clock; sand trickling through an hour glass; heavenly bodies moving through space; molecules coming together as things come into existence and grow; falling apart as things "decay" and "die".

For millions of years we lived in the present and had no knowledge of or need for "Time". We did not anticipate a tomorrow and our experience was that "sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." We "laboured not neither did we spin", "Yet I say unto you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these" (lilies).

Now we cannot do without our invention of Time. The servant has become the master. We work harder and harder to keep up with first the hour hand; then the minute hand; then the second hand. We are like lemmings; like Wildebeest breathless in our haste to meet the crocodiles of Serengeti as soon as possible, yet terrified of the inevitability of meeting them.

When we stop movement and sit completely STILL, mind and body, Time, which never existed and which we have invented, completely disappears.

    STILLNESS is
    the space between movements
    the crack in the universe
    the gloved hand
    with the art
    to pull apart
    two thin life stitches
    and let a stab of nothing in.

This is Eternity, in which there is no "Time" and even "Now" becomes irrelevant.



NEW PROJECT: MAKE SOMEONE ELSE REALLY HAPPY THIS WEEK

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

NEW WINE IN NEW BOTTLES

COMMENT:

And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.
— Luke 5:36-39, Authorised King James' Version.

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”
— New International Version (NIV)

The established Christian Churches are Old Wine.  As is Tibetan Buddhism.  And Anythingyoulikeism.


NEW PROJECT: HERE IS NOW

Monday, 5 September 2011

JUMPING FROM THE GIRLS' BEDROOM WINDOW

COMMENT:

JUMPING IS THROUGH THOUGHTS,WORDS AND ACTIONS.
If you jump, the only way is downwards.
You cannot unjump. Just as you cannot unbreak a window
Where to?
The courtyard below with its slate slabs. Bone breakers.
And then?
A lot depends on what you take with you as memory.
Did you jump? You are responsible.
Were you pushed or thrown out? Or is that just your self justification?
What next?
You travel onwards and away, experiencing the consequences of your action.
Where and when do "onwards and outwards" end?
Nowhere. Never. Everything has to be answered for, one way or another. Karma is perfect.


NEW PROJECT: NEW WINE IN NEW BOTTLES