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#1153 - Thursday, August 1, 2002 - Editor: Jerry
The Dock of the Bay
"He who is the high and the low, the saint and the
sinner, the god and the worm, Him worship; the visible,
the knowable, the real, the omnipresent; break all other
idols. In whom there is neither past life nor future
birth, nor death nor going nor coming, in whom we always
have been and always will be one, Him worship; break
all other idols."
-- Swami Vivekananda
The universe is so vast and complex that if we needed
books like this to become enlightened, we'd never make
it. But on the other hand the universe is so simple in
design that there's no reason for anyone to be puzzled
or unhappy. It's easy to control your existence, no
matter how complicated it looks. I've abandoned the idea
of writing this a number of times, on the ground that
people didn't know it because they didn't want to. But
in the end there is no more reason for not writing it
than there is for writing it.
Have compassionate love for others but keep it secret;
do not make a display of it or talk about it. If your
desires are fulfilled , do not be elated , and if you
are frustrated do not be dissapointed. The elation may
be deceptive ; it should be checked , for initial joy
may end in final grief. After all , whatever happens ,
you remain unaffected , just as you are.
from Conscious Immortality
Conversations with Sri Ramana Maharshi
DAVID AND STEPHEN ON THE MOVIES
DAVID: Most major motion pictures completely suck
because so much money is invested into the project that
in order to recover the gigantic return required to
cover the gigantic input invested...
the movie must appeal to gigantic *quantities*.
STEPHEN: Well, there's also Chariots of Fire, one of the
best movies ever, and Titanic - an extended meditation
on the human predicament - whatever else it may also be
in the way of romance and tragedy. Both brought enormous
returns. I think people rise - or sink - to the level of
whatever is set before them. A kind of satsang, if you
DAVID: That's the mainstream folks...
Bland, uninspiring and incredibly numerous...
STEPHEN And of course neither you nor I nor our readers
are in that category ;-)
DAVID: what if the world agreed to be 'deprived' of such
mediocre crap and instead with these otherwise impotent
we fed a few million or so of our starving and sick
brothers and sisters?
STEPHEN: When I was a kid and didn't want to eat my
turnip greens or lentils I was urged to remember the
starving millions in India. Kinda funny... it's a bit of
an irony if one considers "Bollywood", i.e. the massive
India motion picture industry. What is Bollywood's
impact on the starving millions, I wonder.
Come to think of it, I've had similar conversations
regarding the art and architecture of Europe's
cathedrals vis-a-vis the squalor and poverty of the
surrounding populace. Would the populace have been
better off without them back then? Would the world today
be better off without them? I don't think any of the
iconoclasts from Akhnatan to Leo to Cromwell did much to
DAVID: Am I completely nuts? (or what)
STEPHEN: Aren't we all?
Love, Steve (mainstream dude writing amidst the bland,
uninspiring and incredibly numerous cornfields of
SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY
Sitting on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
I'm just sitting on the dock of the bay
Look like nothing's gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can't do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I'll remain the same
...on flower children.
"Since Phish is quitting for a while, what will become
of the band's gypsy fans, many of whom first followed
the Grateful Dead?" Newsweek
Maybe they would make good
spiritual aspirants... well,
except for that aspirant part. Maybe 'spiritual
respirant' would be more appropriate...
from Daily Dharma list
"One of the Buddha's monks, Purma, wanted to teach
meditation to the Western Suner, a wild and dangerous
people. The Buddha thought such an idea was overzealous,
but tested Purma.
'But, Purma, these are violent, cruel, and furious
people. When they get angry and curse you, what will you
'I shall think they are basically kind and good although
they address me with insults. And at least they don't
beat me or stone me.'
'But suppose they do beat you and hit you with stones,
what will you think?'
'I shall think they are kind and good since at least
they are not using clubs and swords.'
'But suppose they do attack you with clubs and swords.'
'I shall still think they are kind and good for
delivering me from this unfortunate body.'
'Oh, very well, very well, Purma. With such perfect and
saintly patience as all that you may certainly go and
live among these violent people. Go, Purma-who knows,
you may be able to deliver some and show them the way to
freedom.'" ~Majjhima Nikaya
From the book, "The Pocket Buddha Reader,"
ed. by Anne Bancroft, published by Shambhala.
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