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#2925 - Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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It is raining...
I remember when time stood still
a momentary lapse of reality as
it fell into a world that would yet
when fear triumphs
and joins the forces of darkness
as it overcomes
6 years have come and gone
we all remember the moment
we were awakened from our Americana Dreams
we are barters and traders by nature it seems,
we continue to give away our inalienable rights
for that sense of innocence we wore
on our faces on September 10th
before we joined the world
not as ambassadors of good will
or even our "ugly American" persona,
we have become victims of our own arrogance
that somehow we are exempt
from any harm but of our own making.
I weep for us all this day. It is raining.
|SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 10, 2007
Both President Bush and al-Qaeda share the same
understanding of good and evil, which includes the need
for a holy war to destroy evil. Unfortunately, one of the
causes of evil in the world has been human attempts to
eradicate evil or what is viewed as evil.
David Loy, the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion &
Society at Xavier University, Cincinnati, will explore
the problems in defining evil in a presentation titled
The Nonduality of Good and Evil: Reflections on the
New Holy War. The event takes place at 4:30
p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, in Chapman Auditorium and is
free and open to the public.
According to Loy, classic Western examples of identifying evil include anti-Semitism, and, more recently, Islamophobia. Loy will suggest that instead of drawing a sharp duality between what is good and evil, a new model should be developed that distinguishes between two different and diverse modes of being in the world.
Loys presentation is part of Trinity Universitys Difficult Dialogues initiative. For the rest of the fall semester, Trinity will host other events to examine the issue of Islamophobia. Funding for Difficult Dialogues initiative is provided by the Ford Foundation.
For more information, contact Ruqayya Khan, associate professor of religion, at 210-999-8428.
Contact Information: Russell Guerrero
Dear Friends, The Fall issue of William Samuel's Child Within Journals are now available on line..... You can read them at www.williamsamuel.com Any questions or comments or if need anything, please feel free to call or email me, Sandy Jones And then this little item from one of Bill's books sort of jumped up and begged to be sent along with this email. Seemed like a little Sunday Morning Light for us all......I hope you like it.
Page 188 A Guide To Awareness And Tranquillity By William Samuel
Were does misery come from?
Nearly always, a miserable experience arises from the evaluation of things, but the equanimity everyone wants resides beyond things with the Realand the Real is That which is being this consciousness of things.
For a time one seems bound to the belief that his misery is out there, even while his agony is the awful feeling of fear and foreboding within. One may believe an errant member of a family is the cause the agony, but it the agony of that belief which is felt within as a disturbance of ones equanimity. To eliminate the agony, for the past ten thousand years we have been doing everything possible to change the suspected cause of it out there with the husband, daughter, business or something else. We have believed that if we could see an external situation change, automatically we would feel the restoration of some degree of equanimity; and we did, perhaps, for short time, until something else out there failed to gee-haw.
Now listen: This procedure puts us and
leaves us at the mercy of thing! This makes
the feeling within tributary to
appearances without. This is self-imposed slavery.
We have been told that Heaven, Tranquillity, is within. Heaven is opinionless, desireless Awareness. As long as we look to people, things, or conditions for happiness, we are making heaven tributary to the object of perception. One who stands identified as tranquil Awareness itself finds people, things and conditions tributary to his harmonious Identity.
Tranquility is our Identity. We are not another identity attempting to experience the absence of desire. If we believe we find happiness and harmony, then we must believe we can lose them. In addition, we must believe they are absent (or can be) at the moment. We can no more be absent from Identity then light can be absent. Much Love and Light to Everyone! Sandy
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