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Taoism means Zorba and Buddha

August 29, 2005

Buddha is not only conceivable in Japan, a Buddhist country, Buddha will be conceivable anywhere, even though the countries are not Buddhist. Perhaps Buddha is the only human being in the whole history who is loved, respected by ALL, not only by Buddhists. On the other hand, Zorba is inconceivable in every old culture, civilization, religion, because they all have condemned materialism and they all have raised spiritualism to its ultimate height. They have created a duality between matter and spirit, between the mundane and the sacred. Zorba represents all that has been condemned for centuries upon centuries by all the religions. Buddha is loved certainly by Buddhists, but respected by non-Buddhists, too. He represents something of the purity of the highest conceivable spirituality. That’s why I say the question is significant. Taoism is to bring Zorba and Buddha closer and closer — so close that both can exist in one human being without any contradiction, as complementaries, helping each other, not fighting with each other. Separately, both are missing much. Buddha is absolutely bloodless, just a skeleton, because he has denied everything that life is. Life is love, life is laughter. Buddha has denied everything. He is just a skeleton. Zorba is full of life, love, laughter. Eat, drink, and be merry is his whole religion. He does not know anything beyond eat, drink, and be merry. He does not know … he has no question or curiosity about something that is higher — higher than the alcohol, higher than the woman or man, higher than this world, the visible world, the tangible world. Zorba has no quest; he is perfectly happy drinking, dancing, enjoying. Buddha is missing the blood, the life, the love, the joy, the celebration. Buddha cannot dance. It will be simply inconceivable, Buddha dancing. Zorba cannot sit silently and meditate. That, too, is as inconceivable as Buddha dancing. Zorba is dancing, singing, drinking. He is making love to any woman, who by chance meets him. Zorba represents the materialist in its best form. Buddha represents the spiritualist in its best form. but you are both, spirit and body. Existence is both, matter and consciousness. Therefore spiritualists have been denying the very base of the temple. They accept the temple but they deny the foundation of the temple, and without the foundation, no temple can stand. That’s why religions have failed. Gautam the Buddha has failed, for the simple reason that he was trying to make a temple without any foundations going down into the earth. He was trying to grow roses, but he was not ready to accept the roots under the ground which life in darkness and, of course, are not as beautiful as the roses. But neither the roses can exist without the roots, nor the roots can afford to exist without the flowers. The roots without the flowers will be barren, and the flowers without the roots can only be of plastic. so all the religions of the past have created a plastic humanity.

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Laughter can open a door to the ultimate

August 27, 2005

Meditation is inner comfort, and comfort is outer meditation. Let them become one. A man perfectly fulfilled outside and perfectly fulfilled inside will be the total man, and less than the total man is not going to be of much help for more evolution of humanity.
But laughter is in some way unique; when you laugh, you are also total in it. A laughter which is not total will be phony, a pretension, just a performance. So when you laugh, you also laugh totally. That is the only act you do totally — so you know that laughter is total.
You cannot laugh partially. Try, and you will fail. You can laugh only totally. That is a unique quality about laughter. That’s why it can be a meditation — because of its unique quality: in laughter you are total without anyone saying to you, “Be total.”
You can cry without being total. Tears can come to your eyes without being total, but a full laugh… for a moment you forget to be partial. The laughter takes you completely, all over. It is not only that you are laughing, you become the laughter.
Laughter certainly is very special. Your whole body laughs. Each atom, each cell of your body laughs, participates in it.
Taoism has always been against seriousness. Seriousness can never be total. It is always partial, the very other extreme of laughter. It goes on becoming narrower and narrower and narrower. The more serious you are, the more narrow you become. The more you go towards laughter, the more wide and the more open, the more vulnerable, the more total, you become.
Laughter has something religious.
Seriousness is sick and irreligious.
So remember that whenever you feel something in taoism, try to find out… There must be some parallel in your experience; that’s why you are coming to a certain conclusion.
If people could laugh totally every day for at least one hour, without any reason, they would not need any other meditation. That would be enough, because while you are laughing you cannot think. While you are laughing you cannot be in the past, you cannot be in the future: you have to be here now. Laughter can open a door to the ultimate.

Kabirs poem

August 23, 2005

FRIEND, WAKE UP! WHY DO YOU GO ON SLEEPING? THE NIGHT IS OVER — DO YOU WANT TO LOSE THE DAY THE SAME WAY? OTHER WOMEN WHO MANAGED TO GET UP EARLY HAVE ALREADY FOUND AN ELEPHANT OR A JEWEL…. SO MUCH WAS LOST ALREADY WHILE YOU SLEPT… AND THAT WAS SO UNNECESSARY!
THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU UNDERSTOOD BUT YOU DID NOT. YOU FORGOT TO MAKE A PLACE IN YOUR BED NEXT TO YOU. INSTEAD YOU SPENT YOUR LIFE PLAYING. IN YOUR TWENTIES YOU DID NOT GROW BECAUSE YOU DID NOT KNOW WHO YOUR LORD WAS. WAKE UP! WAKE UP! THERE’S NO ONE IN YOUR BED — HE LEFT YOU DURING THE LONG NIGHT.
Kabir says: THE ONLY WOMAN AWAKE IS THE WOMAN WHO HAS HEARD THE FLUTE!
I PLAYED FOR TEN YEARS WITH THE GIRLS MY OWN AGE BUT NOW I AM SUDDENLY IN FEAR. I AM ON THE WAY UP SOME STAIRS — THEY ARE HIGH. YET I HAVE TO GIVE UP MY FEARS IF I WANT TO TAKE PART IN THIS LOVE.
I HAVE TO LET GO THE PROTECTIVE CLOTHES AND MEET HIM WITH THE WHOLE LENGTH OF MY BODY. MY EYES WILL HAVE TO BE THE LOVE-CANDLES THIS TIME.
Kabir says: MEN AND WOMEN IN LOVE WILL UNDERSTAND THIS POEM. IF WHAT YOU FEEL FOR THE HOLY ONE IS NOT DESIRE THEN WHAT’S THE USE OF DRESSING WITH SUCH CARE AND SPENDING SO MUCH TIME MAKING YOUR EYELIDS DARK?
FRIEND WAKE UP! WAKE UP!
This poem will not be understood by the scholars, by the pundits, by the so-called learned people. This poem can be understood only by a loving heart. This poem will be understood by you, my people, because my basic message is love. Love and love and nothing else… because love is enough unto itself.
Kabir says: MEN AND WOMEN IN LOVE WILL UNDERSTAND THIS POEM.
Nobody else will understand it.
IF WHAT YOU FEEL FOR THE HOLY ONE IS NOT DESIRE THEN WHAT IS THE USE OF DRESSING WITH SUCH CARE AND SPENDING SO MUCH TIME MAKING YOUR EYELIDS DARK?
PEOPLE GO TO THE TEMPLES, and the mosques, and the Churches and the gurudwaras — for what? And you are not in love with God! It is so stupid. You need not waste your time in the temples and the churches if you are not in love. Then why go on…
… DRESSING WITH SUCH CARE AND SPENDING SO MUCH TIME MAKING YOUR EYELIDS DARK?
If you are NOT in love, then why go on doing these empty rituals? Do something else! Do something else that you love. Don’t waste your time in the name of religion, because religion is possible only if you are in love. In a deep, intense love, only then is your prayer true. And then whatsoever you say has a sacred quality to it. You need not go to the temples then — wherever you sit will be the temple. You need not do rituals: worshipping God with flowers and candles and this and that — whatsoever you do will be your prayer.
Kabir says in another poem: I don’t go to the temple, because wherever I sit I find him present all around me. He cannot be in the temples more — he is not more and less and where: he is exactly the same everywhere.
Kabir says: I don’t go with special food to offer to God — when I eat, that is my offering to God. See the beauty of his statement. He says: When I eat, that is my offering to him — because HE is inside me. Why should I go to a stone statue which cannot eat at all. If I have more food, I invite friends And when they eat, I know he has accepted my offerings. Religion is not ritual, religion has nothing to do with formalities — with Christianity, Hinduism, Islam. Religion is an individual love affair. Be in love with people, be in love with the world, be in love with trees and birds and animals and stars — BE IN LOVE! And slowly slowly, your love will bun candles in your eyes and you will be able to see him. He is present, but you are blind. He is playing on his flute, but you are deaf.
FRIEND, WAKE UP

Tao Te Ching

August 23, 2005

The Tao is like an empty container:
it can never be emptied and can never be filled.
Infinitely deep, it is the source of all things.
It dulls the sharp, unties the knotted,
shades the lighted, and unites all of creation with dust.

It is hidden but always present.
I don’t know who gave birth to it .
It is older than the concept of God.

Five colors blind the eye.
Five notes deafen the ear.
Five flavors makes the palate go stale.
Too much activity deranges the mind.
Too much wealth causes crime.

The Master acts on what she feels and not what she sees.
She shuns the latter, and prefers to seek the former.

Without opening your door,
you can know the whole world.
Without looking out your window,
you can understand the way of the Tao.

The more knowledge you seek,
the less you will understand.

The Master understands without leaving,
sees clearly without looking,
accomplishes much without doing anything.

I am already headless

August 21, 2005

Whenever one is rooted in the deepest core of his being, which is one, then there is no flaw. You cannot penetrate such a man. Swords cannot go into him, fire cannot burn him. How can you destroy the ultimate? You can destroy the momentary, how can you destroy the ultimate? You can destroy the wave, how can you destroy the ocean? You can destroy the individual, but you cannot destroy the soul. The form can be killed, but the formless…? How will you kill the formless? Where will you find the sword that can kill the formless? Krishna said in the Gita, “nainam chhedanti sashtrani — no sword can kill it, no fire can burn it.” Not that if you go and kill Chuang Tzu you will not be able to kill him. You will be able to kill the form, but the form is not Chuang Tzu — and he will laugh. It happened that Alexander was returning from India when suddenly he remembered Aristotle, his teacher, one of the greatest logicians. Aristotle is the original source of all Western stupidity, he is the father. He created the logical mind. He created analysis, he created the method of dissection, he created the ego and the individual, and he was the teacher of Alexander. He had told Alexander to bring a Hindu mystic, a sannyasin, when he came back, because polar opposites are always interesting. He must have been deeply interested to know what this Hindu mystic is. What type of man can he be who lives beyond logic, who says there is only one not two, who joins all the contradictions and paradoxes, whose whole attitude is of synthesis, not of analysis? A man who never believes in the part, who always believes in the whole, what type of man can he be? So he told Alexander, “When you come back, bring with you a Hindu mystic, a sannyasin. I would like to see one. A man who lives beyond mind and says that there is something beyond mind, is a rare phenomenon.” And Aristotle never believed that there could be anything beyond mind; for him mind was all. When Alexander was returning, he suddenly remembered. So he asked his soldiers to go and find a great Hindu mystic, a great sannyasin, a saint, a sage. They inquired in the town and were told, “Yes. On the bank of the river a naked man stands. For years he has been standing there, and we think he is a mystic. We cannot be certain be-cause he never speaks much, and we cannot be certain because we don’t understand him much. What he says seems to be very illogical. Maybe it is true, maybe it is not true.” Alexander said, “This is the right man. My master, who has created logic, would like to see this illogical man. Go and tell him that Alexander invites him.” The soldiers went and they told this naked man that Alexander the Great invites him; he would be a royal guest, every comfort and convenience would be given to him, so he shouldn’t worry. The man started laughing and said, “The man who calls himself The Great, is a fool. Go and tell him I don’t keep company with fools. That is why I have been standing here alone for many years. If I want to keep company with fools, do you think that India has less than his country? The town is full of them.” They were very disturbed, those soldiers, but they had to report back. Alexander asked what the man had said — Dandami was the name of this man. Alexander in his reports has used the name Dandamas. When he heard Alexander felt annoyed, but this was the last village on the border and soon he would be out of India, so he said, “It is best that I go and see what type of man this is.” He may have remembered Diogenes — maybe this man was the same type, standing naked near a river. The same thing happened with Diogenes. He also laughed and thought Alexander a fool. So Alexander approached Dandami with a naked sword and said, “Follow me, or I will cut your head off immediately. I don’t believe in discussion, I believe in orders.” The man laughed and said, “Cut it off — don’t wait! The head that you will be cutting off, I have cut it off long ago. This is nothing new, I am already headless. Cut it off, and I tell you, that when the head falls down onto the earth you will see it fall and I will also see it fall, because I am not the head.

The weakest animal on the earth

August 13, 2005

If all birds and all animals and all trees simply decide one day, “It is enough, now get rid of these people,” man cannot survive, there is no way. All your armies will be useless, all your arms will be useless, all your nuclear weapons will be useless-and then you will understand how weak you are.
You have forgotten your weakness because of all these things. But think of the man in the beginning, when there was nothing, and he felt himself absolutely weak. lust think of before even fire was invented. What was the situation of man? The weakest animal on the earth.
Fire is perhaps the greatest discovery of man, not nuclear weapons, because it was fire that gave man tremendous courage. Then in the night he could make a bonfire and sleep around it; and the animals were afraid of fire so they would not come. Otherwise sleep was impossible — if you slept you were finished; any animal could take you away. The whole day you are hunting, and in the night you cannot sleep. In the day you can somehow survive — you can go up a tree, you can hide in a cave — but in the night, when you are asleep, what can you do? And the animals of those days are no longer here — only a few specimens like the elephant, which is not that huge. There were animals ten times more huge than the elephant. For example, the crocodile — there were crocodiles that were many times bigger, which are no longer here. They did not need to chew you if they ate you, they simply swallowed you, they were such big animals. You simply slipped down their throat — and gone! — there was no eating or anything. With these animals, with all the darkness, the people who invented God must have done a service in the beginning. They gave courage. They said, “Don’t be afraid. All that you have to do is to be prayerful, faithful.” Certainly they took a certain amount of commission, and it was not bad, because business is business. They were giving you so much, and if you gave a little bit to those people, you should not be grumpy about it. So a little bit was given to the priest and the priest gave you the confidence and an omnipotent God — omniscient, omnipresent — and you began to start feeling at ease in the world. The priest gave you the idea: “God has created man in His own image, so don’t be afraid…. You are His special creation. All these animals He has created for you, all these trees He has created for you.” That’s the Mohammedan logic still. You cannot talk about vegetarian food because they say, “Why did God create the animals then? The Koran says that God created the animals to eat. When the holy book says that the animals are created to be eaten, how can it be a sin or anything wrong?” The priest made man, at least in his mind, stronger. Of course they exploited him, and slowly, slowly, there were many more psychological needs.

Argentina’s cattle mutilations

August 9, 2005

The idea was that the cows had died of natural causes – brought on by a particularly harsh winter – and were pecked at by hungry scavengers, who relish eyeballs, udders and other dangling parts. Then the mice appear, and, with their long, rodent incisors, neatly snip away at the dead animals’ flesh, creating the seemingly mysterious incisions. But: „At what medical school did the mice study the art of making such perfect geometric incisions? Where did they find the instruments needed to cauterize wounds?”, Vets concurred. “When animals eat, they rip, they tear. They don’t cut,” said Alberto Pariani, of the University of La Pampa. “Everyone who has worked on the ranch says the same thing: No animal can do this.” Mice or no mice, the mutilations continued unabated, if anything increasing in their intensity. Perhaps the most bizarre case took place on the very day that the SENASA report was released, 28 June. In a field near Suco, west of Rio Cuarto in the San Luis province, 19 cows were found literally stuffed into a sheet metal water tank, closed with a conical cap. Nine were dead, drowned in the water, the rest barely alive, having endured near freezing temperatures, not to mention the shock of their lives. This baffling discovery was followed two days later with the discovery of a classic mute in the next field, this time a pregnant cow whose calf somehow survived. Was someone trying to tell SENASA something? The killings, and the speculation as to their cause, continue, with many of the usual suspects raising their ugly heads: aliens, el chupacabras, Satanists, rival ranchers, the government. Tales are circulating in La Pampa of US scientists and soldiers arriving in the region in large trucks carrying unspecified expensive equipment. That the mutilations should take place during a time of unprecedented economic woes for Argentina just adds to the confusion. When many people are finding it hard to feed themselves, who or what – whether mice or men – would leave the cows’ prime meat untouched and focus on their internal organs and chewy dangly bits? It may be worth noting that the ‘70s mute wave in the USA followed a dramatic rise in beef prices there, but the mutilations are hardly going to instill consumer confidence in an impoverished and hungry nation. Nor is this the first time the mutilators have hit the country – in 1991 a much smaller wave took place on the border with Uruguay to the East, accompanying a spate of UFO sightings. There seems little doubt that many mutilations have gone unreported, nor that many natural deaths have been mixed in with the genuinely mysterious reports. It‘s possible too that copycat killers may have taken up the cause in other parts of the country. And certainly the arrangement of dead animals in geometric shapes, such as circles and triangles – as has been reported – suggests a human mind at work. But the question remains, who, why now and what next?…null

How to access the enormous energies locked inside of the vacuum since the creation of the universe

August 7, 2005

Even if the black budget world has yet to unleash the enormous potential of vacuum energy, there are signs that those in power may have begun to take notice. Dr. Harold Puthoff, a scientist with strong government connections, has previously worked on classified projects for the CIA, is a major proponent of vacuum energy physics. Nick Cook’s book, “The Hunt for Zero Point”, and his recent stories on zero point energy in “Jane’s Defence Weekly” have also brought attention to the dangers and military potential of vacuum research. The American intelligence community financed so-called psychic spies for over twenty years and through four presidential administrations. It is highly unlikely that they would ignore the potential of the quantum vacuum. George Chapline, of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Dr. Jack Sarfatti in San Francisco, have independently proposed that the quantum vacuum may be unstable to the formation of coherent virtual processes. Sarfatti suggests that gravity is an emergent property determined by the physics of the vacuum. His idea is to find a means of directly interacting with the coherent physics of the vacuum that he believes controls the shape of spacetime. Such a possibility would seem to be consistent with the reported success of Evgeny Podkletnov, the Russian scientist experimenting with spinning superconducting disks. Podkletnov’s most recent papers report the appearance of a mysterious coherent beam of “gravity like radiation” with a measured force of 1000 G. In an interview on BBC radio, Nick Cook pointed out one immediate application of the Podkletnov beam – the destruction of missiles and satellites in flight or in orbit around the earth. Cook showed the BBC internal documents from Boeing, the American aerospace contractor, proving their interest in Podkletnov’s research. The connections between Podkletnov’s results, and the kind of vacuum research explored by Sarfatti, beginning in 1999 at Joe Firmages International Space Sciences Organization are the latest threads in a trail that most likely originates in cold war disinformation, a game played by East and West against each other. Glasnost has shifted the balance of partnerships and the positions of the players, but not the stakes of an outcome that would leave the world with ever more prolific and powerful weapons of mass destruction. Although Nick Cook never revealed the identity of his “deep throat” contact called “Dr. Dan Marckus” in the book “The Hunt for Zero Point”, there was no question that the Podkletnov results had played a major part in fitting together the pieces of the puzzle. The interest in Podkletnov’s results exhibited by NASA, Boeing, and others in the international arena of aerospace and military research communities was evidence that there was more here to explore than the latest musings of the intellectual elite. The truth is that a fundamental theory of gravity at the scales of subatomic nuclear physics does not exist. The fact is that no one understands the nature of the gravitational field at very small scales. In fact gravity has barely been probed much below one millimeter. Every attempt to unify the physical theories of gravity with the well-known standard model physics of electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces, has failed. More importantly there has been recent progress in the exotic areas of mainstream research, such as superstring theory, which suggest new kinds of physics which might support explanations for Podkletnov’s “impulse gravity” effect.

ZORBA THE GREEK

August 5, 2005

Nikos Kazantzakis was a very troubled soul — whether to follow his materialist tendencies, which were natural to him, or to follow the ideology that Christianity preaches, which was just a superficial mind thing. He could not follow it; but he could not follow his natural instincts either. He was stuck. And death was approaching closer and closer. Naturally he became obsessed with religion. Religion became the shelter.
Religion has been the shelter of the sick, it has been the shelter of the schizophrenic, it has been the shelter of the perverted — it has been the shelter for all those who are suffering because of it! This is a very strange thing.
First religion makes you feel guilty. That is the basic ground. Once you feel guilty… and how will you feel guilty? If you are split you will feel guilty. Whatever you do does not matter; you will feel guilty. If you follow the mind your whole nature will condemn you. If you follow nature your mind will condemn you. Whatever you do, one thing is certain — you will feel guilty. If you don’t do anything then you will feel doubly guilty.
And once guilt is created in your psychology, religion offers you solace: “Blessed are those who mourn, because they shall be comforted.” First create the mourning and then comfort.
Two brothers had a business. They were partners in it, but their work was different. One brother would go into a city in the night and throw coal tar on people’s doors, walls, glasses, windows; whatever he could manage, he would paint it with coal tar. And next day the other brother would come into the town, shouting loudly, “Does anybody want coal tar removed?” It was a good business! His partner had done the basic groundwork.
Everybody would rush to the man, “Come to our house. All our windows, all our doors are destroyed. Who has done it we don’t know, but that is not the point. Clean it off.”
While he was cleaning in one city, the other brother was doing the basic work in another city. They were partners — whatever the brother got who was cleaning was divided half and half — and they were doing great business.
Religion first creates guilt.
That is absolutely necessary for the existence of religion. A person who is not guilty takes no note of religion.
A man of tao has nothing to do with religion.
It cannot offer him anything.
He doesn’t have any guilt, he has never repented for doing anything.
Whatsoever he has done he has done with his total being. He has not left a small corner in him which was condemning it while he was doing it, because that condemning part will become his guilt.