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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Glory in the Highest, Part One

By Rob Brezsny

The following is the first few paragraphs of an article from the revised and expanded edition of Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, recently released by North Atlantic Books.

Thousands of things go right for you every day, beginning the moment you wake up. Through some magic you don't fully understand, you're still breathing and your heart is beating, even though you've been unconscious for many hours. The air is a mix of gases that's just right for your body's needs, as it was before you fell asleep.

You can see! Light of many colors floods into your eyes, registered by nerves that took God or evolution or some process millions of years to perfect. The interesting gift of these vivid hues is made possible by an unimaginably immense globe of fire, the sun, which continually detonates nuclear reactions in order to convert its own body into light and heat and energy for your personal use.

You can't live without the sun's inexhaustible flood of unconditional love. Every move you make depends on it. Luckily, it never fails you.

Did you know that your personal star is located at the precise distance from you to be of consummate service? If it were any closer, you'd fry, and if it were any farther away, you'd freeze. Is that just a happy accident? Or is it a sign of favor-a big, broad hint, from a cosmic intelligence that adores you?

Of the many things that have gone right for you during your time on Earth, the most crucial was your birth. As you crossed over the threshold, trading the warm dark sanctuary for the bright noisy enigma, you didn't die! It was a difficult act of high magic that involved many people who worked very hard in your behalf. The skills they provided in helping you navigate your rite of passage were in turn made possible by previous generations of threshold-tenders who bequeathed their expertise.

Months before that initiation, a more secret miracle bloomed: Your life began as a single cell, spawned by the explosive fusion of two highly specialized bundles of chromosomes. How could that tiny package of raw material have possibly grown a brain and liver and heart and stomach over a period of a few months? What inscrutable genius guided and oversaw the emergence of your fully formed infant body, that virtuoso creation, from the slimmest of clues?

"Something unknown is doing we don't know what," said astrophysicist Arthur Eddington about the universe. And we are the beneficiaries.

P.S. You have continued to grow since your birth, with millions of new cells continually blooming to replace the old ones that are always dying. At this moment, you're host to about 50 trillion cells, and each of them is really a sentient being in its own right. They all act together as a community, implementing the monumental collaboration you call your body.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.realitysandwich.com/glory_highest_part_one

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Truth

Source: http://newearthsummit.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=a056e0c5e92bd39f41ced41547e0059c&topic=1019.msg4385#new

I recently received an email from a group whose stated purpose was seeking truth about life and death but they wanted it to be provable and based upon rationalistic “reason”. Of those they link to are a number of dark force aligned interests that are about furthering separation of humanity from True Self and The Creator of All/God/etc. and in emphasizing the primacy of the individual self.

This same evening I saw a broadcast television program that was essentially a promotional piece for a new book by a popular author named Dan Brown. His specialty is to supply adventure-mystery stories to feed public intrigue with the secrets behind secret cabals. What Brown really does is to disclose inconsequential information to a na├»ve public while helping to conceal the deeper and darker truths of those he purports to expose. I also was sent something about a “declaration for an integral world” that is closely aligned with a panoply of new age, new world order, eclectism that are without real spiritual connection and that promote the primacy of the individual above all else.

I mention these items here under “Truth” because what is most missing from all of the above is connection to higher spiritual existence and The Creator of All/God/etc. The recent Dan Brown book is essentially a public relations piece for “Freemasonry” and its emphasis on the freedom of the individual, etc. –one deliberately devoid of connection to Creator/God/etc. In this context of separation, there is the imperative of humans becoming gods, but devoid of any true spiritual Light. In other words, false ascension.

If the embodied forces of darkness wish to succeed, they will most likely do so by donning the mask of an eclectic “new age”, “integralism” that makes the individual self primary, along with the power of humanity to be embraced by a false oneness, under the control of dark forces. This has already been successfully used under the broad heading of a “common enemy” of global warming or climate change. This false “oneness” is also being prepared as part of a larger package that presents an “alien threat”. Whether the “alien threat” card will be played remains to be seen. This latter point is discussed further in a special essay in the concluding material to Global Awakening News titled “ET”.

From my comments to the “truth” group: …desire for the real “Truth” is good. We all can and will "really know Truth", even beyond what globally acknowledged sages such as Jesus, Buddha, etc. spoke of. Their words at the time were vectors for a higher level transmission to those around them who could pay attention in that way. Over time, those word-vectors became garbled through many interpretations and translations by humans projecting themselves over this work. High intention and high listening is one way around this difficulty.

Without spiritual wisdom, the human rational mind cannot properly discern truth from falsehood….

That which calls itself humanity is now in the early stages of "dying to death itself" and "dying to the old while still embodied".

Some refer to this as ascension and transformation. It is about experiencing "Truth and Beauty" from ones higher self perspective which in turn helps to heal the personality or ego self. From this the personality or ego-self can relax its grip on a illusory reality that is dissolving and find proper connection with True Self.

Truth is proven to each through a vast inner spiritual realization that, despite outward appearances, nearly everyone can experience. First they need to turn their intention and attention to their own higher soul being and to The Creator of All/ God/ etc. Until that happens, Truth will remain elusive and poor substitutes will continue to be proferred instead.

As it unfolds at first, it can be very disturbing to some.

There is no need for any external authorities or external proofs once this inner realization begins. External authorities, even those rare few who speak proximations of Truth, are external distractions to this process.

Humans have achieved very little by way of "verified" absolute truths. 99% of what passes as the accomplishment of this civilization is based upon the application of some basic principles and the systematic enslavement of whole peoples and planet by forces mostly unknown to most. Take any major events of global significance. Consider the events of Sept 11 2001. There are those who believe the official stories and there are those who do not. Of those who do not, there are many differences. Even if someone were to know exactly who did what and when, the bigger question remains, what does this event truly mean? If or when humans come to believe the extent to which this was an "insider job" and that the official stories are all lies with made-up stories about heroic air passengers, the pentagon, the WTC, etc., etc. Where is real Truth in all this? How is it possible that there are humans of such dark motivations to do all these things. How is it possible that so many people would so readily believe the lies they were told about these events? How is it possible that 65% of adults in the USA support the current state of war? What is the greater truth about the ignorance and somnambulance of so many people today? Consider the greater truths about the true nature of the global wars of the last 100 years. What if people really knew "the facts"? Even if they did, where is the spiritual Truth to all this?

Fortunately, this is now all coming to an end.

All that humans can externally verify is that they can find ways to maintain agreement of the nature of a reality that fundamentally is a projection. Once one can truly see that, then one can then see beyond appearances. Once spiritually so informed, much more can be accomplished that is "True" at its very nature.

There are other ways to "make things" than by the violence of human technology. People think that the "science" and practice of stone or metal work is advanced today, but it is very crude and violent in comparison with a spiritual consciousness that can speak to the energy and consciousness that constitutes “matter”.

So if one really wants to know Truth, then this is a path to ascension, nothing less.

-ASK

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Osho's Message for Humanity

Osho, what is your message to humanity on this new year's day?
My message is simple. My message is a new man, homo novus. The old concept of man was of either/or; materialist or spiritualist, moral or immoral, sinner or saint. It was based on division, split. It created a schizophrenic humanity. The whole past of humanity has been sick, unhealthy, insane. In three thousand years, five thousand wars have been fought. This is just utterly mad; it is unbelievable. It is stupid, unintelligent, inhuman.


Once you divide man in two, you create misery and hell for him. He can never be healthy and can never be whole, the other half that has been denied will go on taking revenge. It will go on finding ways and means to overcome the part that you have imposed upon yourself. You will become a battle-ground, a civil war. That's what has been the case in the past.


In the past we were not able to create real human beings, but humanoids. A humanoid is one who looks like a human being but is utterly crippled, paralysed. He has not been allowed to bloom in his totality. He is half, and because he is half he is always in anguish and tension; he cannot celebrate. Only a whole man can celebrate. Celebration is the fragrance of being whole.


Only a tree that has lived wholly will flower. Man has not flowered yet.


The past has been very dark and dismal. It has been a dark night of the soul. And because it was repressive, it was bound to become aggressive. If something is repressed, man becomes aggressive, he loses all soft qualities. It was always so up to now. We have come to a point where the old has to be dropped and the new has to be heralded.


The new man will not be either/or; he will be both/and. The new man will be earthy and divine, worldly and other-worldly. The new man will accept his totality and he will live it without any inner division, he will not be split. His god will not be opposed to the devil, his morality will not be opposed to immorality; he will know no opposition. He will transcend duality, he will not be schizophrenic. With the new man there will come a new world, because the new man will perceive in a qualitatively different way and he will live a totally different life which has not been lived yet. He will be a mystic, a poet, a scientist, all together. He will not choose: he will be choicelessly himself.


That's what I teach: homo novus, a new man, not a humanoid. The humanoid is not a natural phenomenon. The humanoid is created by the society -- by the priest, the politician, the pedagogue. The humanoid is created, it is manufactured. Each child comes as a human being: total, whole, alive, without any split. Immediately the society starts suffocating him, stifling him, cutting him into fragments, telling him what to do and what not to do, what to be and what not to be. His wholeness is soon lost. He becomes guilty about his whole being. He denies much that is natural, and in that very denial he becomes uncreative. Now he will be only a fragment, and a fragment cannot dance, a fragment cannot sing, and a fragment is always suicidal because the fragment cannot know what life is. The humanoid cannot will on his own. Others have been willing for him -- his parents, the teachers, the leaders, the priests; they have taken all his willing. They will, they order; he simply follows. The humanoid is a slave.


I teach freedom. Now man has to destroy all kinds of bondages and he has to come out of all prisons -- no more slavery. Man has to become individual. He has to become rebellious. And whenever a man has become rebellious.... Once in a while a few people have escaped from the tyranny of the past, but only once in a while -- a Jesus here and there, a Buddha here and there. They are exceptions. And even these people, Buddha and Jesus, could not live totally. They tried, but the whole society was against it.


My concept of the new man is that he will be Zorba the Greek and he will also be Gautam the Buddha: the new man will be Zorba the Buddha. He will be sensuous and spiritual, physical, utterly physical, in the body, in the senses, enjoying the body and all that the body makes possible, and still a great consciousness, a great witnessing will be there. He will be Christ and Epicurus together.


The old man's ideal was renunciation; the new man's ideal will be rejoicing. And this new man is coming every day, he is arriving every day. People have not yet become aware of him. In fact he has already dawned. The old is dying, the old is on its death-bed. I don't mourn for it and I say please don't mourn for it. It is good that it dies, because out of its death the new will assert. The death of the old will be the beginning of the new. The new can come only when the old has died utterly.


Help the old to die and help the new to be born! And remember, the old has all the respectability, the whole past will be in his support; and the new will be a very strange phenomenon. The new will be so new that he will not be respected. Every effort will be made to destroy the new. The new cannot be respectable, but with the new is the future of the whole of humanity. The new has to be brought in.


My work consists in creating a Buddhafield, an energy-field, where the new can be born. I am only a midwife helping the new to come into a world which will not be accepting of it. The new will need much support from those who understand, from those who want some revolution to happen. And the time is ripe, it has never been so ripe. The time is right, it has never been so right. The new can assert itself, the break-through has become possible.


The old is so rotten that even with all support it cannot survive; it is doomed! We can delay, we can go on worshipping the old; that will be just delaying the process. The new has to come: at the most, we can help it to come sooner, or we can hinder it and delay its coming. It is good to help it. If it comes sooner, humanity can still have a future, and a great future: a future of freedom, a future of love, a future of joy.


I teach a new religion. This religion will not be Christianity and will not be Judaism and will not be Hinduism. This religion will not have any adjective to it. This religion will be purely a religious quality of being whole.


My sannyasins have to become the first rays of the sun that is going to come on the horizon. It is a tremendous task, it is an almost impossible task, but because it is impossible it is going to seduce all those who have any soul left in them. It is going to create a great longing in all those people who have some adventure hidden in their beings, who are courageous, brave, because it is really going to create a brave new world.


I talk of Buddha, I talk of Christ, I talk of Krishna, I talk of Zarathustra, so that all that is best and all that is good in the past can be preserved. But these are only a few exceptions. The whole humanity has lived in great slavery, chained, split, insane.


I say my message is simple, but it will be very hard, difficult, to make it happen. But the harder, the more impossible, it is, the greater is the challenge. And the time is right because religion has failed. science has failed. The time is right because the East has failed, the West has failed. Something of a higher synthesis is needed in which East and West can have a meeting, in which religion and science can have a meeting.


Religion failed because it was other-worldly and it neglected this world. And you cannot neglect this world; to neglect this world is to neglect your own roots. Science has failed because it neglected the other world, the inner, and you cannot neglect the flowers. Once you neglect the flowers, the innermost core of being, life loses all meaning. The tree needs roots, so man needs roots, and the roots can only be in the earth. The tree needs an open sky to grow, to come to a great foliage and to have thousands of flowers. Then only is the tree fulfilled, then only does the tree feel significance and meaning and life becomes relevant.


Man is a tree. Religion has failed because it is talking only of the flowers. Those flowers remain philosophical, abstract; they never materialise. They could not materialise because they were not supported by the earth. And science has failed because it cares only about the roots. The roots are ugly and there seems to be no flowering.


The West is suffering from too much science; the East has suffered from too much religion. Now we need a new humanity in which religion and science become two aspects of one man. And the bridge is going to be art. That's why I say that the new man will be a mystic, a poet and a scientist.


Between science and religion only art can be the bridge -- poetry, music, sculpture. Once we have brought this new man into existence, the earth can become for the first time what it is meant to become. It can become a paradise: this very body the Buddha, this very earth the paradise!

Osho, from: "Zorba The Buddha"
(copyright on Osho's talks is claimed by Osho Foundation International)
 

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