Michael Sternbach

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  1. simplify

  2. John Chang - Jesus

    Hey Edward I always loved this song... Decided I want to share it with you... Cheers Michael
  3. Sumer: the "black-headed" vs. the "red-faced"

    I guess he meant Age of Taurus. (Both of these animals have horns.)
  4. Where is Jeff? I would like to contact him

    Well, this warrants a clarification, though. When I first met Jeff in the chat room we had at the time (as so many of us did), I sensed the considerable energies he was creating (or "channeling") with the kind of remote practice he offered. I was curious and agreed to do some experimentation on certain occasions. I found it worthwhile and even helpful in some regards. It did not involve any of the sexual practices that others mentioned. I am sure that Jeff knew my respective boundaries and respected them without question. In fact, it was my experience that with any suggestion to take one of those sessions into a certain direction, he first asked back if I was comfortable with it. It was only when I had become a moderator that I got involved with the more problematic aspects of Jeff's interaction with others. Most of all, as you reached out to me for help with the difficulty it had caused you. So I started taking a closer look at the issue and understood how some of Jeff's practices could lead to a place of difficulty for some people. This had to do with the sensitive matter of working with sexual energies in that particular framework and also with the discomfort that psychic energies even of a basically beneficial kind can cause in certain individuals especially as they may bring suppressed issues to the fore. Consequently, I did discuss these topics with Jeff on some occasions. Is that pot calling kettle black? I don't think so. And I certainly never participated in the kind of shit storm that any mention of Jeff now invokes on this forum. He has been banned - and even stopped being a contributing member well before that. The ongoing ridicule and hostility directed at him is therefore beyond me. It is sad to see especially individuals that consider themselves "cultivators" engaging in that kind of imprudent and uncompassionate activity.
  5. Where is Jeff? I would like to contact him

    Exactly. And Jeff has been the kettle to many a pot.
  6. Where is Jeff? I would like to contact him

    This is about projecting one's own shadow (to use a Jungian term) onto another individual. It is an observation and advice regarding a trait of human nature in general.
  7. Where is Jeff? I would like to contact him

    Still not done bashing Jeff? You guys are pathetic...
  8. Mahayana vs Theravada

    "Samkhya (Sanskrit: सांख्य, IAST: sāṃkhya) is one of the six āstika schools of Hindu philosophy.[1][2][3] It is most related to the Yoga school of Hinduism, and it was influential on other schools of Indian philosophy.[4]" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samkhya
  9. Mahayana vs Theravada

    How about the story then that Gautama - after having left the comfort of his parental palace - knocked around with a group of Hindu based yoga practitioners first? Whose ascetic practices he eventually abandoned in favour of his famous 'Middle Way'? Which occurred to him after he had helped himself to a little bit of food, whereupon he took the first glance at Enlightenment... In my book, that story has always been pretty much at the core of what Buddhism stands for. Or is all of that wrong as well in your esteemed opinion? You cocky cat?
  10. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 5

    Interesting that you see that essentially Hermetic axiom in this text. Care to elaborate?
  11. Mahayana vs Theravada

    Au contraire, monsieur! IMO, it's more like Buddhism - as a new born religion struggling to take root - initially differentiated itself especially from its Hindu forerunner by emphasizing such revolutionary features as not worshipping any deities, denying the existence of the self etc. However, some of those missing aspects were reintroduced at different times and in various cultural contexts, although (as typically happens in such cases) in disguised form.
  12. Mahayana vs Theravada

  13. Mahayana vs Theravada

    I would agree to 'legacy'. Scientific thinking (of the kind we would recognize as such) was introduced in ancient Greece by 'master minds' like Plato and Aristotle and was passed on to Christian culture especially by Church fathers such as Augustinus and Thomas Aquinas. That said, science's prehistory is inextricably interwoven also with Hermetism - many of its pioneers (like Kepler, Newton, and indeed even Boyle) clearly subscribed to the Hermetic view of the Universe. Notwithstanding the regretable fact that modern researchers have officially abandoned that view ever since the scientific revolution. Good for you!
  14. Mahayana vs Theravada

    The way bodhisattvas such as Avalokitesvara/Guanyin/Chenrezig are being revered is Deism through the back door to me. And it is not purely a Mahayana thing either; e.g. Vajrapani is mentioned already in the Pali canon. This is somehow reminiscent of the way the (allegedly) monotheistic Abrahamic religions in fact established a whole pantheon by introducing an extensive system of angels and sages. Which in the case of Christianity the Protestants took offence at, of course, which curiously brings us back to the OP... Thus the distinction between monotheistic, polytheistic and indeed (in the case of Buddhism) a-theistic religions is more due to semantics (as seen from my perspective).
  15. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 5

    Yes, I agree to your interpretation. The sage is im-partial because (s)he is looking at the whole - i.e. the bigger picture. Whereas the average person is often focussing just on this or that aspect of a given situation. That's why the actions of the sage are not always easy for them to understand. By the same token, the average person is easily being manipulated by purposeful magnification of a particular aspect. This is especially true where strong emotions are involved. BTW, it's nice to see some Daoist text discussion (here and in another thread) again!