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  1. An opinion or observation of madness

    If there was no misunderstanding then you are acting out of your own personal bias. What is clear to me is I have offended your sentiments and being a moderator you are leaning hard on me. If you had contacted me in private and simply told me you were offended I would have understood and asked you to remove the post as I was not looking to offend you. Instead you are abusing the authority granted you and displaying a startling lack of balance for one placed in a position of making judgements. Show me in the terms of service where I have committed an infraction and I will readily apologize. I suspect however it does not matter as the rules are not really the issue and you have no intention of letting them guide your moderating. As far as I know there is no such policy defending non forum members, members of the press or politicians. If there were then 3Bob Ralis and quite a few others would have been banned by now. It appears to me that people who share a certain outlook can do what they want with impunity. Shawn who had long ceased being a member of the community arrived one fine day and went to war with anyone who did not share his point of view, as the site owner he can dictate how he wants this place to be, the problem with that is he not only did he offend the far right wing polarized members of this former community but quite a few of us who identify as independent which is where I land in the spectrum. I recognize the owner of this site is far left in his sentiments as he himself stated his position and that this is the way this site is now and I recognize you as being of the same stripe. This community has already lost a great many people and splintered into at least two independent sites due to its extremely polarized stance. The shame of it is, is that which made this site worthwhile was the community it once was and no longer is. That community welcomed and included those of different outlook and there were very good discussions and thought exercises and yes it could go too far but that had more to do with very poor site administration than anything else. What made this site an interesting good community was not the squelching of opposing points of view but the, inclusion of those people whom had a point of view that was different and in the differences learning took place without people of different outlooks there is no community and those splinter sites as well as this one have lost a great deal due to it because they also are missing the people who are here. I submit to you that you are now in the position of moderating an echo chamber. This is the main reason I rarely visit this site anymore, the droning of 5 or 6 people continuously reaffirming what they believe is not of any value. @manitou a quick google search will answer your questions concerning President Trump's achievements. It is clear to me any such discourse is unwelcome here in the echo chamber and I will not engage in it. In fact I suspect that the ban hammer is coming for me, so I ask allow me a little time to collect some private conversations and then go ahead and drop the hammer as I have no intention of ever attempting interaction here again. Congratulations you all just lost another member.
  2. An opinion or observation of madness

    Sorry I do not know what you are referring to. It has been brought to my attention it is thought I was insulting 3Bob. If you will take the time to read that which I quoted you will see I was quoting a post 3Bob was quoting from a news article I too read on the Apple news app. here is the link. Clearly unless 3Bob is the person writing the opinion piece I am not referring to him. I will consider this a misunderstanding on your part and offer understanding of the work you are doing for this site and the times we are living in but I think a warning is unjustified. If you tell me to take it easy on reporters and politicians ok I will. Thank you.
  3. An opinion or observation of madness

    I read this whiners words recently and thought 2 things. #1. After the way the press has mistreated Trump for the last four years, suck it up butter cup ya can sure dish it out but ya sure can't take it. #2. Trump was just a convenient excuse your family they probably can't stand you any better than I can if you act like this in person as you do in writing, they were just looking for a reason to dump you. Trump is an asshole of this their can be no doubt but if anyone went after you ( meaning anyone, but not anyone in specific) the way the left and media has constantly harried and harassed this president it is certain most people would not react showing their best side either. Lol that is assuming he has a best side to begin with. One thing is for certain we certainly found out what his worst side is Still for all that he accomplished a great deal of good economically for the country more so in fact than than any other president in recent decades and his accomplishments are all well documented so there is no need to recount them here where they would be unwelcome anyway. My point is President Trump did a good job as a president in certain areas like the economy but failed in others he is not likeable nor relatable to most anyone even his staunchest supporters always say I just wish he would shut up. For example I think he made huge mistakes in handling the initial outbreak of the pandemic but also doubt any other president could have dealt with it any better. The media taking him literally and out of context did nothing to make the situation any better, all they accomplished was make things worse and that is not being the "friend of the people." It should be interesting once the supreme court steps in to see what happens. It may well prove a wake up call to the media that it is rule of law that elects a president not the media. When It comes to the media I do not consider them as a friend of the people as they are far to polarized depending on which channel you are on. For example I saw a FOX News promoted YouTube clip with Rush Limbaugh this morning and looked at my S.O. and said see he is too polarized to the far right this is just as bad as the far left, he is disgusting, each side believes they are right and rant and rave. This does not help the country nor serve the people at all. I for one look foreword to the Supreme Courts ruling over a what may very well be a rigged election with massive voter fraud and voter disenfranchisement. If when it is all said and done Joe Biden is the President my sentiments will be well lets see what you do. I certainly will not rant and rave on forums across the internet about his character etc..... No way, I will give him the benefit of the doubt with hopes of a well ran presidency. Until then I consider Joe Biden as a long term corrupt do nothing politician just like so many other long term Democrats and Republicans who due to a lack of term limits are indeed the architects of a system so screwed up that a person like Trump ever became possible to sit in the White House, as far as I am concerned Joe Biden is the medias president, but it is not the media that elects the president and this time around I do believe it will be a supreme court ruling that cements the election . If Joe Biden is elected after the supreme court has spoken then I will accept Joe Biden as the President of the United States and hope he is a better President than he was as a lying speech plagiarizing politician, in many ways he is just as bad as Trump and just as corrupt but better at it than that blathering Jackass.
  4. An opinion or observation of madness

    Oh I understand it all to well. My S.O. Brought this thread to my attention and I must remark this is far more civilized than in the past when these topics have been raised. This whole thing about those identifying as left and those as right has gone way beyond politics. It has become a religion by which individuals define themselves and thusly reason & logic take a backseat to belief and a framework that can be used and applied to every aspect of their lives even to the point of being absurd, and ridiculous. Two weeks ago I was driving to work and a pair of good ol boy rednecks were talking outside hanging over the beds of their trucks. One of the trucks had 6 American flags heavily secured, with the face of President Trump and other slogans. One of the slogans read “ GOD & GUNS!! I thought my God how stupid! As I drove past the owner of the truck looked at me as I drove by in my Ford Pickup and I saw his face and the violent emotions written large and defiant carrying a huge chip on his shoulder just waiting and eagerly hoping someone will oppose his framework the very context which his life and interaction on this earth is predicated upon. I thought you stupid ass child, you do not even know how badly misplaced your framework is you yell America yet you desecrate the flag! You glare a challenge to all believing everyone is against Trump and your identity framework. I see so much of this identity none sense this false framework of belief on the right and the left. As for me I stand firmly as an individual not a hive mind, I vote based on a candidates achievements and track record for my country not for personalities nor any framework a group has created by which to live my life. It is shocking to me so many are unable to realize how they are trapping themselves in such frameworks. The right has become a religion and so has the left, their can be no expectation of reason when religion is present only faith and belief matter despite reality being different and even when objectively proven only to be ignored and scorned. Amen
  5. The interactions in this thread were brought to my attention. My honest reaction was wow Grandpa is off his meds again. Really stupid ass behavior for a grown man, go see a doctor, you need help.
  6. Xing and Ming cultivation

    Hi @dwai When it comes to people like Lahiri Mahasaya their degree of spiritual attainment was so advanced as to be incomprehensible to all but the rarest of beings like themselves. Lahiri Mahasaya met a sadhu wandering in the mountains where he was stationed working for the railroad. When he met this fellow he did not know him. The fellow then restored his memory to him. When his memory was restored that is the memories of his former incarnation he realized this fellow had been his Guru in a past life. He spent some time with him and took up his practices from the past until he was told he had to go back to his wife and live as an ordinary person. He did not want to, he wanted nothing to do with that shabby old householder life of the mundane with all it's distractions and responsibilities and only wanted to be near his beloved guru and practice sadhana. His Guru would hear nothing of it and insisted he return home and live the householder life as this would be good for him. Knowing of the householders plight always being busy at work taking care of a home with little to no free time he petitioned his Guru who he called Babaji ( Great Father ) to allow him then to do something to help the householders out as they had no hope of anything but plodding slow spiritual advancement. At first his guru said no but relented because he could tell how sincere Lahiri was. Then he set strict restrictions on who could be trained. Lahiri replied oh guruji if you place these restrictions then none will be qualified to learn or want to even. so he relaxed his restrictions with one caveat and that was that whomever he would teach were his burden and not Babaji's they were his to look after lifetime after lifetime until they achieved liberation. It was also his burden to take the 108 practices of Babaji's lineage and formulate them for householder use. This my reader is why even a flawed person like me has a sadhana he can practice. No one knows what those 108 practices were called or if they even had a name. Lahiri Baba made the groupings of the practices into different levels of Kriya based upon the students capability to practice them. When people hear the term first Kriya they think oh okay there is just one practice that is Kriya but the truth is there are a grouping of 4 main practices with a couple of auxiliary practices that comprise first Kriya and one who is initiated into the higher Kriyas and taught them in person as I have been never ceases to practice first Kriya, first Kriya the grouping of practices is always practiced with additional techniques added on as the student is able to practice them. Note: to learn 2nd Kriya without the changes first Kriya must bring is fruitless you will not be able to practice it correctly. For example If I tell you place this mantra at this chakra in this sequence you will think oh that is nothing who can not mentally repeat OM? Now what if I tell you you must place your focus upon that chakra then you must enliven it with life force by both doing and not doing and then you must feel the vibration as the life force strikes the gong and then you must hear the vibration and that vibration is the mantra and it must pervade your very being and you must dissolve in it and feel the bliss and seek that bliss's root that vibrations root that sounds root the light that comes from it's root until it all extinguishes itself in stillness and spaciousness at its source before moving on to the next chakra and doing the same? on top of that you must take the purified essence and washing life force and guide it to the next chakra with loving attention. What if I then tell you this life force is intelligent and has a female personality to her and you may not be rough with her but love her and appreciate how she is helping you and work in concert with her with respect admiration love and a feeling of sanctity? She is Shakti be humbled. _/|\_ What then do you have? When you can do all of this then 1st Kriya has accomplished it's work and you are eligible to practice second Kriya. This is true mantra until then you are chanting OM and so many mantras trying to imbue a vibration frequency of thought by external means and this is good as by this it can become as I have described are at the shallow level of practice. In Kriya however until you have developed sufficiently to do as I have told higher Kriyas which are even more refined simply will not work. The work of first Kriya is to get the person to the stage of greater perception so they can feel, hear and see the deeper inner realities so they can work with them in more than the shallow mechanical way of ok place your attention her inhale like this exhale like that etc.... and so on these are just the outer forms which ape the inner form like a crude pantomime. So many have argued over what is original Kriya and so many say only we teach original Kriya. I want to tell everyone one simple truth. They are different on the outside only when you actualize the inner practice do you see they are all the same, your hand has different bones than your foot no one can argue this different shape different appearance different way of functioning but the marrow of the bones is the same. So Lahiri went home and he was much changed as his wife could tell. Many think it is the body which must be brought to some exulted condition before one is a sage or advanced and nothing could be further from the truth. In this case all that was needed was remembering whom he had been in order to actualize who he is. In time she came to realize what an exulted being he whom she thought just to be her husband truly was and took initiation from her husband and became his student. Lahiri Baba worked allot and was also a tutor to the royalty and the wealthy. He raised a family and taught them Kriya as well and also held nightly satsang in his home with his students. There are many stories of his life how he would practice Kriya all night long and in when he was not working would still go to the market the next day and do the grocery shopping for the family. I often think about what he is doing right now and the answer that always comes back to me is that he is just a dimensional vibration away and he is with his Guru right where he always wanted to be and is active in the world even today and works with his students that he took on back then till this very day as was his pledge. Even as advanced as he is which you must consider is incredibly advanced for his Guru to place such a charge upon him and for him to be able to carry it out, His Guru towers above him yet in achievement. One such as myself am humble and bow before these titans and count my good fortune to have been blessed not only in past lives to have been taught but reawakened in this life and been made to remember the portions of the former life so I was able to pick up where I left off. Oh make no mistake I do not place myself anywhere near or close to these titans I am just a fortunate person who is frankly not all that deserving. In this life I have had a hard life and I developed a difficult personality. In the last 3 years I have gone through many challenges and changes within the last year the severity of this difficult personality is continuing to change and smooth out. A great deal of this has to do with the years of Kriya I practiced and growing into the changes. We never know the result of the momentum we build until later. My changes were such that I became incompatible with my former life and wife. A great big part of the change has also been divorcing someone I was terribly unhappy with and did not even know the extent of it until taking up a life with my S.O. I am very happy with her and her being in my life has given me the spiritual companion of genuine sweetness, intellectual acuity, sense of humor wit and just plain wonderfulness I cherish most of all. It makes not being an asshole allot easier when you have someone you like, respect and love in your life, she is a real blessing, I only wish we could have met much earlier in life. All that being said I understand what Lahiri Baba did and why he could do it and be a part of the world and not just a blissed out stooge going through the motions. Even thought he wanted nothing more than to be with his Guru, his Guru knew he had to go back to his life and experience it and not just go through the motions either. Having a job, a home to pay for, taxes to pay on it and taking care of maintenance and repairs, cooking, cleaning etc.... and maintaining a loving relationship with your wife and taking care of pets and or children is quite time consuming but if you can do this with more joy than not and learn to work with frustrations that come and team up with your wife and help with her projects she is charge of instead of sitting on the couch while she works hard on her project then with the family life and duties being discharged this is the practice of Kriya you are a Kriyaban. If all you do is practice Kriya you are not a Kriyaban. Kriya is about every day life and living it well and also about the spiritual blending the two as best as a busy flawed person can. Lahiri Mahasaya was very strict about being a householder on many occasions he refused to teach monks and told them get rid of those robes, dress like a person get a job and take a wife raise a family then I will teach you. His chief student was one such monk who became a householder and his branch of the lineage continues on till this very day. Lahiri Mahsaya has my deepest respects and love for he gave people like me a way to live warts and all.
  7. Only if you fail to cook it properly. If you use an instant pot which is a pressure cooker of sorts the extreme heat and pressure causes the otherwise detrimental to cultivation essences to become one with the steam and transformed Into harmless heat.
  8. Ohhh. Thank you I am very much looking forward to that! One of the things that is really great about this book is the pace of it, just when I was thinking it was slowing down and loosing momentum you stomped on the accelerator. Caught myself laughing a few times over that and thinking oh Gawd hah! As I feared the very thing I was afraid of with your book came to pass it ended far too soon even though I stretched it out reading and absorbing and savoring the pages. When I got to the end it was like having to say goodbye to some new good friends I had made while reading the story. Now I am eager to read the next book and think wow, what a monumental challenge you have created for yourself to match up to the first book. To those reading this I want to point out there are many spiritual truths that are made very clear by Dwai in this book in a very interesting story. There are even effective practices given, this book is truly worth the time and the money, without a doubt.
  9. Can anybody scan my chakras please?

    HI Anand yes worth a thousand words and we agree.
  10. Just finished the First book. In a word excellent! Advice: Get cracking on the Audio Book. Know you are busy on the next book looking forward to it!
  11. Can anybody scan my chakras please?

    Ah I see where you are are coming from. And this is just something that made me laugh... Can be learned correctly from Donald Abrams
  12. Unfortunately this is not the case. Quit often the abilities develop to some degree without proper guidance or maturity.
  13. Can anybody scan my chakras please?

    Hi Anand I would like to read more about your perception of Chakras from the physical perspective.