Jeff

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  1. No more right-wing bullshit.

    Where in the US do you live? Because I can say in the Midwest it is totally the opposite. Grew up Christian in Minnesota, and everyone has more Scandinavian socialist like views. Same in Chicago, and Illinois in general. I can say that all of the pastors that I know are completely left leaning socialist, that is pretty much all they preach about. I know personally 3 catholic priests, and they are all the socialist in their views too.
  2. We have also discussed many texts from Kashmir Shaivism and things like the Gospel of Thomas.
  3. Are interviews and textual studies both supposed to only be subsets of Daoist? Maybe move both up a layer? Or at least interviews. Thanks, Jeff
  4. Then for all, I repeat this thought as my view... Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together. Linda Thompson
  5. Definitely. Also, I like your style with your comment. People did not seem to get the attempted irony in my posts, and even seemed to miss my label at the end of them. Oh well... Seems like time for me to just float in that sea.
  6. Beautifully said.
  7. You may have not noticed my constant statements at the end about "tongue and cheek" or "just stating this to show where the bums is headed". The views presented are not my actual views, but more an example of an extrapolation of the counterpoint that was being expressed. But, to you actual point. Energy and actual clarity are the same thing. Just opposite sides of the same coin. Anyone with true realization/clarity will radiate it. Also, if they do not also have conscious control over it, they don't really have the realization. Yes, I have. In the end, it does not really matter. It is not a misunderstanding that is the problem, but more the attachment to a view. The key is to be able to let it all go. This last point is what is missing from the bums lately. Depending on your definition, yes morality also flows through. It is not possible to realize higher levels if one is still caught up in using it over others or abusing them. But, no question someone can be a total jerk and still have some juice. On many occasions, I have had separate people form what you could call "evil gurus". If someone has true unconditional love they radiate like the brightest sun. They are my definition of powerful. As I said earlier clarity=power. Also, refined energies are the subtlest, but they can also easily quench the less subtle energies. First of all, thank you very much for these great questions. I wish this was more the nature of discourse at the bums. To your point, I would somewhat disagree that the universe is all union. As the buddhist's state, it is also inherently empty, hence your "union" is a perceptional aspect and not the primordial. So one is both "in it" and also "not it", so it is totally possible to read while being in it. Just like you can check out your own finger, while it is still a part of entire body. Finally, there is no metric (or any kind) that declares the worth of a person, especially to be included or not. That is my real point of those posts. All judgements of others, do nothing but belittle the one attempting to do the judging. I expressed my own personal view on this topic recently in another thread with an apt quote... Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together. Linda Thompson
  8. As I said, the only valid bases for the true capability of a tradition is the relative energy power of their current practitioners. I can easily tell if someone has any real juice or not. I have discussed this in many threads. Have you not seen all of the posts and threads warning members where I am too powerful to be allowed to talk to the newbies? Buddhists have the same problem as taoists. They have been misled and all of the true knowledge corrupted. The last buddhist with any real juice was Norbu, and he is now gone from the world. Very sad for all... (Again, this post is for fun as an example of where the bums seems to be headed)
  9. Not correct. Most taoist systems have been corrupted and the true meaning of teachings like the TTC have been lost. Con men just write books and make up lineage histories to support their cons. You can easily tell that they have no real juice. Many what you would call "New Age" have really been efforts by higher beings to reintroduce the true teachings that have been corrupted. They have attempted to help, but the con men and powerful religious establishments make up lies and disparaging labels to keep all of money flowing to them. The only valid test of validity of a system is the actual power that a practitioner has, everything else can be simply meaningless words telling you to breathe backward or forwards... This post is tongue and cheek to make a point.
  10. And who is going to define the standard of what is effective and what is not? As an example, Taoism has not generated any immortals in thousands of years, and Manktak Chia stuff just makes everyone ill, so we should probably ban all of that Taoist stuff... This place is seems to be going more and more intolerant every second. Let's see... Since people want to ban moms, maybe we better ban all dads too, don't want to discriminate...
  11. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together. Linda Thompson
  12. No more right-wing bullshit.

    The Tao Te Ching clearly states your point... Chapter 27 A good traveler has no fixed plansand is not intent upon arriving.A good artist lets his intuitionlead him wherever it wants.A good scientist has freed himself of conceptsand keeps his mind open to what is.Thus the Master is available to all peopleand doesn't reject anyone.He is ready to use all situationsand doesn't waste anything.This is called embodying the light.What is a good man but a bad man's teacher?What is a bad man but a good man's job?If you don't understand this, you will get lost,however intelligent you are.It is the great secret.
  13. Define ignorance

    Ignoring is not the same as dissipating (or letting go). Ignoring means you still feel its existence and simply avoid it. When something is dissipated it is simply gone, like it was empty and never really existed.
  14. Define ignorance

    If you are fighting something, you are caught up in it. Freedom comes from being able to let is simply dissipate.
  15. Merging and guru yoga

    Nothing related to the merge. If you attempting to differentiate it in someway, it would relate more to what I was calling the KS Siva aspect of the primordial. In a way, you could say that Siva = Universal Mind = Everything that exists + anything that has the potential to exist. Words are kind of meaningless as it is all really more a direct knowing and beyond definitions of mind. Like all of this stuff, it needs to be realized/experienced, it is not something that can be intellectually imputed. That is why being able to directly share it becomes so critical. The good news is that it can all be demonstrated and used, making it easy to prove your point.