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True wisdom derives from no source

 

A mirror reflects a myriad of images, but remains unchanged

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"Behold, already on the long parades

the crows anoint the statues with their dirt..." - Wallace Stevens, "Invective against swans"

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In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue, but have taken them at second hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.

~ Mark Twain

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17 minutes ago, silent thunder said:

In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue, but have taken them at second hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.

~ Mark Twain

 

 

That's quite an observation from Samuel.  It makes a real case for self realization.

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Long before a thermonuclear war can come about, we have had to lay waste our own sanity. We begin with the children. It is imperative to catch them in time. Without the most thorough and rapid brainwashing their dirty minds would see through our dirty tricks. Children are not yet fools, but we shall turn them into imbeciles like ourselves, with high I.Q.s if possible.

R. D. Laing

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OK, ok,   no one spank me too hard for this one.... but how about the Qur'an 2:2-3.... not the entire verse... just a snippet.  It has to be, hands down, my favorite quote ever.  And because it's buried in the Qur'an makes it just that much sweeter.  Cause I'm not a Muslim.  :P  ( delicious irony )


Here's the verses from the Sahih International version.  The quote I'm speaking about is bold and underlined.


This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah.  Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them.

 

As I said, I'm not a Muslim, but I really like this idea. 

 

For those who don't know, in Islam, Allah is the ultimate reality.  That means "those conscious of Allah" actually means "Those who are conscious of the ultimate reality" .That's why I like these two verses in the Quran, and it's one of my favorite quotes of all time.  Those verses are talking about *us*.  Students of the Dao, isn't it?  Those who are conscious of the ultimate reality.


Further, what does it say about us, the Students of the Dao?  We believe the unseen.  I don't know about you, but, that sums it up for me quite well in a nice tight package.


What does it mean to be a Student of the Dao?  We believe the unseen.  The dao that can be spoken or seen is not the Eternal Dao.

 

That's why it's my favorite quote.  Cause I'm a Jewish Student of the Dao who believes in the unseen per the Qur'an.  It's freak'n ironic as hell, and makes for fun at dinner parties and such.

 

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It is by the action of consciousness becoming aware of itself that intelligence manifests itself, not when consciousness apprehends an inert object.

It is not correct to say that there is a mixture in this universe of the sentient and the inert, for they do not mix.  It is because all things are full of consciousness and when this consciousness comprehends itself there is knowledge.

 

                           Vasistha's Yoga, p.140

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6 minutes ago, manitou said:

It is by the action of consciousness becoming aware of itself that intelligence manifests itself, not when consciousness apprehends an inert object.

It is not correct to say that there is a mixture in this universe of the sentient and the inert, for they do not mix.  It is because all things are full of consciousness and when this consciousness comprehends itself there is knowledge.

You win.

 

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1 hour ago, Daniel said:

You win.

 

:wacko:

 

no one lost

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Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.

 

 

I cannot experience your experience.

You cannot experience my experience.

We are both invisible men.
 

 

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.

And because we fail to notice there is little we can do to change

until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
 

 

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.

~R. D. Laing

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20 hours ago, Daniel said:

You win.

 

:wacko:

 

No winning or losing.  


The beautiful thing about this forum is watching the knowledge (more accurately, gnowledge) pile up, one upon the other.  This forum is a creation, our creation, of our combined understandings and tweaking of each other's perspectives.  It is fabulous to see how a thread morphs according to the input of all individuals.

 

You are an excellent addition to all this, Daniel.

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18 hours ago, silent thunder said:

 

 

 

 

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.

And because we fail to notice there is little we can do to change

until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
 

 

 

 

I suspect that this is true - it just feels true.  Failing to notice.  But nothing's coming to mind as I look back.  Maybe I failed to notice that I was a raging alcoholic for many long years.

Can you think of something in your life that went awry because you failed to notice something, Creighton?

 

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Even at 117, Misao Okawa said life is short.

When asked about her long life, Okawa, who passed her title down to Weaver when she died at age 117, said, “It seemed rather short." Perhaps that's why she made sure to eat lots of cake at her last birthday.

 

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21 hours ago, silent thunder said:

 

 

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.

 

 

I cannot experience your experience.

You cannot experience my experience.

We are both invisible men.
 

 

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.

And because we fail to notice there is little we can do to change

until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
 

 

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.

~R. D. Laing

 

The trick of course is noticing more while stressing less.

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15 hours ago, manitou said:

No winning or losing.  

Ok.  Thank you for pointing this out.  :blush:

 

15 hours ago, manitou said:

The beautiful thing about this forum is watching the knowledge (more accurately, gnowledge) pile up, one upon the other.  This forum is a creation, our creation, of our combined understandings and tweaking of each other's perspectives.  It is fabulous to see how a thread morphs according to the input of all individuals.

gnowledge... ok.  It will take a little time and practice, but I think this sounds really nice.  Thank you for saying it.

 

15 hours ago, manitou said:

You are an excellent addition to all this, Daniel.

 

ty.  It took a while to find y'all.  I'm glad I did.

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You are wherever

your thoughts are,

Make sure your

Thoughts are where

you want to  be.

 

-Nachman of Breslov

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14 hours ago, thelerner said:

You are wherever

your thoughts are,

Make sure your

Thoughts are where

you want to  be.

 

-Nachman of Breslov

 

 

And that's the challenge.  It seems to take a lifetime to keep the thoughts high, out of judgment and criticism.  But I can attest that life gets A WHOLE LOT BETTER when that practice is followed.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

 

                                        -Martin Luther King Jr

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Course 25 years might be a generous and modern number to consider a generation, as one goes back in time I'd assume a generation would be less, maybe strikingly.  Perhaps 16 to 22 would be closer.
 
 
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Often even a whole city (or country) suffers for a bad man who sins and contrives presumptuous deeds. ---Hesiod  730 BC

 

Hesiod appropriated to himself the authority usually reserved to sacred kingship. The poet declared that it is he, upon whom the Muses had bestowed the two gifts of a scepter and an authoritative voice (Hesiod, Theogony 30–3), which are the visible signs of kingship.

 

It is not that this gesture is meant to make Hesiod a king. Rather, the point is that the authority of kingship now belongs to the poetic voice.

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