The Secret Path

Paul B runton was a Brit who traveled to India and discovered some of the great sages and yogis before they made their mark on the West. He writes compellingly on difficult, topics, effectively “pointing at the moon”.

He said gently: “My son, it is not well. Hast thou forgotten compassion? Shalt thou go foth to add to thy store of knowledge while others starve for the crumbs of wisdom? Wilt thou commune with the divine Ones when there are those who look for God but perceive only the impassable barrier of the sky: when there are those who throw their prayers to a void which returns no answer? Stay thy feet if needs be but forget not thy fellows in distress. Leave not for the land s of waving palms until thou hast well regarded these words. May peace be ever with thee.”

from THE sECRET pATH

The word ‘God’ is meaningless to me unless I can contact the Absolue within myself; then only can I place it in my vocabulary…
God is his own best interpreter. Find the god in your own heart and you will understand by direct intuition what all the great teachers, real mystics, true philosophers and inspired men have been trying to tell you by the tortuous method of using words. — (p 61)

Continuing yesterday’s theme…

After recasting that passage from the Bhagavad Gita in my own prose, I have now taken it as inspiration for a sonnet.

You’re navigating from a partial chart
With domineering Reason at the helm.
The forces you enlist in Matter’s realm
Are bumptious, overblown, and twice too smart.
You’ve based your choices on a calculation
Rooted in the physical domain.
By putting all your faith in your left brain,
You’ve missed the breath infused in God’s creation.

Explore some other places in your mind.
In abrogating ego, you will find
A vast and synergistic pow’r avails,
An effortless recourse that never fails.
Obtain your heart’s desire, not by force
But resonating gently with life’s Source.

What does the Bhagavad Gita say? What do I want it to say?

Yesterday, I applauded Stephen Mitchell’s loose translation of one of the Psalms of David. He rewrote it in a way that meant more to him, and it meant more to me as well.

Today, I decided to try the same trick myself. I picked a passage from the Bhagavad Gita and rewrote it to say what I wanted it to say. Here are the results.


You feel yourself to be trapped in a material world with no other recourse beyond physical causality. Well, a blinding wealth of possibilities awaits you when you are able to shed that illusion. Your mind has limitless power, of which you are unaware. But if you want access, you’re going to have to move beyond the teachings of your favorite scriptures.

They’ve been promising you karmic rewards, wealth and power if only you to do good deeds. Balderdash! Even to desire wealth and power is a symptom of deep delusion. Give up your rule-based morality. Let go the distinction between “good” and “evil”. Give up the calculus of rewards and punishments. Forget your quest to gain merit in the eyes of the Deity. 

Do what feels right because it feels right—this is the virtue which is manifestly its own reward. When you are free of your learned social rules and religious pieties, you will know again your animal core, your naive instincts. You will act without thought, and your acts will be attuned to the One, and you will live with simple joy, soul-warming satisfaction, and abundant love.

— JJM


Hear now the deeper teaching of the Yog,
Which holding, understanding, thou shalt burst
Thy Karmabandh, the bondage of wrought deeds.
Here shall no end be hindered, no hope marred,
No loss be feared: faith–yea, a little faith–
Shall save thee from the anguish of thy dread.
Here, Glory of the Kurus! shines one rule–
One steadfast rule–while shifting souls have laws
Many and hard. Specious, but wrongful deem
The speech of those ill-taught ones who extol
The letter of their Vedas, saying, “This
Is all we have, or need;” being weak at heart
With wants, seekers of Heaven: which comes–they say–
As “fruit of good deeds done;” promising men
Much profit in new births for works of faith;
In various rites abounding; following whereon
Large merit shall accrue towards wealth and power;
Albeit, who wealth and power do most desire
Least fixity of soul have such, least hold
On heavenly meditation. Much these teach,
From Veds, concerning the “three qualities;”
But thou, be free of the “three qualities,”
Free of the “pairs of opposites,”[FN#2] and free
From that sad righteousness which calculates;
Self-ruled, Arjuna! simple, satisfied![FN#3]
Look! like as when a tank pours water forth
To suit all needs, so do these Brahmans draw
Text for all wants from tank of Holy Writ.
But thou, want not! ask not! Find full reward
Of doing right in right! Let right deeds be
Thy motive, not the fruit which comes from them.
And live in action! Labour! Make thine acts
Thy piety, casting all self aside,
Contemning gain and merit; equable
In good or evil: equability
Is Yog, is piety!

Yet, the right act
Is less, far less, than the right-thinking mind.
Seek refuge in thy soul; have there thy heaven!
Scorn them that follow virtue for her gifts!
The mind of pure devotion–even here–
Casts equally aside good deeds and bad,
Passing above them. Unto pure devotion
Devote thyself: with perfect meditation
Comes perfect act, and the right-hearted rise–
More certainly because they seek no gain–
Forth from the bands of body, step by step,
To highest seats of bliss. When thy firm soul
Hath shaken off those tangled oracles
Which ignorantly guide, then shall it soar
To high neglect of what’s denied or said,
This way or that way, in doctrinal writ.
Troubled no longer by the priestly lore,
Safe shall it live, and sure; steadfastly bent
On meditation. This is Yog–and Peace!

Edwin Arnold Translation

Finding inspiration in the Bible

This is a traditional translation of Psalm 4

בְּקׇרְאִ֡י עֲנֵ֤נִי ׀ אֱלֹ֘הֵ֤י צִדְקִ֗י בַּ֭צָּר הִרְחַ֣בְתָּ לִּ֑י חָ֝נֵּ֗נִי וּשְׁמַ֥ע תְּפִלָּתִֽי׃ Answer me when I call,
O God, my vindicator!
You freed me from distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

בְּנֵ֥י אִ֡ישׁ עַד־מֶ֬ה כְבוֹדִ֣י לִ֭כְלִמָּה תֶּאֱהָב֣וּן רִ֑יק תְּבַקְשׁ֖וּ כָזָ֣ב סֶֽלָה׃ You men, how long will my glory be mocked,
will you love illusions,
have recourse to frauds? Selah.

וּדְע֗וּ כִּֽי־הִפְלָ֣ה יְ֭הֹוָה חָסִ֣יד ל֑וֹ יְהֹוָ֥ה יִ֝שְׁמַ֗ע בְּקׇרְאִ֥י אֵלָֽיו׃ Know that the LORD singles out the faithful for Himself;
the LORD hears when I call to Him.

רִגְז֗וּ וְֽאַל־תֶּ֫חֱטָ֥אוּ אִמְר֣וּ בִ֭לְבַבְכֶם עַֽל־מִשְׁכַּבְכֶ֗ם וְדֹ֣מּוּ סֶֽלָה׃ So tremble, and sin no more;
ponder it on your bed, and sigh.bOthers “be still.”

זִבְח֥וּ זִבְחֵי־צֶ֑דֶק וּ֝בִטְח֗וּ אֶל־יְהֹוָֽה׃ Offer sacrifices in righteousness
and trust in the LORD.

רַבִּ֥ים אֹמְרִים֮ מִֽי־יַרְאֵ֢נוּ֫־ט֥וֹב נְֽסָה־עָ֭לֵינוּ א֨וֹר פָּנֶ֬יךָ יְהֹוָֽה׃ Many say, “O for good days!”
cLit. “Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us”; cf. Num. 6.25 f.Bestow Your favor on us,-c O LORD.

נָתַ֣תָּה שִׂמְחָ֣ה בְלִבִּ֑י מֵעֵ֬ת דְּגָנָ֖ם וְתִירוֹשָׁ֣ם רָֽבּוּ׃ You put joy into my heart
when their grain and wine show increase.

בְּשָׁל֣וֹם יַחְדָּו֮ אֶשְׁכְּבָ֢ה וְאִ֫ישָׁ֥ן כִּֽי־אַתָּ֣ה יְהֹוָ֣ה לְבָדָ֑ד לָ֝בֶ֗טַח תּֽוֹשִׁיבֵֽנִי׃ {פ}
Safe and sound, I lie down and sleep,
dOr “for You, O Lord, keep me alone and secure.”for You alone, O LORD, keep me secure.-d

And here is Stephen Mitchell’s poem, inspired by Psalm 4

Even in the midst of great pain, Lord,
I praise you for that which is.
I will not refuse this grief
or close myself to this anguish
Let shallow men pray for ease:
“Comfort us; shield us from sorrow.”
I pray for whatever you send me,
that I might receive it as your gift.
You have put a joy in my heart
greater than all the world’s riches.
I lie down trusting the darkness
for I know that even now you are here.

You can do it, too.

Take any passage from any religious text, and rewrite it as fits your cosmology, and as it provides comfort and inspiration to a soul such as yours.

How this might end well

It began quietly enough, with just one page from Dr Fauci’s email, already leaked to the press months ago. It was not even the most egregious page, as you or I might judge it. Sometimes the most glaring evils are so hard to conceive that ordinary, good humans need something less fiendishly wicked to penetrate their defenses and liberate their indignance.

Maybe it had something to do with the release of RFK’s book. Of course, it had something to do with the release of RFK’s book. It was not just a single email, but the zeitgeist and the collective unconscious and something in the public mood, recognizing that the greatest ally of the COVID narrative had now become its greatest threat.

Dr Fauci would be thrown under the bus.

The shift in the mainstream press was as sudden as it was dramatic. The same Washington Post that last week quoted Fauci’s words as gospel, this week was comparing America’s death toll to the rest of the world, and laying the whole two-year COVID management fiasco at Tony’s feet. There was even a resurrection of Beagle puppygate. The New Yorker instantly forgot that they had praised Fauci for opposing Trump’s anti-scientific rantings, and instead yoked Fauci and Trump as the “team that led us astray”. 

Biden will now appoint someone honest and competent to NIAID, and things will go much better henceforward. This was the new message from the Liberal establishment.

But the Doctor from Kings County had other ideas. He fought back viciously, denouncing every news organ that had turned against him. When these quickly became too numerous, and it was obvious even to the Doctor King that he was being deposed, he detonated the poison pill. He was like the mountaineer, roped to his climbing team as they crossed the crevasse. He would pull the next man down after him, and the double weight would pull a third, until each domino fell more surely and more violently than the last.

Fauci disclosed the full content of his agreement with Bill Gates, including explicit agreements to curb world population with a poisonous vaccine. He exposed the full extent of Klaus Schwab’s Nazi past and published pictures of Neil Ferguson on Epstein’s pedophile island. He released the full data set from the Pfizer vaccine trials 55 years early, showing that four times as many people had been hospitalized in the vaccine arm compared to the control arm. He released, too, the internal memos from Pfizer executives, strategizing about how to hide this data from the public. 

Fauci’s 40-year tenure has been likened to J Edgar Hoover. Now it came out that, like the FBI director, Fauci had a blackmail file on everyone in Washington. He released the incriminating pictures and emails and documents not in a violent spray, but strategically, focusing on one politician at a time. 

Of course, the majority of the mainstream press did everything they could to suppress this tidal wave of slander. But this time the media were divided. The Murdoch press, in particular, eagerly launched each of Fauci’s into the laps of the Democrats. The Fact Checkers tried to fight back, but they were swamped.

And so it was that Republicans and Democrats alike came to Reiner Fuellmich and practically begged him to convene Nuremberg II. They dreaded it, of course, but they realized that only a broad cleansing could restore faith in a power structure, any power structure.

The Trial of the Century having begun, we learned that there was no loyalty among thieves, that in fact Fauci’s propensity to incriminate others was widespread, almost universal among the Powers that Shouldn’t Be. One billionaire after another told about the crooked deals that the others had been engaged in. The world watched, dazed and unable to respond. There was no such thing as an honest politician — this they had suspected for a long time. But the news about the violence, the sadism, the routine murders, the “banality of evil” — and most impressive, the extent to which the whole rotten mass was held together by a worldwide network of child sex slave prisons, and the “Intelligence Services” that could blackmail anyone who stepped out of line.

What followed could be likened to nothing in human history, but perhaps Reconstruction in the American south comes nearest, or the Cultural Revolution in 1960s China. The power structure was turned on its head. Everyone who previously had any wealth or power was disqualified from leadership. 

The hapless people who were elevated to power were not better human beings than the corrupt billionaires whom they displaced, but they had one advantage: their manifest incompetence. The world no longer worked. It was obvious that Big Brother was not going to take care of us. We would have to take care of one another, our loved ones, our communities.

TBC

Secular humanism, libertarianism, anarchism

In my formative years (1960-66), the poles of political philosophy were R vs D. Republicans believed in competition, every man (or every corporation) for himself. Their foreign policy was  militaristic, not just because they viewed other nations as competitors, but also because they opposed communism as an international movement, and communism was the opposite of individual competition. Democrats believed in a natural propensity for cooperation, people helping one another. This translated to a belief in the power of the state to take an active role in caring for its citizens. The Democratic faith was supported by memories of FDR and the New Deal, still strong in the minds of 1960s adults. 

Libertarians today are distrustful of government. They favor individual freedom, and they (correctly, IMO) denounce militarism and neo-colonialism (abroad) as well as coercive and invasive domestic laws. The trouble with libertarians today (IMO) is that most of them place property rights on a par with freedom of speech and freedom of association and freedom of movement. They believe in pure capitalism, with corporations unrestrained by government. They carry over their passion for personal freedom to imply absolute corporate freedom.

But “power corrupts”, and just as government tends to overreach, encroaching on personal liberties, corporations, too, tend can become so big and powerful as to threaten personal liberty. Twitter and Google and Facebook together can impose effective limits on public debate.  Airlines can refuse carriage of unvaccinated people.

Anarchism — the word means, literally in Greek, “the absence of government.” It is often used nowadays as a synonym for mayhem, chaos, and riotous behavior because many imagine that the absence of authority is equally the absence of order. Anarchists are idealists, believing human beings do not need authorities and the threat of violence to govern them, but are instead capable of governing themselves by cooperation, negotiation and mutual aid. They stand on one side of a profound debate about human nature and human possibility. On the other side, the authoritarian pessimist believe that order comes only at the point of a gun or a society stacked with prisons, guards, judges, and punishments. They believe that somehow despite the claimed vileness of the many, the few whom they wish to endow with power will use it justly and prudently, though the evidence for this could most politely be called uneven.
—  Rebecca Solnit (A Paradise Built in Hell)

Resolution: I believe that most humans are generous; they want to contribute their efforts and offer their gifts to the community. But government is capable of subverting those communal instincts toward violence and coercion. It seems to me that democracy is the solution we must seek. Today, nominally representative governments have escaped from democratic control. Restoring government’s responsiveness to the people, by whatever creative means at hand, must be the core of our program. 

Corporations can be reigned in by regulation from democratic governments. Even better, corporate structures can be made more democratic. Employee coops, ESOPS, and consumer coops are more responsible than corporations that only maximize shareholder profits. 

The key word is “democratic”. Democracy today is an endangered species. Unfettered capitalism has let corporations grow large enough to subvert democracy with money. They bribe legislators and regulators. They shape public opinion because the media that inform us depend on advertisers for funding. Money can buy elections, almost all the time.

If we could restore democracy, we could re-regulate the mega-corporations and scale back their power. If we could curb the influence of the mega-corporations, we could restore democracy. I don’t know how we can do both at once.

The way forward is to build decentralized, democratically-controlled institutions in parallel and outside  government and the economy. Start with a backyard garden, with community coops and sharing resources with neighbors. Create local currencies to expand the system for service exchange. Gradually channel more of our time and effort into these new systems and withdraw energy from large corporations and centralized governments.

Intersubjective Bootstrap

If all life is a dream, is it your dream or mine?
And why should our two worlds agree?
An answer avails if we’re both The Divine,
At our source, I am you and you’re me.
Though it seems that we’re separate (I trust you’ll concur)
It’s a stretch to conceive “one great soul”–
Still, we sense there are times when our boundaries blur
Our designs coalesce as one whole.

Victor Bregeda https://bregeda.com/


If together we’ve dreamed up this life, with its flaws
And its numberless wonders untold,
Might we harness the power of resonant thought,
Who can say what new worlds will unfold?
We might rein back our species to mind Nature’s laws,
We might dream exploitation to cease.
Once we own all the battles that e’er man has fought,
Are we ready to co-create peace?

— Josh Mitteldorf

If this is wishful thinking, then color me wishful


Cast out the dark and evil spirits. End all injustice. Care for the poor. Expose all wickedness. Heal the sick.

save the world
Although we are seeing the rolling out of the insane plans of the most wicked entities in existence —
both on earth as in the invisible realm — this is having a very different effect than they planned.

We who have retained a modicum of our native refverence for the sanctity of life must realize tha something is amiss, in that there is much more suffering, hardship, and cruelty in the world than needs to be. Maybe we have adopted the jaundiced view that this is “human nature”. But it is not the human nature that we have observed in our friends, family, or community members.

Our Congress supports perpetual war, year after year, with no debate. The rape of Gaia proceeds at an accelerating pace, turning nature into profits, then landfills. Wealth disappears from the middle class as the world’s richest people amass power and capital. Our CIA overthrows any government that offers resistance to domination by global capitalists.

It’s not just greed and wanton disregard for others. There’s deliberate destruction of our health, of our cultures, of our families, of democracy, of our atmosphere and world agriculture. Child sex slaves are used to blackmail anyone in power who might threaten to expose the evil mission. It is evil so monstrous that you and I can’t allow ourselves to believe that such a thing exists in our world.

It is becoming clear to a growing movement that there is a tiny number of sociopathic billionaires who are adept at hiding their role in the destruction of all we hold dear. The lies and the inconsistencies are becoming so blatant, so transparent, that the time of truth and reconciliation is near at hand. Billions of simple, good people will overturn the dark forces that are throttling us. You and I will be among them.

-JJM

The following is excerpted from David Sörensen

While the majority of us has never been interested or involved in politics or our communities, because we blindly and ignorantly thought we were being taken care of, now you see something happen that will change history profoundly: all over the world the good guys are starting to get involved in schools, local government, media, health care, etc.

Dear freedom fighters: humanity needs this attack by the wicked. We desperately need to see this level of evil. For centuries it has operated under the surface, without any of us having a clue. But it has been enslaving humanity for as long as the world exists. Now the time has come for this worldwide network of evil to be exposed, judged and cast out.


WE have to change.
WE have to rise.
WE have to take the reigns in our hands.
WE have to learn truth and become wise.

That is our destiny. Rise up. Take your position. Learn truth. Allow the pain of humanity to break your heart, so you will do anything to save the hurting children. And become a warrior who will not back down from these demons, but who will defang them.

This is the time where the wicked expose themselves and the righteous wake up and arise to take their place of authority. New media are being born, new health care is being set up, new politics is being formed, etc.

People of love and truth, rise up and change this world. The world is waiting for you and me. It’s unfolding before our eyes. There is a movement waiting for us to follow and to lead.

David Sörensen — Stop World Control