Tattvabodha

source: tattvabodha.blogspot.com
source: advaita.org.uk
link: http://www.vedanta.gr/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/SwParam_IntroVedanta-Tattvabodha_ENA4.pdf
link: http://practicalphilosophy.in/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/tattvabodha.pdf
link: http://upanishadtattva.blogspot.in/2010/02/tattva-bodha-by-sri-sri-adhi_26.html
youtube: ynveKp8qmlw

From tattvabodha.blogspot.in
Tattavabodha means Self-Knowledge, which means Knowledge about the real nature of the Self.
* The four fold qualifications which a seeker should be endowed with, without which one will not get the full benefit of learning. 1) Vivekam or discrimination 2) Vairagyam or dispassion 3) six disciplines 4) Mumukshuthvam: Intense desire to get liberated
* The 3 types of body are gross, subtle and causal body
* The 5 sheaths of the body are
* The 3 states of experience
* Nature of Self – sat chit ananda
* Creation – Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic
* Tat tvam Asi (Jiva and Ishwara)
* Karma and Freedom from Karma

From advaita.org.uk
1. Tattva Bodha is a fundamental text for those desirous of mokSha [freedom from the sense of limitation centered on ‘I’]. Its value is to present succinct definitions of some key terms in vedAnta. The chart isn’t a replacement for reading the text, but is an attempt to present the information graphically so that linkages and levels can be brought out.
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Song of the Rain

Author: Kahlil Gibran
source: allpoetry.com

I am dotted silver threads dropped from heaven
By the gods. Nature then takes me, to adorn
Her fields and valleys.

I am beautiful pearls, plucked from the
Crown of Ishtar by the daughter of Dawn
To embellish the gardens.

When I cry the hills laugh;
When I humble myself the flowers rejoice;
When I bow, all things are elated.

The field and the cloud are lovers
And between them I am a messenger of mercy.
I quench the thirst of one;
I cure the ailment of the other.

The voice of thunder declares my arrival;
The rainbow announces my departure.
I am like earthly life, which begins at
The feet of the mad elements and ends
Under the upraised wings of death.

I emerge from the heard of the sea
Soar with the breeze. When I see a field in
Need, I descend and embrace the flowers and
The trees in a million little ways.

I touch gently at the windows with my
Soft fingers, and my announcement is a
Welcome song. All can hear, but only
The sensitive can understand.

The heat in the air gives birth to me,
But in turn I kill it,
As woman overcomes man with
The strength she takes from him.

I am the sigh of the sea;
The laughter of the field;
The tears of heaven.

So with love –
Sighs from the deep sea of affection;
Laughter from the colorful field of the spirit;
Tears from the endless heaven of memories.

The Silmarillion

youtube: Tolkien in the Classroom

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is the author of The Silmarillion. It tells of the history of Creation, the trials of the Gods of Ea or Earth, the deeds of Morgoth Bauglir (the Devil), the concept of Eru the Creator who is illimitable, the firstborn (Elves) and the afterborn (Men)

Dubbed “The history of the Elves of the Lord of the Rings”, the Silmarillion took its author almost 50 years to create. Leaf by Niggle best reflects how Tolkien saw this, his life’s work in the grand scale of things.

Tolkien invented a mythology to replace the one England never had. A devout Catholic and scholar of various annals, his views uniquely lend to both schools of thought.

An epic in its own right, some of our curators are undertaking to produce a comparison with other epics that have seeped into culture. Until then, this book by Anne C Petty is a good discussion of its broad swathes and timelessness.

Islam Means Peace

Truly, the word itself means peace. It spoke of equality and tolerance at a time when tyranny and lawlessness was rampant. Muslim means one who believes in a single God, so all Hindus are muslims. And Muslims dont know that even in the face of a Trinity, there is still only one God. The nihilist only is at a loss to describe Him and the Atheist is only searching for the God in everything, that Cosmic Force or the Divine.

What matters a mans belief? Judgement is for God alone. Our commandments are to always be honest and faithful, do no harm to others and to let others be.

See our facebook group where we are trying to heal conflict between different ethnic groups. If you don’t follow the core YieldMore tenet of open mind, peaceful nature and a quest for progress, please don’t bother to write us.

This page welcomes articles on the universal spirit of Islam, the Legacy of Muhammed and his family, the Ahle Bait.

Death

link: Passage from Your Sacred Self on afterlife from the perspective of twins in the womb.
link: Veena’s thoughts on death.

Death is the only certainty in life, and the one thing nobody prepares for until it overtakes them nor think about until it claims a loved one.

Leaf by Niggle by Tolkien is an allegorical tale describing life, purgatory and the afterlife. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran also has a chapter on death. There is also his Dying Man.

A must read is the Tibetan Book of the Dead by WY Evans-Wentz and also the The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche.

It is said that when the soul dies, it is at first unaware of its death / removal from the physical world. It still perceives the actions of loved ones and feels their pain. It lingers behind trying to communicate with them and reassure them that there is nothing to cry about. We the bereaved need to let them go on their way into the afterlife / purgatory / next life as is our belief.

Recitation

In Vedic thought, we have the Mrintyunjaya (Victory over death) Manthra from the Rig Veda which in Sanskrit is written as
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्

Transliteration
Om tryambakam yajāmahe sugandhim puṣti-vardhanam ǀ
urvārukam-iva bandhanā mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛitāat

Translation
OM. We worship the Three-eyed Lord Who is fragrant and Who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) is freed from its bondage (to the creeper), may He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.

If

source: poetryfoundation.org
source: cselian.com
youtube: If read by Shasa
youtube: If read by Dennis Hopper
Poet: Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Peace

Peace is an occurrence of harmony characterized by the lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.

In India, when we finish a prayer, we say Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi. Shanthi means peace. Why say it three times? One for self, one for the surroundings and one for the entire Universe(s).

To quote our about page, these are the concentric circles in which conflict arises: Me, Family (and Friends), Community, Country, Work, Work Ecosystems and finally the Whole World. Problems arise because of conflicts within members of these circles, or at the individual level, between myriad thoughts and beliefs.

When you find peace within yourself, you find it in the world. The world can change upon the acts and faith of a single Individual, there are so many Bright Ones who have done it.

There is no point in reading the news and being upset by every conflict / fight. If you can’t do anything about it, don’t let it enter your psyche and wreak havoc. Think love, not hate. Stand up for Truth and Righteousness(Dharma). Don’t lose spirit.

Quotes

But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony – Martin Luther King

The rest of the quotes are taken from wikiquote:
* Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are. – Suu Kyi
* Where there is no justice there can be no secure peace.
* That just laws which uphold human rights are the necessary foundation of peace and security would be denied only by closed minds which interpret peace as the silence of all opposition and security as the assurance of their own power. – Suu Kyi
* If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war.
* he first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes from within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men. – Black Elk, One of the Sioux
* The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. – Omar Bradley, Armistice Day speech
* Islam is peace, these terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.
(at C, I tire of adding more quotes, but any of you are welcome to edit this article)

Devotion

Bhakti, Worship, God and Deva redirects here. So do all the Deities / Objects venerated and worshiped.

Bhakti (Sanskrit: भक्ति) literally means “attachment, participation, devotion to, fondness for, homage, faith or love, worship, piety to (as a religious principle or means of salvation)”. Bhakti, in Hinduism, refers to devotion and the love of a personal god or a representational god by a devotee.

Most simply, bhakti refers to the common religious devotion that is held in the heart of a devoted person of any spiritual faith.

Both Islam and Christianity say “thou shalt not have strange gods before me”, but Hinduism always believes in only 1 God*.

* The apparent multiplication of gods is bewildering at the first glance, but you soon discover that they are the same GOD. There is always one uttermost God who defies personification. This makes Hinduism the most tolerant religion in the world, because its one transcendent God includes all possible gods. In fact Hinduism is so elastic and so subtle that the most profound Methodist, and crudest idolater, are equally at home with it. – GB Shaw.

Religion, in its most general view, is such a Sense of God in the soul, and such a conviction of our obligations to Him, and of our dependence upon Him, as shall engage us to make it our great care to conduct ourselves in a manner which we have reason to believe will be pleasing to Him.

Sacrifice is the first element of religion, and resolves itself in theological language into the love of God.

A religiously developed person makes a practice of referring everything to God, of permeating and saturating every finite relation with the thought of God, and thereby consecrating and ennobling it.

I said before, the most beautiful and most profound religious emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. And this mysticality is the power of all true science. If there is any such concept as a God, it is a subtle spirit, not an image of a man that so many have fixed in their minds. In essence, my religion consists of a humble admiration for this illimitable superior spirit that reveals itself in the slight details that we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. – Albert Einstein

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Cosmos

We are not alone in the universe!

Carl Sagan — ‘The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.’

Even Islam today accepts Angels taking 50000 years to descend from heaven and says there are many worlds whose inhabitants each believe its the only one in all of creation.

Hinduism believes in Devas and Asuras from Devalok. And then, there are astral planets.

The blue planet project (if I’m remembering this correctly) states that there are 160 types of aliens.

in5d outlines the possible places in the cosmos you may have originated from. Mentioned is Lyra and Pleiades.

Pledge

source: chinmayadc.org
youtube: Pledge Talks, Swami Mitrananda

We stand as one family
Bound to each other with love and respect.

We serve as an army
Courageous and disciplined
Ever ready to fight against all low tendencies
And false values, within and without us.

We live honestly
The noble life of sacrifice and service
Producing more than what we consume
And giving more than what we take.

We seek the Lord’s grace
To keep us on the path of virtue, courage and wisdom.
May Thy grace and blessings flow through us
To the world around us.

We believe that the service of our country
Is the service of the Lord of lords
And devotion to the people
Is devotion to the Supreme Self.

We know our responsibilities
Give us the ability and courage to fulfill them.

Om Tat Sat

Indian National Pledge, but can be extended to any country / add other pledges here later.

India is my country.
All Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country and, I am proud of it’s rich and varied heritage.
I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
I shall give respect to my parents, teachers and all elders and treat everyone with courtesy .
To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion.
In their well being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.

Obstacles

source: chinmayamission.com

“Some act till they meet obstacles, others act in spite of obstacles, and conquer them; but some act not, fearing the possibility of some obstacles that might arise en route.”
– Swami Chinmayananda

The very word OBSTACLE indicates to us the attitude required to overcome obstacles. Invoking these attitudes is to invoke the Ganesha within us –

O – Objective Knowledge – “Knowledge is Power.” Gain functional knowledge and skills in your chosen field. Lack of knowhow poses many obstacles.

B – Broadmindedness – “life, when properly tuned, can round the sharp edges in our character.” In a broader vision of Life in its entirety, obstacles are stepping stones to cultivate an inner perfection and an outer excellence.

S – Sensitivity – “Be like a flower. Give happiness and fragrance to all.” A flower produces fragrance from mud, dirty water, manure, etc.

T – Toughness – “The Suffering depends not on the factual happening but on the texture of one’s mind.” Cultivate a ‘tough’ mind through study of the scriptures, faith in a Higher Reality, value – based life, etc.

A – Alertness – “Alert and vigilant living is a sadhana by itself.” Alertness helps one to foresee the ‘obstacle’ and nip it in the bud.

C – Concentration – “Never complain, about the number of hours you have put in to do a job. How much of you was put into each hour of your daily work ?” The sun’s rays (mind) when unified through a convex lens (concentration), burns away a piece of paper(problems & negativities) below it.

L – Love of God – “Don’t tell God how big your problem is. Tell your problem how big God is.”

E – Enthusiasm – “Real men of achievement are people who have the heroism to fuel more and more enthusiasm in their work when they face more and more difficulties. Be Aggressively good.”

Bright Ones

The term was first noted in The Hour of God by Sri Aurobindo and is used by Shasa in Dear Brother. It may refer to:

Artists and Scientists
Authors
Lightworkers (a term I first heard used by Patricia Cori)
Mystics, Prophets and Seers
Yogis and Swamis

Some Examples:
Albert Einstein
Benjamin Franklin
Galileo
Gandhi
George Carlin
Jesus of Nazareth
JRR Tolkien
Mahavatar Babaji
Paulo Coelho
Ramana Maharshi
Robert M Pirsig
Richard Bach
Sri Aurobindo
Sri Yukteswar

and countless, countless other people who have strove so hard for the continuous establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven, a tether to cling on to during the dark ages.

Religion

Wikipedia: A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life, or the Universe.

“Indian religion has always felt that since the minds, the temperaments and the intellectual affinities of men are unlimited in their variety, a perfect liberty of thought and of worship must be allowed to the individual in his approach to the Infinite.” – Sri Aurobindo.

ENTHEOS – Enthuse about God (Theos), is a platform for interfaith dialogue which accepts different articles from our contributors and viewers on the topic on our fundamental oneness and rediscovery of the spirituality within.

Have I spoken this day of aught else? Is not religion all deeds and all reflection? – Kahlil Gibran. Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself – George Carlin.

youtube: What is Sanatana Dharma, Sri Aurobindo, 1909
link: God Without, God Within – Vrekham, Satprem, Dalal et al, SAMA Integral Yoga Playlist
youtube: Set Man Free – J Krishnamurthi Playlist
youtube: Why So Many Gods, Who Am I – Hinduism Playlist

See the Hindu religion is the only one that allows you to think of God in a variety of different ways. Not just father in heaven, like Christianity. Mommy in heaven. Why not mommy? Mommies are sweeter, kinder, cuddlier – Jay Lakhani

Christianity taught us love, Buddhism spiritual discipline, Hinduism spiritual democracy and Islam social order. – Religion, Shasa, 2017

Grant him the understanding that each man is free to choose his religion, that none is superior to the other, that each man understands the will of God according to his own nature and the truth of his being.Harmony Movement Prayer – Shasa, Nov 2015

Dear Theist, I hope someday you’ll understand my love for God. It’s no different than my love for Life, and all that is in it. My religion is no different from yours – it’s just that I can understand yours, but you can’t mine. And because you can’t understand it, you don’t think its the same as yours. And since your so sure your’s is correct, you think mine is wrong. Sweetheart, its all the same – religion just means love of life! – Shasa, 2005

We can either approach this new world understanding by clearing away the encrustations of religion, or ignoring it altogether and coming up with new paradigms – Spirituality instead of Religion, and a Cosmic Divine instead of a God. Whatever we call it, man has discovered Liberty, Equality and Freedom and no-one has forgotten the universal message of Love, borne by Krishna, Buddha, Christ and Mohammed. We all have a value system that is becoming more and more accepting and tolerant of one another. – Reconciling Quality, Shasa, Aug 2015

What with the fast-pacedness and our inability to have wholistic, meaningful lives, we’ve allowed ourselves to be influenced by forces we should have heeded not. Let’s unblock ourselves, focus on connecting with the primal forces, the healing energies, the cosmic love. Let’s all agree to leave the bodies of our Churches, Temples and Mosques, when necessary, but to cling more tightly to the spirit of that universal message. – Islam Not Atheism, Shasa, Oct 2013

And this guy has had enough. and he yells at us to stop. But they’ve got him lock stock and barrel. For now he becomes the devil, come to play tricks on us and cheat us of our place in Heaven. at least so they make us believe. – Religious Appeal, Shasa, Feb 2005

At the core of our website is a belief in the universality that exists in all religions. As they passed through the dark ages, these all became encrusted with untruths and have been diluted by unscrupulous people with ulterior motives. As we become one world and continue living in a new Age of Illumination, it falls upon us to remove the crud and learn to live in peace and harmony. Or, to put it in the words of Aurobindo:

THE WORLD abounds with scriptures sacred and profane, with revelations and half-revelations, with religions and philosophies, sects and schools and systems. To these the many minds of a half-ripe knowledge or no knowledge at all attach themselves with exclusiveness and passion and will have it that this or the other book is alone the eternal Word of God and all others are either impostures or at best imperfectly inspired, that this or that philosophy is the last word of the reasoning intellect and other systems are either errors or saved only by such partial truth in them as links them to the one true philosophical cult.

The major surviving religions are (in order of appearance): Hinduism (Vedic Belief or Sanatana Dharma, read as knowledge), Paganism ?, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity (read as love) and Islam (read as peace).

There are also smaller religions like Sikhism and Jainism which are thought of more as offshoots of Hinduism. Please read this article which throws some light on the caste system in Hinduism.

Our writing is aimed at expounding the core beliefs and helping others understand it from an integration perspective, as Swami Vivekananda puts it: upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance: “Help and not fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”

We leave you with some quotes (all prefixed by * are from wikiquote).

* Religion is a great force — the only real motive force in the world; but what you fellows don’t understand is that you must get at a man through his own religion and not through yours. – George Bernard Shaw
* All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. – Albert Einstein
* have you considered any of the other major religions? They’re all pretty much the same.
* Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
* So many gods, so many creeds — So many paths that wind and wind While just the art of being kind Is all the sad world needs.
* Such religion as there can be in modern life, every individual will have to salvage from the churches for himself.
* Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
* Religion, in its purity, is not so much a pursuit as a temper; or rather it is a temper, leading to the pursuit of all that is high and holy. Its foundation is faith; its action, works; its temper, holiness; its aim, obedience to God in improvement of self, and benevolence to men.
* All noblest things are religious,— not temples and martyrdoms only, but the best books, pictures, poetry, statues, and music.
* Human things must be known to be loved; but Divine things must be loved to be known. – Blaise Pascal

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Swami Sivananda

wiki: Sivananda Saraswati
link: Divine Life Society
source: sivananda.org
source: sivananda.org
source: biharyoga.net
motto: Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate and Realize

He initiated a LOT of people, including:
* Swami Satyananda^1 whose first mission was to spread yoga from door to door and shore to shore, second mission to Take care of your neighbours as I have taken care of you and third mission of Education.
* Swami Chinmayananda who founded the Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organisation, to spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, the nondual system of thought found in the Upanishads, which epitomizes the philosophical teachings of the Vedas and which operates schools.
* Swami Shantanand whose mission was to promote the arts (music and dance) via the Temple of Fine Arts in Coimbatore, Malaysia and Singapore.

^1 Swami Satyananda founded the Bihar School of Yoga in 1963 and in 1994 gave a new message, of Bhakti Yoga. He said that the purpose of human life is to realize God through love and to serve God by helping humanity. He prophesied that while Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga were the panacea of the twentieth century, devotion to God and Bhakti Yoga would be the panacea of the twenty-first.

Song of Myself

source: shmoop.com
wiki: Song of Myself
wiki: Walt Whitman

by Walt Whitman, American Poet, 1855

He didn’t mean in the narrow sense that everyone is or should be like the people living inside the borders of a single country. Nope, for Whitman, “America” was an ideal that anyone could strive for, an ideal of independence, equality, optimism, and brotherly love.

I celebrate myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease . . . . observing a spear of summer grass.

Houses and roof perfumes . . . . the shelves are crowded with perfumes,
I breathe the fragrance myself, and know it and like it,
The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it.

The atmosphere is not a perfume . . . . it has no taste of the distillation . . . . it is odorless,
It is for my mouth forever . . . . I am in love with it,
I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked,
I am mad for it to be in contact with me.
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George Carlin

quote: George Carlin
youtube: YieldMore George Carlin Playlist

I’m a modern man, a man for the millennium, digital and smoke-free. A diversified multicultural postmodern deconstructionist. Politically, anatomically, and ecologically incorrect.
Modern Man

I hope were interfered with again by the extraterrestrials and this time they help… I hope they say were going to do another genetic thing to you humans just like we did when we we taught you architecture…when suddenly you could lift stones up and build the pyramids…when suddenly you had mathematics and many other things…were going to do that again and this time were gonna help you folks…I hope that happens because then all those dreams that I dont quite have for humanity would come true, and that would be the best surprise that I could get.
Alien Interference

1) Thou shalt always be honest and faithful to the provider of thy nookie.
2) Thou shalt try real hard not to kill anyone, unless of course they pray to a different invisible man than you.
3) Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.
The Ten Commandments

I became a sun-worshipper. Several reasons. First of all, I can see the sun, okay? Unlike some other gods I could mention, I can actually see the sun. I’m big on that. If I can see something, I don’t know, it kind of helps the credibility along, you know? So everyday I can see the sun, as it gives me everything I need; heat, light, food, flowers in the park, reflections on the lake, an occasional skin cancer, but hey. At least there are no crucifixions, and we’re not setting people on fire simply because they don’t agree with us.
Sun Worship

I don’t understand why prostitution is illegal. Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. Why isn’t selling fucking legal? You know, why should it be illegal to sell something that’s perfectly legal to give away? I can’t follow the logic on that one at all! Of all the things you can do, giving someone an orgasm is hardly the worst thing in the world. In the army they give you a medal for spraying napalm on people! In civilian life you go to jail for giving someone an orgasm! Maybe I’m not supposed to understand it…

Curious Lives

link: https://pankajdewan.wordpress.com/2010/03/20/
author: Richard Bach

Possibly the most simple, beautiful and most inspiring book ever written. Richard Bach, author par excellence!

Will be back with quotes in time, but I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to buy yourself a copy, read it and then gift it away.

The book is divided into 5 novellas. Each a call to action and license to dream!

Shamrock

A young bright detective whose latest case takes her to the very history of her civilization to find that the famous courtesies of Avedoi Merek were actually written only when they were on the brink of total annhilation from war.

The Courtesies

  1. Whatever harm I would do to another, I shall do first to myself.
  2. As I respect and am kind to myself, so shall I respect and be kind to peers, to elders, to children.
  3. I claim for others the freedom to live as they wish, to think and believe as they will. I claim that freedom for myself.
  4. I shall make each choice and live each day to my highest sense of right.

Budgeron and Danielle

An author and his wife. He strives to write that one classic written for adults, only to find his true gift is in writing stories for children (kits). But in the end he finds that the meaning is timeless and valuable to adults to0.

Bethany

First Ensign, later Captain, Bethany represents whats best in Sea Ferret Rescue, commanding a small crew aboard J101 – Resolute. Their bond only tightens when Chloe, a musician and writer comes on board and she shares a mystical experience with her when they decide to put their lives on the line to rescue all the disks from USS Explorer.

Monty and Cheyenne

The heartwrenching story of a horse-whisperer and his Hollywood starlet friend. How their sense of highest right keeps them apart, though their love remains true till the end.

Stormy and Strobe

The story of 2 pilots and how their angel ferrets have to wrestle their stubbornness to bring them together so they can change the future for a whole generation of children.

Sharing Love

This is a movement started in 2015 by Shasa.

We try an share anything we love, with love.

We believe in a concept called standing on the shoulders of giants, the giants of history with vision and compassion for their fellow man.

We encourage our members to think of their audience and not to say anything provocative or too radical. That’s why its qualified “with love”.

Its a part of the thousand loving movements, first mentioned in Dear Brother

Shasa YM Ferret

These are a collection of speeches by Shasa, the voice of YieldMore.org

His first was at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Seattle, Sunday Nov 17th 2013. He sang a few lines of Cliff Richard’s Sing a Song of Freedom (coinciding with Father Gary’s talk about the word of God). Then read out his Poem Amore and read a few lines from the Wall By Kansas. This was also the first public declaration of the purpose of Yield More.

Second was at a cousin’s wedding reception in Bangalore on the 31st of Jul 2015. Just a reading of Gratitude for Partners followed by a few quotes.

Essays to a Swan

Shasa is the pseudonym of me, Imran. An African bushman (San) word for Good Water, Michel Shasa de Thiry Courtney is a character from The Burning Shore and Power of the Sword.

Essays to a Swan was conceived circa 2013 though some of its essays are older.

Swan, for that is the translation of Hamsa, the ‘royal swan’ of the soul that floats in the cosmic ocean, beholding both its body and the ocean as manifestations of the same Spirit. And its also a play on Soham.

My older work can be seen here (pre 2016). Divine, Dear Brother and Charted are some of my most inspired ones.

In 2016, I began writing short pieces of blank verse and in 2017, to make them rhyme. These are listed below. Prose I began writing again in 2017 August and these can be found here.

Vol I

  1. Amore / Love – March 2004
  2. Thank you (to God) – Saturday, 26 March 2016
  3. Sara (2 lovers) – 13 April 2016 (thought of 20 Nov 2015)
  4. Wishes – Birthday wishes, Nov 2016
  5. Sandra (girl and boy) – Nov 2016
  6. Mother – 12 Nov 2016
  7. Son – 19 Nov 2016
  8. Sasha / Teacher – 15 Dec 2016
  9. Ebbs and Flows – 23 Dec 2016
  10. Infants – 31 Dec 2016 – for N
  11. Hope – 31 Dec 2016
  12. Brother – 31 Dec 2016

Vol 2 (Jan – Mar 2017)

  1. Cousins – 14 Jan 2017 – For SA
  2. Mentors – 15 Jan 2017 – for Jayan
  3. Nature – 22 Jan 2017
  4. Muse – Male – 22 Jan 2017
  5. Doing – 4 Feb 2017
  6. Friends (rhymes) – 8 Feb 2017 – For S
  7. Love – 11 Feb 2017
  8. Teeming with Life – 12 Mar 2017
  9. The path to God – 12 Mar 2017
  10. Dauntless – for Bethany Nikka – 18 Mar 2017
  11. Perfection (rhymes) – 19 Mar 2017
  12. Acres Wild (rhymes) – 19 Mar 2017

Vol 3 (Mar 2017 – July 2017) – Rhymes

  1. A friendly Nod – 25 Mar 2017
  2. Wistfulness (rhymes – alternately) – 25 Apr 2017
  3. Touched (by His hand) – 3 Jun 2017
  4. Cycle – 3 Jun 2017
  5. Inspire – 3 Jun 2017 – for Uma
  6. Eros – 19 Jun 2017 – for B
  7. Mademoiselle (French, doesnt rhyme) – 23 June 2017
  8. Tether – 15 Jul 2017 – for SS
  9. Sivam – 23 Jul 2017 – for Uma’s Father Sivaraman
  10. Once (partly rhymes) – 25 Jul 2017 – for F
  11. Light – 25 Jul 2017 – for F
  12. Glimmer – 29 Jul 2017 – for S

Vol 4 (Aug 2017 – ) – All Rhyming unless mentioned otherwise

  1. Friends II – 6 Aug 2017 – for Veena and Rahul
  2. Notables – 6 Aug 2017 – For Tolkien et al.
  3. Striving – 7 Aug 2017
  4. Dwell – 13 Aug 2017 – for A
  5. For Maa – 23 Aug 2017 – for Vasantha
  6. Music – 2 Sep 2017 – for Vasantha
  7. Toi – 9 Sep 2017 – for SA and MA
  8. Fate – 29 Sep 2017 – for F
  9. Stormy – 2 Oct 2017 – for Richard Bach
  10. 123ABCDEFT – 9 things I learned by loving (doesnt rhyme) – 3rd Nov 2017
  11. To [have and to] hold (doesnt rhyme) – 12 Nov 2017
  12. Go Back for Pater – 24th Dec 2017

I also have now, 4 prayers.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

wiki: Jiddu Krishnamurti
quote: Jiddu Krishnamurti

To have compassion means to have passion for all things, not just between two people, but for all human beings, for all things of the earth, the animals, the trees, everything the earth contains. When we have such compassion we will not despoil the earth as we are doing now, and we will have no wars.

Truth is a pathless land (dissolution speech):
You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?” “He picked up a piece of Truth,” said the devil. “That is a very bad business for you, then,” said his friend. “Oh, not at all,” the devil replied, “I am going to let him organize it.

Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it.

If an organization be created for this purpose, it becomes a crutch, a weakness, a bondage, and must cripple the individual, and prevent him from growing, from establishing his uniqueness, which lies in the discovery for himself of that absolute, unconditioned Truth.

I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies.

Of what use is it to have thousands who do not understand, who are fully embalmed in prejudice, who do not want the new, but would rather translate the new to suit their own sterile, stagnant selves?

You want to have your own gods-new gods instead of the old, new religions instead of the old, new forms instead of the old-all equally valueless, all barriers, all limitations, all crutches… when I say all these things are unnecessary, when I say that you must put them all away and look within yourselves for the enlightenment, for the glory, for the purification, and for the incorruptibility of the self

The only spirituality is the incorruptibility of the self which is eternal, is the harmony between reason and love… I want therefore to set man free, rejoicing as the bird in the clear sky, unburdened, independent, ecstatic in that freedom.

Again, you have the idea that only certain people hold the key to the Kingdom of Happiness. No one holds it. No one has the authority to hold that key. That key is your own self, and in the development and the purification and in the incorruptibility of that self alone is the Kingdom of Eternity.

But those who really desire to understand, who are looking to find that which is eternal, without beginning and without an end, will walk together with a greater intensity, will be a danger to everything that is unessential, to unrealities, to shadows. And they will concentrate, they will become the flame, because they understand.

The Individual

link: Man the Microcosm
youtube: Inherit the Wind 1960
link: Inherit the Wind Quotes

We are all made in God’s image. The individual human, in all his glory…

As is believed, as in the macrocosm, so in the microcosm (see auromere link at top):

“It is necessary to remember the fundamental principle of the Tantra Sastra that man is a microcosm (kshudra-brahmanda). Whatever exists in the outer universe exists in him. All the Tattvas and the worlds are within him and so are the supreme Shiva-Shakti. The body may be divided into two main parts, namely the head and trunk on one hand, and the legs on the other. In man, the centre of the body is between these two, at the base of the spine where the legs begin. Supporting the trunk and throughout the whole body there is the spinal cord. This is the axis of the body, just as Mount Meru is the axis of the Earth. Hence man’& spine is called Meru-danda, the Meru or axis-staff. Read more …

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I will let Spencer Tracy say his piece (see youtube link):

An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man’s knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters.

Then why did God plague us with the capacity to think? Mr. Brady, why do you deny the one faculty of man that raises him above the other creatures of the earth? The power of his brain to reason.

Can’t you understand? That if you take a law like evolution and you make it a crime to teach it in the public schools, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools? And tomorrow you may make it a crime to read about it. And soon you may ban books and newspapers…
AR – Brady on the Stand

If the Lord wishes a sponge to think, it thinks! Therefore, let us all accept the divine in others and leave them to their own nature and ways. If we can offer another point of view without intentionally hurting, but in a spirit of love, then do it, else Silence is Golden.

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George Carlin:

No matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group. Planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neighborhood improvement committee; I have no interest in any of it. I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to.

Illustrative of the disparity between static and dynamic. The system can die only when all the individuals are independently good.

Vegetarianism

link: http://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/112
link: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/why-i-gave-up-being-vegetarian/

2017:

But most importantly, when I do eat meat, I choose meat that has nothing to do with the awful practices of the factory farming industry. – Katherine Marko, thealternativedaily.com

2015: Being vegetarian is a personal choice. It should be decided not because killing is wrong. Killing plants too is wrong. Its a matter of what your priorities are. Avoiding rajasic and tamasic food is only important for people who are trying to increase their sattwa.

But since you must kill to eat, and rob the young of its mother’s milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship,
And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still more innocent in many.
When you kill a beast say to him in your heart,
“By the same power that slays you, I too am slain; and I too shall be consumed. For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.
Kahlil Gibran on Eating and Drinking in The Prophet

Which is the same thing being said on stackexchange (see link above) – you must offer it up as a sacrifice to your God. So if you do the same with animals, then its OK.

So again, coming back to priorities:

But the disciples of the saints have as their chief aim and effort in life to rise above the animal plane and to unfold their spiritual powers. Hence they must not eat that which will pull them down to the animal level.
karma and the vegetable diet

That being said, by rearing animals, we are creating opportunities for their souls to take birth and evolve. So in a way, we are speeding up the evolutionary process. So, its a dicey question and the truth is, look at the pros and cons, and let your heart decide.

Swami Vivekananda

youtube: TlwZNmgFBWM
wiki: Swami Vivekananda
The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: “Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.”
Introduction speech at the World Parliament of Religions, 1893
If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world, it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance: “Help and not fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”
Concluding speech at the World Parliament of Religions, 1893