Do You Believe in Fate?

Fate as a concept has been around for a long time, way more than two thousand years. In ancient European theology there were even the The fates who spun out the destinies of mankind. People use the notion of fate in physics, in common parlance and in romantic novels. There is this made up concept of soul mate. Souls cannot mate they do not have the necessary equipment. “It was fated that their paths should cross.” Fate is not too far away from karma, dependent origination and cause and effect can be related to fate. If you do that cause you will get that effect, that fate.

We have just seen cause and effect in action. The UK government did a reverse Robin Hood budget, the effects are still rippling out.

I don’t think of fate as a done deal. I think that a fate is a set of lessons which you set up for yourselves by choosing the vehicle you incarnate into. How you handle and learn from those lessons is dependent upon your willingness to cooperate with what you chose for yourself when you felt again that need for meat. One can squander a given life or one can welcome with open hands what life offers.

So, we set up for ourselves a palette of possibility with which we paint our current life. It might be Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso or Warhol. It could be tags on the wall in an underpass. Or a life lived entirely in silicio in the god-dammed metaverse. We might open for ourselves an “only fans” page.

Trying to find out why we incarnated and to cooperate with the purpose of that incarnation is not easy. To do so we must begin to have Soular contact. If we start to sense the emanations of our Soul, we can cooperate and learn that which we need and want to learn.

If we have been an arrogant dickhead in a previous life, we might need to learn intelligent humility in the next. If we have been a doormat, we may need to learn to assert.

Dreaming, can help us to understand our fate. But we need to interpret dreams with an open mind and not with confirmation bias.

This morning I had an extensive dream pertaining to people who imagine that they are right. They think that they are expounding the true spirit of the Toltec teachings. They are so convinced that they know best. I beg to differ.

From my view they have gotten entirely the wrong end of the stick apropos of me. They have screwed up one possibility on the palette of possibility in this life.

Over the years I have offered many of these a feather of “hello” when my dreamer has suggested. In nearly all cases no reply. I am taboo.

I will restate. This is my current best attempt.

I think that a fate is a set of lessons which you set up for yourselves by choosing the vehicle you incarnate into and its circumstances. How you handle and learn from those lessons is dependent upon your willingness to cooperate with what you chose for yourself when you felt again that pressing need for meat. One can squander a given life or one can welcome with open hands what life offers.

Light Through Darkness

It is possible that parts of the world will be plunged into darkness this winter, both literally and metaphorically. Whilst the West ramps up its anti-Putin rhetoric Lavrov only pays lip service to the UN Security council. There is a mobilisation in Russia and the western newspapers comment on Russians fleeing. I think there may be an unwillingness to acknowledge that this conflict is going to be longer and much wider spread. Hitler mobilised. People did not take it seriously.

I have said before that a nuclear winter is one way to slow global warming. It is a stark statement.

The darkest hour is just before dawn.

I personally am concerned for the UK economy with the ideological steps being touted for today. It is not conservative to put everything on tick, on the credit card. There is a choice to put a sticking plaster on and cross your fingers or to actually try something meaningful. The short term thinking of the West is in contrast to the longer term strategy in the East. Trying to please people to stay in power is not necessarily a good idea.

This morning I am thinking about water butts, purifying tablets, Geiger counter and Iodine. My pals at Agroconomy have been in touch. I have bought various things from them before. Is it time to think about a generator? Perhaps not yet.

Darkness precedes light.

Are we going that way?  

The Sword of Taia – the unfettered mind.

The Unfettered Mind (不動智神妙録, Fudōchi Shinmyōroku) is a three-part treatise on Buddhist philosophy and martial arts written in the 17th century by Takuan Sōhō, a Japanese monk of the Rinzai sect. The title translates roughly to “The Mysterious Records of Immovable Wisdom“. The book is a series of three discourses addressed to samurai but applicable to everyone who desires an introduction to Zen philosophy, the book makes little use of Buddhist terminology and instead focuses on describing situations followed by an interpretation. Its contents make an effort to apply Zen Buddhism to martial arts.

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Takuan died in Edo in 1645. In the moments before his death, he wrote the kanji 夢 for (“dream”), and laid down his brush. He also left behind a will stating that a “tombstone must not be built” and that he should be buried without any ceremony in an unmarked grave. His disciples promptly erected gravestones at the temple of Tōkai-ji (東海寺) and also at the temple of Sukyō-ji (宗鏡寺) in Izushi. His grave at Tōkai-ji was proclaimed a National Historic Site in 1926.

Natural Processes are Irreversible – “Like Tears in Rain”

Most sentient beings would accept this statement depending upon what natural encompasses. This is why perpetual motion machines do not exist. It does not distinguish man made as natural. No man made process is fully reversible, a partial or apparent reversibility might exist. But time on the macroscopic scale cannot yet be wound back. One might draw a sword and then put it back in the scabbard, the undoing of drawing a sword. You as a person would have changed because you have had the experience of drawing the sword. The process of re-sheathing the sword looks like reversibility only it isn’t. The energetics are different.

People including scientists forget thermodynamics and forget the notion of irreversibility. Once you have done something you cannot undo it. Life is not like a text editing programme. Life does not have an undo button. People do stuff which they think they can subsequently get out of. They may be able to escape the societal consequences of trespass. Whatever way you look at it, if you wrong another being you have changed the entire world, if only a little globally but perhaps significantly locally.

You can’t un-break a leg, you can repair it.

You can’t put sperm back into a testicle once it has been deposited into a vagina.

Stuff ripples out. People who are selfish and self-centred do not see this because of their auto-proctological perspective.

Petty acts of deception and vengeance can have untold and far reaching consequences. They can become epicentres of karma, sometimes high on the Richter scale. A lie told can destroy lives. A truth hidden can require a lifetime of covering up. Problems not addressed in a timely manner can blow up out of all proportion. I have observed situations where lies lead to further lies and more intricate ones. People who believe they can blag their way out of anything can find themselves painting themselves into a corner or digging a hole. People can forget what they blagged and to whom. Student pastoral care offers a glimpse of escalating pork pies {lies} on occasion. Smart kids think they are smarter than old farts, maybe they are, maybe not.

This notion of irreversibility is a corner stone of impermanence.

If you attain both irreversibility and impermanence you are on the way.

Life is short, irreversible and impermanent. Therefore, how you use your allotted time is highly significant. There are only these fleeting moments of the eternal now. Whatever you do you cannot undo, your thoughts, words and actions ripple out into the wider whole. If you lie and scheme you add poison into the world. If you love and care, compassion.

I have met people who are venomous and vampiric. I have met fewer who are genuinely altruistic and compassionate.

Have you ever done something which has caused consequences to ripple out in a way that you never imagined?

Have you ever been able to reverse any act of yours?

If you avoid apparent societal consequences, have you gotten away with it in the eyes of the universe and on the scales of karma?

Can you really fully blag your way out?

How are you going to use your remaining fleeting moments of the eternal now?

Duḥkha –दुःख – Suffering – Dissatisfaction

For a long while, in this lifetime, I had something of a problem with Buddhist teachings. I kept thinking, “why is it so miserable?”. Why do they keep banging on about suffering all the time? Do they have a poor me, victim mind-set? Oh, it is so unfair, life is so hard, and the universe is mean to me. They pretend to be calm and then they whinge on about suffering…

Then one day I saw the translation – dissatisfaction.

Bingo!

After that it all made sense because so many people are so very dissatisfied with their lot. They always want more, and the grass is always greener somewhere else. This materialistic acquisitional dissatisfaction is aback the climate change crisis. Siddhartha saw this 2500 years ago! What a genius.

The world rotates around more and never finds enough, therefore there is dissatisfaction. People do not have their wants desires and ambitions satisfied. They are hungry ghosts.

Over the years I have met many people, some with good health and a well paid job, who have a massive chip on their shoulder and feel very hard done by even when there is much to be grateful for. There are a lot of whingers and moaners out there who think life is unfair to them even when they are “successful”!

They have the “it is not fair mummy” mantra going around.

It is simple.

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Are you dissatisfied with your life?

If so, why?

Who is the cause of your apparent dissatisfaction?

Have you ever attained the state of enough?

Peeking and Pandora’s Box

From Wikipedia

Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology connected with the myth of Pandora in Hesiod’s Works and Days. Hesiod reported that curiosity led her to open a container left in the care of her husband, thus releasing physical and emotional curses upon mankind. Later depictions of the story have been varied, while some literary and artistic treatments have focused more on the contents than on Pandora herself.

The container mentioned in the original account was actually a large storage jar, but the word was later mistranslated. In modern times an idiom has grown from the story meaning “Any source of great and unexpected troubles”, or alternatively “A present which seems valuable but which in reality is a curse”.

According to Hesiod, when Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus, the king of the gods, took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Prometheus’ brother Epimetheus. Pandora opened a jar left in her care containing sickness, death and many other unspecified evils which were then released into the world. Though she hastened to close the container, only one thing was left behind – usually translated as Hope, though it could also have the pessimistic meaning of “deceptive expectation”.

From this story has grown the idiom “to open a Pandora’s box”, meaning to do or start something that will cause many unforeseen problems. A modern, more colloquial equivalent is “to open a can of worms”.

The word translated as “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos) in Greek. Pithoi were used for storage of wine, oil, grain or other provisions, or, ritually, as a container for a human body for burying, from which it was believed souls escaped and necessarily returned. Many scholars see a close analogy between Pandora herself, who was made from clay, and the clay jar which dispenses evils. 

The mistranslation of pithos is usually attributed to the 16th-century humanist Erasmus who, in his Latin account of the story of Pandora, changed the Greek pithos to pyxis, meaning “box”.The context in which the story appeared was Erasmus’ collection of proverbs, the Adagia (1508), in illustration of the Latin saying Malo accepto stultus sapit (from experiencing trouble a fool is made wise). In his version the box is opened by Epimetheus, whose name means ‘Afterthought’ – or as Hesiod comments, “he whom mistakes made wise”.

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The temptation to “stalk” others on the internet is for many, hard to resist, as is that temptation to snoop offered by a nearby unattended ‘phone. People put up various hagiographic profiles about themselves in which everybody is fantastic, wonderful and with tremendous amounts of experience. According to the internet profiles there is a penury of normal bog-standard people, these days. They must have died out. Image is very often manipulated, and the notion of WYSIWYG has made off at haste into the ether.

I wonder how many have opened a metaphorical Pandora’s box in their snooping and stalking?

Deirdre’s advice column in The Sun has quite a few instances where deceit has been uncovered by ‘phone snooping. If I remember correctly “Friends Reunited” back in the day led to many relationship break ups due to “old flames” rekindled. The trouble is when you have seen some gossip or read something you did not know about someone it can be difficult to unsee or forget. Yielding to temptation has consequences.

A cursory curiosity driven “I wonder what happened to X” can become something of an obsession. A casual quick “nose” is very different to an obsessive stalking or snooping. Sometimes it must be the case that it is better not to know, other times “finding out” might be helpful.

The karma of stalking and snooping is more secrets.

If the motive is light, it would be easy to say to someone’s face “I looked you up on the internet.”

If, however you have been stalking them, with a dodgy motive, next time you meet you will in effect have a secret between. By omission you would be lying because for most people admitting to obsessive stalking is not something they would do. A lie causes another lie, in nearly all cases.

It is very unwise to snoop through the ‘phone of someone with whom you allegedly have a relationship. If you are tempted then that suggests either a controlling nature, paranoia or genuine reason for distrust. Yet if Deidre is anything to go by, it is a fairly common practise.

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Have you ever either wittingly or unwittingly opened a Pandora’s Box?

Could you unsee or unlearn what you unleashed?

What Do You Owe – Karma

Many people have karmic debt. In the sense that they have taken way more than they have given or are ever likely to give in this lifetime. This means that they will carry over karma into their next incarnation. It never occurs to people that karma accrues interest just like physical plane borrowing.

Below is the debt as a percentage of GDP map.

As you can see the civilised “western” countries tend to borrow more money relative to production than many others. This is partially due to their credit rating, one suspects. There is a precarious nature to this practise.

I bought a house in 1990 when the interest rates were high and just like many, I maxed out on the size of loan, and lived very close to the wire on my credit cards for a number of years. Luckily, I got a well paid job in Switzerland and was able to ease my situation, without losing the house.

If you look at the graphs in the previous post the UK interest rates and inflation have a roughly parallel track. 1.75% interest rate would have been my wildest dream back in the nineties, bliss, nirvana.

The tory leadership race is concluding, and someone will take the poisoned chalice from party-boi Uncle Brexit Boris. Maybe he will finish his violin solo with another PR stunt to Ukraine.

We have seen what happens in Sri Lanka when there is not enough cash to service debt. Credit rating drops, debt gets more expensive and harder to pay. This can precipitate turmoil and civil unrest.

I personally do not like the look of the gradients in those graphs…

People are mooting tax cuts, which mean less revenue, which either says austerity or more borrowing, more debt. You can’t have your cake and eat it, though it is the desire of many so to do.

Everything has consequences, leaving your biggest market always was a tad unwise.

What do you owe, in terms of money and in terms of karma?

Do you have a large unpaid karmic debt?

If so, are you going to do something about it?

Or are you going to put your head in the sand, cross your fingers, and pretend?

The Karma of Golgotha

I’ll preface this by restating that karma is the law of cause and effect.

I have chosen this title because it is dramatic.

Viewed from one angle the events that led to Golgotha and the execution of Jesus by the Romans were relatively small scale things. Demonstrative and punitive execution was a method of control of populace and probably a regular occurrence. Life was brutal and short back then.

There were some annoyed powerful people who wanted Jesus dead, and they arranged a series of manipulations which all but forced the Romans to kill him. In all likelihood they were probably convinced that they were right and thoroughly justified in their actions.

The shakers and movers concerned, so to speak, were probably few in number and did not want their power base threatened by some upstart. Jesus’ gang was small in number and not overly high on courage. So probably something like less than fifty people were directly involved in the actions of the cause at Golgotha. There were many spectators especially according to recent film dramatizations.

Those who lobbied for death had no idea what it was they were about to unleash. They could not imagine the number of paintings and sculptures they would have been the pre-genesis of. Nor could they countenance the magnitude of the box office receipts or the gold in the coffers of the churches.

This cause, which they had a large role in, shaped world events for the next 20 centuries or so. The effect of their self-interest ripples out across space and time. Even now the karma is playing out all over the world. The many effects of the cause at Golgotha continue and multiply. At this one short nodal point in space-time the history of humanity changed course.

It is possible, over the centuries that many more people were killed than died at the bombing of Nagasaki because of what took place amongst a small handful of people. In fact, the number dead probably runs into many, many millions. The wars between the Christian and Muslim, between protestant and catholic have raged. The Jihadi and the Crusader, the evangelist and the “lucky” indigenous have each bled.

The actions of the few can have implications and consequences beyond conception or measure. This, the Karma of Golgotha, shows us without equivocation. Had it not taken place the world in which we currently exist would not have the form it does today. I would not be sat here in France writing this.

Phew I {We} Got Away with That.

This mentality of getting away with it / stuff / things / behaviour abounds and can be found on all sides.

I know of people who have over egged insurance claims, told barefaced lies and exaggerated beyond fact in official documents. Others like Uncle Boris do not believe that rules apply to them and will squirm, lie and weasel so as to avoid any comeuppance. People behave in a shabby manner and avoid accepting the societal consequences of their actions, this applies to groups of people and not just individuals. There is often a going through the motions window dressing inquiry that is disempowered so as to obscure reality and obfuscate events. It is common practise to appear to inquire in order to avoid. People argue the scope, or terms of reference of inquiry so as to weaken it. The longer and more drawn out the inquiry is, the less timely and more toothless the outcome. People like to manoeuvre. The Grenfell inquiry, what ever happened to that?

In institutions there is the notion of compensation and non-disclosure agreements. Complainants are bought off and silenced, the guilty go free. The “devil” strikes a bargain. On occasion people get away with “it” in plain sight for years, Savile. Sometimes the house of cards comes tumbling down, but only after much wrangling and suffering, Epstein.

Many feel entitled to treat others in a very shabby manner if it enables their self-advancement or the propagation of agenda. I remember people talking about firing colleagues so as to improve REF submission quality and thereby access to research funding. Nice.

The getting away with it here is in the context of not getting found out by other humans. There is this wonderful expression, plausible deniability.

Certain people are adept manipulators and use others for their short term imagined benefit. Manipulation can be a powerful, short term, avoidance technique. People can be very naïve and in giving people the benefit of the doubt encourage sleight of hand. Then again and again, they give people the benefit of doubt over and over. The more status and kudos people have the more leeway for shabby and unpleasant behaviour they are afforded.

“Nobody of high rank would do that…”

“He is famous so he must be telling the truth.”


How do you treat others?

Have you ever felt, “phew, I {we} got away with it?

Do you believe that you can outwit karma?

The Doctrine of the Avatāras as per Blavatsky

From Wikipedia

Avatar (Sanskrit: अवतार, avatāra; pronounced [ɐʋɐtaːrɐ]), is a concept within Hinduism that in Sanskrit literally means “descent”. It signifies the material appearance or incarnation of a powerful deity, goddess or spirit on Earth. The relative verb to “alight, to make one’s appearance” is sometimes used to refer to any guru or revered human being.

The word avatar does not appear in the Vedic literature; however, it appears in developed forms in post-Vedic literature, and as a noun particularly in the Puranic literature after the 6th century CE. Despite that, the concept of an avatar is compatible with the content of the Vedic literature like the Upanishads as it is symbolic imagery of the Saguna Brahman concept in the philosophy of Hinduism. The Rigveda describes Indra as endowed with a mysterious power of assuming any form at will. The Bhagavad Gita expounds the doctrine of Avatara but with terms other than avatar.

Theologically, the term is most often associated with the Hindu god Vishnu, though the idea has been applied to other deities. Varying lists of avatars of Vishnu appear in Hindu scriptures, including the ten Dashavatara of the Garuda Purana and the twenty-two avatars in the Bhagavata Purana, though the latter adds that the incarnations of Vishnu are innumerable. The avatars of Vishnu are important in Vaishnavism theology. In the goddess-based Shaktism tradition of Hinduism, avatars of the Devi in different appearances such as Tripura Sundari, Durga and Kali are commonly found. While avatars of other deities such as Ganesha and Shiva are also mentioned in medieval Hindu texts, this is minor and occasional. The incarnation doctrine is one of the important differences between Vaishnavism and Shaivism traditions of Hinduism.

Incarnation concepts that are in some aspects similar to avatar are also found in Buddhism, Christianity, and other religions.

The scriptures of Sikhism include the names of numerous Hindu gods and goddesses, but it rejected the doctrine of savior incarnation and endorsed the view of Hindu Bhakti movement saints such as Namdev, that formless eternal god is within the human heart, and man is his own savior.

Etymology and meaning

The Sanskrit noun (avatāra /ˈævətɑːr, ˌævəˈtɑːr/; Hindustani: [əʋˈtaːr]) is derived from the Sanskrit prefix ava- (down) and the root tṛ (to cross over). These roots trace back, states Monier-Williams, to –taritum, -tarati, -rītum. It’s cognate to “away” in English, which is root from PIE *au- means “off, away”.

Avatar means “descent, alight, to make one’s appearance”, and refers to the embodiment of the essence of a superhuman being or a deity in another form. The word also implies “to overcome, to remove, to bring down, to cross something”. In Hindu traditions, the “crossing or coming down” is symbolism, states Daniel Bassuk, of the divine descent from “eternity into the temporal realm, from unconditioned to the conditioned, from infinitude to finitude”. An avatar, states Justin Edwards Abbott, is a saguna (with form, attributes) embodiment of the nirguna Brahman or Atman (soul). Avatar, according to Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati actually means ‘Divine Descent’ in his commentaries of The Shrimad Bhagavatam and The Bramha Samhita (mentioned in Brahmavaivarta Purana).

Neither the Vedas nor the Principal Upanishads ever mention the word avatar as a noun. The verb roots and form, such as avatarana, appear in ancient post-Vedic Hindu texts, but as “action of descending”, but not as an incarnated person (avatara). The related verb avatarana is, states Paul Hacker, used with double meaning, one as action of the divine descending, another as “laying down the burden of man” suffering from the forces of evil.

The term is most commonly found in the context of the Hindu god Vishnu. The earliest mention of Vishnu manifested in a human form to establish Dharma on Earth, uses other terms such as the word sambhavāmi in verse 4.6 and the word tanu in verse 9.11 of the Bhagavad Gita, as well as other words such as akriti and rupa elsewhere. It is in medieval era texts, those composed after the sixth century CE, that the noun version of avatar appears, where it means embodiment of a deity. The idea proliferates thereafter, in the Puranic stories for many deities, and with ideas such as ansha-avatar or partial embodiments.

The term avatar, in colloquial use, is also an epithet or a word of reverence for any extraordinary human being who is revered for his or her ideas. In some contexts, the term avatara just means a “landing place, site of sacred pilgrimage”, or just “achieve one’s goals after effort”, or retranslation of a text in another language. The term avatar is not unique to Hinduism even though the term originated with Hinduism. It is found in the Trikaya doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism, in descriptions for the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhism, and many ancient cultures.

Avatar versus incarnation

The manifest embodiment is sometimes referred to as an incarnation. The translation of avatar as “incarnation” has been questioned by Christian theologians, who state that an incarnation is in flesh and imperfect, while avatar is mythical and perfect. The theological concept of Christ as an incarnation, as found in Christology, presents the Christian concept of incarnation. The term avatar in Hinduism refers to act of various gods taking form to perform a particular task which in most of the times is bringing dharma back. The concept of avatar is widely accepted all over the India.  Sheth disagrees and states that this claim is an incorrect understanding of the Hindu concept of avatar. Avatars are embodiments of spiritual perfection, driven by noble goals, in Hindu traditions such as Vaishnavism. The concept of the avatar in Hinduism is not incompatible with natural conception through a sexual act, which is again different from the Christian concept of the Virgin Birth.

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This is the first insight of the rule of the three pronged nagal concerning the second contact with the void.

Note the reference to free beings adopting a form.

Here Blavatsky talks about adepts giving up their freedomn {nirvana} to help humanity as a Nirmanakaya..The adept is born consciously…

Study the paragraph which is on either side of this text. Might it lie aback the Tulku process? Copernicus a reincarnated cleric…