The Newsroom

October 31, 2013

The left always loses.

He who sides with technology always wins. – Napoleon

Always thinking defensively, that’s why you’re always number 2. – The Italian Job


Success

October 30, 2013

Success takes you where character cannot sustain you.

– Dave Chappelle on Hollywood


Obama Speaks

October 30, 2013

“It’s interesting, the most powerful political moments for me come when I feel like my actions are aligned with a certain truth. I can feel it. When I’m talking to a group and I’m saying something truthful, I can feel a power that comes out of those statements that is different than when I’m just being glib or clever.”

“And so, the biggest challenge, I think, is always maintaining your moral compass. Those are the conversations I’m having internally. I’m measuring my actions against that inner voice that for me at least is audible, is active, it tells me where I think I’m on track and where I think I’m off track.”


Archetypes Never Go Away

October 24, 2013

Archetypes never go away – they simply transform into a new form.

For example, take the archetypes of a family. Even if you found yourself alone on a deserted island the archetypes will still exist in your psychology and in your everyday experience.

In the same way that Tom Hanks in Castaway made friends with Wilson – a soccer ball – you would identify in your environment your family. And while everyone automatically and subconsciously does this, not everyone will consciously acknowledge it.

So you may attribute the Sun as your father, the Moon as you mother, a mountain as you grandfather, the sea as your grandmother, a dolphin as your sister, an elephant as your brother, monkeys as your children, birds as your cousins, etc.

“The true doctrine of omnipresence is that God reappears with all his parts in every moss and cobweb. The value of the universe contrives to throw itself into every point.” – Emerson in Compensation

Essentially, the manifest universe is holographic and everything is conserved.

And it is not only archetypes that are conserved, it is also individual traits and these traits are probably easier to identify that whole personas.

So if somebody in your life dies, identify the particular traits that you think you have lost and ask, “Where is this trait now?” It may be that the dead person’s traits are now spread across a number of people, pets or things. Perhaps someone else is telling you jokes or criticising you or giving you hugs.

When you “get it,” your way of looking at the world will be transformed. Your life will be transformed.

This is not flaky wishful thinking, but a powerful truth that is just waiting to be recognised. Just look. Prove it to yourself.

Admittedly it does require some creativity and intuition to see the divine order in life, so some people aren’t going to understand this without guidance. But what is the alternative – seeing life as a barren chaos? (Actually, barren chaos is also an archetype so that never goes away)

In Vedic terms, this is Prakriti. Everything is personal. Everything is alive and has personality – even rocks and mountains. The Moon is alive and each star has a distinct personality and is related to everything else. It is a divine drama in which you are playing a role. Prakriti is rich, juicy, dramatic and comprises the whole range of creation. It is sublime and it is not a theory, it is an experience.


Beauty and the Beast

October 23, 2013

With the release of the movie on Princess Diana I decided to have a look at the real Diana on YouTube. I was struck by the clear divergence between how she is portrayed in the movie and how she really was.

In the movie (I’ve only see the trailer) she is presented as someone who visits to the sick and downtrodden out of the goodness of her heart.

But in the interview on YouTube I realised that she visited hospitals because she felt an affinity with those people. Those injured and sick people actually helped and healed her. They were uplifting her as much as she was uplifting them. It was a mutual exchange.

She was not a perfect princess who altruistically descend upon them like a fairy godmother. No, she was as sick as they were (on the inside). She was visiting her disowned parts in an effort to find balance and wholeness within herself.

And because she found genuine solace by visiting them, it was an authentic experience for all involved. The public saw this sincerity but falsely attributed it to do-gooding when she was really self-medicating.

It was a case of the beauty and the beast. Complementary opposites.

I imagine those unpretentious patients who were dealing with bottom line issues were like a soothing balm to all the pretentiousness and superficiality in her life. They were real, humble people in contrast to the social climbing fakes that swarm around wealth, fame and royalty.


Three Aspects of the Absolute

October 21, 2013


God is an Atheist

October 21, 2013

God is an atheist and a theist because he is the totality of things.

Even though spirituality is central to my life, I love watching intelligent atheists on YouTube – like Dave Silverman, Bill Maher, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris.

How can I reconcile the apparent contradiction? Simple. Everyone is an atheist, even the Pope. And everyone is a believer, even Richard Dawkins. Everyone has the same traits just expressed in different ways.

It’s a long story about why the Pope is an atheist as much as a believer, but the simple fact is that belief and atheism are known only in contrast to each other. They exist simultaneously. So by demonising atheism, they demonise an ever-present fact of life. And what you condemn or suppress you end up attracting, breeding or becoming. Just look at the church’s sexual suppression – it turned them into godless (or godly!) monsters.

Both atheists and believers fail to see that what is outside is also inside – that the macrocosm mirrors the microcosm – that yin and yang are complementary opposites but with no opposition. They fail to see the whole and instead favour a part. With their beliefs they take the infinite possibilities of life and say, “This alone is true.” Such a foolish and false position. No one knows everything. No one can make such categorical statements.

Even though finiting the infinite appears to be a very stupid thing, it is also a very beautiful thing. Maharishi talked about how speech binds the boundless. Another long story.

My basic point is that life is whole, balanced and complete and also an unknowable mystery. And the more deeply you integrate these two facts the more liberated you become. Then you become:

“Not much happier, but richer of soul.” Herman Hesse