Fragments part 3

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Point 31 :

I am very critical against the economic and ecological aspects of the western model, but perhaps my main reproach would be that globally huge amounts of energy and efforts are used to generate very little quantities of happiness, stability or security.

Despite their focus, and quasi obsession, on cents, small numbers and tiny percentages to be economically more efficient, our western model economies have a very low energy/satisfaction output.

 

Point 32 :

When we see, historically, what the first “smart” drugs (heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, LSD, ecstasy…) created at a social and individual level, we should be more than careful with the new “smart drug program” waiting in the office of some obscure scientists or business men to get an official authorization.

They may create the most beautiful mental experiences, but what will happen next, physically, psychically, individually, collectively, if these substances are distributed to the general public ? Heroin and cocaine also trigger beautiful mental and physical experiences. Too much beautiful, and this is maybe precisely the problem.

 

Point 33 :

Suits and ties appear to me as the new nazi swastikas, the symbols of the hidden fascism and oppression inherent in our totalitarian neo-liberal societies.

 

Point 34 :

Hypothesis : as soon as the western power forms feel, internally or externally, threatened or criticized in their foundations, then they assume violent forms : wars, fascism, scientific intransigence…

 

Point 35 :

Pyramidal power’s logic has perfection at the center of its fundamental values. Its strength and superiority come from this. The focus on perfection. Is perfection an interesting moral value ? The notion of perfection can be interesting but it can also leave a lot of persons (the “non-perfects”) behind. Moreover perfection can also justify negative goals (see for example the western technological and theoretical “superiority” triggering deep ecological damages).

 

Point 36 :

We should become like gardeners of Nature, and not its intransigent and undisputed masters.

 

Point 37 :

Diabolism, or devil’s cult, is a very ancient, powerful and hidden spiritual school. It has tried to infiltrate the power apparatus and is not something we should make light of (it is in fact maybe one of the worst problem affecting modern humanity, see for example the diabolism and black magic dimensions found in nazism).

Diabolism and the devil’s idea or notion are often a way to satisfy desires (sex, power, domination, money, violence, drugs…) that cannot be satisfied by other religions, spiritualities or intellectual systems. These kind of desires seem to be a powerful element profoundly established inside human psyche. Honestly, who never had strange or unwanted ideas about domination or being the strongest or the most admired ?

The devil’s cult is like an extreme version of these unconscious desires that all spiritual seekers encounter at a time or the other during their quest. The real problem does not come from these desires but from the way to satisfy them or deal with them. Generally speaking traditional spiritualities try to work on these desires in order to reduce their strength (to ease the spiritual development) or direct them towards something more positive. On the contrary diabolism tries to satisfy these desires and even to intensify them. And this can lead to some problems : human sacrifices, pedophilia, sadism, black magic, power games…

Nevertheless the main problem is when the devil’s cult mixes with black magic and becomes very extreme. This then leads to dangerous ideas : for example kill or make suffer other beings (and even, in its most extreme forms, to sacrifice the whole human collectivity or parts of it) to please the devil and access to spiritual benefits. This is maybe among the worst ideas that humanity has ever invented.

But in all these there are in my opinion several fundamental mistakes : 1) to think that evil can lead to good  2) to think that the satisfaction of negative desires can give happiness  3) to think that the devil is the guard of hell (it seems to be more some kind of positive spiritual and moral entities)  4) to think that hell is something pleasant or desirable.

In my opinion all kind of rituals which imply killing or harming other beings cannot give what the actors of the rituals are waiting for : satisfaction of desires. To harm voluntarily, consciously, physically or mentally, can only lead, according to the seriousness of the deeds, now or later, here or there, to negative sensations or phenomena. Hell is a place of extreme, subtle and varied sufferings, resembling a perpetual nightmare, but a nightmare with a quality of existence much stronger than our material realities.

This is the fundamental mistake of diabolism : to offer evil and suffering to a spiritual entity with the hope that it will lead to happiness (happiness being here conceived as satisfaction of desires). But this kind of logic can only lead to even deeper and longer sufferings and dissatisfaction.

We also have to notice that positive (strong or moderate) spiritual experiences give a deep, strong and stable sense of fulfillment and after this you don’t really need a lot of material things to be happy. The excessive focus on satisfaction of (mental or physical) desires (especially gross, vulgar or harmful ones) to reach happiness appears to me as the signs of a deficient spirituality (probably due to the lack of strong moral ideals at the basis and center of the “spiritual” path).

Finally, a last remark about the gap between two things :

1) Persons in power perfectly know about devil’s cult, telepathy, paranormal phenomena, spiritual powers… that is obvious. Persons in power are very much interested by free-masonry, immortality quest, Egyptian magics… They also are very often in touch with sorcerers, spiritual masters… to get protection or achieve certain goals. All these systems have at their center the concept of parallel realities and how to manipulate these parallel realities in order to get some material or spiritual results. Therefore all the persons in power just have to ask two or three questions and they will be perfectly in touch with this kind of parallel alternative knowledge.

2) What the general public receives from the top of the hierarchy (from early school to university) is very materialistic (and only very slightly spiritual) systems, teachings, knowledge, morals…

 

Point 38 :

Hinduism, K.M. Sen, chapter 4 : the caste system : ” The best argument against treating caste-divisions as anything more than a particular social compromise at a particular period in history was put forward by the age-old Bhavishya Purana : ” Since members of all the four castes are children of God, they all belong to the same caste. All human beings have the same Father, and children of the same Father cannot have different castes” (Bhavishya Purana, Brahma Parva, 41,45).”

 

Point 39 :

In our understanding of societies, we have to find balances : between groups, between ages, between sexes, between life and death, between effort and rest…

 

Point 40 :

When I say that the political and social form of our western world is pyramidal, it is at a symbolic level. The symbolic form is just here to represent or simplify a sum of data which would be difficult to describe by other means. In reality this simple symbolic idea assumes many different forms, a little bit like in mathematics when a simple iteration of short equations can give birth to highly complex Mandelbrot fractal forms. Change small data at the beginning of the iterations and you will get different results. Therefore I think that it would be good to slightly give precisions about this pyramidal symbolic form in order to get better approximations of it.

We already talked about the inverted sucking pyramid described in the film Oblivion (see the post “Fragments part 1”, point 4). So beneath the main traditional pyramidal form, we can imagine that there is a smaller inverted pyramid sucking the riches of the world and nourishing the upper pyramid, it would be maybe a better representation.

 

Point 41 :

We should progressively transform the modern intelligence instruments and technological protection systems (on internet, phones…) into instruments to : 1) find positive ideas to go out of foreseeable destructions  2) take into account the grievances of all human beings (in order to perpetually better ourselves if it is possible).

 

Point 42 :

The chakra system is very complex. Minor chakras exist (for example knees, hands, eyes, feet, three or four minor chakras near to the main heart chakra…) and are part of the complex and subtle nadi system, small energetic connexions all over the body and the aura. There are above and under the 7 main chakras other chakras. Above the sahasrara chakra there are spiritual chakras linked to the gods and paradise worlds. And under, beneath the feet at approximately 1 or 1,5 meter there is a chakra, and also a chakra in the exact center of the Earth. Between the central chakra and the feet there are two or three main chakras.

Chakra system organization can be understood by inner mental experiences (yours or some of other persons). See for example Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (III,30) : ultimate discipline or concentration directed “(upon the) navel, it provides comprehension of the arrangement of the cakras in the body” (translation : Shyam Ranganathan).

 

Point 43 :

OM SRI RAMANA MAHARSI“. I received this very simple mantra while peacefully meditating after some energetic mental inner work (mainly based on reiki and psychic healing) about healing planet Earth and all its delicate balances (cosmic, planetary, human, animal, vegetal, subtle, terrestrial…).

According to some mantra practitioners, mantra should not be repeated too slowly, because it can create a sort of spiritual intoxication or torpor. It would be better to repeat them energetically, not too fast (especially at the beginning), but a little bit dynamically. It brings more awareness in the process and is therefore more beneficial (especially mentally). But some may be repeated slowly for relaxation effects.

Mantra come originally from the Vedic scriptures (beginning around 2500 BC) but many mantra have been created during the Hinduist and Buddhist historical developments, mainly to connect to some specific Guru, deity or school of thought.

For example (because there are many) :

Om namah Shivaya (connected to Shiva) ; Om sri Ram jai Ram jai jai Ram (connected to Ram. Used by swami Ramdas to obtain enlightment) ; Om shanti shanti shanti (mantra for peace and connexion with the heart chakra) ; Namo tassa Bhagavato, Arahato, samma-sambuddhassa (connected to Buddha Sakyamuni) ; Namo Amitabhaya Buddhaya or Namo Amida Butsu (Sanskrit and Japanese mantra connected to Buddha Amitabh. But you can also imagine mantra in modern-day languages like : “I bow with great respect at the feet of the Buddha Amitabh”) ; Om mani padme hum (Tibetan mantra connected to the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who is linked to the Buddha Amitabh) ; Om koro koro sendari matogi sowaka (connected to Japanese medicine Buddha)…

However some Sanskrit mantra may be difficult to pronounce correctly because the English letter “a” represents two distinct sounds in Sanskrit. Therefore if you want to practice them correctly it is better to hear them before, by a way or the other.

 

Point 44 :

Usually vegetarian food can be very tasty but, when vegetarian, it is better when preparing meals to focus on the nutritional benefits of the food rather than its taste.

I wonder sometimes if the idea “meat or flesh gives strength” is not a remembrance of the time when we thought that eating an animal or a human being was a way to appropriate its soul.

 

Point 45 :

Decentralization of production : for example small individual electric unit powered by wind or sun ; individual gardening to produce vegetables and fruits (this will reduce the need for pesticides that inevitably comes with big centralized mono-cultural types of farming).

 

Point 46 :

In the beginning of yoga, the practitioner needs intellectual bases for morals and knowledge, bases which will act as a stake for the development. But very often individual experiences will complete, confirm or deny the initial external knowledge, giving it more precision.

 

Point 47 :

When you practice yoga, you begin to be more sensitive to all kind of physical sensations and blockages. Shoulders are often a place where a lot of tensions accumulate. They are tense and go upward, giving a general (unconscious) physical feeling of tension.

It can be interesting during asana or normal day-time activities to learn to recognize these tensions (or others) and relax them easily. Muscular contractions and mental tensions are linked. By working on the shoulders, other minor tensions become clearer : chest, neck, jaws, face…

 

Point 48 :

In survival situations always try to be as much as possible in good spirits, it is essential to prevent mental and physical exhaustion linked to depression.

 

Point 49 :

A general spiritual advice : try to embody the best of what all the religions and spiritual paths of the world (or only one particular path) are looking for, and you will be in (one of) the good path.

 

Point 50 :

Synthesis and fusion of the best of all kind of musics in order to attain euphonia.

 

Point 51 :

1) Misstress Barbara : Effect karma  2) Ben Simms : Remanipulated  3) Tomas Andersson : Numb  4) Tony Thomas : Beginnings  5) Cricco Castelli : Buena vista  6) James Holden : One for you  7) Aleem : Filtri organi  8) Dj Disciple : Treble and bass.

Some good old techno/house tracks (by order of personal preference, the best ones at the beginning), maybe difficult to find in full version. Selection coming (except number 3 and 7), from Carl Cox’s double mix album Global, which is better than the little bit strange double album Fact made of, in my opinion, kind of “cheap” techno music, but it is a fact that there are always some ideas to learn in all kind of musics (even if you don’t like so much at first glance).

 

Point 52 :

Maybe 5 or 6 years ago, I began to read the Koran, but after a few weeks I had to stop because I had to do other things. I recently found a good and easy translation (The Qur’an. Translation : M.A.S. Abdel Haleem. Edition : Oxford University Press). I am really not a specialist but it seems to be a powerful book even if some parts are rather enigmatic. It is certainly due to the gap between a message delivered in poetic, symbolic and religious arabic language 1500 years ago according to very specific social and spiritual conditions and our modern-day predominantly materialistic languages and philosophies.

Here is one excerpt (sura 53) that I found interesting in my first readings because it reminds me of the experience described in the post : “A spiritual experience with Sister Earth”.

“The Star

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

By the star when it sets ! Your companion has not strayed ; he is not deluded ; he does not speak from his own desire. The Qur’an is nothing less than a revelation that is sent to him. It was taught to him by [an angel] with mighty powers and great strength, who stood on the highest horizon and then approached – coming down until he was two bow-lengths away or even closer – and revealed to God’s servant what He revealed. [The Prophet’s] own heart did not distort what he saw. Are you going to dispute with him what he saw with his own eyes ?”.

One day, maybe 8 years ago, during a meditation I mentally met a very beautiful angel. He was a warrior angel (similar in appearance to Archangel Michael). He did not give me messages but told me his name : ” Nathanael “. One or two days after, I looked on internet and ” Nathanael ” means “gift of God” in Hebrew.

 

Point 53 :

The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharsi. David Godman. Page 142 :

“If one concentrates on the sahasrara there is no doubt that the ecstasy of samadhi ensues. The vasanas, that is the latent mental tendencies, are not however destroyed. The yogi is therefore bound to wake up from the samadhi because release from bondage has not yet been accomplished. He must still try to eradicate the vasanas inherent in him so that they cease to disturb the peace of his samadhi.”

 

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About buddhananda
independent spiritual researcher, I find inspiration mainly into the buddhist, hindu and new age fields. I try to find connections between religions, philosophy, economy and technology. My aim is to contribute to the emergence of a better world. I also practice reiki.

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