The Creator Sees All As Equal.

English: Guru Granth Sahib Ji
English: Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted November 30, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion which originated in India during the 15th century. There are between 25 to 30 million adherents of the Sikh tradition, begun some six centuries ago by Guru Nanak Dev, the first of ten Sikh gurus. The primary text of the tradition is the holy scripture Guru Granth Sahib.

The followers of Sikh traditions (Sikhi) have the principle belief in the one God, who Sikhs call Waheguru, guided to realization and connection with the one God through adherence to the teachings  of the ten Sikh gurus, or enlightened leaders, along with the Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Nanak summed up Sikh teaching with the following statement: “Realization of truth is higher than all else. Higher still is truthful living”.

The basic Sikh teachings include the view that all human beings are equal, and that there should be no discrimination based on creed, caste, or gender. No matter a person’s sex, religion, or race, all are equal in the eyes of Waheguru (God). In the teachings Waheguru is sightless, shapeless, timeless, and infinite in power over everything – omnipresent. God can be seen in all of creation and this is in the awareness of those who are spiritually awakened.

Although God is not fully understandable by human beings, God is not wholly unknowable. Through the disciplined practice of meditation one can experience communication with God, a view that other spiritual traditions share. The biggest obstacle to one’s communicating and connecting with God and truth is one’s ego. As realization of truth, and truthful living, is the supreme purpose of life, honest meditation can bring about the taming of one’s ego, allowing for the possible connection with God and truth.

All human beings share the same quality of holding truth inside the body, the truth being timeless and deathless. When a person accesses truth and it shines in that person’s heart, the man or woman then understands the wisdom contained in the religious texts of every spiritual tradition.

Pearl Buck (1892-1973) was an American writer of novels whose “The Good Earth” was the best-selling fictional book in 1931 and 1932 in the USA. Ms. Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. She was one of the first writers to receive an English translation of the Guru Granth Sahib. She said the following about the Sikh sacred book:

“I have studied the scriptures of the great religions, but I do not find elsewhere the same power of appeal to the heart and mind as I find here in these volumes. They are compact in spite of their length, and are a revelation of the vast reach of the human varying from the most noble concept of God, to the recognition and indeed the insistence upon the practical needs of the body. There is something strangely modern about the scriptures and this puzzled me until I learned that they are in fact comparatively modern, compiled as late as the 16th century, when explorers were beginning to discover that the globe upon which we all live is a single entity divided only by arbitrary lines of our own making. Perhaps this sense of unity is the source of power I find in these volumes. They speak to a person of any religion or of none. They speak for the human heart and the searching mind.”

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You may have an awareness of the Sikh traditions through study of the religious texts of Sikhism. For those who may have only heard of the Sikh tradition, or who have never heard of it, this video will perhaps serve as a type of introduction. In my view there can never be too much understanding between men and women from the various regions and nations around the Earth.

 

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Perceptions Of A New Way.

Posted November 29, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

mountain22“What Would It Look Like?”, a spirituality-based short documentary, came out in 2009 and focuses on a philosophy of life on Earth that is becoming more and more appreciated by men and women around the world. The short documentary film’s producers combined commentary, visual images from around the Earth, and a soundtrack which puts the dramatic touch on the film’s message.

The message is never articulated directly, as the film has a kind of pacing which is subtle, leaning on spiritual, metaphysical, and philosophical feelings and ideas, never issuing any type of demand but making mild-mannered suggestions. The men and women in the film are never seen in any state of anger and speak as ones who have no desire for confrontation or separation, but unity.

The filmmakers have created a twenty-minute chance for viewers to simply become silent observers of the world humanity has created. One could call it a kind of not totally silent meditation – a relaxed conversation about the largest issues facing the human race. My view of the film is that it’s most important accomplishment is creating a feeling in the viewer, a feeling which, if absent, makes it impossible to even begin to consider what it will take to bring about good changes on Earth.

My guess is that the men and women who appeared in the film, as well as those who took the actions off camera for completing the project, looked at the final version and shared the same view that what became actualized was a feeling. The film’s title is “What Would It Look Like?”, and it is most definitely a spiritual/philosophical statement that the film makes. Perhaps we can look at it this way – the film opens the door of possibility for humanity.

The work doesn’t offer specific, academic, highly complex solutions. It doesn’t point the finger at the responsible person(s) who have taken the actions leading to the world’s present conditions. In essence, the film does a very good job of starting a global conversation which leads to no-one knows exactly where. The documentary opens up a worldwide discussion in the correct way by setting the mood needed for a good discussion going forward.

The door is now open and since 2009 many millions of men and women around the world have dared to walk through in the search for a better way of living on Earth. Somewhere along the road these millions of people have experienced the feeling produced by “What Would It Look Like?” It is not an entirely original feeling, but one that has been around since the beginning of the world. It is a feeling which will be around from here to eternity.

As the brother from South America pointed out in the documentary: “many things that were once considered utopian are now – every day – considered normal parts/routines of human beings’ reality”.

So, the title of this short film asks “What Would It Look Like?” “It” is the world – life on Earth. The question is a simple-sounding one, yet holds the entire creation, and the future generations of the entire human race, in its vision. And what is that feeling which has been present since the beginning of the world and will be around for eternity?

Love.

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(Video source: Globaloneness channel – YouTube)

 

World Geopolitics, Argentina, Brazil, Etc.

Map of Argentina (green) in South America (big...
Map of Argentina (green) in South America (big map) and in the world (small map in the corner) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted November 29, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

While reading articles on a number of alternative news websites recently, I came across the writing of a fellow from Argentina, Adrian Salbuchi. Like many bloggers, men and women who are interested in researching topics will note any possible leads, be they the names of researchers, or particular websites, etc., so I jotted down Mr. Salbuchi’s name. The particular article which he wrote got me interested in hearing more of what Mr. Salbuchi had to say, so I found this interview from August 2013 at Red Ice Radio’s YouTube channel.

It turns out that Adrian Salbuchi is a man from Argentina who is 60 years old and has spent years studying geopolitics, international relations, and sharing his awareness of how the world operates. I found this interview essentially a very good one in that he delivers ideas and concepts which mirror reality, as opposed to the propaganda which comes from the mainstream corporate media. It turns out that what he says in this interview confirms what I have come across while reading during recent years.

His focus on privately owned central banks, the debt burdens of many nations around the world from those private banks, austerity conditions suffered by millions of men and women in many nations to repay those debts, and the lack of awareness of this historic financial situation, tell me Mr. Salbuchi is a man worth listening to. In this interview he conveys a tremendous amount of distilled, important information, to the point where I consider this 50-60 minutes almost a book on world geopolitics and international finance.

He has knowledge of South American affairs and history because he obviously was born and lived there, but he has the awareness to realize that events in Argentina, Brazil, and other South American countries are very similar to nations of all continents around the world. In other words, he realizes that South America is not unique. The so-called 99% of the world’s people, the average folks who have nothing to do with taking advantage of others for personal gain and power, are all essentially in the same boat.

The so-called 99% all share the existential realities of consequences from actions taken by the so-called 1%, who have been responsible for putting in place corporate and governmental systems which benefit mainly that same 1%, at the cost of the 99% of humanity. Among a wide number of issues touched on in this interview, Mr. Salbuchi talks about so-called “Arab Spring” movements in an increasing number of nations around the world, and how these protests and uprisings are misperceived by people.

He illustrates such misperceptions through a comparison between Argentina and Brazil, where there has been recent protesting by large numbers of citizens in Brazil, yet nothing of the kind in Argentina. Mr. Salbuchi makes the case that Brazil has been the scene of such protests, and not Argentina, because the Brazilian government in recent years has taken actions to break away from the historical status-quo controlled by a global élite, a small number of very wealthy and powerful people, who have no allegiance to any nation.

He points out that Argentina has been under the leadership of a very corrupt group in that nation’s government, and that because of the corrupt status-quo’s continuation there, no organization of popular dissent and protest has been undertaken by the wealthy, powerful, global elites. In other words, the corrupt leaders in Argentina have continued to “get with the program”, installed austerity measures effecting the people of Argentina negatively, while paying off the national debts of Argentina to privately owned central banks.

Mr. Salbuchi points out that the national government could easily write off a large part of the country’s debt because of the fact it is “odious”. A nation’s odious debt is that portion, found after a complete audit of the nation’s historical debt contracts, where the government in power and lenders made the loan(s) with an awareness that the people of the nation were not going to benefit. Adrian Salbuchi asserts that, in the case of Argentina’s national debt, a large part of it is indeed odious, and therefore not the responsibility of current citizens of Argentina to repay. That odious debt had been incurred in years past, mainly in the years 1970-1980, by corrupt elected officials who knew the incurred debt(s) were not initiated for the people’s benefit, but for the benefit of the so-called 1%.

His assertions are in direct agreement with those put forward by John Perkins in his powerful book on geopolitics, “Confessions of An Economic Hit Man“, where Perkins describes the “debt-trap scenario”, one which sees nations’ leaders get rich from World Bank and International Monetary Fund loans in the billions of dollars, the inevitable problems with nations’ repayment, and the austerity programs being now implemented in nations all over the Earth.

Where Mr. Salbuchi and I may have difference is on the concept of a world governing body. I understand his concern about the global elites’ wish to establish total control and his view that a one world government would be the means for such control. My view of such a governing body is not a “new world order” which concretizes the control by the world’s wealthiest and most powerful, but a “new world” where those who have historically sought political, financial, and military power over others are restrained in such a way that there is an evolution of humanity toward greater equality, fairness, justice, and peace.

One can see human society organized on Earth where those who have been all about self-gain at the expense of the many, with the results of negative consequences like increasing wars and destruction, corruption, inequality, poverty, and homelessness, are deterred from taking harmful actions. At the same time, nations can still remain totally sovereign as Mr. Salbuchi suggests, simply agreeing to a basic set of international rules having human decency as the basis.

I think Adrian Salbuchi’s interview summarizes the reality on Earth in an honest, straightforward way that does a good job of giving listeners only the most important details of the world’s geopolitical and societal situation. Mr. Salbuchi simply spends 50 minutes telling listeners what is really going on in the world.

All I can say is that I was very impressed and highly recommend listening to this interview. If time does not allow you to listen now, perhaps you will jot down a reminder to listen later here or on YouTube.

Comments are free.

(Video source: Red Ice Radio channel) – YouTube

 

Holiday Halftime Humor.

Jonathan Winters crashes through a wall
Jonathan Winters crashes through a wall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted November 28, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

It has been some time since a post on this blog has been in the humor category. So, I’ve looked for Thanksgiving/Christmas/holidays related standup comedy to lighten things up around here. Sometimes writers/bloggers get caught in a situation where there is imbalance, and the serious side of life has to become balanced by the lighter side.

In this video there are a number of film clips of Jonathan Winters, who was the most popular improvisational comedian of his time. The video was shown at the 2003 Orinda Film Festival in honor of Mr. Winters, who received a lifetime achievement award. If you are a fan of the comedy improvisation skills of Robin Williams you will appreciate  Jonathan Winters. Williams has said that Winters was an inspiration for him, and the two worked together on television in Mork and Mindy.

Jonathan Winters passed away in April 2013 at the age of 87.

My favorite memory of Jonathan Winters was his acting role in the movie “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World“, including his single-handed destruction of a gas station. At any rate, Mr. Winters had a great ability to make people laugh, and he put that ability to practical use resulting in the enjoyment of millions of men and women. Perhaps you will get a few good laughs from this film.

During halftime of the football games, of course.

(Video source: Randyholleschau channel – YouTube)