Silent Earth, Holy Earth.

The World Peace monument in a pond next to a s...
The World Peace monument in a pond next to a statue of the Buddha on a lotus in Swayambhunath temple site, Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted December 24, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Let’s hope and pray that men and women around the world will experience good spiritual events with their family, friends, all people, as well as personally. Perhaps humanity will receive the greatest present of all time – lasting world peace and brotherhood between all races, nations, creeds, and backgrounds.

Maybe a sufficient number of people have asked the Creator for some types of supernatural, universal interventions that make a marked difference in the way life on Earth evolves moving into 2014. A sufficient number of men and women around the world have joined their power of positive thoughts around peace and joy to the world, resulting in enough power to bring these ideals into reality.

Considering the ideals brought to light by the man called Jesus – whose birth the world’s people celebrate every year at this time – these days are the perfect time for people to focus on his message of loving God and loving one another “as I have loved you”. One wonders how many around the world are having thoughts now of a world with much more love expressed and lived on Earth, resulting in voluntary laying down of guns and bombs – the end of wars and intentional harming of other human beings.

One wonders how many people on Earth have the idea that matters having to do with spirituality – such as advocating for peaceful resolution of differences, proclamation of the notion that the golden rule is truly what it is all about, that doing no harm is the highest principle for humanity, and forgiveness and reconciliation are the best possible option to prevent added negative actions from being taken – are either signs of weakness or strength.

What is the possibility that the phrase “violence begets violence” is absolute truth, and that awareness of this truth will become universal – leading to spiritual wisdom becoming inserted into discussions concerning war and peace on Earth? Moving forward will there be more dialogue of a higher spiritual nature becoming inserted into the back and forth talks between men and women from all regions and nations?

And who can predict the percentage of people around the world who come to an understanding and a knowing of what has become termed “Christ consciousness”, “Buddha-mind”, and “enlightenment”? And what will any debate consist of – moving forward – regarding the highest possible human wisdom? Will the various major world spiritual traditions end any differences of opinion and wake up to the fact that, in essence, there is no difference – that all paths of genuine devotion lead to Creator/God?

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It is interesting to consider the parallels between Jesus and Buddha regarding material possessions and wealth. Jesus expressed anger – or perhaps righteous indignation is a better term – in the scene where he overturned the tables of the “money changers”, forcefully conveying the bankers’ error of “turning my house into a den of thieves”.

Buddha was born into wealth and luxury, yet turned away from his fortune to seek knowledge and enlightenment, coming to realize that selfish desires such as pleasure and lust, luxury, and other cravings of human beings leads to suffering and unhappiness.

There have been theories proposed about the so-called “lost years of Jesus” that point to his travels East for study and instruction with yogis and mystics of Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Gnostic texts found in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945 contain passages where Jesus may have spoken of reincarnation, a central part of the belief systems of Hindu and Buddhist spiritual texts. Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness mirrors the intense, lengthy periods of meditation and seeking in remote caves, guided by gurus and teachers, of yogis of the East.

Native Americans have practiced youth-to-manhood “vision quests” for centuries, where the men and women aspirants spend four days or longer without food or water on mountaintops – alone with nature – guided by a respected spiritual leader or medicine person, in search of spiritual knowledge and enlightenment.

Francis of Assisi was born into a wealthy merchant family and walked away like Buddha to search for spiritual truth. Many point out the present Pope Francis, Time Magazine’s 2013 person of the year, speaking on the world’s economic situation in a manner similar to Francis of Assisi.

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So, spirituality seemed like the most proper subject for Christmas Eve. Because I hold that all traditions are each facets of the diamond of spiritual truth, the following documentary is about Khyentse Rinpoche, the principal teacher of the Dalai Lama. Its title is “The Spirit of Tibet”and includes a very interesting biographical study of Khyentse Rinpoche. The Dalai Lama is quick to say that his teacher was very helpful in his spiritual practice – the film shows that he taught others all the way to the end of his life.

Khyentse Rinpoche spent fifteen years in meditative and spiritual exercise, an intense time where the aspirant forgoes comfort, luxury, or wealth in the search for enlightenment. Perhaps it would not be a stretch to compare long periods of meditation by Buddhists, Hindus, Native Americans, and others to the 27 years in prison spent by Nelson Mandela. There seems to exist a commonality where the person becomes actively engaged to self-conquer or control one’s thoughts and mind.

Khyentse Rinpoche spent the morning hours from 4 am to 9 am in meditation and prayer – a practice the Dalai Lama has inserted into his daily routine. One could relate meditation to prayer, as both are periods of silence and contemplation. So, quiet time is common to every tradition on Earth. Wisdom received through meditation and prayer burns away ignorance and self-centered emotions, resulting in more positive thoughts and actions of compassion and concern for the end of suffering – the happiness – of others.

In the film the Dalai Lama speaks about the Buddha‘s instruction to students to consider him a teacher, and that he was pointing out each person’s innate ability to train their mind positively. This may be seen as related to Jesus’ pointing out that “greater things than these shall you do”, illustrating his role as teacher similar to Buddha. Native American medicine people are sure to point out that any healings come from the Creator, the Great Spirit, and that healing power comes from God through the medicine person like a “hollow bone” – from the Creator/God to the patient.

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Whether you consider yourself an adherent of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Judaism or one of the folk religions – may you experience a Silent Earth, Holy Earth.

 

 

 

 

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Syria Truth Comes To America – Mother Agnes Miriam.

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Joan of arc 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted November 16, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Mother Agnes Miriam is currently in the United States on a multi-state speaking tour about Syria, supported by small donations from people concerned about the humanitarian crisis in that country. As she has been in America for a week, I was hoping to find a lengthy interview on YouTube (YT), and I found an hour-long one that was posted 15 minutes earlier.

In this interview Mother Agnes speaks to Mr. Bedros Hajian of the YouTube Channel Nergakh Armenia. As far as I can tell Mr. Hajian is an Armenian-American Christian leader who produces YT videos for the men and women of Armenia. At any rate the discussion is informative, lengthy, and insightful.

Mother Agnes could be compared to a modern-day Joan of Arc, speaking out for the men, women, and children of Syria who have been the victims of geopolitical manipulations and interference in the land of their birth. My view of Mother Agnes is of a woman who serves God and the people, who does not take a side, but serves the Creator and people.

She has a message for the American people, which begins with the importance of seeing through the mainstream media’s distorting of the truth about what has occurred in Syria for over two years. To be frank, media lies. Mother Agnes, in a soft-spoken style, points out that the media has not told, or hidden, terrible crimes against humanity committed by mercenary “rebels” who represent a foreign intervention to dismantle the sovereign nation of Syria.

She goes on to say that she believes the warring rebels are fighting a proxy war in Syria, financed, supplied, and trained by nations outside the country and Middle East region. She calls it a form of invasion, fortunately dodging an escalation in recent weeks but still ongoing, presenting a constant danger for the region and world.

I was hoping that Mother Agnes would come to the geopolitical reasons for the warring in Syria, perhaps confirming what many see as a natural gas pipeline / energy industry competition gone insane. For whatever reason she does not touch on geopolitical issues. She says that the powers involved are heavily invested so a wider war is still a great concern.

It is interesting to hear Mother Agnes speak about the way the world has devolved to “a total collapse of civilization” where the “most powerful apply laws of their own self-interest and agenda”. She speaks of a “total inversion of international equilibrium” which is a “threat to sovereignty of states” and allows some to use “daisy cutter bombs while committing crimes against humanity” where the deaths of 500,000 children in Iraq due to sanctions was seen as “an acceptable cost (Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright)”. Mother Agnes describes the world situation where the most powerful financial and military organizations impose their own laws as “barbarism”.

She shares that upon arriving in the United States that she “did not find the U.S. like the movies (portray)” or “what we have heard about”.

“Finance-military might will not resolve anything”. Mother Agnes goes on to share her view that a type of “Brave New World” is where the present situations are leading humanity. She asks the American people to consider why the United States has become viewed around the world as oppressive and an invader.

Mother Agnes returns to emphasize her view that the mainstream media is giving the American people propaganda, suggesting Americans demand media accountability, and points out that “bad information leads to bad decisions”. At this part of the interview she states the truth that “you (U.S. Government) are supporting terrorists” and should instead choose the “non-violent way”.

Her view that violence is a negative, terrible philosophy, while non-violence is a good way to live together and creates good partnerships between nations and peoples of the world, is simple and a fresh breath of air with regard to discussions of war and peace. Her efforts are all about bringing reconciliation and peace to the war-torn nation and people of Syria, which will require all parties to come to the negotiating table.

Finally Mother Agnes points to the faked videos of the August 21 chemical attacks, that the Obama administration almost used to attack Syria – before Russia and the U.S. agreed on Syria’s destruction of their entire chemical weapons stocks. She has called on the United Nations to conduct an un-biased commission to determine where the alleged over 1,400 victims have been buried, who the children – and their parents – in the videos are, and who made some of the videos before August 21.

At the end of the interview Mother Agnes Mariam tells the American people that “it is not too late to end the lies and chaos.” An end to support and empowerment of the “most radical people ever… can help to create brotherhood among all nations”.

She hopes to help “Americans open their eyes and make the right choice”.

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To find more information on Mother Agnes Miriam’s American schedule, visit:

syriansolidaritymovement.org

Syria Debate Brings Historic Awareness To Humanity.

Posted September 11, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

393-1Humanity has experienced a truly profound increase of awareness since August 20, 2013, when chemical weapons killed hundreds of people in Syria.

When we consider all the time and effort spent by men and women – even children – to learn about what was really happening, why it was happening, and everything having to do with the Syrian crisis, we realize it is unprecedented.

The reason people all over this Earth, in every country and region, have spent, and are now spending, their time and effort to know the truth, is that people everywhere have had enough of lies, manipulations and wars. There is a sense among all people that it is time for a new way of living on this Earth – that wars, violence, greed and hate are no longer acceptable.

And because of that sense people all over the world are pushing as hard as possible to change things for the better, for all people. This push is almost an unconscious action which takes place without even thinking about the real reasons for doing it. We have all heard of those who rose to the occasion when a fellow human being was in a dangerous situation.

Probably the most well-known example of this rising to the occasion is when a son or daughter becomes pinned beneath a car, and the mother of the child exhibits super-human strength to lift the vehicle to save the life of the child. Other examples abound where even complete strangers come to the aid of a fellow human being who is in need of help, where the man or woman risks their life to save the other.

Can we imagine the herculean effort, the time spent by men and women all over the world, to do something, anything, to prevent escalation of violence in the country of Syria? I mean, just ponder what has occurred all around the planet in the last three weeks, since August 20. Take a moment and try to estimate how many people have made an effort for peace. Try to imagine the faces of every man, woman and child on Earth who has made such an effort since August 21, 2013.

Millions, perhaps billions of people have joined together for one cause: peace between human beings on the planet we call Earth. And why? Because fellow human beings were in harm’s way and many millions are suffering because man has yet to learn how to turn swords into plowshares – to live as one.

When we think deeply about a human being making an effort to help his or her fellow-man in a time of risk and danger, we become overwhelmed by the whole set of issues, circumstances and situations that humanity faces together. Our emotions become pulled this way and that, in every direction, violently and quietly, sometimes to the point of exhaustion – ready to give up the fight.

Then something happens on a planetary level which gives people the strength to keep on keeping on, to resume the good fight, the fight for love, peace and brotherhood among all people everywhere, in every country. Our eyes, which have become cloudy through the shedding of tears for those innocents trapped in horrific conditions not of their making, become clear again, and see that there is no stopping now, no turning back on the path which leads to peace on Earth.

We find that we are re-energized and ready to take up the good fight, and fight it all the way to completion. For this is the wish, the will of every human being on this Earth: to live a good life free from war, greed and hatred. When we think about what is possible, during our quiet times devoted to contemplation and introspection, the reason and mind which the Creator gave us successfully identifies the thoughts, words and actions to move forward in a good way.

During those quiet times of contemplation we may have thoughts of the possibilities of humanity. We ask ourselves if it is really, truly possible for the human race to agree to end wars and killings, or is this somewhere down the road, maybe generations from now?

We wonder if it is possible that humanity will create a world where everyone realizes the oneness of all people, all life, and all things, and that to harm another is only to harm one’s self. We wonder if it could come in our lifetime, in the here and now. We can visualize such a world in our God-given minds and imaginations. We come to understand that this type of world is what everyone wants and deserves to live in; that if this generation created such a world then future generations would also have a good life.

Then we start to think of the true meaning of love… 

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Heaven On Earth. Conclusion.

August 9, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo

“All the philosophers of the world who had a religion have said in all ages: ‘There is a God; and one must be just.’ That, then is the universal religion established in all ages and throughout mankind. The point in which they all agree is therefore true, and the systems through which they differ therefore false.”

– Voltaire (1694-1778)

mountain11The writer is a human being just like you. He is no better and no worse than anyone else. We are not interested in being smarter, more erudite, more evolved or more enlightened than another. We simply want to share our thoughts with others honestly and communicate in a good way. What this work is about is the honest expression of ideas, observations, and sharing them with our brothers and sisters in the family of man. We could be sitting in our living rooms talking about these things.

We want you to know that this work was written by one who very simply has a wish to help improve conditions here on Earth. It is as simple as that. To be totally honest with you creating Heaven on Earth has already begun. Many men, women and even children are actively making the effort to bring about a true communication of ideas which will transform this world. It is extremely moving to witness the increased understanding and coming together of the family of man.

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to all of you who are doing what you can to create a better world for all. Let your actions be filled with joy and optimism and love. You deserve happiness for your motivations are honest and heroic. God bless this Mother Earth, the human race and all sentient beings. We sincerely wish to send to you all the warmest regards and peace.

What can we say about the ultimate destination? We have some clues from those who have had a near death experience. After watching interview videos of men and women who tell of their experiences, one is left with a feeling of great optimism for the future. The personal accounts of these folks are extraordinary and enlightening. If you have yet to experience these personal accounts, by all means do so, as you will find both wisdom and inspiration.

It seems that there is a greater interest in the near death experience as there are several best-selling books written by those who recall them. When we think about the timing of this increased interest in spiritual matters such as these, we can safely say that this is a very special, important time for humanity. One has a sense deep down that something very, very special is occurring on Earth. The neat thing is that more and more people are sharing this positive feeling of anticipation that good things are happening.

What is coming is what comes when one human being communicates in a good way with another human being, and understanding is created. What is coming is what comes when one human being connects with another human being in a good way, and friendship is created and accepted. What is coming is what comes when people to people communication occurs in a good way, and friendship and love is created and accepted. What we are about to experience on this planet Earth is the entire human race communicating in such a good way that friendship and love is created and accepted. Humanity is about to experience Heaven on Earth.

“Fear not that the tyrants shall rule forever,

Or the priests of the bloody faith;

They stand on the brink of the mighty river

Whose waves they have tainted with death: …

And their swords and their scepters I floating see

Like wrecks, on the surge of eternity.

– Percy Shelley (1792-1822)

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