Oneness: Humanity’s Next Evolutionary Step.

Posted on June 11, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-9Since the world began its history has become memorized, recorded and passed down to future generations through the human voice, the printed word, radio and television, and in 2014 the internet. As the days, weeks, months, years, decades, and centuries have passed, mankind has developed ways to communicate which have surpassed the earlier, last-best forms. Thinking about what could surpass the internet leads one to a type of dead-end, because it’s hard to imagine a better tool for communicating around the world to people everywhere. It seems the only way to communicate which exceeds the power of the world-wide web is telepathic, the communication described by those who’ve had a near death experience.

And who’s to say that telepathic communication won’t become as commonplace as talking through computers? During that time in history when everybody believed the Earth was flat, the first persons to point out that it was round were the subjects of ridicule and public humiliation, until little by little the truth about the planet’s circular, ball-like  structure became the new norm. Later on photos and videos from space astonished the world’s people and gave a whole new perspective of Earth’s place; suspended in the universe.

Since the world was born, life has developed gradually in the process of evolution, and it’s interesting to consider the parallels between a person’s own development and evolution to the big evolution of everything . Is there a real connection between a single man or woman’s evolutionary process spanning the time between birth and death and the world’s? Scientists have arrived at the consensus opinion that, although humans may destroy themselves through nuclear war or environmental catastrophe, the Earth should remain, with or without humans, for a very, very long time.

What in the individual’s life experience equates with wars that may end up as nuclear holocaust, environmentally suicidal actions, and other planetary, negative consequences of collective human actions? War becomes carried out by those who believe in the “law of the jungle”, where it’s “kill or be killed”, many times conducted before the most genuine and honorable efforts for creating good understanding are undertaken. On the personal level, war’s equivalent is apparent in situations where “talking it out”, or sitting down to discuss options, get ignored and not chosen; instead the situation moves directly to shouting, bitter and hateful language blocking any real chance to create good understanding, and then resorts/devolves to fist-fighting or worse.

There is no difference between men and women who are average, just as most people on Earth, and those who are in positions of leadership and power which becomes used to start wars – in relation to the options for peaceful resolution of differences. The most important common denominator about peaceful settling of problems, differences, and misunderstanding of individuals and large groups like nations, corporations, and races is the presence or absence of an ability/wish to consider the well-being and happiness of the other person or group.

During so-called “bumps in the road” situations, individuals have the best chance for mutually satisfactory outcomes when both people have the good intent of creating as much happiness for their counterpart as they strive to resolve any differences of view or awareness. The philosophical concepts which are woven in the seemingly simple “Do unto others what you would have done to you” – the Golden Rule – have always been, and will remain forever, the highest wisdom on Earth. On this there is no argument, for it is spiritual truth.

To bring about a world of true peace, brotherhood/sisterhood, and loving kindness requires only observance, practice, and total acceptance of the Golden Rule, from the individual level to the level of governments. Now people will say that it’s not that easy – not by a long stretch. There are complex issues which have been seriously studied and discussed for centuries by the most well-read and educated men and women who’ve ever lived, and they weren’t able to successfully create a plan that humanity could follow to bring about world peace.

Essentially, the Golden Rule is all about using the spiritual power of love as the basis for all actions, on personal and collective dimensions. The spiritual power of love is very real, as any person who loves their family members can attest. Looking at those photos and videos from space – the ones which reveal no national boundaries to war over, or hundreds-of-miles-wide signs to name the nations of the Earth like “United States”, “Russia”, “China”, “Brazil”, “India”, “Australia” etc. – the observer sees clearly that the photos show the Earth as one.

The Earth is one, and the Earth’s people are one family. Why is it that the entire human family hasn’t come to the point where they love one another just as men, women, and children love their family members all? Because believing in separation, division, boundaries – and that any man or woman who possesses and expresses a genuine desire for the happiness of all is “utopian and naïve” – equals believing that the Earth is flat.

Just as those who lived when the entire human race believed the Earth was flat –  those who first faced ridicule and public humiliation for even suggesting the truth of Earth’s roundness – men and women living now who suggest that the human race is a real family without any separation face similar treatment for speaking the truth. The Earth is round.

For those with spiritual eyes to see, it is clear that oneness is the next step in human evolution.

Now is the time for worldwide acceptance of taking the next step on the universal evolutionary journey, acknowledgement of the highest wisdom available, and a thorough understanding, knowing, and public revelation of ultimate reality.

Humanity is one.

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(Thank you to Mempfis333 @ YouTube)

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Unleash The World’s Weapons Of Mass Peace Now.

Posted April 25, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

398-2-1The world’s people have been moving in recent years to a philosophical and spiritual place of higher consciousness where war, killing, and violence are seen as no longer acceptable. At risk of being accused of having “delusions of Utopia” or a “rose-colored” outlook on what is humanly possible, let it be suggested that a combined demand for peace in Ukraine by the world’s men, women, and children can indeed be successful – and place humanity firmly on the path to a world without war.

So, this writing is a call – a “message in an internet”, if you like – for the human race to rise and stand together as one family and declare as loudly as humanly possible: “NO!” to war. Because war has become a dinosaur in the year 2014, and no longer understood as any means of conflict resolution between civilized, reasonable people. A potential war in Ukraine will be a civil war with the direst of consequences. For the love of God, if Ukrainians are going to war let it be one fought in the debate hall, for all people in Ukraine to participate in. Allow your weapons to be ideas, concepts, reason and a genuine meeting of minds and hearts – with the firmest resolve of arriving at an agreeable and peaceful solution.

People of Ukraine and the world, hear the voice of American Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), who fought in the American Civil War:

“You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out.”

“I am sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood. War is hell.”

“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory but, boys, it is all hell. You can bear this warning voice for generations to come. I look upon war with horror.”

People of Ukraine and the world, read the words from the final chapter of Bhagavad Gita and take what strength you can for the great battle for peace.

Infinite Spirit

Arjuna: Krishna, I want to know the real essence of both renunciation and relinquishment.

Lord Krishna: Giving up actions based on desire, the poets know as “renunciation”; relinquishing all fruit of action, learned men call “relinquishment.”

Some wise men say all action is flawed and must be relinquished; others say action in sacrifice, charity, and penance must not be relinquished.

Arjuna, hear my decision about relinquishment; it is rightly declared to be of three kinds.

Actions in sacrifice, charity, and penance is to be performed, not relinquished—for wise men, they are acts of sanctity.

But even these actions should be done by relinquishing to me attachment and the fruit of action—this is my decisive idea.

Renunciation of prescribed action is inappropriate; relinquished in delusion, it becomes a way of dark inertia.

When one passionately relinquishes difficult action from fear of bodily harm, he cannot win the fruit of relinquishment.

But if one performs prescribed action because it must be done, relinquishing attachment and the fruit, his relinquishment is a lucid act.

He does not disdain unskilled action nor cling to skilled action; in his lucidity the relinquisher is wise and his doubts are cut away.

A man burdened by his body cannot completely relinquish actions, but a relinquisher is defined as one who can relinquish the fruits.

The fruit of action haunts men in death if they fail to relinquish all forms, unwanted, wanted, and mixed—but not if men renounce them.

Arjuna, learn from me the five causes for the success of all actions as explained in philosophical analysis.

They are the material basis, the agent, the different instruments, various kinds of behavior, and finally fate, the fifth.

Whatever action one initiates through body, speech, and mind, be it proper or perverse, these five causes are present.

This being so, when a man of poor understanding and misjudgment sees himself as the only agent, he cannot be said to see.

When one is free of individuality and his understanding is untainted, even if he kills these people, he does not kill and is not bound.

Knowledge, its object, and its subject are the triple stimulus of action; instrument, act, and agent are the constituents of action.

Knowledge, action, agent are threefold, differentiated by qualities of nature; hear how this has been explained in the philosophical analysis of qualities.

Know that through lucid knowledge one sees in all creatures a single, unchanging existence, undivided within its divisions.

Know passionate knowledge as that which regards various distinct existences separately in all creatures.

But knowledge that clings to a single thing as if it were the whole, limited, lacking a sense of reality, is known for its dark inertia.

Action known for its lucidity is necessary, free of attachment, performed without attraction or hatred by one who seeks no fruit.

Action called passionate is performed with great effort by an individualist who seeks to satisfy his desires.

Action defined by dark inertia is undertaken in delusion, without concern for consequences, for death or violence, or for manhood.

An agent called pure has no attachment or individualism, is resolute and energetic, unchanged in failure and success.

An agent said to be passionate is anxious to gain the fruit of action, greedy, essentially violent, impure, subject to excitement and grief.

An agent defined by dark inertia is undisciplined, vulgar, stubborn, fraudulent, dishonest, lazy, depressed, and slow to act.

Listen as I tell you without reserve about understanding and resolve, each in three aspects, according to the qualities of nature.

In one who knows activity and rest, acts of right and wrong, bravery and fear, bondage and freedom, understanding is lucid.

When one fails to discern sacred duty from chaos, right acts from wrong, understanding is passionate.

When it thinks in perverse ways, is covered in darkness, imagining chaos to be sacred duty, understanding is darkly inert.

When it sustains acts of mind, breath, and senses through discipline without wavering, resolve is lucid.

When it sustains with attachment duty, desire, and wealth, craving their fruits, resolve is passionate.

When a fool cannot escape dreaming, fear, grief, depression, and intoxication, courage is darkly inert.

Arjuna, now hear about joy, the three ways of finding delight through practice that brings an end to suffering.

The joy of lucidity at first seems like poison but is in the end like ambrosia, from the calm of self-understanding.

The joy that is passionate at first seems like ambrosia when senses encounter sense objects, but in the end it is like poison.

The joy arising from sleep, laziness, and negligence, self-deluding from beginning to end, is said to be darkly inert.

There is no being on earth or among the gods in heaven free from the triad of qualities that are born of nature.

The actions of priests, warriors, commoners, and servants are apportioned by qualities born of their intrinsic being.

Tranquility, control, penance, purity, patience, and honesty, knowledge, judgment, and piety are intrinsic to the action of a priest.

Heroism, fiery energy, resolve, skill, refusal to retreat in battle, charity, and majesty in conduct are intrinsic to the action of a warrior.

Farming, herding cattle, and commerce are intrinsic to the action of a commoner; action that is essentially service is intrinsic to the servant.

Each one achieves success by focusing on his own action; hear how one finds success by focusing on his own action.

By his own action a man finds success, worshipping the source of all creatures’ activity, the presence pervading all that is.

Better to do one’s duty imperfectly than to do another man’s well; doing action intrinsic to his being, a man avoids guilt.

Arjuna, a man should not relinquish action he is born to, even if it is flawed; all undertakings are marred by a flaw, as fire is obscured by smoke.

His understanding everywhere detached, the self mastered, longing gone, one finds through renunciation the supreme success beyond action.

Understand in summary from me how when he achieves success one attains the infinite spirit, the highest state of knowledge.

Armed with his purified understanding, subduing the self with resolve, relinquishing sensuous objects, avoiding attraction and hatred;

Observing solitude, barely eating, restraining speech, body, and mind; practicing discipline in meditation, cultivating dispassion;

Freeing himself from individuality, force, pride, desire, anger, acquisitiveness; unpossessive, tranquil, he is at one with the infinite spirit.

Being at one with the infinite spirit, serene in himself, he does not grieve or crave; impartial toward all creatures, he achieves supreme devotion to me.

Through devotion he discerns me, just who and how vast I really am; and knowing me in reality, he enters into my presence.

Always performing all actions, taking refuge in me, he attains through my grace the eternal place beyond change.

Through reason, renounce all works in me, focus on me; relying on the discipline of understanding, always keep me in your thought.

If I am in your thought, by my grace you will transcend all dangers; but if you are deafened by individuality, you will be lost.

Your resolve is futile if a sense of individuality makes you think, “I shall not fight”—nature will compel you to.

You are bound by your own action, intrinsic to your being, Arjuna; even against your will you must do what delusion now makes you refuse.

Arjuna, the lord resides in the heart of all creatures, making them reel magically, as if a machine moved them.

With your whole being, Arjuna, take refuge in him alone—from his grace you will attain the eternal place that is peace.

The knowledge I have taught is more arcane than any mystery—consider it completely, then act as you choose.

Listen to my profound words, the deepest mystery of all, for you are precious to me and I tell you for your good.

Keep your mind on me, be my devotee, sacrificing, bow to me—you will come to me, I promise, for you are dear to me.

Relinquishing all sacred duties to me, make me your only refuge; do not grieve, for I shall free you from all evils.

You must not speak of this to one who is without penance and devotion, or who does not wish to hear, or who finds fault in me.

When he shares this deepest mystery with others devoted to me, giving me his total devotion, a man will come to me without doubt.

No mortal can perform service for me that I value more, and no other man on earth will be more dear to me than he is.

I judge the man who studies our dialogue on sacred duty to offer me sacrifice through sacrifice in knowledge.

If he listens in faith, finding no fault, a man is free and will attain the cherished worlds of those who act in virtue.

Arjuna, have you listened with your full powers of reason? Has the delusion of ignorance now been destroyed?

Arjuna: Krishna, my delusion is destroyed, and by your grace I have regained memory; I stand here, my doubt dispelled, ready to act on your words.

Sanjaya: As I heard this wondrous dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, the man of great soul, the hair bristled on my flesh.

By grace of the epic poet Vyasa, I heard the mystery of supreme discipline recounted by Krishna himself, the lord of discipline incarnate.

O King, when I keep remembering this wondrous and holy dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, I rejoice again and again.

In my memory I recall again and again Krishna’s wondrous form—great is my amazement, King; I rejoice again and again.

Where Krishna is lord of discipline and Arjuna is the archer, there do fortune, victory, abundance, and morality exist, so I think.

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People of Ukraine and the world, take what strength you can from the last portion of The Morning Prayer for the great battle for peace.

God created nights, seasons, lunar days and weekdays.

God created wind, water, fire, and the nether lands.

In between these God established the Earth as home to practice truth and virtue.

God created different kinds of species with various colors and habits, such species have countless different names.

They are judged according to their deeds and actions.

The God himself is true and true in his court.

There the accepted saints look graceful.

The marks of blessing and mercy of God is poured upon all.

The good and bad of everyone are judged there.

Satguru Nanak says that true facts become known in his court, when you go home you will see this.

The above is the moral duty of the realm of righteousness

Now we narrate the working of the realm of knowledge

Countless are winds, waters, fires, Krishnas and Shivas.

There are countless Brahmas who are fashioning in various forms, colors and clothes.

There are a number of earths and mountains for doing various deeds, and there are innumerable lessons to be learned.

There are many Indras, suns and moons, galaxies and countries.

There are countless yogis, enlightened ones, and countless forms of goddesses.

There are countless gods, demons, saints, jewels and oceans.

There are countless sources of creation, languages and many dominions of kings.

Countless are the men of divine knowledge and countless the servants of God.

Satguru Nanak says that there is no end to God’s bounds.

In the domain of knowledge, spiritual learning shines brightly.

There it produces endless delight, melodies, amusement and joys.

The language of reaching the realm of spiritual happiness is beautiful.

Unique beautiful forms having no parallel are finished there.

What is happening in that sphere cannot be described.

If anyone attempts to describe it they shall have to repent afterwards.

There inner consciousness, intellect, soul and understanding are molded.

There the genius of the pious persons and men of miracles is molded.

In the sphere of action and grace the spiritual power is the main force.

No one else can reside there but those blessed with the spiritual force.

The very powerful warriors and heroes reside there.

In them the might of the pervading God remains fulfilled.

Everyone is fully merged with God’s admiration there.

Their forms of beauty are indescribable.

They never die nor are they created because God’s name resides in their hearts.

The saints of various worlds reside there.

They cherish the holy eternal ever in their hearts.

Formless God resides in the realm of truth.

God beholds the creation which he has created, and grants his kind glance and bestows upon them happiness.

There are continents, universes and solar systems in that region.

If someone tries to describe them he knows there is no limit or end to this.

There are universe upon universe and creations over creations.

They function according to orders issued by God.

God beholds his creation and feels happy by contemplating over it.

Satguru Nanak says that to describe the realm of truth is as hard as steel.

Make purity and modesty your furnaces and patience as your goldsmith.

Consider your mind as your anvil and divine knowledge as your tools.

Consider fear of God is as your bellows and practice of penance is the fire.

Treat the Love of God as thought where in filters the nectar of God’s name.

Thus in the true mint, the divine word is fashioned.

This is the daily routine of those on whom God casts his divine grace.

Satguru Nanak says that God with his kind look makes them happy.

Air is the guru, water is the father and Earth is the great mother.

Days and nights are the two nurses, in whose laps the whole world is at play. Good and bad deeds are judged by the God of justice.

According to their deeds, some will be adjusted near him and some will be distant from God.

Those who have contemplated his divine word would pass through all toils.

Satguru Nanak says that their faces flow with the glory of the divine light and many more are saved along with them.

Unleash the world’s weapons of mass peace.

Now.

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(Peter Kater – R. Carlos Nakai “Quietude)

Blessed Are The Peacemakers Of 2014.

Posted March 29, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“I can say without the slightest hesitation, and with all humility, that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.”

– Mahatma Gandhi (1869-assassinated 1948)

ocean222In the Bible, Matthew 4:8-9 reads, Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, “All these I will give to you, if you will fall down and worship me.”

World events and tragic wars in recent years have many men and women searching for wisdom to help them gain any understanding of the reasons for continuing violence on Earth, along with knowledge of philosophical teachings that point humanity in the direction of peace. Thank you to Dandelion Salad blog for posting an interview of Father John Dear recently, where he discussed spiritual issues and his latest book “The Nonviolent Life”.

Having never heard of John Dear, the interview was very insightful. He shared his experience in the early 1980’s as a 22 year old traveling to El Salvador, and spending time with six nuns who were eventually shot and killed by men armed by the Reagan administration. During those conversations with the nuns he heard them say that there was a good possibility that they would be killed, but the level of their faith and wish to end the violence in El Salvador illustrated a commitment to peace that John Dear would never forget.

During this time Oscar Romero – a priest who spoke out against government sponsored killing of El Salvador’s poor – was shot and killed while in the pulpit pleading to El Salvador’s political leaders for peace. The six nuns and Oscar Romero understood, lived, and died in spiritual alignment with the words, “Greater love hath no man, that he give up his life for his friends”.  That greatest love is in 2014 becoming understood by an increasing percentage of humanity, whether consciously or unconsciously, and evidence of this increased understanding is offered in mass movements to end war, violence, inequality, and injustice.

Because of this worldwide phenomena a war was stopped in Syria in August 2013, where men and women from all regions and nations on Earth communicated through social media – Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and over the internet’s alternative media – their rejection of another war. Essentially the world’s people are telling politicians and business leaders that war is no longer acceptable, and a new way of peaceful cooperation on Earth must be created.

Those men and women who have been moved to work for peace have the shared experience of seeing innocent men, women, and children suffer the worst consequences of wars fought because men and women have succumbed to the temptations of wealth and power and “all the kingdoms of the world”. Those who make the decision to work for peace also share their reactions upon seeing such massive, unnecessary human suffering – a level of empathy and compassion for fellow members of the family of man that drives them to tears.

During nonviolence activist John Dear’s interview he noted that Mahatma Gandhi read “The Sermon On The Mount” every morning and evening for 45 years. Gandhi was multi-spiritual, seeing the value in all traditions. The classic Eastern spiritual text – “Bhagavad Gita” – was Mahatma Gandhi’s bible, and he always had a copy with him wherever he traveled. Gandhi said:

“I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God-given… I came to the conclusion long ago… that all religions are true, and also that all had some error.”

When John Dear mentioned Gandhi’s disciplined, 45 year, twice-daily reading of The Sermon On The Mount, he presented a fact about the life of Gandhi that many men and women may be unaware of. In these times, the spiritual wisdom offered by those words studied intensely by one of history’s greatest peacemakers is precisely what men and women around the Earth are searching for.

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.

You are the salt of the Earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and Earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of  heaven.

You have heard that it was said to the men of old, “You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment”. But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, “You fool!” shall be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first to be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.

You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.

You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy”. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.

Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.

And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

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View John Dear’s interview here.

Visit John Dear’s website johndear.org.

Spiritual Politics: Not Your Father’s Church And State.

Posted February 12, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“I cannot think of the present state of humanity as that in which it is destined to remain… Only in so far as I can regard this state as the means toward a better, as the transition-point into a higher and more perfect state, has it any value in my eyes.”

– Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814)

tetons 2-1There has been a movement in recent years to dovetail science and spirit which has led to a number of profound experiments showing that earlier unproven ideas about the realness of “supernatural” phenomenon are provable. Marianne Williamson, in her run for U.S. Congress in California, is perhaps, if one excludes the traditional clergymen who have served in Congress, the first spiritual teacher who is attempting to marry political science and spirit.

Those who have read any books by Ms. Williamson will be more excited about her political campaign than those who haven’t, because to imagine the political discourse she will engage in after joining Congress brings a sense of excellent possibilities. To the point, she will raise the level of discussion and debate in the moral and ethical dimensions, something that has been painfully absent in Washington, D.C.

When was the last time anyone heard a man or woman representative addressing the Congress or Senate, or on television during one of the many political talk shows, and suggesting a “return to love” – the title of one of Marianne Williamson’s books? Or suggesting that “the humanitarian concerns of women and children around the world must become placed at the top of the U.S. federal government’s agenda”?

Ms. Williamson is probably best known for her writings about the teachings in “A Course in Miracles”, considered a sacred text by many, and which has influenced the philosophical/spiritual lives of millions of men and women. She has suffered the inaccurate designation of her writings as “New Age”, which she describes as an effort to diminish her, and others’, status as spiritual workers, seekers, and teachers. At any rate, her candidacy, at 62 years old, has brought feelings of hopeful anticipation to the men and women that have waited patiently for higher morality and ethics in the United States’ halls of Congress.

“Yet the fact remains that war is a school of strenuous life and heroism; and, being in the line of aboriginal instinct, is the only school that as yet is universally available… What we now need to discover in the social realm is the moral equivalent of war; something heroic that will speak to men as universally as war does, and yet will be as compatible with their spiritual selves as war has proved itself to be incompatible.”

– William James (1842-1910)

She looks at this time in history as a time when the men and women who lived through the activism of the 1960’s and 70’s, including the transformational Vietnam War era, are seriously looking at becoming much more involved – again – in efforts to bring about good changes in society. In a parallel sense, the assassinations of Martin Luther King (MLK) and Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) were responsible for sending a chilling, silencing message to people who worked to bring about a new world where economic justice and peace are ascendant and the focus of governments.

Ms. Williamson sees that entire generation from the 60’s and 70’s now older and facing their mortality, so leaning toward re-entering the work toward a better society and world which the MLK and RFK murders, in an unspoken but fully understood way: “if we can kill these, we can kill anyone”, halted and silenced. One could predict that the men and women who were halted and silenced to some large extent from the fears produced by NDAA will come to the same point of re-entry sooner of later. Let us hope much earlier than the people who raised their voices in the 60’s and 70’s, and now wish to do everything possible before dying.

Those reading this are probably well aware of the reasons Ms. Williamson gives for her decision to run for Congress: de-democratization, a duopoly represented by Democrat-Republican (she’s running as an Independent), the overwhelming power of money in politics, lack of visionary public discourse, etc. She thinks the idea that spirituality has no relation to politics is an idea that has run its course, and is no longer relevant or contributive to improving the living conditions of people in America and around the Earth.

She does not agree that the Occupy movement was a failed effort. She points out that the entire population of Americans are now aware that there is a 1% because of Occupy, which has led to a new way of thinking about what is politically possible, including the very important moral and ethical arguments that have gone missing for too long. Her belief is that government is all about morality, in absolutely stark contrast to the present “legalized form of corruption” extant in Washington, D.C.

In this interview she speaks about the concept which religious traditions’ texts refer to as “illusion” or “Maya”, and the idea that since life is illusory men and women don’t need to become active in politics or other avenues to effect change for the better in this life. She responds that the illusory aspect of life doesn’t “give anyone a free pass” and that, during these times of serious problems – war, harmfulness, poverty, greed, etc. – it is urgent that “all hands are on deck”.

One could view Marianne Williamson’s run for Congress – her ability to articulate a spiritual dimension to politics – as the beginning of a certain “reinvention of politics” which since begun becomes unstoppable. She will be the next member of the United States Congress representing the 33rd District in California.

When listening to the interview, think about how any of the 535 people’s representatives in Washington, D.C. would react to what Ms. Williamson is saying – what their contribution(s) to the discussion would be – if they were sitting in the same room.

“The cause of the different opinions of men. That this difference is the effect of the uncertain signification of words; such as good, interests, and virtue. That if words were properly defined, and their definitions ranged in a dictionary, all the propositions of morality, politics, and metaphysics would become as susceptible of demonstration as the truths of geometry.”

– Claud-Adrian Helvetius (1715-1771)

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