An Interview Of Mark.

By Jerry Alatalo
ark from Truthscoop.net here on WordPress has kindly accepted an invitation to take part in our recently initiated interview series. Thank you to one of the series’ interviewees, S. Awan, for generously going out of your  way in contacting Mark. And thank you, Mark, for sharing your insights in the following words.
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Mark
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Question 1: What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging – the internet? 

‘Waking up’ and reading/watching so-called, alternative news and commentary, led to commenting. Came out of any pretend-closet. Made knowing about – call it – conspiracy roots and shoots, easier to cope with. Before this, sought to tell the multitudes in a hip side of London, about the alarm and distress in our midst. Got the message; rare interest, while rarer/if at all, active uptake. Began about seven years ago, don’t reckon much has changed. Now talk about here and there, rather than by default. Might signpost and say, search for “Truthscoop”.So here’s motivation? Makes easier to live and when communicating, in doing a DIY – something.

Inspired through an exchange of comments. On Crimes of Empire with the writer James Robertson. Offered to contribute to a post, over and above long comments. So here’s a big why: Encouraged to.

Through him, found Burning Blogger, who invited interested contributors. We corresponded. All in all, out came Truthscoop. Leave their names up to lend myself some well needed credibility.

‘Primary’ motivation is to avoid hypocrisy and exercise true hope. Rap on about each one teach one. “Have a go”. Can’t say we won’t, beat back the wretches. Something about hope, only legitimate, if exacts action. Can’t be hoping and sitting back. Invites, hope-less-ness.

Convinced mass-output in these closing-down-net times, all that might stop the gate shutting. While the internet itself has become a constructive/destructive paradox.

Motive is to stand on the front line with all truth-telling peacemakers.

Do another blog, a back to myself, onward/upwards, Jesus rant. Something to help process and stir-me-up. Potential on the prophetic front. Called, Plant a Seed.

Question 2: How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality?  Christian. One that’s open to, and interested in, answers to the question you ask. Genuine to stand with those differing, not threatened or threatening.

Bit jump up apologetic about my self-definition and assert provisos. Generally gains a sigh of relief, from those might reveal to and discuss.

There are two Christian standpoints and a spectrum; Liberal and Evangelical. My particular mixture doesn’t invite fellowship from either camp. Within evangelicals, progressive lot, might be closest but they loath true-truth about politics. As with all Christians, shun me with blank disdain. Not that I stray on their lines/if at all and spout. No. Know my place.

One distinctive is being an Open Theist. One by-product is this puts end-times mapping and Zionism etc. to bed.

Am one of them insufferable Jesus fanatics. Hell to homosexuality – not traditional on.

Out to get you into God? – Yup.

Question 3: What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective? 

Cor what a ? Go for a related overarching, transforming period. Waking up. Converted to truther talk. Profound developments. Got me to lose my nut. Go extra-strength bonkers. And so should we. Although healthier and better ways though, than my not-ones, are advisable. What this experience brought was a rejuvenation and rediscovery of a calling. Put the world in context. Gave me something to do.

Peeling back political charades and fakery, reality that-is, reveals the puppeteers aren’t materialists. Signs and evidence we have, places them ‘into’ the unseen. Take this as hopeful. Believing there are driving personality/forces, that need our compliance. A few praying women and men…

Know ‘someone’ who can help. Who offers some confident proposals.

So this, done me good. The worst of news, that’s still terrible and the suffering ain’t subsiding. But set me to work. While I do paid work part-time, moving into cheapo-cheapo living. A-coming faith for material provision, to pray far-as, full-time occupation. For some world-wide respite against tyrannical take over. Shaken up and better shaped pockets of new church. This too.

Question 4: What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading and considering your writings?

Want to read some Bible. Talk to the air/could be God?And DIY on the blog front. Self-expression in and about the stuff we’re supposed to shut-up about. Sleep through. Once ding-dong awake: Type, snap, art, graph, turn the video-maker or mic on, put up/hand out…

One more blog etc. or vid channel at it, is worth a thousand thousand hits, on some big-alt-site.

Did one other blog before starting two years ago. In 2000. Called Jesus 2000. Worked in an internet co-op, only place online in Brixton UK. Few had home lines, even fewer with any speed. Tons and tons and tons of blogs coming out. Stopped mine after some days because it was all too indulgent – so concluded. Now on a completely different plea; “Be indulgent, be rubbish and will likely get better. Don’t care about comparing and don’t not, because.”

DIY is for all. For our self respect and health. If nout else.

These are great questions and any brevity is no disrespect or impatience to stop. It’s not wanting to “go on” too much, sensitive, being on the Jesus tip.

Question 5: Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?

‘Having a difficult time’ indicates life over lies. Go “Hallelujah” or what e’er y’shout, in not going along, knowing not caring or looking. And/or denying. Be thankful, not into this self-induced, mental sickness. As things progress, being out there and open about the grand scams, is psychological prep. Will help. Have us more able to manage, whatever the other circumstances we face.

Don’t get fazed about the 99.99%. The no-takers about the world for real. This includes ones who say they ‘know’ but haven’t had/or aren’t, ‘having a difficult time’ of it. Knowing is about response over knowledge. Don’t expect looks and culture to determine who’s awake? Proper awake. Those who are… what, 1 in 1000 (or more), those who look concerned, want to know what can do, it matters.

Otherwise, they don’t-so get it, regardless of claiming do. Kiss and move on. At least on this score.

Hence, the need to warrior up and get out there, best can. Go online and scream some honesty. Get lucky and a mate in the local community, who shares your angst and cry together. Then wipe the tears and get feisty, rude and brave. Mean polite but rude, in brazen and emboldened. Lively up and all that, sing some Marley or something, and be the struggle to overcome.

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Thank you again, Mark. Peace.
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The Obstacles to Human Unity and World Peace.

In “The Ideal of Human Unity” Sri Aurobindo approached the root causes of large-scale organized violence and what it will take to eliminate war.

Sri Aurobindo Studies

Sri Aurobindo analyzes the issues that stand in the way of development of a larger societal formation that would work to eliminate strife and bring humanity together for its collective benefit in a peaceful regime.  Without a radical change in the human psychology, all the outer methods and systems fall short of achieving a total solution.

“The mind of the race has not as yet the necessary experience; the intellect of its ruling classes has not acquired the needed minimum of wisdom and foresight; the temperament of the peoples has not developed the indispensable instincts and sentiments.  Whatever arrangement is made will proceed on the old basis of national egoisms, hungers, cupidities, self-assertions and will simply endeavour to regulate them just enough to prevent too disastrous collisions.  The first means tried will necessarily be insufficient because too much respect will be paid to those very egoisms which it is sought…

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An Interview Of S. Awan.

By Jerry Alatalo

r. S. Awan, editor of The Burning Blogger of Bedlam here on WordPress, has kindly accepted an invitation to participate in our new interview series. Thank you Mr. Awan for taking the time and sharing your insights in response to our interview questionnaire, presented in the following words.

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Question 1: What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging – the internet?

Oddly enough, when I started my main blog, it was just for fun. I had no intention whatsoever of writing about serious, grown-up subjects, politics, society, corruption, cover-ups or any kind of ‘truth-seeking’. I had no kind of ‘noble’ intentions. I originally just wanted to write about music, film, comic books and stuff that I’ve been enthusiastic about all my life. I also wrote a magazine column for a while about the supernatural and the more esoteric side of things, so this kind of stuff was what I had in mind for blogging.

What happened was that the world started to feel like it was falling apart just around the same I time I was trying to find my feet with the blogging. The refugee/migrant crisis was escalating, the horrors in Syria were unfolding, a very toxic atmosphere was spreading all across the Internet (and society) with a resurgence of really bad ideologies, and with all manner of rampant corruption and cover-ups going on in plain sight. There was also a sense that a whole sea of misinformation, propaganda and manipulation was going on all over the place – not just in the mainstream, but in various parts of so-called ‘alternative’ media too. And that there was a growing absence of good intentions in most of this, but rather a web of different interests and biases utilising the alternative media momentum and general ‘truth-seeking movement’ (if I can call it that) for their own purposes in order to advance their own agendas and to recruit people to their own ideologies and biases.

I was thus drawn instinctively to start trying to navigate and make sense of all these things, trying to make honest appraisals from the perspective of someone who considers himself largely non-partisan.

Early on, the main thing that really got me working hard was the manufactured ‘terror’ threat and the business of false-flag terrorism. I made it a goal to critically analyse every single alleged terror incident in the West as soon as it happened, so that I could play some small part in undermining the false narrative (and its objectives) as relentlessly as possible.

I guess the motivation now is just to continue to try to make sense of everything as it continues to evolve, spiral or degenerate.

Question 2: How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality?

I would regard myself as a fairly spiritual person, in as much as that I am open to and interested in various spiritual philosophies and schools of thought.

I think a spiritual dimension to our understanding of life, the world and even politics and society, is important: though, admittedly, I’m more comfortable sticking to the meat-and-potatoes of ‘mundane’, non-esoteric things when it comes to writing these days. This is, I guess, because I will always consider my ‘spiritual’ understanding or authority as a work-in-progress and therefore not something I feel I can speak of definitively.

However, I believe – without doubt anymore – that we are partly spiritual or metaphysical beings, probably with a form of multi-dimensional consciousness. I think time is also something we don’t really understand and that there is some profound connection between time and consciousness that we haven’t figured out yet – and probably will never figure out. I tend to think that the answers to some of this reside somewhere where we can’t effectively study them – specifically, in the still-mysterious realms of sleep states and non-waking consciousness.

That’s as far as I’m willing to go, as far as making statements is concerned: as I’m still on a seemingly unending quest to develop my own understanding. And until I do so to my own satisfaction, I probably shouldn’t permit myself to speak on such subjects with any kind of authority.

Question 3: What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective?

It’s hard to say – as I’m not entirely settled on what my spiritual perspective is. However, there’s a bunch of stuff I can say here. Firstly, I’ve had a number of what I would call ‘anomalous’ experiences in my life that have opened me up to the necessity of needing to think about life in different terms. I don’t really want to go into detail about what those experiences were, but they were experiences that definitely force you to get outside of boxed or mundane thinking.

I’ve generally also always been partial to deep thinking and to contemplation of the nature of consciousness and reality. A life-long attachment to science-fiction and comic books has also, believe it or not, made me naturally inclined towards those kinds of considerations. I can’t pinpoint anything to any specific books, but I do think reading Rene Descartes (the philosopher) when I was a teenager probably influenced me a little.

Most of my spiritual perspective has probably come from my own meditations or attempts at self-conditioning over the years. I also, for a period a while ago, conditioned myself to enter into extended periods of what I’m calling ‘hyper awareness’: to explain this better, I basically trained my mind to go into phases where I scrutinise or analyse every single thing I see, hear, think or feel, in order to understand the nature or reality of that thing in a hyper-aware sort of way. It’s extraordinary the knock-on effects this has if you do it often enough. It really trains you to be cognitively ‘alive’ in the moment – whereas I realised that we usually spend most of our days switched off and in a kind of default-mode that takes in reality only very dimly. The drawback with what I’m explaining is that you can’t really do it continuously or all the time, as it doesn’t lend itself to living an efficient, functional everyday life – but even doing this just periodically can have a very interesting effect on your consciousness.

I’ve found that the more cognitively hyper-aware you are at any time, the more you also become aware of yourself and others emotionally, and also the more you become acutely aware of things are connected in different ways, spiritually, energetically, temporally, etc. In that kind of state, you’re more likely to be able to instinctively see, feel or understand the ‘truth’ of a thing – or the truth of many things all at once.

I sort of wish I could maintain that kind of state of consciousness continuously – but it’s just not possible, as far as I can tell.

Question 4: What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading/considering your writings?

I guess it varies, depending on what any given article is about.

For example, one of the things I was really adamant about at one time was convincing people who were perhaps hostile towards refugees that things like compassion or our moral responsibility as human beings and developed societies shouldn’t be considered somehow as ‘outmoded’ thinking. Judging from much of the response to those articles, I probably failed to convince anyone; but it has become evident to me over the years that much of ‘conspiracy theory’ writing or blogging has moved from being about exposing truth to being about giving people justifications to no longer have any compassion for anyone but people like themselves, and to indulge in racism, sexism, homophobia or also a weird kind of religiously motivated ‘conspiracy’ lore that is really just about a specific school of confirmation bias and indoctrination.

In writing about how, for example, neo-fascists were cleverly utilising things like the refugee crisis and the fear of ‘ISIS’ to indoctrinate people into adopting Far-Right viewpoints, I wanted to wake certain people up to the reality that they were being manipulated. Likewise, in writing extensively about Zionist manipulation of Western ‘populism’ or nationalism and its manipulation of Islamophobia, I wanted to demonstrate to more people just how much the so-called ‘alternative media’ or supposedly ‘anti-establishment’ trends and platforms were being co-opted and redirected from what was initially a broadly ‘truth-seeking’ operation to what became instead an indoctrination operation.

In general terms, I guess I want to encourage people to think critically *all* of the time – and to not defer their critical thinking to other parties or agendas, whether that’s in the corporate mainstream media or in some of the highly suspect elements of so-called ‘alternative’ or ‘anti-establishment’ platforms. I really want people to break away from or stay clear of their biases or echo chambers. And to avoid being goaded into ‘camps’ based on sectarian, racial, religious, gender, or sexual biases. But to think, instead, about all of society – or even all of humanity.

Question 5: Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?

The best thing I can think to say is this: get out of the echo chambers. Get out of the camps. And this, most important of all – don’t make the mistake of thinking that anything labeled ‘anti establishment’ is automatically more reliable or noble than the MSM. Doesn’t work that way. Clever manipulators know that they have to move with the times and trends and keep reinventing and re-packaging the manipulations: clever manipulators therefore know how to use both the MSM and how to utilise the anti-MSM or anti-establishment movements and platforms.

My frustration is that too many people make the mistake of thinking that all you have to do is turn away from the MSM and then just defer your thinking to some popular, seemingly anti-establishment platforms or voices. That’s bullshit. That’s the dumbest path of all. Because some of the so-called anti-establishment platforms, movements or voices are far worse, far more manipulative, than the corporate MSM. What they do very well is to take elements of truth that the MSM won’t – and then to assimilate those ‘truths’ into a broader brainwashing agenda that has the style or appearance of genuine ‘truth-seeking’ or truth dissemination, but is really just the emperor’s new clothes.

My advice is to always question what someone’s agenda or bias is. Is the information being forwarded purely for its own sake (the sake of it being simply the truth), or is it being packaged along with an underlying ideology or agenda?

Also, I advise a broad range of news sources or information sources (both mainstream and non-mainstream). Never end up getting all your information from just one source or from just one common ideological network of sources. Keep a broad range.

And, crucially, find sources, writers or bloggers that you trust. And when I say ‘trust’, I mean trust in terms of their motivations, their intentions and their tone. Of course, in reality no writer or blogger is entirely without their own bias or some semblance of an ideological-leaning: but it is fairly easy to discern when someone is trying to manipulate you, poison your thinking, forward a cynical agenda, or simply misrepresent information.

Now, more than ever, we all need to have our critical faculties operating at maximum efficiency.

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Thank you again, S. Awan. Peace. 

 

An Interview Of Santosh Krinsky.

By Jerry Alatalo

r. Santosh Krinsky, editor of Sri Aurobindo Studies here at WordPress, has kindly given a positive response to our invitation to participate in an interview. Thank you Santosh for sharing your thoughts in the following words.

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Question 1…) What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging on the worldwide web – on the internet?

Having heard for years how difficult it was for many people to delve into the writings of Sri Aurobindo, and their consequent lack of knowledge about the issues raised and covered in those writings, and having personally determined that I wanted to find a way to deepen my own appreciation by a steady, systematic review, I combined the intention of a daily study session with the idea of blogging to allow others to participate if they felt so inclined, in this process. 

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Question 2…) How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality? What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective?

I distinguish spirituality from any form of religious practice.  For myself a spiritual life is about recognizing the oneness and inter-connectedness of all life and existence, and then working to transform thoughts, emotions, and actions to express the recognition of that oneness.  During that process, the essential mystical experience is one that opens the heart and mind to the beauty and underlying harmony of existence, which can arise at any time and under any circumstances, whether in solitude walking in a forest, or in the midst of activity of daily life. 

As to memorable transforming moments, the first time I was given a copy of Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine certainly counts as one of those moments.  When I opened it randomly and read the first few paragraphs, I suddenly recognized a connection which has continued now for over 46 years!  Another was when I was residing for a period of time at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry India in 1973 and experienced the Mahasamadhi of Sri Aurobindo’s co-worker The Mother in November 1973.  The events of that time went deep into my psyche and helped me to take a new direction and attitude in my life.

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Question 3…) What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading/considering your writings?

In the end, no amount of reading can replace the actual inner opening and practice of the spiritual principles.   The daily blog post may be a way for readers to step out of their normal hectic lives for a few moments to reflect on how to integrate their spiritual quest in their lives, and if it has that result, I would be gratified. 

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Question 4…and final) Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth.

I find this message from Sri Aurobindo to be essential:   “live within, be not shaken by outward happenings”.   The evolution of consciousness on the planet continues, just as life evolved out of matter, and mind evolved out of life, the next phase of development of consciousness is underway.  One of the hallmarks of this process is the revealing and exposure of the falsehoods and deceptions that have built up under the framework of physical denseness, vital aggressiveness and mental separation.  As the awareness of oneness takes hold, secrets get revealed and all people and institutions of society are impacted.  Those holding power try to hold on using “any means necessary” which causes considerable short-term suffering.  The ongoing force of the spiritual transformation however eventually will be able to gain the upper hand and usher in a new vision that treats the planet with respect, and which recognizes the oneness of all people and does not get bogged down in the mental distinctions of race, religion, gender, class, etc. which so burden all of humanity in today’s world. 

Eventually the deceptions must be revealed.  What is occurring in the modern world is essentially no different than what has happened throughout the vital and mental phases of human evolution, only that the powers of mass media and corporatism  provide added leverage to those seeking to hold power over others and undertake the “self-dealing” that creates enormous suffering in the world for those who are prevented from having access to the world’s resources.  Yet we see an ever growing force of “truth-consciousness” which is beginning to peel back the layers of obscuration and deception so that we become more aware of it.  Awareness is the first stage for any real change of consciousness.  Thus we can see that persistence and patience, understanding and goodwill, and providing an example of action from the state of oneness are the powers that each person who awakens at this critical juncture needs to put into practice.  Speak truth, act with honor, hold goodwill and compassion in one’s heart, and have confidence that the evolutionary process proceeds apace to spread a new power of consciousness that will be able to bring forth the harmony that is so desperately needed in the world.

Actually one thing occurred to me that people everywhere can do along these lines:

People can take active steps to recognize the oneness of all of humanity by building bridges between people of different cultures and religions, sharing and appreciating what strengths each of them bring with them, and looking behind the differences to see the common humanity.  This may involve visiting, participating in and honoring the practices of various religions or spiritual paths, reaching out to people who are disadvantaged and working actively to ease their suffering, as well as acting as a thought-leader in one’s own circles to counter-act bigotry and racism, class consciousness and prejudice with a deeper conviction and insight into the common circumstances of all humanity. 

Similarly, working toward respecting all species who share the planet, and working toward respecting the planet itself and supporting actions that heal rather than destroy, that bring harmony rather than dissension, are all things that people of good will can do.

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Thank you again, Santosh. Peace.