Random Thoughts 5-30-2010

The weather experts are predicting a greater than average number of hurricanes this year with 3 to 7 major hurricanes.  Of course, they can’t predict how many will hit land.

It always amazes me how the cost of airline tickets has nothing at all to do with the distance traveled.  I can fly from Washington DC to Hawaii, spend two nights there(possibly three), and fly home, for about the same as just a round trip ticket to Bangor, Maine.


Just as a stone, a tree, a straw, grain, a mat, a cloth, a pot, and so on, when burned, are reduced to earth (from which they came), so the body and its sense organs, on being burned in the fire of Knowledge, become Knowledge and are absorbed in Brahman, like darkness in the light of the sun.” ~Shankaracharya
Note: The knowledge Shankaracharya is referring to is Gnosis, spiritual knowledge.

In the market for a new home?  Here are two interesting ones on the market:

The house in New York where serial killer Joel Rifkin lived is up for sale.  It’s a two story ranch house. The asking price is$424,500.

Also in New York, the famous house from the books and movies titled, “The Amityville Horror” is up for sale.  This house was also the location of murders and, supposedly, supernatural events after those murders.  The asking price for this one is $1.5 million.

 

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Scripture: The Prashna Upanishad III:8

The sun is the prana of the universe,
And it rises to bring light to our eyes.
The earth draws the lower fire of apana:
The space between sun and earth is samana,
And the moving air is vyana
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Prana is the vital energy of the universe, also known as Chi or “The Force” in the Star Wars movies.  The sun is, of course, the source of the physical energy that powers the solar system.  It is also the source of spiritual energy that come from God, to the spiritual sun, then to us.

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Individuality

    We today consider individuality and individual rights important.  We pass laws to protect individual rights.  We complain about teachers and governments that don’t treat people as individuals.  Yet, in recent years we have given up some individual rights to get greater security, or at least a sense of greater security, so it seems there are things we consider more important than individuality.
    I am totally in favor of individuality up to a point, but if you think about it, total individuality would mean complete chaos.  How could you form a government if everyone did his own thing?  How could a company operate if everyone in it was in charge of himself?  How could you travel if the pilot flew wherever he felt like visiting instead of where the flight schedule said he should go?  So individuality is fine, but we all have to compromise to some extent to benefit ourselves as well as everyone else.  Many centuries ago, two cavemen who had been chasing two separate animals for hours, decided to work together so one would chase while the other waited in ambush to bonk the animal with his club.  They found that cooperation worked and started doing it regularly.  Ever since, people have been finding ways to cooperate to get more done.  That does mean giving up some individuality, such as doing what the boss wants you to instead of what you feel like doing, but that cooperation allows us to have more and do more.
    In spiritual development, cooperation with others is even more important.  It’s like the difference between the music of one person on a guitar and a symphony orchestra.  When spiritual people work together, the vibrations are combined, making it easier to communicate with the Light beings that operate at those higher frequencies. 

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