Atheists, like religious zealots, invariably think God is an object (an imaginary one) and, of course, such a One does not exist, neither the supposed Real One of zealots nor the rejected imaginary One of atheists. The distinction to be made here is both simple and subtle. Even typing the word 'God' produces an objectification that misleads. God, like Consciousness, is not an object. The mind (mine included, of course) immediately presumes to know what the preceding sentence means, without having the least clue as to what object-free , aware presence IS.
The same God who created countless billions of carnivorous animals who spent their days ripping other animals apart with tooth and claw in a frenzy of carnage over vast eons of time will send you to Hell for coveting your neighbor's wife.
To conceive... it has two well known meanings... to receive impregnation in order to give birth and to give birth to an idea or notion. In the former case, the result is the duality of self and other. In the latter case, we have the duality of this thought as opposed to all which is not this thought. In both cases, the result is what Vedanta calls Maya, the world of "as if." ... the only one we take to be real... thereby constituting the very possibility of unreality.
A TRAVEL AD FOR THE CITY OF ART
It is obvious that the technology we possess today is far superior to that of thirty years ago. It has evolved. True Art does not evolve. It is timeless. It makes no sense to say that the plays of Samuel Beckett are better than the plays of Shakespeare. Both belong to that timeless place Northrop Frye called "the City of Art." The Stones, The Beatles, Mozart, Meryl Streep, Charles Bukowski, Vivaldi, they're all there. It's quite the city. Both the night life and the day life will rock your world.
Ever notice how some people in America seem to have the same faith in the Second Amendment that religious zealots have in the bible? Perhaps the Second Amendment, too, was written by God.
CLOUDS DARKEN OVER GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
I'm starting to suspect that what such a headline REALLY means is that the banks, the big corporations and the top 1-5% of investors are going to have to get by with mere millions of profit next quarter instead of billions. The other 90 plus percent remain scrambling to make ends meet as usual.
Big ceremony today in Texas, unveiling a statue of Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. News item also mentioned a 9-11 museum piece made from a "part of the second tower that collapsed." Why doesn't this museum have a piece of the third tower that collapsed? You know, the one that dozens of Youtube videos show, but absolutely no one in Washington ever talks about? Not talking conspiracy theory here at all. There's nothing theoretical about the footage of that third building collapsing without being hit by anything.
GANOOSH: There is one simple test by means of which you may tell how exalted or fallen is your state of consciousness. If what you can do comes nowhere near what you want to do, then your state is fallen.
SADHU: All I want to do is breathe and I am breathing. Therefore, I am a god.
BOBO: Finally, someone who understands.
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