Last night, a washing-machine-sized lump of rock plummeted from the depths of space right across the face of Utah, USA, and right across the news screens. there are now quite a few videos on-line because the people of Utah are so paranoid (it appears), that the whole place, offices and homes alike, seems to be plastered with security cameras. Here’s one:
The meteor didn’t ground but made the night sky like daylight, so much so that it tripped the street lights off! So much for the science – these things fall all the time, usually in the ocean as it’s the biggest target. That’s me with my science hat on!
But why Utah? And why just now?
Out of all the places in the world, eh?
As a Buddhist, I see it as a warning for the people of Utah to wake up and throw out the bad things in that state! It’s a warning of dire karmic retribution, with my Buddhist hat on.
Maybe some folk in the state see the same thing? It’s a religious place where people avidly quote Bible passages and look after each other. The Bible is full of such instances – y’know? Sodom and Gomorrah and such-like. So I hope some people have thought something like this, because if they don’t clean up their act soon and stop ripping the whole world off with their legalised criminal schemes, some form of retribution will undoubtedly unleash itself that’ll make the few FTC arrests we’ve already seen seem like an invitation to a dinner dance.
It may be a ‘god’ thing, it may be the retribution of ‘the universe’, or ‘Gaia’, but I can feel it coming. Maybe the Salt Lake will overflow to it’s ancient boundaries and swallow the whole place? It’s happened many times historically, and, despite the detractors, we are in period of rapid climate change with changing rainfall patterns globally. Last year, they had a big earthquake…?
Exploring the Simultaneous Nature of Cause & Effect
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Finale, Episode – “All Good Things…”
"The Trial Never Ends": Q and Captain Jean-Luc Picard discuss the collapse of the anti-time eruption.
I’ve just watched the double episode finale to the TNG Picard series just after the cyclists finished their ascent of Mont Ventoux in this years Tour de France. It was “All Good Things…”(see link, link & link for full episode info)
In a nutshell, Picard, by the absolute faith that his crew have in him, across three different life-times, undoes a space-time anomaly of their own creation which saves life on Earth…
What I saw was a fine dramatic representation of the Buddhist principle of karma transcending time and space, and the principle that karma (all that we and our lives are) can be changed both backwards and forwards in time; The simultaneity of cause and effect!
Well! While all fine and dandy as a piece of fiction, how can I say that this is what it’s really like?
Nichiren Daishonin, the 12th century Japanese Buddhist monk, in a letter to the grandmother of Jibu-bo Nichii, one of his disciples, tried to explain a bit of the history behind a ceremony for the dead to her. (A Buddhist service held for the repose of the dead. Such ceremonies were conducted annually, usually on the fifteenth day of the seventh month.) In it, he says, almost a conclusion to his explanation,
The Venerable Maudgalyayana put his faith in the Lotus Sutra, which is the greatest good there is, and thus not only did he himself attain Buddhahood, but his father and mother did so as well. And, amazing as it may seem, all the fathers and mothers of the preceding sevengenerations and the seven generations that followed, indeed, of countless lifetimes before and after, were able to become Buddhas. In addition, all their sons, their wives or husbands, their retainers, supporters, and countless other persons not only were enabled to escape from the three evil paths, but all attained the first stage of security and then Buddhahood, the stage of perfect enlightenment. – On Offerings for Deceased Ancestors, WND, p820
I’ve highlighted the crushing significance that summarises the whole letter, both in it’s literal summary and as it’s sense and meaning. Nichiren is saying that we can affect the past from now, as well as the future. Like Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek episode, the past, present and future are as one, overlapped, affecting each other in a miraculous way.
It’s as if the arrow of time , something everyone experiences in their daily lives, does not exist.
Maudgalyayana gets killed
Of course, faith is behind all of this; but if we accept both tales at face value there is much to commend it and the value system for life that they support. Here’s how it panned out for Maudgalyayana….
He was a disciple of Shakyamuni, (the person we call “The Buddha”, idolised in many lands). Maudgalyayana was supposed to have supernatural powers, such as mind-reading, out-of-the-body experiences and walking through walls. He also brought bad karma upon himself by killing his parents which led to his death at the hands of bandits. To change his karma, he studied the Lotus Sutra, so that later, when he met the bandits he ignored his powers and did not defend himself.
Harry Patch fought at the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I
Shakyamuni said that even supernatural powers are of no use to avoid one’s karma, especially when it is so heavy… That’s what was said and believed at the time.
But is it true? Is any of this possible?
I believe it is so. We can change the past as well as future. Harry Patch who died today aged 111, recalled shooting a German in the leg so as not to kill him (see here), just after seeing a young man die. He said,
“I fell in a trench. There was a fella there. He must have been about our age. He was ripped shoulder to waist with shrapnel. I held his hand for the last 60 seconds of his life. He only said one word: ‘Mother’. I didn’t see her, but she was there. No doubt about it. He passed from this life into the next, and it felt as if I was in God’s presence. I’ve never got over it. You never forget it. Never.”
When they reached the enemy’s second line four Germans stood up, and one ran forward pointing his bayonet at Patch who, with only three rounds left in his revolver, wondered what to do. He then deliberately fired at the man above the ankle and above the knee….”You’ve got a memory. You’ve got a brain about the size of a tea cup. I’ve got a memory that goes back for 80 or 90 years and I think that memory goes on with you when you die. And that’s my opinion. Death is not the end.”
Experiences like this can be rationalised into the mere electrical workings of the brain. But in a way, Patch’s actions shaped the rest of his life. He didn’t die early, and maybe had the well-known “survivor’s guilt” for not doing so. But like the fictional Jean Luc, he has communicated across the ages and affected people because of it. Without being a Buddhist, his actions have nevertheless been Buddhist.
The follow up to the quote above (from a BBC documentary), is that his three chums were blown to bits 6 weeks later. His not un-natural words were;
“If I had met that German soldier after my three mates had been killed, I’d have no trouble at all in killing him”….
The thing is, he didn’t. The order of events was different and as in the Star Trek story, who’s to tell what’s what?
Planck’s Constant and Entanglement
J B S Haldane: My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
It’s been said that if Planck’s Constant were slightly different – or maybe not so constant – then we ourselves might have the supernatural powers to be able to walk through walls like Maudgalyayana. In fact, the physics says that this must be so! The natural repulsions of atoms would be different and matter could diffuse through matter with less interaction (or be totally inert depending which way it went).
F. W. Dyson, A. S. Eddington, and C. Davidson, "A Determination of the Deflection of Light by the Sun's Gravitational Field, from Observations Made at the Total Eclipse of May 29, 1919"
Surely this is a definition of supernatural?
Entanglement is another “spooky” quantum property. Einstein did not like this because of the “simultaneity” which went plain against his experimentally provable Relativity theory (Edington proved this because light bends near large masses). But it exists and experiments have now been done that confirm (at least so far) simultaneous action at a distance. (see Was Einstein Wrong?: A Quantum Threat to Special Relativity). So experiments prove both instantaneous action at a distance and space-time bending….
Surely, this also is a definition of supernatural?
“My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we cansuppose.” – JBS Haldane
…although a better version, attributed to Edington goes,
“Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”
Nichiren, in his explanatory letter to the grandmother of Jibu-bo Nichii, follows the passage above with a quote from the Lotus Sutra saying,
Therefore, it is said in the third volume of the Lotus Sutra, “We beg that the merit gained through these gifts may be spread far and wide to everyone, so that we and other living beings all together may attain the Buddha way.”
This is also similar to a further sentence which I say twice every day,
But those who practise meritorious ways, who are gentle, peaceful, honest and upright, all of them will see me here in person, preaching the Law. At times for this multitude I describe the Buddha’s life span as immeasurable…
When Patch first spoke about WW1 he said, “For eighty years I’ve never watched a war film, I never spoke of it, not to my wife. For six years, I’ve been here [in the nursing home]. Six years it’s been nothing but World War One. As I say, World War One is history, it isn’t news. Forget it.”
He obviously hated everything about WW1. But for his last 11 years, after living a life of gentle merit, he finally spoke and told his tale. Like the Venerable Maudgalyayana who changed his karma, bathed in the ‘queerness’ of the universe, Patch changed his by finally telling his story after sowing the seeds so long ago. He’s made sure people don’t forget it. The Star Trek episode “All Good Things…” touched on this also. Where the past meets the present, which meets the future.
when you are happy, you should remember that your happiness in this life is nothing but a dream within a dream
It’s as if there is a common strand of semi-known knowledge across all of humanity that just needs to be awakened.
Sometimes it’s story-tellers,
Sometimes it’s traumatised soldiers,
Sometimes it’s scientists searching for truth…?
We all know it, we all know how to behave. But we forget.
A Dream within a Dream
I suppose that all sentient beings are questing for “truth”.
Sometimes we need some proof, like the scientist.
Sometimes we need emotional trauma, like Harry Patch.
Sometimes though, the truth is self-evident, and is a belief, derived from universal truths beyond time and space, elucidated by an enlightened one and transmitted as a belief system and a way of life.
This later one we call Buddhism.
As Nichiren said, a dream within a dream…. the proof for this truth lies within the words and actions of ordinary people searching for this truth….
When the world makes you feel downcast, you should chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, remembering that, although the sufferings of this life are painful, those in the next life could be much worse. And when you are happy, you should remember that your happiness in this life is nothing but a dream within a dream, and that the only true happiness is that found in the pure land of Eagle Peak, and with that thought in mind, chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. – The Fourteen Slanders, WND, p760
The inter-connectness of all things is how The Buddha described it. His last words have various translations into English, but they all convey the same meaning that the universe is transient and an exhortation to do one’s best!
“Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!” – link
“All created things are impermanent. Strive on with diligence.” – link
“Behold, O monks, this is my last advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation. Do your best.” – link
“Behold, O monks, this is my last advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation.” – link
See Harry Patch’s death today in my previous post here.
On the day that some Serbian leaders were convicted and others released as free men following charges for war crimes, (see Kosovo trial clears Serbia leader ), a UK minister, John Hutton, has “apologised for previously incorrect answers to MPs” (I’d call that lying in a normal language), and admitted that yes, the UK helped transfer captured people from abroad, get locked up for 7 years without trial, and colluded in the torture of those people, if not directly, then by acquiescence. It’s all here:
Of course, the headline doesn’t bring out the full horror of who is terrorising who, does it?
This all happened because of the cascade-down like subservience to the nutter Bush from the last US administration, and his bunch of gung-ho thieves, whose incompetence was only just surpassed by their bravado. The fact that the UK became part of this heinous history is now on the record.
If I recall, they were difficult times – we all appeared to be under a threat like no other in the whole history of creation. So it seemed like, needs must, let’s torture the bastards because one of them might have an answer – or something. And then we can….what? Well exactly, what? As an exercise in poor geography, it’s now fairly well understood that Iraq is not Afghanistan. Neither is Pakistan. Or North Korea. Certainly not Cuba.
And yet, the news media colluded to whip up hysteria against folk with darkened skins, who dared to have their own religion, goddammit, that didn’t involve going to a nice pointy church with a white picket fence outside.
So they treated anyone like it very, very badly, indeed.
Daisaku Ikeda, 3rd president of the SGI, a lay Buddhist organisation, has remarked many times that when his brother, a Japanese soldier, was captured at the end of WW2, he fully expected to be treated the same way that the Japanese treated their captives, (i.e. dreadfully). To his surprise, he was fed, clothed, given medical treatment and finally sent home to a land with a huge economic package in place (The Marshall Plan). He wasn’t tortured and imprisoned for the best part of a decade.
Now the Japanese had treated many peoples dreadfully – The Rape of Nanking, Burma, Singapore, death marches, POW death camps, spurious beatings and beheadings. You name it. It was part of the culture and military ethos.
Yet when captured, they were generally treated well, all within the “rules of war”.
To our eternal shame, the UK government has colluded in despicable acts; secret capture with no legal justification, secret transport, secret torture, imprisonment without trial…. Some people are still locked up after 7 years! This is wholly against our own national laws and international laws enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It’s not a denial that these people may have been bad people and worthy of some hard justice. The thing is, they’ve had NO JUSTICE. They’ve arbitrarily been subjected on the say-so of a few people, to law-less treatment.
It’s not their God that they should be fearing – it’s the searing damnation of an eternally corrupted karma. As proof, I’ll await the manefestation of their awful karma in their lives. It won’t be long.
One of the features of a transition to a police state is that those who should defend our liberties transfer their allegiance to the executive of the state. – quoting Craig Murray here.
Following the disgraceful result in the de Menezes “inquest”, if that’s what the most recent government whitewash can be called (see Hutton inquiry etc), Ken Livingstone, a man whose transport policies are geared towards making life better for everyone, said that he hoped the policewoman Cressida Dick’s career would not be interrupted by the events!
…er… Jean Charles de Menezes’ career was severely interrupted by the policeman who held him down while two others shot him in the head! Seven Times.
The inquest result says that the coppers have carte-blanche to shoot anyone, lie about it, try to cover it up, lock anyone up on their own say-so, for ever if necessary without recourse to law, not that the law matters anyway as an “inquest” will paint everything nice and white.
It’s a terrible indictment against our country. The sad thing is that most people don’t care as long as they can drive to work and have enough money for cheap package holidays on Ryan Air. For ever.
The fact that Menezes’ papers weren’t legal is beside the point. He wasn’t an evil man doing something illegal. As his life was going, it’s likely that he would have made a good and valuable contribution to our country and his own.
Unlike the grinning twat miner’s solicitor, Jim Beresford (right).
In yet another Slytherin twat lawyer story, Jim and his mate stole (sorry, overcharged) money by getting the “fees” from both the claimants and the government! These “fees” amounted to ~£23m. One widow who had the privilege of their services got £217 in the end for watching her husband cough himself to death.
Beresford has been struck-orf. Hopefully he’ll be struck by someone or more likely, struck down by his copious bad karma. There’s no word if any money will be recovered for the public or other purses yet…
https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2008/12/the_disgraceful.html The Disgraceful Sir Michael Wright, A Grovelling Tool of the Police State
http://www.crownofficechambers.com/cvs.asp?id=125 – email Michael White to tell him what you think of his “handling” of the inquest here: Michael White
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5333425.ece Jury delivers damning verdict on inquest into a botched shooting: A legal process that began with a commitment to transparency and fairness ended up mired in recriminations and acrimony (excellent summary from the Murdoch stable, bizarrely and unexpectedly IMHO – SP)
The Wikileaks site went a bit awry earlier today and then fell over completely (as of 20081119 20:31 GMT). There sure are a lot of people who want to know lives round the corner! ;-) It’s back up now (20081120 20:24)
Wikileaks never went down because of hit volume for the Baer Bank scandal , the reIevant docs of which I made available from this website when it was brought down by a US judge. In pure terms of deadly effect, the Baer one is much more insidious and much more dangerous. It’s ramifications I think, will still be happening long after Giffengate is closed.
In a Nicky Campbell interview on Radio Five this morning, Nick Griffin’s comment that the BNP aren’t bonehead knuckle-scraping neo-nazis and are actually hated by them for being too soft, is like saying one nail through your foot is better than two nails through your foot.
They both hurt just the same!
He also blamed his problems on the “liberal elite”, a phrase he used as an expletive with some venom. This means that being liberal (one who enjoys or promotes liberty) is a bad thing in the BNP book. Liberty is “the quality or state of being free”, a very old concept. So Griffen is wholly against Liberty, of that you can be sure. He & people like him prefer a life of non-freedom to one of liberty.
However, the very idea that he thinks our government is liberal shows how devilishly authoritarian he’d like our country to be. IMHO, these are already very dangerous, divisive, authoritarian times we live in. The UK’s draconian curtailment of personal freedom under the auspices of anti-terror and the continuing plans for ID Cards have seen to that.
To emphasise this point, this is what I said some months ago here:
If someone can get someone else locked away on their say-so for an increasingly indeterminate period, we have a police state.
If that person is a policeman, we have a police state.
If it’s against the law to tell anyone that someone has been locked up under these laws, we have a police state.
If the police pick and choose which laws to enforce, we have a police state.
That’s what it’s like now. The powers aren’t used much – but how would we know. If you hadn’t seen your friend for a year and no-one knew where he was, then who could you ask?
It’s unfortunate that the data release has increased the chances of identity theft for those people on the list. It’s a modern phenomenon that governments and organisations of all shades seem to do with reckless abandon. Everyone deserves peace and freedom, something that Giffen et al are obviously at pains to stifle. – It’s not for nothing that the French motto is Liberté, égalité, fraternité – it’s also not for nothing that they chopped the heads of everyone who was against that ideal! It’s unfortunate for those people on the list that the Buddhist law of cause and effect will be played out also.
But the argument that everyone is entitled to privacy with regard to their political affiliations wears a bit thin when one considers the fact that this reason was used when Lord Ecclestone of the Grand Pricks gave shed loads of hidden money to Labour and then fag advertising mysteriously continued for years incongruously slapped on the side of racing cars.
This single event wiped all the gloss from the astonishing 1997 Labour win.
(Since then, of course, Ecclestone has pulled and pushed to get all GP racing pulled from Britain….people actually begging him to keep Brand’s Hatch, Donnington, Silverstone…But that’s for another day)
So freedom, liberty, money, corruption, power. They’re all connected and keep going round and round as one tries to curtail the other.
My thoughts on anonymous dealings of a scurrilous nature are well versed on this website. I’ve nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of – so why should anyone else be ashamed, except if they know their ideas are unlawful in either the actual or moral sense? Me? I used to be in the Labour Party. Why not now? See here: goodbye-labour-party
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