Today’s little mention on this news item here on The BBC News website about the auction house sale of a key that unlocks the door to the Kaaba, shows, at the beginning and end of the article, the true meaning of religion – certainly in the ones stemming from “Abraham”.
- It’s states it’s the “12th century key to Islam’s holiest shrine” at the beginning.
- It states that it’s “arguably one of the most important symbols of Islam” a bit later.
- And finally, “it demonstrates the authority of the caliph and is the ultimate emblem of power”
My summary of the key:
It’s the key to the holiest place and a most important symbol of Islam.
What’s holy? Answer; associated with divine power.
What’s divine? Answer; associated with supernatural powers, godlike.
So this item is very important…
Ah! But it’s being sold. When I sell something I have no use for it, do I not? So the question is:
Is it important or valuable? Answer; It’s being sold, therefore, it’s valuable, because if it was super-natural, it would obviously be beyond value.
It’s the ultimate symbol of power…
So the “ultimate symbol” of power is not holy or supernatural, it’s valuable (because it’s being sold), as an emblem of power.
And thus, the ultimate symbol of divinity is monetary power.
In other words, the emblem of supernatural power is a dollar
So divinity is money is power. The true meaning of religion. It’s emblem is worth 40 million dollars – less than half a Eurofighter.
How’s this key related to the Eurofighter?
Answer: Today, the High Court has ruled that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was an illegally acting bunch of twats (actually they said their actions were an “outrage” – ed) for cancelling investigations into BAe who probably bunged a load of Saudi princes at least 120 million quid of our money every year for at least two decades. That was the general idea except the SFO, probably under duress from a wimpish UK gov and who knows what else (bungs within bungs it’s alleged), caved in and said it was “against the national interest”.
This “cave-in” was in 2006. See this news article about the purchase of Eurofighters by the Saudis.
Well we expect a little bribery as the princes are so poor (sarcasm alert) because, as we know, there’s no money whatsoever in Saudi Arabia. All there is is the Kaaba, which is the holy of holies – and they’ve sold the key to that as I mentioned earlier, because they respect the place so much(!). The only real trouble is the weasely UK Gov. The words “because of the national interest” run a bit thin when you realise that the guns, bullets and missiles on the Eurofighter are not made in the UK – at least very soon, they won’t be. As I mentioned in an earlier comment to a post, the last ammo and explosive factory in the UK is closing and the MOD will have to source their actual killing stuff from Eastern Europe.
A little geography lesson now: Eastern Europe is right next to Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine where lots of Europe’s gas is either sourced from or passes through these days in big, fat, pipes. The Russian Bear has already turned the tap off a few times. (see here, here and here) What if they get really serious, turn the tap off and decide to “help” their neighbours in Latvia or Estonia say? If they decide to creep closer to their post-WW2 borders and turn off the gas if we don’t pay the ramped up charges, will we fight back to protect our “interests” and where will the UK get it’s ammo from to chase them off? We won’t have any as the factories will have been over-run. Our few “brave troups” in the news reports will be sat in their tanks with Kate Adie and nothing to shoot with. Will they throw snowballs? Will they throw H-bombs? Maybe they’ll throw Kate Adie and she’ll talk them to death.
This is the real area of “national interest” and “national security”. The UK Gov is so bothered about a few mad arabs banging on the front door, appeasing the ones with oil and money and killing the poor bomb-carrying fools led like sheep, that they’ve forgotten that there’s a huge bunch of Polar Bears rummaging in the larder because someone left the back door wide open. They haven’t reached the china cupboard yet, but when they do there’s going to be a hell of a noise! (btw, puns intended). In the quest to catch the few idiots, UK Gov has removed and is extending the process of removing, many of our long held rights and freedoms, and emasculated the nation into a mass of fearful, worrying, self-centred, house price watching, talentless celebrity watching twerps. As the Aussies are so fond of calling us – whingeing poms. Where is the wartime spirit like that of my mum when she mentions the bombs raining down when she was a girl? The people’s freedom wasn’t removed. People just got on with their lives. When a bomber arrived, you knew who it was and you tried to shoot it down. Then the next one until there were no more left. Compare that to now…. UK Gov says, “we think X is a bomber so all 60 million of you will have to be ID’d like criminals and we need the freedom to lock any of you up for 48 days without trial or a representative”.
No! I say let the bombers do their worst, then we know who they are and what their intentions are. Then catch them. Eventually there will be none left and we’ll still have our rights.
In preference though, let us consider why it is that the Muslim world apparently hates us so. What has the West done that irks them so much? How far back should we look? Maybe it’s true that a basic tenet of Islam is to kill everyone who isn’t a Muslim? For myself, I see no clarity in any of this. The fact is that the past has gone and only current and future actions affect the future. If all people really do desire peace, then they should say so and act accordingly in a peaceful way. The karma of people of violence will reflect back on themselves, eventually. Consider the Vikings. They were apparently a very violent people, that traded and explored widely, allowed women to hold property, tortured captives and farmed. These are all very contradictory actions. In truth, we know from the sagas that the few violent men usually had very violent grisly ends to their lives. The people with the lasting legacy were the farmers, who very often mingled peacefully with existing peoples, created landscapes and left a language, (as well as the world’s oldest parliament, in Iceland). That’s the definition of a nation. Men who die early leave nothing.
Emperors and kings have their foundation in the state and bring peace and order to the age; ministers and commoners hold possession of their fields and gardens and supply the needs of the world.
But if marauders come from other regions to invade the nation, or if revolt breaks out within the domain and people’s lands are seized and plundered, how can there be anything but terror and confusion?
If the nation is destroyed and people’s homes are wiped out, then where can one flee for safety? If you care anything about your personal security, you should first of all pray for order and tranquillity throughout the four quarters of the land, should you not?
The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, pp. 23-24; Gosho Zenshu, P. 31, lines 7-18
Nichiren Daishonin said this in 1260. The Japanese nation was under a lot of threat (mongols, famine, floods, typhoons, harsh winters etc). Nichiren, like me was a Buddhist, and against war of all kinds; but ultimately, if everyone is dead and there is no-one left to practice this Buddhism, then this Buddhism cannot spread. We want this Buddhism to spread because we want everyone to reveal their full potential and be happy. I need this country to be safe so that I can chant and tell people about chanting! Therefore, it’s vital that as many people as possible practice this Buddhism so that there is a true majority mandate for peace in all countries across the globe. After this, there will be no use for even defensive weaponry, but until then, to maintain the peace of the land (and by land I mean the Earth), everyone should properly defend themselves and strive to get as many Buddhists as possible in all countries across the world, as soon as possible.
There are now 10 million SGI Buddhists chanting twice a day in 190 or so countries for the peace and happiness of every individual on the world; there is continuous global chanting now – the Earth is truly ringing with Nam MyoHo Renge Kyo.
In 1945 there was one person, Josei Toda.
Is 2045 a good year to set as the year when people in the future say, “that’s the year that men laid down their arms”?