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Photograph ‘The peripatetic piano man Brighton’ by Roger Prentice
THE 6 PROJECTS: My primary focus is now ‘perennial-spirituality’ 21stC interfaith – (the ‘changeless faith’ as Baha’is call it) but within that are 5 other projects 1) Artmatters, inc photography 2) Natural Health matters (inc surviving IPF), 3) Personal Development & Management, 4) Re-humanizing Education (inc. Holistic Education) 5) Social Justice matters. The 5 I hope are integrated within 6) ‘Inter-spirituality’ since I am now realizing it as the context for the other 5.
Uplifting, inspiring, – such nobility of spirit.
Originally posted on The Militant Negro™:
The Black History Month Series 2015: Maya Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014).
Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including…
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A contributor ‘Maria’ wrote a piece HERE
under the heading of ‘A Tour of Advaita via the Books of Dennis Waite’
As a summary of advaita some may find it useful;
• Advaita uses various methods (prakriyA-s) to analyze topics about which we have mistaken beliefs in order to reveal our errors and to demonstrate that there is only Brahman.
• The method of discriminating between who we are (the seer) and what we are not (the seen – body, mind etc.) is called dRRigdRRiSya- viveka.
• Who we really are – Brahman – is beyond description and immaculate.
• The body is nothing more than the food we have eaten, yet we worry about its comfort, aging and death.
• Consciousness is not an epiphenomenon of the mind. Everything “appears” in Consciousness.
• We do not “think” thoughts – they arise and we witness them.
• The mind assumes the power of Consciousness in the way that an iron ball in the fire becomes hot.
• Attachment to emotions occurs similarly and we must cultivate dispassion (vairAgya). Peace is beyond all emotions.
• The ego is a construction of concepts and its power is destroyed once the truth is understood. This is the basis of “Self-enquiry.”
• ahaMkAra is the process by which we identify with ideas, emotions, roles etc. All disappear in sleep so we cannot be them.
• Neither are we the mask of a “person.” We are the changeless “I am,” the essence of the changing forms.
• The sheath model (pa~ncha-kosha-prakriyA) is used to illustrate the various levels of identification.
• The true Self has nothing to do with the body and mind etc, just as the moon has nothing to do with the bough of the tree on which it appears to rest.
• We are constantly lured by the form and miss the essence.
• Everything transient is first rejected (neti, neti) in order to discover who we truly are, the eternal unchanging. It is then realized that the changing, too, is none other than the non-dual Self.
• Just as dreams are seen to have been nothing but the mind itself on awakening, so the world is seen to be the Self on enlightenment.
• If it can be spoken of, I am not that. Truth is beyond language, which is necessarily in duality. I am the eternal subject. Reality is self-evident.
Now this is what I call real education……..
Originally posted on Teaching History Matters:
Israeli educational psychologist Haim Ginott writes about a letter that teachers would receive from their principal each year:
I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness: gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot by high school and college graduates.
So, I am suspicious of education.
My request is this: Help your children become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths or educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.
This has become the mission statement and educational philosophy of some Holocaust education institutions and it really sums up what my mission as a teacher is all about. But please note below that I did not intend it that way. At all.
Today I will be a…
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Fact or fiction this piece makes the point about character development being more important than intellectual development – though if we can have both we have ‘light upon light';
‘Many years ago a copy of this letter came my way – supposedly issued by a high school principal to his/her teachers on the first day of school. It was seminal in the development of my world-view – and it is worthy of re-circulation;
I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no man should witness:
Gas chambers built by learned engineers.
Children poisoned by educated physicians.
Infants killed by trained nurses.
Women and babies shot and burned by high school and college graduates.
So, I am suspicious of education.
My request is: Help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmans.
Reading, writing, arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.’
If you are committed to helping peace come about please convey this alternative stance and policy to your politicians.
It is developed by a man brave enough to go, with his son, and spend 10 days inside ISIL the Islamic State. Every government should appoint him as their number one advisor.
His advice includes;
‘first know your enemy’, (Western leaders are making foolish mistakes out of ignorance),
we must win the ideology war especially by showing young muslims that ISIL is deeply anti-islamic and in complete contradiction to the Koran,
Muslims have to sort out the mess not outsiders,
Western aggression only adds fuel to the fire.
The link below is for those in the UK – if you are elsewhere look on YouTube or Google Jürgen Todenhöfer.
A brief bio is HERE – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BCrgen_Todenh%C3%B6fer
Is this the ultimate coal face of ‘interfaith as inter-spiritual living’?
Within the One Garden model of ‘interfaith as inter-spiritual living’ we see the core teachings of the world’s great traditions very simply as; Awaken more, Detach from ego more, and Serve others better. Awaken is the realization of awareness Ono excellent contemporary spiritual teacher is Rupert Spira. In this video he answers the question; “What is awareness?’