On the devastating effects of…

On the devastating effects of the extremes of wealth and poverty and low levels of social justice

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“I grew up thinking that it was a good thing to rob the white man. Everyone fought injustice in their own way. But in my neighborhood, we opposed the government by breaking into houses and robbing people. But in 1994 we were told: ‘Democracy is coming. Apartheid is ending. It’s time to learn a trade.’ So I listened. I did everything I was supposed to do. I’ve worked in construction for the past twenty-five years. I started my own company. I followed all the procedures. But nothing has come of it. The government always talks about empowerment. They make a big show of letting small businesses compete for contracts. But the jobs always get awarded to the same few people. If the government gave me work, it would empower me. Then I could empower other people. I could hire employees and teach them plumbing, and carpentry, and cabinets. I could purchase a brick making machine, and hire women to mix cement. But right now I can’t even afford a printer for my office. Everything is hand to mouth. I had high hopes when apartheid ended. But I’ve been building houses for twenty-five years, and I’m still living in a shack.” (Johannesburg, South Africa)

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How does your mind work?

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How does your mind work? I stumbled across an Arabic poem by Al-Mutanabbi from the 10thC and it made me think of the poem “Digging’ by Seamus Heaney.

The Arabic poem;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=69&v=1C68vc8plVI

Seamus Heaney’s poem ;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNRkPU1LSUg

Which poem most illumines the other?

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More of Mutanabbi’s poems are here https://www.poemhunter.com/abu-at-tayyib-al-mutanabbi/

In Christianity ‘the peace that passeth all understanding’ is Presence which is the Nondual state (until you talk or think about it)

“the peace that surpasses all human understanding.”

It is sometimes called nondual awareness. This is just another term for union with God. It is the experience of mystics in the Christian tradition, and it is echoed in other spiritual traditions. It is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that is Jesus Christ.

Photo is by brilliant young photographer Doug Mountford – double exposures on Flickr – see here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danmountford/

One of my better photographs: ‘Peripatetic piano-player has Max Miller standing on his ‘joanna’

‘Peripatetic piano-player has Max Miller standing on his ‘joanna’

My rediscovery of Leonard Jacobson

My rediscovery of just how good Leonard Jacobson is as a contemporary teacher of spirituality is bringing me much happiness.

He has many presentation videos on YouTube or Vimeo

I used to think that…

I used to think that paradoxes were unwelcome guests, but now I know that they contain the lesson that all is not knowable and that part of gaining wisdom is to remain content with the mystery of things and the Mystery of No-thing.

All we are is all we see
I used to think that paradoxes were unwelcome guests, but now I know that they contain the lesson that all is not knowable and that part of gaining wisdom is to remain content with the mystery of things and the Mystery of No-thing.

I especially love; “We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives.” – by Leonard Jacobson

Awareness – A J Heschel

“Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is the result of what man does with his higher incomprehension.” – A J Heschel –

Perennial Wisdom from Taoist, Sufi-Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Baha’i sources = Realization of the Oneness of all.