I like that he says he is “excited” by what is happening. A real spiritual warrior ready and willing to do spiritual battle. ABN
However you define traditional America, we are at war with both foreign and domestic enemies. Unrestricted warfare means war that is not restricted in any way. The side that fights dirtiest wins. I am not saying we should fight the dirtiest but we must recognize that our enemies are fighting with everything they can. Treason, subversion, infiltration, blackmail, bribery, poison, murder, you name it they will do it. They are doing it.
Traditional Americans have a soft morality derived from Christianity and American political mores. Those rules are useless today. They do more harm than good. We are not going to love, reason, or tolerate our enemies away. We have to be fully aware of what they are doing and how. They are coming at us from every angle. Research the ones you can see and act on your knowledge to expose them or thwart them if you can. We can still win without breaking the law, but we will never win if we remain blind to the violence and mercilessness of the wars being waged against us today. ABN
Going forth through conviction
from home into homelessness,
I wandered this place & that,
greedy for gain & offerings.
Missing out on the foremost goal,
I pursued a lowly one.
Under the sway of defilements
I surrendered the goal
of the contemplative life.
Then, sitting in my dwelling,
I suddenly came to my senses:
I’m following a miserable path.
I’m under the sway of
Next to nothing, my life —
by aging & illness.
Before the body breaks apart,
I have no time
After watching, as it actually was,
the rising & falling of aggregates,
I stood up with mind released,
the Awakened One’s bidding
The basic reason no self or soul is reborn is neither exists independently of the mental universe that gave rise to our illusion of selfhood.
The mental universe within which we all exist is dynamic and so are we. In Buddhist terms, this dynamism is action or karma.
Buddhism does not say we do not exists. It only says that our selves are empty, that they do not ultimately exist. When we die our karma, the mental activity of this life, reconstitutes as a new being ensconced within the larger mental universe.
No one explains this better in modern terms than Bernardo Kastrup. In his essay Making Sense of the Mental Universe, he does not write about rebirth but rather about the conditions of our existence within the mental universe.
Nonetheless, his explanation of a “mental universe” shows precisely how rebirth can occur without there being any soul or pudgala or anything else that flies from the body upon death to transmigrate to another one.
I highly recommend reading the essay linked above. I have no idea if Kastrup is a Buddhist thinker. It’s even better if he is not, if his thinking arrived independently at a place consonant with original Buddhist thought.
Most Buddhists know that even Buddhists have trouble understanding how someone can be reborn without having a soul, self, or pudgala. What did the Buddha even mean by that? I know more than one university professor of Buddhist studies who explains Buddhist rebirth by saying, there is no such thing and neither is there such a thing as karma.
Those professors explain away karma and rebirth by claiming those fundamentals of Buddhist thought are nothing more than the Buddha “using the concepts of his day” to teach his moral doctrines and what amounts to his “atheistic Stoic” philosophy.
I mean no disrespect for the professors. It is hard to understand how something can be reborn and yet be empty of any perduring self or soul.
The essay linked above provides an excellent explanation of how that happens. I strongly encourage Buddhists or people who teach Buddhism or are interested in it to read Kastrup’s essay when you are in a good mood and want to learn something new and really interesting.
This essay can give you another angle on Kastrup’s thinking: Matter is nothing more than the extrinsic appearance of inner experience.
And here are some of my comments on Kastrup’s essay Making Sense of the Mental Universe.
first posted APRIL 2, 2020
Action in the physical world is a smaller set of options than action within the mind.
Thus, the locus of free will is the mind not the body or its actions.
We always have many options in the mind. Many choices are available for what we choose to think or how we choose to frame something.
A related idea that is not necessarily part of the above is if God or Dharma Protectors or some other being in a higher realm wanted to influence us, they would be most likely to do so by influencing our minds.
This influence could be a subtle guiding of our thoughts, actual channeling of their thoughts, or even a vision when we are alone.
When we are alone because in those moments the influence will be primarily on our minds not our bodies. Our eyes may see and our ears hear, but if no one else is there the influence will ultimately occur in our minds and remain in our minds as memory.
When we are alone because if another person is present and they see or hear the same thing, the influence will impact the physical world to a much greater extent.
It will not be contained within one human mind. Two people will be astounded by it, talk about it, share it with others. This extends the influence well into physical reality causing it to have a much wider impact.
Visions influencing more than one person have happened, but these should not be the standard of proof that events of that type do happen.
Indeed, it makes sense to assume that interventions into human affairs from higher realms happen to individuals far more often than to pairs or groups of people.
This also makes sense from the point of view that the locus of free will is in the mind.
A higher being can influence the mind and the will in this way without causing major distortions in the physical world.
first posted as Free will: its locus is the mind on JUNE 8, 2017
Abstract: Recent research argues that the United States is secularizing, that this religious change is consistent with the secularization thesis, and that American religion is not exceptional. But we show that rather than religion fading into irrelevance as the secularization thesis would suggest, intense religion—strong affiliation, very frequent practice, literalism, and evangelicalism—is persistent and, in fact, only moderate religion is on the decline in the United States. We also show that in comparable countries, intense religion is on the decline or already at very low levels. Therefore, the intensity of American religion is actually becoming more exceptional over time. We conclude that intense religion in the United States is persistent and exceptional in ways that do not fit the secularization thesis.link
Continue reading “Are religious charities a front for something else?”
2 dead, 8 injured in downtown Minneapolis shooting. Import Somalia, and don’t be surprised if you get Mogadishu. Interesting sidebar on Somali migrants for the newbies – You did not see pushes to import Somali migrants before Bush senior went into Mogadishu in the early nineties. I had a relative in Maine way back, just after the Somali adventures, and he talked about the state’s shock at some Christian organization up there who suddenly began importing Somalis en masse into Maine…
This is a small cutout from a longer post linked below with excellent background information.
Given what is now public information about the Promethean Panopticon and the Roman Catholic Church’s lavender mafia, it’s not exactly hard to figure out how the abomination that is Vatican II came into being contra centuries of theology and tradition.
…I very much doubt it was “information” that was being shared at the apartment parties. There was almost certainly rather less in the way of “discussion” and rather more in the way of “underage gay discotheque” taking place there.And the cameras were rolling
‘We are not talking about extending your mandates or conquering others. We are talking about the survival of our country, the survival of your country,’ said the letter, which was addressed to Macron and his cabinet.
The authors described themselves as active-duty soldiers from the younger generation of the military, a so-called ‘generation of fire’ that had seen active service.‘Civil war is brewing’: Serving French soldiers send Macron another chilling warning following earlier letter from retired generals calling for military action against ‘Islamists’
Carlson portrays this as a story about McCarthy being influenced by Luntz, but the real story is that McCarthy owes his career to the group Luntz represents. Filing this one under “mind control”; that would be Kevin’s.
Very pleased to read about a study on psychedelics and religion: Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – for science.
I am not at all surprised that of the lucky people chosen for this study, “So far everyone incredibly values their experience. No one has been confused or upset or regrets doing it.”
I call them lucky because where else can you get medical-grade psilocybin?
If anyone hears of another study like this one, please let me know! I want to join.
More on Buddhism and psychedelics can be found here: Are We Misunderstanding the Fifth Precept?
Edit: 3:30 PM: Research Shows Magic Mushrooms Can Offer Real Benefits in Depression Therapy. Quote:
A review of the research on combining therapy with the psychoactive component from magic mushrooms has concluded it’s not only a safe and effective way to treat conditions related to anxiety, depression, and addiction, it could be better than many existing forms of treatment.
first posted JULY 9, 2017
You probably can get a religious exemption for employment- or school-required covid vaccines in these states. Remember covid vacs are all “experimental” and not approved by the FDA.
In 1997, in the City of Boerne v. Flores decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) did not apply to the states.
Since 1993, 21 states have enacted state RFRAs. These laws are intended to echo the federal RFRA, but are not necessarily identical to the federal law. Arkansas and Indiana are the most recent states to enact a RFRA, doing so in 2015.State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts
Pawlowski makes the deeply significant point that they can make an appointment to see him and there is no need to show up with a bunch of armed police at time of worship. The cops are clearly there to intimidate Pawlowski and his congregation.
K.6. If an employer requires vaccinations when they are available, how should it respond to an employee who indicates that he or she is unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of a sincerely held religious practice or belief? (12/16/20)
Once an employer is on notice that an employee’s sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance prevents the employee from receiving the vaccination, the employer must provide a reasonable accommodation for the religious belief, practice, or observance unless it would pose an undue hardship under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Courts have defined “undue hardship” under Title VII as having more than a de minimis cost or burden on the employer. EEOC guidance explains that because the definition of religion is broad and protects beliefs, practices, and observances with which the employer may be unfamiliar, the employer should ordinarily assume that an employee’s request for religious accommodation is based on a sincerely held religious belief. If, however, an employee requests a religious accommodation, and an employer has an objective basis for questioning either the religious nature or the sincerity of a particular belief, practice, or observance, the employer would be justified in requesting additional supporting information.Get ready for religious-based objections to employer vaccine mandates
In this video Dr. Cole provides a very fine basis for a Buddhist religious exception to any vaccine mandate. Listen to what he says and make note of the points that make the most sense to you or that apply to you best. May also be useful for other religions.
This link provides an Employer Letter Example: Vaccine Mandate Objection.
UPDATE: This provides more justification for religious exemption. PFIZER CENSORS RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION INFORMATION: ‘We Want to Avoid Having Info on Fetal Cells Out There’
UPDATE: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice, but it is my understanding that all you need to do is sincerely declare the vax violates your religious beliefs and stand your ground. Best to submit that in writing and save copies of what you said and their response. There is a good chance your religious rights will be respected and you will be allowed an exemption. If not, make them fire you. You will have grounds for a lawsuit that may become a massive class action that will invigorate American religious freedoms for decades to come. ABN