Friday, July 20, 2012

The Jewish equivalents of Karma

Amidah al haraglayim - standing on your feet. If you can't stand on your legs, what can you possibly stand on ? Legs are a metaphor for both mobility and immovability ( "I'm taking a stand").
While the angels are stable monopods ( in Jewish tradition angels have only one "leg", and are messengers of G-d, only ever tasked with one type of assignment or portfolio, for eg the angel of healing, Refael, or the angel of ATM's Caspiel), in the human realm a tripod is more stable than a bipod, which is perhaps why the Jewish calendar has three legs: Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. In Hebrew these festivals are known collectively as the three legs... usually translated as pilgrim festivals because the ancient Israelis used to go up to Jerusalem where the Temple stood on those holidays.
Could it be a useful practice to discover this not-visible-to-ordinary-seeing third leg in the same way as we work with the not at first visible third eye?

The Jewish understanding of angels - called messengers - in Hebrew - is that they are units of causation. The angel of healing causes healing to occur, the angel of death brings death. Above each blade of grass is an angel which strikes it and causes it to grow. People create angels with their actions. This from the Ari. So underneath all the religious discourse lies a theory of causation. Mtzva gorrerret mitzvah ve aveyrah gorrerret aveyra. Bederech sheadam rotzeh lalechet ba molichin too. Shalom aleichem malachei hashalom. Nothing is advised. Nothing is forbidden. And nothing is free (i.e everything has a consequence, creates angels who bring a message...


Jewishness: difference for the sake of difference or difference that makes a difference?


"האור הגנוז לצדיקים..."

אבל למה רק לצדיקים כאשר זה ה"רשעים" שזקוקים במיוחד לאור הזה


(לא אמות כי אחיה (תהילים
= "I was not born and I will not die"
the body will dissolve, my stories will dissolve, but that which makes them possible will neither appear or disappear, come or go...
והוא היה והוא הווה והוא יהיה



(i.e "Mashalim" lo "Mashlim" aval ee efshar lenaked)

"ממקומו הוא יפן ברחמים"
"From G-d's place G-d will turn in mercy...."(from the shabbat liturgy)

The stillness of
and everything in its
this is the SatGuru
who manifests
from the formless space
in a particular
time and place

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pregnant with Eternity

Isn't it amazing that the Hebrew word for "world" is the same as the Hebrew word for "universe" and the same as the Hebrew word for "eternal" and all of them come from the root ayin- lamed-mem which means "hidden". Perhaps it is to suggest that something eternal is hidden beneath the appearances of this ephemeral world...I think Blake knew this when he wrote:

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour


The Kings Cross debate: What is the point of only addressing the supply side, with curbs on alcohol, or pre-limting "pokies" (poker machines), or the "war on drugs", or censorship of pornography, without simultaneously addressing the demand side? Cultures which do not offer people pathways to bliss and ways of serving the divine leave people trying to self-medicate with addictions of one sort or another - either because they want to feel more, or because they want to numb out and feel less. The cure for addiction is bliss, and bliss comes from gratitude, and gratitude comes from questioning our assumptions about the way things should be.
“A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it’s true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years....Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don't have to like it... it's just easier if you do." Byron Katie