“The Melchizedek Creed” from Thane’s Find Yourself and Live Lesson #19 – “This is the Day”

“Thou great Eternal, Thou great unbounded whole,
Thy body is the Universe, thy Spirit is its soul; If
thou dost fill immensity, if thou art All-in-All,
Then I’m in Thee and Thou in me, or I’m not here at all.
How can I be outside of Thee, when Thou fillest earth and air?
There surely is no place for me, outside of everywhere,
If Thou art all– if Thou dost fill immensity of space,
Then I’m in Thee and Thou in me, or else I have no place.
And, if l have no place at all, what am I doing here?
Beyond the All, I cannot be, outside of everywhere;
Then, truly in Thyself am I, and Thou must be in me,
or else there is no All-in-All, no Thee, no me, to be.
But, now, I claim thy Spirit free, thy perfect life and Soul,
The very thought of this great truth makes me this moment whole;
This very hour look I deep, and vision high to see,
That Christ within — the perfect Self – art Thou! and I am Thee!”

Sunday night Translation group (by Richard Branam)

Aloha all, Another wonderful experience with Translation of our universe <3

Sense testimony:  Damage or Pain can cause lack of full functioning? We’re speaking of kidney issues and arthritis.

Conclusions:

1)  Each and Every Individuation of All One Mind Truth Person, organ, kidney, joint enjoys only full ability wholeness complete agreeableness always everywhere.  Enjoyable Abundant Ability is ever present always.

2)  I AM I, life force enjoying what is whole, sound, in the Universe flow of consciousness.

3) Truth is infinite one mind, I am I, individuated ever present full functioning, radical, dynamic duty, performance which is it’s own multi-dimensional capacity.

Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov: The man who saved the world

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Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov (30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a Soviet Navy officer who prevented a nuclear war during theCuban Missile Crisis. Only Arkhipov, as Flotilla commander and second-in-command of the nuclear-armed submarine B-59, refused to authorize the captain’s use of nuclear torpedoesagainst the United States Navy, a decision requiring the agreement of all three senior officers aboard. In 2002 Thomas Blanton, who was then director of the National Security Archive, said that “a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world”.  Wikipedia

Book recommendation: “Without the Smell of Fire” by Walter Lanyon

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In his Dedication to this book, Walter Lanyon writes: ” I have called this ‘Without the Smell of Fire’ because I have been so impressed that the time has come for the vast army of Truth Students to advance to that State of expression where the ‘smell of Fire’ of the trials and problems through which they have gone, be gotten rid of.

It is time we laid aside the cocoon of human thought from which we came. The smell of fire of the trials from which we came is absorbed in the glorious Light of Spirit.” (amazon.com)

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Book recommendation: “The Christ Within: A Study of the Absolute” by Lillian DeWaters

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Christian Science axiom dictates that it is faith in God that will heal all physical and mental ills. In The Christ Within, first published in 1925, Lillian De Waters provides a poetic and persuasive argument for the thesis that the power to heal oneself lies within the individual and is a matter sometimes of mental effort and sometimes of spiritual effort. And while “health” generally connotes physical soundness, De Waters addresses a more holistic view, arguing that the way to peace of mind, body, and soul lies through the glorious embrace of Christ. American spiritual thinker LILLIAN DE WATERS (b. 1883) was one of the first students of Christian Science, eventually breaking off on her own to stress the inseparability of Jesus Christ and the primary divine force, thereby falling between Christian Science and Orthodox Christianity. She is also the author of The Hidden Truth and The Great Answer (the Message of Ontology). (Google Books)

Report: Nobody Fucking Cares (theonion.com)

NEW YORK—According to a brief but conclusive report released Monday, nobody fucking cares. “Doesn’t fucking matter,” read the report in part, which went on to inform readers that no one gives two shits, so fuck it. “Seriously. Stop wasting everyone’s goddamn time.” The report further urged those who still hadn’t shut up about it to quit acting like fucking idiots and just give it a rest, for Christ’s sake.

Open call to artists (from Gwyllm Llwydd)

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Working Title: “Diplomacy” Gwyllm – 2016

With the beginning of the The Iraq Invasion, the whole anti-war movement collapsed. Since then, the West has become enmeshed
with an unwinnable “Forever War”… at great cost to civilian populations across the world.

As there is no draft, so there is no need to resist it seems. After all, take away all economic opportunities from the working class, but leave the option of education, health care etc. through the military, and shabam! You have all the cannon fodder available. If we think this wasn’t by design, and social engineering, then I feel we are fully immersed in illusion.

I have not been comfortable with the implied complicity of all involved, and especially those who know better. Yes, there is resistance, but we can no longer count on the media, and especially the corporate media to get the story out.

I am calling on artists to illustrate and to start a movement of resistance that might just catch on. The juggernaut of empire and the attending lawlessness has to end somewhere, and let it at least begin with me.

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The Meaning of Sangha (dhammaloka.org)

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Like the young teenagers who delight in doing things differently from their parents, new Buddhists in non-Asian countries seem to be going through their own proud adolescence by challenging the boundaries of traditional Buddhism.  Fortunately, for both our youngsters and Western Buddhists, the arrogance of youth soon gives way to the mature, long years of understanding and respect for tradition.  It is in order to hasten this growing up of Buddhism in Australia that I write this article on the meaning of ‘Sangha’ as it was meant to be understood by the Lord Buddha.

In the Tipitaka, the recorded Teachings of the Lord Buddha, one finds two main focuses for the meaning of Sangha: the third part of the Threefold Refuge (in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha) and the third factor of the to-be -worshipped Triple Gem (The Buddha, Dhamma and SavakaSangha).  On odd occasions in the Tipitaka, ‘Sangha’ is used to denote a ‘herd’ of animals (Patika Sutta, Digha Nikaya) or “flock” of birds (Jataka Nidana), but groups of lay disciples, both men and women, are always described as ‘parisa’, an assembly.

So what is the meaning of Sangha in the first main context, in the Threefold Refuge?  Certainly, only an exceedingly eccentric Buddhist would take as their third refuge a sangha of birds (only “one gone cuckoo”, as they say!).  In fact, the Tipitaka is precise in what is meant by the third refuge.  In the Canon, on every occasion that an inspired person took the Threefold Refuge as an expression of their faith, it was either in the Buddha, Dhamma and Bhikkhu Sangha, or in the Buddha, Dhamma and Bhikkhuni Sangha.  Thus, in original Buddhism, the meaning of Sangha in the context of the Threefold Refuge is unarguably the Monastic Sangha.

The Sangha as the third factor of the Triple Gem worshipped by Buddhists seems to have a different meaning.  It is called the Savaka Sangha (or Ariya Sangha) and is defined as those attained to any of the Eight Stages of Enlightenment (the 4 usual stages divided into Path and Fruit) who are “worthy of gifts, hospitality, offerings and reverential salutations, and who are the unsurpassed field of merit in the world”.  So, in the original texts, who are the “unsurpassed field of merit and worthy of offerings and salutations”?

In the Dakkhinavibhanga Sutta (Majjhima 142), the Buddha said that, “an offering made to the monastic Sangha is incalculable, immeasurable. And, I say, that in no way does a gift to a person individually ever have a greater fruit than an offering made to the monastic Sangha”.  Consistency proves that the Savaka Sangha, the unsurpassed field of merit in the world, must be a part, a subset of the monastic Sangha — there is no greater fruit than an offering to the monastic Sangha.

Furthermore, in the world of the Tipitaka, offerings and reverential salutations would always be given by the laity to the monastic and never the other way around.  Even the highly attained lay disciple Ugga Gahapati who was a Non-Returner is seen to be giving reverential salutations to ordinary bhikkhus and serving their needs with his own hands (Anguttara Nikaya, Eights, Suttas 21 & 22).  Thus, those “worthy of gifts, hospitality, offerings and reverential salutations”, the Savaka Sangha, are again shown to be a part of the monastic Sangha of both genders.

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Thom Hartmann interviews Sebastian Junger about his book “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging”

For tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds – Thom Hartmann is  joined by award-winning journalist Sebastian Junger. Currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair – Sebastian is also a filmmaker and the co-director of the academy-award nominated film Restrepo – which won the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He’s also the author a number of books – including the bestelling Perfect Storm – which was made into the film starring George Clooney – and his latest – “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging” – a fascinating look at the breakdown of community in America – and what it means for returning veterans.

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