Badges? What badges?

The main driving force behind these economic and military alliances is the United States, which has become the principal supporter of neo-colonialism throughout the world. Without the economic and military backing of the United States, the whole structure of neo-colonialism would collapse to the ground. At the same time, within this imperialist alliance itself, the United States moves all the time against the positions of its weaker allies, striving to become the inheritor of their former empires though without ruling these territories directly as colonial possessions. Thus, in the past twenty years, the United States has replaced Japan in South Korea, ousted the French in South Vietnam, ended British and Japanese influences in Thailand, and is pressing on British and French toes throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

~ Jack Woddis, Introduction to Neo-Colonialism: The New Imperialism in Asia, Africa & Latin America (1967), p70.

 

Too long have I lingered

in this land where

the people themselves

elected a fascist regime.

 

Hard enough to survive

a fascist police state.

More difficult still to digest

that a majority of my neighbors

voted for the take-over

by this evil idiot and his minions.

~ (my own napkin note, November, 2016)

 

Say poets take to the streets wearing green tshirts

reciting slant rhymes of sorrow and grace until riot police

train automatic weapons on the tyrant’s mouth.

~ Pamela Uschuk, from “Say What”, in Wild in the Plaza of Memory (2012)

 

We rode all day on a dirt road that follows the river. The river is very wide for about ten miles, as it leaves the lake and heads back for the high country, The huge yellow-leafed cottonwoods were giant flags of autumn, waving to us, silently, from the river’s edge. The road was dirt most of the way, an old wagon road, now used mostly by locals who live out in the grassy meadows along the end of the Pend Oreille River.

As we neared Priest River, great billows of white smoke rose from the mill across the river, and the sound of huge cranes, swinging, heavy with logs, squealed from the mountain tops. No longer were we in Cowboy country. This was chainsaw capital of the West. The whine of the saw as it zipped through the old growth is still etched upon my ear drums. This was the land of the checkered wool hat, the smell of oil and fuel, wood smoke and pine sap.

The woods were grand and mighty in the northern part of Idaho, and from the saddle, it looked to me like every tree would eventually be cut and made into plywood. Logging was the lifeblood of the Northcountry, as were the tourists that dotted the lake in the summer and the ski hill in the winter. The ones that came to see all the standing trees, glistening evergreen by the water’s edge.

~ Jody Foss. Mules Across the Great Wide Open: A True Western Adventure. 1995. P 214

 

I think that yesterday was a crisis in my life. I finished the first part of Renouvier’s second Essais and see no reason why his definition of free will — “the sustaining of a thought because I choose to when I might have other thoughts” — need be the definition of an illusion. At any rate, I will assume for the present — until next year — that it is no illusion. My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will.

~ William James, Diary entry (April 30, 1870) as quoted in Ralph Barton Perry, The Thought and Character of William James, vol. 1, p. 323; Letters of William James, vol. I, p. 147.

 

Johnny Worricker:  I’ve got a question. I mean, I don’t mind if you don’t answer.
Anna Hervé:  I don’t mind. I’ll answer anything.
Johnny:  When I said, “l only saw the file for the first time this week,” you said, “l know.”
Anna:  Oh, yeah, so?
Johnny:  How do you know? It’s important, Anna. How do you know? How do you know I hadn’t seen the file?
Anna:  I know because when I started sleeping with you, I made a decision.
Johnny:  What decision?
Anna:  I decided to trust you.
Johnny:  (smirks) It’s a bit arbitrary, isn’t it?
Anna:  Yes. But so far you’ve never let me down.
~ David Hare, Page Eight (2011)

 

I have a strange virus. I have not had such a fever since long before I met H. Now this ache in the limbs, the rise in temperature, the need to sleep, the muscle cramps last and last. I am tested for Lyme disease. I don’t have it. I get by jitney to my doctor in New York. My liver is inflamed. My potassium level has sunk to an unacceptable low. I give more blood for more tests. The unnamed virus remains with me. I am alternately hot or cold. I try to go to a party but my head swims. I leave the party. I try to read but the lines dance on the page. If H. were here I would be coddled, calmed. He would make carrot-ginger soup. Am I sick because he is not here? They say that the immune system responds to crisis by shrinking. Has my immune system turned from plum to prune in the season since H. died? I know that everything is not a matter of psychology. On the other hand the body is not separate from the mind and this mind feels as if an ax has cleaved it in two. No wonder I have a virus.

~ Anne Riophe. Epilogue: A Memoir. 2008. p.43-44

 

Have you ever loved someone so completely that your lives are totally entwined? A truly deep, intimate friendship, a companionship developed through years of growing closer to each other? I have. I was lucky to spend the best years of my life, and my whole life as an adult to that point, with my amazing husband Gareth.

And then my worst nightmare became a reality.

On the 22nd November 2011, while away on a year long trip of a lifetime, my husband, best friend, and constant companion of the last 9 years, died in America following a climbing accident.

Gareth and I had been away since August, having the time of our lives, living our dreams in some amazing places. We had never been so happy, carefree and content. Life couldn’t have been better. And then everything fell to pieces.

Death of a soul mate

When Gareth died, it felt like part of me died too. I was totally lost, lonely, and confused about how life could suddenly have gone from being so perfect, to so terrible.

It seemed completely impossible to think about getting through each day, never mind the whole of the rest of my life without the one person I had thought I couldn’t live without.

I felt so overwhelmed by sadness and grief, I felt like I didn’t know who I was without Gareth, or where I belonged, or what I was going to do with myself now all the plans and dreams we had for the future had gone. I lost my enthusiasm for everything and just didn’t want to exist.

Adventure-based coping strategy

There are no instructions or guidebooks for what to do when the most important person in your life dies, or how to pick up the pieces and try to build a new life for yourself when not a single part of the old one can ever be the same.

No-one tells you just how profoundly losing your husband will affect you. They can have no real idea. Grief is so much more than just immense sadness. It is laziness and lethargy, lack of motivation or caring about anything.

It is physical too, like something is squeezing your chest to the point where you can’t take a deep breath, spinning you round so you feel constantly dizzy. It is a pain so deep inside you that is worse than any broken bones.

~ Julia Hobson, from “How Cycling Helped Julia Hobson Cope with the Death of Her Husband” in Total Women’s Cycling (2015).

 

In writing of Guru Rinpoché, we must broach the subject of history, both Buddhist and secular, of Tibet long ago. Modern Buddhists could be forgiven a certain reluctance to study the history of their faith. On the one hand, most traditional Buddhist accounts of the past bear only faint traces of what we expect from histories — an objective, impartial presentation of verifiable facts. Secular histories of Buddhist Asia, on the other hand, read depressingly like histories of Europe. With churches and states in sordid alliances struggling for wealth, prestige, and power. If we suspect than an author of a “Buddhist” history wants us to take his/her book at the letter, we rightfully feel insulted, whereas most of us have long had our fill of catalogs of abusive rulers’ crimes against humanity or of venal clerics’ crimes against the spirit of their faith.

As a reader who enjoys contemplating Guru Rinpoché’s era, during which the Tibetan, Chinese, and Indian civilization collided, I believe it is possible for us to come to terms with and learn from that rich period. It is no easy task, however, as a truly balanced history that does justice to both the secular and religious facets of the story has yet to be written. I hope this work will be seen as a contribution to such a project.

~ Ngawang Zangpo (Hugh Leslie Thompson). Guru Rinpoché: His Life and Times. 2002

 

As Jane collected Ella stories, she marvelled at her friend’s lack of boundaries between the physical earth and other worlds. “To Ella Young the material world was no more real than the spirit world…the veil between them for her was very thin.” Jane also observed that Ella “was never lonely. She was never without happiness.” This thought seemed to echo Maud Gonne’s words in Dublin, more than thirty years before, as she lamented Ella’s emigration to America: “She was always extraordinarily happy.” At Cluan-Ard, this happiness commonly sprang from sessions around the fireplace, and often Ella invited Jane in for a sip of tea or brandy and to listen to recitations of poetry — sometimes Ella’s own, sometimes from other Irish poets. Ella also shared her Celtic mythology stories with Jane and told her that these were myths that were instructive, that represented such qualities as good and evil — just as the Bible did. Far from being musty, irrelevant tales from a hoary ancient past, Ella believed that the tales had meaning for modern people.

Sometimes Ella visited Jane’s nearby home and the eucalyptus grove in back of her house. There, Ella liked to stroll and converse with elves who, she said, appeared and walked along with her, creatures “two or three feet high”, as she described them. Jane envied these conversations; she herself sat in the grove occasionally and tried to see Ella’s elves, but “I never saw any”.

Ella’s readings and strolls with the fairies came only when she wasn’t busy writing at her desk. Jane recalled: “…when she was writing she simply locked up her house and you couldn’t get in, she wouldn’t come to the door, and you could hammer all you wanted.” Ella write as the mood dictated, Jane remembered: “…sometimes in the afternoon, sometimes in the middle of the night, sometimes in the morning”. All around her, the floor was ankle deep in papers and letters, a seemingly orderless mass, but one that Ella understood. She also understood her creative rhythms and noted that: “Sometimes, when I feel in a good mood I work through all the hours of the day,” pausing occasionally for an “orange and a few biscuits”. Until her death in 1956, the Oceano years were productive; she completed two Celtic mythology books — her best-known one, The Tangle-Coated Horse, and her last, The Unicorn with the Silver Shoes — plus her autobiography and several volumes of poetry.

~ Rose Murphy. Ella Young: Irish Mystic and Rebel, From Literary Dublin to the American West. 2008. p118-119

 

I may talk non-duality to some of the people who come here. That is not for you and you should not pay any attention to what I am telling others. The book of my conversations [I Am That] should not be taken as the last word on my teachings. I had given some answers to questions of certain individuals. Those answers were intended for those people and not for all. Instruction can be on an individual basis only. The same medicine cannot be prescribed for all.
Nowadays people are full of intellectual conceit. They have no faith in the ancient traditional practices leading up to Self-Knowledge. They want everything served to them on a platter. The path of Knowledge makes sense to them and because of that they may want to practice it. They will then find that it requires more concentration than they can muster and, slowly becoming humble, they will finally take up easier practices like repetition of a mantra or worship of a form. Slowly the belief in a Power greater than themselves will dawn on them and a taste for devotion will sprout in their heart. Then only will it be possible for them to attain purity of mind and concentration.

~ Maruti Kambli, known late in life as Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897–1981)

 

The reply to our telegram came in five days, and it was a polite but uncompromising “No!” We canvassed every possibility as to the reason for refusal. Our passports visaed in New York stated, “Good for Rhodesia,” in addition to other parts of the country. It was not until I was on my third Africa tour that I found out the real reason. That “Soviet Colonel” title of mine, and our Mukden, Siberia, Harbin, Vladivostok, and Soviet army pictures, shown in all openness and good faith, had given us a fatal brand — communist propagandists. Why it did not worry any other part of the country, but only Southern Rhodesia, is still a mystery.

The Governor’s compliments accompanied his profound regrets at loss of our transient company, but I was so angry and disappointed that I went off by myself then returned to camp quickly for the maps we had, because a thought had come to me.

Come here, Cap,” I said, “Can’t we detour this Rhodesia? I bet there’s a way through Mozambique — Portuguese East, you know.”

No one of the party commented, for no one knew, but an hour or so later when we stood outside the terminal of the African Railroad, I watched a span of sixteen donkeys drawing to a stop to park a dusty, covered trek wagon in the person of an ancient Boer, weatherbeaten of feature and seasoned in his style. He laid aside his rawhide sjambok as I went over to him, and performed the necessary courtesy of getting rid of his tobacco stream.

Do you know if there’s a trail north by way of Portuguese East?” I asked.

~ Aloha Wanderwell. Aloha Wanderwell: Call to Adventure! True Tales of the Wanderwell Expedition. 2013 (originally published 1939). p206

 

All sentient beings without exception have buddha-nature — the inherent purity and perfection of the mind, untouched by changing mental states. Thus there is neither any reason for conceit in deeming oneself better than others nor any reason for self-contempt, thinking of oneself as inferior and unable to reach enlightenment. This seeing is obscured by veils which are removable and do not touch the inherent purity and perfection of the nature of the mind as such.

~ Jamgön Kongtrül Lodro Thaye (1813–1899), The Unassailable Lion’s Roar

 

All our scientific and philosophic ideals are altars to unknown gods.

~ William James, “Lecture at the Harvard Divinity School” (13 March 1884); published in the The Unitarian Review and Religious Magazine as The Dilemma of Determinism (September 1884)

 

The analyses in this treatise are not given
Out of an excessive fondness for debate.
It is not our fault if, in the course of this teaching,
Other philosophical systems come to be destroyed.

~ Candrakīrti, Introduction to the Middle Way, VI, 118

 

Judy in Disguise, well what you aiming for?
A circus of horrors, yeah yeah,

well that’s what you are.

You make me a life of ashes,

I guess I’ll just take your glasses

~ John Fred, Judy in Disguise (1967)

 

Just as a perfectly clear diamond or other precious gem is pure, so also sky and water are by nature pure, the entire natural world is pure, the universe itself is pure. Likewise, buddha-nature, the ground of ultimate Reality, is by nature always free from the defilement of mental poisons and thus utterly pure. This is the essence of being, of our own being, and that of all other sentient entities and all phenomena. This is the essentially pure nature of all space and time and all that exists within space and time.

The factors that cause complete purification of adventitious mental defilements are: 1) devotion to the teachings and practices that lead to liberation; 2) highest discriminative analytical wisdom realizing the relative nature of manifest reality of space and time, and the absolute nature of unmanifest transcendental Reality; 3) spontaneously self-arising perpetual samadhi consisting of boundless bliss-consciousness; and 4) unconditional universal compassion focusing on sentient beings as its point of reference. The realization arising from these purifying causes is to be known as enlightenment.

~ The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary by Maitreya

 

It is not because they run out of sky that birds turn back,
It is because they lack the strength to keep on flying.
Just so, practitioners and bodhisattvas,
Can not fully express the qualities of buddha-nature, infinite as space.

~ Candrakīrti, Introduction to the Middle Way, XI, 41

 

Le principal dans un tableau est de trouver la juste distance. La couleur avait à exprimer toutes les raptures dans la profondeur. C’est la qu’on reconnaît le talent d’un peintre.

(The main thing in a picture is to find the right distance. The color has to express all the raptures in the depth. This is the recognized talent of a painter.)

~ Cézanne

 

Quantum field theory is a very rich subject for mathematics as well as physics. But its development in the last seventy years has been mainly by physicists, and it is still largely out of reach as a rigorous mathematical theory despite important efforts in constructive field theory. So most of its impact on mathematics has not yet been felt. Yet in many active areas of mathematics, problems are studied that actually have their most natural setting in quantum field theory. Examples include Donaldson theory of four-manifolds, the Jones polynomial of knots and its generalizations, mirror symmetry of complex manifolds, elliptic cohomology, and many aspects of the study of affine Lie algebras.

To a certain extent these problems are studied piecemeal, with difficulty in understanding the relations among them, because their natural home in quantum field theory is not now part of the mathematical theory. To make a rough analogy, one has here a vast mountain range, most of which is still covered with fog. Only the loftiest peaks, which reach above the clouds, are seen in the mathematical theories of today, and these splendid peaks are studied in isolation, because above the clouds they are isolated from one another. Still lost in the mist is the body of the range, with its quantum field theory bedrock and the great bulk of the mathematical treasures.

~ Edward Witten, in Mathematics: Frontiers and Perspectives, edited by Vladimir Igorevich Arnold (2000).

 

Out of my experience, such as it is (and it is limited enough) one fixed conclusion dogmatically emerges, and that is this, that we with our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves. … But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean’s bottom. Just so there is a continuum of cosmic consciousness, against which our individuality builds but accidental fences, and into which our several minds plunge as into a mother-sea or reservoir.

~ William James, “Confidences of a ‘Psychical Researcher'”, in The American Magazine, Vol. 68 (1909), p. 589

 

Cosmic consciousness means that consciousness which includes the experience of the relative field together with the state of absolute Being. This state of cosmic consciousness is one where the mind lives in eternal freedom, remaining unbound by whatever it experiences during all activities in the relative world. This freedom from the bondage of experience gives the mind a status of cosmic consciousness, a condition of eternal freedom in all the relative states of life — waking, dreaming, and sleeping.

…A person who has not risen to cosmic consciousness, who is shrouded by his or her limited individuality and is only awake in the identity of his or her individual self, can have no clear or significant conception of love or devotion. Although people on all levels of consciousness feel love in their hearts and feel devotion to God and practise devotion, the charm of devotion in the state of cosmic consciousness is a charm beyond the limits of imagination.

Devotion and love belong in their full value only to the life of cosmic consciousness. Below that standard, devotion and love do not have much significance or value. The devotion of an unrealized individual is merely an attempt, an effort, a strain. At best it leads to imagination of the greater and more intensified states of love. But the love and devotion of a cosmically evolved person have a significant and substantial value which embraces eternity, and that love and devotion bind eternity into a single universal individuality. Such is the power of love, such is the power of devotion.

Below the level of cosmic consciousness the power of love and devotion is limited and insignificant. Therefore all who want to follow the path of devotion are invited to begin the practice of Transcendental Meditation, which enables the individual to rise to a state of cosmic consciousness without struggle or strife, without penance or austerity.

~ His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Science of Being and Art of Living (1963).

 

She was a woman of few words. Still, to complete my education, I suppose she wanted to make sure I knew what love is, before I went out into the world.

But of course I knew. I loved my brother, and home. And the sound of an engine turning over like a human heart and gunning smooth as song. And hot Hoosier summer mornings and the linger of firefly evenings. And the view over the hedgerows from the crown of the road.

On one of the days I’d been listening at high school, I heard about a young woman named Alice Ramsay who’d driven coast to coast across the American continent in an automobile, all on her own. And when there were roads, she used them, and when there was only open country, she lit out across it.

And it struck me that this was just exactly the way I wanted to live my whole live. So I went into the world, my brother’s goggles slung around my neck in case the track got muddy.

~ Richard Peck. Here Lies the Librarian (2006).

Frederick Douglass Opens Twitter Account from Beyond the Grave to Troll President Trump

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Frederick Douglass Opens Twitter Account from Beyond the Grave to Troll President Trump

Soooo, ummm . . . President Trump just described Frederick Douglass at a Black History Month Event as follows:  described Frederick Douglass at a Black History Month Event as follows:

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

In response, the famed ex-slave-turned-abolitionist, suffragist, author, editor, and diplomat–who died in 1895–opened a Twitter account from the site of his interment at the Douglass family plot at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY.
The iconic historical figure used the President’s preferred medium and tone in an effort to troll him for his evident misapprehension that Mr. Douglass is currently doing “an amazing job” at anything or getting “recognized more and more,” since he died 122 years ago.

@realFrederickDouglass: My autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, is #1 best-seller on Amazon. 4x better sales than Art of the Deal! P.S. I am dead!

@realFrederickDouglass: Hope you like everything I did for women’s suffrage! Even the losers, haters, and flat-chested “fives.” Enjoy!

@realFrederickDouglass: Appreciate @realDonaldTrump congrats on AMAZING job I did to secretly educate myself and other slaves while still living under slavery in Maryland. My work is finally being recognized!

@realFrederickDouglass: @realDonaldTrump, your FAKE NATIONAL SECURITY immigrant BAN goes against everything I stood for (when I was alive 122 yrs ago). A horrible mess!

@realFrederickDouglass: My abolitionist paper, The North Star, has much better coverage of me than the failing New York Times has of @realDonaldTrump!

@realFrederickDouglass: @realDonaldTrump pretended to know who I was when he obviously has no fucking idea. VERY DISHONEST!

@realFrederickDouglass: I will be asking for an investigation into the MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD that led to black ppl and women not voting for entire first half of U.S. history!

@realFrederickDouglass: My keynote speech at Emancipation Memorial was highest rated speech with biggest crowd ever! DISHONEST CNN chose not to cover it. TERRIBLE!

@realFrederickDouglass: Only thing I have in common with @realDonaldTrump is that we both had a bankruptcy and failed business! (Freedman’s Savings Bank and New Era newspaper). SAD!

@realFrederickDouglass: My name is in your mouth yet you got elected by KKK whose rise I actively fought in 1868. Excuse me while I roll over in my grave. DISASTER!

*UPDATE 2/2/17: You guys: Getting lots of comments and literally a million reads so FYI, this account was never actually on Twitter, or at least not by me. They’re all tweets I just wrote as satire yesterday in this blog post.

289 comments:

  1. Going towards platinum!

  2. I am so happy that you have risen.

  3. Sweet lord, this is awesome….

  4. Literally what went through my mind not 2 seconds before seeing your comment.

  5. What a history! And it was all done yesterday? At least the tramp told me that and he knows…..just saw Freddie yesterday………………

  6. More like double Platinum X 10

  7. I wish that someone would put it out there so that orange reply to it all night and maybe blow enough of a gasket to take him on out. That would resolve part of this political era.

  8. Best comments ever in humiliating Agent Orange!

  9. Brilliant! Shared on Facebook.

  10. Please open this Twitter account and troll fake45 from it!! This is everything!

    (If I were as pithy and clever as you are, I would do it myself!!

  11. so very clever and biting and entertaining and just

  12. Can’t find @realFrederickDouglass on Twitter. Could you link?

    Reply

  13. The account is closed already

  14. He’s already been deleted. 😦

  15. Lost his signal when he rolled over.

  16. Rolled over??? More like spinning in his grave. LOL

  17. Best fucking comment, ever!

  18. LMBO lost his signal
    .i can’t…He Hit a dead zone…

  19. realFredDoug is clearly not same guy because it’s not funny at all.

  20. PRICELESS! Thank you for the much needed levity while providing a reality check.

  21. AldenL for the “win”

  22. AldenL… Well played!

  23. Is that the same person? Doesn’t seem like it.

  24. Jacki, I’m with you. CLEARLY not the same person.

  25. read the P.s. note in red in the article…. “*UPDATE: You guys: Getting lots of comments so FYI, this account was never actually on Twitter, or at least not by me. It’s just a joke in this blog post.”

  26. Agent Orange….I like that!

  27. I hope Freddy D. keeps posting.

    Reply

  28. Frederick is my new hero. Keep up the good work!

    Reply

  29. Was the handle ever created or was it shut down?

    Reply

  30. It was created and then shut down after. Someone said there might be a new one? Going to look. https://twitter.com/realFredDoug

  31. There is a P.S. at teh bottom of this post. It was never a real account, the author just made up the tweets. There is another account which you referenced above.

  32. As Eric’s Fit Mama replied to gayla gavin, the account is at:
    https://twitter.com/realFredDoug

    Reply

  33. That’s not the same account.

  34. It can’t be the same person b/c it’s totally different. Just quotes instead of trolling.

  35. @realFrederickDouglass This is perfect! Thank you for contributing from your final rest!

    Reply

  36. This is total satire guys. The “account” never existed. 😉

    Reply

  37. it is real @realFredDoug as mentioned from Eric’s Fit Mama

  38. @realFredDoug is real as stated above by Eric’s Fit Mama

  39. It’s satire? Really? Thanks for the heads’ up…
    (That’s sarcasm)

  40. I can’t believe you had to point out that it’s satire. That was my point.

  41. Oh it’s there and it’s awesome. Satire, yes. Brilliant, yes…and you can follow https://twitter.com/realFredDoug

  42. Awww, man. You should totally do it on Twitter, it would be sooooooo awesome!

  43. Yup, the account is real. Link above.

  44. No, it existed but was deleted. Check the previous comments.

  45. oops I take that back, there is an existing account. https://twitter.com/realFredDoug

  46. @RealFredDoug exists!

  47. Please continue!! It would be a TREMENDOUS counter act to the realDonaldTrump! You would get millions of followers ! Frederick Douglas rising from the grave to save our sanity!

  48. There’s an account now — it’s at realFredDoug on Twitter.

  49. Please continue! We need the realFrederickDouglass to keep us sane! It would be TREMENDOUS! You will have millions of followers instantly!

  50. WHAT!!!!! …..NEVER EXISTED….”Donald Tramp: shut down that f’in black history mo….mess you up every time….how the h did I know …. what they told me…Kelly pack up and ge’douda White House……gd it, gd, gd, OK, now it’s 4 million illegal voters, marching around to confuse me and I said I loved Frederick Douglass and…..Bannon, fill it in….

  51. Thank you for making my day. 😉

  52. Thank you for making my day. His spirit lives! 😉

  53. Oh you are good, twitter is all a buzz about it too! Had me fooled, I even tweeted about it!

  54. So people can now set up an account from heaven? Good news.Looking forward to the next tweets from FD.

  55. that’s okay – still brilliant. Made my morning!

  56. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  57. Well poo. Totally needed this.

  58. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  59. Wrong. @realFredDoug He lives on, guy.

  60. Yes, I know!!! Lol, thanks for the history laughs!

  61. Ahh man…boo! I was all set to follow @realFrederickDouglass too. I wish that you would create the account. Sooo hilarious!LMAO!

  62. People, the person you’re replying to here, telling you this was satire and never a real account, is the person that wrote the article!! If you READ the red print at the end of the article it tells you it was made up as a joke and never existed!! The “realFredDoug” is a completely different account. GEEZ.

  63. People, the person you’re replying to here, telling you this was satire and never a real account, is the person that wrote the article!! If you READ the red print at the end of the article it tells you it was made up as a joke and never existed!! The “realFredDoug” is a completely different account. GEEZ.

  64. I LOVE THIS!! You tell him Fred!!!

    Reply

  65. You need to put this on Twitter!

    Reply

  66. Interesting how he conveniently forgot and failed to mention he was a Republican…something he and DJT have in common.

    Reply

  67. FD looks a lot like Darnell from the old sitcom, My Name is Earl (Actor – Freddy Steeples)

    Reply

  68. Check out Phil Darius Wallace speeches on youtube of Frederick Douglas! Awesome portrayal! You will be glad you did! He will educate you on F.Douglas! Knowledge is power!

    Reply

  69. Check out Phil Darius Wallace speeches on youtube of Frederick Douglas! Awesome portrayal! You will be glad you did! He will educate you on F.Douglas! Knowledge is power!

    Reply

  70. FREDERICK DOUGLASS DIED ON FEBRUARY 20TH, 1895 AT THE AGE OF 77 AT HIS HOME IN CEDAR HILL (ANACOSTIA, MARYLAND). THAT WAS 122 YEARS AGO.
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    “DONALD L. DOWRIDGE, JR. AS FREDERICK DOUGLASS” FACEBOOK PAGE.
    YOUTUBE AT DLD282002
    WWW.DLDENTERPRISES.ORG
    TO SEE THE RESEMBLANCE OF MR. DOUGLASS & MR. DOWRIDGE!
    INVITE DONALD L. DOWRIDGE, JR. TO SPEAK AND PERFORM THE LIFE OF
    “MR. FREDERICK DOUGLASS” AT YOUR BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM OR AT YOUR NEXT MEETING OF FUNCTION.
    EMAIL: DLD282002@YAHOO.COM
    THANK YOU

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  71. if this never happened, can someone please make this real?!?

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  72. Mr.President Frederick Douglas is dead! But you can go to youtube and see many of his speeches done by Phil Darius Wallace. Awesome portrayals of F. Douglas life. Knowledge is power! Check it out! You will thank me later!

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  73. WHEN IS TWITTER GOING TO DO IT’S PATRIOTIC DUTY AND DELETE president chump’s ACCOUNT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF AMERICAN LIFE. ON AN ASIDE NOTE SINCE IS A FACT, NOT AN ALTERNATIVE FACT, THAT president chump IS A COMPUTER ILLITERATE. AFTER ALL THE NOISE president chump MAKES ABOUT HIS TWEETS ,THERE ARE NO PICTURES OF THIS RETARDO TWEETING ON A PHONE HIMSELF. SOMEONE HAS TO DO IT FOR HIM.

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  74. There is an account on Twitter for Fredrick Douglass….. realFredDoug…

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  75. Absolutely loved this column!

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  76. It’s not satire I’m following him

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  77. That twitter account is not this one. See the red text that has been added to the blog post above. This was never actually done on Twitter!

  78. OHM, this is brilliant. I’d love to see you create the Twitter account and troll POTUS there, where he’ll actually see it. 🙂

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  79. It’s not satire I’m following him

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  80. The autobiography and speeches of Mr. Douglass are still available though he is deceased.

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  81. If all of social shut down today forever, thank God we’d have these twitter posts to remember.

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  82. Best thing I’ve read today LOL!

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  83. Harry Tubman. Great person. Big league railroads. Railroads are great. Harry built them underground. Best subway builder ever. @realDonaldTrump

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  84. Isn’t Harry around somewhere, near where Fred D is hanging out? Donald should put them in his cabinet, or at least a drawer.

  85. I just looked at it, @realFredDoug

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  86. Please read the red text at the end of the blog post. That is a different person. This was never on Twitter at all.

  87. Can you hear me now does not work six feet under

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  88. This is brilliant. Ought to be featured on Bill Maher Friday night or John Oliver. Hope this goes HUGE.

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  89. Don’t you mean YUGE? Lol

  90. You caused me to spit hot coffee all over my laptop. Thank you! These days I need all the humor I can get.

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  91. Mad confusion on Twitter over this.
    Will the Twitter account that was recently opened mirror the satire of this post? Your adoring public wants to know!

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  92. But they cannot stop us from using the hashtag! #RealFrederickDouglass

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  93. Not true. I just found it on Twitter.

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  94. Freddy, you should run for office. You would do a better job from the grave.

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  95. Turn over the other way Mr. Douglas, we lost signal. Need to hear from you again!

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  96. Freddy, you should run for office. You would do a better job than Trump from the grave.

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  97. Wow! Why? Were those actually Donald Trump’s words? It was funny. Smh

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  98. I read on FB that the Twitter account was reopened under @realfreddoug.

    I wonder who is writing this Twitter account in the name of Frederick Douglas.

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  99. Mr. Douglas, please roll over to other side for better signal. Need to hear from you again!

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  100. Thank you, One Hot Mess! I remember thinking that DJT had no idea, even though he “noticed”. Perhaps Frederick Douglas should consider opening an account to continue chronicling the ongoing travesty… which unfortunately bleeds into tragedy.

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  101. Not satire, account is still up and.awesome. search for: realFredrickDouglas…found.it and.am now following ☺

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  102. I read on FB that the Twitter account was reopened under @realfreddoug.

    I wonder who is writing this Twitter account in the name of Frederick Douglass. Is this person willing to come forward or remain hidden.

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  103. That’s too bad. It’s brilliant.

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  104. That’s too bad. It’s brilliant.

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  105. I keep telling people that, Donald Trump is a fool.
    When he went to school there was no Black History, but there was HISTORY and along with Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver,and Fredrick Douglas they were all in the White man’s virgin of American history.
    Donald trump didn’t u do ur homework?

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  106. Absolutely beautiful! How I wish Mr. Douglas was alive to debate F. Von Clownstick. I’d love to hear Mr. Douglas rip Von Clownstick to shreads with intelligent words!

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  107. President Trump was referring to an exhibit about Fredrick Douglas. His comment was taken way out of context. Let’s try to see the good in everyone and quit looking for ways to put others down. Have a nice day.

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  108. Thank you, Randi, so much half truths, spin news going on, what is the agenda except disruption and disunity.

  109. so wish we could Share to FB

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  110. Love this. Trump must have missed this course in American History.

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  111. Love this. DT must have missed a course in American History.

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  112. Love it. DT must have missed a course in American History.

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  113. Brilliant, viva la Frederick!!!

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  114. Frederick Douglass is tremendous! Beyonce loves him I have heard that his performances are amazing. No one is better at being black and I look forward to his next album!

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  115. But @realFredDoug is worth following.

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  116. FOUND HIM!! @realFredDoug

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  117. @realFrederickDouglass keep up the good work! Please say hi to my departed family for me. TIA

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  118. As a distant cousin of Frederick Douglas I can’t even say how I feel about this without disgracing his legacy!!

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  119. Funny, I’m a distant cousin, too. I can spell his name correctly though, so I guess that makes you more distant than me.

  120. This needs to be a real twitter account. Hilarious!

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  121. But seriously, DO IT! Open the account and let it fly!

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  122. I’m not an American but this one made me roll over in a fit of laughter. Platinum….indeed. But just really wonder why the American people got into this mess. #justsaying

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  123. *UPDATE from One Hot Mess: You guys: Getting lots of comments so FYI, this account was never actually on Twitter. It’s just a joke in this blog post. Very bottom of post

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  124. I love you ! Made my day in these days of angst!

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  125. I couldn’t believe his “Orange is the new Black History Month” speech transcript was real… and this in turn is hysterical. Thank you so much for the laughter. I agree, you should really post it on Twitter if you haven’t yet!

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  126. I’m just finding out about the CAIC’s (Con Arrist in Chief) Frederick Douglass comment. As they used to say in Motown, “the hits just keep on comin'”.

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  127. I wish this was a real account, I would follow!! Classic.

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  128. I am ashamed of being an American at best three times monthly but the nerve of other Americans voting this FOOL in office subjecting US to his foolish behaviors and his lack of any knowledge let alone BLACK knowledge makes it rough being an American today and everyday afterwards.

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  129. We’ve missed you, so, Mr. Douglas!

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  130. and Mr. Douglass was invited to the White House long before DJT took it …

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  131. and Mr. Douglass was invited to the White House long before DJT took it …

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  132. If it doesn’t exist someone should create it!

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  133. Priceless…and welcome back Mr. Douglas, looking well you haven’t aged a bit 🙂

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  134. You should open a twitter account under his name. Your humor is brilliant. I am a history and government teacher and I have really enjoyed this!

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  135. Can you pm me @misscassee (twitter)

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  136. Here is the Frederick Douglass Family’s real response to the president’s comments. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5892855fe4b01a7d8e512b13?timestamp=1486004738324
    To learn more about the great good works of the Frederick Douglass Family, visit: http://www.fdfi.org

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  137. Don’t worry people! This is #fakenews full of #altfacts
    In this new alt-reality where whatever Trump says is actually real. Therefore, Frederick Douglass is actually still alive!
    That’s why we are recognizing him more and more! He’s back! Risen from the dead like Jesus (except Douglass isn’t from the Middle East, so we don’t need to kick him out)

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  138. Hello All, I would like to share the response to the president’s comments from the real Frederick Douglass Family. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5892855fe4b01a7d8e512b13?timestamp=1486004738324
    To learn more about the great works his family continues to do, go to: http://www.fdfi.org

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  139. MAKE THIS ACCOUNT
    PLEASE

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  140. blessings! so funny!!!

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  141. If One Hot Mess doesn’t create that twitter account and re-create those tweets someone else is going to.

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  142. I had been praying that someone would start up @ZombieFrederickDouglass.

    You’re the one to do it. You really should.

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  143. Dude, you NEED to start this account on Twitter; like NOW. Please.

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Texas Jews & Christians aid Muslims burned out of their mosque.

‘True American spirit’: Texas mosque arson sees $1m raised – Jews, Christians and Muslims pray side-by-side

Paul Wright

International Business Times

February 1, 2017

Texas mosque blaze

In the small Texas city of Victoria, the suspicious burning down of the community’s only mosque could have led its Muslim worshippers to fear they were no longer welcome.

But instead the congregation said they witnessed another side to humanity, one they branded the “true American spirit”.

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The fire at the Victoria Islamic Center early Saturday morning (29 January) has seen them overwhelmed with support from their local neighbours and fellow citizens across the United States.

The town’s displaced Muslim congregation now pray side-by-side with Jews and Christians after being welcomed in by the city’s church and synagogue leaders.

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Within days, tens of thousands of people from across the US and abroad had also raised an astonishing $1m (£790,000, €930,000) to help rebuild the mosque.

And the grieving 130 Muslims who saw their place of worship reduced to ashes have been inundated with all manner of offers from Victoria’s close-knit residents to help them get back on their feet.

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Leaders of the mosque declared “our faith in humanity has been rekindled again”.

“Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the tremendous support we’ve received,” said Omar Rachid, a congregation member who set up the mosque’s GoFundMe page.

“The outpouring of love, kind words, hugs, helping hands and the financial contributions are examples of the true American Spirit and Humanity at its best with donations coming in from all over the world.”

Muslim community leaders in the US have expressed fears of growing Islamaphobia in the country amid concerns about white nationalist rhetoric against the religion.

The fire broke out just hours after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order last Friday that banned travellers and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country for several months on national security grounds.

While the blaze has been categorised as “suspicious”, authorities have no evidence linking the fire to Trump’s order. An investigation by the Victoria Fire Marshal’s Office is still ongoing, with officials looking into whether a burglary at the mosque on 22 January could be significant.

In July 2013, the mosque was also vandalised when a juvenile painted “H8” – shorthand for “hate” – on its exterior.

Flames were first spotted at 2am on Saturday, with firefighters taking about four hours to put out the blaze. The building was completely gutted, with only the exterior walls left standing.

The mosque ruins, which will be demolished and a new one erected in its place, was built in 2000 largely with funds from the congregation. Its leaders say because of a miscommunication and a lack of funds, the mosque was never insured.

A City of Victoria spokesman said it could be months before the cause of the fire is determined.

About 400 community members attended a prayer rally Sunday morning outside the destroyed mosque, led by various local religious leaders.

Gary Branfman, a member of Victoria’s Temple B’nai Israel synagogue, said he hoped the tragedy would empower Victoria to come together.

“When our peaceful norm is interrupted like this, I think it unites the community,” he said.

Abe Ajrami, a mosque member, said: “God always has a plan. Out of tragedies, sometimes good things happen.”

 

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FOOD for Thought

How can this much love

be inside of you?

~ Stevie Wonder

 

And we are put on Earth a little space,

That we may learn to bear the beams of love.

~ William Blake

 

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

We are all here to help each other go through this, whatever it is.

~ Kurt Vonnegut

 

Compassion is the radicalism of our time.

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

 

I am constantly praying that we can enjoy a time of harmony and wholeness. My heartfelt aspiration is that we can all join together to work side-by-side to benefit the beings of this new century. I pray that this happen soon; the magnitude of the suffering of beings is too great, and the social and environmental challenges facing the world today are too heavy for us to bear separately, and can only be fully addressed if we are united.

~ His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

 

What if who we are is every place we go, every experience we have, and every person we meet?

~ Collective Quarterly

 

Yo estoy en ninguna parte. Yo estoy en todas partes. Buenas noches y buena suerte.

I am nowhere. I am everywhere. Good night and good luck.

~ Megan Simons

 

Not being alienated from one’s own essential nature is itself a field of blessings.

~ Hui-Neng (638-713), 6th Patriarch of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, Platform Sutra

 

Belief isn’t always easy.

But this much I have learned —

if not enough else —

to live with my eyes open.

~ Mary Oliver

 

What did your face look like before your parents were born?

~ Hui Neng (638-713), Zen koan

 

The question is “What did your facebook look like before your parents were born?”

~ Zen koan, adapted for today

 

May any merit generated by on-line discussion
Be dedicated to the Ultimate Benefit of All Sentient Beings.

~ aspiration/dedication, online Buddhist site

 

By its nature, the cabin lifestyle is all about the joy of connecting with friends, family, nature—and even the best part of oneself. These are good, healthy, admirable priorities.

~ Cabin Life magazine

 

If you love Mother Nature, it’s time to tie the knot.

~ outdoors magazine

 

This work is dedicated to my family and to all who share the backcountry as their church. My family has encouraged me to be active in the outdoors from a young age. They have also supported my spirit in the adventure that is my life. This dedication also goes to those who share a love for the backcountry and find it to be a spiritual place. This place is the church of the great outdoors, where they go to feel at one with themselves, with others, with nature, and with that something greater, often termed the energy of the universe. The adventures in this place provide fulfillment and peace. May your adventures be fulfilling, your bonds strong, and your life well touched by the sense of euphoria and awe that you find there. Thank you for being on your journey. The role you play in the lives of others may be larger than you know.

~ Paul E. Marsh, Backcountry Adventure as Spiritual Experience: A Means-end Study (2007)

 

What the Divine has to share is written in the sky, mountains, trees and waters. We need only to become aware, then witness the beauty that is all around to learn what She is sharing.

~ Dana Demers

 

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.

~ Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536)

 

To ask a novelist to talk about his [or her] writing is like asking somebody to cook about their dancing.

~ Jim Crace, American novelist

 

The Buddha’s meaning can be known through symbols and actions, not through words and books.

~ The Arrow-maker Dakini, addressing Mahasiddha Saraha

 

I have many journals in use at one time: one for notes during daily meetings at work, another for silly things my kids say that I don’t want to forget. And others. My “dream” journal is currently a dot grid format filled with sketches and other design inspirations.

~ Erin Condren

 

The Sutras, Tantras, and Shastras (philosophical scriptures) are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it’s hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don’t put it into practice, it’s like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, it happens that a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar.

~ Karma Chagme (1613-1678), Tibetan mahasiddha

 

Though a man be learned
if he does not apply his knowledge
he resembles the blind man
who with a lamp in the hand cannot see the road.

~ Nagarjuna (c150–c250), The Tree of Wisdom

 

If the mind is cleared of limiting thoughts, and the senses are tuned in with nature, solutions to both philosophical and spiritual inquiries can be discovered in nature…. Connect with the Divine through nature on a personal level.
~ Dana Demers

 

I have seen in my wanderings great temples and shrines…

but none are as blissful as my own body.

~ Saraha (Indo-Tibetan mahasiddha, 8th century)

 

In the presence of extraordinary reality, consciousness takes the place of imagination.
~ Ansel Adams

 

Religion without art is a dead system of dogmas which have no effect on life.

~ Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

When we come to the consideration of sacred art, let us remember that all art is sacred art.

~ His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, “On Art” (1970)

 

All religions teach the virtues of love, altruism and patience, while showing us how to discipline and transform ourselves to achieve inner peace and a kind heart. Therefore, they are worthy of our respect.

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

 

All traditions, whether religious or secular, have developed to benefit human society. In the event that a tradition or system becomes harmful, there’s no need to insist on following it.

~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

 

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.

~ Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859)

 

If your mouth proclaims, “I act for the benefit of all beings,” but you act like the ringleader in your own circus of self-important, ego-clinging tricks, then in reality you ignore the ineluctable law of cause and effect (karma) and ethical precepts and this is no good.

~ His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

 

For many years, I was known as a monk. I shaved my head and wore robes, got up very early. I hated everyone, but I acted generously, and no one found me out. My reputation as a ladies’ man was a joke. It caused me to laugh bitterly through the 10,000 nights I spent alone.

~ Leonard Cohen

 

You must have known that I was lonely
Because you came to my rescue
And I know that this must be heaven
How could so much love be inside of you?

~ Stevie Wonder (b1950), “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1973)

 

Each person must find his or her own path. Nonetheless, seek guidance from wise and compassionate people and listen to them earnestly. This will help you find the best way to proceed – now and in the future.

~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

 

Each person has to rise to the level of Self-liberation by himself or herself. No one can possibly raise the level of another person’s consciousness. Help by way of information and guidance can be offered by those who know the way, but the responsibility for raising the level of one’s consciousness lies with oneself. Each individual has to choose his or her own path and uplift oneself by one’s own endeavour. Others can at best reveal to one the wisdom of individual and cosmic life and inspire one to establish co-ordination between oneself and the universal state of Being.

~ His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

 

Everybody has to commit to doing something every single day now. Every single day! You don’t have to quit your job. You don’t have to drop out of school. It’s just something very small you have to do. Every day, you have to contact your member of Congress or one of your two senators. Every day. It takes three minutes. Wake up, brush teeth, make coffee, contact Congress. That’s the new morning routine.

~ Michael Moore, January 2017

 

Only the impossible is worth doing.

~ Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

 

Sometimes, when you no longer see yourself as the hero of your own drama, expecting victory after victory, and you understand deeply that this is not paradise, somehow we — especially the privileged ones that we are, — we somehow embrace the notion that this veil of tears, that it’s perfectible, that you’re going to get it all straight. I’ve found that things became a lot easier when I no longer expected to win.

~ Leonard Cohen

 

The deeper you get, the deeper you get.

~ Adventure Journal, January 2017

 

The closer you come to the goal of final emancipation, to Self-liberation, the faster you go.

~ His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

 

Always go.

~ outdoor adventure magazine ad, January 2017

 

Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom. It is realized through unmediated direct experience, and stabilized through devoted application of practices which cultivate the effortless self-perpetuation of such direct experience. The desire for this fulfilling experience is inherent, success in its cultivation is due to dedicated application of practice, and inclination to devotedly continue in such practice is due to having generated fortunate karmic potential in the past. Through attaining such realizational experience, ignorant ideas of the nature of Reality as being limited to the realm of duality, due to the primordial mistake of the intellect, are clarified and abandoned.
~ Longchenpa (1308-1364)

 

When one practices Transcendental Meditation, one experiences energy and clarity of mind but not the actual process of the infusion of Being into the nature of the mind. The whole process is silent, on the level of pure Being. Whatever the experiences of the mind during meditation, they are only the different states of the medium of meditation. These states become finer and finer until eventually nothing remains of the medium, and the mind is left by itself in the state of pure consciousness. The infusion of the nature of Being into the nature of the mind originates in the transcendental field.

The living of Being cannot be described. Description cannot give a complete exposition of that state. It can only be lived. If someone is asked to describe the taste of what he has been eating, it is impossible for him to put the exact taste into words, even though he has been able to taste the food perfectly well. Similarly, Being is lived in life and is a state of experience, but It cannot be described.

Being can be lived through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. To begin with, Being is very delicately impressed on the nature of the mind. As the practice is continued, It becomes more and more deeply infused into the mind and eventually becomes so deep, significant and unshakeable that It is lived all the time, through all experiences of the waking, dreaming and deep sleep states. Then one is living eternal freedom on the level of relative experience.

~ His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Science of Being and Art of Living (1963)

 

Siddhi (attainment, success) in Yoga (stabilized Unity Consciousness) comes to that person who engages in the practice leading to direct experience of transcendental pure consciousness. How can one get success without practice? By merely reading books on Yoga, one can never experience transcendental awareness and attain the purity of permanent Unity Consciousness. Success, siddhi, cannot be attained by adopting a particular outer “yogic” dress or mental cover-up or “costume/guise” [vesa, compare vestment]. It cannot be gained by hearsay, by merely listening to descriptions or by telling tales, by imagination, or adopting an attitude or pretense to direct experience. Practice leading to stabilized direct experience alone is the means to success. This is true, there is no doubt.

~ Swāmī Svātmārāma (14th c.), The Lamplight of Unity Consciousness (Hatha Yoga Pradeepika)

 

Settle the mind, take time for meditation, dialogue, artistic expression, exercise and healthy eating.

~ Dana Demers

 

It’s not sufficient to practice meditation only from time to time, just when you feel like it. To enjoy steadily cumulative results rapidly leading to realization, you have to practice every day.

~ His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

 

If you wish only for casual, hit-or-miss results, you may indulge in a casual, hit-or-miss program [of meditation and related practice], and wait to discover what quality of results may come from that. If you want steady, elegant, complete results, your daily program must be steady, elegant, and complete. Simple, innocent daily experience of effortless transcending of thought, resulting in samadhi — boundless inner pure awareness,— and leading a natural style of life without fussing or fretting, will result in gradual, steady unfoldment of your full innate potential.

Enlightenment, permanent stability in Unity Consciousness, cannot be achieved by attempting to remain in indrawn samadhi, transcendental consciousness, all the time. Enlightenment is not an attitude one maintains by will, or a mood one makes by trying to control the attention, or to remain removed from thought and emotion, or by avoiding activity! The goal is lived through infusion of the values of samadhi into the waking, dreaming, and sleep states, it is not a lifestyle of attempting to be submerged in indrawn samadhi at all times! Enlightenment is lived as dynamic, fully stable infusion, not static submersion.

When, over time, the nervous system has become purified, normalized, through regular daily practice of effortless transcending of thought, through entering into samadhi and then coming back out again into the realm of thinking and activity, it thenceforward spontaneously functions in an optimal manner that allows Unity Consciousness to be naturally lived under all circumstances and conditions without effort or contrivance.

Previously, occasional or episodic samadhi had been experienced only as a result of withdrawing from the surface of the mind and allowing the attention to settle deeply within, beyond the finest, must subtle level of thinking, and resting fully alert and at peace at the source of thought beyond the quietest level of mental activity.

Now, once the qualities and values of the source of thought, silent pure consciousness, boundless bliss-consciousness, are fully infused into the mind and nervous system, samadhi is experienced fully, spontaneously, at all times along with the phenomenal content of the waking, dreaming and sleep states.

Once this inner wakefulness is fully infused, it is simply always directly experienced as the conscious stable base and context of all other, changing experiences, effortlessly lived as one’s own unchanging self-nature, enjoyed spontaneously as an unbroken continuum of inner bliss consciousness throughout the ups and downs, the thick and thin of relative existence.

Thenceforward, nothing more needs to be done to always experience this continuum; one simply lives it, consciously, as the inherent nature of ones own being, without having to try to remember to be conscious of it. It is simply always spontaneously experienced and enjoyed as the unchanging consciousness with which one is conscious of one’s thoughts, feelings, and perceptions in the relative field of existence. It is not a matter of controlling the mind, of putting one’s attention on anything, or attempting to hold the attention anywhere, or of making a mood, or of pretending, or straining, or making any effort whatsoever. One just lives it, spontaneously, effortlessly, naturally, as one’s own fully integrated, unified being.

Until then, the way to arrive at this goal is to meditate for a few minutes every morning and evening, effortlessly experiencing the full range of the thinking process from the gross level to the subtler, to the subtlest, and transcending the subtlest level of thought to rest in samadhi, inner silent awareness, and then to come out of meditation and go about one’s own active life, lived in one’s own terms, in a natural, uncontrived manner. Simple, elegant, enjoyable.

~ His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

 

…Even if we were to meet in person, I would have no greater instruction to give you than this. So take it to heart, all the time, and in any situation.

~ Longchenpa (1308-1364)

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LOVE, NOT HATE, MAKES AMERICA GREAT!

 

lovely words from lovely Caroline Gleich:

Love, tolerance, truth, inclusivity, respect – those are the reasons I’m proud to be an American. Diversity is the backbone of our country, without it, we lose our special sauce. I saw a protest sign that sums it up, “love, not hate, makes America great.” I will not be silent about defending our American values. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by Trump’s executive orders on immigration. This action does not represent most Americans and we will do everything in our power to fight.

http://www.carolinegleich.com