Yesterday, I sent a fanboy email to a celebrity I admire, mentioning that they strike me as being “Elizabeth Bennet meets Prue Sarn meets Jo March.” —But the address I have is uncertain, so I wondered if my note would be received, and if so, if my reference would click even if they did get the email. . . . A few minutes later, I walked out to check the neighborhood free book bin (public sidewalk library), where a single item was sitting pretty, patiently resting sunny-side-up: a pristine vintage copy of Pride and Prejudice ! I took it as a “sign” that my message would be received and my reference duly appreciated. Of course I know skeptics will snicker that such co-inky-dinkies mean nothing. But I’ve never seen a copy of P and P in this or any other free book bin. And over the years that must have entailed a least a thousand visits to such bins over a great deal of territory. Take it for what it’s worth.
Later in the day, I walked by the book stall again, and this time the only item there was a copy of the little blue covered booklet, Steps to Inner Peace, by my old friend Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981)! This was quite wonderful in itself, of course, but over the years I have stumbled unexpectedly upon numerous copies of this free, non-copyrighted booklet in various places across the country and indeed around the world. . . . Now, sitting back down to my computer, I found that while I’d stepped out to the book bin the second time and back, my blogsite had received a single new visitor-ping: someone had just linked anonymously to an entry about Peace Pilgrim, that I had posted there last September! That’s right: during the coupla minutes in which I left my seat, stepped outside to the book bin a second time, discovered Peace Pilgrim’s booklet which has just newly arrived there, and walked back to my table in the cafe, some anonymous person somewhere in the U.S. had visited my blog entry about Peace Pilgrim posted months ago….
Again, skeptics shall scoff, but I’m convinced that such co-incidences have subtle (woo-woo) meaning. Though I’m not yet sure just what either of these two particular little ping-backs of kismet synchronicity mean, I place the same value on them as being meaningful signs of the intimately connective nature of reality as those contained and mapped in “the science of omens” preserved in the ancient Vedic cognitive sciences (which are also the source of Yoga and Non-dual Vedanta philosophy).
When my now-late belovéd wife was studying Ayurveda — Indian traditional medical science, — and other branches of Vedic science, under our teacher Maharishi and other enlightened masters working closely with His Holiness to restore the full knowledge of these traditional sciences, she made a good study of the ancient science of omens — auspicious and inauspicious “signs.” For instance: the ancient Vedic rishis and maharishis cognized and noted that if a deer crosses your path from one direction,this is an auspicious sign that something good is on its way to happening soon for you; if a deer crosses your path from the opposite direction it is a sign that something good (but as yet unknown) already has just happened for you. I’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to tabulate from your own experiences with deer and with good luck which direction correlates with which auspices deer signify — something good but as yet still unknown having just transpired, or “something good this way comes.”
The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), “Nature”
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.
~ Peace Pilgrim
Everything is holy!
Everywhere is holy!
every day is in eternity!
Every man’s an angel!
~ Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
Science applies a finite rule to the infinite — & is what you can weigh & measure & bring away. Its sun no longer dazzles us and fills the universe with light.
~ Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Journal, 1849