nothing is as it seems

nothing is as it seems

the marks of existence – anicca, dukkha, and anatta – and the interdependent web

anicca [uh-NIK-uh] … no being is not changing

dukkha [DOO-k(h)uh] … no being is not wanting

anatta [un-uh(t)-TAH] … no being is not depending

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nothing is not changing

nothing is not wanting

nothing is not depending

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nothing is other than
the interdependent web
of all being

no one is

identities and entities
are in the mind

only in the mind is anyone
or anything other than
the interdependent web
of all being

only in the mind is anyone
or anything other than
this timeless present:

endless flux and nothing
depending on nothing

nothing is other than this

no one is

nothing is as it seems

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dukkha: a mark of existence

Questioner: Is it not our duty to be patriots?
Ramana Maharshi: Your duty is to be, and not to be this or that.

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nothing is other than
the interdependent web
of all existence

no one is

nothing depends on nothing,
and nothing does not change

what is thought of as dukkha arises and ceases:
it arises with wanting and ceases with being

dukkha ceases with being that is simply being
and letting be … and doing no more
than need be done to be and let be

dukkha ceases with seeing that no one is other
than the interdependent web of all existence;
that nothing is; that all other entities are in the mind

“An awe-filled agnosticism is perhaps the better part of wisdom,”
says Rev Dr Marilyn Sewell of when one is, as she puts it,
“entering the ground of the infinite with the powers of a finite mind.”

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thanksgiving/giving thanks

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let the unknowable be as it is,
and give thanks to all being for being

be well: be beyond the mind

“The Earth is my witness.” :: flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

beyond what any being needs to simply be, all want is in the mind

so then to want

to have or not have this or that,
to do or not do this or that,
or even to be or not be this or that

is pointless anguish, dukkha,

while to be well,

being aware of being aware of being beyond the mind
and doing no more than need be done to be and let be,*

is to be beyond the mind

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be well

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being beyond the mind :: *with loving-kindness, compassion, empathic joy, and equanimity (search)

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being beyond the mind

Questioner: “… Your words ‘beyond the mind’ give me no clue.”
Maharaj: “While looking with the mind, you cannot go beyond it. …”

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you’re aware you’re aware you are,
being aware of this being aware of being

only in the mind is any being other than this being;
the being known as you is other than this being

what is known is what is thought to be: a construct,
a mental construct – one that can be called to mind

the past and future too are mental constructs,
with what is known included in the past

beyond the mind is nothing other than what is:
the present, being beyond the mind, that is all

the present isn’t what is thought to be
but is unknown, unknowable – a mystery

accept with open heart the gift the mind
cannot accept unless it’s by negation:*

• nothing depends on nothing
• nothing does not change
• nothing is other than this
• no one is

no one is other than this, this being,
this being beyond the mind: the present

delight in the present, in being aware of being,
in being aware of being beyond the mind

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*see Jacob Needleman on the Buddhist strategy of negation in his afterword to The Dhammapada (search A/B);
see also this being

on collective narcissism

excerpt follows

Robert Scheer – “I’m half Jewish and half German” – points out that high culture didn’t stop Germany from sliding into fascism:

… they still had the best music, and they had the best science, and they had all of this in Germany. And it didn’t save them at all, it didn’t help them at all. And I have always found that very depressing when I apply it to the United States. 

CH: Well, because I think that the problem was that—I mean, just as under Stalinism, there was a war against culture, replaced with faux culture. You know, the whole attack on Jewish science was part of Nazism and Stalinism. So you’re right, except that it shows how swiftly a society that reaches those cultural heights can be reoriented towards barbarism. And I would argue that that is one of the fundamental dangers in the United States, is the war we’ve made on our own culture. The Nazis made, had a huge movie industry, and they didn’t make—they made some horrible propaganda films. But most of it was fluff, was garbage, was Hollywood-type entertainment. And you know, mindless entertainment; spectacle. Spectacle—fascists do spectacle very well. Stalin did spectacle very well. And that creates a kind of cultural milieu where people lose the capacity to think critically and self-reflect, which is what authentic culture is about; that capacity to get you to look within yourself, look within your society. And it’s replaced with this collective narcissism, which has been on display at this convention. And that’s very dangerous. And we’ve seen Trump ride that collective narcissism, and exploit it through right-wing populism, and do what proto-fascist movements always do, which is direct a legitimate rage and a cultural narcissism towards the vulnerable. Undocumented workers, Muslims, homosexuals, you know, on and on and on. So the destruction of culture is a key component—actually, my first book, “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning,” and the wars that I covered, noted that a culture that goes to war destroys its own culture before it destroys the culture of the enemy.

RS: But basic to that manipulative concept, obscuring your own responsibility—the denial of, say, Jesus, who may not have existed but it was attributed to him in Luke, of the Good Samaritan—trying to understand the other, and that the other also has a soul, and so forth. Obliterating that, making people throwaway people, whether they’re the people you deal with in jail, or the people we’re bombing. As the Democratic convention is going on, a Democratic president is randomly killing people with drones and what have you. And you even had Madeleine Albright get up there to a standing ovation—I was stunned—and she’s a woman who at one point defended the bombing, starvation, actually, in Iraq, and you know, this is the price you pay. And I was thinking about that; essential to this whole narrative is that idea that Reagan pushed—he wasn’t the first, but the Germans had it too—that you are the city on the hill. You are the place that God is watching.

CH: Right. Well, that’s what the collective narcissism is about. And with collective narcissism, means you externalize evil. So every moralist—I mean, having covered war, I know how thin that line is between victim and victimizer. I know how easily people can be seduced into carrying out atrocity; I’ve seen it in every war I’ve covered. And I think the best break against that is understanding those dark forces within all of us, and the capacity we all have for evil. That’s what makes Primo Levi such a great writer about the Holocaust. And so collective narcissism essentially says we—it creates a binary world, as you correctly point out, where other human beings embody evil, and when we eradicate them, we have eradicated evil. And that, of course, propels a society into committing atrocious acts of evil in the name of good. And that’s what the Nazis did, and I would argue that’s what we do in the Middle East; that’s what we do in this vast system of mass incarceration; that’s what we do in our internal colonies; that’s what we do to our poor.

RS: And that’s what we do in our foreign policy. And there is a common theme that we saw at both the Republican and Democratic conventions. And it was surprising to me how much they had in common in this respect: that we are the aggrieved. It’s like the people in Germany after World War I, who became convinced that they had been victimized by the rest of the world. Right, whether it was Jewish bankers in New York, or it was the French, or the Allies, or what have you. And it was interesting, we’re recording this at the point when Barack Obama’s going to speak at the convention tonight. But last night, listening to the speeches, they had you know, first responders; 9/11 was a big theme, because after all, Hillary Clinton, senator from New York, and she had the credentials of having been around during 9/11 and so forth. And it was all about, you know, this—first of all, sort of a continuation of the idea that no other people in the world have ever been attacked in this way. Right? You know, we are a nation—

CH: Well, it’s the—you know, all of these societies that descend into this, I think what you correctly called barbarism, sanctify their own victimhood. This is what’s killed Israel. And you sanctify your—once you sanctify your victimhood, it’s beyond understanding. And it gives you a license, or you believe it gives you a license, to do anything

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