Friday, October 27, 2006

Why Do We Exist Physics And Buddhism

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Matter and antimatter phenomenology (xenomorphic.co.uk)

A Step Closer to Explaining our Existence


John Roach (Cosmic Log, MSNBC)

Why are we here? It remains one of the most perplexing unexplained mysteries of the universe. But particle physicists are gaining more confidence in a result from an atom smashing experiment that could be a step toward providing an answer: We exist because the universe is full of matter and not the opposite, so-called antimatter. When the Big Bang occurred, equal parts of both should have been created and immediately annihilated each other, leaving nothing leftover to build the stars, planets, and us. More

During insight meditation the body becomes transparent and particles become visible in the mind door (Buddhist-images.co.uk)

Why do "we" exist? (Buddhism answers)

Dharmachari Seven (Wisdom Quarterly)

Of course, ultimately speaking, we do not. That is what it means to say all conditioned things are impersonal (not self, anatta). What are "conditioned things"? They are the constituents of being, of clinging, of the delusion that things are self, permanent, or able to bring lasting satisfaction. It should be more obvious that there is a self. But what is the nature of that self?

Self, soul, ego, personality, "I" all refer to five functionally integrated components -- the physical and the psychological. The physical or material components of the self are the four characteristics of matter (called the Great Elements, mahabhuta). They further break down to what is called derived materiality* that make the sense organs, which are just configurations of the Four Great Elements. All of this is referred to as one group labelled "form."

The other Five Aggregates feel closer -- sensations, perceptions, mental formations (such as volition), and consciousness. They cling to the illusion of a "self" inDEPENDENT OF THEM, IN POSSESSION OF THEM, CONTROLLING THEM. THE SELF ORIGINATES DEPENDENT ON THEM. THE ILLUSION OF OUR ACTUAL EXISTENCE ARISES DEPENDENTLY ORIGINATED ON THE AGGREGATION OF THESE FIVE GROUPS OF FACTORS. THAT IS THE SELF (SOUL, ATTA, ATMAN, I, ME, MINE)! BUT WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE SELF? LOOKED AT CLOSELY -- IN A PARTICLE PHYSICS LAB (IN THE CASE OF FORM AND KALAPAS) OR IN A MEDITATION HALL AFTER EMERGING FROM THE FOUR ABSORPTIONS (IN THE CASE OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND CITTAS) -- IT BECOMES PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT THEY ARE:

* RADICALLY IMPERMANENT (ARISING, TURNING, PASSING)
* unsatisfactory (disappointing, distressing, unpleasant)

* impersonal (not subject to control, following their own nature, not able to be clung to, dependent on karma, not self, not me, not mine, devoid of an owner and in that sense "empty").

It is completely incorrect to say we are "nothing." What we call a "self" is composed of many things. However, as with all "things," the composite is not what it seems.

Buddhist phenomenology, the "Five Aggregates of Clinging" (khandha)

UNDER THE PENETRATING ANALYSIS OF MEDITATION (FOR PURIFYING CONCENTRATION AND ANALYTICAL INSIGHT, JHANA AND VIPASSANA), EVEN FORM IS REVEALED. IN BUDDHIST PHYSICS, FORM IS SEEN AS KALAPAS ("PARTICLES OF PERCEPTION") AS EXPLAINED IN THE ABHIDHARMA. IN BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY, THE AGGREGATES OF SELF-AWARENESS ARE CALLED CITTAS (MIND MOMENTS, PROCESSES, consciousnesses, which make the most sense to me as being comparable to neuronal impulses, bearing in mind that there are neurons in the heart and throughout the gut as well as the spine, nerves innervating the body, and concentrating in the brainstem and cavity of the skull but in no way limited to the skull).

Why?

What is impelling the process, what causes the "self" to re-arise after passing away? Karma. This is not a guess. It is revealed by the insight-meditation practice of Dependent Origination, tracing back this life through the chain of causation, which the mind discovers is not in this life. It is not the same self -- which is passing away all the time -- but a self dependent past causes and present conditions.

Meditation (virtue, concentration, insight) is the key to realization.

Moral of the Story


All of this is directly, personally verifiable. We don't own a large hadron collider; yet, it is possible for the mind to be collected and intensified (through optimal-concentration, samma-samadhi) to discern kalapas. None of this is to be taken on faith. None of this is dogma. It is all experiential. And this is sure: If one does not make the effort to realize THE TRUTH (NOT "LEARN" IT OR "BELIEVE" BUT REALIZE IT FOR ONESELF), WHATEVER THE TRUTH IS, ONE WILL NOT BECOME ENLIGHTENED OR LIBERATED FROM IGNORANCE AND ILLUSION. WITHOUT LIBERATION, DISAPPOINTMENT IS CERTAIN (NOT EVENTUALLY BUT IN EVERY MOMENT).

Particle Physics


* That wily Higgs boson is running out of places to hide
* New subatomic particle: real or anomaly?
* Aging U.S. particle accelerator gets more time
* Seven smashing atom smashers

* Night vision contact lenses?

Buddhist Physics


* The Nature of Materiality (Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw)
* Mindfulness and Four Elements Meditation
* *What is "derived materiality"?
* The "Ultimate Teaching" (Abhidharma) on materiality

* The "divine eye" knows and sees (direct knowing)



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Enochian Temples Analysis Of The First Enochian Key

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Book: Enochian Temples Analysis Of The First Enochian Key by Benjamin Rowe

The following section fits into the "Symbols and Visualizations" section of Enochian Temples at point 3. It was deleted from the published version to save space.The First Enochian Key or Call is a recapitulation of the steps by which the creator of the system brought it into being. The Key follows the same macrocosmic-to-microcosmic progression used in the example consecration ritual, but then supplements this with a response from the microcosm directed at the macrocosm. Note that the description of the downward current contains seven significant phrases, suggesting the planets and sun, the macrocosm, while the description of the response contains five
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Thursday, October 26, 2006

3 Enoch Or The Hebrew Book Of Enoch

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Book: 3 Enoch Or The Hebrew Book Of Enoch by Hugo Odeberg

The writer owes profound gratitude to his teacher, Professor G. H. Box, of the University of London, without whose guidance, encouragement, generous Interest and helpful criticism the present work would never have been brought
into shape.

The Venerable the Archdeacon of Westminster, Dr R. H. Charles, has authorized the writer to give the present book the title "3 Enoch". The second and third parts of the book (Translation with Notes and Hebrew text with critical apparatus) are in the main identical with those of the writer's thesis for the Ph.D. degree. The Introduction, however, has been wholly revised and partly shortened. The revision has been approved by Professor Box, who has been kind enough to read through the Introduction in its final form.

The writer wishes to express his thanks to the readers of the Cambridge University Press for the care and trouble which they have taken with the correction of the proofs and for the valuable suggestions given by them. To the Senate of the University of London the writer is indebted for a grant of $100 out of the University of London Publication Fund, and to the Trustees of the Olaus Petri Stiftelse of the University of Upsala for a grant of the same amount towards the publication costs. HUGO ODEBERG Bjdrklinge, Sweden 15 February 1928

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Sin Of Witchcraft

The Sin Of Witchcraft Cover "Unfortunately, by the Bible's standards, many of the practices done by pagans dishonor Elohim. Again, I do believe this is using the Bible when and where convenient, while completely ignoring the rest."

I'm sure you would agree that we ALL do things from time to time that dishonor the Divine to some degree. A passage in the OT lists the sin of "witchcraft{" right up there with getting a tattoo and shaving or trimming a beard. The fact that most people today do not consider getting a tattoo or shaving a sin, seems to prove your statement about ignoring the parts of the Bible that are not convenient. I'm just curious ... do you feel that shaving dishonors Elohim too?

It would be very helpful if you would clarify exactly what behavior you mean when you say "many of the practices done by pagans dishonor Elohim". . In our previous posts we have already covered prophecy and fortune-telling, but quite honestly, very few of the Pagans or wiccans I know claim to do this anyway. MOST are drawn to these paths simply because of their love for nature and animals. They have a deep respect for our Mother Earth and all living things. Like Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus, they feel closer to God on a mountain top, in the wilderness or even in the desert, and they prefer to seek divine guidance in these places. I understand and share these feelings, and I'm fairly sure it's not this love for nature that you feel dishonors the Divine.

I honestly can't think of anything significant the average Pagan or wiccan does that Christians don't also do. When I began to follow the Wiccan path, I asked several Christians I knew to let me know if they caught me doing anything that the Bible said I shouldn't. So far, no one has identified ANY behavior in my life that is condemned by the Scriptures. You seem to feel that Wiccans and Pagans are living a sinful life. Perhaps you could clarify for me what practices we actually do that dishonors God.

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The Treasure Of Treasures For Alchemists

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Book: The Treasure Of Treasures For Alchemists by Paracelsus

Nature begets a mineral in the bowels of the earth. There are two kinds of it, which are found in many districts of Europe. The best which has been offered to me, which also has been found genuine in experimentation, is externally in the figure of the greater world, and is in the eastern part of the sphere of the Sun. The other, in the Southern Star, is now in its first efflorescence. The bowels of the earth thrust this forth through its surface. It is found red in its first coagulation, and in it lie hid all the flowers and colours of the minerals. Much has been written about it by the philosophers, for it is of a cold and moist nature, and agrees with the element of water.

So far as relates to the knowledge of it and experiment with it, all the philosophers before me, though they have aimed at it with their missiles, have gone very wide of the mark. They believed that Mercury and Sulphur were the mother of all metals, never even dreaming of making mention meanwhile of a third; and yet when the water is separated from it by Spagyric Art the truth is plainly revealed, though it was unknown to Galen or to Avicenna. But if, for the sake of our excellent physicians, we had to describe only the name, the composition; the dissolution, and coagulation, as in the beginning of the world Nature proceeds with all growing things, a whole year would scarcely suffice me, and, in order to explain these things, not even the skins of numerous cows would be adequate.

Now, I assert that in this mineral are found three principles, which are Mercury, Sulphur, and the Mineral Water which has served to naturally coagulate it. Spagyric science is able to extract this last from its proper juice when it is not altogether matured, in the middle of the autumn, just like a pear from a tree. The tree potentially contains the pear. If the Celestial Stars and Nature agree , the tree first of all puts forth shoots in the month of March; then it thrusts out buds, and when these open the flower appears, and so on in due order until in autumn the pear grows ripe. So is it with the minerals. These are born, in like manner, in the bowels of the earth. Let the Alchemists who are seeking the Treasure of Treasures carefully note this. I will shew them the way, its beginning, its middle, and its end. In the following treatise I will describe the proper Water, the proper Sulphur, and the proper Balm thereof. By means of these three the resolution and composition are coagulated into one.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Hinduism Defined

Hinduism Defined Cover Hinduism is a vast and profound religion. It worships one Supreme Reality (called by many names) and teaches that all souls ultimately realize Truth. There is no eternal hell, no damnation. It accepts all genuine spiritual paths -- from pure monism ("God alone exists") to theistic dualism ("When shall I know His Grace?"). Each soul is free to find his own way, whether by devotion, austerity, meditation (yoga) or selfless service. Stress is placed on temple worship, scripture and the guru-disciple tradition. Festivals, pilgrimage, chanting of holy hymns and home worship are dynamic practices. Love, nonviolence, good conduct and the law of dharma define the Hindu path. Hinduism explains that the soul reincarnates until all karmas are resolved and God Realization is attained. The magnificent holy temples, the peaceful piety of the Hindu home, the subtle Metaphysics and the science of yoga all play their part. Hinduism is a mystical religion, leading the devotee to personally experience the Truth within, finally reaching the pinnacle of Consciousness where man and God are one.

FOUNDED: Hinduism, the world's oldest religion, has no beginning -- it predates recorded history.
FOUNDER: Hinduism has no human founder.
MAJOR Scriptures: The Vedas, Agamas and more.
ADHERENTS: Nearly one billion, mostly in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Indian Ocean, Africa, Europe and North and South America.
SECTS: There are four main denominations: Saivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smartism.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Buddha And King Pasenadi Of India

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KING PASENADI LEARNS THE PAIN OF ATTACHMENT

King Pasenadi ruled in KOSALA, which was a province north of MAGADHA -- where the Buddha lived -- ruled by KING BIMBISARA. The capital of the kingdom of Kosala was SAVATTHI), where the Buddha frequently visited as a wandering teacher in northern India.

One of King Pasenadi's sisters was the chief queen of King Bimbisara, which made him the brother-in-law of King Bimbisara.

King Pasenadi became a follower of the Buddha very early on and remained a loyal supporter. His chief queen was Mallika, a wise and spiritual queen who was well versed in the Dharma and acted as the king's guide on several occasions.

Although raised far to the west (ancient Gandhara, modern Afghanistan), the Buddha mainly taught in northern India around Magadha.

The first time the king met the Buddha, he asked, "How is it that Master Gautama claims he has gained full enlightenment? Master Gautama is both young in years and young as a renunciate."

The Buddha replied, "Great King, there are four things that should not be looked down on or despised because they are young:

* noble warrior (KSHSTRIYA)
* serpent ("naga", a simple snake or a reptilian shape-shifter)
* fire, and a
* monastic ("bhikkhu").

An enraged young warrior may ruthlessly cause harm to others. The bite of even a small snake may kill. A little fire may become a huge inferno that destroys building and forests. Even a young monastic may be a saint [fully enlightened]."

Hearing this, King Pasenadi understood that the Buddha was indeed a wise teacher and decided to become his follower.

Ancient India extended west to modern Iran. Evidence shows the Buddha's hometown, Kapilavastu, was near modern Bamiyan and Kabul, whereas Lumbini was in the province of Baluchestan (S.E. Iran, S.W. Afghanistan, W. Pakistan). See ranajitpal.com

The king liked going to the Buddha to seek advice. During his official duties, he often found time to visit and speak to the Buddha.

When discoursing with the Buddha one day, he received news that Queen Mallika had given birth to a daughter. The king was not pleased with the news because he had been longing for a son.

The Buddha spoke in praise of women. He reminded the king: "Some women are better than men, O king. There are women who are wise and good, who regard their mothers-in-law as goddesses and are pure in thought, word, and deed. They may one day give birth to brave sons who would rule a country."

The king remembered then once hearing the Buddha say, "It is the dear ones whom we love [with deluded attachment] that bring us [through whom we bring ourselves] sorrow and lamentation, pain, grief, and despair."

The king asked Queen Mallika whether she agreed with the Buddha. She said that if the Buddha had said so, it must be true. But the king was not satisfied. "How can a "loved" one bring sorrow?" he wondered.

Queen Mallika approached a brahmin to ask the Buddha to explain this. Having heard many stories to explain the problem, the brahmin related them to the queen. She then quizzed the king: "Sire, what is your opinion, is your daughter Princess Vajira dear to you?"

"Yes, Mallika, she is very dear to me," answered the king.

"If some misfortune were to befall Princess Vajira, would that bring sorrow and lamentation, pain, grief, and despair?"

"Yes," answered the king.

"Sire, it was because of this that the Buddha said that it is dear ones whom we love that bring sorrow and lamentation, pain, grief, and despair."

"Mallika," exclaimed the king, "It is wonderful! It is marvelous! How far the Enlightened One sees with understanding."

When the king later lost a battle to his nephew (King Bimbisara's patricidal son) and had to retreat to his capital of Savatthi, the Buddha commented to his disciples that neither the victor nor the defeated experience peace:

"Victory breeds hatred.

The defeated live in pain.

Happily the peaceful live,

Giving up victory and defeat.
"

Later there was another battle. The two kings fought again and King Pasenadi won. Moreover, he captured King Ajatasattu, his nephew, alive with all his war elephants, chariots, horses, and soldiers.

The king thought that he might release the young king but keep his elephants, horses, and men. He wanted the satisfaction of keeping these material possessions as the prizes of victory.

On hearing his, the Buddha told his disciples that it would have been wiser for King Pasenadi not to have kept anything for himself. The truth of this statement applies even to our modern war-weary world:

"A man may plunder, as he will.

When others plunder in return,

He who is plundered will plunder in return.

The Wheel of Karma turns round


and makes the ones who are plundered plunderers.
"

King Pasenadi of Kosala passed away at 80 when his son, Prince Vidudabha [as in THE TRAGIC CASE of King Bimbisara, a stream enterer, when he was overthrown by his treacherous patricidal son Prince Ajatasattu], revolted against him.

Then as now, wandering yogis are regarded as "saints" in India (Vitor E. Santos/Flickr).

THE KING LEARNS TO ASSESS CHARACTER


One evening, when King Pasenadi was having a discussion with the Buddha, there passed on the road a wandering band of yogis with long knotted hair, hairy bodies, and long fingernails.

They walked by slowly, with heads bowed. At once the king got up, approached them, and knelt down in homage, uttering his own name three times.

The king came back to the Buddha and said, "Venerable sir, there were saints among those ascetics. Just see how calmly they walked with heads bent low."With his divine eye faculty the Buddha saw that those men were not saints, not even yogis, but spies who were sent out to gather information.

"Your majesty," explained the Buddha, "by mere appearances alone it is not possible for one who leads a life of comfort and sensual pleasure to know the real nature of another.

If we want to understand a people's real nature, their good and bad qualities, we must associate with them for some time. We must be wise and develop sharpness of mind."

"We can know people's purity by conversing with them, observing their courage in the face of misfortune, and even understand their level of wisdom during discussions with them. Bad people, O king, sometimes pretend to be good, and it is difficult for you to judge their moral character."

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There is ample evidence of ETs ("devas, asuras, nagas, kinnaras"), UFOs ("vimanas"), and even nuclear weapons in the long history of ancient India, including ancient Buddhist texts that frequently mention cosmology.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Masonic Symbolism

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Book: Masonic Symbolism by Pansophic Freemasons

This course of study is a guide to help the applicant to prepare for Initiation as an Entered Apprentice. Before Initiation, he or she must provide brief and correct written responses to the questions found at the end of this introduction. These comprise a basic orientation to Freemasonry in general. The answers must be typed and may be submitted to the Sponsoring Master, Secretary, or other designated official of the Initiating Lodge on paper or by electronic media. They will be duly examined and graded for accuracy by the Sponsoring Master. The applicant must achieve an accuracy of at least 90% and must satisfy the Mentor that he or she has gained a correct understanding of the questions missed before being approved for Initiation.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Psilocybin Magic Mushroom Growers Guide

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Book: Psilocybin Magic Mushroom Growers Guide by Ot Oss

This book is respectfully dedicated to R. Gordon Wasson and Albert Hofmann, whose investigations of the botany and chemistry of the magic mushroom brought psilocybin to the world. The publisher does not advocate the breaking of the
law. The material herein is presented as information which should be available to the public.


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Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Invoking Pentagram

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Book: The Invoking Pentagram by Order Of The Golden Dawn

The Pentagram is a powerful symbol representing the operation of the Eternal Spirit and the Four Elements under the divine Presidency of the letters of the Name Yeheshuah. The elements themselves in the symbol of the Cross are governed by Yhvh. But the letter Shin, representing the Ruach Elohim, the Divine Spirit, being added thereto, the Name becometh Yeheshuab or Yehovashah - the latter when the letter Shin is placed between ruling Earth and the other three letters of Tetragrammaton.

This Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram is only of use in general and less important invocations. Its use is permitted to the Outer that Neophytes may have protection against opposing forces, and also that they may form some idea of how to attract and to come into communication with spiritual and invisible things. The Banishing Pentagram of Earth will also serve thee for any opposing Astral force. In all cases of tracing a Pentagram, the angle should be carefully closed at the finishing point.

The invoking Pentagram of Air commenceth from Water, and that of Water commenceth from the Angle of Air. Those of Fire and Earth begin from the angle of Spirit. The Kerubic symbol of the Element is to be traced in the centre. The banishing Signs are reversing of the current. But before all things, complete the circle of the place wherein thou workest, seeing that it is the key of the rest.

Unless you want to limit or confine the force, make not a circle round each Pentagram, unless for the purpose of tracing the Pentagram truly. In concentrating however the force upon a symbol or Talisman, thou shalt make the circle with the Pentagram upon it so as to concentrate the force together thereon.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Seven Hermetic Letters

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Book: Seven Hermetic Letters by Georg Lomer

Dr. Lomer's Seven Hermetic Letters belong, without a doubt, among the most valuable magical treatises of the 20th century. We are pleased that we have been given the opportunity to publish this book. The original title contained the words "secret science," which, since the publication of the Bardon books, have lost their earlier significance.

We are aware that many students do not adhere strictly to the instructions of the masters, and do their exercises aimlessly without giving any serious thought to the consequences. We would like to briefly address the dangers to which the student subjects himself when he makes improper use of the magic sciences.

In paragraph 7 of the Fifth Letter of this book, Dr. Lomer recommends exercises whereby the consciousness is transferred into the feet and other parts of the body. For those who have reached the "magical equilibriun" in accordance with the instructions given in Bardon's Initiation Into Hermetics, these exercises are not harmful. However, without this magical equilibrium the student subjects himself to certain dangers, concerning which Bardon warns us in The Key To The True Kabbalah, pp. 55-58 (1996 edition).

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Sunday, October 1, 2006

Shinto Overview

Shinto Overview Cover Shinto (literally, the way of the gods) is the native Japanese religion. It originated in Prehistoric times and has long played an important role in Japanese society. The major shrines around the country have often been power bases, closely tied with Imperial and shogunal powers. Unlike the world's major religions, Shinto has no fixed dogma, moral precepts, or sacred scriptures. Perhaps for this reason, most Japanese quite easily incorporate Shinto into their way of life alongside Buddhism and even elements of Christianity without feeling a strong attachment to or having a passionate belief in any of them. Shinto is practiced at shrines (jinja), which are most easily distinguished from Buddhist temples by the torii gates that mark the entrance (photo).

Shinto followers worship a huge array of kami (gods or spirits) which personify all aspects of nature, such as the sky, the earth, heavenly bodies, and natural phenomena. Sacred objects, such as rocks or trees, can be recognized by the shimenawa ropes and white paper strips attached to them. Many of the matsuri (festivals) held all over Japan originated from Shinto rites, including prayers of Thanksgiving, offerings of food and valuables, and purification rituals.

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