Samara vs. Greed

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Last night I watched the movie Samsara.

The Sanskrit word samsara means “the repeated passing of souls through different worlds- gross or subtle.” Thus, samsara means going through the cycle of repeated births and deaths. Under the influence of karma, the soul moves upwards and downwards on the wheel of rebirth, the round of birth, death and rebirth undergone by all living beings. It is a cycle of transmigration from one living form into another.

This movie moves through the most unbelievable landscapes and sacred places built by humans then turns to the destruction of human kind, poverty, trash, and the cycle of the depressive reality. I ask myself how do I digest this reality? How do I continue to buy, waste, expel, without, caring, finding new uses, and sharing?

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The Upanishad states ” As people act, so they become. If their actions are good. they become good; if their actions are bad, they become bad. Good deeds purify those who perform them; bad deeds pollute those who perform them.”

What am I doing to help rather than destroy what is left?  May I be so bold to ask all my readers, what are you doing?

Lets start 2013 combining a list of all the messages, actions, and beliefs we carry to change the monster of greed and purify ourselves first by doing good deeds. Join with me.

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The Art of Observation

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As I am not born Christian, there is space for me to watch as the world goes into a “one day craziness” filled with the need for glee, the craving for presents, the gift of fleeting happiness.

It as if all my spiritual teachers have given me the gift, every year, for one day, to be an observer. Now, the question comes: how can I create that space into my daily life. Why is it that I can remove myself from the “madness” on this day called Christmas, but not on every other day.

So today starts a new pattern, along with my diet to lose 5 kilos. An added goal. Observation.

“Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening. -Gurdjieff