Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Monstaville Book I. Chapter 12


"He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger."
- Japanese Proverb.

You simply have to be calm and smile. Show you are not taking on his crap - neither feeling scared/suffering nor making him suffer.

Be unaffected. As Buddha said: nothing can affect you since you are not just a superficial body and personality. A scratch won’t harm you and anything in this world is a mere scratch to the spirit.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you
As much as your own thoughts, unguarded.
But once mastered,
No one can help you as much,
Not even your father or your mother.
- Buddha.

Surrenderance, the word invented by the wonderful Avatar Meher Baba.

Surrender: cease will, desire, resistance. Be - and centre all in harmony.

AThe resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.@ - Ram Dass.

Teenage Caine (Keith Carradine): Can the weaker be the stronger.
Master Kan (Philip Ahn): See the way of life as a stream. A man floats and his way is smooth. The same man turning to fight upstream exhausts himself. To be one with the universe, each must find his true path, and follow it.
                - Kung Fu (Season 1, Episode 9, ‘Chains’, 1973).

Positive Response. How to meet evil with good by Acharya Buddharakkhita (A Buddhist Publication Society booklet, Sri Lanka, 1987).

Buddha says: Even if they are sawing off your limbs, still you send positive love and energy, not react or resent. Remember this when facing a lesser violation.

The Buddha teaches the monk Phagguna (in The Parable of the Saw):

‘There, Phagguna, you should train yourself thus: ‘Neither shall my mind be affected by this, nor shall I give vent to evil words; but I shall remain full of concern and pity, with a mind of love, and I shall not give in to hatred’...‘Phagguna, if anyone were to reproach you right to your face, even then you should abandon those urges and thoughts which are worldly.  There, Phagguna, you should train yourself thus: ‘Neither shall my mind be affected by this, not shall I give vent to evil words; but I shall remain full of concern and pity, with a mind of love, and I shall not give in to hatred.’ This is how, Phagguna, you should train yourself…
                Phagguna, if anyone were to give you a blow with the hand, or hit you with a clod of earth, or with a stick, or with a sword, even then you should abandon those urges and thoughts which are worldly. There Phagguna, you should train yourself thus: ‘Neither shall my mind be affected by this, nor shall I give vent to evil words; but I shall remain full of concern and pity, with a mind of love, and I shall not give in to hatred.’ This is how, Phagguna, you should train yourself.’


The Parable of the Saw

‘Monks, even if bandits were to savagely sever you, limb by limb, with a double-handled saw, even then, whoever of you harbours ill will at heart would not be upholding my Teaching. Monks, even in such a situation you should train yourselves thus: ‘Neither shall our minds be affected by this, nor for this matter shall we give vent to evil words, but we shall remain full of concern and pity, with a mind of love, and we shall not give in to hatred. On the contrary, we shall live projecting thoughts of universal love to that very person, making him as well as the whole world the object of our thoughts of universal love - thoughts that have grown great, exalted and measureless. We shall dwell radiating these thoughts which are void of hostility and ill will.’ It is in this way, monks, that you should train yourselves.’
                ‘Monks, if you should keep this instruction on the Parable of the Saw constantly in mind, do you see any mode of speech, subtle or gross, that you could not endure?’
                ‘No, Lord.’
                ‘Therefore, monks, you should keep this instruction on the Parable of the Saw constantly in mind. That will conduce to your well-being and happiness for long indeed.’


The five modes of speech

‘Monks, some might speak to you using speech that is timely or untimely; monks, some might speak to you according to truth or falsely; monks, some might speak to you gently or harshly; monks, some might speak to you with a good motive or with a harmful motive; monks, some might speak to you with a loving heart or with hostility. On all occasions, monks, you should train yourselves thus: ‘Neither shall our minds be affected by this...’ etc.


One’s consciousness is deep and without measure. It is vast, formless. Surface assaults, therefore, cannot affect the true, whole, real you. And, you can train yourself to be centred in your spirit, in reality, in the true Self, and remain unaffected. It is the idea to aspire to, at least, and it is through striving and trying that we make progress, whatever degree of success we attain.

Empty Space

The Buddha offers an example of positive response using the analogy of an aggressor armed with paints who attempts to make a painting appear on empty space, having targeted the unaffected person. A monk agrees that it is impossible and that the perpetrator ‘will only reap weariness and frustration.’


Another example:

The River Ganges

The Buddha: Suppose, monks, a person were to come holding a burning grass-torch, and he were to say: ‘With this burning grass-torch, I shall set fire to and scorch this river Ganges.’ What do you think, monks, could that person set fire to and scorch the river Ganges with a grass-torch?
Monk: No, indeed not, most venerable sir.
The Buddha: And why not?
Monk: Because, most venerable sir, the river Ganges is deep and without measure. It is not possible to set fire to and scorch the river Ganges with a burning grass-torch. On the contrary, that person will only reap weariness and frustration.


Excerpts from ‘Bharadvaja the Abusive’ (Akkosa Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya, 7:2).

[An enraged Brahmin who had a prejudice against the Buddha because he had been born into a lower caste once reviled the Buddha to his face in front of the king, the nobles and ministers].

When the Buddha remained completely unruffled, projecting thoughts of loving-kindness, the Brahmin stopped abusing him. But he was still peevish.
                Now the Buddha asked him: ‘My friend, if somebody visits you, and you offer food which he refuses, who gets it?’
                ‘If the visitor doesn’t accept it, I will get it back because I offered it to him.’
                ‘Since I don’t accept your abuse, to whom will it return?’
                The Brahmin was so moved by the tremendous implication of this analogy that he fell at the feet of the Buddha and sought to be ordained as a monk. Soon after his ordination he attained Arahatship. The Buddha had transformed him by his positive approach...
                Such was the tremendous impact which the Buddha’s positive response wrought even on the most hostile persons. The Tripitaka is replete with such instances.


[Another version] “‘Even so, Brahmin, you are abusing us who do not abuse, you are angry with us who do not get angry, you are quarrelling with us who do not quarrel. All this of yours we don’t accept. You alone, Brahmin, get it back; all this, Brahmin, belongs to you.
                ‘When, Brahmin, one abuses back when abused, repays anger in kind, and quarrels back when quarrelled with, this is called, Brahmin, associating with each other and exchanging mutually. This association and mutual exchange we do not engage in. Therefore you alone, Brahmin, get it back; all this, Brahmin, belongs to you.’
                ...Said the Buddha: ‘...He who repays an angry man in kind is worse than the angry man who does not repay anger in kind. He alone wins the battle hard to win. He promotes the weal of both, his own as well as of the other. Knowing that the other man is angry, he mindfully maintains his peace and endures the anger of both, his own as well as of the other. Even if the people ignorant of true wisdom consider him a fool thereby.’


I only ever wanted the neighbours to wake up and realise they were being too loud and making my life hell (not realising that they simply don’t care!).

“Lao Tzu also clearly points out the importance of non-violence, but many people lose their tempers when things do not go their way. The loss of spiritual qualities such as patience and tolerance make people take a violent emotional path. This is the true root of evil. Evil does not necessarily have a deep evil nature.  Most people become evil because of a pattern of emotional violence, and many people commit emotional violence toward themselves. That is why harmony, purity and quietness are taught in the Tao Te Ching. These will eventually resolve or reform personal emotional violence...
                More important, we also need to develop wisdom as our inner subtle light and should harmonise this with whomsoever we come into contact. We must never make anyone feel inferior or unsafe around us, but instead make them feel supported. And, finally, follow a natural way of life like the developed ones. That does not mean you need to live as a primitive person. A spiritually achieved one is not a special person of external distinction. He harmonises with the natural environment and does not appear as a miracle performer or special being. He is one who embraces Oneness, that is, the spiritual essence. In one’s personal cultivation, oneness is the simple essence of one’s own being. The thing of importance in our cultivation is to embrace one’s spiritual essence.”
                - Hua Ching Ni, Taoist Master (Workbook For Spiritual Development, SevenStar Communication Group, CA., U.S., 1983).

When the sound of thunder comes in the form of someone’s ignorant behaviour, their selfishness, anger and oppressive attitudes, listen to it; just quietly observe it. Don’t be scared of it. Embrace it but without reacting to it. Feel the inner indifference of the still pool within which remains settled and calm. You will then know more deeply the contrast between outer disturbances in the material realm of illusion and the inner peace of the soul as it is beyond the layers of subconscious conditioning. (An insight that came to me in the bath one day!).

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” - Earl Nightingale.

L’agonie dans ses mains Ashe Alder
Retrospective inserts.

“Quantum physics reveals what ancient masters knew; matter does not exist! Aristotle's philosophy led to the creation of the concept of substance. The world's ills are caused by the belief that the substance of the universe is matter. This belief leads to a fear-greed dichotomy and a scarcity mentality [“as people in their quiet desperation attempt to accumulate as many material possessions and riches possible”]. In fact, the substance of the universe is consciousness! Therefore, it is behaviour that is important as we mould and form our reality from the living fabric of the consciousness of creation.” - James J. Traitz (quotations taken from a YouTube video and Mr. Traitz’s MySpace page, July 2008).

Osho says we think we are inhabiting a body but, in reality, the physical body dwells in us - in the many layers of consciousness that we are.

Another Buddha story.

“Once an angry man came to Buddha and without saying a word spat on him.
                Buddha, unperturbed, wiped off the spit and said to the man, ‘Is there something more you would like to say to me friend?’
                Buddha's disciple Anand, looked at his Guru in surprise! Instead of reprimanding the offender his Guru was showering sympathy on him.
                The angered man was himself taken aback as he had come prepared for the worst. But Buddha had addressed him as 'friend' and in utter shame he went away.
                Buddha saw the questioning look on Anand's face and said, ‘When words fail, an angry man expresses himself in strange ways! His spitting at me also was a language. In contrast, when a man's heart is overflowing with joy he holds another to his heart.
                This too is a kind of language!’
                Next day, the offender, full of remorse returned to the place where he had only the previous day insulted Buddha, and begged for his forgiveness.
                Buddha smiled compassionately and said, ‘My friend, much time has elapsed between yesterday and today. Such water has flown under the bridge. Do not waste your time on what has happened. Live in the present. At the most do not repeat the performance! You spat at me, I wiped it off. That was the end of it.’"
- Osho.

Unless there is an adequate expression of power - fire - from you, it’s more like the earth element, which is a slower, more placid vibration and therefore stimulates the more aggressive person’s ego, encouraging the attacker to display power. The sparks grow louder and more confident. You have to display more power in some way; a higher vibration of energy. This book is all about trying to accomplish this in as positive a way as possible. Love is a high frequency of energy, or divine power. What effect it has in third-dimensional existence, however, or on people who are confined to the third and fourth densities, seems questionable in my experience since it is also a subtle energy and one might not expect to see any immediate results. Some people only respond to force and back off, however temporarily, when one ‘speaks their language.’ In my situation with the neighbours, I am very quiet so they become loud once they have forgotten the last battle. I then generate more noise (something they do not like) in an attempt to persuade them to respect my space. They don’t want to go too far because they don’t want me shouting and swearing all the time (I presume). But, clearly, laughter and playful mischief are also expressions of fire/pure energy. The flame overpowers the sparks (egos). My neighbours evidently do not like the sound of me being jolly and happy!

If people are angry with God they might also be angry with those who know God and let the happiness in. Higher Intelligences remind us that God is not responsible for our pain and that we have not been abandoned. All that we have experienced has been our own choice on some level. We will enjoy journeying out of the black hole we allowed ourselves to fall into and the contrast is a cause for celebration. We turned away and rejected everything as Archangel Gabriel explains (‘Breathe and Receive’ channelled through Alexander Clearheart). Rediscovering who we really are, returning to eternal joy, to divine Love, is an experience that will launch us into euphoric expansion as co-creators.

“Choices and decisions may be made on your own, but growth does not have to be alone or lonely. You can have help. You deserve help. God/Goddess/All That Is never intended that life should be filled with struggle and strife. They never intended that you should feel pain. The Physical Plane was intended to be a celebration of exploration and a celebration of being alive.” - Lazaris (channelled through Jach Pursel, The Sacred Journey. You and your Higher Self, NPN Publishing Inc., Florida, U.S., 1987, p.162).

ADo not argue with the contentious, nor provoke them with words. Pause before those who interrupt and give way to those who verbally attack you.  Sleep a night before speaking. For the unrestrained person is like a storm which bursts forth like a flame in a pile of straw.@- Proverb from the ancient Khemetic (Egyptian) Book Of Amenomope, an excerpt from The Husia).

"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it." - Moliere. 

“Where you are trying the hardest to control your life is where you are most stuck. The very fact that you are attempting control indicates not only that you are stuck in that particular area, but also a lack of gratitude for that one area as well. Want to get things moving again? Surrender the situation and find the blessings that always exist if you have the eyes to see them. That is the way to shift back into the flow and align with the movement and magic the universe is sure to bring.” - Archangel Gabriel (channelled through Shelley Young, 2 July 2012,

"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter." - Mark Twain.

(Who is it?)
It is a friend of mine
(Who is it?) Is it my brother?
(Who is it?)
Somebody hurt my soul now
(Who is it?)
I can't take this stuff no more

I am the damned
I am the dead
I am the agony inside the dying head

This is injustice
Woe unto thee
I pray this punishment would have mercy on me 

- Michael Jackson
(From 'Who Is It?' on the Dangerous album, Epic Records, 1992).

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