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Most years, I hate my birthday. I have never felt especially welcome on this Earth. Everything I accomplish is an attempt to square a debt and try to earn the right to be here. Ivan Zoric and Edy Martinez have made me feel welcome a lot and did so today. Sophia Lechner has made me feel like maybe I deserve something. Great gifts, great food, great drinks and great company matter. So does a great home. Thanks, guys. I thank everyone who sends birthday wishes too. I don’t necessarily know what to do with people’s kindness and gratitude but I’m working on it.
BEYOND RELIGION AND CULTURE:
Mr. Don, I’m back. It is the missionaries who correlated Jehovah to mean Chi ukwu okike or Chi Ukwu as against the real meaning in the Igbo cosmology. I would posit to you that Allah is aswell not Jehovah or Chi ukwu or Oduduwa or Krishna or Sigmund. They are different things according to the different peoples and how they are structured, hence the point of One Universal God is null and void. Back to the Krishna, if you have read the Bhagavad Gita page by page, as I have done, you will find out that the Godhead and other Princes mentioned in the Holy Book of the Indians are not related to Moses, Abraham or Jehovah. It is a different thing. Many say of the Bhagavad Gita thus, "The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead to His intimate disciple Arjuna, the Gita’s seven hundred concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of self realization. No other philosophical or religious work reveals, in such a lucid and profound way, the nature of consciousness, the self, the universe and the Supreme." Mind the phrase, "Spoken by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead to His intimate disciple Arjuna." It is like saying that Lord Ikenga while He was fighting through the Ngwo Tree was messaging Horus or vis a vis of what to do. In my article of 2011 titled "Catholic Church and Literature: Obinna’s Mortification of Rochas and Ogboni", I wrote, “Truth can be found anywhere,” my friend Chiji Basil Okafor, a bookish media guru with National Life newspapers, told me. Okafor told me that on May 9, 2011, when we were reasoning on the issue of religion and ‘God’. Save your money with
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What I quoted above was his abridged reply to my text to him thus: “People quote from Bhagavad-gita. How come Mahabharata, the epic Sanskrit, becomes the history of ancient world? Meanwhile this is Indian recorded perception of the world! My knowledge is that both Dhrtarastra and Pandu are brothers with Lord Krsna as cousin of Vidura. Lord Krsna was an ordinary man but regarded as the Supreme Godhead Himself, who had descended to earth and was playing the role of a prince. So how come Lord Krsna is ‘God’ to mankind, judging by the Bhagavad-gita accounts, and many see his words as God’s word?
I think different races lost their own history, of the likes of Lord Krsna, but embraced the ‘history’ at hand. Every race has a history of its own descendants. The Yoruba race, for example, believes in Oduduwa, which I don’t think is the ‘God of Israel’, and here we are talking about ‘one God’ that created Adam and Eve, whereas some histories of races predate the record of Adam and Eve. I think the world lost knowledge about the universe, but now believe that there is GOD ALMIGHTY we must submit to. What is God?” To drive my point home, I forwarded this text message to a man I respect so much, Professor MAC Odu, and he replied thus: “A people awaken to knowledge of Creation in their own idiom; there is only one law governing the universe.” I was so jubilant by his response, and I replied, “Thank you, my dearest Professor Odu. Please, what is that LAW? Why did the Igbo-race allow other people’s IDIOM or CONSCIOUSNESS about spirituality to overtake theirs?” As usual, Prof didn’t disappoint. “People were designed to evolve in their own unique ways but fortune seeking whites led humanity astray,” he disparaged. Mr. Don, does this make any sense to you that there is no one universal God and that Jehovah is just Jehovah (a Canaanite god fraudulently spelt with capital ‘E’ in the place of El) and not Chi ukwu Okike or Allah. I shall tell you how Jehovah is the EVIL. Thanks. However, Professors Tobenna Okwuosa and NGa Sidney Davis may help us here. I hope our brother Cosmos Bogdan Ojukwu is taking note.-Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet, Writer and Media Consultant.
For more than four decades, chef Alice Waters has been at the apex of the California food scene. Saturday night, this pioneer and leader of the sustainable food movement in America and aboard, was again the center of attention in a small clearing at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. Surrounded by some of the best and most recognizable Orange County chefs, she preached with passion about the need for eating locally and seasonally grown produce and other food products. Pascal Olhats, Rich Mead and Ryan Adams were among the regional culinary stars who donned their kitchen coats and worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Waters’ team to serve more than 200 guests outdoors on a warm, hopeful evening at the 8th Annual Green Feast fundraiser for the Ecology Center. The center’s founder and executive director, Evan Marks along with Waters share a vision to elevate food education for school children everywhere. Waters, founder and owner of the legendary and world renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley, is taking her message and initiative nationally through her "Edible Schoolyard Project." Marks is attempting to impact every Orange County school with his "Grow Your Own" program. Together, they have united to influence the next generation about our food and how we grow it and consume it. "We must come together to show our children how to care for each other and value the land," Waters said. The Ecology Center is working with FivePoint, California’s largest developer of mixed-use communities to create true and sustainable community gardens. Locally, the center is working with the Aliso Viejo-based community builder in its Great Park Neighborhoods around the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. "The time is now," said Marks, "to be smart about the food we eat and how we grow it." On the last Saturday of Spring, under a full moon,, the vision offered up by the iconic Waters and uber committed Marks shined brighter than the stars above. It was a moment in Orange County food lore and a chance to dream big.
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Dear friends and consciousness explorers! Catch this upcoming conference with plenty of great talks and demos. I’ll be there Saturday the 14th. The blurb follows… seeking innovative technology that can help you increase your wellbeing and mental acuity? Join me and check it out for yourself at the Transformative Technology Conference in Palo Alto, California, on October 13-14. It is the only conference focused on technology for mental and emotional wellbeing. Hear from leading speakers about the latest innovations and have the chance to try new apps and programs in the exhibit hall. https://transtechconf2017.eventbrite.com/…
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In security, the goal is to make it as hard as possible for hackers to penetrate the safety of your network and systems. If they try hard enough, sure, they’ll come up with ways to break the system and hurt you or your network. But most hackers stop at the initial firewall and preventive measures in place.
So why don’t we do this with guns?
I keep seeing my conservative friends suggest that “if we make gun laws more strict, people can still customize their guns, make their own ammo, and even 3D print their own weapons!” That’s not the point though! The goal is to make it as hard as possible for another Las Vegas to happen so that no matter how many bullets you forge or guns you 3D print, it’s still not worth your time to try.
Just like preventing more hacks to your systems and computers, that’s how you prevent more gun violence!
What are your most favored quotes?
For me, starting with….
“We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.”
This quotation from Jack Gilbert’s “A Brief for the Defense”, which i have shared several times before, is currently in my top three everyday return-to’s for how to live consciously and well.
Another is Goethe’s, “What matters most must never be at the mercy of what matters least.”
And then Whitman’s — “Henceforth, I seek not good fortune. I am myself good fortune.”
What are one or two quotes that have enduring daily power for you? Share here.
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The astro-weather* suggests a week of fertile, expansive imagination and yet, also, a possible increased seduction into the mirror of our personal illusions.
Astrologer and writer, Frederick Woodruff, has retrieved from some lost archive in the UK a heretofore undiscovered and prescient version of John William Waterhouse’s notorious painting from 1903, “Echo and Narcissus.”
We see here the artist’s uncanny rendering over a century ago of the very conundrum that faces young humanity today: how to divest from the auto-erotic power of the “selfie”.??
Perhaps, then, this is a universal challenge, spanning centuries and cultures, but only now has it ever been so perilously easy to indulge for so many.
We wish Narcissus some eventual illumination in his meditations. Fortunately, this odd vision would not apply to any of us who read here.
** Mars/ Venus/Virgo conjunction –opposing Neptune/Pisces;
At the risk of overstating the obvious:
There is some deep, essential repair work to be done right now. The news of these days is piling up into an unremitting horrorshow, and while it’s really hard to pull our eyes away, and even feels like a moral imperative to stay immediately present to what’s happening in the world, I submit to y’all that it’s at least equally important for us to self-regulate.
I propose – and propose to myself, again – that we must actively make enough space – more than enough; it doesn’t happen on a schedule – for the necessary deep repair to take place. The consequences of not making the conscious effort to do this are severe right now. My nervous system can’t bear the chaos if I don’t, let alone meet the chaos with the inventiveness and mojo it requires of me to actually accomplish anything useful. I’d wager yours can’t either.
The repair happens in sleep and dreams. It happens in quiet time with loved ones, and quiet alone. It happens with feet on dirt, outside. It happens in privacy and prayer and silence and deep breath. It happens whenever we allow the unconscious, spiralling, dreamy, shadowy, peripheral places to emerge and take over the narrative for a while.
This means turning off devices. Resisting the urge to get sucked into the spin of reactions & triggers. Not arguing with strangers, who are also scared shitless. Not getting caught up in the communal frenzy to make meaning out of cruelty and insanity and greed and nihilism.
Please, let’s nourish ourselves with spaciousness and presence where we are, in our bodies.