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#70596 Mar 31, 2014
So, just as bacteria cannot be seen with the naked eyes, similarly, one should not inquire about the existence of a deity while living in the ordinary state of consciousness.

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#70597 Mar 31, 2014
The thumb rule is that only like can perceive/understand like.

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#70598 Mar 31, 2014
In Vedanta and Tibetan Buddhism, the state of nothingness or the shunya state of existence is a state of consciousness that's devoid of all thoughts. Yes, the thoughtless state is an "on-the-way" state to the supreme goal which is complete union in consciousness-force with the higher self..

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#70599 Mar 31, 2014
While we lay great emphasis on telescopic and microscopic vision, we should lay greater stress on psychic vision wherever it can be developed.

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#70600 Mar 31, 2014
While telescopic vision and microscopic vision can be developed by using the telescope and the microscope respectively, the instrument that needs to be employed for psychic vision is the mind itself in its heightened functional mode.

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#70601 Mar 31, 2014
When we use a telescope or a microscope, our state of consciousness is the same ordinary consciousness in its exteriorized functional mode and so telescopic and microscopic visions do not involve any shift in consciousness, whereas when we enter the domain of psychic vision a complete shift in consciousness from the ordinary to the heightened functional mode in consciousness has to take place if the psychic mode of perception has to replace the ordinary way of perception. Just a handful of persons can manifest the psychic vision.

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#70602 Mar 31, 2014
Particle physicist and systems thinker Fritjof Capra has some of this capacity for psychic vision.

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#70603 Mar 31, 2014
OCCULT CHEMISTRY & PSI

Much before particle physics could inferentially deduct the nature of subatomic particles, 2 theosophists, Annie Besant and Bishop Olcott, had conducted an investigation into the core of matter via the trance state and in that trance state they saw the subatomic world firsthand and while in waking trance they began dictating to a stenographer present at the place the direct perception of the subatomic world.

Their psychic investigation into the nature of matter at the subatomic level is contained in detail in a book called Occult Chemistry published by the Theosophical Society of India.

Later, this occult book formed the basis of a doctoral thesis on the link between the occult vision and the inferential findings of particles by a student named Philips or something like that.

The book, Occult Chemistry and a copy of the PhD thesis on the same was given to a friend's dad by Dr M M Srinivasan, ex-head of the Neutron Physics Division, BARC, Mumbai. I have seen both.

It was a humbling as well as an awe-inspiring experience for me.

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#70604 Mar 31, 2014
you all seem pretty much convinced and determined, to do the devils world for him. with all of your denial of being here in Only The Torah again from HaShem G-D.

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#70605 Apr 1, 2014
JOEL COOL DUDE wrote:
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No, the concepts are different.
"Ayn od milvado" means "there's no one else besides HaShem".
It's one thing to say "ayn od milvado" (there's no one else besides HaShem) and it's a totally different thing to say "I am HaShem".
Ayn od milvado ((there's no one else besides HaShem) is a dualistic statement which puts HaShem on the loftiest pedestal and worships him as G-d Almighty.
To say "I am HaShem" is a nondual experience in consciousness which is not part of Judaism and would be considered a blasphemy.
Thats not how it is interpreted in my tradition.

Sorry, you are wrong again.

:)

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#70606 Apr 1, 2014
Abolish The Fed wrote:
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You can call me whatever you want, atheists are like scorn women.
I.
No evidence to back up that claim.

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#70607 Apr 1, 2014
former res wrote:
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OTOH if you're interviewing a potential nanny/babysitter for your baby, and she says "Hey look at the pink elephant over there!" You might want to put her at the bottom of the list.
How about the co-worker who comes in everyday and tells your about all the cool stuff god said to him last night? Any better? Could he babysit for you?
If it affects their behavior, yes. If it doesnt, no.

Have no problem with people who keep their beliefs to themselves.

The 2 examples above do not fall into that category.

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#70608 Apr 1, 2014
former res wrote:
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I have niece who converted to Judaism (her new husband's faith) and they ended up getting divorced. Oh well, guess no good deed goes unpunished.!
I would NEVER encourage someone to "convert" to Judaism as a "good deed". Nor would any Rabbi, I would hope. "Conversion" is a form of tribal initiation, its not for brownie points. Historically, Jews discourage conversion for that reason. Its not (just) entry into a faith, its entry into a people.
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<quoted text>Guess I understand just my nature to wonder if there might not be another faith/religion/culture that may be MORE awe-inspiring or fit me better! The sky's the limit and all that..
Like a bigger ocean, bluer sky, taller grass. I know you can relate
Never been much of a joiner, except to my wife of 26 years (in May)!
My view (and my experience) is that what one may feel lacking is a psychological lack, not a religious lack. Once you find what you are looking for, you can then probably find it in your own culture/religion, in many (not all) cases. Certainly (if you are from) in Judaism, which has a huge breadth and depth of perspectives and ideological movements.

I learned a lot about other religions when I was younger. And I realized that what I liked about the other religions were also found in my own, if I cared to look deeper, and grapple with the Hebrew.

The mistake a lot of people have is thinking their knowledge of their born religion, a la Sunday School, is IT. Its not. Its the perspective of a bored kid or bored teen, being carried along as baggage as an adult. When you approach the subject with mature intellectual curiosity, there (potentially) is a lot more to be learned about what the religion is.

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#70609 Apr 1, 2014
Cult of Reason wrote:
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From a Xtian perspective, faith is core. Without it, there is no reason to stay unless you value the social aspect of it. But that need can be filled multiple other ways in far more fulfilling ways. Nothing irrational about it.
Understand. As we have discussed before, there are major differences between Christianity and Judaism - to the point that they really are not even comparable as systems. The role of belief vs practice, for one. I suspect, with Judaism embrace of multiple forms of thought, including agnosticism, that there are more practicing Jews that are atheists or agnostics, then Christians of the same. Or not?

But that said, it you felt THEOLOGICALLY you were getting a return on your investment, perhaps you would of stayed with your Church. Obviously you felt not. So you bolted. Doesnt mean you were necessarily having a negative experience (scorned woman!), maybe it was more a bland experience, but obviously you were experiencing something different than a devout person.

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#70610 Apr 1, 2014
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It just occurred to me that I didn't give ATF enough credit. He might actually be one of the charlatans who peddle this pseudo-scientific cr@p for profit, in which case, he has a vested interested in willful ignorance.
Amway marketing of nutritional supplements

I agree with your former comment that the Gluten thing is way overblown. Total bandwagon effect.

Also, I find it interesting that society is swinging back towards fat, in milk. Makes sense to me.

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#70611 Apr 1, 2014
former res wrote:
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I (not surprisingly) agree.
If the thing one happened to be in awe of at the time were say - some great mathematical prowess; Einstein's theories; Stephen Hawkings; and so on - you'd certainly need your brain engaged as well as your emotions.
Of course your emotions are really just thoughts too so...whatever.
Did we decide where we were going with this?
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You engage your brain THEN you feel awe. Its sequential. Prayer works the same way.

But that is a side story. Where I was going, or went, was more of a focus of how the generation of thoughts distracts from the feeling aspect. Thats a bit different since unlike the above process, which is in the back of your consciousness, random thinking is in the forefront. What tends to happen is that you identify with your thoughts rather than with the experience (i.e become lost in your thoughts).

The antidote to that is the practice of "mindfullness", where you accept your thoughts but dont get carried away with them.

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindful...

powerful stuff, if you have a good teacher and keep up the practice
former res

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#70612 Apr 1, 2014
Abolish The Fed wrote:
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That statement you are trying to infer that straight sex is accountable for the rest? I don't think so popeye, prove your claim. Obviously drug use is a factor but gay sex is far more risky than straight sex.
More so if you play catcher than pitcher. Same with straight sex (male vs female).

And everyone should practice "safer sex" regardless of gender/orientation. I though you were health-minded.

But for over 20 years HIV has not been a "gay disease." So one shouldn't associate the two..

My point is the only way to keep from swapping body fluids is to NOT have sex. Period.

That's the healthiest course for a worried, nervous fellow like you.
Abolish The Fed wrote:
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You can call me whatever you want, atheists are like scorn women.
What does that even mean?

Your ridiculous statement seems to imply that everyone is born believing and only turns against religion after some sort of bad experience.

The act of believing is in itself an action and a decision.

So don't you think it is the act to believe that is the turning point? That one needs a good reason to believe in the first place. Based on zero evidence I remind you.

As faith is belief without evidence.

I'll give you another chance to make sense.
Abolish The Fed wrote:
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If you think that humans know all there is to know about life existence in this world, you are just a close minded ignorant dope.
On the contrary.

As an agnostic atheist I acknowledge the unknown.

I am more open minded than any believer who claims to know that which is unknown.
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#70613 Apr 1, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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If it affects their behavior, yes. If it doesnt, no.
Have no problem with people who keep their beliefs to themselves
The 2 examples above do not fall into that category.
If I didn't know better I'd say you were missing the point on purpose.

In my example, their words (and resume) were petty much all you had to go on.

You interview 3 potential nanny's but only one sees a pink elephant (that you don't see).

She might still get the job if she ACTS normal? Seriously. Nice try.
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#70614 Apr 1, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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I would NEVER encourage someone to "convert" to Judaism as a "good deed". Nor would any Rabbi, I would hope. "Conversion" is a form of tribal initiation, its not for brownie points. Historically, Jews discourage conversion for that reason. Its not (just) entry into a faith, its entry into a people.
The 'good deed' were my words, not hers - just an expression.

She's a Harvard grad and I'm sure had all the appropriate counseling and guidance. Sure she knew what she was doing. We never discussed exactly why she did it. So no insight there. But just know she's a smart chick. And happily married now with kids.

The guy was a dxck anyway. Bygones.
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#70615 Apr 1, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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You engage your brain THEN you feel awe. Its sequential. Prayer works the same way.
But that is a side story. Where I was going, or went, was more of a focus of how the generation of thoughts distracts from the feeling aspect. Thats a bit different since unlike the above process, which is in the back of your consciousness, random thinking is in the forefront. What tends to happen is that you identify with your thoughts rather than with the experience (i.e become lost in your thoughts).
The antidote to that is the practice of "mindfullness", where you accept your thoughts but dont get carried away with them.
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindful...
powerful stuff, if you have a good teacher and keep up the practice
What you call prayer I might call meditation.

What do you see as the difference if any?

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