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Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

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Safety pins and screws are still lodged in 15-year-old Ami Ortiz's body three months after he opened a booby-trapped gift basket sent to his family.

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JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50088 Mar 12, 2013
Frijoles wrote:
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One doesnt really hold back from ones thoughts in meditation.
What would be the effect of this?

Aren't thoughts based on sense-based info/mental interpretations of these sensual inputs and so aren't thoughts inferential and limited as such and trap one perpetually in the mesh of a never-ending series of changes without entering into a state of permanence underlying all change.

1) Which part of the consciousness in involved in thinking?

2) Is the thoughtless state superior to the thinking state?

3) What is meant by the thoughtless state of existence?

4) How does one relate with the surroundings and analyze and draw conclusions from the thoughtless state?

5) If the thinker is the thought what remains to be achieved and what would be the end-result of such a phenomenon?

6) The Vipassana practitioner reaches the stage where gross bodily sensations (Vedana) dissolve and there is a subtle flow of sensations throughout the body, which is called bhangaanupassanaa (Sanskrit: bhangaanupashyanaajnyaana), knowledge of dissolution.

This is an ongoing process, that continues to reveal layer upon layer of mental purification.

What is meant by mental purification?
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50089 Mar 12, 2013
Frijoles wrote:
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However, mindfullness will allow you to delay "reacting" to your thoughts/emotions.
But, mere "mindfullness" is not mastery over thoughts and emotions nor does it result in the transformation of thoughts and emotions into something superior to the ordinary or unregenerate processes involved in thinking and emoting.

Mindfullness does not put one in touch with the thatness of thoughts and emotions.

Mindfullness may have its limited uses in psychological therapy as a way of moderating rash impulses, anger, impatience and the like but it does not result in eradicting the seeds of the personality defects.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50090 Mar 12, 2013
QUESTION:

What is the difference among concentration, meditation and trance?
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50091 Mar 12, 2013
OLD MONEY & NEW MONEY:

Money is money and should not be classified as old money or new money.

What counts is how the money has been earned and to what use is it being put and what effect the money has had on the personality and habits of the moneyed folks.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50092 Mar 12, 2013
NOMA - YUCK!

I've been told that NOMA, the world's best restaurant, located in Copenhagen, serves repulsive fare. Like for instance, the plat du jour may announce toasted ants on one day, caterpillars in lemongrass sauce on another day or fried butterflies on some other day. I guess this is mild stuff when compared to the disgusting culinary items like lizard soup or stir-fried roaches dished up in certain Chinese restaurants.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50094 Mar 12, 2013
Circumcision is mutilation and nerve damaging.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50095 Mar 12, 2013
Cremation of a dead body is destructive to the finer forces that completely leave the body on the 6th or 7th after death.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50096 Mar 12, 2013
Cross is a symbol of treachery, murder and impotence.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50097 Mar 12, 2013
Formlessness has its own indefinable form.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50098 Mar 12, 2013
Forms and formlessness are aspects of idolatry.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50099 Mar 12, 2013
Truth is permanent, impartial and stands upright.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50100 Mar 12, 2013
Truth does not seek followers and is self-involved in its own glory.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50102 Mar 12, 2013
Burial with the head facing the earth's magnetic south pole (towards the geographic north pole) is the best form of disposing off a dead body.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50103 Mar 12, 2013
IS RACE A MYTH?

If race has no genetic basis then would it mean that Africans living in the cold Northern Hemisphere would after many centuries become White Caucasions? Conversely, would the Whites, after many generations, become negros were they to live in the hot equatorial zones of Africa?

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

Since: Sep 11

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#50104 Mar 13, 2013
JOEL wrote:
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But, mere "mindfullness" is not mastery over thoughts and emotions nor does it result in the transformation of thoughts and emotions into something superior to the ordinary or unregenerate processes involved in thinking and emoting.
Mindfullness does not put one in touch with the thatness of thoughts and emotions.
Mindfullness may have its limited uses in psychological therapy as a way of moderating rash impulses, anger, impatience and the like but it does not result in eradicting the seeds of the personality defects.
Arguably it leads to an exacerbation of ones personality, not eradication. Its anything but relaxing.

Noone ever claims it leads to mastery over thoughts and emotions, though. More like it leads to the ability to surf over them.

That all said, it is a powerful tool.

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#50105 Mar 13, 2013
JOEL wrote:
OLD MONEY & NEW MONEY:
Money is money and should not be classified as old money or new money.
What counts is how the money has been earned and to what use is it being put and what effect the money has had on the personality and habits of the moneyed folks.
Money is money, but the term doesnt relate to money, but to the people. And there IS a difference between people. Its a socio-economic and cultural division. The money doesnt create the division, rather it allows the people to express their differences.

I see it everyday.

The interesting thing about the phenomena is that Old money (and those not in the game) knows about it, but new money doesnt.

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#50106 Mar 13, 2013
JOEL wrote:
IS RACE A MYTH?
If race has no genetic basis then would it mean that Africans living in the cold Northern Hemisphere would after many centuries become White Caucasions? Conversely, would the Whites, after many generations, become negros were they to live in the hot equatorial zones of Africa?
Race is not a myth, just a quantitatively unrefined and prescientific way at looking at things. The more refined and scientific concept is genetics. Genetics is operationable and scalable, race is not.

Since: May 12

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#50107 Mar 13, 2013
JOEL wrote:
IS RACE A MYTH?
Race does not exist in biology or anthropology, but it's only a social construction therefore artificial made in order to classify the human genre. There is no agreement on the way to classify people.
JOEL wrote:
If race has no genetic basis then would it mean that Africans living in the cold Northern Hemisphere would after many centuries become White Caucasions?
Not after many centuries, but after many millenia.
JOEL wrote:
Conversely, would the Whites, after many generations, become negros were they to live in the hot equatorial zones of Africa?
The same goes for it, after many millenia.

Since: May 12

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#50108 Mar 13, 2013
millennia
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#50112 Mar 13, 2013
I did not come online earlier since boiling hot milk spilled on to my right foot in the afternoon causing me much discomfort and pain. I am better now.

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