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Feb 12, 2013
 
Just goes to show that even the great Zen Masters are not perfect.

Zen Groups Distressed by Accusations Against Teacher

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/world/asia/...
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Feb 12, 2013
 
SHIVA'S COSMIC DANCE AT CERN & FRITJOF CAPRA:



On June 18, 2004, an unusual new landmark was unveiled at CERN, the European Center for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva a 2m tall statue of the Indian deity Shiva Nataraja, the Lord of Dance. The statue, symbolizing Siva's cosmic dance of creation and destruction, was given to CERN by the Indian government to celebrate the research center's long association with India.

In choosing the image of Shiva Nataraja, the Indian government acknowledged the profound significance of the metaphor of Shiva's dance for the cosmic dance of subatomic particles, which is observed and analyzed by CERN's physicists.

The parallel between Shiva's dance and the dance of subatomic particles was first discussed by Fritjof Capra in an article titled "The Dance of Siva: The Hindu View of Matter in the Light of Modern Physics," published in Main Currents in Modern Thought in 1972. Shiva's cosmic dance then became a central metaphor in Capra's international best-seller The Tao of Physics, first published in 1975 and still in print in over 40 editions around the world.

A special plaque next to the Shiva statue at CERN explains the significance of the metaphor of Siva's cosmic dance with several quotations from The Tao of Physics.

Here is the text of the plaque:

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, seeing beyond the unsurpassed rhythm, beauty, power and grace of the Nataraja, once wrote of it "It is the clearest image of the activity of God which any art or religion can boast of."

More recently, Fritjof Capra explained that "Modern physics has shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of all living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter," and that "For the modern physicists, then, Siva's dance is the dance of subatomic matter."

It is indeed as Capra concluded: "Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists created visual images of dancing Sivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our time, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmic dance. The metaphor of the cosmic dance thus unifies ancient mythology, religious art and modern physics."

COMMENTS:

Capra is wrong in equating the cosmic consciousness-force, Shiva, of the overmental plane, with the physical phenomena of particle-anti particle interactions and the seasons and the cycle of birth, decay and death in general.

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Where does Fritjof Capra err in his analysis? Why?
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Feb 12, 2013
 
Frijoles wrote:
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That one earned a chuckle.
Yes, Papa.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
Frijoles wrote:
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You are now in Hughbes territory again. You are advancing the use of a private vocabulary.

Thats not how anyone else, or more significantly, how Rabbi Merriam-Webster would define the term.
Ok, Papa.

No offence meant.

I was just conveying to the audience on this august forum the special meaning that I attach to the term based on yogic experiences and intellectual understanding.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
BEAUTY:

"Beauty is complete order. But most of us have not that sense of beauty in our lives. We may be great artists, great painters, expert in various things, but in our own daily life, with all the anxieties and miseries, we live, unfortunately, a very disordered life. It is a fact. You may be a great scientist, you may be a great expert in a subject, but you have your own problems, struggles, pain, anxieties and the rest of it. We are asking, is it possible to live in complete order within, not impose discipline, control, but to inquire into the nature of this disorder, what are the causes, and to dispel, move away, wash away the cause. Then there is a living order in the universe."

J Krishnamurti

QUESTIONS:

1) What is meant by the term beauty?

2) What is meant by order and disorder?

3) Is order the opposite of disorder? Explain.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
DESTROYING PAIN & SUFFERING:

"Pain itself destroys pain. Suffering itself frees man from suffering."

J Krishnamurti: The Little Book on Living

QUESTION:

Where lies the error in J Krishnamurti's analysis? Why?
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Feb 12, 2013
 
EMPTYING THE MIND:

"The mind has to be empty to see clearly."

J Krishnamurti: The Little Book on Living

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Is it possible to empty the mind? How? Is Krishnamurti correct in saying so?
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Feb 12, 2013
 
NATURE & RELIGION:

"When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important."

J Krishnamurti: The Little Book on Living

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What more can be added to his view above?
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Feb 12, 2013
 
THE DEVIL & ORGANIZED RELIGIONS:

"You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, "What did that man pick up?" "He picked up a piece of the truth," said the devil. "That is a very bad business for you, then," said his friend. "Oh, not at all," the devil replied, "I am going to help him organize it."

J Krishnamurti: The Little Book on Living

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Nice.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
BELIEF & FEAR:

"The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear."

J Krishnamurti

QUESTIONS:

1) When do belief and fear arise in the human being?

2) What is belief and what is fear?
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Feb 12, 2013
 
RELIGIONS & SHRINES:

"Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples."

J Krishnamurti

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Nice. The age of religion is fast coming to an end. Religion and God (a being of a plane) belong to the inferior planes of consciousness.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
NATURE & MURDER:

"If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity. If there's no relationship with nature then you become a killer; then you kill baby seals, whales, dolphins, and man either for gain, for sport, for food, or for knowledge. Then nature is frightened of you, withdrawing its beauty. You may take long walks in the woods or camp in lovely places but you are a killer and so lose their friendship. You probably are not related to anything to your wife or your husband."

J.Krishnamurti, Krishanmurti's Journal 04 April 1975

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Non-violent communication, unschooling and sound eugenic practices to procreate offspring with lofty instincts are the imperative needs of the hour at this moment of crisis in the evolution of the terrestrial nature.

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Feb 12, 2013
 

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JOEL wrote:
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That's mere play on words.
The exclusive worship of one God (being) who wants to be the only God over and above all its rivals (other beings) is my definition of monotheism.
Personally speaking, I have sufficient direct experience of this petty stand. This is another matter, however.
No play on words.

You just need to extend your vocabulary, instead of making definitions up.

Frijoles defined monotheism, I defined monolatrism.

From the Torah we can understand that the hebrews believed each nation has its own god(s), so they have their own. At one point until this very days the Hebrews rejected and still do the idea of the existence of other god(s), becoming therefore monotheists.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
CAUSAL NATURE OF QUESTION & ANSWER:

"If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem."

J.Krishnamurti

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1) Effect is nothing else but the cause in partial or complete manifestation.

2) An effect must be at least as great as its cause in terms of information content.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
THE DING AN SICH & THE QUALITIES:

"The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain."

J.Krishnamurti

COMMENTS:

True. The thatness of an objects always eludes the senses and the sense-informed mind. Besides, the instreumental parts of being are so designed so as to adpat themselves to a narrow range of traits of the object under invedstigation and the object in turn reveals only so much of its qualities as the instrument is designed to study.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
TRUE CRITICISM:

"To me, then, true criticism consists in trying to find out the intrinsic worth of the thing itself, and not in attributing a quality to that thing. You attribute a quality to an environment, to an experience, only when you want to derive something from it, when you want to gain or to have power or happiness. Now this destroys true criticism. Your desire is perverted through attributing values, and therefore you cannot see clearly. Instead of trying to see the flower in its original and entire beauty, you look at it through coloured glasses, and therefore you can never see it as it is."

J.Krishnamurti

1933-12-29 1st Public Talk, Adyar, Madras, India.

COMMENT:

The thing-in-itself of an object under investigation cannot be known by reason or by inferential methods. True knowledge of the thatness of an object can only be acquired by the identification in consciousness of the subject with the object.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
OBSERVER-OBSERVED - MONISM:

"The observer is the observed."

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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True, where the self in the manifestation is concerned but this assertion is false when the ultimate reality is sought to be explained by referring to one entity that serves as the source of the manifestation/cosmos. The ultimate reality is a sytem or a uniifed field with consciousness and energy serving as the obverse and reverse aspects of one reality which is the unified field.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
TRADITION IS DECADENCE:

"Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay."

Jiddu Krishnamurti

COMMENT:

True in most ways. Traditions and rituals are futile and a sheer waste of time, energy, material resources and consciousness. Direct experience and realization are everything.

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Feb 12, 2013
 
JOEL wrote:
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Ok, Papa.
No offence meant.
I was just conveying to the audience on this august forum the special meaning that I attach to the term based on yogic experiences and intellectual understanding.
Resolved.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
FREEDOM FROM SUFFERING:

"And the point is, is it possible for the mind to be totally free from suffering and yet not become indifferent, callous, irresponsible, but to have that passion, the intensity, the energy that freedom brings, freedom from suffering."

J Krishnamurti, 3rd Public Talk, San Francisco, 1973

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QUESTION:

How can this superior state of mental existence come about? Give the mechanisms involved.

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