Monday, June 26, 2017

Child sex abuse "part of initiation ceremonies"


Dear leader, we're being molested like Ivanka and Barron probably were. Please, help us!

Child sex abuse 'part of initiation ceremonies'
"Organized sexual abuse" of children (Alamy)
Children have been sexually abused -- including by other children -- during “initiation rituals” within British sport, the industry’s most senior child protection officer has revealed.
 
In a horrifying twist on the pedophile scandal that has rocked football and other sports, Anne Tiivas, the head of the Child Protection in Sport Unit, confirmed there had been such “incidents,” some of which had even been sanctioned by adults and [dismissed] by parents.
 
She said governing bodies had taken action to stamp out sexually-abusive initiation ceremonies, which she claimed had often been previously accepted as the norm.

Good thing we don't do sports. - You said it.
“There was a lot of acceptance of behaviors in sport you would never tolerate in a school,” added Tiivas, who has run the CPSU -- a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, and Sport Wales -- since 2008.
 
“We would have people ringing up from sports saying, ‘We just had this dreadful initiation ceremony, where these children have been sexually abused by their peers as part of the initiation.’ And, actually, high-profile, well-connected parents have managed to persuade police that, for instance, ‘This is just part of the culture of sport and what you have to do to get involved. And it’s just a bit of fun.’
 
“Whereas it’s, actually, organised sexual abuse being sanctioned by adults.” More

Long Beach Vegan Fest (July 8, 2017)

LBveganfest.com (tickets); Vegan Faire (free); Bo, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly


Saturday July 8th, 2017 is the second annual Long Beach Vegan Festival! It's an all-ages, outdoor, food and music fest by the Los Angeles seashore. There will be lots of vegan (animal and cruelty-free) food and product vendors, live music throughout the day, and a vegan chili cook off! More info. at: lbveganfest.com 
FREE: Vegan Faire, Anaheim, Orange County, July 22, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Three-fingered ET mummies discovered (video)

Gaia.com; Church, Wilcox (Coast to Coast); Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly
(Gaia, June 20, 2017) A new anomalous discovery has been unearthed in Peru. Join Gaia's ongoing investigation and decide if this is proof of a non-human extraterrestrial species. Gaia, Inc., Boulder, Colorado (866) 284-8058, gaia.com. #Nazca #Gaia #WeAreGaia #UnearthingNazca
We create religions
Gaia filmmakers joined researchers and scientists just outside of Nazca, Peru to investigate unearthed EXTRATERRESTRIAL mummified bodies. Independent scientists and universities are currently analyzing physical findings (of the various preserved corpses), with initial examinations suggesting the possibility of material that is unlike anything found in the fossil record. Could this be undeniable evidence that a non-human species exists? Gaia.com will report on the scientific analysis as the results come in. More


Best evidence of ETs and disclosure

David Wilcock (divinecosmos.com)
David Wilcock (aka Edgar Cayce reborn) -- author, lecturer, and researcher of ancient civilizations -- is well known for his insights on consciousness science, and new paradigms of matter and energy.

He joined Coast to Coast Host Jimmy Church to discuss contact with positive higher intelligences behind the UFO phenomenon and revelations from high-ranking government whistle-blowers.

Ancient alien astronauts are real.
Wilcock contends that the Earth is on the frontlines of a battle that's been raging between positive and negative extraterrestrials for hundreds of thousands of years. 

He commented on the discovery of three-fingered mummies in Peru, pointing out if this is a hoax, it's a very sophisticated one carried out by government actors. The mummies, which are of several species, may have extraterrestrial origins. They could not have been fabricated for what the researchers paid to acquire it, Wilcock suggests.

According to Wilcock, the galaxy seems to function on a Base-3 or Base-6 (rather than our Base-10) counting system, and this counting system is something three-fingered aliens might well use. "These fingers have prehensile tips...all three of them can function as thumbs," he explained, noting that they are vastly superior to human hands. 

Wilcock revealed how a Luciferian cabal has worked to keep knowledge of extraterrestrials hidden from the general public, but now their control systems are stalling. A shift to soft disclosure has been happening since 2012, he contends, adding that NASA has already admitted to the existence of billions of potential Earth-like planets in the universe.

A benevolent group of aliens, along with an international alliance of nations, has resisted the cabal and may be able to stop it, Wilcock says. These aliens will begin making telepathic contact with people as a precursor to in-person experiences, he adds.
 
Three-fingered "ET" mummies found in Peru
  
Jay Weidner of Gaia.com appeared on Coast to Coast (June 23, 2017) to report on the discovery of a strange mummified body in Nazca, Peru (see video). The mummies have elongated skulls [like the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt], three long fingers on each hand, and three long toes on each foot.

The one shown is coated in a white powder, which is from a cast taken of it using plaster of Paris. Five countries are now conducting independent recombinant DNA testing on decomposed tissue samples taken from beneath the white coating, Weidner claims.

Three similar mummies were found along with the one shown, claims Weidner. "I think we may be on to one of the bigger discoveries of human history," Weidner said. More + AUDIO

Pre-India: Mysteries of Mohenjo-Daro (video)


Mysteries of Mohenjo-Daro
Ancient-Astronaut ArgumentsThousands of years ago, the mysterious Asian city of Mohenjo-Daro was home to an unknown, advanced, and prosperous civilization that used unknown technology and constructed buildings that were unique in the ancient world.

Artifacts, relics, and ruins reveal startling evidence that the inhabitants of Mohenjo-Daro possessed inventions that were far ahead of their time -- including nuclear weapons. How and from whom did these remarkable people acquire knowledge of such sophisticated technology? Why did this enigmatic civilization vanish? The history of the ancient world is full of secrets.

Organic artifacts found in Nazca, Peru (video)

Brien Foerster, Feb. 17, 2017; Pat Macpherson (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
Gaia's recent discovery of three-fingered ET mummies is not a new thing. Giants and humanoids with elongated skulls have long been known to be a previous race of inhabitants of Peru, possibly the ancient Inca.
 
Two strange organic artifacts found in the desert of Nazca in Peru
Brien FoersterMore about these odd and quite possibly extraterrestrial (humanoid space alien) findings can be found here: hiddenincatours.com/strange-o...

"Coachella," too: The Arroyo Seco Fest (video)

Bliss Bowen (pasadenaweekly.com); Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
 
The new West Coast Woodstock
Filling the local summer festival void created by Make Music Pasadena going on indefinite hiatus, Arroyo Seco Weekend brings headliners Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Mumford & Sons to Brookside at the Rose Bowl Saturday and Sunday.

Other marquee acts scheduled to perform on the heavily promoted fest’s three stages include Alabama Shakes, Andrew Bird, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Dawes, Fitz & the Tantrums, Live, the Shins and Weezer. Arroyo Seco Weekend is being presented by Goldenvoice, the production entity behind the Coachella and Stagecoach extravaganzas in Indio and last year’s Desert Trip dad-rock fest.

The freeway bridge over the usually "dry river" or Arroyo Seco, Pasadena (scpr.org)
 
The concert-going "hippies" of the 1960s
Both the lineup and the layout were shaped over a year and a half of meetings between promoters, neighborhood groups and city planners. One result: Arroyo Seco will be catered by restaurants such as Barrel & Ashes, Broken Spanish, Chigo, Frankland Crab & Co., Genghis Cohen, Sweetfin Poké, and Union. (So much for greasy burgers and cheap beer.)

The lineup spans several genres (although country and hip-hop are notably absent). More
  • Arroyo Seco Weekend takes place rain or shine
  • Brookside at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena
  • Noon to 11:00 pm Saturday, June 24 
  • Noon to 10:00 pm Sunday, June 25
Single Day Pass/$125, Weekend Pass/$225. Children 10 and under FREE. Ticket info: (855) 273-4481. See arroyosecoweekend.com for more details, including shuttle and Metro info.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Buddha Boy" returns for world peace (video)

Buddha Boy (Ram Bahadur Bomjon, March 29, 2017); Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
(Raidenway) Nepal's Buddha Boy has returned for world peace 2017

Buddha Boy 2017, message in his own words
If I were a monk I could study and practice.
"Murder, violence, greed, anger, and temptation have made the human world a desperate place. A terrible storm has descended upon the human world, and this is carrying the world towards destruction.

"There is only one way to save the world and that is through dharma (spiritual practice). When one does not walk the righteous path of spiritual practice, this desperate world will surely be destroyed. Therefore, follow the path of spirituality and spread this message to your fellows.

"Never put obstacles, anger, and disbelief in the way of my meditation's mission. I am only showing you the way; you must seek it on your own. What I will be, what I will do, the coming days will reveal.

"Human salvation, the salvation of all living beings and peace in the world, is my goal and my path. 

If I were a boy, I could dream all day.
"'Namo Buddha sangaya, Namo Buddha sangaya, Namo sangaya.' I am contemplating on the release of this chaotic world from the ocean of emotion, on our detachment from anger and temptation, without straying from the path even for a moment.

"I am renouncing my own attachment to my life and my home forever; I am working to save all living beings. But in this undisciplined world, my life's practice is reduced to mere entertainment.

"The practice and devotion of many Buddhas is directed at the world's betterment and happiness. It is essential but very difficult to understand that practice and devotion. But though it is easy to lead this ignorant existence, human beings do not understand that one day we must leave this uncertain world and go with the Lord of Death.

"Our long attachments to friends and family will dissolve into nothingness. We have to leave behind the wealth and property we have accumulated. What's the use of my happiness when those who have loved me from the beginning -- my mother, father, brothers, relatives -- are all unhappy?

"Therefore, to rescue all sentient beings, I have to be Buddha-mind and emerge from my underground cave to do vajra meditation. To do this I have to realize the right path and knowledge, so do not disturb my practice.

"My practice detaches me from my body, my soul [spirit, gandharva, not eternal "self"], and this existence. In this situation there will be 72 Kali goddesses. Different gods [devas] will be present, along with the sounds of thunder and of tangur, and all the celestial gods and goddesses [akasha devas and devis] will be doing puja (worship [paying honor]).

"So until I have sent a message, do not come here, and please explain this to others. Spread spiritual knowledge and spiritual messages throughout the world. Spread the message of world peace to all. Seek a righteous path and wisdom will be yours."

Sacrifice: Goat that Laughed and Wept (sutra)

Ken and Visakha Kawasaki (retell the Jataka Tales of the Buddha, Part I, Matakabhatta (Jatatka 18) edited by Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly
Oh, God of the universe who created everything, do you want to me to kill this one?
People really kill animals for their religion and to devour. (Yum!) God demands a sacrifice.
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The Goat That Laughed and Wept
God told me to kill...in the Bible.
One day, while the Buddha was staying in Jetavana, some monastics asked him if there was any benefit to sacrificing goats, sheep, and other animals as offerings for departed relatives.
 
"No, monastics," replied the Buddha. "No good ever comes from taking life, not even when it is for the purpose of providing a Feast for the Dead [Japanese Obon]." Then he told this story of the past.
 
Jews slaughter animals for Passover (DS)
[In a past life...] Long, long ago, when Brahmadatta [like Kalinga] was reigning in Baranasi [aka Kasi], a Brahmin decided to offer a Feast for the Dead and bought a goat to sacrifice. "My boys," he said to his students, "take this goat down to the river, bathe it, brush it, hang a garland around its neck, give it some grain to eat, and bring it back."
 
Teaching Muslim kids to kill goats (SS)
"Yes, sir," they replied and led the goat to the river.
 
While they were grooming it, the goat started to laugh with a sound like a pot smashing. Then, just as strangely, it started to weep loudly.
 
The young students were amazed at this behavior. "Why did you suddenly laugh," they asked the goat, "and why do you now cry so loudly?"

Christians/Jews worship Satan?
"Repeat your question when we get back to your teacher," the goat answered.

The students hurriedly took the goat back to their master and told him what had happened at the river. Hearing the story, the master himself asked the goat why it had laughed and why it had wept.

"In times past, Brahmin," the goat began, "I was a Brahmin who taught the Vedas like you. I, too, sacrificed a goat as an offering for a Feast for the Dead. Because of killing that single goat, I have had my head cut off 499 times. I laughed aloud when I realized that this is my last birth as an animal to be sacrificed. Today I will be freed from my misery.

The mass slaughter of the animals for the Gadhimai festival (AFP/The Telegraph)
I like being vegan and nice to animals.
"On the other hand, I cried when I realized that, because of killing me, you also may be doomed to lose your head 500 times. It was out of pity for you that I cried."

"Well, goat," said the Brahmin, "in that case, I am going to spare you. I am NOT going to kill you."
 
Some Gods: death for a death and more death!
"Brahmin!" exclaimed the goat. "Whether or not you kill me, I cannot escape death today."
 
"Don't worry," the Brahmin assured the goat. "I will guard you."
 
"You don't understand," the goat told him. "Your protection is weak. The force of my misdeed is very strong [karma of killing]."
 
The Brahmin untied the goat and said to his students, "Don't allow anyone to harm this goat." They obediently followed the animal to protect it.
 
Karma ripens, brings forth results (kalibhakti)
After the goat was freed, it began to graze. It stretched out its neck to reach the leaves on a bush growing near the top of a large rock. At that very instant a lightning bolt hit the rock, breaking off a sharp piece of stone which flew through the air and neatly cut off the goat's head.

A crowd of people gathered around the dead goat and began to talk excitedly about the amazing accident.
  • NOTE: A synonym for "many" is 500. This is the way it is literally translated but should not be misunderstood as meaning exactly 500. Therefore, 499 means "one less than the number to complete 'many.' This is very common. What for simplicity's sake is done as a shorthand should not be mistaken as literal.
Tree deva (Evelyn De Morgan)
A tree deva (devas are "shining ones," light beings, ranging from the highest gods to simple tree spirits) had observed everything from the goat's purchase to its dramatic death, and drawing a lesson from the incident, admonished the crowd:

"If people only knew that the result would be rebirth into sorrow, they would cease from taking life. A horrible doom awaits one who slays." With this explanation of the law (tendency) of karma the deva instilled in his listeners the fear of the downfall.

The people were so frightened that they completely gave up the practice of animal sacrifices. The deva further instructed the people in the precepts and urged them to do good.
 
Eventually, that deva passed away to fare according to its deserts. For several generations after that, people remained faithful to the precepts and spent their lives in charity and meritorious works, so that many were reborn in the heavens.

The Buddha ended his lesson and identified the rebirth by saying, "In those days I (the Bodhisatta) was that deva."
 
What about the Bible?
Q: Hey, but doesn't the Bible say "an eye for an eye"? A: Actually it says no more than an eye for an eye, a lesson in moderation from people going Old Testament/Medieval on each other's asses.

Anyway, if you really think you should do what the Bible says, then do it: There are about 800 commandments/rules to live by in the Old Testament, and you will be stoned or killed and then punished by God after you're dead for breaking any of them. They are not "suggestions"; they're orders. Do as you're told!

So go be an unreformed Christian or Jew or Muslim and kill away, in the name of God. Or start thinking a little. There are plenty of good Christians, Jews, and Muslim who don't kill.

Native American authors today: Alexie (audio)

Host ("Fresh Air," WHYY, NPR.org, June 20, 2017), Native American author Sherman Alexie; Dusty Springfield; Xochitl, Dhr. Seven, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


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Alexie (Lee Towndrow/Little, Brown & Co)
"When you tell the truth, it's naturally going to offend people afraid of the truth, afraid of what the truth might force them to do," says writer Sherman Alexie.
 
On his first day in the seventh grade, Sherman Alexie opened up his school-assigned math book and found his mother's maiden name written in it. "I was looking at a 30-year-old math book," he says -- and that was the moment he knew that he needed to leave his home.
 
Terry Gross square 2017
Terry Gross (WHYY)
Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in the state of Washington. His mother was one of the few people who could still speak the native language, but she didn't teach it to him. In his new memoir, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, he describes growing up surrounded by poverty, alcoholism, and violence.
 
My mom never told me she loved me, the book
"I knew -- because of my race, and my class, and rural geography...all these forces that crush all sorts of American kids, crush their hopes and dreams -- I knew I had no chance unless I left and went to a better school," he says.
 
The reservation school, Alexie explains, not only wasn't preparing him for college; it wasn't even preparing him to think about college. Eventually, he found his way to college and became an award-winning writer.

He received the PEN/Faulkner Award for his short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

What are US Indians good for? Orange sales
Alexie says he came of age as a writer during a "Golden Era" of Native American literature. He remembers a very active period of publishing for dozens of Native American writers all across the country. More recently though, he's seen a "fallow period."
 
"There was more going on in Native American literature in 1991 than there is now," he says. "I kept making the joke about being 'Indian du jour, and it's been a very long day.' "
 
Greatest book on US Natives
He's hoping that, with the emergence of new writers, some of whom he's taught and mentored, the sun is setting on that very long day.

"I really hope that like 10 or 12 Native writers, fiction writers, non-fiction writers, really launch into the national consciousness..." he says. "So I don't have to answer all the questions, so I don't have to get invited to all the conferences. Share the burden of being a public figure Indian! Come on, people! Hurry up, finish your books!" More + AUDIO

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Day at the Beach (meditation)

Dhr. Seven, Ananda, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly; Outstanding Videos


Who stole my babies? Where are my eggs!
It's the first day of summer (in our time California zone). It's the longest day of the year and we want to spend it meditating. But the city is so noisy and busy that it makes serenity seem like a far off dream. We want to go to the beach or, at least, the beach of the mind.

Story of the Past
What must have that meditation been like?
There was that one time, once upon a time in Ancient India (Jambudivpa), when the Bodhisattva (the Buddha-to-be) set off on a merchant ship with a merchant friend. The ship came to destruction by storm, but he and his friend survived on a faraway deserted isle. The Bodhisattva found a tree to sit under, while the merchant tried to figure out a way to get off the island and back to business. As he was combing the beach, he noticed that birds used it as a rookery. And he began to steal their eggs and eat them. The Bodhisattva, now a castaway, entered a deep meditative absorption, and the good terrestrial devas could not bear to see a good person such as this come to harm in the wilderness. So by their advanced technological (read "magical") powers they made a ship to appear on the shore to pick him up. The merchant saw the ship docking and ran to it to board, now saved. But the devas, knowing him to be a wrongdoer, a killer of birds by way of eating eggs, would not let him board. The Bodhisattva emerged from his meditation and approached the ship. The devas invited him on board by a plank extending to the beach. As he approached, he invited his merchant friend to get on board. And as he did, the devas said to him, "It is your good fortune to have a friend such as him. It is your good fortune to be in his company because we did not come for you, but as he invites you are welcome on board." And so ends another Jataka Tale by revealing that in that past life, the Bodhisattva was the [being who became] the Buddha and the merchant was another person present at the recounting of this Rebirth Tale.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Solstice: Summer Begins!

Ananda (MARC); Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Crystal Quintero (eds.) Wisdom Quarterly


The way to insight is to calm down first.
First, what is "summer solstice"? It's the longest day of the year, though usually not the hottest for some reason. But it's hot in California this week, and the beaches are crowded. It's a great time for yoga, starting with 108 sun salutations by the sea. Hail, Sun! It's also the best time to get the mind-heart in shape.

I've been worrying about my body and going to the gym all spring and winter. So now it's time to meditate, starting with tranquility for peace of mind. "Summer time and the living is easy." By the time we start to fall into winter, I can sign up for a Goenka retreat and work on vipassana. But until then I'll be at MARC, UCLA's mindfulness meditation sessions in West Los Angeles by the beach thinking about sunsets and nirvana.

I'm an all-American meditator. Thank you.
Seven came up with the best "all-American meditation" technique, sinking into a warm tub and becoming perfectly still. The phone off the hook, a candle or incense stick as a clock, and progressive relaxation holding attention at the breath. I can do that!

Then comes the sitting up. Once I can hold my heart-mind steady, I can take the relaxation response I strengthen with me onto the mat. From there, I can take it walking. I might even be able to stay mindful all day even at the beach. The Buddha says mindfulness is the key to coherence/concentration (samadhi) and insight (vipassana).
  • Summer Solstice 2017 (Farmer's Almanac) begins June 20 and June 21 (depending on time zone)! Celebrate with a fantastic live solstice show with Slooh telescopes streaming extraordinary views of the Sun from around the world!

Breathing in (Budh), breathing out (dho) as the waves softly crash on the sand.