Liberty? Or, security?

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Liberty? Or, security? If you had to select between the two, which would you choose?

In my view, US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin offered the most succinct analysis of the perils associated with this choice.

To put it another way:

“Those who choose to forgo certain freedoms in exchange for an enhanced sense of safety, deserve neither freedom nor safety…and will ultimately lose both.”

 

Observations of a Yogi

I received correspondence recently, from an old teacher of mine, that made for interesting and sombre reading.

We’re living in a period of rapid change. Vladimir Lenin is reported to have once said:

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

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It certainly seems that we’ve all been experiencing a period of time – measured in weeks – where decades worth of change has been forced upon us. For better; or, for worse.

That being the case, how to make sense of these times?

Referencing the teachings of Hindu scripture, with a modern twist, my friend sent me this:

“In the past 25 years I haven’t given time to this kind of enlightened nonsense like I did in the ‘90s, but it’s the weekend and with no paying work and people (almost everyone) fascinated with rubbish, lies, propaganda, and worst of all ‘fake fear’, not exempting Netflix et al, well what’s better to do? It’s obvious the world has moved on and we’re being dragged into the land of hoax and disinformation in the lead-up to the next US election – a whole world of entertainment designed to ‘stop the world to watch’ is now rising up for view. I’m calling it “The New Yoga” – the Claytons yoga, the yoga you do when not doing yoga.

First, a little insight from a land far away, an insight I have very fortunately come upon, and seen operating existentially in many cultures over several decades of work, travel and study. 

There are 5 castes in the Indian (Yoga) system, the varnas of the Hindu social order… (a similar, not the same, system with certain significant variations in the hierarchy operates in China)

Brahmins – the priests who give indication of cosmic cycles and logos law – the few true scientists in today’s era – not the fake science of the administrative medical profession who research chemistry and dole out medication for big pharma, along with the university professors seeking funding for fake statistical analysis and educational tenure, to manipulate world populations at their whim and to teach gullible students with wealthy parents who are financing the children’s interests, or encouraging them to fall into the ‘student loan’ trap.

Kshatriyas – warriors and protectors of the community – rulers who understand the levels and stages of human development and provide a hierarchy of protections to ensure that development. Instead we have today’s career politicians who are exceedingly unenlightened, knowledgeable about nothing much, and lawyer lobbyists. We have representatives of the people who have never had a proper job in their life and/or have never had to take responsibility for anyone or anything in an environment of genuine life resistance, difficulty or conflict, apart from rhetoric or competitive sport, at most.

Vaishyas – businessmen and bankers whose role is to distribute, and enable the distribution of, goods and services. Nowadays these creatures of raw appetite are cashing in on the misfortune of others caused by the fake economic depression breaking forth. The gap between the economic haves and the have-nots is expanding vastly, not because of an inability of ‘production’ or product distribution capacity technically, but from a withdrawal or throttling of the means (blood) of exchange. Bankers and financiers drain or divert the blood (currency), so that the production cannot be distributed and consumed, and thus the workers (next caste) can no longer work for a living sufficient for a little time over for recreation and rest. This caste historically has largely been responsible for both great economic bounty, and for its inverse, initiating civil war. But their initiation instructions come from the previous two castes. For one hundred years 4/5ths of the world’s financial transactions have nothing to do with production, distribution and the means of exchange in goods and services, rather are the chips on a gambling table – but who is open to exposing this play.

Shudras – artisans and labourers – those healthy people today who are locked up by government-enforced rules (mind) and in government-enforced self-isolation (body) while their meagre bank accounts, home mortgages, and simple lives are reduced to rubble by the other 3 classes through unemployment, suicide, domestic and social violence, drug abuse and substance addiction, family isolation and breakdown. It is these masses which the top three castes enjoy manipulating and from whom unstoppable civil strife inevitably comes. If the top three classes step on the very basic freedoms the Shudras have, very basic and simple to maintain, down comes the house. This is imminent in these days and the ignorant at the top cannot see it coming.

And finally the caste which is un’named and never spoken of –  not the “Untouchables” who are an extension of Shudras, rather the Yogi mystic who has been through all the caste stages within a lifetime, or many lifetimes, knows the varnas’ place and role, and has become a free reflexively self-conscious individual, standing at the centre and also transcendent of the fixed first four.

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So here is a Yogi viewpoint of just a few recent days:

This week the PM ( Kshatriya ) has managed to pass the buck to our small boy in short pants on Spring St – the boy of ‘rules’ who never left school – and the PM, exactly as expected, smugly announced as a fait accompli, with a facial smirk plus a fake Churchillian oration (he’s been listening to old Churchill speeches obviously) that “we are all in it together and here are your three stages to liberation”. We are being flouted by fools, and the elect ( Brahmins ) stand back and let it roll.”

Question – What happens when we allow our leaders to paralyse the populace into submission, using fear as the mechanism of control?

Answer – Nothing good.

How to be Free in an Unfree World

“The increasing dependence on the State is anything but a healthy symptom, it means the whole nation is in a fair way to becoming a herd of sheep, constantly relying on a shepherd to drive them into good pastures. The shepherd’s staff soon becomes a rod of iron, and the shepherds turn into wolves…Any man who still possesses the instinct of self-preservation knows perfectly well that only a swindler would relieve him of responsibility…[those] who promise everything are sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises.”

Carl Jung, “Civilization in Transition”

Source: Academy of Ideas

Words of Wisdom

Never Give Up, Dalai Lama XIV…

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No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up

Never Give Up, Dalai Lama XIV

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These Things I’ve Learned

It is just over 2 years since I resigned from my last corporate job and 21 months since I had a regular pay check. Whilst life is far from perfect, it is infinitely better than it was when I was a slave to the machine. There is literally nothing that I miss about that old life. After enjoying some travel in the first few months post escape, life has settled into a pleasant rhythm. I feel both happier and more comfortable with who I am than at any stage in my life.

Why?

I have been reflecting on this question for the past few weeks. Here is some of what I’ve come up with:

  1. I have time for the things and people that are important to me. Before it was a case of spending most of my time doing what was important to other people and then hoping to pull together enough time-scraps in order to have an actual life.
  2. I’ve learnt more in the past year-and-a-half than I did in 15 years working in the financial services industry. After dabbling in yoga and meditation for the previous decade, at the start of last year I made a commitment to devote energy towards making it a permanent part of my routine. This has proven to be the single best decision that I’ve made for myself…ever.
  3. I spend my days working on projects and involved with people that are both interesting and matter to me. All this takes place in an environment where I am made to feel appreciated for who I am and not measured by how much money I can generate for somebody else.

…and to think that all this only took me 40 years to find. I wonder what I’m going to learn in the next 40?

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The Tale of Two Wolves

Which wolf will you feed? Think carefully. Choose wisely.

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An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life… 

”A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. 
”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. 

”One is evil – he is anger, envy,  sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

 “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. 

”This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” 

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win Grandfather?”

 The old chief simply replied, 
”The one you feed.”

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