Thursday, 8 August 2013

Monstaville Book I. Chapter 25


"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
- Maya Angelou.

7 July 2002.

If you send enough light, little-by-little it will build up and may then manifest or be used as something positive.

Train yourself to respond to negativity from others with positive speech and action. You don’t have to feel or think positively to do that. It’s just a tool, an act, with desired results.

Buddha’s advice to Ananda regarding How to treat evil-natured people (Bhiksus - devotees):

“The Buddha said, ‘That is no problem at all. Simply be silent and they will go away. Fight evil people with concentration power. Don’t be moved by them. If they are evil, don’t be evil in return. If a mad dog bites you and you bite him back, you’re just a dog yourself. Evil-natured people are born with a bad-temper. All you can do is ignore them and they will soon lose interest and leave!’“ - Tripitaka Master Hua (A General Explanation of the Buddha Speaks of Amitäbha Sütra, Sino-American Buddhist Association, Inc., CA, U.S., 1974, p.54).

The spider (gentle person) does not give you any benefit directly. The benefit is indirect. The gentle person leaves you alone, lets you feel free and happy, does not add to your struggle to feel happy. The spider’s benevolence is such that it does not harm you and allows your inner nature to flow and your light to shine easily...but it depends on you, living in sunshine.

The mosquito (aggressive person) gives you grief directly! The aggressor confronts and threatens you, even harms you. The mosquito’s very presence is menacing because it instinctively wants to bite you! Not necessarily to attack you but to release its own fury and craziness. It also, however, tried to challenge and restrict your freedom and happiness so you don’t have more than it does. You must make an effort to make your inner nature flow within you and shine your light. It is a test. Like, in a cold, dark climate, you must use your will to shine and be positive.

So, accept and love the spider and mosquito equally. You can’t love spiders and invite them round to tea and then hate mosquitoes and instantly kill them! (Er, which tends to be my deep-rooted attitude, hence the learning curve!). You don’t have to invite trouble, but if it happens, be strong, no matter what happens in the realm of illusion.

"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness. To an opponent - tolerance. To a friend - your heart. To your child - a good example. To a father - deference. To your mother - conduct that will make her proud of you. To yourself - respect. To all men - charity." - Benjamin Franklin.

Retrospective inserts.

I went to India loving all creatures including mosquitoes until I was bombarded by them. I was a vegan at the time and living in relative spiritual purity. By the end of my seven-month trip, I hated mosquitoes and didn’t give a second thought to killing them. When I arrived at Sai Baba’s ashram in Puttaparthi it was very late and there were no spaces left for me to sleep but a girl told me one might be available somewhere. She went off to find one. I sat beneath a staircase and meditated for about three hours, expecting to still be there in the morning. Eventually, the girl did actually return having found somewhere for me to sleep for the night. While I sat on the concrete floor wearing a lunghi, with my back against the wall, I was bitten by mosquitoes constantly but just remained in deep meditation and ignored the assault. After a couple of hours, Sai Baba entered my mind, telling me not to be afraid. I don’t recall him saying anything else. All I remember is receiving the most powerful, magical degree of divine love-energy imaginable for some time, which cannot be put into words. Quite an incredible and very special experience.

“Sometimes your thoughts fly around you like mosquitoes irritating you, stirring up fear and wanting to draw your strength from you. Let your thoughts be more like butterflies coming to the flower of your heart; expressions of beauty drinking from the nectar within.” - Sananda (channelled through Christopher Sell, ‘The Chambers of Your Heart,’ 22 March 2012,

I moved to London loving all people of all races and, by the end, after my encounters with selfish, hateful and resentful people, I grew much less tolerant of younger souls living in areas like this. Certainly, with the mosquitoes living next door, there have been times when I would not have given second thought to killing them. Yet, I find myself stuck here, just as I was beneath the stairs in Sai Baba’s ashram, again having to rise above irritation, and wickedness. The difference is that it is psychological torment. Also, I cannot be in deep meditation all the time! I have had to explore the situation from various angles.

I have never seen so many flies as there have been around in the summer for the last few years (about 2005 onwards). They fly around frantically, buzzing loudly and lay eggs in my cat’s food! If you kill a fly - or, indeed, engage in any act of aggression you deem necessary, the least you can do, out of respect for all life, is resist any temptation to derive pleasure from another creature’s suffering or death. It is not a question of morality but of necessity. One day, all forms of killing will be abandoned but, in the meantime, we can develop a love of all nature and, if we so choose, kill (or eat animals that have been killed) with loving responsibility.

Personally, I adore spiders so much that I get slightly upset if ever I accidentally maim or drown one. I give the creature an immediate mercy killing, removing its suffering. With spiders, I sometimes bless them or send them love on their way. However, I will crush a snail out of physical existence if I have accidentally trodden on one in the dark on the way home or something. What that says about me is that I am compassionate but respect death more than suffering which I perhaps do not value enough. I do not really feel that being in a physical body is ‘sacred.’ I’m certainly not a pro-life Christian (or any other kind!) and I am distinctly against the use of medical science to keep people alive even if they are suffering so much they would rather leave their bodies. I am a keen advocate of passing assisted death laws. There is only so much one can take and, in my hubris, I simply do not care if even the gods see it differently. Basically, death is no big deal, suffering is, in my view. That is because there is no real death, only a shift from one state of consciousness to another.

"I'd rather write about laughing than crying, for laughter makes men human, and courageous. BE HAPPY!” - François Rabelais  (1494-1553).

Much that I have suffered in my life has resulted from being very sensitive and feeling pain intensely. The despair I have experienced at times is suffering on a very deep level. On a positive note, it shows that I am strong enough to undergo such challenging conditions. I am aware that all suffering is there to promote growth of the soul towards perfection. It is work. A prospector pans and digs for gold. Yet, he is not rewarded until his long, arduous sacrifice has paid off. And, then, when he finds just a tiny little nugget, others look to him either in hope of increasing their own chances of making a fortune. Often, they fear his presence in their midst, as he himself is a ray of golden light, a reminder of that which they have yet to discover within themselves and which they therefore seek to banish. Unless he is able and careful to conceal it from other people, he becomes a target for others’ greed and jealousy as well as a whole range of fears and insecurities. It was hard enough finding the gold when he was left to his own devices. Now, the world wants his blood and the only way he will get to find and keep more gold is if he receives support both from those who wish to buy it from him (along with the authorities). In addition, he needs support from people who are happy for him and are prepared to help out, perhaps for a small share or because they belong to the same community and have a common goal. Thus, all of a sudden, the solitary figure of the gold prospector has to stand up and be counted, revealing his light to the world. [Retrospective note: Indigo starseeds like myself were, in fact, hidden from the world until the year 2009. This was for our own protection but it meant that we were unable to express our potential in the world or shine our light fully. Now that the Light has returned to Earth and is growing daily, we are all set to move forward with the accelerated frequencies and gradually unravel the truth of our multidimensional being].

“Like all strong people, she suffered always a measure of loneliness; she was a marginal outsider, a secret infidel of a certain sort.” - Anne Rice (Interview With the Vampire).

Although one might be growing rich in spiritual energy, one’s relationships with other people could get more tricky. You have something they want and if they cannot have it they might seek to take it from you by scaring and hurting you. That way, they can continue to feel superior because you are nothing without your spiritual treasure. Where there is a bright light, the darkness will often pounce on it. There is a war going on between those who identify with the conscious part of the Creator’s mind and those who have rebelled and taken refuge in the darkness and chaos of its unconscious. Everything is God’s fault. All suffering can be traced back to God because, in reality, there is but one Being. It is difficult for us to appreciate that our suffering is a blessing, that it is an opportunity to become individually conscious of God’s Being. We are little more than fragile seedlings in a moist seed tray. Having freed ourselves from complete darkness, we are now able to see the world of the Creator-Gardener but we don’t think much of that either! Everything seems so pointless. We are reminded that ignorance was bliss when we were mere seeds. Yet, we should realise that such a perspective emerges because we have yet to express our full potential and cannot even see over the edge of the seed tray. So, it is no wonder we are not impressed and consider our suffering to be in vain. We all chose on some level to be part of this ‘garden show.’ We could not resist the temptation to end up in the Chelsea Flower Show. Yet, unlike the gardening experts, we growing seedlings do not remember the original decision or desire to take this path which seems to involve so much suffering. It seems too much to bear but at last part of the reason is that we have forgotten where we have come from and where we are going. Yet, the taller we grow, the more we can see of the world over the tray walls, the more peace and joy fill our hearts and we understand that our temporary (and illusory) suffering is for the glory of God which is ours to savour for eternity.

One must have a disciplined mind and perform the task of killing an insect as efficiently and quickly as possible, without any feeling unless it is that of love. One needs to let go of any subconscious projection seeking to come out, some emotion that may cause one to delight in violence, to get off on negative energy which, whether one knows it or not, comes from within the unconscious and feeds on the dark forces which draw near. Those forces seek to increase destructive emotion in order to feed of the energy it produces. They revel in our ignorance in the hope of receiving further writhing morsels of shitty behaviour. Refuse this process. Eat the apple when it is fresh. If you allow your mind to linger and indulge in the body’s savage instincts you will open up a whole can of worms in your unconscious - or you will find yourself eating a rotten apple filled with satisfied maggots which live and breathe at your expense, at the expense of your higher nature and, consequently, your divine right to be at peace and experience joy. It is not a game or an opportunity to prove something or feel powerful. It is regrettable to feel the need to take such action.

“You know, I think they were trying to make a point with that sketch.”
“What’s the point?”
“You’re right, forget it.”
                - Waldorf and Statler from The Muppet Show box (Season 2, Episode 9, created by Jim Henson).

The Dhammapada. Path of Truth - Wisdom of the Buddha. Translated from Pali by F. Max Muller (Clarendon Press, Oxford, U.K., 1881).

1. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.
2. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
3. 'He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,' - in those who harbour such thoughts hatred will never cease.
4. 'He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,' - in those who do not harbour such thoughts hatred will cease.
5. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule.
6. The world does not know that we must all come to an end here; - but those who know it, their quarrels cease at once.
7. He who lives looking for pleasures only, his senses uncontrolled, immoderate in his food, idle, and weak, Mâra (the tempter) will certainly overthrow him, as the wind throws down a weak tree.
8. He who lives without looking for pleasures, his senses well controlled, moderate in his food, faithful and strong, him Mâra will certainly not overthrow, anymore than the wind throws down a rocky mountain.
9. He who wishes to put on the yellow dress without having cleansed himself from sin, who disregards temperance and truth, is unworthy of the yellow [robe].
10. But he who has cleansed himself from sin, is well grounded in all virtues, and regards also temperance and truth, he is indeed worthy of the yellow [robe].
11. They who imagine truth in untruth, and see untruth in truth, never arrive at truth, but follow vain desires.
12. They who know truth in truth, and untruth in untruth, arrive at truth, and follow true desires.
13. As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind.
14. As rain does not break through a well-thatched house, passion will not break through a well-reflecting mind.
15. The evil-doer mourns in this world, and he
16. The virtuous man delights in this world, and he delights in the next; he delights in both. He delights and rejoices, when he sees the purity of his own work.
17. The evil-doer suffers in this world, and he suffers in the next; he suffers in both. He suffers when he thinks of the evil he has done; he suffers more when going on the evil path.
18. The virtuous man is happy in this world, and he is happy in the next; he is happy in both. He is happy when he thinks of the good he has done; he is still more happy when going on the good path.
19. The thoughtless man, even if he can recite a large portion (of the law), but is not a doer of it, has no share in the priesthood, but is like a cowherd counting the cows of others.
20. The follower of the law, even if he can recite only a small portion (of the law), but, having forsaken passion and hatred and foolishness, possesses true knowledge and serenity of mind, he, caring for nothing in this world or that to come, has indeed a share in the priesthood.

[Note: I originally included a shorter and simpler translation by Thomas Byrom (1976) but the current publisher, Shambhala, wanted to charge me $55 for the privilege! I recommend reading it though if you get a chance. You could try this link:].

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” - Albert Camus.

“As you think so shall you be! Since you cannot physically experience another person, you can only experience them in your mind. Conclusion: All of the other people in your life are simply thoughts in your mind. Not physical beings to you, but thoughts. Your relationships are all in how you think about the other people of your life. Your experience of all those people is only in your mind. Your feelings about your lovers come from your thoughts. For example, they may in fact behave in ways that you find offensive. However, your relationship to them when they behave offensively is not determined by their behaviour, it is determined only by how you choose to relate to that behaviour. Their actions are theirs, you cannot own them, you cannot be them, you can only process them in your mind." - Dr. Wayne Dyer, PhD.

“Good humour is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.” – Greenville Kleisser.

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