Saturday, April 11, 2020

Happy Easter from Joseph Campbell

‘The chick from the egg is the symbol of the spirit of Easter./The image of the cosmic egg is known in many mythologies./It appears in the Greek Orphic, Egyptian, Finnish, Buddhist, Japanese./In the beginning this world was merely awakening, we read in the sacred work of the Hindus./It was existent./It developed./It turned into an egg./It lay for the period of a year./It was split asunder./One of the two parts became silver, one gold./That which was silver is the earth./That which is of gold is the sky./What was the outer membrane is the mountains./What was the inner membrane is cloud and mist./What were the veins are the rivers./What was the fluid within is the ocean./Now what was born therefrom is yonder sun./The shell of the cosmic egg is the world frame of space, while the fertile power within typifies the inexhaustible life of dynamism of nature./The eggshell is cast off the chick, as the skin is sloughed off by the serpent, as the shadow of the moon is shed by the moon reborn./ Snake and moon both die to the old/ Shedding their shadows to be reborn/ Birds in flight and Christ on the Cross, both symbolize the spirit released from the bondage of earth./The moon, like Christ, dies and is resurrected./The moon is three nights dark: Jesus was three nights in the grave with a stone covering the cave entrance—the dark disk over the moon./The dating of Easter according to both lunar and solar calendars suggests that life, like the light reborn in the moon and eternal in the Sun, finally is one./The whole mystery is right there in Christian Symbology./ The moon, furthermore, and the spectacle of night sky, the stars and the Milky Way, have constituted, certainly, from the beginning, a source of wonder and profound impression./But there is actually a physical influence of the moon upon the earth and its creatures, its tides and our own interior tides, which has long been consciously recognized as well as subliminally experienced./The coincidence of the menstrual cycle with that of the moon is a physical actuality structuring human life and a curiosity that has been observed with wonder./It is in fact likely that fundamental notion of a life-structuring relationship between the heavenly world and that of man was derived from the realization, both in experience and in thought, of the force of the lunar cycle./The mystery also, of death and resurrection of moon, as well as of its influence on dogs, wolves and foxes, jackals and coyotes, which try to sing to it: this immortal silver dish of wonder, cruising among the beautiful stars and racing through the clouds, turning waking life itself into a sort of dream, had been a force of presence even more powerful in the shaping of mythology than the sun, by which its light and its world of stars, night sounds, erotic modes, and the magic of dream, are daily quenched./ Dew is an ambrosia/ Fallen from the moon/ This lunar Symbology is ancient: the moon god in Mesopotamia was named Sin; the mountain that Moses ascended was Mount Sinai./It may have been the moon goddess mountain./When Moses came down from that Mountain, he was so luminous from his reception of God’s energy that he wore a veil in front of his face, and emanating from his forehead were horns of light: the horns of lunar mystery./ Live from your center./ The key to understanding the problem that’s solved with the symbolic idea of the Trinity is the tantric saying:/ To worship God, one must become a God./That is to say you must hit that level of consciousness within yourself that is equivalent to the deity to whom you are addressing your attention./ In the Trinity, the Father is the deity your attention is addressed to; you are the Son, the Knower of the Father, and the Holy Spirit represents the relationship between the two./ It seems to me you cannot have the notion of a god without having implicit the notion of a Trinity, a god the knower of the god, and the relationship between the two, a progressive knowing that brings you closer and closer to the divine. / The divine lives within you.’/ Joseph Campbell/ ‘O Sufi, did you know/That brotherhood and sisterhood/Is the ship in which we are sailing/On the great waters of/Love, harmony and beauty/Guided by the compass/Of the spirit of Guidance/And driven by the energy/Of spiritual liberty/Heading toward the goal/Of the annihilation of ego/Where one may begin/At last to realize/That the sailor is verily/The Divine Presence sailing/In the past, present, future/On the waves of our illusion’/ Pir Vilayat Khan/ Stay home, wash your hands/Inhale the scent of solitude/Look deep into your heart which understands/If we nurture seeds of fortitude/Practice caution, not to be depressed by reprimands/From mind grown dull, empty of gratitude/Why fear this virus of corona/When we can kill it with insulin of love/Welcome this free time to improve your persona/Faith can move mountains, Guidance comes from Above/ And The People Stayed Home/ By Kitty O’Meara/ ‘And the people stayed home/ And read books, and listened, and rested/ And exercised, and made art, and played games/ And learned new ways of being, and were still/ And listened more deeply/ Some meditated, some prayed, some danced/ Some met their shadows/ And the people began to think differently/ And the people healed/ And, in the absence of people living in ignorant/ Dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways/ The earth began to heal/ And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again/ They grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images/ And created new ways to live and heal the earth fully/ As they had been healed’/ Kitty O’ Meara/ With great respect and love/ This poem was shared by Yvonne & Yvette/ Wishing whole world Hope, Health, Harmony, renewal of love, empathy, compassion, generosity./ Happy, Healthy, Harmonious Easter

Friday, March 27, 2020

Easter Bunny Bust Corona

Donald J. Trump is playing the part of Dracula, let’s infect everyone with coronavirus, wipe out majority of the Americans and let me stay as King Trump to rule over the empty streets of Divided States. /Trump’s hateful rhetoric of ‘hoaxes, fake news, witch hunts’ still haunt Americans which have made America unsafe, unhealthy, weak and vulnerable. /Americans face the farce of Trump’s lies every day and hope this idiocy of a presidency ends soon./ Might as well shut down the White House, quarantine Trump and Trumpian lunatics in there and let US governors run the government who are doing their duty to save American lives./ Trump wishing to pack churches with worshippers on Easter Sunday, go raring and open all businesses. ‘It is a beautiful day’ says Trump./ Mr. Rogers said the same thing for years, but he proved it true by his gentle disposition of saying and acting beautifully, but Trump makes it ugly by his bigotry and hypocrisy, promoting falsehood. /Would he dare attend Easter Service in a church with large congregation, shaking hands with kids and pastor?/ If he has the courage to do it, his base might follow his lead, defying the threat and challenge of coronavirus./ Economy is dear to Trump’s heart, avoid the topic of procuring face masks, ventilators or helping America’s poor and vulnerable. /Facts faded before Trump’s ignorance of everything ‘fantastic, doing great, light at end of tunnel?/’ Trump stands at the mouth of the tunnel of hypocrisy, where there is no light but darkness. Without healthy Americans, there will be no healthy economy./ Easter Bunny President is going to wipe out entire community of Evangelicals if he encourages people to fill up the churches. /Such tragic course similar to the one in Malaysia where Muslims gathered for prayers, defying danger, embracing faith and three hundred and more were infected with coronavirus./‘We have got to go back to work’ Trump is right he has to get back to work after three plus years of sabbatical./ Incompetent, corrupt, Trumpian, dysfunctional White House has brought Americans to the brink of death with ‘hoaxes’ and Trump still continues on this disastrous route./ HuffPost March 25, 2020/ Dear Mr. President,/ I am an emergency medicine resident physician in one of the biggest hospital systems in New York City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. /In the past several weeks, I have taken care of countless patients with COVID-19 ― some who didn’t seem so sick and some blue in the face and gasping for air 70 times a minute./ I have put my face inches from theirs and inserted breathing tubes into their trachea, putting myself and everyone else in the room at exponentially higher risk of contracting this disease./ As I’ve sat in a room full of coughing patients for 60 hours a week, I have worried about my own safety now and in the coming months as this pandemic gets worse and our completely inadequate supply of personal protective equipment rapidly disappears. /There is a major shortage of face masks, along with other supplies, across the country and without them, it can be next to impossible to keep health care workers safe and working to support the increasing number of patients who are arriving at our hospital and clinic doors./ I have sent some not-so-sick patients home and I have seen some patients die right in front of my eyes./ I have spoken on the phone to the sobbing mother of a young man admitted to the intensive care unit, and told her, “No, you are not allowed to enter the hospital to see your critically ill son because we are not letting family members into the hospital during this pandemic./” To say that I have experienced countless heartbreaking moments over the past several weeks would be an understatement./ In the next couple of days or weeks, we will run out of hospital beds and ventilators./ The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients who come to my hospital seems to double every day. If things continue this way, I will soon be forced to make decisions about who deserves a shot at life and who I will allow to die, and that is an unthinkable thing to have to consider, much less do./ Tell me ― when there is only one ventilator available, should it go to the young nurse or the elderly woman with multiple comorbidities who has an advanced directive that says “do not intubate/do not resuscitate”? /How about the single mother of three?/ Or the deeply respected emergency medicine attending doctor I worked with last week?/How about the middle-aged man with some medical comorbidities and corny jokes who reminds me of my father ― or is my father?/ Or maybe the person in prison for rape? /How about the person of color in jail for marijuana possession?/How about a beloved and wealthy celebrity? /How about the homeless person with alcohol use disorder who spits on my fellow medical professionals and me when we try to help?/ How about the homeless person who lives on my street corner and smiles at me every day and says “God bless you”?/ It’s not so easy choose, is it?/ If things continue this way, I will soon be forced to make decisions about who deserves a shot at life and who I will allow to die and that is an unthinkable thing to have to consider, much less do./ This past week, between 12-hour shifts working in the emergency department and the newly created COVID respiratory unit, I have done everything I can think of to stop that nightmare scenario from arriving. /I have posted on social media begging my friends and family to stay home. /I have signed countless petitions and contacted my local government pleading for more personal protective equipment and ventilators. /If I learn of other things I can do, I will do those, too./ My governor, Andrew Cuomo, has tirelessly worked to obtain more personal protective equipment and ventilators./He has begged you to nationalize the effort to acquire medical supplies and you have denied him. /He’s begged for citizens to stay home and, while some are listening, many are not and if they don’t, it will be disastrous./But there’s only so much the governor ― or any of us ― can do alone. /At this point, there may be only so much we can do together. But we must try. / On Tuesday you told Fox News you would “ love to have the country opened up and raring to go by Easter./” You said you chose Easter because, “you will have packed churches all over our country, I think it would be a beautiful time and it is just about the timeline that I think is right./” The thought of this makes me nauseous. /If we do that, exponentially more people will get this disease, our hospital system will not have the capacity to handle it, and health care professionals like me will have to let countless people die while continuing to put our own lives ― and possibly the lives of the people we love ― at risk./ When we run out of ventilators ― and we will if we lift the social distancing restrictions that are in place and this pandemic continues to spread as it already has ― I will not be ready to make these decisions about who deserves to live and who deserves to die./When those moments come, I do not know how I will be able to sleep at night. /Will you? Now is not the time to let our guards down. You have the power to be remembered as someone who did the right thing./ I beg you to help me and other health care workers save countless lives ― possibly including our own ― so that we as a nation don’t have to suffer the unthinkable devastation looming on the horizon. /I beg you to take this pandemic more seriously and I am begging you to do it now./ Sincerely,/ Rachel Sobolev, MD/ Rachel Sobolev is a second year emergency medicine resident in New York City./ She feels passionately about being right at the intersection of health care and current events, and providing high quality health care to all types of people regardless of their background./ Americans need to demand that disaster-in-chief Trump step down, who is intent on wiping out half the population of America with pincers of his stupidity and ignorance./ Foxian, Trumpian, Republican zealots are still enabling him to slaughter millions of Americans with his missiles of zeal and insanity. This is genocide in its primitive form of barbarity./ God Save America, wishing health to whole world/ World has known many idiots before/But not as stupid as Trump/Invested with armor of lie-galore/Transforming America into pandemic-riddled slum/

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Conundrum

May Spirit of St. Patrick expel all the snakes of lies, hypocrisy and ignorance from Trumpian White House of corruption./ Freaky Nunes who says ‘go to bars and restaurants’ and accuses Press ‘Media freaks don’t have a clue what’s going out in the real world’ is in the same league with puppet-Pence with his ‘handshake advice’/ Eight days ago Trump tweeted ‘The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party is doing everything within its semi-considerable power to the Coronavirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. /Surgeon General: The risk is low to average American.’/ At his rally he touted that coronavirus is a hoax. /Now ‘stable genius’ Trump says ‘I have seen that where people liked my Monday tone, but I didn’t feel different./ I have always known this is real, this is a pandemic. /I felt it was pandemic, I have always viewed it very serious.’/ In view of wisdom of Hazrat Inayat Khan:/ It is the power of truth that makes one stronger. /Apart from those who know truth, even those who do not know truth, if they think rightly will have some power, the power of sincerity./ Very few realize what power sincerity carries./ A false man, however physically strong he is or however great is his will power, is kept down by his falsehood; it never allows him to rise. /It eats into him because it is rust. /Those who have done great things in life, in whatever walk of life it be, have done them by the power of truth, the power of sincerity, of earnestness, of conviction; when that is lacking, power is lacking./ A regular life, pure diet, good sleep, a balance between activity and repose, and right breathing, all these help one to health./ But the best remedy for healing oneself of all illnesses and infirmities of mind is belief. /Many think that they believe, but there are very few who really believe./ The belief of many is as I heard someone say, 'I believe, may God strengthen my belief.' /It is an affirmation, which has no meaning. /If a person says, 'I believe', that does not mean that he believes, for belief in its perfection becomes faith./ And what does Christ say about faith? /He says, 'Faith removes mountains.'/ No doubt the priest speaks of faith in the Church, the clergyman of faith in the Book; but that is not the real meaning of faith./Faith is the culmination of belief, and when faith is attained to a certain degree it will grow as a plant. /When belief is complete it turns into faith./ Cure is brought about by faith in all cases, whether it be a sudden cure or whatever may be the nature and character of the case./ Faith speeds the condition; so great as the faith is, so quick the time of healing. /Without faith even medicine cannot help. /No treatment can give good results where faith is lacking. /Faith is the first remedy; everything else comes afterwards. /All our failures, sorrows, disappointments, difficulties in life are caused by our lack of belief. /Illness means lack of belief./ Beyond and above all other evidences illness is the sign of the lack of belief; if one believed, there would certainly be no place for illness./ But illness takes the place of belief. /One cannot disbelieve in what one believes./ Illness becomes one's belief. /That is where the difficulty comes in. /When a person says, 'I am fighting against my illness', that means, 'My imagination is fighting against my belief'. /He affirms, 'I am fighting against my illness', which means he establishes illness in himself./He fights against something, which he affirms to be existing./ In his belief he gives the first place to the illness; the second place in his belief he gives to the imagination of curing it./ Thus the power with which he wishes to remove his illness is much smaller than the power which is already established in him by illness./ He fights against something, which he affirms to be existing./ There are people who think that they will never fall into such an error as believing in something for which there is no evidence, and they think this is very clever./ And when we search in the world of evidence, we shall find one deluding cover under another./ And so one can go on, probing the depths of life, from one illusion to another, never arriving at the realization of truth./How can you rely upon evidences, which are subject to change? /Therefore if there is anything to rely upon it is belief./ It is not evidence, which gives one belief; and if evidence gives belief, that belief will not last, for evidences are not lasting./ It is that belief, which stands above evidence, which in the end will culminate in faith. /It is people like Bayazid, whom many would consider 'in the clouds', who prove in their lives what belief means. /Bayazid was going on pilgrimage to Mecca./ A dervish was sitting by the way on his journey./ Wanting to pay homage to a spiritual man, he went to that dervish and sat down to receive his blessing. /The dervish asked him, 'Where are you going?' /He said, 'I am going to Mecca.'/ 'On business'/ He was astonished. 'No, on a pilgrimage.'/ 'On a pilgrimage?/ What do they do on the pilgrimage?' /Bayazid replied, 'They walk around the holy stone of Kaba.'/ The dervish said, 'You do not need to go so far for that pilgrimage./ If you will make circles round me and go back your pilgrimage is done.' /Bayazid said, 'Yes, I believe this.' /He circled around the man and went back home; and when people asked, 'Did you make a pilgrimage to the Kaba?'/ he said, 'Yes, I made a pilgrimage to a living Kaba.'/ The purpose of life is to attain to mastery./ This is the motive of the spirit, and it is through this motive at the back of it that the whole universe is created. /The different stages from mineral to vegetable and from vegetable to the animal kingdom, and from animal to man, are the awakening of the spirit towards mastery. /By using the mineral and the vegetable kingdoms and controlling the animal kingdom for his service, man shows in the first place that in him is awakened that spirit by which the whole universe was created./ His power of knowing, of understanding, of utilizing to the best advantage, is the sign of mastery. /But at the same time there is one enemy that man has, and that enemy is limitation; and the spirit of limitation is always a hindrance to realizing the spirit of mastery and practicing it. /Those who at some time or other in their lives have realized this principal object, for which man is born, have then tried to develop that spirit of mastery in order to defend themselves./ The process of going from limitation to perfection is called mysticism./ Mysticism means developing from limitation to perfection. /All pain and failure belong to limitation. /All pleasure and success belong to perfection. /In one's own surroundings, one will find that those who are unhappy and dissatisfied with life and who make others unhappy, are those who are more limited./ Those who can help themselves and help others, who are happy and bring pleasure into the lives of others, are nearer to perfection./ ‘Tell whoso hath sorrow/ Grief shall never last/ Even as joy hath no morrow’ So woe shall go past/’ Arabian Nights/ Happy St. Patrick’s Day/Wishing whole world health, harmony and hope of joyful living.