Recieved: 2000/05/16 12:07
Subject: Re: [K-list] Gardens was re: Fatima
On 2000/05/16 12:07, Ckress posted thus to the K-list:
In a message dated 05/16/2000 8:38:24 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< That is why my heart is filled with peace when I view the world. It
is why I see only peace and joy and perfection in my world around me.
Yes, I do have see the homeless, the pain, the wars, the predictions
of fear ad nauseaum and my personal screw ups. But I have no
agreement within myself to maintain those projections. I would not
think to interfere in the learning process of those beings around me.
Others have created schools of learning which are so violent, lonely,
destructive, painful or all of the above but I wont interfere in
their journeys. Why not? >>
Ahem, how can you claim to "see only peace and joy and perfection in my
world around me" yet be so critically aware that "Others have created schools
of learning which are so violent, lonely,
destructive, painful or all of the above"?
<< Well (shrugs shoulders)... it's not my job. It's not why I came here
to this planet. It could be your job, but it's not my job, and it has
taken me a long time to get rid of feeling guilty about not having
that kind of job... Interventionists, interferers, crusaders,
eh...it's all the same. And it's not to say they don't provide a good
service, it's just not my job although I use to think it was...
What is my job? My job is to fill my own inner garden.>>
When the "beat" poet Allen Ginsberg became involved in meditation and
spiritual pursuits, his social activist friends thought it was a cop out and
insisted he should devote his efforts toward outwardly benefitting the world.
His meditator friends advised him to drop all the activist stuff and devote
himself to developing his inner spiritual life. But Ginsberg saw no
contradiction in continuing to do both kinds of work for the rest of his
life. It doesn't have to be an either/or choice between concern for the
world "out there" and attending to one's own inner growth. I see the world
as a reflection of me and myself as a reflection of the world. To me (and I
suspect to Ginsberg), anything that touches or calls to me is part of my
garden and everything I do is part of my spiritual journey.
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