IN THE BEGINNING…

A feel good Buddha for Meditation

A feel good Buddha for Meditation

Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston have shuffled off this mortal coil.  The celebrity-stricken mob eddies in swollen sodden mass; news organizations become fanzine paparazzi; a rising tide of homilies, drivel, calumnies, and kudos drowns all sight and sound of dying Afghans and other unpleasantries.  Same old, same old.

A Frame of Reference

“Paradise is a far promise; fame is a food for dead men – take the cash and let the credit go.”

 Instead of argument that frets the soul and spoils digestion, share good food with good friends.  Abandon a life sick with brooding on unhappy cares; do not count on dubious treasures in some inaccessible heaven.  All that we know of life is that it is an enigma, and that it is short, and that, nevertheless, it can be made not only bearable but pleasurable.

Thus, fill your life as you would a cup.  Do not torture yourself with a forbidding future; ignore “the rumble of a distant drum.”  Let what may be Beyond remain beyond.  Tomorrow has not come – tomorrow may never come – at the moment tomorrow does not exist.  There is only today, and today is ours.

“Having failed of finding any Providence but Destiny and any world but this, Omar set about making the most of it; preferring rather to soothe the Soul through the Senses into acquiescence with things as he saw them, than to perplex it with vain disquietude after what they might be.”

—    Omar Khayyám, The Rubáiyát; Louis Untermeyer, editor, 1947 ed.; Edward Fitzgerald, editor/translator, 1859.

SPECIAL BONUS: A Global Philosophy for Successful Living in Eight Aphorisms.

From the BUDDHA: Go forth in joyful participation in the sorrows of the world.

From JOSEPH CAMPBELL: Follow your bliss.

From CHRISTIAN TRADITION: Practice the Golden Rule.

From GANDHI: Act. “Without action there is no result. You may not see the result in your lifetime, but if you do not act, there will be no result at all.”

From JACQUES COUSTEAU: Hope for the best. “I hope for the best, although I can’t say why.”

From TOM PAINE: Use Common Sense. “Reason is the most reliable path to the truth.”

From his holiness the 14th DALI LAMA: “If you want the best idea of how the world was created, don’t pick the best mythology, consult the best science.”

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From FatLemon: “Keep on keepin’ on, and don’t forget to salute the man in the moon.”

Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom

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