Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Four Truths to Enlightenment (now)

Ananda M. (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Dhr. Seven, Jen B., CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
What is Buddhist "enlightenment"? Of the Four Noble Truths, the first is usually mistranslated as, "All life is suffering."

That's wrong, so no one bothers much with the other three. The Buddha -- sometimes called the "Master Physician" -- actually taught, "All conditioned-phenomena are unsatisfactory."
  • Q: What are "conditioned-phenomena"? A: "Things" that come into apparent existence based on supporting conditions and not without them.
  • Q: What does "unsatisfactory" mean? A: Disappointing, unfulfilling, unable to satisfy, incapable of permanently appeasing craving.
  • We think "things" are elemental when they are actually composite (compounded); there is only one unconditioned-element, and everything else is a composed of conditions, a compound of factors.
Help! I'm in pain, disappointed, dissatisfied!
But who cares? What does that have to do with my awakening to ultimate truth?
  • What is the first truth? "All 'things' are unsatisfactory," which is to say: Rebirth, aging, illness, death, sorrow, lamentation (crying over), pain, grief, and despair, being with the disliked, being separated from the liked, not getting what is wanted, getting what is not wanted, the Five Aggregates clung to as "self" -- of these are unsatisfactory. In brief, that's the problem. What's the solution? The other three ennobling truths.
The Four Noble Truths the Buddha taught are a summary of the Teachings (Dharma). By penetrating them directly and fully, one realizes here-and-now that awakening (bodhi) that results in the end of all suffering (nirvana).

If they are that important, it is essential not to think we understand them when we have no idea what the Buddha was talking about or why. Here's the traditional four-word shorthand: "Dukkham samudayo nirodho magga."
  1. Diagnosis: dukkha (condition)
  2. Origin: samudaya (cause)
  3. Prognosis: nirodha (cessation)
  4. Prescription: magga (cure)
The Buddha only taught two things, what suffering is and what the end of suffering is.
I get it! I see! I finally know-and-see!
First of all, they are the Four ENNOBLING Truths because they lead, by their realization, to the "noble" (enlightened, aryan) state.

How can they be that important? Here's how: No one realizes enlightenment without penetrating them.

For instance, the Buddha's chief male disciple he called "foremost in wisdom," Sariputra, the counterpart to his chief female disciple foremost in wisdom (Khema), entered the first stage of enlightenment just by inferring them.

He did this when he heard a brief two-line statement summarizing the Dharma from Assaji, one of the Buddha's enlightened disciples. The summary went something like:
  • "All conditioned-phenomena arise from a cause, and that cause has been made known, as has their cessation. Such is the teaching of the Tathagata [the Buddha], the great wandering ascetic" (Mv 1.23.1-10).
  • What proceeds from a cause? All "things," the cause being the conditions the Buddha made known, and he has also made known how to bring about their cessation, the great peace and freedom from all suffering. Sariputra realized this timeless truth: "All that is subject to arising is also subject to cessation." That is, things are impermanent, things are impersonal, and this can be realized because all conditioned-things are unsatisfactory. So what is that one unconditioned thing?
On March 1, 2018 we will explain, discuss, then meditate for their realization here and now LIVE IN LOS ANGELES.

Then on March 3-4, 2018, we will meet and question an enlightened Buddhist monk at the Buddhist University of the West, Los Angeles.

Dharma Meditation Initiative - Pasa Dharma - Dharma Punx Valley

When we made Jesus white (video)

Hananiah Israel (IUIC, 16); Bettany Hughes; Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Black People Ruled Russia and All of Europe During "Dark" Ages
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Forgotten Genius: Black scientist Percy Julian

NOVA (PBS); CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly Wiki edit
The Man Who Made "the [Birth Control] Pill" Possible - Chemist Dr. Percy Lovan Julian

Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899-April 19, 1975) was an African American research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants (Darlene R. Stille, Percy Lavon Julian: Pioneering Chemist).

I really like science!
He was the first person to synthesize the natural product physostigmine and was a pioneer in the industrial large-scale chemical synthesis of the human hormones progesterone and testosterone from plant sterols such as stigmasterol and sitosterol.

His work laid the foundation for the steroid drug industry's production of cortisone, other corticosteroids, and birth control pills [WGBH-PBS, People and Discoveries: Percy Julian, 1899-1975, WGBH-PBS, 1998; Giants of the Past: Percy Lavon Julian (1899-1975). A Forgotten Pioneer in Soy," USDA; "Lipid Library: Percy Lavon Julian (1899-1975)"].

Nik, did you realize blacks could be geniuses, too? - Of course, Al . Who do you think...
The future black British Princess Markles
Julian later started his own company to synthesize steroid intermediates from the wild Mexican yam.

His work helped greatly reduce the cost of steroid intermediates to large multinational pharmaceutical companies, helping to significantly expand the use of several important drugs (NOVA: Forgotten Genius, NOVA (TV series), W. M. Cobb, "Medical History: Percy Lavon Julian, Ph.D., Sc.D., LL.D., L.H.H.D., 1899– ," Journal of the National Medical Association, March 1971; Vol. 63, No. 2, pp. 143-150, PMC).

"Let's look in this closet." Aha! The Pill!
Julian received more than 130 chemical patents. He was one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate in chemistry.

He was the first African-American chemist inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, and the second African-American scientist inducted (behind David Blackwell) from any field (ibid.) More

Is our true history etched in Sumerian clay?

Awaken-consciousness.com; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Who were these god-kings?
The Sumerian King List still puzzles historians after more than a century of research.

Out of the many incredible artifacts that have been recovered from sites in Iraq [formerly Mesopotamia, Babylon, "Western Asia"] where flourishing Sumerian cities once stood, few have been more intriguing that the Sumerian King List.

This list is an ancient manuscript originally recorded in the Sumerian language that lists the kings of Sumer (ancient Southern Iraq) from Sumerian and neighboring dynasties, their supposed reign lengths, and the locations of “official” kingship.

Were the Annunaki (Asuras, Titans) giants?
What makes this artifact so original is the fact that the list blends apparently mythical pre-dynastic rulers with historical rulers who are known to have existed.

The first fragment of this rare and unique text -- a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet -- was found in the early 1900s by German-American scholar Hermann Hilprecht at the site of ancient Nippur and published in 1906.

Since Hilprecht’s discovery at least 18 other exemplars of the king’s list have been found, most of them dating from the second half of the Isin Dynasty (circa 2017-1794 BCE).

No two of these documents are identical. However, there is enough common material in all versions of the list to make it clear that they are derived from a single, “ideal” account of Sumerian history.

Among all the examples of the Sumerian King List, the Weld-Blundell prism (shown at right) in the Ashmolean Museum cuneiform collection in Oxford, represents the most extensive version as well as the most complete copy of the King List.

The 8-inch-high prism contains four sides with two columns on each side. It is believed that it originally had a wooden spindle going through its center so that it could be rotated and read on all four sides.

It lists rulers from the antediluvian (“before the flood”) dynasties to the fourteenth ruler of the Isin Dynasty (circa 1763-1753 BCE).

The list is of immense value because it reflects very old traditions while at the same time providing an important chronological framework relating to the different periods of kingship in Sumeria. It also demonstrates remarkable parallels to accounts in Genesis [of the Judeo-Christian Bible].
The ancient civilization of Sumer

Sumer (sometimes called Sumeria), is the site of the earliest known civilization.

It is/was located in the southernmost part of Mesopotamia between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, in the area that later became Babylonia and is now southern Iraq from around Baghdad to the Persian Gulf.
By the third millennium BCE, Sumer was the site of at least 12 separate city states:
  1. Kish
  2. Erech
  3. Ur
  4. Sippar
  5. Akshak
  6. Larak
  7. Nippur
  8. Adab
  9. Umma
  10. Lagash
  11. Bad-tibira
  12. Larsa.
Each of these states comprised a walled city and its surrounding villages and land, and each worshiped its own deity, whose temple was...

The Sumerian King List records that eight kings reigned before a great flood. After the Flood various city-states and their dynasties of kings temporarily gained power over the others.
Sumer’s mythical past
Cuneiform Sumerian clay tablet writing
The Sumerian King List begins with the very origin of kingship, which is seen as a divine institution: “the kingship had descended from heaven.” The rulers in the earliest dynasties are represented as reigning fantastically long periods:

“After the kingship descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridug. In Eridug, Alulim became king; he ruled for 28,800 years. Alaljar ruled for 36,000 years. Two kings; they ruled for 64,800 years.”
Some of the rulers mentioned in the early list -- such as Etana, Lugal-banda, and Gilgamesh -- are mythical or legendary figures whose heroic feats are subjects of a series of Sumerian and Babylonian narrative compositions.... More

Zecharia Sitchin
Sitchin (July 11, 1920-October 9, 2010) was an Azerbaijani-born American author of books proposing an explanation for human origins involving ancient astronauts based on his translation of the Sumerian tablets.

He proposed many controversial translations, interpretations, and theories -- all, he said, based on the texts themselves. Some say he read more into them than was there, or they could not read and understand what he did.

Free downloadable e-books

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Humanity's demise - Are you a savior or an accomplice
In humanity’s demise – are we saviors or accomplices?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Dance, DANCE because dancing is... (video)

Jen B., Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; JVM; Jared; FOB

1920s' Hot Hot Hot Dance
Shiva-Shakti (Parvati) dance of destruction
The 1920s were the source of many of today's popular dance styles such as the Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Charleston. There was polite "white dance" and some very hot black-and-white dance. Most of the early jazz records are marked Foxtrot. In fact, the Fast Foxtrot became the Quickstep, and the slower version retained the name Foxtrot. The Charleston was a major development, along with the Blackbottom. Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. What is jazz dance?
Innovative jerks Fall Out Boy produced a masterpiece song and video.
Who needs traditional dancing/surfing when we have hobo humping slobo chaos from Whale?

Jared and friends are stup'
...efying. Oh, to laugh, hurl, donate, or smash our screens!?
Metal Core-tet "Dance, Dance" (F.O.B. cover)
Get this song (starting May 6, 2015) and all my others for free (plus other perks) simply by donating $1 per month to my Patreon account so my Jackass friends (Justin Hockaday, Austin Dickey, Casey Molenaar) and I (Jared Dines) can keep making videos. Mixed and mastered by Fluff (Ryan Bruce). Ask Jared: "Dude, do you do drugs?"

(JB) Abysmal failure Lady Gaga once had something to say: Just Dance!

I'm enlightened! I'm enlightened? (A. Greene)

Alana Greene, Oct. 30, 2016; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

Spiritual Awakening: WTF is happening to me? Part 1

This is a video about my awakening and what I have experienced so far along my own personal journey [to enlightenment]. I hope this video can help out anyone going through this same thing. I apologize that it's a little longer than I intended. I just really wanted to speak from the heart. You're not alone. I love you [well not all of you, but some of you, not the WQ trolls or people like that].
- Blessings, XO

Forgotten BLACK presidents of the U.S.

Fookembug, Dec. 1, 2008; Seth Auberon, Sheldon S., Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Suppressed and forgotten history
We enslaved and wiped out the indigenous.
Were there black U.S. presidents before half-black Obama? We the People were taught that Barack Hussein "Barry" Soetoro Obama was the first "black" president of the United States.

We were taught wrong, and it could hardly be an accident that we were not taught about the previous men of distinction being black. Remember, in our very racist country, qualifying as black used to take as little as 1/16th part, while many believed in their heart that "one drop" was too much black to call oneself "white." Some of the indigenous people of the Americas were black (aboriginal, African-descended, and others) in addition to the red and brown people living here.

Seven black presidents before Obama
Daddy, Mommy, don't make me an implicitly biased racist. Let me have my black dolls.
They paint me as all-white. - J.H.
John Hanson
(a Moor) was actually the first president of the United States. He served from 1781-1782, and he was black.

[Moors are Northern Africans, "Arabs," who moved into parts of Spain and may have taken over parts of Europe in what are now called the "Dark Ages" before the Renaissance, a terrible secret previously covered.]
  • John Hanson bronze statue
    WIKI: John Hanson was a merchant and public official from Maryland during the era of the American Revolution. In 1779, Hanson was elected as a delegate to the Continental Congress after serving in a variety of roles for the Patriot cause in Maryland. He signed the Articles of Confederation in 1781 after Maryland finally joined the other states in ratifying them. In November 1781, he was elected as first President of the Continental Congress (sometimes styled President of the United States in Congress assembled), following ratification of the articles. For this reason, some of Hanson's biographers have argued that he was actually the first holder of the office of U.S. president. ...
  • The idea that Hanson was the forgotten first POTUS (President of the United States) was further promoted in a 1932 biography of Hanson by journalist Seymour Wemyss Smith that asserted that the American Revolution had two primary leaders -- George Washington on the battlefield, and John Hanson in politics. Smith's book, like Douglas H. Thomas's 1898 book, was one of a number of biographies written seeking to promote Hanson as the "first President of the United States." Regarding this position, historian Ralph Levering stated: "They're not biographies by professional historians; they aren't based on research into primary sources."
  • According to historian Richard B. Morris, if a president of Congress were to be called the first President of the United States, "a stronger case could be made for Peyton Randolph of Virginia, the first President of the first and second Continental Congresses, or for John Hancock, the President of Congress when that body declared its independence." The claim that Hanson was a forgotten President of the United States was revived on the Internet, sometimes with a new assertion that he was actually a black man; sometimes an anachronistic photograph of Senator John Hanson of Liberia has been used to support this claim. More
    Our new country was actually formed on March 1, 1781 [some say a later date therefore explaining how anyone before that date could not properly speaking be called a "president" because this stolen land could not yet properly speaking be called the U.S.A.] with the adoption of the Articles of Confederation.

    This document was actually proposed on June 11, 1776 but not agreed upon by Congress until November 15, 1777. Maryland refused to sign this document until Virginia and New York ceded their western lands. (Maryland was afraid that these states would gain too much power in the new government from such large amounts of land).
    Many Native Americans were also black.
    Once the signing took place in 1781, a president [not a "king who decides" but "one who presides over the elected representatives of the alleged deciders," i.e., we the people] was needed to run the country.
    John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress, which included George Washington. In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress.
    I can't believe the history we were not taught.
    As president, Hanson ordered all foreign troops off American soil, as well as the removal of all foreign flags. He established the Great Seal of the United States, which all presidents have since been required to use on all official documents.

    He declared that the 4th Thursday of every November would be "Thanksgiving Day," which continues today. Although elected, one variable that was never thought through was that America was not going to accept a black president during the heart of the chattel slave period. Enter George Washington.
    I had a black lover in the White House.
    2. Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He served from 1801-1809, and he was black. His mother a half-breed Indian squaw, and his father a mulatto (half white and half black) from Virginia.

    He fathered numerous children with Sally Hemmings, a mulatto slave with whom he lived with in Europe.
    UK less prejudiced than US?
    3. Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. He served from 1829-1837, and he was black. His mother was a white woman from Ireland who had Andrew Jackson with a black man. His father’s other children (Andrew Jackson’s stepbrother) was sold into slavery.
    4. Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States. He served from 1861-1865, and he was black. His mother was from an African tribe in Ethiopia, and his father was an African-American.

    Free the slaves. Black Lives Matter.
    It  is said that his father was Thomas Lincoln. But this is said to cover the truth. Thomas was sterile from childhood mumps, and he was later castrated, making it impossible for him to have been President Lincoln's father. Lincoln’s nickname was “Abraham Africa-nus the First.”
    5. Warren Harding was the twenty-eight president of the United States. He served from 1921-1923, and he was black. Harding never denied his ancestry. When Republican leaders called on Harding to deny his “Negro” history, he said: “How should I know whether or not one of my ancestors might have jumped the fence?”

    Warren Harding (Lib. of Congress)
    Will Americans vote for a black president? If the notorious historian William Estabrook Chancellor was right, we already did.

    In the early 1920s, Chancellor helped assemble a controversial biographical portrait accusing President Warren Harding of covering up his family’s “colored” past. 

    According to the family tree Chancellor created, Harding was actually the great-grandson of a black woman. Under the one-drop rule of American race relations, Chancellor claimed, the country had inadvertently elected its “first Negro president.”
    In today’s presidential landscape, many Americans view the prospect of a black man in the Oval Office as a sign of progress -- evidence of a “post-racial” national consciousness.

    If only Jesus had been Republican
    In the white-supremacist heyday of the 1920s (the Ku Klux Klan had a major revival during the Harding years), the taint of “Negro blood” was political death.

    The Harding forces hit back hard against Chancellor, driving him out of his job and destroying all but a handful of published copies of his book.
    In the decades since, many biographers have dismissed the rumors of Harding’s mixed-race family as little more than a political scandal and Chancellor himself as a Democratic mudslinger and racist ideologue.

    But as with the long-denied and now all-but-proved allegations of Thomas Jefferson’s affair with his slave Sally Hemings, there is reason to question the denials.

    From the perspective of 2008, when interracial sex is seen as a historical fact of life instead of an abomination, the circumstantial case for Harding’s mixed-race ancestry is intriguing though not definitive. More
    Pres. Trump loves black girls but not women.
    6. Calvin Coolidge was the twenty-ninth president of the United States. He served from 1923-1929, and he was black.

    He proudly admitted that his mother was dark but claimed it was because of a mixed Indian [Native American] ancestry.

    His mother’s maiden name was “Moor.” In Europe the name “Moor” [Spanish moreno, "dark-skinned"] was given to all black people, just as in America the name “Negro” [Spanish for "black"] was used.
    7. Dwight E. Eisenhower was the thirty-third president of the United States. He served from 1953-1961, and he was black. His mother, Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower, an anti-war advocate, was half black.
    The U.S.A. has survived and even thrived through our first seven black presidents. We will survive and possibly thrive through the election of half-black (possibly all Kenyan and Muslim, at least on paper for the purposes of attending a good school in Islamic Indonesia) B.S. Obama, but the orange one is likely to take us out.