Please Educate Yourself to The Tibetan Occupation

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Brothers and Sisters,

Please take the time to educate yourself to the plight of the Tibetan people , their culture and country. The actions of the “Peoples Republic of China” require close scrutiny as well as a vigilant, consistant state of non violent protest and boycott. It is our hope at Citizen Soul Power that you will make your voice heard regarding these issues.

Many Blessings to All

Citizen Soul Power

 
INJUSTICE: THE TIBETAN OCCUPATION
In a world of increasing equality, liberty, and freedom there still lies one major hotbed of oppression and injustice: the China-ruled Tibet. Since 1951, the Chinese occupation of Tibet has stripped the region of it’s culture, crushed civil liberty, and massively exacerbated tensions and hatred. By giving China the status of Most Favored Nation, the United States is condoning this atrocity, and so the title should be revoked.
Up until 1951, the land of Tibet was a culturally beautiful one; having it’s own set of customs, language, history, and way of life. After the communist People’s Republic of China seized control of the state in 1951, however, the Tibetan way of life was changed forever. The primary goal of the Chinese rulers is to eliminate all signs of independent Tibetan culture, and have set right to their task. Between the years of 1959 and 1977 all but 12 of more than 6,000 Tibetan monasteries were destroyed by the Chinese military. Many sacred religious items were taken and sold at international auction, to raise money for the People’s Republic.
Not only has the Tibetan culture been damaged, but the region itself has turned into a veritable warzone. The Chinese government treats the province as a large military base, stationing 300,000 troops, hundreds of nuclear weapons, and many torture camps. Right now approximately 3,000 religious and political prisoners are held captive in Tibet, being tortured and forced into labor camps. Since 1959 roughly 1.2 million Tibetans have died as a direct result of the Chinese occupation. This number is increasing rapidly, as the Chinese government is also now adopting programs to sterilize and force abortions upon Tibetan women. Unless other nations band together and demand China stop these practices, it is clear that it will not be long before almost the entire Tibetan population is annihilated.
Perhaps the worst aspect of the occupation, however, is that it also is harming the physical region itself. It is widely believed that the Chinese government is now using the province of Tibet as a nuclear waste dump. Farmers are complaining that the “fertilizer”, which they are required by law to use, is killing their crops and animals. Many rare wild animals uniquely found in Tibet are also being harmed; the wild blue Tibetan sheep and famous snow leopard are almost non-existent. Much of the forestland of Tibet is being cut down and used in China – since 1950, 68% of the trees in Tibet have been chopped down.
The American course of action is clear: the United States of America has a moral obligation to address the horror of what is going on in Tibet. The easiest way to voice our disgust is to revoke China’s status of Most Favored Nation. We need to stop looking the other way and face this problem head on, before it’s too late.

http://www.savetibet.org/

A Message to all Fellow Shamans,Light Workers,Wayshowers, Angels and Keepers of the Earth…

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Brothers and Sisters,

Here is a Message for all , including Wayshowers, Light Workers, Angels and Keepers of the Earth. The Awakening of all beings is increasing and accelerating with every passing moment. As we surge towards the great awakening of all mankind we must remain diligent, committed, disciplined and true to our purpose .

Peace and Love Spirit Warriors !

Citizen Soul Power

Please Activate or Donate for Global Aware Independent Media

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Brothers and Sisters,

Please take the time to look over the good works of everyone at Global Aware Independent Media.

http://www.globalaware.net/media/

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Citizen Soul Power would like to offer everyone the opportunity to Activate, Cultivate or Donate to whatever level you are capable, whether it be time, resources or just by sending a link to as many friends as is possible.

Peace and Many Blessings

Citizen Soul Power

Study the Ancients to Transcend Present Day Chaos…

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Brothers and Sisters,

Today we share a few thoughts from some of the great masters of the Vedic and Tantra Traditions.

You will find more on these wonderous cultures in the links section below.

Many Blessings to All

Citizen Soul Power

“The Yogi who know that the entire splendor of the Universe is his, who rises to the consciousness of unity with the Universe, retains his Divinity even in the midst of various thoughts and fancies. ”

“The entire Universe is a sport of consciousness, One who is constantly aware of this is certainly a liberated being.”  Jivanmukta

When the bliss of Consciousness is attained, there is the lasting acquisition of that state in which Consciousness is one’s only Self, and in which all that appears is identical with Consciousness. Even the body is experienced as identical with Consciousness. … Awareness of the perceiver and the perceived is common to all beings.                                                            But with Self-realized yogis it is different; they are aware of them as one.”

 

“Though in reality there is no bondage, the individual is in bondage as long as there exists the feeling of limitation in him. In fact there never has been any veiling or covering anywhere in reality. No one has ever been in bondage. Please show me where such bondage exists. Besides these two false beliefs, that there is such a thing as bondage and such a thing as the individual mind, there is no bondage for anyone anywhere.

 

The individual soul (jiva) is Shiva.  Shiva is jiva. When in bondage it is jiva. When freed from bondage it is Shiva.              The knowledge of the indentity between jiva and Shiva constituites liberation.                                                                         The lack of this knowledge constituites bondage.”

Read A Book

Posted in on February 19, 2008 by citizensoulpower

Citizen Soul Power will be using this page to list as many inspirational , non traditional, mind freeing books as we can possibly find.

So please, turn of your damn T.V., AKA, your personal Mind Numbing, Mind Control machine, quiet your mind and open up a Book !

Enjoy !                                                Citizen Soul Power

future states

Dan Mills
US FUTURE STATES: AN ATLAS OF GLOBAL IMPERIALISM

September 12 – November 7, 2009
SHERRY FRUMKIN GALLERY is pleased to present US FUTURE STATES: AN ATLAS OF GLOBAL IMPERIALISM, a solo exhibition of works by artist Dan Mills opening September 12, 2009 with a reception for the artist from 6 – 9 pm. The exhibition continues through November 7, 2009.

will to resist

THE WILL TO RESIST
DAHR JAMAIL, author of Beyond the Green Zone, brings us inside the movement of military resistance to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2006, a majority in the United States have opposed the continued occupation of Iraq, and increasing skepticism surrounds the escalation in Afghanistan. But how do the soldiers who carry out the American occupations see their missions?

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.

country club

John Doe and The Sadies
“Country Club is the result of a drunken promise or threat I made to Travis & Dallas (Good, of The Sadies) the first night we played together in Toronto. These happen all the time but it’s rare that anyone remembers them the morning after, let alone follows through and makes it a reality. I’m really glad we did,” chuckles X, Knitters and solo artist John Doe about the series of events that led to his new project with cosmic roots rockers The Sadies.

wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Duty of Genius

Ray Monk

“Great philosophical biographies can be counted on one hand. Monk’s life of Wittgenstein is such a one.”—The Christian Science Monitor.

ethnic cleansing

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Ilan Pappe

Since the Holocaust, it has been almost impossible to hide large-scale crimes against humanity. In our communicative world few modern catastrophes are concealed from the public eye. And yet, Ilan Pappe unveils, one such crime has been erased from the global public memory: the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in 1948. The pervasive denial of the Nakbah, as Palestinians call the catastrophe that befell them, is still a mystery today. But why is it denied, and by whom?

seeds of terror

Seeds of Terror
How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda

Gretchen Peters

Most Americans think of the Taliban and al Qaeda as a bunch of bearded fanatics fighting an Islamic crusade from caves in Afghanistan. But that doesn’t explain their astonishing comeback along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Why is it eight years after we invaded Afghanistan, the CIA says that these groups are better armed and better funded than ever?

Eric White + Daniel Davidson
may 30th – june 20th, 2009 (paintings)
opening on saturday may 30th, 2009 from 6 to 9 P
Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris

Solo Quiero Caminar

Solo quiero caminar (Just Walking)
Dir. Agustín Díaz Yanes
Ariadna Gil, Diego Luna, Victoria Abril, Elena Anaya
Pilar López de Ayala
Aero Cinema, Santa Monica
6 June, 7:30

layla mckay

Green With Envy
Layla Rudneva-Mackay’s exhibition Green With Envy runs in our Project Space from 27 May to 20 June 2009.
Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Long Time Passing

Long Time Passing
Mothers Speak about War and Terror

Author Susan Galleymore, the mother of a U.S. soldier made international headlines by taking the extraordinary and even dangerous step of traveling to Iraq to visit her son stationed on a military base in the so-called Sunni Triangle, north of Baghdad. What she found in Iraq – the horrors of war which was at once heartbreaking and compelling – challenged her to continue her journey interviewing mothers in war zones including Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan and the US.

vietnam

Vietnam: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost
by Joe Allen, foreword by John Pilger
In this timely study, Joe Allen examines the lessons of the Vietnam era with the eye of both a dedicated historian and an engaged participant in today’s antiwar movement.

Uncommon sense

Uncommon Sense
Howard Zinn
Why Howard Zinn has become one of the most important and influential American historians is perhaps nowhere more evident than in this new book. Few social critics have been as inspiring as the ever-hopeful Zinn and, unlike many historians, Zinn turns historical details toward deeper observations on the universal truths and struggles of humankind.

Celebrity

Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over The World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy
by Marina Hyde
We stand at the beginning of a bright new chapter in human history. Feast your eyes, then, on Sharon Stone’s peace mission to Israel, on a world where Angelina Jolie advises on the Iraqi reconstruction effort or Charlie Sheen analyses 9/11, and in which Jude Law’s attempts to establish contact with the Taliban are reported without irony.

Celestial ash

Celestial Ash: Assemblages from Los Angeles
April 11, 2009 – September 13, 2009
CAFAM, Los Angeles

Labor Wars

The Labor Wars: From the Molly Maguires to the Sit-Downs
by Sidney Lens

The rise of the American labor movement was characterized by explosive struggles for the most basic rights. From the martyrdom of the famous Molly Maguires in the Pennsylvania coalfields in the nineteenth century to the great sitdown strikes of the 1930s, the history of the American labor movement is filled with pitched battles that frequently erupted into open warfare.

Nadie es Ilegal

Nadie Es Ilegal:
Combatiendo el Racismo y la Violencia del Estado en la Frontera

by Mike Davis and Justin Akers Chacón
No One Is Illegal debunks the leading ideas behind the often-violent right-wing backlash against immigrants, revealing their deep roots in U.S. history.

Bienviellantes

Les Bienveillantes
de Jonathan Littell (Auteur)
Avec cette somme qui s’inscrit aussi bien sous l’égide d’Eschyle que dans la lignée de Vie et destin de Vassili Grossman ou des Damnés de Visconti, Jonathan Littell nous fait revivre les horreurs de la Seconde Guerre mondiale du côté des bourreaux, tout en nous montrant un homme comme rarement on l’avait fait : l’épopée d’un être emporté dans la traversée de lui-même et de l’Histoire.

Kindly Ones

The Kindly Ones
By Jonathan Littell
“Oh my human brothers, let me tell you how it happened.” So begins the chilling fictional memoir of Dr. Maximilien Aue, a former Nazi officer who has reinvented himself, many years after the war, as a middle-class family man and factory owner in France.

BUKOWSKI AND BURROUGHS
Sam Cherry:
Photographs of Charles Bukowski, The Black Cat, and Skid Row
April 4 – May 2 2009
Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica

gudni

Lars Bohman Gallery: Georg Gudni
14 March – 19 April
Lars Bohman Gallery is proud to present Georg Gudni’s seventh exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition consists of a series of new paintings and drawings.

Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses
By Per Petterson
Trond’s friend Jon often appeared at his doorstep with an adventure in mind for the two of them. But this morning was different. What began as a joy ride on “borrowed” horses ends with Jon falling into a strange trance of grief. Trond soon learns what befell Jon earlier that day—an incident that marks the beginning of a series of vital losses for both boys.
At age sixty-seven, Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an isolated part of eastern Norway to live the rest of his life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful summer. Petterson’s subtle prose and profound vision make Out Stealing Horses an unforgettable novel—an achingly good read.

Mary Ellen Mark

MARY ELLEN MARK
EXHIBITION: SEEN BEHIND THE SCENE

DECEMBER 4TH, 2008 THROUGH JANUARY 17, 2009
FAHEY/KLEIN GALLERY, LOS ANGELES

The Horse

The Horse
The American Museum of Natural History
May 17, 2008 – January 4, 2009
The sound is unmistakable: the thundering hooves of a running horse. Horses have been racing across the landscape for more than 50 million years—much longer than our own species has existed. But once horses and humans encountered each other, our two species became powerfully linked.

Pornography of Power

The Pornography of Power
Robert Scheer
In the course of his 40-year career as one of America’s most admired journalists, Robert Scheer’s work has been praised by Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag, and Joan Didion, who deems him “one of the best reporters of our time.” now, Scheer brings a lifetime of wisdom and experience to one of the most overlooked and dangerous issues of our time—the destructive influence of America’s military-industrial complex.

La Reina de la Noche

La Reina de la Noche
Director: Arturo Ripstein
A female cabaret artist has to leave Berlin, Germany, after an incident with the Nazis. Back in her fatherland Mexico she tries and succeeds in remaking her career.

The Trial

The Trial of Henry Kissinger
by Christopher Hitchens
Weighing the evidence with judicial care, and developing his case with scrupulous parsing of the written record, Hitchens takes the floor as prosecuting counsel. He investigates, in turn, Kissinger’s involvement in the war in Indochina, mass murder in Bangladesh, planned assassinations in Santiago, Nicosia and Washington, D.C., and genocide in East Timor. Drawing on first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation, and broad sweeps through material released under the Freedom of Information Act, he mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambition and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter.

Angler

Angler
The Cheney Vice Presidency

Barton Gellman – Author
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman’s newsbreaking investigative journalism documents how Vice President Dick Cheney redefined the role of the American vice presidency, assuming unprecedented responsibilities and making it a post of historic power.
Dick Cheney changed history, defining his times and shaping a White House as no vice president has before— yet concealing most of his work from public view. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how Cheney operated, why, and what he wrought.

Sendero

El sendero de Dante
Andrea Zurlo
La acción transcurre en Venecia, en el tiempo presente, un psiquiatra agnóstico, el Dr. Schwarz, obsesionado por el viaje de Dante Alighieri en la Divina Comedia, decide seguir sus pasos para comprobar la existencia de la vida después de la muerte, sometiéndose a autohipnosis.

Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians
by Laila Al-Arian and Chris Hedges

In this devastating exposé of a military occupation gone awry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chris Hedges and journalist Laila Al-Arian reveal the terrifying reality of daily civilian life in Iraq at the hands of U.S. troops. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with combat veterans, Collateral Damage represents the largest number of named eyewitnesses from within the U.S. military to have testified on the record. These veterans, many of whom have come to oppose the war, explain the tactics and operations that have turned many Iraqis against the U.S. military.

Winter Soldier Iraq

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan, Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations, IVAW with Aaron Glantz
In Spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans in Washington, DC, to tell the truth about the U.S. occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images, and documents of this historic event.

Winter Soldier

Winter Soldiers: An Oral History of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, by Richard Stacewicz
This is the story of the soldiers who spoke their conscience and helped end the war in Vietnam. In all that has been written about the war, rarely do the worlds of the Vietnam veteran and the antiwar demonstrator come together. Yet in an articulate and determined organization known as Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), the two made common cause.

Blackwater

Blackwater
by Jeremy Scahill
The best selling investigation into “one of the most powerful and secretive forces to emerge from the U.S. military-industrial complex. …Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the ‘global war on terror,’ with its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and twenty thousand troops at the ready.”

War Without End

War Without End: The Iraq War in Context
by Michael Schwartz
In this razor-sharp analysis, TomDispatch.com commentator Michael Schwartz demolishes the myths used to sell the U.S. public the idea of an endless “war on terror” centered in Iraq. In a popular style, reminiscent of the best writing against the Vietnam war, he shows how the real U.S. interests in Iraq have been rooted in the geopolitics of oil and the expansion of a neoliberal economic model in the Middle East.

The Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore’s Dilemma
A Natural History of Four Meals

by Michael Pollan
A national bestseller that has changed the way readers view the ecology of eating, this revolutionary book by award winner Michael Pollan asks the seemingly simple question: What should we have for dinner? Tracing from source to table each of the food chains that sustain us—whether industrial or organic, alternative or processed—he develops a portrait of the American way of eating. The result is a sweeping, surprising exploration of the hungers that have shaped our evolution, and of the profound implications our food choices have for the health of our species and the future of our planet.

The Botany of Desire

The Botany of Desire
A Plant’s-Eye View of the World

by Michael Pollan
Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

The Dark Side

THE DARK SIDE
The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
Written by Jane Mayer
In the days immediately following September 11th, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. The radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of utter chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, used the crisis to further a long held agenda to enhance Presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment.

The Fly Opera

Opéra en deux actes: The Fly
Howard Shore
Le Chatelet, Paris
Primé au Festival d’Avoriaz 1987, The Fly (La Mouche) de David Cronenberg est devenu un film culte. Comme son héros, l’oeuvre subit aujourd’hui une mutation en devenant un opéra mis en scène par le cinéaste lui-même.
A l’occasion de la présentation en première mondiale de l’opéraThe Fly, le Festival Paris Cinéma rend hommage à David Cronenberg lors d’une soirée exceptionnelle le jeudi 3 juillet 2008 à 20h, au cours de laquelle il présentera son film à l’origine de l’opéra La Mouche (1987) suivi de La Mouche Noire (1958) de Kurt Neumann.

Contreras

BIOGRAFIA NO AUTORIZADA DE ALVARO URIBE VELEZ
Joseph Contreras
Por considerar que el libro adquiere en estos días una importancia vital para analizar la actuación del presidente colombiano en torno al Acuerdo Humanitario y la denuncia del presidente Chávez de una posible agresión militar que se estaría montando con el gobierno de Bush, Tribuna Popular publica, en formato PDF, dicho trabajo de investigación para conocimiento de todo nuestro pueblo.

the Visitor

the Visitor
In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life. In actor and filmmaker Tom McCarthy’s follow-up to his award winning directorial debut The Sation Agent, Richard Jenkins (“Six Feet Under”) stars as a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City.

Bugliosi The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder Vincent Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq.
Den Ideelle

Den ideelle amerikaner
En biografi om journalisten, reformisten og
fotografen Jacob A. Riis

Første fuldstændige biografi om den legendariske dansk-amerikaner Jacob A. Riis, som i 1870 slog sig ned i New York.

Susan Sontag

Where the Stress Falls
Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag has said that her earliest idea of what a writer should be was “someone who is interested in everything.” Thirty-five years after her first collection of essays, the now classicAgainst Interpretation, our most important essayist has chosen more than forty longer and shorter pieces from the last two decades that illustrate a deeply felt, kaleidoscopic array of interests, passions, observations, and ideas.

Lichtblau

Bush’s Law
The Remaking of American Justice

Written by Eric Lichtblau
In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush and his top advisors declared that the struggle against terrorism would be nothing less than a war–a new kind of war that would require new tactics, new tools, and a new mind-set. Bush’s Law is the unprecedented account of how the Bush administration employed its “war on terror” to mask the most radical remaking of American justice in generations.

Road from

Road from ar Ramadi
The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejía
Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejía became the new face of the antiwar movement in early 2004 when he applied for a discharge from the Army as a conscientious objector… Now released after serving almost nine months, the celebrated soldier-turned-pacifist tells his own story, from his upbringing in Central America and his experience as a working-class immigrant in the United States to his service in Iraq—where he witnessed prisoner abuse and was deployed in the Sunni triangle—and time in prison. Far from being an accidental activist, Mejía was raised by prominent Sandinista revolutionaries and draws inspiration from Jesuit teachings. In this stirring book, he argues passionately for human rights and the end to an unjust war.

The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot  by Naomi Wolf

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The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption  by John Perkins

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Generation Green by Linda Sivertson

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America the Book: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction
Jon Stewart & the Daily Show
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Framing Youth: 10 Myths About the Next Generation
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Howard Zinn
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Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James Loewen
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Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
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Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America
Walter LaFeber

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Malcolm X Speaks – Selected Speeches and statements
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Race for Justice: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fight Against The Death Penalty
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The War Against Oblivion: Zapatista Chronicles, 1994-2000
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The Mau Mau War in Perspective
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The Theory of the Leisure Class
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The Triumph of the Market
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It’s the Media, Stupid
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Hungry for Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food and the Environment
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Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
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Latin America: From Colonization to Globalization
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Ten Days that Shook the World
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All We Are Saying: the Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
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America’s Revolutionary Heritage
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Raised in Captivity: Why Does America Fail Its Children
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Good/Grief
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Adventures in a TV Nation
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50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth
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Get Your War On
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Homage to Catalonia
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The Scapegoat Generation
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President
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Tecumseh: A Life
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Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past
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Recipes for Disaster
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Armed Madhouse
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American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
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I Have a Dream: The Writings and Speeches that Changed the World
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Spirit Warriors

Posted in on February 19, 2008 by citizensoulpower

                                                                     

On this page you will see a growing Alter of Biographical Material that maps the course of some of the outstanding Men and Women who, through insight, courage, compassion, commitment and love have removed obstacles and contributed towards the growth and (evolution / elevation) of Human Consciousness.

Many Blessings

Citizen Soul Power

Patanjali

The Yoga Sūtras date from around 200 BC. Patañjali has often been called the founder of Yoga because of this work, although in reality he is a more major figure. The Yoga Sūtras, as a treatise on Yoga, build on the Samkhya school and the Hindu scripture of the Bhagavad Gita (see also: Vyasa). Yoga, the science of uniting one’s consciousness, is also found in the Puranas, the Vedas and the Upanishads. Still, this work is certainly a major work among the great Hindu scriptures and serves as the basis of the yoga-system known as Raja Yoga. Patañjali’s Yoga is one of the six schools or darshanas of Hindu Philosophy. The sūtrasgive us the earliest reference to the popular term Ashtanga Yoga which translates literally as the eight limbs of yoga. They are yamaniyama,asanapranayamapratyaharadharanadhyana and samadhi.

“When you are inspired 
By some great purpose, 
Some extraordinary project,
All your thoughts break their bonds,
Your mind transcends limitations,
Your consciousness expands in every direction,
And you find yourself in a new, 
Great and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, facilities and talents
Become alive, and you discover yourself
To be a greater person by far
Than you ever dreamed
Yourself to be.”

more on Patanjali

http://www.patanjalisutras.com/

 

 Arundhati Roy

 

There is so much that can be said about this wonderful spirit. First, she is fearless, she is tireless in her good works, she speaks with a voice so compassionate and articulate that, in my opinion she is the full embodiment of the new Love Consciousness. 

Arundhati Roy is also the voice of the World Social Forum.  She is the voice of the voiceless and so much more. 

 She is the voice of Truth.

Namaste my Sister and many Blessings  

More on Arundhati Roy

 

Bob Marley

 

 

Bob Marley was a hero figure, in the classic mythological sense. His departure from this planet came at a point when his vision of One World, One Love — inspired by his belief in Rastafari — was beginning to be heard and felt. The last Bob Marley and the Wailers tour in 1980 attracted the largest audiences at that time for any musical act in Europe.  

Bob’s story is that of an archetype, which is why it continues to have such a powerful and ever-growing resonance: it embodies political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare and various periods of mystical wilderness. And his audience continues to widen: to westerners Bob’s apocalyptic truths prove inspirational and life-changing; in the Third World his impact goes much further. Not just among Jamaicans, but also the Hopi Indians of New Mexico and the Maoris of New Zealand, in Indonesia and India, and especially in those parts of West Africa from wihch slaves were plucked and taken to the New World, Bob is seen as a redeemer figure returning to lead this 

In the clear Jamaican sunlight you can pick out the component parts of which the myth of Bob Marley is comprised: the sadness, the love, the understanding, the Godgiven talent. Those are facts. And although it is sometimes said that there are no facts in Jamaica, there is one more thing of which we can be certain: Bob Marley never wrote a bad song. He left behind the most remarkable body of recorded work. “The reservoir of music he has left behind is like an encyclopedia,” says Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes. “When you need to refer to a certain situation or crisis, there will always be a Bob Marley song that will relate to it. Bob was a musical prophet.” 

The tiny Third World country of Jamaica has produced an artist who has transcended all categories, classes, and creeds through a combination of innate modesty and profound wisdom. Bob Marley, the Natural Mystic, may yet prove to be the most significant musical artist of the twentieth century. 

 

 

Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh on January 5, 1893, in the holy city of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. From his earliest years, it was clear that his life was marked for a divine destiny. According to those closest to him, even as a child the depth of his awareness and experience of the spiritual was far beyond the ordinary. In his youth he sought out sages and saints, hoping to find an enlightened guru.
It was in 1910, at the age of seventeen, that he met and became a disciple of the revered sage Sri Sri Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. Sri Yukteswarji was one of a line of exalted gurus, with whom Yoganandaji had been linked from birth: Sri Yogananda’s parents were disciples of Lahiri Mahasaya, guru of Sri Yukteswarji. When Yoganandaji was an infant in his mother’s arms, Lahiri Mahasaya, had blessed him and foretold: “Little mother, thy son will be a yogi. As a spiritual engine, he will carry many souls to God’s kingdom.” Lahiri Mahasaya was a disciple of Mahavatar Babaji, the deathless master who revived in this age the ancient science of Kriya Yoga. Mahavatar Babaji, then revealed the sacred Kriya to Lahiri Mahasaya, who handed it down to Sri Yukteswarji, who taught it to Paramahansa Yogananda.

more on Yoganand

http://yssofindia.org

 

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

December 11,1931: Osho is born in Kuchwada, a small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh, central India.
He is the eldest of eleven children of a Jaina cloth merchant. Stories of His early years describe Him as independent and rebellious as a child, questioning all social, religious and philosophical beliefs. As a youth He experiments with meditation techniques.
March 21, 1953: \o becomes enlightened at the age of twenty-one, while majoring in philosophy at D.N. Jain college in Jabalpur.

more on Osho

http://oshoworld.com/

 

 

  

Rosa Parks

Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere.

More on Rosa Parks

http://www.rosaparks.org/bio.html

 

Bobby Kennedy

 

Robert F. Kennedy boldly faced tough problems and challenged the comfortable and complacent. To keep his vision alive, his family and friends founded a living memorial in 1968.         

Today the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial is dedicated to advancing the human rights movement through providing innovative support to courageous human rights defenders around the world. Through long-term partnerships and cutting edge methods, we assist advocates who have won the RFK Human Rights Award to boldly confront injustice in support of human freedom. We support investigativejournalists and authors who bring light to injustice and encourage the human rights movement through the RFK Book and Journalism Awards. Our Speak Truth to Power program educates the public on the value of the human rights and the courage of its defenders.

More on Robert Francis Kennedy

http://www.rfkmemorial.org/

 

 

Mahatma Gahndi

 

(Mohandas Karamchand) Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. He became one of the most respected spiritual and political leaders of the 1900’s. Gandhi helped free the Indian people from British rule through nonviolent resistance, and is honored by his people as the father of the Indian Nation. The Indian people called Gandhi Mahatma, meaningGreat Soul.

At age 13, Gandhi joined Kasturba, age 12, in a marriage arranged by their parents. The Gandhis had four sons: Harilal and Manilal, born in India, and Ramdas and Devdas born in South Africa. While Gandhi displayed loving kindness to everyone else, he was quite demanding and severe with his wife and sons. Use the links below to learn more about Gandhi’s relationship with his family.

Gandhi studied law in London and returned to India in 1891 to practice. In 1893 he accepted a one year contract to do legal work in South Africa. At the time South Africa was controlled by the British. When he attempted to claim his rights as a British subject he was abused, and soon saw that all Indians suffered similar treatment. Gandhi stayed in South Africa for 21 years working to secure rights for Indian people. He developed a method of direct social action based upon the principles courage, nonviolence and truth called Satyagraha. He believed that the way people behave is more important than what they achieve. Satyagraha promoted nonviolence and civildisobedience as the most appropriate methods for obtaining political and social goals.

In 1915 Gandhi returned to India. Within 15 years he became the leader of the Indian nationalist movement. Using the tenets of Satyagraha he lead the campaign for Indian independence from Britain. Gandhi was arrested many times by the British for his activities in South Africa and India. He believed it was honorable to go to jail for a just cause. Altogether he spent seven years in prison for his political activities. More than once Gandhi used fasting to impress upon others the need to be nonviolent.

India was granted independence in 1947, and partitioned into India and Pakistan. Rioting between Hindus and Muslims followed. Gandhi had been an advocate for a united India where Hindus and Muslims lived together in peace. On January 13, 1948, at the age of 78, he began a fast with the purpose of stopping the bloodshed. After 5 days the opposing leaders pledged to stop the fighting and Gandhi broke his fast. Twelve days later he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic who opposed his program of tolerance for all creeds and religion.

Among the tributes to Gandhi upon his death were these words by the great physicist, Albert Einstein:

 

“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.”

More on Gandhi

http://www.mkgandhi.org/

 

John Lennon

Lennon’s death broke hearts around the world. In the U.S., it recalled nothing so much as the assassination of John Kennedy in 1963, an event for which, ironically, the arrival of the Beatles a few months later had provided a welcome tonic. In the twenty-five years since, Lennon’s influence and symbolic importance have only grown. His music, of course, will live forever. But he has survived primarily as a restless voice of change and independent thought. He is an enemy of the status quo, a bundle of contradictions who insisted on a world in which all the various elements of his personality could find free, untrammeled expression. Innumerable times since his death Lennon has been sorely missed. And just as many times and more he has been present – evoked by all of us who find ourselves and each other in the music he made and the vision that he articulated and tried to make real.

http://johnlennon.com/html/news.aspx

 

Martin Luther King Jr.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated.

 More on MLK jr.

http://www.thekingcenter.org/

 

Sri Chinmoy

   

 

Sri Chinmoy Kumar Ghose[1] (27 August 193111 October 2007) was an Indian philosopher and teacher (guru) who emigrated to the U.S. in 1964.[2] A prolific author, composer, artist and athlete, he was perhaps best known for holding public events on the theme of inner peace and world harmony (such as concerts, meditations, and races). His teachings emphasize love for God, daily meditation on the heart, service to the world, and religious tolerance rooted in the syncretic modern Vedantic[3] view that “all faiths” are essentially divine.

In 2007, Sri Chinmoy was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. [4] 

More on Sri Chinmoy

http://www.srichinmoy.org/

 

Lao Tzu

Laozi is traditionally regarded as the author of the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching), though its authorship has been debated throughout history.[3][4][5]

The earliest reliable reference (circa 100 BC) to Laozi is found in the Records of the Grand Historian (Shiji) by Chinese historian Sima Qian (ca. 145–86 BC), which combines three stories. In the first, Laozi was said to be a contemporary of Confucius (551-479 BC). His surname was Li (李 “plum”), and his personal name was Er (耳 “ear”) or Dan (聃 “long ear”). He was an official in the imperial archives, and wrote a book in two parts before departing to the West. In the second, Laozi was Lao Laizi (老來子 “Old Come Master”), also a contemporary of Confucius, who wrote a book in 15 parts. In the third, Laozi was the Grand Historian and astrologer Lao Dan (老聃 “Old Long-ears”), who lived during the reign (384-362 BC) of Duke Xian (獻公) of Qin).[6][7]

Popular legends say that he was conceived when his mother gazed upon a falling star, stayed in the womb for sixty-two years, and was born when his mother leaned against a plum tree. He accordingly emerged a grown man with a full grey beard and long earlobes, which are a symbol of wisdom and long life.[8][9]. In other versions he was reborn in some thirteen incarnations since the days of Fuxi; in his last incarnation as Laozi he lived to nine hundred and ninety years, and traveled to India to reveal the Dao.[10]

According to popular traditional biographies, he worked as the Keeper of the Archives for the royal court of Chou. This reportedly allowed him broad access to the works of the Yellow Emperor and other classics of the time. The stories relate that Laozi never opened a formal school, but he nonetheless attracted a large number of students and loyal disciples. There are numerous variations of a story depicting Confucius consulting Laozi about rituals.[11][12]

Many of the popular accounts say that Laozi married and had a son named Zong, who became a celebrated soldier. A large number of people trace their lineage back to Laozi, as the Tang Dynasty did. According to Simpkins & Simpkins, many (if not all) of the lineages may be inaccurate. However, they are a testament to the impact of Laozi on Chinese culture.[13]

Traditional accounts state that Laozi grew weary of the moral decay of city life and noted the kingdom’s decline. According to these legends, he ventured west to live as a hermit in the unsettled frontier at the age of 160. At the western gate of the city, or kingdom, he was recognized by a guard. The sentry asked the old master to produce a record of his wisdom. This is the legendary origin of the Daodejing. In some versions of the tale, the sentry is so touched by the work that he leaves with Laozi to never be seen again. Some legends elaborate further that the “Old Master” was the teacher of the Buddha, or the Buddha himself.[14][15]

By the mid-twentieth century, a consensus had emerged among scholars that the historicity of Laozi was doubtful or unprovable, and that the Daodejing was “a compilation of Taoist sayings by many hands originating in the -4th century.” Alan Watts (1975) held that this view was part of an academic fashion for skepticism about historical spiritual and religious figures, arguing that not enough would be known for years, or possibly ever, to make a firm judgment.[16] [17]

 

Eckhart Tolle

In his view, the present is the gateway to a heightened sense of peace. He states that “being in the now” brings about an awareness that is beyond the mind, an awareness which helps in transcending the ego. The ego means here the false identification with forms and labels: body, mind, thoughts, memories, social roles, life-story, opinions, emotions, material possessions, name, nationality, religion, likes and dislikes, desires, fears etc. If you are present, you recognize yourself as the space of consciousness in which the thought or impulse arises, you don’t lose yourself in thought, you don’t become the impulse. Being present is being the space, rather than what happens. He says that we should use the mind as a tool, and not let the mind to use us.

In his view, the “pain-body” is the emotional component of ego; it is created by the cumulation of suppressed emotions, the suffering of non-acceptance of what is. The size of “the pain-body” differs from person to person; it originates in the person’s past conditioning, usually the early childhood.

He says that our true “identity” is the underlying sense of I Am, which is consciousness itself. Awareness of Being is self-realization and true happiness. He states that we people are very important, because we are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold.

In his view, all wanting implies that the future is more desirable than the present. As long as you want something, you are seeking to reach some point in the future that promises fulfillment. Thereby you are making the present moment as well as the other persons into a means to an end. You don’t need future or future lives to find yourself, and you need to add nothing to you to find yourself.

He believes that the New Testament contains deep spiritual truth as well as distortions, which are due to a misunderstanding of Jesus’ teaching. He teaches that when you are present, you access your inner knowing and you will sense what is true and what was added on or distorted.[6]

In his view, love comes into existence when you know who you are in your essence and then recognize the “other” as yourself. It is the end of the delusion of separation, which is created by excessive reliance on thinking.

In his view, this shift in consciousness for most people is not a single event but a process, a gradual disidentification from thoughts and emotions through the arising of awareness.

More on Eckhart Tolle

http://www.eckharttolle.com/

Thomas Paine

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” This simple quotation from Founding Father Thomas Paine’s The Crisis not only describes the beginnings of the American Revolution, but also the life of Paine himself. Throughout most of his life, his writings inspired passion, but also brought him great criticism. He communicated the ideas of the Revolution to common farmers as easily as to intellectuals, creating prose that stirred the hearts of the fledgling United States. He had a grand vision for society: he was staunchly anti-slavery, and he was one of the first to advocate a world peace organization and social security for the poor and elderly. But his radical views on religion would destroy his success, and by the end of his life, only a handful of people attended his funeral.

More on Thomas Paine

http://www.thomaspaine.org/contents.html

 

Wise Words from His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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Brothers and Sisters,

On this day where Americans choose to celebrate Love, something that we should all attempt to express for the highest good each and everyday, I leave you with a Prayer from his Holiness and also a wonderful verse regarding the pursuit of compassion and truth for all.

Many Blessings

Citizen Soul Power

O Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and disciples
of the past, present, and future:

Having remarkable qualities
Immeasurably vast as the ocean,                                                                                                                                                      Who regard all helpless sentient beings
as your only child;                                                                                                                                                                             Please consider the truth of my anguished pleas.

Buddha’s full teachings dispel the pain of worldly
existence and self-oriented peace;
May they flourish, spreading prosperity and happiness through-

out this spacious world.

O holders of the Dharma: scholars
and realized practitioners;
May your ten fold virtuous practice prevail.

Humble sentient beings, tormented
by sufferings without cease,
Completely suppressed by seemingly endless
and terribly intense, negative deeds,
May all their fears from unbearable war, famine,
and disease be pacified,
To freely breathe an ocean of happiness and well-being.
And particularly the pious people

of the Land of Snows who, through various means,
Are mercilessly destroyed by barbaric hordes
on the side of darkness,
Kindly let the power of your compassion arise,
To quickly stem the flow of blood and tears.

Those unrelentingly cruel ones, objects of compassion,
Maddened by delusion’s evils,
wantonly destroy themselves and others;
May they achieve the eye of wisdom,
knowing what must be done and undone,
And abide in the glory of friendship and love.
May this heartfelt wish of total freedom for all Tibet,
Which has been awaited for a long time,
be spontaneously fulfilled;
Please grant soon the good fortune to enjoy
The happy celebration of spiritual with temporal rule.
O protector Chenrezig, compassionately care for
Those who have undergone myriad hardships,
Completely sacrificing their most cherished lives,
bodies, and wealth,
For the sake of the teachings, practitioners,
people, and nation.
Thus, the protector Chenrezig made vast prayers
Before the Buddhas and Bodhisativas
To fully embrace the Land of Snows;
May the good results of these prayers now quickly appear.
By the profound interdependence of emptiness
and relative forms,
Together with the force of great compassion
in the Three Jewels and their Words of Truth,
And through the power
of the infallible law of actions and their fruits,
May this truthful prayer be unhindered
and quickly fulfilled. 

His Holinesses Essay on Training the Mind: Verse 1

By thinking of all sentient beings as even better than the wish-granting gem for accomplishing the highest aim may I always consider them precious.

These four lines are about cultivating a sense of holding dear all other sentient beings. The main point this verse emphasizes is to develop an attitude that enables you to regard other sentient beings as precious, much in the manner of precious jewels. The question could be raised, “Why do we need to cultivate the thought that other sentient beings are precious and valuable?”

 In one sense, we can say that other sentient beings are really the principal source of all our experiences of joy, happiness, and prosperity, and not only in terms of our day-to-day dealings with people. We can see that all the desirable experiences that we cherish or aspire to attain are dependent upon cooperation and interaction with other sentient beings. It is an obvious fact. Similarly, from the point of view of a practitioner on the path, many of the high levels of realization that you gain and the progress you make on your spiritual journey are dependent upon cooperation and interaction with other sentient beings.

Furthermore, at the resultant state of buddhahood, the truly compassionate activities of a buddha can come about spontaneously without any effort only in relation to sentient beings, because they are the recipients and beneficiaries of those enlightened activities. So one can see that other sentient beings are, in a sense, the true source of our joy, prosperity, and happiness. Basic joys and comforts of life such as food, shelter, clothing, and companionship are all dependent upon other sentient beings, as is fame and renown.

Our feelings of comfort and sense of security are dependent upon other people’s perceptions of us and their affection for us. It is almost as if human affection is the very basis of our existence. Our life cannot start without affection, and our sustenance, proper growth, and so on all depend on it. In order to achieve a calm mind, the more you have a sense of caring for others, the deeper your satisfaction will be.

I think that the very moment you develop a sense of caring, others appear more positive. This is because of your own attitude. On the other hand, if you reject others, they will appear to you in a negative way. Another thing that is quite clear to me is that the moment you think only of yourself, the focus of your whole mind narrows, and because of this narrow focus uncomfortable things can appear huge and bring you fear and discomfort and a sense of feeling overwhelmed by misery. The moment you think of others with a sense of caring, however, your mind widens.

Within that wider angle, your own problems appear to be of no significance, and this makes a big difference. If you have a sense of caring for others, you will manifest a kind of inner strength in spite of your own difficult situations and problems. With this strength, your problems will seem less significant and bothersome. By going beyond your own problems and taking care of others, you gain inner strength, self-confidence, courage, and a greater sense of calm. This is a clear example of how one’s way of thinking can really make a difference.

The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryavatara) says that there is a phenomenological difference between the pain that you experience when you take someone else’s pain upon yourself and the pain that comes directly from your own pain and suffering. In the former, there is an element of discomfort because you are sharing the other’s pain; however, as Shantideva points out, there is also a certain amount of stability because, in a sense, you are voluntarily accepting that pain.

In the voluntary participation in other’s suffering there is strength and a sense of confidence. But in the latter case, when you are undergoing your own pain and suffering, there is an element of involuntariness, and because of the lack of control on your part, you feel weak and completely overwhelmed. In the Buddhist teachings on altruism and compassion, certain expressions are used such as “One should disregard one’s own well-being and cherish other’s well-being.” It is important to understand these statements regarding the practice of voluntarily sharing someone else’s pain and suffering in their proper context. The fundamental point is that if you do not have the capacity to love yourself, then there is simply no basis on which to build a sense of caring toward others.

Love for yourself does not mean that you are indebted to yourself. Rather, the capacity to love oneself or be kind to oneself should be based on a very fundamental fact of human existence: that we all have a natural tendency to desire happiness and avoid suffering. Once this basis exists in relation to oneself, one can extend it to other sentient beings. Therefore, when we find statements in the teachings such as “Disregard your own well-being and cherish the well-being of others,” we should understand them in the context of training yourself according to the ideal of compassion.

This is important if we are not to indulge in self-centered ways of thinking that disregard the impact of our actions on other sentient beings. As I said earlier, we can develop an attitude of considering other sentient beings as precious in the recognition of the part their kindness plays in our own experience of joy, happiness, and success. This is the first consideration.

The second consideration is as follows: through analysis and contemplation you will come to see that much of our misery, suffering, and pain really result from a self-centered attitude that cherishes one’s own well-being at the expense of others, whereas much of the joy, happiness, and sense of security in our lives arise from thoughts and emotions that cherish the well-being of other sentient beings. Contrasting these two forms of thought and emotion convinces us of the need to regard other’s well-being as precious.

There is another fact concerning the cultivation of thoughts and emotions that cherish the well-being of others: one’s own self-interest and wishes are fulfilled as a by-product of actually working for other sentient beings. As Je Tsong Khapa points out in his Great Exposition of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo), “the more the practitioner engages in activities and thoughts that are focused and directed toward the fulfillment of others’ well-being, the fulfillment or realization of his or her own aspiration will come as a by-product without having to make a separate effort.” Some of you may have actually heard the remark, which I make quite often, that in some sense the bodhisattvas, the compassionate practitioners of the Buddhist path, are wisely selfish people, whereas people like ourselves are the foolishly selfish.

 We think of ourselves and disregard others, and the result is that we always remain unhappy and have a miserable time. The time has come to think more wisely, hasn’t it? This is my belief. At some point the question comes up, “Can we really change our attitude?” My answer on the basis of my little experience is, without hesitation, “Yes!” This is quite clear to me. The thing that we call “mind” is quite peculiar. Sometimes it is very stubborn and very difficult to change. But with continuous effort and with conviction based on reason, our minds are sometimes quite honest.

When we really feel that there is some need to change, then our minds can change. Wishing and praying alone will not transform your mind, but with conviction and reason, reason based ultimately on your own experience, you can transform your mind. Time is quite an important factor here, and with time our mental attitudes can certainly change. One point I should make here is that some people, especially those who see themselves as very realistic and practical, are too realistic and obsessed with practicality.

They may think, “This idea of wishing for the happiness of all sentient beings and this idea of cultivating thoughts of cherishing the well-being of all sentient beings are unrealistic and too idealistic. They don’t contribute in any way to the transformation of one’s mind or to attaining some kind of mental discipline because they are completely unachievable.” Some people may think in these terms and feel that perhaps a more effective approach would be to begin with a close circle of people with whom one has direct interaction.

They think that later one can expand and increase the parameters. They feel there is simply no point in thinking about all sentient beings since there is an infinite number of them. They may conceivably feel some kind of connection with their fellow human beings on this planet, but they feel that the infinite sentient beings in the multiple world systems and universes have nothing to do with their own experience as an individual. They may ask, “What point is there in trying to cultivate the mind that tries to include within its sphere every living being?”

In a way that may be a valid objection, but what is important here is to understand the impact of cultivating such altruistic sentiments. The point is to try to develop the scope of one’s empathy in such a way that it can extend to any form of life that has the capacity to feel pain and experience happiness. It is a matter of defining a living organism as a sentient being. This kind of sentiment is very powerful, and there is no need to be able to identify, in specific terms, with every single living being in order for it to be effective. Take, for example, the universal nature of impermanence. When we cultivate the thought that things and events are impermanent, we do not need to consider every single thing that exists in the universe in order for us to be convinced of impermanence. That is not how the mind works. So it is important to appreciate this point. In the first verse, there is an explicit reference to the agent “I”: “May I always consider others precious.” Perhaps a brief discussion on the Buddhist understanding of what this “I” is referring to might be helpful at this stage.

Generally speaking, no one disputes that people–you, me, and others–exist. We do not question the existence of someone who undergoes the experience of pain. We say, “I see such-and-such” and “I hear such-and-such,” and we constantly use the first-person pronoun in our speech. There is no disputing the existence of the conventional level of “self” that we all experience in our day-to-day life. Questions arise, however, when we try to understand what that “self” or “I” really is. In probing these questions we may try to extend the analysis a bit beyond day-to-day life–we may, for example, recollect ourselves in our youth.

 When you have a recollection of something from your youth, you have a close sense of identification with the state of the body and your sense of “self” at that age. When you were young, there was a “self.” When you get older there is a “self.” There is also a “self” that pervades both stages. An individual can recollect his or her experiences of youth. An individual can think about his or her experiences of old age, and so on. We can see a close identification with our bodily states and sense of “self,” our “I” consciousness. Many philosophers and, particularly, religious thinkers have sought to understand the nature of the individual, that “self” or “I,” which maintains its continuity across time. This has been especially important within the Indian tradition. The non-Buddhist Indian schools talk about atman, which is roughly translated as “self” or “soul”; and in other non-Indian religious traditions we hear discussion about the “soul” of the being and so on.

In the Indian context, atman has the distinct meaning of an agent that is independent of the empirical facts of the individual.

 In the Hindu tradition, for example, there is a belief in reincarnation, which has inspired a lot of debate. I have also found references to certain forms of mystical practice in which a consciousness or soul assumes the body of a newly dead person. If we are to make sense of reincarnation, if we are to make sense of a soul assuming another body, then some kind of independent agent that is independent of the empirical facts of the individual must be posited. On the whole, non-Buddhist Indian schools have more or less come to the conclusion that the “self” really refers to this independent agent or atman.

It refers to what is independent of our body and mind. Buddhist traditions on the whole have rejected the temptation to posit a “self,” an atman, or a soul that is independent of our body and mind. Among Buddhist schools there is consensus on the point that “self” or “I” must be understood in terms of the aggregation of body and mind. But as to what, exactly, we are referring when we say “I” or “self,” there has been divergence of opinion even among Buddhist thinkers.

Many Buddhist schools maintain that in the final analysis we must identify the “self” with the consciousness of the person. Through analysis, we can show how our body is a kind of contingent fact and that what continues across time is really a being’s consciousness. Of course, other Buddhist thinkers have rejected the move to identify “self” with consciousness. Buddhist thinkers such as Buddhapalita and Chandrakirti have rejected the urge to seek some kind of eternal, abiding, or enduring “self.” They have argued that following that kind of reasoning is, in a sense, succumbing to the ingrained need to grasp at something. An analysis of the nature of “self” along these lines will yield nothing because the quest involved here is metaphysical; it is a quest for a metaphysical self in which, Buddhapalita and Chandrakirti argue, we are going beyond the domain of the understanding of everyday language and everyday experience.

Therefore “self,” person, and agent must be understood purely in terms of how we experience our sense of “self.” We should not go beyond the level of the conventional understanding of “self” and person. We should develop an understanding of our existence in terms of our bodily and mental existence so that “self” and person are in some sense understood as designations dependent upon mind and body. Chandrakirti used the example of a chariot in his Guide to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara).

When you subject the concept of chariot to analysis, you are never going to find some kind of metaphysically or substantially real chariot that is independent of the parts that constitute the chariot. But this does not mean the chariot does not exist. Similarly, when we subject “self,” the nature of “self,” to such analysis, we cannot find a “self” independent of the mind and body that constitutes the existence of the individual or the being. This understanding of the “self” as a dependently originated being must also be extended to our understanding of other sentient beings. Other sentient beings are, once again, designations that are dependent upon bodily and mental existence. Bodily and mental existence is based on the aggregates, which are the psychophysical constituents of beings.

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A Simple yet Powerful Thought for Today and Everyday…

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“Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

Walt Whitman

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Shiva Shakti Mandalam: the Inner Wisdom of the Hindu Tantrik Traditions

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Only when Shiva is united with Shakti does he have the power to create – Saundaryalahari

Second-hand knowledge of the self gathered from books or gurus can never emancipate a man until its truth is rightly investigated and applied; only direct realisation will do that. Realise yourself, turning the mind inward.Tripura Rahasya, 18: 89

Tantra, or more properly tantrika, is a diverse and rich spiritual tradition of the Indian sub-continent. Although in recent years, in the Western world, it has become almost exclusively associated with sex, in reality this is one aspect of what is a way of life. In India itself, tantra is now, nearly always, associated with spells and black deeds.

Neither of these views is correct, and each wildly underestimates the wide-ranging nature of the different traditions. Further, there remains an ocean of tantrik and agamic literature still to be discovered and translated, spanning a period of time which at least reaches back to the 10th century of the common era (c.e.).

The tradition, or perhaps better, the traditions, underwent many phases and schools over this period of time, ranging from an extremely heterodox viewpoint to, in some cases, a very orthodox standpoint. Refer to this page to see the vast diversity of thoughts and practices subsumed under the word “tantra”. Much of the material on this site is related to the Kaula tradition in many of its guises. The work kaula is cognate with clan and the communities venerated a huge number of gods (devas) and goddesses (devis).

On this large Web site you will find yantra, mantra, tantra and other material relating to some of the different traditions; texts on the siddhas, gurus and yogis of the Natha sampradaya including Gorakhnath, Matsyendranath and Dattatreya; much about kundalini, nadis, chakras; images of tantric kula devas (gods) and devis (goddesses) including Kali, Tripura, Shiva, Ganesha, Cchinnamasta, Durga and Tara; pujas and practices; meditations and dharanas; the inner meaning of kaulachara, vamachara and svecchacharya; an extensive bibliography, and original English translations as well as links to other sites.

Although some tantras appear at first glance to be straightforward, most, if not all of them, employ a type of language which can be taken on many levels. According to the tradition, everything has a gross, a subtle and a supreme meaning and as the Devi is the goddess of letters, she can bewilder with her Maya as well as enlighten.

Many terms used in the tantrik tradition have meanings which can be taken at face value but do not always have this meaning, thus making them difficult to understand to the literally-minded. The mentality of the pashu, or a person with a herd-disposition, is said to predispose him or her to misunderstand the meaning.

This cryptic way of speaking pervades many of the texts. Should a cremation ground, for instance, be understood as the yoni, as the real place where corpses are burnt, or as a symbol for the Absolute? The answer may be all three. Is a crossroad a symbol of the five elements, the place where roads meet, or four centres within the human body? Again, it may have one or any of these meanings. And is the union of Shiva and Shakti the symbol of sexual intercourse, the union of vital breaths within the body or an eclipse?

We can probably find the answers to these questions by going to the root philosophy of the tantrik traditions. There is no Shiva without Shakti and yoga is a realisation of the unity of all things. That is not to say that everything in tantrik texts is figurative; many describe practices which are said to bring about this realisation.

It is also important to remember that legends and stories within the tradition may be intended to appeal to parts of the human mind which are not solely connected with logic.

For example, in the Tripurarahasya (secrets of Tripura), a wonderful work available in an English translation (see Bibliography), much of the teaching and practical philosophy of the tradition is told in story form, easy to digest but pregnant with meaning. Bear these considerations in mind when browsing this site.

If you are new to the subject, we suggest you visit the glossary page, where many of the terms on this site are explained in a simple manner. The headings below each open out into sub-pages where you can sample many of the mysteries of this ancient tradition.

The sections and the topics left also need some explanation. Very broadly speaking, tantras fall into traditions belonging to greater or lesser schools. The Kali tradition, for example, has a large literature and there are specific areas in India where her worship is concentrated. The Lalita, or Shri Vidya tradition, also has a very extensive literature, much of which is still unplumbed.

The Natha Sampradayas or lines relate to sects said to have originated mostly from Matsyendranath and Gorakhanath, and occupy an important position in the yoga schools of the mediaeval period.

Under other topics, we have included a selection of tantrik topics, each of which could form vast topics on their own.

Tantrik ritual is included because above all else the adepts of these schools insisted on practical work. Many tantras are practical manuals and this section will be expanded in the future.

We have also included some translations of parts of the tantrik literature along with abstracts of other texts to give a feel for the whole subject. If there are mistakes in the translations, please forgive us. Also, let us know, and we will fix them.

The Sanskrit texts section will also be expanded in the future to include material hard to find, out of print and also out of copyright.

Because the tradition still lives on in the last years of this millennium, we have also included material written by HH Shri Gurudev Mahendranath, the 23rd guru of the Adinatha Sampradaya, who died just a few years ago.

To charges that in some way we have breached rules about publishing mantras and the like, we can only respond that a great deal of this information is available in Hindi and Sanskrit books which are not hard to obtain, and also in manuscripts available to anyone who takes the time to dig them out of libraries.

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How to use this Site, Glossary, Bibliography,
Different Traditions, Tantrik Texts,
Links to Other Sites, Awards

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Tantrik Ritual – Puja
Armour (kavacha), Flower-Food-Fragrance, Gayatri, Guru, Inner and Outer Ritual, Mala (rosaries), Mantra, Meditation (Dhyana), Nyasa, Pranapratishta, Puja (ritual), Sexuality, Virasadhana, Yantras


Kalikula – Kali Tradition
Durga, Guhyakali, Hamsah Shodha Upanishad, Kalika, Kali 100 Names, Kalihridaya, Kalinityas, Kaliyantra, Magic of Kali, Mahakala, Syama Upanisad


Shrikula – Lalita Tradition
Bala Panchanga, Bhavanopanisad, Dakshinamurti Samhita, Fifteen Nityas, Gandharva Tantra, Jnanarnava Tantra, Kurukulla, Lalita, Meditation on Lalita, Nityotsava, Paradise,
Philosophy of Tripura Tantra,
Rajarajeshvari Kavacha, Shodhanyasa, Shrichakranyasa, Shrinathanavaratnamalika, Shri Vidya Ratna Sutras, Shripuja, Shoshika, Subhagodaya, Tripura, Varahi, Yakshinis,
Yogini Hridaya


Tara, Nilasarasvati, Mahachinachara
Tara Devi, Tararahasya, Rudrayamala


Tantrik Translations and Summaries
Akulaviratantra, Brihadnilatantra,
Brihat Tantrasara, Devirahasya,
Devirahasya Chapter II, Ganesh Upanishad, Gandharvatantra, Guptasadhanatantra, Jnanarnava Tantra, Jnanasankalinitantra, Kamadhenu Tantra, Kankalamalinitantra, Kaulajnana, Kaulavalinirnaya, Kaulopanishad PDF, Kulananda Tantra,
Kulachudamanitantra (introduction), Kulachudamanitantra (translation), Kularnavatantra, Malinivijayottaratantra, Netratantra 1, Netratantra 10, Niruttaratantra, Nityotsava, PDF Translations, Rudrayamala, Shaktanandatarangini,
Tantrarajatantra, Todala Tantra, Yantrachintamani, Yogini Hridaya, Yoginitantra, Yonitantra


Nathas and Yoga
Akulavira Tantra, Chakras,
Chakras according to Goraksanath, Gorakhbodh, Jnanakarika, Jogi Traditions, Kaulajnananirnaya,
Kulananda Tantra, Malinivijayottaratantra,
Shrinathanavaratnamalika, Nathas in Nepala, Shiva Sutras, Shri Vilakshan Avadhoot, Siddhasiddhanta Paddhati, Some Aspects of the History and Doctrines of the Nathas, Tantrik yoga, The 36 Tattvas, Vijnanabhairava, Yogavishaya,
Yogis under the Raj


Book Reviews
Shiva to Shankara, Shri Vilakshan Avadhoot, Tantra: The path of Ecstasy


Sanskrit Texts
baTuka Bhairava 108, Chinnamastaa 108, shriikarpuuraadistotram.h, kaulopaniShat.h, shaktisuutraaNi, shanaishchara stotram, shiitalaaShTakam.m, shrii vidyaa ratna suutra, yogaviShaya, yoginiihR^idayam.h
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Devata – Some Devis and Devas
Bagalamukhi, Bhairava, Chinnamasta, Female aspects, Ganesha, Jvalamukhi, Krishna, Male aspects, Mrityunjaya, Shakti Mantras, Shiva, Tara Devi, The Ten Mahavidyas


Works of Mahendranatha
Adinathas, Dattatreya, Dhuniwala, Ecstasy-Equipoise-Eternity, Hymn to Lord Shiva, Londinium, Mahashivaratri, Morbid Menus, Magick Path of Tantra, Naked Saints of India, Notes on Pagan India, Snug in Smoky Shmashans, Twilight Yoga, Zen’s Zenith of Zest


Jyotisha, Astrology, Kalachakra
Astrology in Yoga, Time and the Kalachakra, Planets (graha), Mahakala Shani hymn, Surya (the Sun), Nature of the Planets,
Astrological Bibliography



Enlightenment and the Alchemy of Remembering…

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Brothers and Sisters,

The following piece from our newest and most recent link sites Living Tantra is todays offering. It’s one I find extremely valuable for all of us trying to maintain a spiritual existence while living in the crazed and unreal “matrix” called America.

To all our fellow brothers and sisters out there trying to make sense of, as well as survive the spirit numbing mass media mind control and all of the soul stealing consumer based madness, we say Stop !

Stop and start over today. It can be done.

Blessings to All

Citizen Soul Power

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Misplace your keys? Forget the name of the person you just met? Can’t figure out how you got yourself into such a mess?

Being a human means being forgetful.

But we don’t just forget keys and names, we forget our true nature.

“We are the world,” as that old song goes, but we think we are itsy bitsy specks of flesh and to do lists. We’ve forgotten.

What have we forgotten?

Infinity.
Wisdom.
Spontaneity.
Compassion.
Continuity.
Balance.
Natural ease.

Forgetting is not just for old people and Type A compulsonauts.

We all forget, but to different degrees.

A person who feels very separate and who is all tied up in knots of fixations and habitual reactions has forgotten a lot.

A person through whom the primordial intelligence shines and dances with little impediment has remembered a lot.

Remembering what we are is enlightenment.

We usually don’t remember everything all at once. And most of us remember and forget, remember and forget, until remembering finally settles in to become our base state.

We remember what we are, and we discover we are sharing all of life, all together.

It’s that simple.

This simplicity is the key to understanding authentic Tantra and the other great nondual traditions.

Now, you might wonder why we use words such as “enlightenment” or “realization.”

It’s popular to bash these words. I’ve done it myself. But these words are not just philosophical concepts. They reflect the experience of practitioners.

At a certain stage, we become able to encounter the weave of Reality as primordial intelligence appearing as light. There are many, many facets and levels to this encounter. Our world becomes dazzling.

Our world also begins to become Real-ized. We sometimes speak, for instance of how well a painter realizes a particular subject. We might discover a painting that does a poor job of realizing anything at all. Or, we might discover a painting that, regardless of its genre, presents us with a seemingly infinite display.

As we practice, the infinity of the world and ourselves begins to reveal itself. This experience is quite concrete, and also multi-faceted. The world seems to be painted in richer colors. We are less distracted by our narrow fixations, and so we can engage with more of life’s expressions.

Forgetting and remembering are not mere mental processes, divorced from bodies. Forgetting and remembering are embodied processes of the manifest world. The pulse of forgetting and remembering is the life process of manifest beings.

When we remember more, our bodies, our movements, our emotions, and so on, present differently in the world. We have expanded capacities. We are less limited by forgetting.

For instance, Hanuman wondered how he would cross the ocean to rescue Sita, imprisoned by Ravena on the island of Lanka. He had to be reminded that he could fly. Until he remembered, he had no access to that capacity.

Many sincere practitioners experience the arising of expanded capacities such as control over bodily processes, lucid dreams, precognition, telepathy, and so on. While these are not the goal of practice, they do indicate that the alchemy of remembering is taking place.

Some few beings on earth seem to be direct emanations of remembering itself. They arrive and serve the great compassionate purpose of reminding all of us to remember.

What do these beings, such as Anandamayi Ma, Christ, and Buddha ask us to remember? Certainly not our attachment to siddhis, or powers. Through their existence and actions, they ask us to remember the great wisdom virtues and the role we have to play in manifesting these in human life.