Stuck in bed after a knee operation, I had time but no mobility so I initiate to reflect on karma and law of attraction.
In Vedantic philosopy the word Karma means both action and the effects of such action.
I kick-off by watching the documentary “Manufacturing consent ” from the book of Edward S Herman & Noam Chomsky, and from there more documentaries, lectures, debates, newspapers…..
Even if I encountered some anger management moments, I had a sense of raising my consciousness by coming across the stories of people who chose to tell another side of the truth. They informed people, engaged themselves no matter the consequences because they felt it was right.
I decided for 2014 greetings to review some facts, I came across.
“It is still my firm conviction that human nature is essentially compassionate, gentle…..
……….I beleive that these conflicts aren’t necessarily because of human nature but rather a result of the result of human intellect- Unbalanced human intelligence , misuse of our intelligence, our imaginative faculty”
HH DALAI LAMA
As a yoga teacher, to be successfull in my practice I should pay particular attention to certain key aspects :
Ahara / Proper and healthy food
In october 2013 Monsanto win the nobel prize for agriculture :
“This has to be a joke, right? Just like when Obama won the Peace Prize (http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7647) “The accolades are set to be given to these cretinous executives on World Food Day, October 16. If this insane plan goes ahead without a public backlash, we will be rewarding CEOs who have systematically:
- Monopolized our food and driven millions of farmers into poverty
- Designed dangerous artificial growth hormones for dairycows
- Created franken-seeds and prohibited investigation into their long-term effects
- Tried to block the labelling of GMO foods
- Patented food in a sickening attempt to own nature itself
- Enforcing these patents by suing and threatening smallholders and family farmers who violate Monsanto´s iron rule
- Caused mass suicide among millions of farmers whose GM crops fail
- Invented pesticides thatkill bees and endangered other wildlife
- And later had the audacity to launch legal action against the European Union after it finally banned bee-killing pesticides in May this year.
- And so on, to infinity and beyond. We could be here all day (soya, roundup, cotton, aspartame, take your pick of therest…) ” http://www.trueactivist.com/monsantowins-nobel-prize-for-agriculture/
Bihara / proper and healthy thoughts
Chomsky on courses of intellectual self-defense
I find actually very difficult to develop free, open-minded and logical thoughts in my evryday life….
“Noam Chomsky and others have criticized the legal decisions that led to the creation of the modern corporation:
“Corporations, which previously had been considered artificial entities with no rights, were accorded all the rights of persons, and far more, since they are “immortal persons”, and “persons” of extraordinary wealth and power.
Furthermore, they were no longer bound to the specific purposes designated by State charter, but could act as they choose, with few constraints”
“management is granted a degree of independence; and his attitude toward the inherent corruption of private power, probably a “conspiracy against the public” when businessmen meet for lunch, in his acid view, let alone when they form collectivist legal entities and alliances among them, with extraordinary rights granted, backed, and enhanced by state power”
When thoughts of Freedom and Democracy expand
OCCUPY LOVE 2013
Excerpts from the book “Occupy” by N.Chomsky
“In no rush to produce leaders or to issue a closed set of demands, Occupy embodies a vision of democracy that is fundamentally antagonistic to the management of society as a corporate-controlled space that funds a political system to serve the wealthy, ignore the poor”
” That is very needed especially in a world where inequalities have risen to historically unprecedented heights “
“Occupy put the inequalities of everyday life on the national agenda, influencing reporting, public perception and language itsel”
“they worked, they acted, they organised, , they rioted if necessary to bring their situation to the attention of people in power as a normal citizen”
I went and slept in the Occupy camp at Saint-Paul cathedral in London in October 2011, this was for me just an experience as I stayed just 2 days, I didn’t do much. But I remember, how I was amazed by the organization, it was like a small village independent inside the big apple with everything you need, hot drinks tent, canteen tent (vegetarian food all day), library, info tent to organise the resources, recycle bins, media tent. Even a tent for meditation (sure you need it to make your thoughts lighter). I have seen people of all background debate together, exchanging informations, expressing their indignation regarding failure of the financial system.
I learned the power of “the countless small actions of unknown people” (Howard Zinn) are foundation for those great moment, and to me this was beautiful to see.
Over 6000 arrestations…..
Torey Van Oot Occupy protester arrested for throwing flower petals in Capitol sacramento March 2006
Vyavahara – proper and healthy behavior
Information and knowledge are foundations for healthy behaviour
“A whistleblower is a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organization. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health and safety violations, and corruption”
Julian Assange – Editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks which publishes submissions of secret information.
Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, Cypherpunks, Surveillance State – DemocracyNow
Karma of truth can be expensive
“For the whistleblowing website and his own defence had reached £500,000. Assange said WikiLeaks had been receiving as much as £85,000 a day at its peak, before the financial blockade. WikiLeaks took legal action against VALITOR, the Icelandic partner for Visa, and won their case in an Icelandic court, forcing Visa to begin processing payments again”
The Julian Assange Show: Noam Chomsky & Tariq Ali (E10) A surprise Arab drive for freedom, the West’s structural crisis and new hope coming from Latin America. That’s the modern world in the eyes of Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali, two prominent thinkers and this week’s guests on Julian Assange’s show on RT
Barrett Brown – Journalist has been incarcerated since 1 year and risking 105 years sentence! for what exactly ?
“What Brown did through his organization Project PM was attempt to expand these peepholes. He did this by leading group investigations into the world of private intelligence and cybersecurity contracting, a $56 billion industry that consumes 70 percent of the U.S. intelligence budget”
“The notion that linking to stolen material makes the linker a party to the original crime is absurd. And the severity of the charges is clearly meant to send a message to journalists and whistleblowers everywhere. Brown’s case appears to be part and parcel of the government’s crackdown on activists who leak information and the journalists who report on them.” —Free Press
He was arrested during the protests that led to the Jasmine Revolution After his release, on 17 January 2011 he was appointed Secretary of State for Sport and Youth in the new Tunisian government.On the week of May 25, he resigned from his post in protest of the transitional government’s censorship of several websites at the request of the army.
American computer specialist, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed classified NSA documents to several media outlets, initiating the NSA leaks, which reveal operational details of a global surveillance apparatus run by the NSA, its Five Eyes partners, and numerous commercial and international partners.
Snowden is considered a fugitive by American authorities who have charged him with espionage and theft of government property.He is currently living in Russia under temporary asylum.
What you’re not being told about Booz Allen Hamilton and Edward Snowden – Truthloader MUST WATCH
Manning was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years confinement with the possibility of parole in eight years, and to be dishonorably discharged from the Army.
“the U.S. government has made a policy of charging and convicting a wide range of activists across the country”
Aaron Hillel Swartz 1986 – 2013 was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist
“an information transparency activist like the late Aaron Swartz is apparently more dangerous than the men who ruined the nation’s economy, and an environmentally-minded economics student poses a greater threat than the oil companies polluting America’s natural resources”
Aaron Swartz is the founder of Demand Progress, which launched the campaign against the Internet censorship bills (SOPA/PIPA) and now has over a million members. He is also a Contributing Editor to The Baffler and on the Council of Advisors to The Rules.
Michael Mahon Hastings – 1980-2013 Was an American journalist, author, contributing editor to Rolling Stone, and reporter for BuzzFeed.
Books “I lost my love in Baghdad!”
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 over 27 years in prison
” In April 2000, Nelson Mandela ” accused the British gouvernment of encouraging international chaos, together with America, by ignoring other nations and playing “policeman of the world”, saying that ” he resented the behaviour of both Britain and America in riding roughshod over the United Nations and launching military actions against Iraq and Kosovo” ” Such disregard for international conventions was more dangerous to world peace than anything that was currently happening in Africa….” From the book ” A new generation draws the line”
Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Denounced as a communist terrorist by critics, he nevertheless gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Soviet Order of Lenin and the Bharat Ratna. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”.
Correct behaviour in technology
Nicolas Tesla – 1856 – 1943
The History of Nikola Tesla – a Short Story
“On June 6th, 1884, Tesla arrived in the United States. He was hired by Thomas Edison to do basic electrical engineering, but moved up to re-designing the direct current generators that ran Edison’s business. Edison offered Tesla $50,000, or about $1.1 million in today’s currency to make these improvements. After completing this assignment, Tesla asked about the payment for his work. Edison didn’t pay out the money. He claimed that he wasn’t serious about the payment, that Tesla didn’t “understand American humour” Tesla eventually left Edison’s company and partnered with George Westinghouse in 1888 to commercialize his system of alternating current (AC). The problem here is that alternating current competed with direct current, which Thomas Edison built his entire monopoly on. Thus begun the “War of the Currents.”
“Edison started a massive smear campaign against Tesla and alternating current, trying to scare people into avoiding it’s use. He spread false information about deaths from alternating current, lobbied against it, and went so far as to electrocute a circus elephant in public.”
“Eventually, Edison had to give into the demands of the people, and go with alternating current.”
“Tesla’s influence goes much further than electricity. He had over 700 patents, and came up with ideas such as
Robots Spark Plugs the Electric Arc Lamp an Xray Device Blade less turbines Wireless communication Electric motors Laser technology Neon Lights Remote Controls Cellular communication The radio An electrical bath to remove germs RADAR Wireless communication And much more…”
Tesla died from heart failure in a room of the New Yorker Hotel, on January 7th 1943. Despite his fame and influence on the world, he died with significant debts, and all alone”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSVzivzGeoc Les Archives oubliées . Nicolas Tesla (energie libre) http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/10-inventions-of-nikola-tesla-that.html
“freedom and peace need thruth”
“the war you don’t see” produced and directed by John Pilger
“The killing of civilians and wilfully causing great suffering is a war crime” fourth geneva convention 1949
” A powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq.
“As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an electronic battlefield in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?”
“John Pilger says in the film: “We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is”
“For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home… In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us… Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.”
The war never seen – 1975 East Timor 250 000 people died.
“Children don’t smile anymore….”
Documentary: The East Timor Genocide – 1/8
“….in an emerging global system managed by the United States and ultimately subordinated to American interests. In 1967 Richard Nixon wrote, ‘With its 100 million people and its 300-mile arc of islands containing the region’s richest hoard of natural resources, Indonesia is the greatest prize in South East Asia”
“……….the CIA operations officer in Indonesia at the time of the invasion confirmed to me in 1993. What in other countries would have been condemned and punished as an act of barbarism and a crime against humanity has, it seems, been quietly deemed acceptable. When pressed in an interview Gareth Evans, the Australian foreign affairs minister, whose policies have supported the Suharto regime, admitted that the number of East Timorese dead ‘is horrifyingly large’.
“How they died has been Indonesia’s and its allies’ great secret. Western intelligence has documented the unfolding of the genocide since the first Indonesian paratroopers landed in the capital, Dili, on December 7, 1975 – less than two months after two Australian television crews were murdered by the Indonesian military, leaving just one foreign reporter, Roger East, to witness the invasion. He became the sixth journalist to die there, shot through the head with his hands tied behind his back, his body thrown into the sea” THINK WORLD TRAVELER.COM
http://www.oneeyeopen.com.au/These-Walls-can-Talk“Street art has a unique way of capturing the soul of a city, as civilians and artists use the public space as a canvas to express their deepest hopes and dreams”
People involvment in democracy should be encouraged and helped as a healthy behaviour
Wilfred Burchett 1911 – 1983
A story of deny
“For most of his working life, controversial Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett chose to report from the “other side”. His unorthodox views and activities caused him to be labelled a traitor by many”
“At the dawn of the nuclear age, an independent Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchett traveled to Japan to cover the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The only problem was that General Douglas MacArthur had declared southern Japan off-limits, barring the press.
Over 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but no Western journalist witnessed the aftermath and told the story. The world’s media obediently crowded onto the USS Missouri off the coast of Japan to cover the surrender of the Japanese….” Full Story
“We are the one we have been waiting for” June Jordan
The law of attraction is to attract what you want by thoughts and actions.
Karma Yoga has been teaching to me as a way of acting, thinking and willing towards realization without consideration of personal self-centred desires, likes or dislikes.
As a yoga teacher Yoga is my practice.
As a citizen getting informed is my duty.
And both gave me compassion, hope and elevate my consciousness.
With confidence and engagement, I will dedicate my own practice to raise:
- perseverance “it’s always impossible until it is done”
- Courage “ is not the absence of fear but triumph over it”
- Personal development “a good head and good heart are always a formidable combination”
- Gratitude, compassion and worthiness “to improve the innate state of Happiness”
- Understanding “Education and information are the most formidable weapon which can be used to change the world”
I wish you Freedom and Expression for 2014
Stretching the mind