Archive for March, 2008

India Dreaming

March 27, 2008

I miss India.  

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Knowledge, Wisdom, and Information

March 26, 2008

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

T.S Elliot

Just watched this nice talk with Huston Smith in which Mr. Smith discusses the value of the Oral tradition. Mr. Smith discusses how tribal communities that use oral tradition are able to focus much better on what is important, because it is absolutely necessary for their existence to remember the essential elements of life. A society with written language becomes overloaded, congested, and bogged down with trivial and useless and information and it becomes impossible to decipher what is important, or where the real wisdom lies. Mr. Smith gave the example of the University of California library system, which houses an incredible amount of information, all neatly categorized, but there is no category that is labeled “important.” The internet is another example, we have all this information at our fingertips, yet most people are still walking around in a fog and have no idea where wisdom lies.

Happy Spring

March 20, 2008

On this Spring Equinox I would like to send praise to Brahama the God of Creation. Spring brings birth and new beginnings. This Existence is an infinite unending cycle of birth, sustainment, and death. Let Peace, Right Understanding, Love, and Harmony Prevail.

The Age of Kali Shines in Iraq

March 19, 2008

On this 5 year anniversary of the war in Iraq I must send out the word: Kali.

5 years ago my friends and I took our bikes from Berkeley on BART over to downtown San Francisco. We came up out of the station onto the normally busy financial disrtict streets and all was dead quiet. We rode around and found roving bands of protesters throughout the downtown area. The law enforcement were out in big numbers beating down people who approached their walls of shields and sticks. The city was effectively shut down. We didn’t want this war, we didn’t want this death, these families and homes destroyed, but what can you do in the Age of Kali!

Kali Yuga is the darkest moment in the history of mankind. The materialistic tendencies dominating the mankind… The inner value lost completely… it is the day of the jackals when the incompetent rule the system!

This is the period in the history of mankind when the power is commanded by the unworthiest of the flock. Justice nowhere to be found… Law and order takes a back footing!

China Travels

March 17, 2008

I just read this nice travel account of a trip through western China in Slate. The article is a 5 part series focusing on the Hanization (a word I just came up with meaning the spread of Han Chinese culture, language and people. This is just like russianization, a tactic the Soviet Union used to keep control of their many ethnic minorities. China is currently 90% ethnic Han.) of Xianjiang province. The native ethnic group of Xianjiang is Uighur (pronounced WEE-gur), a muslim population with roots close to central Asian groups. What is troubling about this article is its demonstration of how Han Chinese are being drawn into this region to “tame” it and keep Chinese hold of the area. Han are also given preferential treatment in education, government jobs, and work in the booming oil fields. Very similar to what is happening in Tibet. I find it interesting that Tibet gets so much more attention than this region. This blog is written by a New Jersey native who lives in the region. Picture is taken by him.
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Lhasa Chaos

March 15, 2008

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Uprisings and riots in Tibet are getting headline coverage. From what I can tell, the protests started on Monday March 10, 49 years after the major anti-Chinese protests in 1949. Chinese law enforcement quickly moved in to surpress the protests. Budhist monks were involved in the protests. Monks have not been involved in political dissent for some time because of the brutal force Chinese have used in the past. Today all tourists were ordered out of Lhasa, which is mostly Chinese nationals, but there are only a handful of Westerners there. This action shows how serious the situation is. Media coverage is being closely monitored and internet use is limited. The Chinese government is reporting that 10 have died while other sources quote 30. Due to the upcoming Bejing Olympics the Chinese are naturally quite concerned about their public image. I am wondering how this Tibet uprising is going to play out. I have a feeling the rest of the world will never know. Here is an AP article. This blog has an interesting post. 

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Who Gets The Call?

March 13, 2008

080317_080317_p154.jpgJust saw the cover of this week’s New Yorker and it made me laugh.  I was at the Berkeley Flea Market last weekend and a guy selling Barak Obama tee shirts was saying that what Obama should of said when questioned whether he would be ready if he got the call at 3 AM is, “Shit yeah, I would have already got the call at 1 AM!”  This race between Clinton and Obama is both invigorating and challenging to watch.  The Dems need to get their choice figured out soon and the longer it takes the more of an advantage the Republicans have.  I have been going back and forth, I see both their weaknesses and strengths, I just want someone to win, soon.

White People Blog

March 11, 2008

I just had to make a link to this blog, stuff white people like.  The generalizations are so spot on it is scary. It is interesting to see this kind of racial stereotyping used against “white people.” This racism is only acceptable because white people hold power and therefore it is not being used to oppress. I find it rather funny how accuratly these guys see through “white culture” and capture a certain segement of the American White Population. What do you think of this blog?

A Poem

March 10, 2008

Eternal Presence in my Heart
Layers of Illusion Conceal Your Nectar 

Total Contentment is Your Reward
Sympathy and Compassion are Your Tools

We Sense, We Desire
A Realm Beyond