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2001 and Beyond: Letters from the NDS email list
can draw in grace by a spiritual attunement of one's
being in the intensity of feeling, which is the motive
power behind prayer. Feelings that rise from the deepest
recesses of one's heart can produce immediate results,
because of their proximity to reality."
- Swami Krishnananda
Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
Sutta Nipata I, 8
The Dalai Lama's
letter to the President of the United States of America
I am deeply shocked by the terrorist attacks that took
place involving four apparently hijacked aircrafts and
the immense devastation these caused. It is a terrible
tragedy that so many innocent lives have been lost and it
seems unbelievable that anyone would choose to target the
World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in
Washington D.C. We are deeply saddened. On behalf of the
Tibetan people I would like to convey our deepest
condolence and solidarity with the American people during
this painful time. Our prayers go out to the many who
have lost their lives, those who have been injured and
the many more who have been traumatized by this senseless
act of violence. I am at tending a special prayer for the
United States and it's people at our main temple today.
I am confident that the United States as a great and
powerful nation will be able to overcome this present
tragedy. The American people have shown their resilience,
courage and determination when faced with such difficult
and sad situation.
It may seem presumptuous on my part, but I personally
believe we need to think seriously whether a violent
action is the right thing to do and in the greater
interest of the nation and people in the long run. I
believe violence will only increase the cycle of
violence. But how do we deal with hatred and anger, which
are often the root causes of such senseless violence?
This is a very difficult question, especially when it
concerns a nation and we have certain fixed conceptions
of how to deal with such attacks. I am sure that you will
make the right decision.
With my prayers and good wishes
The Dalai Lama
September 12, 2001
threat in my bulding
You might see it in the news. Bomb threat at Grand
Manhattan, New York. I work in the short skyscraper right
above it. Many people evacuated, and it was left as an
individual choice. Some stayed, some left. The police
just announced that no bomb or other suspicious item was
found, and Grand Central has been re-opened.
Terrorist activities, and the safety and security
measures that arise from them, are things that other
countries have lived and struggled with for many years.
Perhaps the U.S. can learn from their experiences.
Yesterday, only 10% of the workforce came to work in our
building ("Non-essential staff, do not report to
work"). We all had to check in at the front security
desk to get on to the elevator. I noticed that everyone
did this quite willingly, even though on normal days we
stream directly onto the elevators. People will gladly
trade some comforts to achieve more safety.
and other 'solutions'
How is it that "we" continue to seek
I could say (and this can be argued) that the 'collective
karma' of humanity, necessitates a complete and unedited
unfoldment of what has not been dealt with previously
I personally refer to this unfolding of the collective
karma of humanity, as 'the world-dream'. It is (merely?
Yes.) one of several possible 'ways' or levels in which
to dwell, or by which to 'see'.
Like the script of a movie, the events of the world-dream
become somewhat predictable, if the movie is watched very
On the personal level, attachment blinds one to the
ability to see all of the movie; thus, attachment itself
is an editor, whose works necessitate playing the movie
over and over, until the missing parts of the plot can
finally be seen.
When the missing parts have been reinserted, patterns are
revealed (and they are not that hard to see, in my
experience) which allow the perspicacious viewer to be
able to predict 'what will happen next', and more
importantly, 'why what has happened, has happened'.
Viewing the world-dream can be taken as a hobby, or as a
necessity, or even as hellish punishment.
Beware of excessive preoccupation with the events of the
world-dream. Beware of identification with and/or as, any
character, form, or trend within the world-dream. The
world- dream is merely one level of possibility in the
vast field which is reality.
Running concurrent with the world-dream, are many other
dimensions' of possibility. It is possible to learn to
move between dimensions of experience.
What we call 'attachment' is an anchor to a fixed way of
Possibly, the most powerful anchor, the one that is the
most difficult to cut loose, is the adoption of a way of
Being which is _in defensive or protective reaction_ to
events perceived to occur in the world-dream. This is
very clear to me, but there are those who will argue
'logically and with heart' that my 'position vis-a-vis
protective reaction' is a defective one.
Clearly, identification as a character within the
world-dream is a problem, a problem which exists in a
field of possibility of choice. Choice includes
non-attachment; ergo, no identification, and thus no
anchor-point to the world-dream.
It is not only defense-reaction in itself which anchors
to the world-dream, but also each, every, and all
'solutions' which are compounded defensively in reaction
to the world-dream.
This includes 'salvatory ways' such as 'ahimsa', and
every other prescriptive and proscriptive strategy to
'fix what is wrong
with the world-dream.
The point "here" is to ken the difference
between fixing what cannot be fixed (the collective karma
of humanity), and the other alternative, to be selfish
and be Okay in yourself.
As a point of logic, I will say this:
"If everyone was selfish and Okay in themselves, the
flavor of the world-dream would change radically".
I must state however, that I am not advocating 'being
selfish and Okay within yourself' as a means of fixing
what cannot be fixed. Even if the world-dream could be
fixed, its purpose would go on and on, exactly as it does
(According to Biblical information, God ejected Lucifer
precisely BECAUSE Lucifer was not mature enough to grok
the schema which God had put into place for the benefit
of all sentient Beings. Lucifer, concerned for a
'suffering humanity', criticized Gods 'ways and means'.)
Lucifer did not comprehend what God was about.
So it is with contemporary would-be saviours, and others
who compound or promulgate sweet-sounding 'fixes' for
what seems to be wrong. The only thing wrong, is that the
person driven by idealism, sees something to be wrong.
That very behaviour is itself, 'the sin of Lucifer', and
like Lucifer, God "casts" such 'sinners' 'in
Be with God = no sin (no misunderstanding)
Try to fix the world-dream = be in hell (a cast of
Please keep in mind, that there is NO WAY fix what is NOT
Now for a very daring exposition!
First, the definitions:
Solution = more than one thing, mixed together; compound;
Absolute = nothing in solution; pure; one thing only, no
Next, the experimental tentative conclusion:
Perhaps from God's POV, the world-dream is the 'only
We as incarnate humans have a certain challenge, which we
can face or not. This challenge can be understood to be
the choice between two basic ways of Being:
_1 Accept God's 'solution', the world-dream (To Abide)
_2 Fight against what seems to be wrong (Idealism)
If #2, we are 'cast in hell' (eg, 'cast' as in the cast
of a movie)
If #1, we are in communion-ication with God.
God communicates with us here in hell; God does this by
means of imposing certain patterns, which may be taken as
'clues'. Thus, the world-dream may be seen as a product
of God (Maya).
This broadband broadcast of the
always available, we can tune in to it at any time.
Like when watching a dramatic movie, we can slip into
identification with the events of the movie. We are able
to perfectly and seamlessly 'fit' into a role, called
Identity is the most ephemeral of all aspects of the
world-dream; fragile, and fraught with illogic, which
would disqualify it, if seen as it is. Yet, it is the
very fragile nature of identity, which elicits such
massive defensive support, by means of gearing immunity
to defend it as though it were a vital and necessary part
Now, the logical contradiction of this situation is this;
without identity, there is no need for defense (against
events of the world-dream).
As long as identity persists as the center of Being (the
'idea of me'), the way of Being will be unremitting
defense; the world-dream will NOT go away.
The world-dream will be the stage upon which fragile
identity must stand, showered with decaying fruits and
vegetables hurled by an unappreciative audience. The
slings and arrows of outrageous fortune pierce to the
As has been stated many times, identification with and as
a 'body' can be very problematic. Identification with and
as a 'body of beliefs' can be very problematic.
Identification with 'others' who themselves identify as
'bodies with beliefs' can be very problematic, especially
if we assume that these 'others' with their
misunderstandings, need to be saved from their own
If on the other hand, we are selfish and accept the Gift
of God, we will have quite a different attitude.
The Gift of God is 'Eternal Life' in 'Heaven', no defense
Gene Poole's Home Page
Reacting to 911, the arena of human conflict, belief vs
Are we all subject to
hidden factors which we cannot overcome? Could an
understanding of these factors, lead to using them to
advantage? Could these hidden factors be employed now, to
ameliorate terrorist-inflicted damage, and as guidelines
to creative and constructive reply to terroristic
statements and actions?
Power VS Force
Verging as we all are on what could be the most radical
departure of our era, and shunning the certainty which
connotes fundamentalist radicalism, many are looking for
help or guidance.
To avoid escalating the current crisis seems to be the
way of wisdom, but what if anything, 'should we DO?' How
can we move forward purposefully, in a state of 'doing',
with some assurance that our doings will not come back to
haunt us, or worse, lead to our own violent destruction
There is a wide call for actions to 'protect our way of
life', but if we choose unwisely the means and ways to
implement such protection, our way of life will be
Many people are apparently ashamed of their own inertia
and passivity, and are thus voicing popular opinions, a
growing chorus advocating an escalated reply to the
opening volley of our foes. Certainly, the western powers
are more than capable of an out-scale retaliation, but
cooler heads realize that in the long term, control and
occupation of nations which support terrorism is probably
out of the question. The question thus remains,
"what to do?".
In my own life, I have for the past several years been
blessed with certain knowledge, which has led to an
understanding which has been a reliable guide in my
personal dealings. This understanding is of the nature of
_Power_ and it's active moving aspect, called _Force_.
In the arena of the personal, the veritable equation of
Power/Force is quite workable, and yields predictably
good results. I have been, since the events of 911,
attempting to transform the Power/Force equation into a
formula which could give good results on the level of
practical social engineering.
I ask that those who have the time and inclination, join
with me to brainstorm this issue.
Here is some background...
This is the URL for a GoogleSearch using the keywords
[power vs force hawkins]:
By clicking the link
above, you will be taken to several pages of search
results, which focus directly on the book POWER VS FORCE,
by Dr David R Hawkins, MD. This book may at first glance
seem to be a guide to a very advanced type of 'applied
kinesiology' or 'muscle-testing'. However, a careful
reading will yield well-researched and hard-won wisdom,
far beyond the scope of mere divinations using the
physical body as a dynamic metric for making moral
Dr Hawkins contributions are many; take a look at this
page, which reveals 'a map of consciousness' which
represents a hierarchical table of states of
consciousness, connoted by the boldcase words in the
centre column. The words may be read as descriptive
phrases from left to right:
You may notice that
'courage' is BELOW 'neutrality'. Understanding why this
is so, will lead to a deep understanding of 'the human
machine' and our 'hardwired primate nervous system'. I
believe that every thoughtful human would enjoy
undertaking a personal study of the system proposed by Dr
Hawkins, and such a study undertaken starting now, could
be a very good thing for everyone.
My understandings of this, condensed. (Please remember
that what I write below is derived from years of study
and practice; my conclusions may not seem logical or
'common sense'. I invite the reader to perform a study of
these things, and to thus arrive at your own
Context is human Being inner and outer arena of
Power is 'all that is'
Force is the moving aspect of Power
Power is transferred from one domain (person or group) to
another, by the application of Force
A person who applies Force, is giving away 'their' Power
The person who receives the applied Force, receives the
Power imbued in that Force
One imbued with the Power which was applied as Force, who
receives Power must decide 'what to do' about the
situation of the use of Force.
Reapplication of Power as Force, will deplete the Power
of the one who so applies Force.
Retaining the Power, once it has been received as Force,
leaves the 'balance of power' in favor of the one who
does not apply Force.
Therefor, the"winner" in the arena of conflict,
is the one who is able to receive power which was applied
as force, and who resists expending Power as Force.
Summary: "Your Force is my Power". You may say
this phrase out-loud several times, to catch the truth of
Power is emptiness (space); the greater the space, the
greater the Power.
Power/space gives rise to form/Force (movement). Movement
is Force; movement occurs in space.
Power may be concentrated as form in emptiness; form may
move from one area of space to another area of space;
thus, Power may be moved through space as Force.
Pure Power is formless, but may produce movement and that
is called energy and matter. Matter and energy are
"interchangeable", as are their parental
counterparts, Power and Force.
Force is the moving aspect of Power; movement in space is
Power is the mother of Force; Force is the child of
space, known as time; time is the badge of movement, and
movement is also known as entropy.
Conversion of Power to Force results in entropy (loss of
integrity by the one who converts Power to Force).
In my own field of experience, the Power VS Force
equation is perfectly embodied in the way of the 'martial
art' known as Aikido:
Aikido allows the Force
of the attacker to complete its natural circle, resulting
in a situation in which the attacker essentially defeats
himself, via his own enacted intention of attack.
The accomplished practitioner of Aikido does not expend
Power as Force, but is perfectly capable of 'absorbing'
Force of attack as Power.
How all of this relates directly to 'nonduality', and to
'what is Power' (called "Ki"):
I am overall, pointing
to a way of life which if understood, leads to
conservation of Power and diminished use of Force in all
I see that the principles which are indicated in Dr
Hawkins book, and in the way of Aikido, are
representative of hidden factors which inescapably govern
us all. Perhaps if you look deeply into this field of
knowledge, you will come to similar conclusions.
Please let me know.
Gene Poole's Home Page
an open letter to the
In the name of Allah the Merciful, please, do not kill
any more people.
There are many who wish you peace though thier
governments do have people in them that do not wish you
peace. Many still do and we are speaking up.
We do not like the killing of anybody - for any reason.
We understand that you have strong reason to fight for
your selves and your way of life. You have been attacked
by many great powers.
You have held and kept the name of Allah alive. Many of
us are now studying the Koran. We may not become formally
Muslims. But we will strive to understand all the ways of
I do not know if this message will ever reach you. I pray
that it does.
I would rather meet you heart to heart and person to
person. If we are dead, how can we pray together?If we
kill each other's children, who will play together on
this good good earth?
God in His Mercy has given us a garden. Shall we turn it
into a charnel house? Is this how we repay the universe
for these gifts?
I do not want to turn on the television or pick up a
newspaper and learn about and see the torn bodies of
children. Nor do I want to see the fractured earth
layered over with death.
If this is what you want to see and the legacy you wish
to leave, what can be done?
Think about the laughter of the animals and the children.
Do you not hear God's voice - even there?
Why destroy that?
Please find a peaceful path.
Praise the Name of Names!
With love eternal - Michael