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Make it Plain, Brother

Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Columbia University
"However, as we begin the twenty-first common era century in hopes of not repeating
the violence of the world wars and genocide of the previous ones - it is crucial that we
face up to some important lessons that Lama Govinda tirelessly taught.  Western cult-
ure,based on the religious forms of Christianity and Islam, which, in Lama's words, "lost themselves...by overpowering the human mind through the dictatorship of a partially world-creating and at the same time world-negating spirit", is still relatively uncivilized, focused on the external conquest of other civilisations, violence, war, imperialism, and a rampant need for material possession and self-aggrandizemnet.  Contrary to its inflated self-image, it is not the most advanced culture the world has yet seen.  Its very developed material technology is, in fact, put to the childish uses of violent destruction and thoughtless consumption.  Its worst problem is its foundational confusion, which leads those of us under its thrall to feel disconnected from nature.  Hence we tend to be not responsible for the consequences of our actions, and distract ourselves from the extreme danger of destroying everything in our path by the irrational promise of either a blissful salvation by an absolutely disconnected omnipotent "God", or else a blissful oblivion.
Hence our barbarous culture - I do not call it a "civilisation"- poses the ultimate threat to planetary life, to all the human beings of other more ancient and better balanced cul
tures, all other life forms, and the eco-system itself.  We are deploying the five horse-
men of our imminent man-made apocalypse: population explosion, epidemic disease, unliveable pollution, resource depletion, and wars of mass destruction.  The urgent need, therefore, is for us bearers of this imbalanced, disconnection culture to rediscover our interconnection with the rest of life, our infinite responsibility to ourselves and all other living beings, the extreme negative danger of our continuing on the path of destruction and consumption, and the positive potential for us to find a reliable happiness within our own souls, to conquer our own inner negtive habits, and to cultivate our infinite capacity for love and joy."
        from his introduction to "The Way of the White Cloud"  Lama Anagarika Govinda

5 Comments to Make it Plain, Brother:

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Anonymous on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:27 AM
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uni assignment help on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:52 AM
Having a simple mind is not a bad attribute but a good characteristic indeed. Actually, it makes your life easy because it won’t complicate things. Many people worry a lot and they don’t have a peace of mind because they want to go beyond simple. Haven’t they realized that simplicity is beauty? You don’t have to compete with others because they have their own path and journey. If the road goes rough just make it simple. Find the right solution and just be yourself.

professional writing service on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 7:23 AM
Always hold your culture and religion with you all the time. Because these two things are your identities and you are showing your culture and your personality through these things. Don't complex your life. Make it smooth, easier and plain all the r time.
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asd on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 6:37 AM
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uk assignment writing help on Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:55 PM
Do not make your theories and beliefs more complex. As much as you can make it plain and smooth, it will then be clearly understood by people. We cannot always expect people to understand us all of the time. But the best thing to do is not to argue with them, but just continue your belief without stepping someone's life. Let them think of the consequences that they might have. We are all different, but we have to respect each other.
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