notable quotes

Without Regret

“My religion is to live – and die – without regret.”

Simsapa leaves

Once the Buddha was staying at Kosambi in the Simsapa forest. Then, picking up a few Simsapa leaves with his hand, he asked the monks:,

“What do you think, monks: Which are more numerous- the few Simsapa leaves in my hand, or those overhead in the Simsapa forest?

“The leaves in the hand of the Blessed One are few in number, lord. Those overhead in the forest are far more numerous.

“In the same way, monks, those things that I have known with direct knowledge but have not taught are far more numerous. And why haven’t I taught them? Because they are not connected with the goal, do not relate to the rudiments of the holy life, and do not lead to disenchantment, to dispassion, to cessation, to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding. That is why I have not taught them.

Violent Bible Passages

Judges 14
Then the spirit of the Lord came upon [Samson] mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of them and took their spoil, and gave the changes of clothes to those who told the riddle. And his anger burned, and he went up to his father’s house.
Exodus 21
:15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

:16 And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

:17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

:20 And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.

:21 Notwithstanding, if he should survive a day or two, his owner shall not be punished: for he is his property.

:32 But if the ox shall gore a servant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

The Book

The Book (on the taboo against knowing who you are)

By Alan Watts
The Alan Watts Archive

Just what should a young man or woman know inorder to be “in the know”? Is there, in other words,some inside information, some special taboo, some reallowdown on life and existence that most parents andteachers either don’t know or won’t tell?
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Spiral Dynamics

Original article- The first six levels are “subsistence levels” marked by “first-tier thinking.” Then there occurs a revolutionary shift in consciousness: the emergence of “being levels” and “second-tier thinking,” of which there are two major waves. Here is a brief description of all eight waves, the percentage of the world population at each wave, and the percentage of social power held by each.  Continue reading