Monday, November 24, 2014

The Dalai Lama on Promoting Human Values

New Delhi, India, 22 November 2014 - This morning, after a short drive across Delhi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was received at Springdales School by the Principal, Mrs Ameeta Mulla Wattal. She escorted him to a brief reception and meeting with other principals and staff, including the Founding Principal, 90 year old Mrs Rajni Kumar. She established the first Springdales School in 1955 with a view to giving students a broad progressive holistic curriculum and a strong value system that included the universal values of love, truth and goodness.

On the daïs, His Holiness was offered a traditional shawl and a living plant. He took part in lighting the inaugural lamp while members of the school choir sang an ecumenical medley. Mrs Wattal declared that as teachers she and her colleagues feel it their responsibility to shape young minds with the notion that compassion is the solution to all ills. She said they had dreamed of inviting His Holiness to speak at the school and were now so pleased the dream had become reality. She requested him to address the gathering of eager young minds and their teachers.

“Respected principals, teachers and older brothers and sisters,” His Holiness began, “and younger brothers and sisters. Whenever I meet other people I remember that we are all the same as human beings. Having the same human brain, we all have the same potential. Sometimes that potential ends up creating more problems, but in general our basic human nature is compassionate.”

He spoke of experiments scientists have conducted with young infants. Showing them animated drawings of situations in which someone gives help and or hinders and obstructs, they favour the instances of help. He said this clearly accords with our status as social animals whose survival depends on others. This is why we develop a sense of community. And the emotions that foster community are love and affection, while anger and jealousy create distance and separation. It is by cultivating a sense of concern for others that we can learn to use our intelligence constructively.

“Modern education tends to focus on materialist goals with insufficient stress on developing warm-heartedness. If our education touches on ethics it is usually in relation to religious faith. Despite their philosophical differences, the main practice of all the major religious traditions is love. And in order to practise love effectively, you need tolerance and forgiveness, self-discipline and contentment. These traditions have a common purpose, to help us develop love. It may be through belief in a creator and the sense that we all have a spark of God, of love, within us. Or we might follow a non-theistic tradition that believes in causality and the idea that if you do good, you benefit, or that if you do harm it will have negative consequences. Whatever their differences philosophically, these spiritual traditions share a common goal.”

His Holiness remarked that in India all the major religious traditions have long lived together in harmony. However, among the 7 billion human beings alive in the world today, 1 billion assert that they have no such belief. He said the question then is how to educate such people in the value of love and compassion. He suggested a need to adopt a secular approach and that India has historically adopted such an approach that expresses an unbiased respect for all religions and even for people who proclaim no faith.

“I believe, therefore, that the idea of secular ethics is something that can appeal to all. We are biologically equipped with love and affection. When we are born we depend on our mother’s affection to survive. Love and affection allow us to grow in a healthy way and give us self-confidence. Many of you young women take time and trouble to make yourselves look beautiful using cosmetics and so on, but the real key to happy relationships, to creating a happy marriage is inner beauty.

“We all need friendship and friendship is built on trust, which comes about on the basis of mutual respect and concern for others. A family may be wealthy and powerful, but if its members are moved by mistrust and suspicion they’ll be unhappy. A poor family whose members trust each other, on the other hand, is happy.”

His Holiness referred to scientific research that shows that people who engage in training in love, compassion and warm-heartedness for as short a time as three weeks show a marked reduction in their levels of stress and blood pressure. Their relations with their friends improve. He cited this as an example that it is possible to educate people on the basis of scientific findings, common experience and common sense. Because of the materialist tendency of modern education, work is going on in the USA and here in India to design a curriculum that fosters secular ethics, that develops the heart as well as the mind.

“The 20th century saw many remarkable developments,” His Holiness declared, “and yet it was also an era of unprecedented violence. 200 million, by some counts, died in violence. Billions of dollars were spent on developing powerful weapons, but it didn’t result in positive change. Even now, when it is pleasant and peaceful where we are, elsewhere human beings like us are being killed and injured. We cannot create a more peaceful world through the use of force; we have, instead, to cultivate inner peace.”

Looking out over the audience he said that those less than 20 years old belong to the 21st century. While nothing can be done to change the past, if this generation tries it can change the future. He said that being concerned only about your own country is out of date, now it is time to be concerned about all humanity. India, with its ages-old traditions of ahimsa and inter-religious harmony, can make a great contribution to this.

“I have lived 55 years in this country as a refugee,” His Holiness said. “I consider myself a messenger of ancient Indian thought. I also sometimes call myself a son of India because as a student of the Nalanda tradition, that is the source of all my knowledge. Meanwhile, my body has been nourished by Indian rice and dal. Indian culture doesn’t reside only in the external trappings of song and dance, but here in the heart. If we pay attention to that, it will be effective. Please take your modern education seriously, but also remember what ancient India can teach us about reality and the nature of our mind and emotions. This knowledge, this Indian treasure, is particularly relevant today, as shown by the appreciation it is receiving from many modern scientists.”

In answering several questions from the audience, His Holiness explained that competition that ensures the success of all participants is helpful, but that competition that favours some while eliminating others is not. He clarified that stern action can be employed in a positive way, for example by a teacher who is wholly concerned for his or her student’s welfare. Asked whether he watches movies he replied that he went to the cinema in the early 60s, but nowadays does not watch television or films.

Questioned whether Buddha was a god, he said no, he was a human being who through his own efforts became an enlightened Buddha. He told his listeners that his greatest challenge had been in seeking to understand emptiness and dependent origination as taught by Nagarjuna. As to his dreams when he was young, he said he only wanted to run here and there, with little interest in study, but today at the age of nearly 80 reading and study are what he likes to do. And looking fondly down at Mrs Rajni Kumar, he expressed a hope to live to 90 or 100 like her.

Asked who his sources of inspiration were, without hesitation he mentioned masters of Nalanda like Nagarjuna and Shantideva. He said that hearing Shantideva’s texts explained changed his life. Prompted to name some contemporary figures, he cited Mahatma Gandhi and India’s first President, Dr Rajendra Prasad, whose knowledge and humility had deeply impressed him. Finally, he remarked that making others happy is not a question of sacrificing our own happiness. Trying to make others happy, even when we do not always succeed, is a source of great satisfaction. He concluded that it is anger and hatred that are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength.

In the afternoon His Holiness was invited to address a meeting organized by the Ananta Aspen Centre, which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that seeks to foster positive change in society through dissemination of knowledge. He outlined his own three commitments. Firstly, he talked about the promotion of deeper human values as a source of happiness and physical health; the idea that the ultimate source of happiness is within the mind. He remarked that our lives begin under the care of our mother’s affection and that as social animals it is affection that brings people together.

His Holiness described his second commitment as the promotion of inter-religious harmony, citing Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity as examples of people whose dedication to the welfare of the poor and needy was an expression of their faith. He reiterated that religious traditions may have philosophical differences, but they share a common goal.

Thirdly, he acknowledged that he is a Tibetan and that many Tibetans place their trust in him. While he has wholly retired from political responsibility, he retains a concern for the flourishing of Tibetan culture. Tibetans retain a comprehensive Buddhist tradition, the result of individuals’ study and practice down the centuries. Tibetan Buddhism can benefit not only Tibetans, but also the millions in China who describe themselves as Buddhists. He said that the Tibetan language remains the most accurate medium for exploring and explaining Buddhist ideas. He added that his concern for Tibet also extends to its natural environment, noting that a billion people across Asia are dependent on the water that flows from Tibet’s rivers.

“We are all the same as human beings,” he concluded. “We all need to take responsibility for creating a better world and a more peaceful humanity. Please keep this in mind and take it to heart.”

Answering the audience’s questions His Holiness elaborated on his thoughts about secular ethics, the importance of compassion, the steady changes taking place in China and the fact that the future of the world depends on us and how we exert ourselves. He said that in seeking to find the source of happiness within us, we need a map of our mind and emotions. We need to develop a sense of emotional hygiene, an understanding of how to manage our emotions, how to counter those that are negative and cultivate those that are positive. He said that is the way to find peace within.

original link with photos

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Demons and Meth? A Door to Darkness

I believe all drugs are a doorway to the negative beings but if you do a random search for "meth and demons" you will be shocked what you read. Meth is (so they say) the most addictive and dangerous drugs out of all of them due to how fast it takes you down. After just 6 months many have a drastic and awful change in appearance due to this mind altering drug. Many claim they are chased by demons, skeletons and they see devils etc... Of course drugs can make one see things that are not real but what is it about this specific drug and thousands claiming to see the same things? Just like during Sleep Paralysis thousands claim to see the same images and the tell of the same events.

A Florida man high on meth who was arrested in a violent confrontation with police after dragging his son into the woods reportedly believed the 11-year-old required an exorcism.

'You are the demon, you are the demon,' authorities say Bryan Adams told his son after taking him from his bedroom. 'I know what I must do with you.'
Okeechobee County police say the 31-year-old showed 'no compliance or showing of pain and abnormal strength.' This is one of many, many horrific stories about the tight connection of these two. (Meth and Demons)

One user posted this warning and cry for help. The following is written by a meth user. "Well lets just say when you do slip into that other 'dimension' its a moment you'll never forget and you can feel those entities looking at your soul when you make eye contact with them. They feed off of fear and most times you can't control your emotions when it happens, the feeling of fear becomes inevitable. Another way to describe it is like a deja vu like state not literally, just the feeling. So my question is has anyone else experienced this or is it just me? It happened to me 2 times now, once when I took a hit of acid, and the second time while smoking, this never used to happen to me only recently, now I've stopped doing it because I seem to always slip into these other dimensions, if I do decide to smoke again I probably won't do it with anyone because I'm afraid my friends will become "possessed" by these demons" this is a very real problem and it's truly happening more and more. Google this for yourself.

Another user stated "When I used meth, I got to a point where I actually sensed, and saw, evil.
I saw evil come across the face of some meth users, and I believed I was seeing meth bringing out the inner evil in people. I also believed I saw evil being "channeled" through meth users, who were out of their minds at the time, and had no idea what was even happening.

THEN,....after I had gotten clean, and had been clean for over a year......I STILL SAW THE SAME THINGS when I was around any meth users. I still believe it to this day...that meth is a creation of, and a tool of, forces of EVIL.

Whether you call it "Satan", or whatever you call it, by whatever religion's guidelines...this question really doesn't have to do with religion at all, but rather, the basic concept of whatever way that takes form. Every religion on the planet personifies that differently."

Here's another testimony and warning from someone exposed to it but never used it. "I'll tell ya this....Before I knew what meth was, and obviously before I knew my lover was using, I sensed a darkness about him; very literally like a black aura surrounding him. And I've never seen this, or an aura of any color for that matter, on another human being in my life. It was there! And it was also about that time (hope this doesn't offend anybody) that sex started getting weirder and weirder with him as well, that is to say, he started buying the toys and asking me to do things to him that really creeped me out. I hadn't thought about "evil forces" since 6th grade catechism class, but suddenly I couldn't stop thinking about the devil..."

"The last time I saw J. was about 6 weeks ago. I had let him in temporarily to help him out; he had been clean for well over a year, and damn it if he doesn't pass a drug test, get a steady job, start getting paid regularly, get all comfortable here.... and he starts using again. It was so obvious it was ridiculous! It didn't help much that he started leaving his smoking paraphernalia lying around because was he too high to remember to put away. As he left (per my request) I looked at that face of his that I love so much, that I'll probably never see again, and it was as grey as ashes. Sure, we all look pretty bad when we don't sleep, but this looked just like "death." It almost took my breathe away, and I'm getting chills now as I write about it. Too freaking weird, man!!"

This is very scary. I believe all drugs are doorways but this Meth in particular really seems to take people down quick, in a matter of just 4 to 6 months. Please let's be in prayer against this drug and the enemy drawing people in. I've heard all it takes is one time and your addicted. It works fast. The enemy just feeds off this kind of chaos. Let's stand against this drug and any supernatural power taking place so these people have a chance at life. A chance to know peace and to know Christ.

Written By Jennifer L Auld

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Lawyer’s Lies; Her Deceptive Truths

I am amaze at how far the rabbit hole of deceit has went and who appears to be involved and I, as anyone, am shocked, dismayed and angry. It isn't just who is involved, it's how they are using their position as a lawyer to be deceptive, cruel with no regard for others in their selfish attempt to cover their own rear end and just what some of her cohorts are doing to others in the field as well, that would shock anyone.

As we reported, a lawyer, named Lisa Livingston Martin and her partner, Annette Marie Munnich have a publishing business named French Point Publishing in recent blogs. They charge authors money to publish their books, as well as, charging for promoting their books. They make up contracts, in which Lisa as anyone would assume would be the one writing them up, being she is a lawyer. But, are they fair, or one sided towards the publishing company? One would wonder the conflict of interest that probably exist in that endeavor, especially knowing that most reputable publishers do not charge authors to publish books in the first place and they pay the author to publish their book and generally do not except books that are poorly written. They also do not charge for promoting their books. The only ones that do that are self publishing companies. So where does French Point Publishing fit in? For pay, but, not self publishing? Hmmmmm

We have gotten reports to their deceptive practices of accepting money and not honoring their own contract and missing deadlines for unpublished books that authors paid for. I'm sure to some people, they would trust someone who is a lawyer and historian and a paranormal person in this field. On this, I do not blame the authors here for being swindled. As I would consider it swindling just in charging authors, never mind not producing even when paid to do so.

As of late, this woman decided to take issue with a friend for these blogs and blame him for what I have written. This was an elderly man and his wife who both have heart related health problems. She first told him about her bad book reviews I left on her books. It affected her, as five reviews and one negative brings the star level down from her friends leaving a 5 star reviews of books that were published a few years ago. Yep, I alerted people. But, there were other complaints on the books as well and I was not the only negative reviewer. Now, she knew this gentleman had a particularly hard time recently as he posted it publicly on his page with a recent near death situation and yet, this lawyer, even with pleading from this gentleman, continue to message him and complain about my actions of stating to the public where they would see it. Perhaps that was not what everyone would do, but, I will use what ever method I need to alert the public and pressure people into doing the right thing and make amends with ripping people off.

Now, I understand her complaint about feeling angry, but, I do not understand bothering an elderly man with such dire health. I don't know anyone that would of done such a thing, never mind accuse someone of being involved or to persuade them with threats to try to get to me. Now, she claims she didn't threaten. But, just because someone verbally negates what they do, doesn't actually negate what they do. I have been advised to take appropriate action against her.

Now, she attempted to use a fictitious criminal record to persuade this gentleman that I was some sort of dangerous criminal and therefore, could not be trusted, was going to make him look bad and bring a lot of “bad his way”. The record was suppose to have been from a site called . You can check out their policies on their “Terms of Service” or TOS and see that;

  1. The site “aggregates” information from many sources on the internet. This includes social media sites. So, what do you think happens when someone posts fake information about someone out there? It could very well become part of the “criminal record”.
  2. The site clearly labels the reports with “likely criminal record” meaning, the site acknowledges that the reports are not always accurate and actually on the “Terms Of Service” says that the site is not meant to rely on it's accuracy and that it is only to give a view of what may be there for records. Sounds like, you can't count on it to me... as I well know from doing my own investigating on people and NEVER use pay sites for this reason.
  3. The site clearly says that their may be mistakes in names or people with the same name may be combined with reports.
  4. The site clearly says as part of their use, you agree to the TOS, which states that no part of any record can be copied, sent, broadcast, screenshot etc and sent to another. It also says that it can not be linked directly, as then it would bypass their attempts to collect for the information.
  5. The site says that the user agrees not to use the information for slander, defamation, harassment or stalking. It's actually more explicit then that and clearly says not to use it to get after someone you don't like, which I am sure includes showing the record to an elderly man to try to pressure me and scare him and manipulate him, along with what it does to me personally.
Now, the first of the messages that went out was from Lisa Livingston Martin to this elderly gentleman. I am not naming him, as he doesn't need the further stress from self centered cruel haters and friends of the person who did this. Then subsequent email went out by someone named Trinity Skeiks, a fictitious name with the added little addendum to it. It is very tell tale to whom had done it and who was originally responsible.

First off, let me say that the report is bogus and there isn't any truth to it. First, I have NEVER EVER served a day in jail and that's about the time I met my wife and the time I would have been in prison we got married, had a kid... etc. I can certainly prove easily to any court of law how bogus it is and the sites constraints and warnings, as well as a record of where that went to and who did it whilst breaking the sites own rules and disregarding the warnings of doing so and possible mistakes in the information.

I find it funny as the first report said it was Attempted Kidnapping. That was followed by a Kidnapping charge that was reported by the same person and then later it combined the two and added the claimed 10 years in prison by one of my haters. However the time was 1988, when I was still overseas formerly. The date changed, almost as though it tried to correct the error. LOL I find it very strange how the record morphed. To those paying for the records, don't bother, it's probably not going to tell you anything if you are just trying to dig up dirt. I don't even use that, unless someone's behavior is that of suspicion and then, someone I know will, but, it is not usually me. Anyone doing what I do would see the draw backs in trusting what you pick up and I'm sure if you talk to some that have had people pull up records, you would likely hear the same type of complaints inaccuracy.

I don't need to do that and my biggest and best investigating tool is those that come forward that have been abused or scammed. Many times there are more then one and even a number of people and they are unrelated and have the same complaints.

Now, imagine a lawyer who is a writer, whose own books are not selling who charges for publishing and promoting when most publishers do not who does not answer questions from either clients that they have not honored their contract or those inquiring to alert them to what their partner is doing that send a bogus criminal report to an sick elderly man to manipulate and believe me, it upset him and rightfully so. This happens to be someone that is very dear to me that often tells me, I need to stop being like a bull in a china shop out there and need to really tone it down. He's not the one making me do anything, he's the one that I listen to the most to calm down or rethink what I'm doing and he has my utmost respect for it. He's one of the few that has the balls to tell me, hey, that's probably not a good idea and here he is being blamed? HUH?

I am livid about this. As for the fake criminal record, big deal. If people want to know, they'll ask. I'm not going to disprove every single ridiculous claim they make, like my wife being a mail order bride for instance that is entirely racial.

It's one thing to get criticize and harassed by these crooks, but, by a lawyer who should know better that is operating under the state bar, I have to wonder why she thought that move in anyway shape or form was smart. It's a good darn thing he knew to question the voracity of this lawyer. She also told him that the records were from courts and prisons and therefore the truth when that is not the truth. All she had to do is read that site.

On a side note here, I did not pay for my own criminal record and can not verify if this record is even photo shopped and manufactured or on the site which they claim, but, my determination is that it wouldn't matter as it's untrue and could very well be on other sources such as that knowing how they work. I am in the process of making a report to the state bar on this on my account and that of my very good and close friend, whom I hope keeps keeping me in line when I need to hear it.

Evan Jensen
Producer of Beyond the Edge of Reality Radio Network

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Key to Walking Closely with the Lord

By Reverend Mark Hunnemann

Thomas Brooks was a Puritan who lived from 1608-1680. In 1652 he wrote the classic "Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices".Contrary to popular notions, the Puritans were neither miserable nor ignorant of spiritual warfare.A common theme amongst Puritan pastors was how to 'live sweetly in Jesus.'

Have you ever lamented the gap between your knowledge about God/bible and a sweet, deep, moment by moment walk with Christ? I certainly have! How does one bridge this gap between knowledge about... and personal knowledge of God? We should be wary of simple (1,2,3) summaries of how to live a godly life.And due to the world, flesh, and the devil there will always be some gap..we will not experience perfection until we die or Jesus returns.However, the following quote from Brooks touches on what I think is the key to both intimacy with Jesus and victory over the devil.

"Remember that it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to your soul. It is not the  mere touching of the flower by the bee that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time on the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest, and strongest Christian." (from Introduction...Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices)

Isn't that wonderful?! 

Let me put the earlier question a different way--have you ever read the bible in the morning, but by the end of the day realized you had forgotten what you read?! Or at least realized that you hadn't thought much about what you had read? 

Nothing can break our union with Christ, but our COMMUNION with Christ (existential intimacy) goes up and down during the day. John 15 tells us to abide in the Vine because apart from Him we can't do anything. The key to abiding is meditating on His Word.This is something God will not do for us. It is our responsibility to continually call to mind throughout the day what we had read earlier (that assumes we had read earlier!) Biblical meditation always has biblical content as its focus, unlike the content-less eastern meditation.

Like many of you there are a lot of books I want to read. However, over the years I have learned to slow down when reading, including non-inspired books. How much more so when reading the very oracles of the Living God! By meditating on the Word we walk with God like Enoch did. By meditating on what we read we draw out its honey throughout the day, and are spiritually nourished. A by-product of intimacy with the Lord is overcoming the devil. Every pore of our being was created for moment by moment intimacy with our Creator and Redeemer. Let us strive to close the gap by meditating on God's holy Word...from morning to evening.

Mark Hunnemann is the author of Seeing Ghosts Through God's Eyes: A Worldview Analysis of Earthbound Spirits. It's also available in eBook format.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dalai Lama Addresses the Tibetan Community & Meets with Chinese Students

New York, NY, USA, 5 November 2014 - Under grey skies, the New York streets wore a sombre look as His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove to the Javits Convention Center for almost his last engagement of this visit to the USA. Inside it was colourful and 5000 assembled Tibetans were full of smiles as His Holiness took the stage before a backdrop of the Potala Palace. Everyone stood for the Tibetan National Anthem, and then the President of the New York & New Jersey Tibetan Association (NYNJTA) presented a report to His Holiness. He explained that the association began in 1979, that it is non-sectarian and acknowledges no regional bias either. Its objective is to provide a platform for all Tibetans to have a sense of community and to participate is a cultural life. It also concerns itself with offering opportunities for Tibetan children to study Tibetan and so on. The association meets the cost of such classes. By keeping up the Green Book contributions, members of the association contribute $200,000 per year to the CTA.

The President of the Tibetan Association of New York and New Jersey, Sonam Gyatso, offering a traditional white scarf on behalf of the Tibetan community before His Holiness the Dalai Lama's address in New York, NY, USA on November 5, 2014. Photo/Sonam Zoksang
The association not only recognises His Holiness as the leader of Tibetans, but as a leader for the whole world, and while pledging to follow his advice, requests him to live long.

“My dear Tibetan brothers and sisters,” His Holiness responded, “today, when I have this opportunity to meet all of you, I wondered for a moment if I was back in Tibet, or in one of the large settlements in South India. You’re all working hard to retain your Tibetan identity and spirit and I thank you. Here on this new soil, it seems you have made a lot of children! Ensure that they grow up as Tibetans. They may learn to chant the verse for taking refuge, but that’s not enough. You can even teach a parrot to chant. We had one at the Norbulingka Palace that could recite ‘manis’ while nicely nodding its head. The children need to study and know what the Dharma is about. 21st century Buddhists need to study. Prostrating, chanting mantras and circumambulation are good, but they are not the main practice. You need to know how to transform the mind.”

He went on to explain that the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which derives from the Nalanda tradition, is impressive. It’s a culture of peace that has a contribution to make in a world riven by competition and conflict. Today, he said, even scientists take interest in its knowledge of the mind and emotions. It is peace of mind that is important and mere chanting isn’t enough to secure that.

His Holiness talked about his hopes for reclassifying the content of the Kangyur and Tengyur in terms of science, philosophy and religion. He pointed out that the Mind Only and Middle Way Schools of Thought have much in common with the approach of Quantum Physics and can be of interest to anyone, while topics like the Four Noble Truths are primarily of interest to Buddhists. Two volumes of science from these sources were recently published in Tibetan and will soon be available translated into English, Chinese and other languages.

After Buddhism came to Tibet, the collective values of society became more compassionate. Tibetans have their own spoken and written language, and it is the language best suited to expressing the Buddhist path including Tantra, logic and epistemology. His Holiness has encouraged the study of the classic Buddhist texts, even in monasteries and nunneries that were previously concerned only with chanting rituals. These days there are nuns who have studied well and are close to receiving their Geshe-ma degrees. Individuals who have an interest in Buddhism need to study. In Ladakh, laypeople have set up discussion groups to encourage this and His Holiness said he had heard of people doing the same in Tibet. It is not necessary to have a lama involved. This is how to preserve Tibetan religion and culture.

“I have studied in our tradition and whoever I meet, wherever I am, I’m proud and confident. I respect all the major religious traditions, but I am aware that of all the great religious teachers it was only the Buddha who gave his followers advice and encouragement to examine and question what he had taught.”

Changing the subject to what is happening in Tibet, His Holiness said:

“The 6 million Tibetans in Tibet are our real masters. They have been going through difficult times, not least because of the hard-line policies pursued by Chinese officials in Tibet. And yet Tibetans have not lost their spirit and character. Just as Chinese are proud and devoted to their culture, so are we Tibetans. The people of the three provinces feel a strong sense of unity as Tibetans and we in exile should give them our support.

“Whenever I can, I meet Chinese. Many years ago I encouraged the setting up of Sino-Tibetan friendship groups and they have been quite effective. Today, there are 400 million Chinese who call themselves Buddhists, many of whom have an interest in Tibetan Buddhism. Others concern themselves with preserving the natural environment and ecology of Tibet. Relations with ordinary Chinese have improved. The Tibetan issue appears to be a struggle between the gun, the use of force, and the truth. It may appear that in the short term the gun is more effective, and yet in the end the truth will prevail.

“When I was young in Lhasa, the servants used to keep me informed. I became aware of the shortcomings of too much power in too few hands. Everything depended on who you knew. I wanted to change it, but my attempts at reform were thwarted. We began democratization in 1960 and when a new leadership was elected in 2011, I retired. It took time, but eventually we have reached a point where our leaders are elected.”

His Holiness explained that the Vinaya or monastic discipline functions on a democratic basis too. An example of this is the issue of the full ordination of women that he says he fully supports. A lot of people, especially people from the West, ask him simply to issue an edict about it and say that because he doesn’t he is obstructing progress. In fact, changes related to the Vinaya require a group of at least five qualified individuals to be legitimate.

His Holiness spoke at some length about the matter of Dolgyal. He said:

“I was at Dromo, Nechung and Gadong were not with us, but there was a medium there, who although illiterate, was reputed for giving good predictions. This is how my relationship with Dolgyal began. I am also a custodian of Pabongka’s tradition, so from 1950-70, I propitiated Dolgyal. In the 60s Nechung mentioned that is was not good to propitiate the vagabond, Asay Khenpo. I told him to keep quiet and he did and I continued the practice.

“Then the Yellow Book came out suggesting that for a Gelugpa to practise other traditions would arouse Dolgyal’s anger. I consulted Nechung again and he told me a long story. Consequently I did a divination involving special offerings to Palden Lhamo, attended by the Abbot of Namgyal Monastery. He didn’t know what it was about, but when I told him he remarked that it had been a powerful ritual. The questions were whether I should stop the practice, whether immediately or gradually. I stopped. I informed Ling Rinpoche who was pleased, having earlier been very apprehensive about my relations with Dolgyal. I also explained everything to Trijang Rinpoche, who said divination involving Palden Lhamo was infallible. He cast no doubt over it and said that Nechung was very reliable too. He said there must be reason for what we had learned, but he was not annoyed or anything like that.

“The pro-Dolgyal demonstrators shout about religious freedom, but my religious freedom was restricted while I did that practice. I wanted to receive teachings of the Guhyagarbha from Khunu Lama Rinpoche, but because he was apprehensive about Dolgyal, Ling Rinpoche advised against it. I was only free once I gave Dolgyal up and was able to receive many teachings from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

“Dolgyal is a mundane deity. Some say he is a manifestation of Manjushri, but we could also say that Nechung is ultimately something transcendental too. The 13th Dalai Lama warned Pabongka Rinpoche that relating to Dolgyal as he did he risked breaching his refuge, which is recorded in Rinpoche’s own biography. The 5th Dalai Lama said Dolgyal arose from distorted prayers, that he is a ghost of the dead and his function is to do harm. Many other great Gelugpa masters like Trichen Ngawang Chokden opposed this practice. These protestors are mistaken and full of ignorance, but I don’t feel angry towards them.

“They say, ‘Stop Lying, stop lying’, but you stood behind me; I thank you. The thing is it’s harmful, but whether people listen to this or not is up to them. My responsibility anyway is to warn people and to make the situation clear. I have never said anyone has to listen to me.”

His Holiness also made reference to the work that is going on in Vancouver and British Columbia to introduce secular ethics in schools. He concluded his talk by offering transmission of the mantras of the Buddha, Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajrapani, Tara, Hayagriva, Vajrakilaya and the Medicine Buddha. He said it had been 20 days since he left India, that there had been some benefit and that his health was good.

“Be happy, Tashi Delek.”

After lunch at his hotel, but before leaving for the airport, His Holiness met with a group of Chinese students studying in New York and nearby areas. Addressing them as brothers and sisters he made reference to the long standing relations that exist between Tibetans and Chinese, which have often been good, but have sometimes been difficult.

“One of the problems between us is ignorance. For too long, too many have thought of Tibetans as backward and barbaric. But now they have the opportunity, more Chinese are finding things to admire in Tibet. Spiritually, China and Tibet are very close. Today, there are said to be 300-400 million Chinese who call themselves Buddhists, many of whom have some interest in Tibetan Buddhism.”

In answering questions from the audience he gave a survey of relations between China and Tibet over the last 50 years or more, of how at times hopes of a solution have been raised only to be dashed again. He mentioned how he had tried to introduce reforms and faced obstructions, but then reforms were imposed by others by use of force.

He said that since Tibetans would like to see material development too, it was in their interest to remain part of the PRC, expressing his admiration for the voluntary way European countries had put the common interest ahead of national interest within the EU. He also drew attention to the way diversity flourishes in India without any risk of the country breaking up. He also mentioned his wish to make a pilgrimage to Wu-tai-shan.

Leaving the hotel, His Holiness drove to JFK airport and boarded a flight that will take him to Frankfurt on the way back to India.

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The Breaking of the Human Will -- Permission from God, Part 1

In this two part series we will uncover the key aspect of Demonic activity as we engage one of the most popular questions that gets asked to the Exorcism Ministry quite frequently is “Why does GOD allow evil to reside in or upon his children?”  During this blog series we hope to help you discover the “Biblical Truth” of what the Holy Bible states regarding what we refer to as the permission of GOD when it comes to the Demonic forces upon a person.

To fully understand this aspect as to why some people have demonic activity while others have virtually nothing has to do with GOD’s permission upon his children as well as people engaging in acts that GOD is displeased with.  Let me explain this in a very simplistic form.

At the time of writing this blog I am engaging with a new case.  While on the phone with a paranormal investigator who is now having serious issues as a result of his own direct actions of searching for answers with what is in the spirit realm.  While searching for these answers of the afterlife, this person crossed many lines that GOD instructed us to not do.

The conversation between this afflicted person and I went something like this.  The man has children and I asked him the following two part question: (a) “Do you let your children do what they desire to do?”  The man answered with authority “of course not that would be foolish”.  I followed up with the words stated “because as the adult you know better.”  The man responded “I certainly know more than they do so that would be a yes.”

Then I asked the next question: (b) Do you let your children learn painful lessons for disobeying your instructions even though it hurts you to see this occur?”  The man took a period of time to respond but said “Yes, I let them learn some lessons which I told them and I know better that they should not have done and told them so.”  I simply answered him saying one word “interesting”.  The man responded why is at interesting to you?

My approach to this man being afflicted by the Demonic was to show him the correlation to GOD loving his children, just as he (a parent) loves his children.  I stated to the man, “Don’t you think that is how our heavenly Father GOD works with us?”  Since we are his children I said “Do you not think for one minute he gave us the instructions upon how we are to operate in this life?”  The man answered me with a very sullen and soft voice saying “I get what you’re saying, it doesn’t make my situation better, but I do understand how this is relating to me and what I have done.”

Folks here is the plain and simple answer for it is two parts as to why the Demonic attack us human beings (1) A direct hand in not listening to GOD and (2) Our own free will to do what we choose to do.

Just as parents provide life instructions to their own flesh and blood (i.e. children), GOD provided the instructions to walk in this world which are found in the Holy Bible.  I simply call the Holy Bible – the owner’s manual for life as this has been provided for all to read and learn the righteous ways of the Lord.  However, as humans we have the free will to read and enact the ways GOD wants us to operate or not read and enact our own ways based on our own worldly experiences.

The change in the man with me on the phone started to make sense to him and he responded to me in not so many words “So these actions I am experiencing now are the results of my own actions?”  What more was I to respond.  The man was guilty of doing many things in paranormal world that he admittedly told me he should have not done and then said he didn’t know then what he now knows.  At this point in time the man started to have reactions of the stomach being squeezed extremely hard as to vomit as well as the feeling of something holding onto the right side of his arm.

The entire aspect of why these forces are upon him is a result of his own actions and secondly because GOD has allowed this to occur.  You mean to tell me the reader that GOD allows the Demons to attack us?  Unfortunately the answer is YES!  However, the key being that they must seek permission from GOD to do this upon the person.  We hinted at this back in our blog Demons Not Ghost’s, that we were going to cover this aspect for all to understand.

Permission from GOD is how these entities work.  Yes, many scriptures in the Bible discuss that permission is what is required and when the permission is removed the forces have to leave because GOD is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  They have to obey period.  The Demonic will fight to hold onto those they are upon as this is the battle.  However once the Lord Jesus Christ has said no more it is over.

A prime example of final authority is found in the book of Mark, Chapter 5 when the Lord Jesus encountered the man from the tombs.  Lord Jesus simply stated “Come out of the man”, thus meaning I have removed my permission from your realm to reside within this man.

So to reverse engineer these words Jesus Christ commanded them out, however, the true key to this story is the man ran, fell to his knees in front of Jesus (as an act of humility) for the Lord loves a humble heart.

Thus the legal permission was removed as a result of the humbling by the man in front of the true King of the world.  Then the Demonic were forced to deal with the fact that permission has been revoked to reside within this man.

This was to be the testimony of removing permission or legal rights the Demonic were claiming on the man.  Permission had to be given for them to enter and thus permission was removed upon the dismissal of the entities within.

Satan does not need permission to do evil, for he is known as the prince of this world, but must have the permission to enact upon the children of GOD for he is the accuser of men.  During the second series of this blog we will uncover how permission is granted in the first place.

Realize that Satan has a bestowed relevance in keeping all of us as ignorant about his plan as he possibly can. One way that Satan does this is by afflicting both good people and bad people.  Satan does this in such a manner that it is impossible to determine whether a person is good or evil simply by what is happening in their life.  We will conclude permission from GOD in the next blog.

Rev. Bradley Luoma, Exorcist Minister

The Breaking of the Human Will -- Permission from God, Part 2

Continued from the blog:

In this two part series we will uncover the key aspect of Demonic activity as we engage one of the most popular questions that gets asked to the Exorcism Ministry quite frequently is “Why does GOD allow evil to reside in or upon his children?”  During this blog series we hope to help you discover the “Biblical Truth” of what the Holy Bible states regarding what we refer to as the permission of GOD when it comes to the Demonic forces upon a person.

The first part we laid out that permission must be granted by the Lord Jesus for attacks to occur upon his children. The New Testament, however, reveals Satan as the “god of this age,” who does not ask God permission before doing evil, thus Satan has been defeated time and time again.

The very words of our Lord and Savior Jesus state the following in Luke 22:31 KJV “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.”  So let’s examine these words spoken by Jesus Christ.  In order to attack precious children of the Lord Jesus, permission was sought to do so.

Let’s further explain Satan and the forces of evil must seek permission from GOD to attack, not to do evil.  The context of this is Jesus predicting the denial by Peter that Lord knew was coming:  "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

As a backdrop to understanding this passage, wheat in ancient times was sifted in order to remove the chaff and the dirt, as well as to eliminate the broken and withered grains. The sifting process removes impure wheat from the good wheat. In same manner, Satan will tempt believers with a view to reveal impure “wheat” and thus emphasize our weaknesses. This is what Satan sought to do to Peter.

In Luke 22:31-32 it is clear that Satan is "on a leash." The Devil cannot go beyond what our sovereign GOD will allow. We see this not only in Luke 22 but also in the Book of Job where Satan had to obtain permission from GOD before afflicting Job.

We should all rest in the fact that Jesus is in control of the universe and that Satan cannot simply do as he pleases in our lives. The trials and testings’ that come to GOD’s people are only those which GOD allows.

Another observation we can make is that Jesus, fully aware that Satan wanted to destroy Peter, prayed for Peter before the temptation even began that Peter's faith would not fail (Luke 22:32).  Hebrews 7:25 tells us, "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Thus a glorious Savior we have.

Therefore when the forces of Satan come upon people it is a result of permission given from GOD to break the will of the human.  In the wording above the Lord Jesus Christ was asked permission by Satan to do this act of destruction against his disciple for Satan hated Peter.

Many of you will say why would a loving and all powerful GOD do this?  The plain and simple truth is, to teach us lessons from our Heavenly Father GOD for disobedience of his words and instructions!  In our blog “Why is GOD cruel” gives us the answers.

Our own flesh is full of sin and secondly we have to much “us” in our own world and not enough of “Jesus Christ” in our own lives.  We are commanded to seek the Lord God with all your heart and all your soul (Luke 10:27, Matthew 22:37, Deuteronomy 6:5).

The forces of evil must seek permission from our Lord and Savior to attack his children.  The most famous story of seeking permission is the story of Job recorded in the Bible.  As the story unfolds GOD was “bragging” about Job and we pick up the story in verse 6 ending at verse 12 in Chapter 1 taken from the KJV Bible.

The story unfolds as follows: Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.  And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?  Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, doth Job fear God for nought?  Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.  But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.  And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”

The very words of our Lord state that “Hast thou considered my servant Job?”  Thus meaning I will give you permission to “test” my child.  The story unfolds that Satan was given permission to destroy everything that Job had.  However, Satan could not destroy Job for it was forbidden by the Lord.  For the tests that were given and Job staying the course, the Lord rewarded Job more than he had before.

Since paranormal activity is the result of Demonic forces upon a person, thus means permission from GOD was given to enact lessons to “repent of your ways” and return to the GOD.  In essence the hard part to swallow is this, due to actions you have possibly given the Demonic forces openings for them to come into your life.  All they need now is to seek the permission from GOD to do so.  Why?  All souls belong to GOD.

During battles with those that reside within a person, the job of an Exorcist is to remove those within by seeking permission from GOD to renew this person as a righteous person.  This starts with prayer work to humble oneself before GOD.  GOD loves a repentant heart as recorded in James 4:6 KJV “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Once we as humans (especially those afflicted with Demonic forces) humble ourselves, repent of our ways and actions and then seek the forgiveness that Lord Jesus offers, GOD will no longer provide permission against his child.  This is when the battle truly starts and why the Demons fight so hard to stay upon a person.

We hope that you have enjoyed this two part series.

Rev. Bradley Luoma, Exorcist Minister

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