Monday, June 18, 2018

Dalai Lama Meets with Tibet Supporters & Public Talk in Vilnius

Meeting with Tibet Supporters and Public Talk in Vilnius

Vilnius, Lithuania - Meeting with members of the Lithuanian Parliamentary Group for Tibet and Tibet supporters this morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama told them:

"We’ve been passing through a difficult period with extensive human rights violations in Tibet, but my main concern is for the preservation of Tibet's unique cultural heritage. This is rooted in the ancient Indian understanding of the workings of the mind, on the basis of which we can achieve peace of mind and tackle our destructive emotions. This is something that is very much relevant today.

“We appreciate the support of friends like you. The people in Tibet’s spirit remains strong and when you show concern it not only gives them courage, it also sends a clear message to Chinese hardliners that the Tibetan issue has to be dealt with in a realistic way. Therefore, I would like to thank you on behalf of the six million Tibetans."

Answering a question about different kinds of maps, His Holiness remarked:

"Political boundaries are the creation of bureaucrats, which may or may not reflect cultural boundaries. Historically the Chinese empire was characterized by political power, the Mongolian empire by its military prowess and the Tibetan empire by its spiritual strength. There was a brief period when Mongolia dominated both Tibet and China by military means. On the other hand, Tibet’s preoccupation with spiritual affairs meant that its influence extended to what is now, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Iran in the west, to much of China in the east, to Mongolia in the north and the Himalayan Region and the border with Burma in the south. Therefore, a map reflecting the extent of Tibetan Buddhist culture would be much larger than a political map of Tibet.”

While posing for photographs with people holding Tibetan flags, His Holiness told them a story.

“When I was in Beijing in 1954-55 I met Chairman Mao several times. We developed a close relationship—he was very kind to me, almost like a father to his son. On one occasion he asked if we Tibetans had a national flag. Somewhat hesitantly I answered, “Yes”. He approved and told me we should fly it alongside the Red Flag. So if anyone criticizes you for displaying this flag, you can tell them the Dalai Lama was given permission to do so by Chairman Mao himself. “

Meeting with Prof Vytautas Landsbergis, who became President of Lithuania when it achieved independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, His Holiness recalled, "How happy I was when you invited me here in 1991. I was so moved and impressed by the people’s joy, enthusiasm and determination. It was an honour to be here among you."

At the Siemens Arena His Holiness was introduced to the crowd of more than 2500 by the Mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius. As he presented the Mayor with a traditional white scarf, His Holiness explained what it meant.

"The colour white represents warm-heartedness, truthfulness and honesty. The smooth texture of the scarf represents non-violent conduct—trying to help others whenever you can and refraining from harming them. At the end here, written in Tibetan, it says ‘May whoever is given this be happy night and day’. This kind of gift was first offered in India and has been adopted in Tibet. Since the silk the scarf is made of originated in China, the gift reflects a sense of harmony between India, Tibet and China."

Addressing the crowd as brothers and sisters, His Holiness continued, “If we really thought of the rest of humanity as our brothers and sisters there’d be no room for bullying and cheating each other. Thinking of ourselves as somehow special only leads to loneliness, because the reality is that every human being's future depends on other human beings. Of course it’s natural to want to look after your own interests, but you have to do so in a wise rather than a foolish way. That means taking others into account and considering their concerns as well as your own. If the people around you are happy, obviously you’ll be happy too."

When a member of the audience asked how to reconcile traditional and modern teaching methods His Holiness suggested that to start with it’s important for parents to show their children maximum affection. In schools it is a teacher’s responsibility to take an affectionate interest in their students well-being as well as providing them with instruction. For example, she or he might explain how anger disrupts our peace of mind, while compassion sets the mind at ease and fosters good health.

“My first teacher of compassion was my mother. As part of my Buddhist training I read a great deal about the qualities of altruism, but she was the first person to demonstrate it in practice."

At the end of his talk His Holiness thanked the audience for their interest and for staying awake. He urged them to think about what he had said.

"No matter what work you do, if we each make the effort, we can create a more peaceful world. I also believe that smaller nations like the Baltic States are sometimes freer to be creative and take a lead in this process in international affairs.”

Tomorrow, His Holiness will travel to Riga, Latvia, where he is to teach Tsongkhapa’s ‘In Praise of Dependent Origination’ and the ‘Diamond Cutter Sutra’, as well as giving Manjushri permission.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dalai Lama: Meeting Visitors from India & Abroad

Meeting Visitors to Dharamsala from India and Abroad

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India - Following three days of teachings for young Tibetans, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met this morning with an estimated 1200 people in the yard of the Main Tibetan Temple adjacent to his residence. There were about 1000 visitors from India and abroad, as well as 200 Tibetans. He first posed for photographs with smaller groups of people arranged by geographical location before sitting down on a chair beneath the temple.

His Holiness observed to begin with that since he had just taught for three days and many of those sitting before him had probably attended he had little to say. Nevertheless, he made some remarks before inviting questions from the audience.

“The Nalanda Tradition, of which Tibetan Buddhism is very much part, made thorough use of logic and reason. This involves investigating what the Buddha said and why he said it. The result of such investigation is a clearer and firmer understanding. As a result of their examination of the records of Buddha’s teaching Nalanda masters like Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti declared that some of them could not be accepted literally because they contradicted reason.

“Following the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century by the great philosopher and logician Shantarakshita we Tibetans adopted a similarly rigorous approach. Since Tibetan is probably the classical language closest to Sanskrit it remains the most accurate means available to us today for expressing Buddhist ideas. Although the Nalanda Tradition has been somewhat neglected in India, it was kept alive in Tibet.”

The first question from the audience concerned psychology and how it can be combined with Buddhist methods for cultivating compassion. His Holiness replied that ancient India knowledge of the workings of the mind and emotions is rich and deep. He reaffirmed that he is trying to revive appreciation of it because in India it has fallen into neglect. He recommended reading Akya Yongzin’s ‘Compendium of the Ways of Knowing’.

Another questioner asked how to strengthen equality and His Holiness reported that scientists assert that basic human nature is compassionate and this seems to be borne out by the way children respond. So long as their companions smile and behave in a friendly way they don’t seem to care about what their nationality, race or family faith may be.

“As we grow up and pursue our education,” he suggested, “we learn to disregard our basic human values. Instead we pay disproportionate attention to secondary differences, which here in India includes caste distinctions and whether people are rich or poor. These observations give rise to a lot of problems, especially in light of the fact that essentially human beings are physically, mentally and emotionally the same. At the same time I have great admiration for the way India still manages to find unity in diversity. What’s more, compared to her several neighbours, India is remarkably stable.

“Likewise I have great respect for the way leading members of the European Union, France and Germany for example, decided that the common interest was more important than national sovereignty. Where they had long been historical enemies, attitudes have completely changed and peace has prevailed among the members of the EU for 70 years.”

His Holiness mentioned that modern education has little time for what he refers to as inner values, nor for explanations of the workings of the mind and emotions. He noted that just as we observe physical hygiene to preserve our health, we also need to cultivate emotional hygiene to maintain our peace of mind. He remarked that if our lives were filled with anger we’d find it difficult to survive.

“Through education and training we can extend our basic human nature. This brings self-confidence, which is important and allows us to be more transparent, leading to trust, which is the foundation of firm friendship. It’s true to say that loving kindness is of value right from birth up to the time of our death.”

Asked how to reconcile science and religion, His Holiness referred to Indian sources that focus on the gap between appearance and reality. To understand reality requires investigation not just acceptance of things the way they appear. The self, which may appear to exist independently, is described in the Buddhist view as merely designated on the basis of body and mind.

An eight year old girl asked His Holiness what advice he would have had for himself when he was her age. He told her he had been a naughty boy with no interest in studying. All he wanted to do was play and run here and there. He’d been such a tearaway that his tutor was shocked to see his shoes in tatters. He conceded that he later came to appreciate the value of studying and applied himself to it.

“I belong to the generation of the 20th century,” he said, “and my time is gone, but we’re still near the beginning of the 21st century when we can think seriously about whether we want to repeat what went before in terms of people suffering and dying of violence. There is still time to follow the Indian traditions of karuna and ahimsa, a compassionate motivation expressed in non-violent conduct.”

A young man who is undertaking a meditation course asked about vegetarianism in the context of the avowed Buddhist prayer for the welfare of all sentient beings. His Holiness first pointed out that although Tibetans sincerely make such prayers, when they were in Tibet there were few vegetables and little non-vegetarian food. However, living in exile in India they had many other options. He explained that the main kitchens of the great re-established monasteries prepared only vegetarian food. At the same time efforts had been made to avoid poultry and pig farming in Tibetan settlements.

Then, His Holiness changed the direction of the conversation.

“We also have to make an effort to reduce the trade in weapons. We need to create a demilitarized world. Some problems may be solved by the use of force, but in general it just perpetuates problems. Violence engenders counter violence in a seemingly endless cycle.

“I love America, which I regard as an important leader of the free world, and I’m great friends with George W Bush. The day after 9/11 I wrote to him expressing my profound condolences but also the hope that any response to the attack would avoid further violence. Eventually Iraq was attacked and when we met afterwards I told him of my affection for him, but also of my reservations about some of his policies. The intention to bring democracy to Iraq was admirable; the use of force was not.

“The only way to really solve human problems is to meet, talk and engage in dialogue. Only if we’re prepared to depend on dialogue will we be able to create a more peaceful world.”

His Holiness thanked the members of the crowd for coming to see him as many of them stood with folded hands and smiles on their faces to see him off. He went from the temple yard to an audience hall in his residence where 88 Thai monks, 13 nuns, 48 lay-people and 8 foreign supporters were joining him for lunch.

To begin with a Thai Elder expressed the group’s gratitude for His Holiness’s kindness and hospitality. He replied that it was a great honour for him to share lunch with all of them.

“Fifty years ago, before Thailand entered into diplomatic relations with China, I visited your country two or three times and had an audience with His Majesty the late King. I also joined local monks on their alms round and I remember that the Bangkok streets were hot, so although I was pleased and happy to be there, my bare feet suffered.

“I greatly admired the Thai Buddhist way of life as I saw it. Today, you are about to set out again on your Dhamma Pad Yatra, your third Walk for World Peace from here to Leh and I’m happy to have been able to welcome you and offer you lunch.

“I’m very reluctant to say that one religion is better than another, just as we could not claim that one medicine is the best remedy for everything. However, I do believe that by observing the three trainings of ethics, concentration and wisdom we can tackle our emotions and transform our minds enabling us to be of greater help to other people. In that respect Buddhism has something universal to contribute to our common well-being. We can share this with others in a secular way without talking about liberation or nirvana, concerning ourselves only with becoming happier human beings in more peaceful communities.”

Prayers to offer the food were recited in Pali and Tibetan. At the end of the meal His Holiness wished all his guests well as they set out on their pilgrimage.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Dalai Lama on Religious Harmony

American, Indian and Tibetan Students and Teachers Meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India - Eighty people from three different groups met His Holiness the Dalai Lama today. They included students and faculty members from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, as well as participants in the Emory-Tibet Partnership from the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, and students involved with the Kurukul Program of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, New Delhi.

His Holiness welcomed them to Dharamsala, which he described as his second home for the last 59 years.

He outlined his four main commitments, explaining that the first is to promoting an understanding of the oneness that unites all 7 billion human beings alive today. He mentioned not only the interdependence of the global economy, but also how we are all affected by common concerns like climate change.

“We are emotionally, mentally and physically the same and we can help each other by sharing our experience of achieving peace of mind.”

Noting that the fundamental message of all major religious traditions includes the importance of cultivating friendship, love, tolerance and self discipline, His Holiness is committed to promoting inter-religious harmony. Consequently, he expressed regret at the level of religious conflict that can be seen today.

“Look at India,” he said, “where religious harmony has been thriving for thousands of years. In addition to indigenous traditions, there others from elsewhere. Followers of Zoroastrianism, for example, originally came from Persia and their community now numbers fewer than 100,000, mostly in Mumbai. But they live there completely without fear. That’s the Indian tradition.

“Then, as a Tibetan, someone in whom 6 million Tibetans have placed their trust, I have a moral responsibility to help them as best I can. I semi-retired from my political role in 2001 and completely retired and devolved those responsibilities to an elected leadership in 2011. Now I’m committed to working to encourage the protection of Tibet's fragile environment. This involves more than the well-being of six million Tibetans because, as a Chinese ecologist has observed, Tibet’s influence on global climate is equivalent to that of the North and South Poles. That’s why he referred to the Tibetan Plateau as the Third Pole. Almost a billion people across Asia depend on water from rivers such as the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Salween and Mekong, all of which rise in Tibet. If the snow on the mountains of Tibet disappears, millions of Indians will suffer the consequences."

His Holiness also expressed his dedication to keeping Tibet’s language and its rich cultural and religious heritage alive. He explained how the Buddhist traditions of Tibet were drawn from those upheld at the Nalanda University in India. They included a strong reliance on reasoning and investigation, which corresponds to a scientific approach.

“The world is facing a crisis of emotions. Elements of the Nalanda Tradition derived from the longstanding Indian practices for developing a calmly abiding mind and deep insight (shamatha and vipashyana) have much to tell us about tackling our negative emotions and cultivating lasting peace of mind. This is why this knowledge remains relevant today, which is why I am also committed to trying to revive an appreciation of it. I believe that here in India it is possible to integrate ancient knowledge with a modern education.”

His Holiness answered several questions from the audience related to creating a more compassion society, dealing with adversity, making positive use of technology and coming to terms with death. He also advised the Buddhists in the room to take a 21st century approach to their faith by developing a reasoned understanding of who the Buddha was and what he taught.

The meeting ended with members of the various groups gathering around His Holiness to have their photographs taken with him, after which everyone dispersed for lunch.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Haunted Objects: Residual Energy - Part 5

By Reverend Mark Hunnemann

The series so far:

Residual Energy And Haunts by Mark Hunnemann - Part 1

Residual Energy And Haunts by Mark Hunnemann - Part 2

Residual Energy And Haunts by Mark Hunnemann - Part 3

Distinguishing Between Intelligent Haunts & Residual Haunts - Part 4

In this chapter we are going to expand our analysis of residual energy/haunts to alleged residually haunted objects—objects which are haunted with residual energy.  There is no doubt that some objects, like some homes, are ‘odd’—they are purchased and bad things start to happen—too many to explain away as coincidence. Can objects retain negative energy much like the environment in which there is an alleged residual haunt? The only difference it would seem is that the alleged residual energy is localized in the object itself. Perhaps you have heard of John Zaffis and his show “The Haunted Collector”? I watched several episodes and often he would refer to objects ‘absolutely’ would retain the negative energy of the people and events associated with them. A few of the more well known haunted objects are: the Dibbuk box, Annabelle the doll, and the mirror at Myrtles Plantation.

Speaking of John Zaffis, Lisa Hix says: “What parapsychologists refer to as a ‘haunting’ is like what you and I would think of as a recording. Residual energy is trapped in whatever object it is, and it replays itself. There’s nothing intelligent about it. It just plays the same thing over and over.” Lisa Hix

Several things I want to say.

1. There seems to be a general consensus by paranormal investigators that objects can be haunted either by ghosts or residual energy but we are going to focus on residual energy being retained in an object. Humans MUST go before the Sovereign Judge of heaven and earth immediately after death, so they cannot haunt an object or a house, but that is topic for another day. ‘Seeing Ghosts through God's Eyes’ is my analysis of the ghost issue. The question is this: can a traumatic event associated with an object cause that object to retain the negative energy of that event? For example, if a sword was used to murder someone could it retain that energy?  Could this object become a place memory—a recording tape of this event by storing its energy?

2. The short answer is an emphatic NO! Everything I said re residual energy/haunts applies directly to this issue because the exact same phenomenon is said to happen, except it is localized in a single object and not entire surroundings of home/office.

If..if there was a transfer of energy during this murder, what kind of energy is it? Electrical, thermal, chemical? Second, whatever energy was emitted from the event when the blade struck its victim, this energy would immediately dissipate into the atmosphere. Imagine putting a drop of food coloring in the ocean. Is it destroyed? No, but it might as well be because  it is so watered down that it is virtually gone-- thousands of miles of ocean. Same with emitted energy-it must dissipate into the earth's atmosphere 100 miles high surrounding the earth. I have a space heater in front of my chair in which I am writing. It will warm up this small area but it will not heat the entire room--why not? The thermal energy dissipates. Neither will the heat coming out of it make a bee-line for an object in my room and store there and keep in hot indefinitely. An object like this sword or an antique cannot retain energy any more than your room will stay warm once you turn the heat off. Energy is energy and cannot remain clustered in an object any more than a drop of food coloring will stay clustered together if you drop it in the ocean/glass.

As long as ice melts in liquid warmer than it, then the second and third laws of thermodynamics are absolutely valid.  One man tried to argue that it had questions raised recently but I’ve studied the literature and in the real world it is still absolute.

My point is that an object cannot be haunted by residual energy because energy cannot remain stored in the object. To state otherwise is to contradict one of the most basic, absolute laws of science-God’s laws in nature. Remember, I am not disputing an object can be ‘haunted’—I’m just saying, as I did with residual haunting in general, it cannot be caused by natural forces. If you have not read my earlier chapters on residual energy, please do because I don’t want to repeat myself, and I need to address another question. How do you distinguish between  an object haunted by ghost and residual energy? That encounters the same insuperable problems associated with intelligent and residual haunts.

3. If it is not residual energy causing the object to be haunted what is? Well, first it is not ‘haunted’?  Nor is it possessed—only conscious beings can be possessed. A doll cannot be possessed. However, demons are very territorial and for various reasons they do attach to objects just as they attach to homes and people. Some people and many animals are sensitive to the presence of the demonic attached to an object. They will stare or bark at it for hours.

Lisa Hix states the following: On his FAQ at the Museum of the Paranormal, Zaffis agrees that such phenomena are all about energy, but he has a different theory about how the energy got there. “With most of the items in the museum, they have been used in rituals, usually when spells are being cast,” he writes. “Although the items are not ‘possessed,’ … items can hold energy within or around them, and it is usually the result of the energy being sent to the object by an individual.”

He is half-way right there. What I thought instructive is that this expert in occult objects recognizes that there is a common theme or back-story to these objects—ritualistic activity, spell casting or curses being sent by an individual are attached to an object. The curse or ritual summons a demon who then is all too happy to attach to this object; giving it a legal right to attach and attack its owners. Demons, not negative energy, haunt objects. It is pure evil and we need to stop calling it negative energy.

Contrary to what the well known psychic Sylvia Browne said: “There’s no such thing as a curse. That’s just a goofy fortune-teller’s way of getting money.” No ma' are wrong. Dead wrong.

Just as demons attach to dead idols that people worship (1 Cor. 10, etc.), so they can attach to objects that have been presented in an occultic ritualistic fashion. An example might be the sword of a Freemason.  My dear friend Laura Maxwell told me today of a lovely piece of jewelry that was given to her, but she got weird vibes off it. She later discovered that it was a Hindu object, and she got rid of it. This is instructive because it illustrates how common this problem is, and how anybody may be affected by it. Much artwork or furniture or jewelry was crafted by pagans with pagan intentions or occultic symbolism. And as Zaffis reminds us, most of the infested/cursed objects are due to some form of rituals in which spells are being cast; that kind of activity is precisely what opens doors to demonic. That is a very significant point and fits hand in glove with our premise of demonic intervention. If you curse something, then it is an open invitation for demonic attachment; ‘legal rights’ have been granted to it/them.

Or take the sword we talked about earlier used in a murder: that MAY cause a demon to become attached to it because it took the life of God’s image bearer—thus an attack on God Himself. On one case, my client’s husband had been in special forces and was dispatched to Iraq. He was a sniper and he had this tiny troll doll he put on his gun barrel, which was used to kill many people, and he brought it home and was obsessed with it. He placed it here, and then he placed it there, and then it started moving on its own. In addition, he also brought home objects from Saddam Hussein’s palace (one of them)—pictures—one of the dogs playing cards….others more occult looking. Due to all the murder, torture, sexual uncleaness, and madness that took place in his palaces, it’s no wonder that they are infested, and the objects in them. No doubt these were part of the reason this woman’s home was being terrorized.

She had been having sex with her boyfriend and he started experiencing problems due to his close connection to the infestation. I instructed them to stop but they didn’t listen, and he became partially possessed—eyes turned black, loss of memory, and aberrant behavior; and a minor exorcism had to be performed. So, ‘haunted objects’ can cause one’s life to turn into a living nightmare; even something as small as a one-inch troll doll. When we went through all of his ‘stuff’ and either tossed it or blessed it, a shadow demon was seen fleeing from the storage building.

So, the source of an objects ‘haunting’ is the demonic and not residual energy.

4. How is obtained? It seems that antique stores are especially vulnerable because you have old objects and you have no idea what kind of people previously owned it. Also, if they had demonic activity in their home, it also may attach to particular objects in the home. Care must be taken when buying antiques or even used items or clothes.

Don’t be paranoid because junking is supposed to be fun! You just need to be familiar with occult symbols. Be especially aware of items that might have some connection with a fraternal organization, like Freemasonry. If it feels weird, better safe than sorry.

And if activity begins in your home after buying an object then the best thing to do is get rid of it.

5. How do I get rid of it? Get rid of it!  Don’t do EMF readings or especially do not do EVPs—that will make it worse. Don’t do like Zaffis and now Zak Bagans and start your your own haunted museum! I used to collect items I took from people’s homes but I learned that it was better to just throw it out…which is what I did. If it is a very expensive item, you may try expelling the demon or getting help to do so. But if you are confident the object is cursed then the best thing to do is dump it in the trash, burn it, or bury it. The bible has examples of godly people doing all three with occult objects. Pray the blood of Jesus to bind the demons…and to forbid them from following you home. For example, it is needed to ‘close’ a Ouija Board before you burn it or it will just leave the object and possibly attach to you.

Once again, if someone has mis-identified the nature of the problem with the object then it could cause serious problems. If you are told that it is merely residual energy and not harmful, and you decide to hang onto the item, then your life may turn into a wide-awake nightmare. Whatever demon/s associated with the object, will eventually begin to turn upon its owner. They do not care as much about things as they do wrecking and breaking people down, and pulverizing them. So, whether the ‘spiritual cancer’ is in the home or attached to an object, it will wreck havoc in a multitude of ways. Get rid of it!

If you have been exposed to a demon attached object then it has had an affect on you. Realize that just because you were baptized does not mean you are saved. Nor does a simple belief in the existence of God and Jesus save you. First step is to ask Christ to save you if you haven’t already: confess that you have fallen short of His holy laws and need to be forgiven…ask Christ to forgive you and turn from your self centered life to having Jesus as the leader of your life. Open up your empty hands of faith and accept God’s free gift of salvation which Christ earned for you—and bow before the finished work of Christ on the cross. As Jesus to forgive your sins and He will—past, present and future. And eternal life is a personal relationship with God through Jesus.

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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dalai Lama Interacting with Vietnamese Business Leaders, Artists & Intellectuals

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India - His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with approximately 80 business leaders, artists, intellectuals and members of youth delegations from Vietnam at his residence today. Another 500 participated in the interaction in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong over a live teleconferencing link.

His Holiness began by emphasising the need to appreciate the oneness of humanity. He expressed regret about the extent of violence in the world and the way the poor are neglected leading to children dying of starvation.

"Meanwhile,” he added, “many of those who are otherwise well-off are neither happy nor at peace. Still, scientists finding evidence that basic human nature is compassionate is a source of hope. Virtually all of us have benefited from our mother’s affection at the start of our lives. When someone is on their deathbed, if he or she is surrounded by loved ones they can pass away peacefully. From birth to death we all need affection.

"Many of the problems we face arise because we pay too much attention to secondary differences between us. The antidote to this is to cultivate a deeper understanding of the oneness of humanity. Although we Tibetans have suffered tremendously under the Chinese authorities’ tight control, we don’t use this as an excuse for stirring up hostility towards our Chinese brothers and sisters. On the contrary, a spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood is essential for our common well-being.

"Throughout human history, divisions that derive from focussing on secondary differences between us, like faith, colour and nationality, have brought us only suffering."

Turning his attention to religious harmony, he remarked that although different religious traditions present different philosophical points of view, they share a common message of love, compassion and self-discipline, which is ground for mutual appreciation.

The kind of debate and discussion that characterised the Nalanda Tradition of Buddhism, had the effect of deepening intelligence and understanding, indicating the importance of scepticism and asking 'why' and 'how'.

His Holiness took several questions from the audience. Asked how to lead a meaningful life without getting angry, he explained that although anger appears to protect us, scientists have concluded that constant anger and hatred actually undermines our immune system. He reiterated that in resolving differences, it is important to find mutually beneficial solutions because our world is highly interdependent.

Faced with difficulties we need to be realistic. We need to take a wider perspective and examine our problems from different angles. Noting that he has lived his whole life under difficult circumstances, he stressed that he has always managed to maintain his peace of mind and keep a smile on his face.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dalai Lama Meets with Visitors from Around the World

Thekchen Chöling, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, HP, India - His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with about 1000 people from different parts of South Asia, including India, North America, South America, Europe, Russia and Israel today in the yard of the Tsuglagkhang, next to his residence. He first posed for photographs with them in groups arranged according to geographical region.

Visiting the Kalachakra Temple and Tsuglagkhang to pay his respects, His Holiness greeted Tibetans who have gathered to take part in prayers and recitations of ‘Om mani padme hung’, mantra of Avalokiteshvara, to celebrate the month in which the Buddha was born, enlightened and passed away.

Back in the temple yard, he addressed the international visitors:

"I hope this meeting will allow us to interact with one another—I look forward to hearing your questions.

"In the past, although we Tibetans traditionally prayed for the welfare of all sentient beings, we weren’t really concerned with what happened in the rest of the world, remaining isolated behind the mountains that surround our land. However, the reality today is that we are all so interdependent, trying to preserve such isolation is inappropriate and out of date. We need instead to think of the oneness of humanity.

"Regarding other human beings as like our brothers and sisters can make our lives much happier and more meaningful. Some people think that when we cultivate compassion and affection for others only they benefit, but, in fact, we ourselves derive great benefit and satisfaction from such conduct.

"There may be living creatures in other parts of the universe, but we can do nothing for them.  And although we share this planet with an infinite number of birds and other creatures, it is really only human beings we can benefit and communicate with.

His Holiness observed that in the 60 years he has lived in exile in India, he has been impressed to see how all the world’s major religious traditions live together here in harmony. He praised this as an example to the rest of the world. Despite maintaining different philosophical points of view, all these traditions are dedicated to conveying the same message—peace and happiness among all humanity. This is their common goal.

In answering several questions from the audience His Holiness mentioned how much he has valued the discussions he has held with modern scientists over the last 30 years, touching on cosmology, neuro-biology, physics and psychology. He concluded:

"If you have some regard for me, please think over what I have been talking about and see how you might implement it in your life. Try to promote a sense of the oneness of humanity where you live, as well as a sense of mutual respect and appreciation among our different religious traditions. Nevertheless, if you think what I’ve said has little relevance to you, that’s all right, you can just forget it.”

Many in the crowd looked on with broad smiles, pleases to have met him, as His Holiness returned to his residence.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Distinguishing Between Intelligent Haunts & Residual Haunts - Part 4

By Reverend Mark Hunnemann

Residual Energy And Haunts by Mark Hunnemann - Part 1

Residual Energy And Haunts by Mark Hunnemann - Part 2

Residual Energy And Haunts by Mark Hunnemann - Part 3

Distinguishing between intelligent and residual haunts strikes at the heart of the matter because that is the primary debate: the paranormal community assumes the existence of non-intelligent hauntings while I deny them. Everything revolves around this crucial issue, including the temporal and eternal welfare of the homeowner. Why eternal? Because if it is demonic, then the intensification of their presence and influence will cause the affections of the homeowners to be turned away from their only source of salvation and deliverance: Jesus. All of the other horrible effects of demonic oppression pale in significance with this because one’s relation to Jesus will determine where they spend eternity: heaven or hell. Where will you be in 100 years? 1,000 years? 1 million years from now? You will either be in eternal and unspeakable joy, or in eternal and unspeakable torment. Perhaps now you understand why I’m so passionate and relentless in demolishing this notion, which is accelerating people’s damnation.

Has anyone ever given you the ‘cold shoulder’? Ever gotten/given the silent treatment, for hours or even days? I’ve known siblings who would not speak for years. I ask this question at the outset to set the stage for determining intelligence based on meaningful encounters or communication. Typically, the investigators only spend a few hours at a location, and during that time they are put in the position of deciding whether the apparition/activity is intelligent or not intelligent; do they ever consider it may be intelligent but they are being given the ‘cold-shoulder?’ I don’t think so.

Frankly, it disturbs me that something so significant (especially for the homeowner) is decided in such a quick, subjective, capricious, contradictory, non-systematic, and non-uniform fashion. Indeed, for many they assume it is residual unless proven otherwise. Thus, this ‘tacit dimension’ will cause them to see what they are inclined to see. There are no agreed upon guidelines for determining the distinction between intelligent or non-intelligent hauntings.  The problem is exacerbated when oftentimes the same location allegedly has both residual and intelligent activity. So, how does one distinguish between the two?  How do you distinguish between intelligent footsteps/bangs and non-intelligent footsteps/bangs? And both intelligent and non-intelligent haunts are said, at times, to have exactly the same activity…exactly the same way of looking, smelling or sounding. Exactly the same. The criterion differs from one person to the next as to how to decide and when. What should be the main ‘give away’, because it differs from one individual to the next?

1.The most common test to determine the distinction is done via EVP or its equivalent. If there is an intelligent reply then it’s obviously intelligent, but if there seems to be no attempt to reply or interact in an intelligible fashion, then it is usually automatically assumed to be residual in nature. But the tests are anything but uniform in nature. How many EVP’s do you need to make that huge decision? If the voice is hard to understand, how do you classify that? What has to happen, or not happen, in order to make the massively significant decision that the haunt is not intelligent, and thus poses no problem to the client? Is it one EVP that goes unanswered or answered in odd way? Or two? Three? How many… and at what point is it clearly residual?  This is a huge problem for investigators because we forget how differently each person perceives the same data (per Polanyi), and how complex humans can be (dead or alive, for arguments sake)

And is it really wise, or scientific, or biblical to believe/trust voices caught via EVP, especially given the reality of the demonic? If spirits don’t comply on first request with flashlight test, are they deemed non-intelligent? What if they are in the other room? Giving you the cold shoulder? (assuming ghosts for arguments sake)

2. Moving vs stationary cold spots?  Cold spots that do not move are said to be residual but those that move are intelligent. Showing the subjectivity of this process, some attach great significance to this distinction, and others not so much. May I ask a question: Can you stand still? Does that mean you are non-intelligent while you remain stationary? Seriously, humans or demons can both stand still. That is a silly test. Assuming ghosts for arguments sake, suppose they are sitting in a chair reading a book? Or combing their hair? Or a demon staring at you with utter contempt and hatred.

3. For some, phantom footsteps or knockings are always/usually considered residual. For others, they assume the opposite, and for still others they are up in the air. Which is it?

If an event is seen in the same place regularly, then it’s considered residual—as if demons can’t create patterns, or humans be creatures of habit as when alive? Or perhaps some earthbound spirits tend to be OCD, due to the trauma or unfinished business?

Consider this scenario: investigator A asks “what did you do?” Two minutes pass and he asks “who are you?” Five minutes later he gets an enigmatic reply, “ac energy.”   He scratches his head and assumes it is non-intelligent. However, later that day, his researcher comes along and tells them that Tesla had once lived there for a brief period. Tesla was the brilliant inventor of ac energy. That one bit of information immediately changed his analysis from non-intelligent to very intelligent. It all changed in the blink of an eye based on one bit of information that they could have easily overlooked, or never discovered in the records.

My point is, that you would have to be omniscient (all knowing) to rule out the possibility that the reply was intelligent, given all the possible variables involved (that’s assuming ghost theory, again) One would have to know everything about everyone who was ever even remotely associated with the house, to make the informed comment that the EVP was not meaningful in any way. How do you know the comment is absurd or non-intelligible, when the dumbest sounding reply may have profound significance for someone else who once lived there? I grew up in a family with ten children and the nicknames we gave each other would sound utterly absurd to an outsider if heard in an EVP, but I would recognize them immediately.

4. Maybe the ‘ghosts’ were irritated and spoke sarcastically (this is often said to be the case in intelligent haunts), just to irritate the investigator? Again, the cold shoulder treatment. Maybe they are shy and don’t like talking to strangers; there is said to be an alleged continuity of personality after death between the living person and their ghost. So, how would you factor in shyness, emotional states, or even mental health issues? Perhaps they are not even in the room with you? Even assuming the truth of non-intelligent haunt for arguments sake, on their own principles, there are numerous reasons why intelligent spirits may come across as non-intelligent….thus creating insuperable problems for distinguishing. Maybe their energy level was low? Is that not the rationale behind the EMF pump—to give the spirits more energy to manifest or speak more clearly?

Many investigators consciously or unconsciously assume that most paranormal activity is residual unless proven otherwise…and that can color ones perception of the data or perceived phenomena, and cause them to make a hasty or inaccurate conclusion. One well-known demonologist based their claim for ‘residuality’ merely on the presence of an orb. To him, an orb was automatically assumed to be evidence of residual energy, but many other investigators see orbs as one form intelligent spirits can take. Which is it?

Why can’t an orb be seen as one form in which a demon manifests? But the point is the lack of uniformity of tests for residuality and different opinions regarding what constitutes intelligence.

This is clearly a problem for the paranormal community because one man’s intelligence is another man’s non-intelligence. Might the investigators come to a different conclusion if they called in a godly Christian demonologist who confronted all this alleged energy? I’ve done that on numerous occasions and they always made their intelligence and evil known; sometimes surprising the homeowners because they always seemed to be non-intelligent in their presence. They will conform to our expectations, but since I know that they are intelligent they have never tried to act stupid around me. They will do other things…

5. Appeal to Experience—"I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and I have developed the ability to sense when an energy is intelligent or not.” This is one field where longevity does not equal wisdom. The longer you are disobeying God by communicating with demons, then the more your years actually work against you. Sadly your mind will become darkened, and your ability to distinguish between good and evil will actually diminish with time; your reasoning ability will be adversely affected. How can you expect to distinguish between intelligent and non-intelligent energy when there is no such thing as residual energy? It is naïve to pit your innate abilities against the evil one—because he can make you feel or sense anything, including a demon that feels like non-intelligent residual energy. He can make a room feel happy, peaceful and even holy.

 Please do not call what you do the Holy Spirit’s gift of discernment either. For two reasons: by contemptuously ignoring the Almighty’s warnings (Deut.  18:10-14), you have diminished your spiritual authority in discernment. Second, the biblical gift of discernment was given to detect the presence of the demonic; not residual energy or ghosts. 1 John 4:1-5 deals with discerning an either/or. There are teachers who are either: energized by the Holy Spirit, or teachers energized by unholy spirits. That is the test; not testing for earthbound spirits or non-intelligent energy.

For many, they come to the conclusion based on a sixth sense or ‘discernment’ or by their resident sensitive/empath/psychic/medium (again condemned by God, Deut. 18; Lev.19-20)—it feels or appears non-intelligent to them (‘spirit guide’ tells them). But this is all subjective and Satan can cause an environment to feel peaceful and even holy, or an energy to feel non-intelligent. If he can appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), then appearing/feeling as a non-interactive spirit/energy would be a snap. Both are deceptions. But that is how many folks make their assessment of residual energy….by its feel. Or perhaps a medium tells them so. But the bible condemns the activity of mediums in the strongest terms by calling this activity an abomination in His holy eyes. Demons are the masters of the psychic airwaves after all, not psychics or mediums. Psychic and mediumistic activity breaks God’s heart because He knows how much it will bring harm to these dear people. Christians have no business employing either psychics or mediums, and it will expose all to demonic oppression.

And in this connection, it is worth noting that in the Great Commission, we are not told to deliver people from residual energy haunts. The apostles healed, preached, did miracles, exorcisms, and all sorts of things, but not this. If residual energy haunts are as common as we are told, then it would have been a huge oversight on Jesus’ part to not mention it. The Greek word for ‘energy’ is used often in New Testament and often has similar meaning to ours, without the modern, quantum aspects to it. The point is that the bible says of itself that the Word of God is sufficient for all situations we face; 2 Tim. 3:16-17. And if residual haunts are as common as we are told, then the Word of God is being implied as being insufficient.

Many investigators naively assume that the presence of the demonic will always be associated with sulfur smells, Satanic rituals, or violent reactions to ‘holy objects”; or that their body will have a negative reaction to demonic presence. That is Hollywood. The truth is that demons often appear and feel happy and holy…or non-intelligent. And your body may feel nothing, or non-intelligence.

6. Demonic Collusion:

Regarding distinguishing between intelligent and non-intelligent haunts, it is vital to note the demonic strategy of collusion. Here is a definition of the term: ‘secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, in order to deceive others.’

The essence of demonic collusion is the secret cooperation between Satan and demons to deceive us into thinking they are either ghosts or non-intelligent. Focusing on the second, there is a militaristic hierarchy amongst demons and much strategizing. (Eph. 6) Satan is a brilliant military strategist, and he will devise elaborate ruses to persuade folks that his army is merely looping energy, in order to retain their foul presence in our homes. He will do all he can to make sure the pertinent historical data is ‘discovered’ by the researcher, and that his occupying forces convince you of their non-intelligence.

Satan is a keen observer of human beliefs and behavior. The supreme opportunist, he will adapt his (and his army of demons) strategy to suit his desires, and investigators assumptions/expectations.  If this is true, then don’t you think that demons are intelligent enough to act non-intelligently in order to deceive us as to their true identity? Deception is their specialty after all. I’m convinced that demons know how wed investigators are to this concept, and this is a perfect ploy to dissuade any attempts to banish them. Why send out the ‘cavalry’ to cleanse a home when it is merely an interactive museum of non-intelligent energy from long ago? If I was Satan (no comment) I certainly would jump all over this notion like white on rice and use it to extend the kingdom of darkness. Demons will act dumb all day if that will allow them to not be banished and extend their reach of darkness.

How many times at a reveal has the team leader told a homeowner that they have nothing to worry about because it is just energy looping? (Satan is laughing)Meanwhile this ‘energy’ is causing heaviness, sickness, relational distress and even attacking people, and worst of all, turning people’s affections away from Jesus. Folks have this mistaken notion that demonic haunts are always overtly hostile, but in reality, many of their worst infestations are seemingly happy in nature. Demons/unclean spirits/fallen angels (biblically synonymous) are happy to ‘sit in the corner’ and act like spiritual radioactivity, eating away at the families entire well-being, especially spiritually.  They are the supreme opportunistic hunters; adapting their strategies to catch prey based on what they know to be our assumptions regarding residual energy.

As the supreme opportunist and hunter of souls, the devil goes with the flow of developments in the paranormal/parapsychology fields (since they are doing things which are an abomination to God). If a group is investigating a house situated near a civil war battlefield, then he knows that having his demons appear as repetitive civil war soldiers will seemingly validate the investigators claims for why this residual haunting is occurring; and reinforcing 2 of his most successful deceptions-intelligent human haunts and residual haunts. The demons were there when the battle occurred and know how to mimic specific people, whom the homeowners may have photos of. (same with home investigations as well)  We have changed our language—we are calling pure evil, residual energy.

One of the clearest examples of demonic collusion on TV is The Dead Files and the uncanny way that Steve D happens to find exactly the same evidence that Amy is experiencing in her ‘visions’. Countless times their findings have reinforced each other in ways that can only be explained in terms of demonic collusion; unclean spirits are secretly working together to ensure that this TV program further deceives people.

Demonic collusion is the main key to understanding the problems with attempting to distinguish between intelligence and non-intelligence. We are not intelligent enough to do battle with Satan in our own power.

If you wish to come to terms with the biggest problem with trying to distinguish between intelligence and non-intelligence, then you must understand demonic collusion, or you will be left in the dust. At the heart of the seeming non-intelligence of the activity of a home is a very intelligent, very intentional, secret cooperation amongst demons to deceive the homeowners and investigators that they are not who they really are. And based on what’s happening now, their collusive efforts are very successful. They are collusively milking this dreadful notion for all its worth in deceiving people into letting them stay.

In numerous cases I’ve had, the folks were certain that it was residual in nature, but in every case it turned out to be demonic when confronted in the name of Jesus. It is amazing how many alleged non-intelligent haunts suddenly became very intelligent and evil when confronted in the name of Jesus. It grieves me how many dear people have been given a severely deformed, inaccurate diagnosis of the problem, and thus the remedy was also deformed and misguided.

Intensified demonic activity can and does accelerate people’s damnation, and the investigators who put them in harms way will themselves be held accountable. It is also instructive how many investigators develop a very intelligent, evil attachment from a place that was supposed to be only residual energy. That should not happen if its only energy, but it happens often. Very often, and is tragic. This points to the demonic.

In closing, Ockham’s razor states that the simplest explanation that explains the phenomena is most likely the correct one. Simple symmetry to it. To state that all true paranormal phenomena, as well as all alleged residual energy haunts are demonic in nature is the simplest explanation; and easily and comprehensively explains all the phenomena—and it does so without violating any of God’s absolute scientific laws …..or relying on man’s subjectivity….or postulating abstruse theories. And it fits the biblical view of the reality of fallen angels operating in the realm of ideas, who are super-intelligent and pure evil, master deceivers. It only seems laughably simplistic sounding if you are already oppressed by evil. In 2 Cor 10 we see that demonic strongholds are not just action oriented—folks being scratched, but the realm of ideas and beliefs are a vital diabolical target area. And the notion of residual energy/haunt is a demonic stronghold which needs to be pulled down.

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.