Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Dalai Lama on The Middle Way

Teaching Nagarjuna’s ‘Precious Garland of the Middle Way’



Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, India - The sun shone in a clear sky this morning as His Holiness the Dalai Lama walked from his residence to the Tsuglagkhang, the Main Tibetan Temple. He greeted members of the public gathered in the yard and around the temple on his way, stroking a child’s cheek here, exchanging a few words there and waving to those beyond his reach. Once in the temple he respectfully saluted the former Ganden Throneholder, Rizong Rinpoché before taking his seat on the throne. A recitation of the ‘Mangala Sutta’ in Pali by Thai monks was followed by the chanting of the ‘Heart Sutra’ in Chinese.

The more than 7500 people gathered in and around the temple included individuals from 61 countries. Of these, the principal students were 1127 from Taiwan belonging to 21 organizations under the umbrella of the Taiwan International Tibetan Buddhist Association. Largest among these various groups was ‘Bliss and Wisdom’ and its 850 members.

After reciting the customary verses of homage, His Holiness addressed the congregation.

“Today, Chinese from Taiwan and elsewhere have come to listen to this teaching. We are here to learn how to transform our minds. The Buddhist tradition in general and the Nalanda Tradition in particular teach about the mind using logic and reason. They explain how to counter destructive emotions like anger and jealousy, which has the additional physical benefit of boosting our immune systems.

“We have to identify what disturbs our peace of mind and learn how to counter that, much as we take the appropriate medicine when we are sick. When we are angry, we should ask why. Note that anger may cause you to see someone as an enemy, but that can change. Someone who seems like an enemy today may be a friend tomorrow. When someone criticizes you, if you get angry it doesn’t relieve your irritation, whereas if you remain patient and calm, you don’t get upset. Anger, arrogance and jealousy disturb your peace of mind. They spoil your health and disturb your friends.

“Peace of mind is important because we all want to be happy. Cultivating and preserving it is not so much a religious practice as taking a practical step towards being happy. All religious traditions teach love and compassion because as human beings we are social animals. Our well-being depends on the members of our community. Generally, a child brought up by a loving mother grows into an affectionate adult. In the past, people lived with their families in relatively small groups, but today, we are all dependent on each other. All 7 billion human beings make up one human family. Therefore, it’s crucial that we take account of the oneness of humanity.

“Buddhists talk about helping all mother sentient beings, but those who we can really help are human because we can communicate with them. It’s much more difficult to help animals who have no language. If our brains are slaves to afflictive emotions, they’re not of much use, but if we cultivate love and compassion for others we can achieve happiness. As Shantideva writes:

And so, today, within the sight of all protectors,
I summon beings, calling them to Buddhahood.
And, till that state is reached, to every earthly joy;
May gods and demigods and all the rest rejoice.

“If you cultivate the awakening mind of bodhichitta, all beings will be your friends. You’ll see all as amiable and none as foes. On the other hand, if you only think of yourself, everyone will seem like a threat. The scriptures tell us that this human life is hard to find and precious because it enables us to fulfil the aims of others and ourselves.”

His Holiness talked about how all religious traditions commend us to be warm-hearted, although they take different philosophical approaches to this goal. Some theistic traditions, like Judaism, Christianity and Islam place their faith in a creator god, seeing other beings as children of that god and so as brothers and sisters. Non-theistic traditions in India, such as a strand of the Samkhya tradition, Jains and Buddhists see happiness and suffering as dependent on our actions. This point of view gave rise to the idea of non-violent conduct promoted first by Jains, but also adopted by the Buddha.

His Holiness clarified that the Buddha’s foundational teaching was given openly, in public and was later recorded in the Pali language. This tradition is followed in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Later teachings were recorded in Sanskrit, a more scholarly language. He mentioned that since the terms Hinayana and Mahayana, implying a lesser vehicle and a greater vehicle, can be viewed as discriminatory, he prefers to speak of the Pali and Sanskrit traditions. Monks of the Pali tradition maintain good monastic discipline. Scholars of the Nalanda Tradition that exemplifies the Sanskrit traditions emphasized the use of reason and logic. Its members investigated the Buddha’s teaching without taking it for granted.

The Buddha himself encouraged his followers to examine his teaching carefully in the way a goldsmith tests gold. When Nagarjuna and his followers did this, they classified what the Buddha had taught into definitive and interpretable instructions, after subjecting them to analysis akin to a scientific approach.

Reiterating the importance of cultivating and maintaining peace of mind, His Holiness stressed that it is not necessary to be religious to do so. What is important is learning how to tackle disturbing emotions. He mentioned that he has been encouraging the introduction of social, emotional and ethical learning to the education system.

Although he considers Buddhism to have some of the profoundest understanding of reality, what he is particularly interested in is for Buddhists to use that knowledge to help others. He observed that while philosophical and psychological ideas were introduced and explained in religious literature, they can be well employed in an objective, secular and academic context.

His Holiness reported classifying the content of the 300 volumes of the Kangyur and Tengyur, the collections of translations of the Buddha’s teachings and subsequent Indian treatises, under the following headings---science, philosophy and religion. These materials have been compiled into separate books in Tibetan and translated into Chinese, English and other languages. Work on the volumes dealing with science is complete, while work on the philosophical volumes is underway.

His Holiness discussed different ways in which the selflessness of persons and phenomena are explained within the Buddhist tradition.

“The Mind Only School assert that no phenomena exist externally, they are but reflections of the mind. They speak of non-dual emptiness. The Middle Way School allow no kind of essential or intrinsic existence. For them nothing exists independently. Things exist merely as designations.

“In the ‘Heart Sutra’ Shariputra asks "How should a child of the lineage train who wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom?" Avalokiteshvara tells him, “'Whatever son or daughter of the noble lineage wants to train in the profound discipline of the perfection of wisdom should consider things in the following way. First, he or she should clearly and thoroughly comprehend that the five aggregates are empty of any inherent nature of their own.” Although things appear to have a solid, independent existence, they do not actually exist that way. Form is empty means that it does not exist the way it appears.

“Because things are conditioned by other factors, they exist as mere designations, labelled by language. When we critically examine form, it is empty of intrinsic existence. But when we accept what appears, form exists on a conventional level. “Emptiness is not other than forms and forms are not other than emptiness.”

“Mind exists as a series of moments, moments of consciousness.

“Nagarjuna’s ‘Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way’ explains in Chapter 26 how we are brought into unenlightened life in the cycle of existence. Chapter 18 deals with selflessness, and Chapter 24 clarifies the Four Noble Truths. There are commentaries on ‘Fundamental Wisdom’ by Buddhapalita and Chandrakirti. Je Tsongkhapa read these and other classic texts in preparing for his own commentary. At a certain point he had a vision of Manjushri who gave him an answer to a question that he found difficult to understand. Manjushri then advised him to engage in further study and practice. Eventually, it was when he was reading Buddhapalita’s commentary that he achieved a correct insight into emptiness.”

His Holiness remarked that when he gives someone a statue of the Buddha, he explains that the Buddha was a teacher. Consequently, what’s important is to study his teachings. He observed that the Buddha’s teachings reached China before they reached Tibet. However, since the pilgrim Xuanzang studied at Nalanda before returning to China, and Buddhism was introduced to Tibet by the foremost Nalanda scholar Shantarakshita, both Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism belong to the Nalanda Tradition. The difference is that while the key works on logic and epistemology by Dignaga and Dharmakirti were translated into Tibetan, they were not translated into Chinese.

Declaring that he had intended to read the first chapter of Nagarjuna’s ‘Precious Garland of the Middle Way’ today, His Holiness summarized its contents. The chapter distinguishes between being born with high status and achieving definite goodness. “High status is considered to be happiness, Definite goodness is liberation.” It is necessary to transform the mind, employing wisdom and analysis in order to achieve definite goodness, but that is only possible on the basis of life as a human being. His Holiness emphasized that transforming the mind does not come about in a short time, but if you keep up your effort, you’ll achieve your goal. Whatever you read or hear, you must reflect on it over and again, to gain conviction. Through meditation bring about experience of what you’ve understood to transform the mind.

As he brought the session to an end for the day, His Holiness encouraged his listeners to attend the opportunity to review what he had been talking about. He told them not to sit quietly, but to ask questions to settle whatever doubts they might have. He will resume his explanation tomorrow.

original link & photos: https://www.dalailama.com/news/2019/teaching-nagarjunas-precious-garland-of-the-middle-way

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Devil Next Door

Hello everyone. I hope you had a great weekend so far. We are dealing with hurricane season again. We were  Please pray for The Bahamas. Donate if possible. Pray for The victims as well as their families. Dorian did devastating damage.

This was a difficult blog for me to write. If you have ever seen this on TV, they leave out important details. I’m going to try to fill them in during my research. This was a tricky blog for me. But feel free to do your own research.

I’m going to talk about a satanist who named himself Pazuzzu Algarad. His real name was John Lawson. Ironically Pazuzu is actually the name of a demon....Pazuzu. I knew I heard that name before. He was definitely influenced by the demonic. This young man chose to live in just absolute filth. He felt it made things and him much stronger. Huge tattoo saying Satan on one of his for arms. This story is both sickening and sad. The teachers just had written him off. And I wonder if the police had been forced to do something about it.....And to tell his mother he must be evaluated. This is when Satan sneaks in. Oh that makes me so mad. I wonder if that would’ve made any difference? But the enemy as the Bible says “is prowling about like a lion seeking whom he may devour.” This man cut a slit in his tongue to be like a snake. I’m guessing Satan got a hold of him during weakness, I’m not saying he should be excused. He eventually killed himself.

People would literally go to the bathroom anywhere they wanted in the house. It was the house with no rules. It was a den of iniquity really. Even though it was filthy some went there and hung out and did drugs. Or they were trying to get away from their real life problems at home. It was a small town and not much to do in Clemons, near Salem, North Carolina. Many of his followers were drug users and his house had no rules. He had a way with words and knew how to manipulate very well. Just like Satan. I believe this man was oppressed possibly possessed. He drew people in with a certain appeal. Yes it was gross but his friends said it was a escape for most people. (Idle hands are the Devils tools) the drugs and no rules appeals to people out of work in a small town. It’s sad in many ways but the devil will use these situations to drag your soul to hell.

Let’s take a look at what Pazuzu means? A couple of things depending on personal belief.

“In ancient Mesopotamian religion, pazuzu also called Fazuzu or Pazuza) was the king of the demons of the wind, brother of Humbaba and son of the god Hanbi. He also represented the southwestern wind, the bearer of storms and drought.” He was the demon in the first Exorcist film.

According to Wikipedia, Pazuzu is featured in the 2014–15 NBC television series Constantine in a two-part episode "The Saint of Last Resorts". The protagonist, John Constantine, summons Pazuzu to combat Lamashtu, the primary antagonist of the first part, and later willingly allows Pazuzu to possess him to save himself from another powerful demon. However, Pazuzu has no wish to leave his new host, and emerges whenever Constantine is in danger, causing the deaths of at least eight dangerous gangbangers. Luckily, Constantine's ally Anne-Marie is able to exorcise Pazuzu by the end of the second part.

No one should EVER call on a demon for help. Only call on Christ and you have a calling and have The Lords hedge of protection as the Bible (KJV) tells us. See how these movies are and people believe it to be true. As if you need to summon a dangerous demon for help. That’s a terrible idea floating around.It’s dangerous and becoming highly popular. All over social media you can learn so much dangerous information. It is truly frightening. The world is bad enough without letting demons have a legal right to enter your life. It’s relentless until they have your soul. That’s all they think about. They HATE HUMANS. It goes back to Lucifer when he was an angel. (Another blog for another day.)

A lot of people for some some reason believe pazuzu is also Zozo. A demon that is known to prey on Ouija boards. I’m not sure where they get that connection. The Exorcist was a sensationalized true story. They had to keep the young boy protected. His name was never released. I’ve read in an article somewhere (this is just a side note) that the producer got a true story sent to him in the mail and said this would make a good movie so he read this person‘s true life story. And they add things and change things out in the movies. Most people know this I think. The boy is now a grand father. He remembers nothing from his traumatic experiences. Praise God for that, Satan likes to harass you for life! You’re mind is the devils' playground. Remember this friends. Jesus can remove him from your life. They flee at the name of Jesus when met with someone with rock solid faith. They only want to bring you heartache.

Pazuzu is a demon in charge of a lot of hell. Remember..... I look at this from a biblical point of view. Just my humble opinions when I blog. I have been at this over 25 years. (I'm 45). I started seriously at the age of 19. I took courses on Spiritual Warfare at a local church with a long term boyfriend at the time who was a youth pastor. We learned related subjects too. Later I took courses at Trinity Bible college. No degree. Just a certificate of completion. I’m no expert. Just because my father was a Pentecostal Minister means nothing. It afforded me a great head start on a calling. Okay, back to the blog. I wanted to get that out of the way again. In case someone doesn’t know reading this. As scholar Stephen Bertman notes, "though short on pizzazz, Pazuzu made it to Hollywood: he is the only Mesopotamian demon to have starred in a movie - The Exorcist". In the 1973 horror film (based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty), Pazuzu is the demon who possesses the Linda Blair character and is associated with the Christians Satan and the forces of evil.”

You can research this on your own. But ironically it was on TV two weeks ago. But some things were left out of the documentary. He had three fiancee's. They all lived together. His mother was a Satanist, too. They didn’t say that on the documentary. His followers stipulated while he was very high on crystal meth (Crystal Meth and the devil) he grounded down his teeth to a point so he could bite into his sacrifices easier. He (Pazuzu) stated he had bodies in the basement. Witnesses claimed this house smelled like death. Not to mention it was a very filthy place to live. He didn’t clean or bathe for over a year. People would just use the restroom anywhere they wanted and it wouldn’t get cleaned up if the dogs didn’t eat it. He felt that gave him more power.

His childhood friends said he was picked on a lot. Kids called him names because he always smelled. His mother had him seek mental health several times. But when he took over her home, I know why she did not put her foot down. It could be a generational issue but that is just my guess. I’m guessing it just really did not do well because they failed this young man. When he dropped out of school he decided to become everybody‘s worst nightmare. He was 18 and a freshman. Because he smelled nobody gave him the time of day and they just wrote him off according to what I’ve researched. It’s kind of sad. That’s what I mean about people not judging their fellow man. We know not what they may be going through. As he became older the situation became much worse.

He was arrested once for choking his mother. She didn’t press charges. But she lived at this home too. It was her house. Which a lot of people said it was a nice big home that she kept very nice. It makes me wonder how could she live in that environment and not only that, how can she ignore her son's mental health? It did not take a genius to know something wasn’t right. And throwing drugs into the mix just made things worse. He murdered someone's son as a way to initiate his rituals. That speaks volumes. He was even receiving disability for some type of a anxiety disorder. He could get all the drugs he wanted. All the cigarettes and alcohol too. That makes it even more dangerous when they have a monthly income to support their way of living.

I don’t know how people get away with that. I know people who are truly suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses and they cannot get any Social Security disability. Everybody is always denied at first but they say if you keep trying it after a certain amount of time you get it if it is a legitimate illness. However,  people slip under the cracks. Maybe if this man would’ve received the proper mental health treatment when he was younger perhaps two people would still be alive and his soul may have been able to be saved. It started in his teen years. He was 30 when arrested, I believe. They finally found two bodies in his backyard. And there was possibly more. One victim was his ex-girlfriend’s husband and the other one was a young man who was part of the ritual initiation.

Side note: They had to demolish the house as it was deemed inhabitable. That’s how bad it was. One of the neighbors bought the land so no one can build there. They felt the land still had evil ties. God only knows what went on over the years. His mother hasn’t said anything since her son died. She won’t speak to reporters or police.

When he went to jail he committed the suicide. Remember.... during a crystal meth bender he grounded all his teeth down to a point. The jail had a hard time with him on suicide watch. He kept biting into his arm and legs and would be treated by medical. He finally was able to lose enough blood to die one night after biting into his arm. He was found in a pool of blood. But the police are very tight lipped about it all. Remember he had his teeth all grounded to a sharp point. He wanted to be what everyone feared. But what the documentary I saw left out his own mother was a satanist. Now we are getting somewhere. That is probably where he found his ideas. Or inadvertently opened legal doors. And worshiping Satan is one of those doors. It never turns out well. He was fine for years but the devil turned on him. Turn to Jesus Christ. He loves you so much. Just as you are. This was another example of the devil.

Until next time, may your days be bright and your thoughts be light.

Written By Jennifer Auld

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Devil's Toy Box And My First And Last Experience With A Ouija Board

Hello everyone. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. It’s hurricane season so here in Florida we’re a tad nervous. Orlando was in the ‘eye’ of Irma when hit. We also had four hurricanes in 2004 back to back make landfall here in Orlando and surrounding areas.

The subject this week was brought to my attention by a few emails. How do people come up with these ways to contact the devil? They need to be contacting God! If people were focused on being kind to one another instead of putting so much energy into trying to see the devil or a demon, the world would be a lot better. People need to be obsessed with Christ, be obsessed with angels, be obsessed with kindness and showing respect to your fellow man.

Contacting demons isn’t new. I knew about this back in the mid-90’s. But now YouTube has step-by-step videos with instructions on various ways to get in touch with the dark side by making a devil's toy box. Plus, instructions on how to summon demons and make your own Ouija board. This is very dangerous. There is easy access to so much danger on YouTube.

Using six mirrors all the same size is put together forming a cube and tightly seal making sure all the reflective surfaces of the mirrors are pointing inward. Once you put this together, you let it sit around a while and eventually over a period of time it's said by some that noises can eventually be heard coming from the box. This is sort of an old tactic. Not that it makes it any safer. I remember it in the early 90’s. From the box, apparently growls can be heard along with hissing. The notion is that the reflective properties facing each other creates a perpetual and focused feedback loop. Some type of energy that bounces back-and-forth off the mirrors' surface. If done properly and in alignment, can open a portal of which anything on the other side can pass through into our world and/or dimension and into the box and be heard.

The length that people will go to reach a demon or the devil is astounding.

My Ouija Board Experience 


I was about 19 years old, and I knew better! My dad used to preach about those things in churches--that Ouija boards were conduits for demons to come through. I don’t know till this day what compelled me to want to do that. I knew better. I don’t have the excuse that I didn’t know what they were. So without further ado here is my story.

Three friends of mine were hanging out at his house. It was him and my girlfriend and I. I saw the Ouija board up in his closet and suggested that we use it. My friend said that was all fake he didn’t believe in it and then I found out he was just really scared as he didn’t want to do it. But being a guy he probably didn’t want to show his fear, as we were so young. The planchette only moved with my fingers on it and to prove to people I wasn’t pushing it I took my hands off of it and it flew up in the air. You don’t have to believe me. Make your own conclusions. I have no reason to lie. I’m not gaining anything from it.

I started asking various questions. Nobody else would ask. Such as ‘ are there truly demons coming from this board or can you travel through this board’. As I said I took control of the board. And it spelled out my dad’s name and even his middle name, which nobody knows. It was bringing up things in my girlfriend's past that had to do with the splitting of her parents. That was very private information that I didn’t even know. And we were best friends. It was trying to instill fear. The light started to flicker and it became extremely hot and too quiet...for a few moments. I was challenging it show itself. My friend had two Rottweilers and they were barking at hallway and we could not see anything.

Both of them started throwing up a green substance. Which according to the owner hasdnever happened before. He had his regular diet as usual. But that wasn’t the worst of it. We heard growling coming from the dark hallway and we could visually see with our own eyes a yellow-eyed shadow person who shot right out of the bedroom down the hallway through the living room and scared us half to death.

We discarded the board in a dumpster about 20 miles away after breaking it in half. After that, I had an attachment. The Lord showed my father this several hundred miles away. He was taking over a church just until the original pastor could get over his surgery. When, unbeknownst to me and my mom, he took a plane and flew back home. My dad wanted to know what was going on with me. Again, you don’t have to believe me but this is what happened.

I had protection prayed over me. A deliverance prayer for people who help others who do the type of work. I was Oppressed. Other than it messing with me big time, I didn’t have any physical marks. I put myself on their radar. I guess I was trying to be rebellious. I don’t know what compelled me and I knew better. I would see shadow demons in my apartment tormenting me and my cat I had at that time. It was just a big mess and it was very scary. They were not good beings! I’m ashamed of myself because I knew better.

Needless to say we did not go back to my friend's house that night and we all stayed the night at my friend's apartment we were so shook up.

So that is my story. I’m not proud of it, but I’m sharing it as an example. Anything you use to contact the dead, another realm, is taking a chance especially the Ouija board. And I say to the people who want to do this is it really worth the risk? Think about that.

Until next time may your days be bright and your thoughts be light.

Written By Jennifer Auld

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dalai Lama: How We Create Problems for Ourselves



His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about how human beings create problems for themselves during his meeting with medical students from Tulane University in the USA at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on July 17, 2019.

Venue: His Holiness's Residence, Dharamsala, HP, India
Date: July 17, 2019 
Duration: 2 minutes and 10 seconds
Languages: English

Original link: https://www.dalailama.com/videos/how-we-create-problems-for-ourselves

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Christian Witches And Angel Spirit Boards

Hello everybody. I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend and you’re having a good Sunday. It’s definitely hot here but I don’t have to tell you guys that. I just pray that Fall gets here quickly. It’ll be nice to have it cool off a little bit here in Florida. Before we know it just in a couple of months it’ll be Halloween and the holidays again. I can’t believe it! It seems like time flies by so quick. No day is promised.

In my beliefs in my humble opinion, so many people are deceived. Now some Christians say that you can still be a Christian and practice witchcraft for the greater good, which is false. It is breaking my heart that there is this kind of evil in the churches and so called men of God and church leaders are not talking about this issue!!!!! Why?????? They really need to address this and explain the ramifications. People with the very best of intentions will inadvertently open the wrong doors. The dangers of attachment is so high. I’m not saying that people do this on purpose because they’re looking to conjure evil and do all this trouble..... of course not. Like I said I don’t believe everybody has bad intentions. But, sadly, like any religion, it can be taken too far.

It’s an oxymoron. Christian Witch.  You can’t be lukewarm in Christ with one foot in and one foot out. That’s exactly what this is. The Bible forbids this type of activity. Any type of divination tools as well. And warns against all this and the consequences. It’s just not worth it. I was very much a thrill seekerchris as a teenager and I’ll never touch one of those spirit boards again after my experience. I still keep in contact with one of the people that were there that night. It was when I was 19-years old. To this day, he won’t even discuss it. He refuses to, I think, because he’s scared to do or say anything to stir that up. It really was a frightening experience. And I’ve never touched one since and I never will. Call me a chicken or crazy all you want. Not worth it to me.

I was able to speak to a Christian witch via Skype. We had a forty-minute civil conversation. Great women. And because we have the same beliefs I could biblically come at her for lack of better words. In a nice civil manner, not nasty at all. Basically, according to this Christian witch they only do good  'spells’ and are called Christian light bearers. At least her group. I brought up all the verses that are very clear about staying away from witchcraft, divination, wizards, fortunetellers, speaking to the dead, casting spells, conjuring demons, etc.

Basically it’s so new that there’s no particular rules set forth yet according to the women I interviewed. She could not answer me as to why this subject has not come up before and why are we just finding out now that Christian witches exist? Just like the paranormal field, it’s not governed. This is a very new group that has emerged. Again, I am not speaking against anybody’s religion. Like I’ve said before there’s always people that can take it too far no matter what you believe in or do not believe in. And when you start dabbling with things that you don’t know about or you think you’ve watched enough TV shows to know what you're doing and you start messing with -- you're inadvertently opening the doors that lead to darkness.

Deuteronomy 18:10: “There shall not be found among you . . . anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens.” First Samuel 15:13 compares rebellion to the “sin of divination.” 

Leviticus 19:31

“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, seek after familiar spirits, wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.”

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Angel Spirit Boards


Well nothing is sacred anymore. People are buying something called an Angel Board. It’s the same thing as a Ouija board, only they are decorated with pictures of pretty angels in pastel colors. That’s the only difference. You’re not talking to angels. Anything can come through those. It’s no different than any other Ouija board or any type of device channeling the dead. It just leaves the door open for any and everything to come flooding through. And it leaves the door for any and everything to go wrong as well. Please understand I’m not trying to put fear into people. I’m just trying to inform you and to be ready when you do you mess with these type of things because there are always people that will. but the dangers are no different. Please don’t be deceived..

There’s always somebody that’s going to test it to see if it really works. Like what they see on TV/Internet. Or some think it’s a bunch of hocus-pocus so they want to prove it by doing the ritual or using the spirit board. Please expect anything to happen. It’s just prudent not to start that kind of thing to begin with. I know several people that wish they never touched one. It actually ruined their lives. It’s like I said the familiar spirits easily can come through and are quite convincing. They will mimic children or maybe somebody who died there. Worst of all, they'll prey on your emotions by claiming to be one of your loved ones.

It’s so important to always have your armor of God on. Every morning and every night suit up and pray up. The worst is yet to come in this world. And again these are just my particular beliefs and I know everybody has different beliefs and I may not agree with them but you do have the right to an opinion and your own beliefs. I’m just putting out there what’s going on in the world. There is so much you don’t see on the news. There’s so much going on that I don’t see on the news and I want to know why? Completely unrelated to this subject I’m speaking of other things that the news is conveniently not letting everybody know about. I’m thinking of writing about it so everybody is aware.

Until next time. May your days be bright and your thoughts be light.

Written by Jennifer Auld

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

10 Questions to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Time Magazine interviewed His Holiness in New York City in May of 2010 for its "10 Questions to His Holiness the Dalai Lama".

Question: Do you ever feel angry or outraged? —Kantesh Guttal, PUNE, INDIA

His Holiness: Oh, yes, of course. I'm a human being. Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something's wrong. He's not right in the brain. [Laughs.]

Question: How do you stay so optimistic and faithful when there is so much hate in the world? —Joana Cotar, FRANKFURT

His Holiness: I always look at any event from a wider angle. There's always some problem, some killing, some murder or terrorist act or scandal everywhere, every day. But if you think the whole world is like that, you're wrong. Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.

Question: How has the role set out for you changed since you first came to be the Dalai Lama? —Andy Thomas, CARMARTHEN, WALES

His Holiness: I became the Dalai Lama not on a volunteer basis. Whether I was willing or not, I [had to study] Buddhist philosophy like an ordinary monk student in these big monastic institutions. Eventually I realized I have a responsibility. Sometimes it is difficult, but where there is some challenge, that is also truly an opportunity to serve more.

Question: Do you see any possibility of reconciliation with the Chinese government in your lifetime? —Joseph K.H. Cheng, MELBOURNE

His Holiness: Yes, there is a possibility. But I think past experience shows it is not easy. Many of these hard-liners, their outlook is very narrow and shortsighted. They are not looking at it in a holistic way. However, within the People's Republic of China, there is wider contact with the outside world. There are more and more voices of discontentment among the people, particularly among the intellectuals. Things will change — that's bound to happen.

Question: How can we teach our children not to be angry? —Robyn Rice, GRAND JUNCTION, COLO.

His Holiness: Children always look to their parents. Parents should be more calm. You can teach children that you face a lot of problems but you must react to those problems with a calm mind and reason. I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.

Question: Have you ever thought about being a normal person instead of being the Dalai Lama? —Grego Franco, MANILA

His Holiness: Yes, at a young age. Sometimes I felt, "Oh, this is a burden. I wish I was an unknown Tibetan. Then I'd have more freedom." But then later I realized that my position was something useful to others. Nowadays I feel happy that I'm Dalai Lama. At the same time, I never feel that I'm some special person. Same — we are all the same.

Question: Do you miss Tibet? —Pamela Delgado Córdoba, AGUASCALIENTES, MEXICO

His Holiness: Yes. Tibetan culture is not only ancient but relevant to today's world. After seeing the problems of violence, we realize that Tibetan culture is one of compassion and nonviolence. There is also the climate. In India during monsoon season, it is too wet. Then, I very much miss [ Tibet].

Question: What do you say to people who use religion as a pretext to violence or killing? —Arnie Domingo, QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES

His Holiness: There are innocent, faithful people that are manipulated by some other people whose interest is different. Their interest is not religion but power or sometimes money. They manipulate religious faith. In such cases, we must make a distinction: these [bad things] are not caused by religion.

Question: Have you ever tried on a pair of trousers? —Ju Huang, STAMFORD, CONN.

His Holiness: When it's very, very cold. And particularly in 1959, when I escaped, I wore trousers, like laypeople dressed. So I have experience.

Question: Do you believe your time here on earth has been a success? —Les Lucas, KELOWNA, B.C.

His Holiness: Hmmm. That's relative. It's so difficult to say. All human life is some part failure and some part achievement.

original link: https://www.dalailama.com/messages/transcripts-and-interviews/10-questions-time-magazine

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Reverend Jim Jones--Jonestown: The Peoples Temple Mass Suicide/Death 1978

Reverend Jim Jones--Jonestown: The Peoples Temple Mass Suicide/Death 1978

Hello everybody. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying your day. We had a few fires on the Fourth of July. This was due to the carelessness of people using fireworks too close to homes and dry woods. Here in Florida I don’t have to tell you we’re hitting heat factors over 100°. When you walk outside and get in your car and get it started and by the time the air is somewhat cooled down you are most likely drenched in sweat. It’s awful! Especially if you’re oily anyway like I am. I have always struggled with that but from what I hear it helps slow down the aging process but who knows. I’ve gotten completely off the subject friends. Lol. Please forgive me. ADHD slips through now and then.

James Warren Jones was an American cult leader. He started what he called the Peoples Temple, originally located in Indiana. Then in the 1960s, he moved the Peoples Temple to San Francisco, California. He gained quite a bit of notoriety when the Peoples Temple moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s. He was the head and dictator for leading the 1978 mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of his Temple including 276 children, were found dead by drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. Many say Jim Jones is one of the prominent psychopaths in American history. The motive of the mass revolutionary suicide, (he had a unhealthy obsession with death when he was young and as an adult.) Revolutionary suicide I’ll have to explain in another blog. Anyway, according to Jim Jones himself, he wanted to  "protest the conditions of an inhumane world." Jones is thought to have shot himself in the head at the final stage of the mass suicide. He was found dead at the scene with a gunshot wound on the back of his head. Let’s not forget he was also responsible for the death of those visitors including Congressman Leo Ryan, was making a visit to Jonestown Temple to investigate human rights violation complaints against Jim Jones. Jones had six adoptive children and one biological child with his wife, Marcy. 

I’m going to use this particular cult as an example because it is based on Christianity. Exactly what I believe in. I have no illusions that all religions and beliefs can go too far. Or there is always somebody that just takes it too far as I said in my last blog. The Jonestown event is a great but heartbreaking example of that. Any religion or personal beliefs can get radical and this was one of them. I stipulated in my last blog I would write about Jonestown and Reverend Jim Jones a little further and explain. There are a lot of YouTube videos for you to watch, if you'd like. There are a lot of different tapes he purposely recorded himself to leave behind for everybody to hear. Typical narcissistic psychopath, in my opinion. There was a loudspeaker that played they said almost 24/7, using fear and mind control. Can you imagine hearing somebody go on and on and on? He did this while they slept! The people who were part of his cult were underfed and overworked. I bet the devil was sure dancing when that horrible event took place that day. This man was very cruel he was NO prophet of God. That’s why the Bible tells us to be aware of these false prophets. Many will try and claim this. title.

I’m certainly not exaggerating on anything I say. There were tapes found. He recorded that very violent event that was all over the news. Jim Warren Jones truly was disturbed... a very sick man. Sick with power. He was having sexual relations with men, women and even the young teenagers. When you’re in that kind of position you should not be getting intimate with anybody in your congregation but your wife. From what I understand, she turned a blind eye to all his sexual escapades. Just like with many others, and the human race in general, eventually his ego became so big as his power kept rising. That’s what initially caused him to go dark in the first place, in my humble opinion. It takes a special kind of person to be in that type of position. It’s a calling by God to be in that kind of leadership. It’s not for everybody. There are many temptations and the enemy is just waiting for that person to make a mistake. Or have a weak moment in time.

Let’s discuss from my research about what kind of childhood he had. A lot of times with people like this they don’t always have a bad childhood. But Reverend Jones had a raging alcoholic for a father. His mother would send him to vacation Bible school to help, I guess trying to shelter him from his father. But Jim Jones took to Bible study with great joy. He was never seen without his Bible. As a ten-year-old, they said he would give funerals to all the animals that would die in the neighborhood. But what’s very disturbing is that a girl who grew up with him and was latern interviewed, alluded to the fact that he killed a couple of animals just to be able to give them funerals. She mentioned he was always an "odd duck" for lack of better words.

He was a very handsome man. Also very charismatic. He had, I believe, that southern drawl similar to Elvis Presley. He just had a way with people and making them feel good and wanted, and loved. On the plus side, he was big into civil rights to stop segregation. He could’ve done so many wonderful things. That’s what makes me so sad. He was on the right track for a while. He even had the respect from some political figures at one time. And other people of that nature. The more everybody revered him because there was nobody else like him at that time in the Bible Belt community.  Sticking up for civil rights and speaking their mind whether you like it or not. No matter who you were. You have to remember it started in the 1950s and ended in the 70s.

Once he was able to move The Peoples Temple to Guyana, almost 1000 members followed him. In the United States people were starting to catch on to what was spreading around from former temple members that something wasn’t right. There would be public punishments in front of the whole congregation, slapping people and so-called beatings. There were very concerned family members. They just really wanted to get the other family members out. But he used fear to brainwash these people. In November 1978, the Congressman from California, Leo Ryan, along with other delegattes, the media, and concerned relatives flew to Guyana to see exactly what was going on.

Jim Jones ordered his death and everybody with him along with the people who left Jonestown. Fifteen people left and he couldn’t handle it. To him, that was a betrayal. The Congressman‘s assistant survived and I believe two cameramen from NBC as well. There were other survivors that were able to run into the jungle in the middle of the chaos, avoiding detecton. Thank God! Jim Jones had men surrounding that compound with a variety of military type guns. It was said that he even had grenades; however, I can’t confirm those allegations. But it wouldn’t surprise me. How did he get past U.S customs with cyanide and all those guns? That’s something that they never figured out, or maybe not telling. It could go either way. The point is the survivors and their families of the non-survivors still hurt very much over this. How do you get over a mass murder like that? I know some did drink the poisoned punch willingly but not all 274 children did. They did not have a choice. It’s heartbreaking.

People who are brainwashed and will kill at any moment people who would kill their own family members. This is how badly brainwashed they became a little at a time. Jones said they were all going to be in so much trouble. He told them since the congressman was dead, they would be back to torture the babies and kill all of them. Which was a huge lie. He lied to them and said that they had to shoot in self-defense. He didn’t tell them that they shot them all down -- he left that part out. He had them thinking people were going to come back to torture their babies and put them in prison because the the congressman and his group was shot.

In conclusion, this is an example where any religion can go radical or there’s always somebody your small group that takes it too far. Sadly this was one of those events.


Written by Jennifer Auld