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Friday, June 26, 2009

An Update on the Industry of the Ant

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The writer of the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament made a comment on the virtue of the ants habits and encouraged his son with the example of being industrious for his own well being. Proverbs 6:

6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

The father is urging his son to take command of himself. 'no guide, overseer, or ruler'. She does it by 'herself'.

But she eventually dies
and then all the hectic labor she has been engaged in becomes ingredients for the recycling center.


That was Solomon's view and Jesus comments on it in Matthew 6:

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.


Just what is Jesus saying here? Is Solomon wrong for encouraging industriousness and accumulation for the future? Is there another,better, way to relate to being here now? How does it fit in with this?

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Mind Expansion: learning to see what IS

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Think of this as an aid for meditation; as a springboard for your thoughts. Try to imagine what it means if this information is correct. If this makes sense to you after you take in the information you have the necessary tools to put this information to work in transforming the knowledge you have of who and what you are as a person. When you do, for your purposes, a new world replete with perceptions consistent with that world begins to develop.


Imagine the real nature of matter being intimately associated with consciousness. Imagine yourself not only being here, but being an actual constituent working element of what is being expressed now. Imagine being able to conceive of yourself as intimately associated and involved with the inner nature of life itself by virtue of having co-existed eternally with it. The sense of separateness, fear and estrangement felt by failure to recognize this fundamental facet of experience has vanished. The feeling is like you walked into the parlor of your childhood home after many years and everyone was there just like it used to be.

Amit Goswami, Ph.D. is at the center of a scientific revolution. There is a new way of evaluating ourselves and it is becoming increasingly clear that the current perception we have of ourselves has just about played out its usefulness. Enjoy.

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