Trabajo Solitario

6.16.18
Insights from my Friend Gabriel

The Three Questions

The Three Questions

TRABAJO SOLITARIO…
Un viejo ermitaño, se refugiaba en
la montaña para dedicarse a meditar y orar… Un día alguien le preguntó:
Maestro, no te aburres sin hacer nada?…
Al contrario, el tiempo no me alcanza para lo que tengo que hacer…
¿Cómo puede tener tanto trabajo si vive en soledad?…
Él contestó:
Tengo que entrenar a:
Dos halcones…
A dos águilas…
Tranquilizar a dos conejos…
Disciplinar una serpiente…
Motivar a un asno y …
Domar a un león…
No veo ningún animal por aquí… ¿Dónde están?…
El ermitaño le respondió:
Estos animales los llevamos todos dentro…
Los dos halcones, se lanzan sobre todo lo que se les presenta, bueno o malo, tengo que entrenarlos para que se lancen sobre cosas buenas:
Son mis ojos…
Las dos águilas con sus garras hieren y destrozan, tengo que entrenarlas para que se pongan al servicio y ayuden sin hacer daño:
Son mis manos…
Los conejos quieren ir a donde ellos quieran, quieren esquivar las situaciones difíciles, tengo que enseñarles a estar tranquilos aunque haya sufrimiento, problema o cualquier cosa que no me gusta:
Son mis pies…
Lo más difícil es vigilar la serpiente… Está encerrada en una fuerte jaula, pero ella siempre está lista para atacar, morder y colocar su veneno en cualquiera que esté cerca, por ello tengo que disciplinarla:
Es mi lengua…
El burro es obstinado, no quiere cumplir con su deber, siempre está cansado y se niega a llevar su carga cada día:
Es mi cuerpo…
Por último necesito domar al león, quiere ser el rey, es altivo y siempre quiere ser el primero , es vanidoso, es orgulloso, se cree el mejor:
Es mi EGO…
Como ve tengo demasiado trabajo por hacer…
Reflexión.
Pidamos a Dios dominar estos animales que llevamos dentro, para que podamos ser el mejor testimonio, las mejores personas, los mejores padres y esposos, los mejores amigo.

PD. He descrito a Gabriel en varios términos. Estos incluyen el hombre renacentista, guía, alma antigua, amigo, y su nombre implica – Ángel. Al reflejar estos dos días pasados en la historia que compartió conmigo que acaba de leer, me confirma que cada una de estas descripciones es precisa. ¡Gracias, Gabriel, en tu oportuna aparición en mi bienvenida a Morelia y México!

El Inglés
SOLITARY WORK …
An old hermit, took refuge in
the mountain to devote to meditate and pray … One day someone asked him:
Master, do not you get bored without doing anything? …
On the contrary, time is not enough for what I have to do …
How can you have so much work if you live in solitude? …
He replied:
I have to train to:
Two hawks …
Two eagles …
Reassure two rabbits …
Discipline a snake …
Motivate an ass and …
Taming a lion …
I do not see any animals around here … Where are they? …
The hermit replied:
We carry these animals all inside …
The two hawks, are thrown on everything that is presented to them, good or bad, I have to train them to be launched on good things:
They are my eyes…
The two eagles with their claws hurt and destroy, I have to train them to put themselves in service and help without hurting:
They are my hands …
The rabbits want to go wherever they want, they want to avoid difficult situations, I have to teach them to be calm even if there is suffering, problem or anything that I do not like:
They are my feet …
The hardest thing is to watch the snake … It is locked in a strong cage, but she is always ready to attack, bite and place her poison on anyone nearby, so I have to discipline her:
It’s my language …
The donkey is stubborn, does not want to do his duty, is always tired and refuses to carry his load every day:
It’s my body …
Finally I need to tame the lion, wants to be the king, is proud and always wants to be the first, is vain, is proud, believes himself the best:
It’s my EGO …
As you can see, I have too much work to do …
Reflection.
Let us ask God to master these animals that we have inside, so that we can be the best witness, the best people, the best parents and spouses, the best friends.

PS I have described Gabriel in various terms. These include renaissance man, guide, old soul, friend, and his name implies – Angel. In reflecting these past two days on the story he shared with me that you have just read, it affirms to me that each of these descriptions is accurate. Thank you, Gabriel, in your timely appearance in my welcome to Morelia and Mexico!

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Viva Mexico!

6.17.18
Tarasca FountainIt is difficult to describe the mood and energy of Morelia in the wake of Mexico’s stunning victory over Germany in the first round of the World Cup from Russia. This Domingo por la manana was cool and sunny and over my breakfast of chilaquiles con huevo and cinnamon laced cafe fuerte the sound of television broadcasts echoed up and down the intersect of streets converging at the Tarasca fountain park. The eruption of what later proved to be Mexico’s first goal (the only goal of the match) had a vibrance that invited energy into my still tired legs and nearly  exclusive mobility source.

Mexican FlagMy morning’s agenda included the ATM and mercado and the overflow of traffic on the streets with green jerseys, flags flying, and shouts of Viva Mexico left no doubt about the outcome.

Now at dusk’s fading light, the fireworks have subsided, the car traffic has stilled significantly, Dusk de Domingo Studio Viewand the resonance of music wafts through my windows as I write these words and share these impressions.
Viva Mexico!

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Es difícil describir el estado de ánimo y la energía de Morelia a raíz de la impresionante victoria de México sobre Alemania en la primera ronda de la Copa del Mundo de Rusia. Este domingo por la manana era fresco y soleado y durante mi desayuno de chilaquiles con huevo y canela atada café fuerte el sonido de las emisiones de televisión resonó arriba y abajo por la intersección de las calles que convergen en el parque de la fuente de Tarasca. La erupción de lo que más tarde resultó ser el primer gol de México (el único gol del partido) tuvo una vibración que invitó a la energía a mis piernas todavía cansadas y a una fuente de movilidad casi exclusiva.
La agenda de mi mañana incluía el cajero automático y el mercado, y el desbordamiento del tráfico en las calles con jerseys verdes, banderas ondeando y gritos de Viva México no dejaban lugar a dudas sobre el resultado.
Ahora, al caer la luz del crepúsculo, los fuegos artificiales se han calmado, el tráfico de automóviles se ha detenido significativamente y la resonancia de la música entra por mis ventanas mientras escribo estas palabras y comparto estas impresiones.
¡Viva Mexico!

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Father’s Day

Fathers Day 2015Father’s Day always fell within the week of Dad’s birthday on the 19th which was also the final round of the US Open golf tournament. I introduced him to the game of golf when he was fifty years old in 1970 at Harpeth Hills Golf Course in Nashville, Tennessee. On retirement he and my stepmother, Betty, moved to Naples, Florida where golf was his passion at Foxfire Country Club. These made for very special times of celebration until his passing in 2005 at age 85. His influence on my life was, and continues to be, profound.  My comments at Dad’s Memorial 2.6.05 in Naples reflect some of that dynamic. From this side of life to that Happy Father’s Day Dad and early birthday wishes. Also a Happy Father’s Day to all and their progeny who are celebrating this day.

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Ahora Ambos Lados

Ahora Ambos LadosEstaba sentado en la plaza frente a los portalas reflexionando sobre algunas decepciones en mi vida que habían sido parte de una conversación especial con un nuevo amigo cuando una señorita que sostenía un globo lleno de helio (no podía leer lo que era escrito en el globo) con una cuerda en una mano y su teléfono en la otra.
Sus vibraciones eran tristes incluso desde una distancia de unos treinta metros y las lágrimas eran visibles en sus ojos. Contempló el globo que soplaba al viento al final de la cuerda.
Both Sides Now
Después de unos minutos, ella lo soltó y comenzó a fotografiar su partida hasta que desapareció más allá de las nubes. Esto tomó bastantes minutos. Luego tomó una foto de las torres de la Catedral antes de seguir caminando.
Fue tal vez la secuencia más conmovedora de dejar pasar la oración que he presenciado. Dije mi propia oración por ella y por todos los que tienen quejas o desilusiones no resueltas, ya sean conscientes de ellas o no. Mi oración terminó con un tributo a su conciencia, intención y dejar ir algo que ya no estaba sirviendo a su ser superior.
Tales son los momentos de visión e inspiración que Morelia ha estado produciendo en la quietud.

English translation
Both Sides Now
I was sitting in the plaza across from the portalas reflecting on some disappointments in my life that had been part of a special meeting discussion with a new friend when a senorita holding a helium filled balloon (I couldn’t read what was written on the balloon) on a string in one hand and her phone in the other.
Her vibrations were sad even from a distance of thirty yards or so and tears were visible in her eyes. She contemplated the balloon blowing in the wind at the end of the string.
After a few minutes she let it go and began to photograph its departure until it had disappeared beyond the clouds. This took quite a few minutes. She then took a picture of the Cathedral towers before walking on.
It was perhaps the most poignant sequence of prayerful letting go I have ever witnessed. I said my own prayer for her and all the too many that are bearing grievances or unresolved disappointments whether conscious of them or not. My prayer ended with a tribute to her awareness, intention, and letting go of something that was no longer serving her higher self.
Such are the moments of insight and inspiration that Morelia have been bringing forth in the stillness.

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Curiosity and Innovation

Benjamin FranklinOn this day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects a charge in a Leyden jar when the kite is struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He coined a number of terms used today, including battery, conductor and electrician. He also invented the lightning rod, used to protect buildings and ships.

Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, to a candle and soap maker named Josiah Franklin, who fathered 17 children, and his wife Abiah Folger. Franklin’s formal education ended at age 10 and he went to work as an apprentice to his brother James, a printer. In 1723, following a dispute with his brother, Franklin left Boston and ended up in Philadelphia, where he found work as a printer. Following a brief stint as a printer in London, Franklin returned to Philadelphia and became a successful businessman, whose publishing ventures included the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard’s Almanack, a collection of homespun proverbs advocating hard work and honesty in order to get ahead. The almanac, which Franklin first published in 1733 under the pen name Richard Saunders, included such wisdom as: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Whether or not Franklin followed this advice in his own life, he came to represent the classic American overachiever. In addition to his accomplishments in business and science, he is noted for his numerous civic contributions. Among other things, he developed a library, insurance company, city hospital and academy in Philadelphia that would later become the University of Pennsylvania.

Franklin, Adams, JeffersonMost significantly, Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States and had a career as a statesman that spanned four decades. He served as a legislator in Pennsylvania as well as a diplomat in England and France. He is the only politician to have signed all four documents fundamental to the creation of the U.S.: the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Treaty of Alliance with France (1778), the Treaty of Paris (1783), which established peace with Great Britain, and the U.S. Constitution (1787).

Franklin died at age 84 on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia. He remains one of the leading figures in U.S. history.

Now that’s a life . . ..

Source: This Day in History

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Items for Sale in Nashville, TN

Items for Sale

Edward Fields RugI have just learned that the place where these items are stored is going on the market and being sold. The items listed contain aesthetic and artistic energy that I would hope could move into the right spaces.

These items will not be available long and I hope you will grab hold of them if they speak to you.

Frank Scruggs is an apartment renter at the location at 2605 Mountain Laurel Drive in Antioch, TN and will be happy to meet your and arrange for the sale and your pick up.  His contact information is in the attached Items of Sale above.

Thanks you for helping with movement of these loved artifacts . . . David

 

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Awaken to Many Realities

Awaken to many Realities – by Guruji Krishnananda
MantrasWe have to awaken to many Truths, many Realities. We have to awaken from ignorance. Sometimes people say that in Hinduism there are so many gods. All these gods do exist. Lord Mahavishnu is in-charge of Life and Life Forces. Lord Shiva is in-charge of the forces of destruction. Lord Brahma is in-charge of creation. And hordes of gods assist these processes.
All gods/deities are manifestations from a single God. There is one God. And here, on this earth, we can imagine Him to be Light. And from that Light all these emanations, all these manifestations came forth. God is energy. God is Light. And God is omnipresent. Everyone has to awaken to the Truth that there is only one God and all others are manifestations.
People have to awaken to the reality that the idols represent gods or deities. A god or deity is energy. The idol carries these energies. Idols are to be worshipped, no doubt, but they themselves are not the deity. Usually, the field of energy is under the ground, beneath the idol. Only a small quantity of energy is present in the idol.
Once we tried to worship Lord Shiva in Nandi Hills. We were told the energies are so huge that the entire hill carries those energies. So, the energies are under the ground and they are the deity, not just the idol.
We have to awaken to the fact that we have to go beyond ritualistic worship or Pooja. Poojas are good, but again we have to go beyond. While performing Pooja we consciously remain distant and distinct from God. When I worship and He gets worshipped, there is duality; there is distance. We have to go beyond this. There are still higher ways of Poojas and worship.
Pooja is a form of expression of our Love and respect. In Meditation, the expression reaches its maximum. We surrender to Him. We merge with Him. That is the highest form of expression of Love.
We are aware of Papa and Punya (merits and demerits). But Punya does not take us to Mukti. A good deed or Karma will give us a good effect, that’s all. Punyas take us only to heaven, not to Mukti. This does not mean that we should not do good deeds but we must know and clearly realize that putting a huge amount in a hundi (donation box) does not help us in attaining Mukti. These are simple Truths. They do not need any explanation.
We cannot appease gods by Shanti Homas or Mantras. Gods do not accept bribes and keep quiet. Most importantly, God is not pleased when we suffer. Some people pierce their tongues and cheeks with needles, etc. Those who do such acts think that God is pleased. God will never appreciate such things. You do not have to suffer. You do not have to even fast to please Him. God is not pleased by these ways.
We must awaken to the reality that God is everywhere, in and around. All that is required is a connection from our pure heart. We have to awaken to this reality. Accept this and begin living accordingly. Interact with God who is everywhere.
(Source – From Book – Guruji Speaks Volume 5)

Source: Revolution by light

 

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