Sep 16, 2012

Building & Maintaining Awareness For Mental Warriors

In the following lecture Karen Armstrong explains her view on the compassionate life and provides some guidance that can also be found in her book "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life"

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Notes and Perspectives:

{Some the leaders for the Charter is Pakistan (Business men and others in the private sector). :) }

1. War is fought for political and economic reasons, religion is often used as the disguise as it can motivate the masses. [Religious fervor is a great tool for tyrants, be it from traditional religions such as Christianity or Islam or one of the new ones such as the new version of Republicanism (which is not the proper Republicanism) or, what I call, 'Scientism' (i.e. if it's not proved by the group of scientists that you believe in then it must be false) etc. i.e... The Edge of Physics (see post above/after this)

2. She refers to entering the 'Presence of the Doa':

Definition of TAO
1 a : the unconditional and unknowable source and guiding principle of all reality as conceived by Taoists
b : the process of nature by which all things change and which is to be followed for a life of harmony

My perspective on the Tao which may be different from Karen Armstrong's (or may not) : To follow the Tao one must be aligned with the processes of nature - this includes life and death.

A balanced perspective, when following the Tao, (in my opinion), consists of accepting death, understanding 'the-self' and learning the how to observe yourself i.e. self detachment for self understanding...

The observer technique... is to learn how to observe yourself as you go about your day and feel whatever you feel, for example, if you are angry you should be able to keep a part of yourself separate from that anger in an 'observer' perspective. With practice you will learn how to keep a part of your mind constantly observing your emotions which will give you distance and thus control. Then you need to learn how to let go of observation and emotional attachments and just flow (this is a zen perspective which I have outlined here:Simple explanation of Zen from Bodhidharma)

'Putting yourself in the shoes of others' - This is important to help build understanding, compassion and is absolutely essential in war as knowing your enemy is half the battle.
[Note: It is also useful to love your enemy as it removes any blocks from your perception - i.e. hate or anger can blind you from seeing essential shatter points in your enemies strategies (though anger can be useful at times - if controlled using the observer technique), once an enemy is eliminated or placed in line for the execution block (or jail) you can let go of that love and go back to neutrality (another essential for strategists in war).]

3. To hate others because they are different from us or have some different beliefs or life patterns is a dangerous attitude to have in today's heavily integrated AND armed world.

Learning to acknowledge that you don't know something and instead have a willingness to learn (through independent investigation and not JUST some authority figure), is difficult.

"Socrates insisted on accepting the importance of accepting the limits of human knowledge"

Socrates said, 'I am wise in one thing only and that is that I know nothing at all'

[Religion] Heart of Culture and Society - Wisdom

More explanations by Karen Armstrong (an excellent lecture)...

‎"Allot of religious people prefer to be right, rather than compassionate."
Karen Armstrong

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