#3336 - Thursday, October 30, 2008 - Editor: Jerry
Greg Goode sends a new writing to the Highlights.
An introduction to White Bison, Inc., and Indian American
And an article about India sending a mission to a god: the
Awareness is not Personal
Awareness isn't inside
the person. Awareness, which is not physical, cannot therefore be
physically limited to a spherical balloon inside the skull. It's the other
way around. The skin, muscles, bones, sensations, emotions and thoughts
are arisings in awareness. If you grok the possibility of this, then the
stage opens infinitely wide.
Having grokked this, you also won't
hang up on the snag of solipsism, which is a very different thing.
Solipsism says "I am the only mind - I can't prove that others exist." But
notice what it assumes. It assumes that minds are real, and goes from
there. It personalizes awareness. But your inquiry undercuts this
assumption because you are looking at a much deeper level. Solipsism won't
be a problem for you. The locus of the "I" is much farther back. How
far back? All the way!!
White Bison, Inc.,--
http://www.whitebison.org -- is an
American Indian non profit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Through White Bison, it's Founder and President Don
Coyhis, Mohican Nation, has offered healing resources to Native America
since 1988. White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and
wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American community nation
wide. Many non-Native people also use White Bison's healing resource products,
attend its learning circles, and volunteer their services.
White Bison's mission is to assist in bringing 100 Native American
communities into healing by 2010. This mission is being realized by means of the
many Wellbriety resources, Wellbriety conferences, specialized community
training events, Wellbriety coalitions, and the popular grassroots Firestarters
circles of recovery groups across the nation.
White Bison is a proud facilitator of the Wellbriety Movement.
Wellbriety means to be sober and well. Wellbriety teaches that we must find
sobriety from addictions to alcohol and other drugs and recover from the harmful
effects of drugs and alcohol on individuals, families and whole communities. The
"Well" part of Wellbriety is the inspiration to go on beyond sobriety and
recovery, committing to a life of wellness and healing everyday.
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Here are two Meditations of the Day. To receive a meditation
a day, visit http://www.whitebison.org/meditation/index.php
Elder's Meditation of the Day - October 26
"It seems that if Elders can feel that you are open to
learning, they are more than generous with their teaching."
Councilor, Lenard George
There is a saying, when the student is ready the teacher
appears. If the Elders sense that you are ready, they will help you see and
learn new things. Most human beings love to share what they know with people who
are excited to listen. If you are talking to someone and you feel they really
aren't listening, you won't want to tell them much. Before you go talk to the
Elders, examine your motives - are you really excited about listening to
My Creator, give me an open mind. ..
Fly Me to the Deity
AN unmanned spacecraft from India that most worldly and yet otherworldly of
nations is on its way to the moon. For the first time since man and his
rockets began trespassing on outer space, a vessel has gone up from a country
whose people actually regard the moon as a god.
The Chandrayaan (or moon craft) is the closest India has got to the moon
since the epic Hindu sage, Narada, tried to reach it on a ladder of considerable
(but insufficient) length as my grandmothers bedtime version of events would
have it. So think of this as a modern Indian pilgrimage to the moon.
As it happens, a week before the launching, millions of Hindu women embarked
on a customary daylong fast, broken at night on the first sighting of the moons
reflection in a bowl of oil. (This fast is done to ensure a husbands welfare.)
But reverence for the moon is not confined to traditional Indian housewives: The
Web site of the Indian Space Research Organization the body that launched the
Chandrayaan includes a verse from the Rig Veda, a sacred Hindu text that dates
back some 4,000 years: O Moon! We should be able to know you through our
intellect,/ You enlighten us through the right path.
One is tempted, in all this, to dwell on the seeming contradiction between
religion and science, between reason and superstition. And yet, anyone who has
been to India will have noted also its modernity of tradition. The phrase,
borrowed from the political scientists Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph, might explain
the ability of devout Hindus many of them, no doubt, rocket scientists to
see no disharmony between ancient Vedic beliefs and contemporary scientific
The Hindu astrological system is predicated on lunar movements: so the moon
is a big deal in astrology-obsessed India. That said, the genius of modern
Hinduism lies in its comfort with, and imperviousness to, science. A friend
tells me of an episode from his childhood in Varanasi, the sacred Hindu city.
Days after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, a model of the lunar module was placed
in a courtyard of the most venerable temple in the city. The Hindu faithful were
hailing man-on-the-moon; there was no suggestion that the Americans had
committed sacrilege. (Here, I might add with a caveat against exaggeration
that science sometimes struggles to co-exist with faith in the United States in
ways that would disconcert many Indians.)
Of course, the Chandrayaan is also a grand political gesture space
exploration in the service of national pride. This kind of excursion may provoke
yawns at NASA, but judging from round-the-clock local coverage it has received,
the mission has clearly inflamed the imagination and ambition of Indians. Yes,
even moon-worshipping ones.