|Love of wisdom|
2006-05-01 06:00:36 ET
I have decided that after I graduate from the two-year college I'm at (with my degree in east Asian studies) I will attend the University of Arizona here in Tucson. I graduate next spring (fingers crossed) and will begin at U of A in the philosophy program. I'm hoping to stick with it untill I get my Ph. D. It's a big step from so many years of cheap college to move into the doctorate program, but I hope to make it worthwile.
2006-04-25 22:22:35 ET
If there was ever a reson for my being here it was nver, or perhaps always, apparent to me. I am a poet and a philosopher in the traditional sense. I seek wisdom through writing and love it with all I am. I can only hope to share this wisdom with the world and make it part of the human gain.
The world had began its journey of self-destruction long before I'd seen it. A downward spiral without an eye, no safe refuge. The doom approaching ever faster and faster, gaining momentum without friction to slow its travel. Soon it will reach us traveling at lightspeed, this great black infinity.
2006-04-12 11:07:06 ET
I will consider for a moment the oldest known religion, Hinduism as it applies to political considerations. If the religion is based in politics with its texts applying to skewed historical data we can assume that some kind of bias should be present in the founding texts. First lets look at ancient India around the founding of Hinduism, circa 2000-1800 BCE. This would be during the peak of the Indus Valley Civilization, which was at its peak from about 2600-1900 BCE.
"In the course of the 2nd millennium BCE, remnants of the IVC's culture will have amalgamated with that of other peoples, likely contributing to what eventually resulted in the rise of historical Hinduism. Judging from the abundant figurines depicting female fertility that they left behind, indicate worship of a Mother goddess (compare Shakti and Kali). IVC seals depict animals, perhaps as the object of veneration, comparable to the zoomorphic aspects of some Hindu gods. Seals resembling Pashupati in a yogic posture have also been discovered. Like Hindus today, Indus Civilization people seemed to have placed a high value on bathing and personal cleanliness. The houses of Mohenjo-Daro usually had a private well and bathing platforms were often near the well (Kenoyer 1998: 58-60)."
It would seem illogical to assume that a civilization so far on its way out would be so influential in creating a religion if its basis is in politics, especially when you consider that these people were leaving the ancient IVC's cities for a more rural existance.
Now consider the texts upon which the religion is based. The Vedas are amongst the oldest religious texts in existence so I will quote from the first book, fourth and fifth verses of the Rig Veda:
"4. Desire came upon that one in the beginning; that was the first seed of mind. Poets seeking in their hearts with wisdom found the bond of existence in non-existence.
5. Their cord was extended across. Was there below? Was there above? there were seed-placers; there were powers. There was impulse beneath; there was giving-forth above."
If we continue one would see there is possibly no reference of politics or goverment throughout the Veda. It isn't untill the Bhagavad Gita that we see explicit political chararcteristics in Arjuna, but never him ruling. Only his conversations with Lord Krishna. Wisdom dispensed from a being beyond knowing to one so low, in teaspoons.
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