The planet is not in any kind of danger. It is only human life which is in danger. I hope we wake up to this fact and do what is needed. - 'Sadhguru'
I am a historian as well as a student of practical philosophy. While this home page is devoted to the latter topic, I have plenty of history for you to read!
Topics range from Man's Origins to Christianity to Islam to Local and Family History, plus resource links, all based on original research.
Practical Re-Shaping Of The World
If one's nearest and dearest were sick, we would want to look into remedial action and take certain steps.
And the root support of our existence - planet Earth - must be included as one of our 'nearest and dearest'!
But it's not just a question of fire-fighting.
Are the following not reasonable steps for all of us to follow given the state of the planet?
Not to Waste Food
Not to Waste Money
Not to Waste Time
Not to Waste Energy
Not to Exploit Nature
Why is TOMORROW
looked upon as one of the greatest labour-saving devices of TODAY?
The following list of links reveals the amount of further thinking that is going into looking at ways by which mankind can evolve from the
environmental situation the world is in. ...
Please hover over this text to read more.
This is a wonderful effort, but when are we going to understand that it is man himself who needs to change first? Surely the need is first for man to learn that his ego and acquisitiveness is the root problem, and until that is under control - and under self-control - no 'system solution' is going to work effectively. Within a generation or two, man would be back to his old ways.
Hence the pre-occupation of this website on the matter of 'thought' and 'spirit'.
We should perhaps reflect on the advancement in science and technology, which has led to an imbalance in Nature. As a result, there are earthquakes and no timely rains. Science should be utilised only to the extent needed. Science has its limitations, and crossing those limits leads to danger.
My earnest view is that a massive re-education scheme about 'self' and its relationship to the cosmos is necessary - with emphasis on the young - in order to obtain success in the thinking of people at large, and for the very long term.
We need to find the teachers to further understand this outlook, but I believe they will come to the fore before long - and mainly, perhaps, from the East.
Actually, the teaching is already here but few (just now) want to listen.
Practical spirituality has everything to do with not only the individual, but also the relationship of the individual to society and to nature. So why not look at some challenging thoughts on this topic, here...
The Flower of Life motif is found throughout the ancient world.
Click on the following image for a most interesting - and unusual -
video on the topic.
There follow some articles based on results of historical researches I have done over the years...
Edward Capern, the man once known as the Postman Poet, lived most of his life in North Devonshire, but also lived for a period near Birmingham. More here...
In Oppenheimer's expansive book, Eden In The East, there is a hint that there was some great, now lost, ancient empire that left traces around the Pacific. Francis Churchward and others point to the lost continent of Mu (Lemuria) as being that ancient source. More here...
There would be no History without a Philosophy - or at least a Thought - put into Action.
The problem is: the Quality of the Thought.
The ancients commonly used the phrase "Know Thyself!" as a call to people to examine themselves -
an action that is surely required when we look all around us and see what mankind has created.
Though mankind has demonstrated his ability to empathise in (many) pockets of situations,
man has not created peace on Earth, has he? So - how can we change the situation so that the much needed peace on Earth can occur?
World change of that degree can occur only when we individually come to "Know Ourselves" by 'seeing' - by understanding ourselves and the nature of Life. The issue is really about finding the peace that is attainable within ourselves.
This approach must come first before we continue to use science and technology, which have very often been mis-used because of our lack of understanding of the life-system, and of God.
Albert Einstein: "The measure of intelligence is the ability to change."
Our personal transformation can then influence communities, then nations, then the world. It's a chain-reaction,
and only 5% of the population is needed to begin a change shift. So, it might be asked
(please take this kindly - my own on-going change is implicit)...
The following 10-minute presentation guides us through an examination of how to begin to 'know ourselves' in clear terms...
The above is the work of Juli Mullen, who talks more on this and related issues at her website.
Action without Love has been shown to be dangerous - to the planet and its occupants.
When looking at 0 (zero): you see nothing! But when you look through it, you can see everything.
...As the following illustrates...
More Thoughts On One-Ness
"Human nature was originally One and we were a whole."
"There is one common flow, one common breathing, all things are in sympathy."
"There is one mind common to all individual men.[a] universal mind. The Over-Soul is that unity...within which every man's particular being is contained and made one with all other. Within man is the soul of the whole.the eternal ONE."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"To divide or multiply consciousness is something meaningless. In all the world, there is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the spatio-temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false construction. The category of number, of whole and of parts, are then simply not applicable to it...The overall number of minds is just one. In truth there is only one mind."
-Erwin Schrodinger, 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics
"The notion of a separate organism is clearly an abstraction, as is also its boundary. Underlying all this is unbroken wholeness even though our civilization has developed in such a way as to strongly emphasize the separation into parts."
-David Bohm & Basil Hiley, physicists
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, 1967
"The learned men of today have decided that religion is not necessary and that it will be replaced by science, or already has been. Yet it remains the case that today, just as before, not a single human society, or rational being, has lived, or can live without religion. (I say rational person because an irrational one may live without religion, just as an animal does.) A rational being cannot live without religion because it is only this that gives him the essential guidance as to what to do first and what follows. Precisely because religion is inherent to his nature the rational man cannot live without it."
"What is culture? Some people say that culture is 'a way of life'. But I say that 'culture is concern for others'".
-Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Both Western Science and Religion - as a sole solution for world problems - has failed, without doubt. Science needs to find its heart, and
I would suggest that it is worthwhile breaking through the mould of outward religion to investigate
what is the true or higher teaching of the originator of your religion. A teaching that,
with Love as its essence, is the same as taught by all the great prophets and messengers.
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"...in our computerized world the world soul, the anima mundi, is long
forgotten, unrecognized, unsung. And She needs to come back
to life, to be remembered. This is the central note of any rebirth:
a reconnection with the Earth as a sacred being, so that Her soul
can reawaken and live in the light, as She did in the first day."
- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. Download his book: A Handbook For Survivalists
The Transformation of Man
"What is a man born for but to be a Reformer, a Remaker of what man has made; a renouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The proper study of mankind is man. Alexander Pope
Please hover over this text to read a little of Pope's ode on this topic.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man.
Plac'd on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
As I see it, this long-ignored observation by Pope is key to man's future. The need for man to self-evaluate is paramount
in order for him to face the future with true hope after making so many huge gaffs that have left the world in such a state.
We must surely recognise that the universe - of which planet Earth is a mere (but very important) component - is all-inclusive.
We must no longer take actions that imperil the freely-provided resources and opportunities that are available.
We must be responsible as though the Earth directly depends on us individually, for once we behave as true humans
then our communities will improve, then each nation, then the whole world.
After all, God did create us as stewards of what He has provided. We were not brought here to mess it up!
We seem to have lost direction...
Do Christians think that because Jesus lived 2,000 years ago, that there have been no further spiritual teachings?
Likewise, do Muslims think the same because Prophet Muhammed lived 1,400 years ago?
Each of those great personages came, separately, to provide direction of a certain kind.
Meanwhile, man has erected religious structures that overlook their pure teachings,
and where once science and spirituality worked hand-in-hand, truth and science has since diverged.
We have since mis-applied the physical sciences.
What is it that can work, therefore? And what is life supposed to be all about?
While confirming the truth of the teachings of Jesus and Muhammed (and others, such as the Buddha),
Sri Sathya Sai Baba has said that there is only one true religion - the religion of Love. And that...
Life is a game - play it!
Life is a challenge - meet it!
Life is a search - explore it!
Life is a dream - realise it!
Life is awareness - be aware of it!
Therefore, it is up to us - mankind - to sail the right course towards unity in One God, who is called by different names.
More wisdom from Sai:
(Please hover over each text heading)
The purpose of life...
The purpose of life is to go back to God. From God you have come and to God you must return. This means that you must live your life such that it always takes you towards God, and never in any other direction.
The state of the world...
Man forgets God not only in dealing with his fellow human beings but also in dealing with Nature. Thus it is that we see wide-scale destruction and ravaging of the environment and the eco-system. ... The ancients did not pollute the air, they did not pollute water, and they respected all the constituents of Nature, including all animals. But modern man, besides polluting heavily land, water and air, is also destroying entire forests, and wiping out many species of animals, without concern for eco- and bio-balance. Who is more stupid? Modern man who is wrecking all the gifts of God, or the ancients, who not only preserved what God gave them but also were thankful to God for the blessing?
The depth of God's presence...
God is present as the power immanent in the atom. Since atoms are to be found everywhere in the universe, God too is immanent everywhere in the manifested universe. ... See God even in the smallest insect and the atom, and at the same time, realise that all these form a part of the cosmic nature of God.
I invite you to download this wonderful short treatise:
"All Is One"
There are over three hundred religions and sects.
Yet there is only One God.
Can you guess the origin of the following 6 spiritual precepts?
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First: Man was taught that there was a Supreme Being, Infinite and All Powerful. That it was the Creator who created all things above and below. That man was created by this Almighty Being and having been created by Him, was his son-that this Almighty was man's Heavenly Father.
Second: When man was created the Creator placed within the body of man a spirit or soul which never died but continued on through eternity.
Third: When man was created it was ordained that his material body should return to the earth from which it was taken. When this material body died it released the soul which went into the world beyond, there to wait until it was called upon to occupy another material body. Apparently, as soon as his primitive mind could grasp the facts, he was taught that his soul was given a task. This task was for the soul to rule the material body by overcoming material desires. When this was accomplished his soul would be called back to the Great Source, and forever afterwards live in perfect joy and happiness. He was taught that one material life was so short that the soul could not overcome all of the material desires, so it was ordained that his soul should come into many bodies until the task was accomplished; that these reincarnations were the salvation of his soul.
Fourth: It was thoroughly instilled into his mind that the Heavenly Father was The Great Love and that this great love ruled the Universe and never died. He was taught that the love of the Heavenly Father was far greater than the love of his earthly father, who was only a reflection of his Heavenly Father. Therefore he should always approach his Heavenly Father without fear or dread and in perfect confidence and love, knowing that loving hands were being held out to receive him when he came.
Fifth: He was taught that all mankind were created by the same Heavenly Father; therefore all mankind were his brothers and sisters, and should be treated as such in all his dealings with them.
Sixth: Finally he was taught his duties on earth, how he should live to prepare himself to become fit to pass into the world beyond when he was called. He was especially reminded that he must follow the paths of Truth, Love, Charity, Chastity, with perfect love and confidence in his Heavenly Father.
From these precepts it may be gleaned that the fundamental principles of the first religion of man were: The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.
So, do you think the above precepts are derived from Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Islam or even ancient Egyptian religion?
Please hover over this text to find the answer.The answer is that James Churchward claims to have discovered the above essence of spiritual teaching in a 70,000 year-old text originating from the lost continent of Mu. These precepts form the central teaching of many of the religious teachings of today, primarily excepting Christianity.
More about Mu and its connection with everything can be found in my History Topics link.
There would be no history without a philosophy - or at least a thought - translated into action. But man's history of recent eons is mostly not a proud one, despite scientific advances. Sadly, ego has tended to predominate.
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To achieve peace through harmony, right action follows right thinking. Peace in communities and between countries rests on the ability of people to find peace in themselves. The wise say that the real task of life is to unselfishly manage our thoughts (and thus our actions) to obtain that result, even as the ancients did if we would care to investigate.
People often want to change their behavior - but not their thinking. Therefore they do not experience a breakthrough even though wanting to be free. It all has to start with examining one-self: action is needed to change those thoughts. Some simply suggest forms of willpower or side-tracking of the mind. They may help, but simply (and only) forcing one-self is not the intended method.
Remembrance and meditation on the statement of Jesus, about the over-riding commandment, should help more: "Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and thy mind, and love they neighbour as thyself." When facing a problem, simply ask one-self: "What would Love do?". The solution should follow if meditated on sufficiently well, and some time to allow the answer to materialise.
Seek and thou shalt find, but not by relying purely on empirical science.
Science is merely a glow-worm in the light and splendour of the Sun.
(Sri Sathya Sai Baba)
... Read more.
One Great Thought
The replacement of fear by love and the provision of equal opportunity must be the highest tasks for mankind. By unswerving commitment to these goals and to faith, we will ultimately find the greatest opportunity to achieve peace. Then all will come together as one.
A Thought For The Day
Other Great Thoughts...
From the Dalai Lama:
We cannot solve this problem [of terrorism] only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem.
From Benjamin Franklin:
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see - Egoism, Arrogance, Conceit, Selfishness, Greed, Lust, Intolerance, Anger, Lying, Cheating, Gossiping and Slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be ready to fight the enemy you can see.
From Abraham Lincoln:
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
Remain human with your own souls! Do not become mere human things which allow to have stuffed into them souls which are adjusted to the mass-will and pulse in measure with it.
From Benjamin Franklin:
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
From Shams Tabrizi:
No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
From Dr. Albert Schweitzer:
But merely accepting authoritarian truth, even if that truth has some virtue, does not bring skepticism to an end. To blindly accept a truth one has never reflected upon retards the advance of reason. Our world rots in deceit. . . . Just as a tree bears the same fruit year after year and at the same time fruit that is new each year, so must all permanently valuable ideas be continually created anew in thought. But our age pretends to make a sterile tree bear fruit by tying fruits of truth onto its branches.
From Robert Kennedy:
Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things
... the gross national product [GNP, or GDP] does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.
From Noam Chomsky:
Governments are supposed to lie to their citizens.
From Jim Wallis:
Your political viewpoint IS your spirituality demonstrated.
From Mahatma Gandhi:
A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.
From Harold Pinter (2005 Nobel Prize speech):
I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all.
- It is in fact mandatory.
From Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
From Mahatma Gandhi:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
From R. Buckminster Fuller:
I know that I am not a category,
a hybrid specialization.
I am not a thing - a noun.
I seem to be a verb -
an evolutionary process -
an integral function of the Universe.
And so are you.