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    • Rituals Needed Today (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • Quote: You have to dig deeper than the greco-roman, western, reductionist, linear, fragmented, compartmentalized, disconnected, democratized, individualized, parts-oriented thought process and think about the whole. Yes, this is very true -- that is why we say that to rediscover the 'religious mind' (not 'Religion' as we've so very cleverly institutionalised it) we have to take it back to what it is for - the recreation, the renewal of the Origin of Time : * by the annual repetition of the cosmogony, Time is regenerated, beginning again in terms of sacred Time, coinciding with illud tempus, when the World came into existence for the very first time (symbolically/figuratively speaking) ; * by participating ritually in the "end of the World" and its re-Creation, Man became the contemporary of this illud tempus - Man was "born-again" - beginning existence again with all of the vital Force undiminished (this time, "Force" is very closely the Jedi concept of It). This is why "borrowing" rituals and calling it 'syncretism' doesn't work -- that is like "borrowing" words or syllables from a bunch of languages without a firm grasp of what they mean and sticking them together -- it just turns out to be just quasi-mythic gibberish. That is why also that just having a "theme party" might be a lot of fun, but it doesn't leave us feeling any more renewed, revitalised or any less shameful/guilty than the day before ... Since we do not participate in the renewal of the World, the recalibration of our Time to sacred Time nor do we let the World go to Hell and then make it afresh (symbolically speaking again of course !), we just continue dragging around a stressful lot of baggage with us from year to year to decade to death. :dry: Ritual is not as 'for show' as it looks like to the Modern Era mind. There are some quite profound and important psycho-social dynamics to it that one would best not try to imitate with only an amateur skill ... The beauty of it is, we're all carrying around the professional kit within us. We just need to get it out and unpack it ... :cheer:
    • Is all altruism selfish? (Last post by Whyte Horse)
    • Quote: * "I'm giving you money out of my own goodness." or, * "I'm giving away money to show gratitude" (or worse, "... show me your gratitude.") -- it is the same thing.. Maybe I meant "I'm giving away money out of gratitude". Something like that.
    • Selecting the right vitamins (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • Quote: I want to start taking a multivitamin, but I am unsure how to find the one that's right for me that will give me the best health benefits. I am also unsure how to judge the quality of the different brands available especially since I know that the government does not regulate them. Any suggestions for what to look for would be awesome. (If it helps I'm a 29 year old woman. ) Hello, Keladry -- I'm just curious as to "why" you want to take something ... How do you feel ? Do you feel that you need something because you are fatigued ? is there something ailing you physically ? feeling a lack of concentration ? memory difficulties (beyond the ordinary frailty of human memory, that is) ? What leads you to believe that you need a multivitamin ? Now, I'm not some crunchy, hippie "all-natural" prat ... I get my share of conveniences from the chemist's too. But, you haven't told us how you feel, just that you want to take the stuff. And just wanting something can have some pretty flimsy reasons for it. ;)
    • Light bubbles dont work (Last post by J. K. Barger)
    • Quote: If it doesn't work for you. Then fine, do your own thing. But you can't tell other people that it's wrong if they found that it works for them. It could be troublesome in the least if someone needs it and stops using it.
    • Jedi Beleive (Last post by Senan)
    • I would say that you have some pretty good interpretations there. And that's the best part... these statements can be interpreted in a number of ways according to the individual. Some may take them quite literally while others may treat them as guiding principles that can be applied to varying degrees depending on the situation. The Force and how we experience it is different for each of us, and that is what allows a Jedi to discover what it is that will bring balance to his or her life. Continue to contemplate and always question... but don't take life too seriously either :)
    • The Dalai Lama speaks at Glastonbury (Last post by Adder)
    • Quote: I wasn't referring to the religious or philosophical aspect... (or even the personal aspect) I understand why people will show interest in him just like they would with many other people. I was mostly concerned about the fact that this "leader in exile" is supposed to be leading a feudal theocracy, what we in europe call the middle ages. The PRC is better than a feudal theocracy (everything I can think of is). Therefore why is the dalai lama such a hero hipster-friendly figure? Ok, he's been chilling out in india converting the locals to tibetan Buddhism, cool (it's not like he has much of a choice). Why the rockstar treatment? He comments about someone with gray hair being active and how every day is important... Not exactly anything enlightening, yet he gets more cheers than a pink floyd reunion featuring jimi hendrix would. At glastonbury. Probably for the religious, philosophical and personal aspects :P
    • "It is a religion in and of itself" (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: Quote: Basically, the phrase means that taking nothing else into account, it is a religion. Quote: in and of itself Intrinsically, considered alone. For example, In and of itself the plan might work, but I doubt that it will be approved. It is also put simply as in itself, as in This account may be true in itself. [First half of 1600s ] So I'm guessing the context it has been written in within the first paragraph of the doctrine is, that the religion would stand independently Star Wars? Yes I would say that makes sense in the context.
    • Logic Puzzles (Last post by Izoshua)
    • Quote: This was a good one. Spoiler: 4+3=7 :)
    • Journals? (Last post by Jestor)
    • Quote: Is it appropriate for me to start a journal at this stage? The Initiate Program is available to all... Not even membership is required...:) I've heard our training has been copied by another site, but, it is attributed to us, lol... Some of it is not our material, we just put it in an order that made sense to us...:) Quote: In regards to taking the Oath is there an official format for doing it? Oath is not required unless training beyond the IP is desired....:)
    • Making of a Jedi Warrior (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • found these, theyre good conditioning and stretching fundamental techniques beginner fighting techniques intermediate fighting techniques 1 intermediate 2 advanced
    • Songs that have Jedi Teachings, etc... (Last post by Baija Damel)
    • I'm pretty sure this song belongs here... A little bonus...performed by a good friend ISN'T IT A PITY George Harrison Isn't it a pity Now, isn't it a shame How we break each other's hearts And cause each other pain How we take each other's love Without thinking anymore Forgetting to give back Isn't it a pity Some things take so long But how do I explain When not too many people Can see we're all the same And because of all their tears Their eyes can't hope to see The beauty that surrounds them Isn't it a pity Isn't it a pity Isn't is a shame How we break each other's hearts And cause each other pain How we take each other's love Without thinking anymore Forgetting to give back Isn't it a pity Forgetting to give back Isn't it a pity Forgetting to give back Now, isn't it a pity

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