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    • The emphasis on blades/swords/lightsabers (Last post by Lleiffermawr)
    • Greetings, For me, it isn't about the blade itself. The reason that I use a blade upon an altar as a focus of meditation is the choice NOT to take up my weapon. As a Jedi Novice, I know that the temptation to act without thought is strong within me. I see the weak and helpless being trampled by the greedy and the 'strong'. Sometimes my conscience wishes to strike the oppressor in what I perceive to be Righteous Fury. And sometimes, I see the 'greater' picture. So to me, the blade is the symbol of choice. It is double-edged, showing that with each strike there is still the chance of cutting myself. With every action, there is a consequence. Am I willing to pay the coin for my action? Even my inaction is an action. A choice. I must be mindful of my thoughts and feelings and how it uses me. Will I let selfish pride take the place of conscious choice? My family use to have a battle ready sword on the wall above our fireplace. It was once used during the Revolutionary War and also the Civil War here in America. It had seen blood, sweat and tears. I am reminded of the price the soldiers that used it had to pay for picking it up. It has subsequently been donated to a museum, where I believe it belongs. Whenever we pick up a weapon, we WILL use violence to achieve an end. I think the choice NOT to pick it up to be more important than to use it.
    • What is our role as real Jedi in life? (Last post by Lleiffermawr)
    • Greetings, As a religious organization, whose aim is peace, it would be counter-intuitive to offer videos and instructions concerning self-defense and combat teachings through an online media. Most areas have at least one martial arts business which a dedicated Jedi could attend to receive such training. There are laws and regulations concerning such things, just as there are with psychological counseling, medication prescription and the like. While the willingness you have is appreciated, the Temple of the Jedi Order could receive retribution by the governmental authorities and lose their IRS status.
    • Why Master And Apprentice? (Last post by Lleiffermawr)
    • Greetings, This topic reminds me of an article presented by the Hare Krishna movement. While we in the West have a different relationship concerning such methods, I do believe that there is wisdom in such an arrangement. In the West, we have internships when we are entering a field of employment. Currently, I am finishing up my Bachelors of Science in Psychology and pursuing a career in Mental Health (with a focus on Chemical Dependency). In my Masters degree, I will be required to have a certain amount of hours of internship with a licensed professional to get hands on experience in the field. From this, I will build a rapport with a Counselor (aka Master/Mistress) and become their Apprentice or "understudy". This is not unlike the Guru-Chela relationship of Hindu teaching. The difference goes far deeper with any religio-philosophical society. Sometimes a Master-Apprentice partnership is created between two individuals with like-minded personalities, which allow greater learning to occur for both individuals. Sometimes, a Master-Apprentice relationship is established between opposites, allowing specific 'weakness' to be "ironed out". Say a Master shows great patience and understanding, empathy with others. The Apprentice on the other hand, is impatient and has a tendency for close-mindedness and can't seem to connect with others in deep meaningful ways. Should there be great devotion on both parts, the Master will learn how to interact with said Apprentice, becoming more mindful of their own faults and thus ability to deal with those around them that likewise show such personality traits. The Apprentice, desiring to learn, will temper his or her impatience in order to continue to learn, and thus become patient, kind and compassionate for others. www.harekrishnatemple.com/chapter13.html
    • Essentials of Jedi Spirituality (Last post by CableSteele)
    • Thank you, Lleiffermawr, for bumping this. I do not believe I would have ever found this otherwise. What an amazing text! This should be stickied somewhere or maybe linked on the FAQ or Doctrine page. I'm going to print it and add it to my physical library.
    • Is I is, or is I aint a Jedi? (Last post by Lleiffermawr)
    • Greetings, It is rare to find a person that complements you in such a way. Most people have never even contemplated Jedi Realism as a considered path or lifestyle. Take for instance my own wife. She doesn't understand the seriousness of my Awakening to the reality and application of the terms "The Force", "Ashla", and "Bogan". The deeper connections between what is presented in the Legendarium (the Star Wars Universe) and its psychological and mythological connection with our own "Real World". That the beliefs, practices, and morality have actually existed on this planet for centuries. That the teachings of the Jedi can be found in ALL RELIGIONS (those that still exist, and those that have sadly died out). She just kind of brushes it all aside, and, as a Jedi hopeful, I recognize that we each must make our own choice, our own opinion. She accepts that this is part of WHO and WHAT I am, and so long as it makes me a better person, then she will acknowledge such. You have found a keeper my brother.
    • Distant Horizons (Last post by Joda Sett)
    • This happens a lot. If it isn't meant to be, then could you ask youself this: did I really see my spiritual self, or did I impose my subconscious wants onto the situation? Going a step further, I believe that you'll know when it's the one because your spirit will experince harmonic resonance around her. Like two tuning forks of the same pitch, when one is struck and brought next to the other, the motionless fork will begin to vibrate as well. Love is a lot like this. It's also an experiment I suggest to others to try. It's inexpensive to conduct.
    • A place for prayers (Last post by Wescli Wardest)
    • Every day we face new challenges. Old ones continue and move forward whether we are ready or not. Let us not be impatient with challenges we face. Help us to understand the struggles laid before us. And help us to accept our roles in what we must do. Knowledge and understanding are the tools we use to gain wisdom. Let our actions reflect this wisdom and be true to the path we follow. And let that path be filled with love and compassion. I bid each of you a good journeying this day… May the Force be with you.
    • Is offending a group of people always bad? (Last post by Gisteron)
    • Quote: Only good reason will support a claim. So please refer me to the post number where you explained where the practice of justice is difficult? That'd be post #242165. You even responded to it in #242243, if I recall correctly. On the other hand, your "demonstration" that justice is simple amounted to asserting that it is something people either innately have or don't have. But as you said, only good reason will support a claim, no mere assertion can. So would you kindly point us to the post where you supported anything you said so far? Thank you. Quote: The context is offenders that committed a wrong is clear and simple, and therefore always bad. No. That is the context, and the question is whether it is bad any of the time, some of the time or all of the time. You keep insisting that it always is and your reason is that offense is an injustice. I'm sorry but choosing a label for it doesn't an argument make. If you take this position, you have a burden to substantiate it. Quote: But, if someone were to disagree that offenders are not always bad; let the reason speak to support the claim, otherwise the claim is unfounded and unsupported by reason; i.e. unreasonable No, that's not how reasoned arguments work. Dismissing your unfounded claim does not amount to making a claim of one's own. Until such time where you can support your claim with something, I need nothing to dismiss it as unsupported. It is if and only if I were to make a claim of my own that I'd need to bring forth any reason. And as a matter of fact, whenever Wescli - or myself for that matter - have made any positive claims, we did provide reasons to support them. You, on the other hand, didn't even once. Five pages worth of thread later, we're still waiting.
    • Defining Jedi and Sith (Last post by Rex)
    • Well, thank you all who have responded for your thoughts. I completely understand that the temple is purposefully vague, and did this not in the spirit of exclusivity, but rather to anneal my own understanding of Jediism. I purposefully ignored any comments regarding Star Wars sith/jedi lore, and even though I can occasionally nerd out on that, think that this discussion has deeper quality and merits similar answers. I'm not a Sith, I only discovered that Sith(-ism?) is a real thing this week; I have, however, been going through the Initiate Programme and feel that Jediism has much to offer, but lacks cohesive thought. Everyone has their own understanding of Jediism, and this has been mostly a way to question my own. To quote a book I recently read, "If nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted." I don't ask that Jediism creates a ubiquitous system to answer every possible scenario, but do think that the vagueness of Jediism can easily lead to polar opposites flying the same banner while conflicting over who is the "real Jedi." A lot of the posts are people trying to define sith as a mix between the movies and the opposite (or sum) of their beliefs; you have the same questions as me. Anyways, real siths (who happen to be on here) please tell me your opinion, since we've spoken for you in your absence so far. If anyone else want to discuss this, I'd love to have a one on one chat in messages. Quick post-script: Edan, I have briefly read a few things where you talked about your beliefs, and so my comments weren't meant to poke at them, but rather to point out that a traditionalist of any one of those groups might disagree with you similar to how Jedi might argue what Jediism might be (and Sith).
    • Recipes and Goals (Just a thought) (Last post by Codama)
    • Ha, no worries Snowy. Thanks for sharing Shinobi. Maybe there could be a Jedi meal thread. Or a lesson in the IP on things to cook. We could even call it... Force Feed Luke, I am your Cook The Death Starved Can't cook, yet Recipe Cook or cook not there is no hunger Light Savory Jabba the hungry I don't know.
    • Force Realist TV (Last post by Lleiffermawr)
    • Greetings, The first thing I learned back when I first became a Freemason, which I have brought with me in any spiritual, philosophical, or religious group I have become a part of is that one's political views, should not be focused upon specific candidates or political parties, but more on the issues themselves, and certainly we have a right to our own views, but that sometimes it is better NOT to bring them up. Not because they do not matter. But because they may matter to us TOO much. We become attached to the expectations that our personal views SHOULD be shared with others, and by that I mean that they should agree with us. When they do not agree with us, that is when the natural reaction is to become angry, and thus, lose our sense of balance. That is when disagreements turn heated. We have the joy of living in a Republic, which champions a democratic method of choice. We choose our Senators and Representatives, who in turn vote according to their own views, which they try to mimic what the majority of their constituents decide it legal. We must also remember that what is legal isn't necessarily right. There is a difference between legal and moral or ethical. Thank you for sharing this video, it has given me a lot to meditate upon tonight. And I feel you have touched on something important for all Jedi to take a look at.

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