Happy Easter, some thoughts on friends you might come across. Mor Bhabonare Ki Hawai Matalo. Bunnies et all..

 

 

  The 14th Dalai Lama’s Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1989.

A universal call for disarmament
I am very happy to be here with you today to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. I feel honored, humbled and deeply moved that you should give this important prize to a simple monk from Tibet. I am no one special. But, I believe the prize is a recognition of the true values of altruism, love, compassion and nonviolence which I try to practice, in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha and the great sages of India and Tibet.  I accept it as a tribute to the man who founded the modern tradition of nonviolent action for change – Mahatma Gandhi – whose life taught and inspired me. And, of course, I accept it on behalf of the six million Tibetan people, my brave countrymen and women inside Tibet, who have suffered and continue to suffer so much. They confront a calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of their national and cultural identities. The prize reaffirms our conviction that with truth, courage and determination as our weapons, Tibet will be liberated. I speak to inform you of the sad situation in my country today and of the aspirations of my people, because in our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess. War today would be a form of suicide.

Neo-liberalism is a species of fascism.

Go here to https://off-guardian.org/2016/07/13/neoliberalism-is-a-of-fascism/

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Alternatively, go to any politician’s website in the MODERN world.

Satyagraha. The pyre of a Satyagrahi’s assassination, MK Gandhi’s funeral in1948.

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Individual Liberty and the Peace it will bring to the world. MK Gandhi redux.

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Does God allow crimes of passion. For example, blasphemy. From the book, Blasphemy. David Lawton, Author. Published in 1993.

Blasphemy has been a force in producing many forms of Western cultural identity. Blasphemy continues to influence our relations with other cultures, yet it is not so much an idea as a shifting rhetorical figure. It stands for whatever we deplore: we define the truths we uphold in terms of the blasphemies we attack. “Blasphemy is an orthodoxy’s way of demonizing difference,” writes Lawton. Blasphemy has been a force in producing many forms of Western cultural identity. Blasphemy continues to influence our relations with other cultures, yet it is not so much an idea as a shifting rhetorical figure. It stands for whatever we deplore: we define the truths we uphold in terms of the blasphemies we attack.
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How to end occupation once and for all. Satyagraha and the end to slavery. Opinion not.

The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states.  How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master’s bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done.

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Steps to overcome occupation

  1. How to spot a phony.  A slave- holder, who has decided to abolish slavery, does not consult his slaves whether they desire freedom or not. satyagraha02

Political equality under Fascist Germany, Italy. A lesson in definitions of Fascism.

Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite

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Historians, political scientists, and other scholars have long debated the exact nature of fascism.  Each interpretation of fascism is distinct, leaving many definitions too wide or narrow.

One common definition of the term focuses on three concepts: the fascist negations of anti-liberalism, anti-communism and anti-conservatism; nationalist authoritarian goals of creating a regulated economic structure to transform social relations within a modern, self-determined culture; and a political aesthetic of romantic symbolism, mass mobilization, a positive view of violence, and promotion of masculinity, youth and charismatic leadership. According to many scholars, fascism—especially once in power—has historically attacked communism, conservatism and parliamentary liberalism, attracting support primarily from the far right.

Roger Griffin describes fascism as “a genus of political ideology whose mythic core in its various permutations is a palingenetic form of populist ultranationalism”. Griffin describes the ideology as having three core components: “(i) the rebirth myth, (ii) populist ultra-nationalism and (iii) the myth of decadence”. Fascism is “a genuinely revolutionary, trans-class form of anti-liberal, and in the last analysis, anti-conservative nationalism” built on a complex range of theoretical and cultural influences. He distinguishes an inter-war period in which it manifested itself in elite-led but populist “armed party” politics opposing socialism and liberalism and promising radical politics to rescue the nation from decadence.

Robert Paxton says that fascism is “a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.”

Umberto Eco, Kevin Passmore, John Weiss,Ian Adams, and Moyra Grant mention racism (including anti-semitism) as a characteristic of fascism; i.e. fascistic dictator Hitler idealized German society as a racially unified and hierarchically organized Volksgemeinschaft.

John Lukacs, Hungarian-American historian and Holocaust survivor, argues that there is no such thing as generic fascism. He claims that National Socialism and Communism are essentially manifestations of populism and that states such as Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy are more different than similar

Meet Paris the great city again. In thy Omniscience embrace our world. Miltha Jajyo Guru Gyani. Vocalist, Kishori Amonker.

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Miltha jajyo guru gyani, Embrace our world, Omniscient One, hari surat dekhyo lubhani, let the world see your face and rejoice. Mero naam bujhi thum lijo, I plead that you take my name, Main huun biraha deewani, I am a hopeless romantic. Raath diwas kal nahi parat hai, Jaise min bin paani.  Night and day do not pass without prayer my water. Dharas bina mohe kachu na suhave, my sorrows will not leave unless you take my name.  Thalap thalap mar jaani I yearn for no one else and for thee I die every day. Meera tho charnan ki cheri, Your servant, Meera, is the bond of your feet, sun lije sukhdhani hear her and fill our hearts with happiness.

“Hinei Ma Tov (Behold How Good)” Jerusalem, priests of nations.