The Beatification of Saint John Paul II, Pope of the Catholic faith. From prison to intimacy with God.

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The essence of moral guardianship. The Illuminative Way of Proficients.

wayoftheproficientsThe gift of knowledge renders us docile to inspirations superior to human knowledge and even to reasoned theology. We are here concerned with a supernatural feeling that makes us judge rightly of human things, either as symbols of divine things, or in their opposition to the latter. It shows us vividly the vanity of all passing things, of honors, titles, the praises of men; it makes us see especially the infinite gravity of mortal sin as an offense against God and a disease of the soul. It throws light particularly on what in the world does not come from God, but from defectible and deficient second causes; in this it differs from the gift of wisdom. By showing the infinite gravity of mortal sin, it produces not only fear but horror of sin and a great sorrow for having offended God.

Classic Bollywood Mujra, Svetlana Tulasi and Chakkar group. Moscow. Russia, (Kathak Dance.)

Sakhia aaj mujhe neend nahi aayegi, suna hai theri mehfil mae rus jagaa hai, aankho aankho mai raath guzar jaayegi, suna hai theri mehfil mai rus jaga hai.  Friends, I will not be able to sleep today, after learning that there is going to be drinking in your party. Insan kisi duniya mae, pyar kiya tho darna kya, pyar kiya tho koi chori nai ki, chup chup karke marna kya.  There are some people in this world who take offense at love. They should understand that love is not theft. Thus, there is no need to die for it. Inhi logo nae inhi logo nae, lae aaj dupatta mera, ho ji ho dupatta mera. These people have taken my veil, and come again for it over and over again. Salame ishk meri jaan zaratho bhul karlo thum humse pyar karne ki zara tho bhul karlo. Salutations beloved ones do make a mistake so that you know my love was real. Mera dil bae chaine hae humsafar ke liye. My heart is hungry for the journey that is ahead of us. Dhina na ka nak dhin na. Sound of music. Kabhi hum judaae ke sadh mae uthale, be consoled in separation, kabhi hum akele mai harial kar le, in solitude we can be happy.  Dhil ka kya kare sahibae. What can hearts do when they have no master?

All evil is not moral. Political evil takes place when those governed obey governments that permit it.

Alan Wolfe, author of Political Evil and Professor at Boston College, USA.

Alan Wolfe, author of Political Evil and Professor Boston College, USA.

How To Learn the Language of Evil,  Alan Wolfe’s Political Evil offers lessons liberals especially need.

By Michael Ignatieff,

Evil is a moral problem for everyone, difficult to acknowledge in ourselves, hard to understand in others, and difficult to defeat without committing lesser evils. Liberals—I count myself as one—have a special problem with evil, connected to our particular form of self-regard. Liberals like to believe we are tolerant, but evil, by definition, cannot be tolerated. We believe that politics ought to be deliberative, but we can’t deliberate with evil. We think compromise can be honorable, but there are no honorable compromises with evil. We think politics ought to be governed by reason, but evildoers, while they may reason, are not reasonable.  Political evil—genocide, massacre, terrorism, ethnic cleansing—is another matter. Here, Wolfe argues that we are dealing with motives, intentions, which while repellent are political. Killing all Jews is not crazy: It is a plan that will make you master of all you survey. Expelling everyone unlike yourself is not insane: It guarantees eternal domination for your kind. Terrorizing a people you cannot defeat in battle is not pathological: It may force your enemy to yield. Alan Wolfe has written a guide to these quandaries. He distinguishes between evil in general and political evil in particular, and argues that we should think politically about evil because the evil that we can actually do something about is a form of politics and can be defeated only if understood as such.  Moral evil can be understood when laws that govern human beings are disobeyed. There is plenty of evil out there. Adolescents slaughtering other adolescents at a high school, predators molesting children, loners acting out fantasies of revenge and empowerment with automatic weapons. Our various therapeutic and explanatory discourses still leave us without consolation in the face of these murderous frenzies, but, Wolfe argues, we should at least spare ourselves the foolish idea that such evil lurks in all our hearts. The Norwegian killer who sprayed bullets over children at a liberal party summer camp was a psychopath. He is not us and we are not him. He tells us nothing about Europe, about Norwegian society, about anything. It accords him a dignity he does not deserve to explain him. It is appropriate to mourn and remember, and it would be prudent to keep him locked up for good. It is an utter waste of time to give him significance.

So, Wolfe’s first lesson is a very old one, but worth repeating. There is method in apparent madness. The world is not divided between a sane world of deliberative politics and an insane world of apocalyptic violence. It is all politics, all the way down. To call a terrorist attack “senseless” is merely to admit that you have not understood its purpose. Moral precision is a precondition for political precision. Nothing is gained, and much is lost, if, in seeking to mobilize opinion to stop a massacre, you call it genocide. You debase the coinage of outrage. Next time you cry wolf, no one will believe you.

We are indiscriminate in our use of the language of evil, Wolfe argues, because we like what the language does to our own moral standing. It makes us self-righteous. To call others wicked is to give us a moral privilege we may not deserve and a moral permission we are likely to misuse. The language of good and evil only seems to create moral clarity: It actually creates moral entitlement.  Moral clarity mobilizes: Who does not want to enlist on the side of good against absolute evil? But clarity also anaesthetizes. If I am on the side of good, they on the side of evil, what am I not permitted to do? The authors of President Bush’s torture memos claimed the privilege of moral superiority after 9/11 and used it to torture.

Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Raag Malavati

yaare, chala jaa, chala jaa re, Friend leave this place now.  Return only when good days arrived. Sunna garaja sunna, sunna, listen to the thunder ye sunna, garaja sunna aava, come after hearing it.  Saveri, saveri o dhan,saa, ..the morning made wealth…mana mara, stole our hearts, chala re chala jaa, friend leave this place now. Mangala dhin aajo. Aaa banaghara aayo, come when your house is complete.  Ananda manbhara, filling all hearts with happiness, bavari hai maitho thus I am your bride. Banara mukha aajo, Come with the face of a bridegroom, dekhana dekhana so that I can see you.  Sahela milae aayo. Come into the assembly of friends, Gavana geeth bavari hai maitho, I have been waiting to sing your praises, forlorn I am.

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Enter monarchs to tidy up your time. Butterflies, the monarch kind.

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Svetlana Zakharova in The Ballet Gala Stars 2015. Does this look like authority to anyone? Yes of course.

Swaraj (“self”, raj “rule”) can mean generally self-governance or “self-rule.”

swaraj12It was used synonymously with “home-rule.” The word usually refers to Gandhi’s concept for independence from foreign domination. Swaraj lays stress on governance, not by a hierarchical government, but by self governance through community. All self-rules’ focus is on political decentralization. Since Swaraj was directed towards the political and social systems followed by Britain, Gandhi’s concept advocated discarding political, economic, bureaucratic, legal, military, and educational institutions. Swarajists laid the foundation for parliamentary democracy.

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The commands for fearing God and Satan’s System.

spiritualwarfare“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27).  The fear of the LORD leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23).  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.

To obey Christ and battle disbelief

To battle unbelief effectively, we must press doubts and temptations into specific arguments. What specifically is being asserted or promised to us?  Only then can we destroy the enemy’s false arguments with true ones. We destroy arguments. What are the satanic strongholds that spiritually imprison people, the strongholds that we seek to destroy? Arguments and opinions. Where is the battle raging? Where our thoughts are.  And arguments are not merely strongholds, they are weapons of mass destruction. Adam and Eve (and all of us with them) fell because of an argument. They believed the serpent’s argument and stopped believing God.  That is the deadly essence of sin: not believing God. To not believe God is to ally with Satan, whom Jesus said is “a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth… for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/we-destroy-arguments

Nava Durga, Goddess Durga, Odissi by Revital Carroll. Made New.