Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ho ho ho, Santa Claus is coming to town...

I believe in Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, and Easter Bunny. Oh well, maybe Easter Bunny is a bit of a stretch. While Tooth Fairy is a complete mystery the dude from the North Pole with magical elves and reindeers, circles the world in 24 hours bringing present to children, is a real legend. He’s in movies, stories, commercials, and he is the hero of Christmas.

St. Nicholas is a man behind the story of Santa Claus. St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in 4th century somewhere in today's Turkey. He was a very rich man, his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money. He was a very kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it.

There was a poor man who had three daughters. He was so poor, he did not have enough money for the wedding of his daughter, so his daughters couldn't get married. Back then a sum of money is paid to the bridegroom by the bride's parents on the wedding day. This still happens in some countries, even today. One night, Nicholas secretly dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and into the house. This meant that the oldest daughter was then able to be married. The bag fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire to dry! This was repeated later with the second and third daughter. 

St. Nicholas was exiled from his place of birth and later put in prison during the persecution by Emperor Diocletian. No one really knows when he died, but it was on 6th December. His bones are now kept in the Church named after him in the Italian port of Bari.

Since then and until now St. Nicholas still brings the presents to children at Christmas. In early days, in England, he was known as 'Father Christmas', in France, he was known as 'Père Nöel'. In Austria and Germany, he was the 'Christkind'. In the early USA, his name was 'Kris Kringle'. Later, Dutch settlers brought the old stories of St. Nicholas so Kris Kringle and St Nicholas became 'Sinterklaas' or as we now say 'Santa Claus'!

Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who was the Son of God. The name 'Christmas' comes from the mass of Christ (or Jesus). So we get the name Christ-Mass, shortened to Christmas.

No one knows the real birthday of Jesus! No date is given in the Bible, so why it is celebrated on the 25th December? Also, the birth of Jesus probably didn't happen in the year 1 but slightly earlier, somewhere between 2 BC and 7 BC, note that there isn't a year 0.

The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine, the first Christian Roman Emperor. A few years later, Pope Julius officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.

Some people also think that December 25th might have been chosen because of the Winter Solstice when the sun is closest to the earth...

This and other interesting Christmas stories can be found at .

Friday, December 8, 2017

So, How Can We Change This System?

Life as you know it is a lie, society is a cage, your jobs are voluntary slavery. The television you watch is designed to keep you incapable of critical thought and the very freedom and democracy your leaders claim to stand for is nothing but an illusion...
~ Anonymous Christmas Message 

I have expressed the same sentiment in many of my articles. Being a human... what exactly that has become? You go to school, get a job, and fit into society like a hand slips into the glow. As you grow older, you start seeing the layers of bullshit, experience depression and question the meaning of all this. True, you get distracted by so many daily problems that effectively put you into the routine.

You are starting to question what is really going on, well, the humanity is going through the spiritual awakening process. The new information is constantly emerging that challenges your longheld belief of the world. You see, the world does not have a place outside of yourself.

Your life is an abstract term. It does not exist per se. Only what you have is the present moment. And that moment is all there is. You have to understand that. The world isn’t at all what you’ve been told. You’ve allowed yourself to be deceived, but ultimately, you are in control.

This is my message to you. Democracy doesn't exist. It never did. It’s clear, more so than it has ever been, that governments do not really represent the people, all is a game. Voting doesn’t really make a difference. The same play continues to be played out...

As difficult as it was for me, I’ve come to an inescapable and profoundly disturbing conclusion. I believe that an elite group of people and the corporations they run have gained control over not just our energy, food supply, education, and healthcare, but over virtually every aspect of our lives; and they do it by controlling the world of finance. Not by creating more value, but by actually controlling the source of money.
~ Foster Gamble

The world is run by the 1%. This is precisely why the things are as they are but I don't want to write about politics, there are so many websites carrying the message, but the important thing to note is that you are experiencing a shift in consciousness. The awakening is currently happening, your mind is opening to new possibilities about the nature of your reality and the truth about your life.

This is important because as you begin to change within, you start changing without so your world changes. I say "your" world because there is, really, no common and static world out there, independent of you.

The important thing to remember is that you can change this game anytime and that although these revelations may trigger fear, you don’t have to be afraid. Your experience is just that, an experience, and it’s your job to change the things that do not resonate with you.

You are constantly blaming someone else, pointing toward the global elite, and rightfully so, but again, it all depends on you and your willingness to be deceived or not. You’ve been accustomed to follow their values but the more you start caring about your own consciousness, the quicker you will get through this shift, this nightmare which, by the way, is just a play.

First, realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself and stop finding fault with the reflection... Clarify your mind, purify your heart, sanctify your life - this is the quickest way to a change in your world... The main point to grasp is that you have projected onto yourself a world of your own imagination, based on memories, on desires and fears, and that you have imprisoned yourself in it. Break the spell and be free...

However is the picture, beautiful or ugly, you are painting it and you are not bound by it. Realise that there is nobody to force it on you, that it is due to the habit of taking the imaginary to be real. See the imaginary as imaginary and be free of fear. 

 ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj.

To destroy the false, you must question your beliefs. Of these, the idea that you are the body with the consciousness is the worst. With the body comes the world, with the world the global elite, who is supposed to control your life and thus it starts - depression, fears, religions, bondage, new age spirituality, wishful thinking - all to protect and support "you", frightened out of your wits by monsters of your own making.

All things around you, what you take for granted, your day-to-day existence is largely a product of your imagination. Your memory, opinions and beliefs, how you see yourself and others and even your sense of being free, are not as they seem. In fear of death, you imagine your uniqueness, mission, purpose, experience, and understanding. The power these delusions hold over you is staggering.

There is only life. There is nobody who lives a life. Whether you plan or don't, it goes on. But in life itself, your little sense of presence arises in the mind, which indulges in fantasies and imagines itself dominating and controlling life. Life itself is desireless. But you want to continue - pleasantly.

Life is unafraid and free. As long as you have the idea of influencing the world, awakening is not for you. The very notion of being something in this world, of being "somebody", is the bondage. Contemplate life as infinite present moment until you realize yourself as one with it. It is not difficult, for you will be returning only to your own natural condition.

Once you realize that all comes from you, that the world in which you live has not been projected onto you but by you, your fears come to an end. Without this realization, you identify yourself as an individual living as a human being in the terrible world. But this is just an escape from fear.

It is only when you fully accept your responsibility for the little world in which you live and watch the process of its creation, preservation, and destruction, that you may be free from your imaginary bondage.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dear Santa, if you bring presents, bring batteries too

What greeting do you prefer: “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? 

Every time December comes around, a debate starts up over whether people should be wishing each other "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays". Asked to choose between these two, 37 percent of Canadians polled chose “Merry Christmas”. That doesn’t mean they are wildly enthusiastic about "Christmas", the huge majority feel this time of year is too commercial. 42 percent of Canadians chose “Happy Holidays,” and “It doesn’t matter” is reserved for the rest.

After 2017 years of birthday parties, I really don’t think Jesus cares if we say “Happy Holidays,” or “Merry Christmas”. He is probably over it by now. Especially since it is not really his birthday but it doesn't really matter. Smell the Christmas cheer — go to the shopping mall or turn on the tv or radio. Buy Christmas presents that no one really needs. It is all about good-will, giving and whatever.

I have noticed that every year Christmas comes earlier and earlier. It is so annoying, Christmas is just one day, yet it seems to take a full month.
I don't like Christmas. 

This whole "Holiday Season" is just a commercial trap. Everything from Santa Clause and Frosty to boring Christmas songs played everywhere. The whole "the time of giving" is pure bullshit. Give to your relatives and friends more useless shit that they don't need. "Secret Santa" is the fastest way to to do it.

I don't know when this Christmas shopping disease actually started. Presents, gifts, good wishes, remembrance... the celebration of family... nice delicious dinner and long talks about past. Jingle bell, jingle bell...

Do whatever you want for the Christmas, decorate your house. Decorate it with enough lights to be seen from the moon. Put giant tree and Santa in your backyard. I don’t care. But I do ask Why is it that you buy enough food to feed the fifty when you’re only having two guests for Christmas? You'll wake up the next day feeling overstuffed, bloated, and nauseated. But nothing to worry about, the online advises of holiday detox recipes are everywhere.

Why should I or anyone else feel to celebrate an occasion I don’t have any interest in? I’m not a religious person, Christmas means nothing to me, and I’d rather save money for something I’m interested in. I am going with my girlfriend to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I had to use my vacation days for 2017 so be it. Punta Cana, 5 stars, all inclusive, luxury, adults-only resort. There I go.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nothing To Be Done

From now on, yoga and being awake are most important in my life. What else I have? Something more important going? Like what? My plans? What plans? I have no plans, neither short term nor long term. My career? I work only to pay the bills. I have no interest improving myself...

Have you read Charles Bukowski?

Bukowski was an alcoholic, a heavy drinker, a smoker. He used to gamble a lot and he loved women so much that he spent all his money on them and of course on the booze. He was a writer too. If you have never read anything from him, you're probably thinking what the fuck, he's the last person you would ever look to learn anything but I am telling you, he is the perfect place to learn about life.

Bukowski didn’t give a fuck about his success as a writer. Even when he was famous, he still read his poetry hammered. He still tried to sleep with every woman he could find. Fame and success didn't make him a better person. He was not any happier than before...

I don't like positive expectations such as be happier, richer,  smarter, faster, more popular, more productive, be healthier, sexier ... I despise commercials about happiness... you know, like a husband kissing his selfie-ready spouse in the morning... a breakfast, eggs and pancakes with kids and orange juice, newspapers and coffee... after breakfast he, with smiling fucking face, sits in his Mercedes going to his wonderfully fulfilling job, spending his days doing incredibly meaningful work making a tons of money....

The rest of us are just waiting for something to come. We stand in front of the mirror and repeat bullshit affirmations fooling ourselves with wishful thinking.

We waited and waited. All of us. People waited all their lives. They waited to live, they waited to die. They waited in line to buy toilet paper. They waited in line for money. And if they didn't have any money they waited in longer lines. You waited to go to sleep and then you waited to awaken. You waited to get married and you waited to get divorced. You waited for it to rain, you waited for it to stop. You waited to eat and then you waited to eat again. You waited in office with a bunch of psychos and you wondered if you were one. - Charles Bukowski

Have you watched Waiting for Godot?

If you did not ... Waiting for Godot, published by Samuel Beckett in 1949, is a play in which two characters (Estragon and Vladimir) are waiting for someone who never comes. If you want to impress someone, you say Waiting for Godot explores themes of existentialist philosophy. The emptiness and randomness of the plot cause the audience to wonder if there any meaning in the play – or in life.

At one moment Estragon asks Vladimir what it is that he has requested from Godot:

VLADIMIR: Oh ... nothing very definite.
ESTRAGON: A kind of prayer.
VLADIMIR: Precisely.
ESTRAGON: A vague supplication (asking or begging for something).

Sounds familiar? That is what we do all our lives.

If someone asked me to describe life in one word, that word would be... WAITING.

Our whole life we are waiting for something. We're waiting for the dawn, birthday, holiday, train, children, summer, Friday, payment, vacation, recognition, dinner, enlightenment, love, new year, answer, smile, call, truth, destiny, death ...

I have stopped waiting for Godot.

I don't really wait for anything anymore. I have no ambition, nowhere to go, no one to be or become. I don't need to distract myself from anything or convince myself of anything. There is nothing that I think isn't as it should be, and I have no hope that things will be better. I have nothing to hope for.

I don't seem to be bored or unhappy about it, so I guess it is weird.

The Waiting for Godot plays quickly because it gives situations which don't offer anything. Thus the main theme of the play and the meaning of life is set in two sentences:

ESTRAGON: Nothing to be done.
VLADIMIR: I'm beginning to come round to that opinion.