Cooperation from Gandhi

Gandhi’s words on cooperation are just as relevant today as they were over 50 years ago.

 

" The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of the heart"

"
Machinery to be well used has to help and ease human effort. The
present use of machinery tends more and more to concentrate wealth in
the hands of a few in total disregard of millions of men and women
whose bread is snatched by it out of their mouths."

"A nation
that is capable of limitless sacrifice is capable of rising to
limitless heights. The purer the sacrifice the quicker the progress"

"Good
travels at a snails pace. Those who want to do good are not selfish,
they are not in a hurry, they know that to impregnate people with good
requires a long time."

~ Gandhi

Vedic Astrology – US Economics and Election

Currently in the sky we have what’s called a Kala Sarpa Yoga in Vedic Astrology. Kala Sarpa means “The Serpent of Time”. All of the planets are in between the Nodes of Rahu and Ketu. When this happens there is a lot of karma being activated. Since time is always cyclical, from the past into the future, there is a mixture of both playing out at any time. Yet, we would look at the direction of the node to see which end of the engine is driving the karmic cycle more — the completion of karma or the activation of a new cycle.

Since the nodes move backwards, I am of the feeling that it is the Rahu end of the node, the North node, that is driving the engine of karma right now. This means there is a new activation of karmic energy coming into the earth plane. Of course, the reason we have new cycles is to get rid of the old. Let’s examine this a little further.

In the most reliable US chart I have seen, there is a Sagittarius rising sign – using the sidereal zodiac. This places Rahu in the second house by transit (Sidereal Zodiac) — the House of wealth and economics. The second house is also related to security, values and our value systems. It is these value systems that give us stability in life and are ultimately our most valuable resource – both individually and culturally. This second house is opposite the eighth house of insecurity, chaos and the things we cannot control. The eighth house represents the dramatic upheavals that force us to clarify and stabilize our value systems (2nd house) and ultimately lead to our highest life lessons (9th house – the results of the eighth house).

I see this dynamic playing out with the current economic crisis and the impending change of leadership in our country. I’ve written quite extensively lately about the aspect between Jupiter and Saturn and how Jupiter represents the Democratic candidate for president and the wave of hope he is riding. Mr. Obama typifies the Jupiter in Sagittarius archetype. The peaceful warrior with a clear vision of the future inspiring the masses. The Republican candidate, Mr. McCain is clearly shown by Saturn in Leo. He is the established authoritative presence, Saturn personified as an old man trying to hang onto the throne of power, the sign of Leo – and for the most part keep the same policies and structures in place. His vice presidential nominee was a fascinating choice. I see it as his attempt to infuse some of the “Jupiter in Sagittarius” energy into his own campaign. And it worked, for a while.

For little more perspective let’s consider this most recent

Choose to Become Conscious

We have a choice.

We can choose to live a conditioned, unconscious life, living our life in accordance with what we have been taught, and attempt to meet the expectations that others have for us.

There is great comfort and safety in conforming to the beliefs of the various groups that we belong to, such as our religious organizations, our schools, our economic and geographic peer groups, our gender identity, etc. It is frightening to stray from the course that other group members follow.

Or we can choose to be like Neo of THE MATRIX, and search for the truth of our existence and become conscious.

Some people have to reach a low point before they search for answers outside of their familiar beliefs. Others have a nagging thought that there is something more to life than following the path they were assigned, and have a consistent desire to find their own way.

Once we decide to seek a different path, the Universe will offer us the means to awaken. Some of us read books, such as Eckhart Tolles’, some attend alternative churches like Agape for inspiration. Some find peace by being in solitude or nature. The truth is all around us.

My favorite films are ones where the main character becomes conscious and learns how to love, like THE MATRIX, ON THE WATERFRONT, CASABLANCA, JERRY MAGUIRE, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, AMERICAN BEAUTY, SIXTH SENSE, THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, etc.

We make the choice. The path we choose is ours alone. Let’s create whatever life we choose to create.

(The photo was taken in Wyuna Bay, Coromandel, New Zealand)

LIFE IS A CONSTANT FLOWING OF BEAUTIFUL CHANGE.

CONSTANT FLOWING
OF BEAUTIFUL CHANGE

Life is harmonious non stopping movement.
Life needs rhythmic impulses in order to keep our well being healthy.
Since us, human beings are born until the last moment of our lives changing is a common factor. Even after passing away we participate in our great initiation. Also every hour from the twenty-four hours from a day and night are different from each other. So we must welcome change.
I

~Drenched~

The continuity of a powerless play,
A subtle frequency which holds fear at bay.
A dazzling dance of moments begs me to stay.
A fire eternal illuminates the way.

Many dances through a myriad of moons,
A deathless season, vibrational monsoons.
A journey backward yet forward to the womb,
A silent calling to unearth a mental tomb.

Silence rises to consume a fortress strong,
falling forward into realms of endless song.
A hopeful heaven right here before the throng,
Elusive moments to rest where we belong.

Nothing to conquer, no endless search in vain.
A seed of beauty born of bitter pain.
The death of reason, eternal life anew,
All of life mirrors heaven’s home in you.

A taste of nothing fills the empty muse.
A mute perception unlocks uncharted hues.
A perfect footstep leads forward onto death,
A faltering fumble awakens your next breath.

M.R.

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