Clarifying Gandhi # 11: Self-Governance with the ideal of Non-possession

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an Ocean. If a few drops of the Ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Gandhi

We should have been prepared for it, yet CT State layoffs have come as a shock. We had forewarning, everyone knew about the budget shortfall; Gov. Malloy went to public meetings and addressed the issues. Yet, with all the taxes we pay, are layoffs the only answer?

As a leader, Gandhi gave the planet a demonstration of great governance by adhering to the ideal of voluntary poverty. He insisted austerity measures begin in personal lives of leadership, and Continue reading →

Clarifying Gandhi # 10: Election Education for Refining Democracy

Note:  This article was originally published as Feeling the ‘Bern’ with Gandhi 80 years ago in India  and has been altered to include some of our President’s efforts to refine our democracy.

“The penalty good men pay for indifference to politics is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato

“I am a lover of my own liberty and so would I do nothing to restrict yours.”i – Gandhi

The 2016 US Presidential election saw the nation getting an education:  President Trump won on the principle of Swaraj, self-reliance, made in one’s own country, including the role of the Christian religion.  Candidate Bernie Sanders elucidated the meanings of socialism, and what it Continue reading →

Life’s Blueprint – Dr. King’s Sincere voice

One of our truly Great Americans who studied Gandhi, was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!  Our great human brother!  His work is receding into the past, out of our human memory.  The bewildered public mind is swooning under the bedazzlement of technology.  Yet, the arching relevance of his words, the universal ideals he stood for are part of the Earth ethical blue print of humanity.

All of his deeply sincere talks literally ‘rang’ with the clear notes of Truth, and that bell-tone resounded in all the hearts who heard him, and still does today, Continue reading →

Clarifying Gandhi #7: Gandhi’s Gifts to Speech

Speech is the most potent weapon and tool that we have in our persons. To help maintain peace in society and among all aspects of human relations, speech has had careful prescriptions, restrictions and safeguards placed upon it, sanctioned some way in all religions, indigenous societies, cultures, common sense, and conscience.

Critically examined, it is clear that Gandhi worked Continue reading →

The Little Blue Scooter

Guest Post by Mr. Don Price.  This is the second post by Mr. Price, who became a Widower Dec. 26, 2016.  The first post “A Widower’s Letter to His Wife” was posted earlier on this site.  In many ways they were able to achieve an ideal marriage, moving towards great inner harmony with one another.  Don’s experience of his late Wife’s blue Scooter, is understood by all who has experienced deep loss.  It is also on his new site honouring life with his Wife, almost ready for the world to see.  Because his perspective can touch so deeply, we share it here with his blessings.

The Little Blue Scooter

If people come to our house, they see a little blue electric scooter parked in a corner of the living  Continue reading →

A Widower’s Letter to His Wife

Guest Post by Mr. Don Price.  A dear and deeply spiritual friend recently became a Widower when he lost his beloved wife,  Maxine.  They were working, living, loving together, for over 19 years.  Together they raised 5 children, endured the gross ineptitude of the medical world, and all of life’s growing pings and pangs.

Maxine was among so many things, a dancer, a film maker, a home maker, a capable and caring Mother.  Don’s unique ability to poignantly pen his thoughts and feelings carry us to that deep and raw state of awareness and loss we will one day or another face fully.  The mystery of death quietly stalks all our lives, awareness of its Fact helps us to live our present moments with the tinge of Reality.   Don is now in the process of creating a website about their lives together with stories, photos, videos.  When it becomes available the site will be posted here.

 

Dear Maxine,

It’s been hard to say good bye. For many months Continue reading →

Things we Forget as Americans

I had the chance today to cogitate on an article written in Transcend Media Services by Dr. Anthony Marsella, called: “Total War:” Weaponizing and Exporting USA Popular Culture”.  Those of you who have traveled a bit and seen the tremendous, powerful, good, and not always to the good, influence of our country’s popular culture abroad, will be interested in Dr. Marsella’s thoughtful research on the topic.  Having children, who grew up as impressionable teens Continue reading →

A Structural Theory of Aging

Wikipedia has much to offer under “aging”. Highly recommended are the 10 points by the world’s oldest living man, 114, Walter Breuning.    However, older persons, like me at 86, know their own aging best.  Less trouble with “oxidant stress” as a major cause, having used anti-oxidants based on blueberry skin–no chemicals–for decades. 20,000 blood stem cells renew my blood, but they are dying.  Problematic.

Rule no. 1: Keep mind and body active; maintain a good nutrition. Continue reading →