Keep Me Writing! Thanks, Keith

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving...Affirmations

I am thankful for the following...

Life
Love
Family
Friends
Work
Health
Education
Travel
Language
Music
Science
Technology
Humanism
Humanitarianism
Empathy
Virtues
Patience
Air
Oxygen
The Trees
Nature
Fresh Water
Salt Water
The Masters
The Yogis
Teachers
Doctors
Educators
Visionaries
Peace
Health
Opportunity to lean and grow
The Sun
The Moon
Enlightenment
Nirvana
Peace
Grace
Jesus
Buddha
The Upanishads
Swami Sivananda
Om Meditation

Namaste,
Keith

Monday, November 20, 2017

THAT (TAT)

That which is eternal, unchanging and imperishable is the Sacred Syllable Om. I believe that Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Mahavir, Sankara, Jesus and other acomplished yogis knew that they were/are Om. They identified with the One Universal Spirit and not the temporary body/mind of the current life/incarnation. Om /|\

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Blessed Word of Swami Sivananda


"By the mere thought of OM (Divine Word), one attains the highest state of consciousness."

Swami Sivananda
Omkara Smarana Stotra
Meditation on OM (book)


Rest in Peace Malcolm Young (01/06/53 - 11/18/17)


Malcolm Young, Australian Rock Musician and Founder of the band AC/DC, originally from Scotland, died today after a long bout with dementia. I saw him play during AC/DC's Black Ice Tour when the band came through Jacksonville, Florida in October of 2009. He played very well, but according to some videos on YouTube, Angus, the band's lead guitarist, said that he was starting to forget parts of songs. To the best of my knowledge, Malcolm stepped aside and retired to get health care and health attention in about 2013. At that time, his nephew Stevie Young filled in and is still now the band's rhythm guitarist.

The rhythm guitarist is many times the unsung hero of a band. The rhythm guitarist comes up with the riff or "pattern" around which drums, bass, lead guitar, and vocals base their parts. It is not easy coming up with a solid riff that can endure and make a song. It is not easy. But Malcolm Young was one of those rare souls who could in fact come up with a RIFF that made a song great.

AC/DC, in my humble opinion, is a band that represents the working class.

Malcolm dedicated his life to the band and signed autographs and whenever he was interviewed, he told reporters that he was dedicated to entertaining all the kids that went to the shows. He was a great person and you do not find many people like Malcolm Young. A true inspiration, I say.

Rest in Peace Malcolm. Thank you for your music and inspiration.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Weight of Dharma

If 10 people must carry one person, the person being carried should be wise and ensure that those ten people carrying him/her are well-fed, well-rested, and in good spirits. If any of the ten falls ill, the burden for the others becomes greater. Our leaders and management of today should not hurt or harm those beneath them. They should be supportive. When companies fall, it is for this reason...that workers have been harmed and not empowered. Namaste. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Connecting with Source

The yogis of ancient India like Patanjali tell us that if there is a sacred sound that perfectly denotes Divine Spirit our Source then it is OM. This is according to the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Ommm...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Mystic Cross


Wisdom of the Mundaka Upanishad


Jesus and Buddha: Common Teachings



As a Vedanta Practitioner, I see both Jesus and Buddha as full incarnations of the Divine OM (Sacred Syllable OM). Both men lived to uplift humanity. Both encouraged love, forgiveness, walking in Spirit, and leading lives that were not based on a material definition of self. Both men saw through the superficiality of material life and also its futility. In short, all material things will come to pass, and for that reason one cannot live in a way that involves grasping. We must flow with life as if it is a river. There is a tremendous book out by Dr. Marcus Borg called "Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings". This is one of my favorite books of all times. I always felt uneasy when Christian ministers dedicated a sermon slamming the Buddha calling him the Anti Christ. Remember that Buddha lived about 300 years before Jesus lived. Also Buddha came from a different part of the world. I believe that from the standpoint of non-duality, both Jesus and Buddha merged with the Divine OM and in this way when they became teachers of Nondual Spirit, it was not they who were teaching, but rather they became conduits by which Divine Spirit Itself did the teaching. They were merely human vessels completely open to challenging the present world forces of darkness, greed, temptation, and materialism, all based on a limited concept of self. In this way, they overcame great temptations and were able to complete their missions as Avatars or Divine Appearances in which Spirit manifests completely to benefit humanity. Thanks, Keith

Click here to check out Marcus Borg's book "Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings".

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Ten Reasons For Universal Income


In the 1960s and 1970s the famous Rock Band "The Who" from the UK sang about love and even had a song out called "Love Reign Over Me". That song is not only awesome, but it is true. I really hope and pray that Love will Prevail in my life and also the lives of other human beings around the planet. I want to see an end to war, terrorism, hatred, bullying, cyber warfare, and oppression in all forms. Love is the answer. This is the teaching of all great Enlightened Masters: Krishna, Sankara, Buddha, Jesus (Yeshua), Martin Luther King, and Gandhi, just to name a few.

Universal Income needs to happen. As technology gets better and better, more and more people are going to find themselves out of work. Even as a Technical Writer, I might find myself with no work one day if computer programs learn to write effective software documentation and training guides.

All human lives matter. Agree? With that said, nobody should die on the streets because of hunger and lack of income. Nobody needs a mansion and a Porsche 911, but everyone needs at least one solid meal a day and shelter. I hope you agree with this. In Buddhism, I have learned about the power of compassion. It is the power of empathy. When empathy is given to you, it changes you for the better. Empathy allows you to then want to give and help.

Universal Income would be Uncle Sam's way of telling the USA - we care about our people. You do not have to be in a cut-throat type of work environment just to survive. You can teach. You can work in garbage collection. You can work in social welfare. You can work as a nurse. You can work as a teacher. And because of Universal Income, you can survive. I hope Universal Income can become a reality not just here in the USA, but across the world as well. All human beings matter. Thanks.

Just my two cents here...

1. Universal Income will help feed the world.
2. Universal Income will help to educate the world.
3. Universal Income will encourage others to teach.
4. Universal Income will encourage others to learn arts and crafts.
5. Universal Income will encourage others to travel and blog.
6. Universal Income will encourage others to socialize more.
7. Universal Income will create new and unique human connections.
8. Universal Income will help society heal from a violent past.
9. Universal Income will send a message of love and compassion across the globe.
10. Universal Income will help all feel more secure and better able to serve others. 

Road Signs: Please Honor


In 2005, during a lunch break at work while working in Miami, a woman ran a red light and crashed head-on into the car I was riding in. This was during the heat of the Miami summer in 2005. I was only riding in the back, but the collision was intense. Since then, I have struggled with lower back pain and I wish this fate on nobody, not even an enemy. Pain is no friend and is a challenge especially when pain medication no longer is effective. I have been taking turmeric, ginger, and other supplements and I manage, but the quality of my life is not the same now. And this is all because a woman decided to run a STOP SIGN and dishonor the right of way of the traffic. We happened to be the car that got rammed. The car I was in was totaled. The car she was in also had a huge dent (it was a SUV). So, I live in the shadow of an accident over ten years ago. Chronic pain is the result of automobile accidents. It is not fun. Nobody understands your pain. Nobody cares too. So, PLEASE, do not run stop signs. Do not run red lights. Prevent further pain to self and others - and I mean physical pain. Thanks, Keith 

Buddhist Pocket Guide: Compassion



"Compassion is empathetic altruism." - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

From the Buddhist Pocket Guide (Keith Johnson, Author, 2017)

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