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From: golden3000997
Date: Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:52 am
Subject: Fwd: [Dreamkeeper] WM Love in Action Series - 7: Indian spiritual leader's ad...

More synchronicity.

(we don't do breathing exercises as such, but the general message is the same. See my posted article on "Religion in Waldorf Schools."


From: Connie
Date: Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:30 am
Subject: [Dreamkeeper] WM Love in Action Series - 7: Indian spiritual leader's address at UN Anniversary + Images from 'Life of Pi'
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]


# Indian spiritual leader's address at the United Nations 50th Anniversary Celebrations

# Images from the novel 'Life of Pi' by Vann Martel

Dear list members,

In 1995 the United Nations celebrated its 50th Anniversary of service to the global community. Below are the words spoken by the Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shanker in an address at the Anniversary celebrations. Reading the talk has been an uplifting experience for me. I hope it will be that for you, too. The call for a spiritual education that leads to a full understanding of all religions in the world is more obviously relevant today than they were nine years ago.

The talk is featured in a book, 'Wisdom for the New Millenium', which I assume is now out of print as it is not listed amongst the books on offer at the web site of the Art of Living Foundation, headed by Sri Sri Ravi Shanker, the author - http://www.artofliving.org .

The book was given to me from his bookshelf by Jörg Frey, an artist friend and writer on money matters who is visiting me this weekend. Interestingly, it dovetails neatly with another gift book from my daughter Carla-Maria and her husband Fergus, the novel 'Life of Pi' by Vann Martel, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2002. Pi, the Indian hero, at just 16 years old is baptised Christian yet is as actively Muslim and Hindu.

I enjoyed these images from the novel:

# The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological necessity, it is envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud.

# I'll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my claw but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.

# [With reference to a French-speaking lady, who slips on occasion on the understanding of English sounds]: And so, when she first heard of Hara Krishnas, she didn't hear right. She heard, 'Hairless Christians', and that is what they were for her for many years. When I corrected her, I told her that in fact she was not so wrong; that Hindus, in their capacity for love are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat-wearing Muslims.

A bit of fun, to counterpoint the call of Sri Sri Ravi Shanker.

In friendship,

Boudewijn Wegerif

by Sri Sri Ravi Shanker

Beloved souls, I am glad that we are gathered here to ponder the ways and means to bring back human values to society. Today, I see the crisis in the world as one of identification: a man identifies himself with his profession, religion, race, culture, nationality, language, region, or sex. Only after that does he identify with being a human being. Limited identification leads to war. Through education we need to bring about a change in our basic identity. We are all first part of the Divine, and secondly, we are human beings. This can happen only through right spiritual knowledge.

Here I would like to make a clear distinction between 'religion' and 'spirituality'. Religion is the banana skin and spirituality is the banana. All religions have three aspects: values, symbols and customs. While values are the same in all the religions, symbols and customs differ. Today we have forgotten the values and simply hold on to the symbols and customs. Only spirituality can nourish human values. It can eliminate frustrations and bring back contentment and happiness in life.

Right education is that which creates in each person a sense of belongingness with the whole world. A person learns to embrace all the religions of the world as his own and can choose to practice one without decrying the other. Members of a family can practice more than one religion. This should be the strategy for the 21st century.

In this age, when technology has advanced, we have cared very little for the emotional and spiritual needs of people. Neither at home nor in school have we been taught how to release negative emotions. Neither at home nor at school does one learn to handle one's own mind.

Breathing techniques, pranayama, meditation and yoga can release the tension and negative emotions and help one to live in the present. Man either worries about the past or the future and gets stuck in negativity. Only spirituality can help him to get rid of the negativity and live in the present. Prayer, when combined with silence, can connect us to the infinite source of power deep within our hearts.

A stress-free mind and a disease-free body are the birthright of every human being. This august assembly can draw a syllabus and implement a plan to introduce spiritual knowledge at various levels in the society, such as in schools, colleges and rehabilitation centers. Only then can we reduce the crises and the diseases in our own environment.

Due to lack of proper spiritual education and lack of a total and comprehensive understanding of all religions of the world, religious fanaticism has taken root in many regions. Spirituality, without dogma, and with understanding which is all encompassing, is the need of the 21st century.

Now is the time to attend to this. Human evolution has two steps: the first is from being a 'somebody' to being a 'nobody', and the second is from being a 'nobody' to being 'everybody'. This knowledge can bring sharing and caring throughout the world.

This Love in Action E-letter is posted at

* The What Matters Programme is an initiative by Boudewijn Wegerif, to spread information about what is happening in the world today, and how things could be, given a schooling at all levels to free the self and the world from debt/guilt oppression and money madness - a schooling for Satyagraha, truth and love force. The trustees of the What Matters Programme are the collegiate of Folkhögskola Vårdinge By, an adult education residential college south of Stockholm.

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From: golden3000997
Date: Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:02 am
Subject: Fwd: [Dreamkeeper] CLEVER MATHS

Sorry, just HAD to do it! : ) LOL

From: glen
Date: Mon Jan 26, 2004 1:49 am
Subject: [Dreamkeeper] CLEVER MATHS
To: [email protected]


hi All,

you may enjoy the send up of maths nuts here, and the administration in the USA too...



Jeffrey Francois

At New York's Kennedy airport today, an individual later discovered to be a public school teacher was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a setsquare, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, Attorney general John Ashcroft said he believes the man is a member of the notorious al-gebra movement. He is being charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-gebra is a fearsome cult,", Ashcroft said. "They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like "x" and "y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns", but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.

"As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle'," Ashcroft declared.

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes. "I am gratified that our government has given us a sine that it is intent on protracting us from these math-dogs who are willing to disintegrate us with calculus disregard. Murky statisticians love to inflict plane on every sphere of influence," the President said, adding: "Under the circumferences, we must differentiate their root, make our point, and draw the line."

President Bush warned, "These weapons of math instruction have the potential to decimal everything in their math on a scalene never before seen unless we become exponents of a Higher Power and begin to factor-in random facts of vertex." Attorney General Ashcroft said, "As our Great Leader would say, read my ellipse. Here is one principle he is uncertainty of: though they continue to multiply, their days are numbered as the hypotenuse tightens around their necks."


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