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Stream of Consciousness Reflections…An Eye For An Eye

8 Jan

Aloha. What do you think about revenge? To be honest, I never fully digested the concept of revenge. Of course, I understood it but only on a superficial level. It was only after certain events that I came to a working definition of the desire for revenge.

Revenge seduces us into choosing it as a response to injustice or evil.

Life puts us to the test and in these moments we discover what we truly believe in. It is a sobering realization to acknowledge these desires in your being. We all have an ideal version of ourselves and how we would react when someone hurts us or our loved ones. Sometimes reality manifests itself differently and we don’t always live up to our idealized selves or react how we imagined we would. 

Johnny Depp Revenge

I always found this quote by Johnny Depp so intriguing and dark…

Now I understand people’s thirst for revenge but it somehow still feels wrong inside. Taking revenge would change who you are and compromise your ethics. I don’t feel that it is right to allow others to change who we are {even though sometimes it happens without our knowledge or consent}.

I have a post on revenge saved in my drafts folder. Perhaps I need to post it. Maybe this stream of consciousness reflection is telling me to do just that.

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Please enjoy An Eye For An Eye by UNKLE….

Lyrics

“Even now in heaven there were angels carrying savage weapons.

An eye for an eye A tooth for a tooth Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide

An eye for an eye A tooth for a tooth Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide

Does our rule benefit the earth?

Does it help the grass to grow? 

The sun to shine?

Is this darkness in you too?

Have you passed through this Night?

Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide

When you’re going you’re not coming back from

Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide

An eye for an eye A tooth for a tooth

Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide

An eye for an eye A tooth for a tooth

Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide

This great Evil… Where’s it coming from?

How’d it steal into the world?

Who’s doing this?

Who’s killing us?

Mocking us with the sight of what we might have known

Run, run, run… Run, run, run…

An eye for an eye… A tooth for a tooth…

Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide

An eye for an eye… A tooth for a tooth…

Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide

(An eye for an eye…)

Are you righteous?

(A tooth for a tooth…)

Kind?

(Run, run, run but you sure can’t hide…)

Does your confidence lie in this?

(An eye for an eye…)

Are you loved by all?

(A tooth for a tooth…)

Do you imagine your sufferings would be less?

(Run, run run, but you sure can’t hide…)

Because you loved goodness and truth?

An eye for an eye…

A tooth for a tooth…

Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide

Run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide…

What are you to me?”

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Peace & Namaste…

Reflection for today…Compassion Is The Key To Enlightenment -Buddha

15 Dec

“For those of you who want to attain enlightenment,

do not study many teachings.

Only study one.

What is it?

It is great compassion.

Whoever has great compassion has all Buddha’s qualities in his hand.”

-Buddha

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Compassion Mantra: Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum
“All the teachings of Buddha are contained within the six letters, also it is the embodiment of the compassion Buddha Avalokiteshvara. Tibetans believe that praying or chanting the mantra will increase your compassion and make closer your connection to the Buddha Avalokiteshvara eventually achieving Buddhahood.

COMPASSION FOR MY TORTURER A MEETING WITH PALDEN GYATSO

Photo Courtesy of http://www.wiseattention.org/blog/2012/04/01/palden-gyatso/
This photo accompanies a sobering and inspiring article entitled,
‘Compassion for My Torturer’: A Meeting With Palden Gyatso.”
Written by: Vishvapani on http://www.wiseattention.org/
“Tibetan Buddhist monk, Palden Gyatso, spent 33 years imprisoned by the Chinese and drew deep on his Buddhist practice to survive his brutal treatment. He escaped to the West to tell his story and I met him in London to discuss his experiences his searing memoir, Fire Under the Snow.”

Angelina Jolie Photographed by: PER-ANDERS PETTERSSON
The caption on his website:
Darfur Refugees
“Angelina Jolie, the Oscar winning actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, holds a mentally disturbed boy, as he is tied with a rope in a camp in Oure Cassoni, Chad, 2007.
Angelina Jolie met the 7 year-old boy while spending two days visiting Oure Cassoni, a refugee camp close to the Sudan border.
Almost 27,000 refugees lives there and it was opened in 2004.”
“I also spent time with SOS Children’s villages staff, and we visited a 7-year-old boy that was held with a rope to a pole by his family.
This to keep him from wandering away, they said.
According to SOS, the boy saw his village bombed when he was 3- years old.
He hid alone in the bush for 2 days before his family found him and they all fled across the border.
SOS Children’s villages launched an emergency relief program for refugees from Darfur in 2006.
They focus on providing psychosocial care for traumatized children and their parents.
They presently care for about 230 children and adults.
Many have been living in the camp since 2004.
Many children experience symptoms such as nightmares, bedwetting and behavioral problems.
These children are often in a state of anxiety and they often have hallucinations. The children attend group therapy sessions where they play, sing and paint.
They work closely together with UNHCR and International Rescue Committee in the camp.”

Angelina Jolie: Humanitarian, Social Activist & Beautiful Soul

Audrey Hepburn: Humanitarian, Social Activist & Beautiful Soul

Peace & Namaste Friends…

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