How Old? How Young?

Joan Winifred

Greetings Friend(s) of Peace:)

Jainism: Old religion of Self-Denial & Nonviolence founded 6th century B.C.E. by wealthy Prince Nataputta Vardhamana Mahavira.

‘Anekanatavada’–“Truth may be seen in different ways from different viewpoints.”

“Comprehend one philosophical view through comprehensive study of another one.” Jainism, Acaranga Sutra 5

“He (Mahavira) believed that salvation of the soul could be achieved only through extreme self-denial and self-discipline and rigid application of Ahimsa, non-violence to all creatures. He took Ahimsa to the extreme of carrying a soft broom with which he could gently sweep away any insects that might be in his path. His respect for life was also to protect the purity and integrity of his own soul.”

“His followers today, in an effort to improve their Karma, lead a similar life of self-denial and respect for all other creatures. Again we see the powerful effect on human lives of the belief of the immortality of the soul.” (Excerpted: Mankind’s Search for God)

(As a joan;), as a Non-Buddhist who Respects Buddhists!:) and a Non-Jain who Respects Jains!:) and a Non-Hindu who Respects Hindus, (I-RESPECT-ALL-FELLOW-FRAGILE-LIFE!!:), yeah, i’m barefoot while writing this. Though, i am carelessly pounding my keyboard..and No, i am not wearing a mukha-vastrika..my mouth is closed; my fingertips are my mind’s mouthpiece at this moment..of course, like You, i am concerned and want all human suffering to end! I may not carry a broom, but neither do i carry a gun. And right now, i’m wearing a smile/compassion fashion is my style of choice every day.  As a non-extremist-consciousness-objector-respecter-of-life-as-precious..a non-vegan (who refuses to consume any blood–a sacred fluid), my heartfelt intention is moderation in all aspects of living compassion!!) Quick question: IF the “primary” motivation for Ahinsa/Ahimsa…IS to protect the purity of your own soul..isn’t that loving yourself/your ego/your soul …”more” or valuing your soul FIRST over others as “superior” ?? (To be superior is not to be the same/equal: aren’t Jains suppose to reject the Caste system??)…and what IF a Hindu supposedly doesn’t kill a cow or snake or monkey…just to improve “his” karma…is he truly venerating the cow? NOpe..he’s ultimately venerating himself. (Most of us would readily acknowledge: The caste system/social-status ranking and racial discrimination persists..in many places including the Psyche.)

“In India a person is born into a rigid Caste system, and there is almost no way out. The average Hindu does not seek a way out. He views it as his predetermined, inescapable lot in life, the results of his deeds in a prior existence, or Karma. […]It is a fact the Caste system, fortified by the religious teaching of Karma, has millions of people locked into perpetual poverty and injustice.” (excerpted: Mankind’s Search For God)

When i ponder/consider/research (deeply) these above-mentioned things, teachings, philosophies..i feel the following is a legitimate statement…(not sure who said this)..”Since moksha, or release from the long series of incarnations, is the goal of every Hindu, the biggest event in his life is his death.”…So, IF someone “really” believes in Karma/Moska–WHY celebrate birthdays?? Or IF someone truly believes/practices/operates by the concept of Ahimsa–WHY carry a gun??

Also, can You see how Karma seems tightly wrapped up in the teaching of “immortality of the soul” ?…Actually, this belief of an *immortal soul is an ancient Babylonian concept..one, i personally don’t accept; along with racial discrimination or being motivated (to strictly adhere to) anything by (or because of) feelings of superiority and/or selfishness. i accept Gandhi’s view of untouchability as intolerant…he rejected it and strove for the eradication of the Caste system and promoted equality of women.

LOVING this illustration read…”Trust not rotten planks, wrote English dramatist William Shakespeare. Indeed before stepping onto the wooden planks of a boat, you would want to be sure the wood was not rotten.”

Belief systems/religions/isms are like wooden boats. (They float or sink.) Some are extreme. Some are safe…and pirates make you walk the plank – lol;)

Mounting evidence teaches: going to extremes (pendulum of excess——–deprivation) in life-style, thinking, doing, eating and drinking (etc.) is unhealthy…for mind/body/brotherhood-of-fellow-fragile-life/planet Earth.

An old book–a young reader (namely me)…PLEASE notice: The Bible a Unique Book

“It is estimated that more than 4.7 billion bibles have been printed (in whole or part) which is more than 5x the number of copies of the next most widely distributed publication, Quotations of Chairman Mao.

 “About half the Bible writers finished their writings before the birth of both Confucius, the renowned Chinese sage, and Siddhārtha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism.”

“The bible has had a profound influence on the arts, including some of the world’s greatest paintings, music and literature.”

Should You take an Umbrella? Cause it is raining violence all over the globe (news), eh?! (According to recent article in NY Times, Mass shootings occur, on average, one a day!:( WOW..

Imagine a weather forecaster who has a long record of being right—every time. If he predicted rain, would you carry an umbrella?

THE Bible is filled with predictions, or prophecies. Its record, as documented by history, is clear. Bible prophecy is always right. Bible Prophecies are often specific and have been fulfilled down to the smallest of details. They usually involve matters of great importance and predict the opposite of what those living at the time of the writing might have been expecting.

Candor and Honesty: The Bible writers were honest men who wrote with openness of heart. Their candor gives their writing the clear ring of truth. […]The Bible writers openly admitted their own failures and weaknesses.

The writers of the Hebrew Scriptures laid bare the repeated grumbling and rebellion of their own people. (2 Chronicles 36:15, 16) The writers spared no one, not even the rulers of their nation. (Ezekiel 34:1-10) With similar candor, the letters of the apostles reported the serious problems experienced by individual Christians, including responsible ones, as well as by some congregations in the first century C.E.—1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 2 Timothy 2:16-18; 4:10.

Unflattering Truth:

The Bible writers did not try to gloss over what some might have viewed as embarrassing truth. The first-century Christians frankly acknowledged that they were not admired by the world around them but were looked upon as foolish and ignoble. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29) The writers noted that Jesus’ apostles were seen as “unlettered and ordinary.”—Acts 4:13.

The Gospel writers did not color the facts in order to cast Jesus in a more favorable light. Rather, they reported honestly that he was born under humble circumstances into a working-class family, that he did not study at the prestigious schools of his day, and that the majority of his listeners rejected his message.—Matthew 27:25; Luke 2:4-7; John 7:15. (excerpted: Reasons to Trust the Bible)

As a lover of peace, i’m sure all these violent mass shootings..are very disturbing:( to You…for me, this verse about “how” and “why” the Bible can help, is useful: “For all things written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
Who couldn’t use some HOPE? or Comfort?…especially all families directly affected by recent San Bernardino , CA shooting.
What does the Bible say about violence? What do You say about violence? (Is it justifiable?) Please check out this excerpt from AWAKE! May 2015: The Bible’s Viewpoint: Violence
What people say?  Many, including religious people, feel violence is a justifiable response to provocation. And millions consider media violence to be an acceptable form of entertainment.

Near the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, lie the ruins of a once great city—Nineveh, the capital of the ancient Assyrian Empire. While the city was still a thriving metropolis, the Bible foretold that God would “make Nineveh desolate.” (Zephaniah 2:13) “I will make a spectacle of you,” God said. The reason? Nineveh was a “city of bloodshed.” (Nahum 1:1; 3:1, 6) And “Jehovah detests violent . . . people,” states Psalm 5:6. As Nineveh’s ruins testify, God acted on his words.

Violence originated with the archenemy of both God and man—Satan the Devil, whom Jesus Christ called “a murderer.” (John 8:44) Moreover, because “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one,” his traits are reflected in popular attitudes toward violence, including the world’s infatuation with media violence. (1 John 5:19) To please God, we must cultivate a hatred for violence and a love for what God loves. Is that possible?

The article continues…(what do You personally think? Can people change their violent ways? Unlearn violence and learn peace?? Is is too far-fetched to believe there is a super-human crime boss/terrorist negatively influencing/working unseen behind the scenes?)…my POV: sure! no matter how young/how old…can change with patience, help (from a positive mentor/example), forgiveness, compassion, etc. learn peace.

Can violent people change?

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Violence is simply a reflection of human nature, which does not change.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

Put away “wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech, and obscene talk.” It also says: “Strip off the old personality with its practices, and clothe yourselves with the new personality.” (Colossians 3:8-10) Is God asking too much of us? No. People can change. How?

The first step is gaining an accurate knowledge of God. (Colossians 3:10)  When a person with a receptive heart learns about our Creator’s appealing qualities and standards, he is drawn to God in love and wants to please him.—1 John 5:3.

The second step is related to our choice of associates. “Do not keep company with a hot-tempered man or get involved with one disposed to rage, so that you never learn his ways and ensnare yourself.”—Proverbs 22:24, 25.

The third step involves insight. See the inclination toward violence for what it is—a serious weakness that reflects a lack of self-control. The peaceable, by comparison, have inner strength. “The one slow to anger is better than a mighty man,” says Proverbs 16:32.

“True” Friends of Peace Will Be There to Support Learning of War No More!:) (PLEASE! Search for & Find Friends of PEACE!) THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS PURSUING PEACE WITH ALL FELLOW-FRAGILE-LIFE!!:)

(*Immortal Soul: topic for another post…this post is getting extremely long, eh?)

published 12/4/15@2:02 p.m.