Riches and Power

The Qur'an XXXVIII 76 - 88

Qarun was doubtless,
Of the people of Moses; but
He acted insolently towards them:
Such were the treasures We
Had bestowed on him, that
Their very keys would
Have been a burden to
A body of strong men,
Behold, his people said to him:
"Exult not, for Allah loveth not
Those who exult (in riches).

" But seek with the (wealth)
Which Allah has bestowed on thee,
The Home of the Hereafter,
Nor forget thy portion in this
World: but do thou good,
As Allah has been good
To thee, and seek not
(Occasions for) mischief in the land:
For Allah loves not those
Who do mischief. "

He said:" This has been given
To me because of a certain
Knowledge which I have."
Did he not know that Allah
Had destroyed, before him,
(Whole) generations, - which were
Superior to him in strength
And greater in the amount
(Of riches) they had collected?
But the wicked are not
Called (immediately) to account
For their sins.

So he went forth among
His people in the (pride
Of his worldly) glitter.
Said those whose aim is
The Life of this World:
"Oh! that we had the like
Of what Qarun has got!
For he is truly a lord
Of mighty good fortune!"

But those who had been granted
(True) knowledge said: "Alas
For you! The reward of Allah
(In the Hereafter) is best
For those who believe
And work righteousness: but this
None shall attain, save those
Who steadfastly persevere (in good)."

Then We caused the earth
To swallow up him and
His house: and he had not
(The least little) party
To help him against Allah,
Nor could he defend himself.

And those who had envied
His position the day before
Began to say on the morrow:
"Ah! It is indeed Allah
Who enlarges the provision
Or restricts it, to any
Of His servants He pleases!
Had it not been that Allah
Was gracious to us, He
Could have caused the earth
To swallow us up! Ah!
Those who reject Allah
Will assuredly never prosper."

That Home of the Hereafter
We shall give to those
Who intend not high-handedness
Or mischief on earth:
And the end is (best)
For the righteous.

If any does good, the reward
To him is better than
His deed; but if any
Does evil, the doers of evil
Are only punished (to the extent)
Of their deeds.

Verily He Who ordained
The Qur-an for thee, will bring
Thee back to the Place
Of Return. Say: "My Lord
Knows best who it is
That brings true guidance,
And who is in manifest error."

And thou who hadst not expected
That the Book would be
Sent to thee except as
A mercy from thy Lord:
Therefore lend not thou support
In any way to those
Who reject (Allah's message).

And let nothing keep thee
Back from the signs of Allah
After they have been revealed
To thee: and invite (men)
To thy Lord, and be not
Of the company of those
Who join gods with Allah.

And call not, besides Allah,
On another god. There is
No god but He. Everything
(That exists) will perish
Except His own Face.
To Him belongs the Command,
And to Him will ye
(All) be brought back.

I have quoted the above at length because even though there are dangers in a kindergarten literalism which is so often the ground of fanaticism and impossible obsession and should therefore be eschewed at all costs, still there is enough of a timeless message that never goes away.

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War as mass psychosis

The Name is Al Mu’min ….

(From The Mishkat al-Anwar of Ibn Arabi translated by Stephen Hirtenstein and Martin Notcutt ISBN 0-9534513-5-6)

Thanks to Azim Looker …. for

A chunk of quote … from J.G.Bennett.

“War has a twofold origin. The first is outside of man and arises independently. The second is within man and is due to his own weakness and failure. From time to time a special state of tension arises on the earth, which Gurdjieff calls the state of “Solioonensius.” This state of tension arises from the relations between the planets. I do not mean by this that it is something supernatural or mysterious. It is a perfectly natural process, connected with the changes in the balance of electrical and other energy in the solar system. For example, it is already suspected by science that the occurrence of sunspots has an effect upon the human psyche.

It may help you to understand what I mean by calling Solioonensius a perfectly natural process if you consider a simple phenomenon, well-known to all. I refer to the effect in Great Britain of the east wind, or in the Mediterranean of the sirocco. When the east wind blows, people become irritable and nothing seems to go right. I once became interested in this because I wanted to see whether it was a real or an imaginary effect. I asked a number of people to observe carefully and let me know as objectively as possible whether they could detect a state of inner tension caused by the east wind. Nearly everyone confirmed that a state of irritability did, in fact, arise in them even before they were aware that the east wind was blowing.

In a more subtle and pervasive manner, great regions of the earth’s surface, and sometimes even the whole of the earth, become subject to a state of tension that produces in people a strong sense of dissatisfaction with their conditions of life. They become irritable or aggressive, apprehensive, nervous and highly suggestible. Gurdjieff said that knowledge of Solioonensius existed thousands of years ago, and that he took the term from a very ancient tradition. At the present time, its significance has been forgotten or lost.

The point is that there are two completely different ways in which people can react to a state of Solioonensius. It always arouses dissatisfaction, but this may be external or internal. External dissatisfaction leads to external conflict; internal dissatisfaction strengthens the desire to struggle with oneself. Those who understand the necessity for working on themselves and achieving the second destiny find in that state of tension the greatest possibility of incentive and force to make them work harder. But those who do not have this feeling, this realization, project outwards their dissatisfaction and become hostile and angry with other people-suspicious, jealous and the rest of it- and then, defenceless against these mass psychoses, begin to hate. And the very people who, only a few years before, could not conceive of themselves consenting to the idea of war become involved in the destruction of other people. And those other people, passing through the same mass psychosis with the same justification, wish in turn to destroy their existence.

It is possible by careful study of history and of various psychological processes to verify this. And once you understand it, you will see that there is no way by which war can be stopped other than by making people understand the necessity for this work. Otherwise, they have no defense against this state of tension; no contrivances, no organisation, no good resolutions can avail, because there is a physio-chemical process involved. This state of tension must produce the result. We do not know when such a state of tension will come over the world again. When it is absent, we do not feel war as something possible, but when it approaches, nothing can be done unless an idea can come into the world that can act on a sufficiently large number of people to enable them to turn this force in a different direction.

This is one reason why the change – the transition period – from one epoch to another, from one world to another, is a dangerous period. Old ideas have lost their momentum and can no longer move the world. New ideas have not yet gained momentum. All through history, and even before the beginning of history, we find such periods accompanied by war and revolution, not because war and revolution are inevitable in themselves but because people have lacked that discrimination that would enable them to use this situation rightly. If we are able to go into a world in which this is understood, then the course of history can be different, because the destiny of all mankind can be raised to a higher level. There is no higher purpose in the life of man than to bring about this great transition.

If a new world is to come, we must first create it in ourselves. You may ask how the work of a few people can change the world. It has always been so. Ideas are powerful, not organizations. Nothing can be done by outward force; everything can be done by inner strength.’

[Copyright J.G. Bennett, Is there “Life” on Earth, Bennett Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA].

The descended sacredness of the disease of stuck-addiction is that eventually, after much practice in the wastelands of denial, the individual inner warrior does give his or her own death day “consciously and unequivocally” back to The Living Source that granted them their birthday – or they actually die.

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Once this has “actually” been done rather than theoretically imagined, an awakening begins.

If this releasing of the physical death day is not achieved, then the death day is held by the piratical system that grips the Earth and all its species, especially Mankind, in its status quo of threat and counter threat.

There is the gift that this transmitted vehicle gives to all Mankind, for most of Mankind is held in subservience by forces that overtly or covertly threaten people with physical or reputational death.

This is ouranosmetry meeting geometry, this is how to prepare the personal alchemical vehicle to achieve the metaphysical instruction of Islam which is to “die before you die”, without getting lost in the terrorist dangers of physical misunderstanding.

This post has been edited in from June 2020

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Rise up

The inner war perfectly described, the necessity of material action ‘after’ the illusion has been destroyed. Imminent action is required of us, solitude and renunciation is not enough according to Krishna.
Whatever the appearance of my utterances, my words about the practicality of spirituality, the practicability and development of material action in the present moment, is rooted in my direct experience of the eternal Singularity meeting Its own material action.
“Rise up I love you” seems a timeless order to any material entity downtrodden by authoritarians’ disbelief and the broken lovelessness of cultural dissonance.
It’s how that rising up is to happen.
The old junta can only see outer war, this literal slaughter may come, it’s happened before after all.
My words are about the possibility of a healing, of an inner rising up of meaning, of an individual escape from fear and resentment that then brings about a collective change. This is the message of Carl Jung.
Is this possible?
If the inner war is not fought individually, then the outer war is inevitable collectively, this has been the fact since Muhammad (pbuh) differentiated between the greater and lesser war in the message of Islam.
So, for centuries, the forces of collective plunder have done everything to stop the greater war and insist upon the monetary based lesser wars that form the history of our broken hearts.
Now, rise up and love as you are loved, is the battle cry of the changed person, the reality of every spiritual Messenger sent from your potential future.

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Dissonance

There is no wonder that the overall ‘body-cultural’ of Mankind is stressed.The information entering into Its processing of ‘species awareness’ is bewildering.
1. Democratic governance that grew out of often brutal absolute monarchy, that in Britain and America had horrific Civil War as a rite of passage.
2. Brutal and terrible World Wars in the last century for control of oil and gas reserves and for the right of hegemony, that have involved genocide, torture and inhuman acts of mass destruction, as well as of course the ‘jolly hockey sticks’ elements of war that were fought through like gentlemen according to the ‘sanity’ of the Geneva Convention.
3. Steady ongoing warfare through Korea, Aden and the Israeli wars around Palestine, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, The Cold War, the killing fields of Cambodian post Vietnam insanity, the proxy war between Iran and Iraq, the African dictatorships, Afghanistan, the cauldronisation of the Middle East culminating in Syria and Yemen to suit the US led cartel of oil dependent culture, the Twin Towers debacle and the War on Terror that covertly vilifies Islam, the global banking crash, the political war against Europe by either the US or Russia, or both, that brought about Brexit.In all of the confusion and deliberate misinformation that Nation States have felt it their legitimate right and duty to engage in on their piratical foundation of Official Secrets, the collective conscience of Mankind is now broken, the collective intuition and Human potential is critically impaired.This illness that I have named stuck-addiction© is an attempt to arrest the overwhelm that is collapsing the decision making function of the leading brands and parties in Mankind’s corporate and political structures.Only an illness appreciation can offer the space to dare to reassess past events that have brought us all to our present logjam.
This illness is a spiritual malady with a spiritual solution.Forgiveness and healing that in principle was enacted after Apartheid was removed in South Africa in the Truth and Reconciliation process, will have to be rolled out globally by the UN.The disaster facing Mankind is unavoidable, but the scale of the disaster is manageable when an articulation point is acquired and globally secured.Edited 18/12/18.

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In Whose Name?

The best of times and the worst of times as Dickens so clearly stated in his writing, is as true a description of today as it was when written so many years ago.
The hidden agendas of the rich and powerful are only different in scale and are just as stale therefore as week old bread.
There is no new torture presently being inflicted upon groups of afflicted people, no new methods of trapping and butchering fellow members of one species – there is simply the industrialisation of an old process.
The industry of inflicted psychopathy that is warfare, has reached new levels of efficiency. War makes money for those who invest their money in war.
War has always relied upon leaders. War doesn’t just happen. Masses of people first have to be rendered mad by conditions of attrition and existential threat, real or manufactured, then soldiers have to be drawn from the masses under the anaesthesia of patriotism, religion or some other tribalism of ‘my and not my’ or ‘my and enemy’. Then the leaders lead by threatening death (physical or reputational) to those who don’t follow.
Support for war is continually garnered from general populations by perpetuations of madness inducing fear, strict emergency legislation to curb dissent, rationing of essential supplies and the overt and covert demonising of enemies.
Leaders lead to war then sue for peace.
Leaders could lead to peace, but that would bankrupt the war industry and its supply chains.
The USA declared war upon ‘terror’ in 2001.
Normally, an adversary in war would have a physical territory from which attacks would be launched.
The 2001 declaration of a global war against ‘terror’ by the USA has failed to eradicate the enemy, but this war has cauldronised the Middle East, let loose the wind of regime change that has deepened into the whirlwind that we now reap.
The deliberate destabilisation of countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Libya for resource and geopolitics has now blown back to increasingly destabilise Europe.
The global politics between America, Russia, Britain, China and Europe is now so smokey it seems that even the mirrors of the deep global governments’ bureaucracies have cracked and clouded.
God may or may not have ordered war in the past. In the Qur’an the inner war to be the most Human that a person or a culture can become is the final warfare that is ordered by God for Mankind.
So what would God say about the physical war on ‘terror’ declared in His Name in 2001 and every outer war up to any present day war?
‘Not in My Name’, is what He is saying.

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Repairing existential incontinence.

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War is a form of existential incontinence. Matters that could be dealt with in a certain way become distressed, broken, dislocated, very messy.

When Muhammad (pbuh) had cleaned up the microcosm that he was born into and left us his template, he looked at inner and outer, greater and lesser. He said that outer warfare was less important than inner warfare.

The inferences are that if matters leak out into the lesser place from the greater place against a designed spiritual way of ordinarily dealing with such matters, then there will be a mess.

Muhammad (pbuh) also said that folks should seek spiritual knowledge to help them (avoid war) even if that meant going to China. The brackets are mine, but the inferences are clear, all cultural message carrying is under the Seal of Islam if it helps individuals to love one another through their differences.

The Inner Jihad is fought under the Seal of Isa, the Living Christ.

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).
Qur’an Sura 49 The Rooms. Yusuf Ali.

Boundaries and walls are designed to be flexible, often permeable in the internal working of a body. If the inner, usually invisible walls of arteries or intestines become hardened or breakdown, then there is an emergency.

If the outer, actually invisible, permeable healthy walls and flexible boundaries between cultures and nations and Continents harden and break down, then there is an existential incontinence, there is very messy war.

In an attempt to deal with the mess as it starts to happen, physical walls are often erected to try to stop the final mess, war, from happening. These physical walls do not work because it is a vain attempt to solve a metaphysical problem with a physical solution.

Once in the wrong place in the wrong way, mess has to be cleaned up. Then, as quickly as possible, the invisible walls of behavioural flexibility and cultural permeability have to be healed, reissued by the common orientation of all mankind toward it’s Human source code, Love.

Often this return to the healthy invisible working of nations and Continents has needed the appearance of healers from the invisible realm who have carried a message.

“In as much as collectivities are mere accumulations of individuals, their problems are also accumulations of individual problems … Such problems are never solved by legislation or tricks. They are only solved by a general change of attitude. And the change does not begin with propaganda and mass meetings, or with violence. It begins with a change in individuals. It will continue as a transformation of their personal likes and dislikes, of their outlook on life and of their values, and only the accumulation of such individual changes will produce a collective solution.” (C. G. Jung, Psychology & Religion (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1938) 95.)

Individual inner effort not only matters, though invisible and seemingly small, it is the only chance for our common survival.

©AJDettman 10/8/14

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