April 2010 Archives

Is Spiritual Practice Essential?

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With this episode #4, we continue our journey of  ... explorations in Consciousness, ... Silence, ... Self Realization, ... Self Discovery, ... The Mystery ...

Is spiritual practice really essential for realizing one's true nature? 

The simple answer is no.

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Rumi: Who Am I?

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Today's Rumi poem "Who Am I"  .... mentions the phrase "Gardens of paradise." ... as it turns out this poem is from the book titled "A Garden beyond Paradise"  ... and within the book, this poem is followed by a poem of the same title as this book ... which I find most intriguing ...  I'll say more about that in a future show.

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This Rumi poem is from "A Garden Beyond Paradise, The Mystical Poetry of Rumi, Translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva."


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Sanjiv: The Seeker Syndrome

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With this episode #3, we continue our journey of  ... explorations in Consciousness, ... Silence, ... Self Discovery, ... The Mystery ...

In the last show, I had raised few questions that had to do with the genesis of this channel so let's delve into "Why now and Why us?"

Well ... a quick answer is Why Not?

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Rumi: Why Look at all?

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As I explored Rumi, one of the most impacting and profound discovery was this:

Rumi's long search for the missing Shams suddenly ended with the clear and unequivocal realization that such a search was not needed at all ... that his search for the Friendship was not needed at all ... and that he was indeed the Friendship ... that he was The Friend ... that he was already that which he was searching for!

Of course, such an undeniable realization is the paradoxical gift or gem waiting for any spiritual seeker. And naturally, Rumi expresses this realization in countless ways ... in many many poems.

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This short exquisite Rumi gem is from "A Garden Beyond Paradise, The Mystical Poetry of Rumi, Translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva."

To bring an added fresh and current flavor re this marvelous journey of Self Realization, we launched a new channel named JoyChats which is about dialogues re Consciousness, Silence, Self Discovery, The Mystery - insights and exchanges re direct experience from one's journey: ours and yours. Please join us there as well.

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Today's show is a guest commentary by Craig Barnes. It was a talk given by Craig at Ghost Ranch on April 14, 2010. Ghost Ranch is an "Education and Retreat Center" with two locations in New Mexico: Abiquiu and Santa Fe.

We think that most of us live in real democracies where rule of law is the guiding principle but is it? It seems like Feudalism is still here and democracy is struggling to survive ... and not just in America but  ... on much of the planet.

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Afghanistan provides a

"... modern example of continuing residual presence, on the planet, of Feudalism ...  "

Afghanistan in effect lives by the principles of

" ... truth telling is naive in public circumstances ..., ... no tradition of loyalty to the common good or public service on behalf of the common good ... , ... no limitation on use of violence against strangers ...  "

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Sanjiv: Awareness

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Welcome to JoyChats ... With this episode #2, we continue our endless journey of  ... explorations in Consciousness, Silence, ... Self Discovery, ... The Mystery ...

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Rumi: Glimpse Within

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Here's another "gem" of a Rumi poem translation by Jonathan Star ... re Silence and that momentary glimpse within. The poem is taken from "A Garden Beyond Paradise, Translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva."

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China has exploded from the backwater in history to the most energetic, expanding economy on the planet, building super highways, universities, and manufacturing industries to rival any in the West. In this program David Buck, a former professor of Chinese history expresses his awe and our common surprise at the sudden rise of this new superpower.

This show series is offered courtesy of KSFR, Santa Fe's Public Radio Station (@101.1FM). Craig's show airs on KSFR every Sat at 9AM MST and is streamed live on www.KSFR.org. His full bio is available at our Guest Bios page.

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Can a great law firm pioneer philanthropy?  Learn how Sam and Jean Guyton bring a new sense of community to one of the West's prominent law firms and then move out as new teams of volunteers to feed people, build houses, offer scholarships and even outfit a Mississippi school, an example of how the inspiration of one couple can transform communities all around them.

This show series is offered courtesy of KSFR, Santa Fe's Public Radio Station (@101.1FM). Craig's show airs on KSFR every Sat at 9AM MST and is streamed live on www.KSFR.org. His full bio is available at our Guest Bios page.

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Welcome to Joy Chats ... our latest channel offering!  JoyChats  as the name implies are Conversations in Joy and about Joy ... so this podcast series is about reflections, questions, answers, and conversations about the source of the inherent joy within each of us.

This is the joy that is felt and easily acknowledged in the  midst of our most ecstatic, rapturous, and delightful moments. This is the unacknowledged joy that is also present in the midst of our deepest challenges or grief.

This is the joy that is ever present effortlessly! ... without any reason. ... whether we are aware of it or not... whether we acknowledge it or not .... whether we feel it or not!

This is the joy whose source I refer to as The Mystery, ...  The Universe, ...  The Unknown,  ...  The Silence, ...  Consciousness, ...  Freedom!

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