Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Things that were right for me several years ago may no longer have any validity

Yet such an assumption quickly turns into a continuing limitation. It can be very negative and disheartening. Yet when i dig deeper, and look beyond the circumstances of the moment, the picture changes. When it seems that all hope is lost, it is not lost at all. What’s really happening is that i'm being compelled to move to a higher level. Yes, it may seem strange to be thankful for your difficulties. Yet it certainly beats the alternative, which is to let those difficulties and get the best.

"Because a life free of effort is not really what i want. What i really want is for every effort to bring a meaningful sense of fulfillment"

Life can be terribly unfair and difficult and demanding. And yet, against such a background, it is nearly impossible to imagine anything more beautiful and fulfilling than life itself.

Things that were right for me several years ago may no longer have any validity

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Famous Musician Orpheus.

.. sad but, i hope, beautiful story in verse ..
"Orpheus the musician married Eurydice the shepherdess. When she was killed by a snake, he traveled down to the underworld and was granted one chance to fetch her back to life"
Here is the story...

Narrated, the greatest of all musicians was named Orpheus. He sang a wide variety of songs. Sometimes he sang high-pitched songs about the mystical creation of the universe. Other times he played low notes on his lyre as he sang of the battles of Zeus ad the Olympians gods who clashed against the Titans. Orpheus even had songs about people who were changed into flowers or birds.
But whatever he sang, the rich clear words and the silvery notes from his harp were so enchanting that they always had a magical effect on everything around him. His songs could charm even rocks and rivers as well as humans and animals. Once when Orpheus was playing his splendid music in the forest, the oak trees pulled up their roots. They followed him down the mountainside and planted themselves by the seashore where Orpheus ended his song.

When the great adventurer Jason was about to set out on his search for the Golden fleece, Orpheus was invited to go along. Orpheus proved to be of great help on the long journey. When the tempers of the heroes of the ship flared up, Orpheus would sing a peaceful song and calm those who had been arguing. Sometimes when the rowing was long and tedious, Orpheus would begin to stroke his lyre. Then time would seem to float by and the rowers would not feel tired and they listened to the soft rippling music.

The time came when Jason and the Argonauts had to sail past the dangerous isle of the Sirens. The Sirens were beautiful creature who were part human, part bird. Their songs were so wonderful that any person who heard them would become enchanted. All the sailors who heard the Sirens' songs would hurl themselves overboard and swim to the island of the Sirens'. Lured by these strange maidens the men would die upon the jagged rocks around the isle. But as the argonauts came close to the rocky island of the Sirens, Orpheus began a splendid song of his own. Jason and this crew did not listen to the Sirens and were able to sail past the island unharmed.

After the Argonauts returned to Greece, Orpheus fell in love with a beautiful woman names Eurydice. They were married and a great feast was held in their honor. On the day of their wedding, Eurydice strolled through a nearby field and talked joyfully with her friends. But as she walked through the bright green meadow, she stumbled upon a poisonous snake. The huge serpent bit her and she died.

Orpheus was heartbroken over this cruel fate. He had been married and widowed on the same day. After many weeks of mourning, he decided that he would go to Hades,the land of the dead. There he would plead for his wife.
He came to the gates that lead to the underworld, playing on his harp. No living mortals were allowed to cross into the shadowy regions of the underworld. But Orpheus' sweet dad music moved the ferry and of the dead and he gave Orpheus a ride across the dark murky river Styx. Thus Orpheus entered the purple-darkened realm of the dead. Formless ghosts and spirits gathered around him. But Orpheus was unfrightened and continued to play his slow music about his lost wife. The Spirits began to weep and the huge vultures of the underworld listened to his song.The three-headed dog that guarded the Underworld stopped growling and laid down and whimpered at the dad tine. Orpheus passed by the coal-black stallions that pulled the chariot of Pluto. The horses' ears stood straight up when they heard the enchanting song. Finally the musician came before Pluto, King of the Underworld called Hades. All the jewels and precious metals that lie in the ground rightfully belonged to Pluto's domain. Thus he and his wife, Persephone, sat on the most magnificent thrones imaginable.Beside Pluto lay a magic helmet that would make anyone who wore it invisible. Here, before the King and Queen of Hades, Orpheus sang his sad, sweet song and pleaded to have his bride back. Even the rulers of the underworld were moved by h is music. Eurydice was called forth and she came still limping from the wound where the serpent had bitten her. The gods of Hades agreed that Orpheus could have his wife back, but only on the condition that he did not look back until he had reached the land of the living.

Orpheus began walking up the long steep path that led to the sunlit world of men. The winding pathway was gloomy and silent. Behind his in the darkness he could hear the soft pad of Eurydice's bare feet upon the rocky steps. At last Orpheus saw sunlight coming through the opening to the overworld. he forgot himself and turned to look at his wife. There stood Eurydice, as lovely as a Spring morning with her dark wavy hair and her snowy cheeks. But as he looked Orpheus saw his lovely wife begin to fade. He desperately tried to embrace her but she only had time to whisper "Farewell" before she vanished.

Orpheus once again tried to cross the River Styx in hopes of regaining his wife. But the ferryman would not listen to Orpheus' enchanting music this time and he soul not cross the river. He sadly returned to the land of Thrace. On a hill in Thrace, Orpheus remained the rest of his life, singing songs that enchanted the beast and the trees of the forest.

It is said that when Orpheus finally met his death, the birds wept on the hillside. The trees shed their leaves and the nearby streams were swollen with their own tears. Orpheus' spirit went down to the Underworld and he soon found Eurydice. 

Although it is a shadowy existence the two walk together for eternity without fear of another separation.

The Blue Lotus, Nymphaea Caerulea

The lotus flower has it's roots in mud below water, grows up inside water, and has leaves and flower just above water surface. If it grows further up, the stem will not be able to hold weight and gets cut. It can't survive inside water either. Still, the flower or leaves never gets wet or spoiled by the surrounding water.
People from many cultures throughout history have valued Lotus flowers for a variety of reasons.

To the Chinese, the lotus flower is thought of as being like a gentleperson, who keeps themselves clean, alive and healthy in a dirty (dense) environment. Essentially the lotus flower represents creative power and purity amid adverse surroundings. It is also a symbol of the seventh month, summer. In China, there are many poems about the lotus flower, often describing how they come out of the dirty mud under the water and yet retain their pureness, freshness and beauty.
To the people of India the lotus flower signifies purity and peace, a representation of the Manifestation of God. Rising pure and unsullied above stagnant, muddy waters, the Indians have seen this flower as worthy of emulation, teaching them to be detached from material preoccupations.

The pond having the lotus flower is like samsara (the worldly matters)

So... we are like lotus. Lotus teaches us the art of living the life without getting touched by the troubles of samsara. It conveys message of detachment, but at the same time we can't escape from here just like lotus can't grow further above water.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Semar Badranaya The Earth Patron, the famous actor in wayang

So there is semar, a famous actor in wayang java exibihition. This actor only in java presentation, that is perform wise of java value. Usually wayang stories perform mahabarata or rammayana setting, but in the middle story round, semar and the child are appearing at “goro-goro” round. Semar is accompanied by three the childs, that is; gareng, petruk, bagong. There is  four slaves called punakawan. Can be watchinged, almost in wayang purwa exibihition, will appear  knight be followed by semar, gareng, petruk, bagong. Story anything told, five this figures occupies important position. Their story is preced to begin from a hermitage saptaarga or another hermitage. After get assorted science and advices from the Begawan ( Brahmin = spiritual teacher ), they have mission/duty to apply advices that got, with do “tapa ngrame”. (help without purpose).

Narrated, trip the knight and to four the slaves enters forest. This describe that the knight begins to enter life field never known, dark, full coppice, many beast, wicked creature ready intercept it, even if careless can threaten the soul. But in the end knight, semar, gareng, petruk, bagong success pick victory with beat giant companion, so that success out forest safely. Outside forest, hindrance stills to intercept, danger always threaten. Blessing semar and the children, the knight can remove all hindrance and success finish the alive task safely.

Why does part semar and the children very determine success a life? that is semar be exertion description god that come along to proceed in human life. More clarify part semar, so figure semar equiped with three another figures. Four punakawan be symbolized from cipta, rasa, karsa and karya. Semar has characteristic juts that is white tuft. White tuft at head as simbol from idea, clear brainchild. gareng has characteristic that jut that is kero knotty (cross-eyed), defeat in hand and lame in the foot. Three physical defect symbolizes taste, not taste in food meaning but in the heart. eye defeat ( cross eye), vigilance taste, hand defeat accuracy taste and lame foot carefulness taste. Petruk is symbolized from wish, willing,or  karsa in java language that described in second his arms. If moved, second hand like second one who cooperate well. Hand in front of indicate, choose what he want, hind hand has held tight what chosen. While work is symbolized bagong with two hands fifth wide opened the finger, mean always ready to strive.
Create (at the brain) or cipta at java language, taste (in the heart) or rasa at java language, willing  or karsa at java language and work be one unitary inseparable. create, taste, willing and work stays in one area that named individual or man innermost, symbolized knight figure.

Ideal human description is human individual description intact, where create, taste, wiiling (karsa) and work can occupied the function each harmonicly, to then walk along aim noble aim. Thereby be clear that between knight and punakawan has connection significant. Knight figure success in the alive and achieve ideal aim if is provided a clear idea (create)s, honest heart (taste), wish, round determination (karsa) and want to strive (work). Knight symbolization and four the slaves, similar to 'ngelmu sedulur papat limo pancer. One of the java custom belief kind, javanese philosophy.
Sedulur papat is punakawan, lima pancer is knight. Position pancer present intermediate, flanked by two old brothers (kakang mbarep, kakang kawah) and two young brothers (adi ari-ari and adi wuragil).
ngelmu sedulur papat limo pancer will born from resuscitation concept beginning human beginning will be created and human life final purpose (the paraning dumadi).Beginning human is created at first moment approach birth. Before the baby (baby is pancer) borns from mother uterus, appear first time is worry, feel the mother. Worry that is called kakang mbarep or oldest brother at english. Then at the time of approach that baby borns, out clear liquid or amniotic fluid ( banyu in java language ), to protect the baby, so that fluent parturition and soft baby skin not chafed or wounded. Amniotic fluid that is called kakang kawah ( creater brother). After baby will born be followed with out it placenta and blood. placenta is called adi ari-ari or plasenta young brother in english and blood is called adi wuragil or youngest brother.

Ngelmu sedulur papat limo pancer give pressure that, human is gived to this world not alone. There four brothers that accompany. Pancer is suksma/soul and sedulur papat is body. The combine of suksma/soul and body gives a life.
Connection between pancer and sedulur papat in life, described with a coachman restrains a carriage, pulled by four horses, rose colored, black, yellow and white. carriage coachman symbolizes freedom to decide and make a certain. red horse symbolizes energy, spirit, black horse symbolizes biological need, yellow horse symbolizes spritual need and white horse symbolizes clearness, purity. As coachman, of course not easy restrain four horses mutual different character and the need. If the coachman can to restrain and cooperate with to four the horses well and balance, so carriage will go to final purpose. java wisdom is Sangkan paraning dumadi.


Wolf : Mythology and Folklore

Wolves figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe. Wolf is considered a medicine being associated with courage, strength, loyalty, and success at hunting

"The images conveyed in wolf folktales vary: in many they are depicted as ruthless and fierce; in others they have an image of nobility and loyalty. In Norse Mythology, the Fenrir was a symbol of chaos who eventually swallows Odin whole. However, the wolf was also associated with warriors, and Odin had two wolves as loyal companions"
 Like bears, wolves are considered closely related to humans by many North American tribes, and the origin stories of some Northwest Coast tribes, such as the Quileute and the Kwakiutl, tell of their first ancestors being transformed from wolves into men. In Shoshone mythology, Wolf plays the role of the noble Creator god, while in Anishinabe mythology a wolf character is the brother and true best friend of the culture hero. Among the Pueblo tribes, wolves are considered one of the six directional guardians, associated with the east and the color white. The Zunis carve stone wolf fetishes for protection, ascribing to them both healing and hunting powers. 
-Celtic Wolf-

Wolves are also one of the most common clan animals in Native American cultures. Tribes with Wolf Clans include the Creek (whose Wolf Clan is named Yahalgi or Yvhvlke), the Cherokee (whose Wolf Clan name is Aniwahya or Aniwaya,) the Chippewa (whose Wolf Clan and its totem are called Ma'iingan,) Algonquian tribes like the Lenape, Shawnee and Menominee, the Huron and Iroquois tribes, Plains tribes like the Caddo and Osage, Southern tribes like the Chickasaw, the Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, and Northwest Coast tribes like the Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Kwakiutl. Wolf was an important clan crest on the Northwest Coast and can often be found carved on totem poles. The wolf is also the special tribal symbol of several tribes and bands, such as the Munsee Delaware, the Mohegans, and the Skidi Pawnee. Some eastern tribes, like the Lenape and Shawnee, have a Wolf Dance among their tribal dance traditions.

The Catalyst

I wasn't sure what was a miss, but the routine I had fallen into was not satisfying the inner voice in me that insisted there was something else out for me. there're lots of little changes add up to a monumental shift. I’m a catalyst for my change and I like being that way
One thing that it has done is to force me to reevaluate my life and make some major changes myself.
I think that I have done a pretty good job accepting it, healing, and moving on.
I just need you to understand that my life is my own and you have no right to judge my decisions
One of the things that I’ve decided to do is to uproot from my previous life as a whole

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