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"linked with Christ", hm? *grins*

4th Jun 2005 | 04:14 pm
mood: amusedamused

Mythical beast quiz.Collapse )

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"yet love, mere love, is beautiful indeed"

4th Jun 2005 | 02:02 pm
mood: calmcalm

People ask me about love, sometimes. *smiles* Often, actually.

Here's the thing: in my experience, when people say that they want love, what they really mean is that they want to be loved.

And I'm afraid that's not really something that I can help with. I can only tell them to love. No, sometimes it will not be returned, but with love, real love, not desire or lust or infatuation, that will not matter.

What is the Second Noble Truth of the Buddha? The origin of suffering is attachment to desire. Believing that our desires are part of us.

It's difficult for a person to let go the hope -- the desire -- that one will be loved back. I can change men's hearts, to some extent. Heal their pain, even emotional pain. But I cannot make them love where they will not. Even if I could, I wouldn't, because love that is forced is not love at all. Love must grow, whether gradually or quickly, it must grow.

I can only try to help people to realize that in loving, they must not be like the fire, which consumes, but like the water, which slips into dark places and cold places and places where it cannot be seen.

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This alphabet thing.

3rd Jun 2005 | 12:33 am
mood: amusedamused

A - AGE: Two thousand plus.
B - BAND LISTENING TO MOST RECENTLY: I'm not sure what their names are. I guess I should find out, 'cuz they're pretty cool.
C - CRUSH: Crush what? I don't like destroying stuff.
D - DAD'S NAME: God Joseph
F - FAVORITE BAND: Well, the band of disciples I travelled with was... oh, you mean musically. I don't know, I'm pretty easy to please as far as music goes.
G - GUMMY BEARS OR WORMS: ... what are you talking about? What's 'gummy'?
H - HOMETOWN: Nazareth
I - INSTRUMENT: ... of God.
J - JUICE: Grape.
K - KIDS: None.
L - LONGEST CAR RIDE: I haven't really travelled in cars very much. But I've walked all over Asia.
M - MOM'S NAME: Mary.
N - NUMBER OF SIBLINGS: Three. James, Judah, and Elizabeth.
O - ONE WISH: *shakes head* Wishing is focusing on other than what is. How can a man be a part of the world that is when he's too busy thinking about the world that could be?
P - PHOBIA (S): None.
Q - (FAVORITE) QUOTE: "The Wise Man is always good at helping people, so that none are cast out;
he is always good at saving things, so that none are thrown away."
-- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
R - REASON TO SMILE: Wow, I don't even know where to start!
S - SECRET(S): *quiet for a moment, then, softly* I have harbored lust in my heart.
T - TIME YOU WAKE UP: It depends.
U - UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I'm down with the gays. Really. Actually, I had a guy fall in love with me.
V - VEGETABLE YOU HATE: Turnips. That's all Biff's fault.
W - WORST HABIT(S): Apparently I'm kind of naive.
Y - YUMMY FOOD: Chinese food.
Z - ZODIAC SIGN: Uh... *checks* Capricorn.

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A story.

2nd Jun 2005 | 05:54 pm
mood: peacefulpeaceful

Two monks were travelling through a city. It was one leg of a long journey, and they had been travelling for a long time. They reached a street. It had just rained, and so the street was muddy. It was a busy street, and if one were not careful, one could be trampled by people on their way.

There was an old woman in fine clothes on the corner. Seeing that she might have trouble crossing the road, the elder of the two monks offered to carry her. The three of them, the monk carrying the old woman, crossed the street, and the two monks were a bit muddier, but otherwise, everyone was fine. When the monk set the old woman down, she walked off without so much as a "thank you". The elder monk didn't seem to mind, but the younger monk did, very much.

All day, as they walked, he thought about it, and all day, he kept getting more and more upset by the woman's rudeness, her ingratitude. At last, when they stopped for the night, the younger monk, unable to contain his feelings any longer, said to the elder, "Master, I just can't believe how rude that woman was to you, after the kindness you showed to her!"

The elder monk looked at the younger, as though he were a little confused. At last, he said, "I put that old woman down hours ago. Why are you still carrying her?"

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Another one of these strange things.

1st Jun 2005 | 03:23 pm
mood: curiouscurious

It's about those plays that you can watch over and over again, on a little box.Collapse )

ooc: *laughs and laughs* Okay, so I'm spamming, but OMG, how could I NOT post this? I was expecting Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but this is EVEN BETTER.

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A quiz I've been told to take.

31st May 2005 | 11:35 pm
mood: amusedamused

The Mundane
The Mundane. There is nothing higher or more
powerful than what you can reach out and touch.
Physical reality is all there is. Religion is a
waste of time from your point of view.
Everything can be explained by science. Even
science fiction is a waste of Time. A pity.

What is the Dominant Inner being within You?
brought to you by Quizilla

*laughs and laughs*

We learned in Tibet, Biff and I, that you have to live in the moment. Why worry about what's three days ahead when the only things you can do take place today?

I guess that's what they mean.

Religion isn't a waste of time, exactly. Or... well, sometimes, it can be. Divinity -- whatever name you want to call it by, however many names you believe it has -- that's certainly not a waste of time. But religion can be. Sometimes it can be incredibly useful, helping to light the way to the divine, but sometimes it can make the way darker, as well, with silly rules, or human flaws.

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Is there a moment you're proud of?

31st May 2005 | 05:59 pm
mood: amusedamused

*bursts out laughing*

Setting aside, for the moment, that pride is a sin, I'm not entirely certain that I understand. What have I to be proud of? Some would tell me that saving humanity, that was something to be proud of. But that was just my father's work, what he told me to do, what he brought me here to do. Moreover, it was the right thing to do. Same for all the healings, the dead-rasings, the hungry-feedings.

Why would I be proud of that stuff? I mean -- well, they were the right things to do. And they're what I was born to do. Why wouldn't I do them? Why would I be proud of myself for doing the right thing, for doing what I'm good at?

That's part of the problem, I think. People are proud of themselves for doing good things, they expect rewards for it. Recognition. And then you're not doing it for other people, because it's the right thing to do, you're doing it for yourself. I suppose that's what my father meant, when he said that pride was a sin. If you do good things out of pride, it's really little better than if you hadn't done them at all.

Pride is ego. It's what we were taught at the monastery. Ego is what separates us from the universe. Pride is the child of ego, and it will only keep us apart from the universe, the beauty and the joy of existence.

Don't you all remember my stories? Even if the versions that got written down were waaaaay off, the stories themselves are pretty much the same. It's like the old lady, versus the rich merchant. We had to give money to the Temple, but the rich merchant who gives his gifts out of pride, so that he will look like a great man, his gifts mean far less than the poor old woman who gives only a little because she only has a little.

Biff would laugh at me over this, I think. Over how I turn everything into a lesson, a sermon. I've got off-topic. Sorry.

Anyway. No. There's no single thing that I'm proud of. There are deeds of my own that I take joy in, pleasure, but not pride. Never pride.

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Hi there.

31st May 2005 | 05:37 pm

Uh, hi. Mainly, this is just to test this thing out.

I'm Josh. *smiles and waves* Joshua bar Joseph of Nazareth. My father says this would be a good way to teach people, and help people who need it. And, well, my father definitely knows best about these things. So here I am.

Josh will be answering challenges for TM, but he won't be a member just yet. Mainly I jut want to play with him, as he's been sitting in my head wanting to join for over a year now, and re-reading Lamb definitely didn't curb the impulse.

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