March 2004

“Yaw, how do we know that God exists? Does He exist as the Clockmaker who has put a clock together? The Universe is complex. Even DNA is extremely complex. Can we really say it just came together by accident? Or was it deliberately designed by a very intelligent Being?”

“The making of the universe and the DNA structure are still beyond Man’s intellectual capacities, and what Man does not understand, Mog, he puts in a religious perspective.”

“Then Yaw, how do we know that God does not exist? Can we believe that in the soup in which the world was made, life forms bobbed out of the pot with No-one holding the ladle?”

“If a soup of amoebas in cellular division is too difficult for you to believe, then I must say that the Clockmaker has made a hash of things with the way the world has turned out to be.”

“But is the Clockmaker to blame, Yaw? Those who believe in his existence, don’t think so. You can’t blame your parents for how you turned out to be, even though they created you.

“And there is another argument, Yaw. With most of everyone believing in God’s existence, whose interpretation is right? Is it the Catholics, the Anglicans, the Jehovah’s Witnesses? Each one of them will tell you that their interpretation is the one that’s right.”

“What a soup of an argument we’re in. No one really knows, Mog… and all this arguing is utterly useless. With our limited knowledge, can Beliefs be the answer to life’s scientific questions?”

“Aaah, the power of beliefs…”

*The “God Particle”
The Logical Problem of Evil


sidgau-tm.jpg Only say words that are necessary; do not say words that are unnecessary. Things that need to be severed, get rid of them right away. Things that must be learnt, pursue them with full force.

Human beings must face several questions in life: What are the most important things in one’s life? What kind of things are of first priority?

When there is complete clarity, one can adjust attitudes in the mind and focus on proper targets.

We are the masters of our own body and mind. If we are incapable of managing our own mind and unable to control our own body, how can we possibly be our own masters?

(source: no. 6; p.51)

sidgau-tm.jpg Yoga teachers, during Buddha’s time, claimed that they represented the culmination of a spiritual life. But Buddha was wary of affirmations. He likewise did not accept the Brahman scriptures as spiritual truth.

But Buddha’s dismissing of other teachings should not be misunderstood. Knowledge does not come from hearsay nor tradition, he said, but rather from that which you “know for yourselves.”

There are many possible kinds of knowledge, said the Buddha, but only those in your immediate experience are relevant. “That which you assert, must be that which you have realised, seen, and known for yourself.”

(source: no. 3; pages 4, 35-38)

Nations that wish to transform their political and economic infrastructure are assaulted by the United States when these efforts do not complement the American economy. America’s military machinery is either used as a deterrent or as actual force.

Through covert operations by the CIA (by training and funding of groups), America creates conflicts in “undemocratic” countries and support “democratic” dictatorships, while exhibiting a propagandist façade of magnanimity. America’s definition of democracy is that which is pro-American in orientation, and this demands an undemocratic compliance with an American agenda.

Freedom does not mean that you are free to trample on another country’s dignity and infringe on people’s human rights. Arrogant, condescending, abusive with their power, the real threat to world peace, lacking in respect for those who try to put order and justice in place through international councils and protocols… Only a mirror held to their face will show America what they really are to the world. Unfortunately for the ordinary American, their Government parades this ugly image.

Iraqis Blame Foreign Hands for Blasts
Chavez Decries US Intervention in Venezuela (which has a vital oil industry)

Like a broken record, we hear of the lack of evidence of what many have known all along, that Iraq did not possess stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. The decision by George W. Bush to go to war was not based on this supposed justification, but rather on another reason that those in power withhold from the public.

Saddam Hussein’s tyranny had been going on since 1979 and since that time, no one, not even the venerable United Nations, had put a stop to the madman. So why only now?

We may complacently excuse the lack of evidence for going to war in order to be rid of a tyrant–but they could have simply said that he had to be removed. But then you must also ask: Why was he kept in power for so long?

When Saddam Hussein ceased to be useful to those who hold power in the Western world, he was discarded like a rag in a bin. And therein lies the motive for going to war–now.

The question is not: Where are the weapons? But rather: What purpose did Hussein serve, that the West would turn a blind eye to his long years of abuses? Whomever or whatever he was useful for, that entity is party to Hussein’s crimes against humanity.

Blair war crimes case launched

Because the USA is not a signatory with the International Criminal Court (and neither with the Kyoto Protocol, but that’s another story), Americans cannot be tried for crimes committed against humanity.

sidgau-tm.jpg One evening, the Buddha arose from his meditation and was seated outside the eastern gate of the park where he was staying. Then King Pasenadi, arriving for a visit, greeted the Buddha and took a seat to one side.

Just at that time, not so far away, a large group of wandering ascetics were walking by. Carrying their alms bowls, some of these ascetics wore long matted hair, some were naked, some wore only a single robe, and some were wanderers. When they had passed by, the king asked the Buddha, “Can any of those ascetics be considered as being either arhats or on the path to arhatship?”

The Buddha responded, “It is by living a life in common with a person that we learn of that person’s moral character; and then only if having insight ourselves, we have watched a person for a long time.

“It is only in conversation with a person that we learn of that person’s wisdom and clarity of heart; and then only if, having insight ourselves, we have paid attention for a long time.

“It is during times of trouble that we learn of another’s fortitude; and then only if, having insight ourselves, we have paid careful attention for a long time.”

(source: no.5, page 120)