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How Leo Tolstoy influenced Gandhi’s passisve resistance fight against the British September 11, 2014

Leo Tostoy is widely known as a great writer, Mahatma Gandhi is widely known as a great freedom fighter, the only one so far who could inspire people for the non-violence fights and made them win.

Little is known however about the connection between the two. Let me show you the missing link!

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A couple of years before the death of Leo Tostoy, there was a highly interesting letter exchange between the two, please read here.

Gandhi mentioned several times in his life that Tolstoy was his true inspiration for the nonviolence fight.

A detailed text on relationship between Tostoy and Gandhi is here.

Further quoting the article “Tolstoy and Gandhi’s Law of Love” By Thomas Weber

When Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi started to practice law in South Africa as a young barrister in the 1890s, he was confronted with glaring racial discrimination as well as various other injustices. It was then that he began to develop his satyagraha philosophy of nonviolence, through which he would later lead India to independence. Perhaps the most profound influence on Gandhi at this time were the ideas and living example of the Russian author Leo Tolstoy who, in the last year of his life, became Gandhi’s mentor on nonviolence.

During an interview in London with Evelyn Wrench, the editor of The Spectator, Gandhi was asked, “Did any book ever affect you supremely and was there any turning point in your life?” Gandhi replied that he changed the whole plan of his life after reading Ruskin’s Unto This Last, adding that “Tolstoy I had read much earlier. He affected the inner being.” Gandhi’s chief biographer and secretary in later life, Pyarelal, claims that so deeply was Gandhi’s thinking “impregnated with Tolstoy’s that the changes that took place in his way of life and thinking in the years that followed [his reading of Tolstoy] can be correctly understood and appreciated only in the context of the master’s life and philosophy.”

When, late in his life, his inner conflicts became unbearable, Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, the great Russian novelist, gave his estate to his family, disposed of much of his personal belongings and attempted to live the life of a poor and celibate peasant. In this attempt to put his personal philosophy into practice, he denounced authority and all violence, and became a vegetarian. His Christian anarchist life and moral and religious writings were to influence many people–not least of whom was the young Gandhi. (more…)

 

The optimist forecast: it will get worse and worse July 18, 2014

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 12:08 pm

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Everyone who knows me in person can admit that I am a positive and optimistic person. And I am, indeed. At the same time I am a careful observer of the mankind`s collective consciousness. And this is what I want to share with you today.
Dear people, now when we watch some absurd and dramatic escalation of conflicts in various parts of the world, as well as the world economy crisis which never ends… we should prepare ourselves that it will get worse. And worse. And worse.
Sorry to tell you, our life will not get better soon.

Unless and until we make a shift in consciousness, all together. Or at least the first 13 % as per innovation law.
The night it at it darkest before the sunrise and I guess we all know that from our private life experience.
However we do not need to wait untill it gets too dark – in the meanwhile we could search for solutions, and first of all in our minds and hearts, not in the politics.

There is one interesting research in the field of Knowledge Management :The article “Stuff or Love? How metaphors direct our efforts to manage knowledge in organisations”

where the researcher first compares Knowledge to water and what people can do with it, using as water. And then he compares knowledge to LOVE and people realize that then it’s a completely different approach! For love cannot be waisted like water and does not get less, only more with sharing. It is a different view which changes the whole attitidue, isn`t it?

This is what we can contribute for the better future now: to question all our modern values, economical systems, relationships – if it does not work may be we should find a System which works?

The shift will happen, we only need to reach some critical mass of new awareness.

Let’s work on it.

The better world will come, but first it must get much worse. FOR EVERYONE TO WAKE UP!

 

LOVE

axinia

 

What is known about Kundalini in religions and teachings June 22, 2014

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 7:35 pm

kundaliniThe Kundalini is the harp on which the Divine plays the melody of its Love. She is
the ladder by which the seeker steps across the threshold into the fathomless
Unconscious.  She is the jumping board that allows one to soar from finite to infinite in the
ocean of freedom, peace and bliss…
Ancient sages who meditated and achieved great heights of awareness, have
written a lot about Kundalini. Living away from the public in forest dwellings they saw the
working of Kundalini within themselves during meditation. Apart from descriptions in
ancient Indian scriptures, Kundalini has also been described in religious books like the
Thorats, Bible and the Koran as ‘the fire tree’. In those books there are many references
couched in secretive language which few would have understood.

The Bible tells of the first meeting of all the disciples with the Virgin Mary after the Crucifixion. The closed room
they met in “was filled with a great wind, and there appeared above their heads, as it
were, separate tongues of fire, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost.” This is a
description of a vision of Kundalini.

Various Chinese philosophers have also described the Kundalini in their writings, and Greek mythology catalogued the same Gods and
Goddesses. (more…)

 

How to marry spirituality and economics May 29, 2014

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 11:16 pm
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I suddenly found out one interesting awareness trend. The system-critics, the growing number of those fed up with the existing economic system come to a conclusion that the change has to come from the values first. More and more of such intellectuals realize that a spiritual transformation should happen before any serious system change can take place.

At the same time people coming from another lot – so called spiritual people – slowly arrive to the conclusion that no amount of spriutal heights and bliss compensate the cognitive dissonance of living in the capitalistic system which exists due to exploiting the weaknesses of human beings. The people of Spirit are suffocating in the System which kills the joy. The want not only the spritual but also  – parallel to it – a benevolent economic system, preferably without money.

Bingo! We seem to have arrived at the point when financial analytics and all kind of yoga-meditaiton practitioners, being the avantgarde of the society, realize the need of both spiritual and economic transformation.

When two ends meet… something new can emerge!

I observe how the fast growing community of alternative-economy developers is inspiring the hearts and minds of the population. Can we possibly develop and carry out Spiritual Economics? Will it happen in our lifetime? May be not, but it is great to be part of this breathtaking movement, we have to start somethere.

Let’s move on!

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LOVE
axinia

 

A cool solution to the world economic crisis: Information Money May 6, 2014

Today we can hear more and more critical voices on the world economy. Critical voices around the world ask whether it is the only possible way for humanity to exist. “We have seen nothing better so far”  one can say…But are we doomed to remain within these artificial money borders? Could we invent something new?

Recently I was lucky to meet a great thinker, an Austrian professor Franz Hörmann who is not only  a brilliant and knowledgable critic of the capitalistic financial system but also an innovator in this complicated field.

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I would love to share some quotes from his interview. 

What is wrong with the current economical system?

“It is now becoming apparent to the broader pubic that something is fundamentally wrong with our system, that the problems confronting us cannot be explained away with reference to ‘business cycles’ or to the ‘incompetent economic policy of particular countries’. Standard explanations are no longer sufficient in view of the comprehensive nature of societal indebtedness (companies, states, banks and individuals); the simple logic of double entry bookkeeping requires that each liability is balanced by an opposing claim of an equal amount.”

“The true root of our problem is neither Europe nor the euro (as a currency), but can be traced directly the booking method used by banks to extend credit: claim (of the bank on the borrower) on liability (of the bank on the same borrower). This is how a double entry debt is created, in which the bank’s debt corresponds exactly to the borrower’s credit in his/her bank account. We use this bank money to ‘pay off’ bank debts which – assuming we don’t withdraw the money as cash – are never actually paid off, but are used over and over again, indefinitely, as a means of payment. That bank balance sheets do not survive this process over the long term is a matter of simple logic.”

How a fundamental system change could look like?

“Far more helpful would be a fundamental system change, as proposed for example by “positive money”, that is, the creation of money as purely electronic equity and not as borrowed capital (e.g. booked as ‘cash on equity’) under transparent, democratic control, i.e., not in the hands of private, profit-seeking companies (see e.g. http://www.positivemoney.org/).”

“Society will split into two groups in the foreseeable future. One will consist of those who have understood the principles of bank debt and thus refuse to accept accounting entries as legal tender or as legal ‘debt’. The other will consist of those who have not understood the bank debt system and thus persist in seeing money as a thing of value, as a tool well suited to effecting transference of private property. At some point, the former group will, in large numbers, begin to inform the rest of the population about the existing system, after which reform will be possible.”

It is not only about the money, the whole attitude to work itself will change! (more…)

 

Dig Deep April 22, 2014

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 9:55 am

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Someone came to me and said, “I was very sympathetic once, but somehow I have become hardened. What is the reason for it?”

I said, “You tried to get water from the bottom of the earth. But instead of digging deep down you dug in the mud, and you were disappointed. If you have patience to dig till you reach water then you will not be disappointed.”

from the Short Stories of Hazrat Ihayat Khan.

 

Does the world really need another great war? April 15, 2014

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Unfortunately the situation in Ukraine is getting worse, and it looks like a war is about to start…But I cannot get rid of a feeling that it is all being made of and conducted between USA and Russia, according to some prior agreement. At the surface it looks different, but while trying to get a bigger picture, this is what comes up for me.

Recently one high rank Austrian banker told me “After all…we had no war since 60 years! So much money has been printed, so many weapons produced…the world economy is stagnating…it needs a way out”. How brutal it may sound, but a war brings an economic boost.This is probably what the politicians think of.

But of course I have no idea what the real reason is (Who can actually have any? The true backgrounds are mystery anyways)…and of course my only heart desire and everyday prayer goes to Ukraine, that a war will NOT take place. And lots of people do the same, I know!

A philosophical question which bothers me about this situation is of another kind.

Since the 1970 there was a strong feeling in the world that people, more than ever in the human history are discovering their inner Self, getting to Spirituality. It looks like a global transformation is taking place…And a question comes up….Have the Earthlings not evolved since the last World War? Have they not become better, more satisfied, more knowledgeable, advanced compared to their ancestors? For instance, even on the material level, according to life standards the world population had the best life ever in 2013, .

All that gives an idea that probably we have evolved at least a bit, we are different now!  – The recent happenings show however that such mental techniques as propaganda, no matter on which side, are able to brainwash almost any deep and intellectual soul. The situation around Ukraine shows how badly people are falling into that trap despite all their seeking, evolvement, working on themselfes…That’s shoking!

Does it mean, the world will never change? It is that unless and untill everyone has even a single drop of hate in the heart, the danger of a war is always there?

I do hope it will, but so far I cannot see it. Probably it’s still a long way to go.

 

LOVE, and loads of it to everyone!

axinia

 

 
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