Co-operation instead of competition, generosity instead of greed, patience instead of haste, and sufficiency instead of indulgence.
The traditional Hindu social model is also one that I find realistic. It defines four distinct periods in life during which people can and should do certain things.
“The future is uncertain but the end is always near”Heard in a bar, 1962
We have many links on all the other pages, however, there are a few more sites I like to visit that warrant additional attention. Click on the titles below for information and links about my favorite people and subjects.
He was one of the greatest philosophical minds of the 20th century and I find his writings to be inspiring and timeless.
An Introduction to J. Krishnamurti is a good place to learn more about him.
Some of the better sites: Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes and Stories; Krishnamurti Information Network, a comprehensive site with many great links and a detailed look at his life and work; and The Teachings of J. Krishnamurti.
"The highest form of human intelligence is the ability to observe without judging."
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
He lived the simple life and his work is still relevant today.
Electronic Drummer is the web site of the Thoreau Institute, a non-profit organization that seeks ways to protect the environment without big government. TheAntiplanner section is against government planning and has much interesting reading.
Two people I highly admire for the lives they lived despite all their friends and family advising otherwise. Their two best known books are "The Good Life" and "Continuing The Good Life", both about their homesteading adventure and the self-sufficient life.
The Good Life Center is located in their former home in Maine, a stone house they built when Scott was 90 and Helen was in her 70's.
Mahatma Gandhi was an exceptional individual who spent his life trying to bring peace to the world through a non-violent approach. Although unrest flared around him and his teachings, he never lost sight of his goal. His writings are timeless and will always send messages that any culture can use for advancement. The Complete Site On Mahatma Gandhi is a place to learn about Gandhi, his life, work & philosophy.
Anthropologist, Shamanic Teacher, Healer, & Author. Combining the sober objectivity of a trained scientist with a mystic's passionate search for deeper understanding, Hank's books and teachings contain revelations about the nature of reality, the self, as well as the shaman's spiritual worlds.
SHAREDWISDOM is the vision of Hank Wesselman and Jill Kuykendall (his wife), whose purpose is to create transpersonal bridges to facilitate the emergence of a new subculture in the Western world.
• The Meta Arts archives has many of his articles.
• Shamanism should be read by anyone interested in understanding what is meant by Shamanism.
I have experienced several NDEs and it is an interesting area for me to research. One of my experiences is related in this short description of an operation gone wrong at Korat AB, Thailand. Much is now written on the subject and more people are coming forward with their stories; the following sites are full of such accounts.
We all probably do some type of meditation without realizing it, but it can be beneficial in many ways to take it a step further.
I have done extensive reading on Buddha beliefs and find them to be very helpful in everyday living.
A few subjects of interest are explained in the categories below. Click a title for more details.
The past matters for learning, not for accounting.
"Do it now" is one practical application. If you know that you would rather be living somewhere else, working somewhere else, or just doing something different, then now is the time to follow your intuition.
Stop doing the things you dislike doing, and start doing the things you really want to do. That sounds easy and it is. The effort of going out and earning the money to do what you really want to do is almost always less effective than just going out and doing it. By the time you do have the money, you may have lost all your vigor and joy.
Carpe diem - exclamation, used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future.
Listen to your inner self; you really do know what is best for yourself.
DailyTao.org, The Book of The Way, Day by Day, is a good place to start and has a new saying every day.