Dying Slowly: Two video presentations (11 mins)

OFF TOPIC. For a few close friends only. Back on topic tomorrow. Feel free to post your reflections. (LD)

“An angry wasp in a bottle, bumping its head against the glass walls of its prison. It has only one thing on its mind: how do I get out of this bottle? Β YOU ARE THE WASP!” β€” Anonymous

VIDEO 1 : DYING SLOWLY (2 mins)

VIDEO 2 : LEARNING HOW TO DIE (8.50 mins)

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32 thoughts on “Dying Slowly: Two video presentations (11 mins)

    1. LOBRO:

      (Cromwell knows the answer)

      Yes, indeed, but it started with Protestantism, with breaking away from the Catholic Church, the Church of Christ.

      Without a complete restauration of Christianity we will not be able to save our civilization!

      We are fighting against the devil himself – the synagogue of satan – and will not succeed without Christ!

      Of course, first we have to cleanse the Catholic Church because she has been completely infiltrated and subverted.

      http://www.catholicvoice.co.uk/pinay/

      1. in everything you are right, my 2 cents, universally right, no need for currency exchange rates.

        catholic church is a whore, corpse of a whore crawling with maggots as felix described so pungently, that must be revirginized before she is to make sense as the guardian of morality and hope.

        otherwise, dying slowly, dying fast, death is death and not life.

      2. @ My Two Cents
        Yes, “The Plot Against the Church” by Pinay is a crucially important work, a good companion volume to E Michael Jones’ “The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and its Impact on World History.” Pinay’s entire book can be read online at the link you gave, http://www.catholicvoice.co.uk/pinay/ and part of Jones’ can be read here:
        https://ia600307.us.archive.org/3/items/TheJewishRevolutionarySpiritrevised62909/JonesRev.JuJuSelectionsEtc7-09.pdf

  1. The promise of Christ is for a ‘prison break’ that springs us from the bounds of the inferior bodily vehicles we currently inhabit.

    To be sprung is to understand the hornet in the illusive bottle, the hamster on a perpetuating hamster wheel with no “there” to go TO.

    If you’re already (t)here, then (w)here, is (t)here, to go?

    Here is the (w)here that I am. There is the here where I’ve always been

  2. Thank you, Admin. I enjoyed the two videos very much. In watching “Dying Slowly,” my mind was drawn to a segment on “60 Minutes” I viewed several years ago. It was about old people and dying. The doctor interviewed said that the biggest problem among Americans is the fear and rejection of death. Hence, you have bedridden 90 year-olds demanding to be kept artificially alive for another bleak day, rather than accept the inevitable. Former governor of Colorado, Richard Lamm, said that old and very sick people “have a duty to die.” This may have been phrased indelicately, but is also the truth. Rejection of death is also rejection of life. We in the USA live in cocoons of massive propaganda, and are about as far away from the wisdom of the Buddha as can be. We are raised into the lie of endless GDP growth as a measure of quality of life, when it is the opposite. We have embraced soul-destroying materialism. It takes the strong person to face reality and understand that the country we live in has become one Big Lie. I no longer fear death, but welcome it.

  3. Excellent videos, Lasha.
    I’m a regular practitioner of Maranasati, the Theravada Buddist meditation on Death. There are many aspects of Death one can contemplate. It’s very important to actually visualise each particular method of death or corpse as your own
    Visualise oneself:
    1. Being autopsied.
    2. As a bloated, fly-blown corpse crawling with maggots and reeking to high heaven.
    3. As a “floater” a drowned corpse being taken out of the water and the fish having eaten the soft tissue, such as the eyes.
    4. Being burnt alive.
    5. An excellent one is to be a piece of carrion at a Tibetan Sky Burial. One can go to youtube and watch some the videos, where corpses are devoured by vultures.
    This practise allows one to develop “Ubekkha” Equanimity. Realise that any of these deaths WILL happen to you!

    1. The correct perspective Felix. Certainly puts matters in a more accurate light. Hindu ascetics also suggest seeing everyone as a skeleton in the mind’s eye. As a westerner, while realizing it doesn’t matter in an ultimate sense, it nonetheless does add a certain urgency to whatever efforts one thinks worthwhile – time is short.

    2. Felix

      “…any of these deaths will happen to you”

      Not necessarily. Probable, but don’t assume that dying is absolutely necessary for transitioning to a new vehicle (body) of experience.

  4. Since this “is for a few close friends, only” I am not sure I should comment… However, Death visits us all, and we might as well prepare our psyche to accept it. No one is ‘bullet proof’, and ,this life is, mercifully, not forever. Plan accordingly! (I agree with Folly’s comment, above.)

    1. Thank you, Gilbert. Even as a child raised by my mother as a Methodist I questioned the Christian dogma of an endless life ever after – as long as I accepted Christ as my savior. As I grow ever older and more world-weary, I am even more repelled by that fanciful notion. Belief in another life at the end of the rainbow goes back to my original comment of fear of death. The last people I ever want to see in an afterlife would be my parents. Once is more than enough.

      1. I’d check-out NOW, Folly – but it would inconvenience and disappoint certain people for whom I care. It’s too bad most of us have been groomed to not accept Death as we should. The more I contemplate Life, the more futile I perceive the elusive quest for “happiness”. What happens is that we put too much dependence of others upon ourselves, and it makes everyone involved dread the check-out time. We feel we must hang on to see our children thru the storm – but we find the storm never ends… It is an endeavor in futility for us to believe we can change the cycle. When we figure that out, our faith in the power of God will be fortified and proper – and we will be at peace with ourselves.

      2. You don’t have to think in terms of an “endless life ever after”, Folly. Just being conscious in the moment will suffice.

        Memory is a funny thing, e.g. I remember a few months ago Sardonicus saying something about forgetting most of the posts we’ve all written over the years, and he’s right.

        But I remember a website I used to write on several years ago where a fellow poster wrote a one-word post. that Ive never forgotten. The word was simply –

        awareness

  5. 24 Gurus

    #24) The Wasp.
    “he trapped a weaker insect in his hive. This insect took
    on the mentality of a wasp out of intense fear of the wasp, and thus
    became a wasp in its next life. This illustrates how one attains in
    the next life what one’s mind is fixed upon.”

  6. I personally think that death is the doorstep to eternal life, but it requires belief in some religion or philosophy to overcome the fear of its occurrence.
    I personally accept the idea that humankind is put to test through this ephemeral life –to do good deeds and to resist evil. Therefore, if you accept this idea and live according to its ethics, the span of life will not be of much importance.
    The shorter the test, the better, isn’t it.

    1. @ Sean

      Yep, I agree with your perspective except the part about shortness of the β€œtest.” Being of a particularly hardheaded person myself, sometimes it takes a while for the test to reach fruition in which case, the fruition is more appreciated by the stubborn.

      1. OK. I know that most test-takers want more time- they say, to do better; but I noticed that the best performers don’t linger.
        Anyway, the fruits will be in the kind of the seeds one sowed; hanging around doesn’t change them or make them any better.

      2. @ Sean

        I never said it made them better, I just said that the ones that take the longest time may appreciate it more as I did.

        It has been my experience by observing others that those on the shortest path resulting in an emotional experience normally lack the wisdom required to sustain themselves when the emotion fades.

  7. Leave it to Lasha!
    Considering the body size of the two and comparing the work done, ant has to a lot more effort than an ox.

  8. Why are so many Darkmooners glum? I mean, when we die don’t we Reincarnate into a Higher More Actualized Light Beings? That’s what hindoo Darkmoon has been saying for years, now hindoo Darkmoon is glum & gloomy & feeling hopeless and helpless, in the face of death, but death is like all about Reincarnating and Transmutating into Our very own GODS, like Adam Kadmon Transmorphed into His Very Own GOD, like totally awesome, man, OH WOW dudes and m00n Goddess babes….. how kewl… WE are on a Spiritual Journey to Fulfilling Our Cosmic Karma of Transmigrating Into Our Very Own GODS!!!!!

    1. Hey Joe!

      I would say that to be glum* is to be ‘jewified’. What say you?

      *not to be confused with world-weariness, which is a sign of true happiness and being one with Christ.

  9. OH WOW, dudes, du DMT It’s To Die For! Make sure to buy the DMT from de bruthas, NOT joo drug dealers, but from de niggas and/or de spics in de hood, de jamba mamba bamba JAHway ganja bruthas be my favorite bruthas, de sufi niggas be down with it too, who [?] be your favorite niggazz, Mahmoud, the joos overcharge and you can never be sure of the purity and quality when you make drug deals with the joo dealers… but our Soul Bruthas, OH WOW dudes, de bruthas be selling nothing but de best shit around and at affordable reasonable prices, sheeiiit *grin* …..

  10. BUTT Death is The Great Adventure! Don’t be so glum and gloomy and hopeless everybody! Cheer Up!

    Everybody must read, everybody must get stoned then read, everybody must get HIGH!,

    “Alice Bailey + Death : The Great Adventure pdf”

    OH WOW, man, Alice is like so totally a groovy with-it m00n Goddess babe!

  11. The Herostratus film was made by a man called Don Levy. In a short biog of him it states;

    “…a short film inspired by the legend of Herostratus, who reputedly burnt down the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus with the intention of achieving immortal fame. Adapting the legend to the present day, the film was to be a critique of the failure of postwar values manifesting as selfish fame-seeking… The few surviving prints show it to be a flawed yet highly perceptive dissection of 1960s idealism, seduced by the Mephistophelian deception of market forces and the empty promise of mass media celebrity.
    For the remainder of his life, he conducted experiments with moving image work, particularly with video. Unfortunately, none of these projects came to fruition and finally, frustrated by his thwarted ambitions, Levy took his own life in 1987. Five years later, Michael Gothard, who played Levy’s Herostratus, would do the same.
    http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/1352592/index.html
    (Michael Gothard played Kai in Arthur of the Britons TV series)

  12. Death is not an end, but a transition. Birth is not a beginning, but merely the continuance of endless cycles. Like the waves of the ocean, we flow into life and then flow out again.
    Existence cannot be terminated, only transformed.

    We pass through life, smug in its outcome until one day in old age, we realize how badly mistaken we were. If you knew what lies beyond death, there would be no fear of it. It is only our ignorance that traps us in fearing death. It is not death I fear, but the return engagement.

    As if peering through glass, I can see my Buddha nature, I can view the Sufi path, yet the barrier of my self keeps me from them as surely as a stone wall. Will the misery ever end? Will the suffering never cease? No, never, for this is the design of the world. This is why one “must accept good and evil alike” there is no alternative. Intellectually I know this, but practice is quite a different matter.

    Tell me, who would you truly wish to see brought into this life, a child? A loved one? A friend? An enemy? A worm or dog? Spend time with the old, walk the halls of a nursing home, think about who you would like to see there; your parents never did this.

    Life procreates without thought, a single moment of lust outweighs all rational considerations. That is the design that enslaves our mind and keeps us attached to this wheel of life. Were time spent in honest reflection of life’s true nature and course, there would be no life.

    The only possibility for the soul is its transcendence from this materiel world. Perfection cannot exist in this world; therefore when the soul is perfected, it is freed from the cycle of life. Until then, it is just another day in eternity.

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