Archive for ‘Humanities’

June 16, 2010

Reincarnation

Lord Krishna to Arjuna and Sanjaya: “Learned men do not grieve for the dead or the living. Never have I not existed, nor you, nor those kings; and never in the future shall we cease to exist. Just as the embodied self enters childhood, youth, and old age, so does it enter another body: this does not confound a steadfast man…. Nothing of nonbeing comes to be, nor does being cease to exist; the boundary between these two is seen by men who see reality. Indestructible is the presence that pervades all this; no one can destroy this unchanging reality. Our bodies are known to end, but the embodied self is enduring, indestructible, and immeasurable; therefore, Arjuna, fight the battle! He who thinks this self is a killer and he who thinks it killed, both fail to understand; it does not kill, nor is it killed…”

–Excerpt from “The Second Teaching” in the Bhagavad Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War

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June 16, 2010

Excerpts from Confucius

1-4 Master Zeng said, “Each day I examine myself upon 3 points. In planning for others, have I been loyal? In company with friends, have I been trustworthy? And have I practiced what has been passed on to me?”

1-16 The Master said, “Do not be concerned that no one may recognize your merits. Be concerned that you may not recognize others.”

2-2 The Master said, “In the Book of Poetry are three hundred pieces, but the design of them all may be embraced in one sentence, ‘Having no depraved thoughts.'”

2-11 The Master said, “A person who can bring new warmth to the old while understanding the new is worthy to take as a teacher.”

2-15 The Master said, ” If you study but don’t reflect you’ll be lost. If you reflect but don’t study you’ll get into trouble.”

2-17 The Master said, “Shall I teach you about knowledge, You? To know when you know something, and to know when you don’t know, that’s knowledge.” (“You” is the personal name of the disciple Zilu.)

2-19 Duke Ai asked, “What should I do so that the people will obey?” Confucius replied, “Raise up the straight and set them above the crooked and the people will obey. Raise up the crooked and set them above the straight and the people will not obey.”

3-23 The Master instructed the Music Master of Lu, “The pattern of music is something we can understand. Music commences with unison, and then follows with harmony, each line clearly heard, moving in sequence towards the coda.”

4-3 The Master said, ” It is only the truly virtuous man, who can love, or who can hate, others.”

–The Analects of Confucius

June 13, 2010

Egyptian Ritual of Judgement

I have come unto you; I have committed not faults; I have not sinned; I have done no evil; I have accused no man falsely; therefore let nothing be done against me. I live in right and truth. That which men have bidden I have done, and the gods are satisfied there-at. I have pacified the god for I have done his will. I have given bread unto the hungry and water unto those who thirst, clothing unto the naked, and a boat unto the shipwrecked mariner. I have made holy offerings unto the gods; and I have given meals of the tomb to the sainted dead. O, then, deliver ye me, and protect me; accuse me not before the great god. I ma pure of mouth, and I am pure of hands…

I offer up prayers in the presence of the gods, knowing that which concerneth them. I have come forward to make a declaration of right and truth, and to place the balance upon its supports within the groves of amaranth. Hail, thou who art exalted upon thy resting place, thou lord of the atef crown, who declarest thy name as the lord of the winds, deliver thou me from thine angels of destruction, who make dire deeds to happen and calamities to arise, and who have no covering upon their faces, because I have done right and truth, O thou Lord of right and truth. I am pure, in my foreparts I have been made clean, and in my hinder partsĀ  have I been purified, my reins have been bathed in the Pool of right and truth, and no member of my body was wanting. I have been purified in the pool of the south…

from The Book of the Dead

June 7, 2010

The Discovery of Chauvet Cave

On bending down, we discovered [drawings of] a mammoth, then a bear or lion, and other rhinoceroses. To the right we could make out three lion heads… During those moments there were only shouts and exclamations; the emotion that gripped us made us incapable of uttering a single word. Alone in that vastness, lit by the feeble beam of our lamps, we were seized by a strange feeling. Everything was so beautiful, so fresh, almost too much so. Time was abolished, as if the tens of thousands of years that seperated us from the producers of these paintings no longer existed….

— Jean-Marie Chauvet