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Furry nice blanket.

Furry nice blanket.

What do you want?

She was drawing a heart on her hand.

She was drawing a heart on her hand.

I would like to weave, warm, woolly, words, into a blanket to protect and comfort you on a cold dismal day. To do more than please you, like the fleeting pleasure of youthful love. Like those wonderful shooting stars of pleasure that burnt out in our atmosphere.

They look stable and contented.

They look stable and contented.

Happiness is more stable than pleasure. Happiness is where the bubbling mountain streams combined their strengths, flowing together forming the source of a mighty river. Sharing and appreciating all that passes. Happiness is living with love.

 Happy and couldn't care less what you think.

Happy and couldn’t care less what you think.

To know pleasures pass and although happiness can stay with us to the end, the end is inevitable.   This is not a morbid way to think, it is a fact and when realised, brings joy. Understanding our life is passing, we stop cling to the fleeting pleasures and share happiness and good fortune.

Sharing there joy with "Mustang Sally.

Sharing their joy with “Mustang Sally.

Loving and sharing is the key to the treasures of happiness and the joy locked in life’s treasure chest. Life’s treasures cannot be hoarded in a bank to appreciate. They must be shared to appreciate and be appreciated by everyone, to bring peace and contentment to the world.

I good way to spend the day and you don't need a lot of money.

I good way to spend the day and you don’t need a lot of money.

Wisdom is knowing as the poet said “Pleasures are like snowflakes on the river one moment white then lost forever”. Letting go and sharing brings happiness.

The closest to snow in Queensland.

The closest to snow in Queensland.

Desiring more is disastrous; wanting is the problem child that is conceived of lust. The offspring of wisdom is contentment.

This is not the Suwannee River.

This is not the Swannee River.

Wanting for nothing, ironically, is to have all we need. The struggle for more never brings lasting happiness. Luxuries and status symbols are not necessary. Understanding this promotes love, happiness and contentment. Appreciating what you have, is to be wrapped in a blanket of contentment, protected from the cold, outside world, warm in your inner world with peace of mind. You cannot control the outer world; you can control peace in your own mind.

Keep it wall in balance.

Keep it all in balance.

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Wild but not angry.

Wild but not angry.

Back home grazing on the plains.

He looks friendly.

He looks friendly.

There once was a wild buffalo that roamed the muddy swamp lands of the young mind.

Rice field in Thailand.

Rice field in Thailand.

Things must change the swamp was drained the ox was tamed. It was a savage youthful game the picador, matador or bull, one must meet disaster. Death was flaunted in those adventurous, hectic years of joy and tears.

This is not a bullfight.

This is not a bullfight.

Let us not forget those naïve years and judge unfairly the youth of today. To tame the bull takes calm and patient contemplation. In time with practice a state of peace and contentment can be achieved. The ox is free from yoke and harness to roam the fertile grassland of the mind. It is now tamed and does not stray as in those stressful, boisterous party years.

An attractive flower.

An attractive flower.

Life is a challenging jungle to adventurer in, full of wonderful exotic things to tempt us from the virtuous safe path. To become the prey of some greedy hateful thing and be devoured by the beast of ignorance.

Lunch time on the Adelaide River.

Lunch time on the Adelaide River.

Carried away by the turbulent flow of life we desire the flowers blooming on the roadside. These flowers never last they wither fade and die. We crave for more and are led astray into the danger zone. We can be aware that we are straying from the path this is not enough we must be mindful of the danger in these misadventures and return to focus on the destination.

Showing respect to the Buddha.

Showing respect to the Buddha.

There are always wondrous temptations to distract the unmindful from the path that leads to the fertile grassy plain where true understanding resides and peace and contentment reigns. This is where the calm serene ox grazes.

Fertile land.

Fertile land.

 You may see this as bull but this is wisdom to the wise.

My favourite Buddhist quote.

My favourite Buddhist quote.

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Bark of Cork Oak.

Bark of Cork Oak.

The Way to Go.

Flowing water'

Flowing water’

 Wanting respect is the ego. Earning respect is gratifying; gratitude is appreciation of all the good surrounding us. This good does not come uninvited it must be encouraged by noble effort. Everything is interrelated, every action has a like reaction. Nothing exists alone, everything is interconnected. The ego’s wanting is the cause of our discontent this causes much of our unhappiness. Everything is in the flux of change, this is a natural law. Not to be in tune with this natural flow is to fight with the inevitable. Peace and contentment cannot be found in conflict.

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Sharing what I have found helpful, in my life experience and other people’s writing, I would like to pass on to others.  I have found much joy in this troubled world only because I have searched for knowledge. Ignorance is another cause of our sorrow. I have learned in life’s school of personal experience that happiness cannot be found at the expense of the world around us. Now aware that my obsessive desires for the unnecessary things brought costs I had not envisaged.  The cost of storage, maintaining and protecting those unnecessary things added to the initial cost. Extravagance by the greedy creates envy in the needy, gratifying the egos wanting causes much unhappiness.

ATM then shop till you drop.

ATM then shop till you drop.

Caring and sharing and endeavouring to overcome our faults leads to peace and contentment. The quest for peace and contentment should be our lifelong goal. Found by practicing noble ethics from all dogmas. Ethics obscured by religious hierarchies arguing about minor technicalities in their power struggle for supremacy. We must put these differences aside and get to the basic worthy points of agreement.  Equanimity is the ability to remain calm in the midst of turmoil, free from unproductive emotions. The quest to become a better person by learning our faults and trying to stop repeating them should be our reason to live. Pleasures are fleeting, joy and happiness never lasts, peace, contentment and equanimity are a more worthy and lasting goal.

Soft early morning mist.

Soft early morning mist.

This is my belief and I am grateful to have found much more peace and contentment following this philosophy. I may never reach my ultimate goal of perfect peace, contentment and equanimity in my life on earth.  Ironically wanting this state would cause me grief. It is a great quest that keeps me occupied and I know when I transcend this life this perfect state will be reached. Returning to the great unknown from where I came, perhaps returning home to join the vastness of infinity. At the end of my day I will be ready to rest in oblivion or paradise in the unknown.

flowers

The way to go is to keep an open mind and feed the mind on the most ethical and wholesome examples available. If you eat rubbish your physical health will suffer and you will not be able to carry out your obligations. Whatever your senses absorb will reflect in your actions. Food, entertainment and all you encounter has an effect on the development of your character. This is the law of action and reaction, force creates a like response. You reflect life as a mirror except in more depth. It is no good being superficial you cannot accept a complement when it is not directed at what you know to be truly you. Do not hide behind subterfuge or you will never know truth.

A natural Aussie White Cockatoo.

A natural Aussie White Cockatoo.

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Pauline Annan river Qld.

Pauline Annan river Qld.

Life’s Stream. 

 These falls are not seen from the road so are often missed.

These falls are not seen from the road so are often missed.

Pleasures hurry by like a mountain stream,

                                        kissed by the sunlight’s golden beam.

Gurgling happily, bubbling along

 a child of the mountain singing Mother Nature’s song.

Borne in the mountains far from the ocean.

Born in the mountains far from the ocean.

All young play

 in a similar way

 joyful, joking full of fun

 from sun up till the day is done.

The sun sinks low, the sparkle is gone

 childhood passes, we must move on.

Soft patient water wears away hard rock.

Soft patient water wears away hard rock.

As we grow and mature

  pleasures in life become fewer.

Obligations and deadlines to meet,

 work to ensure our life stays sweet.

As sure as the sun moves across the sky

all things in life are passing by.

One of natures free gifts, Ok two of natures gifts.

One of natures free gifts, Ok two of natures gifts.

Only gather what you need

 grasping more is only greed.

When we struggle for possessions

 we have not learned our lessons.

The stream of life flows so fast

 the joys of childhood do not last.

A t tranquil place to rest and let the world catch up.

A t tranquil place to rest and let the world catch up.

The water flows to a lower plain

 it cannot go back up again.

Meandering slow it sings soft and low

 there is only one way it can go.

Cool and refreshing.

Cool and refreshing.

Our body is mostly water if we dehydrate we die

We leave all our possessions and our loved ones may cry.

When water dries up in a puddle I know were the steam will go.

But when I dry up and my life is over will I go up or down below?

Life's stream has many changing moods.

Life’s stream has many changing moods.

As a tear drops in the ocean we are so very small.

Compared to the starry sky I am nothing at all.

 Water returns to the sky above

 the best we can do is leave memories of love.

The moon showing off.

The moon showing off.

From the heavens tear drops fall

running back to the oceans primeval call.

The clouds gather heralding rain

 and the whole procedure starts again.

High above Cook Town.

High above Cook Town.

Man must return to mother earth

 to nurture new things for rebirth.

The ego that once was me,

who knows what it will be,

does it really exist in me

or an allusion that I see.

The wanting dictator in my mind

 that made me greedy and unkind,

keeping me desiring, wanting more

 although I need nothing, I am not poor.

Stirring the mud, polluting the air

 with an attitude of I do not care.

Water sings many songs.

Water sings many songs.

All beings need water and air to survive

 nothing is so important to staying alive.

As the wheel of life rolls along

 go with the flow, sing a song.

 Slow down, let the water clear

to see our obligations here

 are to promote good for everyone,

 appreciate life with wholesome free fun.

Rest by the river and revive

 be thankful you are alive.

the young play all day.

the young play all day.

There are places to swim and hills to climb

 to enjoy a view of the sublime.

As an example for you and me

Mother Nature’s gifts are free

for all to savour and enjoy

 not abuse, plunder and destroy.

I try to control thoughts of greed

 and only take what I need.

Banish anger, hatred and fear from my mind

 and replace them with what is good and kind.

 I try to understand and learn all I can

to become a better man.

Buddha statue, ruins of Ayuttaya Thailand.

Buddha statue, ruins of Ayuttaya Thailand.

 I am on the Buddha’s path, you should know,

 and think it is the way to go.

Many paths lead up to an inspiring view,

select carefully the  one that suits you.

There are many that know

but never go.

Pauline our van Matilda and Sunflowers, loving life.

Pauline our van Matilda and Sunflowers, loving life.

They talk the talk but do not take the walk.

Ice is water that has become cold and dense.

Man is cold-hearted if he loses commonsense.

This poem is not a work of art

 but in a small way may play a part

 in helping someone stay afloat.

Have I written a poem or built a boat?

Malanda Falls another  swimming hole..

Malanda Falls another swimming hole..

 

 

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We all are guilty.

Stop and think.

Stop and think.

Sometimes I am like a sham shaman, other times I am sincere, just like you, to my own self I am true. If life is a stage truth is not an issue it is the acting that matters. Speech is ‘the gift of the gab’ they say, action is what matters. An actor said “Sincerity is of the utmost importance; once you can fake sincerity you achieve top billing.” I would add “You are then a star, a role-model for the naive to emulate.” To recognize the fake, the young and green need to mature. Immature people are influenced by celebrities and stars and the parts they play. In both cases antisocial behavior is made to look acceptable and clever. In life everyone should be authentic and play their part to the best of their ability and set a good example.

On stage doing their thing.

On stage doing their thing.

To put it another way, ‘This above all, to thine own self be true. And it must follow as the night the day. Thou can’st not be false to any man.’ A father’s advice to his son as quoted in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. All the world’s a stage, whether it is ‘as you like it’ or not, and men and women are merely players: I agree with William ‘they come and go; and one man plays many parts in his life.’ On stage acting matters but in life sincerity is of the utmost importance. My father’s advice was “Talk’s cheap, it takes money to buy whisky.” We need a bright and noble star to emulate. As an example that helps us act honorable to the best of our ability.

A toeist.

A toeist.

Sham or shaman, Taoist, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim or any one of their innumerable branches does not matter to me. It is the sincerity of their actions that I focus on and it is not the action in its self that matters it is the intention of the action. A doctor cuts, a butcher cuts, the same action with a different intention. Criticism can be meant as helpful advice or to hurt. Knowing the difference takes calm deliberation and wisdom. All the above mentioned beliefs contain some wisdom and a lot of out dated stupidity. To play our part to the best of our ability we need to be unbiased and learn from all the best of the best role-models whether mystic or scientist, Philosopher or priest. Sorting out the facts from the fiction and the useful from the pointless that is the challenge.

They are doing it their way.

They are doing it their way.

The skin of a banana is discarded what we value is the nourishing food it contains. Behind the clouds the sun shines, and when we understand, we realize the clouds also have their uses. Things are not always as clear as a cloudless sky or as easy to peel as a banana. Like the weather all things are subject to change. Understanding the complex nature of life is one of life’s greatest challengers. Understanding the value hidden behind the worthless takes an open mind and patience, combined with study and practice.

Put to better use.

Put to better use.

Some things from the past are useful other ancient things are obsolete. Who today uses a cut-throat razor to shave with? But there are many out dated beliefs from the past we still cling to. Some of these beliefs are more dangerous than a cut-throat razor. Science has given us a longer and easier life full of wonderful inventions. Believing the world was made for man to exploit is why these inventions are misused. We mistakenly blame science, believing we need to get back to the good old days. What is needed is to stop the greed and the wasteful destruction and share these gifts rather than abuse and fight over them.

Australian Hibiscus flower.

Australian Hibiscus flower.

Life is not a stage, we are not play acting. We need to stop the play acting and be genuine. Buying not what we want but only what we need. Do not support people in power, both political and religious that are promoting fear and greed. We need people who promote caring and sharing. Sensible leaders are needed that promote conservation and sustainable energy production. Religious people argue about things that happened thousands of years ago. Our personal undivided attention needs to be directed to peace. War causes heart ache and devastation to the planet. Science can turn our down ward spiral around if we each do our individual part. To thine own self be true and it will follow as the night the day. Thou can’st not be false to any man. This means questioning our actions, mindful of how we as individuals are abusing our fellow man and nature.

Sunrise Burleigh Beach.

Sunrise Burleigh Beach.

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This is a Photoshop mirical.

This is a Photoshop mirical.

   Do you believe in fairies?

down to earth view of our garden.

down to earth view of our garden.

If you have read my blog you will know I do not believe in the supernatural, just the facts. So there are no fairies at the bottom of our garden. But some strange things are happening a photo of a dish of fruit was gmailed to me from Google, taken on my iphone, great idea, Google you have done it again. This is not magic but it is close to it.

The wonderful world.

The wonderful world.

Things these days make it hard to believe our eyes. Working on my P.C. and out of the blue a message comes up on the monitor telling me not to switch off, updates are down loading from Microsoft. Has the machine got a mind of its own? There is a logical reason I just do not know all the tricks. I do know some of Photoshop’s tricks that look like magic.

The Hyacinth flower lasts only one day.

The Hyacinth flower lasts only one day.

I want you to reassure me there are no fairies, elves or little people invading my home. I have some little people decorating the garden made out of clay they are not to blame. You can check them out if you like.

In our water garden.

In our water garden.

Could some mischievous goblin have taken my camera into the garden and had some fun at my expense. Look at these pictures; I am now over eighty years young, could I bend down low enough to take them.

Under our van Matilda.

Under our van Matilda.

Pauline my pommepal believes I am capable of getting up to many things but doubts that I could get down that low. There has to be a logical explanation, may be I am getting old-timers dis-ease. Do you think Pauline is having a joke with me? This is something for you to explain, who took the photos? How could someone take photos from an ant’s perspective? When I put photos in my blog I always use my own or acknowledge. As I did in the post The Montage of Religion to make that montage I got some of the pictures from the internet.

Reflect on this photo it is not Photoshoped.

Reflect on this photo it is not Photoshoped.

These photos are a different way of seeing things. We get attached in the way we view the world. The world is constantly changing and we need to try and adjust. Accepting the useful logic and rejecting the unacceptable nonsense. Believing in the logic of today not stuck in obsolete old ways. Consider all the visual angles and other aspects of our life. The detrimental parts of the old myths and fairytales can then be discarded.

This is the low down on fairytailes.

This is the low down on fairytailes.

Fairy stories can be entertaining and may have some moral lessons we can use. As long as we understand what is fact and what is fiction we will not argue about irrelevant stupidity.  Magic and miracles all have an explanation if we can see through the trickery, sleight-of-hand, deceit and subterfuge. Mysteries exist that man cannot explain and a hypothesis is put forward to work by. With advancements in understanding the old ideas are replaced by feasible ones.

A fairytail or a naughty gnomes trail.

A fairytail or a naughty gnomes trail.

People are naturally reluctant to change and some people have ulterior reason to not want change. Men in high positions of power suppress the facts that would put them out of business. They suppressed truth and their followers are encouraged to continue in their ignorance. Fear and promises are used to keep their gullible supporters under their control. Greed, fear and ignorance are the three poisons our magnificent natural world is stressed by. If as individuals we do not yield to the evil of greed, bribery or fear, remaining reciprocal, unbiased and learning from all of life teachings, the world will benefit.

looking up at all the angles.

looking up at all the angles.

While greed and lies prevail and men fight over the small issues of power, the hungry starve and nature suffers under the pressures of a system based on acquisition. Fairies in our garden are for the enjoyment of children. Adults can have a laugh too and then look at all the angles without fairies, angels and divine messengers. Arguing about who created our wonderful world is destroying it. By taking only what you need appreciating and sharing natures wondrous free gifts. Our individual personal actions may make our world a better place. 

Follow The Path to contentment.

Follow The Path to contentment.

http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/eightfoldpath.htmlto  I would recomond following this path.

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One book is good, a library is better.

Krishna Dancers.

Krishna Dancers.

What I believe is whatever will help me live in harmony with my environment especially my fellow-man. Regardless of our differences I see every one as my brother, so to speak, as we all bleed the same colour. There is no One God, there are many gods and, ironically, every one of the many gods, is the One God to those that believe in that god. That is the One God, the supreme One God out of the many gods.

Gnashi one of many Hindu gods.

Ganesa one of many Hindu gods.

All these gods are different and they take many forms often this form resembles the appearance of the believer. The Hindu God Brahman takes may forms the most incredible is Ganesa having a man’s body and an elephant’s head, as outlandish as Ganesa and countless other gods. Within the different branches of Hinduism their myths do contain wisdom and good ethics. People may find it impossible to accept these gods as anything but ridiculous. Conversely they may think other people’s gods and your God is stupid. If you are offended by someone ridiculing your God, realize others will likewise be offended if you make fun of their God. Respect is a reciprocal thing if you want respect show others respect.

The surpreme as a young cow herder.

The Surpreme Hindu God, as a young cow herder.

God could also be thought of as a force or an indefinable power. As Ob Ben Kenobi, in the movie “Star Wars”, said “May the Force be with you”, and Lao Tzu said “The Tao that can be described is not the real Tao. Both are forces that permeate everything in the cosmos. Could Mother Nature and her complex laws, that keep everything in the universe in equilibrium be the answer? Nature is beyond mans capacity to understand. Consequently all mans endeavors to change nature to his desires has had adverse repercussions.

Another fan of Buddah.

Another fan of Buddha.

Mother Nature a matriarchal yin idea as opposed to a patriarchal yang idea appears logical to me. The Taoist ideas of the complementary forces of yin and yang are present in all things. They are opposing, yet one cannot exist without the other. I do not want to enter into any debate on Gods or creation. History shows that this leads to bad feelings that can escalate into war. Religious crusades are often used as an excuse to plunder. Religion can also be used as a political tool.

Reclining Buddha.

Reclining Buddha,Wat Poe Bangkok.

The Buddha Shakyamuni was a peaceful man and never entered into the God debate. His goal in life was to find a means to eradicate pain and suffering in the world. I practice some of the teachings attributed to him, as I have found them effective in helping me to attain peace and contentment. The teachings of The Buddha gave us a practical approach to a lifelong endeavor of self-improvement. He taught understanding, selflessness, respect, kindness, positive attitude and reciprocity. Steps for practicing The Buddha’s Eight Fold Path, are, not necessarily in this order, Right Understanding, Right Thoughts, Right Speech, Right Actions, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right concentration. The way to improve our concentration is to control the agitated thoughts in the mind by meditation.

A Buddhas for the children.

A Buddha for the children.

The Buddha taught not only love, but love needs to come from a serene and focus mind. This kind of love is actually empathy. Jesus Christ advocated selfless love, even to an enemy. He never campaigned for war; he knew love is the greatest conqueror. Love is the antidote to hate.

A beautiful country church.

A beautiful country church.

There have been many wise sages throughout history, if part of their philosophy or belief does not make sense, do not reject what does. All helpful statements should not be ignored. Friends often over look our faults, our adversaries criticize, and this is good how else are we to know what our faults are.   Keeping an open mind is the best way to learn. There are many paths to the top of a mountain, you will find they have one thing in common; they are all uphill none are easy.

Love  & respect are beautiful to all people.

Love & respect are beautiful to all people.

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