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They all say like Superman fighting for truth and justice.

They all say like Superman fighting for truth and justice.

You need facts not fiction.

That burka could be hiding a weapon of mass destruction.

That burka could be hiding a weapon of mass destruction.

What has caused our disagreements and arguments? Our problems stem from ignorance and they continue because of ignorance. Other defilements such as wanting possessions, power and position over others also play a big part.

The indigenous people of Australian needed nothing more than to be hunter gatherers.

The indigenous people of Australian needed nothing more than to be hunter gatherers.

Primitive man was ignorant of the causes of the elements that controlled his survival. Animism was an attempt to explain, the sun and rain and all the elements affecting his survival. This gave birth to shamans and witch- doctors, clever, devious people that claimed they could communicate with the e spirits world. This gave them standing and power in the tribe.

Australian Aborigines understood nature and had no need of technology.

Australian Aborigines understood nature and had no need of technology.

This was in the time of the hunter gathers as man progressed to domesticating animals and cultivating crops he became less nomadic. Villages grew and man became more reliant on the clever ones to lead them.

They had their paradise taken over.

They had their paradise taken over.

Cities and civilisations were formed. A clever leader created gods and raised taxes to build temples and idols of their gods. Many gods were created to meet all occasions. A hierarchy of priests invented dogmas controlling the people with fearful gods. Sultans and kings consulted the priests on how to manage their people.

Tens of thousands of years is said they lived in harmony with nature.

Tens of thousands of years it is beleived they lived in harmony with nature.

Having many gods caused discord in the community, as it does to this day. Abraham united his people by giving them a vengeful jealous all powerful god that would not allow worship of other gods. Although the Jews were his chosen people they have been homeless and persecuted throughout history.

Suwon a walled city South Korea 30 km from Seoul.

Suwon a walled city South Korea 30 km from Seoul.

Strong walls were necessary to protect crops from animal invasion backed up with armies, to protect the wealth of prestigious rulers and their religious priests. Many rulers were psychopaths. All were sick some proclaiming Divine right some claiming to actually be gods. Greed ruled as it does to this day. Greed goes with ignorance, as wisdom is followed by peace and contentment.

This is not a rescue helicopter.

This is not a rescue helicopter.

Knowledge is not synonymous with wisdom, knowledge gave man bronze, iron, steel, gunpowder and the atom bomb. The technology we have today all came from knowledge. Technology allowed the powerful to invade, plunder, dominate and take control of other countries. Technology correctly used benefits man, but the ignorant abuse it. Wisdom must be practiced in the use of technology.

Modern technology terribly abused, sign in war museum Canberra.

Modern technology terribly abused, sign in war museum Canberra.

That very brief outline of the history of man, if taken seriously and followed up by diligent research, from proven sauces, will contribute to enlightenment. Feeding the mind on nourishing wholesome food is the way to bring peace into our life. There are still foolish people that believe witch-doctors and cunning leaders. These gullible people are not evil it is what they accept without question that is evil.

World First World War, was his prayers answered?

 First World War, was his prayers answered?

 

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Mt Warning across the Tweed River from Tumbulgum.

Mt Warning across the Tweed River from Tumbulgum.

A Tranquil Trip.

Another view of Mt Warning from Tumbulgum.

Another view of Mt Warning from Tumbulgum.

For our friend June’s birthday we decided to take her and her husband for a scenic drive and lunch. That is what we did for Rex’s birthday and we all enjoyed that. Pauline did the organising, we are fortunate having Pauline and living in the midst of a scenic wonderland.

A tree on the green strip between the river and the road at Tumbulgum.

A tree on the green strip between the river and the road at Tumbulgum.

It was a perfect day but that’s what they say about this area one day sunny the next day perfect. We headed south across the border turning off the highway to drive beside the Tweed River to our first stop at Tumbulgum.

Looking from the river the Tumbulgum Tavern.

Looking from the river the Tumbulgum Tavern.

The Tumbulgum Tavern was established in 1887 it was the regions first unlicensed grog shop providing for the Red Cedar timber cutters. It is now licensed, still serving up refreshments but to far different type of person.

Photo displayed in Murwillbah regional museum.

Photo displayed in Murwillumbah regional museum.

This is not to be missed.

This is not to be missed.

Passing the fields of sugar cane and the processing plant is a beautiful drive. The steam billowing from the chimney of the plant in puffy, white, swirling clouds against the clear blue sky is a fascinating sight. We parked at Murwillumbah Visitors Information Centre, this is one of the best Information Centres in Australia and they are all good. On our trip around Australia the first thing we would look for was the big blue ‘i’ leading to the local Visitors Information.

From the Information car park, note steam from sugar processing plant.

From the Information car park, note steam from sugar processing plant.

My photos only give you an idea of how good the Murwillumbah visitor’s information centre is.

There is a 360 view from Mt warning covering the 4 walls of one room.

There is a 360 view from Mt warning covering the 4 walls of one room.

What makes it special is the Caldera Art Gallery. You may not be able to visit but I urge you to click this link.

http://calderaart.org.au/gallery.html

We were fortunate in having the resident artist to show us around. He was a busy man but I got him to pose with his latest painting.

Then we had a leisurely browse around. Watching the videos and soaking up information on the area, it is really a wonder-land.

The Hippies icon and we are not far from Nimbin.

The Hippies icon and we are not far from Nimbin.

https://jacksjottings.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/nimbin-no-alcohol-needed/

We enquire about places to have lunch.

Information with a smile.

Information with a smile.

If one had more time a hike to lunch at the Rainforest Cafe in Mt Warning National Park would have been enjoyable.

Walkers working up an appetite at the entrance to café.

Walkers working up an appetite at the entrance to café.

The cafe is in 6 hectares of rustic gardens where you can sit at secluded tables by a calming stream. That makes waiting for your meal a pleasure if I did not have friends for company I could quietly meditate here.

The fruit is about half ready.

The fruit is about half ready.

We each chose different meals and savoured the delicious taste and enjoyed the whole experience. The authors of the book ‘The Happiness Hypotheses,’  did a survey and found that having a meal with friends is one of the most enjoyable things we can do. With this exquisite food in natures tropical garden we feel the ‘Force’ is with us or perhaps we are blessed.

One can dine by the stream.

One can dine by the stream.

I thought we will have to bring our next visitors out to this cafe there is so much to enjoy around what is referred to as the scenic rim. Link to the café,

http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g1162426-d3618615-Reviews-Rainforest_Cafe_Mount_Warning_National_Park-Uki_New_South_Wales.html

Ordering lunch to be served in the garden.

Ordering lunch to be served in the garden.

It was all formed by volcanic action 23 million years ago. The bubbling lava formed geodes that can still be found in the streams. These gem stones are known as Thunder eggs and can be cut with a Diamond saw and polished.

Thunder eggs on display at Murwillumbah museum.

Thunder eggs on display at Murwillumbah museum.

Back to sightseeing, we visited the Tweed Regional Museum back in Murwillumbah. I found some interesting things about the past history of local people.

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This was not much recognition for the original owners.

This was not much recognition for the original owners.

Insightful of how life was for those pioneers and the indigenous people.

We do not know what pain is.

We do not know what pain is.

We enjoyed walking once more in Murwillumbah as it is one of those towns that has not been swallowed up by the modern trend. It is a reminder of our childhood and youthful days. And appropriate for our generation to have a birthday outing.

Lovely old house and magnificent tree.

Lovely old house and magnificent tree.

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Young men looking after the environment in Arnham Land.

Young men looking after the environment in Arnhem Land.

More Dreams.

Fair dinkum Aussies we met in Katherine N.T.

Fair dinkum Aussies we met in Katherine N.T.

The Australian Aborigines speak of their ‘Dream Time’ of the serpent and creation. In the light of day their dreams were shattered, they were forced to step from hunter gathers into a modern age. In a few generations technology has advanced rapidly and everyone is finding it hard to manage the transition. Few have any understanding of how the indigenous people are struggling to cope with their crushed dreams.

The Buddha’s aim was to relieve suffering in the world. He explained the universal truth that all things are passing and subject to change.  This is the cause of dukkah, a Pali word that has no precise synonym, in English we loosely translate it as pain and suffering. The Buddha prescribed a cure for suffering by following  eight steps.

Pauline reads a sad reminder of History.

Pauline reads a sad reminder of History.

The Eightfold Path or The Middle Way is a way of moderation, a philosophy that can be practiced in conjunction with other religions.  Because of it being compatible with other beliefs the Buddha’s teachings are now associated with religions and local myths from other countries. There are many schools of Buddhism just as there are many branches and denominations of other religions. The below teaching I have outlined is fundamental to all schools of Buddhism. If you incorporate these steps with your beliefs your life will improve.

A Chinese representation of The Buddha.

A Chinese representation of The Buddha.

This is a self-disciplined guide, to become a better person.

Right understanding, Is understanding the true nature of life, realising all things change and cannot be clung to, is the beginning of right understanding.

Right thoughts, are kind, caring and compassionate thoughts.

Right speech, is honest, considerate and not harsh.

Right actions, are a benefit to all sentient beings.

Right livelihood, is to earn our livelihood in a decent, helpful way not a destructive way.

Right effort, is a matter of doing your best.

Right concentration, meditation is training in concentration and mind control.

Right mindfulness is to be aware of your thoughts and emotions.

A very impressive representation of The Buddha.

A very impressive representation of The Buddha.

These are not commandments they are a guide to self-disciplines, the goal to self-betterment, a path to peace and contentment in a troubled world. The Buddha’s philosophy became a religion after his death, as it spread to other countries their folk laws and myths were added.  Many different branches of Buddhism developed, a hierarchy debating over their differences. With all the complex religious ritual and added myths the basic path has been obscured.  The result is the basic philosophy Buddha taught, The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path, is often neglected. Buddhists need to wake up.

Once a belief becomes an organised religion it is lost in a power struggle for converts.

Peaceful image representing The Buddha.

Peaceful image representing The Buddha.

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Australian Hibiscus grows on this coast.

Australian Hibiscus grows on this coast.

An Inspiring Book.

Surfers Paradise from N. Burleigh headland.

Surfers Paradise from N. Burleigh headland.

This post is from a book that impressed me. The words are exactly how I try to live. But I could never convey them as well as, the book “Blossom,” by Michelle Merrifield. The author is a beautiful lady from the Gold Coast, Queensland, which accounts for her love of surfing.  The sample below may prompt you to read to the book.

Dietes saying good morning.

Dietes saying good morning.

“Blossom.”

The words are Michelle’s but the photos are mine.

Watching the action from S. Burleigh Headland.

Watching the action from S. Burleigh Headland.

I always say that, as a teacher I am merely a messenger passing along what I have learnt from all the incredible gurus I have been blessed to work with.

The entertaining action.

The entertaining action.

Breath, bend, blossom is my humble interpretation of what they have taught me over the years and how I have come to apply lessons of yoga in my life;

Everyone can enjoy.

Everyone can enjoy.

That it starts with the breath, the life-force, the union between our individual spirits and the divine universal energy.

That our body is the temple that houses the spirit, so we bend and stretch and twist and fold to keep that temple healthy and strong;

The watchful eye in the sky keeps everyone safe.

The watchful eye in the sky keeps everyone safe.

It is only when we have trained the body, mind and soul that we can truly blossom and use the lessons of yoga to make the world a more beautiful and peaceful place.

S. Burleigh from Ambience Apartment building.

S. Burleigh from Ambience Apartment building.

The first thing we do when we are borne is inhale. Last thing we do is exhale. In-between is life.

Gold Coast Highway and beach front apartments.

Gold Coast Highway and beach front apartments.

Like a find tuned woodwind instrument, our bodies need oxygen in order to sing and play. You will find the sweeter the quality of the breath the sweeter the harmony in our lives.

Our family often meet at Burleigh Beach.

Our family often meet at Burleigh Beach.

If you desire to live your life in a state of peace and serenity take control of your breath and inhale slowly, deeply, with deliberate conscious thought.

Jasmine being kind to the Sea Gulls.

Jasmine being kind to the Sea Gulls.

Notice too all the emotions associated with fast breathing, stress, anger, fear, uncertainty and panic.

Jason gives us a song.

Jason gives us a song.

The quality of your breath is directly related to the quality of your posture. By lengthening of the spine you naturally lengthen the breath. By rolling your shoulders back and down opens a clear passage to inhalation.

Jade looks mischievous with a bucket of water.

Jade looks mischievous with a bucket of water.

Maintaining good posture takes concentration and self-awareness at first, in time it becomes natural.

Pauline and Jason wrapping while James gives a tune.

Pauline and Jason wrapping while James gives a tune.

Every breath is a connection with the universal life force. The air we inhale has been purified by trees and vegetation. We breathe out all the toxins and negative waste.

Thanks to the Indigenous People.

Thanks to the Indigenous People.

Living meditation is about being totally president in everything I do and making it a sacred experience. When eating a meal focus on smell, flavour, texture and savour every morsel. Imagine how your life would change, if you could just be aware and present in every moment. Breathe in the sweet fresh air. Smell the perfume of flowers. Hear the birds sing. Look up to the clouds. Let go of thoughts and just breathe.

Respect is not much for what they gave up.

Respect is not much for what they gave up.

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Do not believe all you see and hear.

Do not believe all you see and hear.

Question the Source.

He repeats anything he rears.

He repeats anything he hears.

A fact is something known to be true an opinion is something said by someone it could be true or false.

Who advises the politicians at Parliament House, the White House and all the little houses.

Who advises the politicians at Parliament House, the White House and all the little houses.

An opinion is what someone thinks. It could be incorrect because they were misinformed or are deliberately lying to influence you.

The Indigenes People  house at Canberra.

The Indigen0us People’s house at Canberra.

Question, have they an ulterior motive? Who is this person, can they be trusted, what are their qualifications and are they in a rational state of mind?

The other side of it.

The other side of it.

Assumptions and opinions can cause stress. Stress creates strong emotions and emotions strengthen our opinions. Someone walks past me in the street without speaking. Do I think, this person does not like me? This is not a fact; the fact is ‘they walked past me.’ It could be they did not see me. Knowing the facts helps us make wise unemotional decisions. We should ascertain if it is a fact, opinion, fiction, rumour, speculation or a lie before making a decision.

Respect is not too much to ask.

Respect is not too much to ask.

It may not be a proven fact and could be an opinion.  There are verifiable opinions, expert opinions and personal opinions. A Verifiable opinion is valid. An expert opinion is made by a person that has studied the subject and is an authority. A personal opinion, what a person believes is governed by his values, beliefs and emotions. We must ask where did this statement come from, did it come from the media? Then ask who owns the media, who has vested interest in these stories? An editor earns his living doing what the person in charge wants and he will be out of a job if he goes against the boss.

What a lot of garbage.

What a lot of garbage.

We need to think seriously about this because people like Rupert Murdoch own the media; you have to be sceptical when you know his history. It is interesting reading, though he would rather you read his newspaper or watch a soap opera on TV than read up on Wikipedia. This is an outline of what you will read on Wikipedia about him.

They have made a feature of it in Canberra.

They have made a feature of it in Canberra.

He inherited News Corporation, the second largest media conglomerate. He has been accused of hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty and the public. Refer to the Leveson Enquiry. He faced police and government investigation for bribery and corruption by the British Government and US FBI. He has a history of biased political support. If you like a love story there is something for you he has had three wives. The truth is hard to ascertain when we blithely listen to comment from the media.

There have been many distortions of the truth. I was told to fear people who are now our friends and trading partners. Any source of information that uses advertising to finance its operation is to be questioned. Do not believe all you see and hear no matter where it came from. Although this is my personal opinion, as I am not on anyone’s pay-roll.  You should still question it, by searching out the facts from a reliable source.

This is a better way.

This is a better attitude.

 

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Three of many Australian flags.

Three of many Australian flags.

Gods Own Country, Man owns nothing.

It is said first in best dressed.

It is said first in best dressed.

Dorothea Mackellar wrote the poem, My Country, while in England pining for Australia. I like this poem although I realize Australia is not my country. I do not own it I was only fortunate enough to be born here. Australia is my home no matter where I roam, I still call Australia home. We are one but we are many from all the lands on earth we come. This I really am in tune with. No one really owns anything it is all on loan. To quote, Shakespeare, All the world’s a stage and all men and women merely players on it. They have their entries and their exits. Realizing all things are passing and we are also impermanent we become less grasping and possessive.

Here's mud in your eye, Is a toast.

Here’s mud in your eye, Is a toast.

We are often blind to obvious facts. The indigenous people inhabited Australia when adventurous sea-farers claimed to have discovered a new land. Waving their flag they patriotically planted it in the earth declaring this land is ours. The hardy pioneer settlers followed clearing the land, fencing and bringing in their cattle. Polluting the aboriginal water holes and fencing their hunting grounds. My, brave adventurous pioneers, forefathers suffered the droughts and flooding rains. I admire their tenacity but in hindsight recognize their ignorance.

They called it home.

They called it home.

Jews, Christians and Muslims are still fighting over their promised lands. When will we learn possessing, hording and clinging will never bring peace? This is not in accordance with what their God advocates. I imagine all this could be blowin in the wind, if we stopped wanting, clinging and possessing. Took a deep breath of the free life-giving, air and meditated on what is truly ours to own. It is all impermanent, passing we can cling to nothing for very long.

A hard life no TV.

A hard life no TV.

It is not your country Dorothea, come back home to warmth and love. This world is home to the family of man our island home in the infinite cosmos. Everything in this world is interdependent sharing is necessity. Possessing is not a necessary requirement to enjoying something. The person that hoards riches invites crime and envy. Property comes with liabilities of storing, protecting and maintaining. When we give a kind word or a smile we see how it enhances our life. Then we can progress, giving more substantial aid to those in need.

Four horned off road transport.

Four horned off-road transport.

There is no room for pining if we are concerned in helping the less fortunate. We will not be blind to the obvious that we share this world and must consider others needs and different ways of life. Those flag waving patriotic overzealous empire builders, drew lines on maps cutting up countries and plundering the wealth, with no consideration of the original inhabitants. With disregard to others feelings they invaded lands, enforcing their language, religion and way of life on the natives. Much of the conflict in the world today is a legacy of those empire builders.

They all call Australia home.

They all call Australia home.

We need to stop being dogmatic in our beliefs and try to understand others beliefs. Misunderstanding and ignorance must be over come if we are to have peace on earth. There are no bad people they are sick or ignorant. Education is necessary to counter lack of knowledge and for people who are sick from lack of life’s necessities we need to share all we can. This is the only way to live in harmony with our fellow-man.

The reaction to force is opposing force. Wars create vengeance in the defeated and grief to the victorious as a war is never won without casualties. Man is a tear drop in an ocean of sorrow. Life is fleeting, and the sorrow is, it is too late when the bubble bursts to repentant. It is satisfying to give while you live and die in peace with no regrets. Our path through life is like a speeding bullet quickly reaching the target and the target is death. We own nothing we leave it all behind. Do not make waves as you sail through life. You cannot remain clean stirring up mud. To have no regrets leave clear water in your wake.

What is left at end of the day.

What is left at end of the day.

When waving the flag in god’s own country realise it is not yours.

This flag has a lot of history, written by the victors.

This flag has a lot of history, written by the victors.

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True Aussie King of Mareeba.

True Aussie King of Mareeba.

Think, Question and Act.

A fan or a follower of Buddha.

A fan or a follower of Buddha.

I was born into a Christian family, had my parents been Muslims I would have read the Koran instead of the Bible. The omnipotent, supreme creator endowed me with a questioning mind. Therefore I questioned the patriarchal religions handed down from Abraham. I had no faith in miracles I wanted more factual evidence. Why would an all-knowing God put a tree of knowledge at Adam and Eves disposal, tell them not to eat the fruit, knowing they would? God does work in mysterious ways and it is probably good that he does or I would be, naked as Lady Godiva, living off nature’s garden, just like the indigenous people, before the white missionaries arrived.

Indigenous didgeridoo artist.

Indigenous didgeridoo artist.

Lao Tzu, is credited with the “Tao Te Chan,” a book the Taoist follow. Translated versions of Lao Tzu’s words have obscured some of the sage’s message. He writes about the Tao the inexplicable power that keeps the universe in equilibrium, He said “The Tao that can be described is not the real Tao.” Could this inexplicable power, be the unanswerable answer to mans search for God? “Wu–wie!” Is that the “Way”? Another Taoist idea is Yin Yang explaining the relationship and balance of all things.

Krishna devote.

Krishna devote.

The Hindus have one God but to accommodate everyone he can appear as any deity one desires. Consequently there is an incredible number of Hindu gods and Hinduism has a lot of other complex things that are hard to fathom but there is a wealth of wisdom and goodness to be found in Bhagavad Gita.

Miniature Buddha image.

Miniature Buddha image.

Buddha was a wise man his ethical ‘Eight Fold Path’ is worth following. He was only interested in finding a way out of life’s pain and suffering. After he died his teaching became a religion, to qualify as a religion a God is needed. It was then that Siddhartha was promoted by some of his followers. Buddhism spread and picked up other local myths and beliefs making finding useful wisdom difficult.

A dragon added for luck.

A dragon added for luck.

Major dogmas agree on the basic principles promoting good and not killing their fellow-man, some beliefs extend that to all sentient beings. To focus on what we agree on and not arguing would allow us to progress in harmony. Replacing fear with understanding, hate with kindness. Then the ordinary citizen would not be manipulated by the greedy that profit from war, they make the armaments that destroy and then prosper from rebuilding.

Making war look heroic.

Making war look heroic.

http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/fourtruths.html

I will not accept any religion that condones war and intolerance. The Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama or the ‘Sage of the Shakyas”, was a pacifist. He never entered into the creation debate. The Buddha was like a doctor, interested in finding a cure for pain and suffering. He first found the cause of the suffering. Then he prescribes a cure. The causes he outlined in “The Four Noble Truths”. He prescribed a cure “The Eight Fold Path”, a logical self disciplined guide to reach the ultimate goal of enlightenment. If practiced diligently peace and contentment is attained. In Buddhist term Novena, described in English as perfect peace and understanding or total enlightenment.

Colourful Hindu stained glass.

Colourful Hindu stained glass.

Buddhism was borne out of Hinduism. The Buddha and his teaching are shrouded in myth, time has distorted and added to his words of wisdom. Buddha’s philosophy has become a religion. Buddhism spread to China and other lands. China added ideas of *Confucius, the Tao and ancestral worship. Buddhism has become much like other religions, a group of revered leaders arguing about technicalities irrelevant to ethics. They are more concerned with their authority and power than peace and contentment.

Colourful Christain stained glass.

Colourful Christian stained glass.

Sincerity and practice are more important than the dogma. The helpful, benevolent action the belief inspires is what matters most. We all need a guide to follow to find peace. Do not let your guiding belief be distorted by fear, greed or hate.

When yin and yang are in balance it is perfect.

When yin and yang are in balance it is perfect.

               

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Nimbin colour on display.

Nimbin colour on display.

Highs and lows of Nimbin.

Welcom to Nimbin.

Welcome to Nimbin.

The area around Nimbin is beautiful and one can see why people would want live there. The climate is mild, the land is lush and fertile. Back in the 70s a mixture of people took up residence in the area. There were environmentally conscious people; people interested in permaculture, sustainability and hippie types. They started their communes; they protested and succeeded in stopping rain forest logging in the state of N.S.W.

Unreal happy high.

Unreal happy high.

The indigenous people of Australia had a life style that had no detrimental effect on the environment for tens of thousands of years. Then the white man came and discovered Australia or should I say invaded it as Australia was already inhabited by perhaps the oldest race on earth. The invaders cleared and plundered the land, their cattle polluted the streams and the aboriginal way of life was stamped out. The materialistic commercial system favored a few and created hardship for others.

The post is history.

The post is history.

Some forward thinking people and lots of dreamers thought there had to be a better way. These people formed communes and struggled to establish a life in line with their Hippie ideals. The Hippies were those Vietnam protesters, women’s rights movement, peace and unbinding love advocates. Love based on one’s honor instead of a binding legal document.

This wagon parking ticket has expired.

This wagon parking ticket has expired.

In America the pot smoking, long-haired Hippies made the headlines. Morally depraved, sabotaging Christian values. They were easy pickings for the negative news stirs. They were a threat to the American way of life. Folk singing Hippies were ‘Blown in the wind’ by a record company deal and the beads and colourful dress became commercialized into a fashion statement. Bob Dillon went electric and commerce thrived.

Buddha is in fashion.

Buddha is in fashion.

1973 the Aquarius Festival was held in Nimbin. Nimbin was put on the map as the first place in Australia to allow communal land title and became know as ‘The Alternative Lifestyle Capital. The media dubbed it “The Drug Capital of Australia”. As usual the negative is stressed because it is sensational and sells papers and advertising.

Bob Marley peace, pot and dreadlocks.

Bob Marley peace, pot and dreadlocks.

Cannabis can never be made legal it would put the breweries out of business. There would be dropouts in education, absenteeism would rise in the work force. The incentive drive would be replaced by an optimistic laid-back, could not care less attitude. Home gardens of non taxable herbal roll your own would flourish. The whole grasping commercial system would go to pot.

Hand-made novel head-wear.

Hand-made novel head-wear.

Nimbin and the surrounding area is a sight well worth a visit, if your intentions are to enjoy the arts and crafts and the natural beauty. I have visited Nimbin over a number of years and found it to be a quiet little village. The local people are an assortment of friendly kind individuals.

An origonal local intune with life.

An origonal local in tune with life.

If you go to Nimbin, or anywhere for that matter, with selfish intentions of gratifying your wanting ego, you will be disappointed. Nimbin is a quiet peaceful village under normal conditions. You can still wear your recycled cloths and a flower in your hair the locals will not mind or you can buy some new colourful hand-made cloths in Nimbin. If you want imitation faded, frayed and worn jeans you may have to go to an up market store in the city.

Cottage charm.

Cottage charm.

I enjoyed this visit and did not leave without a sample of the local generosity. I was given four posters, one poster I gave to Pauline, I gave the others to people who like colourful fun posters and may care to go to the event.

Note no alcohol needed.

Note no alcohol needed.

 

 

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What shall I DO?

“What’s all the stink about?”

What is going on out there?

according to the media it is mostly all mayhem. Watching world news on T.V. can be very disturbing. It would be irresponsible to take no interest, The question is what can we do as individuals to fix these problems?

I am not looking for trouble.

Reinhold Niebuhr came up with, “The Serenity Prayer.” To quote it “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and to have the wisdom to know the difference.” This is good advice, but without his faith in God, what shall I do!

Keep quiet.

We have little control over the outside. Therefore we should direct our time and energy, not dwelling on the things of the material world. We should concentrate on what emotional effect all this-worldly turmoil is having on our mind.

Racing in the rain,

Is our mind racing around juggling thoughts, frantically pursuing answers, to no avail? What shall I do? Become apathetic and chase after pleasurable distractions and finding no lasting satisfaction from that, chase what is pleasant only to find that it is only a temporary distraction. Hurrying to what we want or scurry away from the unpleasant, on the go never calm. We become unhappy, even disturbed, and emotionally unstable. In this state of mind we can not do anything or help anyone, we will then need help. What shall I do!

The ostrich, it is said, sticks its head in the ground.

Stop it is as simple as that, meditate, calm down, concentrate get those disturbing thoughts under your control. Like a radio when static interferes we have to tune in and stop the mind static by meditation. An unsettled mind cannot think clearly. Practicing meditation you become mindful of your thoughts and your emotional state.

Takeing it easy, in deep thought.

Be aware of those negative mind states and how they feel and what they are. When you are delayed or have to wait, recognize impatience arising, when you are mindful the impatience will not escalate into anger that can turn to what is known as road rage. There are many bad feelings, fear, envy, jealousy, hate, greed and anger. Anger is ruinous a person consumed by the fire of anger enjoys nothing. Under strong negative emotions the joy in your life disappears. The antidote for the negative is to fill your heart with positive kind loving and caring feelings for others. There are always people with more, do not envy them, think of the less fortunate and be grateful.

Put on a brave face.

When something breaks or is lost in some way, getting upset will not bring it back, you may feel the loss but does it do any good to let it spoil your day. We can be injured or sick and in pain but is there any need to suffer, crying and making other lives miserable. When in pain you are unhappy and when the pain stops you are happy. Therefore anytime you are not in pain, should be a reason to be happy. What shall I do?

I don’t want to hear it.

Look on the inside; think what is happening inside your mind. What effect is the outside environment having on your mind and take control of your thoughts. Thoughts lead to actions and actions become habits. You can cultivate good or bad habits and as you sow so shall you reap, that sentiment is quoted in all major ideologies.

The Buddha.

What you can do, is to make your goal in life, to change the world by your example. To do that, you need to be aware of your thoughts and their effect on your feelings and behavior. This is not easy it takes practice, another quote, “To know and not to do, is still not to know.” I have found that meditation has helped me to be a better person and being a better person has brought its own rewards. There is no action without reaction; this is the law of Karma.

The indigenous Australian have been persecuted suffered.

What shall I do? Start with a smile and the world will return your smiles. That was my first lesson on Karma. Taking a deep breath and trying to follow only my breathing was the beginning of meditation practice. The Buddha gave us a wonderful guide in, “The Eight Fold Path, it is a lifelong endeavor of self-improvement. In this world of many distractions you will often take wrong turns, but as in meditation just refocus, put it behind you and continue.

When you are smiling the whole world smiles with you.

Your smile will be infectious. Your courtesy when driving will alleviate stress in others. Your kindness will be appreciated; your honesty will breed trust. If you want to conserve be conservative not extravagant. Your appreciation will be appreciated and your respect will bring you respect. In heavy traffic you will have the opportunity to practice your patience and if you do you will not promote that dreaded “road rage”. There will be many opportunities in life to change the world, around you for the better, by your actions.

In the temple meditating.

Do not expect others to do this for you. Wish in one hand and cry into the other and see which gets full first. You can protest, you can pray or Keep asking, what shall I do?

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Roebourne near Karatha W.A.

These are the only photos I had relating to jails, they are not exactly appropriate but do tell a story often ignored and also serve to make us realise how fortunate we are.

Jaol House Key.

I believe there are no bad people there are only sick or ignorant people. Would they be in jaol if they were not ignorant or stupid? By ignorant I am not saying you are stupid I mean you may not have had a good role model or the opportunity to learn. If you are  mentally sick I cannot help you. Go see a doctor, parson, priest or clergyman they will help you, that’s their job. I am only interested in the facts I have no faith in praying, so don’t walk on the water where I am trying to fish. When you pray you are talking to God, I meditate God talks to me and his language is silence or maybe meditation just stills my mind and understanding comes. I tried prayers and found I was talking to myself, so could only rely on myself.

Roebourne old joal near Karatha W.A.

I used to be an angry, ignorant man I worked for money and lived for pleasure. I wanted to have all those wonderful things cars, holidays in Hawaii, best hotels you name it I wanted it. I was always chasing after the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You can never reach that pot of gold. Lasting pleasure is something out of reach and never achieved by possessively grasping and clinging to things that are by nature impermanent. Nothing is permanent, everything passes and you can’t take it with you. I am reluctant to go for that very reason, this is a wonderful world. One day when these old bones really ache I may be less reluctant.

Roebourne gaols unjust treatment of indigenous people.

The anger is in the past, the past has gone no good grieving over the past good or bad it’s gone, Robbie Burns said “for pleasures are like poppies spread you seize the flower the bloom is shed or like the snow fall on the river one moment white then lost forever.” We can learn from the past but must live in the present. Now is here to live it is a gift that is why we call it the present. No good dreaming of the future we have to enjoy the present.

Being deprived of freedom in any way is not my idea of a good present, but with the right attitude we can put it to the best use. We can read good books, meditate, that is a good way to spend time, no pun intended. The purpose of meditation is to calm the mind and control our thoughts by concentrating on something, like counting our breath, and not being distracted by outside distractions and our own thoughts.

Not much of a view, you can look up at the stars or down at the dust.

Everything changes, nothing lasts, this is a universal truth and the first of The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths.  These are the truths that freed me from ignorance, put me on the Eight Fold Path and gave me an aim in life.   Reading is good but practice is the key to happiness. Think about that and  do it. The Chinese say, “To know and not to do is still not to know.” Sakyamuni, The Buddha’s name, he also said do not accept my teaching without question, try it and see if it works. We should not accept anything on blind faith, but where ever we find helpful ideas we should practice them.

About 2500 years ago The Buddha taught a way of life that promotes peace and contentment. It spread from India to other lands. As it spread it had myths and local religious ideas added and became a mixture of many ideas, not all were rubbish. In China Daoism or Taoism was added, Yin and Yang as well as ancestral worship and Kon gfuzi or in English Confucius ideas. There are many buddhas displayed in temples and many forms of Buddhism.  This is confusing, but makes interesting reading as you sort out the under laying reasons and logic behind these puzzles.

Why there are so many buddhas is because anyone who practices The Buddha’s teaching and reaches novena, becomes a Buddha. Novena is a state of perfect enlightenment. I do not know about Novena, I do know as you learn more about The Four Noble Truths and practice The Eight Fold Path as a way of life you do reach more understanding. As you progress you will become a calmer and happier person in the process.

This is part of the history the victors never recorded.

The indigenous Australians in these photos were guilty of nothing they were used and abused. Today Australian gaols are not barbaric and there is a chance to learn and make a new start, with the right attitude.

I have never been in jaol but that is more good luck than good management. If I had been unfortunate I am not sure how I would have coped. It is so easy to say I would use the time to do all sorts of productive things. Like get physically and mentally fit. It is easy to talk, but it takes money to buy whisky. That saying is not attributed to The Buddha; he did say all things in moderation, I suppose that includes whisky.

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