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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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A change of pace.

Mt Warning.

Mt Warning.

                    NEW GOVARDHANA.

I took a break from the TV commercials, neon lights and the grasping materialistic society. Matilda (the pop top van) and I headed for the beautiful lush Tweed Valley to the Hare Krishna Community Farm for a change of pace.

Road up to the Temple.

Road up to the Temple.

I WWOOFed, working as a willing worker on their organic farm for five days. Hoeing in the garden and I fixed the fence where the bull had found a way in for a sneaky meal. I did some sweeping and cleaning with the company of beautiful young people, from many countries.

The garden Krishna Concious community.

The garden Krishna conscious community.

Scotland, and France, Italy and many Asian countries were represented as well as New Zealand.  These people from different cultures blending-in, in perfect Krishna harmony as an example of how the world could live caring and sharing in friendship, peace and harmony.

Brehut with his magic wand.

Brehut with his magic wand.

One job I especially liked was helping Brehut by cutting the vegetables. Then Brehut showed me how he worked his magic with herbs and spices, using a wooden spoon as his wand to transform those veggies into delicious meals.

Lunch time the days work completed.

Lunch time the days work completed.

Healthy, tasty vegetarian food does no harm to animals so it makes one feel good as well as doing good.

Gentle giants, White House for the ladies in the background.

Gentle giants, White House for the ladies in the background.

Who wants to make their stomach a grave yard for animals? You can sample this food at any Govindas buffet style restaurant. Fresh vegetables from organic farms cooked to perfection, refreshing drinks and delightful deserts.

Sweet desserts.

Sweet desserts.

After working up an appetite I enjoyed meal time. Three scrumptious meals a day proved too much for me I cut back to eating breakfast and lunch. Missing dinner I slept better and it was the golden hour for photography.

The birds roost at the golden hour.

The birds roost at the golden hour.

It was my quiet time to be with nature exploring the areas superb scenery, the animals, and birds coming home to roost for the night.

The sunlight adds to her beauty.

The sunlight adds to her beauty.

I had other quiet times after lunch in the library and a lounge area near where Matilda was parked. It was a favored place for guitar playing, I enjoyed some beautifully laid back acoustic guitar playing.

Odin and Slim Jim guitar.

Taking it easy listening to Odin on  Slim Jim the guitar.

I felt blessed having relaxing instrumental music played, it seemed, exclusively for me. I was fortunate to be entertained on three occasions by different talented artists.

Just another day in paradise.

Just another day in paradise.

This had been a perfect retreat for me and as I had Matilda to sleep in and worked as a WWOOFer I was told there would be no charge, but a donation would be appreciated.

Worker friends and Matilda parked in the background.

Worker friends and Matilda parked in the background.

As the work benefited me and the food was fantastic, I brushed the moths aside opened the wallet and gave as if I had done no work. One cannot call doing what you like work, it was a pleasure.

Jack with some young friends.

Jack with some young friends.

Feeling reluctance I left, but happy in the knowledge I could return. On the road again. Nimbin, of Hippie fame, is only a short hop away for a visit. Then by tonight I will be back with Pauline my pommepal partner.

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