PALM BAY, FL–A few years ago, a Jewish friend of mine, exasperated with my constant questions, replied that he didn’t know whether Jewish people believed in Hell or not. At my, “And you call yourself Jewish?”, he shook his head and said, “Wirs, to many Jews, Judaism isn’t so much a religion as it is a culture.”
I was shocked into silence by the wisdom of his reply–to which he took the opportunity to run and hide in the men’s room before I could regroup.
More below the break (huh?).
I don’t follow the Christian religion, but I do feel that I am a “member” of the Christian culture. Ergo, I celebrate Christmas with family and friends, but pretty much just for the
free stuff gift giving and get togethers.
I don’t consider myself religious nor even particularly spiritual. That probably sounds strange coming from someone who sees God (Her) everywhere.
What I do consider myself to be is a mystic: One who’s renounced their human-hood (not their humanity) in favor of an intimacy with the Divine.
Look at the lives of almost all the great sages and religious teachers and you’ll see by their actions (though their words may have been “bent” by others) that they too were “mystics.” They considered themselves something much more than just human beings. They lived and acted as if they were immortal–Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Arjuna, Lao Tzu, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadata, etc.
Different philosophies, theories, and teachings, but they all lived as if they were more than human: They lived as if they were immortal.
If that idea resonates with you, it’s really not that hard to get started: Just play with it–act like this life is just a phase, a rest stop, an afternoon in a playground–and see how the feeling of immortality makes you feel. The more you play with it, the more easily it is to adopt it as a lifestyle–and then as your identity.
And Now For Something Completely Different
If you know anyone who enjoys casual computer games here’s a great last minute (or bonus) gift you can send via email–plus it helps support charities and independent developers.
I’ve played some of Machinarium, Goo, and Samrost (all are wonderfully quirky and beautiful) so I expect the other games in the bundle are of equal quality (I’m currently stuck in the TV room with a Blue Meenie in Samorost). There’s a wide variety in the bundle so I’m sure your gamer friends will find one or two they enjoy.
The cool part is there is no fixed price for these games–you pay what you want for them. You even allocate how the proceeds are divided among the charities and developers. It’s a neat idea and a great opportunity to help out.
Anyway, Merry Christmas to All and to All a great day! -w
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