the source

In touch with the source of things
I know who wrote the laws of physics
we rewrite them together every day
To walk on water is no great thing
I eat rainbows for breakfast

If I awake tomorrow
to three suns
and penguins climbing purple trees outside
If I sit by a life-sized grasshopper with antlers
and bathe in liquid uranium
before retiring between the 4th and 5th dimensions
It would be a day like every other

today is Consititution day!

Today, September 17th, is Constitution Day. So I decided to read the Constitution! Go figure.

I was reading through Article 2 (that’s the part about the executive branch of government — the presidency), and all of a sudden I got to the end. I was like “what, that’s it?!” Indeed, there’s relatively little written about the presidency, and the powers enumerated are quite restrictive.

Here’s the abbreviated version of Article 2:

Section 1. There’s a President. He gets elected, he gets paid, and he swears to uphold the Constitution.

Section 2. He’s in charge of the army, he gets to pardon people and make treaties with Senate consent. He also appoints Senators to fill vacancies.

Section 3. He is a congressional cheerleader: he delivers the State of the Union, and makes policy recommendations. He executes the laws that Congress wrote.

Section 4. He can be impeached.

And that’s it!

So during presidential debates, all this talk about this policy and that policy (“here’s how I’ll fix health care!”), running the economy (“check out my business credentials!”), and starting wars (“I’ll make the world safe for democracy!”); all this talk is fluff in light of the actual powers of the Constitution. The president gets to cheerlead Congress on policy, but other than that he only has the right to enforce the laws that already exist.

So like, if you haven’t read the Constitution recently, you might give it a read. It’s really quite short and accessible.

Edit: Whoops! I forgot article 1, section 7: the president gets to veto laws.

What’s at the intersection of vegan, yoga, and political liberty?

In a word: ahimsa.

Ahimsa is the principle of non-violence towards all living things. Adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle is one of the strongest statements of ahimsa a person can make, wherein one refuses to participate in any action which is connected to violence towards a living being.

Not all yogis are vegan. However, those that are not tend to gloss over the teaching of ahimsa, or insist (incorrectly) that adopting a vegan diet would be himsa (harmful) towards oneself. One prominent school of yoga that puts forth veganism as the true statement of ahimsa is the Jivamukti school. Many others gloss over or do not understand the immense suffering caused by the dairy industry, and so recommend a vegetarian diet that includes milk.

Ron Paul is apparently not a vegan. However, he understands the principle of ahimsa, at least as it applies to politics:

One rule you have to follow: and that is, in order to make the world a better place, you have to reject the notion that you use violence and force to do it. You have to do it through persuasion. If we want to change the world, if we want to change the Middle East, if we want to change Africa, you do it by spreading ideas and through persuasion. But the most important thing we do is do our job here, set an example, so others would want to emulate us, and that should be our [goal].

 – Ron Paul (from this video)

There’s a reason for all this. It’s not just because somebody handed down the rule of ahimsa from on high. The reason to follow ahimsa is because it works. In the realm of politics, if you try to make the world a better place by force and occupying other countries, you get the “blowback” effect, namely, you create resentment and anger towards the occupying country. In the realm of inner peace and meditation practice, you cannot find peace on the inside without living peacefully on the outside, i.e. a vegan lifestyle.

fire

burning through revealed

fire is three
but fire is
more funda mental

than three and
love is the
root of fire

heart burning brightest
the deep red
fire burns through:

ROUTINE

I burn through your reality and mine
tow long will you burn?
and how bright?
I melt you down to your essence
burning through “I can’t” to reveal “I won’t”
the shell crispens and falls off exposing your FEAR
to the intense HEAT
where your ACTION can allow it to rest in peace

what ARE you afraid of my deAR?

give it to the fire

(fire teaches us that sometimes we’re being a little too careful)

the fire watches you with
wild smiling eyes
as it dances onward upward
as it burns down
asking you “why?”
“just what makes you so sure?”
“porquoi?”
it giggles, chuckles at my sincerity

“Oh flame!” you-I cry
“How many perpetually perfect pieces of wood will you burn through with indifference?”
flashy grin “as many as you feed me”

heart pumping
blood boiling
burning bile

clean and free
empty as a wisp of smoke

Intelligence as a heirarchy

There is a funny idea out there that intelligence is a heirarchy: There are more intelligent beings and less intelligent beings. This idea is just a harmless idea on it’s own. But, sometimes it’s combined with the idea that the “more intelligent” beings ought to dictate to the “less intelligent” beings how to live their lives. Before we accept this notion, it’s worth stepping back a minute to see what sort of ground we’re standing on with our notion of “more intelligent.”

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let’s get lazy and eat plants

How much effort does it take to grow a bushel of corn? You have to plow the field, plant, maybe water if your area is dry, weed, and harvest. After a year’s tending, you might get 150 bushels on an acre of land.

How much effort does it take to grow a cow? First, you have to grow maybe 500 bushels of corn to feed to the cow. Then you need to come up with around 8000 gallons of water to feed to the cow. Then, you are faced with the task of tending to all the needs of your growing cow until it is large enough to kill for food.

Why go to all the extra effort when it’s not necessary?

Come on people, let’s get lazy and eat plants.