simple wisdom sutra
americ azevedo, philosopher-at-large


  • Dialogue & Knowledge

    • Socrates mastered dialogue.
      • Socrates' dialogues freely moved towards truth.
      • Truth has no agenda - it just is.
      • Socrates was used by Plato to support Plato's own arguments.
    • Each of us knows so little; others may help us gain a greater view.
    • Adjust worldviews - incorporating greater information, knowledge, and wisdom.
    • The perfect dialogue ends in silence.
    • Disciplinary knowledge is well-structured information supporting presentation and memorization.
    • Transdisciplinary knowledge takes a step toward wisdom; it's meaningful knowledge without borders.
    • David Bohm, as an older man and retired physicist, championed the use of dialogue to renew our social life. 
  • Life - from birth to death

    • Life is not fair, it's up to us to make it just.
      • Where we are born is a lottary. Could be born anywhere to anyone.
      • Because birth is a lotto, social justice is a good idea.
  • Time, Money and Love

    • Time flies by like a river torrent of water.
      • When we are young, the summers seem long; when we are old, the summers are short.
    • By foreseeing our own death, we may live more fully today.
    • When we awaken to who we really are, the paradox of time, money and life is transcended into unity.
    • Shifting from time to eternity is "stopping the world" here and now.
    • Money is totally abstract, but is real because humans live by abstractions.
    • Love is all that is real - not time, not money.
      • Time is not real; it's what we make of time in our lives that is real.
      • There is only love. Everything else is illusion.
    • Laughter happens at the moment of surrender into the eye of a paradox.

  • Peace on Earth, Golden Rules, and World Religions

    • Justice is a basic condition of peace.
      • I cannot be truly happy, forfilled or enlightened until everyone else is. Justice allows it to be "on earth as in heaven".
    • If God is real, then we belong to all true religions.
      • Human words do not matter. It's the connection to God reality that matters.
    • Stopping every hour on the hour. Allow deep intuition to inform life.
    • Know when you have worked enough. Be free from the desire to always work the earth past its limits.

  • Physics & Mysticism

    • Both mystics and physicists speak of fundamental reality.
      • A mystic’s eyes “see” light or pure energy as well as things. Taking de-light, “of the light”, while seeing, hearing, and feeling.
      • The differences are in the use of reason and direct intuition.
      • Physics seems to favor reason, but needs intuition to find reasons.
      • Mystics favor intuition, but use reason to focus intuition.
      • What can be spoken is what language allows us to say. There's a lot more beyond language.
    • There is a deep inner transcendental pleasure in both physics and mystics.
    • I imagined myself a photon of light is traveling through spacetime. It's quiet, still, and magical.
    • Cosmos
      • You are at the center of the cosmos, and so is everyone else.
    • Matter is coded with intelligence; otherwise, physics would not exist.
      • DNA molecules are codes for living patterns.
      • Atomic numbers, electrons and protons, are codes that determine DNA patterns.
      • All the way down to quarks and "whatevers" there are codes for patterns of substance leading to us!
      • Because of intelligence in us, we reflect back on Universe and find order and pattern.
    • The quantum level informs (gives form to) the cosmos. Biggest and smallest meet. This is mystical.

  • Computing and Consciousness

    • Networked world
      • Computing and telecommunications are now fussed together. It's a networked world. This means that "far" and "near" are not distinct any more. Nor, is past, present, and future distinct.
    • Computers & robots progressively manifest aspects of human intelligence and purpose.
    • Are we a link to a trans-human species? Builders of our own superiors?
    • Computers took away from us the burdern of endless calculations.
    • The day is coming when these calculations will be so fast and so many, that we will feel that computers are thinking, conscious beings.

  • Nonviolence

    • Nonviolence is one of the "great ideas" - generative ideas that transform our world over time. Acting, as if an unstoppable force of creation. 
    • Nonviolence, ahimsa in Sanskrit, is the first principle in the Jain religion. 
    • Nonviolence is learned by way of meditation.

  • Meditation

    • Coming to a moment of silence at least twice a day improves life in unexpected ways.
    • There are many, many ways to meditate. Allows methods to change as you change.
      • Follow your breath; let go of thoughts as they arise.
    • Everyday, take awareness breaks to reflect back on our own states of consciousness.
      • It's been said that Bill Gate's watch chimes every hour - so that he can remember to take inventory of what he is going.
    • The practice of meditation leads to a life of constant meditation, constant being-here-and-now. That is fully living; fully being here for life. "Life abundant", as Jesus suggested.
    • Home is being dynamically at rest within ourselves; in contrast to the world, where there is no rest from a sense of darting around.

  • Enlightenment

    • Enlightenment does not need meditation to happen - for it is already with us from the beginning but is usually covered up. Meditation is merely a way of cleaning the mind so that the true light that is already us can shine through. 
    • Being enlightened is being ultimately lazy. Many of us feel so guilty that we cannot allow life to be really easy, lasy.
    • With wisdom comes a vast vision and deep feeling - of wholeness.
    • With wisdom "ignorance is bliss", but without wisdom "ignorance is hell".
    • Understanding information gives knowledge / understanding knowledge gives insight / understanding ignorance gives wisdom.
    • Let go of all readings and oral teachings. In the end, the vehicle of liberation must also be dropped.

    Copyright 2007-2012 by Americ Azevedo. Updated almost frequently.
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