Abdul Hadi Badi-al-Zamar, a Sufi, set off at dawn to climb a mountain. He left his trust steed, Aqil, tethered with food and water and set out as the sun peeped over the horizon.
He enjoyed the journey, following the single pilgrim path as it mounted past the Tomb of the Saint, and through the grove of beach trees, skirting the Lake of Tranquility, where he sat and ate his simple lunch, drinking from the lake's healing waters. He slept for a bit and then continued up, climbing the steps hewn into the rock-face, and stopping briefly to admire the view from the Great Cave with its wonderful frescoes of geometric designs. After reaching the top of the cliff he scrambled up the rock and stone strewn path till he reached the summit, exactly as the sun set.
He decided to spend the night on the mountain summit, meditating beneath the stars. This he did.
Abdul Hadi rose while it was stll dark, did his ablutions, and started his descent just as the sun peaked over the horizon. Again, during his descent, he stopped at various places, including the Buddhist Stupa, where he prayed briefly, the High Meadow, with its lovely mountain flowers, and once more, the Tomb of the Saint.
He reached the bottom of the mountain just at the moment the sun set.
The Sufi smiled to himself when greeted by one of his disciples. He explained that his journey up and his journey down the mountain had taken exactly the same time. The path was one, and he had never left it.
"Can you prove," he asked his disciple, "that there has to be one place, somewhere between the bottom and the top, where I was at exactly the same time of day, on the way up and the way down?"
His disciple thought for a moment, and then said, "No, it is not possible to prove that."
"Think again," said the Sufi, "it is certainly possible. It can be shown incontravertibly. What you or I cannot be sure of is where. But that it occurred there is no doubt."
The next day the disciple was very excited and said, "Yes. I can prove it."
And he could. Can you?
The proof offered by the disciple will be posted in about a week.
This problem was first posed by Arthur Koestler in his book, The Act of Creation.
For earlier problems posed by Sufi Abdul Hadi click on pictures below.
Stephen J. Sniegoski writing in the Unz Review, questions the prevailing story that Russia hacked the DNC emails. he writes, in a thought provoking article:
"Like other common memes—such as anti-Semitism, racism, and sexism—used to silence debate, the exact meaning of Russian interference in the election is unclear—and Obama’s inclusion of a number of extraneous issues in his explanation for taking retaliatory action against Russia muddles the issue even more."
He points out that the misunderstanding, that the Russians actually manipulated voting results, simply cannot be true as voting machines are not connected to the Internet, and some counts were of paper ballots. He also confirms that the assertion that the Russians gained the emails from the DNC server is still unproven, even though widely asserted.
"Now to consider the ramifications of Russia’s hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and the reception and release to the public of this Russian-hacked information by WikiLeaks. While this is assumed to be incontestably true by the mainstream media, neither one of these allegations is rock solid at the moment. "
Both Julian Assange and the former ambassador, Craig Murray, have made it clear the Russians did not feed the information to Wikileaks, but that it came from an insider. This has led to both being denigrated in the mass media, with one American cable news programme going so far as to say Assange was a Pedophile. They have since retracted that statement under threat of a huge law suit.
But the attack on Assange is interesting, as the leaked emails do contain some very peculiar content that has led many to conclude they are referring – in part – to paedophile activities. Indeed it was the main stream media that first spoke of the link to Pizzas and Gates.
No-one is suggesting the content of the emails is fallacious, although nods and winks suggest that the Russians would have manipulated the data. That said (and totally unproven) other data very damaging to Hillary Clinton has gone largely without comment.
"The information harmful to Hillary Clinton included the DNC’s behind-the-scenes support for her over Bernie Sanders (which included then DNC chair Donna Brazile’s feeding answers to Clinton before the latter’s debate with Bernie Sanders); Clinton’s unpublicized paid speeches—on foreign policy and the economy– to wealthy business executives and bankers revealing views diametrically opposed to her campaign positions; the collusion of mainstream media reporters with the DNC. For example, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank requested and got the DNC to do the research for a negative column he wrote about Trump."
The full article can be read here, and is recommended.
And the relevance of pizza?
This is a disturbing narrative that the current writer will not post about directly. But there is something going on that is deeply troubling, and not just in the minds of a few far right blogging sites. It has been rubbished as 'Fake News' but the factual data raises very real (if somewhat dark) questions.
In some systems the Ka would be considered the etheric double, and that it persists for a time after death. It is the energetic matrix that sustained the body, and when the body dies, this matrix is released, until it tiself eventually disintegrates. If you visit Egyptian temples you will often see stone doorways where the symbol for the Ka is inscribed. these were doorways for this part of the departed individual to use after death (presumably). It is represented by two upraised hands (see below).
The soul is represented more closely by the Ba, a bird figure, that departs when the body is mummified with all due ceremony. Initially it was believed only kings had a Ba, but later teachings suggested it was part of everyone.
The teachings of the Egyptians influenced Greek thought profoundly. Both Pythagoras and Plato acknowledge their debt to Egypt. Pythagoras studied in Egypt, and Plato talks of his ancestor, Solon, having learned about Atlantis from the Egyptians.
The Egyptian belief system was woven into the totality of their existence. the genius of the early Hellenic thinkers was to represent these ideas in a way that could be grasped by the intellect. That is why the study of early Hellenic myths and hymns is so rewarding. Much is hidden that is of value to a spiritual seeker even today.
The myth of Persephone is a case in point.
Hades is brother to Zeus. He is king of the Underworld whereas Zeus rules in the Olympian Heights. Hades has taken a fancy to Persephone, who is daughter to Zeus and Demeter. When Persephone picks flowers on the Isle of Sicily, Hades swoops upon her and abducts her (abduct being a gentle synonym for rape).
Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism was published posthumously and anonymously in 1985. It was originally written in French and it just so happens the current writer shared a flat in Brighton with the translator, Robert A. Powell, back in the day. At that time, Robert was recognised for his profound knowledge of astrology, especially the approach based on Rudolf Steiner’s teachings. Robert went on to translate this book from the original French into English.
The identity of the author is known, but he requested this book be kept anonymous, so it would be judged on its content and not on its writer. It was not published until ten years after his death.
Meditations on the Tarot is a simply extraordinary book. The profound esoteric knowledge of the writer is evident from the very opening, and the copy in the current writer’s possession is full of annotations for just about every page, as each element of each card is, in its own way, revelatory.
The sub-title of the book is ‘A Journey into Christian Hermeticism’. The author came from a background in Orthodox Christianity and also the creative well springs of late 19th Century Russian Esotericism. But his book dips deep into the river of Hermetic Lore, the wisdom stream of knowledge that traces its roots back to ancient Greece and Egypt.
In the foreword to the book the following statement is made.
'These meditations on the Major Arcana of the Tarot are Letters addressed to the UnknownFriend. The addressee in this instance is anyone who will read all of them and who thereby acquires definite knowledge, through the experience of meditative reading,about Christian Hermeticism.'
The author points out that France is unique in its tradition of study of the Tarot in French writings going back over centuries. Reading the Letters all the way through is designed to have a definite effect on the consciousness.
The illustrations throughout Meditations on the Tarot, are from the Marseilles Deck. The author trusted the symbology of this deck for explaining Hermeticism.
It is possible to find the book on the Internet, for free, but reading a book of this length on a screen would be uncomfortable and for those who are attracted to these excellent writings, your own paper copy is highly recommended.
This is not a book about divination. It is rather a book about the Divine and how Sophia (or Divine Wisdom) manifests in the World.
Abdul Hadi Badi-al-Zamar, the Sufi, arrived at the palace and was ushered in to see the princess.
"Come sit with me a while," she suggested, "and we will talk of the mysteries of life." They had known each other since she was a little girl, and Abdul Hadi admired her mind and delighted, to a degree that was proper, in her beauty. She displayed great promise as a mathematician.
"I have a problem for you," she said.
She clapped her hands together and her slave girl came in. "Bring the casket," she ordered, which the shapely young black woman did.
The princess sat up on her divan, opened the casket and poured its contents into a bowl, which pinged to the sound of falling pearls.
The slave girl, who must have known what was required, brought a pair of scales.
"The problem is this," she said to the old man, "one of these pearls is false. They all look identical, but one is fractionally lighter than the rest, and is not so valuable. Using just the scales and the pearls, what is the least number of weighings necessary to find the false pearl every time?
The Sufi rubbed his beard, and let the pearls trickle through his fingers, one by one, back into the bowl.
"With luck, one weighing would do it, but to be sure every time, then ..."
So, using just the scales and the pearls, no weights, how many times must the pearls be weighed to get the false pearl every time?
Abdul Hadi Badi-al-Zamar, a Sufi and mathematician, heard a ruckus ahead. Men were shouting at each other. “What ails thee?” he asked of one of the men, who was rending his clothing.
“Our father has just died,” said the man, “and left us with an insoluble problem.”
“What is the problem,” asked the Sufi, for he liked problems. They kept his mind nimble.
“Our father’s dying wish was as follows,” said the man, tears streaming down his face. “We were to divide our father’s horses as follows. I am the youngest, and I am to be given a ninth of the horses. My brother, Karim, is in the middle, and he is due one third of the horses. Our oldest brother, Malik is to receive one half.”
“How many horses do you have?" said the old Sufi, getting down of his own fiery steed.
Thirty-five,” said Nadir, the youngest of the brothers.
Malik, the oldest walked over and demanded, “Can you help us? If not, be on your way, and leave us to our misery, for we can see no solution, without butchering one or more of the beautiful stallions.”
“I think I can help you,” said the Sufi, “but first I must do something.”
He handed over the bridle of his horse to horse to Malik, who held it, frowning.
“Now let me see,” said the old man, while the three wives and numerous children gathered around. He picked up a stick and sketched some figures in the sand.
[If you wish to think about his solution, now is the time to do so … if not, then click on the link below to see Abdul Hadi Badi-al-Zamar’s elegant solution.]
Some years ago when the current writer worked as a consultant, We showed the image below to the directors of a construction company. So powerful was the illusion - that when it was shown on a projector (from a computer) they said we must have been cheating.
In the end I had to produce a version on paper for them to actually not believe what their eyes saw.
It is important to look twice at things.
Sometimes seeing is deceiving.
Are the squares A and B the same colour and tone EXACTLY? (This is not a trick question.)
Here is something remarkable ...
It is said that this secret story has a Sufi origin. It was first found Eastern Europe. Simple questions, taken in order, that reveal some remarkable things about yourself.
Try it and see. Click 'read more' below the picture
You may need a pen and paper handy. This will enable you to jot down notes on what you find. Do this when you have completed the five steps.
You will be given a story one line at a time. Take some moments to visualise what you actually see. Make sure you get it clear BEFORE doing the next part of the story.
The moment you have completed the FIVE STEPS then review them. Make sure they are clear. Make a few notes if necessary.
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Individually we are a plurality as well as a unity. This is true of us as Souls, that have many levels and spheres, as well as the mind ... as we have seen already. It is also true of our personality. This is far from being one 'thing'.
It is a common teaching in many esoteric systems that we have three fundamental powers, each has its own path. These powers are thinking (mind), feeling (heart) and willing (will). The last of these (will) is the least studied by psychologists.
A simple experiment.
If someone takes a piece of paper and writes the answer to the question "What do I want?" giving a fresh answer each time, a long list results, with answers ranging from "an ice cream", "a large house of my own", "a fulfilling marriage", "to see India", "to see my daughter settled", and so on. We can generate many answers if we do not censor... and it is an interesting experiment to do. More difficult is to narrow the long list to ten and then five prime wishes. That involves choosing.
When I was training in Psychosynthesis, we did this, and then five people sat around us, reading the wishes out. We sat in the middle, eyes closed, listening.
The experience was excruciating... uncomfortable. This is because the wishes are often mutually incompatible as they stand. And hearing them read is like being within one's own mind when it's in a spin.
Each of these wishes, the five or the ten or more, spring from a different sub-personality. If you play with this you can find quite distinct 'beings' inside that have their own way of thinking, have characteristic feelings and different motivations.
Part of emotional maturity I believe, is recognising this reality at least in outline. Then we know with some impulses that arise they are just a sub-personality ... not central to who we are. A 'part of us' not our core. We gradually recognise these parts. When we do, we get choice. We can decide to act in accord with a fragment of who we are, or we can choose not to.
Powerful sub-personalities that have dominated parts of our lives often have their root in childhood and interactions with our parents and siblings. We may find that they exert far too much sway in our life. Gradually we can recognise this, and so choose otherwise. Of course if the pattern is deep and if it relates to what felt at the age of - say - six, to be a life and death matter, then detaching from it can prove difficult.
Managing who we are, elegantly, is a life skill that never really is finished with, as, at each stage of our life we are faced with different challenges.
Finding how to respond to these in real time is not easy for anyone. Placing our consciousness at Soul level ... aligning with our higher self ... certainly helps. Indeed it really only is from that level we act as a unity rather than a part.
Murray Morison is a novelist living in Crete
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