Jul 16, 2018

RhoDeo 1828 Teachings 2

Hello, lots of sports this weekend Wimbledon saw the female semis and final take less time together then the shortest men's semi final and yet these tennis women get payed the same and they call it emancipation, i call it a joke. This years winner Angelique Kerber is the prototype of today's top female players, extremely labile despite winning lots of money for very little match effort. The men's final was a bit of an anti climax Anderson's somewhat lucky 5sets win over Federer was followed by the of  battle of the service giants where the slightly taller 2m10 Isner could hardly move after 6 and a half hours, not much was expected of Anderson either in the final. Nadal and Djokovic were well aware that their match would deliver Sundays winner and even if their battle took more than 5 hours it was spread over 2 days which was a big boon for those having tickets for the ladies final they got 2 sets of the highest order tennis where Nadal finally bowed to Djokovic, in contrast the ladies final was uneventful and over in 70 minutes. So Djokovic is back on top after injury kept him from the court for over a year.

The Tour delivered drama on the cobbles but just one victim Richie Porte, stage winner Degenkolb had been trying to get back to his winning ways for 2 years after being run over by a female who took half his team down during a training session. Anyway his hand was seriously hurt and you really need full control if you want to ride at high speeds, No surprsise then he was very emotional after the finish and many of his collegues not just teammates congratulated him being well aware of the dark days he lived through.

And then there was the Worldcupfinal the Croates were clearly the better team in the first half yet they trailed 2-1 thanks to sub-par refereeing first giving a free kick for a dummy fall by Griezman the free kick bounced of the head of Mancukic into the net, the Croates bounced back with a briliant strike by Perecic but then disaster struck again the VAR told the refree to look at a ball that dropped onto a hand, in no way deliberate but hey it's the little guy that gets it and that creep Griezman converted the penalty. It must have demorilized the Croates because in the second half they clearly were'nt as dominant unsurprsingly as they had a played 90 mintes extra over the tournament. The French defensive tacktick saw them never trail in a match, and despite having some great players did very little entertaining, no Viva La france for me...

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Essential reading for any deep thinker and open-minded person who has experienced "non-ordinary realities.".

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge was published by the University of California Press in 1968 as a work of anthropology, though many critics contend that it is a work of fiction. It was written by Carlos Castaneda and submitted as his Master’s thesis in the school of Anthropology. It purports to document the events that took place during an apprenticeship with a self-proclaimed Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don Juan Matus from Sonora, Mexico between 1960 and 1965.

The book is divided into two sections. The first section, The Teachings, is a first person narrative that documents Castaneda's initial interactions with don Juan. He speaks of his encounters with Mescalito (a teaching spirit inhabiting all peyote plants), divination with lizards and flying using the "yerba del diablo" (lit. "Devil's Weed"; Jimson weed), and turning into a blackbird using "humito" (lit. "Little smoke"; a smoked powder containing Psilocybe mexicana). The second, A Structural Analysis, is an attempt, Castaneda says, at "disclos[ing] the internal cohesion and the cogency of don Juan’s Teachings."......'N Joy

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"Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary.

This question is one that only a very old man asks. Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths, but I am not anywhere. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.

Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path. A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it."

Ever since I read the book I have followed that advice. Life blossoms with a feeling of realness. (less)

Carlos Castaneda - The Teachings of Don Juan 2 (mp3  55mb)

2 The Teachings of Don Juan part 7-13  60 :01

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Carlos Castaneda - The Teachings of Don Juan 1 (mp3  46mb)

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