Sunday, November 12, 2017

Gregorian Chant Mass @ Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, November 12, 2017

   Please enjoy the ongoing blessings of the season, which are all around us.  Just attended Catholic mass and received Holy Communion at the cathedral in San Francisco.  The sermon focused on "the end times", enjoining everyone to prepare for their own leaving of the earth plane, and also to be ready for the second coming of the Lord, and finally our going to heaven.  

   As I sat dispassionately in the pew, fully realizing that life on the earth plane has never been more than a disjointed, dislocating ride on the worldly roller coaster, at some times dangerous, often horrifying, disturbingly insane, and routinely enjoyable too, it was clear that the constantly changing spectacle must be let go of.

    Allow me to take this opportunity to thank everyone who befriended me on our collective earthly journey.  This body-mind complex is 68 years young.  I do not know how much longer it will be seen on the planet earth.  I really don't care.  Having given my all for the sake of peace & justice, and for the advancement of radical environmentalism in the face of materialism and its idiotic servants, I am ready to depart upwards.

     I invite all who are interested in cultivating a deeper spiritual experience to stick with me, and to the rest of you, I wish you well wherever your trip goes.  Good luck!

Craig Louis Stehr
November 12, 2017
San Francisco, CA, USA

Email: CraigStehr@inbox.com

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Society of the Anti-Spectacle

I am sitting here at a public computer at the Berkeley, CA library, typing up a message to be shared with all, and published. Postmodernism is fucked! I've got, as so many others do, a lot of unscheduled time, some money to spend, good health, and a fully enlightened spiritualized consciousness. I am NOT "rotting in the quagmire of samsara".

     50 years of front line radical environmental and peace & justice direct action, decades of selfless service work to benefit the masses, and today I am asking you: "where are we collectively headed?"  The pointlessness of the Trumpocalypse politically reigns supreme, the planet earth's climate continues to get warmer with all of the resultant catastrophic weather consequences, and the social fabric is generally not holding up very well.  

I just read in the news of another mass random shooting inside of a church.  Now that's real madness, isn't it?  What we must constantly be on guard against, is "accepting the situation", because that is what the insanity of postmodernism is all about.  It is all about getting everybody to be so dead spiritually, that the current situation is not responded to.  Postmodernism wants everyone to not do anything at all.  

Postmodernism wants you to stay stoned, keep drinking, and not take any significant action in response to global socio-political circumstances.

     If you have realized how bad this is, go ahead and contact me at CraigStehr@inbox.com.  I just might join with you to take down the spectacle.  What say you?

Craig Louis Stehr
November 6, 2017
San Francisco, CA, USA
Email: CraigStehr@inbox.com

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Brief History of Washington D.C.'s Olive Branch Catholic Worker House

Just sitting here in my room in San Francisco, remembering the five times I was at Washington D.C.'s Olive Branch Catholic Worker House at 11th & M Streets in the Shaw neighborhood, beginning in June of 1991. 


Initially, the district's Catholic Worker group moved out to a more comfortable location, and then claimed that they had succeeded mightily by turning over the house to the homeless whom they had taken in, thus doubling in size the Washington D.C. Catholic Worker group, housing formerly homeless individuals, and pulling off a small miracle essentially.

     Reality is that the group did in fact move to a more comfortable house in a higher income neighborhood.  Otherwise, the Olive Branch Catholic Worker House was a crack house!  The previously homeless residents never joined with the Catholic Worker volunteers who showed up to volunteer at Zacchaeus Kitchen, and who were initially unaware of the crazy situation in the house.  If that weren't bad enough, an assortment of feminists moved in, taking advantage of the rent free living situation, and none of them gave a shit about anything spiritual at all, and they did no service work.  The ensuing chaos from their aggravating anti-social behavior, (supposedly appropriate to uplift downtrodden women everywhere) made the house rat population look friendly.  At war with the crackheads, the punk bitches moved out and the rats stayed.

     And then something actually worthwhile happened around April 16, 2000.  For three days thousands shut down Washington D.C. in protest of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund policies.  We had the Midnight Special Law Collective in the front room downstairs.  We had a media center set up two blocks away in Blagden Alley in an artist collective studio.  We housed an endless stream of direct action oriented radical environmentalists and the black bloc.  We shut down Washington D.C. for three days and informed the whole world about the global situation of materialism's insanity.  Finally, the Olive Branch Catholic Worker House was important.  I guess Jesus just woke up!!

     Later, the house was used by anarchists to challenge Washington D.C. city government insofar as the mistreatment of the homeless population was concerned.  Eventually, the Metropolitan Police Department raided the house, tossed everyone out onto the sidewalk, boarded up the front door, and pressured the owner into selling the building.  Currently, the building is divided up into condominiums.  Jesus moved out.  We don't know where He went.  

~End of Story~


Craig Louis Stehr
October 17, 2017
San Francisco

Email: CraigStehr@inbox.com

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Letter to the editor March 19, 2017

 Mar 19

 Have you ever wondered why radical action in America often doesn't succeed?   I will tell you something:  the problem is the liberal mind and its constant attempt to mollify radical action.  Of course the alt. right is crazy.  But much worse, is the liberal fuck puke that is responsible for radicalism NOT being more effective against the alt. right, and this is because the liberal fuck puke wants all of the credit for effective opposition, and therefore works against radical action.

The liberal fuck puke is inherently stupid.  That is why they do not overcome the alt. right.  Unless you are a total mental fool, you need to go out and destroy that which is against you!  You might consider beginning with the liberal fuck puke.  The alt. right is satisfactorily self-imploding presently, and besides, you can always finish that motherfucker off later.

Happy Vernal Equinox!  
Craig Louis Stehr
Email: CraigStehr@inbox.com

San Francisco

Chanting in the Abyss of Postmodernism

March 14, 2017. Woke up this morning and immediately began mentally silently repeating the Krishna mahamantram: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.  The performance of japa (chanting) will continue until laying down the body in the bed for rest tonight.  And then upon awakening in the morning, immediately beginning mentally silently repeating the Krishna mahamantram until laying down the body in the bed for rest at night.

 Considering the stupidity of postmodernism, there is no reason for me to follow any other spiritual path in the forseeable future.  I am sending out this email update because I have been receiving messages from many of my associations regarding how I am doing generally, what my current views are socio-politically, what I believe ought to be done in lieu of the Trumpocalypse and its deconstruction of all environmental governmental entities, and lastly, inquiries as to where precisely I am at spiritually nowadays.    

Please know that I have a lease at a travel inn located in the lower Nob Hill section of San Francisco until June 1st.  I have no plans beyond that.  All creative suggestions will be considered.  What would you like to do?

Craig Louis Stehr  EMAIL: CraigStehr@inbox.com
March 14, 2017
 Mechanics Institute Library San Francisco

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Anavopaya

"O Shiva, you have produced a three-world drama which has in its interior Maya as the source of all the existents.  You have presented the introductory portion of the drama.  

Where is the creative artist other than yourself who can bring about its conclusion?"  ~Shiva-Sutras, Section III, Anavopaya, Sutra 9). 

Source: "Siva Sutras: The Yoga of Supreme Identity", translated by Jaideva Singh, p. 153.  Motilal Banarsidass, First Edition: Delhi 1979.  (Introductory Blessing: Swami Muktananda).

Yogic Wisdom for the American Presidential Inauguration January 20, 2017

1/20/17 "Birth and death, bondage and freedom, pleasure and pain, gain and loss, are mental creations.  

Transcend the pairs of opposites.  You were never born.  You will never die.  Thou art the immortal Self always, O Prem!  

Thou art ever free in the three periods of time.  It is the physical body that goes and comes."  

~Swami Sivananda, (Founder of the Divine Life Society, Muni-ki-Reti, India)

http://www.sivanandaonline.org