Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Most crucial message fr. Swami Chidananda/Divine Life Society

In this very time of existence, seek the Eternal. Unfold the divine perfection within you. This is the serious business of life. All other things are secondary. Give top priority to this.
- Swami Chidananda

Dance of Immortality

~Dance of Immortality~
Not identifying with the body
Not identifying with the mind
The nameless formless Dao
Dances without interference

Craig Louis Stehr

Monday, March 23, 2020

Hawaii Shuts Down (March 23, 2020)

Beginning in a few days, only essential businesses and services will be open in the State of Hawaii, and then on a restricted basis.  Incoming individuals will be quarantined for 14 days at wherever they live or are booked into.  The beaches are closed.  Bars are closed.  Restaurants are open for take out only.  Residents are encouraged to remain at home and only go outside for exercise and to obtain essentials.  Senior citizens are encouraged to remain even more isolated, and be indoors as much as is feasible, setting the example for "social distancing".   The Hawaiian governor Ige and the Honolulu mayor Caldwell emphasize that everyone practice "ohana" and "aloha" and comply.  
         Here at The Plumeria Hostel Alternative, work is slowing down as peak tourist season is ending.  In addition to that, my present food stamp benefits are running out for this month, the bank account has $30 in it, and social security will eventually reimburse me for their extensive errors (which they have apologized to me for), but there is no indication of when.  I may "defer payment" for the room here if necessary, and thus remain safely housed for the immediate future.  I do NOT have the coronavirus.  Am actually feeling great due to decades of spiritual cultivation.  That's probably politically incorrect at the moment, but who cares?  And of course, I am always welcome to leave Hawaii.
          Whereas I have previously stated that I will no longer announce that I am available on planet earth for frontline peace & justice and radical environmental organizing, activism, etcetera because I have already stated that at least 100 times, and also I said that I will no longer ask others what they would do in this world if they knew that they could not fail, because I have asked that crucial question about 500 times over the past 40 years in America, I therefore don't know what else to say.  ~The End~

Craig Louis Stehr
Snail mail: P.O. Box 235670, Honolulu, HI 96823
No phone😀

Monday, March 16, 2020

Transcending Postmodernism

It is a balmy Sunday evening in Honolulu, Hawaii, with springtime thunderstorms followed by double rainbows, lots of colorful flowers everywhere, and the dove birds coo cooing.  Attended Catholic mass at Saints Peter & Paul church tonight, with the priest urging the congregation to pray to God to be protected from the Coronavirus.  No consecrated wine is being served.  Just the consecrated wafer.  
         Meanwhile, I have run out of money due to the errors of the Hawaii Social Security Administration.  But I will get a reimbursement, although it might take three months.  Enough housekeeping is still happening to hopefully pay the weekly room rental.  It's close, but will probably get it to the first of the month when more Social Security benefits come in.  Hawaii SNAP (food stamps) will ensure that food is obtainable if I don't spend more than $10 per day.  Otherwise, the economic outlook here is slowing down due to the stupidity of the Federal Government travel banning tourists from coming in.  Of course it is crazy to economically undermine a place which is the #1 tourist destination in the world, but basic sanity is absent from the current political administration in Washington, D.C., and besides, Hawaii traditionally votes Democratic.  
           I'd like to publicly thank Washington, D.C. Peace Vigil participant Craig Thompson, who invited me to return to Washington, D.C. and live on a park bench in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House, in order to bottom line the 24/7 anti-nuclear vigil at night.  I may shower once per week at his place.  I have no idea where the daily meals would come from.  [God Almighty would have to set this up, because the humanity obviously isn't capable of it.]  Otherwise, I have received no offers from anybody to do anything crucial at all in the near future.  I'm wondering if collectively, we even have a future!  Thanks for listening.  ;-)))
Craig Louis Stehr
March 15, 2020
Snail Mail: P.O. Box 235670, Honolulu, HI 96823
No phone  😀

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Samsaric Meltdown in Alohaland

Warmest spiritual greetings, This afternoon was spent at the Honolulu Social Services Administration office and at the Hawaii State Health Insurance Assistance Program office.  My Social Security SSA benefit did NOT come in March 2020.  Thus, I went to the appropriate office here to find out why.  The Hawaii Social Security Administration has apologized to me for a slew of systemic errors.  Firstly, their messages have been sent to my friend Chester's place in California (where I was visiting in December), because the Hawaii Soc. Sec. Admin. failed to properly put my Hawaii address into their system when I transferred my benefits from California to Hawaii upon my return here December 5th.  Therefore, I had no idea what was going on!
          Second, I have been informed that California originally paid my part  B of Medicare, and that this was covered the past three months since I changed my benefits to Hawaii, but since Hawaii had not approved covering my part B benefits, the Hawaii Social Security Administration has withheld my SSA benefit for March, which amounts to the amount for part B which was paid out by the State of Hawaii, but which I was NOT entitled to be covered for in Hawaii.  [CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS???] Then, I was sent to the Hawaii State Health Insurance Assistance Program office to apply for the State of Hawaii covering the Medicare part B, and assuming that my application will be approved, the withheld amount is going to be reimbursed to me, although it might take up to three months for all of this to be realized. [REPEAT: CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS???]
           Third, because I did not know any of this, I did not budget for it, and therefore have presently $6.71 in the bank.  I have $241.18 in SNAP benefits (Hawaii food stamps) until the 5th of April.  My weekly rental situation is $198, which I am able to cover on Thursday for one week.
            Beyond all of this craziness, I am not interested in being in Hawaii "surviving".  I just don't need it.  It's been great this winter, and I have the utmost appreciation for everybody at The Plumeria Hostel Alternative on Pi'ikoi Street.  But seriously everybody, we are not here on earth to survive.  I have received one offer to return to Washington, D.C. (for the 16th time), live on a park bench in Lafayette Park, and spend all night maintaining the historic anti-nuclear vigil across the street from the White House.  A friend associated with that said that I may come to his place once weekly to take a shower.  Otherwise, I presently have nothing "spiritually creative" to do, and welcome any offers, the sooner the better. 
             Let us all continue to identify with our true spiritual nature, understanding that it's going to be a very difficult journey for those identified with the body-mind complex.  I wish to associate henceforth with others of a similar spiritual 
             Thank you very much,

Craig Louis Stehr
Snail mail: P.O. Box 235670, Honolulu, HI 96823-3511
No phone  

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Everything Previous Has Been Exhausted!

Warmest spiritual greetings, The peak tourist season in Hawaii is now ending, which means that I'll have less work and am currently available to do otherwise.  It's been a really enjoyable time here going to all of the Oahu hot spots, and eating very well on the local cuisine, particularly island fruits and vegetables, plus the sea food.  I doubt that it is possible to be higher up on the food chain, or more organic than this, living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile, I've been following all of the horrendous news, particularly about negative, paranoiac Washington, D.C., the Democratic Party's primary season, whether the socially necessary candidate Senator Bernie Sanders will actually appear on the ballot this time around, and the possibility that the environmentally deranged current administration will continue for another four years.  That, in addition to all of the other scary problems that this chaotic civilization is faced with.  

        Sitting at the huge Ala Moana Shopping Center enjoying a large Caribbean Passion Fruit drink, watching the mind think.  And think.  And think.  Seriously, who cares?  I am the witness of these thoughts.  I am the Brahman of the Indian Vedas.  And so are you.
         I can leave Hawaii at any time, and am available for frontline peace & justice and radical environmental direct action.  Don't even bother to ask where am I going to live, how am I going to eat, what about money, etcetera.  I feel like throwing furniture when I hear the insane thing, after all these 7 decades.  I mean, if not now, then when?  If not us, then who?  Those are the questions which need to be answered.
          Identify as that which is permanent, and stop identifying with the impermanent body and mind, and the entire wheel of samsara stops turning.  ~Mahalo~

Craig Louis Stehr
March 5, 2020
Snail mail: P.O. Box 235670, Honolulu, HI 96823-3511
No phone