Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Nisargadatta Maharaj, Going Beyond Postmodernism's Insanity, Poem for the Earth Warriors.

Warm spiritual greetings, 

1. As the great jnana yoga master Nisargadatta Maharaj said in Mumbai, India, "Remember the instruction: whatever you come across, go beyond." 

2. 40 years after taking responsibility as a global citizen on the earth plane, participating in countless radical environmental and peace & justice campaigns, 23 years of selfless service with groups such as Catholic Worker, Food Not Bombs, and Food for Life, plus creatively writing articles, poetry, plays, and hundreds of published letters, plus being an editor myself involved in publishing, while all the while cultivating a legitimate spiritual life, I have reached a nadir.

The present situation in New Orleans is almost impossible, in terms of establishing the "Neutral Ground Community Center".  Also, I am being disrespected by the liberals in Washington D.C., who are apparently too stupid to appreciate what I've already done there since June of 1991, and they do not want me there because I reflect reality (as opposed to their fantasies of radical social change, which are bullshit).

So, I am going to take the ferry boat ride across the Mississippi River  this morning, and spend the day wandering aimlessly in the French Quarter. 

Beyond that, I have no idea where I am going to go, or what I am going to do.

 I am consciously ending this absurd portion of my life's journey in postmodern America, and going on to a future which is not ridiculously beneath my level of intelligence. Even the liberals in Washington D.C. appreciate this!

3. For now, I share with you a poem that was graciously published on the Warrior Poets webpage.  May you, like myself, never give up.

by Craig Louis Stehr
Rejoice in the dark phase of Kali Yuga
Nonattachment both to elusive peace
And discomfort in the face of chaos
Liberates the worrying mind
From earth plane’s crazy dramatics
Delusion’s nets release the dolphins
Ensnared in the cold grey seas
To roam free and ride the currents
From season to season beneath the stars
Navigating by moonlight to hidden realms
Only to emerge with new messages
Listen to the songs of the whales
The electric eel brings a warning
Undersea volcanoes echo the instructions
From the center of the earth which is
The real beating heart at its core
Deep within and silent
Witnessing the movement
Of the universal play
Millions and millions of miles
Of vast space stretch out
One beam of light to infinity
Bends and curves to return
To its origin completing the journey
Everything lives in a circular motion
Always returning like giant waves
That form and crash loudly and go back
Shifting sand beds underneath
And rocking the coral reefs
The great white shark is unmoved
It stays above its shadow relaxed and calm
Knowing what’s up and it has known
For a very long time
The reckoning of climate change approaches
Temperatures irregular and sea levels varying
Storms alter fish migrations and the
Undersea plants and deep sea life
All the way down to the ocean floor
In flux in the murkiness with soundings
Rumbling from below bottom dwellers
Emissions escape from fissures and trembling
Are the code of transmissions sent up to the surface
To land dwellers and the myriad species
Trees, plants, mountains, rivers, streams
Frigid air currents and warm clouds
The truth always comes back full circle
We are receiving our instructions all the time.

Craig Louis Stehr

Craig Louis Stehr

c/o Jamie Loughner

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New Orleans, LA 70114

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