A formal naming, and the principle of "de-teaching

Trip Start Jan 27, 2008
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

This has certainly turned into a bike-maintenance mission, that's for sure. But that's no matter for the person who has patience. Not saying I do, but maybe for someone who was it might be no trouble.
Seriously though, I don't mind at all, there will be plenty of miles to cover whenever I get out of here.
The Box Man hasn't been able to get the proper sheet steel to make the custom boxes for the luggage rack, I've had a decent hemorrhoid trying to get said rack fitted and sorted, Karma hurt his back last week, so it was only yesterday that I was finally able to get Rocinante's adjustments and timing done. She runs like a charm now, though.
No big deal though, in addition to poring over hindi words trying to add vocabulary, I've gone back to an old manali habit of mine from last time, reading some classics. Oliver Twist was gone in a couple of days, and yesterday I got East of Eden, a monumental novel from one of my all-time favorites, Steinbeck, who's "Travels with Charley" semi-inspired the naming of my trusty Enfield motorcycle.
I could easily spend a lot more time here in manali, it's one of the best places I have been to in my travels, a town with which I share a special, though seemingly unlikely affinity. Things just happen that way, you find the people and places that speak to your heart, and keep coming back.

I do some of my best thinking here as well, or at least to my own unbiased mind. Below is a passage on letting go of the fantasy of afterlife in all it's forms, and through the resultant freedom being able to make the most of this life. After all (at least I know this in my heart) it is the very only one we have, so there is no reason to make it unpleasant with bad feeling or deed. (Also when I start to spout philosophical, it usually means I have been in one place long enough to start thinking too much again. . . )

"True freedom is freedom from the fantasy of comfort. Remove the safety nets, wherever they may be.
People strive so desperately to believe in some afterlife. They strive to believe that someone else has an answer. They strive to believe that they are important. The only truth is what is left after this "safety" fantasy is boiled away.
There is then only reality, that which we can see, and "That which we cannot see." Acceptance without question of That Which We Cannot See may on the outside seem like faith, but to the contrary, it is knowing that there is no answer to the question, no comfort, no supernatural safety net, therefore knowing that the question is futile to ask.
There only "is," nothing more. The rest, the explanations, the needless words are the product of man, manufactured by the timid child inside, the one who is afraid of the dark, afraid of being left alone.
To be living in the present moment ALL fantasies of after-life and anthropomorphic "gods" must be discarded. Teachings can be very useful, but ultimately must be left off as well, to fall out on their own like a child's milk teeth.
The obligations of worship and belief, faith and commitment have no ultimate bearing on the real love, responsibilities and commitments to fellow living humans, and indeed, to all living creatures. The former is conditioned, the latter innate.
Life here and now is all you get--whether one chooses to make it an innocent's paradise or a sinner's hell is all up to the individual. Religions, gurus, teachers, preachers and the like all, or at the very least most, have perhaps some knowledge, but they too are bogged down in meaningless faith and belief. If this is the one life you get, the only way to make it good is to: love. experience. learn. create.
In this way only can one be ready for death whenever it comes. Not only may one feel the need to exceed the expectations of others, most importantly one needs to surpass one's own.
"Transcendence" is not some ethereal place far away from everyday life, somewhere out in the cosmos, that kind of mumbo-jumbo resides only in the mind. Transcendence is a very earthly existence, transcending the fear, the fear which gives birth to the fantasy described above.
One needs not so much "teaching" as "DE-teaching."
These are the non-teachings of a non-guru, the musings of a nobody, just like everyone else. . ."
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chakoxkanyon
chakoxkanyon on

cool man cool
now fire up that engine...
and roll!

playblues
playblues on

WTF??
Aren't you supposed to get enlightened and preach to the glorious wonder of reincarnation after traveling through the bowels of India and the like??
How do you get anywhere dodging all the thrown stones, heathen?!?!?!?!

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