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Se muestran los artículos pertenecientes a Junio de 2009.

Necesitamos santos

Excelente orientación pastoral del Cardenal Cipriani:
 


“Creo que lo que hoy está faltando en la Iglesia es el martirio de la fe, el tener la audacia y el coraje de vivir una fe que nos lleva a ese morir a los caprichos personales, a la soberbia personal, a la sensualidad…
 
necesitamos santos, que caminando por las calles y dirigiendo sus familias, y trabajando en los oficios más humildes o siendo grandes economistas o políticos, irradien una luz tan fuerte, su sal sea de tal sabor, que volvamos a ver esa primavera de la que nos hablaba Juan Pablo II de hogares, de escuelas. No es una utopía, es una posibilidad al alcance de la santidad. Si no tomamos la decisión de ser santos, no entenderemos el mensaje de San Pablo…
… Se habla tanto de los derechos humanos…, pero luego nos encontramos con aquellos niños malnutridos, mal acogidos por sus padres, que no tienen el hogar que deben tener, aquella escuela que no brinda el calor y el respeto y el testimonio de los maestros….
¿qué hacemos con unas Naciones Unidas de pura estructura económica vacías de contenido ético y moral? ¿Y con todas esas organizaciones internacionales que, buscando únicamente negociaciones puramente externas, no pretenden crear un clima de una mayor formación moral, espiritual, ética? La tibieza ha invadido el sistema mundial y esa tibieza genera espíritus indecisos, muchas veces tramposos…
… Yo pienso que hay algo que está muy metido en el ser humano: el afán de lucimiento, la vanidad. Cuando el responsable, llámese sacerdote.. u obispo, en lugar de ser un servidor, una alfombra para que sus hermanos pisen, el último de los servidores…, piensa que el cargo que posee le permite unos beneficios y unas comodidades y un mando, entonces, lamentablemente, esa escuela de vanidad, de superficialidad, se convierte en un camino que no funciona…
 
… Los sacerdotes no podemos servirnos de la Iglesia para hacer un escenario y luego dejar a la Iglesia muy mal, con una hipocresía y un cinismo que realmente va siendo cada día más espeluznante…
En toda institución hay unas normas y el que no las cumple se va de la institución. Yo creo que está faltando en muchos niveles de la Iglesia una mayor autoridad y una mayor obediencia. Y creo que eso no es ni medieval, ni moderno, ni postmoderno…

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… A los sacerdotes se les pide esa castidad que se le pide también al matrimonio. Hay una castidad conyugal y hay una castidad en el celibato. Quien sabe amar y quien tiene la experiencia de un amor matrimonial sano y estable sabe de qué le estoy hablando…
La identidad católica no es propiedad de una universidad, ni del rector, ni del ministro de educación. La identidad católica está acreditada por la Iglesia católica
… Creo yo que hace falta un poquito más de claridad y de autoridad. De claridad por parte de quienes son responsables para poder decir: “si usted no quiere, deje de ser católico". Pero lo que no podemos es vender un producto malogrado.
 
Pensar que los padres y los hijos van a una universidad que tiene el letrero de “católica” y luego resulta que enseña lo contrario a la fe. Es una confusión o un abuso. Creo que la Iglesia tiene el deber de llamar a las cosas por su nombre…
… Lo que no me parece bien es que haya un presidente de Estados Unidos, con todo el respeto que merece el señor Obama, que vaya a una universidad católica a explicarle a los católicos qué es ser católico y, en su discurso, haga toda una clase de teología vacía, llena de relativismo, muy peligrosa, convocando a los disidentes de la Iglesia católica. Es una vergüenza…
 
… Yo no es que sea partidario de la polémica y de la confrontación. Pero parece una provocación dar un homenaje católico a un presidente que en los primeros cien días ha impulsado el aborto, los matrimonios gays, las investigaciones con las células embrionarias, y toda una agenda antivida…
… Esto es muy antiguo. Pero, ¿cuál es la diferencia? Que antes, quien disentía, se iba de la Iglesia; hoy se queda adentro y esto me parece que requiere de nosotros, por amor a la Iglesia, un poquito más de firmeza…
… Las universidades y las escuelas y hasta los equipos de fútbol reflejan lo que ocurre en la sociedad. Puede haber una universidad que tenga una propuesta luterana o marxista o pagana, pero dejemos que haya también una universidad con la propuesta católica…
…En esa integridad católica, lógicamente creo yo que no es ningún problema ni la libertad de cátedra, ni la autonomía. Simplemente quien va a una universidad católica, vive la propuesta y el proyecto católico…
…Comprendo que la situación refleje este relativismo de pensamiento y que mucha gente, en nombre de la tolerancia, es muy intolerante. Te exigen tolerancia a ti, como ordinario del lugar, y sin embargo no toleran la propuesta católica que la Iglesia propone…
 
…son momentos en que hay que tener una enorme cercanía con el Señor, hay que tener pasión por el tiempo que nos ha tocado vivir, y no temor, hay que buscar en el fondo del corazón de la gente esa semilla de bondad que todos tenemos…
…Tomémonos más serio a la persona humana, a la familia, a Dios creador, a Dios hecho hombre, a nuestra madre Santa María, a lo que es la maternidad de una mujer.
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02/06/2009 22:39. plotino #. RELIGION No hay comentarios. Comentar.

Obama

Barack Hussein Obama, se ha leído la enciclopedia: Historia de España, de la editorial Prisoe. Donde colaboran, entre otros, Leire Pajín (antropóloga especializada en simios parlamentarios), Manuel Cháves (experto en árboles genealógicos andaluces de Andasulía), Viviana Aído (miembra de los seres vivos, pero no humanos), Pepiño Blanco (corrector de concetos a alta velocidad); ilustrado con viñetas canarionas de López Aguilar y traducido al Lingala por Moratinos y al inglés americano por Rodríguez Zapatero. Se incluye un Dvd de La Guerra de las Galaxias, episodio La Alianza de Al-Andalus, el retorno de Torquemada y un libro de bolsillo Cómo ser del Ku Kus Klan con kufiyya en la iglesia de San Carlos Borromeo. Se envía gratuitamente a través de un avión Azor, sin virus A H1N1, de las fuerzas aéreas españolas, pilotado por Carma Chacón. Su precio es de menos 0,01 euros y un canon digital de tropecientos millones de euros por la Sgae, aunque González Sinde lo ampliará a terabytes millones de euros para subvencionar la película hispanoamericana La rosa tatuada, en el culo de Obama con el símbolo Zp.
Pero ¿Se sorprenden?
¿Quien es este mulato? Un tio de extrema izquierda, sectario que, eso si, sabe mentir y sabe manejar la propaganda, que son los elementos diferenciales, siempre, de los de la extrema izquierda.

Este tio es como zETAp, sectario y vacio. No ha hecho nada en su vida, y no tiene ni zorra de historia ni de nada salvo de montarse en el carro de la pasta.

Porque este va a dejar crudos a los yankis. Pero ellos lo han votado, asi que a san xoderse.

Como nosotros con el tio este del 11M
04/06/2009 23:24. plotino #. THIS WORLD No hay comentarios. Comentar.


No hay dinero: El Gobierno pide un crédito de 17.000 millones para pagar el paro

Ésto es el no va más, el colmo de la desfachatez, de la sinvergonzonería y de la maldad.
¡Pero qué panda de mal nacidos descerebrados nos desgobierna!
Efectivamente, ellos traen pobreza y hasta quiebra, y la culpa, por decirlo castizamente, al empedrado.
Yo ya lo anuncié en un mensaje hace un par de meses. La emigración se acercaba por el horizonte de mis posibilidades.
Pues bien, si a la vuelta de verano (Septiembre), la cosa ha empeorado (mejorar ya sé que no va a mejorar), éste que suscribe se larga de la que una vez fué su querida España, hoy Ex-paña. Con mi dinero, no se forran éstos mierdas a costa de tener al pueblo jodido. Ésto va por mal, muy mal camino. Y el Presidente, riéndose, que no sé de qué leches se reirá: 11-M, negociaciones con ETA, crisis económica sin propósito de enmienda, los sindicatos arruinando aún más al país, subvenciones a troche y moche para sus amiguetes, 110 kilos de droga desaparecidos de una comisaría de Sevilla, caso Marta del Castillo, corrupción a todos los niveles, nacionalismos mandando a su antojo, 17 reinos de taifas, unos iletrados manifiestos en puestos de gran responsabilidad en el Ejecutivo, ayuntamientos que quiebran, la educación por los suelos, la cultura... no digamos, la final de la Copa del Rey un espectáculo bochornoso y denigrante, el Jefe del Estado en las musarañas, el Ejército un desastre, la ministra de Defensa se caga en España y aquí no pasa nada, Bibiana Aído... Bibiana Aído... ¿quién coño es Bibiana Aído?, Maleni a forrarse a Bruselas, el fiscal general del Estado un sinvergüenza de marca mayor, Rubalcaba, el mayor mentiroso de la Historia de nuestra ex gran nación, la vicepresidenta De la Vega... ¿de dónde saca dinero para tanto, y tan caro, traje?, la juventud (no toda, pero si la mayoría) perdida entre la droga y mierdas semejantes debido al giliprogresismo, la oposición hechos unos blanditos, cual ositos mimosines, el mal campando a sus anchas... y Sonsoles cantando ópera y ZP riéndose, repito, que no sé de qué.
Y no quiero seguir porque la lista sería interminable.

Lo dicho, que yo empiezo a planificar mi marcha.
Qué pena, y hasta asco, de país.
Y que no despierta eh, que no despierta.
Ojalá que en mi próxima vida no nazca aquí. Y si así me toca, escribiré una carta al Ministerio del Interior (afortunadamente ya no estará la alimaña de Rubalcaba) para que me concedan un visado de apátrida, o me nacionalizo de otro país.

Un saludo.
12/06/2009 15:44. plotino #. ESPAÑA / SPAIN No hay comentarios. Comentar.

The power of solitude

Inner space: The power of solitude

 

 

When Tom Darling told his friends he planned to spend 10 days in silent meditation with a group of strangers, they joked that he was joining a cult. But the experience – gruelling and profound – offered an extraordinary antidote to the modern world

Monday, 15 June 2009

’Knots of unhappiness or disquiet are soon revealed. They slowly start to loosen and even unravel completely’

’Knots of unhappiness or disquiet are soon revealed. They slowly start to loosen and even unravel completely’

 

The moment the question is asked, the smiles and jokes we’ve been passing between us in our corner of the room quickly fall away. Around us, the hubbub of 40 men eating and talking only amplifies our silence.

 

Opposite me, the man called Ian, who I’ve known for around a quarter of an hour now, glances down at the bowl of soup in front of him. "I’ve worked all over the world," he says. He begins to load his spoon with another mouthful, but that’s as far as he gets. "Right now, though, I’m between jobs." He raises his head and pushes back his glasses. I catch his eye as he tries to look between myself and the man sitting next to me. "You know, just taking some time out for a while."

It’s early March 2009. All over the world recession has taken hold. The British economy is undergoing what analysts and politicians call "readjustments". House prices are falling, unemployment is rising; the only green shoots to be seen are out here in the countryside – but they’re really just evidence of the impending spring. Where we are, near the English-Welsh border, just a few miles from Hereford, there is at least the sense that the winter may at last be drawing to a close.

The conversation moves on. Ian tells us about his Japanese wife, and how if it hadn’t been for her he might have changed his mind about coming. The jokes return as we debate which aspect of the next 10 days might be the hardest, whether it will be the enforced silence, the absence of cigarettes and alcohol, or the entirely meat-free diet. Through the door that divides the building we can hear the higher, faster chatter of our female counterparts; there are more of them, perhaps as many as 60, but it occurs to me that they’re probably having exactly the same conversation. Along from us a small man with a perfectly shaved scalp has overheard our conversation. He shakes his head. Those are the easy bits, he tells us. The hardest is the meditation itself; that and missing your family. Realising he’s been before, we listen carefully.

A final briefing comes while we finish our soup. Each of us must agree to stay for the full 10 days; leaving early, midway through the training, can be dangerous. If any of us aren’t sure about being here, we can leave now. I and a few others look quickly about. No one moves. "OK then," says the site manager. In a short while the course will begin, and with it the Noble Silence that will last until the penultimate day. Turning back to the table, I and my new friends find ourselves saying our goodbyes. Next to me, Alexander – a very tall, very thin man with a kind face and grey-flecked eyes – smiles. I guess he’s about my father’s age, but it’s hard to tell. A self-confessed City burn-out, he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome three years ago. When he speaks, the words come out in a halting, juddering way, as if they’re reluctant to face the outside world and the ears that will hear them. "See you after" he says quietly.

By the time we’re allocated our seats in the modern meditation hall, dusk has fallen. On the other side of the hall the female students take their seats too. This is as close as we’ll get to them until the course ends; there’s even a separate entrance for them opposite our own. Dimmed wall lights lend the huge room an oddly cosy feel. Up front there are two teachers, one male, one female; above them hang two suspended television screens. It isn’t clear yet what they’re for. Together we sit in silence. There’s to be no further communication between us for 10 days, verbal or otherwise; as far as possible, we are to think of ourselves as being here alone. Mobile phones, books – even pens and paper – all these are now locked away, out of reach.

I feel the doubts multiplying in my mind as I glance around. The question a friend of mine asked less than two days ago returns to me, each word louder and clearer than it was at the time: "Oh no, you’re not going to join a sect, are you?" I try to reassure myself, firstly that mankind has been practicing meditation since roughly 3,000BC, and secondly that as an Englishman I’m supposed to feel like this. Anything which involves a frank and open examination of how we feel is just so terribly un-British. It’s no coincidence that in the West even something such as psychoanalysis, which shelters under the official umbrella of being a science, has historically always been more strongly linked to continental Europe and America than the UK. But this isn’t psychoanalysis; this is Vipassana. Meaning "to see things as they really are", it’s the technique the Buddha himself practised – so before Buddhism itself even existed. Passed on from generation to generation by a chain of devoted teachers, it’s thanks to one of these teachers – a Burmese industrialist called S. N. Goenka – that it’s now taught in centres all over the world. I glance about again and take a breath, and set aside my misgivings as best I can.

****

Set amongst 22 acres of rolling countryside, the centre (called Dhamma Dipa – "island of dhamma", dhamma being "the way to liberation") is based around an old farmyard. More recently used as a riding school for children, it was bought and converted in 1991. Although Vipassana courses are also held in East Anglia, London and Sussex, Dhamma Dipa is the only dedicated centre in Britain. In the early days it ran courses for 50 students who sat in a drafty barn rather than in the modern hall they do today; and now it can take 130 of them. More than 30 courses are run each year at the centre, most of which last for the standard 10 days – although there are shorter and longer courses for children and students who have been before. In 2008 around 1,300 people completed courses here; in the 18 years since Dhamma Dipa opened, approximately 15,000 people, from all walks of life, have passed through its doors. Perhaps most remarkably, all the courses are completely free. Although donations are essential to the organisation’s survival, those who attend the courses are only allowed to give money once the 10 days are up – and only then if they want to. Neither the 89 year-old Mr Goenka, nor his assistants, profits financially at any stage; aside from those employed to manage the centres, the whole organisation is run by volunteers.

It’s nine o’clock, and according to our schedule, time to call it a day. We file out of the hall, collecting our shoes and coats on the way. There are new, purpose-built sleeping quarters, but many, including myself, must share rooms in the old farmhouse or converted stables. I’m in what looks like a pigpen with two others: a man about my age from Essex called Anik who deals in foreign property, and a younger guy from Manchester. "It just feels like the right time," Anik had told me earlier, when I’d asked him why he was there. "I don’t see how it can’t be a holiday" said the younger guy. "We don’t even have to cook for ourselves."

A gong wakes us at 4am. Outside it’s still dark. There are two hours of meditation before breakfast; during that time the assistant teachers have to wake a couple of students, a hand gently on their shoulders until their heads rise back into consciousness. In the half-light the scene is dreamlike, mysterious even: more than 100 people arranged in neat rows, sitting cross-legged on the ground in silence, their eyes shut. An unseen man chants in a language I don’t recognise, and it’s only later that I realise it’s Goenka himself. The whole course will be taught by him in this way; the original recordings were made 15 years ago during a course he taught in Massachusetts. Aside from the chanting and the various terminologies, which are in the ancient language of Pali, he will teach in English; to ensure consistency these tapes are used the world over, year after year. The same goes for courses taught in Indian and other languages. Goenka may in reality be approaching his 90th birthday, but as far as we’re concerned, in the removed world that w e’ll inhabit for the next 10 days, he’s fixed in his mid-seventies, his authority as teacher enhanced by his own agelessness.

Day One is spent focusing the mind by concentrating on our breath; this is called Anapana. We must master this before we can practice Vipassana. We’re instructed to merely observe our breath as it comes and goes, and not to try to control it. This is the beginning of our training; to become aware of the reality of each moment to the exclusion of all else. To do this, we focus on the sensations on and around our nostrils and upper lip. It’s easier said than done: time and again I realise my concentration has wandered, and I have to begin again.

The first day passes slowly. After more than 10 hours of Anapana we find out what the televisions are for. Each evening Goenka holds a discourse – again these are recordings from the USA – during which he expands on the teaching and the technique. After so many hours of repetitive instruction, I’m surprised to discover what good company he is: under a neat bonnet of white hair his eyes twinkle with intelligence and humour. Story follows story, each one a kind of parable to illustrate a point. Another surprise is his opposition to religion. Vipassana is a technique designed to deal with the reality of every moment as it happens, he argues, the polar opposite of simply having blind faith in this god or that god, or of practicing empty rituals. For these 10 days we must put aside any religious beliefs or artefacts. He tells us how hard we must work. "Patiently and persistently," he says again and again, his voice bordering on the hypnotic, "diligently – continuously and scrupulously." Then comes a warning. The second day will be tough; the mind will rebel at such sudden curtailment. The sixth day too will be difficult.

He’s right. It becomes uncomfortable, both physically from so many hours sitting in one position, and mentally from the lack of distractions. We’re not used to this; at least I’m not. Others clearly aren’t either, and during one of the afternoon sessions I notice a space in the hall where Ian should be. He’s returned to his Japanese wife. Day Three is much the same, and then on Day Four we begin to practice Vipassana, systematically moving our attention around our bodies to detect sensations. "Remain equanimous," Goenka tells us, "instead of reacting to a particular sensation merely observe it, in the knowledge that – gross or small, pleasant or unpleasant – it will pass." This law of impermanence is central to Vipassana. If we can begin to understand that nothing lasts, not just at the intellectual level but at the experiential level too, we will be less inclined to react to the present moment with either craving or revulsion. Our minds will become more balanced, and so better able to deal with reality. Goenka has the useful ability to put things simply. "The first victim of your negativity is you." If we can eradicate that negativity by ceasing to react to and so reinforce its sources, we will eradicate our unhappiness as well.

The experiential level is the difficult part. Even knowing your back is aching because you’ve been in the same position for so long, and that it will ease when that hour’s meditation is up, it’s very hard to remove yourself from the pain and simply observe it. Even with my eyes shut, I can hear that some of the others too are shifting on their cushions around me. At one point Alexander moves to a chair at the back of the room; it’s his spine, I think to myself, it’s too long. On Day Five someone else disappears, an intense-looking man who I hadn’t spoken to at the start. Besides his empty cushion there’s no trace left of him, only the memory of what he looked like. I’m disappointed to find myself envying him his freedom.

Each day during the lunch break the teachers are available for one-to-one interviews. As the Noble Silence only applies between the students, here you can talk freely, be it to raise a problem or ask questions about the technique. The male teacher is fresh-faced and lightly tanned, with an accent I can’t place. I ask him how it feels to be responsible for those students who are clearly quite lost or damaged souls, people who are searching for answers. There, too, are the perpetually unemployed, those individuals who I suspect are only too happy to mistake equanimity for a crippling disengagement with life. "We have all kinds of people attend these courses," he tells me, "and yes, some of them have experienced difficulties in their lives. But we’re here to help clarify the technique, nothing more. We never get involved in anyone’s personal details."

A few days later, shortly before I leave, we’ll continue this conversation at length. Born in Bromley, South London, his name is Chris Weeden; based in Japan where he has a language school, he teaches at centres all over the world. The only money he receives from the organisation is to cover his expenses. He tells me about Vipassana’s success in Iran and Lebanon, and about the guiding constitution that Mr Goenka has put together for when he’s gone. But how did a boy from Bromley become involved in all this in the first place, I ask? He laughs. "Good question. Well, I went travelling when I was a young man and when I was India I heard about Goenka by chance and went along. He wasn’t like the other gurus who were around at that time, many of whom gathered devotees about themselves. It was just a very practical technique, and at the end, that was it, you left. You alone were responsible." We discuss the suspicion that many people in Britain still have of meditation, and the fact that my roommate Anik lied to every single one of his friends about being here, telling them he was going to Portugal instead. Perhaps, I suggest, given the uncertainty in the world due to the economic crisis, and the increase in anxiety that’s bound to follow, that view will change – anything that can help will be welcome. Chris nods. "I hope it does, if only so that more people can benefit from learning this technique and attain real happiness."

****

Prolonged and uninterrupted self-observation has an interesting effect. As intended, knots of unhappiness or disquiet are soon revealed; if you’re lucky, and if you don’t shy away from them, over the hours and days they can slowly start to loosen, and perhaps even begin to unravel completely. It’s far from easy though. As we move around each other, taking our places in the meditation hall or dining room, or brushing our teeth every morning and evening in the bathroom, occasionally I risk eye contact and look into my fellow students’ faces. Not quite knowing what I expect to see, all I find is introspection; almost to a man, their gazes are turned inwards. And although our instructions are to deny imagination in favour of the reality of each moment, the writer in me can’t resist the intrigue of all these internal stories unfolding around me. Already I have nicknames for those students I didn’t speak to when we arrived: among them there’s Pyjama Man, E.T., Crumbs, Mr Mackerel and Anger Management. But in the end their faces tell me nothing, and I can only wonder at the private battles that are being fought.

In the absence of newspapers or radio or television, you begin to stamp your own mark on your few hours of free time. Some are obvious, others less so. Beneath an apple tree that stands in the centre of the old farmyard, each morning a squat, middle-aged man with glasses leaves out crumbs for the house sparrows amongst the purple and yellow crocuses. In the grass alongside the meditation hall itself, there next to a flowering rosemary bush, a mole pushes up molehill after molehill. Each day a man with tightly curled hair and who wears loose-knit woollen jumpers takes it upon himself to flatten them out, treading methodically with his feet. Like several others, I spend my free time walking round and round the designated male exercise area. No more than a small field next to a plantation of young trees, it’s here that I feel most relaxed. Perhaps it’s because there are things to see and hear, like the daffodils and trees and the calls of buzzards and ravens overhead; perhaps it’s because this was where life was continuing as usual, outside of the strange, carefully managed world we’d all signed up to. It only occurs to me later that there’s more to it than this. With the buds on the trees and the lambs in the field opposite, nowhere was the impermanence of things more obvious. Given my own upbringing on a farm, and the acute sense of the seasons it instilled in me from an early age, perhaps it also explains why I found this particular principle of Vipassana so easy to accept.

It’s the evening of Day Eight when the guy meditating in front of me collapses. He drops sideways like a felled tree; I know this because my attention has wandered and my eyes are open. He looks exhausted, and although it turns out he’s fine, it’s not until the 10th day that I’m able to ask him about it. "I just went too far into the pain," he explains cheerfully. I discover that he’s soon to qualify as a psychoanalyst; this is his first Vipassana course but he’s been meditating for years. So what did he make of it? How does it compare? He considers the questions carefully before answering. "It’s the toughest I’ve ever done, but it was worth it. It’s a very pure technique." He smiles. "Yes, definitely worth it, but I wish my back didn’t hurt so much."

He’s not the only one smiling: there’s a general sense of achievement flowing through most of us, the type that comes from completing something difficult that you suspect will benefit you for some time to come. Some of the students I talk to describe the feeling as having undergone a deep cleansing, a re-evaluation of their priorities, even a rebooting of the system. It’s odd suddenly to be able to speak to my roommates after so many days of silent cohabitation. The young guy from Manchester smiles ruefully when I see him. "Yeah, mate, that was no holiday." Anik and I sit on a bench outside the old farmhouse, the paint flaking off onto the ground beneath us. So was it all he hoped it would be? "No question," he says without a moment’s hesitation. "I’ve been looking for something to help me achieve certain goals, and I think this is it. I don’t know about the others, but for me this was always about improving myself, about becoming more successful." A non-practicing Sikh, he tells me about the comfortable life his father’s sewing machine business afforded him as a child, and about the various martial arts he’s learnt over the years. It’s only later that night that I discover, almost incidentally, that both his parents died recently.

For some the feeling of elation lasts longer than others. That afternoon I bump into Alexander in the exercise area; we fall into step and walk together for a while as we chat. I was right about his back, and although he feels Vipassana will help him gain some balance he’s just received a message on his mobile that’s made him anxious. He doesn’t offer any details and I don’t ask for any, but it seems the real world, to which we return tomorrow, is already leaching in. A little later I talk to the shaven-headed man who’s been to Dhamma Dipa before; he too is worried. His girlfriend phoned earlier to tell him that the venue for their wedding has been double-booked. The big day is only a fortnight away.

****

The weeks pass. March turns to April, and the buds on the trees begin to unfurl. "You know what the first thing I did was when I left?" says Alexander when we speak on the phone. "Bought the Financial Times. I couldn’t help it. I had to know what was going on. I saw a group of six other people from the course at the same service station, and they were all sitting there drinking coffee. News and caffeine – the cravings return so quickly if you’re not careful." I tell him I did much the same thing. "It’s an enormous challenge to break so many years of conditioning," he says. I ask if he’s still meditating; he is. "I need to keep practicing it and not sit on my laurels, but it isn’t easy. The more anxious I am the harder it is to do, but then I tell myself I managed 10 days, so..."

He tells me he read something in the FT about the number of people interested in voluntary work increasing by 100 per cent in the last year. "Maybe people’s values are beginning to change. So many of us measured our fulfilment by how much money we had, or what a nice house we owned. Maybe now, collectively I mean, we’re beginning to realise that it’s not about the quantity of growth but the quality." I ask him if he’s talking about financial growth or personal growth. He doesn’t answer for a time, as if he thinks it’s a stupid question, and I realise it probably is. "Both," he says at last. "Opting for quality over quantity is going to be a very prevalent factor over the next 10 years. People want to be fulfilled, they want to be happy. There’s going to be an expanding market for things like meditation." He laughs at his choice of metaphor.

The following morning I’m woken by rain at the window. I turn on the radio, and when I hear the Archbishop of Canterbury talking on the Today programme about the need to "examine ourselves with clarity" as we face the changes and challenges presented by the recession, I think what a perfect description that is of meditation. Above all, I think Alexander might be right.

15/06/2009 14:23. plotino #. RELIGION No hay comentarios. Comentar.

Credo del Ateo ejemplar


«Creo en la Nada Todoproductora, de donde salieron el cielo y la tierra, todo lo que veo y todo lo que no quiero ver, lo que robo y lo que querría robar./
Y en el Homo Requetesapiens, su único Rey, Señor y Semidios,/

que fue concebido por Evolución de la Mona y el Mono, De La Vega y Rubalcaba./

Nació de la Santa Materia inanimada, la que se puso en movimiento sola. Construyó el esplendor de la Prehistoria caníbal y sus sacrificios humanos, que le garantizaron milenios de miseria vivificadora./
Y se quitó de en medio al tal Jesús, un revolucionario traidor que quería acabar con tan basta cultura y tradición./

Robó la ciencia a sus valedores, los amantes de la verdad cristianos, y ha manipulado para llevarnos a la gloriosa era de la pseudo-Democracia y los servicios de inteligencia, pues la mentira es un arma cavernícola./
Y no sin esfuerzo está consiguiendo llamar conservadores a los revolucionarios y progreso a la caverna./
Y devolver las buenas costumbres del odio, la sangre, el fuego y los sacrificios humanos, salsa de todo 11-S y 11-M que se precie, y lo que vendrá./
Y llegará el día, SGAE mediante, en que pise el cuello y extermine a todo artista o bicho viviente que no promocione y se postre ante estos Sagrados Dogmas./


Y, de aquí en adelante, va a instalar en el mundo el Paraíso Terrenal, con pocas pero lustrosas panzas, orgullos gays, sex-shops y derecho a lo que sea, como sea./
Creo en el Libre Pensamiento, pues no hay blanco ni negro sino opiniones,/
en la Santa Madre Masonería y todos sus Ministros y Ministras de cuota, cónclave de saber semidivino que para nuestra admiración a diario bajan a esta tierra en avión Falcon o en coche oficial,/

la Civilización de la Máquina Trituradora de Niños,/
la Confraternidad Humana del Te Vas, Te Callas o Te Mato,/
la Inexistencia del Pecado porque mi Palabra es la Ley,/
el Progreso Inevitable de mi Cuenta Bancaria,/
la Putrefacción de la Carne Ajena,/
y en Sierra Morena, la Famiglia Nostra, Mienmanos, la Vida Confortable, el levantamiento de Millones y el Chollo-cargo Vitalicio. Amén».

16/06/2009 11:06. plotino #. ESPAÑA / SPAIN No hay comentarios. Comentar.

Elegís vosotros

1) Una víctima más, y van?. 2) Una viuda más y unos huérfanos más, y van?. 3) Una condena al punto de firmeza en su espejo de hipocresía, y van?. Sres. ju-HECES: ¿cuándo sabremos qué chivatos por orden gobernativa (al mejor estilo de la Brigada de lo Social de los 60 y 70) dieron el soplo a la cúpula financiera de ETA para que salieran de naja?. ¿Cuándo podremos señalar con el dedo a esos chivatos hijos de puta que vendieron a sus propios compañeros, al mismo que hoy está en la caja, dejando a mujer, hijos, madre y padre destrozados para el resto de sus vidas?. ¿Cuándo podremos escupirles a la cara el desprecio que a todo chivato se le debe?. ¿Cuándo podremos lapidarles en el ostracismo social, expulsados de su profesión y hundidos en una mazmorra?. Sr. Garzón: si por ventura leyera esto, ¿cuándo se dignará bajar del Olimpo a hacernos Justicia a los españoles que le pagamos el sueldo con los impuestos que nos extorsiona su jefe zETAp?. Y esos vascos, insignes próceres del soplo y el cuchicheo, del ha salido a las 10:05 y lleva un jersey a cuadros, esos vascos, gudaris ellos, todo honor y toda gloria, por los siglos de los siglos, Monseñor Setién y Blázquez, dónde estáis?. ¿En que podrida sacristía os refugiáis?. Esos insignes hijos de Arana, esos eusko gudariak, esas sanguijuelas que chupais la sangre de España, y que de cuando en vez os daís un festín con uno de nuestros muertos?. A ver, Mr. Spock, ¿y el txacolí, te ha sentado bien?. Ah, y esa sociedad, inane y lanar, que tan sólo se sacude cuando er Betih baha a zegunda, mortecina en su zuzidio y envilecida en su miseria moral?. ¿Dónde están esas hordas de católicos enfervecidos que pasean santos en Semana Santa y asaltan la verja del Rocío?. ¿Dónde estáis?. No os oigo. Hipócritas, sepulcros blanqueados. Ha muerto un español, un servidor público que pereció dando aullidos mientras lo abrasaban vivo, que no pidió ser un héroe, que deja seres queridos detrás. Las calles de España debían estar ahora colapsadas de multitudes sedientas de venganza, y en su lugar, el ganado se apreta a hacer zapping mientras una familia se desangra a caños. No tenemos arreglo: ninguna civilización ha sido destruida sin antes no haberse autodestruido, y no son palabras propias. Una oración por el muerto y su familia, y recordad españoles, RECORDAD en las próximas elecciones: un voto a zETAp es un cartucho del 9 mm más para los enemigos de España. Elegís vosotros.
19/06/2009 22:14. plotino #. ESPAÑA / SPAIN No hay comentarios. Comentar.

RODRÍGUEZ FUE PROMOCIONADO PARA CUMPLIR LOS DICTADOS MUNDIALISTAS

De Ismael Medina

 


¿Y por qué y cómo fue previsoramente promocionado a la secretaría general del mito socialista un sujeto casi desconocido, calientaescaño, ayuno de una consistente experiencia política y presuntamente manejable? Se han dado numerosas explicaciones a su promoción en el seno del P(SOE). (...) Pero los seis votos que decidieron la elección de Rodríguez atufaban a disciplina de secta. Era el elegido por quienes manejan los hilos de este teatro de títeres en que hace largo tiempo desembocó la democracia.

Es ocioso insistir en la ignorancia y mediocridad intrínsecas de Rodríguez o sus rasgos psicopáticos cada vez más acentuados: megalomanía, arbitrariedad, apriorismo, improvisación, autismo político y superficial dogmatismo izquierdista. Pero en su ejecutoria cabe distinguir entre unas constantes de seguidismo de la estrategia mundialista que le vino impuesta y las formas muy peculiares y extremosas formas de llevarlas adelante.

Me refiero a los vectores principales de esta estrategia: descomposición de la unidad de España y de las Fuerzas Armadas, su garante constitucional; desfondamiento y surbordinación totalitaria de las instituciones básicas del Estado; hundimiento moral de la sociedad hasta convertirla en rebaños compartimentados de borregos; lucha perversa e insidiosa contra la Iglesia católica, sostenedora de los valores morales que se persigue erradicar; aherrojamiento de la libertad de expresión; política exterior subordinada y mendicante; dependencia económica, no sólo energética; alimentación de odios retrospectivos y de enfrentamientos territoriales que alientan un inquietante guerracivilismo; y, en suma, hacer de España un pelele sumido en satánica indefensión.

Valen como ejemplo de sus mentiras las declaraciones a la Cuatro de televisión para justificar su decisión de cerrar la central nuclear de Garoña: eran falsas las cinco referencias internacionales invocadas para respaldar su aberrante obsesión: la nuclear de Garoña figura entre las 35 más seguras del mundo; en Estados Unidos hay una cuya vida, equivalente a la de Garoña, fue prorrogada hasta los 60 años y otras ocho de entre 38 y 39 años se benefician de la misma continuidad; según Rodríguez sólo existen seis centrales fuera de España que tienen “un escenario de prórroga para sobrepasar la edad de 40 años”, cuando son 58 entre Estados Unidos y Europa; también sostuvo que en el mundo sólo hay una central nuclear en construcción y son 50, una de ellas en la vecina Francia que se añadirá a su ya consistente parque nuclear del que nos abastecemos.

Sólo caben dos explicaciones a tamaña insensatez, extensible a otros ámbitos de decisión gubernamental: que es un ignorante compulsivo y de nada le sirve el ejército de asesores que le rodea; o que es a un mismo tiempo prisionero de quienes en Francia coadyuvaron para su acceso al poder y de los beneficios que a algunos puedan reportar, al margen del Estado, las importaciones de petróleo y de gas natural.

Todo lo anterior conduce a la conclusión de que con Rodríguez y sus mesnadas se ha convertido España en un descomunal e insostenible putiferio.


19/06/2009 22:14. plotino #. ESPAÑA / SPAIN No hay comentarios. Comentar.

Alfonso Sastre, que encabezó la lista a las europeas de Iniciativa Internacionalista, para la que pidió el voto Otegi, ha lanzado una advertencia a Patxi López: o vuelve a negociar, o vendrán tiempos "de mucho dolor"

Mira payaso:

Dolor es el que llevamos pasando desde que tus "colegas" de forma cobarde empezaron a asesinar. Como comprenderás los mas de mil muertos nos ayudarán a sobrellevar el dolor que haya que padecerse para acabar con vosotros de raiz. Y ese fin está más cerca de lo que pensáis.

Ahora no sois más que una banda mafiosa que sobrevive de la extorsión y el chantaje, que ya es vuestro modo de vida y no queréis que se os acabe. El pueblo y la causa vasca os da igual, siempre os ha dado igual.

De Al Capone y sus pistoleros no os diferencia nada. Bueno si, ellos mataban de frente y morían de frente, vosotros matáis por la espalda y cuando os echan mano la Guardia Civil o la Policía os entregáis de imediato, os defecaís y orináis encima.

Mira majadero:

Vuestra causa paleta y provinciana esta muerta desde hace años. Vuestros pistoleros -vascos de reciente marchamo de apellidos maketos, hijos de honestos inmigrantes-son unos niñatos analfabetos no tienen la mínima preparación política e ideológica para sustentar esa causa.

Mira, tonto del haba:

Ten la seguridad que la amenaza que lanzas se cumplirá, pero el dolor lo sentiréis vosotros en vuestras propias carnes y mentes paletas podridas. Aumentad la población reclusa y llevad a que muchos consuman lo mejor de su vida en las prisiones.

Y por cierto, Alferez Sastre, cuenta tu pasado en las filas del Ejercito Español, en el Regimiento de Infantería Wad-Ras de Madrid. Recuerda el Juramento a la Bandera que hiciste y que ahora olvidas, perjuro.
21/06/2009 16:50. plotino #. ESPAÑA / SPAIN No hay comentarios. Comentar.

Closing Time for Moto Guzzi?

 I guess is the proper phrase. If the information received is correct, Guzzi is no longer making motorcycles in Mandello del Lario. What a blow that must be for that gorgeous town with its friendly people. And what a long way the brand has gone since 1919 and 1921. The original founders had a vision that the brand should help the town that made it so prosperous. They wanted to build motorcycles that were sturdy and easy to maintain. Reliable and the racing machines had to be innovative. The V-twin was designed as a machine that should be easy to maintain, easy to build, and easy to operate whilst giving moderate perfomance. When a dentist showed he could do magic with Guzzi, he got the job to do it, and he did. Just like Carcano was brought in at the racing dept. in the 1930s, just like Carlo Guzzi showed the father of Giorgio Parodi. The founders had their own philosophy how to build bikes and where to do it. It came out of passion, and that passion fuelled the birth of so many machines, and led to so many incredibly impressive racing machines.

That passion wanted to keep the factory where it was born, full of tradition, and the only safe place left where the original ideas of the founders still would be brought into the models that so many times were perceived by their designers for their riders. Guzzi Production has left Mandello. Ciao Guzzi. It was fun, thank you so much for staying there so long and making such a wonderful destination for countless trips. Thanks for providing a place to meet new and old friends. A place to show my kids, like my father showed me, like his father showed him.

Guzzi as I knew always have known it, is gone. I just cannot get over it but I think I am one of the few. But I still keep dreaming and hoping for that new Guzzi that looks like a Guzzi, handles like a Guzzi, can be maintained like a Guzzi and is durable as a Guzzi. And maybe it will be produced in Mandello. But ah well people, it lasted 90 years.

It is odd how lifelong cornerstone values can simply change. I really wonder who really cares though. But the people that work for Guzzi in Mandello, so many of them so proud of the brand, sometimes people with the 3RD generation already working for Guzzi, so passionate and always helpful for the non local Guzzi riders visiting their village and their factory; they are the ones that really suffer as their livelihood is in danger. And for all of us that have enjoyed their incredible hospitality; have learned to really appreciate the brands’ history; and have learned about the incredible dynamics of the way it created friendships and even families worldwide; for all of us it has left an uncomfortable void of a time that you knew once was, but never will return again.

Ivar de Gier

 

Hi all,

This topic has raised some issues and questions that I perhaps can enlighten.

First of all, the fact that right now Guzzi is not producing motorcycles in Mandello is nothing new. On this forum, Mike Harper posted a topic on June 19, 2009, which shows the content of the article that was printed in the “Il Giorno” newspaper (Lecco edition) the same day. Nolan (Woodbury)’s post in this topic shows the text of the same article. If you read the text, it is clear that from June 22; Guzzi for the time being has seized motorcycle production in Mandello.

What the newspaper does not say, is that the article is based on a press release by Piaggio. And that press release is based on an internal Piaggio memo that also came into my possession. Furthermore, I also have received the same information that indeed the production was closed down that day independently from 6 people that work on different levels at Guzzi.
 
Four of these people shared with me months ago information that Guzzi motorcycle production in Mandello would be closed down after the August holiday closure of the factory. That information was the same as confidential information that I received from a Piaggio source last April. The same source told me about this in May 2008, but I did not take that seriously.
 
To these people, with the exception of the Piaggio source, it was and is a shock that production was shut down already last Monday. As you can see from the dates, it was only announced publicly the Friday before.
 
I wrote the text “ if my information is correct “, because I personally think it is unimaginable that this happens. My thoughts have nothing to do with reasons of efficiency in production, the global crisis, Piaggio's views and reasoning in this etc. etc. For me, Guzzi and Mandello always have been a set and connected entity. But that is me personally, based on the relationship me and my family have always had with Guzzi and with a number of the people that work and have worked there. It was and is not uncommon to step into a little restaurant in Mandello and see four old factory racing riders play a game of cards. Or order an icecream at the local parlor, you feel a little pinch in your side, you look up and it is Carcano, the designer of the V8 and many other machines who wanted to pull a little prank. It always has been so connected for me personally, that I simply cannot believe it, hence why that text was there.

Somebody asked: “Where is the new factory then?  When was it built/equipped/staffed?”

Piaggio is still busy setting up assembly lines set up for production in a facility which also produces motorcycles for other brands then the brands ones owned by Piaggio. If my information is correct, the right sticker will be put on every machine that will run of these production lines.

Fact of the matter is, this was planned a long time ago and put into action indeed in such a way that the unobservant are let down gently; Greg (Field) is absolutely right about that and it cannot be put in a better way.

Enjoy your weekend!

Ivar de Gier

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