Monday, February 16, 2009

The Spiritual Journey

The spiritual journey is one of
continuous learning and purification.
When you know this, you become humble.

There is a famous Tibetan saying:
"Do not mistake understanding for realization.
and do not mistake realization for liberation."

~Sogyal Rinpoche

Of Note: Only when we look back do we know what's what. With no knowledge of previous lives, the whole equation becomes imponderable. Thus, blindly we move forward with faith that striving and fortitude will take us to the next step.

Today's Weather Report: It's cloudy but somehow bright. The snow is glowing although I have no idea how. The stomach flu bug has hightailed it out of here much to our delight. Now it's back to business as usual at the Schirott's place. Thanks to Marie for this tranquil photo!

Watch For Change Snippet: On Valentine's Day, the Saudi king dismissed the head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, better known as the religious police. This is significant because the day of love is banned in this country. The religious police are the enforcers who assure that no one sells gifts for the occasion, wears red, or in any way celebrates. The monarch also cut lose the chief of the kingdom's highest tribunal, the Supreme Council of Justice, who condoned killing the owners of TV networks that broadcast "immoral" content. One editor of a Arabic newspaper commented that "This is the true start of the promises of reform." Asked why reforms have taken so long, the newsman explained that more moderate appointees had to be trained for the job. The biggest news of the day, however, was the appointment of a woman as deputy minister for girls' education, marking the first time that a woman has held a ministerial level position in Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah does not have unlimited power and must build coalitions in the large royal family and in the Muslim cleric community before making radical changes such as these. Insiders now believe that the necessary consensus has been reached, and more reforms will surface in the days to come.

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