Archive for 11 de February de 2017

By Ed Straker

San Francisco has a street-by-street guide to human excrement.  New York has a public urination map.  But in Muslim countries, a more pressing concern is sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape.  That’s why many Muslim countries like Egypt, Lebanon, and Bangladesh, and even Palestinian territories, are creating sexual assault maps, so women can see where they are most likely to be sexually assaulted by men, even giving the ability to zoom in, block by block, to see where women are being violated.

Incidents range from unwelcome sexual comments to lewd behavior to actual physical contact.  Here are some examples from Cairo:

Masturbating taxi driver : I got into a cab near Pro Centre Gym in Mohandiseen. After asking me if I was married and trying to make small talk the taxi driver started gesturing to his groin – as I don’t understand arabic very well I thought there was something lost in translation. A couple of minutes later I looked back and the driver was masturbating.

A Penis in el Mounira:  In Mounira, at 1pm, the 09/01/2012, a driver was showing his penis in El sheik ai Yussef street.

Masturbating while ogling my ass! – On a Friday as the Sheikh is calling on people for prayers, a guy, wearing dark shaded sunglasses, parks his motorbike in front of me, unzips his pants, pulls down his underwear and starts masturbating while he is ogling every inch of me. It was purely disgusting. I looked behind me and saw him riding on his motorbike following me. Luckily I found a group of small children heading to the mosque so I walked BETWEEN the children and headed together to the mosque. I think I stayed for an hour before I had the guts to go outside again. So word of advice, in this area, never go out during the Friday prayer.

masaken nerco, Maadi, Cairo:  I was running in the morning. Near the garden I cross during my run, a man was standing outside of his car, trousers and underwear around his ankles, watching me and masturbating. This was early in the morning, between 6 and 6:15. He followed me with his car, and got out at another point during my run and continued to masturbate. I lifted a large concrete slab, as I got closer, and thought about whether or not it would be a good idea to smash his car with it, and thought about how safe/ unsafe it would be to do so, and if he could/ would hurt me. As I came closer though, he got in his car again and drove away, waving to me out of his window as he drove off.

Questions for discussion:

1) Do you think the reason women have to be covered up in these countries is because a certain…culture, which shall not be named, has problems teaching men to show a little self-restraint?

2) The incidents above didn’t specify if the women in question were wearing hijabs or burkas.  Do you think some guys in Islamic countries are so sexed up that they can get aroused by the hemline of a burka?

3) What parts of your brain would have to be damaged or missing to be female and desiring to take a vacation in one of these countries?

4) Given recent refugee trends, do you think we can expect to see more sexual assault street maps in places like Berlin, Paris, London, and Malmö?

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The Buddha Talks to a Brahmin Supremacist

Photo by Ed Schipul |

How a Buddhist teaching on dismantling the superiority of the brahmin class can help us take on racism.

By Krishnan Venkatesh

The belief that a group of people can be born superior to all other groups has been around for a very long time, and even existed during the time of the Buddha. For 3,000 years, society in South Asia has been dominated by the caste system, according to which a person is born into one of four major castes (varna), or social stations: laborers, merchants, warriors, and brahmins. According to the earliest Hindu scriptures, brahmins—scholars and priests—were the highest caste and viewed as morally and spiritually superior to the others; indeed, they are called “brahmins” because according to one of the hymns of the Rg Veda, they were born from the mouth of Brahman [God].

In the Pali Canon, the Buddha has many conversations with brahmins who, clearly provoked by his ideas of radical equality, routinely approached him to argue and learn. Late in the Middle Length Discourses, we meet a group of 500 brahmins who live in the town of Savatthi, where the Buddha is staying at the time. When they hear that the Buddha has been teaching that all the castes are equally “pure,” they are outraged, and decide to send a smart young brahmin to go and debate him.

In the following conversation between the Buddha and the proud brahmin Assalayana (after whom the Assalayana Sutta is named), the Buddha offers some ways to address the obdurate belief in superiority of caste, race, or any other birth group.

Master Gotama, the brahmins say, ‘Brahmins are the superior caste; any other caste is inferior. Only brahmins are the fair caste; any other caste is dark. Only brahmins are pure, not non-brahmins. Only brahmins are the sons and offspring of Brahma: born of his mouth, born of Brahma, created by Brahma, heirs of Brahma.’ What does Master Gotama have to say with regard to that?

The Buddha begins to dismantle Assalayana’s notions of superiority by noting that we all enter the world the same way:

But, Assalayana, the brahmins’ brahmin-women are plainly seen having their periods, becoming pregnant, giving birth, and nursing [their children]. And yet the brahmins, being born through the birth canal, say, “Brahmins are the superior caste . . .”

The Buddha grounds this initial discussion in physical reality, as it is difficult to argue that people who give birth the same way are fundamentally different. Besides, how delightful is it that a creature who emerges from the nether end of its mother can entertain fantasies about its own transcendent superiority! We see from this exchange that the Buddha has a wry sense of humor as well as a comedian’s gift for drawing out the absurd.

The Buddha then proceeds to ask questions that he already knows Assalayana’s answers to. First, whether a person is a brahmin, a warrior, a merchant, or a laborer, if he does bad things, can he expect to suffer bad consequences? And if he does good things, can he expect to be rewarded with good consequences? Surely, replies Assalayana. Good people are good people, and bad people are bad people, no matter what they come from, and all can be expected to suffer the appropriate consequences. Even a brahmin supremacist has to admit to knowing some brahmins who are terrible people and some farm laborers who are wise and noble.

Next, the Buddha asks whether brahmins, warriors, merchants, and workers have the same relationship to their bodies and to the physical world. When anybody from any caste goes down to the river to bathe, do they not all scrub their skin and then rinse with water? And when they start a fire using logs, kindling, and a lighter, do they not all produce fire and heat, and smoke that makes everyone cough? Using the same materials and techniques, every human being will produce the same fire; thus notions of caste superiority have no basis whatsoever in the physical nature of the world.

At this point, in case Assalayana doesn’t believe that the laws of physics, chemistry, and biology have any bearing on the issue of ethical supremacy, the Buddha swerves back to the question of merit within the same caste. Between two brahmin brothers, is it possible for one to be worthier than the other—for example, the hard-working, respectful brother, versus the lazy, slanderous one? That is, when we’re dealing only with brahmins, it is clear that merit has nothing to do with birth; at least, we behave as if the more virtuous brother has deserved more respect…






Doctors suffer from the same cognitive distortions as the rest of us.

by Christina Sarich, Guest, Waking Times

The matrix we live in is designed to rip all hope, power, and special talent from your conscious awareness. If you realized, no, remembered your true Self, this unfavorable reality would dissipate in a heartbeat. You’d either find yourself living in another timeline, in a different Universe, or you’d be living here and now, but under drastically different circumstances. If we really are living in a simulation, as even people like Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson attest, then that means we can change the computer program – our consciousness, and discover our latent gifts to truly topple the ‘ruling’ regime.

Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson are not alone. In fact, many of the world’s richest and most powerful people are so convinced that we live in a simulation of the real world, that they are funding scientists to help “break us out of it.” 

Whether you believe that we are living in a simulated reality or not, or what the ancients called maya, Tyson asserts that there is a 50-50 chance that our entire existence is a program on someone else’s hard drive. He argues that the gap between chimpanzee and human DNA is only 2 percent, but somehow we aren’t chimps. He states it is a surprise that we aren’t “drooling, blithering idiots,” and that “it is easy for me to imagine that everything in our lives is just a creation of some other entity for their entertainment.”

The theory of maya has been manipulated just as often as modern theories of universal reality. The word maya was first found in the Vedanta, then later again in the Upanishads, and then used once more by the Buddhists and Hindus. Some think maya means magic or illusion, others believe it means an ignorance of reality, as if a cloud was formed over our eyes, preventing us from seeing the Universe as it truly exists. Maya is not idealism or realism, but a simple statement of fact in its earliest form – that we are not what we see around us.

If we were to take Tyson’s advice, we could conveniently blame some other thing for what we’ve created here in this world. But what if the ability to change this computer simulation rests entirely in our own hands? What if we can change this holographic Universe to display another reality? What if we hold the keys to do that?

The Vedantists didn’t say it was impossible, only that the mind is limited because it has great difficultly seeing beyond time, space, and causation. Since no one can jump out of his own self, the limits that have been put upon him by the laws of time and space are practically a jail – a matrix – we could say. Every attempt to solve the laws of causation, time, and space seem to be futile, because the very attempt would have to be made by taking for granted the existence of these three.

But here is what is happening – people are starting to see beyond time, space and causation.  This has actually been happening for eons, but the tools that free us from the matrix are currently often hidden, or used for manipulation instead of the furtherance of freedom.
As Danny Hawley, PhD writes,

“Sri Aurobindo speaks of “a subtle change which makes the sight see in a sort of fourth dimension.” Lama Govinda writes, “If we speak of the space experience in meditation we are dealing with an entirely different dimension.” He continues, “Vision is bound up with a space of higher dimension, and therefore timeless.” He further explains, “An experience of higher dimensionality is achieved by integration of experiences of different centers and levels of consciousness. Hence the indescribability of certain experiences of meditation on the plane of three dimensional consciousness.”

Essentially, we have to move beyond 3-D consciousness – time, space and causality. Sahaj Ramachandran puts it this way,

“The concept of hyperspace is Amazing! Even “supernatural” phenomenon could possibly be explained with Higher Dimensional physics. For example, GOD, if he would ever exist, would do so in the 4rth Dimension. Even “Ghosts”, if real, would have the ability to walk through walls just because they would have access to a higher dimension. We humans live in the third dimension. However, there is a way to visualize objects in 4D.”

Ordinary consciousness is 3-dimensional. All we really see is the surface of things, as if we were watching a film in a theatre. We think we are seeing all dimensions of something in real life, just like when we watch a film – only when we watch the film, we know that what we are looking at is only representative of reality. It’s a flat screen with actors playing their parts up there, yet it seems so real, we even laugh and cry with them.

We also create ‘time,’ which is really the 4th dimension of reality. There is no past, present or future, but our minds slow things down so that we can experience Allness in one ‘frame’ at a time. Time, just like space, and causality are limits of our mundane consciousness.

From a higher-dimensional space (beyond even 4-D or 5-D), we don’t see the screen of our lives in the same way we do while living in a low-consciousness reality. All things become clearly part of a larger reality – a Oneness. Though ‘things’ come in diverse shapes, and colors, they are all working toward and from a unified field. Like space pioneers ripping through ‘time’ via a wormhole, we can exit the matrix into a whole new phenomenon…


About the Author
Christina Sarich is a staff writer for Waking Times. She is a writer, musician, yogi, and humanitarian with an expansive repertoire. Her thousands of articles can be found all over the Internet, and her insights also appear in magazines as diverse as Weston A. Price, NexusAtlantis Rising, and the Cuyamungue Institute, among others. She was recently a featured author in the Journal, “Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and Healing Arts,” and her commentary on healing, ascension, and human potential inform a large body of the alternative news lexicon. She has been invited to appear on numerous radio shows, including Health Conspiracy Radio, Dr. Gregory Smith’s Show, and dozens more. The second edition of her book, Pharma Sutra, will be released soon.
This article (How to Find Your Way Out of the Simulated Matrix (Maya)) was originally created and published by The Mind Unleashed and is re-posted here with permission.




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