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"Going down the stairs, you can fall up!"


Frank Herbert. Children of Dune



The hottest place in hell is for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.

I read these words for a long time, but they stuck in my memory. Apparently there is something important in them.

In our troubled world, the political situation always resembles a moral crisis. Therefore, I will allow myself not to remain neutral.

I was just watching the news, and I saw a policeman, in uniform, with important shoulder straps, forbidding the gathering of opposition-minded politicians.

This man did not look happy. All his facial expressions, motor skills, the timbre of his voice said that he did not like his role, the words he uttered, the deeds in which he was involved.

So I remembered other words, very important:

"If you see in what area oppression to the poor and violation of judgment and righteousness, then do not be surprised at this: because the highest is watching over the high, and the highest is still watching over them;

the superiority of the country as a whole is a king who cares about the country. "


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Parallel Mythology - Hamsa


There is a famous parable about the elephant. Several blind people have felt the elephant, and they argue what the elephant should look like. Each asserts his own, because one touched the side, the other - the trunk, the third - the leg.

Since ancient times, this is the situation with religions. People kill each other, believing that only they have true spiritual knowledge.

If different cultures do not see what is common in each other's faith, then there will be no future, or it will be a fantasy nightmare, with total control and closed states, with the hostility of anything different from their people, their religion, their way of life ...

Either one of the radical groups obtains atomic or bacteriological weapons, and everything will become even more terrible.

Therefore, I am glad to discover another parallel place in religions, mythologies, customs of different cultures.

So it was yesterday.

I have found that Muslims and Jews have a sacred symbol of the open palm called Hamsa, or Five.

A common amulet against the evil eye.

In Judaism, this is the Hand of Miriam, the sister of Moses.

In Islam - the Hand of Fatima.

In Indian philosophy, Hamsa is a sacred waterfowl, due to its fatty cover, the feathers of which remain dry, not moistened in water. A person can get such coverage for the soul, with the help of the correct approach to business. Then he is not stained, even in the thick of activities like a lotus leaf, or a water bird in water.

He can be located in the center of the city anthill, and feel the calmness, as in the Himalayan caves.

The divine bird, Hamsa, is a symbol of the soul that dives into matter, but remains uncontaminated.

Great sages are called by this name.

There is meditation with the Hamsa mantra. The bottom line is to form a powerful inhibition in the psyche, as it were, an opposite mental wave dominating over the rest of the waves. Meditation is successful when the Hamsa mantra is heard for the meditator himself, like So Aham - I am one with the Supreme.

There is a legend - if a vessel with water and milk is placed in front of Khamsa, he will drink milk and leave the water. This is how the student should relate to knowledge, strive for the essence, look for commonality between different sources.

I think that all of humanity should do this.

Mass Unconscious


What have people carried through the centuries? Why are some of the myths recorded in different cultures so remarkably similar?

This is some important information that humanity is trying to preserve.

Information - in the form of fairy tales, legends, proverbs.


Mythical Weapons


A couple of days ago, I wrote about marksmanship training.

I want to touch on the same topic, but from a Zen perspective.

Let's agree - reading the term Zen, we mean meditation, without reference to Japan.

Meditation and martial arts are intertwined in many ancient cultures.

I'll give you a couple of examples.

Let's start with the earliest times.

In mythology, the story is repeated all the time with a powerful weapon, which can only be used by a chosen one. King Arthur's sword, Odysseus's bow, Prakrit's spear that never misses.

Talk about a certain ability, available only to a few. Mythological weapons have one thing in common - only the hero can use these weapons. Nobody can take Arthur's sword out of the ground, in other words - only a person of a certain spiritual development can materialize it, he can "hold it in his hands."

No one is able to bring the bow into combat state, except for Odysseus.

The non-missile spear was donated by Artemis to Prakrit.

God gives Amiran a golden dagger from birth, the dagger is a part of himself.

Meditation is even etymologically related to weapons. In the Upanishads, the art of meditation is compared to a dagger, with which the adept cuts off the lower layers of the psyche, "turns them off".

In another Upanishad, meditation is compared to an arrow that hits the target. Sometimes the meditator himself is compared to an arrow flying towards a target and hitting it.

"Joining like an arrow with a target" ...

You can endlessly list these mythical weapons. Vajra is a kind of energy whip of Indra, the hammer of Perun, the weapon of the gods from Indian, Scandinavian mythology. Lightning of Zeus or the spear of St. George ...

The epic is a little more modest in its description. For example, the Mahabharata describes how Arjuna, the hero of the Gita, shoots. He hits the moving target, with a bow, aiming through the reflection in a puddle. Again, a mythological language, as in the myth of Medusa the Gorgon. Reflection is an image of the perception of an object in the psyche.

To better demonstrate my thought, I will tell you about a Zen teacher and his student.

Zen uses different martial arts, but above and beyond the goal is one - the achievement of satori, enlightenment, a different vision of reality.

Listen to an example and you will understand what I am trying to say:

The apprentice was accepted by the Master with tal learn archery.

But instead of the shooting itself, the teacher sat him down in front of the wall and made him stare at a black dot drawn on white paper.

Days, weeks, months passed. The student was perplexed, but diligently followed the instructions. Finally, he learned the lesson. One day the dot began to grow, reaching the size of the plate.

Then the teacher allowed him to make a shot, he hit the target, because he perceived the point hypertrophied.

The main question is not "how", but "why". Why should a student master the sword, or the art of killing with bare hands?

I'll use an example again.

There was one archery master to whom a championship seeker showed up. There were witnesses, and the best one should have been determined by competition.

The first began to shoot, and while one arrow was in the air, he managed to release several more, and they all pierced one point.

The second began to climb the mountains. The others followed him, including the opponent.

The master walked for a long time until he reached a cliff. He began to move at dizzying heights, along the wall, with his heels drooping partly from the ledge.

No one even thought to compete with him, because fear did not allow him to follow his example.

Then the Master fired one unintended shot into the air, and without a word returned home, explaining what I was trying to say, but words were missing.

In the Zen style, a wordless transmission. Buddha showed the flower to his disciples, and only one understood the unspoken, smiling back. He became the first Zen patriarch.

Probably, weapons from mythology should be understood as possession of the hidden capabilities of the body and psyche, giving some people superiority over others, while so significant that all this was reflected in the mass unconscious.



Stanford is the birthplace of a new caste.

If you are confused by the word caste, here are some statistics:

Stanford Business Park has been transformed into Silicon Valley. 40 thousand companies came out of there, 5 million jobs were created, annual income of $ 3 trillion.

This is 167 times the budget of my homeland. Maybe we should all take a closer look and adopt the Stanford approach.

I argue from the perspective of a person who studies the learning process itself.

Since ancient times, there have been two approaches. The teacher shared fish or taught fishing.

If the matter is limited to fish - a certain obligatory list of courses, then the result is ineffective.

Having learned to fish - to learn new things, the student becomes independent from the teacher.

Stanford is a place where they prefer to teach "how to learn for yourself." Half of the graduates work in a different profile than they studied.

"Universities should not give knowledge itself, but the skill to quickly learn new things" - Professor at Stanford University Ilya Strebulaev.

In the initial courses, students are divided into small groups, and each starts a startup. And although the goal is not business, but training, more and more of these firms go into real business, and some are monetized in several billion dollars.

I repeat, without financial or other assistance, it is enough for several young people from different spheres to get together for business, and the educational process flows into a real startup.

In conclusion, I would like the Georgian Ministry of Education to pay attention to the retraining of the teaching staff. In our time of increasing changes, it is important to constantly improve your skills. Stanford has a special annual program for 30-50 year olds, more popular than regular courses.

I think it will be useful to some of those who read these words. Look, maybe there is online training.

Knowledge is the most valuable thing that can be acquired. And it only multiplies from transmission to others.

"Jesus asked: How many loaves do we have?

The disciples answered: seven ...

And they all ate and were satisfied; And they took up the remaining pieces seven baskets full,

and those who ate were four thousand. "(Bible)