Buddha’s Rock in Kenya

Buddha’s Rock in Kenya

(Posted on 20 August 2017)

In March 2015 I first set my eyes on the world renowned stunningly shining Golden Rock in Myanmar (Burma). It is visited by thousands of tourists and worshiped by masses of local believers (see http://bigbangyoga.org/natures-supremacy-over-religions-and-gods/). Here is another view of the same Golden Rock I am trying to hold it in place!

Is Buddha’s hair holding Myanmar Golden Rock?

Since that visit something kept pricking my brain: I have seen it before! But where? Was it a dream? It cannot be; I’m a bad dreamer

I was looking for another old picture among hundreds of packets stored in cardboard cartons. I must say, Lord Buddha led me to the picture I had taken in 1967 of the other twin rock he had set up almost as precariously as the one in Myanmar. It’s in Kenya in Bondo District near Kisumu not far from the shores of Lake Victoria. According to the geology of the area this rock must be much older than the Golden Rock; hence more sacred.

Kenya’s sacred Bondo Rock

What was I doing there in 1967? A multinational survey project of the upper Nile basin had just started. As a hydrologist I was in the area looking for a suitable site to install an automatic water level measuring station on the Yala River before it enters the swamp.

You cannot imagine how contented I feel having seen the Bondo Rock in its unadulterated natural beauty. I wonder why Buddha did not coat it with gold leaves when he knew that gold could be mined in the nearby town of Kakamega? Actually, Buddha liked nature better.

This reminds me of another similar rock on the road from Kisumu to Eldoret near Kaimosi. It is said  and I have seen it, that water has always spouted from its top. It is difficult to see its link to any groundwater below. For me it is more miraculous than the mythological  Ganges River spouting from the head of the Hindu god, I think, Vishnu!

Kenya has a great potential to attract holy tourists. It should seek expert assistance from some Lama or some Buddha’s re-carnation or a Hindu Swami who would sanctify these rocks so that devotees from Asia would flock in to worship them as well. In Myanmar, devotees believe that the Golden Rock is held in place by a relic-hair of Buddha that was brought from Sri Lanka.  They do not know that a more potent indigenous hair from a lion’s tail retains the Bondo Rock solidly in place.

Suprématie de la Nature sur les religions et les dieux

Man devised religions to conquer nature – 6  (FRENCH) .

For ENGLISH see: http://bigbangyoga.org/natures-supremacy-over-religions-and-gods/

Amicale des Anciens de l’OMM, Bulletin 23, janvier 2016

Presentation1Voir Golden Rock (le Rocher d’Or) au coucher du soleil est une chose à ne pas manquer, au Myanmar (Birmanie).  Le 28 mars 2015, j’ai vu beaucoup d’autres rochers de granit semblables, tout près de là, mais celui-ci a la particularité de reposer sur un autre bloc de granit, et le seul à être recouvert de feuilles d’or.  J’ai été tenté d’en acheter une, au prix officiel, au bureau de poste du quartier.  Mais ils sont des milliers à continuer de coller leur feuille d’or pour rechercher les bénédictions de Bouddha.  Ils croient, en toute loyauté, que le rocher ne tient dans cette position fragile que par un cheveu de Bouddha, une relique ramenée du Sri Lanka.

Presentation2

À voir ce phénomène stupéfiant, il ne faut pas grand-chose pour croire au miracle.  En levant la tête vers cette masse d’or, j’ai eu l’impression qu’elle allait me tomber sur la tête et, instinctivement, j’ai levé le bras pour la retenir de la main.  Mon guide m’a confirmé sa croyance absolue en ce que le rocher flottait au-dessus du rocher d’en-dessous et que l’espace entre les deux continuait de s’élargir, comme sur les esquisses que j’ai vues dans le musée adjacent.  Presentation3

Seuls les vrais croyants peuvent voir cette “fente”, m’a-t-il affirmé avec insistance.  Je me suis couché à plat ventre pour la voir, mais pas de chance.  Et bien entendu, ça ne se voit pas non plus sur la photo interdite (ci-dessous) que j’ai prise. Presentation4

Vous l’aurez peut-être deviné : seuls les hommes ont le droit de s’approcher.  La raison, à mon avis, pourrait bien être que, si une femme touchait le rocher, il tomberait, telle est la puissance de la  spiritualité féminine!

Cet extraordinaire phénomène m’a cloué sur place avec la question lancinante : “Qui était là en premier, le rocher ou Bouddha?”

Bien sûr le rocher était là dans sa forme naturelle primaire avant Bouddha.  On peut voir des milliers de formations géologiques semblables ou même encore plus spectaculaires que ça, dans le monde.  Des rochers perchés sur des pics élevés et acérés, des arcs rocheux entaillés et sculptés par le vent et l’eau, des canyons profonds et des cavernes époustouflantes.  Mais avec une différence… vitale: les adeptes de Bouddha ne sont pas encore arrivés jusque- là avec une de ses reliques!

En voyant tout cela, j’avais le sentiment que la religion, au Myanmar, avait littéralement volé tous les autres phénomènes naturels extraordinaires du pays et se les était appropriés.  Pas très loin de Golden Rock, j’ai grimpé avec de nombreux touristes et dévots sur le flanc raide d’une extrusion volcanique, un culot naturel de lave planté au beau milieu d’une vaste plaine.  Le sommet plat, qui n’est pas bien large, est flanqué d’un monastère et de nombreux stüpas.  Quelle vue magnifique de là-haut sur la campagne environnante, mais la religion s’est appropriée la petite sommité et l’a défigurée avec du béton crasseux.

C’est là que je me suis rendu compte que toutes les religions, partout dans le monde, se sont adjugées et ont accaparé un grand nombre des plus beaux sites naturels, en s’affublant du titre de propriétaire au nom de Dieu ou de quelque prophète, affublant ceux-ci de légendes miraculeuses sorties tout droit de l’imagination de l’homme.  De manière trompeuse, ils bourrent l’esprit des gens avec l’idée que leur religion et leurs dieux sont au-dessus de la nature.

Le lPresentation5endemain j’ai visité les ruines d’un ensemble de stüpas sur les rives du charmant Lac Inle, bien connu.  Je n’ai pas pu retenir mon ravissement et même de l’extase en voyant des arbres ressortir par le haut de ces gros stüpas: la Nature démontrait son pouvoir spontané sur les religions.

En faisant de la nature le centre de nos dévotions et l’objet de notre responsabilité, nous pourrons non seulement sauver nos âmes et l’environnement, mais aussi faire cesser que des hommes soient tués au nom de Dieu.

Naginder Sehmi       (Photos by Karin Nyffenegger)

(Traduction: Ilse Bourgain)

 

Master of fate, captain of soul

 Man devised religions to conquer nature – 8

Nail bed

It’s quarter to nine in the evening. I have just returned from my 7-km jog quite wet.  I was restless having rested for a long stretch of time in front of my computer screen. Outside I saw the dark clouds. My body demanded exercise and my brain obeyed. Sweating in the rain reminded me of the comment that Professor Saint face-booked regarding the hot sun I had to bear during my last race and performing badly: “I am glad that you listen to your body”.

“What does he mean,” I wondered. Then I flashed back, “If I had listened to my body forty years ago you would not be reading this or I would be in a wheel chair.”

Then my brain jumped to Nelson Mandela who often quoted William Ernest Henley:  “I am the master of my fate.  I am the captain of my soul.”

My thought process accelerated and the rain served as a coolant.

“The brain is a part of my body, the part that thinks. That is not wholly true. Research has shown that thinking occurs even in the micro-cell. Why doesn’t the brain tell me? It seems that it keeps all the secrets except two: pain and sometimes pleasure!”

Then I returned to the earlier thought, “If I had listened to the pain in my knees I would not be here”.

Ignoring the pain that skips from one part of my left knee to another, the brain adopts a fast mode churning out ideas and images that it puts into some logical form.

“I’m fickle,” the brain admitted. “I transmit only the pain messages, so that this man would stop all his stupid running and stop doing the TV-gym attracted to the lovely silhouette of Sandrine.”

People in general like things that give them pleasure. They listen to the slightest pain and run to the doctor. They think that they are listening to the body but do not know that the fickle brain is cheating them. They submit that the brain is their master. They find it impossible to govern their brains.

Thinking of hypochondriacs who fane pain when there is none, my brain relaxed and took over the management of my body. My jogging pace slowed down although going downhill. I was awakened by a twinge in my left knee. I tensed my body, took its control and soon the pain vanished.

My shaken brain saw a skinny Hindu fakir or sadhu sleeping comfortably on a bed of sharp nails and another twisting his body into contortions, I guess painful. It also saw a staunch member of the Roman Catholic order flagellating his body and willingly accepting the excruciating pain. It also recalled the annual self-flagellation ceremony of Shia Muslims.

“These people are my enemies,” my brain declared, “because they want to reveal my secret without understating what they are doing. They want to reduce my pain transmission system and know about the other thinking network spread to the micro-cells. I know, they want to prove that against the evident wish of the brain, the body has always been able to repair, adjust, and reinforce itself without informing the owner. Surely my brain knows it all but I don’t.

Then I briefly closed my eyes to pay respect to Nelson Mandela and his master William Ernest Henley who put to practice: “I am the master of my fate.  I am the captain of my soul.”

I completed my jog two minutes faster than normal.

—————–

 

Why running is a top-quality meditation

 Man devised religions to conquer nature – 7

Presentation1

Running in Mandement (Geneva) Saturday 29 August 2015

The commonly known practice of meditation is a proven mental therapy and a way to cool down and relax nerves after a strenuous day of taking decisions. Yet I often ponder if meditation as typically practiced and not doing anything else really leads to total wholesome health, physical and mental.

Yogis and gurus offer their services to their disciples in innumerable centres to achieve mental states as:

  • Emptying the brain in order to calm down.
  • Breathing deeply using the diaphragm to increase the lung capacity.
  • Practicing a certain way of nasal respiration in order to improve oxygen intake to a specific sector of the brain.
  • Lifting the consciousness to a higher spiritual level.

The yogic thinking rightly considers the human being to be a unit. For it to function ideally the whole and its every part up to the microcellular level must be made to play its role optimally.

When I see a person in the process of meditation I notice that the body and brain are dormant, if not totally asleep. The need for oxygen intake is minimal. During this state, forced increase of inhaled oxygen is not used. In fact a part of the normally inhaled oxygen is exhaled-the system does not require it. The only active compartment I can imagine is the poor brain struggling, in spite of repeating yogic mantra, to empty itself of all thoughts! All other body cells are at rest requiring no extra food nor oxygen to burn it.

My brain raises all these absorbing questions when I run briskly on a 7-km rough track in the woods near where I live. Am I stupid sweating out twice a week when I could have achieved wholesomeness sitting down comfortably meditating?

The responses came fairly quickly also during these runs; but it took much courage and time to pen them down.

Firstly, I would not have learnt that running is a superior meditation if I had not run. This, however, would not be an issue for a meditator: one troubling thought less in the brain!  A short warm up and stretching followed by running I gradually reach the speed expected for a 78-year old. What do I notice?

  • Almost all muscular and structural parts of my body are exerting, rhythmically lifting and landing my 67kg from on foot to another.
  • In response, my heart pounds and pushes oxygenated blood and food to every cell, including those of the brain, because they need them.
  • In order to supply more oxygen to the cells my brain commands the lungs to expand and inhale at the maximum capacity possible and make sure to discard out carbon dioxide.
  • For an efficient exchange of gases in the lungs I need to extend my diaphragm fully. I wish I had a few more nostrils and bigger mouth and a larger chest! Soon I reach my cruising speed and I start breathing almost normally; no huffing and puffing.
  • While I am running my brain concentrates on some innovative idea or a solution to a problem. Using some built-in automatic navigation mode it guides my feet over stones and tree roots and allows itself to concentrate on a single issue such as thinking about the potency of meditation. Inhaling fresh air I become one with the wondrous envelop of nature. Isn’t that also the objective of a true yogi? Being one with nature? The true meaning of spiritual consciousness?  (SPIRITUALITY defined)
  • After running a short distanced my brain empties itself of all restlessness, tension, worry and worldliness in the form of sweat. The rest of the run is like being in the paradise, if it exits. Does a person in meditation sweat? His union with nature is only imaginary in his brain. The genuine one is outside his window!

After showering and satisfying my sharpened appetite I can sit in front of my computer and my brain can concentrate effortlessly on the task. Physical restlessness has been effaced. The following day when I walk I feel as if I am floating effortlessly. What a wholesome feeling!

All highly placed extremely busy persons including ministers, chief executive officers, and professionals usually jog early in the morning. They draw up and resolve their day’s agenda during the run. For them it is meditation. I feel so relieved that they confirm my findings.

—————-

 

 

 

 

Nature’s supremacy over religions and gods.

Man devised religions to conquer nature – 6

Presentation1

Golden Rock at sunset is a sight to behold in Myanmar (Burma). On 28 March 2015 I saw many other similar granite rocks nearby but this one happens to be precariously sitting on top of another granite and only this is the one that has been plastered with gold leaves. Thousands of worshipers continue to stick gold leaves on it and seek blessings from Buddha. They staunchly believe that the rock is held in that delicate position by a relic of Buddha’s hair that was brought from Sri Lanka.

This extraordinary phenomenon left me wonder struck with a gnawing question: “What came first, the rock or Buddha?” Read more: story & photos.

Commnets: Kamal Phull Awesome – reflects my beliefs altogether. The last line in the article says it all so clearly.

CL Bharadia Thank you so much. This article does support my deep-seated belief that Mother Nature is supreme to any religion. smile emoticon

CL Bharadia Roshni Peshavaria: I would welcome and urge you to read this article posted by one of my most respected high school class-fellow. The article supports my praise for Mother Nature rather than any particular God/s.

Who can make you happy, God or Nature?

Man devised religions to conquer nature – 5

“You have never heard of Anne Frank?” exclaimed Karin when planning our visits to museums of Amsterdam in July. “Millions have read her diaries. We will go early in the morning and try to get in her museum-house.” We encountered a kilometer long line of visitors waiting to enter. We left it to another time. My curiosity aroused, the same evening I downloaded “Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl” and started reading it.

From the age of thirteen to fifteen Anne Frank hid with her Jewish family and others in the Annex of a building to escape from the Nazis. She kept a diary describing the life in the small confinement in a manner that no one of any age could have done. Amazingly analytical. Absolute innocence, a spirit free of inhibitions, fearless and exceptionally gifted intellectually she has written very simply yet profoundly on every aspect of human behaviors.  Her diary is very touching and more enlightening than all the sacred books I have read. Many truths emanating from her pure innocence have left a lasting impact on me.

In this blog I have been trying to impress on readers that Nature, of which we are a part, is above religions and their Gods. Young Anne Frank has already expressed the same idea in an exquisitely profound way in her Diary on 23 February 1944:

But I also looked out the open window, letting my eyes roam over a large part of Amsterdam, over the rooftops and on to the horizon, a strip of blue so pale it was almost invisible. “As long as this exists,” I thought, “this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?” The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature’s beauty and simplicity. As long as this exists, and that should be forever, I know that there will be solace for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances. I firmly believe that nature can bring comfort to all who suffer. Oh, who knows, perhaps it won’t be long before I can share this overwhelming feeling of happiness with someone who feels the same as I do.

P.S. Thoughts: To Peter. We’ve been missing out on so much here, so very much, and for such a long time. I miss it just as much as you do. I’m not talking about external things, since we’re well provided for in that sense; I mean the internal things. Like you, I long for freedom and fresh air, but I think we’ve been amply compensated for their loss. On the inside, I mean. This morning, when I was sitting in front of the window and taking a long, deep look outside at God and nature, I was happy, just plain happy. Peter, as long as people feel that kind of happiness within themselves, the joy of nature, health and much more besides, they’ll always be able to recapture that happiness. Riches, prestige, everything can be lost. But the happiness in your own heart can only be dimmed; it will always be there, as long as you live, to make you happy again. Whenever you’re feeling lonely or sad, try going to the loft on a beautiful day and looking outside. Not at the houses and the rooftops, but at the sky. As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know that you’re pure within and will find happiness once more.”

I am very grateful to Anne Frank. She is no more. Her legacy has convinced me that Nature is the source of all happiness. The Nature is real and tangible; God is hypothetical and only an adjunct.

Comment: Baldev Singh Salh Of course Nature, but it is a part of GOD

  • Naginder Sehmi God is a name invented by human beings. Nature has been always there and cannot be part of a name.

 

Where humans went wrong.

Man devised religions to conquer nature -4

inle

Inle

Before religions we know came into being there was no God. People were all pagans. They lived happily, content in their environment. They survived because they matched their requirements with the conditions around them. Those who transgressed what Nature provided had to look for another environment or they perished.

Pagan love of Nature was direct and pragmatic. They did not conjure up deities, gods and goddesses. They were connected to the Nature like everything else. This wonderful relationship inspired spontaneous love, awe, reverence and humility – the true yoga or union. A few surviving communities deep in America and elsewhere do not need God or his religions to be materially and spiritually happy.

Since the start of  human history never, repeat never, has God nor did prayers save entire communities when they transgression the natural environment. Humans kill people after praying but no one prays to save a tree or to preserve the environment.

Humans needed a single authority and invented a tool named God that they used to justify their greed for political and material power. They beheaded the poor Nature on the   sacrificial alter. Kings, popes, caliphs and even political leaders became infallible representatives of God and exercised authority on His behalf over their own kind and on the nature.

Teachings of nature loving prophets, messiahs, gurus and now ecologists and environmentalists impart the original pagan message declaring the supremacy of Nature. Read: Bigbang Yoga: New God / Lire: big-bang-yoga: Nouveau Dieu  Sadly all have failed to free the people from hangman’s religious noose.

 

Comment: Kamal Phull Nature is God and and is desperately trying to survive despite human destruction of it – the flower in the tarmac, the healing of a wound, the cell and the nucleus and its wonders, the galaxy. Man is nowhere near replicating it – neither has religion.

Do religions know ecology?

Man devised religions to conquer nature -3

Am I going to upset the hornets’ nest? I can imagine the defenders of faiths scrambling to their scriptures and frantically looking for a word that might mean ecology. The term “ecology” does not exist in the vocabulary of sacred books.  Until Pope Francis’ recent laudable announcement, followers of religions detested scientists and other freethinkers. In order to defend themselves they blamed the scientists including ecologists  for all the ills of the world.  One can imagine each one of them now trying to contort the meaning of words and frantically trying to prove that his or her holy book provides for the conservation of the environment and ecology better than all others. The fact is that the religions do not want to know nor preach the revelations that modern scientific prophets have made.

Under the bleak socio-religious conditions Pope Francis’ encyclical defending the cause of ecology is a much too long-awaited  but  welcome historical landmark at least in the Christian world. People listen to the Pope.  I pray that his global influence will impact the decisions of the  Climate Conference 2015 in Paris. I hope Christian fundamentalists will not thwart his first effort.  (To continue).

Holy egoism

Man devised religions to conquer nature -2

cropped-Spirit1.png

1. UNIVERSE  2. HUMAN EVOLUTION: Fat egoist  3. INFERNAL SWIRL  4. NATURE RAPES RELIGION.

 

Holy egoism

History has shown that entrenched religions have never sat on a common platform to take a positive global action for the good of the world. Christian churches with of their considerable financial strength and religious mission have continued to provide health, educational and social services in numerous communities. But how many Christians will accept to correct their Bible according to Pope Francis’ unequivocal statement with regard to man-nature relationship that “this is not a correct interpretation of the Bible as understood by the church”? He lucidly urges us to respect the laws of nature (not of the sacred books) and protect the Earth for future generations. We are part of nature, not its overlords, and we must care for nature as much as we care for ourselves because the two are inseparable in this common home. (Read: Big Bang Yoga: New God)

Can we rewrite the Bible or the Koran, each one considered to be the word of God, using the vast amount of knowledge ecologist-prophets have produced? When reading these books one finds that even God borrowed from the knowledge previously accumulated by people to dictate both books. Why can’t we?

All religions are basically anthropocentric, that is they deal only with the behavior of individual human beings in order to manage social groups.(Read: “Life is a river” in Twisted Turban)  For them everything else is of little relevance. Hindu and Buddhist teachings tend to promote mainly egoism, that is, each individual must attain the state of nirvana; social and environmental welfare is secondary. Ideally the followers are required to spend the lifetime practicing yoga, meditation and austerities for self-improvement at the same time attain self-denial or kill the ego. What contradiction!  This egocentric practice has benefited many individuals tremendously; but personal interest takes priority over societal and environmental concerns. This is evident from the enormous effort required to improve the unhealthy state of public amenities in these societies where nature has only a philosophical role: it is worshipped but not conserved. People know nature but only as a slave of human beings. (To continue).

Pope Francis resurrects

Man devised religions to conquer nature -1

Pope Francis resurrects

cropped-Spirit1.png

1. UNIVERSE  2. HUMAN EVOLUTION  3. INFERNAL SWIRL – Religions going round and round never to meet!   4. NATURE RAPES RELIGION.

 

 

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on man and nature relationship has attracted considerable attention in many quarters. No one has said, “It’s too late.” For me it is difficult to accept: “It’s never too late”. The significance of the document lies in the fact that for the first time a pontiff, head of the world’s most powerful and the best structured religious order, has expressed on this subject. Why did it take over two thousand years for the Christian church to contradict the book of Genesis in which God decreed man’s “dominion” over the Earth, and hence exploitation of its resources for our own needs? It is definitely too late. The earlier message of Saint Francis of Assize soliciting Christians to respect the entire creation and to protect our environment has long been forgotten.

The Christian religion and the cohort of other big religions still have a grip on and rule the minds and spirits of almost  all peoples of the world. They have not used their pulpits to impress upon peoples that the human being is an element of nature, God lives in nature, and Nature is God and Nature should be revered and conserved.  In the  main article of this website  (para. 4.8) written a decade ago I expected the then new Pope would take the lead in this vital issue because he did show some inclination towards nature.

For Pope Francis to say “I think we have exploited nature too much,” is too weak and too late because the world knew it a long time ago and our modern prophets (ecologists, environmentalists and climatologists) have proclaimed it loud and clear.  Then he says, “Thanks be to God that today there are voices, so many people who are speaking out about it.” Surely, these are not religious voices seeking action.

The Pope has upset many powerful multinational and national enterprises. They are afraid that the followers of his church will listen to his message and possibly take action. They need not worry because religions are in an infernal swirl; the chance of their getting together is remote.

Other nature-based religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism have little impact on their adherents because they have become fossilized in ritualized adoration. The followers of Islam have been to this day preoccupied with recovery of their religious and political dominance. Safeguarding nature is not yet on the agenda.

What a formidable transforming  synergy it would be if all religious factions joined Pope Francis and used their pulpits to enlighten the masses on what the modern prophets have convincingly  revealed about our Nature, the real God! No prayer or God has so far succeeded in preventing social and ecological calamities. Is there any chance of an “ecological revolution” to take place without religions taking the lead and rewriting the sacred books? (To continue)