Facts about Santa Claus and God from the Webmaster.
Santaís suit isnít dirty from sliding down chimneys; it comes from the
pollution in the air. Santa doesnít slide down chimneys, and he doesnít go
down them one at a time. He lands in a central area and then broadcasts himself
and his reindeer, similar to halogens, into regions around the world. He lands
on a rooftop that is central to that region, then stands by the chimney,( thus
the belief that he slides down them.) He then broadcasts himself to all of the
homes in that region. So any child who happens to be near the chimney at a
certain given moment will see Santa as if he is solely in their home. How else
could he get around to all of those children in one night?
Stop asking some nut to connect you to God. You are already connected. You just
have to say, "Hello God!" and your are there. God is you, so naturally
he hears you and knows your thoughts. God is within all of us. If you believe
God is some huge man sitting on a throne up in a cloudy region called heaven,
you are in for some big disappointments.
God cannot be defined. I believe that
everything we do in our lifetimes are recorded and that we will have to review
those records (Like sitting at a theatre), and then given chances to correct the
bad causes we have made. We have to help each other so that we can get to the
next level, I feel that as long as there is one person still lingering in this
planet none of us will make it. We have to help each other.
If that is so, then when
I view my movie, I want to see a happy one. One where I do good for my fellow
man, where there is no evil from me, one where all my wrongs are righted and one
where I serve God. If God is within us then we are also serving ourselves.
Helping others is helping God. Sam: 02/02/2003
THE DOVES OF
by Samuel Younghans
I see a scenario of a great battle that is about to begin. This is to be the battle of the century. Millions of people will view this event on their television sets. Thousands of armed troops line up on either side of a great battlefield, ready to go into battle.
Thank you to: Dr. Wayne Dyer for the use of his words; “authoritarian” and “dichotomous.”
They are in this battle because of politics and self interest groups on both sides. The soldiers know that many of them will be dead at the end of this day, yet because of their indoctrinations and beliefs in patriotism, they go forward to death, believing it is for a good cause. No one told them that what they were dying for was money and power.
The troops on both sides begin moving forward into position to attack. They can see each other as they move closer towards the approaching battleground. Suddenly a hush falls over the whole area. Two beautiful, white doves circle in the sky, swooping over the heads of the soldiers, first on one side, then on the other, finally, they set down in the middle of the battleground - they are courting. Suddenly, they hear beautiful music - it is an old world waltz. The doves move to the sounds of the music.
The advancing troops stop to behold this beautiful sight. They lay down their weapons and sit on the ground watching the doves. There is a strong feeling of peace, permeating the battleground. The troops on both sides begin humming and swaying to the sounds of the waltz. The male dove is strutting around his mate with his feathers all ruffled up. The troops cheer; there are tears in their eyes.
The Commanders, who are watching from a safe distance, only see the troops sitting with their weapons on the ground. “What is going on? Get those men off the ground - they must fight!” Immediately, orders are dispatched; the troops ignore them. They wave to each other and they are laughing with happiness.
Hate, instilled by the authoritarians, is dissolving, replaced by an acknowledgment of each other. Some of the men are calling to the doves; others are walking towards each other, their weapons left behind on the ground. As they converge, they shake hands and embrace each other. They watch as the two doves fly off into the sun. A huge cheer bellows up from the, would be, battleground. There will be no killing today. A rainbow appears in the horizon.
The millions, who watched on television, applaud and cheer. Never in the history of the world has so many tears flowed. Could this be the end of war? Why not? What greedy politician would dare mention the word “war,” let alone suggest starting another war? Those sad individuals will have to find another source of income.
We are most fortunate to be living in this perfect world. If we stop our authoritarian, dichotomous thinking, we might even make this planet a paradise for every "Cosmic" on earth. Who knows, it might even spread out into the universe.
Peace and love, from a "Cosmic"
Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right
one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for
When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we
look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.
The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing
with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation
you've ever had.
It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's
also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.
Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll
love you back! Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart
but if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours.
It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like
someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
Don't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth;
even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a
smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.
There are moments in life when you miss someone so much
that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real!
Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what
you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you
want to do.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have
searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of
people who have touched their lives.
Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a
tear. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can't go on
well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you
was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and
everyone around you is crying.
A Buddhist Tale
Shariputra and several other disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha went to visit a lay
believer named Vimalakirti, who had been ill. Toward the end of their visit, a goddess
suddenly appears and scatters flowers on everyone. Shariputra, known as "foremost in
wisdom," is alarmed to see that the flowers are sticking to him. He tries to pull
The goddess laughs, "Why do you try to pull the flowers off?"
"Because such flowers are not appropriate on the person of a monk!"
The goddess points out that the flowers have no preconceived ideas about what
is appropriate or not. The flowers, she says, are sticking to him because he still has
preconceptions and remnants of discriminatory thinking, which are based on delusion.
Further, she implies that Shariputra still fears the eternal cycle of death and re-birth.
And because of this fear, his senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch are sources
She's right, of course, which irritates Shariputra. So he taunts her,
"Goddess, why don't you change out of your female form?" (You have to remember -
his was a society in which women were considered impure. In his mind, no one would ever
choose to be a woman.)
Without skipping a beat, the goddess takes Shariputra's form and turns him Into
Shariputra is horrified.
The goddess then quotes Shakyamuni: "In the equality of all beings, there
is neither man nor woman."
In relation to the Mystic Law, everyone is equal. Buddhism teaches that we can
free ourselves from the type of thinking that puts people into hard and fast categories
such as male/female, black/white or gay/straight. These categories are fluid and transient
- they may last for a life time but are not eternal. In the Buddhist view, one form or
category is neither better nor worse than any other.
Steve Storc sent this to me today.
The Power of Your Actions
One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home
from school. His
name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself,
"Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a
nerd." I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friend
tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a
bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms
and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in
the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his
eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking
for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.
As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. They
really should get lives."
He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!"
There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.
I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived
near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private
school before now.
I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked
all the way home, and I carried his
books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play football on
Saturday with me and my friends. He said yes. We hung all weekend and the more I got to
know Kyle, the more I liked him. And my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning
came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said,
"Darn boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books
everyday!" He just laughed and handed me half the books.
Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were
seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to
Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He
was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship. Kyle was
valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to
prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and
Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys
that really found himself during
high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than me
and all the girls loved him! Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I
could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said,
"Hey, big guy, you'll be great!" He looked at me with one of those looks (the
really grateful one) and smiled. "Thanks," he said. As he started his speech, he
cleared his throat, and began. "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you
make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a
coach... but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that
being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a
story." I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first
day we met.
He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he
had cleaned out his locker so his Mom
wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and
gave me a little smile. "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the
unspeakable." I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy
told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that
same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it's depth.
Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a
person's life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each other's lives to impact
one another in some way. Look for God in others.
From your Webmaster:
Placing labels on people makes it easier to kill them. One of the headlines In The San
Diego Union Tribune the other day read "Mexican Soldiers Kill 11 Rebels". What
if the headline read "Humans in soldier uniforms killed 11 humans in rebel
uniforms" Either way you put it, 11 human beings were killed by other human beings.
Life is our most precious gift, to take life away from any one individual is a crime
against all mankind. At one time these "rebels" were born, had parents, were
children and then became adults who wanted something better for their people. There was
something wrong with the way they were being treated and they wanted to change it. I am
not making judgments, but isn't that they way our forefathers felt when they rebelled
against their English government (another label).
Rebels cause revolutions, revolutions cause change (good and bad). If the governments
listened to the people and served the people instead of being so self-serving, would there
be rebels? There may be criminals (another label) but no rebels.
Labels make it easy to hate, mistreat, rip off, and kill.. When we see each other as
human beings instead of labels we will be starting the biggest revolution in the world;
human revolution. If we conquer hate, we will be the most victorious rebels in the world.
Stop hate and there will be peace. Human beings will be victorious.
Hate is taught, we don't come into this world with hate. To teach hate is the most
criminal of all acts against mankind. Teach compassion and soon there will be no reason to
hate. So simple, yet so hard. It starts with you. Can you wear it?
QUESTION: How do you teach compassion?
ANSWER: By Example. Like it says above: "It all starts with you." Don't wait
for someone else to do it. Do it now!
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|From Francis Khun, Hawaii:
I want to be serious for a moment and talk about the holiday which will be celebrated here
in the United States on Monday. Memorial Day is on the last Monday in May and honors those
men and women who lost their lives serving their country. What we celebrate as Memorial
Day today, began at the end of the Civil War. Family members of the many soldiers slain in
battle would visit the grave sites of their fallen relatives or friends and decorate the
graves with flowers.
On May 5, 1868, General John Logan proclaimed this day a holiday through his General Order
No. 11. The day was entitled Decoration Day and was first observed on May 30, 1868. The
northern states celebrated this day every year, but the southern states celebrated a day
similar to this on a different day until sometime after World War I.
In 1882, the name Decoration day was changed to Memorial Day, and in 1971, Memorial Day
was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday of May every year. Over the
years it has come to serve as a day to remember all U.S. men and women killed or missing
in action in all wars. I am truly grateful for the freedoms which we enjoy today. Too
often, we take these gifts for granted, little realizing the sacrifice which was involved
in ensuring that these freedoms continue to be a part of all of our lives. Be honest, how
many of us think of Memorial Day as just another chance for a three-day weekend? A chance
to go the the lakes or beaches or
mountains? A trip to Disneyland or Six Flags or some other amusement park? If you are here
in the United States, please remember to display your flag. Let's not forget the real
reason for having this holiday. The quote below says it all. Please take the time to read
it. Take care everyone.
Tom (USN 65-69)
"It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country in
wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and
wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them were boys when they died, they
gave up two lives -- the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they
died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men.
They gave up everything for their county, for us. All we can do is remember."
-- Ronald Wilson Reagan Remarks at Veteran's Day ceremony, Arlington National
Cemetery = Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 1985