Advent in the way or the path 2013/12/06Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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The preparation for the Second Coming while commemorating the First Coming of Christ at Christmas.
The first coming of Jesus Christ was as savior and his second coming will be as a judge, Christian traditions may vary as to the relative importance of penitence and fasting during the four Sundays in Advent.
With that said, all traditions agree that Jesus Christ will come again to judge both the living and the dead, that the kingdom of God shall have no end.
Today I seek the Divine Nature of the one true God. However, I am met with confusion and disagreement among the so-called believers.
These so-called believers have taught me that their way is the true path; who do I believe?
Birth is the way in, and death is the way out of this world. I am here, now what do I do?
Here is a path that respected Japanese warrior Miyamoto Musashi followed in 1645: “The Path of Aloneness”, was largely composed on the occasion of Musashi giving away his possessions in preparation for death, expresses a stringent, honest, and ascetic view of life.
1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never, be jealous.
8. Never, let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate for neither oneself nor others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things, have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honor.
21. Never, stray from the Way
Make no mistake, I am not advocating the way of a warrior, I am advocating the way of peace. Peace comes because of justice.
The Divine Nature is within me I have to be born again to find it.
Each year the Advent has taught me how to become one with the divine nature by teaching me that I too may become a son of the living God.
The way or path I choose prepares me for the judgment in Christ return, not through work or anything I may do, but through belief and the love I have in God.
I believing that the judgment will come and that I may overcome my fears through the path I choose and be able to help those who are weaker find a path that will work for them.
Maranatha , Lord come quickly.
εὐχαριστέω (Thankful not expectant) 2013/11/28Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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He took the seven loaves and the two fish, gave thanks, broke them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the five thousand. They all ate, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
I am thankful for the breath within me, the unconditional love others show me, and the opportunity to share a conversation with people around me.
Breath, unconditional love, and conversation are the two fish and five loaves of bread I am thankful for, in return after the meal I have more than I expected, I am blessed with many friends, a family who loves me, and a G-d who forgives all my shortcomings, who loves me just as I am.
As Brother Ron becomes filled with the fruit of the spirit may I never forget the pain of hunger.
Culturally you are what you wear 2013/11/22Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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When my daughter was little, about 10 years old, she loved to go to cultural events with me. We live in Los Angeles and almost every culture is represented here with the exception of a few.
We have eaten Bangers with the British, Flatbread at PowWows with the People, Sauerkraut with the Germans, Baklava with the Greeks, and Fish and Chips with the Scottish. Even Enjera and Goat with the Ethiopians Just to name a few.
Almost without exception, the men in each culture we visited at the fairs seemed to gravitate towards weapons, exhibition of strength, and military arts. The women tend to lean toward clothing and fashion. This is my observation only, and may not be the case in every culture or even what you may have observed.
All cultures had dances that were unique to their cultures and each culture seemed to embrace a common religious belief and eat food they learned to make that has been passed on through the generations.
Dress and clothing played an important roll in distinguishing each culture. The styles down to colors, patterns, and symbols on the clothing each told a story.
In the New Testament Gospel of John, the writer takes the time to give details of the trial and mockery of Jesus, particularly to a Purple Seamless Garment given to him by the soldiers.
They said therefore among themselves; Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which said, they parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture, they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
To make the Purple Seamless Robe requires expensive dye. Beginning in about 1500 BC, Ancient Phoenicia, a sea snail called the spiny dye-murex was a source of purple. The deep, rich purple dye made from this snail became known imperial purple.
It takes “twelve thousand snails to yield no more than 1.4 g of pure dye, enough to color only the trim of a single garment.
It is understood, that the garment was valuable, if only for its purple color.
Orthodox Christian Tradition holds that a Jewish Rabbi named Elias, who was present in Jerusalem at the time of the crucifixion bought the blood stained holy coat from a soldier.
When he returned to his native town of Mtskheta, Georgia, where it is preserved to this day beneath a crypt in the Patriarchal Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. The feast day in honor of the “Chiton of the Lord” is celebrated on October 1.
Others believe that the garment woven by the Blessed Virgin for the Child Jesus grew with Him, and was thus worn by Him during His entire life on earth and is in Europe.
Brother Ron has no idea who has the holy coat, nor do I believe it matters where it is either.
Jesus was killed at the hands of men then rose from the dead. What the Roman soldiers cast lots for was a garment that they themselves had given him to mock him.
Why the garment was purple might have been for the evidence Pontius Pilate needed to show the charges of sedition and treason against Rome were founded and to justify under Roman Law putting him to death.
The color purple was expensive and reserved for royalty, therefore it would be reasonable to believe that Jesus intended to provoke or incite rebellion against government authority, or an actual rebellion against Roman authority.
My daughter admitted to me now that she is a adult with children herself that more than anything she enjoyed my company and spending time with me. I know for me those short day trips will forever be in my heart because of the bond we shared together.
We both learned that the cultures we visited where organized; that clothing is one of the most easily observable expressions of privilege and status.
But most importantly by learning about others we were able to learn about ourselves.
The writer of the Gospel of John certainly gave us a lot to think about.
The Baby Boomers are destroying the Earth! 2013/11/15Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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I am a Baby Boomer. The Baby Boomer generation, is the generation of Americans born between 1946, the end of World War II, and 1964. They are the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history.
There are 77.3 million Baby Boomers in the US.
On my spiritual journey, I have been placed in a space and time not of my own choosing and not unlike others who came before me or will come after me… I am part of what is called the Baby Boomer Generation.
The Post WWII generation as well Generation X has repudiated my generation. That is OK because I have repudiated theirs.
I see my generation in the United States as the reminisce of slavery, social injustice and racial prejudice. We were spoon fed lab rats that were fed drugs and ideas by those who were motivated by the illusion of inclusions and the quest for power through social control. The fear of prisons is of no use unless the justice system keeps people in them. The politicians, police, lawyers, and judges keep the prisons full and make a good living in the process.
January 1, 2011 – The first of the boomers turns 65. Approximately two-thirds of all seniors 65 and over, and 60% of those 50-64, have at least one chronic disease.
Boomers make up approximately 25% of the total U.S. population of 311,591,917.
Boomers work past retirement, only 11% plans to stop working entirely, most boomers plan to work “until they drop.”
1979 – The year the U.S. divorce rate peaks. There are 2,331,000 marriages and 1,181,000 divorces, according to the U.S. Census, and the first of the boomers turn 33.
Thirty years later, 39% of boomers have been divorced and the national divorce rate is declining.
Who is raising American kids while people are working two jobs to survive?
This infomercial was well spoken by a young female lawyer, who will be one of the winners in a divorce action or a prenuptial filed in civil court by her clients. This is an example of what I am talking about when I say spoon-fed propaganda as if it was somehow a news story. (Hello, where is the news?)
Approximately $8.4 trillion will be inherited by boomers from their grandparents, parents, and others.
December 31, 2029 – The last of the boomers will turn 65. The 65+-population segment is projected to double to 71.5 million by 2030 and grow to 86.7 million by 2050. Possibly eighty million plus will be on Medicare and Social Security.
1945-1947 – World War II veterans return home from Europe and the Pacific in droves. The wounded had begun returning earlier.
July 27, 1953 – Korean War ends and veterans return home.
May 17, 1954 – U.S. Supreme Court desegregates schools in Brown v. Board of Education. Boomers are the first elementary school generation to attend integrated schools.
June 23, 1960 – The FDA approves an oral contraceptive, Enovid (The Pill), for sale in the U.S.
1964-1975 – Vietnam War, the war boomers fought in and protested against. The average age of combat soldiers is 19.
Summer 1967 – The “Summer of Love” and the hippie counterculture of sex, drugs and rock n roll.
1968 – Women’s Liberation and the feminist movement begin. The oldest boomers are 22.
August 15-18, 1969 – Woodstock, a music festival in Bethel, New York takes place, where more than 400,000 people attended and more than 30 acts perform.
December 1, 1969 – The first Selective Service lottery since 1942 is held. The lottery is for armed forces inductees for 1970. Only males 18-26 are eligible. September 14 is drawn first. The oldest the boomers are 23.
January 22, 1973 – Roe v Wade makes abortion legal in the U.S.
March 12, 1975 was the last Selective Service lottery. The oldest boomers are 29. The system is suspended on April 1 and registration for the draft is suspended in January 1976.
July 1980 – Selective Service registration is revived for all males born 1960 and later. The youngest of the boomers will be 16 by year’s end.
March 9, 1983 – Legislation passes rising the retirement age, with full Social Security benefits, from 65 to 67 to begin in 2000.
January 20, 1993 – Bill Clinton is sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States, the first boomer in the White House.
There was only one way to overcome the constant bombardment of propaganda…
It is to die of this world. To be born again into the kingdom of G-d. There were several a movements started to guild you through this process such as”: I found it”,” the Way”, “Jesus Freaks”, “Born Again Christians” and others.
It was a time when real men served their country. Little did I know the result would be 58,479 dead boys from my generation and millions of others who would suffer loss for participating in a killing field of over a million and a half humans who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Baby Boomers are waking up from their self-inflicted drunken stupors. The trouble is that they now are 60 years old and up. With a mental capacity of a teenager who is out on their own for the first time with no real experience in life.
Most Baby Boomers have parents that are dead, or have lost their minds, so they themselves are lost in space and time with no direction.
Statistically as stated before Baby Boomers have a divorce rate of 50% and their children are being raised by single parent families most by single mothers.
Males are becoming lost in a world of dominant women who have been teaching their boys to be indirect by their actions, “look over there, there is a Mc Donald’s .Rather than saying I am hungry let’s get something to eat over there.”
Did Baby Boomers create the problem maybe, did they contribute to the problem yes? Is there a problem as Bill might say to Hillary. What you mean by is ?
How I learned to lie 2013/11/04Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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How I learned to lie.
Did you like this short video? If so and you would like to see more of these short videos on “Innocent Infringement “ please let me know by sending me an email at email@example.com The videos are produced by me on a phone. Please forgive the poor quality Brother Ron is not a rich man.
Only 365 days a year, don’t forget anyone. 2013/11/01Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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Many countries throughout the world build monuments in dedication to the service of unidentified soldiers and to the common memories of all soldiers killed in any war.
Now about the “All Saints Day”:
The exact origins of All Saints Day is uncertain, although, after the legalization of Christianity in A.D. 313, a common commemoration of the saints, especially the martyrs, appeared in various areas throughout the Church.
In the West, a commemoration for all the saints also was celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. The primary reason for establishing a common feast day was because of the desire to honor the great number of martyrs.
Simply, there were not enough days of the year for a feast day for each martyr and many of them died in groups. A common feast day for all saints, therefore, seemed most appropriate.
Around the world there are unknown solders graves, as humans we do not want to forget any one’s sacrifice. We build monuments in dedication to the service of unidentified soldiers, to the common memories of all soldiers killed in any war.
The witnessing body does not want to forget any of those who came before, the ones who were willing to give their lives for what they believed.
The people who stood firm with the hope of the eternal life in the age to come, who willingly gave their lives for their faith.
Loneliness 2013/10/30Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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Through quite prayer and meditation, it is possible to invite the Divine Nature within me, to become free from the confinement of self-imposed slavery I have created for myself.
I am not alone as long as I have hope and faith to believe that I am not alone.
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Indonesian Surfer 2013/10/24Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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Brother Ron found this GoPro video on the internet for those of us who have never surfed Bali.
What draws me to the ocean makes me who I am. The ocean is filled with creatures that could kill me in seconds. It can inflict me with pain or drown me just as fast, yet for some reason I keep returning.
I have respect and reverence for the ocean because I realize it is more powerful than I am. I am humbled by the reality that I am powerless in its presence. Surfing requires brute strength and technique to get past the break along with clearing your mind of all the things in the water, which if given the chance will try to kill me.
The clearing of the mind is truly the draw of the ocean for me. I can be here and now in the present moment.
As I seek the Divine Nature it is important for me to remain in the present because nothing else seems to matter, in the present is where I can truly love myself and others.
Enjoy the video. The video is a little over seven minutes is a little long let me know if it was worth watching.
What my mother didn’t tell me about love… 2013/10/16Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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While in Da Nang Viet Nam at eighteen years old under attack, I saw my life flash before me. I was not a bad person in my own eyes, but being confronted with dying and death changed that; all the things I regretted in my short life were in front of me, things that I am ashamed to disclose in a public forum like this.
I found true love on the battlefield, someone who knew all about me and loved me anyway. (Me)
It is my opinion that it is almost impossible to love anyone else until you can love yourself, accepting yourself for who you are in the present moment.
My mother never told me I would love four women in my life, all of them in different ways.
The first love was for my mother, who through proximity and close contact nurtured me until I could take care of myself. The second love was for a girlfriend who understood me and cared about me. The third was for my wife who trusted me and relied on me for my potential strength and ability. The fourth was for my daughter who gave my life meaning, dedication, and purpose and who taught me unconditional love.
Androgyny: the term derives from the Latin: androgynous, derived from Ancient Greek: ἀνδρόγυνος, from ἀνήρ, stem ἀνδρ- (anér, andr-, meaning man) and γυνή (gunē, gyné, meaning woman). It is through one of these four loves that make us all androgynous and bond us together with the universe. It is love that makes us all both man and woman, the sons of God.
Finding unconditional Love is not hard; it is all around us and everyone experiences it at some point in our life. Love is the bonding agent of life, without love the world would fall apart.
When my mother found out I was going in the military like my father, she wanted me to go in the Navy so I could get a clean bed and a hot meal every night. She never expected I would end up in Viet Nam or knew that I would find love there.
One more Chance 2013/10/10Posted by callupbrotherron in Uncategorized.
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This one brought a tear to old Brother Ron. Sometimes I just need to remember how thankful I am to be alive.
Thank you all, there have been close to four thousand views on the http://callupbrotherron.wordpress.com/ Blog. When I started, my intent was to leave a trail for my kids and grandkids to follow. I intended to give them a way they could understand how to love the creator the way their grandpa does.
I have been posting once per week and will continue God willing. There are over 71 pages of content on the Blog, some stories, some reference material, and some just for fun. The value is in the information and the encouragement we need from each other.
We need each other and God needs us. As I seek the divine nature, I have come to realize I learn something from everyone I meet. My choice in whether I use the new information is a gift from god. I can either accept or reject the learning acquired. What I learn may not be useful or even necessary for my survival but it shapes me into the person I am.