Once Tolstoy was traveling in a remote part of Russia. He met the Chief of a Muslim tribe and this man was a great storyteller and he asked Tolstoy, another great storyteller, to tell him stories of great men.
Tolstoy told many. But the Chief wanted only to know about Abraham Lincoln. He had heard of his exploits and he marveled at the genius of the man. Tolstoy was happy to tell him many stories.
Lincoln, of all the Presidents, to my mind, though George Washington was very humble and great, Lincoln was the greatest strategist in terms of human emancipation.
He went very deeply into it. The scourge of the most terrible war gnawed at his bones. In the silence of that pained moment, he wrote:
“Rightness, is provided with the instruments of safety by the heavens.”
The root meaning of the word “art” means to put things in their right place.
The very seat of the word “mathematics” is the Ancient Greek word:
It means to learn.
“In modern era, Jung observed, spirit has “fallen” from the fiery empyrean above & has become “water,” evoking sense that the metaphysical realm of the heavenly powers of old & even of the Kingdom of God are now to be found submerged in oceanic depths of the unconscious.”
I find this notion of the Kingdom of God such a misnomer (and yet, it is true, that buried in the mind of man is a stewarded clarity about the symmetry of nature).
But what Lincoln said, that is something else.
Rightness is a very difficult word to convey. It does not mean obligation. At its root, the word “right” means to move in one direction, to move in a straight line. It is the same meaning as the word “nirodaha” in Sanskrit.
Nirodaha appears in the second sutra of the 1st chapter of the yoga sutras. The most important sutra.
Yogash citta vrtti nirodaha
“The state of union, of the aligned one directional right mind, happens when the deep mind clarifies the right movement of the mental activity.”
One directional here means to be virtuous and visionary. That is the sense of the root of ‘vrtti’
To learn the art of right placement, the key quality in us, is to listen to the nature of things, without the filter of an insecurity.
Right placement though is even a misnomer. Because it must be understood in context.
Place means locus. It is a physical state and a conglomeration of momentums of various objects. And with momentum comes velocity. And with multiple objects comes interactivity.
But there is an activity that the mind can become aware of and it is appropriate that I feature the words ‘respire,’ ‘inspire,’ and ‘expire’ here; as the yogis, and the early Ancient Greeks / they knew that the attitude to the breath, to the presence of being alive, to the gratitude for that state, it can inspire, when we are attentive to adaption, in the most evolved sense of that word, as tended by goodness, then the activity of living, which is continuously contingent on the oxygen that the Cyanobacteria spent millions of years cultivating, then that very breath, fully imbibed, can be a vehicle for safe passage to an earth wherein man has mastered the art of ecology.
Ecology means to take care of a house. Oikos – house in Ancient Greek.
“The word ecology was coined by the German zoologist Ernst Haeckel, who applied the term oekologie to the “relation of the animal both to its organic as well as its inorganic environment.” The word comes from the Greek oikos, meaning “household,” “home,” or “place to live.””
If you love a child you introduce that child to the wonder of nature, because her relationship with where she lives reflects her own self-knowledge; How advanced it is is determined by how attentive she is to the nature of nature.
When you love yourself you make contact with the nature of nature.
Darwin thought life came from a primordial swamp. Organic life on Earth did. But he did not investigate the nature of hydrogen. And he was not familiar with George Ernst Stahl. David Bohm did begin to clarify it though. In the history of science, these are important things.
There is no doubt in my mind we are on the brink of the greatest evolutionary leap in human history, becuase of the nexus of the breakthroughs therein.
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