Archive for the The World Category

Osho says criminals need meditation, not prison; Dalai Lama agrees

Posted in Osho, the Dalai Lama, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2012 by jason elijah

Osho said, in his book From Unconsciousness to Consciousness, “Something is basically wrong somewhere. What they are doing is unrelated to the problem. The person who is committing a crime is not a criminal, he is a sick person. He need not be thrown into a jail and tortured, he has to be put into a psychiatric hospital and served there, medically, respectfully. It is not his fault.

You must know there was a time when mad people were thought to be criminals and they were thrown into prison, and there they were beaten. It was only a few hundred years ago that it occurred to anyone that these people are not criminals, they are suffering from a certain disease. By beating them you cannot beat the disease out. You are simply being idiotic. They need treatment, and you are mistreating them. And the same is true about all criminals, because I don’t see that any criminal is born a criminal. The way he is brought up, the society in which he is brought up, makes him a criminal. And once his mind starts becoming criminal, then you have to change the whole way of his mind. It is no use chaining him, throwing him into jail, beating him — it does nothing. It is simply reinforcing in him that when he comes out he will be a confirmed criminal, a graduated criminal.

Your imprisonments, your prisons, are universities for criminals, from which they graduate. So once a man goes to jail, he comes out having learned many things from old criminals with whom he has been there. And all that he learns from your behavior is that to commit the crime is not the crime, but to be caught is the crime. So he learns ways not to be caught.

You have to change the track of his mind which moves into criminality. And that can be done. Biochemistry can be of much help, medicine can be of much help, psychiatry can be of much help. Now we have every resource to make that man a dignified human being.

Service is not needed, what is needed is a sharing of your consciousness — your knowledge, your being, your respect — but first you must have it.

To me the greatest problem of humanity is that they don’t know anything of meditation. To me, that is the greatest problem. Neither the population, nor the atom bomb, nor hunger… no, these are not basic problems; they can be easily solved by science.

The only, basic problem that science will not be able to solve is that people don’t know how to meditate.”

The Dalai Lama said, “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

A Sacred Revolution with Marianne Williamson

Posted in Marianne Williamson, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2012 by jason elijah

Audrey Hope interviews Marianne Williamson, July 2012. They discuss Love as the greatest power behind radical change and radical peace. As Gandhi said, we must be the change we want to see in the world.


Jiddu Krishnamurti: Problems of Living

Posted in Krishnamurti, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , on August 10, 2012 by jason elijah

This is a relaxing, mind-opening talk by Jiddu Krishnamurti called Problems of Living, filmed at Brockwood Park in England, 1975.

“The speaker is utterly unimportant – he is like any other instrument, like a telephone.”

Elaine Pagels interview archive

Posted in Elaine Pagels, The Spirit, The World, what I'm reading with tags , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by jason elijah

Elaine Pagels is one of the greatest religious scholars of our time and is Professor of Religion at Princeton University. This is a collection of her interviews from 1995 to 2012.


A discussion with Elaine Pagels
July 4, 1995 – Charlie Rose

The Beatrice Interview
1996 – Beatrice

Heaven’s Gate And Early Christianity
Spring 1997 – Sean Casteel: UFO Journalist

Bill Moyers Interviews Elaine Pagels
May 16, 2003 – PBS: Now

The Politics of Christianity
July 17, 2003 – Edge

Video interview
October 10, 2003 – PBS: Religion and Ethics

Interview with Elaine Pagels
January 2004 – Rodes Fishburne

Revisioning Christianity:
New Perspectives from the Gospel of Thomas
January 26, 2004 – Stanford University Lecture

The Gospel Truth
January/February 2004 – Stanford Magazine

A discussion about Jesus and the impact of Christianity
April 9, 2004 – Charlie Rose

There’s Something about Mary
November 2005 – Minnesota Women’s Press

Video interview
2007 – Barnes & Noble

Early Christianity’s Martyrdom Debate
March 7, 2007 – Time

The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity
March 14, 2007 – NPR (audio)

Gospel according to Judas
April 2, 2007 – Salon

A conversation about the Gospel of Judas
April 6, 2007 – Charlie Rose

The Mysteries of the Gnostic Gospels
October 1, 2009 – Future Primitive

“Gnostic” Is an Open Question: An Interview with Elaine Pagels
May 2, 2011 – Reality Sandwich

Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation
February 24, 2012 – PBS: Religion and Ethics

Book of Revelation: ‘Visions, Prophecy and Politics’
March 7, 2012 – National Public Radio

Elaine Pagels on Her New Book “Revelations”
March 13, 2012 – Religion News Service

Elaine Pagels “Revelations”
March 26, 2012 – Eye on Books

Elaine Pagels’ New Book Offers ‘Revelations’ On The Book Of Revelation
March 27, 2012 – Huffington Post

Fight the Power: How to Read, and Re-Read, the Book of Revelation
A conversation with Elaine Pagels
March 27, 2012 – Religion Dispatches

Revisiting Revelation: PW Talks with Elaine Pagels
March 28, 2012 – Publishers Weekly

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Books by Elaine Pagels:


Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters


The Gnostic Gospels


Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity


The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics


Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas


Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity


Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

Jean Houston says we live in the middle of a Great Mystery

Posted in Jean Houston, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2012 by jason elijah

Dr. Jean Houston is a leader in the Human Potential Movement and founder of the Foundation for Mind Research. In this interview, she talks with David Rome (of the Garrison Institute) about transformation of the individual and the world, the rise of fundamentalism, and her hope for the future.

Marion Woodman interview archive

Posted in Marion Woodman, The Spirit, The World, what I'm reading with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by jason elijah

It has been said that Marion Woodman is “one of the wisest women in the world.” She is a brilliant Jungian analyst, mystic, healer, writer and international speaker. It is true that her work is inspiring, healing and whole-making. To share a glimpse into the world of Marion Woodman, I searched the web and gathered links to every interview I could find. If you know of any others, please let me know and I will update the list. Otherwise, do enjoy these, they are wonderful…

Marion Woodman: “When I say the feminine, I don’t mean gender. I mean the feminine principle that is living—or suppressed—in both men and women. The feminine principle attempts to relate. Instead of breaking things off into parts, it says, Where are we alike? How can we connect? Where is the love? Can you listen to me? Can you really hear what I am saying? Can you see me? Do you care whether you see me or not?”

Empowering Soul Through the Feminine
1993

Inner Man, Inner Woman
December 1993 – M.E.N. magazine

An Interview with Marion Woodman
November 1995 – M.E.N. magazine

The Dark Goddess Returns
1996

Marion Woodman Profile
May 13, 1996 – Maclean’s magazine

An Interview with Marion Woodman
November 1, 1997 – The London Free Press

Abandoned Soul, Abandoned Planet
1998

Robert Bly and Marion Woodman
Over a Decade of Magic in Working Together

1998 – M.E.N. magazine

Marion Woodman Interview
November 1998 – Yoga Journal

Slow Down and Meet Your Sacred Feminine
January 1999 – New Times

Taming Patriarchy
The Emergence of the Black Goddess

Fall/Winter 1999 – EnlightenNext magazine

Conscious Femininity
A Speech by Marion Woodman

September 2004 – 3rd Annual Women & Power Conference

Men Are From Earth, And So Are Women
Marion Woodman on the Inner Marriage of the True Masculine and the True Feminine

August 2006 – The Sun

I had a marvellous dream about a metaphor machine…
2007 – Ascent magazine

Marion Woodman video interview
2009 – PBS “Life (Part 2)”

8 Ways of Looking at Power
The Power of the Feminine

September 2009 – O, The Oprah Magazine

Jungian Analysis, Eating Disorders and the ‘Great Work’
May 21, 2010 – Huffington Post

* Marion Woodman books, audio-books, lectures and DVDs
* Marion Woodman Foundation website

The Future of Christianity

Posted in John Shelby Spong, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2011 by jason elijah

Bishop John Shelby Spong talks about the Future of Christianity at Unity Institute in November 2008.






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