About Ron Rattner

I am a retired attorney, spiritual author and poet, and co-webmaster at http://sillysutras.com/. I was born in Chicago, IL on election day 1932, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was first elected president, and grew up in Hyde Park, close to President Obama’s home there. After graduating from Hyde Park High School, and U of Wisconsin, Madison, and two years in the army, I attended U of Chicago Law School, graduating in 1958 with a JD degree. Soon after law school graduation, I married and moved to San Francisco.  In 1975, during a traumatic divorce, I experienced a profound spiritual awakening, with extraordinary mystical experiences and insights.  Thereafter I met a venerable Hindu guru, and was transformed, from being a secular Hebrew to a “born-again Hindu”.  Whereupon my life focus gradually changed from litigation to meditation, and I lost interest helping people fighting over money.   I began living like a monk, an abstinent vegetarian, without TV, computers, movies, newspapers or most worldly diversions, and spent much time alone in my ‘condominium cloister’ praying, meditating, crying, and experiencing various subtle states of consciousness. During this period, I began questioning rigid belief systems and dogma, some of which I had unreservedly accepted.  Thus, ultimately, I was again transformed; this time, from being a “born-again Hindu” to an “uncertain Undo”.      In May 2010, I launched SillySutras.com, a website,where I am posting mostly mystical (sometimes whimsical) aphorisms, essays, quotes, poems, stories and memoirs.  It is my deep aspiration that these writings posted at SillySutras.com will help raise our collective consciousness, enabling us to live happier lives, both individually and societally.   In 2013 SillySutras.com became an ongoing project of The Perennial Wisdom Foundation (PWF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) US charitable organization. PWF is dedicated to elevating awareness of universal wisdom principles – such as the ‘Golden Rule’ – at the heart of all enduring religious, spiritual and ethical traditions, without emphasis on any particular path or person. 
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What is Life? – Quotes

“What is life?  It is the flash of a firefly in the night. 
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. 
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
~ Crowfoot



“Life is like an onion; you peel off layer after layer
and then you find there is nothing in it.”
~ James Gibbons Huneker

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life.
‘It goes on.’”
~ Robert Frost

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ……
To live remains an art which everyone must learn, and which no one can teach.”
~ Havelock Ellis

“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.”
~ Charlie Brown

“If A equals success, then the formula is:  A = X + Y + Z,
where X is work, Y is play, and Z is keep your mouth shut.
~ Albert Einstein

“Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust –
we all dance to a mysterious tune,
intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”
~ Albert Einstein

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe,
to match your nature with Nature.”
~ Joseph Campbell

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”
~ James M. Barrie

“..the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.”
~ Walt Whitman, “O Me! O Life!”, Leaves of Grass

“Life is the hyphen between matter and spirit.”
~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

“Life is a whim of several trillion cells to be you for a while.”
~ Author Unknown

“When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
~ Mark Twain


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Synchronicity Story: A Spiritual Experience on Bernal Heights

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
~ Fred Rogers
“When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him, you will see yourself. As you treat him, you will treat yourself. As you think of him, you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose sight of yourself.”
~ A Course in Miracles (ACIM)

Bernal Heights view


Lately, I have been blessed with ever more magical moments and with ever increasing gratitude for this precious and lucky life. Usually these magical moments have happened synchronistically and unexpectedly. And often they’ve involved spiritual experiences with people, creatures or Nature, which I call “holy encounters”.

Just before the recent solstice holidays, I was blessed with a magical visit to a beautiful San Francisco view place which I had never before seen. And there I met a lovely man, Daniel Raskin, who shared with me a haunting story (which follows) of his unforgettable spiritual experience in a remote Utah desert canyon.

Here’s what happened, and the story Daniel told me:

I moved from Chicago to San Francisco in 1960, attracted by San Francisco’s climate, physical beauty and ambiance. Within its boundaries are more than fifty hills, several islands, and significant stretches of Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.

So, while living in San Francisco I have visited and enjoyed almost all of its best known view places. But until recently I never had known about or seen the spectacular view from atop Bernal Heights a hilly neighborhood above San Francisco’s outer Mission and Bay View districts.

Then, just before Christmas, I was invited to attend a beautiful holiday dinner party hosted by Shelley Cook, a very talented and intuitive massage therapist who has been skillfully helping heal and realign my body since it suffered a painful lower back yoga injury.

At the party there were many lovely artistic people, all much younger than me. One of the other guests, Audrey Daniel, a professional photographer/videographer, told me she had lived for many years in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights district, which she regarded as San Francisco’s most charming and typical neighborhood – like a village within the city. Whereupon, realizing that I had never yet visited Bernal Heights during my 50+ years as a San Franciscan, I became curious about seeing what Audrey was describing.

My curiosity was soon satisfied synchronistically by The Lone Arranger, my ‘appointments secretary’.

A few days after the party, at Shelley’s request, I unexpectedly rescheduled my regular afternoon appointment with her to morning, so she could accommodate some people from Santa Cruz who’d just been injured in an auto accident.

Upon finishing our morning massage therapy session, Shelley had extra time before her afternoon appointments. Generously, she offered to show me a nearby Vedanta healing center and shrine which she had long been urging me to visit. So we went to the shrine.

There, as I gazed at an image of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa – a nineteenth century Hindu saint with whom I have long felt special affinity – I experienced a deep Divine mood, and cried copious tears of devotion.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa


Thereafter, when Shelley and I left the shrine, it was lunch time. And instead of returning home to eat, I unexpectedly went with Shelley to a restaurant which she recommended. At first she suggested a nearby Asian restaurant, but then she suddenly intuited that we would probably more enjoy going to a place on Bernal Heights.

So, four days after hearing from Audrey Daniel about the Bernal Heights district, I visited that area for the first time in my life, and there enjoyed a delicious Mexican lunch with Shelley. After we ate and before returning to her studio, Shelley urged me to hike atop Bernal hill to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of San Francisco, instead of taking my usual daily walk by the Bay.

So, still in spiritual mood from my experience at the Ramakrishna Vedanta shrine, I walked up steep streets to the base of Bernal hill. There I approached the first person I encountered, seeking directions to the hilltop trail.

But instead of a quick encounter about directions, we had an extended dialogue. It was Daniel Raskin, with whom I enjoyed a long spiritual chat and experienced a ‘holy encounter’, before we parted and I beheld the spectacular panoramic view from atop Bernal Hill.

Synchronistically, Daniel identified himself as a photographer living in the Bernal Heights vicinity, like Audrey the photographer responsible for my curiosity about that neighborhood. And when I mentioned Audrey, Daniel said he had participated and appeared in her documentary film The Owls of Bernal Hill.

As we chatted, I told Daniel of my interest in mysterious spiritual synchronicities. Whereupon, he shared with me a wonderful story of an unforgettable spiritual experience. Here is Daniel’s story as he wrote it for a diary in 1998, just after it happened:

A Spiritual Experience
By Daniel Raskin *

July 15, 1998, Cottonwood Point, Arizona
Sierra Club Trip: Locating Petroglyphs

Utah Box Canyon


Today we visited the end of a box canyon where there were complex and intriguing ancient petroglyphs and small ruins. After breakfast we drove a short way to our trailhead and hiked a few miles along a sandy path. The plants were mostly a bluish
aromatic sage; also juniper, cacti, local grasses and, here and there, a late blooming flower. The sky was perfectly clear, deep blue, and the sun fierce. Most of the hike was in full sun; the temperature in the nineties by ten or eleven.

The end of the canyon was a spectacular place, a high semi-circular vertical cliff. It was concave and beautifully banded, brown, light brown, reddish brown and yellow. A broad waterless wash wove through the flat valley floor. There, in the
shade of the canyon, oaks and plants with red berries grew.

As soon as I got into the shade of the canyon walls, I began to breathe rapidly. I did not feel I had over-exerted myself, and did not understand why I was breathless. I began to feel slightly nauseous, faint and dizzy. I also felt very moved by the beauty surrounding me. I began to feel very emotional. My heartbeat was rapid and my breath uncontrollably fast and deep. I began to feel like I had taken LSD.

I sat down. My condition intensified. I began to cry, copious tears. I was simultaneously relieved, frightened and confused. My thoughts and feelings wandered freely. As I continued to cry, I felt over-joyed to be alive. I felt blessed to enjoy the relative security of my middle class existence. I thought about my partner Ann. I thought about her ovarian cancer. It almost killed her, but now she is healthy again and stronger in new ways. I thought about Jesse, my twenty-one year old, and how he is now thriving after a difficult adolescence. I thought about Sam, my sixteen year old. He has survived a risky and chaotic early adolescence, and is stronger and more mature. I felt my love, my powerful love for my family. All this time I was crying and breathing deeply.

I thought about the miracle of being alive, of experiencing existence in the midst of infinite eternity. What explains my chance to experience life? Who or what, ultimately, gave me and all of us this miraculous gift?

As I thought and cried, I slowly began to calm down. My breath slowed. After a while I felt stable enough to get up. I took photographs of the canyon and the beautiful oaks and wild currents growing there. Then I joined the group. They had
dispersed about the headwall to view the great array of petroglyphs. There were animals, human figures, designs and scenes pecked into the rock. The most impressive was a figure of a one-legged person. People with deformities were sometimes holy people in Native American cultures.



After looking at the rock art I investigated the remains of a kiva. A coyote had made a lair in its recesses. I found a small rodent’s jaw. I climbed down to the canyon floor. Datura, a hallucinogenic plant was growing there. I wondered: “am I in a sacred place?” After a while we left the canyon, had lunch, visited more rock art sites and returned to camp. I felt light-headed for several hours.

What happened to me? Did I become delirious from the heat? Was I freaked out by the rigors of this trip, lonely for my family? Maybe. But why did this happen today, rather than on another hot, hard working day?
And, why did this happen in a place with a petroglyph of a one-legged person, a kiva and hallucinogenic plants growing?
I’d like to say I had a vision, if saying that didn’t feel arrogant and presumptuous. Who knows? Fortunately, life is full of mysteries.

After returning home: I shared my experience with Ann. She said that I had had a spiritual experience about the gift of life and the power of love, as she had had when she was sick with cancer.

* Daniel Raskin is a retired San Francisco preschool teacher and photographer.


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Do you agree (as I do) with Daniel’s partner Ann that he “had a spiritual experience about the gift of life and the power of love”?

And didn’t Daniel’s spontaneously copious tears express more eloquently than any words the heartfelt depths of his joy and gratitude for this blessed life?

Ron’s moral of the story:

Daniel’s deep spiritual experience, shows us that we don’t need religious rituals, beliefs or dogma to experience Divinity; that, beyond religion, our grateful communion with Nature can be an equally powerful spiritual path.

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The Lightworker Objective ~ by Owen Waters

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness
that created it. ”
~ Albert Einstein




Ron Rattner’s introductory comments


Except for timeless awareness, nothing is permanent ‘neath Heaven’s vast firmament’. Science shows us that our world and everything in it is ever changing energy. Yet we have been spell-bound by cultural conditioning, language and perception to believe ourselves separate subjects in a solid “objective” world.

Until now, acting on the illusionary belief that we are separate from Nature, we have ignorantly, fearfully and greedily been despoiling and exploiting our precious planet and its lifeforms, thereby creating immense ecologic, economic, humanitarian and interpersonal crises. 


Yet, paradoxically, though confronted with extraordinary peril, we now have unprecedented potential for solving and transcending our planetary problems, intuitively, scientifically, and technologically.

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, and Humanity is achieving a critical mass of higher consciousness which will resolve our critical mess as we transcend the separate subject-object illusion, realizing that Nature is our nature; that what we do to Nature and others we do to ourselves.

The news media are now filled with reports of important new social phenomena – like Occupy Wall Street – emblematic of elevated societal awareness of crucial need for revolutionary systemic change.

Here is an excellent essay by spiritual author and teacher Owen Waters, explaining how ultimate power to transcend human problems is within each of us; and how we are now experiencing a subtle shift in human consciousness which is being led by a critical mass of spiritual seekers – sometimes called “lightworkers”.


The Lightworker Objective ~ by Owen Waters*

We are in the midst of a revolution in consciousness which is affecting everyone. Even the most staunch traditionalists in society are being dragged into a vortex of ever-increasing change.


The 80-20 rule states that 80% of any change is typically caused by 20% of the people. The 20% consists of the leading thinkers of the day. In spiritual matters, these leading edge people are sometimes called lightworkers or old souls, indicating that they have learned more from their experiences through many incarnations. This advanced learning is stored as wisdom in their souls and they benefit from it consciously through intuitive inner guidance. 


Today’s leading edge thinkers planned ahead to be incarnate at this time in history to help make the essential positive changes in society possible. Social science has begun to recognize them as a major group in today’s society. 



A survey in the 1990’s by researchers Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson found that 26 percent of American adults had become what they termed Cultural Creatives. Over fifty million Americans now fit the definition of a newly emerging type of humanity that has made a comprehensive upward shift in worldview, values and way of life. In Europe, a 1997 survey conducted in fifteen European countries showed figures that are very similar to the United States. 


So, in a social setting the term ‘leading edge thinker’ actually applies to more than 20% of the people today. Most of them don’t think of themselves as leading edge, nor do they typically realize how many other people are just like them. 


The term ‘lightworker’ is synonymous with ‘spiritual seeker.’ You may or may not think of yourself a lightworker but, if you’re reading this, then you fit the definition perfectly.

The two categories of Cultural Creatives identified by Ray and Anderson fit exactly into the consciousness patterns of lower and upper fourth density. While our physical bodies are currently located in upper third density, our minds are free to soar through heart-centered fourth density and into fifth-density soul consciousness. 


When a person moves from the third-density challenge of developing basic intellect into lower fourth density, their worldview expands and they become more aware of the needs of society. They take into account the local and global effects of their own actions and the actions of others that they support. Environmental, organic and peace-making concerns all come under this frequency band of consciousness. 



Then, as outlined in my book, The Shift: The Revolution in Human Consciousness, when people move from lower to upper fourth-density consciousness they pass through the gateway of the heart. This brings them into the first level of spiritual awareness and they become more concerned with inner development and enlightenment.

Leading thinkers are simply people whose normal frequency of consciousness is higher than average. The higher your frequency, the greater your awareness and the greater your ability to lead change by showing others how to resolve the challenges in life. 
 
Two very popular issues today are control issues and self-empowerment. People who were raised to feel the need to be in control are now recognizing that this was just another form of fear which has no substance in reality. Reality comes from your soul’s intuitive guidance because, at a soul level, your consciousness sees everything that you need to succeed and achieve your purpose in life.


The opposite side of the same coin is the issue of self-empowerment, which is learned by people who break free of control by others and establish their own sense of inner strength and self-dependence. 


The issue of self-empowerment is being explored at a societal level as well as an individual level. Every person who begins to realize that they are being deliberately disempowered and turns off the fear-inducing news broadcasts leads the world another step towards liberty from the chains that are designed to bind people to a life of servitude. Thanks to the awakening of lightworkers and leading thinkers, the world is waking up to a whole new standard of personal power and dignity. 
 
Here is the point that I am being told to make by The Lord Protector of The Shift: Lightworkers often choose to experience major challenges in their lives, not because they need the experience, because they have mastered those challenges in previous incarnations. Instead, lightworkers choose to experience challenges because other people need leading thinkers to show them how to resolve these issues. The more the leading-edge people succeed in resolving these issues, the easier it becomes for the rest to follow.



There is a global mind atmosphere or ‘mind belt’ of human consciousness around the planet. You are subconsciously linked with the mind belt 24 hours a day. It affects you and you affect it. Your contribution to the mental and spiritual health of the world is made every second of every day. 


The Lightworker Objective is to be a pioneer in the advancement of consciousness, often adopting certain challenges in order to work through them and, by doing so, creating a pattern in the mind belt to make it easier for others to follow.


If you are currently working through a major life challenge and feel as though you’re going round in circles and getting nowhere, STOP and look for the gift in that challenge. 



The gift is that, by loving yourself and others more, you can rise above the challenge and become more of who you really are. Then, the experience changes from one of challenge to one of self-empowerment. 


Real strength does not lie anywhere in the outside world. It lies within you. Once you find that inner power, you rise above any limitation and stand as a self-realized leading thinker in a world desperate for spiritual freedom.

——

*Owen Waters is the author of The Shift: The Revolution in Human Consciousness, and other spiritual books and articles described at: http://www.infinitebeing.com/index.html


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Kiss of Death


Kiss of Death


A poem by Richard Schiffman, after dragon fly image
by photojournalist Gerald Herbert


That little tragedian, the dragon fly,
wings smeared with earth’s black blood,
stands glued to its stem like an orator.
It will never leave this soapbox now.
Just hangs there spread-eagled, a wee-Jesus
on a crucifix of grass. Some undertaker
draped its rainbow in a shroud of pitch,
shined its tar-ball shoes, closed those onyx
eyes for good. Now it stands an effigy
of itself. It wants to tell us that it died
for our sins. But its lips are sealed.
This orator is without a speech.
One of the meek, so busy inheriting
the earth, it never noticed the evil tide
bubbling up from earth’s slit jugular,
it never saw that glistening drop of oil
on Judas’s lip.

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Your Religion Is Not Important



The following is a brief dialogue between  the Dalai Lama and Brazilian theologist Leonardo Boff, one of the renovators of the Theology of Freedom, as recounted by Boff:

“In a round table discussion about religion and freedom in which 
Dalai Lama and myself were participating, at recess I maliciously, and also with interest, asked him: 
“Your holiness, what is the best religion?”

“I thought he would say:      “The Tibetan Buddhism” or “The oriental religions, much older than Christianity”

“Dalai Lama paused, smiled and looked me in the eyes ….which surprised me because I knew of the malice contained in my question.  “He answered: 

“The best religion is the one that gets you closest to God. 
It is the one that makes you a better person.”


“To get out of my embarrassment with such a wise answer, I asked:

 “What is it that makes me better?”

“He responded:

“Whatever makes you
more Compassionate,
more Sensible,
more Detached,
more Loving,
more Humanitarian,
more Responsible,
more Ethical.”

 “The religion that will do that for you is the best religion”


“I was silent for a moment, marveling and even today 
thinking of his wise and irrefutable response:

“I am not interested, my friend, about your religion 
or if you are religious or not.

“What really is important to me is your behavior in 
front of your peers, family, work, community, 
and in front of the world.”

“Remember, the universe is the echo of our actions and our  thoughts.

“The law of action and reaction is not exclusively for physics.  
 It is also of human relations.
 If I act with goodness, I will receive goodness.
 If I act with evil, I will get evil.

“What our grandparents told us is the pure truth. 
 You will always have what you desire for others. 
 Being happy is not a matter of destiny. 
 It is a matter of options.”


Finally he said:

“Take care of your Thoughts because they become Words.
Take care of your Words because they will become Actions.
Take care of your Actions because they will become Habits.
Take care of your Habits because they will form your Character.
Take care of your Character because it will form your Destiny,
and your Destiny will be your Life
     … and …
“There is no religion higher than the Truth.”


Here is a link to a You Tube Powerpoint presentation of this dialogue.

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Ron’s Sutra Sayings

Introduction to Ron’s Sutra Sayings

Here you will find many of Ron’s most concise and quotable silly sutra aphorisms. Many of these mostly mystical musings were excerpted epigrammatically from longer postings elsewhere on this site. * [*Those sutra sayings which are posted elsewhere on this site are separately categorized and indexed as “Sutra Sayings”.]

These short sutra sayings may sometimes seem (and are) enigmatic or irrational or paradoxical. That is because they point the way beyond the rational to the ineffable – the inexpressible Absolute. According to the great Taoist sage Lao Tzu, “The truest sayings are paradoxical”. So when Ron’s sutra sayings really seem silly, remember that in a crazy world normality’s insanity, and silliness is sanity. These sayings are offered to help guide you to a sane asylum from this crazy world, to a “peace that passeth all understanding”, and they are dedicated to all life everywhere.

Hints for Happiness

Happiness heals.

The essence of all religions is LOVE;
the essence of all ethics is the Golden Rule.

Cultivate compassion;
harvest happiness.

Though we may not be free to choose our outer circumstances in life,
we are always free to choose our attitude and thoughts about those circumstances.

Learn to laugh at yourself, and you’ll always be amused.

When you’re down, don’t give up. Get up.

Find felicity in simplicity, and authenticity.

Don’t live to obtain, but to give and attain.

Let us elevate our aspirations from the bottom line
to the highest good.

Be inquisitive, not acquisitive.

What really counts in life can’t be counted.

We’ll get all we’ve sought, when all wants are naught.

Unfulfilled wishes can be Divine blessings.

We’ll never have all we want
‘Til we want just all we have.

Neither a master nor a servant be.
Abjure control by or over others.

‘Let him without sin cast the first stone’ (John 8:7)
Let him without vice, give the first advice.

Co-autonomy not co-dependency.

Be an optimist: Optimism optimizes opportunity.

Don’t hate: Hating hurts the hater.

Be optimally intimate: Be intimate with the Infinite.

Develop affinity with Divinity.

Be creative: Nature nurtures novelty.

Be a psychic alchemist: Transmute anger to insight.

Live from inside out, not outside in.

Listening is loving.

“Speak little; say much.”
Swami Ron Onandonananda

Eschew pedantry, punditry, and prolixity,
and seek profundity –
in silence, simplicity and serenity.

Every obstacle is an opportunity.

Chi is vitality. No chi, no achievement.

It’s not our longitude
Or our latitude,
But the elevation of our attitude,
That brings beatitude.

It’s not where we live but how we live that matters.

Essence of everyone is no-one.
Essence of everything is nothing.
So when anyone’s disturbed about anything,
it’s much ado about nothing.

Intentions are impetus for each of us.

Intentions are impetus for all of us.

Lofty intentions fuel our ascensions
to higher dimensions.

So, always aspire to be ever higher.

Life is a light show. So, let there be light.

Be the light to see the light.

As you become ever more luminous,
your life will be ever more numinous.

Choose to lose your illusions.
The less we’re illusioned
the more we’re illumined.

Ignorance is the root of all evil.

A life filled with wonder is a wonderful life.

Our search for “scientific” answers
can be a flight from wonder –
from awe of the ever unanswerable.
[Einstein, restated]

With wonder, faith and praise,
we glorify our days.

Uncertainty is the mother of Mystery
– Mystery of Divinity.
Certainty certainly masks Mystery.
As we open to Mystery,
we transcend shackles of certainty,
ever enhancing possibilities
of realizing our potentialities.

With radical trust we do as we must.

The more we live moment by moment,
the more momentous our lives.

An attitude of gratitude,
brings beatitude.

A state of thankfulness can be a state of Divine Grace.

Feeling hastens healing.

Lay medical advice: Treat systems – not symptoms,
with tonics – not toxics.

Dare to bare, and to share – your Heart.

Be “in the world but not of the world.”

Be active but not reactive.

Be responsive, not reactive.

Be reflective, not reflexive.

Live as cause, not effect.

Forgive the past to live in the present.

Authenticity

Skip the mentor middleman;
be your own Guru.

Personal power reclamation project:
From outer icon, to inner “I can”.
From ideology, to autonomy.

Celebrate the Infinite.
Don’t adulate the incarnate.
Honor inner, not outer, authority.

Path of devotion: adoration of the Infinite,
not adulation of the incarnate.

It’s better to be a seeker with many questions,
than a Guru with all the answers.

Nobody’s fully evolved;
incarnation implies imperfection.

All people are flawed; none are perfect.
But the most flawed,
are those who claim or think they’re perfect.

The greatest self-delusion
is the conviction of being
beyond self-delusion.

Openness – Humility

Humility is next to godliness.

No one enters the highest heaven
believing s/he belongs there.

The essence of nobility
is not heredity, but humility;
not pedigree, but integrity.

The more we know we’re no one,
the more we’re seen as someone.

Knowing is unknowing
what we think we know.

The less we think we know,
the more we really Know.

Faith fosters humility.

Humility is antidote to humiliation.

We have nothing to surrender but the idea that
we’re someone, with something to surrender.

There is nothing to forgive or give up,
but the belief that we are separate someones
with something to forgive or give up.

To name and define is to constrain and confine.
So, to be free, be a nameless nobody.

Be nobody nowhere NOW.

Life School – Experience

The Universe is our university;
Life is our teacher.

Life is for learning.
When you stop learning, you’re dead.

Earth life is a learning laboratory
for discovering immortality –
experimentally and experientially.

Life is a perpetual continuing education course
from which we never graduate.

All studies are consciousness studies –
consciousness studying its phenomenal self.

There’s just one subject – the Self.
So, there’s just this to know – Thy SELF!
That’s ALL!

Look out for Noumenon Uno.

In the school of life we suffer
to learn compassion for those who suffer.

Suffering spurs seeking.

Misery and mortality are monumental motivators.

No pain, no gain.

Reality

“Reality” isn’t REAL!

“Reality” is a holographic theater of the mind.

Earth-life is like a preprogrammed dream.

Ron’s Theory of Everything:
E = mc2 = Consciousness = Self.
 
We are microcosmic mirrors of the macrocosm.

Our “reality” is what we think it to be.

Reality’s essence is Divine luminescence.

Space/time is a state of mind.

Nonlocality is Reality.
Everything/everyone’s everywhere.

Inner Infinity Spawns Outer “reality”.

This world is wrought with naught but thought.

Mind is matrix; consciousness is context.

Spirit is Substance. Appearance is shadow.

It’s Substance, not shadow, that Knows.

Visible and invisible are indivisible;
Perceptible and imperceptible are inseparable;
Material and immaterial are integral.

Self subsumes ALL.

Flowing from formlessness, form follows function.

Nature nurtures novelty.

Time is how we measure Now,
and space is for the places where we
think we are in time.

‘Quality time’ is timeless.

Life is now – ever NOW – never then.

Truth is timeless. What’s new isn’t true.
What’s true isn’t new. Truth is NOW

In this ever-changing space/time world
nothing is immutable, but much is inscrutable.

In space/time everything’s energy everywhere.
Energy’s endless, so everything’s endless.

Phenomenal “reality” is congealed consciousness.

Objectivity is an illusory impossibility.

Theory of Everything:
e = mc2 = consciousness.

Evolution – Transformation

Life is a gnosis process.

People evolve as their boundaries dissolve.

Nobody’s fully evolved;
incarnation implies imperfection.

Evolution is endless.

Evolution is ever opening to the Infinite.

Evolution is the ultimate alchemy of transmuting humanity to Divinity.

Cosmic consciousness is infinite evolutionary impetus in each of us.

There is an evolutionary impetus in each of us:
unfolding Consciousness ever experiencing itself.

As we experience our universality,
we transform our reality.

“We get what we need when we need it.”

Every adversity is an evolutionary opportunity
– a potential blessing.
Adversity impels adaptation,
and adaptation advances evolution.

As abrasives polish gems,
adversities polish people.

Life’s most painful and difficult experiences
often prove the  biggest blessings,
because they provide greatest  evolutionary
incentives and opportunities.

Every obstacle is an opportunity.

In surmounting life’s greatest impediments,
we may realize our greatest potentialities.

Our greatest challenges foreshadow our greatest possibilities.

The greater the challenge, the greater the opportunity.

Intentions are impetus for all of us.

Lofty intentions fuel our ascensions
to higher dimensions.

So, always aspire to be ever higher.

Butterflies are living
metaphors for metamorphosis.

Mind – Memory – Thought

This world is wrought with naught but thought.

All problems are thought problems.

Negative thoughts, are like negative prayers.

No thought, no problem.

Thought divides Awareness as a prism divides light.

Thinking and Being can’t coexist.
So stop thinking and start Being.

Find unity with Reality.
Deconstruct the mind.

Undo ego.

Mind control is Yoga.

Use mind to lose mind.

Get out of your mind,
to Know the mind of God.

No mind, Know God.

Remember God, forget the rest.

Forget who you think you are to know what you really are.

Lose yourself, to be your Self.

We are biotic holographers.

The more coherent and focused our mind energy,
the more we co-create our “reality”.

Everything conceivable is achievable.
Everything explainable is attainable.

Mind is a memory bank.

Heaven is a state of mind.
So is hell.

We can not reach heaven
without passing through hell.

Tune out your mind, to tune in your Heart.

Stop thinking to start living.
Start living – from your Heart, not your head.

Bliss abides when thought subsides.

To reminisce is to miss the eternal bliss of NOW!
So let us vow to be here now,
‘til now is when we’ll meet again.

When all thoughts cease, we are at peace.

Spirit speaks when mind is mute.

Mute your mind to hear your heart.

The power to think is a great gift;
but, the power to not think is a greater gift.
So, to think or not to think, that is the question.

Words

“Listening is loving.”

“Speak little; say much.”
Swami Ron Onandonananda

We maximize the impact of our words
when we minimize the number of our words.
The epigrammatic is most dramatic.

There’s nothing to say, but words point the way.
So, elevate your spiritual “lexi-consciousness.”

With wisdom words we implicate that
Truth words never explicate.

Language can be a ladder for ascent to the Ineffable.

Silence

Bliss abides when thought subsides.

To reminisce is to miss the eternal bliss of NOW!
So let us vow to be here now,
‘til now is when we’ll meet again.

When all thoughts cease, we are at peace.

Spirit speaks when mind is mute.

Mute your mind to hear your heart.

The power to think is a great gift;
but, the power to not think is a greater gift.
So, to think or not to think, that is the question.

Remember God; forget the rest.
Forget who you think you are,
to remember what you really are.

Belief – Conception – Perception

Everything’s possible when nothing’s inevitable.

Everything’s a miracle.
E=mc2 – all manifestation is miraculous.

In this world of relativity, we are all relatives.

As conception is body/mind’s inception,
Its imprisonment begins with conviction.

We are shackled by illusory bonds of belief.
Freedom is beyond belief.

So, seek relief from belief;
and  get out of jail — FREE.

Seek relief from belief.

Let us end our universal malaise–
our chronic belief syndrome.

Believing’s deceiving.

To know what’s so,
Question credo.

Follow your faith,
But “dis” your belief,
Lose your illusions, and
Drop your dogmas.

Follow dharma, not dogma.

Seek relief from belief.
And find clarity beyond doctrinairity.

The power to think is a great gift;
but, the power to not think is a greater gift.

So, to think or not to think,
that is the question.

Perceived perfection is Self reflection.

We perceive as we project.

Perfection perceived is perfection projected.

The flaws we detect in others,
are the flaws we project on others.

We perceive, as we believe.

Practice reveals perfection.

But, if nobody’s perfect,
how can practice make perfect?

Ego

Life is ideal when your ID is Real

Ego is a conceptual karmic cocoon confining cosmic consciousness.

Ego attrition is our mission.

In the theater of life, personality is not reality.
Reality is the whole, while personality is a role.
So, play your role passionately, but don’t take it personally.

Transcend entity identity.

Be empty of entity identity.

“Enlightenment” is Being beyond entity identity.

Ego and “enlightenment” cannot coexist.

Undo ego.

Surrender and let go, of ego.

End ego control, and gain the Whole.

Ego breakdown brings consciousness breakthrough.

We have nothing to surrender but the idea that
we’re someone, with something to surrender.

Forget who you think you are to Know what you really are.

No ego,
Know Self.

To Know Thyself is to know the Whole.

Get out of your mind, to Know the mind of God.

Lose yourself, to be your Self.

Lose illusion confusion.

Say sayanara to samsara.

An “identity crisis” can be life’s greatest opportunity,
because it raises life’s most crucial question –
“Who am I?”

Life is an identity crisis:
An endless opportunity to transcend
entity identity.

Karma

Karma is a cosmic incentive system.

The Book of Life is a karmic comic book.

Clear your past, to live in the present.
Clear your karma, to live your dharma.

Transcend karmic/causal compulsion with compassion.

Ego is a conceptual karmic cocoon confining cosmic consciousness.

Intuition – Insight – Heart

Honor intuition over intellect.

Truth abiding is ever hiding within plain insight.

Honor your Heart, over your rational mind;
use your mind to serve and follow your Heart.

The deeper our insight, the broader our outlook.
And the broader our outlook,
the greater our compassion
for everyone and everything.

Breadth of outlook depends on depth of insight.

True Vision is insight, not eyesight.

‘[N]ow we see through a glass darkly’,

but with ever expanding human consciousness and ever deepening insight,

we can and shall ‘see’ more and more –

we can and shall see what we couldn’t see before.”



Seeing the Invisible is Knowing the impossible.

Outer space is within.

Be inner – not outer – directed.
Follow the heart, not the herd.

Inner infinity spawns outer reality.

Be an inner explorer.
The deeper you delve, the higher you’ll rise.

Cast your glance inwardly ‘til you can surely see
beyond your own mortality you’ll ever be Divinity.

Intuition is knowing without thought;
Truth beyond thought.

Intuition is mindless memory of Truth.

To tell the truth, Truth can’t be told.

Truth is ineffable, so lies are inevitable.

The less we say, the less we lie.

Verity’s a rarity in this world of polarity.
For shadow denied is truth belied.

Truth abiding is ever hiding within plain insight.

Truth transcends wisdom.
Wisdom is primordial; but, Truth is pre-primordial.

Self-inquiry

An “identity crisis” can be life’s greatest opportunity,
because it raises life’s most crucial question –
“Who am I?”

The quest is in the question.
The question is the answer.

Personality breakdown can bring consciousness breakthrough.

Life is an identity crisis:
An endless opportunity to transcend entity identity.

Seek the seeker, observe the observer,
and look for what’s looking.

Reality’s the unseen observer,
not the ever changing scene.

The Witness and the witnessed are ONE.

Ignorance is the root of all evil.

Faith

With wonder, faith and praise, we glorify our days.

With radical trust we do as we must.

Faith fosters humility.

Follow your faith, But “dis” your belief,
Lose your illusions, and Drop your dogmas.

Fear

Our deepest fears
hide our highest potentials.

The fewer our fears, the fewer our flaws.

We’ve nothing to fear but fright.

As we lose our fear of leaving life,
we gain the art of living life.

Face death to live life.

You are not a mortal; you are immortal.
So never fear being a non-being.

Live with faith, not fear;
with compassion, not compulsion.

Those who fear suffering, suffer from fear.

Flow

When you’re “in the flow” there’s nowhere to go.

When no one’s a “doer” nothing’s undone.

When events seeming random happen in tandem,
it’s then you know you’re in the flow.

Leave it to the Lone Arranger.

On the path of undo you’ll never be through
’til you’re an undone ONE.

Freedom

Our conditioning determines our condition.

Our mentality is our reality.

We are shackled by illusory bonds of belief.

Freedom is beyond belief.

Freedom is existential, not mental.

Our only choice is to accept or reject “what is”.

Ultimate freedom is not freedom of choice,
but freedom from choice.

Escape to freedom:
Know the way in to find the Way out.

Divinity – God

God is non-denominational.
God is One: Divinity ain’t divisible.

So, let us celebrate, not separate, the Whole;
let us balance our differences on a fulcrum of
<LOVE>.

We’re whole,
we’re whole,
we’re whole.
Nothing ever
can dissever our soul.

Seeking God, sadhus* renounce everything,
until they realize God is everything.
*Indian ascetics

Visible and invisible are indivisible;
Perceptible and imperceptible are inseparable;
Material and immaterial are integral.
Self subsumes ALL.

Our destiny is Divinity.

Time – NOW

“There is nothing new under the sun.”
Everything’s NOW, so nothing’s new.

Discovering is but uncovering timeless Truth.

In Nature, all that ever is, was or will be is NOW.

“Reality” is ‘created’ instant by instant – ever NOW.

Earthlife is endless exploration of NOW.

Truth is  everywhere and nowhere – NOW.
To know the way, be the Way – NOW!

Time is how we measure NOW,
and space is for the places where we think we are in time.

Life is now or never, Life is now forever.
Life is now
Ever now
Never then.

Life is  NOW – NOW is forever,
so Life is forever.

Life can never be lived in the past,
only in the present – the NOW.
And we can never be NOW
while thinking we are then.
So to live as the NOW
we must identify as the NOW.

What was or will be is what IS:
Always only NOW!

Mind and memory are then,
while life is NOW.

Thoughts are then,  while life is NOW – not then.

Thought is then, Life is NOW.

Thought and Presence can’t coincide.

Life is NOW; books are then.

Hope is then, Life is NOW.

Wishes are then, but Life is NOW.

Wants and worries are then –
but life is NOW.

Questions are then, Life is NOW.

What was or will be is what is: NOW!

In in awe we bow to the ever NOW.

Freedom is NOW.

Acceptance is NOW; rejection is then.

To be immortal, be Eternal Awareness– NOW.

Transcend temporality – NOW.

Seeking self is then,
while Self is NOW.

Seeking is then.
Life is NOW!
Seeking is thought.
Life is NOW!
All that’s ever thought or sought is
NOW!

What we seek is what we are – NOW.

After-life is NOW.

Tao and Zen are NOW,
not then.

Discover the timeless:  Know your Self – NOW!

Time is thought;
no thought, no time.

Time is thought trying to measure the immeasurable
– NOW.

Time is how mind measures NOW,
so everything won’t seem to happen at once.

‘Quality time’ is timeless.

To reminisce is to miss the eternal bliss of NOW!
So let us vow to be here now,
‘til now is when we’ll meet again.

Love

We can never love others without loving ourselves.

Love thy neighbor as thyself,
for thy neighbor is thy Self.

Our purpose is process – Metamorphic process.
Gleaning meaning in matter,
We learn all that matters-
We learn all that matters is LOVE!

As Love, we bless the world — with love.
Love-thoughts bless the world,
but fear-thoughts afflict it.

Negative thoughts, are like negative prayers.

As we change the way we see our life,
we change the way we live our life.
The more we see that life is love,
the more we let life live us as love.

Let us live our life with love of life;
let us let life live us as love.

It’s loving not lusting that’s lasting.

The more we are loved,
the more we are loving.

Awareness – Consciousness – Presence

Life’s essence is presence.

Presence is our greatest gift.


And the greatest gift we’ve been given,


Is the greatest gift we can give.

Be aware!
Be aware of Awareness!
Be Awareness NOW!

All concepts in consciousness are Consciousness.
But for name – subject and object are same.

Phenomenal “reality” is congealed consciousness.

Brains do not create consciousness;
consciousness creates brains.

Cosmic consciousness comprehends all contradictions.

Cosmic consciousness is infinite
evolutionary impetus in each of us.

Cosmic consciousness  conceives, creates,
and completely connects the Cosmos.

Ordinary human consciousness is conditioned consciousness; it is pure Awareness conditioned by conceptions.

And our conceptual conditioning determines our condition.

Common sense’ comes from our common sensibilities,
common sentience, and common consciousness.

Common sense isn’t so common.

Self is selfless. Self subsumes all.

The higher we go the more we Know.

Our highest highness is our common “I-ness”.

Consciousness sees; Eyes divide; Heart unites.

We are each a part of the Sacred Heart.

Ecology

The “American dream” has become a global nightmare.

We must die to our unsustainable habits and beliefs,
or we will die from them.

We are being consumed by our consumption.

We need a critical mass to solve our critical mess.

Cherish or perish.

Co-exist or co-expire.

Co-exist cooperatively or
Co-expire catastrophically.

Nature is our nature, and Nature knows best.

Nature is our nature; honoring Nature is honoring your Self.

Let us elevate our aspirations,
from the bottom line to the highest good.

Whimsy

Q:
What is the difference between a ‘kook’ and a sage?
A:
About 30 years.

I feel like a stranger in a strange world;
this crazy world has driven me sane!

I seek refuge from this crazy world,
I seek a sane asylum.

“Normality” is a consensus abstraction.
In this crazy world, normality’s often insanity.

In a crazy world “normality’s” insanity, while silliness is sanity.

What “normal” people believe,
and what they exalt,
is often reified deception,
and deified delusion.

Common sense isn’t so common.

Knowingly or unknowingly,
we all want to know the Unknowable.
But, few know It.

Knowing is unknowing
what we think we know.

The less we think we know,
the more we really Know.

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Introduction to Synchronicity Sutras and Stories

“There is an endless net of threads throughout the universe. 
The horizontal threads are in space.
 The vertical threads are in time.
 At every crossing of the threads, there is an individual.
 And every individual is a crystal bead. 
And every crystal bead reflects not only the light 
from every other crystal in the net,
 but also every other reflection throughout the entire universe.”
~ Indra’s Net – from the Vedas of ancient India, 7000 years old
All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
~ Buddha




Have you ever wondered about mysterious meaningful or noteworthy “coincidences” or ‘synchronicities’ in your life, or in lives of others known to you? Countless people experience such strange “coincidences” without recognizing them as miraculous spiritual experiences, and often without paying much attention to their possible significance.

What are synchronicities? How do they happen? How shall we interpret them? Why are they noteworthy or meaningful? How can they inspire us? Can they help further our spiritual evolution?

Since synchronicities are often defined as meaningful or noteworthy “coincidences” in sequential time, what can they tell us about the nature of time? Without sequential time, there can’t be a “coincidence” in time. Do synchronicities originate beyond time, in the eternal NOW?

The word “synchronicity” was coined by Carl Jung  to describe “temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events”.   Jung also variously described synchronicity as an “‘acausal connecting principle'”, “meaningful coincidence” and “acausal parallelism”.

But ancient Hermetic teachings, say – and we accept – that in this world:

“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.” ~ The Kybalion

And according to Buddhism, “All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.” Thus, Buddhism recognizes that all phenomena and events arise from coinciding causes and conditions.

Apart from coincidences in time, the word “synchronicity” is sometimes also used to describe inner premonitions which later happen in the phenomenal world. (E.g. Before 9/11, 2001, many people had ‘synchronistic’ premonitions of the destruction of the World Trade Center.)

Thus, the concept of synchronicity — when seen in a wider context — raises strong doubts about existence of “coincidence” at all. Before the concept was known by this name, people often referred to such synchronistic events as portents or omens.

On SillySutras.com we accept that nothing in space/time escapes the law of cause and effect. But synchronicity indicates that there is much to the Universe beyond our understanding of cause and effect; that the subtleties of the mind and matter are somehow mysteriously interconnected.

So here we define synchronicities as:

“Noteworthy ‘premonitions’ or ‘coincidences’ in time mysteriously arising from unexplained causes and conditions which connect events, actions and thoughts; and, which show us that in Nature, there is no time and there are no “coincidences – that everything that is, was, or will be is NOW; and, that everything is inter-connected and happens in harmony and synchrony – concurrently, not coincidentally.”

According to Deepak Chopra, although the term “synchronicity” was coined in the twentieth century by Dr. Carl Jung, it may correspond to concepts described by ancient Indian Rishis or seers thousands of years ago. If so, how? Why?

By exploring synchronicity and by recounting synchronistic experiences and stories, this silly sutra site is dedicated to our co-creating an ever better reality by awakening us to our infinite potentialities and by furthering our wondrous experience and appreciation of our mysterious and miraculous world.

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Introduction to Ron’s Memoirs

Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas



“Follow your heart – even if it contradicts my words”

“If there is love in your heart, you don’t have to worry about rules.”
~ Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas


During a traumatic divorce and “mid-life crisis” in 1975, I experienced what Hindus call a spontaneous awakening of the kundalini energy with sudden realization that I was much more than my physical body, its story and thoughts with which until then I had always self-identified. 

That realization triggered an extraordinary and unforgettable “rebirth” experience, accompanied and followed by many amazing mystical experiences, which forever changed my life and impelled me to begin questioning whether the universe worked the way I’d thought or been taught; and to soulfully seek answers to ultimate questions and a new paradigm guiding the remainder of my life time.  So, paradoxically, a broken heart opened me to a wonderful new way of experiencing life.

Since then my life has unfolded in ways I couldn’t previously have imagined, like a spiritual mystery story. For example, after starting life as a non-observant Jew – a secular Hebrew, I was initiated into a Hindu tradition by a venerable Hindu guru, and for many years thereafter regarded myself as a “born-again Hindu”. Though I no longer consider myself a “born-again Hindu”, but an “uncertain Undo”, I write today because of what my guru told me eighteen years ago.

It was February, 1992.   I had just retired after thirty four years of practicing as a San Francisco litigation attorney, and had come to Ahmedabad, India, to pay my respects to my then 114 year old venerable Hindu guru, Shri Dhyanyogi Madhasudandas (Guruji).  Guruji was living in the apartment of a local doctor.  His mental, intuitive and prescient powers were amazingly acute – as ever, but his 114 year old body was weak, and he was obliged to spend his days mostly in bed.   On one of those days, I was granted an audience together with a small group of Guruji’s closest Indian devotees, including his female successor Shri Anandi Ma, her parents and her husband, Dileepji.   Except for me, all present were Indians with whom Guruji conversed in Gujarati, while I knelt facing an altar at the foot of his bed.

After a while, Shri Anandi Ma’s father, Pravin Jani, a Vedic astrologer and pundit, spoke in English to me: “Guruji wants to know if you have any questions.” Having just retired, I was thinking of starting a daily diary of spiritual experiences as a way of promoting my spiritual progress – my “sadhana”. So I asked if this would be OK, and received an answer which astounded me, and which I’ve been considering until now.

Guruji said:  “Rasik should write and publish his spiritual memoirs. They will inspire many people”.  Rasik – meaning “one engrossed in devotion” – was the spiritual name he had given me upon my initiation in 1978. I listened in astonishment and bewilderment, thinking: “Publish my personal memoirs? Shouldn’t they be kept private?  How could the experiences of an ordinary person like Ron Rattner inspire many people?.”

Eighteen years have passed since that day in India.  Since then, I lived for many years in introspective semi-seclusion, without a TV, computer, newspaper, or radio news of the “real world”, meditating, praying, seeking answers to ultimate questions, and “enlightenment”.   Since then I’ve made many mistakes and have had many experiences and insights from which I think I’ve learned and benefited a lot. Though I haven’t stopped making mistakes and learning, I’ve now lived long enough to realize the prescience of Guruji’s instructions to me, and wish to honor them and you by sharing with you some of my spiritual stories, and their significance and lessons for me.

I feel that Humankind is now processing an extraordinary evolutionary leap in our common consciousness; that we are evolving from millennia of hierarchical dominance and constraints to an epoch of egalitarian and democratic sharing and openness; that we are democratizing and merging the spiritual and secular aspects of our lives. So, though I began my mid-life spiritual journey with an hierarchical Guru-disciple relationship, which I eternally honor, I now consider Life to be my spiritual teacher. But I am guided by Dhyanyogi’s highest teachings:  “Follow your heart – even if it contradicts my words”; and, “If there is love in your heart, you don’t have to worry about rules.”

Many meaningful and noteworthy experiences have revealed to me the deep and essential commonality, connection and interdependence of all life on Earth, so that everything we think, do or say changes this world in some way.

This life has become like an amazing spiritual mystery story. Without yet – and perhaps never – solving the Mystery, more and more I’ve learned to honor it, with gratitude and awe. And I now gratefully experience my life as synchronistically magical and miraculous – feeling happier than ever before. So in sharing with you what I’ve learned from these spiritual experiences, I do not and can not write as a Guru, but as just another participating ‘fellow traveler’ on the spiritual path to an ever mysterious shared destiny.

My deepest aspiration is that everyone everywhere – all life forms – flourish and be happy; that all humankind be empowered to use their unique gifts to fulfill their highest potentialities, and thereby harmoniously to benefit all life on our precious planet – and beyond.  

So in now sharing with you some of my experiences and perspectives my intention and dedication is to contribute to that vision and goal.   As a ‘senior citizen’ and member of ‘Generation Exit’, I especially wish to be of help to younger people to whom we bequeath our future, as they inherit the mistakes and learning experiences of their forebears in an ever changing world.

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All About Silly Sutras

What are silly sutras? Sutras are thought threads connecting pearls of wisdom. “Sutras” – like sutures – come from Indo-European Sanskrit and Latin root words meaning to sew. Instead of joining tissues, sutras join issues. With sutras we weave a tapestry of insight from direct experience and perennial precepts. Sometimes sutras are concise epigrammatic and enigmatic aphorisms, with vast significance. Sometimes they are grouped to refer to a common category like Yoga or Tao, or as in Buddhist sutras, to record oral teachings of Gautama Buddha.

On this site, “Silly Sutras” are Ron Rattner’s mystical musings expressed as aphorisms, rhymes, poetry, essays, strange stories and apt quotations. Sometimes Ron’s whimsical sutras really seem silly. But remember that in a crazy world normality’s insanity, and silliness is sanity. So our silly sutras offer a sane asylum from this crazy world, and are dedicated to all life everywhere.

May the Universe empower us to realize together our common dream for a better world
 where everyone everywhere is happy.

“Infuse us, enthuse us, and use us to bless all Life as Love.”

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Silly Sutras Site Dedication

This Silly Sutras place in cyberspace
is dedicated to all life everywhere.
Our intention is freely to share ideas and images
– often whimsically –
which help us awaken to our infinite potentiality,
and thereby to co-create a better reality.

Just as dreamers ‘create’ their dreams,
together we are a ‘dream-team’,
dreaming our world into being; and,
consciously or unconsciously creating a ‘common dream’.
Still, too many are yet unconscious and unaware.
So our world is a world with much needless
peril, suffering and sadness.

But more and more we dreamers are awakening
to become conscious common dreamers.
And as we ever awaken,
we shall consciously and cooperatively
participate to co-create an ever better reality –
as we intend, intuit, and imagine it to be.
AND SO IT SHALL BE!

So with heartfelt gratitude for Life on this precious planet,
we dedicate  this cyberspace place.
May the Universe empower us to realize together
our common dream for a better world
where everyone everywhere is happy.

“Infuse us, enthuse us, and use us to bless all Life as Love.”

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