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  1. Was self employed for about 3 years, now back into 9-5 for about 2 years. However I'm working on my next idea to get me out of the "rat race" again in my spare time... It's though compared to getting an "easy" salary from an employer.
  2. Just bought a new resonator guitar a couple of weeks ago, here's some slide guitar: https://voca.ro/1aOC2j2WAQyp
  3. No offense, but you should probably stick to enlightenment advice
  4. @charlie cho Funny you mention Krishnamurti, I think he even coined the term "Second hand people". Being an independent thinker is hard. So many people want some Spiritual Authority to tell them what is True. It's a challenge to stand for yourself and take responsibility.
  5. Leo's intellectual approach will inevitably lead to confusion, because people will make his insights into believes and ideologies. It's like reading a book about computer science and thinking you are a software developer. Don't believe anything anyone says. Not Eckhart Tolle, Sadguru, Leo.... Find out for yourself. This should be the only disclaimer to give. Everyone is responsible for their own actions. Don't be second hand people.
  6. This discussion reminds me of the Parable "Blind men and the elephant" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant
  7. This is not an intellectual argument you can win. You need to experience it. No other way.
  8. Enlightenment is a fantasy of spiritual seekers. A future state to achieve. Failing to realize it is right now. It is an eternal "state", timeless. So it is the ultimate paradox, both state and non-state at the same time. Also: State in the classical sense of the word means 'configuration of things'. It that way the word state is quite limited. Same goes for enlightenment. It implies that it is something objective, a thing... Let's not get caught in concepts.
  9. Great news! You could also start a podcast yourself and invite people that you want to talk to....
  10. Great! I would also remove the scissor sound. Seems out of place.
  11. Just watch it. It deals with christian/religious symbolism. It is polarizing, you will either love or hate it.
  12. Got mine also today, feel some side effects (arm hurts, tiredness, ...) but I can deal with it if it protects me from Covid.
  13. Just word of wisdom from the Tao te Ching: "Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know." Don't get lost in "spiritual success", this is not a game you win, it's a journey without end. Thinking you are enlightened is just a phase for most seekers, it will pass.
  14. I've recently started reading the Bhagavad Gita, it was on my to-do list for a long time. The translation (and audio book) from Stephen Mitchell is amazing! Puts you into a higher state of mind. Definitely get yourself a copy if you don't already have it. The book is about a dialoge between Arjuna and Krishna (who is an incarnation of god). There is a desciption of the absolute in it, which reminds me of 5-MEO DMT experiences of Absolute Infinity. I have no personal experience with 5MEO or such visions, but like Arjuna it definetly makes me feel a bit uneasy/fearful (my ego's fear of annihilation). But at the same time it is deeply profound and beautiful. Here is part of the chapter called "The Cosmic Vision" ARJUNA: "If you think I am strong enough, worthy enough, to endure it, grant me now, Lord, a vision of your vast, imperishable Self." [....] KISHNA: Look, Arjuna: thousands, millions of my divine forms, beings of all kinds and sizes, of every color and shape. Look: the sun gods, the gods of fire, dawn, sky, wind, storm, wonders that no mortal has ever beheld. Look! Look, Arjuna! The whole universe, all things animate or inanimate, are gathered here—look!—enfolded inside my infinite body. But since you are not able to see me with mortal eyes, I will grant you divine sight. Look! Look! The depths of my power! After he had spoken these words, Krishna, the great Lord of Yoga, revealed to Arjuna his majestic, transcendent, limitless form. With innumerable mouths and eyes, faces too marvelous to stare at, dazzling ornaments, innumerable weapons uplifted, flaming— crowned with fire, wrapped in pure light, with celestial fragrance, he stood forth as the infinite God, composed of all wonders. If a thousand suns were to rise and stand in the noon sky, blazing, such brilliance would be like the fierce brilliance of that mighty Self. Arjuna saw the whole universe enfolded, with its countless billions of life-forms, gathered together in the body of the God of gods. Trembling with awe, his blood chilled, the hair standing up on his flesh, he bowed and, joining his palms, spoke these words to the Lord. ARJUNA: I see you everywhere, with billions of arms, eyes, bellies, faces, without end, middle, or beginning, your body the whole universe, Lord. Crowned, bearing mace and discus, you dazzle my vision, blazing in the measureless, massive, sun-flame splendor of your radiant form. You are the deathless, the utmost goal of all knowledge, the world’s base, the guardian of the eternal law, the primordial Person. I see you beginningless, endless, infinite in power, with a billion arms, the sun and moon your eyeballs, the flames of your mouth lighting the whole universe with splendor. You alone fill all space, and the three worlds shudder when they see your astounding, terrifying form. [....] Your stupendous form, your billions of eyes, limbs, bellies, mouths, dreadful fangs: seeing them the worlds tremble, and so do I. As you touch the sky, many-hued, gape-mouthed, your huge eyes blazing, my innards tremble, my breath stops, my bones turn to jelly. Seeing your billion-fanged mouths blaze like the fires of doomsday, I faint, I stagger, I despair. Have mercy on me, Lord Vishnu! All Dhritarashtra’s men and all these multitudes of kings— Bhishma, Drona, Karna, with all our warriors behind them— are rushing headlong into your hideous, gaping, knife-fanged jaws; I see them with skulls crushed, their raw flesh stuck to your teeth. As the rivers in many torrents rush toward the ocean, all these warriors are pouring down into your blazing mouths. As moths rush into a flame and are burned in an instant, all beings plunge down your gullet and instantly are consumed. You gulp down all worlds, everywhere swallowing them in your flames, and your rays, Lord Vishnu, fill all the universe with dreadful brilliance. Who are you, in this terrifying form? Have mercy, Lord; grant me even a glimmer of understanding to prop up my staggering mind. KRISHNA: I am death, shatterer of worlds, annihilating all things. [....] ARJUNA: Having seen what no mortal has seen, I am joyful, yet I quiver with dread. Show me your other form—please— the one that I know; have mercy; let me see you as you were before, crowned, bearing mace and discus, with only four arms, O billion-armed Lord of infinite forms. KRISHNA: Graciously for your sake, Arjuna, I showed you my highest form— dazzling, infinite, primal— which no one has seen but you. Not by worship or study or alms or ascetic practice can I be seen in this form by anyone but you, Arjuna. Do not be frightened or confused at seeing my horrific form. Free of fear, lighthearted, see me as I was before. Having spoken thus to Arjuna, the Lord stood before him again in the mild and pleasant form of Krishna, the kind, the beautiful.
  15. I have released games on the App Store and Steam. If you want to make a living with indie games, it is possibly the hardest thing in the world. You don't just need to be (or pay) a decent programmer, but you also need to be a master marketer and have a deep understanding of the visual and audio arts. Also don't forget about game design. Current statistics say that only 5% of indie developers make a profit from their games. You can increase this number if you are good in the above mentioned points. If you don't give up and build up many games, a fanbase and are able to handle your early failures, you can have success. But it takes time. I'm not there yet (after 5 years of doing games and currently working part time as a software engineer in a different industry - game industry jobs are usually badly paid for programmers and you can't do them part time)
  16. Documentary can be found here, just watched it, makes me want to read his books.
  17. This is trump after seeing the crowds gathered to celebrate his defeat. Has he been crying?
  18. "Look, having nuclear — my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart — you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world — it’s true! — but when you’re a conservative Republican they try — oh, do they do a number — that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune — you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged — but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me — it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are — nuclear is so powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right, who would have thought? — but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners — now it used to be three, now it’s four — but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years — but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us, this is horrible.” -Donald Trump This guy has an infinite amount of ridiculous quotes
  19. Peaceful Warrior Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring Enter the Void Samsara (the 2001 movie, not the documentary) Any movie by Andrei Tarkovsky (Mirror, Solaris, Stalker,..) The Seventh Seal The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928 Silent Movie: Listen to it with the "Voices of Light" Score by Richard Einhorn)
  20. What is the difference between toxic science denial and healthy criticism?