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It's Christmas!

Silent night...

The stars are brightly shining...

Oh come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant...

On a cold winter's night that were so deep...

true enough...it was a silent night...not so silent in the city center though...

and we are joyful...be it cause it's a giving season, or just because it's a holiday...

the temperature tonight is quite cool...or maybe i just drove a long cruise with my windows down...

the time now is 01:39, Christmas day...

MERRY X'MAS EVERYONE!! Thank you for all the wishes...

i attended my first ever (?) Christmas Eve church service at 10pm...always wanted to know what's happening inside the hall of churches around town on this night...and now i know...

i am a free thinker to start off this topic...i have no specific religion though in papers, i define myself as a Buddhist; my father's side of the family practices Shinto but during his days living here, we were pretty much neutral towards religion...my mother's side of the family has a mixture of Buddhists and Christians, still, we all remain neutral...the core of all religions (or maybe most) is to lead ourselves towards righteousness and live morally, which by all means is good.

do keep an open mind if you decide to continue reading, because what i write as follows may be offensive to some, please excuse my language.

i spent my childhood watching TV programs infested by mostly western shows. Christmas, churches, Christianity, snow, Thanksgiving, Halloween, i've seen them all, but i don't celebrate them...so? i mean, in an oriental country where Islam is the official religion, gotta say i live in a good country where people are free to choose their own religion and belief.

in this age of modernization, sad to say everything's commercialized: all goods and services, even festivals, and religion. i'm not pointing fingers towards anyone, but we have to accept this fact that with more and more similar "offerings" mushrooming in the "market", competition is bound to be intense...thus why i remain neutral. i have attended some religious gatherings, some of my friends just INSIST i go, i feel sorry not to after so many of their persuasion...the messages were good, but the way they convey the messages can be extreme towards their belief, which i cannot blame them for that. the trick to all these is to filter all the "smooth-talks" and just grab the point...

God...who is God...or what is God...how do you define God? God can be an existence, a belief, and to different people, God is different. a person can be so talented in his/her own field and people adore him/her, enthusiasts will think that he/she is a God, don't you agree? yet religionists will see this as absurd, as nothing surpasses their God; normal people will think it's crazy to worship another person in such extreme measures. all these are our perceptions and there's no right or wrong, it's just a matter of how we carry ourselves. God can be anything that you truly believe and bring you some peace of mind.

the best thing i heard tonight from the pastor was to search for inner-peace. one must find peace within one's self before making peace with others.this applies to all leaders of the world, everyone should really ponder upon this.

i haven't been a real happy person for a long while...growing up has been quite challenging for me...i realized i've never found my inner-peace, i worry how people see me because i'm of different ethnicity to everyone around me, i worry that i will never fit in because i'm different, and every once in a while, someone will mention that i'm different which startles me because i've tried so hard to be just like everyone else, i speak their languages, i even speak their dialects, i try to keep a low profile on my ethnicity and i think i've done a good job, but still, there are people who will bring up and talk about my difference...

on a good day, i'll tell myself i'm unique...but on a bad day, i'd just feel annoyed of the attention...i'm only human...

inner-peace, in my perception on my case, will be to accept who i am, thoroughly. i can never change my ethnicity, it's set. i can change my nationality, but i can never change what's flowing in my blood. new people will forever be amazed of my ethnicity, but once they know me better, i'm just another human being with flesh and blood...

in a wider scale, i am just one of the millions of mix-blood in the whole wide world. we breathe, we eat, we shit, and we live just like you and me, what's there to be surprised about?

my journey to search for inner-peace starts tonight. i want to live my life, and not just spend my lifetime doing things that'll keep me alive. the pastor did make a point there, do you want to live your life, or just spend a lifetime? i've spend 24 years, it's time to live...

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Bleipluie, the questions that you've been asking about life for the past 24 is something I've been asking for most of mine for the past 30........and I've found I am at the my end of the search. Although it is the end, something else new has begun for me about how to live, and the world I live in. I've been first a Christian from birth, then a Buddhist since my teens and now I'm finding my belief is a combination of the two - that everyone on this planet is who I call a 'future Buddha' and basically that in essence, is that everyone is from a holy disposition - everybody is born from the divine right from the beginning. My view is we are all the children of God, literally. Just that we have forgotten this sacred relationship we have with each other, and this is where most of the problems of the world we have today begin. I don't know if you're aware but science has lately discovered two things. First, that man is more than what he thinks he is (watch this > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFyJYNqQtIc ), and secondly, that it has been discovered a good portion of mankind has begun to 'evolve' > http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7132794.stm. Scientists recently discovered that up to 7% of the human DNA in Africa has begun to adapt and change somehow become more resistant to say malaria. If it means that we evolve, what of the universe around us? You will find that it too evolves. What must be above, so must be below. There's a very good book called Handbook of the Navigator by author Eric J Pepin (www.navigatorhandbook.com) which explains a lot of things. In this he says that all life, including the Earth itself, evolves. We as humans are made up of tiny red and white blood cells. Each cell in our body does their job. Red cells provide nutrients and supplies and keeps our machinery going, and the white cells do their job of protecting red cell colonies. But what if this concept of 'one tiny blood cell working for all' goes even further? If you imagine for a moment that the Earth is small, and that far far away from the Earth its people is being observed under a 'microscope' - wouldn't one our activities looks like tiny 'cells'? When we drive our cars or fly our planes - wouldn't from afar, the activity undertaken by humans look not dissimilar to things happening on a microscopic level? Like bacteria growing on a petri dish? The truth is 'we' - as well as the animals and plants - are a tiny cell of the Earth - it has only now been discovered by science we on Earth ARE part of Earth - all life acts as one entity - yet all are influential in its overall development - so who thinks the Earth itself doesn't evolve? There is one theory currently only discovered, and it is that the mankind's and Earth's consciousness had already been predicted thousands of years ago by the Mayans that it would eventually reach a certain level of understanding - in order for us to evolve (watch this > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHH1pB9LOgg ). If you watch the things happening over the past 5 years, have you ever noticed people and companies are now more aware of the environment and wanting to do more for it? That we are demanding for 'ethical' funds and 'ethical' choices even for things we buy ie. freerange, FreeTrade, organic foods etc. It comes from the development of our awareness that we are all part of each other. Lest we forget this sacred relationship the result we would have is opposite of this which is total war, oppression and destruction....and half of the world is already on this current path with the installation of surveillance cameras, increased security patrols and what not against 'terrorism', which is a false-view about the true nature of man.
over 12 years ago
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(cont) One thing I believe is that if people keep heading towards a negative state, doing and thinking of negative things, eventually something has to happen. Either things will force them to change their ways (the easy bit), or the hardest bit, they may be forced off and cleansed by the very planet itself. Back in Christmas 2004 we should all remember what happened that year with the Asian tsunami. I was on holiday in HK at the time when it happened. We all saw, and seen how sad and tragic the events were throughout the Asia-Pacific region. But what if I told you, from a spiritual perspective as a Buddhist, one saw this outcome was brought on partially by some of the people itself? That it was an accumulation of their karma that this happened, would anyone believe me? I remember reading that prior to the events, the people of Aceh in Indonesia, where the tsunami affected things worst - the guerillas who lived there, were thinking about war, killing each other, and doing lots of evil things. Then overnight we saw the destructive power of the Earth unfold, and a good part of the planet that day was wiped clean. What I have come to see is that it is not the Earth that is violent, it is the people of the Earth who have become violent. Unless people change for the better, Mother Earth cannot hold onto them or live with them any longer, because they are on a separate path from her. The path of love and the path of peace is the true path of Man and Nature. Anything else that deviates from this is not the true path, and will only cause more suffering in the long term. You are absolutely right. Individual inner peace is absolutely essential to the start creating of harmony on Earth. Man was created to enjoy life and nature, have sex, spouse and family and enjoy creation - not suffer within it. If anything the suffering he had received in the past was all of his own doing - or rather conditions that were made from his own dillusion. These certainly would not have been God's choice. In reality we think we need money to survive but we actually need none to live. We think we own something but eventually nothing is ours (we come with nothing and go with nothing). Through the dillusions of ownership and power we have created things we think are important - but actually are the least needed in terms of our spiritual growth. What we really need is love and happiness. Everything else is not necessary. A lot of people are now waking up to this reality I am talking about......even old established churches. You may like to read this amazing article > http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7159849.stm
over 12 years ago
Bleupluie 89 sono
very overwhelmed by your long respond... have to say many of the points you touched on, i have actually lend my thoughts to them. on the microscopic view of this planet and the universe, bcuz i have always been interested in astronomy (and many other stuffs), and have always wondered, what is beyond outer space? are we being watched by someone, somewhere? but i've never really thought of the living organisms on Earth work like our blood cells in a wider sense, a very interesting view indeed! a few of the catastrophic events happened in my neighboring countries, so i did have the same thought...not in a way to cleanse off by mother nature, but in a way of karma, nemesis, what goes around comes around? it's not a good thought, but it just so happens that everytime an earthquake hits, something must've happened prior to that...i feel very sorry for the victims... i'm fortunate i live in a peaceful place...i'll check out the vids and articles u mentioned...u really did a research on this topic...
over 12 years ago

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