Prose Poem: I am a Buddhist, Namaste

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Buddhists can befriend everyone, Muslims, Jews, Christians. But Christians can’t unequally yolk with anyone, including Buddhists. Is this true? Yesterday I fought with a Christian, in the guise of my Brother. He launched missiles of judgement attacking my conscience He was the same hero who used to be my favorite person in this world. He said I’m responsible for our mother’s death.

According to him, I can control cancer, hire it like an assassin. Yes I’m a secret disease mastermind, I send cancer out like henchmen. What was he thinking? Fear driven rubbish, he crowned me the murderer of our mother. He wasn’t even drinking, no excuse but bottled up disappointment and hatred. He finally vented it at me, his missiles of pierced ego. He even attacked my aged appearance and gray hair. My kindest hero became my embittered foe. I still love him but I need to stay away. I feel very fragile right now.

But I am not my ego. I realized that I’m a Bodhisattva. Bodhisattvas are not perfect, returning to this: tragic, brave, beautiful world causes forgetfulness. Once here, we have to re-learn what we know. I am a voluntary teacher in disguise. I am the beggar, widow, orphan, abandoned bride. I am the voice of the meek, the introverted, the modest. The pacifist who became distorted while witnessing rage. The eater of rage, the swallowed ticking bomb, the vengeful forgetter. I am also the healer, the giver, the sage.

Remember who you are, says I am you and me. *Be still and know I am god, namaste, be still and know. Buddhists are not your foe. Today I remembered, who I am. I am a Buddhist. I believe in karma. I believe cause and effect is justice. I believe in a multitude of chances. I believe in compassion.

My god is not a punisher Father Vader. God is within me = Namaste. Remember your divinity. Bodhisattvas are rememberers. Brave enough to return voluntarily as a child, innocent, unwelcome prize, we’re soul therapists and teachers. Survivor’s of the mad sadness and traumas of this world. Karma delivers truth and consequences. We are spiritual protectors of life’s unjust abuses.

I am here for a reason, this is not random and this is not a vacation. I am here to free myself by freeing others from suffering. I am a catalyst igniter, a truth seeker and truth speaker. Annoyingly stubborn loner who disappears, frequently unpredictable. Observer of the world. An artist, a sensitive, the teacher is always a student. I am an ever-changing spirit, re-visiting earth like a beloved. I am you and me and we are Timeless.

*This is from the bible, many spiritual beliefs from many ancient religions are in the Bible and were also removed, (whether this is acknowledged or not). I believe concepts of eastern meditation and reincarnation were purposefully removed.

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    1. Hi Nadine, thank you for your beautiful comment🙏💖, I’m finding a pathway back to self-love and remembering what’s true in my heart. I think there are many Bodhisattvas here, you are probably one as well💖. I appreciate your kind support😘🌸❣️

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      1. And now I must thank you for yours! 😍🙏🥰💖
        And I agree, there are many… that was certainly part of my original intended path, here on WP. (And however failingly, it continues to be. 😉🤷🏼‍♀️😜)
        I’m so happy there are bodhi-fish like you, in the blogging seas. 🌊🐠Likewise, I thank you for your support, of me!
        😊💗💖💕

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      2. So great to meet you, Nadine❣️🤗I can relate very well to you💖🙏😘and I look forward to reading more of your writing. I couldn’t enable getting notifications from your blog but I will revisit it, many elevating poem gems there💖

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      3. You too, Judy, same thing. 💖🤗And no worries for the future; of course I’ll be thrilled if you ever drop by, but I just meant thanks for the kindness you’d already shown, over in my corner of the garden. ;)) 😘👯‍♂️Thanks for the kind words! 🙏🥰

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  1. Sometimes, love is outrageous and incomprehensible. Sometimes, the meanest words come from the people you love most. That’s why they hurt so much. Time heals when mixed with an equal portion of patience. I wish you both.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I agree, no one can hurt you as much as those that you love. I’ve been the black sheep, scapegoat of my family for decades because I’m not their religion, my mother’s death was the catalyst for that anger to be unleashed. It hurts but I’ll get over it.

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  2. I’m pretty much allergic to religion but there’s a lot to like in Buddhism. More than I thought in fact —reading Robin Wright’s ‘Why Buddhism is true’ has been thought provoking

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    1. Hi Jeremy, I was raised Christian but couldn’t stomach the exclusivity within it, I’m not the official kind of Buddhist, I don’t do rituals but I see it as a spiritual philosophy, similar to how I see Taoism. I think Religions are full of doctrine that often loses the original message of peace and love, so I avoid them.

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  3. Hard enough your mother passed but to be blamed for her death is unreasonable. Bless you dear soul. I have found the Bible deliberately left out much of ancient beliefs and races to give the appearance as the only beings on Earth all of it a life as there are other races and belief systems which offer far more than the vagaries of the Bible.

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    1. Thank you 💖, it was awful for him to blame me but I could see that it was his last resort. He’s a good person that is blind-sided by religion. He gave an insincere apology that I brushed away but I told him that I’ll always love him, forgive me also and Goodbye. I don’t need the constant judgement. I agree, I think the Bible contains many legends, fables, and parables from many religions are they are meant to be metaphorical. I think Jesus was a Bodhisattva (avatar) that was killed for challenging the status quo.

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  4. How unkind of your brother Judy. I am sorry that must have really hurt you. There is a lot of truth to what you say. In 1st Corinthians it says “To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.” So your brother is perhaps quoting versus that sustain his opinion. Many people do this. There is so much wisdom in what you have said in your post. You are also right in the fact that our God is not a punisher but a wonderful loving Father. I hope you have a blessed Sabbath. Love you Judy and I am sorry your brother hurt your heart. Love Joni

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    1. Hi Joni, I like you and hope that my post and comments won’t offend you. I respect other’s right to their own beliefs, (unless those beliefs are criminal and therefore hurt others). The Christianity that my brother and my family believe is about a vengeful god who is a patriarchal punisher. They believe everyone deserves to burn in hell eternally unless they accept Jesus as their savior. I don’t believe this. I believe we’re born good, made in the image of good, which is god. Living in this dense world of fear and greed, lowers are natural state of divinity. I believe in reincarnation which allows people to understand and learn through karma (cause and effect), when there is no more to learn here on earth you can ascend to an afterlife. Some have attained enlightenment but voluntarily return to help others to reach enlightenment, they are a Bodhisattvas. Bodhisattvas have to relearn what they knew, they are often placed in families and situations that are challenging, they have to remember who they are and why they came, and not become lost again in the world. It’s all about choices, compassion and love, not Christian sin and punishment.

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      1. Judy I am sorry if somehow I offend you. Everyone has the right to practice the religion of their choice. I also do not believe in a punishing hateful God I believe in a God of Grace and love. Please forgive me if I have offended you in anyway. I ask for your forgiveness if I have. Usually I don’t engage people too much about religion I just share my love for my beliefs. So I hope you have a wonderful evening and that you stay safe. Also when I say I love you I really do. 💕💕🌸🌺

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      2. You haven’t offended me, Joni. Christians that act self-righteous are offensive but that’s not what you were doing. But most Christians believe that without belief and acceptance of Jesus dying on the cross for their sins; that all people would eternally be punished in hell. That is the foundation of Christianity. I don’t follow that belief, therefore I’m not a Christian. I believe choosing good or bad is up to everyone. Karma (cause and effect) is the end just result of your actions. I believe in an afterlife and I believe in compassion. I don’t believe that a compassionate creator would never eternally punish his creation, that’s the main reason why I don’t agree with Christianity.

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  5. Thank you for sharing!.. hope all is well with you and your family, friends, each and every day is filled with love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!.. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    (Irish Saying)

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  6. Yes, many things were removed from the Bible and other religious texts around the world. And many cultures had text memorized and not written down. And also: every religion is in part created from another religion. Many are influenced off of each other in these ways. And likewise, they are very similar in their core, but different in the exact details. Unfortunately we may never know what was and wasn’t removed, but it seems true that eastern ideas have much influence on the west.

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    1. I agree that the religions influenced each other, I wish people would stop battling about it. So much ego seems to be involved in who is right etc, which goes against the idea of humility.

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      1. Yes, almost all of them come to same conclusions, and all try to promote a greater good in the most basic sense. There is never a reason to fight over such things. Because I don’t agree with you does not mean I must hate/or be hurtful toward your views. Differences can help expand a society and keep it healthy. And also we should focus on our similarities more.

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