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Is Freedom Possible The Human Condition

When our souls our one Divine Love is all the protection we will need. When will we ever reach that level, the human condition that plagues us is crushing our society, when will love be enough???

If you need guns and weapons to defend your so called freedom then you are still in a cage. This is a human condition that has carried on from the beginning of so called civilization. Will we ever really be free? Once we realize our soul is imperishable then you realize there is nothing left to defend. Thereafter comes the understanding that all souls are filled with that same light, and thereafter resonates the feelings of Divine Love and Compassion. When our souls are one, Divine Love is all the protection we will need. When will we ever reach that level, the human condition that plagues us is crushing our society, when will love be enough???

I spend a good majority of my time in the mornings getting tuned in with what is going on in the world, this usually means my morning breakfast spent while watching Democracy Now.  (It’s very forward thinking news broadcast if you don’t watch it, tune in and open your mind.  Also, be prepared I wouldn’t recommend having breakfast and starting your day off with D-now, because it’s a very hard hitting reality check every morning.)  For me it is all about perspective, and because we work in the inner and outer social activism it’s important to know where and what are the needs of the human race.  The needs are many, and so surmounting that it sometimes leaves me  overwhelmed and hopeless as to the possibility of our race surviving at this catastrophic pace.

First, I’ll tell you what this piece is not.  What I want to present with this writing is not political activism, it is not specific to any piece of news or any one single event.  It is taking into account the entire spectrum and history of the human condition to see, is Freedom really possible?  Is love really possible?  Also taking into consideration if a foreign entity is invading your land and destroying and decimating your land, people and culture what to do then?  How and should one defend themselves?  Asking these questions usually starts with more questions, “well, what are we fighting about anyway?  And, what is the root cause of the inner dilemma that drives one to killing and destroying each other?

There are many philosophers and thinkers that put these concepts to thought and articulate them far better than I, and can be used as an immense reference for this particular writing.  The renown thinker, Krishna Murthi, so beautifully analyzes the root cause of most human suffering in this beautiful talk on Fear.  As always the mindfulness of Krishna Murthi is so in tune that if you watch this video there is really no reason to continue reading.  You yourself will come to many conclusions about your individual experience with fear and how it has lead the evolution of the “Human Condition.”  Krishna Murthi points out, there are many different types of fear.  In my view one that is most important is the hereditary fear of survival.

Jiddu Krishnamurthi thinker, philosopher, somewhat of the anti-guru working toward getting human beings to understand they have the power to grant their own self realization. To me let's face it, that's what a Guru does. Helping to transform from darkness to light.

From the early ages of the human being, before so called, “civilization” (that is not at all civilized, still very primitive), human beings were born into fear as a mode of survival.  If one leaves the safe confines of one’s cave there is a risk to be eaten by wild animals or destroyed by the natural chaos and power of nature.  So, very easily we cut to the chase here… How can we evolve out of fear (which leads to suffering) if it is engrained in our DNA from the start of the evolution of our species?  Is fear useful?  My very first instinct reaction to these questions is, no.  From the time of Buddha we have been hearing about peace… Do we have it?  Have we ever fully understood fear?  The best approach is to dive deeper and deeper until we fully understand the roots of issues that drive us away from peace, not to run away from them into a fantasy of, “I must have peace… I am peaceful… I will make myself peaceful…”  Until we have faced the root causes of fear, struggle, loneliness, loss, death and many other manifestations of fear in the human psyche it is my understanding that we will never truly “rest in peace.”  Another eloquent philosopher based in mindfulness is, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Master of the Art of Mindfulness.

His approach to mindfulness is not to run away from our fears and negative attributes, yet to face them lovingly and mindfully to give as much respect and understanding to the negative as we yearn for the positive.  An example would be:  We look at a beautiful flower, we know that one day the flower will wither and die.  What is left of the dead flower?  Do we disregarded it?  If you have mindfulness and understanding you can see very clearly that the trash is just as important as the beauty.  The dead flower will decompose and become enriched organic soil.  The beauty of the flower still remains and it will give itself willing back to the Mother Earth in order to be sustenance for the new flowers to return again.

Hold your negative emotions lovingly like a Divine Flower to have deeper understanding of our self-imposed destruction.

In other words we have so much to learn from negative human conditions.  Yet, we spend much of our time running from them… suppressing them… filling the empty void with materialism… creating organizations that perpetuate separatism… all designed to keep us under control and unwilling to face the reality that Fear is within us.  The United States runs around promoting fear mongering, invading sovereign countries, imposing our will on foreign entities, and claiming democracy.  If the leaders of a nation have mindfulness and cultivate an understanding of meditation and breathing, there is no doubt in my mind they will be forced to look at their own fears.  Hence my comment “if you need a weapon to protect your so called freedom, you are still in a cage.”  (It is a reference to the aggressor, not the one being attacked.)  Nothing is truly Free that needs protection.  Of course, the argument can be made, “what if there is an indigenous village being pillaged by an aggressor, should they defend themselves with weapons and violence?”  Again, we are taking steps even further back to say, “Why is the aggressor even acting that way at all?”  ”What stirs in the human condition for greed and aggression and violence?”  What is deeply embedded in the human conscious that we need to “take, conquer and divide?”  What is the root of this selfishness?  And furthermore, what is to be done about it?  Will we ever have peace?  My outlook on this topic is very bleak.  The entire evolution of our species until now, so called “modern civilization,” is built around suffering, separatism, materialism, and the military industrial complex.  So, in reality our species is still very primitive.  Fighting and killing each other has never stopped since the beginning of time.  One of the most epic and deeply enriching philosophical texts of Sanaatan Dharma is based around a massive war in which brothers are fighting and killing each other.  (Sanaatan Dharma or just Dharma sometimes referred to as, Hindu Philosophy.  I don’t use the word Hindu because it does not exist in the Sanksrit Language and does not relate at all to the true teachings of the Vedas or individual Saadhana [everyday spiritual discipline], but that is an entirely different subject).  Yes, we look deeper to see the metaphorical teachings that it is a war over our negative attributes, from darkness to light, from suffering to salvation, but seriously, it’s war.  It is killing other human beings… It only perpetuates suffering and separatism.

The end of the Maha Bharat war, one brother has killed another brother.

I, for one, cannot relate.  Of course, I have never been put in a dyer straight situation of having defend my family from an intrusion of an aggressive force, so who am I to talk?  And again, I will stress my focus is actually on that of the aggressor… what is causing them to engage in that aggression?  What is the cause for the undying human condition of greed and rage?  I have no answer, because from the process of our evolution we have never really seen any.  We still have war, we still have poverty, we still have suffering, we still have rapists, we still have killers and murders, even those in so called, “positions of power,” if we really analyze them mindfully, they are murders.  And until we deeply understand our own individual suffering and fear, then as a human race, we have no chance for peace.  How can we expect peace in the world when there is so much unrest and self imposed suffering in our own daily lives?  When will we ever learn?  Will loving ourselves and our neighbors ever really be enough?  How can we not only understand our suffering, but uproot our suffering systemically?  Where to start?  How to begin?

In the end the only thing we have any control of is our emotions and our actions.  Breathing, Meditation and mindfulness are tools (or keys) to bring us closer to those states of peace, compassion and understanding that have the power to uproot our negative tendencies and self destructive behavior.  What else do we have?  Meditation really is the only answer…  How do we get the aggressor to meditate?  That is a completely different talk, and again completely out of our control.  The only thing we control is our emotions and our own actions.  My hope and wish is that the more we dive deeper into our own consciousness with mindfulness and meditation we will more deeply understand these roots of suffering.

Meditation cultivates a deep sense of self awareness and mindfulness.

With loving emotions cultivated through meditation and a pious daily life we can hold our suffering like a baby, or like a delicate flower until suffering is either uprooted or transformed again into the beautiful flower.  And what if it should return?  The entire process is repeated until higher and higher states of understanding are produced.  It has only taken thousands of years for the human being to ruminate on these topics.  The best we can hope for is that every individual on Earth dives deep into meditation.  The only hope is that our individual actions of love and understanding creates an unstoppable ripple effect in the immediate world around us, and again ripples out into the rest of society… the ripple would be so powerful that the positive vibrations of love and meditation would reach even the aggressor, and in turn through our right actions even the aggressor would understand the root of their suffering which is driving them to such desperate and heinous actions.  A mindful meditator would simply never kill or hurt anybody, because they would have no choice but to see that we are all family… we are all connected… we really are all ONE in the beautiful web of life.  With united heartbeats of mindfulness peace and love would be possible.  We have not seen that massive shift yet.  Maybe in this lifetime?  As one watches the chaos of this Kali Yuga (dark age) one sees very clearly we have a long way to go.  From thousands of years ago until now, the shift of consciousness has been happening.  Start with your own personal dedication to your suffering.  Start with your own affirmations of love, peace and meditation, and impart those emotions unto your friends and family.  Keep the spiral of love alive and swirling around your daily life.  After that, be an observer to how your meditative energy transforms your life.  See its highest potential and your highest potential.  As if it were the deep cry of our beloved Mother, have an ernest yearning for the purity of true peace and love.  This really is the only thing left to do…  What other choice do we have… Continue to divide and kill each other?

Meditating in a Redwood forest grove at Mount Madonna Center in California.

The choice is truly yours, and I do hope that with our combined efforts and understanding we take a few more steps in the direction of love and peace.

Om Bhadrum No Apivaathaya Manah:  Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi

With all my love,

Tyagaraja

PS, if you have been inspired to take on the practice of daily meditation and would like to learn, we will share it with you and are qualified teachers of this ancient art form.  Kindly contact us for more information.

j.tyagaraja@gmail.com

Sustainable Humane Earth Launches Non-Profit Platform

We are proud to announce the launch of the our non-profit platform Sustainable Humane Earth.

Sustainable Humane Earth

Urban Permaculture with Love and Happiness

We are proud to announce the launch of the our non-profit platform Sustainable Humane Earth.  We are soon to announce the crowd funding campaign that will align with starting up the non-profit infrastructure.  SHE is currently engaged in numerous actions in the Austin area and has plans to extend local and global communities in SHE’s very necessary vision.  Now SHE needs your support and spirited participation to move forward in the efforts of a Sustainable Humane Earth.

Here is a description of what SHE is all about, and how you will benefit through your participation.

Sustainable Humane Earth is a non-profit platform steeped in a truly rich artistic and mindful lifestyle.  Dedicated to supporting the Indigenous/fine arts, dance, music, inner healing and transformation, yoga, meditation, healthy eating and activity, permaculture, place making, land rejuvenation, and a diverse cultural experience that garners true sense of community and humanity.  Tyagaraja Welch and Gunjen Mittal are the founders of S.H.E.  As model citizens it is their goal to give to the local and world wide communities the very skills and education that have transformed their lives making them pillars of the community.  Training ranges from Classical Indian Dance, to music, art and event producing, to permaculture design and earth activism.  The world is riding a wave that’s flying through an Apex and this transformation of ingenuity is on the peek of the tide.  With mass wildfires, climate change, and global unrest, SHE stands to be a trustworthy pillar of society.  Through our joined efforts we most certainly can make a positive global impact and a movement toward a Sustainable Humane Earth…

What are you participating in?

S.H.E is near a major turning point.  All the research and conceptualising has been completed.  Now we are ready to incorporate as a 501c3.  The funds raised through this campaign will be directly used for this process.  SHE is filing as “tax-exempt” status 501c3.  From there S.H.E uses the left over funds to begin grant writing, event planning, design an interactive and comprehensive educational website, producing work shops, engaging in community building and community service. (S.H.E is already donating time and resources to the Hutto Elementary and Austin Aquaponics Perma-Garden and Education Center, with many other projects scheduled.) ect, your participation directly influences this process and allows the vision of S.H.E. to thrive.  This is truly a conception point and we can all make it happen together.

“ThanksTaking,” Part 2 Solution Dialogue

Ok so let’s just be real. We are literally all at fault. In some way or another, no matter how progressive we are all contributing to the failing design of instability in the world. My mind, being one that is solution based, immediately jumps to the question: What will we do about it?

Ok so let’s just be real.  We are literally all at fault.  In some way or another, no matter how progressive we are all contributing to the failing design of instability in the world.  My mind, being one that is solution based, immediately jumps to the question:  What will we do about it?

While I was researching and gathering my thoughts for this blog Sandy hit the east coast and devastated NY and surrounding areas.  As in the case of the Haitian earthquake or Hurricane Katrina, or the Syrian Gov slaughtering its own people, my heart’s reaction is always the same.  ”These are MY PEOPLE, MY FLESH AND BLOOD, MY SISTERS, BROTHERS, DAUGHTERS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS.”  These are our people, we can no longer live under the vail of separatism.  The tragedies are already great and the moment we fail as a human race is when we decide, “Oh, I’m glad it wasn’t me,” or “It’s just karma,” or “God always has a reason.”  There are many more statements of separatism that we make on a daily bases and it causes complacency, ignorance and removes our ability to participate in the rejuvenation.

Haiti has become one of the world's most extreme cases of suffering, and it's being overlooked.

When we have these kinds of attitudes it marks the degradation of our society.  Now, there are those that have the same reaction as me… those that would risk their own life in crumbling rubble in order to serve others.  It shouldn’t take tragedies for these emotions to hit our inspiration and change us forever.  I would think by now we could all recognize this model is not working and it’s beyond the right time to change.  In fact, we are behind and have so much work to do.  The need is urgent.

We most certainly have contributed to these problems, and now that we know we are at fault for the worlds troubles, we can clearly see that it is our duty and responsibility to the Earth and the beings living here to do something about it.  This doesn’t mean running out and standing in front of tanks, or in the front line of protest, or get angry and start preaching.  Once we see truth and recognize it we should calmly and positively engage.  Our Guru Dev always says, “Be neither reactive or inactive, be positively proactive.”  Yes, there is a process that is natural for a human being to feel.  We fill ourselves with information, we become aware, we become emotional because of our inherent love for Mother Earth, and then we feel restless or even helpless because the problems exist in such great magnitude.  This is perfectly normal.  The difference is any action met with such anger and chaos is only going to stay a flamed for a short while.  But the calm presence of a devoted soul acting out of love and compassion for Mother Earth and all beings is a constant flame unwavering in the wind.  We cannot participate in global or even inner family rejuvenation if we ourselves are not healthy inwardly.  The model of this kind of consciousness is what we all seek, why don’t we put it into action?  I know that everyone wants quick solutions and fixes to our problems, but the most important thing that needs fixing is our mindfulness.  This process is essential in order to take the positive proactive choice that won’t leave us with spinning wheels of frustration.

Roaming freely in the streets of Rishikesh India, the blessed Go Mata Cow

To see the World as ours and to feel that the beings living here are our own flesh and blood is one of the most important steps in this process, and it is one of mindfulness.  It will leave you with no other option than to want to participate in the rejuvenation.  Your heart will not allow you to sit idly and watch it happen.  Your heart will understand that even if you survive, what life will the future generations lead?  Now that we understand that the oppression of the colonial grids and the slaughtering of indigenous people, traditions and culture has lead us to this separatist, materialistic, military state, we understand our role in the game and how clearly we can take a step back and envision what our new role must be.  This Statement references Part 1 of this blog use this link to read Part 1.

Now, the problems are evident and clear!  Onward to solutions.  Landscape design can be transferred to all aspects of life:  Your inner landscape, your garden, your social interaction and your community building design.  One of the most tangible aspects of a permanent cultural design is Community Building.  Not every can make food forests, and design landscapes that catch and preserve water and rainfall, not everyone can be a meditator cruising the inner landscape and working on the Self.  But everyone can engage in the community, there is no excuse.  Right now we are under the guise that our political and military figures have all the “power.”  What we need to realize is that we have the Power, the Power of True Community.  It’s inherit in our blood, it’s at the roots of our indigenous ancestors.  What those political entities have is “authority,” not Power.  Power comes from inner strength, courage, compassion, and many other unbreakable things.  You CANNOT steal, kill or disturb the True Power of the Soul that is inherently within all of us.  Also, let us not forget that we are the majority and we have given away our “Power” to the wealthy minority.  Now that we can stand in our Power as beautiful shining people of Earth we can make clear steps to engage our communities and inspire them toward the same unified goals.

Do you know your neighbors?  I mean really know them?  Have you ever asked about their past or families or what they even do for a living?  If the answer is no, then you can see in a very obvious way that the oppressing colonial grid is working to stop you from engaging your community.  A.D.D.  American Dream Disorder!  (a quote from a very dear relation, can tell you more in person.) We are being raised to believe that this house with fence is mine and I want to keep myself separate and safe from the rest of society.  We can see how that controls us and makes us weaker.  Simply if we can stand together as a united front we can solve our own burdens and problems and stop relying on others that don’t even have our best interests in mind.

Singing and Dancing could definitely be helpful in community building! This is during a Farmers Market in Mumbai India. We grew to love the community there and met so many wonderful people and families.

Here is a very simple and tangible approach to Community Building.  This can be done by anyone:  Make a simple flyer or hand drawn advertisement for a pot lock dinner on your block in your neighborhood.  Invite everyone on the street go door to door if you have to.  Tell everyone to bring food.  Food always brings people together for the common good!  The purpose of the meeting could be very simple.  ”Meet the Neighbors!” could be the title of it.  There does need to be a “facilitator” (not a leader, the idea is that the community is one whole mind.)  Their job is easy.  Give a simple 3 sentence intro as to why we are gathering and at the end give a summary of the community input.  The purpose of the pot luck could be very clear and simple.  Three questions:  Who are you, what is your working trade, how long have you been a community member.  The idea is not to asses any problems or issues until there is a uniformed understanding of who everyone is.  It sounds simple and within that meeting a plumber may meet an architect and share a common bond, and some skill trade may come out of it.  Two people that love the outdoors may discover that they lived next door to each other all this time.  There is a great game to get this type of conversation going called “Common Ground.”  Everyone stands in a circle and pop corn style start blurting out the things they like or hobbies they are interested in.  An example could be, “Common ground for hiking.”  And everyone that likes hiking would step into the center of the circle.  Bam!  Instantly there is your neighborhood hiking group.  Bonds are formed immediately out of these types of simple activities.

A Community Building of Permaculturists after the North Cal Permaculture Convergence coming together to learn in the field with world renown permaculturalist Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Institute. We are reading the landscape for contour in order to construct a pond that will be the staple for the surrounding food forest implementation

It seems almost too simple, and look at the reality of it.  A community that is engaged and knows each other on a personal level will:  reduce crime, reduce domestic abuse, reduce waste, slow traffic, improves health, reduces stress and many many other great things.  Most of all your community will start to become aware of the common good, thus allowing them to see in a very clear way what are the problems and issues that we face as a collective, and how can we improve.  The community will see, “Oh hey you have a garden and food growing in your back yard, I want that too!”  And pretty soon the fences come down and we are all enjoying this life in the village demographic as we were granted the right by birth.  If you would like more information on community building or facilitating your own neighborhood potluck, please contact me (j.tyagaraja@gmail.com)  I can go on and on about this subject, and I think you understand the general concept.  The group City Repair in Portland OR gave birth to some really amazing landmark ideas on this subject and put them into action, they are awesome check out the site.   City Repair Website

Ok, let’s say that you absolutely don’t like socializing and aren’t ready to get out of your home and mix with people.  What role can you play in the rejuvenation design?  I would say a good starting point is walking the confines of your living space with a clean slate, a new insight.  Turn your attention to the areas of your living space that could be more sustainable.  Ask yourself these simple questions, “What is the function of this space?  What environment do I want to create?  What is lacking in the space that I have?  Where are there room for improvements?  What is the maximum level of sustainability and rejuvenation I could hope for within this space?  Rarely do we ask ourselves these simple questions, we just move about life as if we don’t need to improve.  All the world around us is constantly changing and all we try to do is suppress it and think somehow life can go on in this unsustainable way.  Now that you have seen the areas of opportunity within your very own living space there is a really great staple to begin with for anyone whether you are in an apartment or a house this simple implementation will generate life and higher level of functionality and will dramatically decrease your waste and in fact, put beneficial bioactivity back into your system.  Simple Worm Composting Video By Permaculture Institute in Australia.  Worm composting is the first step anyone should take in an urban setting to reduce waste and generate positive yields back into your system.  In the video they are using one of those common three teared green plastic containers and those work great.  But you don’t have to buy anything you can use any container really, you just might have to modify it a bit to be able to catch the most important part the “worm juice” for compost tea!  After you get your worm compost started and you are dumping your kitchen scraps into the worm bin, the worms do all the other work for you.  You just have to keep the top cover moist every now and then, fill it with your kitchen scraps and then and let the worms work their magic.

This is a fancy one, doesn't have to be fancy

The end result is a thriving compost of beneficial bacteria that you can then add to your potted plants or ground plants and the effects are dramatic.  The plants will let you know how healthy and lush they feel.  You will most certainly yield more fruit and benefit this way, and now your food scraps aren’t being taken off to some festering landfill and turning the ground into unusable soil.

See what I mean, this can be really easy and cheap.

The juice that drips from the worm bin is almost the most priceless ingredient.  You can pour small amounts of the worm juice into a container of water with a small water pump (like you would use in a fish tank) and some fired stones (for aeration).  Let the water pump run over night, and the aeration of the water pump increases positive bacteria content potentially by the millions, and this will greatly enhance the life of your plant systems.  You will never have to buy compost or plant food if you take these simple steps.  Just using the simple aeration method actually doesn’t produce the highest yield possible, and this video by Dr. Elaine Ingham, the world’s leading soil biologist.  Dr Elaine Ingham on Compost tea brewing click this link

Ok damn, I’ll make it even easier.  If you don’t like meeting neighbors, and you don’t like dealing with the Solid Gold of Permaculture, Worm Composting, what is there left for you to do?  At least harvest your own damn rain water.  The water is only falling out of the sky the least we could do is catch it and save some of it, so we are not running the damn faucet for every little thing.  In a time of great need of conservation we need real answers that solve issues quickly.

Rain Barrel with overflow spout feeding a line of rose bushes in our Urban Permaculture Sight in Sugarland Tx

Installing a water catchment on your property or even off the front of your apt (especially if you have a balcony) is a huge step toward conservation and rejuvenation.  It should be illegal not to do it.  If every building on the planet had water catchment devices for rain just think of the surplus of resources that could be generated.  That’s the real kicker, these solutions are simple and they are suppressed by an authority that wants you to by Ozarka water or what ever the hell the Coca Cola company is pushing on people and draining resource with.  Ok, so I won’t go into detail about how to install the rain barrel, and I will say that I will personal facilitate anyones desires to have a water catchment device installed on their property.  Oh, and Americans are alway so afraid of sanitation issues it’s ridiculous.  So, I have a solution even for you.  Not sure if you know this, but a block of limestone balances PH levels so you can drink the damn rain water coming off your rough with a block of limestone in your water tank, it’s that easy.  If you don’t want to drink it, use it for your plants, wash your dog with it, just use it for something and turn off the damn faucet.  Sorry, I’m passionate about saving water hehe…  If you would like more info on water catchment or would like me to install one on your property please email me here: j.tyagaraja@gmail.com

Now, I’ve outlined 3 solutions for you in this blog and I would like you to take them to heart and go back to your life asking these questions.  Crack open your eyes and become aware.  Wake up wake up wake up!  There really is no time to waste and in fact we now have so much to make up for our past transgressions.  And it’s not getting any easier.  There are some very serious entities at work that do not want to see the positive evolution of the planet, and seek to pollute and alter the atmosphere, change the temperature and keep us reliant on GMO foods, because the only thing that will grow in an infested polluted landscape is something that does not even derive from nature.  The moment that these ideas become a solution is the moment that you know we have completely slipped away and are removed from the needs of the people and the planet.  I wish I could say I will end on a happy note.  I’m hopeful and positive, and at the same time there is a huge magnitude of suffering and oppression that needs to be lifted, there is so much work to do.  I will leave you with a piece I wrote loosely called “Do Your See the Spray?”

Do You See the Spray?

“I wake up to look hopefully into a clear blue sky–or  even a sky with clouds–beings of mist and energy–Either way–I look upward (or outward) to witness this illustrious beauty in its natural state.  Instead I see spray… it’s knifing through what might potentially form as a rain cloud–that would send its loving and bathing energy to my plants bellow that thrive and live off of it.  And then the plants energy becomes my body and we are sharing with each other with care and tenderness.  And then maybe the rainclouds move away and the sun comes raining down and lifts the spirits of Earth’s beings once again and we live to understand the importance of that symbiosis.  Instead I look up and I see spray… I think to myself, “What kind of a world do we live in?”  ”When does this become an acceptable answer?”  ”Since when have we gotten so far away from our understanding of what gives us life and creation, and how far away from that relationship have we stretched?”  The clouds I see are not clouds.  They don’t have the same spontaneous lively patterns.  These clouds make an X and straight lines and stretch across the sky for miles–then only to spread and block out that which gives us life and energy.  I look and see a rainbow amidst this foreign mist only it’s not a normal rainbow.  This one reflects similarly to the way oil reflects on a soiled concrete floor of a gas station–oozing and bubbling with chemicals.  Then as the foreign mist spreads out it plummets to ground level, the temperature increases as we increase a facade dependency on chemical based, factory made, GMO commodities.  These basic needs of survival should be our very own birthright as beings of the Earth.  We should bare the right to produce and share them on our own.  The Energies of the Earth should not be owned by anybody especially not the wealthy few that DO NOT have the interest of the Earth and beings living within in mind at all.  So I ask myself, “What is this spray?”  ”Why is it causing so many strange things to happen?”  ”Who is behind this unsustainable display of greed and authority?”  And how can we stop them, or at the very least, how can we open their hearts to the understanding of Earth’s desperate and drastic needs?  She is crying to us…  We must respond with the same Love She has for us.  When I look up and wake up, I want to see Mother smiling back at me.  I don’t want to see spray…”

Photo Taken out in front of Whole Foods on loop 360 the day before ThanksTaking. What is it?

Please… at the very least just ask yourself, “What is it?”

Link to a very interesting video about the subject I\’m writing about above. For more information email me, and we can send you the hard research that’s being done on this particular subject. j.tyagaraja@gmail.com

Be kind, caring and compassionate.

Peace

Humbly

Tyagaraja

PS please don’t be blind to what ThanksTaking truly represents and it’s not just history it’s still happening right under our noses and needs our participation in the restoration it’s our duty, start to educate yourself at the very least…

Don't pretend this doesn't exist. This is a house on an Indian reservation in Utah.

“ThanksTaking” from Genocide to Bad Design, the real Thanksgiving

First we give credit to our ancestors and listen to the Earth. My consciousness has shifted from baring witness to the problems and negativity of the world to actually seeing in full vision what are the “opportunities.” And what is left after that? Nothing but positive growth… This piece is taking a true look at the history of genocide of indigenous people through the lens of design.

I had a long philosophical discussion with my good friend Josh Applebee.  We had some time to kill before I was to go on stage to perform for an amazing event at Eat Gallery in Houston Tx.  What you first have to understand is that my dear friend Joshua is the best example of looking for the positive.  Our conversation somehow lead us to the topic of History, and how important it is for us to know history and not only that but accurate history filled with well rounded facts.  Then I took it a step further to say what is more dangerous than not knowing your history or where you came from is actually believing in a false history or choosing to believe a false history.  For example, the case of our beautiful indigenous “American Indian” tribes, whom were all but wiped off the face of the landscape.  The story that has been perpetuated by materialistic American culture is a complete mockery of what actually marks the date of a massive plague genocide that swept across this Home Land we call US.  My dear friend Joshua, searching for the positive, as the noble man he is, presents this idea:  To me, “sometimes it’s not so important what is the truth, what is more important is what you believe in.” He continues, “Now in this case would it be better to focus on all the horrific facts of Thanksgiving or would it be more beneficial to our culture to focus on the joining and coming together of two people.”

What two Peoples coming together looks like...

I took a deep breath and it hit me instantly.  ”I suppose that would be valid if the indigenous people of this land were completely exterminated, I mean not a single Indian person native to this land still living.  Then we may be able to take the history and distort it to serve a bigger view of thankfulness and well wishing.  However, these peoples still exist and they are one of the most marginalized and oppressed people in our Nation of the so called US.  Therefor, this is not a Historical event, this genocide is still taking place.  These indigenous people have been driven into infertile lands, and they are suffering from: diabetes, drug addictions, depression, marginalization, and no form of big business or government has their best interest in mind.  This modern day genocide is a continuation of the slaughter and colonization of this nation.  These facts have absolute purpose in the design of our mental capacity.  We cannot understand where we have come from or where we are going in this country of the US until this gruesome fact is analyzed.  Further more, even if there were no indigenous peoples left in this land, it’s still of utmost importance that their heritage and legacy live on in the hearts of those who wish to carry it–the burden of the lost souls of our true brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters and sons.  This is our true heritage, and it has been suffocated by colonization and the stamp of the oppressing grid.

Our colonized heritage begins

Now where are we left?  My programing tells me to enjoy Thanksgiving, to gather with my family and cook, tell stories and live in sentimentality.  And my conscience… that part of me that is cracking with awareness begins to question.  What are we celebrating here?  Who was involved?  What was the real story?  and most importantly… What should we do now?  John Trudell said, “Asking American Indians to celebrate Columbus Day is like asking US citizens to celebrate Osama Bin Ladden day.”   That pretty much sums it up!  You see, Columbus really represents a virus… a plague that swept across what is truly a sacred land.  And now what have we done?  We’ve taken that virus and just transformed it, and bred it into a different species.  And the original American People are still under attack.

John Turdell, Shepherd of Indigenous Peoples, Poet, Icon

They are still oppressed and marginalized and made slaves to a political system that doesn’t care about them.  Should I celebrate Thanksgiving?  Should we reflect on the positive of gathering as a people?  Well that just presents more questions to me… How do we celebrate?  And do we even gather?  We celebrate capitalism and materialism.  Let’s just set it straight.  The fact that the day after Thanksgiving is the most chaotic shopping day of the entire American year is a testament to the fact that we have severed ourselves from the duty to our spiritual connection to what Thanksgiving really represents and really stands for… And do we even gather?  Most people I speak to during the holidays tell me, “Oh I can’t wait to get this weekend over with so I can get away from my crazy family.”  Again a further testament to a design that has failed us.  We are raised and bred as slaves of separation.  We don’t want to know our neighbor or involve ourselves in our family life.  What is the so called “American Dream?”  A picket fence and a house of separation… Mine!  Don’t cross this line!  We’ve put barbed wire and barriers all across this sacred landscape claiming and owning the ground that is by design supposed to be the right of the People and all living beings of Earth.  This is our land, which means we have a responsibility to take care of it.  How can we celebrate and give thanks with such desecration of land that is meant to provide our needs?  This destruction is inward also.  We’ve been bred into chaos and confusion, depression and pain.  We are programmed to believe that we always have to seek externally for happiness, when all the while happiness is within grasp.  The design of life is within sight, just go outside and listen to the trees the Earth and the ground, observe how creation interacts with Itself.  Once you do this, your sight improves… your eyes open, your heart tunes with the rhythm of the Creator.  One thing that quickly becomes clear is the overall fragility of life.  The plasticity of the modern system, and the drive toward confusion and consumption.  You can see it, like a world wearing a mask.  What is underneath bares the answer.  You see, you can’t blame the system, it’s a product of years of perpetuation of a very small demographic of people.  We can’t expect that the design of the privileged few would represent the needs of the great oppressed majority.  It’s not their fault it’s just bad design…

A grid design system that is not sustainable and doesn't promote community or creativity.

Now that you’ve made it through all the gritty details of our history, you know why we are spinning in this current state of consumerism and waste.  These root issues are what is driving us further way from our duty as shepherds of the land that is here to provide for us.  This leads you to my third question, what should we do?  How should we act?  What is to be done with all this madness?  The answers are quite simple, and you have to take this journey of understanding for these systems of design to resonate with you.  First you really do have to understand the state of the world and what got us here, and then you have to open your heart and listen to the needs of the Earth and the majority of the peoples walking on Her soil.

Mayan Aquaponics Farming

It’s really interesting that most of the answers to our modern dilemma reside in the teaching of indigenous peoples… not just from the Americas but around the world.  We have severed our connection to true integration in understanding and living with the Earth.  The introduction of the grid style housing, and monoculture agriculture is a huge root in the problems of the modern world.  Now that we’ve seen these systems fail and create more problems of instability the solutions make so much more sense.  Those solutions are found in our ancestors and indigenous peoples of the Earth.  They knew what the Earth wanted, and they also knew how to cultivate the Earth for the benefit of the People, it was a truly harmonious and symbiotic relationship with the Earth.  Now I feel like it’s my duty to become a shepherd of the land, just as they were.  Now we have a great opportunity to merge the principles of indigenous peoples with the positive advancements of modern day science.  This is our future, and for me the only work worth getting involved in.

I won’t outline all the solutions in this breathy blog, and still there is a little opportunity to give some examples here.  We are clear now that when looking for solutions we first have to understand the root of the problem.  One very large root in our modern world is our food system.  Growing monoculture farms, shipping it on trucks, using fuel and energy, buying it in a grocery store that takes fuel and energy and arguably creates more waste than growth.  It’s clear that this is not a sustainable system… again the solution is simple.  Localized farming.  One might argue that if everyone grew their own food then what would be left of the farming industry and all the jobs it may or may not create.  Well, now that we have a new perspective of life we can see that with the shift of consciousness so comes the sift of our ideals and needs.  One also has to take into consideration the quality of life and sustainability a concept like localized farming represents.

Indian Manual Water pump farming no electricity or gas used

The human being is an adaptive species and any limitation is only in the mind.  If we transform the food system to a more sustainable one, it is a guarantee that more and more creative ideas will blossom and the Earth will provide the answers we need to carry on.  How many lot’s do you see abandoned when you are driving through a city?  How many empty spaces of just grass is growing all over medians along highways and roads?  How much space and opportunity do we have even within our own yards?  There is more than enough landscape and more than enough resources to grow food locally.  My parents entire subdivision could be feed from a food forest if done properly in the park connected to their neighborhood.  And the people in the neighborhood would then have a new reason to gather and congregate around a system that is designed to benefit them, not drain them of their energy time and money like so many of our modern recreational activities.  It’s all about the design systems.  We have the power to make the change.  We have the knowledge of our true history to guide us toward our higher purposes.  We just need to change the focus of the design and make for certain that the “designer” has the Earth and the People in their best interest, and from then on the Earth does the talking.  We are not special, everything we need is giving to us by the Creator and it’s time to connect to that idea and start giving back…

Wandering, Observing, Integrating, Learning, Understanding

Since going through the process of writing this blog and putting it together I’ve decided to make a Part 2 that is mostly solution based so that we can take the understanding of the past and apply it to the needs of our People in the modern world so that we get back to integration with the Earth.  And I’ll start with a story about these kinds of experiences:

Ravi from Urban Permaculture Farm, Dharmalaya, in Eugene Oregon, and me having an apple from his tree, nice and warm from the sun, sweet and juicy

Permi Designer in training... until next blog...