SEPTEMBER 2011

 

 

Arne Gaarder – Oslo / Norway

 

What does the word “God” mean to you?

 

The word “God” refers to something that is inexpressible, and therefore, no description or interpretation of it can ever give it a true meaning. Due to the abuse and misuse of that word over the course of thousands of years, the word “God” has become almost meaningless. The best term that comes close to giving any significance to what is “god”, is “Great Mystery”. By using this term when we are referring to “God”, we acknowledge an essence that goes beyond the mind’s understanding. “Great Mystery” has a great place in my life, if just to be humble enough to always be receptive to great inspiration.  Those who do not give a place in their lives to this “Great Mystery” are those who believe their intellect is capable enough of understanding all. This closes them off from any source of divine inspiration because they depend solely on their minds. This is the reason why people create illusions, concepts, theories, doctrines and judgments which prevents them from obtaining any true and sincere relationship either with themselves, others, or “God”.

 


 

Yash Voltory – Port Louis / Mauritius

 

Much can be learned from what we call “primitive people”, especially their relationship with nature. Given the arrogance of the so-called developed world, it is a wisdom that is lost. What is your opinion?

 

I understand your frustration and I agree with your statement. Regretfully, much wisdom has been lost because of this arrogance. The biological diversity that exists in nature extends to cultural diversity. Maintaining this diversity is imperative both in terms of environmental conservation as well as the future of our species. There are multiple cultural aspects of these “primitive” people that are yet to be known or understood. Today, with loss of values and tremendous natural environmental damage, much insight could be gained from these primitive cultures on ways to build new cultures that are more sensible and pave the way for a better future.

 


 

Jenny Lopez Beltran – Ciudad Obregón / Mexico

 

Are you trying to propagate new insights on universal Truth through your writing?

 

There is no universal truth that is not already present in every cell of every human being. When a reader reaches an insight through what I write, they merely recognize a truth that is already within. With divine reality, no idea or insight is ever new, no matter in which way it is transmitted. It is just a reminder of something forgotten; a memory that is reawakened.

 


 

Anupama Garg – Kanpur / India

 

Shamanic practices, or at least the rituals that merit this appellation, are expressions of a specific culture from which Shamans belong. Yet, they all seem to be able to accede to similar states of consciousness. How do you explain that?

 

Let’s define first the terms “Shaman” and “Shamanism”. Today, these terms are on the verge of losing their value because they often refer to many types of practitioners and their rites, which are completely different from each other. Shamans are people who are conscious of a complex, intelligent and timeless reality which is not accessible by everybody. This reality, though, overlaps everyday reality, making the ordinary and this reality interdependent. Using specific techniques, a Shaman is able to send a part of his being into this other reality. What this other reality looks like, and the techniques used to access it, differ from culture to culture, but there are many similarities in their rites; notably, the use of drums, dance, fasting, perspiration, meditation, and even the use of some hallucinogenic plants. When a Shaman is immersed into this other reality, he forgets about his personal history and the limitations of his culture, thus allowing him access to a higher consciousness where he is then aware of unseen and intelligent energies. Depending on his courage and perseverance, this can lead him to new paths of knowledge or wisdom.