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Bruce Chatwin ...each totemic ancestor, while traveling through the country, was thought to have scattered a trail of words and musical notes along the line of his footprints... ...each Ancestor, while singing his way across country, was believed to have left a trail of 'life-cells' or 'spirit- children' along the line of his footprints. The Songlines Robert Bringhurst Writing begins with the making of footprints, the leaving of signs. The Elements of Typographic Style Anne Wilson Schaef The healing professions are in the same relationship to an addictive society that the enabler is to the addict. Beyond Therapy, Beyond Science Bhagavata Purana Does not a thing applied therapeutically cure a disease caused by that very same thing? Skhanda 1.5.33 Siddhanta Saraswati The individual human souls are dissociable particles of the predominated moiety. Shri Radhika is the source of all individual souls... The individual souls serve Shri Krishna as constituents of Shri Radhika. The absolute nature of the personality of Shri Radhika is fully on a level with the absolute personality of Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna is the consort of Shri Radhika. The absolute is pair and singular person. Shri Radhika is at once identical with and distinct from Shri Krishna. Shri Chaitanya's Teachings, pp. 614 - 619 Michael Pollan What if now, instead of to the wilderness, we were to look to the garden for the makings of a new ethic? In fact there is no single moment in time that we can point to and say, this is the state of nature... Second Nature

Excerpts from Carol Kaesuk Yoon, "Rain Forests Seen as Shaped by Human Hand," _New York Times_, 7.27.93: [Clark:] There is no such thing as virginity out there. It's time to overcome this lack of comprehension about humans as part of the ecosystem. [Sanford:] People have at one time or another cut and burned almost every place in the tropics. [Yoon:] ...much less of a wilderness and much more of a garden than anyone would previously have ventured to guess.

Ma Jaya Bhagavati When you let go of all things then you will know the fur of the monkey. Darshan, April 14, 1995 Christopher Smart For the Electrical fire is the spiritual substance, which God sends from heaven to sustain the bodies of man and beast. Jubilate Agno (ca. 1760) Mahadevi Sunlight made visible the whole length of a sky, movement of wind, leaf, flower, all six colors on tree, bush and creeper: all this is the day's worship. The light of moon, star, and fire, lightnings and all things that go by the name of light are the night's worship. Night and day in your worship I forget myself O lord white as jasmine. Translated by A. K. Ramanujan. Mahadevi was a 12th Century Virashaiva saint who died while in her twenties. A king had married her, but she left him to wander naked in search of God. Leaves, flowers, and lights are traditional offerings in formal Hindu religious ceremonies. Mahadevi sees the natural world practicing the same worship. Black Elk Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. Dolores LaChapelle Community is sharing a particular physical place, an environment, not only with other people but the other beings of the place and fully realizing that the needs of all the beings of that place affect how you live your life. Living and skiing at Alta all those years showed me that living on this earth is its own intrinsic reward when one decides to live in one place and cultivate a lasting relationship to the other beings of that place: soil, animals, plants, beings in the sky; clouds, rain, snow, thunder, and the gods of the place. ...this is the way humans have lived for most of our existence on earth -- living fully with total attention to one's place -- and truly that's what it means to be alive. When one finds oneself being skied by the snow and gravity, being played by the wind, being moved by the very air as in T'ai Chi, a breakthrough occurs 'and the distinction between subject and object becomes completely obliterated, and the mind and li [the pattern of the universe] are realized to be one' [Joseph Needham] ... This is when the wilderness within meets the wilderness without. Powder snow skiing is not fun. It's life, fully lived, life lived in a blaze of reality. What we experience in powder is the original human self, which lies deeply inside each of us, still undamaged in spite of what our present culture tries to do to us. Once experienced, this kind of living is recognized as the only way to live -- fully aware of the earth and the sky and the gods and you, the mortal, playing among them.

Deep Powder Snow Herman Daly (versified) I believe that God the Creator exists now, as well as in the past and future, and is the source of our obligation to Creation, including other creatures, and especially including members of our own species who are suffering. Our ability and inclination to enrich the present at the expense of the future, and of other species, is as real and as sinful as our tendency to further enrich the wealthy at the expense of the poor. To hand back to God the gift of Creation in a degraded state capable of supporting less life, less abundantly, and for a shorter future, is surely a sin. If it is a sin to kill and to steal, then it is a sin to destroy carrying capacity -the capacity of the earth to support life now and in the future. Sometimes we find ourselves in an impasse in which sins are unavoidable. We may sometimes have to sacrifice future life to preserve present life -but to sacrifice future life to protect present luxury and extravagance is a very different matter. The hard problem is overcoming our addiction to growth as the favored way to assert our creative power, and the idolatrous belief -whether we think in religious terms or not -that our derived creative power is autonomous and unlimited.

Such idolatry cannot admit that the elimination of poverty requires recognition of limits, not faster growth -limits to growth in per capita resource use, limits to population growth, limits to the growth of inequality. We are creatures endowed with creativity but also subject to limits, and we have obligations to our Creator to care for Creation, to maintain intact its capacity to support life and wealth. We must face the failures of the growth idolatry. We must stop crying out to the growth economy, "Deliver me, for thou art my god!" Instead, we must have the courage to ask with Isaiah, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?" Beyond Growth Lao Tse To attain Knowledge, add things every day. To attain Wisdom, remove things every day. Huff translation Prabhupada show respect to everything, for all things are parts and parcels of the supreme body... learn the art of not committing any offense to the body of the Lord... Purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 2.1.38 Isaac Newton For there is no way (without revelation) to come to the knowledge of a deity but by the frame of nature. (Traditional) "Krishna -- you may be God or you may not be God. I don't know. But I do know that I love you to the exclusion of everyone and everything else."

Empedocles It is impossible for there to be a coming into existence from that which is not. There is no part of the whole that is empty or overfull. Of all mortal things no one has birth, or any end in pernicious death, but there is only mixing, and separating of what has been mixed, and in these men give the name "birth." Alas, poor unhappy race of mortal creatures, from what strifes and lamentations were you born. I too am now one of these, an exile from the gods and a wanderer, having put my trust in raving strife. For before now I have been at some time boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. Alas that the pitiless day did not destroy me first, before I devised for my lips the cruel deed of eating flesh. And at the end they come among men on earth as prophets, minstrels, physicians, and leaders, and from these they arise as gods, highest in honor. With other immortals they share hearth and table, having no part in human sorrows, unworried. ca. 490 - ca. 430 BCE

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