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THE TORONTO CHANT CLUB

               AUGUST 31, 2009

In This Issue
THE NATURE OF EVIL
TORONTO CHANT CLUB
BHADRA CONCERT/KIRTAN IN DURHAM
GUELPH CHANT CLUB
Quote of the Month
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your common sense."
- Gautama Buddha


GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDS

Wow - summer is flying by. I had a chance to spend some time in the Sedona/Grand Canyon region - incredibly stunning natural beauty and very warm temperatures. The energy there is transforming. I believe it has helped me to sort out some of my personal confusion - learning to let go and trust the wisdom of the universe.

We have some exciting new things to tell you about - after many requests we are starting a chant club in Toronto. See below for more info. After two years of hard work and collaboration we have launched an exciting new organization - the Canadian Association of Sound Practitioners (CASP). If you are interested in learning more and/or in becoming a member visit soundpractitioners.com

This month's article explores the concept of evil and the invention of Satan. If you'd like to access past newsletters containing the ongoing articles on the Physics of Mysticism,  Magic, the Power of Mantra and other topics, please visit the 'newsletter' page of my website:  whyislife.com

Peace and love, Dennis.
THE NATURE OF EVIL
by Dennis Gaumond

What is the nature of evil. We tend to think of evil as a force, or as some demon or entity that seeks to perpetrate evil upon mankind - evil for the sake of evil. The mystics, however, see it quite differently. They see evil as an absence rather than a presence. Just as cold is an absence of heat and darkness is an absence of light, evil is an absence of love and compassion. An evil-doer is usually someone who, because of a deep imbalance, is simply making mistakes. Hitler, for example, actually thought he was doing the right thing. Our everyday evils such as greed and selfishness arise mainly from an imbalanced understanding of the true nature of things - a misperception of the self as being separate from other selves.

Virtually every member of western society is familiar with the image of 'Satan', the baddest of the bad, purveyor of all evil, the Prince of Darkness. It is a concept that has become a firmly embedded paradigm - an unquestioned, accepted part of religious dogma. However, modern research into the origins of this concept reveal that it was invented by the early Christian Church. The original Hebrew concept of a 'satan' had nothing to do with 'evil'. A satan was originally an obedient servant of God, an adversarial 'force' or 'entity' sent by God to challenge one's faith. The word then evolved to mean any kind of earthly adversary. King David is referred to in early editions of the Bible as a satan of the Philistines.

The word 'satan' was later appropriated by the early Christian patriarchs and made into a proper name. The goat-like imagery of Satan as a horned, cloven-hoofed demon was borrowed from the Greek god of sexual debauchery, Pan. The Church associated this image with 'evil' and wove it into its teachings. There is no mention of Satan in the Genesis stories, yet we've all grown to accept the idea that the serpent who tempted Adam and Eve was Satan in disguise. This notion comes from simplistic, non-Biblical books that were written by the Church circa 500 AD - the 'Book of Adam and Eve', the 'Book of the Bee' and the 'Book of the Cave of Treasures'.

Some researchers feel that the emerging Christian authority needed to invent Satan, to 'put a face' on evil and thus have a strong tool by which to rule the masses with fear. We see this tendency persisting today. The authorities, through the media, are always identifying some bogeyman for us to fear, whether it's Manuel Noriega, Sadam Hussein or Osama Bin Laden. A fearful populace is easy to manipulate. We must be vigilant about the latest tactics to scare us with impending epidemics like swine flu, aiming to implement mass inoculations. The perpetrators of such tactics, in their imbalance, are probably convinced that they're doing the right thing.

EXCITING NEWS!
- AFTER MANY REQUESTS WE WILL BE STARTING UP A
 CHANT CLUB IN TORONTO.

We'll meet on the third Friday of every month:
September 18, October 15, November 20...


The first meeting will be on Friday, September 18 at 7:30 PM.
Location - Gary Diggins' studio at 219 St. Clair West,
Toronto, Canada
(two blocks west of Avenue Rd. on the south side)

Suggested donation - $20

QUESTIONS? Please contact me - dgomo@golden.net or 519 763-0004


 
for more info:
bhadra.ca

GUELPH CHANT CLUB
 
DATE                                             CITY                                        VENUE               _____________________________________________________________
WED., JUNE 3, 09                        Guelph,                              Unitarian Church
7:45 to 9:30 pm                             Ontaro                   

The Unitarian Church is on the corner of
Harris and York Streets in Guelph.

For more Detailed directions, check out
guelph-unitarians.com

SUGGESTED DONATION - $15



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