Friday, August 04, 2006

coming to terms with life, liberty and the quest for Inner Truth

The road is long,
With many a many a windy turns... that leads us to where,
Hu knows where...

Am I strong enough to ride the next rebound that Allah has given me , to ride the wave of change outter and inner, to climb the next step up to Haguro Temple? The journey towards Inner SANCTUM OF MY SOUL HAS BEGUN! Allah HU'Akhbar! The Lord of compassion and Mercy, the Lord LOve and Giving.There is none, only HU. The Lord of Power... The All knower... Ommnipresent Omni Science Lord of the Universes... Creator of the Day Of Judgemnet and of Heaven and Hell... and Blessings and All Praise be to Our Prohet the Rasul of Allah, the Leader of Man, the Sultan of sultans.
The journey deserves a better ending than to be frittered away with Nonsensicle daily trials and tribulation, the Journey has to die and be reborn into the Next realm of the conciousness of The Maker, the ourney towards The Lord of Creation is the journey of the humble fakir who has taken many disguises and personalities throughout his life, often treating it with irreverence especially when it comes to my commitment towards the women in my life, in the words of childhood love, Allah is taking care of your sins NOw not waiting for you to spend your time in it when you are dead; the journey has just begun. The journey of a thousand leagues begins with the first step from the center of the heart where the light of faith shines, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first motion of thought.
Read! Gibrail said to the Prophet,
Read in the Name of Your Lord, that there is none other, only Allah! and that Muhammad is the Messenger.
I am a Jahilliah when it comes to understanding of Islam, I cannot read the Qur'an in its original langguage except for some few rudimentary verses enough to pray four Raka'ats that just about it. I read the Yasin through learning it in its Romanized translitteration and listenning to the tapes as read by Ustaz I used to buy at the Islamic Store. I enjoy Tahlils as it moves me deeper into the feeling of the verses like a hipnotic chant, Laa..Ila..Ha'IllaAllah! There is NoGod, Only Allah! While in deep chanting of this La Faz my body drops into the Universe and I often feel relief, unburdened, empty and Happy. I become One with my Love, My heart felt cleansed yet of another layer of dirt accumulated all through the years I have lived my life. Its is like peelig layer after layer of the onion skin or skinning a Buck in the Forest of Wisconsin. I am writing not to impress anyone of what I know or understand but I writing to ease the pain in my heart, to find the road back, to postion myself for the takeoff, to launch my soul in the right direction towards the Lord of Power, to come as close the Rasul of Allah to touch the Throne of the Al- Mighty failling which I have not trully understood Islam.
And if I should die before I come anywhere close to Hu's Throne, I will die knowing that I have committed to writing my thoughts and feelings about this Life that i have lived so far, I have taken the first step from my innermost sacred chamber of my heart out of the light towards darkness. I have entered religion through the back door for my light can only remain a light so long as there is darkness, I have a dual thinking mind, yes and No, right and wrong...Yin and Yang, cause and effect, I am a living breathing human being...in and out breathing every second in and out, inan out, I make this journey as best I can, that I do not wander off from the straight and narrow at least that I cannot find my way back untill I can becomt one with my Lord my journey towards Hu is forever happening inside of me deep with my Heart.

Monday, July 31, 2006

It's Monday, my off day!

My son called from school said he is sick, I told him there's not much I can do as I have no transportation to get him home so he cycled home. Replied my mother in law's mail sending her three fax numbers for her to send me the forms authorizing her to bury or cremate my wife if and when she leaves this life. I have a busy weekend as my niece got married and everyone in my family came from all over the country. It was great to see most of them and a pain to avoid the few.
Work is still the same with the boss still in the limelight being a Dick Head giving everyone else grief for no go reasons and resulting in a number of losses of good emloyees. I thought after being taken ill and spending a few days in the hospital he would change a bit in his personality but apparently not, the Almighty Ego still rules. It is sad that from my personal experiences for the past seven years since my return here to find that the Malays cannot make a good thing last without crapping on the last lag. As much as I would like to turn my attention away from it all and merely exist in the shadows or the fringe of what is going on I cannot help but feel obligated to voice my opinion whenever things fets to become too stupid for even the dummy in me to ignore.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

message from Alma regarding Nancy

Nancy has been doing very well with the exception that her conversation cannot be understood. Shae dosn't know I am and cant follow instructions. However last week she had a seizureand another one early Thursday morning. She was taken to the hospital after every seizure. They are giving her medicationand hope to find something that will help eliminate the problem.
This gets me thinking that something else could happensuddenly with no warning and that she could'nt recover.
Do you have excess to a fax machine? I don't have but have excess to one.The reason for this is if she would suddenly leave us I would need a signature on a form "Authority to Cremate & Request for Disposition" for her Since there is such a great distance between us and my not knowing if I will be around when and if it would happen, I feel it necessary to take care of this now....

Friday, June 30, 2006

I met Mr.Prakash Chandwadkar the Indian Artist who resides in Kathmandu while he was about to leave Penang on the same day in the evening flight to Singapore. My friend a reknowned portrait painter in Penang Artist Rashid had introduced the gentleman to me while we visited him at his hotel in the morning. Wwe had a good long converstaion about his works which he showed us in his hotel room all fifty pieces of them the colored bust of the Gautama Buddha spread across his bed. These colorful pieces were done in acrylic and the bust is painted meticulously accurate depicting all the various moods of the meditative Budda. The execution of the medium was excellent as it captures the feeling of the Buddha's bust was surreaslistically alive yet is of stone of one kind or another, its fluidity is in its essence.
Mr. Prakash was just another victim of bureaucracy in the form of the unforgiving laws of the Immigration department which refused him entry visas, he has to leave and make the application from some third country if not his own.
My son had just recovered from some kind of flu and is now waliking to school every morning as he lost his bicycle at the Prangin Mall. He did not do well at all at school I found out after i was handed his report card, he failed the semester! I was not too happy with him and let him know that. He is not stupid but Lazy and unfocused I hope he wakes up soon enough from his sleep to handle the end of the year exam. As for my daughter, she seems doing okey as far handling her school and daily live. She has her act a little better together and perhaps is able to see her advantages better than her brother for being born an American and growing up in Maklaysia.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Asta LaVista...

Sunday, got up early and almost ready to leave for work but had to change plans as there was a death in the family or rather in the neighborhood. On opening my door I discovered my cousin sister down on the street infront of the house informing the neighbors of the passing awy of one of my cousins' mother- in-law. So I decided this was a good enough reason to call the work place and tell em not to expect me. I was one o those on site when the deceased body was brought home from the hospital where she passed on. I had to help carry the body into the house and felt a muscle pulled as I lifted the stretcher from the back of the Van.
As I was sitting around waiting forn things to pick up my handphone rang and my Resort Manager was on line wondering if the Ferry had left. I told him that I was not at the Jetty and that was it. The trip to the cemetary was a little after noon and as I sat there among the gravestones I could help but reflect upon the fact that one day soon i would end up as food for worms right here in this very crowded 'Wakaf Land". My whole life flashed before me and the fact that at present my life is not looking too promising as the stakes are mounting and the income is not meeting the demands. As the old imam was performing the last rites beside the grave surrounded by close friends and families, I reflected upon the fact if it matters when you are dead you are dead! Game over, end of story, end of blog delete blog from the face of the net! Via Con Dios and who gives...a dash?
I have been through life or atleast whats left of it taking chances and treading paths less travled, shoot my bullets wildly and hitting less target than a blind man would and eventually here i am sitting among the dead contemplating ending it all in some safe way that will not hurt too much or too many any if and when I am gone from this scene, what difference does it make to any one other than the two teenagers I am doing a lousy job at raising? I am simply tired of making up stories and excuses and hell pray as I will dya and night it seems more like a mockery to religion. I am in despair and at the nadir of my life, oh sure I keep tellin myself that it could be worse, like comfort myself with not being in Iraq or Jogjakarta and so on, it works at some point but after awhile living a life of sham and dehumanizing circumstances no matter what you do or try shit just keeps kicking in like there is no end to it..It sucks!

I always thought that I might end up my story with a they lived happlily ever after but it don't look like I am going to make it tally. I am going to end up just another looser on one long loosing trip to nowhere. Does it need to end this way? At present I'd rather be somewhere in Iraq dieing for a cause rather than facing the shit being disherd out at me by the government bureaucracy, the so called community or society that is dead to the call for help and support unless one grovels in self pity and cry at the doorsteps for mercy. No Sir for me there is no way I will lay down and take the crap that is being thrown at me without taking a punch before i exit. As the former Prime Minister once asked what makes a terrorist?...Well read my story and if one day you find my name among the sinners against humanity know that it is not all politics or the quest to be number one, it sometimes is simply because...Hasta LaVista!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Humility is a bitter lesson.

The tenth of June was my wife's birthday and my children felt awkward about mentioning it to me as they did not know what my reaction would be. My daughter wrote her a card telling her mother how much she misses her and how she misses her mother's hugs and kisses. I had to console her by giving her the God has plans for evrything in life routine and that she has to make it her goal to oneday be with her mother as it is my vision to do so. I told her that everything I do is cattered towards oneday getting all three of us to Illinois to be with their mother. It may take time and this too is for a reason as my children were both spoilt shitless by their mother when she was with us but now that she is not around and we are financially strapped they will have to learn what being tough and persevering is all about in life. At least they now will appreciate their mother a whole lotbetter than when they were with her.
I miss my wife too, but i cannot afford the luxury of thinking that I can accomplish much without first getting my act together and putting me and my kids back on the track before i am too old to ride the waves. I am living on a day to day basis as far as money is concern but i am confindent that i will be where I aim to be all in good time. In the meantime I will just have to bite the bullets and grit my teeth and keep on trudging along till opportunity knocks on my door again. I have no regrets over what has been and nor will i regret for what is to come, but I know my life is just as exciting even when I am down as it gives me a whole new perspective towards what life has to offer. Life is a humbling experience and for now i am being treated to a good dose of humility and I take it a piece at a time like the medicine that I have been prescribed by the Lord of Power.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Monday morning woke up yawning...

Monday- my off day! The shcool holidays brought many visitors to the Jerejak Resort and SPA some leaving at the end of the day all excited about returning soon while others swearing that they wasted their precious dollars. I am just glad to be away from having to put up a friendly smile despite all the gaggling and bickering from the Chinese, Malay and Indian guests.
My son is still dealing with his infected eyes while my daughter is feeling bored at home with no friends of her age to spend the time with. I am still trying to deal with their school fees issue with the Education Department while getting nowhere at it. Patience is a hard act to follow and has been with me a tall order to come to grip with. The Malaysian Government bureaucracy is an entity that one does not gripe about as it is mostly run by Malays and Malays are ver well known for their sensitivity, one simply do not criticize an agency unless one is out for blood. So it make take a very long time before I will beable resolve all the paperworks like geeting my children to become naturaliuzed Malasian citizens and I might not be able to get it done in this lifetime yet. In the meantime all I can do is to tell my children that they will have to bear with the inconveniences and not get into trouble whereby they may require to produce their indentification papers. Where will all these lead on to is just part of life that i have to accept while learning from all the errors that i have made that had left me with the predicament in the first place.

This is part and parcel while on the Journey to the Lord of Power, the nuts and bolts the grist for the mill of life as it is on this material plane. This is the load one has to carry while sleeping in ignorance, the nightmare one has to deal with having claimed to be human but lack the understanding of the functioning of the Humind, the Sin for having threaded the path that is deviated from the narrow path of 'Ehdinas siratol mustakin'. The Path towrds the Lord of Truth, the knowledge of who or what we really are, Beings created from the Essence of our Lord and Creator, the Light of TRruth. The Buddha has pointed us the Way and so has the Prophets, our forefathers had tried to leave us the warning signs and by examples shared their thoughts that we may not fall into the same man-hole that they had once fell into. We are too far asleep some of us and even drive while drunk at the wheels and often than not we end up into the ditch to be dragged out by others and set back on the path still oblivious to our weaknesses and unthankful for our saving graces.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Journey to the Lord of Power

The HUMIND Solo Exhibition at the ANB-UMRO USM Building has come to an end and it has been an enlightening experience and by Allah's Grace a profiatable one at that. I have been able to establish myself among the Art Patrons as well Artists in Penang while making a good friend or two in the process. It could have been more exciting had i have the time to do some demos while I had the exhibition but time would not permit it especially while working full time. The Gallery was oddly enough closed most of the weekends and kept to working hours which did not give much chance for those who made it to the show on weekends.
My daughter is now back living with me as the place where she was staying with her cousins has become impossible for her to stay at. This is because one of my cousins who is hard core drug addict has been released from the rehab center and will be staying at the house. Almost everyone of my cousins who lived at the house has moved out for fear of their well being. How sad that families have to go their separate ways due to one jackass who has burned his brains on drugs and there is nothing anyone can do about it not even the government social services department. One incident after another has proven my cousin the addict to be a threat to others and this has been reported to the health department, the police department and whoever else that would or could intervene but no one responds ro the plight of my uncle's family.
Now that I am broke again the Education Department has decided to send me the long awaited reply to my children's school fees issue. In short i am to 240RM each for my children's education which is fees for foreign students. If I could evaporate from this life i would just to avoid getting into this mess again but i am nailed to the floor and the system has got me by the balls. Well it is yet another Test for me to walk through without getting all riled up and walk through I must even if it takes me till my doomsday to solve this Residency status for my children. I scream loud enough perhaps someone may hear and heed my cal for help but in the mean time it is back to ask my cousin Ahmad kalam again for his assistance.
Hey I am lucky I am not living in Jogjakarta right now! The erthquake there a few days ago claimed five thousand odd lives and left untold numbers in the dark. I am sitting here typing this Blog for no one in particular and sipping my lemon tea and my daughter is doing the same at the next console at the syber cafe where indian kids are battling themselves with the latest computer games. I should count my blessings and if i am grateful enough for all that i have been given in this life i might even get to do my Master's Degree at the USM! Hey! I am after all the Sultan of Knowledge and the Lord of Wisdom! So what am I crying about?
So on we go...rambling away untill the break of dawn for there is none to compare for he who is on the road to the LOrd of Power.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The true mark of a spiritual man is to know himself, to understand his limits and to act in accordance to his limitless power. He is immune to the external influences and reacts to no instigations from without, his mind is free from the laws that governs the material plane. A truely spiritual man is a very rare individual who walks the earth but is not affected by it, who picks the lotus without getting his fingers wet. The Prophets of Allah MUhammad (SWS), Isa (As) and Musa (As) were among the spritual men of the Judeo Christian Tradition, The Buddha, Lao Tzu and Thoth (Trimejestic) were of the others including men like the Maharshi and Sri Yogananda, men whose life was absorbed in the quest for the ultimate Truth.The Truth that liberates man from his worldly dimension and set him in the realm of the Devine, the realm of Light or Enlightenment.
Throughout the history of man we have been striving for the achievement of an understanding of our true nature our what or who we are and what is our reason for our being here. The scientific as well as the humanistic schools of our academical institutions have left no rocks unturned and spared no expense at attempting to unravel the mysteries that has eluded us from the dawn of time overcoming our ignorance that has shrouded the truth and veiled the Light that we seek. Every Scientific discoveries, every mathematical equation, every spiritual awakening that man has accomplished has set our foot closer and closer to the Ultimate Truth. Throughout history schools of thoughts and sacred religious sects have kept an ongoing vigil over the texts and wisdom of the ancients handed down from generation to generation in the hope that one day the Truth would be revealed. Ancient texts and hidden scrolls, sacred symbols and monumental constructions has become road maps for man to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that would hopefully one day be pieced together to give us a clear picture of who we are.
Those of us who pray and those of us who worship daily our various Gods. those of us who are thinkers and free thinkers, those who contemplates and meditates, who chants and evokes the spirits of our ancestors; we all have one aim and that is to find our way to the Truth. To lead our minds and spirit on to the sacred path, to unleash our hidden potentials our Devine rights as prescribed by the ancient texts and codesand the covenants. In this day and age we have arrived at the junction whereby the Truth is about to be revealed either by the Miracle of science or that of Religion failing either of this we stand to be sucked into the vortex of the dark hole of ignorance forever. Man will soon be made to choose between the Light or of Drakness, the line between the two is slowly being drwan in the deserts of the Middle East and the Pacffic ocean. The next war will not be a war of territorial claims but of man's own struggle against himself that of spiritual or that of material, his soul is at stake and the battle between Heaven and Earth, Light and Darkness, Wisdom and ignorance. To coin it in the religious term for it will eventually be a religious war it will be the battle between good and evil, whether it be the communist against the rest of the world or for a starter Islam against the Non Muslim world. Farfetched? Hardly as we are heading in the general direction already whether we wish to recognize it or not.
Someone once wrote about man being a tribal animal, whose one desire is to better his tribe under one banner and raise that banner against anyone he see as a threat to its well being. Man and his ideologies, man and his banner of freedom, man and his quest for supremacy over others govern by greed, hate and ignorance has set in motion the wheels of his own self destruction. His soul is at stake and the suffering of untold millions and millions will be the fruit of his crowning glory. History teach us nothing, the words of the ancient will only be echos of distant past for gradually we will become deaf and dumb to our own inner voices of love and compassion of our Light of Being.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Beatrice Gorst in Loving Memory


When I first arrived in the United States I lived with mother in law and my wife's younger sister on Shawano Avenue, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The house we lived in had a huge bay window and one day as I sat watching GILIGAN's Island on the TV and enjoying the warmth in the living room thanks to my mother in law, I was struck with wonder as I watched huge snow flakes falling from above outside. It was sometime in september the approach of winter and the end of fall that time of the year when most of the trees have shed their leaves leaving naked branches against empty grey skies. For those who ar used to seeing this phenomenon year in year out of their lives like the people of Green bay, seeing large cotton balls drifting down from the sky is nothing to write about, but for me it was an awakening experience as I had never seen snow in my life except on the TV or in movies. I was mesmerized and the next thing I knew I was rushing out of the house in my sarong and T-shirt and barefooted I headed out the back door. The last thing I heard before I exited was my wife calling out after me from the kitchen sink. I must have looked very silly to the regulars at the Farr's Grove Tavern whirling in circles with my head turned upwards and my tounge sticking out trying to catch the snow flakes as they drift on to my face.
I was twenty six years of age and had a four month old son, married in Malaysia to my American wife from Stevens Point, Wisconsin and due to the difficulties I was facing in Malaysia being married to a foreigner I had decided to take my chances of making a better life in the US. The Malaysian Immigration department was a sore in my butt and my wife was being prejudiced against where she was teaching which was making her life miserable on top of being married and pregnant in a foreign country where she can only depend on the compassion of my own friends and relatives. She was a lecturer at the MARA Institute of Technology in Shah Alam where she taught Business Managemnet. Afte a few months there she started complaining to me that a few of the female teachers were unfriendly towards her including her roomate then. I felt helpless in the matter as I was working in Penang at the same time and was only able to visit her on holidays. My wife lost her cheerfulness after a while and often I would find her in tears, I then decided to pack it up and try my luck in her homeland where i thought at least she will be happier and I will be the one who has to put up with the hardship that we might encounter.
It was in 1973 and I was working at Hegermeyer Trading Company ablock away from whereI am having my present Solo Exhibition in Penang, my wife was most happy whenever she came to visit me. I was not making much but between our salaries we were able to buy an old beat up VW to move around. When we finally decided to make our move to the US we had to sell the VW and with the help from my Mother in law Mrs Beatrice Gorst who sent us some money we were able to buy two flight tickets back to the US.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Worked some extra hours today as my replacement decided to take a medical leave and so I decided to take it easy the rest of the night by visiting my friend and mentor Cikgu Yusof who gave me a few invalubla lessons on deep spiritual breathing and the moving of energies while focussing on the Names of the AlMighty. I have learned something very significant in my spiritual search, something that I have not understood before. It in some sense a practice of self affirmation like the one that I had been carrying with me since I read the book "The Master Key" by Frank Haarnell if I am not mistaken abook I had taken with me to the United States when I first left Malaysia sometime in 1973. I borrowed the book from my late friend Rahim whose picture at the moment is looking down at me while I am writing this for i am using his daughter's PC. The book was bvorrowed from Cikgu Yusof by Rahim who had received it from his friend the father of the former Deputy Prime Minister, Dato'Sri Anuar Ibrahim. Cikgu has never forgiven Rahim for loosing the book and now that he knows that i had the book he will never forgive me for loosing it to someone else in the United States.

"I AM WHOLE, PERFECT, STRONG AND POWERFUL.
LOVING, COMPASSIONATE, HARMONIOUS AND HAPPY...
AND I CAN DO WHAT I WILL TO DO...INSHA'ALLAH...ALLAH WILLING."

Or something to that effect and i kept it as my Mantra eversince I could remember, returning to it even after years of forgetting the Zikr. But I now realized that what I had been practicing has been in consistant with the teachings of what I am being instructed by Cikgu, only he has upgraded the right method and put it in a more sublime level. In the Zen tradition Cikgu would fit well in the Rinzai sect in appraoch where the strive for instant enlighten ment is practice through dropping bombs, thought shouts and slaps through shock therapy treatment of the HUMIND. I practiced Dogen's Soto Zen which is more gradual and not as spontaneous. I prefer the Soto school in approach as it allows me the time to be compassionate towards myself as well as others, I am in no hurry to become liberated from this life mental or phisical, not till I heve exhausted all my options and truly run out of steam to burn any more bridges behind me.
I have two children who requires my attention yet and they as well their elder brothers one in the US and the other in Switzerland deserves some form of conclusion on who or what their father was so that they can reflect upon my thoughts and actions an learn to avoid the pitfall I fell into while living this life of a true seeker or a charlattan. I learn quite a while ago to reach by example when it comes to my children and this I believe is the reason why I like to keep my journals and now writing this Blog. Not all my examples are impeccable and not all are without merit but if they ever read my writing or browse through my journals and perhaps noticed how I have been able to stay afloat despite the odds or fall flat on my silly
ass at times. they might have learned a litlle about their father and his ways in life.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

NARNIA

Just finished reading Narnia by C.S.Lewis a book that i had always wanted to read after seeing it being made into a movie. I found the book at the most odd place when I have forgotten all about it. One evening when after having my dinner at the staff canteen at Jerejak Resort and SPA I decided to take my Nepalese helper to the Housekeeping Department and ask for new uniform shrts as his was weather beaten. When I got there I notice a few books sitting by the door and the top most book was Narnia, too good to be true i asked the Housekeeping department head whose it was and he asked me if I lkiked to read and I told him most definitely, you can have it he said, it was left behind by one of the guests. I was estatic but tried hard not to show it, but inside me I was telling myself what a find! The book in Malaysian currency must cost at about 120RM which I most assuredly would not pay for any book these days.
It is a great children's adventure story in fairytales of Aslan the Lion and Narnia the kingdom he created, it was the story of children slipping in and out of fantasy lands of imaginations troguh doorways and clossets. This is not the J.R.Tolkien trilogy of Lord Of the Rings where the adventure involves no time tripping but actually takes place to those who belong to the same environment. I was pleasantly surprised that Lewis and Tolkien knew eachother. Now that i ave read all their books I am happy to see that my son has began reading Narnia, he tried Lord of The Rings but found it harder to read. I hope he picks up the habit to read soon.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Talking brought me here...

There was a hunter out hunting deep in the African bushes and he stumble upon a human skull all bleached out with empty eye sockets with darkness staring out from some where deep within. "And what brought you here?!" yelped the hunter taking one long leap backwards. "Talking brought me here!". answered the all bleached out skull. "What brought you here?". the hunter, "Talking brought me here!". the skull.. and on and on.
"WOW!" the hunter ran all the way back to the Karaal where his folks came from and headed straight for the main Karaal where the number one Chief resided with his wives numbering it was said at about 52 strong and healthy beauties. The chief listened to the hunters' story about a talking skull in the forest. Being a busy man that he was what with running the community and not enjoying enoguht sleep at nights, finally gave in to the hunter's urgingings for the chief to leave all his comffort and walk all the way into the forest just to witness a talking skull.
They at long last arrived at the sighting site and approached the bleached sitting on the ground staring out with its lifeless black stares.
"And what brought you her?!. What brought you here!?, pleeese, What brought you here.."
No Answer! The hunter rolled and grovelled on the ground the skull, picked it up and tossed it into the air and even irreverently almost used it as a soccer ball if not for the deadly stare from the Great Cheif.
The moral behind the old bleached out skull story is that where there was once a skull now there is two-know when or when not to open your mouth or you might end up loosing your head.

I spent the day at the Amro-USM- Gallery where the HUMIND Solo Exhibition is still going on. I took a long walk to the Pinang Gallery at the Dewan Sri Pinang Kompleks,there are many greAT WORKS IN THE MAIN GALLERY AND THE SAD THING IS THAT NINETY PERCENT OF THE WORKS ARE BY cHINESE ARTISTS FROM IN A ND AROUND PENANG.
At the risk of feeling prejudiced it is my feeling that the Art Scene IN Penang is dominated totally by Chinese Artists and Art clubs, well sponsored and financed by their patrons who are more sensitive to the plights of the artists and the connection between art and the preservation of cultures. The artist in any culture as it was in the native American culture, was the preserver and keeper of the cultural spiritual records of a society.He is the watcher an obserever who stands on the fringe of village lost in his own world while making comments of his life in relation to his community.
The Artist takes the next step into the unknown for the benifit of his community or his tribe seeking and documenting what else is out the there in the wilderness and the unconcious HUMIND. He becomes the Quest Master, Vision Hunter and embarks upon a journey of self discovery. Int eh never, never land of Neverland, in thedistant mountains of Mount Doom, on top of the Messa in the City of Rock area of Danning, New Mexico, standing naked to the bone and dancing around the fire to the distant howlings of the coyote and the starlit skies. The Artist is the lamb when there is a sacrifice needed to be offered to appease the Gods, for he is the most expendale to a society in times of great tragedies. N'Artist is he who walks among his people no different than a prostitute peddling his wares and self esteem to stay alive in a real man's world. The Creator has given the true believer a gift of being able to see life,live it and document it and Hu out of Hu's infinite Compassion made him an artist.
I always wanted to be a pilot, fly a plane, but I am never to fly my own plane instead my son flies for and Ailine in the US! Oh well, at least my wish has been granted through my son. I was always fascinated by engineering and whenever I enter a machine shop or some big factory I thought to myself, man, what would it feel like to have all that knowledge and do all that work. I became the Yard Boss at H and H Ships and Environmental Services at 220, China Basin, in San Francisco. There was a point in time when I was asked to design what I needed for the whole Yard part of the facility to meet the California State Legislation Standards of Operations in Hazardous Waste Management facility located in downtown SF water front area. I got to understand what engineering was all about at least wthe what it takes part if not what you can do part.
I used to wonder what it was like working on a construction site day in and day out in the hot humid environment of Malaysia and had actually wished to experience this and I did. I became the Health and Safety Manager for three different major construction companies in Malaysia. Ibai Bina Sdn.Bhd. in Kerteh, Van Seumerren Romstar in Kerteh and Gebeng and Autoblast in Kerteh where the Patronas refinery complexes are located. I worked among the Vietnamese, the Bangladeshis and the Inians from India, the Iban from Sarawak and the Malays and the Chinese and the Indians from Malaysia, my bosses were Koreans, Americans and British and the Patronas management team. "Safety First" "We Make It Happen", was our slogan. For two and half years I was earning the highest salary I had ever made and fulfilling my wishes, to feel what it was like to work on a construction site and in this case not just any site.
As the saying goes, careful what you wish for in your life for the mind is far greater a planner than we know and take it from one who has tried his utmost to document everything and anything worth documenting about his existance. I realize that it was just a matter of time that every wish made or suggested to the HUMIND will manifest into reality whether we realize it or not. Now that you know perhaps wishing for the good things in life to happen to you or to someone you love or even the Universe is not such a far fetched undertaking. So hey!, lets join hands and embark upon a vision quest to find our one true wish for everlasting Peace.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The First Of May

And Guese Who'll Cry Comes First of Mayyy!!, the Bee Gees. One of those songs that had stuck in my mind because The First of May in 1988 I was in Malaysia on a visit from the States, I had to pick up my Uncle's body placed at the back of his Van and drove him home or his expired body and later the next day helped to place his body in the ground. I was eating my dinner while watching TV at Ma'Cik's house, my mother's younger sister living then on top of Brown Garden and along came a stranger and told me that I need to go and drive my uncle's body home to his house. I was stunned! But I did what needed to be done and felt for the loss of my adopted father on the First of May leaving behind eight children, the youngest at not yet one. Tis was one First of May I will have a hard time dropping from my mind it is only through relating my feelings now having written as often in the Ramblings of the Cheeseburger Buddha that i am beginning to find some relief from my deep rooted Karmic consequences, born through Body, Speach and Mind from beginningless time, Greed, Hate and Dellusions...
One the First of May in 1981 I left Green Bay, Wisconsin en route to Sand Point, Alaska with my new found friend Rbert Sergei, a photographer cum Commercial Fisherman who spends his summers in the Alleutian Ilses. We stopped over along the way out of the State of Wisconsin a a small town of Little Suamico and there together with a group of friends who got together to grow five hundred baby plants as a conservation effort. When I left Green bay that day I had burned all my bridges behind me. No more relationships, no place to return to the farewell has been said, I left for Alaska with just enough money to get me there and even then I had to borrow US87 dollars from Robert to make payment for flight ticket on the final law of our journey and that was from Anchorage, Alaska to the small Aleut fishing town of Sand Point out in the Baring Sea. That is a whole different story to be told in yet another chapter of the Ramblings of CBB.

My present left for the US together with my two children sometime on the 2nd of May in 2004 and my show opened one year almost exctly I was ponted out the fact by my daughter one evening in Brown Gardens. The few weeks as I watch my wife deteriorate physically as well as mentally was when i painted the piece I call the Big Bang! I know that watching me paint the big paintings was a comfort for her it was something she can relate with. I completed almost ten canvasses when I was living in Terengganu and I did them sometimes despite the pressures we as a family were enduring. My triumph on this First of may of 2006 is to share them with the world and together with most of my sketchbooks laid out for anyone to browse through allowing them for a peek into one human mind (HUMIND). How strong or how fragile we are, how close or how far that we are, why we are and who really are at the End of Days. For those who find the time and the opportunity to share this exhibition can find a small gift here and there that I know will help them in some small wat to deal with their unfulfilled dreams and ambitions, to not despair. There is always a silver lining behind every dark cloud and if only we have faith in ourselves to make it happen. My efforts has always been focussed in the issue of turning succesout of defeats, a grace rather than a curse and thus the Month of may will be a successful Month from henceforth and so it wqill be and Guese who'll laugh comes every First of May...Ain'Sha'Allah... with the Hu's Wiil.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

When is it? I know it is in the next few days if not tomorrow, anyways, where would we be without mothers! Oh some of us us hates her and some love her more than their own selves, I mean where would we be without mothers?? She is overweight and she nags too much, she serves our fathers like he is the Lord of the House and she lets her voice be heard for those who watches too much TV.. Crayon Shin Chan or Doraemon...but do we care? Nope she loves us that she worries sick when we are ill and she moeks sure we had our breakfast and lunch and she is will the wrath of our fathers to protect us when needs be.
HAPPY MOTHER"S DAY!!!
There was a time in my life when I thought my mother despised me for being born when I was not supposed to... I was the second child who even my Auntie the Midwife did not anticipate the coming of,I was an unwelcomed child for everything needed for a delivery was prepared only for one child and no one suspected that we were born twins, a half an hour between us and He came first. My parents could barely support five kids at the time and along I decided to join the clan. Bad timing and a price to pay in the later part of my life as I have learned. One consolation is that I was later adopted by my mother's younger brother who was then still single and had me take cre of by my mother's younger sister who was also then single. Alhamdullilllah for I was the blessed one for my life was alot more comfortable compared to my twin brother's. I lived apart from my immediate family till I was twelve years old...I was a bloody pain in the ass to everyone when I was growing up.
But I was writinbg about mothers not my self, and so I will continue on with my story about the one thime when I was really pissed at my Mom. It was when I was about sixteen or seventeen attending my Secondary school in Terengganu. It was late at night about two or three in the morning and I was sitting in the living room with my fingers all covered with glue and pieces of paper and coated with acrylic paint. I was working on my collage piece cutting away my eldest brother's collection of PlayBoy Magazine to make a picture. I was getting good at it and enjoyed the time especially when I sold one or two to my school teachers. Then my mother who was sleeping next room came out of her room turned off the light and went back to bed after slamming the door shut behind her. She shut the light out of my desire or passion to create, I did not have anything to do with Art for the next ten years of my life till I was in West Allis near Milwaukee, Wisconsin where iw as working as a Meat cutter at Peck Meat Packing Plant downtown Milwaukee on 17th.Avenue in 1974.
I told this story at the oppening of my HUMIND Solo Exhibition when invited to deliver a short speach. My point was to impress upon the mothers present and the fathers' too the importance of knowing their limits in punnishing their children and the wisdom in doing so. I was trying to share with all those who were present the importance or creativity and the lack of it among our children today was they are more and more getting sucked into the TV tube.
HAPPY MOTHER"S DAY!!!
It is almost two weeks now that my show has been on and so far I got many complements from all those I managed to persuade to visit it. I happeared in Three National Newspapers here and each wrote their own version of what or who I am and among them the STAR Newspaper did a good writeout which I am honored to be recognized so by their reporter and the fact that they alloted me almost one whole page except for a small advertizement column. It does feels good to be recognized by the Media no doubt and I feel great inside knowing that I have come thus far with my works. I am forever greatful to those who helped to make it such a dream comew true. The Director Muzium and Arts Gallery at the University Sains here in Penang who has been the prime mover of the success of the show, Encik Hasnul Jamal B.Saidon, a great artist and painter himself who wrote a elloquent piece for my show printed on the brochure.

THIS SHOW IS FOR ALL THE MOTHERS IN MY LIFE WHO AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER WAS ONCE A MOTHER TO ME IN MY PAST LIVES!!!

Which past life are you talking about?? my niece Azwin asked as she read the last lines, she just walked in with a bunch of Groceries.
And now it is time to retreat as the room has become too noisy even fro me to concentrate...Thanks MOM!
To My Mother and to my wives Nancy and Faye Bahari (The later was my first marriage that took me on this journey by her grace).

Sunday, May 07, 2006

The HUMIND Solo Exhibition










The HUMIND Solo Exhibition at the University Sains Art gallery on Beach Street or leboh Pantai has been on for almost a week now. It has received good reviews from two or three press articles which is pleasantly surprising and makes you feel like at last you have reached the Summit of the Mystic Mountain or perhaps just a higher plateau in the scale of life.
They had hung a banner above one of the doorways which has the word HUMIND and my face on oneside and when I first saw this I felt like I have reached home at least with my artistic endeavors throughout this life. Now my journals as well as my art works are being laid bare for all to see, to share and to ponder upon. I have done as best I could given the circumstances of my life at the moment but it could have ebeen alot more better had I the means to have the works professionally framed for as it is they are only stretched most of them. Given the situation I must be thankful for the Grace of Allah in making it all happen and i am grateful to Encik Hasnul, director of the USM Muzium and Gallery whose kindness I can never repay for without his confidence in me this show would not have become a reality. The rest of the USM Muzium and Art staff members who were responsible in putting it all together including restretching many of the larger canvasses.
The reception at work over my solo show has been just as encouraging at least from those who are genuinely intrested in art.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Comes First of May...





Comes Labor day and my show will be launched and I am full of anticipation all these days of trying to get it all together has finally come to fruition and I hope one hell of a fruit it will be. There will be a martial arts demo at the openning and some friends also voluteer to perform some oldies as part of the entertaiment. So far the comments I have been getting has been encouraging from the invitation brochures that I have been handing out.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

My whole last entry has failed to enter the blog, oh what a bloody shame so lets see if I am still having bad luck with the blog. Funny how the one outlet that is available for anyone to express himself, share his feelings, scream to be heard is not as reliable anymore and yet we pride ourselves with our technological leaps. Oh the Gods must be crazy! But life has to go on and the story is never ending and has to be told even if it is to nonentities but only to itself, its like looking in a mirror in order to recognize who one is and how much one has changed over time and distances. The Blog is a great idea for those who has the need to look into and out of themselves as it exposses all the hidden hopes and feelings all the strength and weaknesses one has and what more it is being exposed to the world of cyberspace for all to share. One does not have to be a great writer but one might end up becoming one at the end of the day and there is no left to hide once when all the skeletons have been dragged out of the closet and the slime and grime has been scrubbed clean with mindfulness and loving-kindness.
For those who still care to and have the patience to read my blog I am deeply honored and I hope in some small way it helps you to see through your day or make your life a little more brighter. I am sharing a piece of myself everytime i write and likewise I hope that you too will share yours, our lives is slowly merging as we move further and further along univesally. We are becoming strangers no more as we are able to share and compare our thoughts and experiences, our hopes and fears our triumphs and jubilations, we are becoming a collective intelligence. It is through this process that we can overcome our fears and suspicious of what we do not comprehend, we can discover what the other guy is thinking or feeling, what makes one cry or the other laugh from one end of the world to the other and all it takes is just a few minutes of your time and the knowledge of basic computer.
As we move into the future where in most casses and places life hangs in a balance for many we are also experiencing an equally disturbing changes in the supernatural world where the unknown and the phenomenal world are slowly beginnng to merge and the human mind is being led slowly into areas where the taboos and the diabolical phenomenas are becoming a normal thing. Thanks to our prolific writers and researchers and the television. Children and adults alike today are exposed to all kinds of money making horror flicks and where vampires and werewolves are the characters of the day, where Aliens and Terminators do battle for the right to feed on us humans. Hell it is all fiction you say, but ask a child what the word fictions means and the chances are is that the child believes what he sees to be real. At least at the subconcious level the child's mind is registering ugly looking monsters, demons and gory images of inflicted pains, the atrrocities that we inflict upon each other replayed again and again in the form of World Wrestling Federation's wrestle mania! Our children are being desensitized slowly day in day out to accept these anomallies as common experience.
There comes a time when humans are able to see the unseen around us, it is being forewarned in the great books, that Jinns and demons will no more be invisible to our naked eyes. We will be engaged in a battle of keeping the darker sides of our nature and of our existence locked in their clossets but as time marches on we will lose our ability to keep them locked up just as we will not be able to keep our very own sanity intact. Today more than ever our persuit of Greed, Hate and Dellussions, insensitvity to the sacredness of life itself is driving us as a specie in the realm of what is known as Chaos and Anarchy. It is in our ability to come together and create a Collective Human Spirit armed with Love and Understanding, Care and Compassion that we can contain the break of the Dam that is threatening our very existence. As we reach to the very depth of our souls in search for an answer so do we have to reach far out into the ten corners of the Universe to harness all the enrgy we can manifest to check this planet of ours from drifting towards a black hole. We have the very light to light up the Universe within each and every one of us and we can start with enlightening ourselves as individuals. It does not matter how old or how young we are and what color or religion we belong to for the Lord of Power has created us from Hu's devine light.

Monday, April 24, 2006

And the Show Must go on...

So here we are back on the same old star writing th same old songs and with no end to to come, here I am back staring at my-self for where I have been and wherefore am I headed for.I am trying to find a ride to the USM to find out what the status is on my upcoming show but so far its noon and no such luck. Instead i am stuck waiting for my potential ride while she deals with her grand children in the bathroom. Well at least she made me two pices of Chapatis and i enjoyed them with marjerine and sprinkled with sugar. And what more the belated Nescafe-O just arrived and set beside me while I ramble on, should not be complaining actually.
All should be getting along fine with the show if everyone involved gets their job done and by right it should be a pleasent time for everyone at the openning as from what I gather there will be a Martial Arts demo presented by a group of Europeans who have been studying Silat over here. So far i cannot persuade anyone to officiate the oppening at least not anyone with any kind of political clout or with a row of status symbols following their name. Maybe just a waste of their time to spend the labor day weekend officiating an openning of a unknown artist however I have decided that if there is no show I will invite two children who appears at the show to do it for me, small matter really at least I do not have to spend time entertaining just one dignatory and can spread my time with as many in the crowd.

Children are our only hope to right the wrongs of our own creations, children are the future and wrong them and we doom ourselves as a specie on this lonely planet. For those of us who have had our share of the piece of the pie and enjoyed the benifits who having lived a good number of years on this planet have to think of giving back to it what it has given us. It through the children we have helped brought into this world that is our source of salvation, for most of us have screwed up and some real bad. We have to seize being just sperm donors to our children and take resposibility upon those we have brought in to this life. It is never to late to wake up and hug our children and tell them of our love and humanness, our strength and weaknesses, our success and failliures. We have to learn to stop telling them lies and putting stones and guns into the hands, we have to share our love of the world and all its travails, its beauty and degredations, we have to show them the ways and means to heal not to destroy, we have to learn of creative ways and means to make them feel that their prescence here on this planet is not by chance only but there is more to it than occupying the space and breathing the air.
In this rat race world we have all inherited from our fathers and mothers we have most of us lost our sense of bearing, our human perspective, our original motive and intentions. We are here for a very good reason knowing it or not we were created to be the gaurdian or Caliphs or this planet and we have been granted a Mind to do so by the AlMighty. For whatever our belief may be we as the human race have been granted with as unique a tool as can be created the HUMIND. Use it or abuse it as me may at the end of the day we still have to return to the source that has given us this advantage over all other creatures and santient beings to the point that we believe ourselves to be the masters of the Universe.
Today the planet is in dire need of saviors, she is in dire need of a human race that can love and respect her for all that she has offered and still has to offer, however, ad to say most of us are still fast asleep and living in our dreams forgetting the reality that this Lonely planet is confronted with. We are destrying her an inch at a time with our ambitions and our ignorance, we are taking from the life she has to offer and in return giving back miseries and decadence through our carelessness and empathy. We have become self serving and succumbed ourselves to our own greed, hate and delussions. We have taught our children to hate and to destroy, we have taught them to become inhuman and thoughtless towards eachother and the planet itself. All dreams having run its course in time will sooner or latter turn into nightmares and the time for nightmares is fast approach8ng for us in this generation as we see more and more violence and environmantal degredation manifest themselves all over our lonely planet. As we see our children loosing theselves to the ills of our own making in this rat race life we have to stop and wake up from our dreams we have to take control of our own destinies to turn the course of our history from one of self destruction into one of creative conservation before it is all gone.

Monday, April 17, 2006

What is going on?

It seems like I have become another one of those to be sensored from writing or reading anytning Islam on the internet, I cannot excess my own blog and the Hulusi website which is strange. But there are ways to go about getting around the walls of suppressions otherwise history would be written lopsided by those who have the excess to the net only and primarily those who feel threatened by history and truth. Its a bloody shame because the Humind is not to be bounded by narrowmindedness or ignorance for if it is it becomes stagnant and leads to decay which in turn becomes sour and toxic leading to the final stage of combustion. The freedom to express is the only thing left that is acting as a safety valve for the Humind from exploding or imploding under great pressure.
Then again its all a remporary error which yahoo is experiencing and will function as soon as the problem is resolved. oh well whatever the matter I will keep on writing untill the FBI or the CIA or the Mossad or whoever feel threatened by anyone writing of islam comes around to put me away for good. I shouls have written more on Buddhism or perhaps on Judaism or even the Christianity of Reverend Jesse Helms. The Da Vinci Code, the Novel by Dan Brown covered everything from Art to Religion, psychology to psychiatry, it even went to a great length to justify the fact that Jesus was married to a one time prostitute by the name of Mary Magdeline and they had kids. Wow! Now that should ruffle some feathers in the Christian world! Did it? Oh well it sure made alot of money especially now that it is being made into a movie.

I am now counting down the days when the oppening of my solo show happens and that is thew frist of may, Labor Day. It will a low budget show since I could not drum up any support or sponsor from anything or anyone but thanks to the University Sains Muzium and gallery Department for their help and support. I hope that the show will be a success at least in getting people to visit the gallery and also get one two youngsters to be interested in Art and creativity and not to mention sell a piece or two in the process. High hopes but in truth i sure could do with some extra income and Art just has not been doing it for me. What can I say sometimes to be the bast is just not good enough even if it means making all the right moves and sacrifices you can.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Way of The Creative Spirit

I have been putting quite a few mileage on my feet and they are beginning to tell. Every morning I continue on walking a couple of miles from where the bus drops me off to where I work at the Jerejak Resort and SPA ferry terminal.Its a beautiful especially very early in the morning when the village of Batu Uban has not gotten out of their beds yet. Only a few early birds up and mostly they are food vendors. Nasi lemak, Karipuffs, this kueh and that kueh, the roti chanai man at the grocery store at the end of the village, it becomes a walking meditation.
Then I climb up the overhead crosswalk across the highway up and down stairs taking me to thw otherside where I walk along the highway to the obnoxious sound of the traffic rushing to work. I skip over the gaurd rail somewhere along the road and head toward the bushes and across a reclaimed land that is beginning to look like an African lanscape towards the sea. The light is just begun light up the horizon and I would be crossing the parking lot to the terminal saying good morning to my main man LilBahadur, the Nepal. He is sweeping the parking lot like he does everymorning without fail. Hand him his Roti Canai which I sometimes buy for his breakfast and after clocking-in and dropping off my stuff in the office I head out towards the end of the jetty. The tide is low and the birds are feeding in the mud flats, crows are being obnoxious as usual while the egrets and cranes meditate on their victims.
At the end of the poer I sit myself on the tie-up stump for the ferry made of concrete which by size and postion became a perfect stoll for my meditation. The pressure imposed up my pelvic bone helps for the alignment of the vertibrae column, while across I center my focus upon the red orb that is slowly rising from behind the distant mountain across in the horizon. From my squatting position I can hold the orb in the palms of my hand while I held the Universal Mudra,this reminds me of the ZaZen practice of handling the Koans as one would hold a burning red ball. As one sits letting one's breath takes over while channeling ones conciousness towards Allah's beautiful Names the sun rises into the morning skies and a Singapore airline jetplane would fly directly overhead and in this loud sonic boom of a sound you let out a KIA! A scream of that would wake up the whole Universe! A primordial roar of the Lion King! Allah-Hu-Akhbar!!!
I am Al- Malik Sulto'onik Awlia-ul-Azam!!
I am the All knowing all Wise, Lord of Knowledge! Lord of wisdom!

I worked on my water color painting of the The Three Gypsy Fiddlers and I am enjoying the finishing touches. I got the image from sequences of the movie, "The Red Violin" where the Violin was in the hands of the Gypsies after they had removed it from the grave of a young boy who had been chosen to play the violin before the King of Austria? The Red Violin is a Classic movie to me and it holds a strong impact upon my mind of the sacrifices a creative mind would endure that the end result is the ultimate creative act, the fiddler maker coated his finest violin meant for his unborn child with the blood of his recently dead wife who died giving birth to their first child.Creation...turning what is negative into what is positive. This is the genius of the humind,a creative mind is what makes us better than the rest of the Beings in this Universe. When we loose the ability to envision life creatively, when we stop having dreams and imagination, we are head for the Big Bang as a specie. The fictional story of the "Planet of the Apes" would seem not impossible for our specie to end. War and aggression is the result of running out of ideas on how to solve the negative issues and bad vibes through creative and positive endeavors.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Back down to Earth..

I am typing this at the Internet Cafe where I first started writing my blogs since I arrived in Penang. Beside me sits a Malay staring into the screen with earphones hanging from his ears and on my left a young Vietnamese lady sits typoing away with her earphones strappped across her head, she had a problem a few minutes ago dropping her hand phone to the floor while in the process of attracting my attention for help. There is a conversation going on behind me between an Indian Muslim and a Bangladeshi about jobs of possibilities and prospects, they speak in Malay.
This is the typical scenario that one finds these days in whatever human environment one is in albeit at the supermarket or on a crowded Mini Bus here in Penang! Not that I mind the mixed groups of Nationals minggling and living the life in one place but the feeling of forebodence is inside me. The number of immigrant workers is so prevaillent that the economy or even the infr-structure of the this very might collapse in the event that they all leave in one drive. Sometimes you begin to wonder who owns the home the maid or the resident and the workers are more daring by the day, the lack of respect for local residents is beginning to emerge as more and more same nationals are able to form their own collective body.
It is a convenient act for any foreigner to hide behind the state of ignorence when they are accosted for whatever reason, play dumb, the I dont know what you are looking at look.I know cause I was a legal Alien in America for 21 years of my life and 3 years in Japan, as aliens, one learns the art of survival as a human being while he or she walks this earth. However while in ones own hometown and backyard one has to walk the opposite of the track, it is the survival of staying intact and not being dispossesed within one's own home, the break up of a society from the onslaught of globalization. This country, Malaysia is gambbling with human resources while hiring cheaper labors and attaint rapid growth at the expense of the country loosing its identity or possibly end up in chaos at the end of the day or become a really trully developped nation with the strongly balanced economic as well as human resources...what about the environment?!!

Tomorrow is my day off and i look forward to statong up late and possibly do some painting on canvas, I am struggling too much with the latest piece i am working on which is a group of Hindu dancers taken from a news paper. It is a beautiful picture well choreographed for grace, balnce and energy. I have completed a painting I would like to call.. (Al-Insan- Qamil)or the Universal Conciousness as translated by Ahmed Hulusi in one of his articles on "Muhammad"s Allah".
It is a painting that is sort of depicting the Mystical Journey of the Human Mind in seek of its Devine origin. I chose the Dragon to represent the Male dominant Nature while the Phoenix to symbolize Femininty, Light and Heavy, soft and hard, the Cosmic nature of the Universe also being represented in the Cosmic Mandala the Ying and Yang, the Black against White tadpoles in a disc.Above hnags the "Insan Qamil", a homo Sapien straddling a globe while spinning through the Universe among stars and black holes. Oh well something like that and its quite big maybe about Imeter in length and in oil. It came out okey I might add because i had a great time towards the end of the process of putting this whole outdated scenario in living colors! Now lets see whet they comment about it at the show.
There has been offers to include a martial Art exhibition by a Malay Silat Group in Kampung Rawa where I was introduced to the Instructor Encik Zainal. He suggested that he would invite his Westerners students and his Chinese students to join in the Presentation for the oppening of my Solo Exhibition which would fall on Labor day that is the first of May. There even be a Mr.Tambourine Man as i mentioned earlier at the show too.
The University Muzium has got my works where they will reframe or remount my canvasses, I still could use a few larger paintings said the Director Encik Hasnul. Only The Almighty can keep me from creating at present aND I PRAY THAT ALLAH will keep me in good health to fulfill this first and most probably final show i will have here in my Hometown, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang (Penang).

Friday, March 31, 2006

Lahaula wala kuwata illabilla Aliungh Azim!

Hu, Is the Lord of Power, from Hu we came to Hu we return and all the rest with us, nothing is left behind n not a thought not an expression Nada! The end of illusions the end of time, the end of the Universe Story or theory.

"You thought yourself apart. small: wheresas within you there is a Universe, The Greatest, said the Shah of Saints (Shahi Walayat), Hazrat Ali and attracted attention to this fact 14 hundred years ago!"... Hulusi.

Jesus said that the temple of the Living Lord is within you. Why does man has the trouble in believing the Truth manifested throughout the ages handed down from one wise generation to the next through its people, saints and Prophets? Why is not time and money spent in researches that dive into the Mystries of mystries, the Human Mind itself? The Human Mind, collectively has evolved to such a phase that the manifestation of this Internet itself is a testimony to its rate of evolution and its purpose is no question; to discover who we are or why we are who we are. Its very survival depends on the ultimate answer for we as humans are heading rapidly into a black hole at least as a specie.

"If a person is purified from immitation and from lifeless knowledge that is acquire through memorizing or being conditiioned;and if he can interrogate the reality and evaluate the resources he acquired, the way of "assuming character traits of Allah(Alta hulluq bi-akhlak Allah) opens for him".
He begins reading the SunnatAllah
His eyes that sees, ear that hears, tounge that talks become Him!
But Mankind can never see that!...Hulusi.

"example of the use of the weak anthropic principle is to"explain" why the Big Bang occured about ten thousand million years ago-it takes that long for intelligent beings to evolve."...Hawking.

"Allah has decreed the FATE of creation fifty thousanf years before Hu created created heavens and earth!"... Allah's Rassul, Mohammad (SAW).

What is time in the eye of the Creator? Hu can make a blink of an eye to lasttill eternity or create the whole Universe again by merely the Utterence...Be! and it shall Be! The Koran has discussed on many occaisions the question of Time and Space, some through analogical or through allergorical in the effort to confront the wise at the validity of a simple statement or declaration is hidden the truth to all the mystries we seek for the answers to. Thoughts can take us so far and words can carry us not any even any closer but as our biological ticks away we scrambble to make sense out of very existence, why we humans seek so very hard for ways and means to bring about our own misseries, pain and suffering; our own self destruction, individually or collectively. For every generation eversince we came into being we have among us the Ghenjhis Khans and the Attilla the Hun!, we have the Hitlers and the Hirohitos! we have the Yasser Arrafat and the Ariel Sharons to lead us?
Collectively we have a solemn duty to find this Truth, to forge our minds and to reach out and touch the Universe with our Hearts or reach into our hearts to the very source of all sources and find where Truth sits. Our journey began since the dawn of creation since the first Man made one ignorant error and defied the law that Created him. This is our Fate, it is the Will of the Creator to lay down Man's Destiny.

"Everything is bound to its destiny! Even incapability, intelligence and cleverness!"... "everything and all the phenomena that ever takes place till fture eternity is ordained even at the absolute moment when the Universe came into existence"... The Holy Prophet (SAW).

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Hulusi Vs Hawking

"Know that the life of this world is but a sport and a pastime, a show and an empty boasting among yourselves. This world's life is naught but a means of deception."
(57:20). The Koran.
The Buddha is said to have declared a simmilar claim when He called the world that we are experienceing a world of illusion a world of Maya and the scientists has so clearly proven to us that all that we see and feel is not what they really are or things are not what they seem at least in the physical sense. When viewed under an extremely powerful telescope most scientists will tell you that we are but atoms fluttering around in space but that to the law of gravity we are being brought together all of us tiny- winnie little atoms to form who we are or what we are.

"In this book(A Brief History Of Time), I have given special prominence to the laws that govern gravity,because it is gravity that shapes the large- scale structure of the universe,.." Hawking

Everything that is apparent to us in this physical realm of existence is affected by the gravitational laws that governs the universe and this includes the microcosmic realm and to the spiritual realm. Man has been dwelling under the inffluences of the magnectic pull of the universe whether he realizes it or not and as such he has settled for the consequences as a matter of course. It took us millions of years(according to science) to learn to stand up from our beginning stages of crawling on our bellies, and we need to spend a good amount of time of our life laying down so that we can recover from the wearing out effect of an upright position and these due to the pull of gravity.As Humans we spend a great deal of our time and money to learn how to fly to be free from the laws of gravity, we all dream of being able to float freely as if in outer space. Hence spiriutally it has always been our yearn to be free from the bondage of this physical body which is subjected to the forces of gravity. We yearn for a liberation that would free us from such bondage.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Hawking Vs Hulusi

Had Stephen Hawking read and understood the Holy Koran he would have not have claimed that the human reason would understand the Mind of AlMighty if and when the discovery of a complete theory ( of the Universe)has been achieved. Hawking's scientific approach towards unravelling the myteries of the Universe through physics and mathematical equations is highly regarded in the west, however, that is all it is a whole lot of mental juggling of numbers and theories that tries to make sense out of what is Creation itself and who the Creator or why the Creator created this whole scenario we call the Universe. A scientist like Hawking can baffle our ordinary minds with all the figures and statistics which is beyond doubt the accomplishment of a genius in his field, but when it comes to the Creator Stephen Hawkings is no better than the buffoon who claims that the universe sit on top of a bunch of turtles.
Western science can keep on figuring out the univers from the atom to the Super Nova, the Black hole to the parallel galaxies and it would still be barely touching the surface of getting to know who or why of the Maker. Einstein with his theory of relativity could never create a blade of grass but had the audacity to question "How much choice did God have in creating the universe?" When great minds tempt the very thing that created them the ambititon is to try and become if not better themselves against it. A thing that can be explained away has or its nature can be predicted sooner than later looses its mystry and its awesomeness. Allah, I will never use the word God as of now in my writings as I do not like to see the word in its mirror image, is not God, there is no God only Allah. Einstein and Hawking and all the rest of the western thinkers and scientists will never unravel the mystries of the universe untill they can unravel this one small equation and that is 'There is no God, only Allah!"
If there ever is a code that can be used to decipher the mysteries of Creation it is in this single line that is the key to all mysteries for within it is contained all the theories and equations that is encapsuled for the human minds to swallow and digest if he wish to transcend himself and open the locks to all the mystries that has escaped his reasonning mind. Read! the first word of the Koran is Read! in the name of the AlMighty, Read, that there is no God, only Allah. "Whatever phenomena that come into the life of man that he could not figure out the nature of the mystery and he could not overcome, has remained as a product of an unknown authority for him. Thus, an image of God was created and acknowledged as the unknown authority. Actually, the acceptance of a God whether in heaven or on earth, is nothing other than a hypothetical assumption completely contrasting to contemporary scientific data. In parallel, such an assumption that contradicts the scientific reality is rejected by the Koran though the statement known as the Word Of Oneness (Kalimat-it tawhid) that says: There is no God." Hulusi.

"Even if there is one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The model cannot answer the question of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? Is the unified theory so compelling that it brings about its own existence? Or does it need a creator and, if so does he have any other effect on the universe? And who created him?" Hawking.

"Man can never experience the ORIGIN-the REALITY of existence as long as he is depended on data he perceived through the five senses, no matter what century he lived in and no matter what information he possesed.
Information gained through the five senses carries man away to countless cosmic spaces and dimensional universes in the macrocosm or in the microcosm! You are tansported away from stars to galaxies, from galaxies to black holes, and to white holes out od blackholes, to altered states of universes out of whiteholes; and then being got lost in the wasteland of such JINNAL-DEMONIC_ALIEN type of opinions, you waste all your lifetime with a misbelief that there is a GOD_OUT_THERE!" Hulusi.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Pulling it all together

My wife somewhere in a nursing home in Waterloo, Illinois has put on thirty pounds since she was admitted and has become a regular Florence Nightingale among the elderly residents of the joint! I am relieved, I miss her prescence here but where she is I guese is a whole lot better than I can hope for and in a way I have made the right decission in sending her home to be with her mother. I was informed by a cousin of hers that she is cheerful and well settled in the environment but when carrying a converstaion regarding her past she slips off into her own world. We are far from her memory and drifitng ever further from the sound of it.
My two children here are back from their short school vacation spent on the East coast with their friends there and from the look of things I can say that my mind is less pressured by worries of their well being. My son in the US has sent me some money of which most have gone into framing my works and a friend in San francisco sent me 100 US dollars which helps to keep me financially secured for the next few weeks after I that I will be getting my pay check so financially i am doing fine for now. Looks like the show will happen with alot of help from friends and family, both here and abroad. A friend in Japan too has sent me 100 US dollars when she found out that I needed some assistance so all in all I am fortunate and blessed to have those people who more than care about my well being and that of my family. The success of my show is dedicated to them.
My show is dedicated to my one time friends Josh and Shrsten who at one time used to live on Haight and Ashbury in a tiny basement apartment. Sometime in 1985-6 I was allowed to sleep on their even tinier kitchen floor helf stuck under their kitchen tablre brcause I was homeless. The show is for Will Harris who allowed me to work at H&H Shipservices as a sweeper and later Tank Cutter and Yard Suprintendant out of trust and understanding. They changed my life, they gave me the breaks I needed and the rest I made things happen. I am thankful for my friends at the green Gulch farm and Zen Center where I spent two years of my life recoveinrg from an illness and later becoming a avert Zen student. I am thankful for the friendship and kind understanding afforded me by all the ladies in my relationships before i married for the second time in my life for they were my great teachers in life, love and what it takes to be need and be needed. What it is that makes a man a man, loved and hated by those shared their lives with me. I raise my hands in a humble Gasho! to them all and for better of worse I was their student as they were mine. The short times we shared albeit in happiness or in bitterness were part and parcel of our lot this path of our had to offer. I hope that we are all much richer and wiser from what we had experienced and ecclectically have picked out the best that lessons that we had learned and moved on toward greater ahcievements.
We live a borrowed life where nothing is permanent and everything save our souls is transcient for when our time is up we are gone and nothing that we do or dont really matters. It is while we are alive that we strive to do our best to be of use to life, the world aroung us and the people whose life we have touched otherwise our lives are as meaningless as occupying space and consuming the air with nothing to justify for it. To be able to give and receive, to ba able to share and care selflessly is something we humans has almost forgotten in this material life of ours. The Buddha said that giving and receiving are of great virtues expecially when there is no giver or receiver to be acknowledged of. i have asked around for my friends help against all my principles and especially my pride and for this reason in itself i have asked that I may forget my pride and accept the help that others can offer me. I am very happy and fortunate that there those in my life who are willing to come forward and give me their help and support most graciuosly as there are thoise who would judge me for my weaknesses most unforgivingly. This is life, this is what the human factor in life is all about in order for us to overcome our age old sicknesses of Greed, Hate and Dellusions.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Things are beginning to pick up for the show

Yesterday I made some new acquaintences one a musician who plays the harmonica while at the same time the tamborine with his foot and a bongo with his hands, a regular one man band and damn good at it. We were at the home of a martial arts instructor who when told that I am having a solo exhibition in town has offered to provide a few demos free at the oppening. The musician also offered to play at the event if it can be set up. So I am trying to convince the gallery director to have the oppening day with some entertainment included.
I have four of my works for framing and should be ready soon and I have come up with a few ideas to make the show more exiting one of which is to include all the different works I have been working in the past, the different techniques and the different mediums. I will group them so that it will give the audience a good perpective of the scope of my ability as an artist. Oils, water colors , prints, black and white sketches, cartoon characters and to include one or two of my original journals. I will make my show thw talk of the town at least among art enthusiasts. Carpe Diem! Thats right its now or never!
The best fruit is one that drops to the ground when it is fully ripe and ready and not untill then. This is how I look at my life. Although by nature i am a very impatient fellow, but underneath it all I maitian the fact that things are well done when they are 'well done', for to hurry and make things happen can sometimes back fire or fail due to premature and lask of proper planning. There is a saying that some fail because they lack planning then there are those who plan simply to fail. I have a plan that include both success and failure and life is the experiment where success and failure goes hand in hand. It is not so much the end product or conclusion that matters to me it is more the process of succeeding or failing that makes my life worth living.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Yes, The show will go on...

On checking the balance in my bank account I discovered that I had some three hundred odd Malaysian Ringgit extra, someone had debited into my account about 100US Dollars I have yet to know who or where the money came from. Could be my son in the US or one of my friends in Japan, however whoever it was I am thankful as it lifted a great worry off my mind. I decided to check out how much it would cost me to frame four of my watercolor paintings this evening and discovered that it would cost about two hundred and sixty Ringgit in all and so I will go ahead and start gettinbg as many of my works framed as I can. I was told I needed at least about thirty pieces in all for a complete show at the Gallery. So far I have about twenty small pieces of mixed mediums framed and will need to start looking into the framing of my large canvasses measuring six feet by five feet a few of them and this will be costly.
Th frame shop I visited this evening is located at the end of Sungai Pinang Road no too far from where I live and the owner is kind of laid back guy about my age and is barely surviving at his business. I hope that we can work together in getting my works framed professionally, I hope to ba able to develop a relationship with the guy as he seemed like an artist himself and could use a little encouragement. I used to have a very close friend who was a frame maker when I was living in San Francisco. He was Palestinian and is his own way an artist and a poet. His place was called Valencia Gallery which was located on Valencia Street, SF. This was whewre I used to hang out along with a few of the guys from the Middle East. Most San Francisco Artists would drop by to get their works framed there and I had a good exposure to their works and got to meet and talk to quite a few of them. Most were Avangarde, and some underground painters whose works were not meant for public eyes as much as for self satisfaction and self expression to be shared among the few who happened to stumble upon their existance or met with the artist's acceptance as one who deserves being entertained.
The Malay frame maker I just made an acquaintence with reminded me very much of my friend Hakim and the Valencia Gallery. These to me are individuals who are inherently special as they persue their work or hobby despite all odds and one seldom finds them wasting their time sitting around telling stories at coffeeshops. They have their own stories to tell and if one find the time and common ground to work from chances are one could learn a thing or two from these individuals as I found in my relationship with my Palestinian friend Hakim in San Francisco. This is the beauty of making connections through your works.

Monday, March 06, 2006

My salary came and went

My son needs a new set of school uniforms and my daughter spent RM150 buying the things needed for her school activities. I paid all my small debts I had incurred the past month in trying to make sure that they have what they needed for their daily spendings. Its down to earth economics and as can be expected it exceeds my income. Now I have barely enough to see me through till the next paycheck much less to spend on getting my works framed for the upcoming solo exhibition.
Again swallowing my pride I have shamelessly appealed to a few of my friends abroad for a little financial help towards getting my exhibition fulfilled as it is my dream project. This included approaching my son in the US for his help, so far I got two offers from friends both in Japan and the US. These are individuals who have been more than a family towards my family and I over the years since we met. I am not proud of the fact that I am becoming an international beggar just to get my show going but again life is an experiment and as such nothing is to be overlooked or disregarded. If i have to beg in order to get my dream fulfilled than beg I must. I have not asked my closer family and relatives for help as I am weary of their sentiments although I did approach one of my nephews who is doing quite well in Kuala Lumpur. So far I have received silence and so be it as now I learn more about who I am and what to expect of being who I am. It is a good gauge in finding out the truth about friends and relatives and what to and not to expect, at least it is a lesson one learns about the meaning of life and dependencies or what the independant really means. Maybe I may sound a little judgemental about it all, well when you expose yourself it is bound to reveal the uglies as well as the beauties about yourself and this you have to accept as part of life and the effort to towards purification.
Looking at it all from my spiritual practice I cn see why the Buddha had adviced one to become a mendicant monk in this life begging for life. It is a very strong form of pratice in order to curb your ego from becoming over inflated with pride and other forms of negative traits such as greed and dellusions. If and when my show has become a successful reallity I know who or what it takes to achieve this, it is not my talent alone nor my efforts or financial wellbeing that is solely responsible for the success, it is a shared effort. It is a shared effort of those who cared not just for me but for my talent as an artist. for the sake of Art and the Human Mind.These are individuals who values the creative spirit and willing to overlook the human frailties that accompanies the creator. In the spiritual sense they are willing to overlook my weaknesses and support my quest for a spiritual liberation through my works.
But who is kidding who? I am living in a dream and a dreamer I have always been thinking that I can breeze through this life with ease and colorful episodes. Life is a bitch and then you die without finishing the very goal you set to reach for. You end up drowning into the quaigmire your very own creation. Hopes are for the birds and prayers are for the hereafter. Despair and gloom looms at the horizon with every rise of the morning sun. Today only faith hangs precariously, faith in the compassion of the AlMighty and those who cares. This alone keeps me from scrapping my show. The faith that others have in my abilities and my dedications towards what I consider as the meaning of life and living. Sharing it all with the world as one more isolated incident in space and time, this is my ultimate contribution to humanity, sharing my strength and limitations my successess and failures. This is my story to be handed down to my children and their children just in case one day any one of them decided to know their history or what it takes to have an insatiable creative drive; to have a dream.
What does it takes to become a Rennaisance man I had often asked myself naively in my younger days. To be knowledgeable matters of spirituality as in metaphysics and to be able to run a hazardous waste facility as in mechanics and engineering, to understand human interactions as in living among many cultures and cultivating close bonds or relationship that earned respect and integrity and las tbut not least in being a good artist all around. Perhaps this is a very shallow manner of looking a what it is that makes a complete person but so far whatever I have set out to accomplish whether it is cleaning someone else's toilet or laying an in insence on the Altar or Manjushri I have done it all with a concious mind towards acheiving a right understanding of the meaning of life and practice.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Back to work at Jerejak.

Well after talking to a couple of friends over the matter I decided to swallow my pride and face my boss at work this morning. Hi boss I said to him he jerked back, I am not your boss remember you said to shove your job up my ass? What do you want now? Well I said I came to apologize its just that things got out of hand for both of us and being intelligent adults that we are we can come to see it as such that it was all in the heat of the moment and nothing was meant what was said. I explained to him of why I was angered and that sometimes I do have a problem of managing my anger especially when I felt being unjustifiably accused.
Anyway we cleared the air and buried any animosity left between us with an understanding that he is the boss and I am an employee and no matter which way i roll I am bound to get hurt. I got my job back and possibly a paycheck at the end of the month which would sure as hell come in handy. Another lesson learned in humility and knowing when to attack and when to retreat.I learned a bit about my boss and his ways of dealing with people for he too has lived in the US for some ten years of his adult life and he has accepted to deal with his work the American way whatever that is. In this case he admits that he would chew someone out but will not hold on to long term grudges. It is something Malays will have a hard time swallowing as they are sensitive by nature. Malays tends to hold every character attacks personal and they do not forget easily. I can see where he is bound to come up with one too many unhappy employees if he keeps up with his strategic approach to this American style of management. To the American and to a greater degrees the Japanese work is work and what transpires at work stays at work and after work the boss and the employee can sit and drink together till they both hit the floor, nor hard feelings. But the Malay will carry his work problems home to share with his wife and in laws and close friends and whoever else that is willing to listen. Often the animosity bulids up between boss and employee till it explodes and usually at work.
For most of the Malays there is no relief valves to let off their steam like the Chinese or the Indians, the Americans or the Japanese, there is no drinking till their heads hit the pavemnt nor getting stoned till their nerves are numbed from the onslought of work pressure. They, being the good Muslims that most of them are has limited venues to scream their anger out and most would turn to the Koran or simply pray and accept things as Allah's Will, while anger is bottled up inside like a time bomb. The word 'Amuk' comes from the expression attributed toward the relieve of this bottled up anger. Most succumb to drugs and finally leading to the demolishing of their family lives and the final stage being self destruction.
The Malays too I foind cannot act collectively, it is difficult for them to band together and take on a problem at work, they are more more individualistic in approach and thus having such thing as a Union is beyond their scope of thinking. Problems faced by individuals at work are treated as such its and individual's problem eventhough the same problem is face by the rest of them. They would moan and groan about the issues and blame matters on this or that but they cna never sit down together and collectively make a decision to end the issue. There are those who would change their views and oppinions as soon as the boss pat them on their backsor give them a small raise. For these the issue is no more and issue, the issues are someone else's untill the whole problem comes back to haunt them.
The fact that my boss is trying to run his job in the American style will not work in the long run because he will only end up making alot enemies rather than gain loyal employees. He has to accept the fact that he is back in a whole different kind of work culture, an environment where a whole different paradigm of work ethics and approach is necessary and this includes to certain extent the spiritual side of the human coefficient or he might find himself with his wife or children walking around like a zombie for the Malays have ways about how to deal with hard headedness without the detection of the law. Sometimes their ways can make Voodooism looks like child's play.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

What is happiness?

They say that happiness belongs to those who have ample wealth as with wealth every hope and wishes is being fulfilled.Being wealthy gaurantees that one is listened to and one's weaknesses is often overlooked or easily forgotten. Money justifies all even if it is the root of all evil. One the other hand poverty and destitution makes every genuine and sincere effort goes unrecognized or unappreciated, ones endeavors are often buried in failures, one's words carries no water. What is sometimes worse is that one tends to become a victim of exploitations by unscrupulous individuals with the power of having greater wealth.
But the measures of Happiness warrants deeper understanding and a thorough research as many would say that happiness is relative. I am a wealthy man although my pockets are empty but my wealth is in my living experiences, my years of travelling and the places and people whose lives I have touched one way or another. The many different cultures I have been a part of even if for a short period of time, learning things that no amount of reading or watching TV can teach. I am a wealthy man because I have seen, touched tasted and experienced wealth in all its glory throughout my life. Hence in this sense I am a rich man but when it comes to having real money or property, I never could qualify myself among the well to do. Why is this so? My mother never said much in terms of advice but one of the few things she said that had stuck with me were that when it comes to food and drinks never be stingy as when it comes to cloaths and other conveniences as money spent on food is money well spent and never a waste. She also told me that when it comes to handling money I have holes in my palms. I beleive it has to do with my being a spendtrift I cannot keep money, I spend faster than I make and I never thought of my future living always in the now. If I have money I like to see others have it too and those who dont or are in dire need I find it not hard at all to depart with whatever I have sometimes detrimental to my own financial state.
I am a believer is wealth is something one share not something one hoard for so called rainy days. Often the rainy days do not come at least not in the negative sense and even if it does one always will find help to see through these days because there are those who will be will to share their wealth just as you had shared yours. At least this is my believe and I had lived by this believe right or wrong. Perhaps the lesson I am learning right now the falacy that I had lived by, that giving and sharing is well and good for the birds, for man it is fuck you, I should be taking care of Number One and thats Me!
Wealth is also having good health which I cannot complain about too much. I have been seriously ill once or twice in my life, like a bout of Malaria when I was in my teenage years and then I suffered from a kind of accident that caused fluid to build up in my lungs in the early 1983 in Corte Madera, Marin County. California from which I thought I was going to die. Other than that I am normally healthy and am thankful for. Without health what is the use of having all the money in the world? Even as I am typing this words my friend's Indonesian maid interupted my to ask about Tumors! Does her mother in Indonesia need to have it removed and if she does it would cost her 4million Rupiah, equivalent of her eight month salary working as a maid. What can I tell this maid? That life is a bitch and then some? To have good health and well being is another form of wealth often more precious than having financial stability.
Sounds so far like an old folk remedy of life and how to deal with money, having and not having, rich and poor, sad and happiness, where is all this leading up to? Well this is what happens when you have time and no money on your hand.Then there are those whose happiness hangs in their sense of accomplishment, their achievements their success in whatever they undertake to achieve as their life's goal. Remember that guy Longfellow Deeds? Now there's a guy with lots of money and does not need any of it except that it was meant to be spread around. We can go on and on about happiness and being happy anh money or no money has to do with it or being the toughest man or smartest nerd has to do with it, but the fact still remains one seek happiness throguhout oine's life like it or not just like it is a quest set up by the AlMighty or the Buddhas or some Cosmic Joker out there, a quest that some of us are willing to kill or be killed to fulfill it. We have created all manners of ideas and phylosophies, spiritual as well as psychological 'isms'in order to justify ourselves and our purpose for wanting to procure what it is to be eternally happy.
Thus far we have had prophets and philosophers, rishis and roshis,scientists and artists trying to create for us what this sense of happiness is or what it entails.
Oh my God i am so sad, so depressed, so bored with life, what am I going to do with myself? HOW OFTEN DOES ONE HEAR THIS MOANING AND GROANING!!