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בודהה היהודי והישועי

5/6/2009

Hi David, I am about to publish article attacking the Jesuits, could you write something in favor for the balance. Me, Why me I am an atheist? I have no one else. How about Jan. he went to church on Christmas? Jan has joined revived Manichaeism religion and he is not well. Ondrej, Refused, Andrea? Back to Italy Eh, How about Greg your Irish friend, he should know all about religion? He gave up alcohol, I couldn’t argue anymore, leaving the vineyard put down clippers washed my hand (literally) and set down in front of the computer. What do I know about the Jesuits, I know Father John from Vietnam, and he is a Jesuit? It was just a few days after I got to the Zen Center in the south of India, It was Sunday and the notice board said ”The Mass is at 18:00 at the meditation hall everyone is welcomed to join”. Everyone, I assumed includes me, must be interesting to have a catholic mass in a Zen Meditation Center and I looked at the watch it was 15:47, Plenty of time I said to myself and red a story about the woman that lost her 2 years old child, go to Buddha, he is the only saint that can help you. The meditation hall is square with windows all around and wooden parquet, square cushions are next to the walls with some round ones for sitting. Come closer said Father Ama the Zen master using his hands with the long compassionate fingers, we formed a small circle. Father John led the mass, the reading was from the letters of Paul, saying to the Jews, you do not accept Jeshua, you say that there is only one god, well he would be this one to Judge you. Then the reading was now from Exodus about the Jews worshiping the golden calf, at this point - Being from Jewish origin - I must say that I felt a bit uncomfortable, but then came the soothing Tamil song “Christe jaya jaya”. At supper I was sitting next to John, I am from Israel, I introduced myself, Oh then you must know how to read this and he brought me the can of “Elit” instant coffee, one of you compatriot who left it here, “he claimed that it is the best coffee in the world, oh, I said we are the chosen people, we are said to have the best everything and the most human, moral army in the world, so what if all human right claim otherwise, they are probably anti-Semites. To be honest I, myself think that we also have the largest country in the world; it is only that the geographers are all anti Zionists. But sorry I was a bit carried away, and I red the words on the Coffee Can. “Kasher behasgahat Harabanut Yerushalaim”. I opened the can and it was half empty. It is half full, said John to me, I am the only one drinking from that coffee, no one else appreciates it, I like to drink coffee having words in the original language of many books of the bible. Now I felt secure and close enough to John to share with him how I felt during the mass. You know with all the Christianity related hate Jews endured during the centuries, Should we not be more careful. Now it is the Muslims that become the new Jews, it is very natural now to hate Muslims and Islam.
I see it as karma, answered John; it was bad karma that the Jews had to correct. Oh, I know many Rabbis who would agree to that statement. And at that moment I had an “understanding” of the different between us and them, us being the atheist and them being the religious people. We want to change the world, we do not like it as it is and we demonstrate, start revolutions, invent Marxism, Trozkism, and they explain the injustice and pray to God to change it. But can I really claim that our way is better or results in less cause of suffering? There are parts in the old testaments that are very companionate said, like an eye for an eye, or “though shall wipe out the people Amalek from the face of the earth”. Hello Mom, how are you? Hi, David, you remember you have a mother, Where are you? Mom listen I need a favor, Remember the bible I got in my initiation ceremony in the army. Well, yes, what about it? Could you please find the sentence “though shall wipe out the people Amalek from the face of the earth”. What shall I do with it? Just delete this sentence, you know what just tear the page and burn it. What page is it? I don’t know mother you would have to search Reading the whole bible, why me? Why could I not have a son calling me from Indian jail after he was caught with drugs, like everyone else? Before going to sleep I red the rest of the story, …when the woman came to Buddha, saying to him my 2 years old died, they told me you are the only one that can revive him. Well I can but I need some mustard seeds, No problem said the woman I am going to the market to get them No, Said the Buddha they must come from a house who never witnessed any suffering. So the woman went from a house to a house and everywhere people told her their sufferings. After sometime she came back to Buddha and said I understand what you were trying to tell me. It is said woman joined the Buddha as a pupil and attained enlightenment.