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February 14th, 2012

Embracing My Inner Reptile

It recently occurred to me that when i wish loving-kindness, compassion, joy and peace for all sentient beings, i am, by definition, including reptiles.

Feeding, fearing, fighting, and f-----g are supposed to be a consequence of my "reptilian brain" which controls "lower" functions and must be suppressed or dominated by my "higher" brain if i am to achieve compassion.  The serpent, long the villian of our myth of the fall, has now been designated by science as the origin of our egos.

It is perhaps difficult to have empathy for a reptile; but as an autistic person, i have a strong suspicion that it is not impossible.  Some people might be able to identify with snakes the way Temple Grandin does with cows.  Others could use their creative imaginations as do those science fiction writers that make reptilian creatures the sympathetic characters of their stories.

Taking the reptiles' points of view might make me less tempted to use my reptilian ancestry as an excuse for my own lack of compassion.

Lalla : Poems and Biography

Lalla : Poems and Biography

I wanted to post a poem by Lalla
this 14th century Kashmiri Hindu mystic.
There are thirty two at this site.

I chose "I made pilgrimages, looking for God"
(which i think i posted once before)
But wait! "Meditate within eternity" is nice,
And "If you've melted your desires"
is one i really need today.
There may some even better.

Oh, heck, i think I'll let you pick
They are all very short.
The way is difficult and very intricate.
Lalla discarded her books that told
about it, and through meditation
saw the truth that never comes
to anyone from reading words.

Lalla: The way is difficult and very intricate



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