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From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Friday, February 20, 2004, 15:41
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God is a "companion" who shows "tender care." This is nontechnical rather
than analogical language. "He is the mirror which discloses to every creature its
own greatness." (Ibid., p. 220.) Such language needs to be qualified, as
Ramsey suggests, but the model has its own validity. God is "the fellow-sufferer
who understands." (Process and Reality, p. 532.)

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We Rats

We sailor rats in the lower berths
    know a lost cause when we see one...
All the ticket-holders and first-classers are
    still partyin' like no tomorrow,
    music pumped up so loud
    they can't even feel the ship rip apart!
And the autocratic captain and elitist officer crew smell the smoke
        but smugly smoke self-congratulatory cigars!

    We rats know a sinking ship when we see one...
    it's time to abandon ship
        and start pretty much _tabula rasa_
                on a simple, small-but-beautiful raft

                till a bigger better TransCultural ship
                            happens to swing on by
                where rats can really be Captain's Mates
                and the Captain loves all us rats
                cuz he's paid his bloody dues
                    as one of us sailor rats

    Hanuman Zhang, of renegade Jesuitical mind,
        Hard Boiled Taoist heart,
    heeding the Call(ing) to Divine Chaos & Creation

<=  thee prIs ov eXistenZ iz aetern'l warfaer 'N' kreativ playf'llnizz...  =>

_NADA BRAHMA_ < Sanskrit >  "sound = Godhead"

_LILA_  < Sanskrit >
    1. the Universe is what happens when God wants to play: Divine Play - the
Play of the Divine in its Cosmic Dance, Whimsy - like a child playing alone,
God the Cosmic Dancer has a Whim-wham, too - whose routine is all creatures
and all worlds - the Cosmos flows -  tireless unending resistless stream of
God's energy...that _is_ Lila
    2. joyous Yin-Yangin' exercise of spontaneity involved in the
giddy-in-the-moment Art of Creation/Destruction... this is also Lila

    "...divine chaos ...rumors of chaos have been known to enhance the for the godhead manifests no more of its reality than the limited
grammar of each person's imagination and conceptual system can handle. A second
advantage is suggested by...the possibilty of many gods, ... each one of us
experiencing a unique... revelation. An orderly monistic and monotheistic
system... might succumb to a craving for logical coherence, and trim away some of the
mystery, rich indeterminancy, and tragic ambiguity in a complete numinous
experience. For some temperaments, the ambivalent gentleness and savagery of fate
can be imagined effectively in a godhead split into personified attributes,
sometimes at war, sometimes in shifting alliance." - Vernon Ruland, _Eight
Sacred Horizons: The Religious Imagination East and West_

"You ride the brilliance, You are light, You are the construct,
You defy dimension tenn0!, You are what you are, eternal, absolute,
You are imperial, sovereign yeah tenn0, tenn0!
You breathe redemption, motive, power, You're elemental, super-collider
yeah tenn0!, You are air and earth, fire and ocean, You are Word, You are
tenn0 tenn0!" - from the song "tenn0" by mortal