|Joe Miller, Legendary American Sage, circa 1980s
NOTE: On August 19th, we celebrate the parinirvana of legendary American sage Joe Miller. This year is the 30th anniversary! Since his passing in 1992, this circle has remained open, unbroken & dedicated to the guiding principles Joe & Guin gave us: #NoReligionhigherthanTruth, #NoPowerGreaterthanLove -- @SFTSLodge
Here are two excerpts from Great
Song: Life & Teachings of Joe Miller:
IT'S FUN BEING NOBODY
all had to be a little bit off the beam or you wouldn't have even come
here in the first place. But I am going to try to get to you what it is
that makes me feel the way I do. First of all, I'm nobody. It's fun
being nobody. Then you know that everybody is you and you're everyone
When you talk to someone you don't feel any gap between the two of you. Instead of just a conversation, you feel communion. You're talking from your heart. You quit playing games off the top of your head. Unless you want to be a con man. But in that case, even when money comes your way, you'll usually throw it away as fast as you get it. We don't want a can, we want the real thing.
Each one of you have multitudinous answers to every question. All the books you see on the walls around us don't carry one-hundreth part of THAT which is in the depth of your own being. But don't think you're going to get it by just controlling your sex force and becoming bramacharya. I'm sure that nine out of every ten people here have gone through that experience in other lives. Now you can bring the essence of what you have found there and realize it here in the midst of this circumstance.
When you come to a place in your life where there's a bind or something in your way, just take a gentle in-drawn breath & give it a blessing. You don't have to get down on your knees & hold your hands up or make the sign of the cross or even put your belly in. It's how you are inside & how you're living in this world that matters. The eternalness is within, everyone has that spark!
We're all going through a school & it's so deadly serious & dramatic. So few of us can just lean back & look at it. Observe what happens. See what you want. The main thing that everybody wants is happiness. If I find someone who doesn't want happiness, I call the nearest headshrinker.