Filmed on 6 June 2020; published on 3 January 2021 Location: Ojai, California
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Here is a short film of a red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). It was the only turtle I have ever seen on my Southern California rambles in the woods, and it was startlingly large: about 8 inches across by about 11 inches long.
It was right stand-offish, and most likely ancient and wise, I feel. If you run across it on your walks in the woods, please treat it nicely, as life in the wild, while granting wisdom, takes its toll on the slow-moving philosopher.
A video on noticing, rather than acting on samskaras when they pop up from the subconscious mind into conscious awareness. There is an edited Summary after the video …
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SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
Hello, Dear Ones.
Today I am over at the UCLA Botanical Gardens, and I’m looking at a little man-made stream here, with a lot of turtles in it. And I noticed, about the stream, first, the water’s pretty muddy. And then, these turtles are popping up into the Light, and sticking their noses out of the water. And then they just go on back under the water … they dive back down again. And you can’t see them very well if they do that.
And it reminded me of my subconscious thoughts … my ‘samskaras’, as they call them. in the “Aphorisms of Patanjali” …
Citation: “How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali,” translated with a commentary by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, copyright 1953, 1981 by The Vedanta Society of Southern California
… that just pop right out … right out of my mind, sort of like the turtles in the stream … or popcorn. And sometimes they pop up so strongly that I act on them … and sometimes with very unfortunate consequences.
And then, without my even knowing why, they just sort of disappear back down into the turgid waters of my heart … [laughs, as two turtles sink down into the water] … very obligingly, in this case.
So I had a thought about that. I noticed I have two tendencies, when these thoughts come up ,,,
One is to shove them back down into the water … and make them angry, and hungry.
And the other thought is: To say that they’re somebody else’s turtle; not mine; to disown them.
So just now, when I was walking, I was thinking: Maybe if I just make friends with them … notice them … this muddy water in my heart will eventually clear up, and become more like a pure mountain stream. That’s what I was thinking about the turtles.
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