Amaroo 2017

On September 11th, four and a half thousand people converged on Amaroo, A.K.A. Ivory’s Rock Convention Centre. For some, it was a chance to catch up with old friends and acquaintances, or to leave their jobs and businesses behind for a while, to breathe fresh air, and relax in comfort in a beautiful, natural setting far from the hassle of city life and carping political point scorers. Primarily we were there for the best of times, to see and hear Prem Rawat.

This point is where I struggle to find words. A week with this man goes way beyond inspiration. He embraces the core of what it means to be human in a way that is kind, often funny, and utterly transforming. I went there full of accumulated shit. I left there a human being, deeply grateful to be alive.

We had a small contingent of hired security guards to keep out potential trouble makers. Perhaps because they are trained to be observant, they picked up on it. By the end of the week they were relaxed, happy, with eyes shining. One young bloke said to me, “This is the best job I’ve ever had.”

Amphitheatre seating was computer generated to give a different seat each day so that everyone got a seat relatively close to the front on at least one out of five days. On Thursday afternoon as I walked past a gentleman who was reclining against the grass verge at the back, I commented, “That’s a great beard you’ve got there, mate!” We struck up a conversation, and he asked me if I had a good seat that day. “No, not really,” I replied, although any seat in that place is a good seat in my opinion. Its just that some are better than others. “Well, take my seat,” he said, explaining that he had a bad back and couldn’t sit in a chair for two hours again that day. Tony, if you ever get to read this, Thank You! On Monday I scored a seat very close to the front and directly in front of Prem. Tony’s seat was not so close, but nearly as good. Greetings also to Meagan, the very talented young lady who sat next to me with her sketch pad. “I thank you from the heart of my bottom,” said with a Hindi accent. I think she will remember.

Prem’s eldest daughter was the MC on day one. Before introducing her dad, she asked everyone not to post any of the event on social media. Someone ignored her and posted some of the first day on ‘faceless’ book. Out of respect I won’t be posting anything about the events here, but I will email a couple of people privately.

I can happily report that the Peace Education Program has been – and continues to be – a huge success internationally. Although in it’s infancy, the Kofubon book project has been highly acclaimed and equally successful, and the Peace Education Program With Keys will be released soon. On December 10th a new app will be released. This thing does everything except make your morning coffee. If it had arms and legs it could even manage that.

A pictorial cruise around the pavilion will give readers a bit of the flavour of Amaroo outside the morning and afternoon event times. Shopping centres would be a lot less expensive to establish if they were set up this way.

 

 

 

Bombs: “They can’t be used for unplugging your toilet.”

From Belfast, 21st June

…”if you are into selling bombs you want to make sure people keep fighting and killing each other…
The ones who are in this kind of business are the ones who REALLY run the politicians and the governments!”
Prem Rawat, 21st June 2017

“Say you are in the business of making and selling candy bars.
Wouldn’t you make publicity for them, making t’shirts with candy
bars on them, making sure as many people as possible would buy them?
Now, if instead of candy bars you manufactured bombs…..wouldn’t you want people to use them as much as possible? It’s not like bombs are multifunctional. They can’t be used for unplugging your toilet when it gets blocked for instance! You can’t use it either as a vase for your flowers when you are not fighting. The only thing you can use it for is destruction. Massive destruction.
So obviously , if you are into selling bombs you want to make sure people keep fighting and killing each other! We are talking about billions of dollars. Not millions, but BILLIONS!!
The ones who are in this kind of business are the ones who REALLY run the politicians and the governments!”
Prem Rawat in Belfast, Ireland, 21st of June 2017.

This is true, and so timely. Prem has a wonderful way with words.

LIEberals and the Conservative disease

abbottlieberalSome aspects of Australian society are arse-about-face. For example, the conservatives call themselves the Liberal Party, but their is nothing ‘liberal’ about their philosophy. I call them the LIEberals. They pretend that ‘Trickle Down’ economics actually works. Prime minister Turnbull has a “plan” to trickle down “jobs and growth.”

The plan involves giving $50 billion of tax payers money to corporations and banks. Much of it will end up in the bank accounts of foreign investors. At best, it is forecast to deliver 1% growth and very few jobs. The $50 billion tax giveaway will have to be funded by cuts in government spending and sales of assets such as Medicare. Turnbull claims that Medicare will never be sold. He’s lying!                                                                                   13494969_10154336012096789_1067988822767018753_n

 

 

 

 

 

The July 2016 election is over and the LIEberal have been returned to government with a volatile senate and a lower house majority of only one. The senate will probably block many of the Lieberal’s most damaging initiatives.

Australia’s geographical isolation could be the nation’s greatest advantage. U.S. Doco film maker, Michael Moore, predicts that Donald Trump – “This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full-time sociopath is going to be our next (US) president.” Let’s hope that distance gives Australia some degree of protection.

http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/movies/michael-moore-announces-donald-trump-will-be-president-20160724-gqckup.html