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you, yes YOU, are a cosmic Schmuck.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 11:48 PM

View PostMikko-kun, on 10 November 2013 - 09:05 PM, said:

The golden line I once had a clue of, now only its remnants residing in my thoughts, taken a form of something else.

You can't fill a full cup, it runs over. Can make it bigger this way, cheers bud. :tu:
The wisdom and intelligence of recognizing you are neither wise or intelligent always warms my heart in a wise and intelligent way purely given to me by your words alone.

Dam I'm on a Role today. I gave a great speech earlier today at a ceremony. Life is grand.

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"I wish neither to possess, Nor to be possessed. I no longer covet paradise, more important, I no longer fear hell. The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning, but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, But I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light.  Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, Consuming myself. "
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Posted 11 November 2013 - 12:14 AM

well if you find you can't pull yourself out of cosmic schmuckdom, then you might consider excelling at it and become the best cosmic schmuck ever!

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 12:30 AM

Cheers, Feather. You know I could learn a thing or four from your way of cherishing things... and you seem to have found and applied this philosophy to your appreciation.

How about heart-felt sincerity?

I've been born again 31,8,2014 approximately 21:35 local time. A moment free of clutter in the mind, emancipating myself like an escapist, allowing myself to breathe life in a stronger, less physical level... though it does resonate to physical world. It's the oomph.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:03 AM

View PostBeany, on 10 November 2013 - 05:53 PM, said:

Schmuck is not one of those traits that a person would eagerly self-identify as. It needs a better working title, don't you think?

View Postealdwita, on 10 November 2013 - 07:03 PM, said:

I really think those who are at present contemplating owning up to being a 'schmuck' should look up the word's Yiddish origins first!

Nope, I don't think it needs a better working title because Schmuck is non-offensive.. Also, in general, people don't care about the origins of their language or the entomology of the words they use.. Today's general feel and meaning of language is more important than what it was used for in the past.. Also it's got a lot more to do with the energy chasing the word than the word it's self.

Being a Cosmic Schmuck, IMO, is not offensive.. Being a c*** is.

(edited to add: Hah? didn't think the slang word for a rooster wasn't aloud. thought I'd better add this in encase someone get's the Idea I typed something else starting with the letter c.)

Edited by Professor T, 11 November 2013 - 04:29 AM.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 04:23 AM


“The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
― Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing


The most astounding fact is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth, the atoms that make up the human body are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars, the high mass ones among them went unstable in their later years they collapsed and then exploded scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas cloud that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems stars with orbiting planets, and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive…
-Neil Degrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and science communicator

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 08:25 PM

Best way to start off is to realize you don't know everything, not necessarily does this take 'over time' ....my friend  PT.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 03:47 AM

This thread topic is looking neglected so I'll post again.  In spite of the fact that we're all made from stardust, there is a thing which PT calls 'a cosmic schmuck',  and what ever that is.  Where is it in our culture about the stardust that we're all made of ?  A fact that may bring some brilliant new light into a dark and clammy world. Why not a culture of stardust awareness, one that is vibrant and that reflects the purity and essence of this resource ?  Just because others see through their eyes like a cosmic schmuck doesn't mean that we all have to.  Are there any more fresh ideas out there people ?

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 05:24 AM

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 05:29 AM


Mindfulness, Precepts and Crashing in the Same Car
by Ajahn Jayasaro


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I’d like to begin by telling a short story concerning a very diligent scholar. This
man put great effort into studying the scriptures, and the Suttas, and the
commentaries, and the sub-commentaries, and the sub-sub-commentaries. He
was always looking for the one special profound teaching which would unlock
the inner chamber of his mind and reveal the true splendour of the Dhamma.
He became greedy for knowledge and for some special information. He was
always on the lookout to find some new source of knowledge with which he was
Then one day, when he was already middle-aged, he heard of a wonderful
master who lived in a tree in the middle of a very dense forest in a remote
mountain range. He decided to leave home and endure whatever great
hardships the journey required in order to study some special profound
presentation of the Dhamma which he had never heard before.

He set off on his journey and he climbed mountains and crossed rivers and
trekked through thick malarial forests and eventually he came to a huge tree.
The monk was sitting up above in a tree house (or tree kuti). The scholar bowed
three times and said, ‘Master, I have come a very long way with great
difficulties. Please give me the profound essence of the Buddha’s teachings.

The monk looked down on him and chanted this verse in Pali -

Sabba papassa akaranam
kusalassa upasampada
sacitta pariyodapanam
etam buddhanusasanam

- which translates as, ‘The not doing of all evil (or all unwholesome things); the
perfection of wholesome dhammas; the purification of the mind - this is the
teaching of all the Buddhas.’

And the scholar...his face fell. He said, ‘But master, even a child of five has heard
that verse.’ The teacher said, ‘Yes, but even a man of fifty finds it difficult to

The profound teaching is whatever you can’t do yet. It’s not something that’s
always intellectually difficult, but it’s profound if you haven’t yet penetrated it,
you haven’t yet reached it. Indeed, it’s often the simplest and most
straightforward teachings which are the most effective and produce the most
meaningful change in our lives. This is a point to observe about the Dhamma -
that the study and the practice of the Dhamma changes you. It leads
somewhere. In the Pali it is called ‘opanayiko’ that is it leads onwards - or it
leads inwards, depending on how you translate the term.

Mindfulness of the Present Moment (PAGE 6-8/36)
(Baanaree, Bangkok, 9th November 2009)

`Just a nice booklet for simple reference'



' ... life and death carry on as they always have ~ and always will, only the dreamer is gone ~ behind the flow of imagination, beyond any effort to be still
dancing in the ebb and flow of attention, more present than the breath, I find the origins of my illusions, only the dreamer is gone ~ the dream never ends

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 07:43 AM

Realizing you are a cosmic Schmuck goes a lot deeper than surface examination and adopting new methods, catch-phrases, thought streams, paradigms or views of the world and reality IMO.. Though being mindful is key.. The Philosophy is simple, but living by it is not so simple when you have a lifetime of old habits to fall back to.. Something as simple is looking at the world takes on a whole new meaning when one tries to dump their pree-dispositions and ideas about what the world is like.. Seeing the world as it is and not as it's believed to be is probably the 1st step to understanding the depths of our cosmic schmuckery.. and by no means am I capable of catching anything more than a few fleeting glimpses at the depths of my own schmuckery.

It is often dis-empowering to realize you are a schmuck.. Yet, through that realization comes an awesome power to either lift yourself from moments of despair, or allow yourself to wallow in  ignorance.. And ironically, it's though these lows that one learns what is perhaps be best and biggest lesson there is to learn in life, and that is that we create our reality.. The fact that we create our reality IMO is something that cannot be taught in sermon, book or any teacher other than experience. Realizing you are a schmuck isn't easy, luckily for us, life the universe and everything is always letting us know; kicking our butts, reminding us that we don't know squat..

How deep one dives into their cosmic schmuckery and what aspect of it they want to explore depends entirely on the individual.. IMO it is a fuel that can drive us to great things..

Edited by Professor T, 31 December 2013 - 07:51 AM.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:28 AM

Every now and then, as I note from some of the posts in this thread, people stand in awe that we are made of "stardust," meaning gas and dust made in an exploding star.

That is not really an accurate picture.  We are made from material -- atoms -- that appears to have come out of the Big Bang that was mostly hydrogen and helium.  The heavier elements (the astronomer's "metals") were then cooked from this hydrogen and helium inside giant stars with the very heaviest being made in the moments of supernova when those stars exploded.  This is interesting but nothing to get star-struck about.

Where our mindfulness, or at least the possibility of our being mindful, comes from is more mysterious.  In fact it is absolutely not understood.  Gases and dust particles, even aggregates of them, do not contemplate or take note of things around them.

It is such a gift and we take it so for granted, and go through our lives mostly oblivious to the world we are in and what we are doing and where we are, let alone what our minds are up to.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:15 AM


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Posted 31 December 2013 - 11:28 AM

No. I´m/we are not just cosmic Schmucks/Schmocks in general.
I was created by the universe and from/with its elements. The composition of these elements, the matrix, created something that we call awareness. Without awareness the universe would not exist. Some other compositions resulted in features like cognition, cerebration and the physical systems to feed these skills continuous. Our cerebration is not limited like the action of a ROM chip, our cerebration is open and unlimited. I am/we are watching the universe and we were created by the universe. So, by us, the universe is monitoring, judging and investigating itself. With still a lot of questions to be answered, it´s still an active and ongoing process. And this is not a Schmucks job in general even if there is a percentage of Schmucks within the universe like a percentage of lemon cars, for example.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 12:30 PM

View PostProfessor T, on 07 November 2013 - 11:22 PM, said:

IMO, this is a great Philosophy..

If you get out of bed each morning and realize that "Oh crap, I am a cosmic Schmuck." You'll become embarrassed by being such a cosmic Schmuck and want to become less of a cosmic Schmuck, and over time, you will become less of a Cosmic Schmuck.. But if you get of of bed each morning and don't realize that you are a Cosmic Schmuck, you will stay being a Cosmic Schmuck for the rest of your life..

What happens if you wake up realising you're a "cosmic schmuck" but are not embarrassed by being a cosmic schmuck and actually quite enjoy it because it annoys other humans and humans deserve to be annoyed because their contemptible.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 01:32 PM

Thanks @Pro

This is very interesting. Can u please tell me which one of three listed books in the article would u recommend - which one follows this ' Cosmic Schmuck ' logic? :)

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