I connected our houseboat in Miami (in 1968/69) whose name was the Naughty Knots to the Buddha story of the silk scarf with knots. This is a Parable according to Ed. How can you get rid of your tension or knots? That is what everyone is interested in. We go to a massage therapist: Oh, you really have some knots. But we need the therapist to get rid of them.
Buddha Dharma enables you to get rid of your own knots. This talk an example of applied Dharma through the metaphor of Naughty Knots. You should listen. You might have some knots you want to untie but can’t.
Here’s a picture of our houseboat the Naughty Knots that we lived on while I decided what to do next after my awakening in 1968. Our houseboat was moored in Rama Yacht Basin in N. Miami Beach which was basically a junk yard with broken down docks. It was $45 a month which included utilities. A lot of boat bums lived there. It was on a river flowing into the inland water way and out to sea, so the tidal flow would come in and go out. You could swim on the incoming tidal flow, but not on the outgoing flow because all the boats emptied their toilets into the river. And there was no trash pickup so people just threw their bag of trash into the river. Oh, those were the good old days. There was no consciousness of pollution. I could relate to the scene in Mad Men when Don and family was on a picnic and just left their trash on the ground.
Anyway, our houseboat was called the Naughty Knots, and it was there that our son was born and I decided to become a minister, which precipitated out leaving on the next adventure of our life. When you have a houseboat you can just take in the rope and go anywhere.
I went to Miami to teach in this new high school and discovered—as I did in Loudoun County which I just left—that I could not teach in an institution anymore. When in a teaching situation, my heart takes over and I throw the lesson plans in the trash. But when you do that in an institution, you get thrown in the trash. So now I teach on Facebook and no one throws me into the trash.
While on Naughty Knots I wrote a book of poems called Birth of a soul by Swami Rama Ramkunj. Little did I know that in a few years I would meet the real Rama, and he would be my root guru, the guru that makes your first connection with your Soul. The houseboat is an intermediate stage. Like the submarine it is both a surface and an undersea craft. The House boat is both a boat and a house. It has to stay tethered to the land with the umbilical cord of utilities. Yet, it can pull up the ropes and leave the land.
So it was there on the Naughty Knots that I conceived the idea that I should pursue a spiritual path in culture, some path that would give me credentials. And so I decided to become a minister and get the credential to teach. Ah…the credentials to be a spiritual teacher…What a joke.