Well, I had a few things blessed by my guru Swami Muktananda when I left India in 1980 to come to America. These simple beads I bought in Bombay and a hat knit hat he gave me and pulled down over my ears, saying it’s going to be cold where you are going. My Teddy wears it, and when I walk in the cold I wear it, and I decided to wear the beads also, not that a repeat Japa like I used to, but just to put a symbol fo the Dharma around my neck. I have been closeted here in Conservative Christian rural Virginia, but now I’m coming out, but not as a show of being unique, being special, but just because it feels good to be me. Which fits into this talk as the Rising of the Subjective View or the I that does not rest of external forms.
In grammar the First Person does not rest on the Third Person where everything is an he/she/it. The First Person is I….I AM. The Second person is either and IT or a Thou…..
When we see the IT (immigrant) being separated from family, the IT becomes a Thou and we cry, because the I -Thou is awakened. I and the person is no longer an IT. When we see another as an IT….we are also an IT. It takes an IT to see an IT.
Behaviorists can attribute animal behaviors to survival, like running from the knife, but do animals an a gradient with humans at the top, have emotions, like love, fear, even the aesthetic emotions that art gives us. Can an animal feel guilt. Anyone who has a pet knows their pet feels emotions. But science cannot fit this into their objective map of reality, yet.