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Impeachment Musings

Saving the Ocean of Creation by Swallowing the Poison

While watching Ambassador Sondland's long and drawn-out, self-aggrandizing introduction to his testimony, laced with hubris--I guess those two words mean the same thing--I'd have to say I'll opt for the summary reviews, to get to the gist of his report. He did clearly testify that there was a quid pro quo. At least he managed that. 

 

I'm happy to say, I did find the perfect metaphor in the myth of the churning of the ocean of milk creation myth. 

 

Among all the items listed in the creation results--a splendid moon, divine nymphs, sparkling gems, a spectacular horse, an amazing elephant, and more--I found a couple of wonderfully demon-like negative items that inevitably show up as part of creation. This is our universe, after all, and creation contains all possbilities. Negative and positive. Wise ones tell us that it is best when positive outweighs negative, as a way to maintain balance. 

 

Two of the items on the negative or demon end of the creation story, are Jeystha, the goddess of misfortune and Halahala, the poison that spilled out of the churning device's (snake's) mouth.

 

(I'd not mentioned in my previous post, for the sake of economy of words, that the demons and the gods held opposite ends of a giant and most beautiful snake, Vasuki, to churn the ocean of milk. Said snake vomited poison which threatened the entire ocean of milk. Lord Shiva saved the day by drinking the toxin and holding it in his neck, which is why his neck is blue to this day).

 

Halahala is one of those marvelous words that doesn't need defining. Onomatopoeia. We don't need to know it means poison.  Halahala. 

 

I believe.....I believe.....Yes, we must bu-leeve! I believe we have an equivalent to resolving the poison issue, and stopping it from infecting the entire ocean of creation (in this case, these United States of America). In the myth's case, it was Lord Shiva who swallowed the lethal stuff and kept it in his throat. 

 

From my view there are those who have testified thus far, who have been willing to "swallow" our president's poison for the sake of preserving moral compass of our democracy.

 

These noble souls are: Ambassador Taylor, former Ambassador Yovanovitch, and Lt. Col. Vindman. Other testimonies corroborate and were delivered bravely, but I found these three I've named to be stellar. I felt inspired by them, with a sense of hope that justice would prevail. That it would be possible to do away with the corruption of many of our elected officials. 

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The Battle Between the Gods and the Demons

I'm am profoundly puzzled. I've been puzzled for a long time about the state of our country and our elected president. How is it that the Republicans so strongly defend a man who lies regularly, who wants to run the country as a one-man band, who shames people (who oppose his ideas) into silence by his tweets. Our president rules his kingdom by tweets and his subjects jump to do his bidding for fear of a negative tweet. Imagine! 

 

It was Maria Yovanovitch's impeachment hearing testimony on November 15, 2019, that caused me to probe more deeply into the question of why.

 

I was astonished to learn that the US State Department was afraid to receive a tweet from Donald Trump, should they dare to defend the former Ambassador to Ukraine, Maria Yovanovtich. Amabassador Yovanovitch, 33 years in USA diplomatic service, is held in high regard by all who know her or of her; she has received many awards for her outstanding service to our country. 

 

All three diplomats intimately involved in the recent Ukraine saga, testified their facts with dignity and professionalism, non-partisan views. Maria Yovanovitch, whom Trump recalled from her position as Ambassador to Ukraine, provided a poignant, heart-felt, and riveting account before Congress. 

 

Fox News demeaned Maria Yovanovitch. The news station showed a one-minute clip out of the five hours of the former Ambassador's stellar testimony delivered in an even-tempered manner and with utter clarity.  In the Fox News one-minute clip we see Yovanovitch beautifully allowing her emotions to show when the good Congresswoman from Alabama (Terri Sewell), asked the Ambassdor how this all was affecting her family. Fox News commentator concluded that Yovanovitch's five-hour testimony was like psychological therapy. I was stunned by Fox's lack of perception.

 

To get a deeper understanding, let's have a look at the age-old archetype of the battle between good and evil. 

 

The following mythological tale might help give a universal view of the impeachment situation: the Indian story of the Churning of the Milk of the Ocean of Creation. 

 

To make a long story short (these myths can get complicated), the demons and the gods were working together churning the milk ocean, creating our world as we know it. At some point towards the end of the creation process, the demons stole the nectar of immortality (which they had agreed would be shared--go figure!). You can guess what happened--the gods went after the the demons and fought to regain the nectar of immortality (the good stuff). 

 

In the battles between gods and demons, the gods always win in the end. But it's touch and go, and can be terrifying. We can fear that all will be destroyed.

 

The gods recovered the nectar, but we know the demons are going to plot to get it back again. That's just the way it works between gods and demons. We have to be vigilant. Otherwise the whole of creation goes whacko and out of balance. 

 

An Indian saint once said, that without the struggle of the opposites, there would be no creation. We all play our parts. 

 

The creation myth, and the victory of the gods, assured me that righteousness and honor and integrity will win out in the end. Even with the present-day case of the battle between the Democrats and the Republicans. 

 

For me the Democrats represent the gods at this stage in time. Why? Because Republicans, by virtue of their undying support and defence of the president of the USA (who lies and bullies, and has no moral compass), represent the demons right now. The Democrats are fighting to regain the nectar, the moral compass of our country. 

 

Anytime you have the president of any country fighting for his own personal gain and benefit, by definition he represents the demons. Sorry folks--that's just the way it is. It is well-known that an effective president sacrifices personal interest and gain for the well-being of the people.  

 

And don't forget to look at the battle between the gods and the demons within. An essential part of the process of making sure the gods are victorious.

 

 

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