Monday, March 3, 2008

Your application for living Buddha status has been denied.

(From the decree "Management Measures for the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism," an order issued last year by China's State Administration of Religious Affairs. Translated by the International Campaign for Tibet as reported in Harper's magazine)

"The China Buddhist Association will issue living-Buddha permits. When the reincarnated living Buddha has been installed, the management at his monastery shall submit a training plan to the local Buddhist Association, which shall report to the provincial people's government for approval.

Living Buddhas that have historically been recognized by drawing lots from the golden urn shall have their reincarnated soul-children recognized by drawing lots from the golden urn. Requests not to use the golden urn shall be reported by the provincial people's government to the State Administration of Religious Affairs for approval.

Once a reincarnated living Buddha soul-child has been recognized, it shall be reported to the provincial people's government for approval; those with a great impact shall be reported to the State Administration of Religious Affairs for approval; those with a particularly great impact shall be reported to the State Council for Approval. When there is debate over the size of a living Buddha's impact, the China Buddhist Association shall officiate.

Reincarnated living Buddhas may not reestablish feudal privileges that have already been abolished.

Applicants to be reincarnated living Buddhas may not be reincarnated if the provincial people's government does not allow reincarnations."

I caught this is this month's Harper's magazine and found it quite illustrative of a government gone completely bonkers, very much like our own, but degrees more comical. Such decrees, like the Buddha, are also quite enlightening for what they tell you about totalitarian states and their attempt to control everything about you, including your right to reincarnate should you wish.

One can only imagine that if they are giving decrees like this now then it is not too long before travelers are accosted by Astral-Body Projection Police: "Are you traveling to another dimension, sir?... May I see your Outer-Body Projection Passport?"... "You must stay earthbound until you get the proper authorization from the State Council for Etheric Travel Association."

Can this dialogue be far away?

While we are all so concerned about keeping religious fanatics out of government we miss the obvious fact that the State is attempting to becoming our God on earth. I recently happened upon this little nugget about our wannabe-divine State:

"A Pastor has come forward to blow the whistle on a nationwide FEMA program which is training Pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to "obey the government" in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation."

The article reports that the government is instructing pastors to recite Romans 13 which according to a Dr. Durelll Tuberville justifies flock allegiance “because the government’s established by the Lord, you know. And, that’s what we believe in the Christian faith. That’s what’s stated in the scripture.”

Secret FEMA Plan To Use Pastors as Pacifiers in Preparation For Martial Law

So, the State wants to be your divine shepherd should we have martial law. They will tell you not to fear those men carrying M16s with the bear claws on their hats as they are there to protect you and guide you to paradise should a plague of pestilence fall upon you. And, while you are at Halliburton Camp 322, the good folks from FEMA will give you the latest vaccine against the latest man-made virus -- and a happy meal -- compliments of your tax-financed holy government and Searles Pharmaceuticals.

"Your passport, Sir?... You want to go to a different reality? ...You will need to get the proper permit from the Ministry of Permissible Realities. Just walk through door 101, take the blue pill and plug into the machine."