"IT IS STILL BURNING!"
Odete Martins Bigote
Today, the 3rd of November 2001, I visited Ground Zero for the third
time. Ground Zero is the World Trade Center area in New York City which
was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.
I was surprised not only because it is still burning, but also because
the air felt thicker than before, and the smell was stronger.
Everybody should visit Ground Zero, to pray, to feel, to touch, to
breathe, to smell, to meditate, and to give and receive thoughts of
love. It is a crematorium which contains the remains of about 4,000
WHAT ELSE IS BURNING? PAGES AND PAGES OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION ABOUT TO BE
REPLACED BY WHAT?
The attack on America was a new form of attack. It was a declaration of
war by a faceless enemy. Never before in the history of this planet has
it happened this way. Wars are as old as human beings. Wars have
differed in the form of weapons, but not in the disguised form of the
NO ONE GOES TO WAR WITHOUT EXPECTING VICTORY. THE ATTACKERS MAY BE CALLED
BARBARIANS, BUT THEY ARE NOT STUPID.
Who is this faceless enemy? What kind of victory does he expect? We may
not know the answers to these questions. But, we, certainly, understand
that a group of extremists disguised as Arabs committed these attacks.
They claim to profess the Moslem religion. They thought they would
Today, they are disguised as Arabs. Tomorrow, they may use a different
The Moslem religion came into existence 600 years after Jesus Christ. In
711A.D., the Moslems conquered territory from the Iberian Peninsula to
Persia, and stayed in most of these areas until the 15th century.
During the time of their occupation, a series of wars known as the
"Crusades," were undertaken by the Christians of Western Europe
The Crusades started around 1095 AD., and lasted until the 15th century,
an era of great events. In 1492, Columbus discovered America, and in
1496 Vasco da Gama opened up the sea route from Western Europe to Asia.
In 1500, Cabral discovered Brazil. All of these events led to the start
of the Renaissance, a time of renewal, a new beginning.
The time of the Moslem occupation was also known as the Middle Ages, or
the Dark Ages. Beautiful cathedrals were built at that time. Science,
also, made its advances. Islam had its Golden Age during the Middle
WHO DOES NOT WANT TO RETURN TO A GOLDEN AGE?
Where does the energy, and the thought of war and peace, come from?
The mind. Only that part of your mind known as "the ego" has the
manifest good and evil.
Everybody has an ego, and everyone's mind is, most of the time, at war
within themselves. Hate, fear, anger, guilt, false love, and certainly
separation, are some of the ego components that are constantly projected
either unto oneself, or out there in the battlefields: work, marriage,
divorce, childbearing, family against family, individual against
individual, tribe against tribe, nation against nation.
To this day, many individuals appreciate, and many detest the Moslems,
the Crusaders, Vasco da Gama, Columbus, Cabral etc. Successful people,
as well as successful countries, are always loved and hated by many
WE ALLOW THE EGO TO BE DELIGHTED.
Until we realize that all we are doing is hurting ourselves, over and
over again, to the point of delaying our understanding of who we really
are, nothing will change.
The French philosopher and political activist Simone Weil tried to help
solve the problems of the world. She fought against violence, and then,
she turned against herself. She died of tuberculosis because of her
self-imposed starvation. She, too, thought she would please God. Unlike
the extremists who attacked America, she ended up projecting her ego
thoughts unto herself only. She could handle neither good, nor evil. God
had no plans to starve her. She chose her own battles. God does not
battle. We do. All we want to do is make God seem vulnerable, which He
By the same token, God does not reward anyone for killing someone else,
much less your enemy.
GOD KNOWS YOUR ONLY ENEMY IS YOU!
Your only enemy is that voice within you that leads you to insanity to
the point of inflicting pain not only unto yourself, but also unto
others. Pain makes the event seem real, and keeps the ego not only happy, but
also at large.
The battle within is always going on. It is only when we realize that
it is within us that we can work on ourselves. Self education is everyone's
business. We can train our minds to reduce pain, and see the battle from
above. This has to be done, willingly, by each individual. Governments can
hardly help us with this type of education, but they can show us
War, then, is nothing but a temporary conflict between illusions that we
allow to go on in our minds.
Joseph Campbell taught that everything transitory is a metaphor, so did
Buddha and other teachers. A metaphor is a figure of speech where one
thing is likened to another. It is a way of speaking. It is an allegory,
In our short life on earth, we are surrounded by images which stand for
something much more real, constant and powerful than we can imagine. We,
too, are an image. We stand for "Something" that is eternal. But, for
now, we've chosen to pretend that we are transitory. We choose different
masks. We are all soldiers, constantly asked to go to war. But, in
truth, we are beyond the thoughts of good and evil that lead to false
love and internal battles.
How can this be that after so many centuries of "advanced
we still do not understand what goes on within us?
What can be done?
If you are a soldier, and your government asks you to go to war: GO!
But, never forget that you are not alone. All of us are undergoing our
own battles in different battlefields. All of us are on call... We've
to face the enemy "outside," until we see it "within."
THE BATTLEFIELDS ARE THE ONLY COLLEGE THERE IS.
The ego mind seems quite powerful. It imprisons us, but, because it is
temporary, we can free ourselves from it. The choices are yours.
The events on September 11, and afterwards, have been seen by many as a
movie. Soldiers on horseback fighting 21st century helicopters. The
trenches - used during the 1st World War - are back too. The characters
in the movie change frequently. They wear different masks. Sometimes, we
can hardly see their faces, but we can see their robes.
"The World War after the next one
will be fought with rocks."
The movie will go on with many intermissions. These new movies of the
21st Century will make Hollywood movies obsolete.
HEY, HOLLYWOOD, YOU ARE OUT OF BUSINESS!
We do not need your scripts and highly paid actors any more. We have
discovered that we are all actors. We write our own scripts. Life is
What can we gain from watching these movies? As observers, we can see
ourselves above the battle. We can realize that painful illusions are
temporary, and last only as long as we give them value.
We'll appreciate the value of saying, "Thank You," to those who
during the September 11th attacks. Let's send them thoughts of true
love. Then, we'll receive love back. Let their messages of love and
courage be not in vain. Let's appreciate the scripts they wrote.
Let's remember that in spite of our insane thoughts, true love exists in
all of us. As Plato wrote in the Republic, we all "drank from the river
of Oblivion," and forgot everything. Now, we must remember.
Article written by:
Odete Martins Bigote
Copyright December 2001
Odete Martins Bigote Author: "You Can Remember Love:
Contemplations on Science and Spirituality. Discover that you are a powerful
hologram and rediscover a new you. http://www.portugueseprincess.com
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