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I know the answer to life!

Postby 8fold » Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:48 pm

Now!
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby PeterB » Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:54 pm

So whats the question ?
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby Prasadachitta » Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:11 pm

is it ...


"When?"
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby 8fold » Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:54 pm

8fold wrote:Now!


I apologize for putting an exlamantion point after Now. That was redundant.
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby Justsit » Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:29 pm

And here I thought the answer was "42." :thinking:

Read about it Here. :smile:
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby Aloka » Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:35 pm

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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby pink_trike » Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:07 pm

Woot
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby adamposey » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:19 pm

I really expected to see "42" written as the only answer. Logically, it's true.
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby pink_trike » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:37 pm

Five hundred doors
and forty more
I believe to be in Valhall
Eight hundred heroes
emerge abreast from each
when they sally forth against the wolf.
:tongue:
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby catmoon » Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:36 am

Dang, I can't figure out whether the board has gone completely bonkers or if maybe I just missed my meds.
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby Kare » Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:42 pm

The Danish poet Piet Hein gave an excellent answer:

For livets mening
livet sørger
præcis saa længe
til vi spørger.
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby catmoon » Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:47 pm

Ah the meaning of life. Well it doesn't have one. What has meaning? Symbols have meaning. Life is not a symbol, therefore it portends nothing, and has no meaning.


Purpose, is the question, not meaning.
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby Annapurna » Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:54 pm

catmoon wrote:Dang, I can't figure out whether the board has gone completely bonkers or if maybe I just missed my meds.


:rofl:

*or am I only dreaming, and is this burning an eternal flame? *
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby Kare » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:29 pm

pink_trike wrote:Five hundred doors
and forty more
I believe to be in Valhall
Eight hundred heroes
emerge abreast from each
when they sally forth against the wolf.
:tongue:


Fiercely we were fighting!
Enemies fell for our swords.
Packs of wolves did assemble,
feeding on the dead bodies.
In the furious battles
shields and helmets were splintered.
Dead and wounded men
all around us were lying.

Fiercely we were fighting!
This is what I enjoy:
Draw the sword for combat,
meet the foe face to face.
This is the life of a real man:
neither give quarter nor flee!
Fearless friend of women
stands in the middle of the battle.

Fiercely we were fighting!
Now it is good to know
that the tables are ready
in the halls of Valhall.
There, with Odin the highest,
we shall be served beer
in deep drinking horns.
I’m not afraid to die.

I’m ready to leave this place.
Fairies have brought a message
calling me to come home,
home to Odin, the greatest.
There I’ll sit on the throne
and drink beer with the gods.
Life will soon be over,
I’ll die with a smile on my face.

:toast: :tongue:
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:36 pm

i think the question is probably almost certainly either "when is the best time for a nap?" or "when is the best time for tea and cookies?"
"When you meditate, don't send your mind outside. Don't fasten onto any knowledge at all. Whatever knowledge you've gained from books or teachers, don't bring it in to complicate things. Cut away all preoccupations, and then as you meditate let all your knowledge come from what's going on in the mind. When the mind is quiet, you'll know it for yourself. But you have to keep meditating a lot. When the time comes for things to develop, they'll develop on their own. Whatever you know, have it come from your own mind.
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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby pink_trike » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:54 pm

Kare wrote:
pink_trike wrote:Five hundred doors
and forty more
I believe to be in Valhall
Eight hundred heroes
emerge abreast from each
when they sally forth against the wolf.
:tongue:


"I’ll die with a smile on my face."

:toast: :tongue:

:toast: :smile:
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Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Re: I know the answer to life!

Postby Laurens » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:02 am

I don't know the answer to life, but I'm pretty sure that it's somewhere in this song:

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

Carl Sagan
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