mood: shapeshifters with different forms for different occasions, some intensely private, horrified by the fact that humans show the same face to lovers and strangers, reassured by the existence of makeup as a token effort to avoid scandal
another reminder that melissabenoistlove blog is made entirely out of other people’s work (gifs and fan art) that they stole and reposted as their own instead of reblogging. you should block them and not reblog from them bc they didn’t make any of the shit that they posted.
it’s not a new realization, but it’s just as upsetting to see how split the clique is.
the clique is supposed to be a safe space that is comforting, supportive, and endlessly there for each other. and while a large majority do their absolute best to be that type of fan, at the same time so many don’t. there are so many that tear what this band means apart. they’ll be rude to others, send death threats, make fun of others’ artwork, harass josh & tyler by treating them as something that they “deserve” to touch, or cheat the concert systems and so on. it’s absolutely heartbreaking to see. the clique is supposed to be THE fanbase for support, yet we’re not and i can’t help but think about how much that must hurt tyler and josh and the crew. all they’re trying to do is give us new music – music that we can hold onto and use as a reason to create or a reason to stay. we owe it to them to be supportive of eachother, of non-fans, and of ourselves.
How can anyone still say that Mon-El could have changed things on Daxam if he would willingly return? The last 2 episodes fully established that Mon-El having a voice in what Daxam would become as they moved forward was next to impossible.
Mon-El said that nothing would change if he returned and no dialog is accidental. He is the character that can deliver a reliable narrative about his parents and what they’re like. But the show didn’t just tell us that, in the very next episode they showed us that as well.
Dear sisters and brothers, dear seekers of the ultimate Truth, I wish
to give a talk on spirituality. As we all know, spirituality is a vast
subject, and here, in an hour, I can never do justice to it. But let me
at least make a beginning.
In spirituality we come to learn of two significant terms:
‘meditation’ and 'dedicated service.’ All of us here are fully aware of
these two terms. Some of you may use the terms 'knowledge’ and 'work.’
Knowledge is the result of meditation. When we dive deep within, we see,
we feel and we grow into the highest Knowledge. Work, when it is done
in a divine spirit and for a divine purpose, is dedicated service. The
combination of meditation and dedicated service makes a man perfect.
In this world, many are of the opinion that spirituality cannot offer
a balanced life, but I wish to say that they are badly mistaken. It is
spirituality alone that can offer us a real life, a balanced life, a
practical life. Who is practical? He who knows the truth and who knows
how to apply the truth in his daily life. A spiritual person is he who
tries to know the truth today, to discover the truth tomorrow and to
apply the truth the following day in all his multifarious activities. A
spiritual person is someone who goes to the very root of the Truth, for
he knows that if there is no root there cannot be any tree. And the root
of the Truth is love. A spiritual person meditates not for his own sake
alone; he meditates for all and sundry. He meditates for his dear ones,
and he meditates for every human being on earth. His is a life of love
Each individual has his own way of reaching the ultimate Truth. One
may find it easier to reach the Truth through dedicated service, by
loving God in each human being, by seeing and feeling the divinity in
humanity. Another may want to dive deep within and first reach the
Source, and then work on the earth-plane. Both are doing the right
thing. But the person who does not aspire and does not want to aspire in
any way — who is useless in society — is either a fool or a dead soul.
Each seeker should feel that it is his bounden duty to realise the
Highest. But each seeker must know that God-realisation, the realisation
of the ultimate Truth, need not and cannot be the sole monopoly of any
one individual. Everyone is destined to reach the Highest. But there is a
way that leads a seeker to his destination quite fast, and that is the
way of the heart. If we empty the heart and welcome the eternal Guest,
our eternal Beloved, He comes in and fulfils His own transcendental
Reality in our day-to-day existence. The other way, the way of the mind,
is lengthier and more difficult. But if we can silence the mind, then
Peace, Light, Bliss and Power in infinite measure can enter into us
We are all seekers. In our inner life, our spiritual life, we have
already travelled millions of miles. Although we may at times fall
victims to our animal qualities and indulge in quarrelling, fighting and
other negative and destructive actions, still we no longer cherish or
appreciate the animal in us. We know that what we actually want from our
lives is Peace, Light and Bliss. The animal in us has played its role,
and now the human in us is playing its role. We are cherishing the hope
that today’s human qualities will be transcended and transformed into
divine Reality. When we meditate, we feel that this is no longer a hope,
but a certainty. When we meditate deeply, profoundly, in the very
depths of our heart, we feel that there is no such thing as
impossibility. As we have transcended the animal kingdom, so also must
we transcend our human weaknesses, imperfections, limitations and
In the Western world, meditation is not as common as prayer, but I
wish to say that prayer and meditation are like two most intimate
brothers. If we pray soulfully, we can get what meditation offers us.
When we pray, we feel that something from within, from our very depths,
from the inmost recesses of our heart, is climbing high, higher,
highest. And we feel that somebody is there to listen to our prayer, or
somebody is there to receive us at the pinnacle of our aspiration’s
height. When we meditate soulfully, devotedly, in pindrop silence, we
feel that a divine Guest is descending into our heart to guide us, to
illumine us, to perfect us and to fulfil His own transcendental Reality
within us. We feel that the Infinite is entering into the finite for
their mutual fulfilment.
In this world there is a need for peace. This peace comes only from
within, and we can bring it to the fore only through meditation. If we
can meditate soulfully for ten minutes every day, we will energise our
entire being with Peace. Peace houses light, bliss, fulfilment and
satisfaction. We can have Peace not by possessing the world or leading
the world, but by becoming a lover of the world.
Now when we become a lover of the world, we may commit a most
deplorable mistake: we may expect something from the world in return for
our love. We are ready to accept the limitations and imperfections of
the world as our very own. But if in spite of our best efforts, our best
intentions, our deepest love and compassion for the world, the world
does not listen to us or does not offer us enough gratitude, at that
time we make an inner demand on the world. At the beginning of our
service, we demand everything from the world in return for our offering,
our life of sacrifice. If we give something, we expect the same amount
in return, if not more. Then there comes a time when we give as much as
we have, we give to the utmost of our capacity, and we expect in return
only an infinitesimal measure of what we have given. But even if we
expect just an infinitesimal quantity of appreciation from the world, I
wish to say that we are bound to be unhappy; we are bound to be wanting
in peace. Let us give to the world unconditionally what we have and what
we are: Love. The message of love we get only from our daily prayer and
meditation. We know that love means oneness, inseparable oneness. And
in oneness there is no expectation, no demand.
There are two ways to love. One way is to go first to the human love
and then reach upward to the ultimate Love, the divine Love. The other
way is to reach the divine Love first and then enter into and transform
the human love. The divine Love always inspires us, guides us and moulds
us into something immortal, which we can offer to humanity. The human
love frustrates us, disappoints us, and finally constrains us to try to
enter into the kingdom of divine Love.
We have to love life and also love truth. Truth and life can never be
separated. When we try to separate truth and life we cannot make any
progress. In our human love, frustration may loom large. But in the
divine life, love is constantly building us and shaping us into the very
image of God.
We have spoken about peace and love. If someone asks us to speak
about peace, we will be able to speak most eloquently. But speech does
not help us to establish the kingdom of peace on earth. It is our silent
prayer and soulful meditation that can give us the peace of mind which
our little world, our own personal world, badly needs, just as the
entire outer world needs it. To begin at the beginning with ourselves is
the only way we can eventually bring peace to the world. If I do not
have peace myself, how can I offer peace to others? Impossible!
We have a body, which we regard as the only reality. When we satisfy
the need of the body for earthly food, for nourishment, we feel that we
have fulfilled our task. But in our inner life also we have someone to
feed every day, and that is our soul, the divine being within us, the
conscious representative of God on earth. Although we feed our body
every day, somehow we fail to feed this divine child within us. Since we
never do the first thing first, we remain unsatisfied here on earth.
First we must go deep within, and then — from within — we must go
without. The inner life must constantly embrace, guide and inspire the
outer life. The outer life is eventually liberated by the inner life,
which already has liberation in fullest measure.
The inner life and the outer life can and must run abreast. The inner
life will constantly receive messages from above, messages of Infinity,
Eternity and Immortality. Infinity, Eternity and Immortality are not
vague terms. When one becomes an advanced seeker, he sees and feels
infinite Peace, Light and Bliss within himself. One need not be a
God-realised soul to have this experience. All of us have Peace, Light
and Bliss in infinite measure in the very depths of our aspiring
But right now the door of our heart is locked by ignorance. We have
to open the door and dive deep within to go beyond ignorance to where
our own Peace, Light and Truth reside.
We are God’s children, His chosen instruments. God abides within us
as a constant Dream, and we live in God as His only reality. He lives in
us as a Dream that will ultimately be transformed into reality; and we
live in Him as a reality that will grow into His ever-ascending,
ever-blossoming Dream. We are all seekers, and we are all in a boat. Our
journey can never come to an end, for God, the eternal Pilot, is our
Pilot, and we are in His Boat. He is the Boatman, He Himself is the Boat
and He is the Golden Shore of the Beyond.
- Sri Chinmoy, Fifty Freedom-Boats to one Golden Shore, part 2