The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

Yes indeed, Life is Complicated. The complexity of Life involves the merciless living process called the aging combined with the uncertain and often unpredictable phenomenon called life span while it appears that God may have sanctioned to man a life span of One Hundred Twenty Years.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – ESSENCE – IDENTITY – UNITY – EXISTENCE : MAN’S EXISTENCE IS GOVERNED BY THE ETERNAL LAW OF AGING. MAN EXISTS WHILE HE PASSES THROUGH VARIOUS STAGES SUCH AS BOYHOOD, YOUTH, ADULTHOOD, AND OLDAGE THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGES IN FORM AND APPEARANCE.

Spirituality Science – The Promise of Good Old Age:

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

The concept of Life-Span implies that there is an Individual whose existence has a definite beginning and end. The human body develops from a Single, fertilized Egg Cell called Zygote which is produced by the union of a male sex cell called sperm and a female sex cell called egg. Human life includes clearly distinguishable stages such as infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. From the instant called conception, human organism grows and develops continuously to enter adulthood at age 20. At about the age of 25, the progressive developmental changes are completed. While there are individualistic variations in the aging process, most human beings can be identified to be living in a condition called old age by the time they attain the age of 80-years. The exact duration of human life is unknown. Guinness World Records has verified the age claims of old, living persons in the world and the highest authenticated human age is 122 years.

SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: FRENCH WOMAN JEANNE CALMENT COULD BE THE OLDEST PERSON TO HAVE LIVED. SHE DIED IN 1997 AT THE AGE OF 122 YEARS THAT IS VERIFIED BY THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: FRENCH WOMAN JEANNE CALMENT COULD BE THE OLDEST PERSON TO HAVE LIVED. SHE DIED IN 1997 AT THE AGE OF 122 YEARS THAT IS VERIFIED BY THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.
SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE:  DINA MANFREDINI DIED IN JOHNSTON, IOWA, USA ON DECEMBER 17, 2012 AT AN OFFICIALLY VERIFIED AGE OF 115-YEARS. THE FACT OF HER OLD AGE CAN BE EASILY RECOGNIZED.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: DINA MANFREDINI DIED IN JOHNSTON, IOWA, USA ON DECEMBER 17, 2012 AT AN OFFICIALLY VERIFIED AGE OF 115-YEARS. THE FACT OF HER OLD AGE CAN BE EASILY RECOGNIZED.

There could be a maximum life-span for the human race that is established in the human genome. To account for human longevity, it could be important to study all the human records. In that exploration of written human records of human longevity, I have studied Bible, particularly The Old Testament Book of GENESIS which is recognized as The First Book of Moses.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. The Oak tree of Abraham (Father of Multitude)

Bible derives information concerning the inheritance of longevity from the study of the genealogical records of Hebrew people such as Adam, Noah, and Abraham. In my view, the statements concerning the age at death of Hebrew people cannot be dismissed as religious fiction.

The Biblical Record of human life-span:

SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE:  THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOK OF GENESIS IS A WRITTEN RECORD OF THE LIFE-SPAN OF HEBREW PEOPLE. HUMAN HISTORY AND THE RECORDS OF HUMAN LONGEVITY BEGIN WITH THE CREATION OF ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN. THE HEBREW WORD ADAM MEANS MAN.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOK OF GENESIS IS A WRITTEN RECORD OF THE LIFE-SPAN OF HEBREW PEOPLE. HUMAN HISTORY AND THE RECORDS OF HUMAN LONGEVITY BEGIN WITH THE CREATION OF ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN. THE HEBREW WORD ADAM MEANS MAN.

There is no evidence to suggest that the span of human life has increased since the beginning of recorded history. Advances in Medical Science and the understanding of the principles of nutrition, sanitation, environmental hygiene, and disease prevention have contributed to a remarkable increase in the life expectancy of the general population. However, there is no valid reason to make a similar claim about human life-span. On the contrary, the Hebrew record of human longevity depicts a sudden, and dramatic drop in the expected span of human life.

SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: THE BIBLICAL LIFE-SPANS OF ADAM TO JACOB PROVIDE A VERY INTERESTING CONTRAST BETWEEN THE HEBREW PEOPLE WHO LIVED BEFORE THE EPIC FLOOD AND AFTER THE FLOOD.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: THE BIBLICAL LIFE-SPANS OF ADAM TO JACOB PROVIDE A VERY INTERESTING CONTRAST BETWEEN THE HEBREW PEOPLE WHO LIVED BEFORE THE EPIC FLOOD AND AFTER THE FLOOD.

The Biblical Record of man’s creation and his mortality reveal that the LORD God Creator played a crucial, and decisive role to change the length of the human life-span while external factors like food, and environment could easily tilt the balance in the direction of long-lasting life or premature death. I would like to briefly go over a few details about the recorded life histories of Adam, Noah, and Abraham (Father of Multitude) who was originally known as Abram (Exalted Father).

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

Genesis, Chapter 5 claims that Adam at the age of 130 years, had a son named Seth. Adam lived for another 800 years and had other sons and daughters.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

Altogether, Adam lived 930 years and then he died (Genesis 5:5).

SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: THIS IS THE PICTURE OF RUSSELL CROWE AS NOAH IN THE HOLLYWOOD MOVIE. NOAH IS THE FIRST HEBREW MAN WITH WHOM GOD HAD ENTERED INTO A COVENANT AFTER GOD MADE HIS DECISION ABOUT MAN'S MORTAL LIFE-SPAN.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: THIS IS THE PICTURE OF RUSSELL CROWE AS NOAH IN THE HOLLYWOOD MOVIE. NOAH IS THE FIRST HEBREW MAN WITH WHOM GOD HAD ENTERED INTO A COVENANT AFTER GOD MADE HIS DECISION ABOUT MAN’S MORTAL LIFE-SPAN.
SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: HOLLYWOOD FILM ACTOR ANTHONY HOPKINS ENACTED THE ROLE OF METHUSELAH IN THE MOVIE NOAH. IN THE HEBREW RECORD OF HUMAN HISTORY, METHUSELAH, THE GRANDFATHER OF NOAH, LIVED THE LONGEST LIFE POSSIBLE FOR ANY HUMAN BEING. HE HAD EXPERIENCED THE AGING PROCESS, BUT HIS LIFE VIGOR ENDURED OLD AGE UNTIL HE ATTAINED THE MATURE AGE OF 969 YEARS.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: HOLLYWOOD FILM ACTOR ANTHONY HOPKINS ENACTED THE ROLE OF METHUSELAH IN THE MOVIE NOAH. IN THE HEBREW RECORD OF HUMAN HISTORY, METHUSELAH, THE GRANDFATHER OF NOAH, LIVED THE LONGEST LIFE POSSIBLE FOR ANY HUMAN BEING. HE HAD EXPERIENCED THE AGING PROCESS, BUT HIS LIFE VIGOR ENDURED OLD AGE UNTIL HE ATTAINED THE MATURE AGE OF 969 YEARS.
SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: NOAH'S LIFE HISTORY IS THE MOST INTERESTING LIFE-SPAN RECORD OF THE BOOK OF GENESIS. ALTOGETHER NOAH LIVED 950 YEARS, A LIFE-SPAN THAT IS NINETEEN YEARS SHORTER AS COMPARED TO THE LIFE-SPAN OF METHUSELAH. HOLLYWOOD ACTOR RUSSELL CROWE ENACTED THE ROLE OF NOAH IN THE MOVIE TITLED NOAH.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: NOAH’S  LIFE HISTORY IS THE MOST INTERESTING LIFE-SPAN RECORD OF THE BOOK OF GENESIS. ALTOGETHER NOAH LIVED 950 YEARS, A LIFE-SPAN THAT IS NINETEEN YEARS SHORTER AS COMPARED TO THE LIFE-SPAN OF METHUSELAH. HOLLYWOOD ACTOR RUSSELL CROWE ENACTED THE ROLE OF NOAH IN THE MOVIE TITLED NOAH.

Methuselah (grandfather of Noah) lived 969 years and then died (Genesis 5:27).

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

It is an interesting fact for he had lived longer than Adam who was created by God, and longer than Noah with whom God made His Covenant to defend all Life that lives on planet Earth (Genesis 9:17).

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

The father of Noah, Lamech altogether lived 777 years (Genesis 5:31). After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. However, the LORD God Creator makes a very dramatic decision and said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3)

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It appears that God had expelled Adam from the Garden of Eden and had condemned Adam to lead a mortal existence. But, at that time, God made no decision about human life-span. During the lifetime of Noah, God had announced a predetermined human life-span and had fixed it as 120 years.

Noah was six hundred years old when the “FLOOD” waters came on Earth (Genesis 7:6).

Noah survived the “FLOOD” and God made a Covenant with Noah and it extends to all life on the Earth.

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Yet the same time, God makes no concession, and made no promise to extend the life-span which He decided to fix at 120 years. In this account of Hebrew life histories, the author was not making any attempt to increase or decrease the life-spans of the Biblical characters to show any individualistic preferences.

The Book of Genesis traces the genealogy of Abraham (originally called Abram) after the death of Noah at the age of 950 years.

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The reproductive vigor continued to survive the aging process and Terah after living for 70 years, became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran (Genesis 11:26).

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

And Terah, (father of Abram) lived 205 years and died (Genesis 11:32) and the Book of Genesis offers no further explanation for the shortened life-span of Terah.

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But, the life history of Terah is highly relevant for he had lived longer than Abraham with whom God made a Covenant and told him, “You, however will go to your fathers in peace, and be buried at a good old age.”(Genesis 15:15)

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The Promise of Good Old Age:

SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: THE HEBREW RECORD OF HUMAN LIFE HISTORY IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT DOCUMENT. LORD GOD CREATOR MADE SEVERAL PROMISES TO ABRAHAM, AND MOST PARTICULARLY THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE. GOD'S DECISION ABOUT MAN'S MORTALITY AND THE HUMAN LIFE-SPAN REMAINED THE SAME. THIS FACT BECOMES ABUNDANTLY CLEAR WHEN WE COMPARE THE LIFE-SPANS OF ABRAHAM WITH THAT OF TERAH HIS FATHER.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: THE HEBREW RECORD OF HUMAN LIFE HISTORY IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT DOCUMENT. LORD GOD CREATOR  MADE SEVERAL PROMISES TO ABRAHAM, AND MOST PARTICULARLY THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE. GOD’S DECISION ABOUT MAN’S MORTALITY AND THE HUMAN LIFE-SPAN REMAINED THE SAME AS REVEALED IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS, CHAPTER 6, VERSE #3.. THIS FACT BECOMES ABUNDANTLY CLEAR WHEN WE COMPARE THE LIFE-SPANS OF ABRAHAM WITH THAT OF TERAH HIS FATHER.

The relationship between age and longevity becomes very vivid in the life history of Abraham.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. God’s Promise to Abraham (Father of Multitude).

He was fully aware of his old age and knew that he was childless and it could be impossible to have his own offspring  with his wife Sarah while both of them had already experienced the effects of old age. Abraham had a son named Ishmael through his wife’s maid-servant and was ninety-nine years old when he got circumcised. Eventually, Abraham’s wife Sarah became pregnant and bore a son who was named Isaac.

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After Sarah’s death, Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah (Genesis 25:1). Around the same time, Abraham’s son Isaac had already reached the age of reproductive maturity and married Rebekah at the age of 40. Abraham had several children with his second wife and it clearly demonstrates the fact of being in good health in his old age.

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Altogether, Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years, and he was gathered to his people (Genesis 25:7-8).

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The life history of Isaac is very interesting for he died at 180 years of age, 5 years longer as compared to his father Abraham. But, Isaac was not given the Promise of Good Old Age. The aging process gave him plenty of misery and he became blind and lost the ability to make the distinction between his two sons, the first-born Esau and the younger son Jacob.

SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: GOD'S PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE WAS MADE TO ABRAHAM. ISAAC, THE SON OF ABRAHAM DIED AT 180 YEARS AGE AND HAD LIVED FOR FIVE ADDITIONAL YEARS AS COMPARED TO HIS FATHER. IN THIS PAINTING, ISSAC WAS GIVING HIS BLESSINGS TO JACOB AND HE WAS DECEIVED FOR HE BECAME BLIND ON ACCOUNT OF THE NATURAL AGING PROCESS.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: GOD’S PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE WAS MADE TO ABRAHAM. ISAAC, THE SON OF ABRAHAM DIED AT 180 YEARS AGE AND HAD LIVED FOR FIVE ADDITIONAL YEARS AS COMPARED TO HIS FATHER. IN THIS PAINTING, ISAAC WAS GIVING HIS BLESSINGS TO JACOB AND HE WAS DECEIVED FOR HE BECAME BLIND ON ACCOUNT OF THE NATURAL AGING PROCESS.

It is important to note that the aging process had consequences and had adverse impacts on the lives of Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.

SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: JACOB WHO IS ALSO KNOWN AS ISRAEL(PRINCE OF GOD) IS A GREAT NAME IN HEBREW HISTORY. HE LIVED FOR 147 YEARS. IN THIS PAINTING, JACOB IS SEEN BLESSING HIS SON JOSEPH. IN SPITE OF THESE BLESSINGS, JOSEPH LIVED TO THE AGE OF ONLY 110, THE SHORTEST LIFE-SPAN AMONG BIBLICAL HEBREW PEOPLE WHOSE LEGACY STILL LIVES.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: JACOB WHO IS ALSO KNOWN AS ISRAEL(PRINCE OF GOD) IS A GREAT NAME IN HEBREW HISTORY. HE LIVED FOR 147 YEARS. IN THIS PAINTING, JACOB IS SEEN BLESSING HIS SON JOSEPH. IN SPITE OF THESE BLESSINGS, JOSEPH LIVED TO THE AGE OF ONLY 110, THE SHORTEST LIFE-SPAN AMONG BIBLICAL HEBREW PEOPLE WHOSE LEGACY STILL LIVES.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

Genesis, Chapter 47, verse, 9 reflects the sense of disappointment felt by Jacob about his life-span; “Joseph brought his father Jacob in before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh, Pharaoh asked him, ‘How old are you?’  And Jacob said to Pharaoh, ‘The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” It is the most impressive, and truthful statement about the experience of the aging process that I read in the Book of Genesis.

The Biblical Theory on Aging:

SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE - THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: THE BIBLICAL THEORY ON AGING BECOMES CLEAR IN THE NEW TESTAMENT BOOK OF REVELATION, CHAPTER 1, VERSE #14 IN WHICH JESUS CHRIST IS PORTRAYED WITH THE HAIR OF OLD AGE; "HIS HEAD AND HAIR WERE WHITE LIKE WOOL AS WHITE AS SNOW, AND HIS EYES WERE LIKE BLAZING FIRE."
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age. SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE – THE PROMISE OF GOOD OLD AGE: THE BIBLICAL THEORY ON AGING BECOMES CLEAR IN THE NEW TESTAMENT BOOK OF REVELATION, CHAPTER 1, VERSE #14 IN WHICH JESUS CHRIST IS PORTRAYED WITH THE HAIR OF OLD AGE; “HIS HEAD AND HAIR WERE WHITE LIKE WOOL AS WHITE AS SNOW, AND HIS EYES WERE LIKE BLAZING FIRE.”

In the Book of Genesis, God created Adam as an adult and had blessed him and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. From that time, God instituted the universal Principle of Generation in which human reproduction is achieved by the union of an egg cell and sperm cell. From the moment called conception, the human organism uses an aging process to grow and to develop into a human being. If God had not driven Adam and Eve out of The Garden of Eden, they would still be living on Earth for they would have surely eaten from “The Tree of Life.” To ensure man’s mortality, Adam was permanently banished from The Garden of Eden and yet he lived a long life.

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The aging process may eventually lead to death, but God had apparently changed His mind; and this change was proclaimed in Genesis, Chapter 6, verse, 3 which I have already mentioned. It appears that  God made a decision to limit the human life-span without exclusively depending upon the aging process which undermines man’s ability to live a long, fruitful life. Apart from the reduced longevity, the Promise of Good Old Age given to Abraham was not extended to his offspring. Jesus who is a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, lived His mortal existence for a very short period and died before reaching old age.

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However, Jesus may not have escaped the natural aging process after His Resurrection. This interpretation is supported by The New Testament Book REVELATION, Chapter 1, verse, 14 in which Jesus Christ is portrayed with the characteristic gray hair of old age; “His head and hair were white like wool as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.”

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Jesus Christ took a human birth and is experiencing an aging process even after the fact of his Resurrection after death. However, the aging process cannot undermine the Longevity of Jesus Christ for God has promised man an everlasting life through belief in Christ.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods seeks the Promise of Good Old Age

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

Yes indeed, Life is Complicated. The complexity of Life involves the inability to attach specific meanings to the words used in our daily conversation. The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in life for Rudi thoroughly understands the Ground Substance of Life. But, in reality, Rudi is grounded like Jonah who lives while being trapped in the belly of a Big Fish.

What does it mean to be grounded in Life?

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

When you’re grounded, you’re in complete control of your mental and emotional self, and not easily influenced by other ideas or individuals. Those who are grounded allow life’s small mishaps to roll off their shoulders.

Definition of  grounded (adjective)

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The word grounded (adjective) describes the attributes of a person who is mentally and emotionally stable : admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentiousremains grounded despite all the praise and attention.

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What are the other words for grounded?

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The word grounded is also used to describe a person who is restricted to his room in his home and is not allowed to partake in certain acts of personal entertainment for its purpose is viewed as an act of punishment.

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A sensible and reasonable person uses facts and evidence to ascertain the boundaries of his personal freedom to understand the restrictions imposed upon his participation in social and recreational activities by the external circumstances regulating his life.

Rudi is grounded in life and finds himself grounded for the rest of his life:

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

A well grounded person cannot escape from the consequences of the external circumstances that regulate life and control the living condition. Even while residing in a free nation, an individual may not find freedom in his individualistic human experience.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

In my analysis, freedom is a myth, an illusion for the man is fundamentally trapped inside the belly of a great fish prepared by God.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The biblical prophet Jonah represents the reality of my life’s journey. God has foreknowledge of my thoughts and actions and has prepared the place for my entrapment without giving me any further access to seek the freedom of movement. Just like Jonah, I am surprised to find myself alive in the body of a fish. Just like Jonah, I give thanks to God for keeping me alive. However, I do not share the hope and confidence of Jonah about the ultimate deliverance. Jonah fervently prayed and the fish vomited him onto the dry land after holding him captive for three days and three nights. I do not pray for my freedom as I am not born free. The big fish values its own freedom of movement and declares itself to be the champion of freedom without any concern for the lack of my individual freedom and personal liberty. I may share Jonah’s sense of self-pride, self-centered egotism, without proper respect for God or love for my enemies. I want God to account for His own actions while I taste the bitter fruits borne out of my own actions.

India is my country of origin. I left India in January 1984 due to a concern about my freedom after alienation or estrangement from my birth social community which has driven me to relinquish my Permanent Regular Commission in the Indian Army Medical Corps. I reached the United States during July 1986 to eventually experience that I have lost all freedom; I gave up freedom associated with my Indian citizenship and found that my existence is not dependent upon freedom but upon Divine Providence and Divine Grace. Do I have a choice? Is freedom an entitlement? Is there freedom in Free World? Freedom is it self-determined or is it determined by external causes?

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The word ‘freedom’ has many meanings – theological, metaphysical, psychological, moral, natural, and civil. Freedom may mean enjoyment of personal liberty, of not being a slave, nor a prisoner, and it speaks about the freedom in acting and choosing. Freedom may imply the state of not being subject to determining forces.

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I arrived in the United States for I believe in the Motto of this Nation: “In God We Trust.” The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Ephesians, Chapter 2, verse. 19 speaks of my quest for freedom: “Consequently, you are no longer Foreigners and Aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household,”

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I seek freedom to enter God’s household for I am not a foreigner, or alien. There is a promise in The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Romans, Chapter 9, verse. 25: As He says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;”

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“Free World” is a Cold War era term often used by the US to describe those countries that are not in the sphere of influence of Communist States like the Soviet Union, or the People’s Republic of China. United States is the Leader of the Free World, and it is the world’s Democratic Superpower. In response to Communist China’s military occupation of the sovereign nation of Tibet, the United States to defend its own national interests and to combat the threat of Communist Expansionism, President Truman and President Eisenhower initiated programs in 1950s to render assistance to the Tibetan Resistance Movement to uphold the principles of Freedom and Democracy in the Land of Tibet. John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States (1961-1963) created a military alliance/pact between the US, India, and Tibet to contain the military threat posed by Communist China.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life. SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE CONFIRMS NIXON’S VIETNAM TREASON: CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY BEGAN ITS OPERATIONS IN TIBET DURING THE PRESIDENCY OF DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER AND VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD M NIXON WAS FULLY AWARE OF THE TIBETAN RESISTANCE MOVEMENT TO FIGHT CHINA’S OCCUPATION OF TIBET.

In September 1969, I made a deliberate choice to serve in the Indian Army Medical Corps to face the military challenge and threat posed by China after her brutal attack on India across the Himalayan frontier in 1962. On completion of my military training, I joined the US, India, Tibet military alliance/pact and was posted to Headquarters Establishment No. 22, a military organization also known to public as Vikas Regiment and Special Frontier Force. I view myself as very passionate defender of Freedom and Democracy. During the years spent in India, in my imagination I had freedom to choose and act and deliberately expressed this sense of personal freedom when I got married in January 1973. This personal choice had its own consequences. It initiated a process of alienation and estrangement from my birth-related social community. The first blow to my sense of social identity and birth affiliation was delivered in May 1976 while I was at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. By year 1982, I fully recognized that I have no freedom to choose, or act without compromising my sense of self-respect, and self-dignity. For all practical purposes, in my estimate, I was transformed into a Foreigner or Alien while I was still serving my country as a Commissioned Officer of its Armed Forces. It undermined my ability to serve in the Armed Forces to defend Freedom of the Country while in my perception I existed as Foreigner or Alien. At that time, as the father of two young children, I felt that I have no choice other than that of leaving India to find a place in another part of Free World, a place prepared for me by God. Having stepped inside of the mouth of a big fish, I got easily swallowed by the force of the external circumstances. Now, I am conscious of the lack of freedom to make choices, or I may state that I am only free to make a choice that is foreordained or predetermined.

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In the drama of human life and history, do we have capacity to choose our Life according to our Free Will? The issue of human freedom, and Freedom in World may have to be reconciled with God’s omniscience, and omnipotence. We must understand as to what extent the will of an individual can and does determine some of his acts. If man is entirely dependent upon God’s power, can man make bad, or evil choices? Do we need divine grace for both meritorious, and even terrible acts? How to define the problem of the universal supposition of responsibility for personal actions? Can there be Freedom in the absence of Divine Providence, and Divine Grace?

DETERMINISM AND FREE WILL:

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The kid in the above photo image apparently has free will and can choose to get wet in the rain. He can also choose to remain under the shade and keep dry. This ability to choose is operated by an external contingency called rain. Does man have the natural ability to make choices in the face of all types of external contingencies? Plato held that actions are determined by the extent of a person’s understanding, or reasoning. The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Romans, Chapter 8, verses 28-30 describe the concept of “Predestination.” Verse. 30 reads: “Moreover, those He predestined, them He also called; those He called, them He also Justified; those He justified, them He also glorified.” I live in expectation of finding this ‘glory’ in the eyes of God.

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The term free will refers to the power or capacity to choose among alternatives. It refers to the ability to act in certain situations independently of natural, social, or divine restraints. Will is the factor which turns human thought into human action and behavior. Existentialist thinkers like Jean Paul Sartre speak about the concept of a radical, perpetual, and frequently agonizing freedom of choice. Sartre claims that man is “condemned to be free” even though his situation may be wholly determined. Behavioral psychologists hold the view that human action and behavior is determined by the nature of an external environmental stimulus.

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Sigmund Freud held the view that human actions are determined by hidden mental causes which control their actions; “You have an illusion of a psychic freedom within you which you do not want to give up.” Freud recommends that this “deeply rooted belief in psychic freedom and choice” must be given up because it “is quite unscientific.” Man appears to be subject to the Law of Cause and Necessity or is governed by a doctrine of Psychic Determinism.

THE DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION:

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Saint Augustine (354-430), Doctor of the Church, founder of Christian theology followed the doctrine of predestination or divine grace that states God’s superintendence of the Whole Cosmos and everything in it.

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Martin Luther (November 10, 1483, to February 18, 1546), German theologian, leader of the Protestant Reformation held the view that everything is determined by God from the beginning.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

John Calvin (1509 – 1564), French Protestant theologian of the Reformation held the view that human free will is predetermined. While rejecting the role of free will, Calvinism maintains that God’s grace is irresistible.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

Saint Thomas Aquinas held the view that God’s omnipotence does not include predetermination of human will. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that predestination is consistent with free will since God moves the soul according to its nature. Do I make my own choices while God foreordained my circumstances? Does God have foreknowledge of my reaction to His Choice? If God foreordained the circumstances, the choices, and the destiny of the person according to His Perfect Will, how to explain the exercise of free will? It appears to me that God may elect or predestinate the circumstances of a person and make a choice on His own initiative based on His knowing in advance the reactions of the person to His Will. Man’s free will is like the game of chess; man can make his moves while playing the game according to God’s plan while God is the second Player with whom man must contend.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The Hindu Temple, Malibu, Southern California. Is this the Temple in which I am destined to worship the LORD GOD? The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Ephesians, Chapter 2, verse. 21 reads: “In Him the Whole building is joined together and rises to become a Holy Temple in the LORD.” Why does this Temple in Malibu treats me as a Foreigner and Alien providing an external contingency that took away my Freedom?

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life


Simon Cyrene

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

 

The Ground Reality of Rudi Connection at Whole Foods. Grounded in Life vs Grounded for Life

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

Yes indeed, Life is Complicated. The complexity of Life involves the inability to attach specific meanings to the words used in our daily conversation. The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in life for Rudi thoroughly understands the Ground Substance of Life. But, in reality, Rudi is grounded like Jonah who lives while being trapped in the belly of a Big Fish.

What does it mean to be grounded in Life?

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

When you’re grounded, you’re in complete control of your mental and emotional self, and not easily influenced by other ideas or individuals. Those who are grounded allow life’s small mishaps to roll off their shoulders.

Definition of  grounded (adjective)

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The word grounded (adjective) describes the attributes of a person who is mentally and emotionally stable : admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentiousremains grounded despite all the praise and attention.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

What are the other words for grounded?

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The word grounded is also used to describe a person who is restricted to his room in his home and is not allowed to partake in certain acts of personal entertainment for its purpose is viewed as an act of punishment.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life.

A sensible and reasonable person uses facts and evidence to ascertain the boundaries of his personal freedom to understand the restrictions imposed upon his participation in social and recreational activities by the external circumstances regulating his life.

Rudi is grounded in life and finds himself grounded for the rest of his life:

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

A well grounded person cannot escape from the consequences of the external circumstances that regulate life and control the living condition. Even while residing in a free nation, an individual may not find freedom in his individualistic human experience.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

In my analysis, freedom is a myth, an illusion for the man is fundamentally trapped inside the belly of a great fish prepared by God.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The biblical prophet Jonah represents the reality of my life’s journey. God has foreknowledge of my thoughts and actions and has prepared the place for my entrapment without giving me any further access to seek the freedom of movement. Just like Jonah, I am surprised to find myself alive in the body of a fish. Just like Jonah, I give thanks to God for keeping me alive. However, I do not share the hope and confidence of Jonah about the ultimate deliverance. Jonah fervently prayed and the fish vomited him onto the dry land after holding him captive for three days and three nights. I do not pray for my freedom as I am not born free. The big fish values its own freedom of movement and declares itself to be the champion of freedom without any concern for the lack of my individual freedom and personal liberty. I may share Jonah’s sense of self-pride, self-centered egotism, without proper respect for God or love for my enemies. I want God to account for His own actions while I taste the bitter fruits borne out of my own actions.

India is my country of origin. I left India in January 1984 due to a concern about my freedom after alienation or estrangement from my birth social community which has driven me to relinquish my Permanent Regular Commission in the Indian Army Medical Corps. I reached the United States during July 1986 to eventually experience that I have lost all freedom; I gave up freedom associated with my Indian citizenship and found that my existence is not dependent upon freedom but upon Divine Providence and Divine Grace. Do I have a choice? Is freedom an entitlement? Is there freedom in Free World? Freedom is it self-determined or is it determined by external causes?

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The word ‘freedom’ has many meanings – theological, metaphysical, psychological, moral, natural, and civil. Freedom may mean enjoyment of personal liberty, of not being a slave, nor a prisoner, and it speaks about the freedom in acting and choosing. Freedom may imply the state of not being subject to determining forces.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

I arrived in the United States for I believe in the Motto of this Nation: “In God We Trust.” The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Ephesians, Chapter 2, verse. 19 speaks of my quest for freedom: “Consequently, you are no longer Foreigners and Aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household,”

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

I seek freedom to enter God’s household for I am not a foreigner, or alien. There is a promise in The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Romans, Chapter 9, verse. 25: As He says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;”

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

“Free World” is a Cold War era term often used by the US to describe those countries that are not in the sphere of influence of Communist States like the Soviet Union, or the People’s Republic of China. United States is the Leader of the Free World, and it is the world’s Democratic Superpower. In response to Communist China’s military occupation of the sovereign nation of Tibet, the United States to defend its own national interests and to combat the threat of Communist Expansionism, President Truman and President Eisenhower initiated programs in 1950s to render assistance to the Tibetan Resistance Movement to uphold the principles of Freedom and Democracy in the Land of Tibet. John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States (1961-1963) created a military alliance/pact between the US, India, and Tibet to contain the military threat posed by Communist China.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life. SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE CONFIRMS NIXON’S VIETNAM TREASON: CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY BEGAN ITS OPERATIONS IN TIBET DURING THE PRESIDENCY OF DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER AND VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD M NIXON WAS FULLY AWARE OF THE TIBETAN RESISTANCE MOVEMENT TO FIGHT CHINA’S OCCUPATION OF TIBET.

In September 1969, I made a deliberate choice to serve in the Indian Army Medical Corps to face the military challenge and threat posed by China after her brutal attack on India across the Himalayan frontier in 1962. On completion of my military training, I joined the US, India, Tibet military alliance/pact and was posted to Headquarters Establishment No. 22, a military organization also known to public as Vikas Regiment and Special Frontier Force. I view myself as very passionate defender of Freedom and Democracy. During the years spent in India, in my imagination I had freedom to choose and act and deliberately expressed this sense of personal freedom when I got married in January 1973. This personal choice had its own consequences. It initiated a process of alienation and estrangement from my birth-related social community. The first blow to my sense of social identity and birth affiliation was delivered in May 1976 while I was at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. By year 1982, I fully recognized that I have no freedom to choose, or act without compromising my sense of self-respect, and self-dignity. For all practical purposes, in my estimate, I was transformed into a Foreigner or Alien while I was still serving my country as a Commissioned Officer of its Armed Forces. It undermined my ability to serve in the Armed Forces to defend Freedom of the Country while in my perception I existed as Foreigner or Alien. At that time, as the father of two young children, I felt that I have no choice other than that of leaving India to find a place in another part of Free World, a place prepared for me by God. Having stepped inside of the mouth of a big fish, I got easily swallowed by the force of the external circumstances. Now, I am conscious of the lack of freedom to make choices, or I may state that I am only free to make a choice that is foreordained or predetermined.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

In the drama of human life and history, do we have capacity to choose our Life according to our Free Will? The issue of human freedom, and Freedom in World may have to be reconciled with God’s omniscience, and omnipotence. We must understand as to what extent the will of an individual can and does determine some of his acts. If man is entirely dependent upon God’s power, can man make bad, or evil choices? Do we need divine grace for both meritorious, and even terrible acts? How to define the problem of the universal supposition of responsibility for personal actions? Can there be Freedom in the absence of Divine Providence, and Divine Grace?

DETERMINISM AND FREE WILL:

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The kid in the above photo image apparently has free will and can choose to get wet in the rain. He can also choose to remain under the shade and keep dry. This ability to choose is operated by an external contingency called rain. Does man have the natural ability to make choices in the face of all types of external contingencies? Plato held that actions are determined by the extent of a person’s understanding, or reasoning. The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Romans, Chapter 8, verses 28-30 describe the concept of “Predestination.” Verse. 30 reads: “Moreover, those He predestined, them He also called; those He called, them He also Justified; those He justified, them He also glorified.” I live in expectation of finding this ‘glory’ in the eyes of God.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The term free will refers to the power or capacity to choose among alternatives. It refers to the ability to act in certain situations independently of natural, social, or divine restraints. Will is the factor which turns human thought into human action and behavior. Existentialist thinkers like Jean Paul Sartre speak about the concept of a radical, perpetual, and frequently agonizing freedom of choice. Sartre claims that man is “condemned to be free” even though his situation may be wholly determined. Behavioral psychologists hold the view that human action and behavior is determined by the nature of an external environmental stimulus.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

Sigmund Freud held the view that human actions are determined by hidden mental causes which control their actions; “You have an illusion of a psychic freedom within you which you do not want to give up.” Freud recommends that this “deeply rooted belief in psychic freedom and choice” must be given up because it “is quite unscientific.” Man appears to be subject to the Law of Cause and Necessity or is governed by a doctrine of Psychic Determinism.

THE DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION:

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

Saint Augustine (354-430), Doctor of the Church, founder of Christian theology followed the doctrine of predestination or divine grace that states God’s superintendence of the Whole Cosmos and everything in it.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life.

Martin Luther (November 10, 1483, to February 18, 1546), German theologian, leader of the Protestant Reformation held the view that everything is determined by God from the beginning.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

John Calvin (1509 – 1564), French Protestant theologian of the Reformation held the view that human free will is predetermined. While rejecting the role of free will, Calvinism maintains that God’s grace is irresistible.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

Saint Thomas Aquinas held the view that God’s omnipotence does not include predetermination of human will. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that predestination is consistent with free will since God moves the soul according to its nature. Do I make my own choices while God foreordained my circumstances? Does God have foreknowledge of my reaction to His Choice? If God foreordained the circumstances, the choices, and the destiny of the person according to His Perfect Will, how to explain the exercise of free will? It appears to me that God may elect or predestinate the circumstances of a person and make a choice on His own initiative based on His knowing in advance the reactions of the person to His Will. Man’s free will is like the game of chess; man can make his moves while playing the game according to God’s plan while God is the second Player with whom man must contend.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

The Hindu Temple, Malibu, Southern California. Is this the Temple in which I am destined to worship the LORD GOD? The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Ephesians, Chapter 2, verse. 21 reads: “In Him the Whole building is joined together and rises to become a Holy Temple in the LORD.” Why does this Temple in Malibu treats me as a Foreigner and Alien providing an external contingency that took away my Freedom?

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life


Simon Cyrene

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is grounded in Life, but Rudi is grounded for the rest of his life

 

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods inherited the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration

Yes indeed, Life is Complicated. The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods, Ann Arbor dates back to April 1997, whereas the Rudi-Nixon-Ford-Ann Arbor Connection dates back to September 1971. My Journey to arrive in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA started on July 26, 1986 and the journey was predestined for I inherited the doomed presidency of the Nixon-Ford US administration.

REMEMBERING AUGUST 08, 1974 – NIXON RESIGNS

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. The M14 Service Rifle was issued to me in September 1971.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. REMEMBERING AUGUST 08, 1974 – NIXON RESIGNS. I AM A REFUGEE. A SLAVE IN FREE NATION.

On August 08, 1974, I was stationed in India at the Military Hospital Wing, Headquarters Establishment Number. 22, C/O 56 APO, of Special Frontier Force (Vikas Regiment). Because of my lifetime regimental affiliation to Special Frontier Force, Nixon/Kissinger/Ford live in my memory for their actions providing aid and comfort to the Enemy while we dedicated our lives to secure Democracy, Freedom, Peace, and Justice in Southeast Asia.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. This Day in My Life. August 09. From Freedom Struggle to Antislavery Campaign.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. REMEMBERING AUGUST 08, 1974 – NIXON RESIGNS. I AM A REFUGEE. A SLAVE IN FREE NATION.

In my analysis, Nixon-Kissinger Vietnam Treason predetermined my Refugee Status, the Status of a Slave living in a Free Nation.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. DOOMED PRESIDENT GERALD FORD’S FRATERNITY HOUSE BUILDING DISCOVERS REDEEMER TO GET NEW LEASE ON LIFE.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. DOOMED PRESIDENT GERALD FORD’S FRATERNITY BUILDING DISCOVERS REDEEMER. DKE ‘SHANT’ BUILDING AT 611 1/2 EAST. WILLIAM STREET, ANN ARBOR OBTAINED NEW LEASE OF LIFE.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. A brick donated by former President Gerald Ford sits in the ground outside the Shant, the traditional gathering house for members of Delta Kappa Epsilon’s Omicron chapter at the University of Michigan. Ford was a member of DKE. Angela Cesere | AnnArbor.com


THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 08/08/1974 – NIXON RESIGNS 

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. Remembering August 08, 1974 – Nixon Resigns. I am a Refugee. A SLAVE IN FREE NATION.

On this day in 1974, on an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

NIXON RESIGNS

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In an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

Just before noon the next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House. After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” He later pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.

On June 17, 1972, five men, including a salaried security coordinator for President Nixon’s reelection committee, were arrested for breaking into and illegally wiretapping the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Washington, D.C., Watergate complex. Soon after, two other former White House aides were implicated in the break-in, but the Nixon administration denied any involvement. Later that year, reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post discovered a higher-echelon conspiracy surrounding the incident, and a political scandal of unprecedented magnitude erupted.

In May 1973, the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, headed by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina, began televised proceedings on the rapidly escalating Watergate affair. One week later, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was sworn in as special Watergate prosecutor. During the Senate hearings, former White House legal counsel John Dean testified that the Watergate break-in had been approved by former Attorney General John Mitchell with the knowledge of White House advisers John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman and that President Nixon had been aware of the cover-up. Meanwhile, Watergate prosecutor Cox and his staff began to uncover widespread evidence of political espionage by the Nixon reelection committee, illegal wiretapping of thousands of citizens by the administration, and contributions to the Republican Party in return for political favors.

In July, the existence of what was to be called the Watergate tapes–official recordings of White House conversations between Nixon and his staff–was revealed during the Senate hearings. Cox subpoenaed these tapes, and after three months of delay President Nixon agreed to send summaries of the recordings. Cox rejected the summaries, and Nixon fired him. His successor as special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, leveled indictments against several high-ranking administration officials, including Mitchell and Dean, who were duly convicted.

Public confidence in the president rapidly waned, and by the end of July 1974, the House Judiciary Committee had adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon: obstruction of justice, abuse of presidential powers, and hindrance of the impeachment process. On July 30, under coercion from the Supreme Court, Nixon finally released the Watergate tapes. On August 5, transcripts of the recordings were released, including a segment in which the president was heard instructing Haldeman to order the FBI to halt the Watergate investigation. Three days later, Nixon announced his resignation.

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1968 Nixon and Agnew receive the Republican Party nomination

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1973 Vice President Agnew under attack
Vice President Agnew branded reports that he took kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland as “damned lies.” Agnew had taken a lot of heat in the media when he assumed a leadership position as Nixon’s point man on Vietnam. He frequently attacked the student protest movement.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. Remembering August 08, 1974. Nixon Resigns. I am a Refugee. A Slave in Free Nation.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods remembers August 08, for inheriting the doomed presidency of Nixon-Ford US administration. My Nixon-Ford Connection. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on University of Michigan Campus in Ann Arbor speaks of my Nixon-Ford Connection since 1970s.

The Philosophy of Medicine. The diagnosis of good and positive health is more important than the diagnosis of ill health

THIS ENTRY IS DEDICATED TO LORD GAUTAMA BUDDHA KNOWN AS SIDDHARTHA (“HE WHO WILL ACCOMPLISH”)   

SIDDHARTHA – GAUTAMA BUDDHA (c. 563 to c. 483 BC):”Whatever is born, produced, conditioned, contains within itself the nature of its own dissolution.”

(The photo image of Lord Gautama Buddha belongs to Ms. Ewa Serwicka. www.dalekoniedaleko.pl

Prince Siddhartha got married at age 16 leading a life of luxury and comfort in a royal palace. While he took a fateful chariot trip outside the palace, for the first time in his life, the young prince witnessed irremediable suffering in the form of physical disability, sickness, old age, and death. He left the palace at the age of 29 leaving behind his young wife and an infant son. After 6 years of ascetic life, while meditating under a pipal tree (later called ‘Bodhi’ or Tree of Enlightenment), he became Supreme Buddha (c.528 BC) and preached his first sermon at Sarnath and continued his preaching until his death 49 years later. The Full Moon Day of the month of May or Vaisakh is celebrated as ‘Buddha Purnima’. He outlined his doctrine of the Four Noble Truths; 1. Suffering or Dukha is implicit in Existence. 2. Suffering has a cause – the Doctrine of ‘Dependent Origination’ – suffering is the result of one’s desires for pleasure, power, and continued existence. 3. Suffering can cease ( stop desiring ). 4. Cessation of suffering can be brought about by the practice of the Noble Eightfold Path; Right Views, Intentions, Speech, Conduct, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, and Concentration. Buddha had preached to his followers, known as ‘Sangha’, the True Law or Dharma. He had described a three-part scheme of Buddhist life which combines 1. Initial Faith or Saddha, 2. Training in concentration or meditation called Samadhi, and 3. Ethical and Disciplinary practices called Sila. Unlike Jesus Christ, Buddha never performed miracles. Buddha was not superhuman. Buddha did not restore life to any dead person. Buddha did not restore vision to any blind person. Buddha did not restore the hearing ability of any deaf person. Buddha did not restore the ability of speech of any mute person. Buddha did not miraculously heal any sickness or cure bodily disabilities or infirmities. Gautama Buddha believed that the greatest miracle was to explain the truth and to make a man realize it.   

PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE:   

I define Philosophy of Medicine as a systematic study of physical, mental, social, moral, and spiritual aspects of man’s well-being in relation to health and disease using reflective methods characteristic of Philosophy. This is a systematic study of man as a physical, social, moral, and spiritual being. I am concerned with the status of man in the world, in his natural environment, in his community, and as an ‘Individual’. Man has come into existence as an individual and he exists as an individual according to the Law of Individuality. Man’s existence is defended by his Immune System that deploys unique molecules (polymers) that display Molecular Individualism. Unlike Gautama Buddha, I explore the problem of human suffering from my definitions of health and disease. If desire is a causative agent of disease and suffering, I would explore that connection. My philosophical insights would help to make inferences about the purpose and meaning of human life. Philosophy of Medicine is not a ‘Mantra’ or a Magical Word. I am not superhuman. I do not promise miracles. Philosophy of Medicine while exploring the Nature of Human Existence provides the understanding of the vital connections that establish, maintain, and sustain Human Existence. Such understanding provides a sensory experience called ‘Madhurya’, a sensation of Sweetness which enables man to function better and overcome obstacles; and I maintain that Philosophy of Medicine provides a bodily experience called ‘Ananda’, a sense of perfect happiness, pure joy, bliss, and contentment. The goal is not Enlightenment or Nirvana. The purpose is that of improving the quality of life and gain the experience of a whole life.   

“VAIDYO  NARAYANO HARI”:   

Philosophy of Medicine. The natural healing process is a divine gift.

Physicians are able to provide preventive, curative, restorative, and rehabilitative services because of the human body’s natural ability to heal itself. The repair process by which body heals itself is described as Inflammation and Repair. Human existence is possible because of these valuable, protective, natural healing mechanisms. This process and these mechanisms are not under a man’s voluntary control. Indian thinkers claim that the Physician (Vaidya) is equal to LORD God known as Narayana, or Hari. It does not imply that a physician could be superhuman or could perform miracles. A physician understands the natural mechanisms that assist healing and he could use them and manipulate them to provide a remedy or cure. Physician could aim to get connected to the Divine Gifts of Healing that already exist and could seek a better outcome while treating a sick or injured person. The mechanism and the natural process could be identified as DIVINE.   

MEDICINE  AND  FAITH:   

LORD RAMA – Indian Tradition claims that His name acts like a Medicine to cure the sickness or problems associated with Human Existence.- “Sareere jarjaree bhuuthe, vyaadhigraste kalebare, Aushadham Jahnavee toyam, Vaidyo NarayanO Hari.”

 The problems of disease, sickness, and disability associated with human life should not come as a surprise. The verse quoted in the above caption states that human body naturally experiences age related decay, deterioration of function, and is prone to infirmities.  The verse further mentions that human body is subject to sickness or disease. Medicine is viewed as the equivalent of the sacred waters of Ganga or River Ganges. Indian Tradition believes that the waters of Ganga are holy and could wipe away man’s sins and cure his spiritual sickness. Similarly, the Doctor of Medicine could administer medicine or provide medical intervention invoking the Divine Power of Ganga and qualify himself to be known as Lord Narayana or Hari. It suggests that the Physician should seek positive motivation while giving a medicine and the patient should be inspired to believe in the efficacy of that medicine. In any case, seeking or expecting a negative outcome would not be of any use in real life.   

THE THREATS AND CHALLENGES TO HUMAN EXISTENCE:   

Adi Shankaracharya cautions people, when Death knocks on the door, be prepared for the inevitable consequences :”Bhaja Govindam, Bhaja Govindam, Govindam Bhaja Muudha mate; Sampraptey Sannihitey kaale, nahi, nahi Rakshati dukrun karane.”

The threats and challenges to human health and well-being come from several directions. Tragically, very healthy individuals may sometimes succumb to injury or sickness. The causative factors of several diseases still remain a mystery. There are several medical conditions which are well-known and well understood but they have no proper remedy or cure. There are medical situations where the only choice that is available would be that of seeking Divine Mercy, Grace, and Compassion.   

‘SARVE SANTU NIRAMAYA’ –  FREEDOM FROM DISEASE AND SICKNESS:   

The Motto of Indian Army Medical Corps is 'SARVE SANTU NIRAMAYA' - MAY EVERYBODY LIVE IN PERFECT HEALTH AND BE FREE FROM SICKNESS.
The Motto of the Indian Army Medical Corps is ‘SARVE SANTU NIRAMAYA’ – MAY EVERYBODY LIVE IN PERFECT HEALTH AND BE FREE FROM SICKNESS.

The Motto of the Indian Army Medical Corps is ‘Sarve Santu Niramaya’. This is an idea expressed in the Upanishads. The hymn appears as a benediction to invoke ‘Peace’ and hence it is known as a ‘Shanti Mantra’.  

Philosophy of Medicine. The diagnosis of good and positive health is more important than the diagnosis of ill-health.

May everybody be blessed with happiness (Sukhinah), May everybody live in perfect health free from sickness (Niramaya), May everybody be assured of well-being , lead a life that is safe and secure (Bhadrani), and May there be no mental thought that could arouse sorrow or grief (Dukh bhaag).   

Philosophy of Medicine. The diagnosis of good and positive health is more important than the diagnosis of ill-health.

Philosophy of Medicine will explore all these concepts and arrange the information into a meaningful pattern and interpret it to describe the reality of the health status. The purpose of Medical Science is to describe and codify observations and experiences. My service in the Indian Army Medical Corps provided me the insights to understand and define Good Health and my goal is to keep people in Positive Health.   

Philosophy of Medicine. The diagnosis of good and positive health is more important than the diagnosis of ill-health.

 

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality.

Yes indeed. Life is Complicated. The complexity of Life involves the lack of correspondence between the world of imagination and the Ground Reality. The United Nations designated July 30 as the International Friendship Day. In India, the first Sunday of August is celebrated as the Happy Friendship Day. On Sunday, August 07, 2022, the Rudi Connection at Whole Foods is not really connected to any Friend and hence there is no formal celebration of the Happy Friendship Day.

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The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality. Will You Be My Friend?

Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to the Ground Reality

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality.

On February 20, 1962 I was a student at Giriraj Government Arts College, Nizamabad, India entertaining my dreams of Friendship and living life with Space Fantasy. Space Travel was the topic of my presentation at my College Seminar sponsored by the Science Association. I briefly floated a Club that I named as Friendship Club to bring youth together in promoting Democracy, Freedom, and Peace, the American Values I imbibed.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality.

On Sunday, August 07, 2022, the Happy Friendship Day, I am sharing the story about Friendship 7 Spacecraft to tell the world that I do not have an American Friend with whom I can communicate the Ground Reality that put an end to my Space Fantasy.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality.

AN AMERICAN ORBITS EARTH – FEBRUARY 20, 1962 – HISTORY.com

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality.

From Cape Canaveral, Florida, John Hershel Glenn Jr. is successfully launched into space aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut.

Glenn, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, was among the seven men chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1959 to become America’s first astronauts. A decorated pilot, he flew nearly 150 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War. In 1957, he made the first nonstop supersonic flight across the United States, flying from Los Angeles to New York in three hours and 23 minutes.

Glenn was preceded in space by two Americans, Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, and two Soviets, Yuri A. Gagarin and Gherman S. Titov. In April 1961, Gagarin was the first man in space, and his spacecraft Vostok 1 made a full orbit before returning to Earth. Less than one month later, Shepard was launched into space aboard Freedom 7 on a suborbital flight. In July, Grissom made another brief suborbital flight aboard Liberty Bell 7. In August, with the Americans still having failed to make an orbital flight, the Russians sprinted further ahead in the space race when Titov spent more than 25 hours in space aboard Vostok 2, making 17 orbits. As a technological power, the United States was looking very much second-rate compared with its Cold War adversary. If the Americans wanted to dispel this notion, they needed a multi-orbital flight before another Soviet space advance arrived.

It was with this responsibility in mind that John Glenn lifted off from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral at 9:47 a.m. on February 20, 1962. Some 100,000 spectators watched on the ground nearby and millions more saw it on television. After separating from its launching rocket, the bell-shaped Friendship 7 capsule entered into an orbit around Earth at a speed of about 17,500 miles per hour. Smoothing into orbit, Glenn radioed back, “Capsule is turning around. Oh, that view is tremendous.”

During Friendship 7‘s first orbit, Glenn noticed what he described as small, glowing fireflies drifting by the capsule’s tiny window. It was some time later that NASA mission control determined that the sparks were crystallized water vapor released by the capsule’s air-conditioning system. Before the end of the first orbit, a more serious problem occurred when Friendship 7‘s automatic control system began to malfunction, sending the capsule into erratic movements. At the end of the orbit, Glenn switched to manual control and regained command of the craft.

Toward the end of Glenn’s third and last orbit, mission control received a mechanical signal from the spacecraft indicating that the heat shield on the base of the capsule was possibly loose. Traveling at its immense speed, the capsule would be incinerated if the shield failed to absorb and dissipate the extremely high reentry temperatures. It was decided that the craft’s retrorockets, usually jettisoned before reentry, would be left on in order to better secure the heat shield. Less than a minute later, Friendship 7 slammed into Earth’s atmosphere.

During Glenn’s fiery descent back to Earth, the straps holding the retrorockets gave way and flapped violently by his window as a shroud of ions caused by excessive friction enveloped the spacecraft, causing Glenn to lose radio contact with mission control. As mission control anxiously waited for the resumption of radio transmissions that would indicate Glenn’s survival, he watched flaming chunks of retrorocket fly by his window. After four minutes of radio silence, Glenn’s voice crackled through loudspeakers at mission control, and Friendship 7 splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean. He was picked up by the USS destroyer Noa, and his first words upon stepping out of the capsule and onto the deck of the Noa were, “It was hot in there.” He had spent nearly five hours in space.

Glenn was hailed as a national hero, and on February 23 President John F. Kennedy visited him at Cape Canaveral. He later addressed Congress and was given a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

Out of a reluctance to risk the life of an astronaut as popular as Glenn, NASA essentially grounded the “Clean Marine” in the years after his historic flight. Frustrated with this uncharacteristic lack of activity, Glenn turned to politics and in 1964 announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate from his home state of Ohio and formally left NASA. Later that year, however, he withdrew his Senate bid after seriously injuring his inner ear in a fall. In 1970, following a stint as a Royal Crown Cola executive, he ran for the Senate again but lost the Democratic nomination to Howard Metzenbaum. Four years later, he defeated Metzenbaum, won the general election, and went on to win reelection three times. In 1984, he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president.

In early 1998, NASA announced it had approved Glenn to serve as a payload specialist on the space shuttle Discovery. On October 29, 1998, nearly four decades after his famous orbital flight, the 77-year-old Glenn became the oldest human ever to travel in space. During the nine-day mission, he served as part of a NASA study on health problems associated with aging. In 1999, he retired from his U.S. Senate seat after four consecutive terms in office, a record for the state of Ohio.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods has no Friend to celebrate the Happy Friendship Day 2022. Where is Friendship? From Space Fantasy to Ground Reality.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods shares the Whole Dude Concept of Whole Peace and Whole Harmony

Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Yes indeed, Life is Complicated. The complexity of Life demands the experience of Peace and Harmony to bring together Whole Foods, Whole People, and Whole Planet. Without the experience of peace and harmony, there can be no experience of Life.

Whole Dude-Whole Planet-Whole Peace-Whole Harmony. Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Hiroshima on Saturday, August 06, 2022 marked the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, as the mayor of the Japanese city urged global leaders to unite to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

The United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, destroying the city and killing 140,000 people. It dropped a second bomb three days later on Nagasaki, killing another 70,000. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II and Japan’s nearly half-century of aggression in Asia.

Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

WHOLE DUDE-WHOLE PEACE-WHOLE HARMONY:

Whole Dude-Whole Planet-Whole Peace-Whole Harmony. May Well-being be unto all, May Peace be unto all, May Fulfillment be unto all, May Prosperity be unto all. O’ LORD, Let there be Peace, Complete Peace, Perfect Peace and Whole Peace in all the realms of human existence. Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

The idea of peace is always associated with the idea of well-being and good health. The idea of perfect well-being also includes ideas of inner peace, tranquility, and harmony. The physical, mental, and social well-being are a part of man’s well-being in the environment, and community where he lives. To achieve perfect, and complete peace or Whole Peace, we must include the dimensions of the man’s moral, and spiritual well-being apart from the physical, mental, and social well-being. The aspects of external and internal or inner peace work together to contribute a Blissful Existence while man experiences Joy in his mind, and Love in his heart. Hence, peace is not mere absence of war and strife.

Whole Dude-Whole Planet-Whole Peace-Whole Harmony. Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Whole Dude, Whole Self or Whole Person lives in a perfect, and complete State of Bliss if his physical, mental, social, moral, and spiritual well-being is assured. I seek this Whole Peace as a Blessing from LORD GOD Creator.

Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima. Whole Dude-Whole Planet-Whole Peace-Whole Harmony. The Shanti Mantra invokes Peace, Perfect Peace, and Whole Peace as a Blessing received from Lord God Creator. Om, Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu, Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu, Om, Shanti,Shanti, Shanti Hi.

I say, the concept of Whole Peace relates to the physical, mental, social, moral, and spiritual well-being of the man in his environment, and community. What do you say?

Please share your thoughts and views.

Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima. Whole Dude-Whole Planet-Whole Peace-Whole Harmony
Whole Dude-Whole Planet-Whole Peace-Whole Harmony. Saturday, August 06, 2022. The Rudi Connection reflects upon 77th Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Predestination

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism

Yes indeed, Life is Complicated. The most baffling complexity of Life involves the man’s apparent ability to make choices while trapped in a Body that is governed by Conditioned Existence over which the man has no choice.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism. My existence is not dependent upon Freedom or Free Will but on Divine Providence. Do I have a choice? Is Freedom an entitlement? Is there Freedom in Free World? Freedom is it self-determined or is it determined by external causes?

The word ‘Freedom’ has many meanings –  theological, metaphysical, psychological, moral, natural, and civil. Freedom may mean enjoyment of personal liberty, of not being a slave, nor a prisoner, and in essence it speaks about the freedom in acting and choosing. Freedom may imply the state of not being subject to determining forces. Is it self-determined or is it determined by external causes?

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism.
Freedom in Free World: I have arrived in the United States for I shared the Motto of this Nation: "In God We Trust." The New Testament Book, Apostle Paul's Letter to Ephesians, Chapter 2, verse# 19 speaks of my quest for Freedom: "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household,..."  How can I find that Freedom to enter God's household if I am a Foreigner, or Alien???
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism. Freedom in Free World: I arrived in the United States for I shared the Motto of this Nation: “In God We Trust.” The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Ephesians, Chapter 2, verse# 19 speaks of my quest for Freedom: “Consequently, you are no longer Foreigners and Aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household,…” How can I find that Freedom to enter God’s household if I am a Foreigner, or Alien? There is a promise in The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Romans, Chapter 9, verse# 25: As He says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;”

“Free World” is a Cold War era term often used by the US to describe those countries that are not in the sphere of influence of Communist States like the Soviet Union, or the People’s Republic of China. United States is the Leader of the Free World, and it is the world’s Democratic Superpower. In response to Communist China’s military occupation of the autonomous nation of Tibet, United States to defend its own national interests and to combat the threat of Communist expansionism, initiated a program to render assistance to the Tibetan resistance movement to uphold the principles of Freedom and Democracy in the Land of Tibet. John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States (1961-1963) created  a military alliance/pact between the US, India, and Tibet to fight the military threat posed by China. During 1969, I made a deliberate choice to serve in India’s Armed Forces to face the military challenge and threat posed by China after it had brutally attacked India across its Himalayan frontier during 1962. On completion of my military training, I was posted to this US, India, Tibet military organization called Establishment No. 22, Special Frontier Force, or Vikas Regiment. I was very passionate about defending the cause of Freedom and Democracy. I spent several years in India and I had imagined that I had freedom to choose and act and had deliberately expressed this sense of personal freedom when I got married during 1973. This choice had its consequences. It initiated a process of alienation and estrangement from my birth-related social community. The first blow to my sense of social identity and birth affiliation was delivered during 1976 while I was at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. By the year 1982, I recognized that I have no freedom to choose, or act without compromising my sense of self-respect, and self-dignity. For all practical purposes, I was transformed into a Foreigner or Alien while I was still serving my country as a Commissioned Officer of its Armed Forces. It undermined my ability to serve in the Armed Forces to defend the Freedom of the country while I was perceived as a Foreigner or Alien. Now, I am conscious of the lack of freedom to make choices, or I may state that I am only free to make a choice that is foreordained, or predetermined.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism

In the drama of human life and history, do we have the capacity to choose our Life? The issue of human freedom, and freedom in world may have to be reconciled with God’s omniscience, and omnipotence to understand as to what extent the will of an individual can and does determine some of his acts. If man is entirely dependent upon God’s power, can man make bad, or evil choices? Do we need divine grace for both meritorious, and even bad acts? How to define the problem of the universal supposition of responsibility for personal actions? Can there be Freedom in the absence of Divine Providence, and Divine Grace?

Determinism vs Free Will:

This Kid is apparently has Free Will and can choose to get wet in the rain. He can also choose to remain under a shade and keep dry. This ability to choose is operated by an external contingency called rain. Does man have the natural ability to make choices in the face of all types of external contingencies. Plato held that actions are determined by the extent of a person's understanding, or reasoning.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism. This Kid apparently has Free Will and can choose to get wet in the rain. He can also choose to remain under a shade and keep dry. This ability to choose is operated by an external contingency called rain. Does man have the natural ability to make choices in the face of all types of external contingencies? Plato held that actions are determined by the extent of a person’s understanding, or reasoning. The New Testament Book, The Epistle of Apostle Paul to Romans, Chapter 8, verses 28-30 describe the concept of “Predestination.” Verse# 30 reads: “Moreover, those He predestined, them He also called; those He called, them He also Justified; those He justified, them He also glorified.” I live in the expectation of finding this ‘glory’ in the eyes of God.

The term Free Will refers to the power or capacity to choose among alternatives. It refers to the ability to act in certain situations independently of natural, social, or divine restraints. Will is the factor which turns human thought into human action and behavior. Existentialist thinkers like Jean Paul Sartre speak about the concept of a radical, perpetual, and frequently agonizing freedom of choice. Sartre claims that man is “condemned to be free” even though his situation may be wholly determined. Behavioral psychologists hold the view that human action and behavior is determined by the nature of an external environmental stimulus.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism

Sigmund Freud held the view that human actions are determined by hidden mental causes which control their actions; “You have an illusion of a psychic freedom within you which you do not want to give up.” Freud recommends that this “deeply rooted belief in psychic freedom and choice” must be given up because it “is quite unscientific.” Man appears to be subject to the Law of Cause and Necessity, or is governed by a doctrine of Psychic Determinism.

The Doctrine of Predestination:

Saint Augustine(354-430), Doctor of the Church, founder of Christian theology followed the doctrine of predestination or divine grace that states God's superintendence of the Whole Cosmos and everything in it.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism. Saint Augustine (354-430), Doctor of the Church, founder of Christian theology followed the doctrine of predestination or divine grace that states God’s superintendence of the Whole Cosmos and everything in it.
Martin Luther(November 10, 1483 to February 18, 1546), German theologian, leader of the Protestant Reformation held the view that everything is determined by God from the beginning.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism. Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 to February 18, 1546), German theologian, leader of the Protestant Reformation held the view that everything is determined by God from the beginning.
John Calvin(1509 - 1564), French Protestant theologian of the Reformation held the view that human free will is predetermined. While rejecting the role of free will, Calvinism maintains that God's grace is irresistible.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism.John Calvin (1509 – 1564), French Protestant theologian of the Reformation held the view that human free will is predetermined. While rejecting the role of free will, Calvinism maintains that God’s grace is irresistible.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism. Aquino’s held the view of God’s omnipotence does not include the predetermination of human will.

Saint Thomas Aquinas held the view that God’s omnipotence does not include the predetermination of human will. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that predestination is consistent with free will since God moves the soul according to its nature. Do I make my own choices while God foreordained my circumstances? Does God have foreknowledge of my reaction to His Choice? If God foreordained the circumstances, the choices, and the destiny of the person according to His Perfect Will, how to explain the exercise of free will? It appears to me that God may elect or predestinate the circumstances of a person and make a choice on His own initiative on the basis of His knowing in advance the reactions of the person to His Will. Man’s free will is like the game of chess; man can make his moves while playing the game according to God’s plan while God is the second Player with whom man has to contend.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods cannot choose between Free Will and Determinism

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess

Yes indeed, Life is Complicated. The complexity of Life involves the moves the man makes to live his life as if he is playing a game of chess. But, everything depends upon the opponent against whom the man is playing his game of chess.

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess

Human existence could be viewed as a game of chess. Depending upon the nature of the opponent, human existence faces challenges from several directions which may not be anticipated and man may or may not be able to escape from the danger posed to his existence. 

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess

The popular game of Chess is played on a Chessboard by two players each with 16 pieces. The game pieces have varying abilities of movement over the Chessboard. The piece identified as ‘King’ can move in all directions but can only move by one space during a given move.    

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. Human Existence could be viewed as a Game of Chess. If I am the player, who would be my opponent?
The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. In the Game of Chess, the King moves one space in any direction.
The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess
The Queen is the most powerful piece on the board. While you can win without her, she will do the most damage and has the most maneuverability of all the pieces. She can move as many moves in ANY direction. forward or backward. The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess
.The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess
The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. The move is known as ‘Checkmate’ – Its relevance to Human Existence

The object of the Game of Chess is to ‘Checkmate’ the opponent player’s King. The move that is known as ‘Checkmate’ wins the Chess game by checking the opponent’s King so that it cannot be protected. The condition of the King after such a move indicates complete defeat or that the King is dead.

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. CHRIST – THE DIVINE CHESS PLAYER

Human Existence could be compared to the Game of Chess. A variety of physical, chemical, and biological factors constantly challenge human existence. The man learns to survive by making the necessary moves and by deploying all of his defensive mechanisms and resources. During his life’s journey, the man eventually finds himself in a position without any escape route. Just like the ‘Checkmated’ King, the man may get cornered in a situation that is beyond his control. The Chess game pieces have no ability other than the movement that is allowed by the rules of the Game. Unlike the Chess Game, the man whose existence is ‘Checkmated’, the man whose existence is undefended; the man who is not capable of making any more moves to protect his own existence, may get rescued by an Uplifting Power; and such an ‘Upward’ move is not described in the Game of Chess.     

Man vs God. The Joy of getting Checkmated:

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. MAN vs GOD – THE JOY OF GETTING ‘CHECKMATED’.
The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH ‘SURPRISED BY JOY, C.S. LEWIS DESCRIBES A GAME OF CHESS.

 Clive Staples Lewis (1898 – 1963), Oxford and Cambridge Scholar, novelist, writer of stories for children, and  Literary Critic, in his Autobiographical Sketch titled ‘Surprised by Joy’ visualizes his existence as that of a ‘Divine Pursuit’. It is not the man who searches and eventually finds God. It is rather God who pursues the man throughout his life’s moves. God is the one who searches for man and not vice versa. God goes about seeking the souls that are His. If a man wanders off, God goes to the man in order to reconcile him. God’s searching for man is serious and is not ostensible. If life could be described as Man vs God Chess Game; God skillfully places the man in a position which gives no option of escape and finally God captures the man. C.S. Lewis has entitled the penultimate chapter of his Autobiography as “Checkmate”. Lewis describes God as the Divine Chess player who gradually maneuvers him into an impossible position. “All over the board, my pieces were in the most disadvantageous positions. Soon I could no longer cherish even the illusion that the initiative lay with me. My Adversary began to make His final moves.” When God is the Divine Chess player, getting ‘Checkmated’ is only a moment of great Joy. The man who is defeated, the man who is pursued, and the man who is outmaneuvered, is saved by the ‘Uplifting Power’ of Mercy, Grace, and Compassion of the Divine Chess player.     

The Uplifting Power of the Divine Chess Player:

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. THE UPLIFTING POWER OF CHRIST

In the New Testament Book John, Chapter 10, Jesus describes Himself. In verse 11, He states: “I am the Good Shepherd, the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” And He further clarifies in verses 14 and 15 by stating: “I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess .THE BOOK OF LUKE, CHAPTER 19, VERSE 10: “FOR THE SON OF MAN CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE WHAT WAS LOST.”

The Shepherd and His Flock:

As the shepherd marches ahead, the sheep of his flock follow him from behind and recognize him by the commands of his voice. In the Book Matthew, Chapter 18, verses 12 to 14, Jesus describes the Parable of the Lost Sheep: “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.”  God is not really willing that any of us should be lost. In case we choose to wander off, He is willing to search for us, find us and take us back to His Home. And after saving the lost sheep, Jesus tells about the shepherd: “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” (Book of Luke, Chapter 15, verses 3 – 7). God actually delights Himself by finding the lost among us.     

The Problem of Black Sheep:

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. BLACK SHEEP – WHAT IS THE PROBLEM ?

The problem of “Black Sheep” is not about its color. The word ‘black’ reflects the discredited status of the sheep. Black Sheep means a member of a family or group regarded as not so respectable or successful as the rest. The flock rejects one of its own, and the discredited member is described as the “Black Sheep”. The Shepherd tends to His flock of sheep who recognize Him and follow Him. In the Book John, Chapter 10, verse 9, Jesus describes Himself as the Gate of His sheep pen, and said: “If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” What happens to the “Black Sheep” who is not a member of His flock?  The non-member could be described as a disbeliever. Who would rescue the “Black Sheep” that has wandered off? As a discredited member of my community and my country, the concept of “Black Sheep” and its “Uplift” is of great interest and concern to me.

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. THE PROBLEM OF “BLACK SHEEP” – WOULD THE GOOD SHEPHERD LOOK FOR LOST “BLACK SHEEP”?

Jesus assures us that He is aware of the existence of sheep that may not belong to His sheep pen. In the Book John, Chapter 10, verse 16, He gives a sense of great hope to others who may not know Him and may not live under His protection: “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to My voice, and there shall be One flock and One Shepherd.

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess. JESUS WOULD ALSO FIND THE OTHER SHEEP THAT ARE NOT OF HIS SHEEP PEN. THERE SHALL BE ONE FLOCK AND ONE SHEPHERD.

The Joy of getting Checkmated:

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess

 The Joy of playing the Game of Chess against my Divine Opponent comes from the fact that God knows you, and He takes pleasure in finding you and He gets you back into His Protection even if you have wandered away from Him and got lost. He is aware of the sheep that are not in His sheep pen. Even the “Black Sheep” belong to His sheep pen and He would rejoice when He rescues one lost sheep.

Life is like Chess. I am predestined to lose my Queen and lose the Game:

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess

Life is like Chess. I am predestined to lose my Queen and lose my Game. The Divine Player allowed me to make my moves and choose a Queen as per my ideals. But, my ideals lack the uplifting power of grace, mercy, and compassion. My ideal Queen got sidelined and I had no defender, and no protector to make the final push to block my opponent’s Game.

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess

But, losing the Game, opened the Door to my salvation. My salvation is not a matter of personal choice. I am saved because my salvation is predestined.    

The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess
The Rudi Connection learns the doctrine of predestination to play the Game of Chess.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door

Yes indeed, Life is Complicated. The complexity of Life involves the fundamental problem of mortal existence. It evokes a sense of fear and anxiety even if the fear and anxiety are not overtly expressed in behavior and actions. The man can never escape from the need for peace and tranquility to overcome the challenges of existence.

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door

Human existence evokes a sense of fear and anxiety. The fear is associated with the idea that the journey is long and tedious and the uncertainty of reaching the shore line. The anxiety is because of the fact that the life span is over as the time marches on relentlessly. The passage of day and night, the change of seasons, the spring and the winter, the life span is over even if the individual wants to cling to his life.The life span is compared to air bubbles in water and the bubble exists only for a moment. The long journey generates fear and the short life span produces anxiety. When the heart is troubled and when the mind is afraid, there is no peace.

SEARCHING FOR PEACE

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door

May Your Troubles Be Less and Your Blessings Be More

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door

1. For he himself is our peace. (EPHESIANS 2:14)

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door

2.”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. (JOHN14:27)

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door

3.But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (GALATIANS 5:22-23)

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door

4. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS4:4-7)

The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods Wishes You Less Troubles and More Blessings and Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door
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