You must have a plan.

You must have a plan. If you don’t have a plan, you will become a part of somebody else’s plan.

- Terrence McKenna

Writings of Nichiren Daishonin

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Nichiren was persecuted throughout his lifetime by the Japanese government and by religious powers who considered his revolutionary teachings a grave threat to their continued authority.   Nevertheless, the letters he wrote to his followers, often under the most dire conditions, illustrated that even in the midst of the greatest challenge, he was able to realize the great beauty of life and feel joy and compassion for others – the state of Buddhahood.

Amor fati – love of your fate

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“There is an important idea in Nietzsche, of Amor fati, the “love of your fate,” which is in fact your life. As he says, if you say no to a single factor in your life, you have unraveled the whole thing. Furthermore, the more challenging or threatening the situation or context to be assimilated and affirmed, the greater the stature of the person who can achieve it. The demon that you can swallow gives you its power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Pete Seeger: Last night I had the strangest dream.

“Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream”
Last night I had the strangest dream,

I’d never dreamed before.
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.

I dreamed I saw a mighty room,
The room was full of men.
And the paper they were signing said
They’d never fight again.

And when the paper was all signed,
And a million copies made,
They all joined hands and bowed their heads,
And grateful prayers were prayed.

And the people in the streets below
Were dancing ’round and ’round,
While swords and guns and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground.

Last night I had the strangest dream,
I’d never dreamed before.
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.

Sing your song of liberty

Brothers and sisters
we must come together
as the sun rises before us
on this day.

Listen to me as you listen to you.
Singing from your deep
tangled hearts
to your tired minds.
You’ve labored for so long
worked so hard
Waiting and seeking for your
awakened dream.

Well, this I say to you:
Scream to the wall until it falls.
Cry into the night until it is bright.
Hope for the good and you will see it arrive.

Brothers and sisters,
They have been hard times, yes-
A naked trek, pained with thorns upon your neck.
I listen to you, as you climb on through,
into the light
into the light.

I hear your hopes.
I hear your dreams.
They are not lost to the shadows among
the poor dark night.

As the black fades to white,
All that is left is your faithful song.
Sing your song of liberty.
Open your soul to possibility.
Breathe this air of tranquility.
For today is your day.
And tomorrow,
it is too.
Brothers and sisters,
I see you.

Sing into the night.
Sing into the night.
Your voice will lift you high.

Sing into the night.
Sing into the night.
Let your soul fly.

We are stardust

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“The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Jim Carrey commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management

Published on May 30, 2014

Maharishi University of Management ( granted degrees to 285 students representing 54 countries. Jim Carrey gave the commencement address to Maharishi University of Management’s class of 2014. The University Board of Trustees also presented Mr. Carrey with the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa, in recognition of his significant lifetime achievements as a world-renowned comedian and actor, artist, author and philanthropist.

About MUM

Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, IA is a private university featuring Consciousness-Based℠ Education. The accredited traditional curriculum offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business, but also integrates self-development programs. Innovative aspects include the Transcendental Meditation® program, one course at a time, and organic vegetarian meals. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 or visit