Tuesday, 31. January 2006
Faith and Form

The Buddha at Birth (Japanese: Tanjø butsu)

According to legend, at his birth the Buddha-to-be miraculously took seven steps, pointed with one hand to heaven and to earth with the other, and proclaimed, “Between heaven and earth, I alone am honored”; lotuses flowered where each footprint had been, and two Serpent Kings bathed the newborn by showering him with pure water. The unnaturalness of this small totemic sculpture—the figure making this commanding gesture is both child and adult—demonstrates that there is a condition apart from the ordinary cycle of growth and decay.
His gold skin, patterned hair, protuberance on the head, gestures, and the lotus pedestal are forms that set forth aspects of the Buddhist faith.

Buddhism was introduced to Japan, from Korea, in the sixth century, but the earliest surviving Japanese Buddhist sculptures are, like this one, from the early seventh century. The present sculpture may be the earliest Japanese gilt bronze in the United States, and perhaps the oldest outside of Japan. The Buddha’s birth is celebrated as a national holiday in Japan. On April 8 images such as this one are put in basins, and colored or scented water or sweet tea is ladled over them, commemorating the first bath and in a degree activating the religious power in the image. The liquid may then be drunk, or used to dissolve an ink cake, producing ink with which a sacred text is then written.

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Five–Pronged Vajra (Japanese: Gokosho)

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Ritual implements such as this vajra are essential in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism (Japanese: Mikkyo), whose two chief branches are the Tendai and Shingon orders. Speaking roughly, Esoteric Buddhism shifts the emphasis from faith and wisdom to consecration by means of actions of the body, speech, and mind.Whereas earlier Buddhism assumes the Buddha essence was incarnated in Shakyamuni (the Historical Buddha), and that his parable-based teachings in the familiar sutras are understandable, Esoteric Buddhism turns to the mysterious teachings of the primordial cosmic deity Mahávairocana or Vairocana (Japanese: Dainichi Nyorai, Great Radiance of Illumination), which are intelligible only to persons who have been initiated by a master and who engage in certain rituals that join the practitioners to Dainichi Buddha.

The entire universe is his manifestation, which is to say that everything emanates from Dainichi. Through rituals, practitioners can realize the unity of their own actions, voices, and minds with the otherwise unimaginably profound actions, voice, and mind of Dainichi.


Implements such as the vajra are placed on an altar or are held by a celebrant in order to sanctify the space, to symbolize the Buddha’s power, and to empower the celebrant so that he may understand the paradoxical concept that lies at the heart of Esotericism: There is no distinction between the profane and the sacred.

Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Paintings from Japanese Religious Traditions. (English)
Check also the detailed descriptions at the offered pdf.
Category: Religion & Early Cultures |




Who were you in your last life?

The date when I was born in my present life results the following:

I don't know how you feel about it, but you were male in your last earthly incarnation.
You were born somewhere in the territory of modern East Australia around the year 775.
Your profession was that of a map maker, astrologer, astronomer.

Your brief psychological profile in your past life:
Timid, constrained, quiet person. You had creative talents, which waited until this life to be liberated. Sometimes your environment considered you strange.

The lesson that your last past life brought to your present incarnation:
It always seemed to you that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson is to trust your intuition as your best guide in your present life.

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Who were you in your last life? (English)
Nice entertainment
Category: Games & Humor |




Monday, 30. January 2006
Heilpflanzen, Arzneipflanzen und Heilkräuter

Chelidonium majus - Schöllkraut

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Der Name Chelidonium kommt vom griechischen chelidon (Schwalbe). Vermutlich soll der Name zum Ausdruck bringen, dass die Pflanze zur Zeit des Eintreffens der Schwalben zu blühen beginnt und bei ihrem Wegzug verblüht. Der deutsche Name Schöllkraut ist vermutlich dem griechisch-lateinischen chelidonium entlehnt. Dem Schöllkraut wurden bereits im Altertum bedeutende Heilkräfte zugeschrieben. Dazu schreibt unter anderen Dioskurides " Die Wurzel mit Anis und Weisswein getrunken heilt die Gelbsucht und mit Wein als Umschlag den Bläschaus-schlag". Die berühmte Drogenschule von Salerno schreibt " Schellkraut ist den Augen gesundt, das wird uns von den Schwalben kundt".


Digitalis purpurea - Roter Fingerhut

Die früheste Nachricht über die medizinische Verwendung des Roten Fingerhutes stammt aus irischen Quellen.

Irische Mönche haben die Kenntnisse dann über Schottland und England in ganz Mitteleuropa verbreitet. Die Anwendung der Droge geht auf eine Rezeptsammlung zurück, die im Jahre 500 beginnt und bis 1200 weitergeführt wurde. Dabei wurde Digitalis purpurea bei Geschwülsten des Unterleibs, bei Geschwüren, Kopfschmerzen, Abszessen und Lähmungen empfohlen. Die moderne Digitalistherapie bei Herzinsuffizienz geht auf den englischen Arzt William Withering zurück, der 1786 einen Bericht über die erfolgreiche Behandlung von Wassersucht mit Digitalis purpurea publizierte.

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Der Name Digitalis wurde 1542 durch Leonhard Fuchs in die Literatur eingeführt. Die Droge wurde danach volksheilkundlich bei schlecht heilenden Wunden und Geschwüren eingesetzt.

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Heilpflanzen, Arzneipflanzen und Heilkräuter (German)

Beschreibung, Informationen und Fotos von ca. 130 Heilpflanzen. Zu jeder Pflanze sind Angaben über Inhaltsstoffe bzw. Wirkstoffe, Wirkung und Anwendung vorhanden - mit Suchfunktion von Werner Arnold.

Ein wunderbares Heilpflanzenlexikon.

Auch die Artikel über Wissenswertes rund um die Heilpflanzen sind empfohlen!

Category: Herbs & Kitchen |


Web of Love

Do you have any idea how full your life can be?
Do you have any idea how rich your life can be?


If you’re willing to stop, to reach inside, and to feel for a moment, you are likely to become aware that there is a significant, untapped potential inside of you. Below are some simple methods to explore opening more fully to your own inner potential.

The simple keys presented here can be practiced by anyone with an open mind and an open heart. Though the principles are simple, putting them into practice in your daily life may not be easy at first. Yet if you choose to set clear intentions and follow through, the doors of transformation could very well open to you.


Simple Keys to a Fuller Life by Web of Love (English)

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We gather in Circles of Love to strengthen our connection with ourselves, with each other, and with all around us, through giving and receiving heartfelt love. We know that virtually anything is possible when we work together, and that every one of us makes a difference. We embrace diversity as a source of growth and inspiration. We also see beyond our differences to connect with that place in all hearts that wants only to love and be loved. In freely sharing our sacred love, these Circles of Love support a global shift towards a celebration of all life through love.

Web of Love - Strengthening the Love that Flows Between Us All. (English)

Category: Energy & Light |


Hot News or Hoax?

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Supernatural Selection by The Boston Globe. (English)
A Tufts philosopher and famed Darwinist wants us to study religion like any other human behavior - as a 'natural phenomenon.' Scientists, meanwhile, may be on the way to explaining how, and why, we got religion.

Spooky Spots In Our Own Backyard by The Call. (English)
While many traditional tales about ghosts and apparitions tend to confine these phenomena to familiar haunts such as spooky cemeteries or ancient mansions, local ghost hunter and author Thomas D'Agostino believes that the world of the paranormal may be as close as our backyards, our schools and our workplaces.

UFOs: Seeing is Believing? by The Virginian-Pilot.(English)
Locals filed 12 reports in 2005 alone. They told of strange triangles hovering over Suffolk; formations over Virginia Beach that switched directions on a dime; massive, glowing shapes that silently skimmed Peninsula tree tops.
Hoaxes? A question of sanity? Perhaps sobriety?
Famous, credible people claim to have seen UFOs: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Henry Ford III, a number of astronauts, John Lennon, even Christopher Columbus.

And: A History of UFOs; Video: Something strange in the skies over Norfolk

Statue of King Tut's Grandmother Found by Discovery Cannel. WITH PICS. (English)
A life-size statue believed to represent Queen Tiy, the grandmother of King Tutankhamun, was just unearthed in Luxor, Egypt, according to a Johns Hopkins University press release.
Tut's grandmother was the cousin of two famous queens of ancient Egypt: Nefertiti and Hatshepsut. The statue, dated to between 1391 and 1352 B.C., reveals the family's renowned beauty
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News about the "Buddha Boy"! You remember ...
The little Buddha of Bara by Kantipur. WITH PICS. (English)
Ram Bahadur Bomjon, known as the Buddha Boy, is continuing his meditation wearing just a thin cloth. Eight months have already passed since he began his "deep meditation" but the confusion whether he has really not eaten or drunk anything during this period is still unresolved.



Some news-links do not last long. In this case please send me a note.
Category: News & Stories |


Sunday, 29. January 2006
The People of Saba

In this film you can learn the facts about "The People of Saba" who lived in a strikingly beautiful area with fertile vineyards and gardens and how they were suddenly left under the waters with the Arim Flood. Also you will learn about Pharoah, who refused to listen the Prophet Musa and his brother Harun when they told him of God’s commands and how he was buried under the waters of with his army.



The streaming video based on the book by Harun Yahya
takes 39 minutes 53 seconds.
Category: Movies & TV | Religion & Early Cultures |


Saturday, 28. January 2006
The Story of the Masks

Bak'was - Wild Man Mask

Ba„was is the Wild Man of the Woods, literal translation "man of the ground embodiment". He is small in size and is the Chief of ghosts or spirits, the spiritual embodiment of everything in the forest. He has a green hairy body and skeletal face with prominent cheekbones and a hooked nose that curves to touch his upper lip. He lives in the country of ghosts and is the Chief of Woodsmen and keeper of drowned souls. It is unusual to see a Ba„was but be careful if you do because it is said that he will entice you into his world by offering you food. Ba„was especially likes to find warriors and hunters and capture them by luring them to eat his cursed food. The food looks appetizing like smoked salmon or berries but is poisoned and when a starving hunter comes along and eats it, he will become one of the Ba„was spirits. Ba„was eats slugs and snails, but his favourite food is cockles, found only in our area, and dug from the sand on the beach. Generally he is shy and afraid of humans.

Sisiyut‡ - Sea Serpent

The Sisiyut‡ is a double-headed serpent and one of the most powerful figures in Kwakwaka'wakw tradition. The Sisiyut‡ has a frightening snake-like body with two serpent heads that extend in opposite directions from the humanoid face in the centre.
A Sisiyut‡ has powerful abilities of transformation and can change into a salmon or even a canoe. To touch or to see the dangerous Sisiyut‡ means certain death. However, for some, particularly warriors, Sisiyut‡ brings supernatural power.


Da‡alagam‡ - Laugher Mask

During the At‡a„im, the dancer laughs and recreates the actions of laughing, the other dance to depict a laugher is called the laughing dance. When it is shown, the dancer comes out and begins to laugh until the whole audience is infected and they all are laughing.
A human-like face mask represents a male wearing a cedar bark head ring. The eyebrows are heavy and black; the mouth is carved with the lips pulled back and the teeth showing as though the mask is laughing. The ground of this particular mask is left natural (or unpainted) unlike those depicted in the At‡a„im or Dance of the Forest Spirits.

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Wild Man Mask

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Sea Serpent

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Laugher Mask


The Story of the Masks - HTML Version (English)
The Story of the Masks - Flash Version (English)
Native masks are explored and the stories of the creatures they represent are explained. Learn about the culture and ceremonies behind both the native masks and the people of the Northwest Coast. Learn the significance of the Potlatch and the role it played in the Kwakwaka'wakw society and what happened when the Canadian government outlawed it in 1885.
Category: Ethno & Shamanism | Symbols & Geometry |


Friday, 27. January 2006
Devi: The Great Goddess

Who Is Devi

The Great Goddess, known in India as Devi (literally "goddess"), has many guises. She is "Ma" the gentle and approachable mother. As Jaganmata, or Mother of the universe, she assumes cosmic proportions, destroying evil and addressing herself to the creation and dissolution of the worlds. She is worshiped by thousands of names that often reflect local customs and legends. She is one and she is many. She is celebrated in songs and poems.

Devi is all-important in Hinduism, but there are also forms of female divinity in Buddhism and Jainism. Today millions of Hindu men and women conduct regular pujas to Devi through one of her many manifestations. For some she is their primary deity while for others she is part of a greater pantheon. All Hindu goddesses may be viewed as different manifestations of Devi. In some forms she is benign and gentle, while in other forms she is dynamic and ferocious, but in all forms she is helpful to her devotees.

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Dancing Devi


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Devi Slaying the Buffalo

Aspects of Devi

There are many approaches to looking at Devi: chronological, religious, or by function. Here we have chosen to observe Devi through her six main functions, beginning with her most forceful and dynamic form and moving toward less potent forms.
Devi is first seen as cosmic force, where she destroys demonic forces that threaten world equilibrium, and creates, annihilates, and recreates the universe. Next, in her gentle, radiant dayini form, she is the gracious donor of boons, wealth, fortune, and success. As heroine and beloved, Devi comes down to earth and provides inspiring models for earthly women.
Devi is then seen as a local protector of villages , towns, and individual tribal peoples, where she is concerned only with local affairs.


In her fifth aspect, Devi appears as semi-divine force, manifesting herself through fertility spirits, and other supernatural forms. Finally, she is also represented in woman saints, who are born on earth but endowed with deep spirituality and other-worldly powers.

Devi: The Great Goddess - this website looks at the six aspects of the Indian goddess Devi. (English)
Category: Gods & Goddesses |


One - The Movie

If 2004's well-received documentary "What the #$*! Do We Know!?" made the case for a mysterious universe in which human beings are unified through an overlapping of physics and spirituality, then "One: The Movie" asks what it is that prevents humanity from easily perceiving its unity — its oneness — in the first place.

As twenty-first century globalization brings about the convergence of cultures, economies, and political states, so too a radical convergence of spiritual belief systems has been emerging.

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Powers’ interviews with Thich Nhat Hahn (Buddhism), Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (Isha Yoga), Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (Sufism), Father Richard Rohr (Franciscan), Father Thoimas Keating (Christian interdenominationalism), Barbara Marx Hubbard (noted futurist), Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman (Uma’s father is an internationally noted Buddhist scholar), and some remarkably articulate and insightful everyday young people illuminate the contemporary convergence of spiritual thought and practice today.

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In the tradition exemplified by Joseph Campbell, the fundamental commonalities of widely divergent spiritual traditions find their deepest truths confirmed in their shared beliefs – dualistic thinking arises from and leads to ignorance, fear arises from this resultant sense of separation between self and other. Much of the world’s ills, in fact humankind’s race toward planetary self-destruction can be understood as caused by this spiritual ignorance. Powers contrasts the convergence interviewees with conservative fundamentalist voices from "traditional" monotheistic religionists – even as the multiple views converge on the note of oneness and commonality with all other human manifestation, the inflexible, orthodox dogmas stand in stark relief. As interviewee Sister Eveline observes, spiritual "growth entails healing."


And the world, now in its most destructive phase in recorded history, would seem to recognize a need for healing, on a global scale. Or so Powers and many international spiritual leaders hope the world will recognize.

One - The Movie official site (English)
Category: Movies & TV |


Ghost Mysteries

Here we will cover these areas in much more detail, offering people who share an interest in these subjects to meet, and discuss their own experiences, aswell as read the experiences of others. To this end, we have a 'True Ghost Stories' section, which provides a collection of true first hand accounts of paranormal experiences which have been submitted by those who have experienced them. We also provide a 'Ghost Pictures' section, where the most interesting, unusual and convincing ghost photographs taken by site visitors can be found.

In addition to this, the site also offers exclusive articles delving deep into the realm of the paranormal, a news column featuring ghost-related news stories from around the internet, a selection of ghost web cams and much more.

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Classic: The Brown Lady of Raynam Hall, England


The phenomena of ghosts and hauntings is one of the greatest mysteries of our time
Do they truly exist at all ? One day soon we may finally find the answer we are looking for.


Ghost Mysteries
Category: Ghosts & Spirits |


Hot News or Hoax?

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The curse of Stonehenge will remain until it is handed back to the druids by Guardian Unlimited. (English)
I have attended many Stonehenge consultations. They are raving madhouses. The sanest people present are the pendragons, druids, warlocks, Harry Potters, sons of the sun and daughters of the moon. They have a clear use for the stones and speak English.

Discovery of Earth-like planet brings hope of finding alien life by The Independent. (English)
A planet similar to Earth has been found orbiting a distant star by astronomers who believe they are getting closer to discovering an alien world inhabited by extraterrestrial life.

Elsewhere: Smallest Earth-like planet found by BBC News. (English)
How can we prove there is life on a distant planet when we have problems seeing if there is life on Mars?

Phoenician Inscription Rock: History or Hoax? by New Mexican. (English)
“I believe someone decided to write down the Ten Commandments , but the question is who and when,” said Richard Melzer, a professor at The University of New Mexico-Valencia branch.


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Category: News & Stories |


Thursday, 26. January 2006
Psy Balls

Step 1: Decide where to make the psi ball

Before you make the psi ball, you have to decide where to make it. You can make it anywhere you want. You can make it in your hands, at your third eye, across the room, or in china!

The point is... it can be anywhere. Most people choose their hands. If you are choosing your hands, there are a couple positions you can put them in. Here is a picture of 3 that I use:


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Step 2: Decide your source of energy

Most people use energy from somewhere else to make a psi ball. You can use your energy, but you will run out faster and get tired. You can use anything as your source of energy. For example, you can use the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, or you can use people or objects. Usually planets/stars/moons are a good choice because they have a lot of energy.

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Personally, I choose the Sun when I want to make a hot psi ball just because thinking of the Sun makes me think of being hot. I choose the Moon for cold psi balls because the Moon is usually dark and makes me think of cold. Overall though, I choose the Earth because it's close and it doesn't make me think of a specific temperature. You can choose ANYTHING as your source. Once you make a decision, you can move to step 3.

For the full article: Your Psi Ball Source (English)
And believe me - it works!


Check also the other articles from this very interesting website:
PsiPog, Science is Evolving. (English)
P.s.i.P.o.g. stands for Psychic Students In Pursuit Of Guidance and is here to help anyone who wants it with original and reliable information. Authors from around the world write articles to give advice based on personal experience (not in-theory/experimental/or hear-say) for YOU.
Category: Para & PSI |


Inner Guidance

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The process of listening to your Inner Guidance, is simply about remembering to relax and wait for your answers. Watch this movie as many times as you need to achieve Inner Guidance and Peace. All you ever need do is ask, be quiet and the answer will be provided. When it is a divine answer, it is always easier than you initially perceived. Divine Ideas never conflict. Divine Ideas align. Pray, ask, seek alignment:
P-E-A-C-E


Inner Guidance - A movie by Mary Robinson Reynolds. (English)

Category: Meditation & Mind | Poetry & Inspirations |


Solar System Jigsaw

Build the Solar System, from planets to space probes.

Directions:

• Choose which level to
complete
• Drag and drop each object
into the right place

Solar System Jigsaw
(English)

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Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Games & Humor |


Wednesday, 25. January 2006
Chinese New Year, the most important holiday for Chinese.

The entire house should be cleaned before New Year's Day. On New Year's Eve, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment are put away. Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away. After New Year's Day, the floors may be swept.

Chinese New Year (English)
Intro, with brief descriptions of traditional celebrations slated for all 15 days of the New Year or Spring Festival, plus more on traditional Chinese New Year foods, decorations, taboos and superstitions.

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The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the Western linear concept of time. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. The Chinese have adopted the Western calendar since 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions such as the Chinese New Year.


Chinese Zodiac Page (English)

Do you want to discover the secrecy of your fate deduced from Chinese theory of fate? Just select the date you were born on the left and begin your fancy exploration in our website.

Zodiac Signs (English)
Do you know yours?

Check also: Chinese horoscopes by element

Like the houses of the zodiac, the animals of Chinese astrology are said to influence your luck during the year. The horoscopes for 2006, the year of the dog, depends on which animal signifies the year you were born. If you aren't sure what animal ruled the year that you were born this list will help.

The Year of the Dog: Chinese Horoscopes for 2006 (English)

Chinese calendar has been in continuous use for centuries, which predates the International Calendar (based on the Gregorian Calendar) we use at the present day which goes back only some 425 years. The calendar measures time, from short durations of minutes and hours, to intervals of time measured in months, years and centuries, entirely based on the astronomical observations of the movement of the Sun, Moon and stars.

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Chinese Calendar (English)
Check out the rest at this huge website: China the Beautiful by Ming L. Pei

While most cultures around the world celebrate New Year's as a time of renewal, for the Chinese, New Year means that and much more. It is a time to gather with family, honor ancestors and celebrate with a big banquet of food that symbolizes prosperity in the New Year.

All Recipes: Chinese New Year Advice (English)

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For Kids:

These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc.

Crafts and Activities for Chinese New Year (English)

Also:
Chinese New Year Jigsaw Puzzle

Category: Time & Calendar |


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