Saturday, 20. May 2006
Take a Break!

Vielen Dank, dass Du bis am 15. Juni meine Blumen giesst!

In diesem Blog hat es 892 Beiträge. Damit Dir nicht langweilig wird, bis ich zurück bin, gibt es den Random-Link. Bestimmt gibt es für Dich hier noch etwas Neues zu entdecken.

Oder besuche doch meinen anderen Blog Fine Things For Your Delight mit über 3000 Einträgen.

Viel Spass!

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Temple door decoration, Luang Prabang. More at Travel Pictures Gallery via Ursi's Blog

Thank you very much for watering my plants until June, 15th.

In the “Eso Garden” there are 892 posts. In order to amuse you till I'm back I give you a "random link". I'm sure you discover something you haven’t seen before.

Or visit my other blog Fine Things For Your Delight with more than 3000 entries.

Enjoy it!
Category: Personal & Private |




Universe Meditation

Take a break, turn up your speakers, have a seat, a cup of tea and enjoy!



This streaming video takes 55 minutes 57 seconds.

Produced by NASA.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Movies & TV |




Friday, 19. May 2006
The Da Vinci Code - 360° VR Panoramas

View fullscreen 360 degree interactive panoramas from the main locations in Dan Browns fiction The Da Vinci Code.

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The Rosslyn chapel was built in 1446 by Lord of Rosslyn, Sir William St Clair. Dan Brown's claim that it was built by holy warriors, the Knights Templar is a myth. When the chapel was built the last Knight had been dead for more than 100 years.

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Built by Saunière in Rennes le Château.

The Da Vinci Code - 360° VR Panoramas
Category: New Legends & Claims |


Art and Oracle

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Oracle Figure (Kafigeledjo)

A hybrid creation that lies outside the realm of anything recognizable in nature, this oracle figure deliberately provokes anxiety through its shrouded anonymity and the sense of suffocation and entrapment it suggests. Such works and the ritual practice in which they are used are both known as kafigeledjo, a term that is variously translated as "he who speaks the truth," "tell the truth," or "saying true things." The figures give visual representation to invisible bush spirits and function as divination devices. In contrast to the sublime humanism of works of Senufo Sando divination, they clearly embody a wild and unsettling anti-aesthetic.

Kafigeledjo divination is used to uncover misdeeds, false testimony, and culpability. Like the tyeli divination technique practiced by Sandobele, this pursuit of truth ultimately seeks to preserve and uphold Senufo social guidelines concerning descent. It does so by unveiling illicit behavior and by punishing with supernatural sanctions those who violate rules pertaining to forbidden sexual relations and exogamous marriage.


Its complex character as an image derives from its ability to simultaneously unsettle and reassure through its suggestion of unparalleled spiritual might. Its efficacy as a divinatory tool served to safeguard Pende communities from sorcery being practiced against them and other dangers.

According to Pende cosmology, Maweze (God) created a world divided into two parallel realms of existence—the realm of the living and, beneath it, "the other world" (kalunga)—with life conceived of as a cyclical journey between the two. Responsibility for overseeing the prosperity of the living was delegated to the dead, who monitor human reproduction, agriculture, and the hunt. In order to facilitate communication between the two realms, the ancestors designate "transistors," known as mahamba (singular, hamba), who provide the living with access to the omniscience of the collective dead.

When a family suffers an unusually high rate of illness, death, or other such serious problems, the dead will sometimes intercede in order to assist them in their time of need by divinely ordaining a member to serve as their mouthpiece. More typically, though, problems are addressed through professional diviners (nganga ngombo), usually male, who have pursued the study of wanga, the manipulation of physical and metaphysical forces for personal advantage.

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Njinda Divination Figure (Ngombo)


Art and Oracle: African Art and Rituals of Divination
by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (English)
Category: Art & Visions | Readings & Divination |


What Watch Astrology Program / Astrologieprogramm

What Watch draws and prints chart wheels, including synastry and composite, draws tables of essential dignities, calculates element and quality balances and allows analysing birth aspects using a "harmonic aspectarian". It is also a tool for the experienced astrologer who wants to follow closely transit, progression and solar arc cycles, including transits on composite charts. The program creates ephemeris lists for any given combination of planets providing dates of the transit itself, of stations and of sign changes.

Advanced modules include search and analysis for groups of charts, a 3D globe for relocation and maps similar to Astro*Carto*Graphy. All features are explained in a built-in tutorial.


What Watch Astrology Program by Paper TV. (English version)

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Main Window & Geography for Relocations
Hauptfester & Geographie für Relokationen
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Click the pictures for a larger view


What Watch assumes that you're already familiar with some basics of astrology, and has an extensive tutorial explaining how to use the astrological techniques implemented here.
What Watch is free for private and educational purposes.


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Aspectarian & High-resolution satellite images
Aspektarium & Hochauflösende Satellitenbilder
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Für eine grössere Ansicht auf das Bild klicken

What Watch errechnet und druckt Radix-, Synastrie- und Kompositgraphiken, erstellt Tabellen der essentiellen Würden, zeigt die Verteilung der Elemente und Qualitäten und ermöglicht eine genaue Analyse der Geburtsaspekte in einem "harmonischen Aspektarium". Es ist außerdem ein Werkzeug, um Transit-, Progressions- und Sonnenbogen-Zyklen genau zu verfolgen. What Watch erzeugt Ephemeriden für jede beliebige Planetenkombination mit den exakten Daten der Transite, der Stationen und der Zeichenwechsel.

What Watch kann Gruppen von Horoskopen durchsuchen und auswerten. Mit einem interaktiven 3D-Globus können Sie Relokationen untersuchen und Karten erstellen, die ähnliche Zwecke erfüllen wie die Astro*Carto*Graphy.


Alle Funktionen werden in einer ausführlichen Einführung erklärt.

What Watch Astrologieprogramm von Paper TV. (Deutsche Version)

What Watch setzt voraus, dass Sie die Grundbegriffe der Astrologie bereits beherrschen, und enthält eine ausführliche Einführung in die Art und Weise, wie die astrologischen Techniken hier umgesetzt sind.
Der Gebrauch von What Watch ist für private und Lehrzwecke kostenfrei.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy |


Hot News or Hoax?

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More from 'Da Vinci Code': A 'Da Vinci Code' That Takes Longer to Watch Than Read by New York Times. (English)
Thus we have had a flood of think pieces on everything from Jesus and Mary Magdalene's prenuptial agreement to the secret recipes of Opus Dei, and vexed, urgent questions have been raised: Is Christianity a conspiracy? Is "The Da Vinci Code" a dangerous, anti-Christian hoax? What's up with Tom Hanks's hair?

A test of faith by The Guardian. (English)
Michael Baigent describes the Da Vinci Code court case as 'one of the worst experiences of my life'. And no wonder - he lost a fortune trying to prove Dan Brown had plagiarised his book. Still, he tells Maev Kennedy, he has no regrets.

Forget Scientology, how about Opus Dei - ‘Da Vinci Code’ group is perfect fit for celebrity religious tastes by MSNBC. (English)
But what group could possibly have enough hype and heft to usurp behemoths like Scientology and Kabbalah as the next great religious movement of the rich and famous? My money is on Opus Dei. Opus Dei is perfect. Thanks to the fervor over “The Da Vinci Code,”, this close-knit Catholic movement is the only fringe religious group that is also a household name.

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Amazon Stonehenge suggests advanced ancient rainforest culture by Mongabay. (English)
The discovery of an ancient astrological observatory in Brazil lends support to the theory that the Amazon rainforest was once home to advanced cultures and large sedentary populations of people. Researchers are comparing the discovery to Stonehenge, a mysterious stone circle in southern England that was built between 3000 and 1600 BC.


Communicating with Vietnam's war dead by BBC News. (English)
Vu Thi Minh Nghia - commonly known as Nam Nghia - is also a psychic, but she works alone. Like Bay, Nghia attributes her ability to a near-death experience. Guided, she says, by the spirits of soldiers, they appear to her as clearly as the living.


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


Wednesday, 17. May 2006
Da Vinci Code Trail

Another Da Vinci Code related game with a series of neat little point'n'click puzzles that are easy enough. It will definitely keep you entertained for a (little) while.

Da Vinci Code Trail

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Category: Games & Humor |


Four Gates

A wide variety of clothing from many traditions to support natural living, meditation, light exercise, Yoga students, great daily wear in linen and natural clothing, Buddhist garments, casual classy outfits and more. It is our intention to provide you with the best quality and styling in meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga and casual, comfortable life style wear.

For example: Zen Clothing's helpful to have a Zen robe when practicing, especially when on retreat, or for a weekend session. Wearing clothes specifically designed for the meditation tradition enhances the experience. I a very real way, a robe is the physical embodiment of your inner being.

Robes acknowledge the commitment to living a life in the presence of the Dharma (Buddhist teachings), the teacher( Buddha) and the Sangha (spiritual community). Whatever your viewpoint, we believe you will agree that mindful attention to your attire is beneficial.


Meditation Supplies, for example:

• Using aromatherapy candles can add a relaxing, uplifting and rejuvenating influence to your home, shrine room or sacred areas. It brings a deepening sense of the sacredness of life into focus.

• Altars and Shrines create a sacred space, a place of spiritual magnetism, beauty and joy in your home or office.

• Chimes bring the energy of wind, or mind and movement, drawing in the Chi energy to your home or office. Use them near a front door, back door for best the energy attraction and containment. They are great for Feng Shui energy work.

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And much much more at Four Gates.

Who is Four Gates? Our name Four Gates refers to the four indispensable qualities called the "Four Immeasurables" in Buddhism (Brahma Vihara, Sanskrit). The translation is, "divine states of dwelling." The "Four Gates", when lived fully, establish the foundation for happier, healthier living, and an enlightened society. 1. Loving-Kindness - 2. Compassion - 3. Joy - 4. Equanimity or Serenity.
Category: Lifestyle & Trend | Products & Services |


Hot News or Hoax?

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Robbie Williams' Alien Cult Plans by Life Style Extra. (English)
Singer Robbie Williams wants to start his own mystical religion... dedicated to extraterrestrials. "I'm not going to start it right now because I'm too busy. But I want to do it. I think the cult will have to wait until next year. But it will be free and universal."
And: Let Me Indoctrinate You by Anorak. (English)

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Looking for aliens on the Moon by New Scientist. (English)
When astronauts return to the Moon, they should keep their eyes peeled for extraterrestrial artefacts – pieces of technology from alien civilisations that have wound up on the lunar surface either by chance or design. So says Ian Crawford, a researcher from University of London’s Birkbeck College in the UK.


'Da Vinci Code' meets with catcalls by CNN. (English)
The long-awaited movie version of Dan Brown's best-seller "The Da Vinci Code" is entering the world to disapproval. At Cannes, one scene during the film, meant to be serious, elicited prolonged laughter from the audience, and when the credits rolled, there was no applause, only a few catcalls and hisses. Things were no better Stateside, where the film screened for critics in New York. The Hollywood Reporter headlined its review, " 'Da Vinci Code' an unwieldy, bloated puzzle."

Auf deutsch:

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THE DA VINCI CODE Mönchhausens Abenteuer von Spiegel Online. (German)
Ab morgen müssen deutsche Kinogänger dran glauben: Ron Howards "The Da Vinci Code" kommt in die Kinos. Der Blasphemie-Verdacht erübrigt sich allerdings: Der Film ist ein kreuzbraver Thriller ohne Thrill.


Und: Cannes-Filmfestival - Kritik am "Da Vinci Code" - VIDEO NEWS.


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


Tuesday, 16. May 2006
Devotional Songs - Kannada Music

Devotional Songs - A vast collection classified by type. All downloads are streamed.

Check also The Bhagavad Geeta - Sung by Sri Vidyabhushana.



Elsewhere:
Kannada Kasthuri - 24/7 Kannada Radio - Offering Kannada music and programs.

Take a break, have a seat, a cup of tea and enjoy! (Websites are in English)

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Category: Music & Voices |


Hot News or Hoax?

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Rosslyn Chapel Video Podcast The Scotsman. (English)
We are delighted to offer you an insight into Rosslyn Chapel. If you've read the book, or intend seeing The Da Vinci Code in the cinema, or you just want to find out what it's all about, then these podcasts are for you.
Each day this week will feature a new podcast, so either check back regularly, or do the whole experience on Friday.

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And:
Images of the unexpected by The Telegraph. (English)
There is something unsettling about Rosslyn Chapel. It's not just that the tiny Episcopalian church in rural Midlothian is about to erupt on to the world stage, buttresses flying, as an unlikely new movie star. Nor is it the conspiracy theories that have swirled about it since its 1446 foundation by William St Clair, Prince of Orkney.


Spirited goings - on in Scottish pub by Santa Cruz Sentinel. (English)
Last summer, when Nancy Palajac and John Johnsen were renovating the 1930 brewpub with Johnsen's father, they began to notice odd things. Someone kept turning the stove burners on — and flicking lights on and off. They heard footsteps and a glimpse of someone in the kitchen revealed an empty room.

Trapped miner's wife 'used telepathy' by AAP. (English)
The wife of trapped miner Brant Webb was convinced her husband was alive all through his two-week ordeal in which she communicated with him by telepathy, her father says in a diary.


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


Monday, 15. May 2006
The Way of Delight Meditation Room

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The Way of Delight is not a structured path, nor a rigorously defined method for enlightenment so there is no single entry point, no ABC’s, no neatly organized summary of what it is and how it works.

Puran Perez offers The Way of Delight Mditations:
The Seasons | Pearls | Autumn Walk | The Delight ScreenBook

So turn on your sound, sit back, relax and enjoy!
Category: Meditation & Mind |


Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

Do you remember the story about a 'secret UFO report' by the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) a few days ago?

The main upshot of the report is that 'unidentified flying objects' technically do exist, but are mostly sightings of aircraft or odd weather phenomena.
Here is the story: UFO mind-melting in government report by Nature. (English)

Now you can see the full report and judge for yourself. It is put up on the MoD website today.

The Ministry of Defence has released this report in response to a Freedom of Information request and we are pleased to now make it available to a wider audience via the MOD Freedom of Information Publication Scheme. Where indicated information is withheld in accordance with Section 26 (Defence), Section 27 (International Relations) and Section 40 (Personal Information) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) in the UK Air Defence Region (English)



UPDATE 16.05.06 @13.58 Uhr

First reactions and comments:

UFOs Exist: It’s Official! by Defence News.
The MOD has today published the results of a once-highly-classified official investigation into the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects. The report concludes that UFOs exist - but are a mixture of natural and-man-made phenomena, rather than evidence of extraterrestrial life.

More on the report here. And here.
Category: Ufo's & Aliens |


Sunday, 14. May 2006
What the Bleep Do We Know!?

With the help of fourteen leading quantum physicists, scientist and spiritual thinkers, this documentary will guide you on a course from the scientific to the spiritual, and from the universal to the deeply personal. Along the way, it asks such questions as: Are we seeing the world as it really is? What are thoughts made of? What is the relationship between our thoughts and our world? Are we biologically addicted to certain emotions? How can I create my day every day? The answer to the last question is a resounding yes: you are an infinite set of possibilities, and you can choose every day which reality you want to create for yourself.

What the Bleep Do We Know!? is a new type of film. It is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The protagonist, Amanda, played by Marlee Matlin, finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality.

So, do you want to take a trip down the rabbit hole? Get ready, because that's exactly what you'll do when you view this documentary!




This streaming video takes 1 hour 45 minutes.


See also:
What the Bleep do we know!? - Official Website (English)
What the Bleep do we know!? - Offizielle Website (German)
Category: Movies & TV | Para & PSI |


Saturday, 13. May 2006
How to Draw the Sri Yantra

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To construct the Sri Yantra, you will need a protractor, a compass, a pencil, and a ruler. Graph paper is helpful but not required.

It is important to be as exact as possible with all your calculations and measurements. It is also important to do these steps in order.

Try to be intuitive, subtle and focused. Use the drawing of the Sri Yantra as a meditative exercise. You will experience peace.


How to draw the Sri Yantra and
Sri Yantra Construction

Category: Meditation & Mind |


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