Thursday, 30. November 2006
MyPyramid - Steps to a Healthier You

MyPyramid Plan can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you. For a quick estimate of what and how much you need to eat, enter your age, sex, and activity level in the MyPyramid Plan box.

Use the advice "Inside MyPyramid" to help you:
- Make smart choices from every food group,
- Find your balance between food and physical activity, and
- Get the most nutrition out of your calories.


MyPyramid - Steps to a Healthier You
Not only for Americans!

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Category: Body & Health | Herbs & Kitchen |




News & Stories

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A Child’s Strange Visions by Philippine Daily Inquirer.
“I want to consult you about my 10-year-old daughter. About two years ago, she told me she can see ghosts in our house. She had just come home from school and while resting on a couch, she saw a small girl playing in our kitchen.
“In her school she can see white ladies and small kids in uniform in the classroom, lavatories and corridors. And they are all faceless! More than a year ago, she saw an old wrinkled hand sticking out from under her bed.


Hawking: Man must leave planet Earth by The Telegraph.
"The long-term survival of the human race is at risk as long as it is confined to a single planet," he said. "Sooner or later, disasters such as an asteroid collision or nuclear war could wipe us all out. But once we spread out into space and establish independent colonies, our future should be safe."

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Pharaoh's Curse or Coincidence?
by Sun-Times.
Scientists who recently conducted a high-tech examination of King Tut's mummy insist they don't believe in the "Curse of the Pharaohs." Still, some awfully strange things happened when the team X-rayed the boy king's body with a medical CT scanning machine.


Ancient Moon 'computer' revisited by BBC News.
The Antikythera Mechanism, discovered more than 100 years ago in a Roman shipwreck, was used by ancient Greeks to display astronomical cycles. Using advanced imaging techniques, an Anglo-Greek team probed the remaining fragments of the complex geared device. The elaborate arrangement of bronze gears may also have displayed planetary information.

Also:
Unique Marvel of Ancient Greek Technology Gives Up New Secrets
by Scientific American.

And Nature is offering a long article: In search of lost time.

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Out of this World Solution to a Scottish Standing Stone by The Scotsman.
Many would say that it is a typical example of a Scottish standing stone. Yet one man claims that this is no ordinary stone, that instead it holds the secret of our missing pre-history. That it shows the birth of Jupiter from Saturn and more explosively, that it proves that someone was around to witness this planetary catastrophe and that this someone may not be human.


Teams Explore Roots of Angkor Civilization by Newswise. WITH VIDEO.
Five seasons of excavations at Ban Non Wat, in Northeast Thailand, have unearthed 470 human burials covering a time span of more than 2,000 years. Earthwatch-supported research at this great moated site, led by anthropologist Dr. Charles Higham of University of Otago (New Zealand), gives clues to the roots of the famous Angkor civilization.


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




Wednesday, 29. November 2006
Lost in Faery

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Sapphire Fairy by Ryu Takeuchi

If you had unintentionally wandered into Faery, got lost there, subsequently found the way out and wanted to provide some kind of guide for other travellers, where would you start? Such was my dilemma when I was asked to write this article. Would it be wiser to start with the folklore and disentangle the historical reality behind various fairy beliefs, or take a more modern and trendy approach and try to make a connection between Jungian psychology, modern ‘reconstructionist’ mystics, earthlights and ‘ufo abduction’ phenomena? It soon became clear that, whatever starting point I chose, all I could hope to achieve was an American-style, whistle-stop ‘impressions of faery’ tour, given the vast amount of material available on the subject.


So I decided to take a very personal approach and see where my feet took me ...

Great Article by Elisabeth Oakland:
Lost in Faery - Wandering in the magical thorn thickets of the mind
Category: Articles & Essays | Faeries & Nature Spirits |


Tuesday, 28. November 2006
The Mantra of Vajrasattva

Just sit back,
take off your thinking cap,
take a deep breath,
and relax!

Enjoy this 6 minutes
full of beautiful pictures and sound.

Category: Meditation & Mind | Poetry & Inspirations |


Windows to the Universe

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An example for The Sun:

In Vedic mythology, Garuda is the king of birds and the enemy of serpents. His body was that of a handsome man with the beak and the talons of a predatory bird. He is associated with the all-consuming sun's rays. Garuda is often depicted with the supreme Hindu god Vishnu and his wife Lakshmi riding on his back flying across the sky.

His father was Kasyapa, one of the seven great sages called the Rishis. Hindu people believe that he has the power to cure those suffering from snake-bite. In one myth, it is said that Garuda stole the water of life, named Amrta. Garuda needed the Amrta to release his mother Vinata, who had been enslaved by her rival Kadru with a subterfuge.


Kadru had asked the elixir of immortality as a ransom. The water of life was the ambrosia of the gods and it was carefully guarded in Indra's heaven. The task appeared impossible to him. Nevertheless, Garuda succeeded and won his mother's freedom. Indra had his thunderbolt broken during the battle.

An example for The Moon:

Diana was an ancient Italian goddess of woodland. In Capua and in Aricia, a locality near Rome, there are still shrines dedicated to the old Italian goddess. Her shrine in Aricia was on the shores of the lake Nemi. For that reason, she was named Diana Nemorensis, Diana of the Woods.

The rites dedicated to her were particularly brutal.

Human sacrifices were offered to the indigenous goddess. Diana's priest was an escaped slave. Every new priest had to kill their predecessors to obtain their offices. At Capua, people believed that the preservation of the city depended on the fate of a long-lived hind sacred to the goddess.

As the result of the influence of the Greek colonies in southern Italy around the sixth century BC, Diana became identified with the Greek goddess of woodland Artemis acquiring the attributes of this latter. For the Greeks, Artemis was also the personification of the Moon and her twin brother Apollo was associated with the Sun. Her father and mother were Jupiter and Latona.

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"Diane Chasseresse" School of Fontainebleau


Windows to the Universe

For thousands of years people have associated objects in the sky, the Earth, and aspects of their physical world with the gods and goddesses of their cultures. Through these pages, find out about the gods and goddesses of different cultures around the world, and the works of art people have created to give them expression.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Gods & Goddesses |


Monday, 27. November 2006
Persepolis and Ancient Iran

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Persepolis - Gate of Xerxes

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Persepolis - Treasury

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Persepolis - Throne Hall

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Persepolis - Palace Of Xerxes

The magnificent palace complex at Persepolis was founded by Darius the Great around 518 B.C., although more than a century passed before it was finally completed. Conceived to be the seat of government for the Achaemenian kings and a center for receptions and ceremonial festivities, the wealth of the Persian empire was evident in all aspects of its construction.

The splendor of Persepolis, however, was short-lived; the palaces were looted and burned by Alexander the Great in 331-330 B.C.

The exact date of the founding of Persepolis is not known. It is assumed that Darius I began work on the platform and its structures between 518 and 516 B.C., visualizing Persepolis as a show place and the seat of his vast Achaemenian Empire. He proudly proclaimed his achievement; there is an excavated foundation inscription that reads, "And Ahuramazda was of such a mind, together with all the other gods, that this fortress (should) be built."

The ruins were not excavated until the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago sponsored an archaeological expedition to Persepolis and its environs under the supervision of Professor Ernst Herzfeld from 1931 to 1934, and Erich F. Schmidt from 1934 to 1939.

The magnificent ruins of Persepolis lie at the foot of Kuh-i-Rahmat, or "Mountain of Mercy," in the plain of Marv Dasht about 400 miles south of the present capital city of Teheran.


This document is a catalog of 999 photographs:
Persepolis and Ancient Iran.


The catalog is divided into four sections, summarizing the major areas of investigation: the architecture, reliefs, and finds of the Palaces at Persepolis; the prehistoric mound of Tall-i-Bakun; Istakhr, the Islamic city mound; and the aerial survey flights conducted between 1935 and 1937.
Category: Buildings & Places |


News & Stories

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Finding Meaning In Dreams by the Washington Post.
"After all, a dream about a house must mean different things to a carpenter and an arsonist," says Karen Shanor, a clinical psychologist in Washington. Dreams should be worked rather than cut and dried into categories, Shanor, Delaney and others say. No book, and no one, can tell you what your dreams mean, because one's dreaming life can be understood only in the context of one's waking life.

Psychedelic Mushrooms Have Spiritual Benefit by Associated Content.
The volunteers for this rigorous, double-blind study were all chosen due to not having psychiatric problems themselves or in their immediate families, and that they all had active spiritual lives. The reason the spiritual component was deemed necessary is because psilocybin is thought to activate the region in the frontal lobe where religious experiences occur.

Sky disc of Nebra shines in Basel by Swissinfo.
Made out of bronze with gold embossing, the 3,600-year-old object is an astronomical clock. It connects the sun and the moon calendars together, with the sun giving the day and year and the moon, the month.
The moon year is, however, 11 days shorter than the sun year. This was taken into account in ancient times by adding an extra month, leading experts to believe that people in the Bronze Age were already making sophisticated astronomical observations similar to those written about by the Babylonians around 1,000 years later.

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Iceland’s Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft by Iceland Review.
Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft in west Iceland, where visitors can observe obscure magical objects and learn how to scotch ghosts, is steadily growing in popularity. “The Strandir area has always been notorious for witchcraft and that sparked the idea of the museum,” Sigurdur Atlason told. The Witchcraft Museum has gained popularity in recent years, last year it had 8,000 visitors. So far mostly Icelanders have visited the museum, but tourists are becoming increasingly interested.

Human beings turn into vampires due to a genetic flaw by Pravda.
Are vampires just fiction? According to some ostensibly serious researchers, there is not smoke without fire. They believe that all the bloodsucker stories in the modern-age movies were concocted from the original ingredients dating back to the Middle Ages. In other words, the vampires have existed and still exist in our time.

Kerala knows what future holds by CNN-IBN. WITH VIDEO!

While some astrologers specialise in palm reading, face reading is the forte of others. Some even team up with parrots to take a peek into your future! Funny as it may sound, it’s pure faith and nothing else that draws hundreds of customers to this village. "I totally believe in this science. Whatever I've done in my life, I've generally done after consulting with him (the astrologer)," says a customer.
See also this article:
Parrot astrologers

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Buddhist Relics Tour World by Ohmy News.
The Maitreya Project, the brainchild of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, seeks to build a monument and development dedicated to Buddhism at Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh in northern India. The centerpiece of this massive development will be a 152m (500 ft) bronze statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future.
Related Entry: The Maitreya Project (English & German)


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


Sunday, 26. November 2006
Deep Sea UFOs

Forget the UFOs - here are the USO's!

In this documentary you'll dive deeper into the ongoing mystery of USOs - Underwater Submerged Objects - UFOs that have reportedly been witnessed going into and out of Earth's oceans. The show features a dive into the Santa Catalina Channel near Los Angeles to search for trace evidence of a 1992 USO event--a detailed account of the USS FDR, a magnet for USO and UFOs from the early 1950s until its decommissioning in the 1970s, with at least eight major sightings. Australia's famous Tully Water-Crop Circle Case is explored, as well as many other astounding and recent USO cases from the US and the world. Interviews include USS FDR veterans Chet Gruisinsky and Harry Jordan, USO researcher Dr. Stephen Greer, and Australian UFO expert Bill Chaulker.

Watch now "Deep Sea UFOs", aired by The History Channel, July 2006.



Total duration of this video is 45 minutes.
Please apologize that the audio is a bit asynchron to the movie.


For more about this film read this PDF by UFO Data Magazine.
Category: Movies & TV | Ufo's & Aliens |


How to do a Simple Remote Viewing Session

One of the burning questions people have when they first discover remote viewing is, How can I try it? Though it takes training, time, and practice to become a highly-skilled operational-level remote viewer, it is fairly easy for even a beginner to do a simple remote viewing experiment successfully. Here are some guidelines for two basic experiments.

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1. One easy type of experiment involves merely trying to “see” what is in a picture sealed in an opaque envelope. Have a friend select several clear, interesting photos with strong shapes, lines, and colors, paste each on a plain white piece of paper, and seal each in a separate opaque envelope (it is important that nothing of the contents shows through to the outside). Your friend should also number the envelopes sequentially from "1" to whatever the highest number is ....
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2. Some people prefer a slightly more complicated remote viewing protocol called an “outbounder” or “beacon” experiment. In this experiment, the remote viewer will describe and sketch details of a randomly-selected physical location. Targets that have been used in past experiments of this type have included playgrounds, public buildings, boat marinas, windmills, unique natural landmarks, commemorative monuments, and so on. Just about any location with distinct features can serve as a target .....
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How to do a Simple Remote Viewing Session by Paul H. Smith.
Check also the other Remote Viewing Articles.

Related Entry:
Remote Viewing / Fernwahrnehmung (English & German)
Category: Articles & Essays | Para & PSI |


Saturday, 25. November 2006
Magical Egypt: A Legacy of Initiation

This episode of Magical Egypt ,"A Legacy of Initiation", discusses the modern presence of the ageless wisdom traditions, from fraternal and initiatic societies to the widespread magical and occult communities. What is the hidden thread that connects Alchemy, Tarot, Qabalah, and Magick? Consciousness!

The idea that consciousness is the materia prima. The lump of coal that turns into a diamond, the Philosophers Stone. The lead that becomes gold. In this episode John Anthony West discuss the modern proliferation of esoteric, fraternal and secret societies, and bring the encouraging news that many of the mystery traditions are not lost to the sands of time, but are still accessible to those who ask the right questions.



Total duration of this video is 55 minutes.


While there are many great documentaries offered by many other sources National Geographic, Discovery and the History Channel, there are a number of very important differences between Magical Egypt and traditional programming. Traditional documentaries tend to focus on the physical remains, the historical timelines, and the politics of Ancient Egypt. What sets Magical Egypt apart is that we explore the lesser-well-known "taboo" topics from ancient Egypt, such as the use of magical technology, the secret occult societies and evidence of a much more ancient origin for Egyptians. Magical Egypt looks at inner science practiced by the Ancient, not as a historical myth but as a vital and practical use of metaphysical tools.

Related entries:
Magical Egypt: The Invisible Science by John Anthony West
Magical Egypt: The Temple in Man by John Anthony West
Magical Egypt: Navigating the Afterlife by John Anthony West
Category: Buildings & Places | Movies & TV | Symbols & Geometry |


Friday, 24. November 2006
Natural Remedies of Arabia

Whether you are in Doha, Dubai, Manama, Salalah, Jiddah or an obscure country village, when you step into an herbal medicine shop or wander through the traditional suqs (markets), you will find vendors of herbs, spices, bark, twigs, rocks and salt intended for culinary, cosmetic or medicinal purposes.

As you gaze at the piles of twisted bark or the varied combinations of dried flowers, you may wonder: What are these products? Where do they come from? How are they used locally?

These fascinating items whisper tales of the ancient trade routes, for many still come to Arabia from India, China, Indonesia, Egypt, Syria and other exotic locations, and are distributed across the Peninsula through existing commercial networks. Others are harvested locally, some under harsh desert conditions, and have their own fascinating stories to tell.

The people of the Arabian Peninsula have, for centuries, combined goods obtained by trade and barter with a prudent use of local plants and have developed a rich heritage of folk medicine.

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Natural Remedies of Arabia by Robert Lebling and Donna Pepperdine.

Donna Pepperdine is an ESL instructor with a special interest in literacy, culture and health education. As a master herbalist, she has focused much of her research on natural health solutions within the context of the Saudi family. Donna has lived in the Middle East 10 years.
Her website is very interesting: Herbal Educator.
Category: Body & Health | Herbs & Kitchen |


Thursday, 23. November 2006
Celextel’s Online Spiritual Library

Here you would find the Online Books of Vedanta Literature and other Indian Spiritual Books.

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Vedanta

"The three basic texts of Vedanta are the , the Bhagavad-Gita and the Brahma-Sutra. Together they are referred to as the Prasthana-traya, triple canon of Vedanta. The Upanishads constitute the revealed texts (sruti-prasthana); they mark the summits of the Veda which is Sruti (the heard, the revealed). They are the pristine springs of Vedantic metaphysics; Vedanta is the name given to them because they are the end (aim as well as concluding parts) of the Veda (Veda + anta).
The Bhagavad-Gita comes next only to the Upanishads. It is given a status which is almost equal to that of the Upanishads.


As embodying the teachings of Sri Krishna and as constituting the cream of the Epic Mahabharata, the Bhagavad-Gita occupies a unique place in the Vedantic tradition. A popular verse compares the Upanishads to the cows, the Bhagavad-Gita to the milk, Sri Krishna to the milkman, Arjuna, the Pandava hero, to the calf and the wise people to the partakers of the milk. Sri Sankara describes the Bhagavad-Gita as the quintessence of the teaching of the entire Veda (samasta-vedartha-
sarasangraha-bhutam). As this text forms a part of the Mahabharata which is a Smriti (the remembered, ie., secondary text based on the Veda), it is called Smriti-prasthana.

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The third of the canonical texts is the Brahma-Sutra which is regarded as Nyaya-prasthana, because it sets forth the teachings of Vedanta in a logical order. This work is known by other names also: Vedanta-sutra, since it is the aphoristic text on Vedanta; Sariraka-sutra, since it is concerned with the nature and destiny of the embodied soul; Bhikshu-Sutra, since those who are most competent to study it are the sannyasins; Uttara-mimamsa-Sutra, since it is an inquiry into the final sections of the Veda. The author of the Brahma-Sutra is Badarayana whom Indian tradition identifies with Vyasa, the arranger or compiler of the Veda.


In the Brahma-Sutra, Badarayana-Vyasa strings together the leading concepts of Vedanta in an ordered manner. The Sutra is an exquisite garland made out of Upanishad-blossoms. It is divided into four chapters (adhyayas); each chapter consists of four parts (padas); each part has a number of sections (adhikaranas); and each section has one or more aphorisms (sutras). According to Sankara, the number of sections is 192. The total number of aphorisms is 555."

Celextel’s Online Spiritual Library
Category: Books & Magazines | Religion & Early Cultures |


The Art of Josephine Wall

Much of the inspiration for her mystical images comes from her close observation of nature and her interest in its preservation. Though she often strives to impart a message in her scenes, she also hopes to inspire in her audience a personal journey into the magical world of their own imagination.

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Call of the Sea

From deep below the waves a beautiful goddess rises from her watery home, to blow her enchanted conch shell.
As she plays, a stream of nautical wonders pour forth. Mermaids and seahorses swim among a myriad of fish heading for the ocean depths, accompanied by playful dolphins.
The mighty city of Atlantis is found again and galleons once more set off on their journeys of discovery.


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Thirst for Knowledge

Contained within a single dewdrop tear is a world of education. Mother nature dips her hands into the pool of learning, and as she opens them a mother is revealed bestowing the most precious of gifts to her child – knowledge. The young have a thirst for information which must be fed, and lessons that we learn in youth will map our route through life.

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Starship

Guided by a star-angel, the star ship makes it's way to a magical land of giant lilies and mystical castles. A tattooed goddess reaches out to greet her visitor from the 'galaxsea'.

The Art of Josephine Wall Main Site. First check out the Gallery - Take a look at the New Pictures - Visit the step by step section On Painting, the beautiful Fun Stuff and don't miss the Signs of the Zodiac.
... just leave me breathless ...
Category: Art & Visions |


Wednesday, 22. November 2006
Tracks of Today: Kitaro

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Kitaro - Sacred Journey II

Kitaro - Caravansary

Kitaro & Jon Anderson - Agreement

Kitaro & Jon Anderson - Island of life

I love Kitaro since the 80th ...

Category: Music & Voices |


Thousand Hand Bodhisattva

How many hands can you count in this picture?

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Source Taipei Times


No matter how hard you look, you won't be able to find 1,000, but the dance these people are doing is called "Thousand Hand Bodhisattva".

In some kinds of Buddhism, a bodhisattva is a person who lives to help other people become better and better. In one very old Buddhist story, a bodhisattva was trying to reach all the people of the world, but the bodhisattva's two hands were not enough, so the bodhisattva was given a 1,000. This dance is a way of showing how beautiful that might be.

The bodhisattva with 1,000 hands is worshipped in many countries. In some countries the bodhisattva is shown as a woman, and in some countries as a man. The bodhisattva is called "Chenrezig" in Tibet, "Avalokitesvara" in India, "Guan Yin" in China, and "Kannon" in Japan.

See also: What is a Bodhisattva? -- and -- The Bodhisattva Vows

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Source Sarve Samachar


In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, members of the Chinas Disabled Peoples Performing Art Troupe perform a dance named 'Mother Buddha' at the Xinjiang People's Hall in Urumqi, northwest China, on Saturday November 11, 2006. Consisting of hear-impaired dancers, the art troupe, set up in 1987, has given performances in more than 30 countries and won sound reputations, Xinhua said.

This video is not new - but beautiful & amazing! Enjoy!

Category: Art & Visions | Religion & Early Cultures |


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