Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Top 10 Best Inspirational Quotes

SourcesofInsight.com; Acharya Buddharakkhita (Dhp); Ashley Wells (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
The Buddha said it best in the Kalama Sutra inviting us to freely inquire and investigate.
"I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality." - artist, icon Frida Kahlo
  
"Mind is the forerunner" - the Buddha
1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are mind-made. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts, unhappiness follows like the wheel that follows the foot of the draft ox
 
2. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are mind-made. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows like one's never-departing shadow. - The Dhammapada

Getting Results the Agile Way (JD)
Inspiration means "to breathe life into." Inspirational words breathe life into things we do. JD has created a collection of some of the most inspirational quotes of all time. Everyone’s here, the Buddha, Lao-Tzu, Emerson, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Twain, Franklin, Churchill, and more. That’s a powerful bunch to have in our corner.  Use their words of wisdom for a lift as we “stand on the shoulders of giants.”

Be Inspired
  1. You'll look back and see change. Eat Pray Love
    Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” — Mary Anne Radmacher
  2. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “I want to be all used up when I die.” — George Bernard Shaw
  4. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” — Napoleon Hill
  5. “It is never too late to be who you might have been.” — George Eliot
  6. “Let him who would move the world, first move himself.” — Socrates
  7. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Maya Angelou
  8. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw
  9. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” — Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh
  10. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson More

Lana's "Lust," Pink Floyd as hippies (video)

Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; Lana; Roger Waters (pink-floyd-lyrics)
(LanaDelReyVEVO) The "Lust For Life" album trailer from Hollywood, California

Lana Del Rey, "Love"

See lyrics below. This a Roger Waters' song, originally performed solo on the Ummagumma album, that celebrates the English countryside, like other compositions such as "Time." This special group performance, taped for the BBC with acoustic guitars and vocals by Roger Waters and David Gilmour with piano by Richard Wright successfully evokes a summer’s day in Grantchester, a small village close to Cambridge, England. Grantchester’s famous former residents include the Edwardian poet Rupert Brooke, who moved there and subsequently wrote a poem of homesickness entitled "The Old Vicarage, Grantchester." From The Early Years 1965-1972. Creative Director: Aubrey Powell, Hipgnosis. 2016 footage directed and edited by Nick Edwards. Performance footage director: John Coney for KQED, San Francisco 1970. Audio recorded for BBC Radio, 12 May 1969. Roger Waters, who founded Pink Floyd, now lives in Los Angeles, California, near Hollywood, and hates Trump like most of the rest of us:



LYRICS: Grantchester Meadows (Pink Floyd, Ummagumma)
LanaDelReyVEVO"Icy wind of night be gone this is not your domain"
In the sky a bird was heard to cry.
Misty morning whisperings and gentle stirring sounds
Belied the deathly silence that lay all around.

Hear the lark and harken to the barking of the dog fox
Gone to ground.
See the splashing of the kingfisher flashing to the water.
And a river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees
Laughing as it passes through the endless summer
Making for the sea.

In the lazy water meadow I lay me down.
All around me golden sun flakes settle on the ground.
Basking in the sunshine of a bygone afternoon
Bringing sounds of yesterday into this city room.

Hear the lark harken to the barking of the dark fox
Gone to ground.
See the splashing of the kingfisher flashing to the water.
And a river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees.

In the lazy water meadow I lay me down.
All around me golden sun flakes covering the ground.
Basking in the sunshine of a bygone afternoon
Bringing sounds of yesterday into this city room.

Hear the lark harken to the barking of the dark fox
Gone to ground.
See the splashing of the kingfisher flashing to the water.
And a river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees,
Laughing as it passes through the endless summer making for the sea.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Buddha's PONY: too beautiful to live

Look no further for the secret to that sleeping-baby glow. These babies may have revealed the answer. Snuggle up with man’s best friend. A favorite dog, cat, or piglet will do. Parents, just remember to follow the updated pediatrician recommendations for safe sleep for babies 1-year-old and younger. And don’t let infants and animals snooze together when you’re not there to supervise. More



The Buddha's white pony 
G. P. Malalasekera (Dictionary of Pali Names) edited by Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly

The Scythian prince loved his horse.
The Scythian prince had a white pony.

The baby Prince Siddhartha -- before he renounced at 29-years-old, traveled East to meditate, and awakened thus becoming "the Buddha" at age 35 -- had a a white pony named Kanthaka. This horse was very devoted. It broke his heart when Prince Siddhartha left.

The horse on which Gautama left his father's palace, accompanied by his attendant Channa, was the horse Kanthaka.

Stone carving of white pony Kanthaka.
It is said that when he was saddled for the journey, he realized the importance of the hour and neighed loudly for joy, but the devas ("shining ones") muffled the sound of his neighing and his footsteps as he galloped through the streets.

Ordinarily the sound of his neighing and galloping could be heard throughout the seasonal royal palace in Kapilavatthu [modern Bamiyan, Afghanistan, according to Dr. Ranajit Pal].

He was 18 cubits long [cubit=length between elbow and fingertips] from neck to tail and proportionately broad and white in color like a clean conch-shell.
 
In this journey of renunciation, leaving when all were asleep, Channa held on to Kanthaka's tail. The horse had the strength, had it been necessary, to clear the ramparts of the city, 18 hands high, at a single bound, with the prince and Channa on his back.

Just outside Kapilavatthu the prince stopped the horse to take one last look at the capital  city. A burial mound (cetiya) was later erected on this spot and called Kanthakanivatta cetiya.

Prince Siddhartha renounces worldly life by casting off his finery, jewellery, and long hair.
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The horse traveled 30 leagues between midnight and the following morning, as far as the river Anomā. It is said that Kanthaka could travel around the whole realm [wold-system, cakka-vāla, so perhaps it was an advanced craft or a supernaturally powerful horse] in one night.

With one leap the horse cleared the river, which was eight fathoms wide [fathom=6 feet]. On arriving on the opposite bank, the Bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be, gave orders that Kanthaka should be taken back to Kapilavatthu.

But Kanthaka kept looking back at the beloved prince, And when the Bodhisattva disappeared from view, the horse died of a broken heart. And he was immediately reborn in (heavenly) Realm of the Thirty-Three, Tāvatimsa, under the name of Kanthaka-devaputta (lit. "Kanthaka, son of god," one reborn as offspring of the devas). (J.i.62-5; Mtu.ii.159f., 165, 189, 190; VibhA.34, etc.; Buddhacarita, v.3, 68; vi.53ff).

Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha, grew up with a white pony named Kanthaka.
  
The Buddha, a Scythian, lived on the Silk Route
The pony Kanthaka had been born on the same day as the Bodhisattva (J.i.54; BuA.106, 234, etc.) as had the bodhi tree and his cousin/future wife Bimba, aka Yasodhara, which would mean he was 29 when he passed away to be reborn.

In the Heaven of the Thirty-Three he had a magnificent palace of sapphire (veluriya) gems, which the male chief disciple Maha Moggallāna, foremost in psychic powers (counterpart of Ven. Uppalavanna, the chief female disciple, foremost in psychic powers), visited on one of his tours in Tāvatimsa. (Vv.73f;-VVA.311-18; see also DhA.i.70; iii.195).

"You'll Never Beat the Irish"! (video)


Our Irish friend, Don, says Americans don't understand "The Troubles" today. The only people who speak well of the IRA or revolutionaries are "Hicks" and bumpkins.

Everyone else is over it. You want to start an argument in Northern Ireland? Say something good about U2's Bono. What a ____! The great American Che Guevara (America is not the USA but a much bigger continent) was part Irish and a great rebel. Of course, in the US even today we have a chip on our collective shoulder about British oppression, colonialism, and exploitation, and we say that as confused Anglophiles at Wisdom Quarterly angry about the horrendous legacies of India and Afghanistan. We suffered under England/UK (some say we still do through the transnational banking system controlled from London), the colonized world suffered under it, but who has and continues to suffer under it more than the Irish? Here's a joke to underscore that sentiment.


(xXxShellieBabyxXx) "Go On Home, British Soldiers"

AN IRISH JOKE
Irishman at ease (dreamstime.com)
An Irish bloke entered a pub where three British soldiers were getting hammered. One Brit said to the other two, "Watch this. I'm going to take the stuffing out of this Mick."

He went up to the Irishman and said, "You know, St. Peter was a mother-______ _______."

"Oh, is that so?" the Irishman responded.

The Brit was gobsmacked and walked back to his friends who had heard him. The second Brit said, "Nah, ya did it all wrong. Here, watch this. You want to provoke a bog-trotter?" He went up to the Irishman and said, "You know, St. Peter was god-_____  ______________ ______ and a ________."

How can England think to control part of Ireland?
"Oh, was he?" the Irishman calmly responded and smiled.

The second Brit couldn't believe it and turned, tail between his legs, back to his mates.

The third Brit said, "Worthless wankers! Watch this. I'll get his goat." He went up to the Irishman and said, "You know, St. Peter was in fact British, hah!"

"I know," said the Irishman. "Your two friends have just been telling me how British he was."
 

(DocuFans1) The Battle of the Boyne: Protestant or Catholic Ireland?
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Standing Rock, Keystone XL (Censored News)

Brenda Norrell, Anayanse Garza (CENSORED NEWS); Xochitl, Tanya, Wisdom Quarterly

Grandmother Regina, who is about 80 years old, was arrested today as militarized police attacked unarmed Water Protectors in a prayer ceremony in the Standing Rock camps.
 
Water Protector Erick was arrested with a police rifle pointed in his face as he smudged and prayed with the herb sage. One relative was arrested as he prayed with the Sacred Pipe.
 
An Inipi was smashed by police. About 45 Water Protectors, including neutral reporters, were arrested as the Oceti Sakowin and Rosebud camps were attacked by militarized police and federal agents. Bulldozers destroyed structures. More + Spanish translation

Standing Rock Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation to Norway (CN, 3/27/17)
Censored News: What Twitter doesn't want you to know (bsnorrell.blogspot.com)
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What about the Keystone XL pipeline?
Trump grants approval for Keystone XL pipe
(WQ) This is happening in North Dakota now, and in the near future it will happen at the Keystone XL site thanks to Trump, corporate billionaires, and banks happy to trade our environment for cash:

(Washington Post) Pres. Trump announced Friday morning the granting of a permit for construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, calling it “the first of many infrastructure projects” that he would approve... [Wells Fargo Bank must be excited.] More

Strange origins of "Irish" identity (video)

(Robert Sepehr/818encino) An old Irish legend about an ancient Egyptian Princess Scota; see Dr. Sigmund Freud's 1939 book Moses and Monotheism, or visit the "Vale of the Little Flower" (Glen Scotia). Ireland's long history is riddled with folklore, ancient mythology, and ancient societies, such as the Druids. Scota, in Irish legend, is the name given to the daughter of an Egyptian pharaoh. Sepehr is an author, producer, and anthropologist specializing in linguistics, archeology, paleobiology. Robert Sepehr: Species with Amnesia: Our Forgotten History


Knowledge, Wisdom, Spirit of Ancient Ireland with Gerard Banks
Equality CorkGerard Banks share knowledge and speaks openly about the ancient wisdom, spirit, and culture of the Irish (like iris, the eye, consciousness), the natural language and ancient spiritual connection to earth and the rest of the world.

This refers not only to Ancient Egypt but also ancient connections to the Moari language and New Zealand's Maori people.

Banks covers topics from spirituality to law and takes a look at the past in the hopes of understanding the present. Why was the Roman alphabet introduced to the Emerald Isle? To alter and suppress the natural harmonics and frequency of the Native Irish language?

We need to progress from here in harmony with this ancient heritage and the heritage of all other ancient global societies today.

(Andrew Power/Equality Cork, 2005) Some key terms: Ireland, Egypt, pharaohs, Scotland, Scota, princess, prince, king, queen, royalty, tyrants, dictators, blue bloods, throne, rule, ruling class, conspiracy, cover up, ancient hidden history, Africa, Afrocentrism, Europe, pyramids, megaliths, Sphinx, Antediluvian, pre-flood, deluge, pre-deluge, post-deluge, diffusion, civilization, Britain, England, Ethiopia, Land of the Pharaohs.
The Battle of the Boyne
Ireland: Land of the Pharaohs (Andrew Power)
Banks also speaks about what the "Battle of the Boyne" (Catholics vs Protestants, 1690) was spiritually really about: It was a ritual. It was the founding of sectarian violence in Ireland, used to divide the spiritual DNA of Ireland.
 
Sectarian = section-terrain, keep a people and nation divided for a reason. Why did King James of the House Stewart and his nephew King William of House Orange/Nassau organize this "family affair," this pretend battle in the Boyne Valley?

Why did this family with representatives from all over the world have to come to Ireland to symbolize their transition and rule from the Reign of House Stewart to House Hanover? Indeed, why did they need to come to Ireland and the Boyne Valley to do this?

This affects the teaching and education of false laws in Ireland today. Universities are being run commercially based on untrue laws that only benefit the commercial exploiters of Ireland. False commercial empires continue to ruin the world for corporate profit, which goes against the very spirit, DNA, and heritage of the ancient Irish. More

  
Scota, Tuatha Dé Danann...
Elvenworld.org edited by Wisdom Quarterly
Princess Scota (Elven World)
Blessings. May you feel the Elven song within, hear the voice who speaks from your heart-space. We are Tuatha Dé Danann, the children of Nature and the stars. – T.E. Pelton, author, Elven World Mythologies

Scota  is the Tuatha De Danann ["Tribe of Danu"] Goddess of passion, positive magic, she who can slip through the surface of things and restore balance – Elven World, T.E. Pelton.
 
Scota - An Invocation for Our Times: I call upon Scota in these times when we are looking for the way/These times when we are asking for peace and end to suffering... More

Connected Histories: O’Dogherty
Ramon O'Dogherty
The O’Dogherty Clan of Inishowen consists of more than 400,000 families distributed throughout the world, with many in the US, Mexico, Argentina, Ireland, the UK, Australia, Spain, France, and so forth. Ancient legends describe in a remote past the origin of the Celtic race, which was established in the north of Spain, with a King Breoghan, who founded Betanzos, Brihuega, and Brigantia, and built the Tower of Hercules in Galicia. His sons from this tower saw through the Atlantic Ocean mists the British Isles and decided to organize an expedition to conquer them. More
  
"From Bregon": The OBregon
Wisdom Quarterly Wikipedia edit
Statue of Celtic King Breogán and the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña, Spain (wiki)
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King Breogán (Bregon, Breoghan, or Breachdan) is a character in the Lebor Gabála Érenn, a medieval Christian history of Ireland and the Irish (or Gaels). He is described as an ancestor of the Gaels.
  • [Could there be a relation or connection to the legend of Brian Boru (Bóruma) and the O’Briens (see Ó Briain Dynasty)?]
The Lebor Gabála purports to be an account of how the Gaels descend from Adam through the sons of Noah and how they came to Ireland.

It tells us that they spent 440 years wandering the Earth and underwent a series of trials and tribulations, which is based on the tale of the Israelites in the Old Testament. Eventually, they sail to Iberia and conquer it.

There Breogán, one of their leaders, founds a city called Brigantia and builds a great tower. From the top of the tower, his son Íth can see Ireland. The Gaels, including some of Breogán's sons, sail to Ireland from Brigantia and take it from the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Irish gods.

Brigantia likely refers to A Coruña in present-day Galicia (Encyclopaedia Britannica) and Breogán's tower is likely based on the Tower of Hercules (which was built at A Coruña by the Romans) or the Tower of Babel.

The idea that the Irish Gaels came from Hispania may be based on the similarity of the names Iberia and Hibernia and the names Galicia and Gael (Patricia Monaghan, The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore, Infobase Publishing, 2004. p.332). Medieval historians made similar claims about other nations based on their names... More

Some further reading

Monday, March 27, 2017

"Genius of the Ancient World: Buddha" (BBC)

BBC.co.uk (via Hosshin Ananda); Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly

Who's a Hindu? The Buddha? Wendy Doniger?

(Thoughtco.com, Feb. 24, 2017); Dhr. Seven, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

What's Wrong with Doniger’s Controversial Book The Hindus?
American Professor Wendy Doniger's controversial book The Hindus: An Alternative History has outraged Hindus around the world, insulting Indians and offending Hindus.

Doniger, 73, is a Jewish American Indologist and has been a professor at the University of Chicago since 1978.

Although she is a well-known authority on Hinduism, her book has had many factual errors pointed out. And her perspective of many things Indian, Vedic, and Hindu have been questioned time and again.

Hey, Wendy, I'm a Hindu! - Actor Julia Roberts
Published in 2009, The Hindus became the #1 bestseller in the non-fiction category in India despite [or more likely because of] a furor of criticism and protest from the American Hindu community.

In 2010, Mr. Aseem Shukla of the Hindu American Foundation debated various elements of the book with Doniger herself on his blog.

Historian Vishal Agarwal attacked Prof. Doniger's research chapter by chapter and pointed out numerous errors. In 2011, a New Delhi-based group, Shiksha Bachao Andolan, filed a civil lawsuit against Penguin, Donger's Indian publisher, and two other criminal complaints were lodged against the book.
 
Finally, on February 4th, Penguin decided to stop publishing it and agreed to pulp all remaining copies of the book officially stating that... More

Who is a Hindu?
  (Thoughtco.com, April 26, 2015)
Seven Features of Hinduism Recognized by Indian Courts
The Supreme Court of India defined the features of a Hindu in its 1995 ruling of the case “Bramchari Sidheswar Shai and others Versus State of West Bengal.”

In one part, it states that the court identifies the following seven defining characteristics of Hinduism and by extension of a Hindu:
  1. Acceptance of the Vedas with reverence as the highest authority in religious and philosophic matters... More
Not the Buddha
Buddha Gautama, Shakyamuni (Gandhara)
Well, right there, the Buddha would not qualify. For the Buddha was not a Hindu, nor were the Shakyians/Scythians his family clan.

But his father, King Suddhodana, may certainly have employed Brahmin advisors, counselors, chaplain, ministers, and astrologers. Any and every king of the day might have. First of all there was no such thing as "Hinduism" at that time.

Hinduism only came into being a few centuries ago with Sri Shankara, who systematized it into a formal "religion" or doctrine with universal tenets cobbling together many disparate traditions in India.

Shankara regarded the Buddha as foreigner whose Dharma was an outside influence on India, not something born in it. He was right. It came from the Northwest frontier where Brahmins were not the highest cast.

That place, Scythia or Saka Land, had its own ways. There was no actual "India" at that time either, although there may have been in the distant past pre-or-post Indus Valley Civilization if any emperor before the Buddhist Asoka had brought together warring kingdoms to make Mahabharata, "Great Bharat," a name used for what is today more or less thought of as "India."

There was at that time Brahmanism (the Vedic belief-system of the Brahmin priestly caste, which regarded Brahman as the "ultimate"), and the Buddha was not a Brahmin adhering or promoting the Vedas.

And although beautiful modern Hinduism may co-opt "Lord Buddha" as a god in the pantheon -- which is very nice as it facilitates good relations between the two great Dharmic traditions -- the Buddha himself in his lifetime rejected the Vedas.

What Brahmanism thought of as ideal, "temple priests" (brahmana) tied to texts, rote memorization, mantras, and tradition, the Buddha rejected. In its place he promoted the "wandering ascetic (shramana) ideal. And Buddhism and Jainism, both accepted by Hinduism today, are actually the two remaining examples of that protest movement.
  • The shramaṇa movements arose in the same circles of mendicants in ancient "India" [which was not yet "India" but a bunch of kingdoms and territories with uneasy and changing alliances who in no way thought of themselves as one country until and when one king or group conquered another] that led to the development of yogic practices, as well as the popular concepts common to all major Indian religions such as saṃsāra (the problem of the endless Cycle of Birth and Death) and moksha (final liberation from that cycle). More
And the Buddha stated unequivocably that he was not a god (deva), not an incarnation (avatar), and that he did not adhere to the central tenets of the Vedas, like things stated about the soul/self (atman) -- teaching the radical, unheard of "doctrine of no-self" (anatta) unique to buddhas.

TRAVEL: One thing to do in each country


The one thing you must do in each country, according to tourists
Top tourist attractions (vouchercloud)
If you could only do one thing in each country you visited, what would it be?

UK travel site Vouchercloud compiled a map that shows the top-rated “Thing to Do” on TripAdvisor in nations around the world.

Some picks seem on-point; others may sound inaccurate to seasoned travelers. Take Peru, for example. Machu Picchu is listed as the top attraction. That’s certainly credible, it being one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But is a Harry Potter Studio Tour really the No. 1 thing to do in the UK? It's not hard to think of more authentic options. (See larger map). More

All the lands you'll never visit outside the mountains of ice surrounding our lands.