Lower Lower Self or Two-Dimensional Life Form?
By 7M, Jan 2013
As I realized that my Higher Self operates in more dimensions than my lower self can sensibly register, I wondered if there is also an even lower self that is only two-dimensional. I decided on a little investigation. And the first site the search engine provided was a Star Trek inspired website.
“A two-dimensional life-form is unlike most typical lifeforms that exist in the galaxy. Generally, lifeforms exist in three dimensions, but these such lifeforms are known to exist in a single plane only (and as such have either no length, no height, or no width). Some of these beings make their homes in cosmic strings, objects a single proton wide but with lengths measuring in kilometers or more. These strings have a gravitational attraction like black holes or homing beacons for two-dimensional beings. Continue reading
The Concepts of Ori and Human Destiny in Traditional Yoruba Thought: A Soft-Deterministic Interpretation
OLADELE ABIODUN BALOGUN, Nordic Journal of African Studies 16(1): 116–130 (2007)
2. TRADITIONAL YORUBA BELIEF IN ORI AND HUMAN DESTINY: THE FATALISTIC AND HARD DETERMINISTIC ACCOUNT
[…] According to the Yoruba, it is believed that before coming into the world, everybody was obliged to go and choose an ori from among a large number of oris stored in Ajala’s warehouse. Ajala4 (a potter) has the duty of molding human heads. The process of human creation is not complete without him.
While Orisanla (arch-divinity) is understood by the Yoruba to be the maker of ara (body), who later passes the lifeless figure to Olodumare (Supreme Deity) to put emi (life giving entity ), Ajala is responsible for the creation of ori. Ajala is a skilled potter, a drunkard, a debtor and an irresponsible and careless creature (Morakinyo 1983: 78). In any case, Ajala through his utter carelessness is responsible for molding heads of different shapes and qualities (some are good and many are bad). In the house of Ajala, every man makes a choice of his own ori, after which every man coming into the world passes through the water of forgetfulness-Omi igbagbe, which is the boundary between heaven and earth. Continue reading
Mudras of India
By ShaktiBhakti, 2010
The word mudra stems from the Sanskrit root mud, which means “to delight in”. This hints at the power of these beautiful gestures to evoke deep feeling in the observer and joy in the practitioner. The word mudra also denotes “seal,” and is employed in a yogic sense to explain the process of sealing and strengthening the body’s vital energies.
Mudras are an essential part of Classical Indian Dance, Yoga, and other spiritually based practices. Mudras are practiced for concentration, healing, and expressing the vast array of human emotion and experience.
In [the Mudras of India] blog I will include images, description, and usage of the fifty-two mudras described in the Abhinaya Darpana of Nandikeswara Continue reading
A Guide To the Bodhisattva Way Of Life
Author: Shantideva Bodhisattva
[Links to various translations]
The Key of becoming a Bodhisattva:
One who wishes to protect oneself and others quickly,
should practice exchanging oneself for others,
which is a great mystery.
All those who are unhappy in the world are so
as a result of their desire for their own happiness.
All those who are happy in the world are so
as a result of their desire for the happiness of others.
Enough of such talk!
Note the difference between the fool who seeks his own benefit,
and the sage who works for the benefit of others.
One, who does not exchange his own happiness for the suffering of others,
surely does not achieve Buddhahood.
How could one find happiness even in the cycle of existence?
Therefore, Continue reading