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    "Buddha’s Advice" Spiritual Story by Unknown

    Saturday, March 26, 2011, 4:33 PM [General]

    Buddha’s Advice to Calm a Disturbed Mind

    Spiritual Story by Unknown

    Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers.. This was in the initial days. While they were traveling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there.”

    The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink!”

    So he came back and told Buddha, “The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.” After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake.

    This time too he found that the lake was muddy. He returned and informed Buddha about the same. After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back. The disciple reached the lake to find the lake absolutely clean and clear with pure water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

    Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said,” See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be…. and the mud settled down on its own - and you got clear water. Your mind is also like that! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless."

    Special thanks to Malladi for sharing this spiritual story with us!


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    The author of this spiritual story is unknown and greatly appreciated. If you know who wrote this, or can provide a source that I can cite then please contact me and let me know! Also, if you decide to reprint this story on your website, you do not need to include this author biography box... please just link back to www.Spiritual-Short-Stories.com

     

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    A Thousand Reasons To Smile

    Thursday, October 29, 2009, 1:55 PM [General]

    A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.

    A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

    Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"

    The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

    Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

    "Life has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of discarding evil and developing goodness. Paddy grains have to be de-husked in order to become edible as rice. Cotton has to be converted as yarn to become wearable cloth. Gold nuggets have to be heated in the crucible to remove the impurities. Man too, must purify his impulses, emotions and desires and cultivate good thoughts, words and deeds so that he can progress spiritually." ~ Prasanthi Nilayam

    MORAL OF THE STORY:

    Invite others towards good with wisdom. Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

    ~Author Unknown

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    Sharing links to Symbols and Meaning.

    Thursday, October 29, 2009, 1:44 PM [General]

    Allow me to introduce Avia Venefica, creator of www.Whats-Your-Sign.com.

    I really enjoy her original writing and perspective. I appreciate learning about other Cultures interptation of symols, their Myths and so. Her site has some interesting new information, at least for me, about>>>>click on blue..

    Pleiades Constellation and Samhain: The Celtic Connection

     This entry discusses Samhain in myth/parable. Check it out - it includes a great story of virtue:

    Samhain and the Seven Swans of Virtue

    The well-known (and fabulous) American Intuitive, Colette Baron-Reid invited her to talk a bit about Hallowe'en on her blog. There, she took a introspective approach to Hallowe'en - check out her article here:

    Renewal and Personalizing the Meaning of Hallowe'en

    From bats to witches, this page is a feast of symbolic insight. Check it here:

    Meaning of Hallowe'en Symbols!


    From Avia Venefica

    "That magic is sustained by the fact that the Universe is saturated with symbolism. Focusing, interpreting and writing about symbolic meanings keeps me looking at the world with fresh perspective and renewed awe."

    "Symbolism is a universal language with which we are all familiar. Our ancestors believed the use of symbols could empower us, enlighten us, and aid us in our journey through life. This concept is as true today as when it occurred to our ancestors"

    "As a symbol-monger, the study of Tarot was a natural evolution in personal development. I hold several certifications, and have been utilizing the cards since Jimmy Carter was eating peanuts in the White House."

    "More importantly, I was introduced to the Tarot system by a master who maintained love as the backbone of her craft (namaste, Ruth). My other website ..."window.open('http://www.whats-your-sign.com/cgi-bin/counter.pl?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Etarotteachings%2Ecom%2F&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ewhats-your-sign%2Ecom%2Fsigns%2Ehtml'); return false;" href="http://www.tarotteachings.com/" target="_blank">www.TarotTeachings.com, is the offspring of my education in this genre of symbolic interpretation"

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    Another very interesting link

    www.tokenrock.com/index.php


    Ecointuition proposes a way of life that is consistently attuned

    to Nature on a soul level.

    • Nature was here first. She'll be here last. It might bode well for the continuation of humankind to harmonize with Nature. Intuiting her mechanisms can teach us a lot about surviving and thriving in the days to come.
    • Nature is the ultimate oracle. By forming a sacred union with Nature we see our lives in a more expansive view. Unique connections are made that allow us to know remarkable things about ourselves, our future, the people around us, etc. Jacking into Nature gives us accurate impressions about the evolution of our lives.
    • Nature is karma. Whether you believe in karma or not, if you're reading this, odds are you at least subscribe to the Golden Rule. Investing the time to intimately link up with Nature means big payoff's. Nature generously rewards her compatriots.

    www.tokenrock.com/explain-Ecointuition-2...

    Did you know our Natural environment is in constant communication? What if you could eavesdrop on Nature? Better yet, what if you could tap into the network of Nature for unmatched insight into your existence?

    This is what the term Ecointuition proposes.

    Sounds sci-fi, but it's not. For eons our ancestors have formed sacred unions with the Natural realms in order to intuit keen understanding about life, energy, time and all manner of wisdom.

    Ecointuition is simply a fancy new word for an ancient way of life. It's about living in synch with Nature: Neither a dominator, nor a slave to natural forces. Ecointuition focuses on soulful participation with the subtle energies of the Natural world.

    The word Ecointuition marries the terms 'ecology' and 'intuition.' The word conveys a special state of being that is attuned with the remarkable structure of Nature. Ecointuition suggests humankind's ability to intuit the sacred wisdom held within that structure.

    Nature is a matrix of infinite interconnections, and the science of ecology demonstrates this elegantly. To wit, Webster's dictionary defines ecology as the study of relationships and interactions between biological organisms and their environment.

    Intuition works in much the same way. All of us have the ability to creatively free-associate along non-linear lines of thought.

    Intuition is about making unorthodox connections in limitless, creative ways. When we live intuitively, we suspend the analytical mind momentarily and we feel our way through to conclusions.

    Nature is inherently intuitive, and that's why humankind can enter a dialogue so easily with our natural ecosystems, because we too are born intuitive. We're hard-wired into Nature. We cannot sever the connection.

    Enjoy........Ana

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    Egg..Lemon...Orange

    Sunday, March 29, 2009, 2:16 PM [General]

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    Hindu Astrology

    Sunday, March 29, 2009, 2:11 PM [General]

    The Hindu Book of Astrology

    by Bhakti Seva

    [1902]

    If this was really a vintage Hindu Astrology book, it would be a real find. I have yet to locate one, and there has been a steady drip of requests for Hindu Astrology since the inception of the site, which I would be more than happy to satisfy. Rather this is a short book similar to the Yogi Publication Society books, published by William Atkinson under a series of pseudonyms. Note: this is the only book by anyone named 'Bhakti Seva' in the WorldCat catalog, and there is no additional information on him (or her, given the subtle feminist hints in the text).

    At the cusp of the 20th century, some occult publishers were more than willing to bend the truth in the interest of satisfying a popular demand for information on the 'Mysterious East.' It was not illegal to impersonate a Swami through the mails. The publisher in this case took a dash of New Thought, an amount of mystic flim-flam, and used it to season a mail-order pamphlet on the new 'simplified' Astrology, repackaged as 'Hindu Astrology.' And, judging by the small-print testimonials in the back of the book, he found a willing audience.

    He makes a hash of Hinduism in the process; such as his very Western statement that "We Are All Masters of Our Own Fate." (p. 12). Most Hindus believe that our burden of Karma, which is accumulated over many rebirths, plays a much larger role than our individual self-will. At the very end of the book he says (p. 104) "We are continually going forward, onward and upward. Nothing stands still! There is no backward movement!" This is a modern Westernized view of progress, counter to the traditional Hindu view of cyclical time, with each age in the cycle being less advanced than the previous.

    Please don't be deceived. Hindu Astrology is a difficult art and divides the heavens into dozens of 'Asterisms,' not just twelve. Hindu astrologers are, even today, consulted at important life passages, particularly marriage, and their horoscopes and the interpretation thereof take great skill and knowledge to create. Rather this is documentation that not just William Atkinson was up to the Swami game, and serves as an illustration of the state of occult publishing in 1902.--J. B. Hare, March 25th, 2009.

    www.sacred-texts.com/astr...

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    'Atlantis in the Sahara'

    Sunday, March 29, 2009, 2:07 PM [General]

    (L'Antlantide)

    by Pierre Benoit

    Tr. by Mary C. Tongue and Mary Ross

    [1920]

    This French novel of 'Atlantis in the Sahara' made a huge splash when it was published. The exotic Saharan setting, the stories of desert survival, the overpowering allure of the last Queen of Atlantis, make a memorable, if a bit pulpy, read. Over a dozen films have been made of this plot, to the point where it is almost a subgenre of the lost-civilization adventure film in itself. The author was sued (and lost) at one point because the plot is fairly close to that of Haggard's She. However, it is thought Benoit had no exposure to Haggard prior writing L'Antlantide, so this appears to be a case of literary convergent evolution. This online text was scanned and proofed from scratch, from a 1920 edition of this translation of the book. Therefore it may differ slightly from the Project Gutenberg version, which was sourced from a 1964 Ace paperback edition. That edition has 192 pages and some obvious differences, e.g., a dedication in the Ace which does not appear in the 1920 printing.

    NOTE: Unicode is used to display Greek in this text. I've also made a sketch map of the route in the book through the Sahara.

    www.sacred-texts.com/atl/...

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    Growing Old

    Sunday, March 29, 2009, 2:02 PM [General]

    Seasons of Beauty
    Aging Gracefully

    from dailyom.com

    We tend to associate youth with beauty, but the truth is that beauty transcends every age. Just as a deciduous tree is stunning in all its stages—from its full leafy green in the summer to its naked skeleton during winter and everything in between—human beings are beautiful throughout their life spans.

    The early years of our lives tend to be about learning and experiencing as much as we possibly can. We move through the world like sponges, absorbing the ideas of other people and the world. Like a tree in spring, we are waking up to the world. In this youthful phase of life, our physical strength, youth, and beauty help open doors and attract attention. Gradually, we begin to use the information we have gathered to form ideas and opinions of our own. As we cultivate our philosophy about life, our beauty becomes as much about what we are saying, doing, and creating as it is about our appearance. Like a tree in summer, we become full, expressive, beautiful, and productive.

    When the time comes for us to let go of the creations of our middle lives, we are like a tree in autumn dropping leaves, as we release our past attachments and preparing for a new phase of growth. The children move on, and careers shift or end. The lines on our faces, the stretch marks, and the grey hairs are beautiful testaments to the fullness of our experience. In the winter of our lives, we become stripped down to our essence like a tree. We may become more radiant than ever at this stage, because our inner light shines brighter through our eyes as time passes. Beauty at this age comes from the very core of our being—our essence. This essence is a reminder that there is nothing to fear in growing older and that there is a kind of beauty that comes only after one has spent many years on earth.

     


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    Growing old is a mandatory process. For women, for a period of time, we might even resist aging as we try our hardest to fight off wrinkles and hang on to the physical beauty of our faces.

    Yet, getting old is a natural process where things are slowing down, and you'll begin to see that the sparkle in your heart and the twinkle in your eyes make you beautiful in a way that's not achievable in youth.

    The more you complain, the longer God lets you live.
    -- Author Unknown

    There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.
    -- Author Unknown


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    Natural Dyes for Eggs or?

    Sunday, March 29, 2009, 1:59 PM [General]

    If you don't celebrate Easter, or don't eat eggs, this still is a handy list if you want to dye anything.
     
    Natural colors, purple (The only color worth anything!!) try that purple rice, (from health food store,) The company also has a red rice which you could soak and boil eggs at one time.
    The red is called.."Bhutanese Red Rice", the purple is "Forbidden Rice" both in a 15oz. package and both by "Lotus Foods"
    Here is another list... 
     
     
    --First off, here's a list of ingredients you can use to color ..... Following that is the more specific 'how to' guide.

    Some of these foods will stain or dye fabric, counter tops, floors, and so on pretty well. If you are even a fraction as messy as I am in the kitchen, I heartily recommend that you put on a large apron, and similarly outfit the kids, if they are helping. You might even want to put newspaper down on the kitchen counters. Speaking from experience, I can assure you that things like turmeric, raspberry juice, blueberries and beet juice stain like crazy.

    Pale red -can be obtained with fresh beets, cranberries or raspberries. You may have already found out that the juice from these foods is extremely difficult to get out of clothing and babies bibs!

    Orange- comes from yellow onion skins. I haven't experimented with carrots, but if you've ever tried to get Gerber's baby carrots out of a bib, you know how stubborn those stains can be. If you want to try for a good orange with carrots, I'd suggest putting carrots in a Cuisine and shredding them, then using them as the food source (see below). (I myself have used the yellow onion skins and the eggs came out light yellow..not orange?..Ana)

    Light yellow - comes from orange or lemon peels, carrot tops (funny, huh...the tops LOOK green!), celery seed or ground cumin.

    Yellow- can be obtained from ground turmeric. It is REALLY, determinedly yellow! Another one of those colors which stains easily.

    Pale green - comes from spinach leaves.

    Green-gold - comes from yellow Delicious apple PEELS

    Blue- comes from canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves. You might try some fresh, frozen blueberries if you have any in your freezer like I do. Smush them first, then apply to the water bath (as detailed below).

    Beige to brown - comes from strongly brewed coffee, or teas.

    Now, on to the Specific Instructions:

    Some people prefer to boil their eggs with the dye solution. I prefer to hard boil the eggs first. That way there is less chance of the solution's flavor seeping through the hot shell and tainting the flavor of the egg inside.

    1) Eggs boil best when the water they are sitting in is brought to a full boil, then the heat underneath the pan turned completely OFF. Let the eggs sit in the quiet, hot water, covered, for one hour. By then the eggs and the water will be cool, and you'll have hard boiled eggs that didn't bang against each other, which tends to cause cracked shells.

    2) Next put a tablespoon of apple cider or white vinegar into a sauce pan. Add two cups of water. Also add the ingredient you are using which will give you the color that you want. Bring this to a boil, then simmer (slightly below a boil) for 15 minutes to half an hour, covered - less water will evaporate that way.

    3) Use a sieve to strain the food out of your water. Now you can add eggs to color them, or pour the colored liquid dye into a glass bowl. Let one or more eggs sit in the dye and turn them periodically so all sides get some color.

    4) If you want a darker shade, you can leave the eggs in the dye, cover it, and put them in the refrigerator over night. I have not tried this, so I do not know whether coffee, for instance, would seep through an intact hard boiled egg shell. I suspect I would not, as long as there are no tiny, hair-line, hard to see cracks.

    OPTIONS

    Another trick is to save your onion skins for a few months, prior to Easter. You know: those dry outer layers which are not used for anything. There are light brown and red onion skins. GENTLY wrap the onion skins around a raw (!) egg. Take it slow and easy. Hold the onion skins in place with light rubber bands. If you purchase parsley, save the little rubber bands which are used to hold the stems together. Those little rubber bands are just about right for a project like this. Now boil the eggs (see above) as usual. When they cool and you unwrap them, you will have interesting colors and designs. When they are cooled and dry, you can even rub a little vegetable oil over the eggs to give them a shine!
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    Like Attracts Like

    Friday, February 13, 2009, 3:54 PM [General]

     

    It must be Christmas! All these surprises this morning from the Universe and it's not even noon yet.

    First let me back up a tad. The energies of the Full Moon must of hit me in my re-arrange, and organize Astrology house.

    Sun. I wanted to move the things around in my bedroom, so with the help of hubby and son, we moved some furniture, those Gifted" books from the hall into the bedroom on the bottom of this long "Gifted" table. Brought in the stereo and cabinet,(Gifted"), now that there was room. We have the PlayStation in the living room and the computer, so they both can be used to play CD's. We missed Meditating and Chakra Meditations lying in down in bed.

    Mon. I put away art items I had out, since art and projects are done in the kitchen, and last weekend my friend gave us a box of acrylics, brushes and paints. I also did some under the sinks, bathrooms and above the stove organizations. Creating space by going vertical, re-cycling my 5 gal. Arrowhead jugs. (More about that in another post) Threw out stuff, and created space. Organization...love it.

    Today with the snow I had the urge to go out and take some pictures. As I was walking around the apts. my neighbor came out and said "she was thinking of me, had lost my phone number AND she was moving, did I have time to see if I wanted any stuff she had." (Her new place is furnished.)

     FREE! of course I have time.

    Well everything she was giving away was perfect for us. She knew I'd like the box of acrylics and many new paint brushes. She also had several things for art, and a small rod-iron plant stand. Always need place for all my plants. And I had my eye on a large planter of bamboo, mine had recently turned orange. We were interrupted by another lady who came by for some goodies for her real-estate office and her Plant club.

    With my choices set aside she took what worked for her and off she went. My friend said I'll give you all of this IF you take this bamboo plant. "Why of course", I said.

    She knew I'd give it a loving home.

    Last but not least she had a tall rope wrapped vase w/ wispy plant in it, artificial. I've been wanting to get one just like that... but $20.00 was too much, so I figured..wait.

    And all she wanted for that was $5.00, so 2 trips back and forth that's how much stuff I received, all for $5.00.

    She laughed at the snow and the goodies she was giving me and said "It feels like Christmas." I agreed completely!

    Morale of the story: the Universal Laws WORK. Be a joyful giver and it will return 10-fold. The Universe doesn't know what it is you are giving away or throwing away or selling, all It KNOWS is the emotional energy that is being GIVEN out and IT has to fill the gap, void, with LIKE vibrations.

     

    Please trust in this, call it GOD, call it Source call it Energy.

    It follows Laws, and if you follow these Laws with love/joy, all will be given unto you.

    Release the old so the Universe can bring you the new energy.

    AND most of all LOVE what you have, appreciate all that you have, be joyful that you have, and know all in Divine Timing.

    Like attracts like.

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    Friday, February 13, 2009, 3:50 PM [General]

    "Love is the way messengers from the mystery tell us things."
     
    ~ Rumi ~
     Web archive of Panhala postings: www.panhala.net/Archive/Index.html

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    Rumi founded the Mevlevi Order of dervishes, better known as the Whirling Dervishes of Sufism. Through a turning movement, body posturing, mental focus, and sound, the dervish achieves ecstasy through union with God.

    Once a secret society, today the Mevlevi tour the world allowing audiences to witness the ceremony of their sacred dances and music.

    The name Mowlana Jalaluddin Rumi stands for Love and ecstatic flight into the infinite. Rumi is one of the great spiritual masters and poetical geniuses of mankind and was the founder of the Mawlawi Sufi order, a leading mystical brotherhood of Islam.

    Rumi was born in Wakhsh (Tajikistan) under the administration of Balkh in 30 September 1207 to a family of learned theologians. Escaping the Mongol invasion and destruction, Rumi and his family traveled extensively in the Muslim lands, performed pilgrimage to Mecca and finally settled in Konya, Anatolia, then part of Seljuk Empire. When his father Bahaduddin Valad passed away, Rumi succeeded his father in 1231 as professor in religious sciences. Rumi 24 years old, was an already accomplished scholar in religious and positive sciences.

    He was introduced into the mystical path by a wandering dervish, Shamsuddin of Tabriz. His love and his bereavement for the death of Shams found their expression in a surge of music, dance and lyric poems, `Divani Shamsi Tabrizi'. Rumi is the author of six volume didactic epic work, the `Mathnawi', called as the 'Koran in Persian' by Jami, and discourses, `Fihi ma Fihi', written to introduce his disciples into metaphysics.

    If there is any general idea underlying Rumi's poetry, it is the absolute love of God. His influence on thought, literature and all forms of aesthetic expression in the world of Islam cannot be overrated.

    Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi died on December 17, 1273. Men of five faiths followed his bier. That night was named Sebul Arus (Night of Union). Ever since, the Mawlawi dervishes have kept that date as a festival.

    http://www.armory.com/~thrace/sufi/life.html

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