Wednesday, 29 March 2017

NAGARJUNA: THE GREATEST MYSTIC




          In the west, the names like Michael Maier and Paracelsus appear over and over in the history of alchemy. In the lands of India and Tibet, the name Nagarjuna appears. There, and even further east, his name inspires the same thoughts as do Aristotle, Galen, and Aquinas in the west. Nagarjuna is honored as philosopher, mystic, physician, alchemist, and saint.
       He was born around the year A.D.100 in southern India, in the area now known as Andhra. Like many early saints and mystics, details of his life are sketchy, many of them surrounded by mystery and legend. Perhaps this is even more the case with regard to India, because prior to the middle Ages, she had few historians. Consequently, many aspects of Nagarjuna’s life are still hotly debated in all the legends or not, one cannot doubt their impression on the minds of millions in Asia, even today.
        The earliest datable biography of Nagarjuna comes from Kumarjiva, a Buddhist missionary in China who lived in the fourth century. He states that a youth, Nagarjuna studied magic and became skilled in the art of invisibility. However, after a mishap involving the king’s harem that resulted in a narrow escape, he decided it would be best to take the vows of a Buddhist monk.
         Another story, the one most accepted by the Tibetans, says that Nagarjuna became a novice monk while a boy, a common practice in Asia. The story says that when Nagarjuna was born, his parents took him to a seer who predicted that the boy would die in seven days. The death, he said, could be avoided for seven years if the parents would provide a banquet for a hundred monks. This was done and the baby survived. When the boy approached the seven of seven, his parents sent him a trip. It was on this trip that Nagarjuna met his future teacher, Saraha, who recommended that the child be trained as a monk. It was believed that the karma from such an act would help the child avoid death.

                                                 HIS MYSTERIOUS PSYCHIC ABILITIES

         Under Sahara, Nagarjuna became adept at both meditation and medicine. He also developed considerable psychic abilities. Nagarjuna used these abilities in conjunction with a vast intellect. This combination enabled him to make his great contributions to Asian thought.
       An important example of this is the story behind his name, Nagarjuna, which means “Conqueror of nagas.” Nagas are a class of beings who are half-serpent and half-human. They are supposed to dwell in or near watery places. Common in Indian myth, these beings are believed by some scholars to have been the original mermen and mermaids of later European myth.
        Legend states that the Buddha [563-483B.C] hid a number of treaties among the nagas which were to be discovered at a time when people were ready to receive them. These treaties were collectively known as the PRAJNAPARAMITA, a Sanskrit name meaning “The Perfection of Wisdom.”
      Once the king of the nagas fell seriously ill. Nagarjuna, who by this time was a famous physician, was sent for. He came and with his skill cured the king. In gratitude, the king let Nagarjuna study the sacred texts. So the Prajnaparamita eventually came to the human world again, and Nagarjuna acquired his name.
       The texts discuss the path to enlightenment and in particular dwell on the concept of emptiness. They became a cornerstone for Asian philosophy. Nagarjuna spent many years interpreting these texts, and his work eventually became the basis for the most influential schools of metaphysics in Tibet.
      In other fields, Nagarjuna also had equal impact. As a physician, Nagarjuna is said to have been the chief redactor of the Sushruta Samhita. This book is still being widely printed in India and is considered one of the pillars of classical Indian medicine. Its chapters range from surgical techniques to the diagnosis and treatment of varied diseases. Included are chapters on toxicology, pediatrics, mental disorders, and theories on pharmacology.   

A MYSTERIOUS GIFT TO THE SENSES



                            

       Queen Elizabeth 1 of England ordered that the royal table be supplied with a condiment made of it. Charles VI of France sat on cushions stuffed with it. What was the object of this royal ardor? A fragment shrub known as lavender. Anyone who has ever stood amid the purple haze of a lavender field will understand why so many people are captivated by this aromatic plant.
      There are over 30 species of lavender. This hardy herb thrives in diverse climates, from the cool air of the French Alps to the dry heat of the Middle East. The plant’s botanical name Lavandula comes from the Latin lavare, meaning “to wash.” It is derived from a custom of the ancient Romans, who perfumed their baths with lavender oil.

                                           MEDICINAL VALUE   

      The medicinal use of lavender dates back nearly 2000 years. During the middle ages, it was a main ingredient in a concoction known as four thieves vinegar, which was used to combat the plague. The vinegar likely derived it name from the fact that grave robbers who rummaged through the belongings of plague victims washed in this lavender-based solution. Despite the risks of their work, it seems they rarely contracted the disease.
    Herbalists of the 16th century claimed that lavender would cure not only colds and headaches but also paralysis of the limbs and neuroses. In addition, they believed that wearing a skullcap made of lavender would increase intelligence. As recently as World War 1, some governments asked their citizens to gather lavender from their gardens so that the extracted oil could be used to dress soldiers’ wounds.

                                     TRADITIONAL TREATMENT

       Some lavender oils, especially lavandula angustifolia, appear to have an effect on a number of species of bacteria and fungi. Some researchers have suggested that lavender oil may be useful for treating bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics. Lavender oil has also found several uses in midwifery. In a large clinical trial it was shown that the mothers using lavender oil in their bathwater consistently reported lower discomfort scores 3 to 5 days post-natally. Lavender oil is also currently used in many delivery rooms for its general calming action.
    What about Queen Elizabeth’s taste for lavender? Is lavender really edible? Lavender was a favorite flavoring in the cooking of Tudor and Elizabeth England, used as a relish to be served with game, roasted meats, with fruit salads, sprinkled over sweet dishes, or as a sweetmeat in its own right. Today some species of lavender are used to flavor biscuits, cakes, and ice cream. On the other hand, not all types are desirable –especially to insects. In fact, lavender oil or powdered foliage and flowers may also be useful as both commercial and domestic pesticides as the application of lavender deters mites, grain weevil, aphids and clothes moth.

                                              GLOBAL DEMAND

       In recent decades lavender has enjoyed renewed popularity. It is now cultivated in Australia, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and North America. Lavender is unlike wine, oil produced from the same species will vary from region to region, as it is influenced by the soil and climate in which the lavender grows. Even the timing and method of harvesting can affect the final product.
           Unlike wine, lavender oil is extracted not by crushing but by steaming. It takes about 250 kg of lavender to produce one liter of oil. The freshly cut flowers, stalks, and leaves are firmly pressed into a large steel drum. Steam is pumped into the base of the container, and as it rises through the plant parts, it releases the oil. The steam and oil pass through a condenser and into a pot, where the oil separates from the water and rises to the surface. The oil is drawn off and stored in ceramic-lined containers, where it is left to mature for some months
     Some lavender oils are used in soaps, creams, and candles. The flowers are sold freshly cut or dried, and the flower heads are a prized ingredient in potpourri. Thousands of tourists come each year to taste lavender treats and to absorb the sight and scent of the lavender field.     
       

5 AMAZING MYTHS OF OUR WORLD




       Many amazing and mysterious things happen around us undetected, many of which are considered surprising and worth being mentioned and discussed. Among the most common amazing things that happen around us are;

                                          [1]        MALE DEPRESSION

         One of the oldest things about depression is the lingering myth that it is mostly a female disorder from which real men are genetically protected. Specialists say depression remains hidden in men because men visit health professionals less often than women, with less opportunity to talk about their problems and they are less able to articulate emotional distress. So doctors are more familiar with symptoms that are common in female victims of depression. In women depression has a notably different constellation of symptoms than in men. What are some of the symptoms common in male depression? Anger, fatigue, irritability, aggression, a drop in work performance, and a tendency for the sufferer to isolate himself from loved ones and friends. Sadness does always accompany depression –especially for men.

                                       [2]      THE DEAD SEA IS DYING

         The Dead Sea is dying and only a major engineering effort can save it. The Dead Sea –so called because its high salt content makes it impossible for aquatic creatures to live in it –is the earth’s lowest body of water, 400 meters below sea level. For millennia, the balance between high evaporation and incoming water was maintained by Dead Sea’s only water source, the Jordan River. In recent decades, however, both Israel and Jordan have been tapping in to irrigate large swaths of agricultural land along the narrow river that divides the two countries, robbing the Dead Sea of its replacement water. If nothing is done, the water level will continue to drop by up to one meter a year, with devastating consequences to the surrounding land, including its wildlife and vegetation.

                                    [3]     MELTING GLACIER ARCHAEOLOGY

          Retreating glaciers expose many remains that are of great interest to historians, such a glacier revealed an Indian male who had died 550 years ago. Most remains, however, have been found in the Alps. For example, the remains of a man who was thought to have left his girlfriend and illegitimate child in the lurch in 1949 were recently found. He had actually fallen into a crevasse, and the engagement rings were in his bag. According to Herald Stadler, head of glacier archaeology at Austria’s Innsbruck University, the historian’s dream is to find items relating to Hannibal, the famous Carthaginian commander who crossed the Alps with 37 elephants. “An elephant bone would be a sensation,” he said.

                                 [4]        PROBLEMS CONNECTED WITH OBESITY

           Obesity is increasing in America. According to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese American adults has increased from 12.5 percent of the population in 1991 to 20 percent in 2016. This increase has affected a number of businesses. Like the airline industry, which was warned in May 2013 that passengers were heavier than they used to be, and was asked to adjust weight estimates accordingly, the funeral industry is retooling to make room for ever-larger Americans. While the standard coffin is 61 centimeters wide, coffins are now available up to 124 centimeters in width and suitably reinforced. Vaults, graves, hearses and even the standardized scoop on the front-end loaders that cemeteries use for grave-digging have also had to be increased in size. People are living larger and dying larger, and industries have to adapt to that situation.

                                          [5]    TEEN GAMBLING

        ACCORDING to the International Center for Youth Gambling at McGill University, more than half of Canadian youngsters aged 12 to 17 are considered recreational gamblers, 10 percent to 15 percent are at risk for developing a severe problem and 4 percent to 6 percent are considered ‘pathological gamblers.’ The allure often begins in early childhood when some children receive lottery tickets as gifts or use the internet to bet on-line. The result, say researchers, is that more Canadian teenagers now engage in gambling than in other additive behaviors, such as smoking or drug abuse. Educators hope that teen gambling-prevention programs at Canadian high schools will be effective in curbing the problem.              

Saturday, 18 March 2017

MYSTERIOUS IMHOTEP: god of healing



         Considered one of the earliest great talents of history, Imhotep has been called the Leonardo da Vinci of the ancient world. One of his many accomplishments was designing and building the Zoser pyramid in 3000 B.C. The only scale model in the United States of his pyramid is on display in the Egyptian Museum.
            Imhotep was also known as a great astronomer, architect, and medical doctor. As author of several books, he wrote extensively on all these subjects. Imhotep introduced –magnificent stone architecture, which suddenly appeared on the plateau at Sakkara, replacing the wood and brick buildings of earlier times.
            Imhotep was celebrated in his own lifetime. After his death he was venerated until it was said that he was the son of the god Ptah. In the New Kingdom he was worshipped as the god of healing and medicine, as his tremendous power for healing the sick was well known. His chapel at Sakkara becomes a sanitorium to which cripples from all over Egypt flocked. Temples dedicated to Imhotep were built at Deir el-Bahir, Deir el-Madina, and on the island of Ptolemy V built a chapel dedicated to him.    

THE MYSTERIES BEHIND POSITIVE THINKING



                           

           Is positive thought a psychological stimulus or a mental sedation? When a person crisis arises, the phrase “Hold a positive thought,” is commonly suggested to those involved. Have these words become just a cliché, or have they practical value?
        Holding a positive thought is usually defined by the average practitioner as thinking of the opposite state. In other words, if a prevailing condition, or circumstances, is believed to be malevolent or adverse, it is then declared to be negative. By “negative” is meant that it negates, opposes, or interferes with some goal, objective, or state which is desired. Consequently, the opposite, the positive thought, is the wish and the image of the preferred condition.
     But is this pleasing mental picture going to provide the necessary or desired result? Will the mere thought of a wanted improvement or the dissolution of a situation actually bring it about? Positive thinking which does not go beyond the simple positive thought can bring disappointment to those people who believe in just that.
    Practical metaphysics advances holding positive thoughts when confronted with adversity. However, this approach goes beyond what many of its adherents understand or actually do. The popular metaphysical principle is generally construed to mean that the positive thought is projected into the Universal or Cosmic Mind: and thereafter in some mysterious way, the thought, like a missile, will destroy all the negative opposition.
     Psychologically, this attitude is vicarious; simply, it is the transference of one’s problems to another realm and power for solution. The individual is making what he considers to be a Supreme Force or Intelligence servile to himself. If cosmic laws are involved in acting to correct an unjust or adverse condition, the individual, in just transferring the thought, is in effect disassociating himself from the essential laws.
     In metaphysics and true mysticism, the cosmic or universal mind is not an agency of detailed solutions for human perplexities. It has not an alphabet, nor does it communicate in language. Rather, as a source of stimulation of the human intellect, it is a factor in the illumination of the mortal mind. It does not provide an accretion of new ideas, but rather causes a rearrangement of the individual’s thought. The conscious thought of the individual and the related latent ideas in his subconscious become a material factor in the clarity necessary to bring about the desired effect.
      

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