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"To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue . . .

gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness" Confucius

Buddhism, Holistic Healing, Reiki, & east-west philosophies

Every religion speaks of the quest of the soul for the holy grail, the place of the Most High. The Chinese speak of it as the "old road." The Hindus call it the "path of return." Christians refer to it as "the way" . Meditation is the gateway that leads us to God.   Edgar Cayce on Prayer

Knowledge is the pathway to freedom                         

"I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction.
Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved
through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness,
and greed
."

--Dalai Lama

"God listens not to your words save when He utters them through your lips"  Kahlil Gibran


Ancient China Legend or Myth ~ Chinese Astrology & Buddhism

One legend attributes the creation of the animal signs to the mythical Yellow Emperor in 2637 B.C. According to another legend, the Great Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Chinese astrology is a much respected philosophy still in existence in China as well as around the globe. Some believe it' to be more than 3,000 years old but recent studies of more esoteric beliefs surmise it may date further back into a distant gray area of man's evolution. From ancient times up to the present, astrology is sought to predict the future of nations, the outcome of world events, matters of money, love , destiny, and more.

Another legend claims hundreds of years ago the great Buddha invited all of the animals of creation to join him in a New Year celebration. As legend goes, only twelve animals came at his invitation, so to reward them the divine wise one offered to name a year after each animal. From then on any person born in a year associated with that animal would share that animal's attributes. Those Animals were:

the RAT, the OX, the TIGER, the RABBIT, the DRAGON (this year 2013) the SNAKE, the HORSE, the GOAT, the MONKEY, ROOSTER, the DOG and the PIG. 

 The Ying-Yang Five Elements describe the BALANCE.

Chinese Fortune-Telling Calendar   Find your elements and luck/success years/cycles

MOON CYCLES 2011 calender sponsored by Sportfishingreport

hinese Astrology Forecast Discover Surf Explore Learn - an interesting daily astrological chart of positive and negative aspects



Buddhism entails the teachings of Buddha that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, and that enlightenment obtained through the right conduct, wisdom, and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth 

There are two major streams of Buddhism. The earliest Theravada (meaning "Doctrine of the elders"), is based on texts (sutras) written in the Pali language very close to that spoken by Buddha. The following is an excellent Theravada resource that includes translations of the Pali canon and a good history of Theravada and comparisons to Mahayana (northern Buddhism). An excerpt of that history:

"Owing to its historical dominance in southern Asia (Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma), Theravada is also identified as "Southern Buddhism," in contrast to "Northern Buddhism," which migrated northwards from India into China, Tibet, Japan, and Korea. Theravada is often equated with "Hinayana" (the "Lesser Vehicle"), in contrast to "Mahayana" (the "Greater Vehicle"), which is usually a synonym for Zen, Ch'an, and other expressions of Northern Buddhism. The use of "Hinayana" as a pejorative has its origins in the early schisms within the monastic community that ultimately led to the emergence of what would later become Mahayana. Today scholars of many persuasions use the term "Hinayana" without pejorative intent."

more about Buddhism  a summary overview. . . more about Theravada Buddhism with it's early roots based in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, Burma, & Cambodia.

Download FREE Buddhist Calender (pdf) from Urban Dharma - find additional Buddhist resources here

The Gospel of Buddha

The Purpose Of Being
Compiled from ancient records by Paul Carus, 1894
Chapter 99 of 100

The throne of truth is righteousness;
and love and justice and good-will are its ornaments
. [10]

Righteousness is the place in which truth dwells,
and here in the hearts of mankind
aspiring after the realization of righteousness,
there is ample space for a rich
and ever richer revelation of the truth
. [11]

This is the Gospel of the Blessed One.
This is the revelation of the Enlightened One.
This is the bequest of the Holy One
. [12]

Those who accept the truth and have faith in the truth,
take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha


Lynn Monson Hayes - astrodynamics

Stargazingread the Stargazing forecast  -  SKYWATCH - from Lynn Monson Hayes -† 2013 Skywatch astrological forecast www.astrodynamics.net


Free Destiny Cards reading 7 Thunders Publishing   Free Reading  (interesting twist on numbers & astrology)

 

Futureminders Astrology - Horoscopes - Moon Phases - Bio Rhythms Free Reading


"The underlying distinction between the philosophical and religious poles is an epistemic issue. Both species of Daoism start from a common critique of 'ordinary' knowing of dao.
From this mildly skeptical or relativist base, philosophical Daoism tends toward pluralism, perspectivalism, skepticism, political equality and freedom. Religious 'mysticism' professes to control of an esoteric way of overcoming the skepticism and typically claims some 'superlative' or direct access to a single correct dao. As the special insight cannot be justified to those with 'ordinary' perspectives and/or cannot be put into language and argument, it tends to generate esoteric, hierarchical and authoritarian forms."

Meta-reflections from the pre-eminent Lao-Zhuang scholar http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/taoism/

Chinese-tools astrology & more

 

Ancient Art of Numerology Free Reading

It may surprise you to know that the combination of the numbers of your birth date can provide valuable perceptions into your way of being in the world. Todays numerologist has the benefit of expanded interpretations of each of the numbers. These meanings are based on the original arcane meanings (developed by the Babylonians and applied by the Hebrews) as they were taught by Pythagoras 2,500 years ago.

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance

Socrates


The "science" of Numerology is based on the understanding that each number has an inherent vibration which provides the key to greater self awareness. This vibrational quality of each number originated before an alphabet was created! When sounds were originated, they were originally assigned a number as a way of counting - eventually this numbering system was used by the Babylonians: King Sargon II, who ruled Babylonia in the 8th Century BC used the numerical value of his name to determine the length of a wall in the city.

"Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned"
Buddha


Chi . . . just what is Chinese 'Chi' energy? read


Hinduism is a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India characterized by a belief in reincarnation and a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils. Mantras are a sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation, such as an invocation of a god, a magic spell, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities. Read about Trinidad & Tabago's Festival of Lights and a brief overview about the origins of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Bhagavad Gita (Hindu)
In Hinduism, an avatar is the bodily manifestation of an Immortal Being, or of the Ultimate Supreme Being, God. The philosophy reflected in the Hindu epics is the doctrine of the avatar (incarnation of beliefs that God takes a special human form whenever there is a decline of righteousness and rise of evil. “For the protection of the good, for destruction of evil, and for the establishment of righteousness, I come into being from age to age.” (Bhagavad Gita Bhagavad Gita is part of the epic poem Mahabharata, located in the Bhisma-Parva chapters 23–40.

A core sacred text of Hindu (Vedic) religion and philosophy, the Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as the Gita, is a summation of the Vedic, Yogic, Vedantic and Tantric philosophies. The Bhagavad Gita, meaning "song of the Lord", refers to itself as a 'Yoga Upanishad' and is sometimes called Gitopanisad. It is considered (by Hindus) to be the only known religious text to have been spoken by God. It is not exactly clear when the Bhagavad Gita was written. Astronomical evidence cited in the Mahabharata itself put the date at 3137 BC, ancient Indian historical texts (Puranas) suggest a date of about 1924 BC and western scholars hold widely differing dates that occur after 1000BC.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Holistic Healing

"Some people have limited success because they focus on one area of Holistic Healing, but ignore (for a variety of reasons) other areas. Holistic Healing involves addressing physical, psychological/emotional, and spiritual issues in order to promote healing and transformation. Some people may focus indefinately on changing their biochemistry with herbs, supplements and diet, but ignore other crucial aspects that *must* be addressed. Others may be focusing on spiritual development or psychological emotional healing, but are damaging their health physically with a poor diet, exposure to toxic chemicals, certain medications, etc."

Fundamentals   Techniques of Holistic Healing

Food & Nutrition - Twelve Steps to Healthy Eating Checklist Techniques of Holistic

Healing Foods which are cooked with minimum amount of spices or seasonings and are fresh are sattvik foods. These foods retain their nutritive value as they are cooked in a very simple fashion one of the most powerful & delicious foods which have tremendous benefit on the overall system.

Ayurvedic herbs Ayurveda is a truly holistic healing system that has been practiced in India for more that 5,000 years.

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning science of life. Ayu means life or daily living, Veda mean knowing.
Ayurveda encompasses both the spiritual and physical aspects of healing.


Philosophies

Story Of Self from Light - I Watch a multi-media presentation, A Story of Self - it's an animation with a difference.
Its purpose is to remind you of a loving connection - a connection that now wishes to embrace you.
One should be aware of becoming fixated on end results and losing the joy of life's journey of spacial moments. There is a universal danger we worry about money too much. While it’s wise to be careful, don’t become obsessed with frugality and sacrifice your spiritual, creative, and emotional life on the alter of practicality. Life's to short to miss out on the simplicity of the natural order.

 

Happiness & Eudaimonism (Aristotle)

The three principal ancient Greek philosophers on which the foundations of Western philosophy are based as we know it were Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates. Between them they changed early Greek philosophy. Aristotle follows Socrates and Plato in taking virtues to be central to a well-lived life. Like Plato, he regards the ethical virtues such as justice, courage, and honesty as complex logical, expressive and social skills.

However, Aristotle discards Plato’s notion that training in metaphysics and sciences are an essential requirement for a full understanding of our collective good, rather he purports what is needed in order to live well is a proper appreciation of the way in which such goods as friendships, pleasure, virtue and wealth fit together as a whole.

In order to apply that general understanding to particular cases, we must acquire, through proper upbringing and habits the ability to see on each occasion which course of action is best supported by reasons.

Therefore the 'practical wisdom' as Aristotle conceived it cannot be acquired solely by learning general rules. We must also acquire through practice those skills mentioned above that allow us to put our general understanding of well being into practice in ways that are suitable to each event.

The Aristotelian term Eudaimonia can be translated as 'happiness'. To appreciate its role in virtue ethics we need to briefly look at Aristotle's function argument. Aristotle recognizes that actions are not useless; they have an aim, and a goal. Each action aims at some good. Furthermore, some things are done for their own sake and some things are done for the sake of other things. Now some things are means to other ends and some things are ends in themselves, but Aristotle claims that all the things which are ends in themselves also contribute to a wider end, - an end which is the greatest good of all and that good is “eudaimonia”.

Aristolte's Eudaimonia is happiness, contentment, fulfillment, it is the name of the best kind of life, which is an end in itself and a means to live and fare well.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Aristotle


"Although things around you may not seem perfect, there is a sensual beauty to the situation. Flow with it!

Move to the rhythms of nature and your heart. They are one"       
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