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Tucker: Classic literature out. Sexual propaganda in-5/14

The night of 1,000 bombs: Netanyahu warns Hamas 'is paying a very heavy price' as his forces launch most devastating assault on Gaza yet and ground troops fire across border as Israelis try to destroy Hamas's network of tunnels-5/14

Top Hamas Terrorist Leaders Use Twitter to Encourage Violence While Trump is Permanently Banned-5/14

AOC bizarrely links Gaza conflict to the Southern border crisis as The Squad troops on to the House floor to slam Biden for saying Israel 'has a right to defend itself'=5/14

Dominion Voting Systems Releases Statement – Slams Arizona Forensic Audit and States Company WILL NOT Release Passwords to Maricopa Voting Machines-5/14

Dr. Fauci says six-month-old babies could get shots by the end of the year and warns kids STILL have to wear masks playing with friends despite CDC advice vaccinated can ditch them-5/14

Joe and Kamala take all the credit as they finally announce it's time to ditch the masks, shake hands and even HUG each other if you've had your shots-5/13 Put them back on. Please!

The Crying News Network strikes again: CNN host Alisyn Camerota chokes up on live TV over CDC news that Americans can finally ditch the masks-5/14

Gov. Cuomo says NY will IGNORE CDC guidance to ditch masks and keep its statewide mandate, claiming he will 'rely on the science'... but won't outline what it is-5/14

LA residents revolt over shanty town plans: Thousands in Venice and Brentwood sign petition to STOP plan to house homeless in tents and cabins at popular beaches-5/14

Now the U.S. Army? Force puts out call for soldiers in a woke recruitment ad featuring lesbians at a gay wedding and an LGBTQ pride march after CIA's 'cisgender millennial with anxiety disorder' campaign was panned-5/14

New York Times: Joe Biden Has Short Temper; Outbursts of Profanity-5/14

 'His mental and physical condition cannot be ignored': More than 120 retired generals and admirals sign open letter questioning Biden's mental health and backing election fraud claims-5/12

Are Retired French and American Military Generals Standing Up against Tyranny?-5/13

Richard Grenell calls Susan Rice the ‘shadow president’ and ‘no one is paying attention’-5/13

Here’s How Biden’s Spending Could Become A Hidden Tax On Everything You Purchase-5/13

THIS IS BIG: US Census Bureau Confirms HUGE CONFLICT in Total Number of Voters in 2020 Election-5/10

Top California Democrat and Think-Tank Titans Slated to Attend Chinese Communist Diplomacy Event-5/14


Extraordinary immigration charts show how Biden's inauguration triggered surge in migration - with border detentions more than DOUBLING within days of Trump's exit-5/13

Why solar winds are 10 TIMES hotter than expected when they hit Earth: Streams stay so hot because of magnetic connections that form in the turbulence, study reveals-5/14 Daily Mail,
• Solar winds are about 200,000 degrees Celsius when they reach the Earth
• Based on expected processes scientists predicted they should be much less
• To try and explain why they are so hot researchers turned to a supercomputer
• They created simulations to mimic the function, creation and spread of the wind
• They found turbulence within the wind was a key factor that led to the extra heat
• Understanding how solar wind works can help forecast future space storms
• If the solar wind is particularly strong, it can cause problems to satellites, astronauts in space, mobile phones, transport and even electricity networks ...
Hello, you forgot to mention the efffect on"global warming."  Oh, we don't want to upset AOC or Mr. Heinz Ketchup now do we. Editor

Landmark Climate Study Says Melting Arctic Won’t Lead to More Severe Cold Weather-5/14

The Green New Deal’s Shock Troops-5/14

Report: Biden Clean Energy Fundraisers Rake in Millions As Administration Sponsor Business-5/14

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm Says ‘Pipe Is the Best Way’ to Transport Fuel After Admin Canceled Keystone Pipeline-5/13

HYPOCRITE? John Kerry Admits Pipelines Are More Efficient, Despite Joe Biden Killing Keystone XL Pipeline-5/13

Easy Being Green: Biden’s Clean Energy Fundraisers Reap White House Rewards-5/13 Clean Energy for Biden leaders see admin promote their green investments after raising millions for campaign

Priorities: CNN Spends Nearly 3x More in 12 Hours on Liz Cheney Than Economic Crises-5/13

Antimony: A Mineral With A Critical Role In The Green Future-5/13

International Energy Agency report shows that green energy transition is a fantasy because of dependence on key rare minerals-5/15

Parents in America's wealthiest county launch campaign ad to recall Virginia school board for 'infecting' children with Critical Race Theory-5/12

Boston journalist who was reporting on local dognapping saves the day after spotting the thief while filming on the scene and rescuing a 13 month old German Short Hair Pointer-5/14 Nice Daily Mail story. The dog looks somewhat like my 12 month old.

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Christian Rosenkreutz

The Esoteric Origins of Freemasonry, the Rosicrucians and the Lost Symbols Of Ancient Egypt-4/14 By William C. House, Reverse Spins
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"The critics can go to hell. We don't know half enough about Lord Bacon." —Frederich Nietzsche
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... THE PROPHECY OF PARACELSUS, AND THE UNIVERSAL REFORMATION OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.
From: The Real History of the Rosicrucians by Arthur Edward Waite [1887]
Quod utilius Deus patefieri sinet, quod autem majoris momenti est, vulgo adhuc latet usque ad Eliæ Artistæ adventum, quando is venerit. "God will permit a discovery of the highest importance to be made, it must be hidden till the advent of the artist Elias." In the first chapter of the same work, he says:--Hoc item verum est nihil est absconditum quod non sit retegendum; ideo, post me veniet cujus magnale nundum vivit qui multa revelabit. "And it is true, there is nothing concealed which shall not be discovered; for which cause a marvellous being shall come after me, who as yet lives not, and who shall reveal many things."
These passages have been claimed as referring to the founder of the Rosicrucian order, and as prophecies of this character are usually the outcome of a general desire rather than of an individual inspiration, they are interesting evidence that then as now many thoughtful people were looking for another saviour of society. At the beginning of the seventeenth century "a great and general reformation," says Buhle,--a reformation far more radical and more directed to the moral improvement of mankind than that accomplished by Luther,--"was believed to be impending over the human race, as a necessary forerunner to the day of judgment." ...
Was Christian Rosenkreutz a real person?
... I have come upon some new information that has changed my mind regarding the origins of Rosicrucianism. In some unpublished remarks of Mark Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, they both stated that Saint Germain was Christian Rosenkreutz. Mark said it first. ECP said it again in 1996. Now it is possible, since Saint Germain was Sir Francis Bacon, that they meant Bacon wrote the Rosicrucian texts. But they didn't clarify that, they said he was Rosenkreutz.
Manly P. Hall did not believe Christian Rosenkreutz was a real person. On the other hand, the more intuitive Rudolph Steiner did. In fact, to his credit, Steiner recognized that the Count of Saint Germain is the avatar for the Aquarian Age. Other than an inner confirmation, the only proof he offers is the decorations and artwork in Karlštejn Castle outside of Prague built by Charles IV (1347-1378). Many, he says were inspired by Rosicrucian principles. ...

The Four Freedoms Famously Portrayed by Norman Rockwell Are Under Assault-5/14 The Remodern Review; by Richard Bledsoe.
Back in the Stone Ages of the early 1990s, when I finally settled on Painting as my major at Virginia Commonwealth University, I encountered a curious attitude among the art students. I was trying to learn to paint realistically. After an initial mandatory assignment, I was the only one in my Basic Painting class who continued to paint from the model which was provided to us. It’s easy to make assumptions about why a single 20ish-year old guy would want to spend hours staring at a nude lady, but trust me, in art school, it’s not like that.
There’s nothing titillating about an 8am class crowded into a dirty, chilly studio with 20 other students, struggling to depict in oils an elbow or knee which looks like it bends the right way. A nude model is an intense technical challenge, one you can make conversation with at least, while learning how to paint.
But VCU prided itself on being a school for so-called advanced art, and most of the students embraced that mentality. Advanced in this case meant Abstract and/or Conceptual art. As in, lots of paint smearing and backwards writing were happening on the canvases around me. There was often a lengthy verbal explanation to go along with the crude efforts, words which seemed to have little to do with what was actually produced. The buzz word salad of art speak utilized in universities is a form of camouflage, like an ink cloud shot by a squid trying to avoid scrutiny.
I kept hearing from the other students a word applied to my efforts to paint a human figure: illustrational. In the Painting department, that was a bad thing. Illustration belonged over in the Commercial Arts department, the place for the sellouts who wanted to use their artistic skills to actually get jobs. In the fine arts, we were told, we were beyond trivialities like accurate representations, traditional techniques, and displays of competent craftsmanship.
I’ve written before on how, in college, I had to learn in opposition to the curriculum I was presented. VCU was a Postmodern school. In what was supposed to be one of the leading art universities in the country, they derided the ability to draw naturalistically as irrelevant. Actual artistic talent was redefined as a handicap.
We were educated in the Postmodern way: to follow trends, while claiming to be groundbreaking; to conform, while posing as a revolutionary; and to justify poor results by using linguistic manipulations. Ultimately, we were encouraged to jump onto a bandwagon of deceit which was being steered towards positions of power.
How wrong they were. At its core, art is a form of communication. The greatest art works offer something for everyone to appreciate. It’s an admirable way to present a vision of the world. Those who went along with the plot to make art into something elitist, obscure and alienating committed a great crime against humanity. This was no accident.
Empire follows art, as the visionary William Blake warned us. The ruin of art was needed to enable the Marxist destruction of Western civilization. The absurdity, abuse, and artifice I witnessed in art school decades ago is now standard operating procedure for our corrupted establishment. I never expected to see our country besieged by such a top-down effort to rule by intimidation, fraud, and misdirection, but here we are. ... Keep going this is very good. MORE >>>

 

How C.S. Lewis Predicted the Woke Nightmare-3/28 Townhall, by Jared Whitley;
We now have an intelligentsia which, though very small, is very useful to the cause of Hell.” -C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
A masterful piece of religious prose disguised as satire, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters is a series of messages from senior devil Screwtape to his protégé Wormwood on how best to corrupt mortals. Originally released during World War II, its tight 175 pages provide charming, timeless wisdom.
In an addendum released shortly before the author’s death in 1963 – Screwtape Proposes a Toast – Lewis pivots from dispensing universal wisdom to directly criticizing social trends of his day, trends which have gone from mere whispers on college campuses 60 years ago to become orthodoxy with the power of law today. Reading it today, it feels like the author was more prophet than professor.
In the 15-page essay – full text available here – the devil Screwtape outlines how the term democracy can be warped into destroying excellence, first in the halls of education then to society at large to make sure everyone stays “equal.”
Democracy is the word with which you must lead them by the nose,” Screwtape tells his fellow devils. “The basic principle of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be ‘undemocratic.’”
Screwtape espouses the “significant benefits” of “ungrading” decades before Brown University ever led this race to the bottom, saying:
At universities, examinations must be framed so that nearly all the students get good marks. Entrance examinations must be framed so that all, or nearly all, citizens can go to universities, whether they have any power (or wish) to profit by higher education or not.”
Easy to see echoes of Screwtape in the demands of progressive demagogues, like when Bernie Sanders insisted that everyone should go to college so we have “the best-educated workforce in the world” – willfully ignoring that an education void of rigor has no value at all. Screwtape all but uses the word “triggered!” to describe children in self-esteem first, outcomes last schools.
Children who are fit to proceed to a higher class may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma — Beelzebub, what a useful word! — by being left behind.”
Screwtape must be grinning at headlines about public schools eliminating gifted programs, knowing how much this hurts the segment of society most likely to build it up: the middle class.
The removal of this class, besides linking up with the abolition of education, is, fortunately, an inevitable effect of the spirit that says I'm as good as you. This was, after all, the social group which gave to the humans the overwhelming majority of their scientists, physicians, philosophers, theologians, poets, artists, composers, architects, jurists, and administrators. If ever there were a bunch of stalks that needed their tops knocked off, it was surely they.”
While liberal media outlets have been bemoaning the end of the middle class in America, they have been complicit in it by advancing agendas in the name of equity. A nation of dunces is far easier to rule over – especially a generation of snowflakes who were raised by teachers who thought gold stars for everyone are more important than As and Fs for some. Screwtape continues, with relevant hyperlinks inserted:
For ‘democracy’ or the ‘democratic spirit’ (diabolical sense) leads to a nation without great men, a nation mainly of subliterates, full of the cocksureness which flattery breeds on ignorance, and quick to snarl or whimper at the first sign of criticism. And that is what Hell wishes every democratic people to be. For when such a nation meets in conflict a nation where children have been made to work at school, where talent is placed in high posts, and where the ignorant mass are allowed no say at all in public affairs, only one result is possible.” ...

9 Cats 9 Lives: Karma Reincarnation and You, Paperback-4/15 – June 1, 2021 by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Amazon Description:
FDR, Al Capone, Henry Ford . . .
What were they doing on Atlantis?
And how did that set the stage for future lives? Elizabeth Clare Prophet penetrates the veils of akasha to reveal the past lives of individuals who helped shape the modern world. As she traces threads of karma, we see how their choices in many lives set their destiny and the karmic challenges they would face in the twentieth century. The stories are intriguing. More importantly, they show that while karma may determine the cards we are dealt in life, we each choose how we will play our hand. We can rise to our higher calling and balance our karma-or wrap ourselves more tightly in its bonds. The message is that we can transcend our past-and our past lives-and find a new freedom and joy in life each day. [Babe Ruth is one of the Nine Cats]


Lou Gehrig and The Babe


Lou Gehrig today

Editor: I read the chapters in Nine Cats. Nine Lives on FDR, Henry Ford and Al Capone so far. Their karma on Atlantis and how it played out is fascinating. Al Capone flip flops from bad to good and back to bad in embodiment after embodiment. He actually was a revered Saint a couple hundred years ago. The book is taken from a lecture by ECP with the same name as the book. There was one life she didn't get to—Babe Ruth. The notes were there but no mention of his other lives. They included The Babe's life in the book because, afterall, it is called Nine Cats, Nine LivesEight Cats, Eight Lives just doesn't work.
There is another book that intersects with The Babe and reincarnation. It's called "The Boy Who Knew Too Much." Full Disclosure: I was born in NYC., lived my first 3 years there and then we moved to the Connecticut suburbs. I am a life long Yankees and Mickey Mantle fan, so I probably liked this book a little more than most. It is a wonderful story of discovery.
Pipp, Gehrig and Ruth. For the first 65 years of the Yankees' history, there were four all-time great Hall of Fame players: Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe Dimaggio (5) and Mickey Mantle (7). All their numbers are retired. 
I once met Lou Gehrig's predecessor Wally Pipp, at my great, great uncle's house in Grand Rapids. My uncle John was on What's My Line in 1958. His secret: he was the oldest living (85) practicing Detective. Wally was a machine parts salesman, selling bolts and screws to automotive companies based in Detroit and Grand Rapids.[1] Somehow they met in Grand Rapids and became friends.
Forty years before I met Mr. Pipp, he played first base for the Yankees.  He led the American League in home runs in 1916 and 1917 and is still considered to be one of the best power hitters of the dead ball era. But he is best known as the player who got replaced by Lou Gehrig. 
In the movie "Pride of the Yankess" he has a headache one day in 1925 so the rookie Gehrig got his break at first base. From that day on, Lou played in 2,130 consecutive games until sidelined by ALS. He was called The Iron Horse. The record stood for 56 years. Losing his job that fateful day, Wally Pipp went on to play for the Detroit Tigers.
Gehrig Today. The boy who knew too much is Christian Haupt from Southern California. Since he was very young, he lived, breathed, and thought about only baseball. He had to wear a baseball uniform all the time. His parents had to take time to play catch with him just about everyday. On a plane to Boston at age two he didn't want to wear a seat belt, he exclaimed, "When I was big, I didn't wear seat belts and I drank alcohol." Everyone nearby laughed. Another conversation with his mom:
Mommy, I used to be a tall baseball player.”
Yes, you will be a tall baseball player someday.”
With a look of exasperation, he stomped his foot and hollered.
No! I was a tall baseball player—tall like Daddy!”


Christian throws the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2012

His baseball skills got him a role in one of Adam Sandler's movies on Cape Cod. The role was for a 5 or 6 year old. He was so good at only two yrs old, they gave the part to him. Some of the movie crew and Sandler joked with Christian and asked who are going to play for, the Dodgers, the Red Sox? His answer:
"I play for the Yankees." Sandler, a New Yorker said, 'That's my boy.'
After the movie shoot, Christian and his mom went to see the Yankees play the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He saw a large picture of Babe Ruth on the way in and was mesmerized. Then out of nowhere:
"Next came an outburst that made time stand still. Christian was visibly upset as he waved his little wooden bat at the photograph and repeatedly yelled,
"I do not like him. He was mean to me!""

A passerby said the kid is on to something, 'he [The Babe] was a real jerk.' His mom asked,  "Was Babe Ruth mean to you? The answer was "Yes!" Christian was so agitated they had to leave after the 2nd inning.
Once, looking at a picture of one of the greatest baseball teams ever, the 1927 Yankees, he points to Ruth and says, "There's dumb Babe Ruth." His mom asked were there any players that didn't like Babe Ruth? He points to Lou Gehrig and says, "Him." Then adds, "That's me."
The Feud. The Ruth-Gehrig feud started in the 1930's. The two families were close friends, but when Gehrig's mother complained to Ruth's second wife about how she treated the Babe's kid, Babe Ruth told Lou to tell his mom, "mind her own goddamned busines." They never spoke for years after that, even when they were teammates. On Lou Gehrig's Appreciation Day when he retired, after he gave a speech for the ages, Babe Ruth came up to him and gave him a big hug. If you look at the picture above, you'll see Lou Gehrig refusing to raise his arms to hug him back.
By the way, Christian told his mom, 'she is a better mom in this life than she was in that life.'
The Babe. We don't know where The Babe is now, but old hurts and feuds can carry on into other lifetimes. Lou Gehrig was reserved. The Babe was gregarious. Ruth was brought up in a strict environment at an orphanage. He rebelled and carried on as if making up for lost time. He drank and smoked to excess, affecting his health later on in life. "According to his teammates, it was an extremely rare day that passed during his baseball career (1914-1935) that he did not find some lady to become “friendly” with." Source. The Babe might have been a jerk, but he went out of his way to be always gracious and kind to kids wherever they were. I'm sure ECP would have pursued these connections to past lives. If you get a chance, watch the movie about Lou Gehrig called, "The Pride of the Yankees." It stars Gary Cooper and Babe Ruth.
If Christian makes it to the Majors, I hope he plays for the Yankees, not the Dodgers.

Babe Ruth's amazing life in photos, 101 years after his first home run as a Yankee-5/2 Daily Mail

Turner Classic Movies adds 'sexist and racist content' warning to 18 movies, including Breakfast at Tiffany's, Psycho, Gone With the Wind and My Fair Lady-3/6 The list includes The Searchers and Stagecoach both of which made my list below. Editor

Another on my List: The Magnificent Seven now has a warning in the beginning titles like PG-13, only this one is labeled "OC." It means "Outdated Cultural Depiction."

Watch These Westerns Before Wokeness Cancels Them-1/7 Reverse Spins, by William House. I once read an article maybe 20 years ago about Russian Jews escaping the Bolsheviks in the early 1900's. Some of them settled in New Jersey. They got into the film making business where it was already thriving thanks to the likes of Thomas Edison and others. As a reaction to communism that they witnessed first hand, they focused on what they considered was good and noble in their new country. They chose to make Westerns. This medium could best express those ideals.
The way things are going, it is only a matter of time before Wokeness and the Cancel Culture targets Westerns.
Here then are the Westerns you should watch before Netflix, TNT and Amazon Prime make them disappear: ... More

 

     
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Ghosts of Atlantis: How the Echoes of Lost Civilizations Influence Our Modern World Paperback – April 6, 2021 by J. Douglas Kenyon
Doug Kenyon's latest book from the pages of his popular Atlantis Rising magazine. Here is the Amazon write-up:
An intensive investigation into the evidence for a forgotten fountainhead of civilization lost at the end of the last ice age
• Reveals evidence of advanced ancient technology, anomalous ancient maps, time travel, crystal science, ancient Armageddon, and Atlantis in the Bible
• Explores the true age of the Sphinx, the Stone Age high-tech found at Gobekli Tepe, the truth of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the Zep Tepi monuments of Egypt, the mysteries of the Gulf of Cambay, and what lies beneath the ice of Antarctica
• Examines the advanced knowledge of the ancients and how the search for Atlantis and other lost worlds reflects the search for the lost soul of humanity
We live within the ruins of an ancient civilization whose vast size has rendered it invisible. Remembered in myth as Atlantis, Lemuria, or other lost world archetypes, the remains of this advanced civilization have lain buried for millennia beneath the deserts and oceans of the world, leaving us many mysterious and inexplicable clues.
Investigating the perennial myth of a forgotten fountainhead of civilization, J. Douglas Kenyon presents extensive physical and spiritual evidence of a lost great culture, the collective amnesia that wiped it from planetary memory, and the countless ways ancient catastrophes still haunt modern civilization. He explores evidence of advanced ancient technology, anomalous ancient maps, extraterrestrial influence, time travel, crystal science, and the true age of the Sphinx. He examines evidence of Atlantis in the Bible and ancient Armageddon, the Stone Age high-tech found at Gobekli Tepe, the truth of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the Zep Tepi monuments of Egypt, the mysteries of the Gulf of Cambay, and what lies beneath the ice of Antarctica. He looks at extinction events, Earth’s connection with Mars, and how our DNA reveals that humanity has had enough time to evolve civilization and lose it more than once.
Exploring the advanced esoteric and spiritual knowledge of the ancients, Kenyon shows that the search for Atlantis and other lost worlds reflects the search for the lost soul of humanity. Drawing upon Velikovsky’s notion of a species-wide amnesia caused by the trauma of losing an entire civilization, he reveals how the virtual ruins of a lost history are buried deep in our collective unconscious, constantly tugging at our awareness. As Kenyon reveals, by overcoming “the Great Forgetting,” humanity can find its way out of the haunted labyrinth in which we find ourselves lost today and rediscover the heights of spiritual and technological advancement of our ancient ancestors.

 

Bodhidharma's Breakthrough Teaching: Shastra on Eradicating Appearancesi-3/14 Buddha Weekly, By Eddie Sobenes;
Bodhidharma[1] is one of the most venerated Buddhist masters of the far east. He was an Indian monk known for having brought the Zen[2] teachings to China, which then spread to Japan and other regions. He left behind four principle dialogues, presumably recorded by his disciples. In the Breakthrough Sermon, or Shastra on Eradicating Appearances[3], Bodhidharma touches on many important Buddhist concepts, such as the three poisons[4], samsara[5], the six sense faculties[6], and the six paramitas (perfections)[7].
Perceiving one’s mind
The dialogue begins when a disciple asks Bodhidharma which method is the most expedient for attaining buddhahood. Bodhidharma answers without hesitation, that “perceiving one’s mind[8]” is the most direct, since it is the essence of all other methods.
To Bodhidharma, all self-cultivation occurs in the mind. Therefore, all practices should be focused on it, with the goal of perceiving one’s fundamental-nature[9]. Nothing outside ourselves should be pursued, because one’s Buddha-nature is latent within the mind.
The mind, as he saw it, is essentially clear and pure. The only difference between our minds and the mind of a Buddha is our defilements. The mind of a saint is impartial and introspective; the mind of the vulgar is filled with attachments, cravings, and is ever-clinging to material things. Yet, both minds, the saintly and the vulgar, are essentially the same in nature; both have the potential to attain buddhahood.
The Three Poisons
The three main obstacles facing the practitioner are greed, anger, and ignorance, also known as the three poisons; all problems stem from these. MORE >>>

Henry Olcott - Asceticism-3/28 Montreal Theosophy Project; from “Asceticism,” Theosophist 8, no. 5 (February 1892)
No delusion is more common among aspirants to the higher knowledge than that the end can be attained with reasonable certainty by physiological restraint. The prevalent idea is that maceration of the body, regulation of the diet, a protracted course of devotions, and the filling of the mind from books, will bring the postulant to the threshold of gñanam, if not across it. This was the ruling motive of the desert recluses of early Christianity, of the pillar, forest and cave hermits of all nations; while to this day it rules equally the Roman Catholic monk and nun, the Mohammedan fakir, and the Hindu ascetic. The tortures self-inflicted by the last named surpass Western belief. This is the lower, or Hatha, Yoga and its gymnastic practices are sometimes horrible and revolting. They have been kept up for centuries, and the tortures are the same now as they were in ancient days—and equally fruitless. The faculties of such ascetics—as it is said in the Lalita-Vistara—are “wriggling in the grasp of the crocodile of their carnal wants.” Some of their penances are thus enumerated:
“ Stupid men, who seek to purify their persons by divers modes of austerity and inculcate the same. Some abstain from fish and flesh meat. Some abstain from spirits and the water of chaff. Some indulge in tubers, fruits, mosses, Kusà grass, leaves, cow’s dejecta [One of an early group of our Indian chelas (!) did this before he joined the T.S.], frumenty, curds, clarified butter and unbaked cakes. Seated at one place in silence, with their legs bent under them, some attempt greatness. Some eat once in a day and night, some once on alternate days, and some at intervals of four, five, or six days. Some wear many clothes, some go naked. Some have long hair, nails, beard, and matted hair, and wear bark. Some carry on them [various talismans enumerated], and by these means they hope to attain to immortality, and pride themselves upon their holiness. By inhaling smoke or fire, by gazing at the sun, by performing the five fires [i. e. lying uncovered under a burning sun, and having fires built all about them], resting on one foot, or with an arm perpetually uplifted, or moving about on the knees, some attempt to accomplish their penance………They all follow the wrong road; they fancy that to be the true support which is untrue; they hold evil to be good, and the impure to be pure.” [vide for full details, Rajendralala Mitra’s “Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali”, and his “Buddha Gaya” pp. 24 et seq.]. ...

A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics-1/17 Quanta Magazine, By Natalie Walchover; Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental constituents of nature.
Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality. “This is completely new and very much simpler than anything that has been done before,” said Andrew Hodges, a mathematical physicist at Oxford University who has been following the work. The revelation that particle interactions, the most basic events in nature, may be consequences of geometry significantly advances a decades-long effort to reformulate quantum field theory, the body of laws describing elementary particles and their interactions. Interactions that were previously calculated with mathematical formulas thousands of terms long can now be described by computing the volume of the corresponding jewel-like “amplituhedron,” which yields an equivalent one-term expression.
“The degree of efficiency is mind-boggling,” said Jacob Bourjaily, a theoretical physicist at Harvard University and one of the researchers who developed the new idea. “You can easily do, on paper, computations that were infeasible even with a computer before.”
The new geometric version of quantum field theory could also facilitate the search for a theory of quantum gravity that would seamlessly connect the large- and small-scale pictures of the universe. Attempts thus far to incorporate gravity into the laws of physics at the quantum scale have run up against nonsensical infinities and deep paradoxes. The amplituhedron, or a similar geometric object, could help by removing two deeply rooted principles of physics: locality and unitarity.
“Both are hard-wired in the usual way we think about things,” said Nima Arkani-Hamed, a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and the lead author of the new work, which he is presenting in talks and in a forthcoming paper. “Both are suspect.”
Locality is the notion that particles can interact only from adjoining positions in space and time. And unitarity holds that the probabilities of all possible outcomes of a quantum mechanical interaction must add up to one. The concepts are the central pillars of quantum field theory in its original form, but in certain situations involving gravity, both break down, suggesting neither is a fundamental aspect of nature.
In keeping with this idea, the new geometric approach to particle interactions removes locality and unitarity from its starting assumptions. The amplituhedron is not built out of space-time and probabilities; these properties merely arise as consequences of the jewel’s geometry. The usual picture of space and time, and particles moving around in them, is a construct.
“It’s a better formulation that makes you think about everything in a completely different way,” said David Skinner, a theoretical physicist at Cambridge University. The amplituhedron itself does not describe gravity. But Arkani-Hamed and his collaborators think there might be a related geometric object that does. Its properties would make it clear why particles appear to exist, and why they appear to move in three dimensions of space and to change over time.
Because “we know that ultimately, we need to find a theory that doesn’t have” unitarity and locality, Bourjaily said, “it’s a starting point to ultimately describing a quantum theory of gravity.” ...

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Cheryl Eckl's trilogy about Twin Flames at Amazon.com: Amazon description for Book 1
Great Masters of Light - The Ancients - have called twin flames to reunion.
Do Sarah and Kevin love enough to answer the call?
These twin flames thought they had resolved their differences last summer in the luminous atmosphere of Éire. But that healing experience was only the beginning. For now they know that love can be lost-even when you have mystical powers, as they did in their lifetime as the first-century Irish druids, Alana and Ah-Lahn. Will they rise above the forces in this life that threaten to separate them forever? Will they escape the treachery of their old nemesis, Arán Bán? Will they fulfill their commission from the resplendent Ascended Master Saint Germain who calls them to return to Ireland, merge with their past attainment, and unleash the power of twin flames united for a cosmic purpose?

Thinking Outside the ‘Pico Box’-12/13 New York Review, by Anthony Grafton -- A new book cuts through generations of misguided commentary on the most famous speech of the Renaissance. ...