December 31, 2011

A small New Year's gift for you: Full Moon & New Moon Phases for 2012


Moon Phases, January 2012
First Quarter – January 1, 06:15
Full Moon – January 9, 07:30
Last Quarter – January 16, 09:08
New Moon – January 23, 07:39
First Quarter – January 31, 04:10

Moon Phases, February 2012
Full Moon – February 7, 21:54
Last Quarter – February 14, 17:04
New Moon – February 21, 22:35

Moon Phases, March 2012
First Quarter – March 1, 01:21
Full Moon – March 8, 09:39
Last Quarter – March 15, 01:25
New Moon – March 22, 14:37
First Quarter – March 30, 19:41

Moon Phases, April 2012
Full Moon – April 6, 19:19
Last Quarter – April 13, 10:50
New Moon – April 21, 07:18
First Quarter – April 29, 09:57

Moon Phases, May 2012
Full Moon – May 6, 03:35
Last Quarter – May 12, 21:47
New Moon – May 20, 23:47
First Quarter – May 28, 20:16

Moon Phases, June 2012
Full Moon – June 4, 11:12
Last Quarter – June 11, 10:41
New Moon – June 19, 15:02
First Quarter – June 27, 03:30

Moon Phases, July 2012
Full Moon – July 3, 18:52
Last Quarter – July 11, 01:48
New Moon – July 19, 04:24
First Quarter – July 26, 08:56

Moon Phases, August 2012
Full Moon – August 2, 03:27
Last Quarter – August 9, 18:55
New Moon – August 17, 15:54
First Quarter – August 24, 13:54
Full Moon – August 31, 13:58 (bluemoon)

Moon Phases, September 2012
Last Quarter – September 8, 13:15
New Moon – September 16, 02:11
First Quarter – September 22, 19:41
Full Moon – September 30, 03:19

Moon Phases, October 2012
Last Quarter – October 8, 07:33
New Moon – October 15, 12:02
First Quarter – October 22, 03:32
Full Moon – October 29, 19:49

Moon Phases, November 2012
Last Quarter – November 7, 00:36
New Moon – November 13, 22:08
First Quarter – November 20, 14:31
Full Moon – November 28, 14:46

Moon Phases, December 2012
Last Quarter – December 6, 15:31
New Moon – December 13, 08:42
First Quarter – December 20, 05:19
                                                         Full Moon – December 28, 10:21






The Moon and Mysticism



We have come to modern times where, day or night, light is glaring in our eyes. Even if there is a full moon, I think most people who live in urban areas today do not even notice it. How can you miss a full moon? It is big enough and bright enough!


Every phase of the moon, you can look up in the sky and notice it. Or if you bring a certain level of awareness and perception to your system, if you just observe your body, you will see for every phase, the body behaves slightly differently. It is very much there both in the male and the female body, but in the female body it is more manifest. As you know, the fundamental reproductive process in a woman is very much connected to the moon’s cycles. The timing with which the moon goes around the planet and the cycles that human beings themselves go through within themselves and the very process of human birth – the process of creating this body – are very deeply connected.


The moon has a large influence on our daily life, which is why in the eastern cultures, particularly in India, we drew two kinds of calendars. For mundane affairs, we have a solar calendar. For all the other subjective aspects of our life, which is not information or a technique but a live thing, we have a lunar calendar. It has always been such that any aspect which is beyond the logical has always been connected to the moon.


As one shifts from the calculations of the logical mind to intuitive ways of looking at life, the moon becomes more important. Generally the influence of the moon is considered illogical. In the West, anything illogical got labeled as madness or insanity. In the English language, the moon is referred to as lunar. If you take a step further, you come to lunatic. But in the eastern culture, we always saw the limitations of logic. There is a logical element to you which helps you to handle the material aspect of your life. But there is a dimension beyond logic, without which the subjective dimensions can never be accessed.


Human perception is a reflection. If you see anything other than the reflection, that means you are not seeing the truth. Any perception is actually a reflection. The moon is also a reflection; you can see the moon because it reflects the sun’s light. So the deeper perceptions of life have always been symbolized with the moon. Moonlight and mysticism have been very heavily connected everywhere in the world. To symbolize this connection, Shiva wore a piece of the moon on his head; his ornament is moon.


The yogic sciences and yogic path were also structured like this. The initial few steps are 100% logical. But as you climb higher, it moves away from logic and goes into areas which are totally illogical. Logic has to be thrown away because that is the way life and creation is structured. So moon becomes very important.


This is the only way any science can happen. If you look at modern science which is still in its infant stage actually, the same thing is happening. They were 100% logical to start with; after they took a few steps, now they are becoming slowly illogical. The physicists are almost talking like mystics. They are beginning to talk the same language because this is the only way it can go, because that is the way the creation is. If you explore the creation, that is how it will be.

Source: "The Moon and Mysticism"  by Sadhguru 
http://blog.ishafoundation.org/2011/11/08/the-moon-and-mysticism/

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December 30, 2011

10 Reasons To Be A Vegetarian



Hunger


Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million.
Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced
their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million.
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80.
Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95.
How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds.
Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000.
Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250.
Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56.
Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of beef: 16.

Environmental

Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more . Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75. Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85.
Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million. Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 sq. feet. Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year.


Cancer

Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than
once a week: 3.8 times. For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times. Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times. Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

Cholesterol

Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack.
How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds.
Average U.S. man's risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent.
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent.
Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent
Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl.
Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is
210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent.

Natural Resources

User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: livestock production.
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25.
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000.
Years the world's known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet:13.
Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260.
Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calory of protein from beef: 78.
To get 1 calory of protein from soybeans: 2.

Antibiotic

Ingredients: Any one of our instant noodles, fresh vegetables (if you don't have fresh
veggies handy, then our Just Corn and Just Veggies are just as good), Roasted Seaweed (optional), Wei-I Best Grade Laver Ro Su (bacon bits) (optional) and any of our frozen gourmet.

Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55.
Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13.
Percentage resistant in 1988: 91.
Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban.
Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support.



Pesticide


Fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical
residues.
Percentage of U.S. mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 99.
Percentage of U.S. vegetarian mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 8.
Contamination of breast milk, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal
products, found in meat-eating mothers vs. non-meat eating mothers: 35 times higher.

Ethics

Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the U.S.: 660,000.
Occupation with the highest turnover rate in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker.
Occupation with the highest rate of on-the-job-injury in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker.

Spiritual Consciousness

Food is the source of the body's chemistry, and what we ingest affects our consciousness, emotions and experiential pattern. If we want to live in higher consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all creatures, then we should consider not eating meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs.

Karmic Consequences

Major religions around the world such as Buddhism or Hinduism teach that all of our actions including our choice of food have karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by eating other creatures, one must in the future experience in equal measure the suffering caused.

December 29, 2011

Video: Ancient India and World





An interesting piece from one of my friend's Facebook post. In this video, teams of experts are discovering ancient underwater cities in different parts of the world. Local elders in these parts are providing fascinating eye witness stories, that have been passing on from generation to generation.

More and more evidence of beings visiting the earth are popping out from allover. Some people see it as a  danger, but majority of the evidence shows that they are coming not to harm us, and not only that, they actually have intentions of helping us. As the video shows, all there is left are ruins, old paintings, and stories.

I am not much of a UFO theory fan, I always thought it's just a people's imagination, but now after seeing several documents revealing many breaking facts, I starting to see things differently.

December 16, 2011

Kundalini – Plug into the Source of Creation

Still is Chill | Dec 15, 2011 | by Sadhguru


Question:
What is Kundalini?

Sadhguru: Let me take you from your own experience of life because the stories about it are many. In your house, there is a plug-point in the wall. The plug-point in the wall does not produce any power. Somewhere else there is a huge power station which is producing the power, but it cannot give you power directly. It is the plug-point which gives you the power. Most people have not even thought about the power station, isn’t it? They have no conception of what that is, but they know that if they plug an appliance into the plug-point, the appliance will run.

                   

So Kundalini is the plug-point not the power station. It is not a 3-pin point, it is a 5-pin point. You might have heard of the seven chakras. The muladhara is like a plug-point. That is why it is known as muladhara; it means “fundamental” or “basic.” Five of the remaining six chakras are the plug. What is the seventh chakra? It is like a light bulb; if you plug it in, then everything about you glows. If you are properly plugged in, keeping the lights on twenty-four hours of the day is not an issue anymore. Now you don’t have to turn off your power because your battery might run out. You can just keep it on blatantly, recklessly, because you are plugged into the power source.

Even right now you still have energy. You can hear what I am saying, that means life energies are functioning of course, but in a very miniscule way; just a small part of it is functioning. If the whole of it becomes available to you, if it is properly plugged in, there is no limit to what you can do out of it. Even with the plug-point at home, once you are plugged in, you can make the light happen, you can get the air conditioning going, you can have the heater, you can have the television – anything you want. Just one power point. Any number of things, endless number of things you can do, but you are not plugged in.

Rising Kundalini 


You are trying to generate your own power. So you eat five times a day, but still you are tired most of the time. It is a struggle to keep life going. Energy is not just in terms of physical energy or activity, energy is in terms of life; existence is energy, isn’t it? The basis of existence is energy. Knowing that is like knowing the foundations of life. If you understand the ways of the energy, you know the whole mechanics of creation. So if you are plugged in, you don’t know how power is generated but you know what the power is, what it can do and what you can make out of it; you are plugged into an endless source of power – that is Kundalini.

Now to plug in an appliance, if your hands are shaky, you will scratch the whole wall but you will not get it in. In the same way, to put the 5-point plug into the plug-point is difficult for a lot of people because there is no steadiness in their body, their mind, their emotions or their energies. All this yoga is just to get the necessary steadiness so that you can just plug it there; if you put it there, boundless energy. You don’t have to go and learn about and understand the power station. You plug it in; everything is fine.

The Caduceus also known as logo used by medicine  also contains  two  snakes. The  history behind  this symbolism goes back to ancient Greece.

Yoga is just the science of getting the plug properly in so that there is an uninterrupted source of power. Once you are connected to this uninterrupted source of power, naturally you will proceed in the way life should. Naturally you will proceed towards the goal of what life is longing for. You will not get lost with your fancy ideas, dreams, thoughts, emotions or entanglements of the world.


Source: Isha Blog



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December 13, 2011

SiC: New Solar-Powered Classroom Brings Science to Schools in Developing Countries

 Still is Chill, Dec. 13, 2011, 7:50am

An innovative project led by a chemistry academic at the University of Southampton is using solar generators to provide IT resources and 'hands-on' science for students in developing countries.



A major difficulty in teaching science subjects in developing countries, especially in rural schools, is that students are rarely able to get 'hands-on' experience of experiments. This could be partly due to a lack of equipment, chemicals and facilities but mainly because of a lack of electricity and running water.
Now, Professor Tony Rest, a visiting Chemistry academic at the University of Southampton, and Keith Wilkinson, formerly a teacher at the International School at Lusaka in Zambia, have devised a solar-powered solution based on a digital projector and low-cost solar energy panels so that students can gain access to IT and other modern teaching methods.
Professor Rest says: "The lack of electricity is a particularly serious matter for rural schools and this situation is unlikely to get better in the near to medium future. With drawbacks to petrol generators, due to difficulties in getting supplies and safety hazards, solar energy generators have become available at cost-effective prices and provide a sustainable answer as rural schools have an abundance of the basic energy source required to power them -- sunshine.
Most data/video projectors require 200-300 watt and cannot be economically sustained by solar power in rural villages. However, the advent of mini-projectors, which require about 50 watts of power, has revolutionised the situation and made battery powered projection feasible.
The solar energy generators, which consist of solar panels, batteries and inverters, can be linked to the projector for students to get practical classes via multimedia resources to show laboratory experiments and stress practical techniques.
Professor Rest adds: "These experiences can be extended to other science subjects from physics, biology and maths, to subjects involving practical elements, such as engineering, and to craft subjects, including plumbing, carpentry, and catering, where students need see how to acquire skills. By extending the breadth of subjects benefiting from the use of IT, the overall cost of using a solar energy generator is reduced. Another spin-off is that students in rural schools gain access to valuable IT skills."
The project has been developed by the 'Chemistry Aid' project, the Chemistry Video Consortium based at the University of Southampton, with support from the Royal Society of Chemistry, which has provided multimedia teaching resources

December 8, 2011

92 Year-Old Yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch: I'm Still a Beginner





This is very inspiring! The lady yoga teacher is 92!! and full of life. I fell in love with her right away. "I'm a yoga beginner, I'm still learning," says 92-year-old yogini, Tao Porchon-Lynch. Watch and get inspired as Tao talks about how "we can recycle our body" and re-energize ourselves regardless of our age.


92 years old yogini

Peacock received the loudest applause of the afternoon. The challenging arm balance gives even the most advance asana junkie pause, but given that it was being performed so effortlessly by 92-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch added to the heartfelt reply. Having just healed a broken wrist and recently completed (and won) a 16-hour marathon ballroom dance competition, there was little the fireball seemed incapable of. I made an affirmation to myself to both never complain again when asked to do a particular posture, and to demand the same of my own students.

Tao has been practicing yoga for over seven decades and teaching for two score and five years. While nothing new was covered in the Iyengar-style workshop (she studied with the man in India forty years ago) held at Strala Yoga, you really didn’t attend for groundbreaking postural referencing. Given the fact that Tao moves as gracefully as she does at 92 was reason enough to sign up. No one left feeling differently.
Having attended two David Williams workshops at Pure Yoga the weekend prior, it was like watching history still in process. Williams was the first non-Indian to study with Pattabhi Jois, bringing Ashtanga Yoga back to America. Both instructors discussed the importance of a dedicated, continual practice; both mentioned that experience alone will grant you the knowledge of remaining youthful as you age. Tao herself kept referring to the fact that she’s still constantly being educated by yoga, and that in her mind she’s no different than the child that grew up during the Depression yet obviously never clung to a depressed state of mind.

92 years old yogini
Most importantly, it was refreshing witnessing an elder so in command of her body and mind. At a time when mandated healthcare is being vehemently derided, when politicians are lobbying to cut, end or privatize Medicare and Social Security, when the process of aging is seen as a disgraceful burden on our national debt, Tao’s simple message of self-empowerment -- that you can do anything you want -- provided a warm sense of comfort. Talk is one thing, however; seeing her smoothly float into a Half Moon pose or wrap up her arms into Eagle provided validity to her words.

It is true that we all have our own karma to deal with, and we arrive at similar places via different routes. Perhaps Tao’s genes predisposed her to long health. Regardless, her Peacock will remain with me. I’m constantly warned by students about their limitations, the injuries or mental afflictions that don’t allow them to practice fully. While I’d never advocate pushing past our personal capabilities, we have to play the edge of our abilities or we never grow. Feeling victimized by life is a certain harbinger of death. Remaining resilient to self-doubt and open to the possibilities of what we are capable of is the surest sign of life.



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December 6, 2011

Celebrity&Yoga: Adam Levine: Yoga Sculpts My Body & Is Investment in Happiness for the Rest of My Life


Adam Levine-Naked Yogi 


It seems like there is more and more celebrities in the world are discovering the positive impact of yoga on our body and mind. Do you know any celebrity that have recently picked up yoga or has been practicing for some time? 32-year-old Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, has previously said that yoga had "revolutionized" his life. But now in a new interview with Detailsmagazine, Adam talks more about his practice and how he got started on the mat.
Adam says he was 'aware of the yoga scene but initially kept his distance, turned off by what he calls "the cheesy clich├ęs."' But then after experiencing lower-back pain and tight hips, Adam decided to give yoga a try.

It's been five years since he began practicing, and he hasn't lifted a weight since! Adam on why he ditched the gym and took up yoga: "Weights made my neck thick, and I would be like, 'I'm turning into a monster! Yoga takes what you have and molds and sculpts it, which is a much more natural way to look and feel."

If you don't think yoga has physical benefits, Adam disagrees: "I don't like how people bullshit about how yoga is not about vanity."

He also sees the spiritual benefits of his daily yoga practice:
"Playing a show before thousands of people is a highly unnatural state.. and when I get on the mat to do an hour of yoga before the show, I come out physically relaxed. For me, that's a form of meditation." Adam calls his yoga practice "an investment in happiness for the rest of my life." Namaste to that! Go dudes yoga!

Here's a video of Adam talking more about yoga and even practicing:


Some material in this article was used from:  www.bodymindgreen.com

December 3, 2011

One Drop of Spirituality



Hello and welcome back after quite a break!
In this video, Sadhguru briefly addresses the importance of having at least one drop of spirituality in everyone's life. Isha Kriya is just the right tool to deliver this "one drop of spirituality" for everyone who is willing.