"He has not lived in vain
who learns to be unruffled
by loss, by gain,
by, joy, by pain."
He who has not learned how to be gentle, or giving, loving and happy, has learned very little, great though his book-learning and profound his acquaintance which the letter of Scripture may be, for it is in the process of becoming gentle, pure, and happy that the deep, real and enduring lessons of life are learned. Unbroken sweetness of conduct in the face of all outward antagonism is the infallible indication of a self-conquered soul, the witness of wisdom, and the proof of the possession of Truth.
- James Allen
Every individual by his daily actions is expressing more plainly than by words his ideals, his desires, and his attitude towards this great work. The composite attitude of a certain number of people either shuts out or lets in the light. Therefore every individual has a great duty, a great work has to be done, and to that the true student must dedicate his life. Then wherever he may go, whatever he may do, he is being led, and the Shekinah’s glory directs his footsteps.
- Manly P. Hall
The Richat Structure - The Eye of The Earth
The Richat Structure, Oudane, Mauritania, is not really a “structure” per se, but a huge circular formation (50 km in diameter - 30 miles) that somewhat resembles a human eye when looked upon from space. Originally thought to be a crater, this volcanic dome is most likely a product of erosion, an ancient geological artifact in the middle of featureless Maur Adrar desert, in Africa’s Western Sahara. The earliest space missions used it as a landmark, the adventurous 4x4 enthusiasts today consider it to be their playground, and scientists are still debating its origin.
The Google Maps coordinates are 21.124217, -11.395569 - If you unzoom, you can distinctly see the eye:
Read more at http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2007/09/richat-structure-eye-of-earth_12.html#gLt5qVoliXM2ubRi.99
Mantra meditation is frequently overlooked as being too superstitious to be of practical use within a modern, Western perspective, but surprisingly the opposite is true. The recitation of mantras is a vital tool for any explorer of consciousness, as it can act to quieten the mind and prevent the mind’s looped feeding of fear or craving that can so often dull one’s concentration upon the moment.
Often in meditation instruction we are asked to “clear the mind”, and we all initially stumble as we realise how hard that is. After months to years of effort, a state of beautiful clarity can be reached, but this state of clarity was born within a peaceful room with no distraction at a time where we willingly chose to meditate. If one were to attempt the same thing in the midst of a stressful morning, or in the grips of terror, or when concentrating on a lecture, one would find it almost utterly useless. While meditation in quiet solitude has boundless benefits, it is not practical for everyday life.
This is where mantra comes in. Mantra is remarkably simple to learn, so much so that it can be taught to young children, and yet it has the power to almost immediately focus and quieten the mind.