Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Dalai Lama and Newton's Third Law

You've not seen me around this blog in a long, long time, and in the meantime I've experienced many wondrous journeys I will share as time allows. But since it's His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 75th birthday today, I am going to touch upon the subject of Newton's Third Law in respect to my photo-op with His Holiness.

Let me remind you of Newton's Third Law: 'For every action, there is an equal and opposite re-action."

I re-learned this lesson after posting the photo online of the Dalai Lama and me holding hands in his garden at his home in Dharmasala, India. This photo was precious to me as it reminded me of the semi-private audience myself and three others shared one magical day many years ago with His Holiness. At the end of our time together, the Dalai Lama walked us to his garden outside, and a member of his staff used my digital camera to capture this special photo-op and moment in time.

My partner and I had our photos framed, and they still remain on the wall of our study/gym. However, they are no longer posted on the internet because of the reaction from others. Our joy & experience didn't translate to 'some' for I soon encountered the 'opposing' reactions of jealousy and envy. These reactions went something like this: How dare she have an audience with him! Who does she think she is? Why not me?! And so on and so forth.

There is always a reaction to one's good fortune it seems. There is the famous Academy Award winner reaction. If a woman win's this award, inevitably she has something equally horrible to experience not long after wards. Such happened to Sandra Bullock after her recent win.

The universe constantly balances itself. Lottery winners often meet adversity shortly after their grand win. Winners of anything unfortunately encounter this immutable law. We live in a polarity world. I've become incredibly keen on observing how often this law operates ever since my lesson of posting the Dalai Lama photo online.

And today, July 6th, on the Dalai Lama's 75th birthday, I'd like us all to IMAGINE and INTEND a world of UNITY--a world of balance, love, and compassion.

It's time to move on from this 3-D world and Newton's Third Law. Aren't we all finally ready to graduate?!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Valley Of The Immortals--Vilcabamba

We traveled to Vilcabamba, Ecuador to sample tranquility and see for ourselves what a stress-free locale feels like. We hadn't experienced anything even remotely stress-free in years, and Vilcabamba is the town and area made famous because of the rumored longevity of its citizens and the Immortals.

What did we find? A low-key vibe where men still riding horseback through town. A temperate climate. Friendly people. Great hiking in remote valleys of the Andes. A developing expatriate community. Cellphones. Computers with off and on again service. Charming, local restaurants serving fresh food at unbelievably low prices.

Vilcabamba is off the beaten path to be sure. Flying from either Quito or Guayaquil, you land in Loja. And from Loja, you'll travel another 45 minutes or so along curving mountain rounds to reach your final destination.

When you finally make it to Vilcabamba and gaze upon Mandango Mountain, you may have a chill run down your spine and know you have arrived at a sacred place. I sure did!

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Flying Over The Circles

In 1992 we flew over the Marlborough-Swindon area of England in a Cherokee 180, a small plane. We hired a pilot who was familiar with crop circles who knew this area.

Our purpose was to view crop circles from the air. We departed from Thruxton Airport in Hampshire and flew North/Northwest. According to my notes from that day, we flew over crop circles located in these areas: Hungerford, Marlborough, Ogbourne, Avebury, Alton Barnes, Alton Prior, and Pewsey Vale.

We were blown away by the many crop circles that we saw, never expecting to see so many. Now that I review these crop circles in 2008, they look like 'kindergarten' crop circles compared to the much more sophisticated ones of recent years.

We also walked in many crop circles, and the first photos are of the flattened grain I photographed in some of these crop circles. Frankly, I didn't care for the energy within them, and I was more than happy to leave them. My partner heard weird sounds in one of them. He said it sounded as if someone was dragging chains behind him plus he saw something in the sky which was unidentified.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Mysterious Kuan Yin Temple

Many years ago my partner and I spent several weeks in Northern Thailand, and every day our driver would drive us to different sacred sites. His English was poor as were our Thai language skills, but he knew what we most wanted: temples, sacred sites, and holy places.

On one of these outings, we discovered this colorful Kuan Yin shrine. We were the only two visitors, and so we had the place to ourselves. As you can see from the following photos we took while visiting this shrine, COLORFUL can't even begin to describe this place. It was like Disneyland on steroids.

The central structure consisted of a large dragon which you walked inside of and snaked around until coming out to a Kuan Yin area with statues (shown below) and eventually you exited through the dragons mouth. The experience for us was very trippy and surreal.

On the grounds of this temple there were other deities with their own structures.

I've been researching the name of this Kuan Yin shrine online, but I can't find any reference to it, so if someone reads this blog and knows of the name of this place, kindly leave it's name and exact location in the comments.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

The Stones of Stonehenge

Tomorrow --June 1st-- there will be a National Geographic special about Stonehenge. Here's a link to a MSNBC story titled, "Did Stonehenge start out as a royal cemetery?"

And here's the link to the National Geographic Special called Stonehenge Decoded.

I have somewhat of a similar viewpoint about the "cemetery" part, but mine is much more far out version given what happened to me at Stonehenge....but that's another story!

Below are some of my photos of the stones of Stonehenge.

And below is a video of yet another theory!

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Friday, January 18, 2008

The Wonder Of The Taj Mahal

Here's the "official" story as written on Wikipedia about the Taj Mahal:

"The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, that was built under Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal."

However, an alternate theory speculates that this story is just that--a story!

The alternative version goes like this:

"This story has been challenged by Professor P.N. Oak, author of Taj Mahal: The True Story, who believes that the whole world has been duped. He claims that the Taj Mahal is not Queen Mumtaz Mahal's tomb, but an ancient Hindu temple palace of Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya), worshipped by the Rajputs of Agra city.

In the course of his research, Oak discovered that the Shiva temple palace had been usurped by Shah Jahan from then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. Shah Jahan then remodelled the palace into his wife's memorial. In his own court chronicle, Badshahnama, Shah Jahan admits that an exceptionally beautiful grand mansion in Agra was taken from Jai Singh for Mumtaz's burial. The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur is said to retain in his secret collection two orders from Shah Jahan for the surrender of the Taj building." Read the rest by clicking here.

Whatever the truth, this huge structure is a testament to BALANCE and BEAUTY! Our small group were awestruck by this edifice. Having only seen photos of it, we never imagined the hordes of people walking around and perched in corners everywhere. (See photos). But then again, we should have considered that we were in India after all where people seem to be everywhere! And since this is one of the Great World Wonders, is it any wonder that so many would want to experience this beautiful building and grounds?

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Searching for Nessie

On our Scottish adventure, we covered a lot of ground-- not only physically, but also metaphysically. My partner-- being the ardent golfer he is-- had to check-out the famous golf courses of Scotland such as St. Andrews and Gleneagles.

I, on the other hand, wanted to experience Findhorn, Callanish (the former post), and most of all, Loch Ness. Somehow we managed to fit all of our interests into our adventure. We even managed to do touristy things like visit old castles and watch bagpipers pipe. We stayed at one expensive hotel where we actually pulled a long fat cord which rang the bell of the establishment and let them know we had arrived--something out of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. We oohed and ah'd at the subtle color of wild purple heather as we whizzed past the Scottish Highlands. (see photos)

BUT the highlight of our Scottish adventure for me was Loch Ness. We had no idea how immensely popular Loch Ness was (and still is!) with British tourists as well as international tourists. We hadn't booked a reservation, and when we showed up late one afternoon in Loch Ness, we quickly discovered there were no rooms available...anywhere! I had so much wanted to spend time the next day scanning the lake for a sighting of Nessie, the famous Loch Ness 'monster'.

We were both bummed that we hadn't planned ahead with a room reservation, but I suggested to my partner that we get a bite to eat at the charming inn (see photo on top) before heading back down the road. The prospect of sleeping in our car overnight didn't excite us, and we might as well leave with a happy tummy I reasoned.

So we returned to the first inn we had discovered upon driving into Loch Ness. It had a charming bar and restaurant and we proceeded to chow down on great food and drink. As we were dining, my partner received a tap on the shoulder. The proprietor remembered that we had been seeking a room for the night, and one had just opened up. Did we want it she asked. Once again our traveling angels had arranged the perfect set-up! All we had to do is fetch our bags from our car in the parking lot and kick back for the night. Then we would have hours to roam around the lake in the morning.

And that's exactly what we did. The biggest surprise was finding a local newspaper the following day with the headline and photo that showed a sighting of Nessie on the day we arrived!

The new movie, "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" calls me, and it's on my list of must-see movies. Ya see, I believe in Nessie. I KNOW she's there, and no matter how mythical she appears in movies or stories, I feel that in that Scottish Loch, Nessie lives on.

That's my fantasy, and I'm sticking to it!

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