Vegetarian Ideal


Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Man to Tiger - Get ready for Tiger Dance




Published on Sep 17, 2016
Tiger
Dance " Puli Kali " is a colorful recreational folk art from the state
of Kerala.[1] It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on
the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival, celebrated mainly in
the Indian state of Kerala. On the fourth day of Onam celebrations
(Nalaam Onam), performers painted like tigers and hunters in bright
yellow, red, and black dance to the beats of instruments like Udukku and
Thakil. Literal meaning of Pulikali is the 'play of the tigers' hence
the performance revolve around the theme of tiger hunting. The folk art
is mainly practiced in Thrissur district of Kerala. Best place to watch
the show is at Thrissur on the fourth day of Onam, where Pulikali
troupes from all over the district assemble to display their skills. The
festival attracts thousands of people to the Thrissur city. Pulikali is
also performed during various other festive seasons.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puli_Kali



Monday, September 19, 2016

Myths


"Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them,” Albert Camus wrote.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

South American Magellanic penguin and the man who saved his life.


 South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.


Today’s most heartwarming story is brought to you from a beach in Brazil.
It’s the story of a South American Magellanic penguin who swims 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.
Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, who lives in an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found the tiny penguin, covered in oil and close to death, lying on rocks on his local beach in 2011.
Joao cleaned the oil off the penguin’s feathers and fed him a daily diet of fish to build his strength. He named him Dindim.


After a week, he tried to release the penguin back into the sea. But, the bird wouldn’t leave. ‘He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,’ Joao recalls.
And, just a few months later, Dindim was back. He spotted the fisherman on the beach one day and followed him home.


For the past five years, Dindim has spent eight months of the year with Joao and is believed to spend the rest of the time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.
It’s thought he swims up to 5,000 miles each year to be reunited with the man who saved his life.


‘I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,’ Joao told Globo TV. ‘No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.


It’s thought Dindim believes the fisherman is also a penguin (Picture: TV Globo)
‘Everyone said he wouldn’t return but he has been coming back to visit me for the past four years. He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.’


Biologist Professor Krajewski, who interviewed the fisherman for Globo TV, told The Independent: ‘I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well.
‘When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.
And, just like that, the world seems a kinder place again.

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Werner Heisenberg: a key pioneer of Quantum Mechanics





Werner Karl Heisenberg (German: [ˈhaɪzənbɛɐ̯k]; 5 December 1901 – 1 February 1976) was a German theoretical physicist andC. He published his work in 1925 in a breakthrough paper. In the subsequent series of papers with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, during the same year, this matrix formulation of quantum mechanics was substantially elaborated. In 1927 he published his uncertainty principle, upon which he built his philosophy and for which he is best known. Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 1932 "for the creation of quantum mechanics".

He also made important contributions to the theories of the hydrodynamics of turbulent flows, the atomic nucleus, ferromagnetism, cosmic rays, and subatomic particles, and he was instrumental in planning the first West German nuclear reactor at Karlsruhe, together with a research reactor in Munich, in 1957. He was a principal scientist in the German nuclear energy project during World War II. He traveled to occupied Copenhagen where he infamously met and discussed the German project with Niels Bohr. Following the meeting, Bohr fled to the Allies disclosing secrets about the program.









Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sacred songs with Elina Garanca Arte HD


Published on May 9, 2016
• Adam - Cantique de Noël
• Gounod - O Divine Redeemer! 06:36
• Gomez - Ave Maria 13:45
• Händel - Hallelujah chorus from Messiah 18:07
• Bizet - Agnus Dei 22:27
• Mascagni
- Ave Maria 26:50
- Regina coeli - "Cavalleria Rusticana" 30:52
• Ruperto Chapí y Lorente - Carcelaras - Las Hijas del Zebedeo 37:26

Elīna Garanča - mezzo-soprano
Karel Mark Chichon - dirigent
State Choir "Latvija"
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

The Evening Prayer - Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade


 


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Quotations about Angels



The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~George Elliot


The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. ~G.K. Chesterton, "Orthodoxy"


The Angels were all singing out of tune,
And hoarse with having little else to do,
Excepting to wind up the sun and moon
Or curb a runaway young star or two.
~Lord Byron


Be an angel to someone else whenever you can, as a way of thanking God for the help your angel has given you. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God alone. ~William Blake


Angels have no philosophy but love. ~Terri Guillemets


It is not known precisely where angels dwell — whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. ~Voltaire


Pay attention to your dreams — God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God. ~Meister Eckhart


Angels descending, bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
~Fanny J. Crosby


We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. ~Luciano de Crescenzo


Life is a tapestry: We are the warp; angels, the weft; God, the weaver. Only the Weaver sees the whole design. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Philosophy will clip an angel's wings. ~John Keats


All God's angels come to us disguised. ~James Russell Lowell


God not only sends special angels into our lives, but sometimes He even sends them back again if we forget to take notes the first time! ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
~John Milton, Paradise Lost


Insight is better than eyesight when it comes to seeing an angel. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. ~Jean Paul Richter


The wings of angels are often found on the backs of the least likely people. ~Eric Honeycutt


Angels fly at light speed, because they are servants of the Light. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking. ~Jean Cocteau


We're all kissed by angels but some of us never think to pucker. ~Terri Guillemets


He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Man was created a little lower than the angels, and has been getting lower ever since. ~Josh Billings


Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


It comes down to whether you believe in seven miraculous escapes a week or one guardian angel. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


A pillow for thee will I bring,
Stuffed with down of angel's wing.
~Richard Crashaw


In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular. ~George Bernard Shaw


I hear thy voice so clear,
'Tis fragrant from above;
I see an angel tear
Upon the cheek of love.
~E.M. Wood (1838–1912), "To the Memory of Bishop Simpson," A Splendid Wreck and Other Poems, 1888


An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision. ~St Thomas Aquinas



When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


If we were all like angels, the world would be a heavenly place. ~Author Unknown


The angels are so enamored of the language that is spoken in heaven that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether their be any who understand it or not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


If trouble hearing angels' song with thine ears, try listening with thy heart. ~Terri Guillemets


Angels shine from without because their spirits are lit from within by the light of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Evangeline"


If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Music is well said to be the speech of angels. ~Thomas Carlyle


Angels can fly because they carry no burdens. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


I guess I have never really doubted that we are all born to our guardian angel. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I'm no angel, but I've spread my wings a bit. ~Mae West


Sometimes even the flight of an angel hits turbulence. ~Terri Guillemets


Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning. ~Lydia M. Child


In every Heart…awaits Your Angel. ~Michael, @WhereAngelsCome


Angels are direct creations of God, each one a unique Master's piece. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Angels are quite ample cause to cry... ~Nicholas Gordon, poemsforfree.com


You'll meet more angels on a winding path than on a straight one. ~Terri Guillemets


Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you. ~St Francis of Sales


If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.
~Richard Lovelace


Children often have imaginary playmates. I suspect that half of them are really their guardian angels. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with angels.
~Richard Purdy Wilbur


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~Michelangelo


Whether we are filled with joy or grief, our angels are close to us, speaking to our hearts of God's love. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians. ~St Ambrose


Around our pillows golden ladders rise,
And up and down the skies,
With winged sandals shod,
The angels come, and go, the Messengers of God!
~Richard Henry Stoddard


Angels can fly directly into the heart of the matter. ~Author Unknown


Angels patch the holes in our hearts. ~Terri Guillemets


When a man dies they who survive him ask what property he has left behind. The angel who bends over the dying man asks what good deeds he has sent before him. ~The Koran


O welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope,
Thou hovering angel, girt with golden wings!
~John Milton, Comus


If angels are about our path... I cannot but think that they are sad and cover their faces with their hands, when in an unguarded moment those whom they watch over are tempted to wickedness. ~James Gillingham (1838–1924), The Seat of the Soul Discovered or the World's Great Problem Solved, with Objections to the Same Answered, second edition, 1870  [Angel facepalm! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


If angels rarely appear, it's because we all too often mistake the medium for the Message. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Ever felt an angel's breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is an angel's favorite hiding place. ~Terri Guillemets


Angels are never too distant to hear you. ~Author Unknown


I believe we are free, within limits, and yet there is an unseen hand, a guiding angel, that somehow, like a submerged propeller, drives us on. 

~Rabindranath Tagore


Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace. ~Thérèse de Lisieux


When our mortal eyes close on this world for the last time, our angels open our spiritual eyes and escort us personally before the face of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Angels sail back to God on the sea of joy. ~Terri Guillemets


A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase. ~Author Unknown


The magnitude of life is overwhelming. Angels are here to help us take it peace by peace. ~Terri Guillemets


If you can't hear the angels, try quieting the static of worry. ~Terri Guillemets


While we are sleeping, angels have conversations with our souls. ~Author Unknown


A demon holds a book, in which are written the sins of a particular man; an Angel drops on it from a phial, a tear which the sinner had shed in doing a good action, and his sins are washed out. ~Alberic, Monk of Monte-Cassino


Angels are spirits of the soul for humans, and spirits of the soil in gardens. ~Terri Guillemets, "Zucchini and soil and butterflies," 1993


How wonderful it must be to speak the language of the angels, with no words for hate and a million words for love! ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown


Raindrops resplendent with angels patter my head and drizzle God's love over me. Wet rejoicing abounds! ~Terri Guillemets


When we worship God, our angels add their prayers and turn our single voices into hundred-part harmony. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994



Angels will not disintegrate with logic, but they are more likely to fly for those who believe. -Terri Guillemets


The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


An angel lost his wing,
Crooked he did fly.
~Terri Guillemets


How do the angels get to sleep when the devil leaves the porch light on? ~Tom Waits, "Mr Siegal," Heartattack and Vine 

 
  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Stephen Fry 'God is evil' interview up for religious broadcasting award


 

Stephen Fry on God | The Meaning Of Life | RTÉ One


Stephen Fry 'God is evil' interview up for religious broadcasting award

Sandford St Martin awards also shortlist Tony Jordan’s The Ark and Lyse Doucet’s Children of the Gaza War documentary

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry’s controversial comments came in an RTE interview. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images for GRE







Tony Jordan’s The Ark and the BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet’s documentary Children of the Gaza War are also in the running for the 2016 Sandford St Martin awards, the organisers said on Monday.

The Fry interview appeared on Ireland’s RTE television in February 2015. The broadcaster was asked what he would say to God if he met him. He said he would tell the deity: “How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right.“It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?”

Fry added that he would ask God: “Bone cancer in children? What’s that about?

“Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, utter maniac. Totally selfish. We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him; what kind of God would do that?”

A short clip of the interview posted on YouTube has been viewed more than 6m times.
The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds and chair of the Sandford St Martin Trust, said the awards were particularly important in the context of BBC Charter renewal and the possible privatisation of Channel 4.
“The world needs to be interpreted, not just reported. And to do this effectively, the lens of those being reported needs to be looked through and understood. This means that religion needs to be taken more seriously by the BBC in its future shape and remit.
“Religion is a primary motivator of individuals and communities, inspiring and informing their political, economic, ethical and social behaviour,” he said.
Lyse Doucet said: “Religion, and belief in general, is one of the most important threads in some of the big issues of our time. People’s faith is, in some places, divisive and destructive but in others it is a source of strength and solidarity.

“The awards recognise the growing importance of understanding all faiths and people of no faith.”
The winners are due to be announced at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace, in London, on 8 June
Topics
Stephen Fry
Religion
Ireland

Link: www.theguardian.com/media/2016/mar/21/stephen-fry-godevil-interview-religious-broadcasting-award