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Descent of Species

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Descent of Species

In the afterlife, you are treated to a generous opportunity: you can choose whatever you would like to be in the next life. Would you like to be a member of the opposite sex? Born into royalty? A philosopher with bottomless profundity? A soldier facing triumphant battles?

But perhaps you’ve just returned here from a hard life. Perhaps you were tortured by the enormity of the decisions and responsibilities that surrounded you, and now there’s only one thing you yearn for: simplicity. That’s permissible. So for the next round, you choose to be a horse. You covet the bliss of that simple life: afternoons of grazing in grassy fields, the handsome angles of your skeleton and the prominence of your muscles, the peace of the slow-flicking tail or the steam rifling through your nostrils as you lope across snow-blanketed plains.

You announce your decision. Incantations are muttered, a wand is waved, and your body begins to metamorphose into a horse. Your muscles start to bulge; a mat of strong hair erupts to cover you like a comfortable blanket in winter. The thickening and lengthening of your neck immediately feels normal as it comes about. Your carotid arteries grow in diameter, your fingers blend hoofward, your knees stiffen, your hips strengthen, and meanwhile, as your skull lengthens into its new shape, your brain races in its changes: your cortex retreats as your cerebellum grows, the homunculus melts man to horse, neurons redirect, synapses unplug and replug on their way to equestrian patterns, and your dream of understanding what it is like to be a horse gallops toward you from the distance. Your concern about human affairs begins to slip away, your cynicism about human behavior melts, and even your human way of thinking begins to drift away from you.

Suddenly, for just a moment, you are aware of the problem you overlooked. The more you become a horse, the more you forget the original wish. You forget what it was like to be a human wondering what it was like to be a horse.

This moment of lucidity does not last long. But it serves as the punishment for your sins, a Promethean entrails-pecking moment, crouching half-horse halfman, with the knowledge that you cannot appreciate the destination without knowing the starting point; you cannot revel in the simplicity unless you remember the alternatives. And that’s not the worst of your revelation. You realize that the next time you return here, with your thick horse brain, you won’t have the capacity to ask to become a human again. You won’t understand what a human is. Your choice to slide down the intelligence ladder is irreversible. And just before you lose your final human faculties, you painfully ponder what magnificent extraterrestrial creature, enthralled with the idea of finding a simpler life, chose in the last round to become a human.

 

An excerpt from the book SUM by David Eagleman

http://www.davideagleman.com/descent.html

Namaste

The Wellsprings of Eternal Joy

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An excerpt from the book, The Wellsprings of Eternal Joy, by Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov.

‘People who are truly intelligent and knowledgeable are bolder than others. They venture into regions most people never dare to approach, and it is the light that gives them this boldness.
The wiser and more enlightened you are, the more conscious you become of dangers and try not to provoke them, but at the same time you become bold, because you know you can trust what you know. Throughout life, human beings never lose their sense of danger, but this feeling evolves until it is only the fear of transgressing the divine order, of becoming a false note in the cosmic harmony. You may say that human beings aren’t important enough to destroy the cosmic harmony. Well, this is where you are wrong: it only takes a selfish action, a pointless or malicious word.’
Namaste

 

 

to ශ්‍රී ලංකාව Sri Lanka :)

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Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Heaven

I hope this long post makes up for my long absence 🙂 Scenic landscapes, tropical trees, wilderness, wild flowers, a variety of animals you constantly see here & there. What is also striking about Sri Lanka is how you don’t feel like a stranger at all, the way everyone greets you, smiles at you, asks you how you are. Yes, the simplicity of living. Except of course when you run into the few who ask you for a higher rate since that what all tourists everywhere go through? Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes innerving, but mostly you feel like a walking dollar bill 🙂 Enjoy this, and make sure you watch the home-made with love footage at the very bottom!

Sri Lanka’s beauty is beyond words. Makes one dissolve into nature. Amazingly breathtaking nature, feels like the trees are whispering ageless secrets to one another, blessing us with their timeless presence. The modesty that this brings out in me is beyond description. The silence and respect it imposes are beyond words.

Indian Paintbrush (Sri Lanka)

Here it is again, the Indian Paintbrush, a wildflower we love!

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Lotus, Anuradhapura

The hot climate, the green colors & the wealthy vegetation & tea plantations bring peace to the eyes, and comfort to self. The Indian Ocean, and the gratitude for being there, in this godly land, divine in beauty. In Sri Lanka, even the clouds looks like angels & birds around here, scents of  incense & burning goods invade your head… so do sunrises & sunsets 🙂

Wilderness Sunrise - Uda Walawe - Sri Lanka

Wilderness Sunrise ~ Uda Walawe

Tea Plantation Sunrise - Hatton - Sri Lanka

Tea Plantation ~ Sunrise ~ Hatton

 

Tea Plantation Sunrise - Hatton - Sri Lanka

Tea Plantation ~ Sunrise ~ Hatton

Sunset - Colombo - Sri Lanka

Sunset ~ Colombo

Trincomalee - Sri Lanka

Meet the Sun. Trincomalee

 

You gaze out there amazed at the beautiful nature untouched and unharmed by the hand of man.  There is nothing more beautiful than the wild & free animals, to see them in their elements, to see the peace they shine, the extraordinary energy special to them at their best. And how the big & wild animals always have a bird (or two) for a companion, truly magical. I caught myself wishing love & healing to all those fascinating animals who are in captivity, wishing a happy & fair turn of events.

Desert Flower, a minute of contemplation

one minute of contemplation 🙂

Crying Elephant - Sri Lanka

Crying Elephant – Sri Lanka

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What if the dogs roaming the streets were a rebirth of former human beings? Their gaze is always pensive, they stare into our eyes in such peace & connectivity. Whether in Thailand, or in Sri Lanka, people refer to them here as ‘the guardians of the temple’, and I for one find them perfect for the mission 🙂

The guardian of the temple rebirth

Sri Lanka’s beauty is beyond words. Makes one want to dissolve into nature, and surrender to peace.

Adam's Peak - Sri Pada - Sri Lanka

Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)

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The sun reveals all truths. The heat cleanses the body & soul. Warm clear waters revealing mesmerizing corals and magnificent underwater life. Spent 4 heavenly days in heavenly Trincomalee, with sweet people, who made me feel at home. To see the beauty our eyes beheld please watch the home-made footage Sri Lanka or the face of God, here.

Buddha on the beach - Trincomalee

Buddha on the beach, Trincomalee

Shark jaw, Trincomalee

What looks to be a shark jaw, on display in Trincomalee

I can’t help wonder how we got so far out in harming our nature, in my own country and worldwide. In Sri Lanka, people save their trees, when they need to make a road, or a residence, they unroot their trees to reposition and replant them, yes they do…!  They don’t just sacrifice them for concrete. A harmonious coexistence between Nature & Man. Man cares and respects Mother Nature, and Nature takes care of her children by providing an abundance of food, water, and animal life. Almost everything there is Nature oriented. The houses, the cars, the services, facilities, essentials.

Here are some more snaps!

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Local women, Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)

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Butterfly, Adam’s Peak

Tea plantation, Sri Lanka

Local women, collecting tea leaves

Rain & Tea, SriLanka

Rain over tea plantations

Collecting Tea SriLanka

Local women collecting tea leaves

Collecting Tea SriLanka

Local women collecting tea leaves

Sarath, driver, Sri Lanka

Sarath

Stick fisherman, Sri Lanka

& of course, the amazing stick fisherman!

Fishermen - Sri Lanka

Fishermen

Zahra, Sri Lanka

A happy face, Zahra

Washing the heat, Anuradhapura

Washing the heat, Anuradhapura

Fire Dancers, Kandy

Fire Dancers, Kandy

Gems, fake gems, Kandy

Gems, that turned out to be fake. Happens a lot 🙂 Kandy

Fisherman gutting a fish. Trincomalee

Fisherman gutting a fish. Trincomalee

 

Ayubowan, as they say it so well in Sri Lanka, to say may you live long 🙂

Follow this link to the video, do it! Sri Lanka, the face of God.

 

Desert Flower, Sri Pada, Sri Lanka

Sri Pada, Adam’s Peak. Sri Lanka, April 2014

 

Namaste

A big heart like his

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Trust that an animal is a guardian angel, a healer, and an antidote to any low vibration energy! His company melts solitude, soothes the heart, and brings about certain essential disciplines, such patience, confidence, conscious care and affection.

Ah, the love! Here are recent photos of Phoenix in nature, and in cafés 🙂  He just turned 7 months  ~*~

Phoenix - Caravan Dreams

Phoenix on an October afternoon 🙂

Phoenix & Desert Flower

Phoenix & me in a café, downtown 🙂

Phoenix & Desert Flower

Phoenix & me in a café, Hamra Street

And here’s what we do after the long walks and playtime with friends 🙂

Phoenix - Caravan Dreams

This one is allowed on the couch 😉

Phoenix - Caravan Dreams

Isn’t he such a honey bunny?

Phoenix - Caravan Dreams

How about now? 🙂