In the 1930s, while recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia, Masanobu Fukuoka experienced a moment of satori or personal enlightenment.
At the time of his revelation, Fukuoka was living in a Japan that was abandoning its traditional farming methods and adopting Western agriculture, economic and industrial models. He saw how this trend was driving the Japanese even further from a oneness with nature, and how destructive and polluting those practices were. As a result, he quit his job as a research scientist and returned to his father’s farm on Shikoku determined to restore the land to a condition that would enable nature’s original harmony to prevail. To Fukuoka, farming was a spiritual path.
Through 30 years of refinement he was able to develop a “do-nothing” method of farming. Without soil cultivation such as plowing or tilling, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, weeding, pruning, machinery or compost, Fukuoka was able to produce high-quality fruit, vegetables and grains with yields equal to or greater than even large commercial farms.
In his 60′s, Fukuoka documented what he had seen and done. In 1975 his first book “One Straw Revolution” was released and has had a profound impact on agriculture and human consciousness all over the world.
Dec 10: The appearance of a huge spiral of light over Norway has left experts stunned and bewildered as to its origins.Thousands of awe-struck Norwegians bombarded the Meteorological Institute with questions about the incredible light, which could be seen in the pre-dawn sky for hundreds of miles.
The phenomenon appeared as a spinning spiral of white light, entered around a bright star-like object. A bright blue tail streamed from the center of the object down towards earth. It has been dubbed “Star-Gate”.
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia (seated), canonized saint. 1906
Dock Ellis was the baseball player who in 1970 pitched a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates while peak-tripping on LSD. Ellis died last year. In his honor, James Blagden and Chris Isenberg animated Ellis’s retelling of his acid adventure on the mound.
Esquerita was the stage name of singer, songwriter and pianist Eskew Reeder Jr. He was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on November 20, 1935, and died in Harlem on October 23, 1986, of AIDS. He is credited with influencing rock and roll pioneer Little Richard, though the extent and nature of Reeder’s influence or vice-versa is uncertain.
An elected bishop of Antioch in the year 260 A.D., Paul of Samosata aroused controversy with his monarchianist teachings. In 269, seventy bishops, priests and deacons assembled at Antioch and deposed him as bishop and elected Dominus as his successor.
Paul’s teaching, which emphasized the oneness of God, taught that Jesus was born a mere man, but that at his baptism he was infused with the divine Logos or word of God. Hence, Jesus was seen not as God-become-man but as man-become-God.
July 25, 325, Paul of Samosata’s teachings were officially declared “hereSy” by the council of Nicaea.
making love is a very silent prAyer. It is a meditation. It is the holiest of holies. So while you are making love to a woman go very slowly, with taste, taking in every flavor of it, and go very slowly: there is no hurry, no need to hurry; there is enough time.
And while making love, forget about orgasm. Rather, be in a relaxed state with the woman, relax into each other. The western mind is continuously thinking about when it is coming and how to make it fast and great and this and that. That thinking does not allow the body energies to function. It does not allow the body to have its own way; the mind is interfering… Relax with the other person. If nothing happens, then there is no need for anything to happen. Orgasm does not have to happen every day. Sex should be just being together, just dissolving into each other. (OSHO)
Between 1975-1981, a group of American ex-pats took their native sounds of Detroit and Chicago to Dimona, Israel and intermingled them with the messages of the Black Hebrew culture. The results are a heavenly mix of spiritual soul and jazz with an undercurrent of gospel psychedelia.
Homer Dudley invented the VODER (Voice Operating DEmonstratoR), an electronic speaking instrument, which was unveiled (and demonstrated hourly) at the New York World’s Fair 1939–40.
Inside the tall rack of sturdy electronic gear was a pitch controlled reedy oscillator, a white-noise source, and ten bandpass resonant filters. For a Voder to “speak” a talented, diligently trained operator “performed” at a special console connected to the rack, using touch-sensitive keys and a foot-pedal. These controlled the electronic generating components.
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“I heard someone from the music business saying they are no longer looking for talent, they want people with a certain look and a willingness to cooperate. I thought, that’s interesting, because a total unwillingness to cooperate is what is neccessary to be an artist- not for perverse reasons, but to protect your vision”.
Leigh Bowery (26 March 1961 – 31 December 1994) was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model and fashion designer, based in London. His influence reached through the fashion, club and art worlds in the 80s and 90s to impact, amongst others, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, John Galliano, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady GagA plus numerous Nu-Rave bands and nightclubs in London and New York which arguably perpetuated his avant garde ideas.
Web Bot, or the Web Bot Project, refers to an Internet bot software program that is claimed to be able to predict future events by tracking keywords entered on the Internet. It was created in 1997, originally to predict stock market trends. The creator of the Web Bot Project, Cliff High, along with his associate George Ure, who call themselves “The Time Monks“, keep the technology and algorithms largely secret and sell the predictions via their website.
The Web Bot works by using a form of the Wisdom of Crowds. Spiders search the internet for about 300,000 keywords with emotional context and record the preceding and following words to create a “snapshot.” Through this, the technology is claimed to be able to examine the collective unconscious of the world as a whole. It is thus said to be able to predict catastrophic events 60 to 90 days in advance.
The Web Bot is claimed to have predicted several events prior to them occurring, most notably the September 11 attacks and the 2003 Northeastern United States blackout.
In Hinduism, Kalki is the tenth and final Maha Avatara (great incarnation) of Vishnu who will come to end the present age of darkness and destruction known as Kali Yuga. The origins of the name probably lie in the Sanskrit word “kalka” which refers to dirt, filth, or foulness and hence denotes the “destroyer of foulness,” “destroyer of confusion,” “destroyer of darkness,” or “annihilator of ignorance.”
Shree Veera Brahmendra Maha Swami, writing about 1,000 years ago in “Divya Maha Kala Jnana” (literally: “Divine Knowledge of the Time”) claims that he would arrive when the Moon, Sun, Venus and Jupiter have entered the same sign; such occurrences are not rare and the next is expected in the year 2012 or afterwards.
(Guru Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath talks about the coming of the Kalki Avatar in 2012)
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