"Pongáio" was the name my Aunt Mona gave to a long, green, cool room where we gathered at her home —
replete with comfy chairs, a rocker, sewing machine, sewing goods, beautiful beads, shelves, books, bibelots, photographs, odds'n'ends, mementos of a life, treasures —
a gathering of all the useful & 'useless' things that so make life a pleasure.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sand and sugar

-"Filho", disse o mestre [Babaji] embora aparentemente eu tivesse o dobro de sua idade, "pelos erros de muitos, não julgue o todo. Tudo na terra tem caráter misto, como uma combinação de areia e açucar. Seja como a sabia formiga que pega somente o açucar, deixando intacta a areia. Apesar de muitos destes sadhus ainda andarem na ilusão, o mela é abençoado por aluguns homens de realização divina."  p367

Mohamed Babu

Mohamed Babu
images via, via

Note: Looking for some ant, sugar, sand images to enliven this quote, I came across the images of these rainbow colored ants. Sugar, ants, no sand, though — but oh, so colorful! 
I then, going to the original link, found that the photos were taken by a Dr Babu, from Mysore, in South India... The same country, and subject matter pertaining to, as the author of the book the quote is from.

The Dance

"Add to the need for clarification, another pattern focusing into exactness seven days into April. Neptune, planet of inspiration, unlimited creativity (a venture now shared with Haumea), spirituality, photographic and videographic aspirations, moves into opposition with Orcus, the other Pluto. Now Neptune can also refer to more insidious things, but for our purposes let’s only consider the addiction to emotional intensity. Now in Pisces, the thirst of Neptune for drama in the reactionary theater of life is huge. Orcus, an underworld ruler, maintains a very specific charge in overseeing oaths, promises, contracts and agreements. 
But back to personal stuff we care about... this pattern surfaces the “you said you would,” “you promised,” and most insidious and complicating, “you knew what I meant.” Under the present patterns, most like that last factor is a very huge assumption.

Bottom line, you cannot hold people to things they didn’t promise, imply, suggest or agree to support. You cannot hold people to being there for you, ringing your bell, stirring your pot, being an unfailing ear or meeting your needs, if your needs (or those dastardly wants) have never been articulated."
Philip Sedwick

Thursday, March 29, 2012

About belonging/owning

"— Lembre-se de que você a ninguém pertence e que ninguém lhe pertence. Reflita que algum dia terá subitamente que abandonar tudo neste mundo: portanto, estabeleça contato com Deus agora — dizia o grande guru [Lahiri Mahasaya] a seus discípulos."  p355

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

getting at the Hump!

Rupert Sheldrake Lecture: The Science Delusion

Rupert Sheldrake
Click to go to video
See also Richard Tarnas.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Autumn Equinox

Wheel of the Seasons ~ Antony Galbraith

Monday, March 19, 2012

Gift giving...

From an old friend on Fb:

a gift for Dad

Seaside - Pisces

"Though they may not know it (or think of it that way), everyone likes the feeling of Pisces — whether it comes in the form of an erotic pleasure, visiting the seaside, film, music, photography, artwork, cannabis or a few drinks. Pisces in its most life-affirming expression is the sign of the finer things, most of which cannot be paid for — they are the result of human love. It takes more than paint to make a painting, and an open heart to appreciate the pleasure of the ocean."
from Planet Waves, today

Turned on the comp, got on the web... and came across the above. It is so apt, as just came back from a marvelous week at the seaside!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Earth tripping

From APOD today:

Flying Over the Earth at Night
Video Credit: Gateway to Astronaut Photography, NASA ; Compilation: Bitmeizer (YouTube);
Music: Freedom Fighters (Two Steps from Hell)
Explanation: Many wonders are visible when flying over the Earth at night. A compilation of such visual spectacles was captured recently from the International Space Station (ISS) and set to rousing music. Passing below are white clouds, orange city lights, lightning flashes in thunderstorms, and dark blue seas. On the horizon is the golden haze of Earth's thin atmosphere, frequently decorated by dancing auroras as the video progresses. The green parts of auroras typically remain below the space station, but the station flies right through the red and purple auroral peaks. Solar panels of the ISS are seen around the frame edges. The ominous wave of approaching brightness at the end of each sequence is just the dawn of the sunlit half of Earth, a dawn that occurs every 90 minutes.

6 months

Six months since my surgery, and minus 28 kg.

Amazing --- Having a second chance!