Friday, October 30, 2009
Hailed by many astrologers as a classic, this book not only maps our strengths and weaknesses, but also reveals the true purpose of astrology: to guide us toward our own self-realization.
Swami Kriyananda's studies embrace Indian as well as Western astrology. He shows how extraordinarily sophisticated this ancient science is in its careful delineation of twelve basic categories of human nature.
The convincing insights Kriyananda offers into human nature are born of forty years of meditative practice, as well as of a lifetime of experience in counseling others.
The sun in Capricorn
The key to Capricorn’s influence is its power to awaken in the ego a desire to bring reality into sharp, impersonal focus. A secondary key word for this sign is concentration.
Parmahansa Yogananda, himself a Capricorn, stressed in his teachings that “Concentration is the key to sucess” and this quality is epitomized by this sign.
Capricorn meditation is to visualize the body as a rock, heavy and strong. Visualize the mind as a rock, so immovably fixed that no thought, no emotion can sway it.
The seat of concentration in the body is located at the third eye. All thoughts, all sensation have their origin at that point.
“When we go to a tragic motion picture and see death and suffering on the screen, we may leave saying, ‘What a fine picture!’ Why then can we not say as much of this motion picture of life? For the truth is, we are only shadow players on the screen of life. We are immortals sent here on earth to act our roles and then depart. We should not take the play seriously. Whatever picture is showing, we should not let it disturb our minds. Let us just say, ‘This is a good picture. I am learning much from this experience.’ If you can face life with the attitude, you shall see the light of eternal bliss dancing through all life’s experiences.”
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I write under the name Ganesha
Absolute Poetry, Vol. 1
This collection, from the poets of the Absolute Write Poetry Forum, contains a diverse and beautiful collection of original poems. I'm proud and humbled to be associated with these poets, and it's a joy to have such a marvelous collection of works to present to you.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Acclaimed novelist Brad Kessler lived in New York City but longed for a life on the land where he could grow his own food. After years of searching for a home, he and his wife, photographer Dona Ann McAdams, found a mountain farmhouse on a dead-end road, with seventy-five acres of land. One day, when Dona returned home with fresh goat milk from a neighbor's farm, Kessler made a fresh chèvre, and their life changed forever. They decided to raise dairy goats and make cheese.
Goat Song tells about what it's like to live intimately with animals who directly feed you. As Kessler begins to live the life of a herder -- learning how to care for and breed and birth goats -- he encounters the pastoral roots of so many aspects of Western culture. Kessler reflects on the history and literature of herding, and how our diet, our alphabet, our religions, poetry, and economy all grew out of a pastoralist milieu among hoofed animals.
Kessler and his wife adapt to a life governed by their goats and the rhythm of the seasons. And their goats give back in immeasurable ways, as Kessler proves to be a remarkable cheesemaker, with his first tomme of goat cheese winning lavish praise from America's premier cheese restaurants.
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In Treatment is a Golden Globe Award winning HBO drama, produced and developed by Rodrigo Garcia, about a psychotherapist, Dr. Paul Weston, and his weekly sessions with his patients. It stars Gabriel Byrne in his first Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated role as Paul, and premiered on January 28, 2008 as a five-night-a-week serial drama. Each night focuses on one specific patient. The format, script and opening theme are based on the critically acclaimed Israeli show.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Palais Garnier, Paris ... the opera house, the site of anti-Wagner riots of 1891, and setting for The Phantom of the Opera.
This is an historical novel intertwining modern times with France in the 19th Century. It could not be described as great literature, but it is enjoyable. The author, Kate Mosse, wrote a book I really enjoyed, titled Labyrinth, which is why I picked this one up. Plus it features the Tarot!