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Archive for April, 2014

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Venus square Jupiter

 

Ever thought on checking on astrology to see if your partner is a good match. The ancient indians did it and still do it to see if this thousand year old science is proofed right. But what is astrology? Astrology is an alleged mechanism for making predictions of the future based upon the position of celestial bodies. It along with numerous other clairvoyance and divining techniques form the common body of occultism attributed to the Rishiwaru or ancient “Sages”. A significant proportion of Sinhalese Buddhists of the modern age have a firm belief in astrology especially when it comes to marriage, starting something new and finding a solution to problems in life, aspects in life to which the Buddha gave much greater and realistic guidance.

Horoscopes and Marriage

Here comes the part I love. Me,being Leo + who is my best match, another Leo, no thank you, or maybe a Taurus, eventually yes, or just a capricorn, for god sake.

 

In the Samajivina Sutta of the Anguttara Nikaya (Chapter 4, Sutra 55), the Buddha mentions that for a man and woman to be suited for a wedded life, all they need to be is compatible in thought and conduct. For example, a person who thinks strongly of emigrating will not be compatible with someone who thinks otherwise. Similarly a highly sociable outgoing person will not be compatible with someone who is not.

 

Unfortunately, the matrimonial page of a newspaper is a sad indicator of how much we have become slaves to the horoscope. Compatibility for marriage is evaluated based upon the unrealistic 20 porondum instead of compatibility of thought or conduct. Also, never do we see the horoscope revealing whether the prospective groom is an alcoholic, chain-smoker, charlatan, womanizer or compulsive gambler. Nor do we see the horoscope revealing if the prospective bride has a clandestine affair.

Auspicious Times

In the Baddekaratta Sutta (Majjima Nikaya, Volume 3, Sutta 131) the Buddha states that “a person who does what has to be done at the present moment lives an entire life of auspice”. On the other hand, people who wait until the auspicious time to do something, do nothing better than procrastinate.

Despite not being Buddhists, the people of the west unknowingly adhere to this teaching of the Buddha. When something has to be started, such as the construction of a building, it is started according to a schedule. Unfortunately, most asian Buddhists waste time waiting for the auspicious moment. There is nothing wrong with having a special occasion to start the construction of a building but finishing the construction on time is the most important. In the west, the construction of the building ends on time. Buildings that follow the astrological timetable often encounter unnecessary delays due to waiting for auspicious times to place windows, doors, travel through doors etc.

Finding Solutions to Problems

Verse 160 of the Dhammapada reads “your saviour is yourself”, this advice is what a true Buddhist must heed when faced with a problem. Without resorting to the help of non-existent invisible forces, the solution to problems in life must be sought with courage by oneself. This advice is reiterated in the Jata Sutta (Samyutta Nikaya, Chapter 7, Sutta 6) where in reply to a question on how to untangle the tangles of life (problems of life), the Buddha states, “the person who is of virtue and wise, the monk who is ardent and astute can untangle the tangles of life”.

Simple Verses of Dhamma

The Mahamangala Sutta or the Sutta of the Great Auspices was preached by the Buddha to settle a confusion on what a good omen is. The Buddha mentioned 38 such good auspices which include not living among the unwise, living among the wise, praising the praiseworthy and so on. Having favourable astrological positions or following the path of astrology is not mentioned among these 38.

Furthermore in the Parabava Sutta in which the Buddha details bad practices which can lead to ones downfall, there is no mention of downfall caused by not following astrology. However, it does mention the true paths to downfall such as alcohol, over indulgence, disrespect, sexual misconduct etc.

 

The Nakkatta Jataka

The Nakkatta Jataka (Jataka 46) is another occasion where astrology is portrayed in its true counterproductive nature. It describes the story of villainous astrologer who gets enraged that he was not consulted regarding fixing a date for a wedding. He then stops the wedding from taking place by telling the groom’s family that the wedding day is unlucky. As a consequence however, the groom is denied his true blessing, a good wife.

It is here where the Buddha preaches the timeless verse “Nakkantha pathimanethan atthabalan upacchaga – atththo atththassa nakkanthan kin karrisanthi tharaka.” (The fool who procrastinates waiting for an auspicious time will never achieve ones objective. The true auspicious thing is achieving your objective. What could stars in the sky do?)

The Brahmajala Sutta

The Brahmajala Sutta (Deega Nikaya, Volume 1, Sutta 1) is the opening of the Deega Nikaya. It discusses 62 wrong views. It is in this Sutta that the Buddha actually criticizes astrology and similar occult practices as “lowly arts”.

Violation of the Vinaya

The Buddha explicitly forbade Bhikkus and Bhukkunis of the Sanga from the study and practice of “lowly arts” (tiracchaana vijjaa) in the Section 141, of the Khuddakavatthukkhandhako of the Cullavaggapali of the Vinaya Pitaka. These include, the concoction of enchantments and aphrodisiacs to make men and women fall in love with each other, the use of the occult to bring misfortune to people, prediction of future events and alchemy. Hence, the practice of astrology by a Buddhist monk (along with all other occult arts) is a violation of the rules of the Vinaya.

 

Here is the link, try it yourself and be surprised

http://www.indianastrology2000.com/

 

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lots of love

d

 

PS we need a little magic and crazyness in these days

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What makes your more smart right here, right now

Everyday we think on how to improve our life, lovelife, position and status. Here comes the answer from Albert Einstein, and actually he should have known it after all.

For me, i seriously love nr. 6 and nr. 12 and for trying to look smarter and be smarter i just changed my look for today. :-)photo (9)

 

1. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

2. Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.

3. Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

4. If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

5. A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.

Albert-Einstein

6. Love is a better teacher than duty.

7. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

8. No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

9. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

10. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

11. It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

12. Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.

13. Force always attracts men of low morality.

14. Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.

15. A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

16. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

17. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

18. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

19. Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

20. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

21. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

22. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

23. Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

24. Information is not knowledge.

25. Never lose a holy curiosity.

 

 

Try to and believe at least 3,

lots of love

d

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By –  theunboundedspirit Photo courtesy of Newtown graffiti

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Are we only part of the crowd

Imagine if I were to ask you to donate blood tomorrow. Now imagine that I were to offer you $7 to do the very same thing. Would this incentive make you more or less likely to give blood? Stop and think before reading on. In 1970, Richard Titmus proposed that offering money for blood donations would reduce the amount of donations; economists were skeptical of Titmus’ theory and it wasn’t until 2010 that the hypothesis was tested.Carl Mellström and Magnus Johannesson found that 43% of participants agreed to give blood without any incentive but a payment equivalent to $7reduced the percentage of participants willing to give blood to 33%. The overall result in this small study was not statistically significant, but a larger, statistically significant effect was found in women whose rate of agreement to give blood dropped from 52% to 30% when a payment was offered. A larger systematic review including studies involving 93,328 participants found various forms of incentives had no impact on the likelihood of blood donation. It seems likely that any donors enticed by a reward are cancelled out by donors put off by the reward.

What causes this bizarre effect? Is it that we want to feel that we are acting out of a sense of altruism, or could it be more that we want to be seen to be acting out of a sense of altruism? Dan Ariely, Anat Bracha and Stephan Meier attempted to answer this question by offering or not offering rewards for altruistic behaviour either in private or in public. Participants were invited to “Click for Charity” – press pairs of buttons repetitively on a computer to earn money for charity. When no rewards were offered, participants clicked 822 times when they were told to share their results with the other participants, but when the results were kept private participants clicked only 548 times. When rewards were offered in private the participants clicked 740 times, but when the rewards were offered in public the participants clicked only 702 times.

The experiments demonstrate just how much other people’s perceptions of our behaviour affect our decisions to behave altruistically. Other research shows that students are more likely to donate to charity when they are with peers than in private and even that church-goers give more, in larger denominations of coins when open collection baskets are used than when closed collection bags are used.

There’s been a lot of criticism of the recent trend of posting donations along with “no-makeup selfies” to social media. I’d agree with criticisms that posting a selfie isn’t helping if no donation is given, but we might want to think twice before slating campaigns that promote posting of public displays of altruism to social media. Not only are people more likely to do good if they are seen to be doing good, but as the no-makeup selfie trend shows, public acts of kindness can be multiplied by the viral potential of social media. It might seem crude to some to display ones donations to charity online, but the evidence shows that a factor in whether people give is the potential to display a positive self image and doing so encourages others to do the same. It’s not often that my blog posts have a happy ending, but in this case the science says “share the love”, encouraging public acts of kindness is a good thing.

 

 

 

 

 

mindful

 

so it confirms again what is my opinion, we do what others are doing, more or less. In this case it is for a good purpose

 

lots of love

 

 

sources

Ariely D., Bracha A. & Meier S. (2009). Doing Good or Doing Well? Image Motivation and Monetary Incentives in Behaving Prosocially, American Economic Review, 99 (1) 544-555. DOI: 

Mellström C. & Johannesson M. (2008). Crowding Out in Blood Donation: Was Titmuss Right?, Journal of the European Economic Association, 6 (4) 845-863. DOI: 

Niza C., Tung B. & Marteau T.M. (2013). Incentivizing blood donation: Systematic review and meta-analysis to test Titmuss’ hypotheses., Health Psychology, 32 (9) 941-949. DOI: 

Soetevent A.R. (2005). Anonymity in giving in a natural context—a field experiment in 30 churches, Journal of Public Economics, 89 (11-12) 2301-2323. DOI: 

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