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Bodhi Tree: The Buddha Tree

June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

The Bodhi Tree, also known as Bo or "peepal tree", was a large and ancient sacred fig tree located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment or Bodhi. In religious iconography, the Bodhi Tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed. The term "Bodhi [...]

The Five Elements in Japanese Philosophy

May 30th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

The five elements philosophy in Japanese Buddhism and Hinduism, godai ("five great"), is derived from Buddhist beliefs. It is perhaps best known in the Western world for its use in Miyamoto Musashi's famous text Gorin-no-sho (The Book of Five Rings), in which he explains different aspects of swordsmanship by assigning each aspect to an element. The five elements The five elements are Earth, Water, Fire, [...]

14 Quotes by Chico Xavier

May 28th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

Chico Xavier was a popular philanthropist and medium in Spiritism. During a period of 60 years, Chico Xavier wrote over 490 books and several thousand letters claiming to use a process known as "psychography and after his death, many dozens of books were issued based on old letters and manuscripts which gradually became public bringing the total number of books up to 496". The books [...]

The Doctrine of Signatures

May 27th, 2019|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

The doctrine of signatures, dating from the time of Dioscorides and Galen, states that herbs resembling various parts of the body can be used by herbalists to treat ailments of those body parts. A theological justification, as stated by botanists such as William Coles, was that God would have wanted to show men what plants would be useful for. It is today considered to be [...]

What is Magical Thinking: Forms and Symbolic Approaches

May 25th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Magical thinking is a term used in anthropology, philosophy, and psychology, denoting the causal relationships between actions and events. There are subtle differences in meaning between individual theorists as well as amongst fields of study. In anthropology, it denotes the attribution of causality between entities grouped with one another (coincidence) or similar to one another. In psychology, the entities between which a causal relation has [...]

Phosphorus: The Morning Star

May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

Phosphorus is the Morning Star, the planet Venus in its morning appearance. Phaosphoros and Phaesphoros are forms of the same name in some Greek dialects. This celestial object was named when stars and planets were not always distinguished with modern precision. Another Greek name for the Morning Star is Heosphoros, meaning "Dawn-Bringer". The form Eosphorus is sometimes met in English, as if from Ēōsphoros, which [...]

The Eye of Ra

May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Eye of Ra is a being in ancient Egyptian mythology that functions as a feminine counterpart to the sun god Ra and a violent force that subdues his enemies. The Eye is an extension of Ra's power, equated with the disk of the sun, but it also behaves as an independent entity, which can be personified by a wide variety of Egyptian goddesses, including [...]

The Brief History of Beer

May 21st, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

As almost any cereal containing certain sugars can undergo spontaneous fermentation due to wild yeasts in the air, it is possible that beer-like drinks were independently developed throughout the world soon after a tribe or culture had domesticated cereal. Chemical tests of ancient pottery jars reveal that beer was produced about 3,500 BC in what is today Iran. Archaeological findings show that Chinese villagers were [...]

Extrasensory Perception – The Sixth Sense

May 20th, 2019|Categories: Consciousness, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

Extrasensory perception or ESP, also called sixth sense, includes claimed reception of information not gained through the recognized physical senses but sensed with the mind. Jain usage of the term goes back to 2,000 years and encompasses three types of possible extrasensory perceptions: telepathy, clairvoyance, and omniscience. The term was adopted by Duke University psychologist J. B. Rhine to denote psychic abilities such as intuition, [...]