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The Bodhisattva Samantabhadra

August 12th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Samantabhadra is a bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism associated with practice and meditation. Samantabhadra with Gautama Buddha and his fellow bodhisattva Manjusri, he forms the Shakyamuni trinity in Buddhism. He is the patron of the Lotus Sutra and, according to the Avatamsaka Sutra, made the ten great vows which are the basis of a bodhisattva. In Chinese Buddhism, Samantabhadra is known as Pǔxián and is associated [...]

Who are Anunnaki?

August 11th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

The Anunnaki are a group of deities that appear in the mythological traditions of the ancient Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, and Babylonians. Descriptions of how many Anunnaki there were and what role they fulfilled are inconsistent and often contradictory. In the earliest Sumerian writings about them, which come from the Post-Akkadian period, the Anunnaki are the most powerful deities in the pantheon, descendants of An and [...]

Geosmin: An Earthy-Smelling Substance

August 9th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Substances|Tags: , , , , |

Geosmin is an organic compound with a distinct earthy flavor and aroma produced by certain bacteria and is responsible for the earthy taste of beetroots and a contributor to the strong scent (petrichor) that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell of weather or when soil is disturbed. In chemical terms, it is bicyclic alcohol with formula C12H22O, a derivative of [...]

Top 14 Sri Ravi Shankar Quotes

August 9th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

Sri Ravi Shankar is an Indian spiritual leader. Sri Ravi Shankar is frequently referred to as "Sri Sri" (honorific) or as Guruji or Gurudev. He founded the Art of Living Foundation in 1981, a volunteer-based NGO providing social support to the people. Sri Ravi Shankar was born in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu. Shankar believes spirituality is that which enhances human values such as love, compassion, and enthusiasm. [...]

Mental Plane: The World of Thought

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Consciousness, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The mental plane, or the world of thought, in Hermeticism, Theosophical, Rosicrucian, Aurobindonian, and New Age thought refers to the macrocosmic or universal plane of reality that is made up purely of thought or mind-stuff. In contrast to Western secular modernist and post-modern thought, in occult and esoteric cosmology, thoughts and consciousness are not just a byproduct of brain functioning but have their own objective [...]

Hypnotherapy: Types and Uses

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary and alternative medicine in which the mind is used to help with a variety of problems, such as breaking bad habits or coping with stress. It is used for a wide variety of applications, and studies into its efficacy are often of poor quality which makes it difficult to determine efficacy. Several post-2000 and post-2010 meta-analyses and systematic reviews [...]

The Books of Chilam Balam

August 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Books of Chilam Balam are handwritten, chiefly 17th and 18th-centuries Maya miscellanies, named after the small Yucatec towns where they were originally kept, and preserving important traditional knowledge in which indigenous Maya and early Spanish traditions have coalesced. Written in the Yucatec Maya language and using the Latin alphabet, the manuscripts are attributed to a legendary author called Chilam Balam, a chilam being a [...]

Cold Reading and The Forer Effect

August 6th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , |

Cold reading is a set of techniques used by mentalists, psychics, fortune-tellers, mediums, illusionists (readers), and scam artists to imply that the reader knows much more about the person than the reader actually does. Without prior knowledge, a practiced cold-reader can quickly obtain a great deal of information by analyzing the person's body language, age, clothing or fashion, hairstyle, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, level [...]

Kumari Kandam – A Mythical Lost Continent

July 30th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , |

Kumari Kandam refers to a mythical lost continent with an ancient Tamil civilization, located south of present-day India in the Indian Ocean. In the 19th century, a section of the European and American scholars speculated the existence of a submerged continent called Lemuria, to explain geological and other similarities between Africa, Australia, India, and Madagascar. A section of Tamil revivalists adapted this theory, connecting it [...]