Your smile goes so deep,
it makes me happy and I wonder
if I can ever find a star
that matches the brightness of your eyes.
The curve of your lips hides nothing,
everything is there in plain sight.
It is all so simple, yet a beauty beyond compare.
How can I protect that smile of yours?
When I lay the moon and stars at your feet,
will you keep smiling for me?
Or is it better to leave them in the sky above,
so I can catch their reflection in your eyes
as you move ever closer and closer and closer…
There are no clouds of boredom in my living sky,
no lack of purpose as time passes by.
I grasp the moment with all my soul,
firm, yet gentle, of my own destiny I take control.
Shaping, like a potter, form from naught,
organically grown, the shape at end matters not
for it is the experience itself, the path I took
that writes the chapters of life in my book.
Therefore, God and the gods are only convenient means–themselves of the nature of the world of names and form, though eloquent of, and ultimately conducive to, the ineffable. They are mere symbols to move and awaken the mind, and to call it past themselves. This recognition of the secondary nature of the personality of whatever deity is worshiped is characteristic of most of the traditions of the world. In Christianity, Mohammedanism, and Judaism, however, the personality of the divinity is taught to be final–which makes it comparatively difficult for the members of these communions to understand how one may go beyond the limitations of their own anthropomorphic divinity. The result has been, on the one hand, a general obfuscation of the symbols, and on the other, a god-ridden bigotry such as is unmatched elsewhere in the history of religion. For a discussion of the possible origin of this aberration, see Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism (translated by James Strachey; Standard Edn. XXIII, 1964).
Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Fontana Press, 1993; pg. 258
I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He was not there; I went to the Temple of the Hindus and to the old pagodas, but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere.
I searched on the mountains and in the valleys but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him. I went to the Caaba in Mecca, but He was not there either.
I questioned the scholars and philosophers but He was beyond their understanding.
I then looked into my heart and it was there where He dwelled that I saw Him; He was nowhere else to be found.
Often misattributed to Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī.
I’ve been quite busy with the paperwork for buying this newly built apartment. If all goes well it should be finished by August 2006. So that will mean looking at certain household gear for the new place to live in.
Always a nice pastime.
Currently pretty busy on getting everything sorted for my own house again. Got my eyes on a cute appartment. Talking with the real estate agent tomorrow.
Some news that never reaches our news bulletins.
Miss Tibet expelled from Miss Tourism World due to Chinese pressure
Mcleod Ganj, 19 February 2005
Miss Tibet Tashi Yangchen has been expelled from Miss Tourism World pageant due to Chinese pressure.
Beijing instructed the Chinese embassy in Harare to object to the inclusion of Miss Tibet in the Miss Tourism World pageant, the pageant’s organizers explained in a phone call to the Director of the Miss Tibet pageant.
The organisers of the Miss Tourism World finally ousted Tashi Yangchen from the pageant on the 16th of this month.
Tashi landed at Harare, Zimbabwe, on the 13th and took part in some of the events. The finale of the pageant is scheduled on the 26th. About 90 countries are participating in the pageant
Taiwan is represented in the pageant as Chinese Taipei. It was earlier shown as a separate country but due to Chinese objection it also had to be represented under the current title.
Hong Kong is also represented as another representative of China, at the behest of China.
Miss Tourism World is a British production chaired by John Singh.
Tashi is currently in London en route to India.
Borrowing the title from an online novel written by Sundroid that deals with the suffering of Tibetan exiles.
Edit 2007-05-19: Link is gone.
After taking http://web.tickle.com/tests/esp/index.jsp I get:
Jeroen, you have an unusually strong psychic talent in the area of Precognition
This means you have an uncanny ability to look into the future and anticipate what is going to happen. By knowing something’s going to occur, you can even change the outcome of events for the better.
Jeroen, our in-depth analysis also shows you have other hidden psychic strengths including retrocognition (the ability to know what has happened in the past), telepathy (the ability to sense people’s true thoughts) and clairvoyance (the ability to see the unknown).
Well, that makes a lot of sense to me, since I do sense people, have a lot of déjà vus, et cetera…
Apparently my body didn’t quite like the trip back and resulting sleep.
Went to bed at like 22:00 Sunday evening and woke up at 01:45 or so. Fully awake. Took until 03:30 or so before I finally fell asleep again. Woke up a bit at 06:30 and fell asleep again. Lovely the way your body adjusts to differing timezones.