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Advice on Rules by Pablo Picasso June 7, 2017

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“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ― Pablo Picasso

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.   ― Pablo Picasso

Pablo Ruiz Picasso, usually referred to simply as Picasso, was a Spanish painter and sculptor who is one of the most recognized figures in 20th century art.

Picasso is known as the co-founder, along with Georges Braque, of cubism.

His full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Clito Ruiz y Picasso.


Mandy Harvey Singing ‘Try’ Inspired Me Today June 7, 2017

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Mandy Harvey singing her original composition “Try” inspired me today to keep trying. Mandy Harvey is deaf. Following is the full video of Mandy’s performance on America’s Got Talent 2017 with the introduction to her story. Below the video I have posted the lyrics.

As a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Survivor I related immediately to the first lines in her song when she sang:

“I don’t feel the way I used too
The sky is grey much more than it is blue”

and perhaps more importantly at the end when she saings:

So I will try

What an inspiring story! And what a truly delightful singer.

Try Lyrics by Mandy Harvey

Here are Mandy Harvey’s lyrics to “Try” from the video transcript:

I don’t feel the way I used to
The sky is grey much more than it is blue
But I know one day I’ll get through
And I’ll take my place again.
If I would try
If I would try
Oh…. there is no one for me to blame.
Cause I know the only thing in my way
Is me
I don’t live the way I want too.
That whole picture never came into view.
But I’m tired of getting used too
the day
So I will try
So I will try
If I would try
If I would try
Oh… oooo

Mandy Harvey Website and Facebook

Mandy Harvey now has a website at www.mandyharveymusic.com/ and a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mandyharveymusic.

9 Articles About Tantra from Dr. Jonn Mumford May 22, 2017

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Dr. Jonn Mumford, his initiated name is Swami Anandakapila Saraswati, is international known and respected for his knowledge, scholarship, dynamic teaching style and extensive practical experience in Kriya Yoga, Jyotish and Tantra. I was fortunate to have studied with him briefly.

Following is a list of 9 articles discussing various aspects of Tantra that are available on Dr. Mumford’s website. I highly recommend reading them if you are looking to gain some in depth insight Tantra.

Jonn Mumford, Swami Anandakapila Saraswati , Mysticism is the immediate experience of ultimate universal unity
  1. The Meaning of Kriya
  2. Raising Kundalini
  3. Understanding Tantra
  4. Tantra for the West : An interview with Dr. Jonn Mumford conducted by Chris Burgess.
  5. Hatha Yoga
  6. What is Karma
  7. Divination
  8. Yantra Yoga
  9. Instant Visualization Magic (pdf – opens in new window)

Recommended Reading for Dr. Jonn Mumford

Dr. Mumford has written extensively about Tantra here is the recommended reading list.

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann May 19, 2017

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As I have been going through this blog and repairing broken links and editing pages and posts I came across Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.

Desiderata has been one of my favourite poems for more than 50 years.

However, I can’t say that I was following his sage advice over those decades notwithstanding the fact that there was more often than not a framed poster of the poem, such as the one below, on a wall in my home.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

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Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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Did you know and what does it all mean? May 18, 2017

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I was just reviewing this video that I first posted October 25, 2008. Checking youtube I see that is has been updated. Still worth looking at I think.

I received this video Did You Know by email today. I don’t always watch these clips but the sender is someone that I respect and his forwards are often interesting and enlightening and having watched this video – which took about 3 minutes but felt like 10 seconds – I am glad that I did.

I will not prejudice your thinking by saying anything now, other than,watch this video, it is worth the few minutes.

This video is an excellent compilation of facts and figures which leads to the core question at the end of the video – what does it all mean? – which I think everyone would benefit from thinking about.

I would be interested in getting your reactions and comments after you have watched it.

FYI – This video was prepared by SONY for a meeting of its executives.