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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bhagavad Gita, one more post

Just want to document my findings about the book I mentioned in my last post. I looked in my library of books at home and found this one big book I bought years ago when I joined a book club, but honestly have never looked at it. It is called Great Thinkers of The Eastern World. So I went to the section on India and found this: Bhagavad Gita, written between the fifth and first centuries B. C. Type of work: Religious epic, metaphysics, ethics. I quote:" It means "The Song Sung by the Lord", It is one of the great religious classics of the world. It is perhaps the earliest attempt by man to arrive at a comprehensive view of existence. The poem consists of 700 verses divided into eighteen chapters. The Gita is a dialogue between Krishna, an incarnation of God, and Arjuna, a warrior. According to Indian tradition, the Gita embodies the essence of the most sacred Hindu scriptures, the Vedas." Very interesting reading, I won't go into it any more here. Anyone interested will be doing their own research.

As my friend says, "We each have our own path to follow"

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Just call me weird !

I know I have mentioned in the past how I find it interesting to notice coincidences or synchronicity in my life. ( I have just recently learned that they are similar but different too)
Anyway I try to read (would love to call it study) what I call metaphysical "stuff" for want of a better word. It is rather diverse, from Deepak Chopra to Ramtha, to Whitley Strieber, to Sylvia Brown, to quantum physicis. Ha, would love to say I know alot about all this stuff, but I really don't. I just keep an open mind and deep in my own being I know there is so much more out there that we just can't quite wrap our minds around at this stage. At least most of us can't. All we can do is continue to struggle with what feels right and keep learning. Man has been around this world alot more than the past 2,000 years and I just have a hard time buying into the Organization that modern religion has become. There I said it! That certainly doesn't make me an atheist, on the contrary, it actually makes me believe more firmly in a God. So rather than go off on all that, what I really meant to write about was this coincidence that happened to me.

I list books on e-bay to sell. I try to list the unusual stuff that I don't think will sell in my store and I had taken a photo of this one book several weeks ago, but kept putting it back in the stack.
Yesterday I was reading Deepak's blog site, which I highly recommend.(I think it is: Anyway there was mention of this book, of the ancient Vedic culture of India. ( I know folks will think I have gone off the deep end here) But hear me out. This morning I was pulling a stack of books to put on e-bay and there was this book, I had forgotten about it and at the time I put it in the stack I had no idea what it was, just that it was a little strange. Well there it was in my hands, Bhagaqvad-Gita, The name of the book that I just read about yesterday and even looked up on the internet to find a site about it. Will leave that site later. Now as I read the back of the cover I find this quote from Henry David Thoreau: "In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial." And from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "I owed a magnificent day to Bhagavad-Gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us." One theologian, wrote"reminder that our one-sided culture is faced with a crisis that may end in self-destruction because it lacks the inner depth of an authentic metaphysical consciousness.

Amazing, well at least I think so. So I will try to read some of it. Seems it consists of 700 "verses" that are to define a guide to the science of self-realization. Well when you see me levitating around my bedroom you will know I have reached my self-realization!! Just kidding, I do take this stuff serious and know that there is just so much more that we need to learn and do in our lifetimes here on earth. When I come back I want to be one more step up the ladder!!

PS Later same day: Just had a strange and real neat experience that related to this post so had to add this. A (like-thinking) friend came by this afternoon and gave me a tape to listen to and guess who it is about??? Ralph Waldo Emerson!! Honest. Now what are the odds here? Something is telling me to listen up, don't you think?? Maybe he is who I am to be drawn to and not this Hindu fellow. Well food for thought.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

What the heck is the Book Lady reading now?

Guess I haven't written about what books I am reading, maybe I should do this more often so I don't forget. You know my Recaller is not as sharp as my Forgetter any more!

1. Just finished Some-Where in Time by Richard Matheson. That is the one that Christopher Reeves starred in. I ended up going on line and ordering the movie. I know I have seen it along time ago, but just wanted it. I had read his other book What Dreams May Come not to long ago. These are different type love stories, as they take on a rather supernatural aspect to them.

2. Have read 2 of Kaye Gibbons books: A Virtuous Woman, and Ellen Foster. Both very good books.

3. The Extra Man: by Jonathan Ames: Quite a different book. About a young man living in New York area I think back in the 50's maybe. And he rents an room with an older very eccentric man who manages to live by escorting older rich ladies to dinner and events in order to live his life style at no cost to him, even though they live in horrible conditions. A very visual book. Anyway he teaches this young man how to be the extra man. A good read. Oh, and the young man is trying to figure out his sexuality.

4. At present reading: Black and Blue, by Anna Quindlen: Spousal Abuse is not usually my cup of tea, but when I started it, it is hard to put down. About a woman who hooks up with a group that rescues abused women when their life is in danger, and about her leaving all behind and starting over.

5. Next book on my stack is Cold Mountain.

So there you have it. Lots of reading going on this winter. Been reading the soft backs while I use my treadmill every morning (well almost every morning) Actually have different books for that. One there now is Silver City (something) Caught my attention because the setting is in NV back in late 1800's during the silver mining days. It is a rough book that holds my interest, a little smutty, so I stay on the treadmill longer. LOL!!

Was going to do a post about drivers that drive me crazy, but guess everyone deals with that. But its the ones that pull out in front of you, (when no one is behind you) then can't get their speed up to the speed limit for at least 2 miles. Mean while I had to drop my speed from 60 to 40 to keep from rear ending the duffas. Where is the courtesy? Oh, and frequently they do that then stay slow because they are turning off about a mile down the road, and have to almost come to a stop on the highway to make a right hand turn. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr......

Friday, January 11, 2008

Its Friday, What Can I Say??

My big brother sent this to me. Hope you enjoy it, and ain't it true? Well I suppose its true. Actually we all know HE is the expert in this department!
Sunny and a little warmer today. Sorry but I wish winter was over and done with, just don't do cold very well. Besides I can't wait to start doing flowerbeds at our new home. We sort of rushed to transfer some rose bushes and hostas last fall from the old house and some starts of favorite ground covers. But I have some ideas for a garden and several flower beds. We had little brother build a cute little porch on the front of the utility shed. We can pull the BBQ grill out onto the porch. Want to make plantings around the porch and do some kind of walkway to the back porch. Will have to do some pictures, before and after. Right now there is a huge pile of firewood in the way.
Oh, we love our fireplace, it is huge and has blowers, so it is saving alot of electricity for us. Besides we always prefer wood heat when we can. But it is so nice to put huge rounds of wood in and close the doors and watch the fire and feel the heat.
We ended up buying a new single bed to put at the farm house for either one of us to sleep on when we stay out there so I could get my bed brought into the new house. So now I actually have a bedroom. Have room in it for the treadmill, and have been pretty faithful on it. (Of course that was my New Years resolution)
Well I am just rattling on here. Not much to say really, just hanging in there. We are doing OK.
Now come on SPRING!