Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring Equinox: Worm Super Moon (video)

ShantiUniverse, March 20, 2019; Pat Macpherson, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Full Worm Super Moon Happening on Spring Equinox
This super moon is happening on the Spring Equinox. According to folklore tonight's full moon has a special name, the Worm Moon. It signals the coming of northern spring, a thawing earth, and the first stirrings of earthworms in long-dormant gardens. Step outside tonight and behold the awakening landscape. Source: 

Alan Watts: Religion isn't path to know God via Listen&Study, March 9, 2017; Crystal Q., Wisdom Quarterly

Happy New Year (Nowruz)!

Farhang Foundation, March 12, 2017: Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Los Angeles celebrates a record-breaking Nowruz
Over 25,000 visitors joined the 2017 annual celebration of Nowruz on March 12, 2017 at the celebration's new home at UCLA. This turnout made it the largest celebration of Nowruz in the United States and perhaps the world.

(Nauruz is the ancient spring/New Year's Day of formerly-Buddhist Afghanistan (which became Greco-Buddhism in and around Bactria), formerly Zoroastrian Persia/Iran, and other Central Asian and geo-politically "Middle Eastern" countries).
Bodhisattva (Buddha-to-be)
  • Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who became "the Buddha" (the Awakened One) as an adult -- his mother being from Iran (Balochistan), according to historian Dr. Ranajit Pal -- grew up in Shakya Land (Scythia) with three seasonal capitals in accord with the weather, one of which was Kapilavastu (in or around Kabul), another in Bamiyan, and a third in or around Mes Aynak, all in modern Afghanistan, next to formerly-Buddhist Pakistan, which until Partition in 1948 was NW India.
Thanks to all the artists who helped make this celebration so special, including Mohsen Namjoo, Sussan Deyhim, Arash Sobhani, Parisa Daneshvar, Ziba Shirazi, Mehrdad Arabi, Negar Estakhr, Anna Djanbazian, Robyn Friend, the FIRUZE Dance Company, and DJ Arin. Special thanks to Events By Shideh and Shideh Shahraies for her amazing Haft Sin and continued collaboration on this and every Nowruz celebration! Future celebrations return to UCLA.

Programming: step out of the Matrix (video)

Ian R Crane, March 23, 2014; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly

Exposing human programming: stepping out of the Matrix
Groomed to becoming consumers, we become unwitting yet still willing slaves to the temple of global corporatism, an agenda that serves to suppress our "true" selves, preventing us from realizing who we are and keeping us from achieving our full potential.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Who's eating our cousins the Bonobos?

Terese Hart, (National Geo, Oct. 14, 2012; Wisdom Quarterly

A dehydrated and stressed baby bonobo that was abandoned in the sun outside the kitchen where his mother is being grilled and devoured. How can anyone justify doing this to a great ape that is 99.6% us? This mother and child had a life living free in the wild until she was shot by poachers (Terese Hart/
Why are We Eating Bonobos? Can We Save Africa’s Vast Wildernesses from Destruction?
Bonobo in "heavenly sleep" (Terese Hart)
Baby bonobo orphans are pouring into primate sanctuaries across central Africa as thousands of adults are being killed, smoked, and bundled with monkeys, pangolins, small antelope, and bush pigs for sale in distant "bushmeat" markets.

We are about to reach a tipping point in Africa beyond which it is going to be very hard to save the last populations of Africa’s most enigmatic species like the bonobo, mountain gorilla, lion, wild dog, giraffe, rhino, elephant, and cheetah.

Years of civil war, unrest, and corruption have broken the link for many people who now live in cities and have evolved a new belief system, together with their new consumption habits. Bonobo populations have declined significantly due to the bushmeat trade in recent years.

People are now eating them, so we need to look at what this represents in regard to our future in Africa. Ongoing anti-poaching efforts in source countries have yielded many successes, and many more people are trying to keep bonobos and other wildlife safe within protected areas. Forests and river basins are too vast, while  resources and staff are too few for enforcement of new laws to be effective in slowing the erosion of Africa’s natural heritage.

We are just years away from that terrible morning when we all open our eyes and realize that we did not do enough when we could have and that now there was nothing left to save or do. As of today, we still have something to save and we had better get out there... More

Insight Los Angeles, East/West (meditation); Wisdom Quarterly

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