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Matias de Stefano Presents “The Keys of Ater Tumti” (Part 2/3): Transcript, First Part

27 Feb

Matias de Stefano Presents “The Keys of Ater Tumti” (Part 2/3): Transcript, First Part.

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Reflections on Synchronicity.

27 Feb

Reflections on Synchronicity..

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Imagine Your Mind- My Personal Koan

27 Feb

Imagine Your Mind- My Personal Koan.

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The Fireballs of February – NASA Science

22 Feb

The Fireballs of February – NASA Science.

38 Ways To Win An Argument

22 Feb
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Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), was a brilliant German philosopher. These 38 Stratagems are excerpts from “The Art of Controversy“, first translated into English and published in 1896.

Schopenhauer’s 38 ways to win an argument are:



Carry your opponent’s proposition beyond its natural limits; exaggerate it. The more general your opponent’s statement becomes, the more objections you can find against it. The more restricted and narrow his or her propositions remain, the easier they are to defend by him or her.



Use different meanings of your opponent’s words to refute his or her argument.



Ignore your opponent’s proposition, which was intended to refer to a particular thing. Rather, understand it in some quite different sense, and then refute it. Attack something different than that which was asserted.



Hide your conclusion from your opponent till the end. Mingle your premises here and there in your talk. Get your opponent to agree to them in no definite order. By this circuitious route you conceal your game until you have obtained all the admissions that are necessary to reach your goal.



Use your opponent’s beliefs against him. If the opponent refuses to accept your premises, use his own premises to your advantage.



Another plan is to confuse the issue by changing your opponent’s words or what he or she seeks to prove.



State your proposition and show the truth of it by asking the opponent many questions. By asking many wide-reaching questions at once, you may hide what you want to get admitted. Then you quickly propound the argument resulting from the opponent’s admissions.



Make your opponent angry. An angry person is less capable of using judgement or perceiving where his or her advantage lies.



Use your opponent’s answers to your questions to reach different or even opposite conclusions.




If your opponent answers all your questions negatively and refuses to grant any points, ask him or her to concede the opposite of your premises. This may confuse the opponent as to which point you actually seek them to concede.



If the opponent grants you the truth of some of your premises, refrain from asking him or her to agree to your conclusion. Later, introduce your conclusion as a settled and admitted fact. Your opponent may come to believe that your conclusion was admitted.



If the argument turns upon general ideas with no particular names, you must use language or a metaphor that is favorable in your proposition.



To make your opponent accept a proposition, you must give him or her an opposite, counter-proposition as well. If the contrast is glaring, the opponent will accept your proposition to avoid being paradoxical.



Try to bluff your opponent. If he or she has answered several of your questions without the answers turning out in favor of your conclusion, advance your conclusion triumphantly, even if it does not follow. If your opponent is shy or stupid, and you yourself possess a great deal of impudence and a good voice, the trick may easily succeed.



If you wish to advance a proposition that is difficult to prove, put it aside for the moment. Instead, submit for your opponent’s acceptance or rejection some true poposition, as thoug you wished to draw your proof from it. Should the opponent reject it because he or she suspects a trick, you can obtain your triumph by showing how absurd the opponent is to reject a true proposition. Should the opponent accept it, you now have reason on your own for the moment. You can either try to prove your original proposition or maintain that your original proposition is proved by what the opponent accepted. For this, an extreme degree of impudence is required.



When your opponent puts forth a proposition, find it inconsistent with his or her other statements, beliefs, actions, or lack of action.



If your opponent presses you with a counter proof, you will often be able to save yourself by advancing some subtle distinction. Try to find a second meaning or an ambiguous sense for your opponent’s idea.




If your opponent has taken up a line of argument that will end in your defeat, you must not allow him or her to carry it to its conclusion. Interrupt the dispute, break it off altogether, or lead the opponent to a different subject.



Should your opponent expressly challenge you to produce any objection to some definite point in his or her argument, and you have nothing much to say, try to make the argument less specific.



If your opponent has admitted to all or most of your premises, do not ask him or her directly to accept your conclusion. Rather draw the conclusion yourself as if it too had been admitted.



When your opponent uses an argument that is superficial, refute it by setting forth its superficial character. But it is better to meet the opponent with a counter argument that is just as superficial, and so dispose of him or her. For it is with victory that your are concerned, and not with truth.



If your opponent asks you to admit something from which the point in dispute will immediately follow, you must refuse to do so, declaring that it begs the question.



Contradiction and contention irritate a person into exaggerating his or her statements. By contractiong your opponent you may drive him or her into extending the statement beyond its natural limit. When you then contradict the exaggerated form of it, you look as though you had refuted the orginal statement your opponent tries to extend your own statement further than you intended, redefine your statement’s limits.



This trick consists in stating a false syllogism. Your opponent makes a proposition and by false inference and distortion of his or her ideas you force from the proposition other propositions that are not intended and that appear absurd. It then appears the opponent’s proposition gave rise to these inconsistencies, and so appears to be indirectly refuted.



If your opponent is making a generalization, find an instance to the contrary. Only one valid contradiciton is needed to overthrow the opponent’s proposition.




A brilliant move is to turn the tables and use your opponent’s arguments against him or herself.



Should your opponent surprise you by becoming particularly angry at an argument, you must urge it with all the more zeal. Not only will this make the opponent angry, it may be presumed that you put your finger on the weak side of his or her case, and that the opponent is more open to attack on this point than you expected.



This trick is chiefly practicable in a dispute if there is an audience who is not an expert on the subject. You make an invalid objection to your opponent who seems to be defeated in the eyes of the audience. This strategy is particularly effective if your objection makes the opponent look ridiculous or if the audience laughs. If the opponent must make a long, complicated explanation to correct you, the audience will not be disposed to listen.



If you find that you are being beaten, you can create a diversion that is, you can suddenly begin to talk of something else, as though it had bearing on the matter in dispose. This may be done without presumption if the diversion has some general bearing on the matter.



Make an appeal to authority rather than reason. If your opponent respects an authority or an expert, quote that authority to further your case. If needed, quote what the authority said in some other sense or circumstance. Authorities that your opponent fails to understand are those which he or she generally admires the most. You may also, should it be necessary, not only twist your authorities, but actually falsify them, or quote something that you have invented entirely yourself.



If you know that you have no reply to an argument that your opponent advances, you may, by a fine stroke of irony, declare yourself to be an incompetent judge.



A quick way of getting rid of an opponent’s assertion, or throwing suspicion on it, is by putting it into some odious category.



You admit your opponent’s premises but deny the conclusion.



When you state a question or an argument, and your opponent gives you no direct answer, or evades it with a counter question, or tries to


change the subject, it is a sure sign you have touched a weak spot, sometimes without knowing it. You have as it were, reduced the opponent to silence. You must, therefore, urge the point all the more, and not let your opponent evade it, even when you do not know where the weakness that you have hit upon really lies.



This trick makes all unnecessary if it works. Instead of working on an opponent’s intellect, work on his or her motive. If you succeed in making your opponent’s opinion, should it prove true, seem distinctly to his or her own interest, the opponenent will drop it like a hot potato.



You may also puzzle and bewilder your opponent by mere bombast. If the opponent is weak or does not wish to appear as ife he or she has no idea what you are talking about, you can easily impose upon him or her some argument that sounds very deep or learned, or that sounds indisputable.



Should your opponent be in the right but, luckily for you, choose a faulty proof, you can easily refute it and then claim that you have refuted the whole position. This is the way which bad advocates lose a good case. If no accurate proof occurs to the opponent or the bystanders, you have won the day.



A last trick is to become personal, insulting and rude as soon as you perceive that your opponent has the upper hand. In becoming personal you leave the subject altogether, and turn your attack on the person by remarks of an offensive and spiteful character. This is a very popular trick, because everyone is able to carry it into effect.

(abstracted from the book:Numerical Lists You Never Knew or Once Knew and Probably Forget, by: John Boswell and Dan Starer)

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22 Feb

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Neuroscience Sheds New Light on Creativity – Rewiring the Creative Mind | Fast Company – StumbleUpon

22 Feb

Neuroscience Sheds New Light on Creativity – Rewiring the Creative Mind | Fast Company – StumbleUpon.

RSOE EDIS – Avalanche in USA on Monday, 20 February, 2012 at 03:45 (03:45 AM) UTC. EDIS CODE: AV-20120220-34238-USA

20 Feb

RSOE EDIS – Avalanche in USA on Monday, 20 February, 2012 at 03:45 (03:45 AM) UTC. EDIS CODE: AV-20120220-34238-USA.

The Heart Sutra

10 Feb
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bō  rě  bō  luó mì duō xīn jīng

guān zì zài pú sà,  xíng shēn bō  rě  bō  luó mì duō shí,  zhào jiàn wǔ yùn jiē kōng,
观  自 在 菩 萨,  行   深   般  若  波 罗  蜜  多  时,   照   见  五  蕴  皆  空,
dù  yī  qiē  kǔ   è      shě  lì  zǐ      sè   bù  yì kōng, kōng  bù yì  sè,
度 一  切 苦  厄。 舍 利 子,  色  不  异  空,    空    不 异 色,
sè  jí  shì kōng, kōng jí  shì sè.    shòu xiǎng xíng shí, yì  fù   rú shì.
色 即 是  空,    空   即 是 色。  受    想    行   识,  亦 复 如 是。
shě   lì  zǐ,  shì zhū  fǎ kōng xiāng, bù shēng bù miè, bù gòu bù jìng,
舍  利 子, 是  诸  法   空    相,   不   生    不 灭,  不  垢  不  净,
bù zēng bù jiǎn, shì gù kōng zhōng wú sè, wú shòu xiǎng xíng shí, wú yǎn ěr bí shé shēn  yì,
不  增   不 减,  是  故   空     中   无  色, 无   受    想    行   识,  无  眼 耳 鼻 舌   身  意,
wú sè shēng xiāng wèi chù fǎ, wú  yǎn  jiè,  nǎi zhì wú yì shí jiè,
无  色   声    香    味   触 法, 无  眼   界, 乃  至 无 意 识 界,
wú wú míng, yì  wú wú míng jìn, nǎi zhì wú  lǎo  sǐ,  yì wú lǎo sǐ  jìn.
无  无   明,   亦 无  无   明   尽,  乃  至 无  老  死, 亦 无 老 死 尽。
wú  kǔ  jí  miè dào, wú zhì yì wú dé, yǐ wú suǒ dé gù.
无  苦 集  灭  道,  无 智 亦 无 得, 以  无 所 得 故。
pú tí sà duǒ,  yī  bō  rě   bō luó  mì duō gù, xīn wú  guà  ài. wú guà ài gù,
菩 提 萨 埵, 依 般 若  波  罗  蜜  多  故, 心  无   挂 碍. 无  挂 碍 故,
wú yǒu kǒng bù, yuǎn lí diān dǎo mèng xiǎng, jiū jìng niè pān.
无  有    恐   怖,  远  离 颠   倒   梦      想,   究  竟  涅  槃。
sān shì  zhū fó, yī  bō  rě  bō luó mì duō gù, dé  ā  nuò duō luó sān miǎo sān pú tí.
三  世   诸 佛, 依 般 若 波  罗 蜜  多 故, 得 阿  耨  多   罗 三   藐   三  菩 提。
gù  zhī bō  rě   bō  luó mì duō, shì dà shén zhòu, shì dà míng zhòu,
故  知 般  若 波  罗  蜜  多, 是  大  神    咒,   是 大   明    咒,
shì wú shàng zhòu, shì wú děng děng zhòu. néng chú  yī  qiē kǔ, zhēn shí  bù  xū.
是  无    上     咒,   是 无   等    等     咒。   能   除  一  切 苦,  真  实  不  虚。

gù shuō bō rě  bō luó  mì duō zhòu. jí shuō zhòu yuē:
故  说   般 若 波 罗  蜜  多   咒。 即 说   咒    曰:
jiē  dì  jiē  dì,  bō  luó  jiē  dì,  bō  luó sēng jiē  dì,  pú tí  sà  pó hē
揭 谛 揭 谛, 波  罗  揭 谛, 波  罗   僧  揭 谛,  菩提 萨 婆 诃。


bō  rě  bō  luó mì duō xīn jīng




Heart Sutra


When Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Prajna Paramita, he illuminated the Five Skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.


Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. So too are feeling, cognition, formation, and consciousness.


Shariputra, all Dharmas are empty of characteristics. They are not produced, not destroyed, not defiled, not pure; and they neither increase nor diminish. Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, cognition, formation, or consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no sights, sounds, smells, tastes, objects of touch, or Dharmas; no field of the eyes up to and including no field of mind consciousness; and no ignorance or ending of ignorance, up to and including no old age and death or ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no accumulating, no extinction, and no Way, and no understanding and no attaining.


Because nothing is attained, the Bodhisattva through reliance on Prajna Paramita is unimpeded in his mind. Because there is no impediment, he is not afraid, and he leaves distorted dream-thinking far behind. Ultimately Nirvana! All Buddhas of the three periods of time attain Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi through reliance on Prajna Paramita. Therefore know that Prajna Paramita is a Great Spiritual Mantra, a Great Bright Mantra, a Supreme Mantra, an Unequalled Mantra. It can remove all suffering; it is genuine and not false. That is why the Mantra of Prajna Paramita was spoken. Recite it like this:

Gate Gate  Paragate  Parasamgate  Bodhi Svaha!


10 Feb
18th century rendition of a guardian angel.

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Parade Magazine is a weekly publication that is delivered in the USA to a very large number of families every week with their Sunday newspaper. On January 5th, 1986, this magazine published an article titled THE BEST AND WORST OF EVERYTHING. The article was a review of the year 1985. Within that article, under the heading Best International News was the following report:

Six Soviet cosmonauts said they witnessed the most awe-inspiring spectacle ever encountered in space – a band of glowing angels with wings as big as jumbo jets. According to “Weekly World News“, cosmonauts Vladimir Solevev, Oleg Atkov and Leonid Kizim said they first saw the celestial beings last July (July, 1985), during their 155th day aboard the orbiting “Salyut 7” space station. “What we saw”, they said, “were seven giant figures in the form of humans, but with wings and mistlike halos, as in the classic depiction of angels. Their faces were round with cherubic smiles.” Twelve days later, the figures returned and were seen by three other Soviet scientists, including woman cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya. “They were smiling”, she said, “as though they shared in a glorious secret.”

It is indeed sad that such a wonderful event was not in the headlines of the news in every newspaper around the world. Was it absent from the headlines of the world because we, the people of the world have become so cynical? Perhaps it was because the Angels were seen only by Soviet Cosmonauts and no one at that time wanted to give the Soviets credit for being the ones chosen to see such an important event. Perhaps the news media felt that no one would believe it and that they would be ridiculed for printing the story. If any one or more of those possible reasons are correct, then it is a sad commentary on our times.

There are Angels, of course. They exist as beings on a higher level plane (higher frequency) than the physical plane on which we live. There are a number of levels of Angelic existence, including Angels, Arch-Angels, Cherubim and Seraphim. We now are seeing them represented almost everywhere. Beings of a Spiritual nature have been written about in literature for many years. As an example of a similar phenomenon, beginning for the most part, in the decade of the sixties (but also in subsequent years), we began to see many depictions of the Unicorn. This was brought about partly because of the changeover from one Age (Pisces) to another (Aquarius) and the closeness in time of events that were then a number of years away, but were related to the changeover, as certain cycles began to close and others began to open. As time passed, these events were to accompany that changeover as it took place. There are also other factors that were involved (karmic, et al), and some of those events have now already begun and are, of course, affecting the entire planet. Returning, however, to the subject of the phenomenon we were discussing, it might also be interesting to note that The Unicorn is considered by some to be a symbolic representation of the Universal Christ.


As previously stated, more recently, there has been a great interest in Angels, accompanying an increase in depictions of Angelic Beings, both in pictures and figurines as well as other media, just as it was for Unicorns. These things are happening as another important sign of the times. They are inspired by Higher Positive Forces to help prepare our planet and those of us who live on it for the changes to our world which have been touched upon in other writings at this website. These changes, as you know, have already begun.

It is very likely that you have heard the term Guardian Angel in reference to Spiritual Beings whose work is to watch over and protect human beings. There have also been numerous references to them in the literature of the world. There is a beautiful song about Guardian Angels that was sung by Mario Lanza on an album of Christmas songs that he recorded. That is only one example of many. Perhaps you can think of others. Some people believe that the term Guardian Angels came from the fact that we all have two Spirit Guides, one at each shoulder, to guide us as They see need. This, of course, does not exclude their guiding us in such a way as to protect us from danger also. Because of this, some persons believe that these Beings may have been the origin for the name Guardian Angels (although, in the author’s experience, these particular Spirit Guides are actually unseen Ascended Masters rather than Angels) while others believe that the Guardian Angels are separate and distinct from the two Guides at our shoulders. Knowing which point of view is correct is not nearly as important as the knowledge that we are watched over by Higher Positive Forces. Of course, this does not mean that harm will never come to us. There are things that we (at a higher level) choose to endure in order to learn (at the conscious, physical level) the associated lessons. These Higher Forces will not interfere with those decisions made at that level.

As earlier indicated, there have been a number of relatively recent depictions of Angels in literature and other art forms, including television and motion pictures. One that has become very popular is the motion picture It’s A Wonderful Life. In another film, one of the more beautiful scenes depicting an Angel was near the end of the motion picture Date With An Angel when the Angel swooped down in a burst of brilliant white light to protect Her Charge, a young man who was being put upon by the other characters in the film. The television series Highway To Heaven told a number of beautiful and inspiring stories about an Angel doing work on Earth, and one of the more recent television series Touched By An Angel told a number of such stories also. If Angels can actually appear in human form, perhaps we should all take care; we may be entertaining Angels unawares.

When you were reading, at the beginning of this essay, the article from Parade Magazine quoted herein, did you then wonder or have you since wondered about the glorious secret that the Angels knew that caused them to smile as they did? The impression received by the cosmonaut that the Angels shared a glorious secret was not by accident. Such an important idea would not be left to chance by Beings who showed themselves for a very important purpose. They wanted to be seen so the people of the Earth would know that all is well in the world (or plane) of Spiritual Beings, that God is alive and well, thank you (if there were any here who might have had their doubts about that fact), and finally, in case we didn’t get the message from the motion picture 2010, “Something is going to happen; something wonderful” that we of this planet will not want to miss. The author has written, in other essays at this website, about The Light At the End of the Tunnel. A more than significant part of what constitutes that Light is the presence (and the future benefits of the Work) of the Universal Christ, in a state of Oneness with the young person who is to become recognized as the Master of the Aquarian Age, now living and maturing on this planet while preparing for the Work that lies ahead for this very special Person. Work which will lay the future Spiritual Foundation for the people of this planet. Work that will help the people of this planet change their personal priorities from those of seeking and holding wealth, power and material things, to focus instead on the real importance that God deserves in our lives and to focus also on bringing about, at all levels, a state of international Brotherhood and Sisterhood among humankind, where the well-being of our brothers and sisters, our fellow human beings, takes priority over the acquisition of wealth and power. Do you suppose that any one or more of these things just might be part of the “glorious secret” that the Angels shared? You know, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised! In fact, knowledge of the presence of the Universal Christ, once more in human form on our planet, would be enough to make me smile too! How about you?


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