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magic number 49 [Jul. 15th, 2010|12:15 pm]
In antiquity number 7 was considered magical. Today there are many references to this number:
- 7 days in a week;
- 7 mortal sins (Christianity)
- 7 chakra;
- 7 divine rays;
- 7 bodies;

In numerology, 7x7, which is 49, has an even more profound effect. In Kabala 49 signifies number of steps in a ladder of spiritiual purification that lead to the top, step number 50. Think of step 50 as Judaic Enlightenment. Only Moses reached that level.

In Judaica, ascent on this ladder to Enlightenment is symbolically represented by 49 days of Omer - period between Passover & Shavuot, day when Jews received scroll of tora.
(FYI, "shavuot" in Hebrew means "weeks" - another reference to number 7.)

Christianity moved this period to earlier time, yet number of days was kept the same. It's a period of Lent.

Today I learnt that Buddhism also has such period:

In Buddhism this period culminates in holiday dedicated to "Turning of Wheel of Teaching" (of Shakyamuni buddha). Gautama had been silent for 49 days while attaining Enlightenment, and then he broke his silence by teaching the 4 noble truths.

By the way, recall that human body contains total of 49 chakra.

It all comes together...
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v poiskah chudesnogo... i ne tol'ko [Jul. 15th, 2010|09:54 am]
Interesting... total number of petals from 5 lower chakras <=> number of earthly influences a la Gurjiev.
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WOW !!! music of the sun [Jun. 21st, 2010|11:25 am]
in English:

in Russian:
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study of meaning [Jun. 1st, 2010|03:15 pm]
Several years ago I delved into a very young yet promising field called "psycholinguistics". This term is very broad, as it is trying to encompass two distinct complex areas of human development: acquisition of language and study of meaning.
The first area is a blend of child psychology and theoretical linguistics. Primary question is "How do we learn a new language?" So, naturally, scientists started studying how children acquire the first language and how it evolves into a cohesive mode of communication with the world.
The second area is a combination of semantics, perception, communication, and mostly computational linguistics. The easiest way to study such subject matter is to create an artificial language and have subjects interact in it; then study how subjects perceive information that was exchanged during communication and, based on findings, devise computational models that would explain the observations.
This field asks the question: "If I talk to my interlocutor, how do I know that he perceived my words exactly as I wanted to convey them to him?" This area of science has a lot of potential, and a myriad of discoveries are being made every year.
As children, unbeknownst to ourselves, we already touch on the study of meaning - when we play a game "broken telephone".

Psycholinguistics is a "social science sister" of neuroscience, which revolves primarily around neurobiology that tries to answer the same questions via physiological and anatomical aspects. Thus, in neuroscience "child psychology" is replaced with "behavioural psychology" et al.

Well, little did I know that Gurjiev has already answered most of the questions in "study of meaning" portion of psycholinguistics. Read P.D.Uspenskiy's "In search of the miraculous" (chapter 4).
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(no subject) [May. 26th, 2010|10:44 am]
I finished "reading" Coelho's "Alchemist" today. Wow, what a book!

I literally cried when "the boy" was learning to turn into the wind of the desert...
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Concept of creation [May. 25th, 2010|10:44 am]
I was listening to "Alchemist" audio-book in the morning today.
Santiago ("the boy", protagonist) meditated in the desert just outside the oasis, and he saw 2 hawks flying above his head. Then he had a vision of an army approaching the oasis (invasion of osais is completely against traditions of the desert and was therefore unthinkable). His vision materialized the next day - that was the day when the boy met the Alchemist.
I started contemplating on this episode... I don't quite remember how notion of creation got into my head. I recalled story of creation from Kabala and that I couldn't understand it when reading it awhile ago. Kabala says that in order to create the world, God Almighty/Omnipresent/Absolute separated a small part from himself, and from that part he created the world. I couldn't understand this story. It made little sense to me - why not just create the world from his entire self? If he is omnipresent in the world now, why separate some part from himself just to fill it with his self again later (after creation)?

Today in the morning I had another "satori moment". I believe I understand now Kabalistic story of creation.

It's had to express in words. My revelation is more emotional than intellectual.
In essence, creation is division. I previously perceived division only in terms of quantity. (I.e., you have to have something concrete to divide.) Even principle of duality (same quantity but opposite quality) still falls under the same principle of division of concrete entities. Creation, however, is division from nothing. That's the second kind of division. In order to divide something, this something needs to exist. In realm of Nothingness (in Kabala God is called "Endlessness"), nothing exists. Existence is crystallization, or, assignment of form. The form doesn't have to be concrete, but it has to be conceived and then perceived.
For example, first human race - they didn't have concrete physical bodies, but they existed. So they had some concrete, but not necessarily physical, form. But form limits perception, even perception of the form itself.
Consider this: the first time you saw an apple. What did you perceive? I perceived a more-or-less spherical object surrounded with a "shell". But I didn't know anything about the inside of the apple. I thought that the only way to understand what's inside is to cut the apple. Then I could see the pulp, juicy parts and seeds. But by cutting the apple, I removed part of it, inadvertedly. This means that when I perceived all parts of the apple, it wasn't an integral object anymore - its complete essence was altered.
The same idea holds for our categorical thinking and symbols (languages, writing, etc.). Once we assign a symbol or a value to some idea, this idea becomes incomplete. Our perception then determines the limit of understanding of the idea. How many of us can understand true nature of all phenomena in life without using symbols, concepts or words? Not many... but this is the only way to perceive true essence of each phenomenon.

One thing about Nothingness. Russian physicist a few years ago discovered that vacuum actually contains strong currents of energy. He managed to detect and compute those energy currents. His research led to realization that even vacuum (concept of "nothing" in physics) is "alive" with some activity. Thus, nothing is truly "nothing". So, when Kabala talks about "nothingness", it really refers to "endlessness", or, God.

So, here is the issue. In order to create the world, it had to be conceived; therefore, it had to be separated from "Field of nothingness". "Field of nothingness" is God; and only God existed at the time of separation. Therefore, God divided his self into 2 parts. That's what Kabala is talking about.

P.S.: "Kabala" is usually spelled differently in English texts. More common versions are "Kabbalah", "Cabalah", etc. However, I intentionally write only "Kabala" in attempt to keep translation as close to original Hebrew word as possible. "h" is written in Hebrew but not pronounced, so the word I use is a phonetic equivalent.
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Integral yoga [May. 21st, 2010|05:01 pm]
Its essence:
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Наслаждайтесь своим кофе! [May. 21st, 2010|03:58 pm]
Группа выпускников, успешных,сделавших замечательную карьеру, пришли
в гости к своему старому профессору. Конечно же, вскоре разговор зашел о
работе - выпускники жаловались на многочисленные трудности и жизненные
проблемы. Предложив своим гостям кофе, профессор пошел на кухню и
вернулся с кофейником и подносом, уставленным самыми разными чашками -
фарфоровыми, стеклянными, пластиковыми, хрустальными и простыми, и
дорогими, и изысканными.
Когда выпускники разобрали чашки, профессор сказал: "Если вы заметили,
все дорогие чашки разобраны. Никто не выбрал чашки простые и дешевые.
Желание иметь для себя только лучшее и есть источник ваших проблем.
Поймите, что чашка сама по себе не делает кофе лучше. Иногда она просто
дороже, а иногда даже скрывает то, что мы пьем. То, что вы действительно
хотели, было - кофе, а не чашка. Но вы сознательно выбрали лучшие чашки. А
затем разглядывали, кому какая чашка досталась. А теперь подумайте:
жизнь - это кофе, а работа, деньги, положение, общество - это чашки. Это
всего лишь инструменты для хранения Жизни. То, какую чашку мы имеем, не
определяет и не меняет качества нашей Жизни. Иногда, концентрируясь только
на чашке, мы забываем насладиться вкусом самого кофе.
Наслаждайтесь своим кофе!!!!!!!!!"
У самых счастливых людей нет всего лучшего. Но они извлекают все
лучшее из того, что есть.
Счастье в том, чтобы хотеть то, что у тебя есть. А не в том, чтобы иметь то,
что хочешь.
Жизнь коротка!
Нарушай правила!
Прощай быстро!
Целуй медленно!
Люби искренно!
Смейся неудержимо!
И никогда не сожалей о том, что заставило тебя улыбнуться.
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First successful attempt to create life in laboratory [May. 21st, 2010|12:58 pm]
Today's announcement rocked the scientific world: life was created from synthesized DNA.

This is one of the biggest events in recent history.

When reading about it, I recalled Zacharia Sitchin who claimed that, according to Sumer cuneiforms which he was deciphering, homo sapiens-sapiens (as a species) was developed 'in the lab' by advanced civilization of 'aliens'. Those 'aliens' used what we understand today as genetic engineering to 'breathe life into' an earlier hominid species. After many unsuccessful attempts, roughly 200 thousand years ago 'home sapiens-sapiens' was successfully 'synthesized' using X chromosome from 'alien' female and Y chromosome from male of earlier hominid species.

Sitchin may be wrong, but at least his idea is very innovative and deserve serious consideration especially after today's announcement.

By the way, recall "Old testament" saying that Adam was created by "breathing life" into mud (more accurate translation is actually soil or earth). Kabala devotes a lot of time to this story, because this 'creation' should not be interpreted literally. When referring to 'breath', bible uses Hebrew word 'ruakh', which has physical meaning of 'wind' and spiritual meaning 'divine breath'. Hebrew word for 'soil' is 'adama', just one letter short of name that was given to first human - 'Adam'.
Hebrew is written only with consonants, and Kabala is based on numerology; therefore, choice of words is extremely important and notion of coincidence in kabalistic texts tends to zero.

Food for thought.
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Shavuot [May. 19th, 2010|12:00 pm]
"Shavuot" is Hebrew for "weeks". This is one of the main annual holidays, and it symbolizes spiritual enlightenment. It is conceived as the 50'th step of the ladder, which each of us starts ascending after "Pesakh" ("Passover") - one step per day. After Passover we are supposed to elevate in our consciousness to "supreme revelation". Meaning of Christian Lent is very similar to this concept.
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