Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Answer to World Peace Is Spiritual Practice

(I have had the opportunity to participate in many yagyas and pujas - fire ceremonies - that help to cleanse karma and invoke healing at many different spiritual levels. This article by Yogi Cameron Alborzian reminds us all about the value of Spiritual Practice. - Lori)

[Huffington Post] Living part of the time in a small village in the forest in India, with a very powerful temple next door isn't something usual. The experiences I have on a daily basis by doing my spiritual practice there are also not very common. They are more profound on all levels because of my environment and having access to rituals that help elevate the mind to higher consciousness and broader states of meditation.
Sahasra Chandi is one of these rare powerful gatherings that catapult our spiritual consciousness into levels previously unknown -- helping the mind to ascend to higher levels of awareness. The ceremony is a combination of using heat and sound, performed through fire rituals and chanting of sacred mantras that create vibrations very conducive to elevating into the inner chamber of the soul where the origin of true knowledge exists. (Atma)
For thousands of years sages have been doing these rituals (Yagnas) to induce a state of consciousness so subtle that man could go beyond his limited mind and break through the sheaths that stand between him and his creator. Holy men perform this ritual to help man open a door that is usually locked within himself and to enable the earth to purify herself from all the pollution she has to endure.
When I am sitting in front of the homam performing Yagnas my body becomes so light and my mind so still that I am seeing the outer world but looking with my inner spiritual eye. There are no words to describe this kind of experience except lightness, mindlessness and spiritual harmony. The result is a feeling of no self-interest, service to all and a view of life as the most natural and beautiful expression of God through this body. In other words fear is non-existent as we are no longer in thought.
When sitting in such an environment with 150 holy men chanting the sacred verses of the Vedas, repeating them continuously thousands of times over 10 days, the energy created goes through all the chakras of the body and arrives at the crown of the head (sahasrara), to the point our gaze turns inwards and a universe beyond our grasp becomes known to us. As the scent of all the sandalwood, ghee and herbal medicines burning together enters our body and the atmosphere around us, an intoxication of the mind takes place and a purification of the land, all the way out into the universe. The vibrations of the sound and smell continue around the globe, bringing with it cleansing and bountiful gifts of healing. Read More

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Al Roker: Extreme Snow Storms Are Due To Climate Change

Sustainable agriculture — Plants without dirt? Sounds weird. But not to Tree of Life Organics

[Idaho State Journal] POCATELLO — Scott Richardson can grow organic strawberries in the dead of an Idaho winter — without dirt.
The Pocatello business man’s secret is the science of aquaponics.
Richardson, the founder of Tree of Life Organics, is starting construction on a 15-by-80 foot greenhouse in the Arbon Valley that will eventually be able to grow “whatever, whenever.” Come late spring, he aims to sell his first crop of organic strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes and herbs to local families and restaurants. After a year in operation, Richardson will be able to grow most fruits and vegetables regardless of the season.
“The goal is a sustainable Pocatello,” Richardson said.
The $80,000 system is entirely soil-less. Inside a greenhouse, plants dangle their roots into small rivers while tilapia fish swim below. The excrement from the fish fertilizes the plants while the plant roots clean the water for the fish. The whole operation is sunk about 8 feet into the earth where temperatures are controlled by natural geothermal, with a little help from a heating system on those especially cold winter nights. Any electricity will be provided by wind and solar systems, making the whole thing self-sustaining. 
An eight-month pilot project in Pocatello proved that the setup worked wonders on a small scale. Richardson was able to produce 500 heads of lettuce on 50 square feet using less than 10 percent of the water normally needed for farming. Now, he aims to expand.
“Our community has a lot of interest in sustainability,” Richardson said. “We want food that is more locally produced, we want to know where our food comes from.”
It’s community interest, rather than big bank lenders, that Richardson hopes will fuel the financing for the project. The Pocatello man needs to raise $120,000 to build what he is calling his Ag “Earthship Vertical Aquaponic Smartfarm” or EVAS in the Arbon Valley. More than $3,000 in startup costs have already been raised through an effort on IndieGoGo.com.
“We want this to belong to the community,” Richardson said.
The complex system was the brainchild of the insatiably curious former physics student. Read More