Friday, July 29, 2016

Jerry Waxman - We are star stuff

There is a fundamental reason why we look at the sky
with wonder and longing—for the same reason that we stand,
hour after hour, gazing at the distant swell of the open ocean.
There is something like an ancient wisdom,
encoded and tucked away in our DNA,
that knows its point of origin as surely as a salmonid knows its creek. 
Intellectually, we may not want to return there,
but the genes know, and long for their origins—
their home in the salty depths.
But if the seas are our immediate source,
the penultimate source is certainly the heavens…
The spectacular truth is—and this is something
that your DNA has known all along—
the very atoms of your body—
the iron, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and on and on
—were initially forged in long-dead stars.
This is why, when you stand outside under a moonless,
country sky, you feel some ineffable tugging at your innards.
We are star stuff. Keep looking up.

Jerry Waxman, a distinguished and enormously popular professor of astronomy and environmental science. From his book, Astronomical Tidbits

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Mind Of Krishnamurti

So, when the mind is still, not made still by self-discipline, control, by greed to experience something which is not of the mind, when the mind is really still, then you will find that there comes a state which brings a revolution in our outlook, in our attitude. This revolution is not brought about by the mind , but by something else. For this revolution to take place, the mind must be quiet; it must be literally as nothing, stripped, empty; and I assure you, it is not an easy job. That emptiness is not a state of daydreaming; you cannot get it by merely sitting still for ten hours or twenty four hours of the day and trying to hold on to something. It can come only when the mind has understood its own processes, the conscious as well as the unconscious- which means one must be everlastingly aware. And the difficulty for most of us is inertia. That is another problem which we will go into now. But the moment we begin to inquire and see the importance of change, we must go into all this. That means we must be willing to strip ourselves of everything to find the other, and once we have even a slight glimmering of the other, which is not of the mind, then that will operate. That is the only revolution, that is the only thing that can give us hope, that can put an end to wars .

- J.Krishnamurti( Collected works, Vol-7, Ojai, 1952)

Francis Lucille - Science and nonduality

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rumi - Smiling at myself

 “I am smiling at myself today
There's no wish left in this heart
Or perhaps there is no heart left
Free from all desire
I sit quietly like Earth
My silent cry echoes like thunder
Throughout the universe
I am not worried about it
I know it will be heard by no one
Except me.”