Archive for the ‘Pretty Words Not Mine’ Category

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Namaste

February 5, 2007

It’s more than just the signal that the brutal yoga class has finally ended. (You heard it there first? Me, too.) It’s the first word taught in Hindi, and argubly the most important. In a normal context this word is a respectful way of greeting someone. It is commonly accompanied by a slight bownamaste.jpg made with the hands pressed together, palms touching, in front of the chest.

In this context “Namaste” can be taken to mean any of these:

  • The Spirit in me meets the same Spirit in you.
  • I greet that place where you and I are one.
  • I salute the Light of life in you.
  • I receive the free spirit in you.
  • I recognize that within each of us is a place where peace dwells, and when we are in that place, we are One.
  • My energy salutes your energy.
  • The life in me sees and honors the life in you.
  • May the life within you be strong.
  • The light within me sees and honors the light within you.

In other words, it recognizes the equality of all, and pays honor to the sacredness and interconnection of all, as well as to the source of that interconnection. One hand represents the higher, spiritual nature, while the other represents the worldly self. By combining the two, the person making the gesture is attempting to rise above their differences with others, and connect themself to the person they bow to. The bow is a symbolic bow of love and respect. Cool. Namaste, friends.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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Bigger monkeys

January 5, 2007

When Video Games Meet Reality. Delhi, India— In what is obviously a sign of the apocalypse (or a reallymonkey1.jpg rad adventure game), over 5,000 rhesus monkeys have begun overrunning Delhi, India raiding the local police station, homes and even the subway in gangs looking for food.

Previously, the monkeys — considered sacred by most of the Hindu population — have been rounded up and sent to… we kid you not… monkey prison on the outskirts of the city. But locals have found what might be the ultimate and final solution to the gangs of monkeys and their cute, yet terrifying, midnight runs through homes and offices — bigger monkeys.

A number of small businesses have begun employing large, imposing langur monkeys to protect offices. With razor-sharp teeth and amazingly strong tails, the 40-pound primates terrify the smaller monkeys and have forced them to move to other areas.

So we salute you, Delhi, for bringing the video game fantasy of monkey vs. monkey — with man trapped in the middle — to life. -The Wizard Staff

Fantastic. (Thanks to D for finding this little gem late last night. :))

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Preach on, sister (and brother)

December 28, 2006

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“We can do no great things. Only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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Hope

December 14, 2006

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“Unlike beauty, hope is not found in things. Unlike faith, hope does not reside in the individual. As it turns out, hope is found only in other people. If it cannot be found there, it cannot be found. When hope is lost, we are all implicated.”

-Michael Antrobus