March 24, 2018

Russian Avos'

The Russian avos' describes a type of philosophy, behavior or attitude, of a person who ignores possible problems or hassles and at the same time expects or hopes for no negative results or consequences...well, that is being hopeful isn’t it?...sounds like a lot of people I know and they have no idea what avos’ is...I suppose it is similar to hearing a noise in your car engine and turning up the radio loud enough so you can’t hear it is an attitude that treats life as being unpredictable (which it can certainly be) and has the philosophy that the best one can do is count on good fortune...which isn’t always reliable...some claim it is a good philosophy to have while others do not think it is..."avos" is close in meaning to "hopefully" or "maybe" when talking of something that is hoped for but uncertain...when it is used as a noun, "avos" means something similar to "hit or miss", or "hope against hope"...the attitude of ‘avos’ is believed by many to be intrinsic to Russian character... just as is the notion of "sud'ba" which roughly translated means destiny of certainly sounds like the attitude a ‘happy-go-lucky’ person would have...some say that it’s a way out of taking responsibility for things and instead just placing everything that happens on the luck of the draw so to’s relying on fate to decide the outcomes of all things...and who’s to say that is wrong?...maybe all our planning and hard thought out ideas are all’s already all written in the stars so to speak, and even though we can make a million decisions or more in our lifetime, things will always end up decided by fate...and if fate is in charge, why worry about things for they will happen or not happen in accordance with our modern times, the term ‘avos’ is rarely used and the philosophy is not as widespread as it was once.

March 22, 2018

Nazca Lines

We previously spoke of the mythical island of Atlantis, but the mysterious Nazca lines that can be found in Peru are very real…these lines are a series of large ancient geoglyphs that are found in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru…some of these enormous geoglyphs in the arid coastal region of Peru depict things such as spiders, a condor, plants and other assorted figures…it is thought that they date back to about 500 B.C…so long ago...they are best viewed by air, but they can be seen from ground level…no one knows exactly why the prehistoric Nazca culture went through such tremendous work to construct the geoglyphs if it was them who created this wonder…speculation is that they may have had some kind of a ritual role in their civilization or that they were linked up to constellations in the sky…some have even ventured to guess that they were a way of communicating with aliens and gave some kind of message to them…llamas, jaguars, human figures…what were their purpose?...why all the effort to make these geoglyphs?... there’s no secret as to how the designs were made…the designs are merely shallow lines that were made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and thus uncovering the whitish/grayish ground beneath…but by who? advanced civilization, or maybe extraterrestrials?...all kind of theories abound, but no one knows for because of its isolation and the dry, windless, and relatively stable climate of the plateau where they are, for the most part, the lines have mostly been naturally preserved for maybe thousands of years...maybe signaling something...but what, and to who?… in recent years however, the lines are said to have been deteriorating because of an influx of people inhabiting the lands…there are some people who are trying to preserve the Nazca Lines…the biggest concern is pollution and erosion which has come from deforestation in the region.

March 20, 2018

Yoga (Discovering the Self)

Yoga is in its purest form, is a religious philosophy that originated in India many thousands of years ago and of course continues to be practiced advocates the use of various physical and psycho-spiritual techniques to lead a person to higher therefore it can be said that the purpose of yoga is spiritual development practices that are used to train the body and the mind to learn to self observe and become aware of their own nature…. yoga is designed to cultivate discernment, awareness, self-regulation and a higher consciousness within the India and other places, it is taken quite seriously...on that level, it’s a bit different than those going to a yoga class, stretching, and then stopping at Panera for soup and a sandwich afterwards...although, I’m sure there are those who do pursue a higher goal...there are many different forms of yoga that are practiced...most of these, at least in the western world in the heart of suburbia, often promote relaxation, stress reduction, and even is sometimes promoted as providing medical benefits as well...and pass on religious philosophies and historical data...although many benefit from the exercises, some injuries do occur and some people would be advised to skip trying to do sitting down in a chair...well, most will say that really isn’t yoga, but at least it is something...those who seek more than a good stretch see yoga as a meditative means of discovering incorrect also is seen as a release from suffering and promoting inner can raise the expansion of the consciousness and helping promote cohesiveness with everything and can one contemplate the impermanent as well as the well as a host of other high-minded can be a pathway to self-enlightenment...just don’t be one of those guys that practices yoga all day and smokes too much marijuana as someone once the way, June 21st has been designated as the ‘International Day of Yoga’.

March 18, 2018

Siberian Mystics

Siberia is often thought as a foreboding place...during the purges, undesirables who were lucky enough not to be killed, were often sent there...once there, they had to deal with brutal conditions...depending on what part of Siberia it was, it could be a death matter what, it was cold...permafrost was rampant...there are those that choose to live there...fishermen, trappers, etc...the trappers often have a plot of land that was given to them...usually by the old Communist Soviet government...trappers caught animals and were paid for them by the local recent times, they now work for is extremely hard work, but many of the trappers say they are happiest when they are spending the winter by huts that they constructed by themselves...they are almost entirely self-reliant, still using the old ways that they were taught by the men who came before them...only a few ‘modern’ conveniences are used...they enjoy the solitude, maybe they are most happy when they are by themselves...away from the government, no one telling them what to do or when to do television, no social media, not even a radio...the silence is a sauve that keeps them, the wilderness around them, the animals such as moose, bear, the sable that they are intent on catching...and even the cold, yes the cold that is reassuring like a warm hug or a cup of hot cocoa...the men are not totally by themselves...they are heavily reliant on dogs that assist them and keep them company during the long, cold days of winter where the sunlight is very limited...when the winter trapping is over, the men come back to the tiny village where their wives and friends wait anxiously for them each year...Rasputin was from a small town in Siberia called Pokrovskoye...he was an interesting, mystic’s been said that the woods there are full of them...and why not?...the weather can certainly drive a man towards reading and/or deep inner contemplation...and when one digs deep...who knows what can be found?...maybe by sitting around a fire, huddling from the extreme cold, a fire of another kind develops...the fire of that of a mystical nature...of looking into a dark sky and seeing thousands of stars and wondering how all this came about, and what your place you have in all of it...Siberia can be harsh, but it can also be a place of unspeakable beauty and peace...and yes, it is the birthplace of the Siberian Husky dog breed which is linked to northeastern Siberia.

March 16, 2018

The Evil Eye

The term ‘evil eye’ comes from the belief that some people are able to cause misfortune to others merely by glaring at them in a malevolent may seem silly to some, but there are talismans that are used to ward off an evil eye everybody gets a dirty look now and then, and sometimes we may even deserve it...but we usually think little of it and go on about our way...however in many places, belief in "the evil eye" is taken quite seriously, and requires immediate action to avoid any harm...the supernatural harm that may occur may come by way of a minor misfortune... or a serious disease, injury...maybe even something more sinister like death...but is it really possible that such ill will could be directed at someone by simply glaring at them?...can such a power be conjured up by a person and sent to the unfortunate receiver?...well, we sometimes can feel someone’s eyes on us...maybe at a party, or at’s an odd feeling but we simply know that someone is staring at us...we can just feel their eyes on given that line of thinking, why couldn’t someone send some kind of power the same way?...if you believe in the power of metta which is sending good thoughts and wishes to someone so that they may benefit, then the ability to send bad thoughts and wishes to someone surely is possible.

March 14, 2018


If it was/is possible, would you like to have contact with the dead? Spiritualism is the belief that some people have that the spirits of the dead have both the ability and the will to communicate with those among the living...this is usually done through a medium who has the ability to communicate with those on ‘the other side’...the afterlife as it is often referred to, sometimes known as the ‘spirit world’, is seen by those known as spiritualists, not as a stationary state, but as one in which spirits continue to evolve...these two beliefs, that contact with the spirits of the departed is possible, and that spirits are more advanced than mortal humans, lead spiritualists to a third belief, that spirits are capable of providing insight which can prove to be most useful...spiritualism developed and reached its peak in both popularity and growth in from the 1840s to the 1920s...mostly among the middle and upper class...there were many cases of fraud and hoaxes reported, but spiritualism remained popular...skeptics and believers abounded...about 100 years ago there was a spiritualist who in an experiment that was supposed to prove the existence of an afterlife, committed suicide...after that date however, no further communication from him was ever received by an associate whom he had hired to record his communication from the beyond...after the 1920’s, due to the movement of spiritualism splintering into different groups, and the associated hoaxes that had become commonplace, its popularity declined.

March 12, 2018


What is an illusion? is something that is or is likely to be interpreted or perceived wrongly by the senses...such as an optical illusion...we’ve all seen them in books and probably at least one time in our life experienced them...such as seeing a mirage like people crossing the desert...or maybe when you’re driving down a road on a sunny day and there appears to be water in front of you on the road...but when you get there the water has ‘magically’ disappeared...that always spooked me when I was a child...there are many ways an illusion car occur, it can be a natural illusion or something that is manufactured, usually with bad intent...hallucination, a figment of the imagination, the aforementioned mirage, an apparition, or other a sleight of hand trick, such as magicians perform... a deceptive appearance or can be something intentionally set up to give a false impression...sometimes, people are the victim of their own illusions about things...delusions might be more accurate in some can be one or a series of false ideas or beliefs...illusions can be harmless or fun, or they can be dangerous...if we understand why the illusion is taking place, we can keep from getting caught up in any web that it tries to trap us in.