Friday, March 25, 2016

As If In A Dream

Last nine years I listen mostly to MPB and fado music. Sometimes easy listening music in English. On rare occasions I listen to Dutch music. This is my #dutchtop10 of songs I like best. 

"HeeƩ! Ik was nooit op zoek, naar de vrouw van m'n leven. Maar als een droom kwam jij en ben je ook gebleven."

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Since 1879 Banned

It's not suicide but a further form of enlightenment! The world we see with our senses is an illusion. The real truth is hidden behind the curtain.

Sokushinbutsu Buddhist monks take a path of years of meditating and self-mummification to become a "living Buddha". Their program:
  • Step 1. 1,000 days live on special diet of water, seeds and nuts in order to shed body fat.
  • Step 2. 1,000 days live on roots, pine bark and urushi tea to repel parasites in order to  prevent the body of decaying.
  • Step 3. Step into a stone tomb and ring a bell once a day. Once the monk failed to ring the breathing tube was removed and the tomb was sealed for 1,000 days.
  • Step 4. Opening of the tomb to see if the body successfully mummified. If yes, they were put on display in their temple. If not, they remained entombed.

So far, 24 living Buddhas have been documented. Since 1879 this practice is banned by the Japanese government because they consider it as suicide.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

2280. Better: Googol

Look at this beautiful visualisation from Jeff Fletcher about When the World is going to End between 66 and 2280 AD. Better: between 66 and googol, this is year 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

The list is so long that zoomed out we can't see anything substantial:

Most predicted ends are between 1980 and 2015. Why?

Most predicted end are from Christians. Why?

A nice addition would have been: How is the world going to end?

P.S. I wrote on this subject too in 'Front Door' (february 2012).