Accomplishing Anything – A Seamless Relationship With Divinity

[Republished from 2020] Think for a moment about all of the ways humanity honors and worships God, the compassionate source, the fullness of Cosmic life. We see prayers mouthed in earnest silence, ceremonies performed, temples built, scriptures read and written, festivals enjoyed, holidays sitting in transcendence, religious devotion, living surrender, and service done graciously. AllContinue reading “Accomplishing Anything – A Seamless Relationship With Divinity”

How Is a Seamless Relationship with Divinity Established?

The first step is the recognition and acceptance of Divinity, the Heavenly Host – the Infinite world of Sattvic Beings who are here to guide and support us as servants of Mother Divine, always working on the principle that the more we give of ourselves, the more we receive. This speaks to the Cosmic LawContinue reading “How Is a Seamless Relationship with Divinity Established?”

Living a Calm Life; Living Brahman

This may seem an incongruous title for a post, given the whirlwind of activity, assumptions, and illusions present in the world today. But it is completely accurate. One significant disruption to calm, is fear of the unknown, seen as a given for most of us. But there is no unknown in cosmic life, living Brahman.Continue reading “Living a Calm Life; Living Brahman”

Delight From the Heavens – Saturn and Jupiter Last Night, August 24, 2021

Before the Moon had fully risen, I was able to take two excellent pictures of Saturn (836M miles/1.3B km), and Jupiter, with its four main moons visible (374M miles/778M km). We are mostly clear of Dixie Fire smoke for the time being. When there are too many smoke particles in the air, the camera cannotContinue reading “Delight From the Heavens – Saturn and Jupiter Last Night, August 24, 2021”

Deer in the Front Yard Today

There is a small local herd of six blacktail deer: one buck, three does, and two fawns. They are quite comfortable on our property, and except for the buck, came onto the front and side yards this morning, as I was trimming the lavender. I swear the doe in the last picture was smiling atContinue reading “Deer in the Front Yard Today”

A Great Horned Owl, Nearly Full Moon, and Hummingbird

I was sitting outside yesterday evening, and first saw a bunny, and then a grown jackrabbit, among the lavender near the house. Very unusual to see rabbits this close by, as they usually stay out in the yard. Then one rabbit ran down by the side of the pool, and an owl swooped in forContinue reading “A Great Horned Owl, Nearly Full Moon, and Hummingbird”

Dixie Fire Sunrise Today and Last Night’s Moon

‘Orange’ is the operative word. We are smoky again today, though the forecast for tonight and the rest of the week, is for south and southeast wind, which blows out the smoke. Our power shutoff was cancelled, though the backup generator is all set. Please enjoy these unusual pictures of our celestial neighbors:

Dispelling Our Fear Through Clarity and Experience

Note: I first published this post on January 7th, 2021, the day after the US insurrection at the Capitol building in Washington, DC. It is also in my book, ‘BRAHMAN – Learning to Thrive in Paradise’. As our world speeds up, we can encounter circumstances that are sudden, unexpected and unsettling. As we move towardsContinue reading “Dispelling Our Fear Through Clarity and Experience”

How to Enlighten the World

This is how we become true Sidhas, owners of Creation, and are able to accomplish even the largest tasks, through our relationships with Divinity.⁠When I first read Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s translation of the Bhagavad Gita in 1977, a question came to mind: If an enlightened person’s desires are all fulfilled, and the desire is forContinue reading “How to Enlighten the World”

Devotion, Surrender, and Friendship – The Superhighway to Brahman

“So those who communicate to the mind of the Master, naturally keep on deriving from all that is there in the cosmic mind. And those who are not able to make the connection with the Master, naturally lag behind in their efficiencies”– On Guru Dev (1961) – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi This quote points to theContinue reading “Devotion, Surrender, and Friendship – The Superhighway to Brahman”

WANTED: Brahman, Full Enlightenment

Yesterday I opened Youtube, and noticed a talk on Brahman by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, from the mid 1960’s I think. I began listening and one thing was clear, that while He was talking, He was making sure that the audience was comprehending His words. After taking about an hour to explain the path from TCContinue reading “WANTED: Brahman, Full Enlightenment”

Discovering a Family of Blacktail Deer Near Nance Pond Today

I was walking near the pond down in the canyon today, and decided to explore a small stream that runs from the pond. This area was impassable before the fire, and now has a far lower profile of mostly berry brambles. As I approached the stream, a family of blacktail deer emerged from a copseContinue reading “Discovering a Family of Blacktail Deer Near Nance Pond Today”

A Local Blackout Across Nance Canyon Last Night

A car hit a power pole last night, on a road just across the canyon from us, and blacked out that neighborhood in Paradise. There were generators and lights on during the repair, which was completed in a few hours. The Dixie Fire smoke gave it an eerie quality. Here are three views from ourContinue reading “A Local Blackout Across Nance Canyon Last Night”

Just Picked Yellow Cling Peaches

Here is pretty much our entire crop of yellow cling peaches, picked just now from our dwarf tree – the first time in six years we have had fruit from this tree. Works out to half for us, and half for the critters. The sky looks tan and smoky today, but it doesn’t smell badContinue reading “Just Picked Yellow Cling Peaches”

Saturn and Jupiter Last Night

The smoke in the atmosphere can be useful when photographing distant planets, as it filters out the glare. Here are Saturn (800M mi/1.3B km) and Jupiter (450M mi/745M km) from last night. Jupiter has three obvious moons showing, though it looks like the outermost one may be two, orbiting close together. Enjoy!

The Dixie Fire Yesterday and Today

Clear yesterday, and smoke haze today. Our southern wind is supposed to clear things out later. The Dixie Fire is now 322K acres, and the active fire front is about 50 miles away from us now. Here are four pictures of 1) the fire front seen from Paradise, 2) a tanker helo, 3) the sunContinue reading “The Dixie Fire Yesterday and Today”

Finding a Satellite in Geosynchronous Orbit

Last night I was taking pictures of the Milky Way, and decided to zoom into the center and see what it looked like for a 30s. exposure. Of course the star trails all became quite long as their position shifted relative to the camera lens, over the 30 seconds of the exposure. Except for aContinue reading “Finding a Satellite in Geosynchronous Orbit”

International Space Station and Saturn Over Paradise

The ISS hit a peak of 80 degrees last night, almost directly overhead, and I captured a very clear shot. Then I took some good pictures of Saturn, also brightly visible last night, and made a composite of the ringed planet and the ISS for the second photo posted here. The ISS travels at 18KContinue reading “International Space Station and Saturn Over Paradise”