maandag 21 februari 2022

wie niet horen wil zal ervaren zijn ding


Most human beings are not very keen to know themselves in order to improve. Lucidity does not interest them; they prefer to deceive themselves and cling to their illusions. They have already formed such a high opinion of themselves that even their spiritual master sometimes prefers not to tell them the truth, for he knows what their reaction will be in advance. They will never say to him, ‘You are right.’ Instead, they will immediately protest, ‘No, no, you are quite wrong. I have none of the weaknesses you say I have!’ In their opinion, it is their master who is mistaken; they themselves are impeccable and infallible! What can a master do with people like that? He will not insist; he knows that life will eventually give them the lessons they need and show them the truth about themselves. »

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

zaterdag 12 februari 2022

Waar nieuwe bossen aan te leggen in Nederland?


Nederland in 2200?

Een afbeelding van architectenbureau LOLA. De kaart is onderdeel van een project dat gaat over de vraag hoe Nederland er in 2200 uit zou kunnen zien als de zeespiegel flink gestegen is. De rode lijnen laten een fictief wegennet zien.

Zondagavond: de 49e Gaia Ontmoeting via Zoom, 13 februari


vrijdag 11 februari 2022

valentijnsgifbloemen horen bij het chemisch afval


‘Valentijnsboeket is een bosje gif’

De kans is groot dat het romantische bloemetje op Valentijnsdag een boeketje gif is. Snijbloemen zitten vol met bestrijdingsmiddelen die in de EU verboden zijn, maar door kwekers in Afrika wel worden gebruikt.

donderdag 10 februari 2022

zaterdag 5 februari 2022

we are all Going Home

 going home…mooi gevoelig  Nikos Frangiskatos

Nikos Frangiskatos was een succesvolle Nederlandse singer-songwriter. Hij trad op in grote zalen als Paradiso. Maar hij werd daar niet gelukkig van en besloot een ander verhaal te gaan vertellen. Nu geeft Nikos met zijn band 'The Wanderer' intieme healing concerten waar hij mensen wil raken, inspireren en bewegen.

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geen 'paarlen voor de zwijnen' maar voor de Zeegodin!


Gaia Zoom ontmoeting zondagavond: subtiel waarnemen


Over de schreef sport!

Dit zijn toch geen Olympische spelen meer in kunstmatige arena's in een dictatoriaal land! Sporters zijn zo geen helden meer, als ze het al waren dan verliezen ze zo hun status door zich zo te gedragen. 

Waar zijn nog de ware talentvolle planeetbeheerder viendelijke sporters!

 Snowmaking machines during the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2022 in November, part of a 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games test event at the Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou city.

As the Beijing Winter Olympics gets underway, artist Ai Weiwei is once again criticizing China's ruling Communist Party -- and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which he said is "ignoring" the safety of the country's athletes by prioritizing business and "standing next to the authoritarians."


vrijdag 4 februari 2022

is dit nu wat we willen: nieuwe Netwerken rond de aarde? Ik wil daarom onbereikbaar zijn!


Astronomers stand up to satellite mega-constellations

Starlink Satellites pass overhead near Carson National Forest, New Mexico, photographed soon after launchIMAGE SOURCE,MIKE LEWINSKI/CC
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The Starlink satellites are most obvious at twilight just after they've come off the top of their launch rocket

Astronomy is finally putting up a co-ordinated front to defend its interests as thousands of satellites are placed in the sky.

Huge networks of spacecraft are being launched that are making it harder to get a clear view of the cosmos.

These low-orbiting, fast-moving satellites leave bright streaks across telescope images.

The International Astronomical Union is establishing a new centre to focus the community's response.

Its work will be led by the US National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) in Tucson, Arizona; and by the Square Kilometre Array Organisation (SKAO) in Manchester, UK. The latter is most concerned with the satellites' effects on radio astronomy.

The new Centre for the Protection of the Dark and Quiet Sky from Satellite Constellation Interference will try to act as a single voice for astronomy

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Artwork: Starlink satellites incorporate measures designed to reduce their reflectivity

It will engage with, and encourage, satellite companies to make every effort to minimise the light pollution they are creating. But it will also pursue policymakers around the world to tighten the regulations on what is acceptable behaviour in orbit.

"Te IAU's primary priority is to take [a] cooperative approach with industry and have them establish a voluntary corporate culture that looks to mitigate these impacts," said Richard Green from the University of Arizona.

The dramatic reduction in the cost of rocket launches, linked to a similar reduction in the cost of building satellites, has led to a rush to place new infrastructure in the sky.

This image of Venus and the Pleiades shows the tracks of Starlink satellitesIMAGE SOURCE,T. HANSEN/IAU OAE/CC
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Starlink satellites cross over Venus and the Pleiades ("Seven Sisters") group of stars

Of immediate concern are the constellations designed to deliver broadband internet connections from space. These involve placing many hundreds to many thousands of satellites just a few hundred kilometres above the Earth.

At this altitude, they move quickly across the sky, and at dawn and dusk when the Sun is low on the horizon will catch the light and trace a bright line through a telescope's exposure.

The satellites' transmissions can also, if not tightly constrained, bleed across the frequencies used by astronomy's radio antennas.

Two broadband projects - US entrepreneur Elon Musk's Starlink network and the UK-headquartered OneWeb initiative - are leading the new wave of constellations, and have between them launched over 2,000 satellites, but both have plans for many, many more.

As do other companies and nations. The founder Jeff Bezos is preparing his Kuiper network. And the EU, for example, wants its own broadband network in orbit by the middle of this decade.

Federico Di Vruno, from the SKAO and co-director of the new centre, said important science was at risk if a free-for-all was permitted.

He cited the radio detectors that study the cosmic microwave background, which is the oldest light in the sky and gives us a glimpse of the structure and contents of the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. These detectors could be blinded by the downlinks from the constellation satellites, he said. And in optical/visible astronomy, Dr Di Vruno raised the issue of planetary defence.

"At optical wavelengths, observations with long exposure times will be affected the most, particularly in the hours close to twilight, and observing low on the horizon. A prime example would be the potential hazardous asteroid research done by the international asteroid warning network," he explained.

Connie Walker from NOIRLab and the other co-director of the new centre added: "As the number of satellites continues to grow, astronomy is facing a watershed moment of increasing interference with observations and loss of science.

"By the end of a decade, more than 5,000 satellites will be above the horizon at any given time at a typical dark-sky observatory location. A few 100 to several 1,000 of these satellites will be illuminated by the Sun. These satellites will be detectable by even the smallest optical or infrared telescopes, depending on the hour of the night and the season."

Starlink satellites over Carson National Forest, New Mexico, photographed soon after launchIMAGE SOURCE,M. LEWINSKY/CC
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Starlink satellites over Carson National Forest, New Mexico, photographed soon after launch

The new centre will impress on the companies the need to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the co-ordinates of their satellites so their movements can be anticipated when planning astronomical observations.

The centre will also become a knowledge bank to develop and host software that can be used to "clean" telescope imagery.

And, critically, it will act as a forum to discuss with industry voluntary measures that can be implemented to minimise the intrusiveness of the satellites. A good example has been SpaceX's and OneWeb's willingness to discuss how they can reduce the reflectivity of their spacecraft by applying different coatings or sunshields.

"It's better to make these agreements than to go through regulations. But we're hopeful in talking with them already that some compromises can be made," said Dr Walker.


donderdag 3 februari 2022

Natuur verbonden leven in Fichtelgebirge

 Ein Pionier im Fichtelgebirge

Ronald Ledermüller ist ein Mann mit einer Mission: Er will Mensch und Umwelt, Tradition und Moderne im Fichtelgebirge miteinander verbinden. Die Dokumentation begleitet Ronald auf eine Entdeckungsreise in das Naturjuwel mit seinen bizarren Felsformationen und jahrhundertealten Traditionen.

Bis zur Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands lag das Fichtelgebirge im Abseits des Weltgeschehens direkt am Eisernen Vorhang. Viele Junge sind weggezogen. Doch das ändert sich. Auch dank engagierter Visionäre wie Ronald Ledermüller, der als Ranger im Naturpark Fichtelgebirge versucht, für die Natur und die Menschen hier eine Zukunft zu gestalten. Gemeinsam mit Mitstreiterinnen wie der Schäferin Christa Frank ist er dabei, die einst im Fichtelgebirge bestehende Tradition des Textilhandwerks wiederzubeleben. Fast verlorenes Wissen kann dazu Peter Ziegler beisteuern, der in seiner Wollmanufaktur mit viel Aufwand eine über 100 Jahre alte Maschine zur Wollverarbeitung am Laufen hält.

Die Möglichkeiten im Fichtelgebirge ziehen auch immer mehr Kreative an, so hat die Holzbildhauerin Stephanie Huber auf ganz eigene Art hier im Fichtelgebirge Wurzeln geschlagen.

Vor der Kulisse der einzigartigen Felsformationen, die das Fichtelgebirge prägen, folgt die Dokumentation dem charismatischen Ranger Ronald Ledermüller, der die Entwicklung der Region und seiner Menschen zu seiner Herzensangelegenheit gemacht hat.


woensdag 2 februari 2022

de Verlichte koe


What Are the Qualities of a Seeker of Truth?

What Are the Qualities of a Seeker of Truth?
Ramana Maharshi and his cow

What are the qualities of a seeker of truth?

Every child is born with an innate search for truth.

“It is not something learned or adopted later on in life. Truth simply means, “I am, but I do not know who I am.” The question is natural – “I must know the reality of my being.” It is not curiosity.

“These are the three differences, or three categories the world can be divided into: there are things which are, but they do not know that they are, hence there is no opening for any inquiry. They are closed, their existence is windowless. Then there are animals who know that they are, but they don’t have the intelligence to inquire what it is that they are. Their windows are open, but their intelligence is not enough to look out and see the stars and the sky and the birds and the trees. Their windows – whether opened or closed – don’t make much difference.

“Perhaps once in a while a rare animal uses the window.

“Shri Ramana Maharshi was one of the most significant people of this century. He was not a master; that’s why people don’t know him as they know George Gurdjieff or J. Krishnamurti. They don’t even know him as they know Sri Aurobindo or P. D. Ouspensky who were only teachers – profound teachers, but not mystics.

“Ramana Maharshi was a silent pool of energy. Every morning he used to sit for a silent satsang, communion. He never talked much, unless asked something. Then too his answer was very short – having profundity, but you had to look for it. There was no explanation in it. His literature is confined to two, three small booklets.

“His teaching was mostly to be in silent communion with the disciples. Naturally, very few people were benefited by him. But every morning he was sitting, people were sitting, and a cow would come and stand outside, putting her neck through the window, and she would remain standing there while the satsang lasted. It must have continued for years.

People came and went, new people came, but the cow remained constant, coming at the exact time, never late.

“As the satsang would disperse she would move away.

“One day she did not appear, and Shri Ramana said, “Today satsang cannot be held, because my real audience is absent. I am afraid either the cow is very sick or she has died, and I have to go and look for her.” He lived on a mountain in the south of India, Arunachal. The cow belonged to a poor woodcutter who lived near the ashram. Ramana left the temple where they used to meet, went to the woodcutter and asked, ‘What happened? The cow has not come today for satsang.’

“The woodcutter said, “She is very sick and I am afraid she is dying, but she goes on looking out of the door, as if she is waiting for someone. Perhaps she is waiting for you, to see you for the last time. Perhaps that is why she is hanging around a little longer.”

“Ramana went in and there were tears in the eyes of the cow. And she died happily, putting her head in the lap of Ramana Maharshi. This happened just in this century. Ramana declared her enlightened, and told his people that a beautiful memorial should be made for her.

It is very rare for human beings to be enlightened; it is almost impossibly rare for animals to become enlightened, but the cow attained.

“She will not be born again. From the body of a cow she has bypassed the whole world of humanity, and she has jumped ahead and joined with the buddhas. So once in a while – there are a few instances only – it has happened. But that cannot be called the rule; it is just the exception.

“Things are, but they do not know that they are. Animals are, they know that they are, but they don’t have the intelligence to ask who they are. And it is not something to be wondered about. Millions of human beings never ask the question – that is the third category.