How Darwinism and Creationism Can Peacefully Coexist

Darwinism and Creationism - Michael MamasFor the third time, HuffingtonPost.com has published one of my latest articles, "How Darwinism and Creationism Can Peacefully Coexist". Comments on the article are very welcome, at the bottom of the article page. The article has already generated a LOT of passionate discussion.

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Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter

Planetary ParadeAll these planets will be in a row (pretty much along a straight line) in the early morning sky starting Jan. 20 for about a month.

The easiest way to see them is to look to the southeast before sunrise. Locate Venus, the very bright planet to the southeast. Then locate Jupiter to the southwest higher in the sky than Venus. Mercury will be to the left (east) of Venus and a bit lower in the sky. Saturn and Mars will be between Venus and Jupiter. Mercury is always rather close to the sun, so after Mercury rises, the sun will rise shortly after.

From a Jyotish perspective, I do not believe this is very significant, but it will be a beautiful sight.

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Venus, Saturn, and Moon

Venus, Saturn and MoonVenus and Moon are very close together now and can be seen in the early morning sky with Saturn between them. Moon moves quickly so if you want to take a look, do so tomorrow morning. Of course, Saturn and Venus move more slowly so you can see them close to one and other for a while. Saturn moves more slowly than Venus so right now though Venus is higher than Saturn in the morning sky, next week Venus will be lower than Saturn.

Also, Jupiter will start moving retrograde around 11 p.m eastern time tonight, Thursday (Jan 7). A planet is very powerful around the time it is making that shift.

You can see Jupiter tomorrow morning if/when you go outside to see Venus, Saturn, and the Moon. Jupiter will be a bit to the west of straight up over your head. Jupiter is bright (though not as bright as Venus) so it should be easy to see.

 

 

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New Years Day

The power of attention can not be denied. All over the planet people celebrate today as the first day of the new year. I enjoy the positive feelings all the attention to this day enlivens. It is beautiful, bringing a wave of positivity, renewal, and fresh beginning to everyone. I find it to be so marvelous that the attention of all the people can have such a lovely influence upon particular days of the year. Understanding the power of attention speaks to how we can influence our world through the power of attention. The power of group consciousness is not to be underestimated!

At the same time, it is interesting to note that designating January 1 as New Years Day is rather arbitrary; or at least has little to do with the actual celestial dynamics of our planet. For a date to be a natural holiday, it would have to have something to do with nature. Right? It is interesting to ponder what effect it would have if we in fact did celebrate New Years on the date prescribed by nature. According to Vedic tradition that day is call Ugadi.

The new Vedic lunar calendar with the change of the moon’s orbit is marked by Ugadi. It is a festival which occurs on the first day (prathipad) of the bright half (Shukla) of the Vedic month of Chaitra, which generally falls between mid-March and mid-April. Lunar calendars have a sixty year cycle and start every New Year on Yugadi (era).

Ugadi is also the day on which Lord Krishna gave up his mortal body in a sacred place of pilgrimage called Dwaraka.

Having said that, we can all be confident that January 1 will remain the official New Years Day well into the future. With the power of attention being what it is, I for one certainly enjoy riding the wave it brings. This is a wonderful time of year!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

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The State of the World and What to Do

It’s easy to play the blame game.  We invaded Iraq, made a bunch of people mad, and now they are retaliating.  Government regulators were asleep at the wheel while the big banks abused the system, and now we have a financial mess.  Decades ago, Monsanto dumped DDT all over the place and now we have way fewer butterflies and flocks of birds. The list of examples goes on and on.

Attempting to resolve all of these problems on a case by case basis may seem like an impossibility, and in fact, it is.  We can and should do what is possible, but we also need to know that the real solution lies deeper.  That solution is so incredible and yet so simple.

There is a root of health to all of life and all of nature.  We have the ability, the technology, to enliven that root and free our planet from all of its woes.  The root of life is called the Transcendent, the source of infinite harmony and coherence that birthed and sustains the entire universe.  It’s just that simple.  The question is, who will listen?

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Mini Astronomy Lesson

planetThe planets move through the constellations (signs) at various rates.  Moon goes through all twelve signs (constellations) every month.  In other words, it goes all the way around, returning to its starting point every month.  Saturn spends about 2 1/2 years in each sign.  Jupiter… about six months per sign.  All the other planets about one month per sign.

About a month ago, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and the Moon were all close together visible in the early eastern morning sky.  Venus was above Jupiter, Moon, and Mars. Over the past month, Venus and Mars (because they move through the signs faster than Jupiter) caught up and passed Jupiter.  Moon has gone all the way around through all constellations and has now caught back up with, and passed, Jupiter and is close to Mars and Venus.

So now, in the early morning eastern sky, you can see all four planets close together but with Jupiter above Venus, Mars, and the Moon.  Because Moon moves so quickly, in several days it will have gone way past the other three planets so if you want to see all four together, you need to do so in the next day or so.

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Moon Venus Mars Jupiter

 

Moon Venus Mars Jupiter | Michael Mamas BlogIn the US, these four planets are close together and these days easily visible in the early morning eastern sky before sunrise.

Venus is brightest.  Jupiter is lowest in the sky and second brightest.  Mars is of course red. On October 9, Mars and Moon will be between Venus and Jupiter.

Beautiful!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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News Flash!

Michael Mamas Article Published on Elephant JournalAn article I wrote about the presidential debates was just published on the front page of Elephant Journal! I’m honored to be a contributing author for a publication so intent on encouraging a conscious life. The article, Presidential Debates: What We Should be Asking Ourselves, asks readers some important questions about evaluating the 2016 presidential hopefuls. How do you separate substance from style? Merit from charisma? Sincerity from pandering?

I encourage you to read it, like it, comment on it, and share it. Let’s see if we can get the word out to as many voters as possible! Remember: a wise, discerning and effective leader will only be elected by wise, discerning and reflective voters.

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On Pride and Prejudice



eveIt seems that racism has subsided (or at least has become increasingly politically incorrect) in America, or perhaps people’s prejudices have not so much subsided as been transformed.  Am I mistaken, or have the divides between right versus left, conservative versus liberal, the wealthy versus the poor, etc. taken on new highs in intensity?  It almost seems that there is a certain degree of pride and prejudice within people that simply must be directed at something.  Could that really be?

Let’s take a step back and look at the nature of our species. Certainly we are social/cultural creatures.  We tend to flock together to create a society.  As you traverse the globe, it becomes apparent that there is a great degree of difference between cultures. Individuals in a culture (or subculture) become adapted to, comfortable with, and cultured around the specific aspects of their culture.  This, to a great degree, includes mentality, morality, ethics, and worldview, even including the inclination to rebel against the convention of that culture! There is a natural tendency to gravitate toward individuals that share your cultural and subcultural views.  That seems to be quite commonsensical and natural.  Laws are created and enforced in concert with those views, those convictions.  Often other viewpoints are considered unhealthy, or even illegal.  Of course, as times change people change, and viewpoints then, gradually change over time.  In the USA at least, those transitions seem to occur through 10 to 15 year cycles.  Just look at the 1920s compared to the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, etc.  Yet through it all, we tend to adhere to our societal group of like-minded friends with whom we are most comfortable and identified. You may wonder if this is a good or bad thing.  Should you strive to break free of your heritage?  Or should you strive to conform to it?  When does your affinity for your heritage cross that line from cultural integrity and mutual support and comfort to becoming prejudicial or worse?  Is there a healthy pride and natural preference or should we strive to overcome it and create a homogenous world?  

It seems clear that the right and wrong of it is all a matter of degree.  Birds of a feather do naturally flock together.  That is sometimes called cultural integrity.  But as I have said in the past, racism is cultural integrity gone insane.  It appears that such insanity has a physiological or organic component to it. It is not proactively overcome as easily as you may think.  It is like subterranean ether in the blood that permeates heart and mind.  It is like an overheating of the otherwise healthy blood chemistry of natural affinity.  Once overheated, it must show its head in one prejudicial form or another.  Attempting to suppress it one way only causes it to emerge in another.  As racism is suppressed, political polarization and hatred go on the rise.

I remember the man I sat next to on a flight to San Francisco.  He is a lifelong resident of Marin County.  From his proud perspective, he was clearly open-minded, liberal, and beyond any trace of racism.  Yet he was viscously intolerant of any opposing viewpoint.  From his perspective, he had things all figured out and he was righteously indignant of any other viewpoint.  Of course, in his opinion, he loved all humanity, all cultures, all races.  But did he? Did he really?  How little things have changed.  As the saying goes, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” — “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” We ride upon these tides, currents, and waves of world karma within the ocean of life… far more so than most are able to see or willing to admit.  Up creates down. Right creates left.

Is there a real solution to this?  Yes, of course there is: human evolution… the balancing of fire (Agni) and water (Soma).  The world is on fire.  The people are righteously indignant.  The shade trees have been cleared by the millions.  Heat is on the rise.  Global warming in this expanded sense is a certainty.  Warming of the oceans would merely be one symptom of the greater dynamic.  Attempts to rearrange the surface to hide what is going on in the depths will fail.  Sweeping the dirt under the rug does not clean the house.

Where do you draw the line between cultural integrity and cultural arrogance?  The answer to that is found in the depth of your being, not on the surface.  But to do so, first the fire must be cooled.  Proper meditation with the cultivation of discernment is the path.

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