Some Quotes

These quotes have been sitting on my desktop for a while.  I thought I would send them along to you.  Enjoy!

From Patton:

“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

“There is a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and much less prevalent.” 

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

From Alexander the Great:

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

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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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