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Glory of architect, glory of painter, and sculptor, and bard,
Living forever in temple and picture and statue and song, —
Look how the world with the lights that they lit is illumined and starred,
Brief was the flame of their life, but the lamps of their art burn long!

Where is the Master of Music, and how has he vanished away?
Where is the work that he wrought with his wonderful art in the air?
Gone, — it is gone like the glow on the cloud at the close of the day!
The Master has finished his work, and the glory of music is — where?

Once, at the wave of his wand, all the billows of musical sound
Followed his will, as the sea was ruled by the prophet of old:
Now that his hand is relaxed, and his rod has dropped to the ground,
Silent and dark are the shores where the marvellous harmonies rolled!

Nay, but not silent the hearts that were filled by that life-giving sea;
Deeper and purer forever the tides of their being will roll,
Grateful and joyful, O Master, because they have listened to thee, —
The glory of music endures in the depths of the human soul.

Master of Music by Henry Van Dyke

 

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Parents - The First Teachers

Teach them the right thing
Teach them at the right time
Teach them the right way

They say … “Change” is the only thing … which never Changes, yes … everything changes … everyone changes. From day one; the day we were born … how many changes do we encounter in our lives? Well … it’s what we call growing up … becoming mature.

Maturity comes with experience … experiences broaden up with age … we learn everyday … we learn through mistakes … we learn … until the day we die. Our experiences wary; it depends on person to person. Most of the time … we owe our experiences to our relationships. Strangers we meet in our lives; some stays … become somebody in our lives … some depart; leaving memories and experiences for us to live with.

That’s Life …

I’d say … the most important relationship we need to have is with our selves, because everything we do … ultimately pleases ourselves.

and that’s the truth …

We need the best of everything … human nature … best schools … jobs … friends … life styles …

even we choose the best person we meet, as our Life s Partner …

“The Perfect Partner” … our ultimate lover, our soul mate, our equal, who shares almost every interest and belief of ours. The individual whom we choose, as the life s’ Perfect Partner plays an important role in our lives.

Yes … we are all individuals … with different opinions, philosophies, political beliefs, hobbies, musical tastes, and habits – some good and some bad … depending on one’s point of view. These things are what make up who we are, our unique nature.

In a relationship, there have to be some common interests, but not necessarily have to share every possible interest and belief. Some of the differences between us and our potential partners may actually be advantageous to building a stronger, loving relationship. As we mature … the biggest priority in our long-term relationships tends to be compatibility.

We long for someone who understands us, appreciates us … and above all else … cares for us .

Sometimes in life, people find this compatibility with the most unlikely of partners. But what would happen when the love of our life is 10 or 15 years older (or younger) than us?

I must say … life isn’t a Soap opera nor a Hollywood | Bollywood Movie … when someone bring home a partner who is significantly older or significantly younger … then inevitably there are some eyebrows raised … as people love nothing more than some good gossip if they can’t understand a relationship … this would give the outside world plenty of things to talk about.

Is he/she just in it for money? or is it just for intimacy? plenty of questions … isn’t it.

In my point of view … what’s more important is ones happiness … and I believe … a relationship with a big age gap can work … age is just a number people … and there are many examples of couples who are not similar in age ending up very happy together.

Of course everybody is different … and every relationship is different … and what works for one person isn’t necessarily what will work for another. There probably will be an element of worry – and reasons for concern too … as things might become wee bit difficult when you introduce an age difference into a relationship.

I suppose … when a couple has large gap of age … the younger spouse may, initially, search a paternal or maternal figure in his partner. He/she often seeks stability and security … which they do not find in someone of his / her age. As for the older spouse, he / she probably will be more appreciative the freshness and renewal that his/her young partner brings in to their lives.

However, to find harmony in a relationship like this … it is necessary to address certain problems that the age can pose.

Compliments … Appreciativeness … faithfulness crumbling with time
Compliments … appreciation … faithfulness bind two people to one another for a life time. If a couple … whether there s an age gap or no … fail to acknowledge the love … appreciate his / her partner … communicate their concerns / desires … failure to trust … will have no future written for them. In a relationship with a considerable age gap … one may feel trapped in his / her parenting and the other muffled by a lifestyle that suits him / her more. This is where the shift may be felt. Good communication and an ability to communicate freely is the keystone of a harmonious life for any couple. In addition, life together should not mean sacrificing nor deny own interests and it’s also important to find a balance in interests between partners.

Pressure from the outside world
Presenting a partner much younger or much older to one’s family is not always easy. Although it may seem nothing at first … one s family could change the direction of a relationship eventually if there s a reluctance to accept things as it is … But I believe one cannot live someone else s life … also one cannot please each and everyone … so it’s fine to pay attention to concerns of one s family yet it is necessary to be able to resist pressure since most definitely there will be unfavorable remarks and negative judgments of such relationships … then again …time solves most problems … having patience and working things out together will make a great difference.

The desire for children
If at all … having children is one of life s priorities for anyone … then … I believe getting involved with an older partner should be reconsidered … with age … one s stamina … health … intimacy … desire towards sexual pleasures go through changes … and it’s inevitable … and like it or not … we need to admit this reality … plus having a child s a critical decision … it all about providing love … security for a child, is it a wise idea to have a Child when one partner is getting older faster than the other? Desire of having a child will bring in disputes … especially when both spouses are not in line with the idea and when one gives the impression often it as a sacrifice … it will bring strain in to the relationship … and more issues will arise when there are children already on one side from another marriage. It’s a sensitive topic … which needs to be addressed before getting in to a marriage with an older partner I suppose.

Physical compatibility
Fitness … is the most common factor which would make a shift in anyone s lifestyle … when the older one feels too tired to lift a finger … the younger might have plans for a picnic outside in such fine weather … for a younger partner … refusal of such a great idea … having to stay inside than enjoying outside is absurd … he / she may find his / her life has become monotonous and boring … the older one may feel like as if his / her younger partner always has unreasonable requests … or perhaps has started behaving selfishly … asking for a skiing trip or bike ride to the city … when he /she can relax in front of the TV munching pop corns … or taking a relaxing holiday on the beach will be seen … as being silly … these incidents might go unnoticed but will gradually build up pressure in a relationship. This s where understanding and communication s required … partners need to be able to voice their concerns … understand … and find solutions.

As you may understand … there are differences … difficulties in any relationship … but the success story behind any relationship is despite difficulties finding a common ground.

I believe rather than having a partner of same age … having an older partner will be very rewarding for a woman.

The secret is … compromise.

and Enjoy life!

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” The lotus has its roots in the mud,
Grows up through the deep water,
And rises to the surface.
It blooms into perfect beauty and purity in the sunlight.
It is like the mind unfolding to perfect joy and wisdom “

 

 

For a Buddhist … attaining Nibbana – Enlightenment … is discontinuation of suffering.

This poem speaks of a Lotus … and that’s our MIND. If you have seen the flower Lotus … you’d agree it’s such a beautiful creation of Mother Nature. Here, The Lotus symbolizes MIND … and it says, the Lotus grows deep rooted … in mud. Which means … even though we were born in to chaos and surrounded by evil (represented by mud) … we’ve had a MIND … which’s pure and beautiful … at Birth.

Then we grow up … its similar to the Lotus grow up through deep water … our pure MIND get exposed to forces such as malice, distress, aversion, indulgence … etc etc… until we get maturity in thoughts. And it’s been compared to the Lotus rising up to the surface. But you see … it’s still not in full bloom as yet. This lotus … requires Sun light, just as our mind requires Wisdom … for fulfillment, to have purity … once again.

And as per teaching of Lord Buddha … we’ve been given guidelines (NOT RULES) … on how to purify our thoughts … as thoughts leads / turns … in to actions. I’d say, as his follower, Buddha for us, is our SUN and his teaching is the Sun light for our MINDs.

 

 

So we learnt;

 

 

1. Right View  –  The right way to think about life is to see the world through the eyes of the Buddha–with wisdom and compassion.

2. Right Thought.   –  We are what we think. Clear and kind thoughts build good, strong characters.

3. Right Speech.   –  By speaking kind and helpful words, we are respected and trusted by everyone.

4. Right Conduct.  –  No matter what we say, others know us from the way we behave. Before we criticize others, we should first see what we do ourselves.

5. Right Livelihood.  –   This means choosing a job that does not hurt others. The Buddha said, “Do not earn your living by harming others. Do not seek happiness by making others unhappy.”

6. Right Effort.   –  A worthwhile life means doing our best at all times and having good will toward others.  This also means not wasting effort on things that harm ourselves and others.

7. Right Mindfulness.   –  This means being aware of our thoughts, words, and deeds.

8. Right Concentration.  –   Focus on one thought or object at a time. By doing this, we can be quiet and attain true peace of mind.  

 

 

Buddhists … do not need to be judgmental of others … as we were taught that;

 

 

” The kind of seed sown
will produce that kind of fruit.

Those who do good will reap good results.
Those who do evil will reap evil results.

If you carefully plant a good seed,
You will joyfully gather good fruit
”  ~~ Dhammapada ~~

 

 

Although I’m not perfect … I’m still a Buddhist … therefore I’m sure I’d never be the first … or the last … to “throw a stone” at someone … for being a SINNER. We have no rights (being SINNERS ourselves) … to judge and punish someone else s’ acts … no matter how sinister or heinous their deeds are, most of all decide their fate?? I don’t believe it’s correct.

Apart from the LAW OF THE COUNTRY we live in, Buddhism doesn’t speak of any ‘LAW’ … any ” Buddhists LAW ” for Buddhists to abide by …. or allows or approves ONE SINNER judging ANOTHER SINNER s’ acts … and ONE SINNER punishing ANOTHER SINNER  in such a way … where we’d accumulate MORE SINS in our lives … according to Buddhism our actions have its’ own results so it sounds stupid and hypocritical to me anyway.

 

 

Five Precepts;
1. No killing  ~  Respect for life
2. No stealing ~  Respect for others’ property
3. No sexual misconduct  ~  Respect for our pure nature
4. No lying  ~  Respect for honesty
5. No intoxicants  ~  Respect for a clear mind

 

 

These are our daily promises, to live by, although most Buddhists (including me) at times fail to keep up with (oh but … we’re still laymen … we have a good excuse), still … we won’t be JUDGED or PUNISHED … by another mere mortal … another IMPERFECT human … who’s full of sins … errors … and misjudgments … never … IN THE NAME OF BUDDHISM. There won’t be beheading, chopping off arm / legs or stoning to death … because … we were taught, our OWN SINS … will bring the best suited punishment upon us … in due course and we were taught … KILLING  or HARMING another living being … is a SIN.

Rizana … I’m heart broken, yes … you were born poor … I feel terrible, yes … you had to start looking after your family at such a young age … but the God you worshipped … his teaching and his followers … glorify killing and punishing the sinner … and you were beheaded, for an accidental death of an infant …  how I should be feeling, the rest of us be feeling … I sincerely wish, you were born in to a different faith … where your religion would shine upon you … like THE SUN … shining on the LOTUS.

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After 8765.81 hours, 365 days, 52.1775 weeks and 12 months

we start another full circle of 8765.81 hours, 365 days, 52.1775 weeks and 12 months

And we’d go on to say… “Wow … here comes a brand New Year … oh where did time go”

Oh yes, 2013 has arrived and yes … it’s 3 days old already.

What have I been up to … what have we been doing … in 2012?

Honestly saying … if I could remember the count of the total number of tasks that I labeled as important which I think I have managed to complete … or … the number of pressing issues that I faced which I’d like to say I solved … at the end of 8765.81 hours, 365 days, 52.1775 weeks and 12 months, I’m positive, highly unsatisfactory figure would emerge as result.

Does that mean, I failed? couldn’t organize my time and did I waste it ? was I lazy … inefficient? to work things out? get things done? well … if one agrees with me, on utilizing time to the maximum, means, working for more than 5 ½ days a week, for minimum of 22 – 24 days a month and about 190 – 200 hours a month … then … strategically spending time or no … nobody can question my efforts I suppose … as I have achieved that kind of feat in 2012 .

yet … why do I feel … I should have done more? because there’s … as always … a continuation of something from the previous year … and I do not like it one bit, not that I can help it. It s forever so little time – so much to do … isn’t it.

Even if it’s not much that we have accomplished … in the past year, I recommend everyone, giving yourselves … a pat on the shoulder. I mean … if there’s no one to do that for us … why not do it ourselves?

And it is … I tell you, for the simplest reason, of surviving 2012 … sanity intact.

Think about it … it wasn’t an easy year and it all started with 2012.12.12 … focus was on the date our world was supposed to end, and then … it gets postponed to 2012.12.21 … more stress … yet nothing happens … the prediction of Mayans becomes a hoax, message misunderstood … and then the hocus pocus of Astronomers … predicting this, anticipating that … yellow and red rain, falls in Sri Lanka … an Asteroid was expected … god … will it ever sound any crazier than that?

But we lived through it all people; yes … we did it …. is that all? … nope, more to endure.

Why, then it comes to surviving … through the precariousness of the world we live

Fighting … killing … and not to forget the natural disasters … oh yes.

“Take the gun and shoot the fella if he doesn’t offer ya his wallet” … Power games of big nations, ignorance of smaller nations.

… in short … stronger human Vs the weaker one.

And then we see pictures of humans; dead … tiny hands popping out under debris … missile attacks in Gaza … and we read on more news; a crazed person decides to go on a killing spree … some innocent children dies one fine day, out of the blue, for no apparent reason … albeit the country s protecting its’ citizens s right for self defense, because for them it’s still reasonable to have a licensed fire arm at home … whether you got an insane person nearby or no. We go on reading; a prank on royals … callers are from a far away country, and their call drive an innocent human to end her life in another country … it was written that the person who did suicide, had psychological issues … the pranksters were innocent … and we must understand people … that it’s the most common thing on earth, you should know that people usually make prank calls on royals … it is expected … so why not take it just as a prank,  therefore not a reason to kill one’s self  … hence not anyone s fault but the one who died. We read more; young lovers end up beaten to pulp on the way home after a movie … on a moving Bus, the woman being gang raped by half a dozen men before thrown out and later dies of multiple internal wounds caused by the horrific attack … still the country’s focused on conquering space … why bother about illiterate, poor majority of citizens and the crime rate? and they have movie heroes in hundreds … to follow.

If you’d like to, you’d admit … all these news … stressed out our minds, disturbed our lives … as if we don’t have enough personal affairs to deal with …  though non of it directly connecting to us, these cases were of violating our rights as humans … the right to live, right to protect ourselves, loved ones … affect us in some way … after all,  it’s the world we live in … so we heard, saw and we experienced all this  … yet survived through last year … didn’t we?

Good on you people, well-done. We can very happily say, we saw, we heard, we lived through and therefore we conquered.

It’s alright, if we didn’t complete our work, accomplished whatever we planned  in 2012. Even if certain tasks got dragged on to 2013, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the attitude we have today … because we are survivors and it’s up to us to keep doing that.

So … say louder … say like a mantra:

“If I can do something once, I can do it again; if someone else can do something, I can learn to do it, too; I will constantly picture myself as I wish to be; my choices create me. I will wisely choose my thoughts, words, and actions; I am a person who grows from each and every challenge; I will see the positive in other people and I will say and do what I can to help; my immense value is a Divine gift; nothing anyone says to me can take away my immense value”.

Well … on a lighter point I say … unlike “Million earning – Super Models” … I don’t believe in ‘SNIFFING’ the cakes; I eat it.

I’v never counted calories, nope … and no … I’m not guilty at all … well of course I do not posses a super model figure nor that I’m rich.

and yet I’m happy – as happy as I can be … as for me, the most important right now is … that I’m happy and I’m alive.

 

Enjoy your days when you are still alive people!

~~ Happy New Year ~~.

newtown tragedy

You see … I was supposed to finish a story on “Near death experience” but now I have to abandon my long due article because of valid reasons. My apology …!

 

I quoted Rabindranath Tagore above; he considered Children as God send … as messengers.  An affirmative on his sentiments, as I share the same belief and I’m sure almost all of you’d agree with him too. If not, I assume you are a cyborg, not born naturally as a Human child.

 

Whatever those great Humans happen to say long time back in our history … words … in vain and those reflections been considered not as valid as they used to be … and this’s 21ST Century. If you disagree with me … then look round and can anyone please pin point a place, where a child s’ rights aren’t been violated? where a child’s not been abused … mean any form of abuse … a place where children don’t die premature … despite the way they die … a possibly safer place for them to live?  Can anyone?  No? I thought so …

 

It’s said that 1,477 Children been killed by Israel attacks and 129 Children died due to Palestinian attacks since 20th September, 2000 and that’s the conflict between these two countries over a strip of Land. I’m sure they are trying to win this strip of Land for enhancement of land … for their future. Which means … for their Children. Absolutely an ingenious style, I must say. When either of these countries wins the land eventually, I hope they’d not have to use it to bury the Children they killed. Bravo.

 

And then, we hear another shooting spree in USA. This time, target’s been 20 innocent children, 01st graders … and their Teachers. Some blame the “gun-laws” in USA … saying gun control measures aren’t adequate … that any lunatic can get hold of a gun, it’s just as easy as buying a loaf of Bread in USA. Some blame the Mental Health issues, saying most Americans suffer from some kind of psychiatric problem … (Americans aren’t alone there)…  that this Shooter was suffering from several types of disorders … that he came from a broken family plus he suffers from a personality disorder … really? … 20 Children HAD to die the most horrific way  … for American top shots and its citizens to realize that GUNS KILL. They wait for such trivial things to happen to discuss about minor matters like “Gun Culture” and “Mental Health issues” …. And yet forget about the whole thing in matter of weeks? Wow … why worry at all? These are simply nonsensical things which America has to be of concern. But I say … it’s a shame USA; why not use your super powers, intelligence, whatever you boast of … to protect at least your own children?

For me … Children ARE Children, anywhere on earth, one must understand.

 

Oh the funny part is … here we humans wonder, 12.12.12 World didn’t END and now we are curious whether it will happen on 12.12.21? … waiting for what EXACTLY are we?? an Asteroid?? …

 

I’d like to say, any person who has some common sense, I MEAN at least the size of a pin head, should realize, the World will surely end, but not on 12th Dec or 21st Dec … that it will happen eventually and it has already started happening. LOOK around people, what do you think? It started on … whatever the date we forgot the importance, the gravity, of our actions towards fellow humans, it started on that day we forgot the most decisive thing we require to protect, for continuation of human race … our CHILDREN.

 

Go on … you can keep doing what you are doing … we aren’t going to get hit by an Asteroid anytime soon.

 

But I’d like you to have something to ponder … and act differently if you think you should:

Words of Wisdom …

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell … He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye … The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings … The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness … and Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without …”

By Lord BUDDHA

May you find your peace  … may you find ways to protect our Children … and the world will continue …!

 

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“”A skeptical scientist who had spent his career studying the mechanics of the brain and dismissing patient tales of journeys to heavenly realms has revealed his extraordinary conversion after his own encounter with the afterlife during a near-death experience””

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Origin of life on earth, it’s debatable of course and science Vs religious faiths have been clashing over this topic for long time.

 

 

Quoting Wikipedia:

Abiogenesis or biopoiesis is the idea that life arose from inorganic matter. In particular, the term usually refers to the processes by which life on Earth may have arisen. Abiogenesis likely occurred between 3.9 and 3.5 billion years ago, in the Eoarchean era (the time after the Hadean era in which the Earth was essentially molten). Hypotheses about the origins of life may be divided into several categories. Most approaches investigate how self-replicating molecules or their components came into existence. For example, the Miller–Urey experiment and similar experiments demonstrated that most amino acids, often called “the building blocks of life”, were shown to be racemically synthesized in conditions thought to be similar to those of the early Earth.

 

Even after reading this paragraph one might wonder … how complicated it appears … when we try explaining how the earth was created and how the tiny molecules came in to exist … it sounds even more perplexing with scientists’ jargons … and yet … many persistent questions remain … unanswered.

 

Since there’s no absolute theory on formation of life … which everyone would give stamp of approval then to educate us on the beginning of life form on earth, scientists have much to do … ok then … what about “after life”…? Where do we go from here …? yet another mystery for us Humans to solve.

 

But now and then … we hear many stories of “near death experiences” … could these episodes shed light on what happen to our imprecise “Soul” after leaving the tangible “Body”.

 

This article on “Daily Mail’, caught my attention … I read on, captivating … interesting

 

 

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15 years as an academic neurosurgeon at Harvard but he was struck with a nearly fatal bout of bacterial meningitis in 2008 and had no brain activity when he lay comatose for seven days at a Virginia hospital.

Though he was unconscious and unresponsive during that period, he is now describing a ‘hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey’ to a place beyond, filled with butterflies and resounding music that has shaken his scientific viewpoint on human consciousness. He says he entered a place filled with clouds and the sound of chanting, and was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman.

Dr Alexander describes his paradigm shift from focusing solely on the scientific make up of the brain to considering the spiritual realm of the mind, in a deeply reflective essay in Newsweek in advance of the release of his book, Proof of Heaven.

‘As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences,’ he writes in his article, explaining how he had previously relied on ‘good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.’

Though he considered himself a nominal Christian he said he lacked the faith to believe in eternal life.

When his patients would tell tales of going to heaven during near death experiences, he relied on ‘current medical understanding of the brain and mind’ and disregarded them as wishful thinking.

But after he became the patient, he says he ‘experienced something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death.’

The 58-year-old has an impressive pedigree. His ancestors were well regarded politicians and prominent fixtures in society in Tennessee. His father was Chief of Neurosurgery at Wake Forest University from 1948 to 1978.

The younger Alexander graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975. He earned his medical degree from Duke in 1980.

He spent 15 years teaching neurology at Harvard Medical School and the University of Virginia – lecturing on and researching brain mapping, the treatment of brain tumors and trying to understand cognition.

In 2008, the father-of-two was in ‘good health and good shape,’ preparing to embark on a hike with his son of a volcano in South America, he said in a July interview about the ordeal with Skeptiko.

Little did he know that he would soon become a patient at the very hospital where he taught.

The doctor’s life was nearly cut short on November 10, 2008, when he awoke at 4:30am to get ready to go to work at the Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia, where he worked as a neurosurgeon.

All of a sudden, he developed a severe pain in his back and within 15 minutes he was paralyzed in anguish and could barely even move.

His wife, Holley, rushed in to assist him and began to rub his back to relieve the tension but his condition worsened.

Before he began convulsing in a seizure, his last words to his wife were, ‘Don’t call 911,’ and he lost consciousness and has no memory of what happened for an entire week.

Fortunately for him, his wife disregarded his advice and he was rushed to an area hospital and was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

‘My entire cortex – the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion and that in essence makes us human – had shut down,’ he writes in his essay.

‘Doctors determined that I had somehow contracted very rare bacterial meningitis that mostly attacks newborns. E. coli bacteria had penetrated my cerebrospinal fluid and were eating my brain,’ he added.

He was placed on a ventilator at the intensive care unit and for six days he was treated with triple antibiotics to fight the bacteria but his brain had little functionality and he was unresponsive, leaving doctors to believe he would not recover.

As his family prepared for the worst, on the seventh day he suddenly opened his eyes.

His breathing tube was removed and he miraculously told doctors, ‘Thank you.’

He suffered from amnesia and could not remember his life at all prior to his illness and remained in a haze for the first few days after he came out of the coma.

As he recovered though, he began to recall vivid memories of a magical mental experience during his time in the coma.

Alexander admits his description might sound like something straight out of Hollywood, but to skeptics he says he has a clear sense that it was indeed real and ‘not some fantasy, passing and insubstantial.’

After his remarkable experience in 2008, Alexander says the impact has been both on the professional and the spiritual.

Now the scientist has committed his energy to ‘investigating the true nature of consciousness and making the fact that we are more, much more, than our physical brains as clear as I can, both to my fellow scientists and to people at large.’

But the self-described Christian-in-name-only, now says his experience with heaven has deepened his understanding of God and strengthened his faith.

‘At the very heart of my journey [is this], that we are loved and accepted unconditionally by a God even more grand and unfathomably glorious than the one I’d learned,’ he concludes.

 

“The Long Absence … “

Well … I’m not talking about the 1961 French film, I’m talking about being absent a long time from my beloved site.

No … it’s not that I lost interest, busy schedule or lack of topics to write about.

I wandered off; I was simply tired.

 

Writing requires the kind of energy, mental energy, to pour your thoughts and feelings out.

Through your finger tips, on to the pen or to the key board, where it will be transformed in to words.

It’s kind of like Magic.

 

I didn’t have the Magical energy for a while.

 

But I never stopped reading, I read and read.

And then there …  it came back …  the edge, the energy, the big bang.

 

So here I am … back to writing … my favorite pastime.