Photography at its best

The fourth annual BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition aims to celebrate the diversity of life on Earth, and encourages people to protect and conserve it.


via BigPicture Wildlife Images Competition 2017 (Winners) — ALK3R


What am I?

What am I? I am a result; I am the result of the past, of innumerable layers of the past, of a series of causes-effects. And how can I be opposed to the whole, the past, when I am the result of all that? If I, who am the mass, the whole, if I do not understand myself, not only what is outside my skin, objectively, but subjectively, inside the skin, how can I understand another, the world? To understand oneself requires kindly and tolerant detachment. If you do not understand yourself, you will not understand anything else; you may have great ideals, beliefs, and formulations, but they will have no reality. They will be delusions. So you must know yourself to understand the present and through the present, the past. From the known present, the hidden layers of the past are discovered and this discovery is liberating and creative. –


Jiddu Krishnamurti

Ojai 1944,

Talk 1

The New Human Being – J. Krishnamurti

Sat Sangha Salon

Questioner: I am a reformer, a social worker. Seeing the extraordinary injustice there is in the world my whole life has been dedicated to reform. I used to be a Communist but I can’t go along with Communism any more, it has ended in tyranny. Nevertheless, I am still dedicated to reforming society so that man can live in dignity, beauty and freedom, and realize the potential which nature seems to have given him, and which he himself seems always to have stolen from his fellow man. In America there is a certain kind of freedom, and yet standardization and propaganda are very strong there – all the mass media exert a tremendous pressure on the mind. It seems that the power of television, this mechanical thing that man has invented, has developed its own personality, its own will, its own momentum; and though probably nobody – perhaps not even…

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J.Krishnamurti, Letter of condolences to a friend,1935

FB_IMG_1495921548189This letter was written more than eighty years ago. It has a simple lucidity and abounding affection. It gives us a glimpse of how Krishnaji helped people to cope with profound sorrow that comes with the death of beloved ones.

Taken from the book:

A Vision
of the
My Personal

By Sunanda Patwardhan


mira prabhu

ed54db0481b9c9836e19388d8ce6f3d0Anyone who has grown up in a traditional community knows that one is strongly urged to never speak about the skeletons rattling around in both individual and community closets. As for me, I was so open with strangers right from the get go that my conformist mother would warn me to hush. “Your big mouth will get you into trouble,” she’d say sternly. “There’s no need to tell everyone how you think or feel. If you continue like this, no one will marry you.” I would snigger, thrilled at the thought that this innate habit of frank communication would repel prospective partners who didn’t appreciate honesty. Life had thrown enough chains on me already—why on earth would I want one more?

My mother was wrong. My wildness drew people to me. But I had seen too much already to be dazzled by the usual courtship rituals and already horrified by what…

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Helpful Facebook Tips for Authors

Cathleen Townsend

facebook worldSince I’ve been putting more effort into Facebook, I’m actually starting to build a network, something which has eluded me before.

The downside is that you have to be careful adding friends. I was asked personal information about my marriage by two different guys today who tried to chat me up. Seriously? Yuck. That doesn’t even count the ones who mostly posted stuff about scantily clad women who don’t look as though they’re putting much effort into their intellectual capacity. Those accounts didn’t get their requests approved. There are some extremely weird people out there. One guy had Hitler pics on his home page.

So don’t just blindly befriend people because you’re tired. Don’t add people who you can’t see their feed until after you’ve approved their request. I’m telling you this as a friend.

The good news is that Facebook can be trained. There’s a little arrow on the…

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