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Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Happy Ground Hog Day

www.blenkoglass.com Blenko Glass located in Milton, and also open 24/7 on the web. You'll want to shop on this Ground Hog Day!
Anyone heard if we're having more snow?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

HE SAW HIS SHADOW OR DIDNT
WHATEVER
SPRING
AN EARLY SPRING!!!!

Anonymous said...

No
An early spring was predicted.

Anonymous said...

Everything will become so easy if we acknowledge the fact that 'we' the actual spirits/souls will not perish. Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Text 13: "As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change". It is just that easy. But then we cry when someone we loved dies. We know the facts, but we have attachments, and desires. The mind has so many desires.

Anonymous said...

We all know how difficult it is to control the mind. He declared that for him it was much difficult that to control the wind. If a person like Arjuna is saying so and is unable to control the mind, what hope do we have? Krishna tells him that it definitely is difficult. But it is possible by 2 things..... Constant Practice and Detachment. Just like we say, "Practice makes Perfect" and "Out of sight, out of mind". If the course is hard, practice the problems again and again and it'll become easy. If it's difficult to live without cigarettes, be strong and avoid them, and there will be a time when they won't be missed anymore.
These are certain principles that everyone is known to apply in all the spheres of our daily lives. But the way spirituality and religion have been presented in the current cultures, it has led everyone to assume that spirituality and especially any kind of religion is dogmatic, based on blind faith, and not scientific at all.
There is a saying, "Religion without Science is sentimentalism and Science without Religion is mental speculation". Both things need to go hand in hand. Assuming that there is no god (hyopthesis to start the experiment with), anything that science proves or discovers must be testified by religion and anything that religion says must be verifiable by science. The conflict comes when there are things in religion that are too obscure for the present day science, or when there are things in science that are apparently too contradictory to religion. But my thinking is that such conflicts will only arise when there is incomplete or superficial knowledge or either of the subject matters. Let's assume that there's a creator (hypothesis to start the experiment with). So if there's a creator, everything must come from him. Everything would include all religions and all sciences. One thing (religion) is telling stuff about the creation and the creator. The other thing is discovering stuff about the creation and the creator. So if the creator and the creation are the same, it wouldn't matter what path we chose because ultimately, if we didn't make any mistakes in our interpretations, we will arrive at the same conclusions. Either by believing after hearing from religion, or by believing after experimenting from science. And the apparent contradiction between the two paths come about due to our misinterpretations and our defects (We make mistakes, cheat, have imperfect senses and are illusioned).

Such kind of thoughts come to me from time to time. Sometimes, when I'm waiting at a train station, and I see all kinds of people moving here and there, doing something or the other, I get filled with so much anxiety/frustration (I can't find the right word) just by thinking "What is everybody doing? Why is there no stopping for even a moment in some people's lives to thinking about the reason for doing what they're doing. Most people just take birth, hang around for a while, and then leave. This also includes the richest of the richest, the strongest of the strongest, the most famous or the most famous, etc. Basically all the people who never questions and evaluate their existence. And this is so true that most people never stop for a moment to think about these things. It is also confirmed in Gita. "Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth".
If one is curious and genuine in their inquiry, they will find answers. And if have our eyes open, we see stuff in our lives that makes us curious and makes us inquire about more than the daily routine. Books like Bhagavad Gita confirm the exact same things that we realize in our lives. Hence, our faith becomes stronger in texts like these. Some things that we see and realize in our lives are confirmed in these texts. The other things that our described in these texts may be beyond our comprehension at our current stage of realization and understanding.

Anonymous said...

We all know how difficult it is to control the mind. He declared that for him it was much difficult that to control the wind. If a person like Arjuna is saying so and is unable to control the mind, what hope do we have? Krishna tells him that it definitely is difficult. But it is possible by 2 things..... Constant Practice and Detachment. Just like we say, "Practice makes Perfect" and "Out of sight, out of mind". If the course is hard, practice the problems again and again and it'll become easy. If it's difficult to live without cigarettes, be strong and avoid them, and there will be a time when they won't be missed anymore.
These are certain principles that everyone is known to apply in all the spheres of our daily lives. But the way spirituality and religion have been presented in the current cultures, it has led everyone to assume that spirituality and especially any kind of religion is dogmatic, based on blind faith, and not scientific at all.
There is a saying, "Religion without Science is sentimentalism and Science without Religion is mental speculation". Both things need to go hand in hand. Assuming that there is no god (hyopthesis to start the experiment with), anything that science proves or discovers must be testified by religion and anything that religion says must be verifiable by science. The conflict comes when there are things in religion that are too obscure for the present day science, or when there are things in science that are apparently too contradictory to religion. But my thinking is that such conflicts will only arise when there is incomplete or superficial knowledge or either of the subject matters. Let's assume that there's a creator (hypothesis to start the experiment with). So if there's a creator, everything must come from him. Everything would include all religions and all sciences. One thing (religion) is telling stuff about the creation and the creator. The other thing is discovering stuff about the creation and the creator. So if the creator and the creation are the same, it wouldn't matter what path we chose because ultimately, if we didn't make any mistakes in our interpretations, we will arrive at the same conclusions. Either by believing after hearing from religion, or by believing after experimenting from science. And the apparent contradiction between the two paths come about due to our misinterpretations and our defects (We make mistakes, cheat, have imperfect senses and are illusioned).
, the alluring paychecks....

Anonymous said...

.
There is a saying, "Religion without Science is sentimentalism and Science without Religion is mental speculation". Both things need to go hand in hand. Assuming that there is no god (hyopthesis to start the experiment with), anything that science proves or discovers must be testified by religion and anything that religion says must be verifiable by science. The conflict comes when there are things in religion that are too obscure for the present day science, or when there are things in science that are apparently too contradictory to religion. But my thinking is that such conflicts will only arise when there is incomplete or superficial knowledge or either of the subject matters. Let's assume that there's a creator (hypothesis to start the experiment with). So if there's a creator, everything must come from him. Everything would include all religions and all sciences. One thing (religion) is telling stuff about the creation and the creator. The other thing is discovering stuff about the creation and the creator. So if the creator and the creation are the same, it wouldn't matter what path we chose because ultimately, if we didn't make any mistakes in our interpretations, we will arrive at the same conclusions. Either by believing after hearing from religion, or by believing after experimenting from science. And the apparent contradiction between the two paths come about due to our misinterpretations and our defects (We make mistakes, cheat, have imperfect senses and are illusioned).

Such kind of thoughts come to me from time to time. Sometimes, when I'm waiting at a train station, and I see all kinds of people moving here and there, doing something or the other, I get filled with so much anxiety/frustration (I can't find the right word) just by thinking "What is everybody doing? Why is there no stopping for even a moment in some people's lives to thinking about the reason for doing what they're doing. Most people just take birth, hang around for a while, and then leave. This also includes the richest of the richest, the strongest of the strongest, the most famous or the most famous, etc. Basically all the people who never questions and evaluate their existence. And this is so true that most people never stop for a moment to think about these things. It is also confirmed in Gita. "Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth".
If one is curious and genuine in their inquiry, they will find answers. And if have our eyes open, we see stuff in our lives that makes us curious and makes us inquire about more than the daily routine. Books like Bhagavad Gita confirm the exact same things that we realize in our lives. Hence, our faith becomes stronger in texts like these. Some things that we see and realize in our lives are confirmed in these texts. The other things that our described in these texts may be beyond our comprehension at our current stage of realization and understanding. But since we have developed a minimal amount of faith, we accept the things we read but not quite understand as of now. But then we experiment and test those things, and if the conclusion of our experiments matches the results mentioned in the text, our faith becomes stronger. If the conclusions don't converge, then either the texts were misleading or our experiment was wrongly performed. Therefore, there needs to be a guide, a teacher (just like in any formal education) who can teach the principles and who can verify them from other sources as well. If the teacher, the texts and other bonafide sources, all say the same thing, only then that thing is correct.

It probably is getting too much for you. It was just one of those days today when I thought about the aimlessness of people, including me. The unnecessary rat race, the false promises, the alluring paychecks....

Anonymous said...

Thank you for publishing the ramblings we all need to be more focused on meditation , prayer and being kind to each other.
Be kind to the enviroment.
Blenko Glass is made of 100% recycable elements.
Blenko is hand made. A gentle company that deserves to be again successful
Buy new blenko from the factory this week.
If everyone read this and acts we'll start a new trend.
Buddha is love

chitrakahn said...

Glasslady
Do you believe this black magic?
No I'm certain you don't.

Anonymous said...

For the person who has left that big comment need to realize that if you read and practice these mind exercises does not mean you will achieve the truths, you just gathered some knowledge. only when you pass through deep ecstacies and meditations the purging will happen and the ultimate realization happens.
Bottom line...dwelling in mind leads no where, maybe you will become a great scholar or a philosopher.