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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

New Buddha!

Someone just alerted me about this holy news: The reincarnation of Siddhārtha Gautama, Amitābha (阿彌陀佛 Ch. Āmítuó fó, 阿弥陀如来 Jp. Amida Nyorai), the Buddha of Limitless Light (無量光佛), also Amitāyus, the Buddha of Limitless Life (無量壽佛) blah blah blah ... is back in action!

You know what? I have been searching high and low for the path to Nirvana for a long long time and as such, please forward to me if you happen to know the immediate contact eg. email address/phone number of this little Buddha so that I can try to book an audience with the new Lord ASAP.

Meanwhile, I think I better start saving some bucks to get to Katmandu before he dissapears in the thin air ...

Holy smoke, this is hot!

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press Writer

KATMANDU, Nepal - A teenage boy has been meditating in a Nepalese jungle for six months, and thousands have flocked to see him, with some believing he is the reincarnation of Buddha, police and media said Wednesday.

Ram Bahadur Banjan, 15, sits cross-legged and motionless with eyes closed among the roots of a tree in the jungle of Bara, about 100 miles south of the capital, Katmandu.

He's supposedly been that way since May 17 — but his followers have been keeping him from public view at night.

A reporter for the Kantipur newspaper, Sujit Mahat, said he spent two days at the site, and that about 10,000 people are believed to visit daily.

Soldiers have been posted in the area for crowd control, officials said.

A makeshift parking lot and cluster of food stalls have sprung up near Banjan's retreat, an area not previously frequented by visitors.

Many visitors believe Banjan is a reincarnation of Gautama Siddhartha, who was born not far away in southwestern Nepal around 500 B.C. and later became revered as the Buddha, which means Enlightened One.

Others aren't so sure.

Police inspector Chitra Bahadur Gurung said officers have interviewed the boy's associates about their claim that Banjan has gone six months without food or drink.

Officers have not directly questioned the boy, who appears deep in meditation and doesn't speak.

"We have a team ... investigating the claim on how anyone can survive for so long without food and water," Gurung said.

Local officials have also asked the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology in Katmandu to send scientists to examine Banjan ... More

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Kosher Scam?

While my mailbox is flooded with all sort of scams everyday, this must be the first 'Kosher' version ... Sorry, I shouldn't use the word 'scam', maybe I should rephrase it as 'potentially fraudulent invitation' as the claim is yet to be verified.

(Picture: Money God!)
Check this out ....

From: GOSH MAZREK TEXTILE INDUSTRY

Dear Sir/Madam,

Gosh-Mazrek Textile Industries is a Yarns & Textile Manufacturing company based in Israel. Due to the expansion of our company on the markets of Europe, Canada and the USA,we are searching for Representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our costumers in Europe,Canada and America as well as making payments through them to us.

The requirements for Representatives are:

1. Honest, responsible and dedicated
2. Having no problem with the authorities
3. Having a bank account to receive payment (Company account is an advantage)
4. Having 1 or 2 free hours a day
5. Having a business or mobile phone

As our Representative,you will be required to receive payments from our customers on our behalf and transfer the money further to our trade agents via Money Transfer or Bank Transfer. This scheme seems for us to be the most efficient, since it guarantees the fastest delivery of the payments from our customers thus avoiding the major delays in getting payment. This means that the customers are able to receive delivery of their orders in the shortest possible date.

What is your interest?

You will get 6-10% commission from the whole sum of every transaction on your bank account. All the related charges ( Bank transfer) are covered by our company.

We require your assistance in order to fasten the process of the delivery of the ordered goods and to shorten the terms of getting the payments from our clients.

We are grateful for your attention. Your email was forwarded by www.monster.co.uk at our request, because you or somebody else has subscribed for the delivery of the job offers on the internet .

We wish you good luck and happiness.

Sincerely Yours,
Yoram Golan Segir.
MANAGING DIRECTOR,
GOSH-MAZREK TEXTILE INDUSTRIES
TEL/FAX: + 972 25916105

Monday, November 14, 2005

Isreal OKed Gay Marriage?

Earlier, I came across this piece of unprecedented news (well, something I don't expect to take place in the land of God) " ...

Two Gay Couples Ask High Court to Recognize Marriages ..." and it ended with "Under the 40-year-old Isreali court ruling, the newlyweds can then return (from abroad) and be registered as married by the interior ministry with no question asked."

Here is the the preceeding story ...

by Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent

Two homosexual couples who registered for civil marriage in Canada petitioned the High Court of Justice on Monday, asking that the Interior Ministry recognize their union.

The couples argues that the Interior Ministry’s refusal to recognize their marriage violates their rights to equal treatment and family life, and is based on "the outlook of a homophobic society."

The first couple are Yossi Ben-Ari, 51, a stage and costume designer, and Lorain Shcuman, 41, a translator of French literature into Hebrew. The two have been together since 1987, and married in Canada in November 2003. Their marriage certificate was approved by the Canadian Foreign Ministry, the Canadian embassy in Israel, and the Israeli consul in Toronto.

The second couple are Yosef Bar-Lev, 38, a folk-dancing instructor, and Yaron Lahav, 28, a personal trainer. The two met in May of 1998, and began living together in September of that year. In May of 2003, they were also married in Canada, and their marriage certificate was also approved by the Israeli consul in Canada, Avi Lev-Louis.

After they returned to Israel, the couples asked the Population Registry, a branch of the Interior Ministry, to register them as married in Israel. Last month, the director of registry’s Tel Aviv office replied to the two requests.

"As you know, marriages of this kind are not recognized as legal in Israel, and it is therefore not permitted to register you as requested," he wrote.

In their petitions, submitted by Dan Yakir of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the couples argue that according to the High Court’s rulings, the Population Administration cannot make use of religious considerations when approached to change a person’s status in its registry following an action recognized abroad, in spite of the fact that Israel does not recognize same-sex marriages that take place within the state.

The petitioners emphasize that the state prevents same-sex couples from marrying in their own country, where they are surrounded by their loved ones, and forces them to travel abroad ...

I wish them luck. Not that I am a gay but I think their case is relatively important to the development of mankind as 80% of the world is one way or another influenced by the Semitic religions. So I imagine the verdict on this pair of Jewish gay couple is going to have profound impact on the rest of the world, particularly to the Catholics and Muslims.

"No one else can rewrite the Holy Books except The Chosen Ones? You bet ..."

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Einstein & Religion

What Albert Einstein said about religion …

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.”

“True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.”

“I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it.”

“Scientists were rated as great heretics by the church, but they were truly religious men because of their faith in the orderliness of the universe.”

“What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? To answer this question at all implies a religion. Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it? I answer, the man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.”

The World as I See It, 1934

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Halloween & Christianity

Is Halloween Christian?

As far as I know, Halloween is just like Santa Claus, it’s a fairy tale, it’s paganism and as far as the serious faithful are concerned ... it’s plain NONSENSE!

Check this out …

Should Christians participate in Halloween?

The October 31st holiday that we today know as Halloween has strong roots in paganism and is closely connected with worship of the Enemy of this world, Satan. It is a holiday that generally glorifies the dark things of this world, rather than the light of Jesus Christ, The Truth.

Have you noticed how costumes and masks are getting generally more bloody, gory, and depraved each year? Unfortunately, the gruesome and grotesque and the occult are increasingly glorified in American society, not only on Halloween, but throughout the year in horror movies and in television programs.

My family does not celebrate it or participate in it. We do not believe that our children are "missing out," and neither do they. Other days are used for costumes and parties. Happily, all of our children have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We have found that Halloween provides an excellent time to remind our children that, as Christians, we are different, and not of this world (Heb. 11:13-16; 1 Pet. 2:11). More

Quotes:

"I think we ought to close Halloween down. Do you want your children to dress up as witches? The Druids used to dress up like this when they were doing human sacrifice...[The children] are acting out Satanic rituals and participating in it, and don't even realize it." -- Pat Robertson, "The 700 Club," 1982-OCT-29

"There is [only] one reference to human sacrifice in Celtic literature, but it appears to be a Christian forgery. The ancient Celts might have engaged in ritual killing; certainly other contemporary societies did. Modern Druids, of course, do not." Excerpt from this website's essay on the Druids.

Many books on Halloween have been written by Fundamentalists and other Evangelical Christian authors. There are also many Internet sites devoted to the topic. 1 to 10
Most of these authors tend to paint a very different picture of Halloween than do other writers, both religious and secular. Conservative Christians generally have a very negative view of Halloween, and are very concerned with its growing popularity in North America.

Much of their fear and rejection of Halloween are described below. They are based on:

- Their fundamental beliefs about non-Christian religions, the Occult, Satan and his demons.

- The information sources that they use for data about the ancient Celts and Druids, modern Neopagan beliefs and practices, and Halloween itself.
More

Well, all I can say is I think 'true' religions like Judaism, Christianity, Islam are so serious to the extend they are mostly confined within the black & white world.

On the other hand, other supposedly 'lesser' or even 'false' (from the Semitic perspective) religions, occults or otherwise cultural believes (pagan or not) seem to be so much more colorful ... Happy Halloween, Welcome Snow White, Have Fun Su-Wu-Gong (Monkey God?)!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Halloween & Hooters

Meanwhile for those who can't fit into a boy size spiderman suit but feel like having one ... Here is an alternative, lets go to Hooters!

Jingle bells,
Batman smells,
Robin laid an egg,
Hooters is bubbly boobly good (?).
Trick or Treat!


Happy Halloween

October 31, celebrated in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles by children going door to door while wearing costumes and begging treats and playing pranks.

"Jingle bells,
Batman smells,
Robin laid an egg."
Trick or Treat!

The custom of 'trick or treat' probably has several origins, mostly Irish. An old Irish peasant practice called for going door to door to collect money, bread cake, cheese, eggs, butter, nuts, apples, etc., in preparation for the festival of St. Columbus Kill. Yet another custom was the begging for soul cakes, or offerings for one's self - particularly in exchange for promises of prosperity or protection against bad luck. It is with this custom the concept of the fairies came to be incorporated as people used to go door to door begging for treats. Failure to supply the treats would usually result in practical jokes being visited on the owner of the house.

Since the fairies were abroad on this night, an offering of food or milk was frequently left for them on the steps of the house, so the houseowner could gain the blessings of the "good folk" for the coming year. Many of the households would also leave out a "dumb supper" for the spirits of the departed. More

Who says evolution is false? Even Halloween has evolved a from a 'Ghostly' occasion to a 'Heroic' one. This year, the hippest Halloween costume for boys is ... Spiderman!

(NB: My girl insists the honour should go to Harry Porter)

Have funJingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg. Trick or Treat!

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