Amartithi

“The so-called conflict between religion and science arises only when there is no appreciation of the relative importance of these two types of knowledge. It is futile to try to glean knowledge of true values by exercise of the mind alone. Mind cannot tell you which things are worth having, it can only tell you how to achieve the ends accepted from non-intellectual sources. In most persons the mind accepts ends from the promptings of wants, but this means denial of the life of the spirit. Only when the mind accepts its ends and values from the deepest promptings of the heart does it contribute to the life of the spirit. Thus mind has to work in co-operation with the heart; factual knowledge has to be subordinated to intuitive perceptions; and heart has to be allowed full freedom in determining the ends of life without any interference from the mind. The mind has a place in practical life, but it’s role begins after the heart has had its say.”

–Avatar Meher Baba

from Discourses: The Avenues to Understanding, Vol. 1 of 3, p. 140.

Art by Katharine Glover.

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Lunar Eclipse

This morning the west coast of the United States was able to view a blue moon (the second full moon in one month), a super moon (technically the moon wasn’t TRULY at perigee, but NASA said they’d let it slide), and a blood moon (a lunar eclipse)! I thought I’d climb Stone Mountain to catch a glimpse of the moon just before it set, but it was like 30 degrees at 5am, and who was I kidding. Besides, we Atlantans weren’t able to view the full eclipse from our longitude.

I tuned in to the NASA cable channel, which was flipping back and forth between live feeds from the Griffith Observatory in LA, Mt Lemmon SkyCenter in Tucson, the Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards AFB north of LA, and an observatory in Hawaii. Griffith’s feed was by far the best quality, so I switched to their YouTube channel to watch the rest. Their “ethereal music” (closed-caption description, not mine) was weak, so I put on my own viewing playlist.

The colors during totality were amazing, and it was so fun to watch the moon move in front of the bright stars in its path. The eclipse lasted longer than I expected; I was thinking back to the solar eclipse, which only lasted a few minutes, but this event was about an hour i’d guess.

A few airplanes flew in front of the moon during the broadcast, and the hosts from Griffith came on the audio and explained that they were not UFOs (yeah, right).✌👽