Mitch McConnell Hospitalized With Low White-Vote Count

Senator Mitch McConnell. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)
Senator Mitch McConnell. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)

Mitch McConnell Hospitalized With Low White-Vote Count

By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

18 July 17


The article below is satire. Andy Borowitz is an American comedian and New York Times-bestselling author who satirizes the news for his column, “The Borowitz Report.”

ajority Leader Mitch McConnell was rushed to the hospital late Monday night with what doctors diagnosed as a low white-vote count.

Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center said that when McConnell arrived at the facility his white-vote count had fallen below fifty and he had gone into shock.

Dr. Harland Dorrinson, a physician at Walter Reed who is monitoring McConnell’s condition, called his low white-vote count “very serious.”

“Mitch McConnell needs a white-vote count of at least fifty in order to function,” he said. “If it falls below fifty and stays there for an extended period of time, he cannot survive.”

Efforts to boost the Senate Majority Leader’s white-vote count have so far proved fruitless, as doctors acknowledged that they have been unable to find additional white votes that are compatible with McConnell.

McConnell was first rushed to Walter Reed after showing symptoms commonly associated with a low white-vote count, including a feeling of hopelessness and uncontrollable sobbing.



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0 #Moxa 2017-07-18 16:57

In some cases a strong black vote count or a good brown vote count can make up for a low white count, but apparently in Mitch’s case these are even worse, in fact almost undetectable.

Transform impediments into the Path

31a 1995 Jolly Lama Crossing Logs


Every morning when I awake I ask myself whether I should write, or blow up a dam. I tell myself I should keep writing, though I’m not sure that’s right.

~ Derrick Jensen (b. 1960), eco-activist and writer, “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” (1998), and A Language Older Than Words (2000).


I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

~ E. B. White (1899-1985)


Old Sufi Dervish desert proverb:

You may spend your life in an effort to cover the whole world’s thorny surface with thick leather, or you can make yourself a pair of sandals and move on. . .


From a 2004 radio interview with G.G. , Scottsdale, AZ:

GG: Our most memorable encounter on our expedition into the Himalayan rainforest of southern Tibet was with one lama who suddenly appeared and started hiking with us. We nicknamed him the Jolly Lama because he was always smiling. Kind of a portly guy. Always in a good mood. It would be pouring down rain and you’d look over and it’d be raining on everybody’s tent but his! I am not kidding you, it was the weirdest thing. We just got the biggest kick out of this guy.

Well, one time it had been raining for about seven days. I was miserable and covered with leeches. I’ll never forget what happened next. Sloshing along the muddy trail in the pounding rain I came upon a large, slimy log that had fallen chest high across our brush-choked path. In my agitated state I viewed the log as a menacing obstacle. With no way under or around it, I jumped, stomach-first, and slid over the top. Regaining my balance on the other side, I was infuriated at the mud and decaying mush that seemed to have covered the entire front of my body. Rubbing off the crud I cursed the log and the rain.

My brother Todd then suggested that we wait and see how the Lama would handle this formidable impediment. Surely this test would break him. Hiding off the trail we peeked through the undergrowth just in time to see him trudge up to the log. Ever smiling, he took a couple of steps back and tried his jump with a running start. With not enough momentum, coupled with a portly belly, he slid back down on the same side of the log and landed on his back in a large puddle. Shaking his rain drenched head he burst into spasms of uproarious laughter. Staggering to his feet, he repeated the same maneuver with the same results three more times.

With each collapse back into the puddle his laughter grew stronger and louder. On his fourth attempt he made it over the top and slid headlong into the muddy puddle on the other side. Again, the laughter. Continuing to chuckle, he wiped himself off as best he could and lovingly patted the log as though it were a dear friend. He then proceeded up the trail, still smiling. Todd and I just stared at each other in amazement.

At that moment it became experientially obvious to me that it wasn’t the external or natural world that was my problem. Rather it was how I chose to perceive it. The Jolly Lama’s rainy, leech-infested day wasn’t bad quite simply because he chose not to conceptualize it that way. It was blatantly evident that there was a choice, and that choice was mine alone. The Jolly Lama chose to experience his encounter with the log as a happy thing, therefore he had joy. I chose to perceive my experience as miserable, and therefore I felt miserable.

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Making the most of tomorrow’s subtle energy patterns

“There is nothing in the cosmos, either in the material plane or the spiritual plane which cannot be directly cognized. The procedures of Vedic science provide a direct method of direct cognition of material existence in this unlimited cosmos and also they provide a direct technique to cognize that which is evenly permeating, evenly pervading the entire physical structure of the cosmos, that all-pervading Reality, the unified field of consciousness.”

~ His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Los Angeles, 1959


Tomorrow, Sunday 16 July, is another special day in this month’s Vedic calendar of solar-lunar-astro-&-Earthly pattern-forming conjunctions and configurations. The laws of nature, manifesting as vortices of conscious, intelligent energies, surround and permeate, sustain and influence our minds, our bodies, our inner and outer environment, our total being and surroundings at all manifest levels, gross and subtle. Beyond the subtlest manifest level, at the transcendental level, our individual being and the being of the entire universe are united as one non-dual field, the home of all the laws of nature, the unmanifest source of all energy fields and matter fields.

This total potential of natural law, the Unified Field of Consciousness, is known in Vedic terms as Brahman — all-inclusive universal Totality of holistic objective and subjective being, unified as one infinite continuum of Reality. This Totality manifests in specific ways as the creative intelligence operative within various laws of nature and patterns of complex combinations of natural laws. One such complex of natural law is that of Shiva, the personification of dynamic infinite silence, also expressed as the total coherence of human brain wave activity, holistic coherent mental activity, fully stabilized natural optimal neurophysiological functioning, enlightened consciousness.

Tomorrow is special to Lord Shiva in His particular expression as Kala Bhairav — a particularly intense form of the cosmic Divine Energy and Intelligence operative in, and as, and through those expressions of natural law which utilize the nature of time to destroy or dissolve the limitations of time, dissolve one manifest temporal form to give birth to higher forms, just as specialized natural laws of time “destroy” in time the rosebud in the process of unfolding also in time to become the fully-bloomed rose. Bhairav Shiva, as the creative intelligence administrating the natural laws of time, destroys limitations and boundaries, removing impediments to our own harmonious happiness in life so that we enjoy living the greater unfoldment of our own inherent potential, enjoy life lived fully in accord with cosmic natural law, lived fully in the mainstream of cosmic evolution without any resistance or obstruction from our calcified individualized ego-limitations.

One traditional part of the vrat, or self-dedication observance employed on this day (tomorrow, Sunday) to bring about purification and elimination of boundaries, is to maintain a fast throughout the day. Many traditional followers of the ancient Vedic lifestyle will take only water throughout this day, or only water and fruit juice, or only water, juice, and fresh sweet fruits. In some traditional communities, it is customary to break one’s fast after sunset on this day (ie tomorrow) or after sunrise the following day (ie Monday the 17th) with a meal of wild potato. Wild potato is not the same vegetable as ordinary domestic potato that has escaped cultivation. It is a native Indian and Asian medicinal plant utilized in many important Ayurvedic herbal compound formulas for its particularly strong health-supporting properties.

Another observance is simply to make a commitment to align all our intentions and wishes, our thoughts, speech, and actions with the aspiration to live this day in harmony with the qualities and effects of the natural laws aligning on this day to produce the following benefits:

16 July • Kalashtami Vrat

Quality of Natural Law: Giving fullness of life and mental peace

  • Overall progress
  • Removal of serious problems
  • Removal of resistance and problems
  • Happiness, health, and positive support

Of course, for those initiated into the ancient Vedic tradition regenerated and maintained by Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhis Program, practicing one’s everyday morning and evening routine of meditation samadhi-practice, sutra & yogic flying practice, physical yoga & breathing procedures, Ayurvedic bathing & cleansing processes, etc, is all just a natural part of this day like any other. For TM teachers, the daily Vedic puja (traditional Sanskrit thanksgiving offering ceremony) of the Shankaracharya guru param-para, is also particularly beneficial on this day for enhancing the benefits associated with the natural laws operating at that time.

For everyone’s benefit everywhere, there is the procedural performance of Maharishi Yagyas—ancient Vedic invocation and offering rituals performed daily by teams of thousands of expert traditional hereditary Vedic pundits trained by Maharishi and living in residential groups established all over the world. Each day these groups of Vedic specialists perform a very special ancient yagya for world peace, and then also perform yagyas relevant to the particular patterns of natural law that are lively on that specific day of the annual cycle of our planet during its recursive movement through space. It is possible to benefit more specifically from these yagya performances by lending support to these communities of full-time specialists established and trained by Maharishi. By sponsoring a particular yagya performance for a particular day, one’s intentions are included in the offerings made that day.

One well-known way to improve happiness is to contribute to the happiness and well-being of others.

It is possible to place requests for the Maharishi Yagya being performed on any given day to include your requests for the well-being and happiness and particular needs of others, not only for oneself. These requests are then included in the performance of the offerings and recitations made by the pundits during that yagya on the appropriate day. A less intensive, but still strongly beneficial effect can be gained simply by mentally and emotionally intending one’s supportive participation in the offerings being made that day by the world-wide communities of pundits performing yagyas each day.

Also, simply doing things for others on this day, and even dedicating and offering the merit of one’s intentions and activities throughout the day for the benefit of others, brings greater happiness to them and to oneself. One’s progress in life is enhanced by cultivating the practice of thinking of others, and acting accordingly.

May all beings everywhere be happy and free from suffering.


“Vedic science deals with the basic teaching of action and non-action and right and wrong action . . . Vedic science deals with the very fundamental of activity because it deals with that element which is inactive, that is Absolute, abstract, knowing no change, devoid of all activity, transcending all activity. And yet that is the fundamental start of activity from where the creative impulse begins. And then Vedic science deals with the activity of all beings and humankind and then various phases of human activity. When it comes to various phases of human activity the Vedic texts prescribe do this and do not do this. The Karma Kanda of the Veda, the chapter on action, is devoted to specific actions called yagyas. Yagyas are those specific actions whereby humans harmonize their activity and intentions with natural law and make contact with the higher beings in creation, different higher strata of creation. There are different yagyas to harmonize with different laws of nature and contact those higher beings and produce higher effects and gain desired accomplishment in life. All these innumerable types of yagyas are detailed in the Vedic texts. The criterion of success of those performances lies in accomplishing what we desire, innumerable yagyas to bestow innumerable achievements. This knowledge is to fulfill the aspirations of human beings.

“The chapter on Karma Kanda deals with all the do’s and don’ts of life and prescribes specific performances, specific rites and rituals. Every rite and every ritual is basically founded on the principle of different frequencies of vibrations. There are specific chantings which go along with specific rites. All these yagya performances are concerned with making various offerings and how to make offerings so that we enjoy maximum result from making the offering.  When we offer a flower we chant something, when we offer some water we chant something, when we make other offerings we chant something. All those performances are to supplement the effect of the sounds and intents of the words of the Vedic texts, the hymns, the mantras, the vibrations, the sound waves that we emit through those particular chanted texts or mantras. These purify and enliven the atmosphere, create greater harmony or consonance between the laws of nature at various levels of creation and our own state of consciousness, or own mind and body. This has a very great value.”

~ His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1959



additional info, sometimes valid, though not always clearly presented, as related to tomorrow’s calendric significance:







Skat-singing Monkeys

Greetings all:

Sharing musical snippets from The One Endless Chord, today.

Trading mixtape video clips back and forth with friends old and new and strangers I admire, one old friend writes to me: “I don’t know if you’ll be too into this, but you can surprise me sometimes in your taste, so what the hell!”

Yep, my tastes are captious, erratic, funky as monkey scat, make no sense whatsoever, and are all over the map. I shock myself. But what the hell!

Here’s some of the silly mashups I’m listening to (again) today. I’ve probably posted some of these here before. I can’t remember. What the hell:

Blondie The Beatles mashup

Stayin’ Alive In The Wall (Pink Floyd vs Bee Gees Mashup) by Wax Audio

The BEATLES vs. Cyndi Lauper For No One Time Mash Up Remix

Village People vs. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call YMCA Maybe (YITT mashup)


We Will Rock You, Bossa Nova! Mashup (Elvis vs RHCP vs Queen vs Flo Rida vs Cee Lo Green)

Beatles Vs. Stevie Wonder Can’t Buy Me Superstitious Mash Up Remix

Elvis Presley Van Halen Mash up – Burning Love



Yeah, Baby: — Don JR! “I tried to commit treason, but they wouldn’t let me!”

Father and son attend a rally in Manchester, N.H., on Nov. 7, 2016, the eve of the election.
Father and son.  photo: Mandel Ngan—AFP/Getty Images


Meanwhile, the world staggers on, shaking with roars of angst-relieving projectile laughter. This is side-slitting fun as we duck and cover under the threat of Trump’s nuclear insanity.

The world may end with a blast of laughter and neutrino-melting obliviation, but what a ride it’s been!




Happy 200th Birthday, Thoreau!

Today, July 12, 2017, is the 200th birthday anniversary of Henry David Thoreau, the “Yankee Yogi” of Walden Pond, Concord Massachusetts. Happy bi-centennial birthday, Cousin Thoreau!!

Today is also one of two days each month dedicated to Ganesh, the beloved elephant-headed god, according to the ancient Vedic calendar of India – ie third day following each full (bright) moon and third day following each new (dark) moon (no-moon). So this month, that’s today, Weds July 12, and Weds July 26. These are also the two best times each month to trim/cut your hair.

According to Maharishi Vedic Astrology, certain days in the year are particularly auspicious. On these days specific qualities of Natural Law become enlivened. Traditionally, Maharishi Yagyas performed on these days are most effective for the purposes listed. For today:

12 July 2017 • Sankashti Shri Ganesh Chaturthi • Day of Ganesh

Quality of Natural Law: Removing obstacles

  • Freedom from limitations
  • Removal of serious problems
  • Elimination of psychological fear
  • Gaining knowledge
  • Harmony in married life
  • Good fortune
  • Wealth


Lord Ganesha, like the other gods or devatas cognized by the ancient rishis and maharishis of Vedic civilization, is understood to be a cosmic personification of the one universal Self, the self-nature of Reality, pure creative intelligence, absolute bliss consciousness, the Unified Field of Consciousness.

More on Ganesh later.

So, today is the 200th birthday anniversary of Earth Saint Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) [that’s THOR-oh, or THOW-row, or as in thorough ]. Clear-eyed, kind-hearted, grumpy St Henry is one of my favorite historical critters. So proud to say he’s not only a personal hero, but a cousin of mine, a few generations removed — one of the better greener twigs on my mom’s family tree! Henry’s grandfather was a pirate!— which is just such an effin fittingly ironical and unexpectedly weird but romantic factoid! My late friend, American Zen roshi Robert Aitken was frequently asked by Japanese interviewers who, in his view, was the greatest American? He always answered, “Henry David Thoreau.” And of course, they’d never heard of him and were utterly consternated. Instantly journalistically constipated. Whaa?

Thoreau is best known of course for Walden, and for On Civil Disobedience. He got the idea for non-violent civil disobedience from reading about the principle and practice of ahimsa (non-violence) in the (later) Buddhist and (earlier) Vedic texts which were his favorite books. Martin Luther King’s use of non-violence during the Civil Rights Movement was derived primarily from his reading of Gandhi and Tolstoy and particularly Thoreau. Gandhi, though raised in a devout Hindu family and cultural context, learned much about the yogic and Vedic ideal of ahimsa at the basis of his own religion from reading and corresponding with Tolstoy. Tolstoy wrote back to young Gandhi recommending that he read Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience. From Thoreau, Gandhi learned to return to the sources of ahimsa philosophy in the Vedic texts of his own Hindu milieu. The Vedic schools of Yoga and Vedanta enshrine ahimsa as a central requisite tenet of their philosophical and practical teachings. Ahimsa in this context is much more than simply refraining from behaving badly in a violent manner. It means establishing and integrating one’s awareness in unity with the boundless peacefulness of unified consciousness—the enlightened source, course, and goal of yoga—unity. Lord Buddha, emerging from within a Vedic yoga tradition of enlightened self-discipline, also enshrined ahimsa as a central requisite tenet of his philosophical and practical teachings.

But most people don’t know that today’s birthday boy Thoreau, the peaceful Yankee Yogi of Walden Pond, was also an activist in the Abolition movement to emancipate American slaves. He worked as a semi-secret conductor on the Underground Railroad helping escaped slaves reach safety in Canada. When escapees came under his charge, Thoreau gave them rest in his own bed in his tiny cabin at Walden Pond while he stood guard all night outside with his loaded shotgun ready. Ready to shoot to kill if necessary to protect the refugees from bounty-hunters and slave-catchers who were legally licensed to re-capture runaway slaves and shoot them dead if they resisted capture and shackled return to slavery in the South. In the early mornings, still bearing his gun, Thoreau escorted his underground passengers onto actual trains northbound for Canada. He would board the train and ride in the aisle seat next to them with his shotgun in hand until they were safely across the Massachusetts border. Then he’d get off, and ride or walk back home to Walden.

Thoreau’s civil disobedience was a very pro-active, nuanced, and humanely principled form of ahimsa. He was firm in “agreeing” to be imprisoned in the Concord Jail rather than pay a war tax to expand Southern slavery into warm territory to be stolen from peaceful Mexico in an immoral and illegal expansionist war of invasion and occupation. But he was also firm in putting his life on the line in armed resistance to the immoral but legally licensed practice of deputized thugs using bloodhounds, guns, bribes, threats and violence to recapture escaped slaves. Thoreau was quite a stand-up guy. Cantankerous, but with such a soft-heart and serene and penetrating gaze into the depths of nature. And into a better future to come for America and the planet. May we finally arrive.


If Thoreau Were Alive, He’d Be ‘Shouting From The Rafters,’ Biographer Says

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Thoreau was 27 years old when he built a small cabin on the shores of Walden Pond in Concord, Mass., in 1845.

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Henry David Thoreau spent hours hiking in the woods near his small cabin on Walden Pond. “He figured out that the way to break through into his own way of doing things was to think as he walked,” explains biographer Laura Dassow Walls.

Walls, an English literature professor at Notre Dame, has spent her career studying Thoreau. Her new 615-page biography comes out Tuesday, coinciding with the 200 anniversary of his birth.

Thoreau was born 200 years ago, on July 12, 1817. He died of tuberculosis at age 44.

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Thoreau was 27 years old when he built his small cabin in the woods near Concord, Mass. He set out to live a simple, solitary life, and it was there that he ended up writing his best known works, Walden and Civil Disobedience.

Walls says Thoreau scribbled notes in pencil on scraps of paper — descriptions of the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the things around him.

“To do that is to break the wall between ourselves and nature,” she says. “And to understand that we’re always part of nature and nature is always a part of us. So to be here, and to be wholly immersed, to be hot when it’s hot, and cold when it’s cold, to be hearing the birds, and feeding the little mouse that lives under his cabin — is to completely demolish that barrier and understand something really fundamental about what it is to be human.”

Thoreau moved into his 10-by-15-foot cabin on Independence Day, 1845.

“When he moved to his little cabin at the pond he was on a quest for self-discovery … he was declaring his own independence,” says singer-songwriter Don Henley. The Eagles drummer was 22 when he discovered Thoreau in 1969.

“People who were my age in the ’60s were on the same quest,” he says. Walden was a very popular book back then. So I was just seeking spiritually, as Thoreau was, for something to ground me.”

In 1990, Henley founded the Walden Woods Project and raised $20 million to purchase 200 acres of wooded land adjacent to Walden Pond so that it couldn’t fall into the hands of real estate developers. That’s in keeping, Henley believes, with Thoreau’s philosophy.

“He stood up in the face of the Industrial Revolution,” Henley explains. “He said: Wait a minute, wait a minute. We have to slow down, take a look around us, and not destroy what’s left. His famous quote was: ‘In wildness is the preservation of the world.’ It’s difficult to be 150 years of ahead of your time, but he was.”

Thoreau moved to Walden Pond to think through his life, and also the life of the nation, Walls says: “He thinks something is going deeply wrong with America — and he’s trying to figure out what is the foundational problem that gives rise to such destructive habits and patterns of life that we could imagine it’s OK to enslave people.”

Reading through his journal, reflections on nature are interspersed with rage-filled entries. Christine Nelson, curator of a Thoreau Bicentenary exhibition at the Morgan Library in New York City, points out one example from 1851, in which Thoreau writes: “Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George … and continue the slaves of prejudice?”

The Morgan exhibition includes the author’s handwritten journals (you can see some of them here), along with artifacts from his life. Visitors can see the actual lock from the jail cell where Thoreau spent a night for refusing to pay his taxes to a government that sanctioned slavery, and waged what he considered an illegal war against Mexico. The experience inspired his essay, Civil Disobedience, a tract urging non-violent resistance to unjust laws, that later influenced Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The interior of a replica of Thoreau’s cabin on the shores of Walden Pond.

Michael Dwyer/AP

Kevin Dann, author of another new Thoreau biography, says Thoreau’s overriding theme of “the sovereignty of the individual” is why the author is more relevant now than ever. Just look, he says, at the nation’s surveillance systems and police brutality.

“Everybody in this country is afraid,” says Dann. If Thoreau were alive today, Dann believes “he would have been out there and he would have been shouting from the rafters: People, go into the street! You have no sovereignty anymore. It is gone.

Back at Walden Pond, Laura Walls points to a sign next to the site where Thoreau built his cabin. “It reads: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Thoreau died from tuberculosis in 1862. He was 44 years old.

James Delahoussaye and Tom Cole produced and edited the audio of this story. Beth Novey adapted it for the Web.



Exaltatus cum Bonis Avibus – May you Travel under Good Auspices (soar with the support of kindly birds)!

Laksmi - Uma forma de Divina Mãe que abençoa abundância espiritual e material. O Sri Chakra Yantra revela sua estrutura de energia interior . O Sri Chakra tem essa natureza . " O Sri Chakra Yantra é para a realização de qualquer desejo no universo - . Completamente o maior espiritual, eo maior de material Ele descreve e dá forma à energia É absorver a energia , dando relevo, e dando as maiores bênçãos . o universo, porque Shakti está vivendo naquele lugar " . - Sri Kaleshwar

To stop life’s turn to nightmare  / adopt the colorful patience of birds.   ~Nathanial Tarn

Have been spending today in silence and dedication to the vrat, the observance of various internal and external yogic-related practices advised in the ancient Vedic texts for deriving maximum benefit from the auspicious conscious-energies lively in this calendric day’s subtle astro-physical alignment patterns of earthly and cosmic natural law.

Each day of the year has particular energy patterns related to various natural laws and their specific qualities as cognized by the ancient Vedic rishis (enlightened seers, holy sages). By observing the vrat particular to a given day, one enhances one’s receptivity and karmic/dharmic potential suitability for magnetizing the affinity between one’s own daily and long-term life-patterns and the beneficial life-supporting and life-enhancing cosmic energies lively during that particular day of the year.  This brings important material and spiritual improvement to one’s life.

There are many potential benefits associated with today’s qualities of natural law. Among these are particularly the enhanced potential for finding and enjoying a harmonious fulfilling relationship with a suitable life-partner. As well as for enjoying enhanced material prosperity and spiritual progress, increased knowledge, and much else. You know I’m all about such things!

Today’s significant position in the astronomical/astrological Vedic calendar year is particularly auspicious in relation to opening one’s awareness to the special qualities of personal and cosmic creative intelligence and conscious-energy represented by both Lord Shiva, responsible for destruction of ignorance and death, and the couple, Lord Vishnu the all-pervading Cosmic Preserver, united together with His divine consort, equal, and “better half,” Lady Lakshmi, Goddess of Good Fortune. The word lucky is the English language cognate of the ancient Vedic Sanskrit name Lakshmi (pronounced LUCK-shmee), the Personification of Luck, She who embodies and bestows good fortune on those who align and harmonize themselves with the laws of nature).

So, whoever you are, and wherever you are out there in the natural world, — especially you, future lady-friend and ideal partner in life, — I’m sending you good vibrations and magnetic cosmic love currents… Come runnin’ whenever you feel the inner urge…and hopefully the material wealth factor will have been arranged for us by Lady Lakshmi and Her Divine Unlimited Company by then as well.

You can read more about today on relevant wiki entries and at :

10 July • Shravan Somwar • Day of Shiva

10 July • Ashunya Shayan Dwitiya • Day of Vishnu and Lakshmi

Quality of Natural Law: Helping to fulfill all material and spiritual desires

  • Gaining knowledge
  • Spiritual progress
  • Fullness of life
  • Peace of mind
  • Increased chances for getting a good wife
  • Increased chances for getting a good husband
  • Harmony in married life
  • Evolution in life
  • Prosperity and fulfillment
  • Wealth
  • Fulfillment of desires


    Sarvamangalam – may best good fortune come to all beings everywhere.


Happy Birthday to the Dalai Lama!

Today is the 82nd birthday anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

(His Holiness was born on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Tibetan year of the Wood-Pig, equivalent to July 6, 1935.)

I received several happy messages today related to His Holiness’ birthday, including one this morning from a couple of my old Bay Area friends, X, an American, and her Tibetan husband, Y, a former monk. I’m posting part of their email below, following my comments.

(Caution: The following comments are mostly about myself, and only just barely about His Holiness the Dalai Lama.)

I first met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Switzerland in 1973, during his first visit outside of Asia. He was visiting a Tibetan refugee resettlement community and giving a series of initiations there.  I was staying not too far away, attending retreats and advanced teacher training courses in Transcendental Meditation with my beloved primary teacher and life-long best friend, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (c1917-2008). To my surprise and delight, Maharishi informed me of the Dalai Lama’s visit, and asked me to go and meet him, attend his teachings, and receive the series of initiations which the Tibetan master and former ruling pontiff-king was giving. This fulfilled a childhood dream I had had since watching the TV news coverage of the then-23-year-old Dalai Lama’s harrowing escape from Tibet into relative safety in India in March 1959, an event that had taken place a few weeks after I had first met Maharishi in January 1959.

Prior to the news stories about the Dalai Lama’s escape, I had known only a little about him and his young life in Tibet, learned from various sources, including info related by my beloved elderly Japanese American Zen Buddhist teacher and family friend, Venerable Nyogen (“Uncle Nogi”) Senzaki-sensei (1876-1958). Dear Uncle Sensei passed away in May of 1958, and then in January 1959 my life’s spiritual journey really began in earnest when I met His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time when he came to my hometown of San Francisco on the first of a dozen world teaching tours. Fittingly, Maharishi’s first public talk in the City was given at one of Chinatown’s tiny temples, the Jeng Sen Buddhism and Taoism Association, an intimate spiritual center well-known to my family. The temple was served by its Chinese resident monk-priest and founder, Rev. Master Ng, another old family friend and teacher.

Rev. Ng had met Maharishi the previous year, during Maharishi’s first teaching tour of Asia, his first travel outside of India. The two monks had formed a friendship and met up again when Maharishi sojourned in Hawai’i shortly before arriving in San Francisco in January.  Growing up in pre-Communist China, Rev Ng had studied Tibetan-style Vajrayana Buddhism, as well as Chinese Chan or Zen Buddhism, and Daoism, and had become a master of each tradition. It was through my family’s friendship with Rev. Ng and our connections with his traditionally-eclectic neighborhood temple, that I first met Maharishi. And that was the first real blossoming of my life.

Then in March or April (1959) the news broke of the Dalai Lama’s hair’s-breadth escape from the Communist Chinese Army’s invasion and violent annexation of sovereign Tibet as part of Mao’s expansionist scheme for the military creation of a “Greater Chinese Motherland.” The Chinese invaders had attempted to quietly kidnap and then “disappear” (murder) the Dalai Lama. When that plot had failed due to thousands of Tibetans surrounding His Holiness’s home to protect him and his family, the invaders had commenced shelling the compound with heavy artillery, seeking to obliterate the young monastic king and everyone in his household and government cabinet and the thousands of civilian protectors amassed outside the walls. Meanwhile, under heavy fire, His Holiness had secretly slipped out of the compound in disguise and with only a small party, traveling on horseback, began undertaking the many days’ long journey to India.

Avidly watching the TV news reports of the Dalai Lama after he had been received safely into exiled refuge by Nehru’s Indian government following his several days’ journey over the Himalayas, I felt a very intense bond and desire to meet him. I think this was true for thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of young (and old) Americans who watched the televised reports or even read about this event, and perhaps for even more hundreds of thousand of persons, young and old, all over the world. Seeing film footage of his smiling face for the first time, I felt somehow as if I’d personally always known him! It didn’t occur to me then that I might one day be able to actually meet and even personally receive formal teachings from the Dalai Lama, and even end up studying with some of the great master lamas who were his own personal spiritual guides. But so it happened. “The course of karma,” the Gita, says, “is unfathomable.”

My early close friendship with beloved Ven. Zen Master Uncle Nogi, and my beginning studies with him and with Rev Master Ng, had helped open my eyes and plant my feet in the right direction, but meeting Maharishi had instantly captured my entire heart and permanently settled my course. In Maharishi I knew I had met the fully enlightened being who thenceforth would be my lifelong personal guide and best friend (I’ve never claimed to be his best friend — that’s quite a different matter!). I was of course still just a child when all these things happened, but after meeting Maharishi I knew who and what I wanted, where I wanted to go, how I wanted to get there, and who would safely guide me there and beyond throughout my life. From that moment on, I felt no further need or desire for any other teacher or spiritual guide in any big sense, such as I had yearned for in the months after Uncle Nogi had died and before Maharishi entered into my life.

(For time’s sake, I’m skipping ahead here because it’s taking too long for me to tell this story. I’m posting this truncated version now, the rest will follow later.)

. . . I also got to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his first visit to the US in 1979, and again during his US tour in 1981. During the ’81 visit, I was able to join a thousand or so other people in personally receiving the Kalachakra Tantra teachings from His Holiness in a series of initiations over several days at the Deer Park Buddhist center in Madison, Wisconsin. . . .

Some years later, my wife and I were fortunate to receive various teachings and series of initiations from His Holiness on a number of occasions.

. . . I remember a funny incident when my wife and I had just driven up to Santa Monica to spend a week once again receiving the Kalachakra initiations and teachings from His Holiness in 1989. A couple of thousand people were quietly converging on the small downtown municipal area for the event, to be held at the Civic Auditorium next to City Hall and the city courthouse. As we were getting out of our car in the free public parking lot, a rather haggard, conservative-seeming middle aged man was just exiting his vehicle, parked next to ours. He was dressed in a rumbled business suit and crooked tie. He was somewhat portly, balding, bespectacled, a little ruddy in the face, and looking mildly perturbed and somewhat feistily resigned — if that makes any sense. He looked up, took us into account for a long moment, picked up on our giddily-sober elation, and our non-courtroom attire, and in a gravelly but friendly voice asked, “And what brings you two sunny folks to deary old City Hall this early on a workaday Monday morning?”

He looked and sounded exactly like the comedian Lewis Black.

“We’re here to see the Dalai Lama! We’re attending the week of meditation instructions and initiations he’s giving next door at the auditorium.” His mouth fell open and he stopped in mid lurch up out of his car seat. “You’re here to see THE Doll – Eye – LAMA? — from Tye-BET??!!”

“Yes,” we chuckled “The very Same, the One and Only. His Holiness. He’s here for the week, giving morning and afternoon talks and special teachings every day this week.”

“Do you mean to tell me I’m having to spend my Monday in a stuffy courtroom waiting to argue with a judge, fighting city hall over a grossly unfair $60 parking ticket, while you two are going to be spending the day,—no!—the entire week, you say, with THE Doll – Eye LAMA?”

“Well,” we assured him, “its open to anyone, donation basis, and the last we heard, there were still some empty seats available. Why not just pay the fine as quickly as possible and come join us. We have reservations, of course, but we’ll save you a seat if we can. Come find us when you’re through over here.”

He looked a little pale, then actually started to trickle a coupla tears as his face once again turned red. “I GOTTA go,” he managed. “. . .But thanks. I really appreciate it.” “…Where in the hell did I go wrong?” he muttered resignedly, half to himself as he turned to shamble toward the courthouse.

“No, seriously, man! come join us!” we both exclaimed. “It’ll change your life.”

Gotta go!” he cried out. And rushed off.

We both almost cried on his behalf. “That’s so sad!” we said to each other as we walked over to the auditorium.

But during a brief break in the teaching session that afternoon, this same guy rushed up to greet us and thank us profusely. “Got into the morning session just a little late!” he exclaimed, beaming. “This is fantastic! Canceled all my appointments! Couldn’t find you, but saw you just now and had to come over and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Some magic was at work, you two: the judge dismissed my case without a fine! I didn’t even get to argue my point!”


Here is part of this morning’s email from my friends in San Francisco:

Today is a beautiful day – His Holiness’ 82nd birthday – and  we are deeply grateful that we live in a time when the world can receive his masterful teachings on compassion and wisdom. We offer our prayers for his joyful return to Tibet and to the Tibetan people longing for his presence.

Here is a short version of a prayer that Tibetans all over the world pray today, and everyday, for His Holiness’ long life — please add your voice!

Gangri raway korway shingkham su

In the land encircled by a ring of snow mountains

Pendang dewa malu jungway nay

Is the source of all happiness and benefit,

Chenrezig wang Tenzin Gyatso yi

All-knowing Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso.

Shaypay sitay bardu tengyur chik

May you stand firm until samsara ends.

Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama!