On a recent radio program, we heard that many individuals who experience near death experiences (NDEs), say or claim that they were in a timeless state. Some of these people think that time is illusory. Such an assertion is not really opposed to the idea that time is a dimension of the material universe and does not truly exist (as we know or understand it) on the spiritual plane of existence. From a Vedic perspective, we might say that the material universe is not ultimately real because it is temporary and constantly changing. The spiritual plane or universe is real because it is eternal. (The material is temporary and illusory. The spiritual is eternal and real.)
We are taught in Christianity that we human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. However, there are some who will assert that we humans impute our own characteristics on to our image or concept of God.
Thus, one could frame this question: Do humans make God into their image, or are humans created in God’s image (both physically and in our spiritual nature)?
Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for
Is the one thing you can’t see
These are words from the song, Save The Best For Last, sung by Vanessa Williams.
Heroes in old epics and legends slay dragons or other monsters and free the people of these terrors. (Do any of you remember reading Beowulf in high school or college?) Perhaps slaying external monsters, as risky to life and limb as it no doubt would be, is more quickly and more tangibly and more completely achieved than exorcising out our inner demons.
Sexual intimacy is a key ingredient in a successful, lasting and happy marriage. Thus, it is important for married persons to nurture their shared sexual love for each other and work to make their sexual intimacy mutually fulfilling and satisfying. A little variety or spice in your sex life can be a very positive thing. Make love in different sexual positions and do not limit yourselves to your marriage bed. Make love in other parts of the house. Add new acts and be a little adventurous.
That is when oral sex can be beneficial.
We humans endure much pain in our lives. There really is no denying this. Let’s briefly look into these different kinds of pain and see if a moral to the story can be found.
A typical Bay Area day, or holiday. Young people, some of them university students, shut down a major transport artery, the San Mateo Bridge (a several mile long causeway across the southern and wider portion of the San Francisco Bay) during the evening commute on Monday, 19 January 2015 – for some a holiday (Martin Luther King Day) but for many others a work day.
The more you know, the more you realize there is even more you do not know. This is the substance of what a lecturer told us one morning in a large lecture hall at university. (8:00 a.m. classes were rough for some of us night owls.)
Specifically, he said that when you receive your bachelor’s degree, you know some things and you realize that there is much you do not know. Later, if you continue your education and earn a master’s degree, you know even more than you knew with just your bachelor’s degree but you are also aware that there is an even larger amount of knowledge that you do not know. This process continues for those who labor for and achieve their doctorates (PhD). Yes, one at the doctoral level knows much by human standards, but he/she is even more acutely aware of an ever larger body of knowledge that is still beyond their reach (or perhaps, grasp). With greater knowledge comes a larger awareness of how finite our knowledge is.
There are many myths surrounding routine infant male circumcision in the United States.
What is rarely thought about by parents when they consider letting the doctors and/or interns circumcise their son(s) is the child’s right to bodily integrity. And, too many Americans (including US pediatricians) are woefully ignorant as to the function of the foreskin.
We thought we would share this recent exchange between us and a circumcisionist over on YouTube (the link to the video with comments is below).
What is the real purpose of sexual morality?
There are no doubt many opinions about this. In this essay, we give our thoughts on this topic.
The sexual love the spouses share with each other is naturally giving. Sadly, among married Christians there is much confusion on this subject of sexual love, with some spouses needlessly suffering from unhealthy inhibitions and even feeling shame in the marriage bed. This is so unnecessary. Letting go of, or shedding these inhibitions and shame will open you to a deeper, richer emotional intimacy with your spouse during your lovemaking.
Mutually fulfilling lovemaking is not the only necessary ingredient for a successful, lasting, happy marriage – but the reality is that it is one of the key ingredients! And, God intended that both spouses enjoy sexual fulfillment within their loving marriage. (If you doubt this, consider the sexual capacity (for arousal, desire and pleasure) in both the man and the woman all throughout each month. Of course, the emotions are also intimately involved.)
Why do we humans do the things we do?
Why are we always tinkering?
Why do we show no self-restraint?
Why do we play act at being God?
We may not have very good answers, but it is important to raise the questions in these days.
The small placard on the wooden man says “tinkering”. (All photos in this essay were taken at the Exploratorium in San Francisco this past Saturday, 20 September 2014.)
Man must confront death.
Man must endure suffering.
Man must resist temptation.
Man must accept everything on faith as regards the next life.
Man must accept (and endure) uncertainty (and risk) during this life.
Man must toil to keep body and soul together.
Here we see our pet house cat in his new pet bed.
Baltimore burning and violence and vandalism occurred in many cities across the nation as we left April and entered May this year.
While in the Bay Area this past weekend, I saw on the local TV news that young people smashed the glass doors of businesses and smashed windshields at a new car dealership in Oakland on Friday night. (One car was set on fire.) It appears that while the police were busy at a protest over the death of Freddie Gray, elsewhere in the city young people went on a rampage. The few arrested were young white males that may not even live in Oakland.