Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Revival Of An Old Beast!

Thousands of years after the last mammoth disappeared across the face of the earth, scientists have recently sequenced 50 percent of the beast’s nuclear genome. This is the first time that so much genetic material of an extinct creature has been retrieved. This has provided insight into the evolutionary history of mammoths. But most interestingly it has brought scientists a step closer towards being able to resurrect a mammoth.

Thus far the mammoth genome exists only in bits and pieces. With the complete genome of the mammoth, scientists may one day be able to bring the mammoth back. It is estimated that around 400,000 changes to the Mammoth’s Genome is needed to produce an animal that looks a lot like a mammoth; an exact replica would require several million. So watch out for a Mammoth coming to a Zoo near you.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Human Body!

According to yoga, the human being is composed of several concentric
bodies, or sheaths of energy‑ consciousness, from gross to subtle levels.
1. The physical body: the material, visible part of the human being,
including the body consciousness at the cellular level which acts without any
mental will of our own or even against that will; it has emerged from the
Inconscient, the inverse reproduction of the Supreme Superconscient.
2. The vital body: the life nature made up of desires, sensations,
feelings, passions, energies of action, will of desire, possessive and other
related instincts, anger, fear, greed, lust, sorrow, joy, hatred, repulsion,
pride, small likings and dislikings, etc.
3. The mental body (manas): sense‑mind; that part which has to do with
cognition, perception through the senses, the reactions of thoughts to things,
the putting out of mental forces for realization of an idea; the expression of
ideas as through speech.
4. The intellectual body (buddhi): reasoning‑mind; that which analyzes,
synthesizes and constructs ideas from signs, indications and gathered data; mind
is a subordinate power of Supermind which takes its stand in the standpoint of
division, actually forgetful here of the oneness behind, though able to return
to it by reillumination from the Supramental (Truth‑Consciousness).
5. The spiritual body: the eternal true being or Self of the individual;
the spiritual consciousness is that in which we enter into the awareness of
self, the Spirit, the Divine and is able to see in all things their essential
Reality and the play of forces and phenomena as proceeding from essential

(Aurobindo, 1978, pp. 10, 55‑91, 147‑148, 160, 177, 198, in Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition,p.21)

Friday, January 9, 2009

The Fight Against the Terror of Chewing Gum !!!

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The country that gave the world chewing gum is getting gummed up: The average square yard (meter) of Mexico City sidewalk has 70 blobs of discarded chew.

Now Mexico is responding with innovations ranging from expensive sidewalk steam-cleaners to natural chewing gum that breaks down quickly. It's even telling its citizens (gulp!) to swallow their gum.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Key to Finding a Rewarding Career

After going through many career websites I found why do so many young people, upon graduating, have such a hard time finding a rewarding job or a calling?

Firstly to find your calling you need to know what you like to do. But by the time you graduate, schooling has eroded your natural sense for detecting things which genuinely excite you. Think about it - You have just spent the last 17 or so years in a formal schooling environment non-stop. Since young an authority figure has always been telling you what to read, study, and write and then monitoring all that you have done. Most of the time you are answering questions rather than asking them.

Formal schooling has a tendency to promote breadth and not depth. How many times have you given up your interest of reading further into a module you enjoy due to the workload of the other modules? How many times have you not pursued your passion, in fear of not making the grades for the rest of the modules?

Do you remember the times when your parents reviewed your report cards, telling you to improve on the Cs but never telling you to focus on the subjects you got As for? In school you're taught to pursue a broad area of studies and not thought to specialise. But in the real world only those who can discover and build upon a couple of core natural strengths and interests are rewarded.

Therefore to conclude, formal schooling dulls one's exploration of natural interests. So ask yourself what you naturally enjoy and then pursue it vigorously. This so called unusual behaviour may not go down too well with the people around you. Unfortunately, asking yourself this very question is the key to a rewarding real-world career! So you decide - be pretty good at lots of things or be extraordinarily good at one thing.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Battle for Tigerland!

The Region Previously Controlled by the Tamil Tigers

Area taken over by the Army in the recent
military offensive

The Last Bastion of the Tigers