Legendary flower which blossoms once every 3,000 years, sprouts humbly!

Belief.

When it comes to ones belief in the metaphysical or the religious, what matters most…

That which IS, or that which you believe to be?

[via theepochtimes] According to Buddhist scriptures, there is a flower called the Udumbara flower, which blossoms once every 3,000 years. Udumbara is a Sanskrit word; it means “an auspicious flower from heaven.” The appearance of Udumbara blossoms is a sign of the arrival of the Holy King Who Turns the Wheel, rectifying the Dharma in the world.

Volume 8 of the Buddhist scripture “Huilin Phonetics and Interpretation” writes: “The Udumbara flower is the product of propitious and supernatural phenomena; it is a celestial flower and does not exist in the mundane world. If a Tathagata or the King of the Golden Wheel appears in the human world, this flower will appear due to his great virtue and blessings.”

Buddhist scriptures also recorded that the Holy King Who Turns the Wheel is an ideal king who will rule the world not through force but through justice. Regardless of one’s religious affiliation—Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, and so on—anyone who offers compassion to others will have the opportunity to meet the Holy King Who Turns the Wheel. [Read More of the mythology HERE!]

For what is “truth” really…

Other than the acknowledgement, our FAITH?

Drawn out through our very perceptions.

[via cnngo] The latest must-see botanical expo in Seoul is at a tiny convenience store in Mapo-dong. 

Korean news outlets are reporting that an udumbara — a legendary flower in Buddhist literature believed to bloom once every 3,000 years — has sprouted at a humble Family Mart. 

Store manager Kim Jong-woo was cleaning when he spotted the 17 tiny flowers (What does 17 mean in numerology?) growing on the window. 

He recognized the flowers, he said, from images on television. 

One of the most-searched keywords of Wednesday was “udumbara,” and Family Mart reports that the foot traffic to the Mapo Joongang branch has been explosive. 

“A lot of sick people have been coming in to see the flowers,” Kim told CNNGo. “They sit in front of the flowers and some of them say they feel better afterwards.”

In the Lotus Sutra, the udumbara flower is used to reference how rare it is to meet a Buddha, and is also discussed in the context of enlightenment. [Read More]

What is true for one?

Is not always true for another, because you see…

The “truth”.

[via Wikipedia] Relativism is the concept that points of view have no absolute truth or validity, having only relative, subjective value according to differences in perception and consideration.[1][2] The term is often used to refer to the context of moral principle, where in a relativistic mode of thought, principles and ethics are regarded as applicable in only limited context. There are many forms of relativism which vary in their degree of controversy.[3] The term often refers to truth relativism, which is the doctrine that there are no absolute truths, i.e., that truth is always relative to some particular frame of reference, such as a language or a culture (cf. cultural relativism). Another widespread and contentious form is moral relativism. [Read More]

Is all relative.

Yvonne is cow, hear her moo!

This is one update that I am ever so happy to be able to impart…

It’s regarding that lovable cow, Yvonne.

Now prepare to smile BIG…

Cause you’re about too:

[via Huffington Post] BERLIN — A cow named Yvonne whose escape kept a corner of Bavaria on tenterhooks has turned herself in after three months on the run.

The Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary, which now owns the errant bovine, said Thursday that a farmer had called to say Yvonne had shown up on her farm in the Muehldorf area, near the Austrian border. One of the sanctuary’s employees was able to confirm Yvonne’s identity with the help of her ear tag.

The brown dairy cow escaped from a Bavarian farm in May, then hid in forests. A few days later, she was involved in a near-collision with a police car, and local authorities labeled her a public danger.

Gut Aiderbichl bought Yvonne from her former owners and took the lead in trying to find her.

The six-year-old cow “apparently got tired of the loneliness,” the local council in Muehldorf said in a statement, adding that she had jumped over a fence to join her fellow bovines.

Yvonne is now grazing contentedly with four calves and appears “healthy and calm,” it added. Her owners were on their way to pick up the cow. [Read More]

See…

For those of you who do not believe in Happily Ever After?

They DO exist.

One just has to believe!

Pizza, to the moon, infinity and beyond!

Very possibly, a wild, crazy leap to a very irrational conclusion?

But I’m going to guess that someone HERE (below)…

[via World-Science.net]Most of us have seen smart peo­ple do­ing dumb or em­bar­rass­ing things when drunk. But what ex­actly hap­pens in the brain to cause this? A new study has found that al­co­hol dulls the brain “sig­nal” that warns peo­ple when they’re mak­ing a mis­take, so that they still real­ize it—but don’t care as much.

“When peo­ple make mis­takes, ac­ti­vity in a part of the brain re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing be­hav­ior in­creases, es­sen­tially send­ing an alarm sig­nal to oth­er parts of the brain in­di­cat­ing that some­thing went wrong,” said psy­chol­o­gist Bruce Bartholow of the Uni­vers­ity of Mis­souri. “Our study is­n’t the first to show that al­co­hol re­duces this alarm sig­nal, but con­tra­ry to pre­vi­ous stud­ies, our study shows that al­co­hol does­n’t re­duce your aware­ness of mis­takes – it re­duces how much you care about” them.

Bartholow and colleagues meas­ured the brain ac­ti­vity of 67 par­ti­ci­pants, ages 21-35, as they com­plet­ed a chal­leng­ing com­put­er task de­signed to elic­it some er­rors. About one third of the par­ti­ci­pants were giv­en al­co­holic drinks, while the rest re­ceived an al­co­hol-free drink or noth­ing. In ad­di­tion to mon­i­tor­ing their brain ac­ti­vity, the re­search­ers al­so meas­ured changes in par­ti­ci­pants’ mood and their ac­cu­ra­cy both real and per­ceived in the task.

In those who had con­sumed al­co­hol, the brain’s “a­larm sig­nal” in re­sponse to er­rors was found to be much less pro­nounced; the drinkers were al­so less likely to re­act by slow­ing down to be more care­ful. But they were no less likely to real­ize when they had made a mis­take.

“It is very com­mon for peo­ple to re­spond more slowly fol­low­ing an er­ror, as a way of try­ing to re­gain self-con­trol. That’s what we saw in our [al­co­hol-free] group. The al­co­hol group par­ti­ci­pants did­n’t do this,” Bartholow said.

The re­search­ers al­so found that the size of the brain’s alarm sig­nal was strongly as­so­ci­at­ed with par­ti­ci­pants’ mood at the time of the test, and that most of the par­ti­ci­pants in the al­co­hol group re­ported feel­ing “less nega­tive” af­ter drink­ing than be­fore.

“There are cer­tain cir­cum­stances un­der which re­duc­ing the brain’s alarm sig­nal could be seen as a good thing, be­cause some peo­ple, like those with anx­i­e­ty dis­or­ders, are hyper-sensitive to things go­ing wrong. In some peo­ple, a small amount of al­co­hol can take the edge off those anx­ious feel­ings, but con­sist­ently drink­ing as a way to re­duce anx­i­e­ty can lead to se­ri­ous prob­lems, in­clud­ing al­co­holism,” said Bartholow. “Gen­erally speak­ing, hav­ing a strong brain re­sponse to mis­takes pro­motes bet­ter self-con­trol and helps peo­ple avoid mak­ing fur­ther mis­takes in the fu­ture.”

The study is to be pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Ab­nor­mal Psy­chol­o­gy.  [Read More]

Had been drinking QUITE a lot before they made this bit, of what can only be assumed is…

A freaking BRILLIANT idea.

THIS is plans for corporate (sloppy drunk!) expansion at it’s finest!

[via Popsci] Seriously, you guys, this is a real story. The Japanese branch of popular American circle-of-grease manufacturer Domino’s has unveiled plans to build a dome-shaped Domino’s pizza on the moon. The moon. The artist’s rendering features a drive-through which the Domino’s concept artist thinks you’ll be able to drive a space-motorcycle through.

So, obvious first questions first, is this actually going to get made? No, because a spokesman for Domino’s estimates it’ll cost about ¥1.67 trillion–about $21.74 billion–to build, with about $7.3 billion required just to get the materials out to the moon. Of course, Domino’s does note that the plan calls for keeping costs down by making concrete out of “mineral deposits on the moon.” (Might we suggest using Enrico Dini’s moon-dust 3-D printer?) Another reason this won’t actually get made: the moon has a permanent resident population of zero. A Domino’s spokesperson says “we have not yet determined when the restaurant might open,” although “never” seems like a pretty fair guess.

But the plans are pretty cool: it would be a two-story dome with a diameter of 26 meters, with a ton of storage space and places to grow pizza-making ingredients with LED lights, since they can’t very well plant a garden out back and it’d get awfully expensive to rent a Soyuz or SpaceX rocket every time the kitchen needs a new bucket of sauce.

Theoretically, this is just a PR-friendly response to Pizza Hut’s 2001 space-delivery, but the Domino’s spokesperson insists the company is actually just thinking ahead. “In the future,” he said, “we anticipate there will be many people living on the moon, astronauts who are working there and, in the future, citizens of the moon.” [Read More]

Pizza on the moon?

Yes…

Brilz!

Even Martians, after all, need them some of that hot, steamy pizza love too (with a side marinara sauce).

And can I just say?

I love you (the-absolutely-must-have-been) drunken Japanese Domino’s Man…

Indeed I do.

Pizza in space?

Yeah…

L O V E.

When It’s Puppy Adorable vs Dogawesome, Who Wins?

In the beginning of my nightly search for things to post on the blog, Anguished Repose stumbled across the most amazing video and it made us a little less anguished.

As soon as I saw it, after I picked myself up from my swoon of adorable…

Knew it simply MUST be posted, because all deserved to see this bit of awesome!

Then?

I came across an article that put the video a tad more in context of the ever dependable Awes-O-Meter.

[via HuffPo] From altitude sickness to severe weather conditions, scaling Africa’s largest mountain is no small task. That might explain why tourists were surprised to find a healthy auburn dog living atop Mount Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak.

As reported by Tanzania’s The Citizen, the tourists took a picture of the stray on a cell phone. Some locals claim it is the same dog found on the mountain a decade ago.

The Telegraph reports that the tourist who took the photo was Antoine le Galloudec, a French tourist, climbing the mountain with three colleagues.

“When the tourists showed us the picture of the dog we could not believe our eyes. How it survived in such freezing conditions and what it ate during that time remained a mystery to us,” Abel Edward, marketing officer for Ahsante Tours, told The Citizen.

Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania and is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, rising to 19,336 feet, according to Tanzania National Parks.

An estimated eight trekkers die on Mount Kilimanjaro each year out of the 30,000 attempts, reports mtkilimanjarologue.com Even more striking is that an estimated 12,000 people give up the climb each year. [Read More]

Adorable Puppy Catches Ball With Paws

vs

Dog Who Survives Where Most Men Fear To Tread?

Surprisingly…

My conclusion?

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A thrilled soul, is a soul in bloom…Just like a wildflower!

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If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.  ~Terri Guillemets

Wildflower
Are you gonna lie to me?
Are you gonna just keep talking?
Are you gonna fly to me?
Are you gonna keep on walking?
Is it just the way you feel?
You can never seem to notice when it’s someone else’s spiel to be the one, to be so hopeless.

Gonna be so sweet.
Gonna give me power.
Gonna become just like Wildflower.

Are you gonna hold my hand?
Are you gonna hold it back now?
Are you gonna take a stand?
Are you gonna reattack now?
Is it just the toys you want?
Never seen it wind up quickly.
Is it just the clouds that never seem to turn you like me.

Recognition gonna be so sweet.
Gonna give me power.
Gonna become just like Wildflower.

Are you gonna take this chance?
Are you gonna let it fall like,
glitter in between your hands.
Are you gonna save this ghost town?
If I wasn’t such an old friend would you treat me so unkindly?
If I wasn’t she who would’ve been, would you climb this tree so blindly?

Recognition gonna be so sweet.
Gonna give me power.
Gonna become just like Wildflower.

Recognition gonna be so sweet.
Gonna give me power.
Gonna become just like Wildflower.

Are you gonna, gonna like me?
Are you gonna, gonna keep talking?
Are you gonna, gonna cry for me?
Are you gonna just keep walking?

Gonna be so sweet.
Gonna give me power.
Gonna become just like Wildflower.