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  1. One day about six months ago, I was reading a small book, the Bhatki-Yoga on the train. All of a sudden, I had a thought pass through my skull that the events in my life have already happened, I just haven't experienced them yet. Prior to that occurrence, I have been suffering from deja vu. While I still experience it, it has become less frequent. I perceive time somewhere between a singular (0-dimension) and linear (1-dimension) perspective. I wonder, are there those that exist (or don't exist) that perceive time in a planar (2-dimension) perspective?
  2. hello world

    Thanks all for the welcoming gestures. I'm also researching nelumbo nucifera, which is the American lotus. I've read that the natives, myself being a slight derivation of the Seneca tribe, ate the root as a source of food.
  3. Ch'an/Zen and the Tao

    Phoenix makes an interesting point here, yet some important nuances need be realized. Taoist practice, qigong, and tai chi all seek to balance one's organs internally. Buddhist practice, chanting, and visualization techniques seek to balance one's world within, then without. Buddhist's go by thought, alone. Yet Taoists use movement and meditation to achieve the same goal. The Buddhist way is to think your way out of affliction. Taoists have come upon the realization that there are more practical ways to improve one's life essence. Yet there other sects or religions that Buddhism has spread over, for example Shintoism, which is also concerned with spiritual purity.
  4. Ch'an/Zen and the Tao

    Comparing Sakyamuni to Lao-Tzu is akin to a comparison between authors, yet in a higher respect. If J. D. Salinger was John Knowles, for instance, a reader might like one, yet not the other. So to communicate his/her ideas, he could have repeated a story over again with a different name. Following this metaphor, a voice, loud or soft, falling on deaf ears will not be heard. So whether one may enjoy studying or masturbation, to borrow from another topic, to communicate a virtue such as wisdom to a person it is usually best suited to do so when he/she/it is listening. Whomever lies at the seat of religion may leave little room to err, considering the weight they bear. Perhaps, he or she may claim to be many or perhaps he is just one.
  5. hello world

    I'm going to step out for a cigarette before I begin. I just asked my fiance to bring me back some nag champra, and I'm wondering if that was a good idea. The Tao would tell to behave in a natural manner, and I had no prior thought to the request, so I guess that it would be alright. And yet, the idea of nag in English is actually an alright one. I'm going to consult the old dictionary quick. nag, n. [Middle English nagge; Middle Dutch negge, negghe, a small horse.] 1. A small horse; a horse in general; a pony. 2. A paramour. [Obsolete] Now, personally I'm not too sure what a paramour is yet it sounds something like a pinnacle or zenith. So that I'm going to disregard. Having no prior knowledge of horse culture, I would presume to think that the stable aspects of it revolve around something akin to breeding. I think possibly too much, and that Is what I'm going to discuss. Verse 11 of the Tao goes something like this. Thirty spokes converge on a hub, yet it is the spaces between that make the wheel useful. Pots are fashioned from clay, yet it is the emptiness that makes them useful. A house is created from the earth, yet it is the doors and windows and the space inside that makes it useful. Therefore fullness will make something exist, yet it is the emptiness that makes it useful. In different cultures, different language and symbols represent different meanings. Take emptiness as an example. It is a common debate in western culture as to whether the glass is half full or half empty. It seems, one might want their cup to overflow, and yet what use would this result in? P.S. I would like to find information on a certain species of flora, nelumbo speciosa