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Did You Know {59} ~ The Catatumbo Lightning, Venezuela

A lake in Venezuela gets 250 lightning strikes per square kilometre every night.

The Catatumbo Lightning, also known as the Beacon of Maracaibo or the “everlasting storm”, is seasonal lightning around Lake Maracaibo (13,200 square kilometres) in northern Venezuela. The region endures more than 160 storm nights a year.

The collision of ice crystals and water droplets from the humidity causes the static and the eventual shocking display. The energy emitted is enough to power over 100 million light bulbs. Its heat is said to be three times hotter than our sun’s surface and is visible over 400km away.

~Samatva~

Samatva is an abstract concept in Hinduism that encompasses a state of equanimity, equality, indifference or uniformity. The term comes from the Sanskrit root word, sama, meaning “equal.”

This concept is held in high regard in the Bhagavad Gita and it appears in a lesson that Krishna teaches about even-mindedness.

Yogis who want to achieve a calm and reflective state while meditating can reflect on the timeless concept of equality that samatva encapsulates. Yoga practice can also help bring the body and mind to a state of samatva.

~Samkhya~

Samkhya is a Sanskrit word meaning “number,” “empirical” or “enumeration” that is used to describe one of the classic schools of Indian philosophy. This is a dualist philosophy that perceives the world as being made out of two elements: matter (prakriti) and consciousness, or the eternal spirit (purusha). This means that when a person’s body dies, their consciousness can move on to a new body.

This concept is also native to yogic philosophies. Yoga practice can help expand one’s consciousness so that it moves on in a wiser, more enlightened form.

Religion {11} ~ Paganism

Paganism describes a group of contemporary religions based on a reverence for nature. These faiths draw on the traditional religions of indigenous peoples throughout the world.

~Paganism encompasses a diverse community.
~Wiccans, Druids, Shamans, Sacred Ecologists, Odinists and Heathens all make up parts of the Pagan community.
~Some groups concentrate on specific traditions or practices such as ecology, witchcraft, Celtic traditions or certain gods.
~Most Pagans share an ecological vision that comes from the Pagan belief in the organic vitality and spirituality of the natural world.
~Due to persecution and misrepresentation it is necessary to define what Pagans are not as well as what they are. Pagans are not sexual deviants, do not worship the devil, are not evil, do not practice ‘black magic’ and their practices do not involve harming people or animals.
~The Pagan Federation of Great Britain have no precise figures but estimate that the number of Pagans in the British Isles is between 50,000 and 200,000 (2002).

Symbols {57} ~ Ik Onkar

Ik Onkar is a prominent Sikh symbol that represents the central tenet of the religious philosophy of the Sikh faith. Symbolizing the concept of the unity of God, it stands for the One Supreme Being who is behind all creation. The phrase has two components – Ik and Onkar. Ik is written as a numeral and means one, while Onkar denotes the name of God, Brahma (as mentioned in the Vedas).

The symbol is the opening phrase of the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib and forms the first word of the ‘Mool Mantra‘, which is regarded as the first composition of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Mool Mantra (literally meaning the ‘root magic chant or statement’) clearly reflects Guru Nanak’s belief in monotheism and encapsulates the entire complex theology of Sikhism. It is read as – “Ik Onkar Satnam Karta Purakh Nirbhau Nirvair Akaal Moorat Ajooni Saibhang GurParsad”. Translated in English, it means that there is only one God, His name is true, He is the creator of everything, He is beyond fear, He is without enmity or hatred, He has a timeless form, He is beyond birth and death, He is self-existent, He can be realized through divine grace.

Ik Onkar

The symbol Ik Onkar is representative of the cornerstone of the Sikh religion, which is the belief in the oneness of God and the oneness of humanity. There is only one Divine Reality, one God who is manifest in all creation and is the only constant, the eternal Truth. It urges one to realize that we are all bound to the creator and one another in such a way that we are all inseparable.