This blog crossed over the somewhat important 100,000 visits mark on my stats counter early in 2019. That is a nice solid number and I'm happy people have found the blog.

with a really small post about some of the Big Questions - How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone?

That 100k stat isn't all that impressive as blogs go. In fact, other blogs that I write on have bigger numbers. For example, I write on weekends on an aptly named Weekends in Paradelle, about big and small questions on a more personal level. That site is approaching the 400k mark now. My oldest blog, Serendipity35, which covers education + technology, crossed the 100 million mark a while ago.

But this site was a repurposed blog that I started just to experiment with the Blogger software. It had no theme or purpose and was just about things I noticed around the web. I repurposed it a few years ago with the idea of trying to post short entries that "educate" in some way in lots of different areas. The idea of a one-room schoolhouse came to mind.

One-room schools were once pretty commonplace throughout rural portions of various countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. In these rural and small town schools (some of which literally used someone's house), all of the students met in a single room. A single teacher taught academic basics to different aged children at different  levels of elementary-age boys and girls.

I imagine that younger kids were hearing some of the older kids' lessons and older kids could get remedial lessons when the younger kids were being taught. I think that could be an interesting model of learning. I also think it would be a challenging teaching assignment. It's a topic I delve into a bit deeper on my other blog.

The End of the Year and the End of the World

The Last Judgment by painter Hans Memling. In Christian belief, the Last Judgement is an apocalyptic event where God makes a final judgement of all people on Earth.

I wrote elsewhere about Isaac Newton's 1704 prediction of the end of the world. sometime around (or after, "but not before") the year 2060.

He used some bizarre mathematical calculations to come up with the year. Where did he get his inspiration? From the "prophecies" of the Bible's Book of Revelation.

Don't you find it odd that Sir Isaac Newton, an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time, and a key figure in the scientific revolution was looking for clues to calculate the end of the world in the Bible? Well, he believed that his work on universal gravitation (gravity), developing the three laws of motion which form the basic principles of modern physics, and his discovery of calculus which led the way to more powerful methods of solving mathematical problems would not be his most important work.

He thought that by deciphering ancient scriptures and uncovering the nature of the Christian religion he would be able to calculate (not just predict) the end of the world.

We still have some decades until his 2060+ but the odds are against Newton for being correct. Plenty of religious doomsayers have predicted the end of the world with Bible codes. And the years have passed with no end.

But Newton was a scientist. Shouldn't that change the equation? He has been joined by modern day scientists who make predictions about the end by interpreting data from climate research, sustainability estimates, population growth stats and by looking at dwindling resources. In their calculations, there are no codes from ancient texts or theology. They don't predict battles between good and evil.

I would just dismiss Isaac's 2060 if it wasn't that I also found online that some scientists using their cold, hard facts and numbers came years pretty close to his number. These are not predictions of an apocalypse, but a man made collapse of industrialized societies and agricultural production, unsustainable population growth and pollution levels, unstable climates, and dissolving nation states.

The "religious" but quite unscientific Ron Weinland had predicted the world would end in 2011, 2012, and then 2013. No, no, no. This year he predicted that Jesus will return on June 9, 2019.  What? No summer vacation in 2019?

And Jeane Dixon predicted that Armageddon would take place in 2020. Of course, she had previously predicted the world would end on February 4, 1962.

If you stick with the scientists, the dates are a lot further away. David Powell calculates that the Earth and the Moon will be most likely destroyed by falling into the Sun, just before the Sun reaches the largest of its red giant phase when it will be 256 times larger than it is now. That will happen in 7.59 billion years. Plenty of summer vacations yet to come.

How Is Your Sanskrit?

Sanskrit in Sanskrit

Sanskrit is a language of ancient India (3,500 years old) and is the primary liturgical language of Hinduism, the predominant language of most works of Hindu philosophy as well as some of the principal texts of Buddhism and Jainism.

It was the lingua franca of ancient and medieval India.In the early 1st millennium CE, along with Buddhism and Hinduism, Sanskrit migrated to Southeast Asia, parts of East Asia and Central Asia. It became the language of high culture and of the ruling elites.

Sanskrit words have been and still are the secret language of Yoga.

You probably know some Sanskrit: Karma and Nirvana are ancient Sanskrit words. But there are other Sanskrit words that are very good at summing up large principles of guiding one's life.

Here is a quick primer on some Sanskrit:

  • Santosha = contentment and finding a feeling of content no matter what your circumstances may be. 
  • Ananda = bliss, that state of utter joy and fulfillment.
  • Mantra is another fairly common word, especially if you have seriously studied mediation. It is defined as a mind instrument - not a prayer as we normally think of that word, but a sacred phrase that can be repeated, even "hummed" during meditation 
  • Satya = truth, which includes truth-telling, practicing positive moral and also finding your own personal truth as well. While being honest with others is important, being honest with yourself allows you to realize your purpose. 
  • Saucha = cleanliness, physically and in spirit and emotions that are toxic, such as fear, jealousy, and anger.  
  • Ahimsa – non-violence both physically and mentally. 
  • Upeksha means staying grounded which is the way to an ultimate state of peace 
  • Prajna = wisdom, but not so much the learned wisdom of schooling or experience, but from spiritual wisdom

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