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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earth Hour 2008

ECGMA says: Did you? My family and I did, for 1 hour, we had our lights off from 8pm-9pm March 29, 2008. We did this ever since this movement began.

March 29, 2008 at 8pm Local Time

8-9pm is NOW somewhere in the world! Turn off your lights and conserve. Local time means where you live.

Individuals CAN make a difference!

"Do Something!" to make a positive impact.

www.EarthHour.org

Dr. Dian Fossey (1932-1985)

http://www.gorillafund.org/

Dr. Dian Fossey (1932-1985)

by Eric W. Codak

Childhood

Dian was a second generation English Immigrant on her father's side. She lived her younger years in California Her parents separated when she was at an early age due to her father's heavy drinking and involvement with the law. Dian stayed with her mother who later remarried to a Richard Price. His involvement in Dian's life was unnerving due to his stern traditionalist ideologies. Her interest for animals were withheld due to house rules. She was permitted once to have a goldfish, but when it died she was not to have any more pets.

College Education

Dian's parents acted and seemed wealthy but still did not help with her college education. Instead her maternal aunt and uncle helped with her finances while she attended school.

After she had finished high school in 1949, she attended Marin Junior College in California. She took business classes encouraged by her stepfather and hated them. She worked part time at a department store while she was in school and at one time as a machine operator in a factory.

When she was 19 the summer after her first year of college she was offered to be a ranch hand on a dude ranch in Montana. Here she got completely wrapped up in the animals or anything that walked or flew. This all came to an abrupt end due to Dian contracting chickenpox and had to leave early.

In 1950, she went back to school, this time picking her own classes, and enrolled as a pre- veterinarian medical student at the University of California at Davis. She liked the courses in biology but had a hard time dealing with the "hard sciences", like chemistry and physics and eventually failed out her second year.

In 1952, Dian transferred to San Jose State College, with a new interest in working with damaged children. She later graduated with a degree in occupational therapy in 1954.

She would later go back to college to Cambridge University were she received a Ph. D. in Zoology in 1974 after establishing the Karioke research Center in Rwanda in 1967.

Life After College

After graduating she interned at various hospitals in California working with tuberculosis patients for nine months. Wanting to get away from California she looked for and got a job as far away as she could, at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

She dealt with the fact that she could visit her mother and stepfather on holidays but other than ritual visits, she did not want to relive her stay in California. Hired on as the Director of the occupational therapy department at Kosair, she enjoyed working with the rugged, friendly backwoods people of Kentucky. She lived outside the city limits, renting a dilapidated cottage on a farm called, Glenmary. The owners there encouraged her to pitch in with seasonal work, putting her veterinarian expertise to use on the farm with the animals.

Influential People

An important person Dian came in contact with was Mary White Henry, secretary to the chief administrator at Kosair Hospital. Mary introduced Dian to many of Louisville's society, being that of the opposite sex.

Still young and in her early twenties, her look was that of a tall slender built woman, with strong features. Although not conventionally beautiful she did attract many young men.

One man she met who had become involved with sporadically throughout Dian's life was, Franz Forester. He was a some what wealthy Rhodesian who had invoked the closest relationship Dian had yet.

Although Mary had introduced Dian to Franz, she also would unknowingly involve Dian with yet another man who would unknowingly convert her to Catholicism. His name was Father Raymond. He was an Irish priest who she had become involved with over a period of time.

Although her intimate relationship grew with the priest it also did with Franz Forester. In 1957, he offered her a paid trip to Africa on a one way trip to live there at his parents estate.

Key Introduction to Gorillas

The seed was planted and although she regretfully denied several different trips to Africa, one also offered by Mary White in 1960, she still had a burning desire to go to a place where all the animals weren't driven into little corners, roaming freely about. Understanding that financially she could not afford the trip, she began to accumulate literature on safari's, and was determined to reach Africa before the year ended in 1963.

By June of that year she had made arrangements to hire a Nairobi safari guide at the price of Five-thousand dollars. She mortgaged her income for the next three years from the hospital to a loan company at an interest of twenty-four percent.

She continued to educate herself with any kind of literature she could find. One particular book "The Year of the Gorilla" by zoologist George Schaller, held the most interest for Dian. This was the start for her desire to learn more about the rare mountain gorillas which was explained in Schaller's book.

Packing for her first encounter to Africa, her luggage didn't compare to the amount of medication she had to bring along. Dian's allergies were certainly not on the itinerary for the trip, so she suited her self with all the allergy medicines she could imagine.

First Experience of Africa

After reaching Africa she was led to believe that the renowned paleoanthropologist, Dr. Louis Leakey was in Nairobi. Her experience of the Congo was quickly impressionable on Dian and wanted to further her knowledge of the mountain gorilla and to experience even seeing one.

After coming in contact with Dr. Leakey, she expressed her interest in his work and the work of the gorillas as influenced by George Schaller. Little if not any impressed with her he told her to keep in touch after her brief visit.

Following the visit, Dian and her guide stopped in the village of Kisoro and met up with a group of photographers heading up one of the volcanic mountains, Mt. Mikeno.

This is where Dian saw her first sign of gorilla life of a sleeping area they had been at the night before. The experience would determine the future course of her life.

Dr. Louis Leakey & Going back to Africa

After returning to Louisville, Dian had again met up with Dr. Louis Leakey at a conference and influenced him enough to have him sponsor her with research support.

She knew she was under qualified with no anthropology, biology, ethnology, or zoology background, but Dr. Leakey liked Dian's ambition for the gorillas.

After getting a grant from the Wilkie foundation which supported Jane Goodall with her efforts in studying chimpanzees, Dian was now headed to Africa. She was later supported by the National Geographic and left for Africa after resigning Kosair Children's Hospital in 1966.

Karisoke Research Center

The research center was established in 1967 between two volcanic mountain ranges, Mt. Karisimbi and Mt. Visoke located in the Parc des Volcans in Rwanda. The park is located on the border of Zaire, within 10 miles of Uganda. She later housed her anti-poaching patrols there as headquarters to stop the slaying of gorillas. The research center also brought in other scientists to study different aspects of the gorillas biology.

Accomplished Research

Her pioneering work with the gorillas has forever changed the ways animals are studied in the wild. Her observations of gorillas behavior, dispelled myths about the mountain gorillas violence. She sat unharmed, within a few feet of them almost everyday for 22 years.

She also noted many vocalistics and behavior patterns within their each family of gorillas she had observed. Dian became very involved with one particular gorilla, Digit, who was later beheaded by poachers.

Dian set up the Digit Fund (now the DFGF) to attract international support for gorilla conservation. (To contact the DFGF see below).

Gorilla Poachers

The poachers were locals making money off of the hands, heads and feet of the gorillas. The heads were used as wall decorations and hands and feet as ashtrays. Dian's reputation with the locals was not always very good. She often played with the notion that they thought she was a witch (because of local Black Magic beliefs) and played the role of a witch while interrogating poachers they had caught.

She also was threatened to be kicked out by the government because she suspected involvement with the poachers and Rwandan government. She continuously had to legalize her paper and work permits to further her work.

Unnatural Death

Dian Fossey was murdered by an unknown attacker in her cabin at the Karisoke Research Center in the Virunga Mountains in 1985. The attacker hacked her to death by what investigators believe to be a machete. They entered through a hole in the wall prior to the attack. No arrests have ever been made, but local authorities believe it to be poachers who were at odds with Dian and her anti-poaching brigade of but a few soldiers.

Bibliography & Links to learn more

  • http://www.netsrq.com/~dbois/fossey.html

  • Discover Magazine, Feb 1987 v.8 p.28(14)

  • Fossey, D. Gorillas in the Mist. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983.

  • Mowat, F. Woman in the Mists. New York: Warner Books, c1987.

  • People Weekly, Feb 17, 1986 v.25 p.46(5)

  • Time Magazine, Jan 13, 1986 v.127 p.38(1)

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (DFGF)

For more information and pledges for support contact:

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund UK, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 8JA

Tel: 0171-483 2681 Fax: 0171-483 4541 (International: 44-171-483 2681)

Reg. Charity No: 801160

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Neal Boortz On Muslim Outrage

ECGMA says: For anyone who does care to know who Neal Boortz, read his bio here. A piece of advise....never never ring up a radio shock jock or commentator and debate with them. They are experts in speech and mind manipulation. They are experts at cutting you off, not allowing you to finish your statement, leaving you looking and sounding like a bloody fool. All the switches/buttons are at their control and disposal. Anytime you think you have the upper hand, you will be verbally cut or bleeped off.

Radio Talk Show host Neal Boortz takes a Muslim caller who's only complaint is how Islam is misunderstood. Neal points out the many incidences where Muslims were outraged without reason, and then not outraged when they should have been.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Niagara Falls by Jackie

ECGMA says: Hi Jackie, your pic attachments exceeded the limit allowable by yahoogroups. Not too sure what the size limit is for attachments. I am guessing, maybe around 1mb. Your attachments totaled over 5mb. You must have set your 'super-duper' digital camera using quality format which accounted for the size of each of the pics being over 1mb. I am sure if you have snapped me with the same quality format, from a distance of 3 feet away, one can see my pimple, eh? You did the right thing by sending them to my yahoo email. I am publishing the pics here in ec-general blogger which in turn will distribute a copy of this post to all members of ec-general yahoogroups. WOW! what a sight! Amazingly breathtaking! I am breathless!

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----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Jackie Yip
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2008 5:17:14 PM
Subject: Fw: [ec-gen] [ECGeneral Blog] Cities of Bright Lights

Hey, Eugene, tried to send this to EC-General@yahoogroups.com but was bounced back, so am resending to your yahoo email instead.

I like Niagara Falls the best! In fact, Desmond & I just love the Falls. Been there 3 times & were lucky to have our bedrooms facing directly the spectacular Falls day & night! Before 9/11, Malaysians could travel to Canada without VISAs, now we've to apply for a VISA at RM270 for every entry! So expensive! Like to share with you some of the pics we took when we were there in 2005. Couldn't capture any pics at night though. Sorry, am not much of a good photographer lah!
Jackie

If we love God sincerely, then all that we do, think & say will be directed towards pleasing God. But if God is not so important to us, then we will think & seek Him only when we are desperate. Our love for God should permeate every aspect of our ordinary life.
- Fr Philip Heng, S.J.






RICHES

ECGMA says: Thanks Jerry.....

From: Jerry Lim
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2008 12:54:17 PM
Dear everyone ... watch the movie first
http://www.cryofthespirit.com/riches.html

Drinking Water and too much of it

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History of the Middle Finger


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Answers You Wish You Gave

ECGMA says: It was a while back I received this and I forget now who it was from but I feel it was from Doug. Doug (or whoever you are), thanks!
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Wonderful Creations with Edibles

ECGMA says: Thanks to Jackie.

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Cities of Bright Lights

ECGMA says: Click on the images to enlarge and check out Malaysia's.

Brazil

Chicago

Cleveland Ohio

Cologne Cathedral

Copenhagen

Denver Colorado

Las Vegas NEVADA

London

Los Angeles

Moscow

Niagara Falls

Oakland California

Paris

Petersburg

Singapore

Toronto

Vienna

Washington

Malaysia

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Stone Mind and Real Prosperity

ECGMA says: How many of us are 'heavy headed/minded' and attempting to change the natural course of life?

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The Stone Mind

Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple in the country.
One day four traveling monks appeared and asked if they might make a fire in his yard to warm themselves.

While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing about subjectivity and objectivity.
He joined them and said: "There is a big stone. Do you consider it to be inside or outside your mind?"

One of the monks replied: "From the Buddhist viewpoint everything is an objectification of mind, so I would say that the stone is inside my mind."

"Your head must feel very heavy," observed Hogen, "if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind."
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Real Prosperity

A rich man asked Sengai to write something for the continued prosperity of his family so that it might be treasured from generation to generation.

Sengai obtained a large sheet of paper and wrote: "Father dies, son dies, grandson dies."

The rich man became angry. "I asked you to write something for the happiness of my family! Why do you make such a joke of this?"

"No joke is intended," explained Sengai. "If before you yourself die your son should die, this would grieve you greatly. If your grandson should pass away before your son, both of you would be broken-hearted. If your family, generation after generation, passes away in the order I have named, it will be the natural course of life. I call this real prosperity."

Honesty 101

Posted by Charles Hamel
January 24, 2008

I had a great Dad opportunity to give a good life lesson to my oldest son (8) in Honesty. We were in this dept. store the other day and my wife was shopping and I was watching the kids run around, trying to keep the roar to a minimum. When this young boy walked by with his Mom holding his hand and he drops a dollar. I never saw the boy drop the money and my wife did not either but my son did. So my wife says Oh look a dollar, get it.

So my 8 year old gets the dollar and was looking at the boy and his mom that had just passed, so I had a feeling, and asked him did those people that just passed drop the dollar, and he said yes the little boy did. So I told him OK lets go find them. We searched all around the store and couldn’t find the little boy. So I told him to hold on to it and maybe we will see them before we leave. Sure enough they walked past us and I told him to give it back to him, in which shyly he did. The people thanked us and I told my son, that was great, you are going to get some good karma. He smiled and kind of walked with a bounce in his step for a while.

Opportunities to teach life lesson’s happen everyday, but we are responsible for taking advantage of situations as these. We need to instill in our future generation a sense of honesty. It is a very dishonest world we find ourselves in, don’t you think? In business, at work, in politics, in fact everything that you encounter these days seems lacking in honesty.

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain

“The Empty Pot” by Demi (1990, Henry Holt and Company)

In this Chinese tale, a young boy named Ping is an excellent gardener. His flowers and vegetables are always the most wonderful. Imagine how excited he was when the old Emperor called all the young people together and said, “Whoever grows the most beautiful flower from the seed I give you, will become Emperor.”

Each young person got a pot and a seed from the Emperor and went home to make the flower grow. Ping watered the seed, gave it fresh soil, fertilized it, but still no flower grew. When it was time to bring the pots and flowers back to the Emperor, Ping’s seed had not grown at all. But, all the other pots were filled with beautiful flowers.

The Emperor looked at each flower. Then, he stopped at Ping’s empty pot and smiled. “You will be the next Emperor. The seeds I gave everyone would not grow. You are the only one who was honest and brought back the pot with the seed you had received.”

Lookout for opportunities to teach life lessons to others, you can do it in a way that doesn’t sound like you are preaching, but can use the moment as the lesson. And pay attention when life is giving you a lesson, we can only get stronger in spirituality , Take Care my friends.

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Back to The Sixties

ECGMA says: Thanks Joe! This is down memory lane at its best!!

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Joseph Tan
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 1:28:05 AM
Subject: [ec-gen] Back to The Sixties

Enjoy this.... its the most comprehensive round up of the '60s. share with your friends and children who will know how much fun the 60s were...heheh
life was never the same again....


Subject: Back to The Sixties

This is the one of the best presentations of the 1960s that I have seen online!

Just click on the following link, sit back and enjoy yourself calling back those old memories with some euphonious oldies in the background.

If you're not "old enough", be taken aback by browsing through some great photos and facts of your father's or grandfather' s days.

Be sure to have your speakers turned up!


http://cruzintheave nue.com/TakeMeBa ckToTheSixties. htm

The Law of The Garbage Truck

ECGMA says: Thanks Joseph for this 'story'. Great one. Well, I have the clip for you and all to watch and listen: (you have to click on the ecgeneral link below to go to the blog to view the clip)

In Part 2 of our "Entrepreneur of the Month" series, watch how teachers at The Village Academy, an elementary school in Delray Beach, responded to what David J. Pollay has developed and defined as "The Law of the Garbage Truck! ... Right now on the "WatercoolerDiaires" on KBTVonline!


----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Joseph Tan
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 12:44:45 AM
Subject: [ec-gen] Re: Apply this daily - The Law of The Garbage Truck

Something interesting and thought provoking to share....
Dont let the garbage truck ruin your day, your life....

All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes
Winston Churchill

This is very true...

Beware of Garbage Trucks by David J. Pollay

How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly he/she can get back her focus on what's important.

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York Citytaxi cab. Here's what happened.

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'

And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they'll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally.

You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did.

So this was it: The 'Law of the Garbage Truck.' I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, 'I'm not going to do it anymore.' I began to see garbage trucks. I see the load they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I
don't make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.

One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field. He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled. He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best.

Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting. Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses.
Teachers and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by?

Here's my bet. You'll be happier.

So.. Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance , TAKE IT!
If it changes your life , LET IT! Nobody said it would be easy... They just promised it would be worth it!

Regards, Joe
Manager, AP Finance Transformation

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Star King #8 - Five Year Old Blind Genius Pianist (en)

ECGMA says: Truly amazing little girl! Naturally talented Korean girl! 5 year old genius pianist, Yoo Ye Eun who can't see from birth but can play the piano after listening to the tune just ONCE! Everyone is touched and moved by her performance.
Thank you, Jackie, for bringing this to my attention.

Hey Eugene by Pink Martini

ECGMA says: I didn't call back coz of Suz otherwise I would have. Sorry to have broken her heart. Well, at least, it inspired her to write this song.

A clip of Pink Martini performing their rare (and possibly their best) song "Hey Eugene". The special aired on PBS sometime in late August 2006

Friday, March 21, 2008

We miss Rodney Dangerfield because....

ECGMA says: Thanks Jerry for sharing this.


WE MISS RODNEY DANGERFIELD, BECAUSE . . ...

He said . ..

My wife only has sex with me for a purpose. Last night she used me to time an egg.

It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass!

Last night my wife met me at the front door. She was wearing a sexy negligee. The only trouble was, she was coming home.

A girl phoned me and said, "Come on over. There's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home!

A hooker once told me she had a headache.

I went to a massage parlor. It was self service.

If it weren't for pickpockets, I'd have no sex life at all.

I was making love to this girl and she started crying. I said, "Are you going to hate yourself in the morning?" She said, "No, I hate myself now."

I knew a girl so ugly that she was known as a two- bagger. That's when you put a bag over your head in case the bag over her head comes off.

I knew a girl so ugly, they use her in prisons to cure sex offenders.

My wife is such a bad cook, if we leave dental floss in the kitchen the roaches hang themselves.

I'm so ugly I stuck my head out the window and got arrested for mooning.

The other day I came home and a guy was jogging, naked. I asked him, "Why?" He said, "Because you came home early."

My wife's such a bad cook, the dog begs for Alka-Seltzer.

I know I'm not sexy. When I put my underwear on I can hear the Fruit-of-the-Loom guys giggling.

My wife is such a bad cook, in my house we pray after the meal.

My wife likes to talk on the phone during sex; she called me from Chicago last night.

My family was so poor that if I hadn't been born a boy, I wouldn't had anything to play with


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"Tuccho Pothila" -- Venerable Empty-Scripture

ECGMA says: With a 'sad' heart, I have to admit there are "Tuccho Pothila" martial arts masters & grandmasters "Venerables Empty Scriptures" around the world. Sure, this has nothing to do with martial arts per se but the moral of the 'story' is appropriate to martial artists and ordinary people in general.
Try to see the "workings of a deluded mind".

"Tuccho Pothila" -- Venerable Empty-Scripture

There are two ways to support Buddhism. One is known as amisapuja, supporting through material offerings. These are the four requisites of food, clothing, shelter and medicine. This is to support Buddhism by giving material offerings to the Sangha of monks and nuns, enabling them to live in reasonable comfort for the practice of Dhamma. This fosters the direct realization of the Buddha's teaching, in turn bringing continued prosperity to the Buddhist religion.

Buddhism can be likened to a tree. A tree has roots, a trunk, branches, twigs and leaves. all the leaves and branches, including the trunk, depend on the roots to absorb nutriment from the soil and send it out to them. In the same way as the tree depends on the roots to sustain it, our actions and our speech are like "branches" and "leaves," which depend on the mind, the "root," absorbing nutriment, which it then sends it out to the "trunk," "branches" and "leaves." These in turn bear fruit as our speech and actions. whatever state the mind is in, skillful or unskillful, it expresses that quality outwardly through our actions and speech.

Therefore the support of Buddhism through the practical application of the teaching is the most important kind of support. For example, in the ceremony of determining the precepts on observance days, the Teacher describes those unskillful actions which should be avoided. But if you simply go through the ceremony of determining the precepts without reflecting on their meaning, progress is difficult. You will be unable to find the true practice. The real support of Buddhism must therefore be done through patipattipuja, the "offering" of practice, cultivating true restraint, concentration and wisdom. Then you will know what Buddhism is all about. If you don't understand through practice you still won't know, even if you learn the whole Tipitaka.

In the time of the Buddha there was a monk known as Tuccho Pothila. Tuccho Pothila was very learned, thoroughly versed in the scriptures and texts. He was so famous that he was revered by people everywhere and had eighteen monasteries under his care. When people heard the name "Tuccho Pothila" they were awe-struck and nobody would dare question anything he taught, so much did they revere his command of the teachings. Tuccho Pothila was one of the Buddha's most learned disciples.

One day he went to pay respects to the Buddha. As he was paying his respects, the Buddha said, "Ah, hello, Venerable Empty Scripture!"...just like that! They conversed for a while until it was time to go, and then, as he was taking leave of the Buddha, the Buddha said, "Oh, leaving now, Venerable Empty Scripture?"

That was all the Buddha said. On arriving, "Oh, hello, Venerable Empty Scripture." When it was time to go, "Ah, leaving now, Venerable Empty Scripture?" The Buddha didn't expand on it, that was all the teaching he gave. Tuccho Pothila, the eminent teacher, was puzzled, " Why did the Buddha say that? What did he mean?" He thought and thought, turning over everything he had learnt, until eventually he realized..."It's true! "Venerable Empty Scripture" -- a monk who studies but doesn't practice." When he looked into his heart he saw that really he was no different from laypeople. Whatever they aspired to he also aspired to, whatever they enjoyed he also enjoyed. There was no real samana (#1) within him, no truly profound quality capable of firmly establishing him in the Noble Way and providing true peace.

So he decided to practice. But there was nowhere for him to go to. All the teachers around were his own students, no-one would dare accept him. Usually when people meet their teacher they become timid and deferential, and so no-one would dare to become his teacher.

Finally he went to see a certain young novice, who was enlightened, and asked to practice under him. The novice said, "Yes, sure you can practice with me, but only if you're sincere. If you're not sincere then I won't accept you." Tuccho Pothila pledged himself as a student of the novice.

The novice then told him to put on all his robes. Now there happened to be a muddy bog nearby.
When Tuccho Pothila had neatly put on all his robes, expensive ones they were, too, the novice said, "Okay, now run down into this muddy bog.
If I don't tell you to stop, don't stop.
If I don't tell you to come out, don't come out. Okay...run!"

Tuccho Pothila, neatly robed, plunged into the bog. The novice didn't tell him to stop until he was completely covered in mud. Finally he said, "You can stop, now." ... so he stopped. "Okay, come on up!"... and so he came out.

This clearly showed that Tuccho Pothila had given up his pride. He was ready to accept the teaching. If he wasn't ready to learn he wouldn't have run into the bog like that, being such a famous teacher, but he did it. The young novice, seeing this, knew that Tuccho Pothila was sincerely determined to practice.

When Tuccho Pothila had come out of the bog, the novice gave him the teaching. He taught him to observe the sense objects, to know the mind and to know the sense objects, using the simile of a man catching a lizard hiding in a termite mound. If the mound had six holes in it, How would he catch it? He would have to seal off five of the holes and leave just one open. Then he would have to simply watch and wait, guarding that one hole. When the lizard ran out he could catch it.

Observing the mind is like this. Closing off the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body, we leave only the mind. To "close off" the senses means to restrain and compose them, observing only the mind. Meditation is like catching the lizard. We use sati to note the breath. Sati is the quality of recollection, as in asking yourself, "What am I doing?" Sampajañña is the awareness that "now I am doing such and such." We observe the in and out breathing with sati and sampajañña.

This quality of recollection is something that arises from practice, it's not something that can be learnt from books. Know the feelings that arise. The mind may be fairly inactive for a while and then a feeling arises. Sati works in conjunction with these feelings, recollecting them. There is sati, the recollection that "I will speak," "I will go," "I will sit" and so on, and then there is sampajañña, the awareness that "now I am walking," "I am lying down," "I am experiencing such and such a mood" with these two things, sati and sampajañña, we can know our minds in the present moment. We will know how the mind reacts to sense impressions.

That which is aware of sense objects is called "mind." Sense objects "wander in" to the mind. For instance, there is a sound, like the electric planer here. It enters through the ear and travels inwards to the mind, which acknowledges that it is the sound of an electric planer. That which acknowledges the sound is called "mind."

Now this mind which acknowledges the sound is still quite basic. It's just the average mind. Perhaps annoyance arises within this one who acknowledges. We must further train "the one who acknowledges" to become "the one who knows" in accordance with the truth -- known as Buddho. If we don't clearly know in accordance with the truth then we get annoyed at sounds of people, cars, electric planer and so on. This is just the ordinary, untrained mind acknowledging the sound with annoyance. It knows in accordance with its preferences, not in accordance with the truth. We must further train it to know with vision and insight, ñanadassana, (#2) the power of the refined mind, so that it knows the sound as simply sound. If we don't cling to sound there is annoyance. The sound arises and we simply note it. This is called truly knowing the arising of sense objects. If we develop the Buddho, clearly realizing the sound as sound, then it doesn't annoy us. It arises according to conditions, it is not a being, an individual, a self, an "us" or "them." It's just sound. The mind lets go.

This knowing is called Buddho, the knowledge that is clear and penetrating. With this knowledge we can let the sound be simply sound. It doesn't disturb us unless we disturb it by thinking, "I don't want to hear that sound, it's annoying." Suffering arises because of this thinking. Right here is the cause of suffering, that we don't know the truth of this matter, we haven't developed the Buddho. We are not yet clear, not yet awake, not yet aware. This is the raw, untrained mind. This mind is not yet truly useful to us.

Therefore the Buddha taught that this mind must be trained and developed. We must develop the mind just like we develop the body, but we do it in different way. To develop the body we must exercise it, jogging in the morning and evening and so on. This is exercising the body. As a result the body becomes more agile, stronger, the respiratory and nervous systems become more efficient. to exercise the mind we don't have to move it around, but bring it to a halt, bring it to rest.

For instance, when practicing meditation, we take an object, such as the in and out breathing, as our foundation. This becomes the focus of our attention and reflection. We note the breathing. To note the breathing means to follow the breathing with awareness, noting its rhythm, its coming and going. We put awareness into the breath, following the natural in and out breathing and letting go of all else. As a result of staying on one object of awareness, our mind becomes refreshed. If we let the mind think of this, that and the other there are many objects of awareness, the mind doesn't unify, it doesn't come to rest.

To say the mind stops means that it feels as if it's stopped, it doesn't go running here and there. It's like having a sharp knife. If we use the knife to cut at things indiscriminately, such as stones, bricks and grass, our knife will quickly become blunt. We should use it for cutting only the things it was meant for. Our mind is the same. If we let the mind wander after thoughts and feelings which have no value or use, the mind becomes tired and weak, If the mind has no energy, wisdom will not arise, because the mind without energy is the mind without samadhi.

If the mind hasn't stopped you can't clearly see the sense objects for what they are. The knowledge that the mind is the mind, sense objects are merely sense objects, is the root from which Buddhism has grown and developed. This is the heart of Buddhism.

We must cultivate this mind, develop it, training it in calm and insight. We train the mind to have restraint and wisdom by letting the mind stop and allowing wisdom to arise, by knowing the mind as it is.

You know, the way we human beings are, the way we do things, are just like little children. A child doesn't know anything. To an adult observing the behavior of a child, the way it plays and jumps around, its actions don't seem to have much purpose. If our mind is untrained it is like a child. We speak without awareness and act without wisdom. We may fall to ruin or cause untold harm and not even know it. A child is ignorant, it plays as children do. Our ignorant mind is the same.

So we should train this mind. The Buddha taught to train the mind, to teach the mind. Even if we support Buddhism with the four requisites, our support is still superficial, it reaches only the "bark" or "sapwood" of the tree. The real support of Buddhism must be done through the practice, nowhere else, training our actions, speech and thoughts according to the teachings. This is much more fruitful. If we are straight and honest, possessed of restraint and wisdom, our practice will bring prosperity. There will be no cause for spite and hostility. This is how our religion teaches us.

If we determine the precepts simply out of tradition, then even though the Master teaches the truth our practice will be deficient. We may be able to study the teachings and repeat them, but we have to practice them if we really want to understand. If we do not develop the practice, this may well be an obstacle to our penetrating to the heart of Buddhism for countless lifetimes to come. We will not understand the essence of the Buddhist religion.

Therefore the practice is like a key, the key of meditation. If we have the right key in our hand, no matter how tightly the lock is closed, when we take the key and turn it the lock falls open. If we have no key we can't open the lock. We will never know what it is in the trunk.

Actually there are two kinds of knowledge. One who knows the Dhamma doesn't simply speak from memory, he speaks the truth. Worldly people usually speak with conceit. For example, suppose there were two people who hadn't seen each other for a long time, maybe they had gone to live in different provinces or countries for a while, and then one day they happened to meet on the train..."Oh! What a surprise. I was just thinking of looking you up!"... Actually it's not true. Really they hadn't thought of each other at all, but they say so out of excitement. And so it becomes a lie. Yes, it's lying out of heedlessness.
This is lying without knowing it. It's a subtle form of defilement, and it happens very often.

So with regard to the mind, Tuccho Pothila followed the instructions of the novice: breathing in, breathing out... mindfully aware of each breath...until he saw the liar within him, the lying of his own mind. He saw the defilements as they came up, just like the lizard coming out of the termite mound. He saw them and perceived their true nature as soon as they arose. He noticed how one minute the mind would concoct one thing, the next moment something else.

Thinking is a sankhata dhamma, something which is created or concocted from supporting conditions. It's not asankhata dhamma, the unconditioned. The well-trained mind, one with perfect awareness, does not concoct mental states. This kind of mind penetrates to the Noble Truths and transcends any need to depend on externals. To know the Noble Truths is to know the truth. The proliferating mind tries to avoid this truth, saying, "that's good" or "this is beautiful," but if there is Buddho in the mind it can no longer deceive us, because we know the mind as it is. The mind can no longer create deluded mental states, because there is the clear awareness that all mental states are unstable, imperfect, and a source of suffering to one who clings to them.

Wherever he went, the one who knows was constantly in Tuccho Pothila's mind. He observed the various creations and proliferation of the mind with understanding. He saw how the mind lied in so many ways. He grasped the essence of the practice, seeing that "This lying mind is the one to watch -- this is the one which leads us into extremes of happiness and suffering and causes us to endlessly spin around in the cycle of Samsara, with its pleasure and pain, good and evil -- all because of this one." Tuccho Pothila realized the truth, and grasped the essence of the practice, just like a man grasping the tail of the lizard. He saw the workings of the deluded mind.

For us it's the same. Only this mind is important. That's why they say to train the mind. Now if the mind is the mind, what are we going to train it with? By having continuous sati and sampajañña we will be able to know the mind. This one who knows is a step beyond the mind, it is that which knows the state of the mind. The mind is the mind. That which knows the mind as simply mind is the one who knows. It is above the mind. The one who knows is above the mind, and that is how it is able to look after the mind, to teach the mind to know what is right and what is wrong. In the end everything comes back to this proliferating mind. If the mind is caught up in its proliferations there is no awareness and the practice is fruitless.

So we must train this mind to hear the Dhamma, to cultivate the Buddho, the clear and radiant awareness, that which exists above and beyond the ordinary mind and knows all that goes on within it. This is why we meditate on the word Buddho, so that we can know the mind beyond the mind. Just observe all the mind's movements, whether good or bad, until the one who realizes that the mind is simply mind, not a self or a person. This is called cittanupassana, Contemplation of Mind. (#3) Seeing in this way we will understand that the mind is Transient, Imperfect and Ownerless. This mind doesn't belong to us.

We can summarize thus: The mind is that which acknowledges sense objects; sense objects are sense objects as distinct from the mind; the one who knows both the mind and the sense objects for what they are. We must use sati to constantly cleanse the mind. Everybody has sati, even a cat has it when it's going to catch a mouse. A dog has it when it barks at people. This is a form of sati, but it's not sati according to the Dhamma. Everybody has sati, but there are different levels of it, just as there are different levels of looking at things. Like when I say to contemplate the body, some people say, "What is there to contemplate in the body? Anybody can see it. Kesa we can see already, loma we can see already...hair, nails, teeth and skin we can see already. So what?"

This is how people are. They can see the body alright but their seeing is faulty, they don't see with the Buddho, the one who knows, the awakened one. They only see the body in the ordinary way, they see it visually. Simply to see the body is not enough. If we only see the body there is trouble. You must see the body within the body, then things become much clearer. Just seeing the body you get fooled by it, charmed by its appearance. Not seeing Transience, Imperfection and Ownerlessness, kamachanda (#4) arises. You become fascinated by forms, sounds, odors, flavors and feelings. Seeing in this way is to see with the mundane eye of the flesh, causing you to love and hate and discriminate into pleasing and unpleasing.

The Buddha taught that this is not enough. You must see with the "mind's eye." See the body within the body. If you really look into the body...Ugh! It's so repulsive. There are today's things and yesterday's things all mixed up in there, you can't tell what's what. Seeing in this way is much clearer than to see with the carnal eye. Contemplate, see with the eye of the mind, with the wisdom eye.

People's understandings differ like this. Some people don't know what there is to contemplate in the Five Meditations, head hair, body hair, nails, teeth and skin. They say they can see all those things already, but they can only see them with the carnal eye, with this "crazy eye" which only looks at the things it wants to look at. To see the body in the body you have to look much clearer than that.

This is the practice that can uproot clinging to the Five Khandhas.(#5) To uproot attachment is to uproot suffering, because attaching to the Five Khandhas is the cause of suffering. If suffering arises it is here, at the attachment to the Five Khandhas. It's not that the Five Khandhas are in themselves suffering, but the clinging to them as being one's own...that's suffering.

If you clearly see the truth of these things through meditation practice, then suffering becomes unwound, like a screw or a bolt. When the bolt is unwound, it withdraws. The mind unwinds in the same way, letting go, withdrawing from the obsession with good and evil, possessions, praise and status, happiness and suffering.

If we don't know the truth of these things it's like tightening the screw all the time. It gets tighter and tighter until it's crushing you and you suffer over everything. When you know how things are then you unwind the screw. In Dhamma language we call this the arising of nibbida, disenchantment. You become weary of things and lay down the fascination with them. If you unwind in this way you will find peace.

The cause of suffering is to cling to things. So we should get rid of the cause, cut off its root and not allow it to cause suffering again. People have only one problem -- the problem of clinging. Just because of this one thing people will kill each other. All problems, be they individual, family or social, arise from this one root. Nobody wins...they kill each other but in the end no-one gets anything. I don't know why people keep on killing each other so pointlessly.

Power, possessions, status, praise, happiness and suffering...these are the worldly dhammas. These worldly dhammas engulf worldly beings. Worldly beings are led around by the worldly dhammas: gain and loss, acclaim and slander, status and loss of status, happiness and suffering. These dhammas are trouble makers, if you don't reflect on their true nature you will suffer. People even commit murder for the sake of wealth, status or power. Why? Because they take them too seriously. They get appointed to some position and it goes to their heads, like the man who became headman of the village. After his appointment he became "power-drunk." If any of his old friends came to see he'd say, "Don't come around so often. Things aren't the same anymore."

The Buddha taught to understand the nature of possessions, status, praise and happiness. Take these things as they come but let them be. Don't let them go to your head. If you don't really understand these things you become fooled by your power, your children and relatives...by everything! If you understand them clearly you know they're all impermanent conditions. If you cling to them they become defiled.

All of these things arise afterwards. When people are first born there are simply nama and rupa, that's all. We add on the business of "Mr. Jones," "Miss Smith" or whatever later on. This is done according to convention. Still later there are the appendages of "Colonel," "General" and so on. If we don't really understand these things we think they are real and carry them around with us. We carry possessions, status, name and rank around. If you have power you can call all the tunes..."Take this one and execute him. Take that one and throw him in jail" ... Rank gives power. This word "rank" here is where clinging takes hold. As soon as people get rank they start giving orders; right or wrong, they just act on their moods. So they go on making the same old mistakes, deviating further and further from the true path.

One who understands the Dhamma won't behave like this. Good and evil have been in the world since who knows when... if possessions and status come your way then let them simply be the possessions and status, don't let them become your identity. Just use them to fulfill your obligations and leave it at that. You remain unchanged. If we have meditated on these things, no matter what comes our way we will not be fooled by it. We will be untroubled, unaffected, constant. Everything is pretty much the same, after all.

This is how the Buddha wanted us to understand things. No matter what you receive, the mind adds nothing on to it. They appoint you a city councilor..."Okay, so I'm a city councilor...but I'm not." They appoint you head of the group..."Sure I am, but I'm not." Whatever they make of you..."Yes I am, but I'm not!" In the end what are we anyway? We all just die in the end. No matter what they make you, in the end it's all the same. What can you say? If you can see things in this way you will have a solid abiding and true contentment. Nothing is changed.

This is not to be fooled by things. Whatever comes your way, it's just conditions. There's nothing which can entice a mind like this to create or proliferate, to seduce it into greed, aversion or delusion.

Now this is to be a true supporter of Buddhism. Whether you are among those who are being supported (i.e. the Sangha) or those who are supporting (the laity) please consider this thoroughly. Cultivate the Sila-Dhammam (#6) within you. This is the surest way to support Buddhism. To support Buddhism with the offerings of food, shelter and medicine is good also, but such offerings only reach the "sapwood" of Buddhism. Please don't forget this. A tree has bark, sapwood and heartwood, and these three parts are interdependent. The heartwood must rely on the bark and the sapwood. The sapwood relies on the bark and the heartwood. they all exist interdependently, just like the teachings of Moral Discipline, Concentration and Wisdom. (#7) Moral Discipline is to establish your speech and actions in rectitude. Concentration is to firmly fix the mind. Wisdom is the thorough understanding of the nature of all conditions. Study this, practice this, and you will understand Buddhism in the most profound way.

If you don't realize these things you will be fooled by possessions, fooled by rank, fooled by anything you come into contact with. simply supporting Buddhism in the external way will never put an end to the fighting and squabbling, the grudges and animosity, the stabbing and shooting. If these things are to cease we must reflect on the nature of possessions, rank, praise, happiness and suffering. We must consider our lives and bring them in line with the Teaching. We should reflect that all beings in the world are part of one whole. We are like them, they are like us. They have happiness and suffering just like we do. It's all much the same. If we reflect in this way, peace and understanding will arise. This is the foundation of Buddhism.

Notes
# 1. One who lives devoted to religious practices. The term is used also to refer to one who has developed a certain amount of virtue from such practices. Ajahn Chah usually translates the term as "one who is peaceful."
# 2. Literally, "knowledge and insight (into the Four Noble Truths)."
# 3. One of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Body, Feelings, Mind, and Dhamma.
# 4. Kamachanda: Sensual desire, one of the Five Hindrances, the other four being ill will, doubt, restlessness and worry, and doubt.
# 5. The Five Khandhas, or "heaps": Form, feeling, perception, conception, and consciousness.
# 6. Sila-Dhamma: The Teaching and Discipline, another name for the teaching of Buddhism, but on the personal level meaning "virtue and (knowledge of) truth."
# 7. Sila, samadhi, pañña.

Birth Date can tell who you are

ECGMA says: Thanks to 'mama' Mary for sharing this.

Birth Date can tell who you are
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[1st.]
The number 1 energy suggests an increased measure of executive ability and leadership qualities than your path may have indicated. A birthday on day 1 of any month gives greater will power and self-confidence, and very often a rather original approach. This 1 energy may diminish your ability and desire to handle details, preferring instead to paint with a broad brush.
You may be sensitive, but your feeling stay rather repressed.
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[2nd.]
Your birth on the 2nd day of the month adds a degree of emotion, sensitivity, and intuition to your reading. The 2 is a very social number allowing you to make friends easily and quickly. Yet you are apt to have a rather nervous air in the company of a large group. You have a warm-hearted nature and emotional understanding that constantly seeks affection. You are more prone than most to become depressed and moody, as emotions can turn inward and cause anxiety and mental turmoil. It can be hard for you to bounce back to reality when depression sets in.
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[3rd.]
Being born on the 3rd day of the month is likely to add a good bit of vitality to your life. The energy of 3 allows you bounce back rapidly from setbacks, physical or mental. There is restlessness in your nature, but you seem to be able to portray an easygoing, sometimes couldn't-care-less attitude. You have a natural ability to express yourself in public, and you always make a very good impression.
Good with words, you excel in writing, speaking, and possibly singing. You are energetic and always a good conversationalist. You have a keen imagination, but you tend to scatter your energies and become involved with too may superficia l matters. You are affectionate and loving, but sometimes too sensitive. You are subject to rapid ups and downs.
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[4th.]
Being born on the 4th day of the month should help make you a better manager and organiser. You may be more responsible and self disciplined than your Life Path suggested because of this date. Sincere and honest, you are a serious and hard working individual.
Limitations may be imposed by this 4 energy, especially if this number is active elsewhere in your reading. Your feelings are likely to seem somewhat repressed at times. The number 4 has something of an inhibiting effect on your ability to show and express affections, as feeling are very closely regulated and controlled. Even if it by itself, you are apt to be much more practical, rational, and conscious of details. There is a good deal of rigidity and stubbornness associated with the number 4.
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[5th.]
With a birthday on the 5th of the month you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them. You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas. You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need change and travel. You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable. Your mind is quick, clever and analytical. Restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine. You may have a tendency to shirk responsibility.
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[6th.]
A birthday on the 6th of the month adds a tone of responsibility, helpfulness, and understanding to your natural inclinations. Those born on the sixth are more apt to be open and honest with everyone, and more caring about family and friends, too. This is a number associated with responsibility and caring.
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[7th.]
Born on the 7th day of month gives you a tendency to be something of a perfectionist and makes you more individualistic in many ways. Your mind is good at deep mental analysis and complicated reasoning. You are very psychic and sensitive, and you should usually follow your hunches. You may not take orders too well, so you may want to work along or in a situation where you can be the boss. This birthday gives a tendency to be somewhat self-centered and a little stubborn.
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[8th.]
You can conceive and plan on a grand scale. You have good executive skills and you're a good judge of values. You should try to own your own business,because you have such a strong desire to be in control.
You are generally reliable when it comes to handling money; you can be trusted in this regard. Idealistic by nature, you are never too busy to spend some time on worthwhile causes, especially if managerial support is needed. There is much potential for material success associated with this number.
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[9th.]
Your birth on the 9th day of the month adds a tone of idealism and humanitarianism to your nature. You become one who can work easily with people because you are broadminded, tolerant and generous. You are ever sensitive to others' needs and feelings, and even if the other numbers in your core makeup don't show it, you are very sympathetic and compassionate.
Your feelings run deep and you often find yourself in dramatically charged situations. This 9 energy always tends to give more that it gets.
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[10th.]
Your birth on the 10th day of the month adds a tone of independence and extra energy to your Life Path. The number 1 energy suggest more executive ability and leadership qualities than you path may have indicated. A birthday on the 10th of any month gives greater will power and self-confidence, and very often a rather original approach. This 1 energy may diminish your ability and desire to handle details, preferring instead to paint with a broad brush. You are sensitive, but your feeling stay somewhat repressed. You have a compelling manner that can be dominating in many situations.
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[11th.]
Your birth on the 11th day of the month makes you something of a dreamer and an idealist. You work well with people because you know how to use persuasion rather than force. There is a strong spiritual side to your nature, and you may have intuitive qualities inherent in your make up, too.
You are very aware and sensitive, though often temperamental. Although you have a good mind and you are very analytical, you may not be comfortable in the business world. You are definitely creative and this influence tends to make you more of a dreamer than a doer.
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[12th.]
Being born on the 12th day of the month (3 energy) is likely to add a good bit of vitality to your life. The energy of 3 allows you bounce back rapidly from setbacks, physical or mental. There is restlessness in your nature, but you seem to be able to portray an easygoing, sometimes couldn't - care-less attitude. You have a natural ability to express yourself in public, and you always make a very good impression. Good with words, you excel in writing, speaking, and possibly singing. You are energetic and always a good conversationalist. You have a keen imagination, but you tend to scatter your energies and become involved with too many superfici al matters. Your mind is practical and rational despite this tendency to jump about. You are affectionate.
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[13th.]
Being born on the 13th day of the month should help make you a better manager and organiser, but it may also give you a tendency to dominate people a bit. You may be more responsible and self disciplined than your Life Path suggested because of this date. Sincere and honest, you are a serious, hard working individual. Limitations may be imposed by this 4 energy, especially if there are additional indications of the number elsewhere in your number. Your feelings are likely to seem somewhat repressed at times. Even if it by itself, you are apt to be much more practical, rational, and conscious of details. Your intolerance and insistence on complete accuracy can be irritating to some.
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[14th.]
With a birthday on the 14th of the month (5 energies) you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them. You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas, and you are also very good at organisation and systematising. You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need change and travel. You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable. Your mind is quick, clever and analytical. Restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine, and rebel against it. You have a tendency to shirk responsibility.
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[15th.]
With a birthday on the 15th of any month, you are apt to have really strong attachments to home, family and domestic scene. The 1 and 5 equalling 6, provide the sort of energy that makes you an excellent parent or teacher.
You are very responsible and capable. This is an attractive an d an attracting influence. You like harmony in your environment and strive to maintain it. You tend to learn by observation rather than study and research. You may like to cook, but you probably don't follow recipes.
This number shows artistic leanings and would certainly support any talents that may be otherwise in your makeup. You're a very generous and giving person, but perhaps a bit stubborn in ways.
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[16th.]
Your birth on the 16th day of the month gives a sense of loneliness and generally the desire to work alone. You are relatively inflexible, and insist on your being independent. You need a good deal of time to rest and to meditate. You are introspective and a little stubborn.
Because of this, it may not be easy for you to maintain permanent relationships, but you probably will as you are very much into home and family. This birthday inclines to interests in the technical, the scientific, and to the religious or the unknown realm of spiritual explorations. The date gives you a tendency to seek unusual approaches and makes your style seem a little different and unique to those around you.
Your intuition is aided by the day of your birth, but most of your actions are bedded in logic, responsibility, and the rational approach. You may be emotional, but have a hard time expressing these emotions. Because of this, there may be some difficulty in giving or receiving affection.
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[17th.]
Your birth on the 17th day of the month suggests that you are very fortune financially, because this date is very good for business interest and a solid business sense. Although you are probably very honest and ethical, this birthday enables you to be shrewd and successful in the world of business and commercial enterprise. You have excellent organisational, managerial, and administrative capabilities enabling you to handle large projects and significant amounts of money with relative ease.
You are ambitious and highly goal oriented, although you may be better at starting projects than you are at finishing them. Sensitivity in your nature, often repressed below the surface of awareness, makes it hard to give or receive affection.
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[18th.]
Your birthday on the 18th day of the month suggests than you are one who can work well with a group, but still remain someone who needs to maintain individual identity. There is a humanistic or philanthropic approach to business circumstances in which you find yourself. You may have good executive abilities, as you are very much the organiser and administrator.
You are broad-minded, tolerant and generous; a compassionate person that can inspire others with imaginative ideas. Some of your feelings may be expressed, but even more of them are apt to be repressed. There is a lot of drama in your personality and in the way you express yourself to others.
Oddly enough, you don't expect as much in return as you give.
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[19th.]
Your birth on the 19th day of the month adds a tone of independence and extra energy to your Life Path, but poses a number of obstacles to overcome before you are able to be as independent as you would like. The number 1 energy suggests more executive ability and leadership qualities than your path may have indicated. A birthday on the 19th of any month gives greater will power and self- confidence, and very often a rather original approach; but with this, a somewhat self-centered approach to life that may be in conflict with some of the other influences in your life.
This 1 energy may diminish your ability and desire to handle det ails, preferring instead to paint with a broad brush. You are sensitive, but your feeling stay somewhat repressed. You have a compelling manner that can be dominating in many situations. You do not tend to follow convention or take advice very well. Consequently, you tend to learn through experience, sometimes hard experiences. The 19/1 is a loner number and you may experience feelings of being alone even if you are married. You may take on a tendency to be nervous and anger more easily than your Life Path number suggests.
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[20th.]
Your birth on the 20th day of the month adds a degree of emotion, sensitivity, and intuition to your reading. The 2 energy provided here is very social, allowing you to make friends easily and quickly. Yet you are apt to have a rather nervous air in the company of a large group. You have a warm-hearted nature and emotional understanding that constantly seeks affection. You are very prone to become depressed and moody, as emotions can turn inward and cause anxiety and mental turmoil. It can be hard for you to bounce back to reality when depression sets in. When things are going well, you can go just as far the other way and become extremely affectionate.
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[21st.]
Being born on the 21st day of the month (3 energy) is likely to add a good bit of vitality to your life. The energy of 3 allows you bounce back rapidly from setbacks, physical or mental. There is restlessness in your nature, but you seem to be able to portray an easygoing, sometimes couldn't-care-less attitude. You have a natural ability to express yourself in public, and you always make a very good impression.
Good with words, you excel in writing, speaking, and possibly singing. You are energetic and always a good conversationalist. You have a keen im agination, but you tend to scatter your energies and become involved with too many superficial matters. Your mind is practical and rational despite this tendency to jump about. You are affectionate and loving, but very sensitive. You are subject to rapid ups and downs.
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[22nd.]
While sometimes employing unorthodox approaches, you are capable of handling large-scale undertakings, assuming great responsibility, and working long and hard towards their completion. Often, especially in the early part of life, there is rigidity or stubbornness, and a tendency to repress feelings. Idealistic, you work for the greater good with a good deal of inner strength and charisma. An extremely capable organiser, but likely to paint with broad strokes rather than detail. You are very aware and intuitive. You are subject to a good deal of nervous tension.
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[23rd.]
With a birthday on the 23rd of the month (5 energy) you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them. You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas. You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need, change and travel. You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable. Your mind is quick, clever and analytical. Restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine. You may have a tendency to shirk responsibility. Very sociable, you make friends easily and you are an excellent travelling companion.
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[24th.]
Born on the 24th, you have a greater capacity for responsibility and helping others than may have shown in your life path. You may also become the mediator and peacemaker in inharmonious situations. Devoted to family, you tend to manage and p rotect. This birth date adds to the emotional nature and perhaps to the sensitivities. Affections are important to you; both the giving and the receiving.
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[25th.]
Your birth on the 25th day of the month (7 energies) modifies your life path by giving you some special interest in technical, scientific, or other complex and often hard to understand subjects. You may become something of a perfectionist and a stickler for details. Your thinking is logical and intuitive, rational and responsible. Your feelings may run deep, but you are not very likely to let them show. This birthday makes you a more private person, more retrospective and perhaps more inflexible. In friendships you are very cautious and reserved. You are probably inventive, and given to unique approach and solutions.
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[26th.]
Your birth on the 26th day of the month (8 energies) modifies your life path by increasing your capability to function and succeed in the business world. In this environment you have the skills to work very well with others thanks to the 2 and 6 energies combining in this date. There is a marked increase in organisational, managerial, and administrative abilities. You are efficient and handle money very well. Ambitious and energetic, while generally afraid of responsibility. Generally sociable and diplomatic, you tend to use persuasion rather than force. You have a wonderful combination of being good at both the broad strokes and the fine detail, good at starting and continuing. This birthday is practical and realistic, often seeking material satisfaction.
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[27th.]
Your birth on the 27th day of the month (9 energies) adds a tone of selflessness and humanitarianism to your l ife path. Certainly, you are one who can work very well with people, but at the same time you need a good bit of time to be by your self to rest and meditate. Regardless of your life path number, there is a very humanistic and philanthropic approach in most of things that you do. This birthday helps you be broadminded, tolerant, generous and very co-operative. You are the type of person who uses persuasion rather than force to achieve your ends. You tend to be very sensitive to others' needs and feelings, and you are able to give much in the way of friendship without expecting a lot in return.
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[28th.]
Your birth on the 28th day of the month (1 energy) adds a tone of independence and extra energy to your Life Path. The number 1 energy suggests more executive ability and leadership qualities than you path may have indicated. A birthday on the 28th of any month gives greater will power and self-confidence, and very often a rather original approach.
Unlike much of the other 1 energy, this birthday is one that endow with the ability to start a job and continue on until it is finished. You may prefer to use the broad brush, but you can handle details as well. You are sensitive, but your feeling stay somewhat repressed. You have a compelling manner that can be dominating in many situations.
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[29th.]
Your birthday on the 29th adds a tone of idealism to your nature. You are imaginative and creative, but rather uncomfortable in the business world.
You are very aware and sensitive, with outstanding intuitive skills and analytical abilities. The 29 reduce to 11, one of the master numbers that often produces much nervous tension. This is the birthday of the dreamer rather than the doer. You do, however, work very well with people.
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[30th.]
Your birthday on the 30th day of the month shows individual it self-_expression is necessary for your happiness. You tend to have a good way of expressing yourself with words, certainly in a manner that is clear and understandable. You have a good chance of success in fields requiring skill with words. You can be very dramatic in your presentation and you may be a good actor or a natural mimic. You have a vivid imagination that can assist you in becoming a good writer or storyteller. Strong in your opinions, you always tend to think you are on the right side of an issue.
There may be a tendency to scatter your energies and have a lot of loose ends in your work. You may have significant artistic talent and be very creative.
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[31st.]
Your birthday suggests that you are a good organiser and manager, an energetic and dependable worker; attributes often showing success in the business world. Serious and sincere, you have the patience and determination necessary to accomplish a great deal. Your approach can be original, but often rigid and stubborn. Sensitivity may be present, but feelings are likely to be repressed. You are good with detail and insist on accuracy, but at times scatter energies. Practical thinker, but not without imagination.
You love travel and don't like to live alone. You should probably marry early, for responsibility is necessary for your stability.