It is the cultural accomplishment that satisfies our aesthetic senses, that bridges the gap of knowing and that guides us in discovering beauty.  ——Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 

Culture implies all in which that gives the mind possession of its own powers; as language gives to the critic, and the telescope gives to the astronomer.  ——Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Knowledge is the crystallization of precious stones; Culture is the luster of precious stones. —— Rabindranath Tagore

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Mother Earth’s Monumental Masterpiece: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

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Nature's Beauty

Mother Earth’s Monumental Masterpiece: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

The Swiss Alps are recognized as one of the most spectacular mountainous regions in the world. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region is the most glaciated part of the European Alps. Spanning over 82,000 hectares (316.6 square miles), it is located in the southwest of Switzerland. Jungfrau-Aletsch boasts many impressive peaks, nine of which stand at over 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) in altitude. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region became the first Alpine UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific, and Cultural, Organization) World Natural Heritage Site in 2001. The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region has not only played a significant role in European art, literature, mountaineering, and sightseeing, but it also offers immense wealth of geological information regarding glacier and alp formation, as well as the natural ecosystems unique to the area. With global warming resulting in an alarming amount of unnatural glacial retreat, ongoing scientific research in the area is also considered to be of paramount importance. The Aletsch Glacier is the largest and longest glacial area of the European Alps. This frozen river begins its long winding 23-kilometer (14-mile) descent from an altitude of 4,000 meters (2.49 miles). Measured at almost 1-kilometer (3,280-feet) thick at various points, the glacial ice melts to feed crystal clear water into the Rhone River. Although snow, ice, and outcrops of jagged granite rock make up around 80 percent of the Jungfrau-Aletsch landscape, 529 species of durable vascular plants and mosses can be found here, and Norway Spruce and Swiss Pine trees are plentiful in the valleys below. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region is also full of animal life. There are plenty of mountain goats like the Alpine ibex, or the steinbock, as well as the chamois. The lynx is very much at home chilling on the glacial hillsides along with a number of red deer and smaller mammals such as foxes, hares, stoats, and squirrels. Almost 1,000 separate insect species have been recorded in the region. The 99 species of bird that have been identified here include the rock thrush, rock partridge, great spotted woodpecker, golden eagle, as well as boreal and pygmy owls. Indeed, this vibrant environment is full of life.
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10   520 Views
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10

Admont Abbey: A Magnificent Jewel of the Baroque Era

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The World Around Us

Admont Abbey: A Magnificent Jewel of the Baroque Era

The Benedictine Abbey of Admont was founded in 1074 by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg. It is now the oldest remaining monastery in Styria, Austria, and one of the largest neo-Gothic sacred buildings in the country. The name Admont comes from the Latin word “ad montes,“ which means “at the mountains.” Situated amidst the gorgeous mountains of Gesäuse National Park, the magnificent Admont Abbey gloriously represents the Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia: “So that in all things God may be glorified!”
The World Around Us
2019-07-30   2630 Views
The World Around Us
2019-07-30

The Creative Basque People of France and Spain

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Creative Basque People of France and Spain

The Basque Country is a region covering southwest France and northwest Spain that the locals call Euskal Herria, or “Basque speaker.” It is believed that the Basques are descendants of Neolithic farmers who became separated from other European communities due to their geographical isolation. Their land features mountainous terrain, rocky landscapes, coastal lookouts and an abundance of beauty! The
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-09   414 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-09

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 11 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 11 of 11, April 27, 2000

Once you’re beautiful inside, people see you beautiful outside – that is normally the case, yes!…But continue with your practice. Your life is better and better, I need not tell you. I’m just saying that in case somebody doesn’t know yet, they can verify with you. Your life is an example of love and of spiritual blessing; there’s no need to even preach to anybody.&n
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-14   1236 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-14

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 10 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 10 of 11, April 27, 2000

I am only one, but all of you feel that I love you alone, love enough, or have enough love for everyone. It is because we practice the way of love and we just know how to have enough. It’s just like how to save money to become richer – not because you earn more money, not necessarily, but you save more.Some people keep telling me, “It’s difficult to know if
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-13   576 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-13

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 9 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 9 of 11, April 27, 2000

You know the nature of the soul is not that “I am here and I have one soul in here” – it’s not like that! My soul is bigger than just in here. It might be all over here, it might be all me, but it looks different. I know, I know... It’s not like, OK, “God is one and everybody is one with God” – it’s not in that sense. It’s in the s
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-12   702 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-12

Taiwan (Formosa)’s Bunun People – Fascinating Legends, Beautiful Ceremonies

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Taiwan (Formosa)’s Bunun People – Fascinating Legends, Beautiful Ceremonies

Among the Austronesian peoples of the world, the Bunun aboriginal group of Taiwan (Formosa) lives at the northernmost and highest point on Earth. They are known as the patron saints of Yushan Mountain, the island's tallest mountain. They have an orally-based culture with no written language, and they are also the ethnic group with the most ceremonies among Taiwan (Formosa)'s aborigines. Today, we
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-11-11   779 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-11-11

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 8 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 8 of 11, April 27, 2000

Meditation doesn’t change the world, it changes you, and then, if everyone changes themselves, the world becomes peaceful. We only make war because we are not peaceful ourselves, because we could not know the person next to us is God, we could not realize that we are God and we could not realize that the one we kill, we shoot, we torture, is also God, and that’s why the world is not peacefu
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-11   845 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-11

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 7 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 7 of 11, April 27, 2000

There is no person as God; everything is God. We are a part of the whole, and yet the part that makes the whole. So God is the Creator, you see? Hes can make Hirmself into many, many things.(How do the real spiritual experiences in meditation differ from my own fantasies, and visions created by my imagination?) It
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-10   593 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-10

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 6 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 6 of 11, April 27, 2000

I am not here to prove to you that I am good or bad. I am here to tell you that you are great, you are good, and if you follow my instructions, you will feel, you will see, you will know that you are great, you are good…You’ll feel that you are great, that you know God.You would like to ask me some questions now, or do you want to have a glimpse of
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-09   561 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-09

The Spiritual Sámi of Northern Europe

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Spiritual Sámi of Northern Europe

Today, we present some highlights of the Sámi culture, an indigenous culture present in the northernmost Nordic countries and the Kola Peninsula within the Murmansk Oblast of Russia. Traditionally, the bond between the Sámi and the natural land has been profound and sacred. They have historically lived their lives in accordance with nature. Deeply grounded in the understanding that from the earth
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-10-21   413 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-10-21

The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 2 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 2 of 2

“For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me: for in her is an understanding spirit holy, one only, manifold, subtle, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good quick, which cannot be allowed, ready to do good, kind to man, steadfast, sure, free from care, having all power, overseeing all things, and going through all understanding, pure, and m
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-22   293 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-22

The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 1 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 1 of 2

The Apocrypha is a group of ancient books with uncertain authorship whose contents overlap parts of the Christian and Hebrew Bibles. The term “apocrypha” means “secret,” “hidden,” or “non-canonical.” Indeed, these books have been considered sacred, with a more advanced teaching than would normally be made available to the general public. Today, apocryphal books remain part of the Holy Bible in the
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-21   309 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-21

Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 2 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 2 of 2

“‘Virtuous man, the multifarious phantasmal transformations of all the multibeings are generated from the wondrous mind of their thus-adventistic consummate enlightenment. It can be compared to the ethereal blossoms, which come into being, as it were, out of the space; and when the phantasmal blossoms vanish, the essence of the space would not go into deterioration along with the blossoms. Thus, t
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-17   308 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-17

Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 1 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 1 of 2

The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment (Yuanjue jing) is a Buddhist scripture most likely composed in China during the start of the eighth century with its origin deemed to be from the Chan and Huayan field of study and practice. It is a very popular and influential sutra within the meditation-oriented Buddhist schools of East Asia like Chinese Chan, Korean Seon and Japanese Zen. A key factor for its
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-16   359 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-16

The Māori Tūhoe People- Guardians of the Sacred Te Urewera Rainforest

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Māori Tūhoe People- Guardians of the Sacred Te Urewera Rainforest

Today, we visit Oceania to learn about the Māori Tūhoe. New Zealand is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It comprises two main islands, namely, the North Island and South Island plus about 600 other smaller islands. The nation has a population of about 5 million, of which the majority are of European descent, with the Māori forming the most significant minority and then followed
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-15   343 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-15

Purpose in the Life Experience: From “Christ Consciousness” by Edgar Cayce, Part 2 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

Purpose in the Life Experience: From “Christ Consciousness” by Edgar Cayce, Part 2 of 2

Born in Kentucky, USA in 1877, Edgar’s psychic abilities first appeared as a child. His sole desire was to help others, and at the age of 12, an angelic figure appeared before him assuring him that his prayers had been answered. His psychic aptitude grew over time and he began to prophesize on a wide range of subjects. We will now continue our exploration of Edgar Cayce’s fascinating inner discove
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-15   348 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-15

Purpose in the Life Experience: From “Christ Consciousness” by Edgar Cayce, Part 1 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

Purpose in the Life Experience: From “Christ Consciousness” by Edgar Cayce, Part 1 of 2

Internationally known clairvoyant Edgar Cayce was called “the sleeping prophet” due to the seemingly “deep sleep” he entered before he started a prophecy. He performed some 22,000 readings over four decades, from 1901 to 1944. Of these readings, more than 14,000 were recorded, ranging on topics such as reincarnation, oneness, the Akashic records (a library of all human events), ancient mysteries,
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-14   372 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-14

Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 3 of 3

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Words of Wisdom

Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 3 of 3

As Don Carlos Barrios explains in the following introductory excerpt, the time has come to share this ancient wisdom. Here is an Energy Table containing all 260 energies found in the sacred Cholq’ij calendar. This is a tool to help us find our Mayan sign. In each row, there is a sign for the 20 days in each month; and in each of the columns, we can find 13 forces, representing 13 months. Here is a
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-07   827 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-07

Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 2 of 3

00:13:42
Words of Wisdom

Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 2 of 3

In today’s program, we are going to explore the meaning of the Mayan signs governing each day of the Mayan months. Don Carlos Barrios wrote the following about the significance of the 13 months in the Cholq’ij calendar: The 13 numbers are conceptualized similar to a pyramid. From numbers 1 to 7 we are climbing with much effort. At the number 8 we are in a position where perfect harmony is possible
Words of Wisdom
2020-08-31   992 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-08-31

Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

Germany stretches across Western and Central Europe, covering about 357,000 square kilometers and shares its borders with nine other European countries. With a population of more than 80 million people, Germany is the second-most populous state in Europe after Russia. Germany’s economy is the fifth-largest in the world, and the German approach is considered a role model for other nations to follow
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27   664 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27

The iTaukei of Fiji: Islanders with Heart

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The iTaukei of Fiji: Islanders with Heart

Today, we are going to travel to a quintessential tropical island paradise with balmy breezes to learn about an indigenous people whose ancestors came to this beautiful archipelago around 3,500 years ago. Fiji is truly spectacular and features white sand beaches, turquoise oceans, palm trees and fertile land. It’s no wonder the ocean-faring Melanesians, called the Lapita, who found their way to th
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-19   456 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-19
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