1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

Russia`s Seven Wonders exposed June 13, 2008

Russia tries to revive patriotism and love to the motherland in its citizens. The celebration of the Independence day yesterday, 12 June was crowned by the announcement of the Russia`s Seven Wonders. The country-wide voting has been done online and via sms since 1. February 2008, more than 25 million of Russians voted for their favourites.

As I found no information about it in English (!), I desided to blog about it and packed some short texts and pictures together in a post  – for all those who want to know something positive about Russia … 

Seven Wonders of Russia include: The Valley of Geysers in the Kamchatka region, Lake Baikal, the complex of palaces in Peterhof, Columns of Erosion in the Komi Republic, Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Statue of Motherland in Volgograd and Mount Elbrus.

My personal favourite is THE MOTHER MOTHERLAND CALLS Statue (see below), as I feel it manifest the love and respect for the feminine principle in Russia.

And now the voting results in detail : Russia`s 7 Wonders (natural and man-made):

  • Columns of Erosion /Plateau Man-Pupu-Nep/- geological wonder in the Komi Republic. The columns of 30-42 m high create a spectacular view and serve as a source of legends and esoterica experiences.

 image:vesti.ru

  • Mamayev Hill-the MOTHER MOTHERLAND statue.The Mamayev Kurgan features a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943), arguably the bloodiest battle in human history. At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue of the Mother Motherland formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.

 

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Where is your attention? June 12, 2008

 image by axinia

Our attention is that part of consciousness which we direct at specific things around us. When we are listening intensely to something, we can say that we have our full attention on it. When we are focused on looking at a small object, the same applies. Our attention usually suffers in our day to day activities. It suffers because it is being pulled, jostled, screamed at, and battered by the world in which we live.

WHERE IS OUR ATTENTION DURING THE DAY?

 – As soon as we get up in the morning the breakfast TV or radio starts screaming for our attention, which a stream of salacious news stories, beguiling adverts and a constant flow of general trivia… Stores fronts scream out their aggressive sales messages at us, offering blandishments and signs for Final Sale, 50% Off! or New Season bargains in a thousand attempts to attract our already battered consciousness.

– This constant bombardment fractures our attention in a very subtle way. In fact we suffer more than we know, because after a while we lose the ability to settle down and find peace anywhere. One of the first signs is that we may have trouble sleeping, our mind racing with the events of the day. (more…)

 

Why every man should serve in the army June 10, 2008

 image by jeffinmoscow

That is quite a hard statement and probably even shocking for most of my beloved readers… But let me give you some reasons for that personal belief of mine.

1. An army as an institution is not about making war. That is a totally wrong concept. In the first line it is about protection, for safety is the second basic need according to the well known Maslow`s hierarchy of needs.

2. Despite of the cultural diversity, it is very common in many countries that the education of boys is mostly being done by women (home and school). If a boy has a father living in a family (which is even not always the case! ), he sees the father far too seldom. Thus the male role model is often missing. In the army they have enough male educators.

3. They say, boys start a good friendship with a good fight. Boys are not that good with soft skills of socializing like girls. Boys need leadership and discipline probably more that women.

4. An army (in its ideal form, not any particular one) gives a feeling for order which is missing a lot in a civil life. One understands “the rules of the game”, learns to act fast and react appropriately in a crisis situation. One is mobile and strong. All the hardship of the army service is a really good life school. (more…)

 

Science is but a perversion of itself June 8, 2008

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“Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity.”
 

When the storm is over… June 7, 2008

 

When the storm is over

you find out the world aroud you

is being purified and washed out

you find out the ground around you

is covered with rose petals…

Then come and sit on the park bench

look at the lovely carpet

and wonder how the drama of storm

could scare you so much

just shortly before.

image and poem by axinia

 

 

Vienna waits in fear for UEFA euro2008 (slideshow) June 6, 2008

IT IS COMING! – the ultimate nightmare of the cosy Vienna citizens: The UEFA Cup 2008, starting on the 7th of June…

The big and small businesses pray for the profit, the rest of the population prays for peace and order 🙂

Austria is famous for the its calm character. Austrians can not stand any disturbing noise or actions. Presently there are hot discussion going on in the Austrian media and Internet about THE BAN ON MOBILE PHONES ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT (apparently most Austrians feel annoyed by the constant buzz and passengers sharing their privat secrets in buses and trams) – and in fact the Austrian city of Graz has already issued such a ban (!). It is said to be the first such case in the world.

Now imagine how a regular Austrian must feel about the wild crowds of most probably drunk uncontrollable fans in the beautiful and neat city of Vienna, that icon of peace and charm??? Most of the people I know are terrified by just thinking of it. Sitting rather far from the so called FAN ZONE I can hear already now (about midnight) the screams and shouts of the arriving fans…brrr…scary… (more…)

 

Are bloggers all charismatic persons? June 5, 2008

image by axinia

Bloggers are being studied, followed, mocked, copied or misunderstood – whatever is the reaction, mostly bloggers do not leave people indifferent.

Obviously blogging requires a certain amount of self-exposure, which may be even useful in some healthy portions 🙂 Today, thanks to the growing collective awareness Individualisation started melting into globalisation  – and such a mix of both qualities makes blogging to the perfect tool reflecting these contradictions. A blogger is a very individualistic and at the same time group-oriented, open to the whole world, connected to the whole world person.

However not everyone becomes a blogger. What drives a person to blog and who becomes a hard blogging artist?

I guess the secret behind a (good, popular) blogger is in his/her … charisma. If we look at the main characteristics of a charismatic personality – it looks like a portrait of a typical blogger! (more…)

 

The true humour June 1, 2008

 

image by axinia

 

I thought that wit and humour was the prerogative of a man,

blinded by illusion, how mistaken I was.

in all the confusion, how was I to know,

that the Divine is the wittiest of all!

 

poem by Armaity H. Bhabha “Sahajmala”

 

 
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