1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

A must read for everyone interested in spirituality July 5, 2009

This book is familiar to many Western seekers of Truth, for it is a bestseller of spiritual literature. I first read it with 20, just in the middle of my spiritual seeking and was stunned by its power and deepness. I could identify myself with the main character to 1000%, by now it is the most accurate description of my life journey… Recently I came across the film based on this book and was stunned again – after the long spiritual way over these years I could find myself in the main character even more intensely…

I am sure most of my readers not only know the book/film but also can identify themselves with it as much as I do. For the book is truly a brilliant of spiritual literature: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. It is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. First published in 1970 it soon became a bestseller.

The idea is not new, it exemplifies the four commonalities of a stoic and/or ascetic spiritual path- the themes repeat and are in sequence: The outcast-the journey- the mentor-and the return to teach others:

The book tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who is bored with the daily squabbles over food. Seized by a passion for flight, he pushes himself, learning everything he can about flying, until finally his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion from his flock. An outcast, he continues to learn, becoming increasingly pleased with his abilities as he leads an idyllic life. (more…)

 

Why I do not watch TV since years June 8, 2009

(image by me)

I gave up watching TV about 5 years back and I am still very much satisfied with that decision. Moreover I keep learning from other people that they either reduce their TV consumption or set it aside as well. So there seems to be a trend about it!

Now I can honestly admit that I do not miss TV at all. Really! Let me give you some reasons why and tell you how I survive without this powerful mass media.

1. HOW DO I GET INFORMED ABOUT WORLD’S HAPPENINGS?

I gather information about world’s happenings mostly from the web, seldom from newspapers and magazines. AND: it is important for me to be able to read news at least in 3 languages (English, Russian and German), sometimes in 4 (+Italian), which gives me a more balanced overview and is in fact a kind of a vaccination against total brainwash. It amazes me how often one and the same happening being interpreted in different countries. And then I think how differently it will be percepted by the people…and where from so much hatred results…OMG!

2. DON”T I MISS GOOD FILMS?

Sometimes, once in several months I want to see some really good feature film or a  documentary, then I go to the cinema or watch a DVD. I came to a conclusion that there is no need to watch so many films, because most of them are simply not worthy of my precious time (hope my two good freinds script-writers will  forgive me). I watch the lives of people around and it is so much more interesting! – so many amazing situations, miracles, dramas, emotions… No film-director can ever show it better than the life itself!

Another thing  may be my love for detail in a daily life and photo-hunting is a lovely hobby – my “rose coloured glasses” makes life colourful and enjoyable every moment.

3. IT SAVES TIME! (more…)

 

Mad Professor blogging: a foreigner in Bollywood June 1, 2009

 (Arno, image taken by me)

Arno Krimmer, a great friend of mine has ventured to leave Austria, his beautiful and comfortable motherland for… India. In Dec 2003 he made India his home and after teaching for 3 years in a school in the Lower Himalayas he became the first foreign Professor at the Film & TV Institute of India (“Bollywood Academy”) and is presently one of the few foreigners working in the Hindi film industry.

Due to his deep interest in Indian heritage and western educational background Arno has gained a unique perspective und insight into the modern Indian film. Every time we meet, I enjoy his analysis of the Indian and world-film industry as well as captivating stories about his life and encounter with interesting personalities of modern India. Every time I visit him in India, I wish I could follow his example and move to this magnetic place on Earth… who knows, may be one day?…

But today let me introduce you two Arno`s blogs. He blogs under the name “Mad Professor”:

BOLLYWOOD SPIRIT

The author reviews films less known and less promoted abroad, but nevertheless or maybe especially because of that highly recommendable. This blog will also take a look on big blockbusters, but without intending full coverage on all releases, it rather desires to present  films with a difference.

Here Mad Professor gives a balanced overview and his personal rating. I can only add that I try to follow his advice and by now all the recent Indian films I watched have been recommended to me by Arno and I enjoyed them immensely. (more…)

 

Test results: my ideal film role November 12, 2008

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A girlfriend has sent me a lovely test to find out the best female role one could have played. I found the results very interesting, because all my girlfriends have got the results, that went accurately with their female nature. Unfortunately the test is available only in Russian, and obviously made up by Russians, as there are some characters from Russian films as well.

So my result is – Arwen, the Elf Princess from The Lord of the Rings.: “she is not only beautiful and gracious, but has a strong spirit and she performs miracles for the sake of her love”. Interestingly, that is the film I never watched. Although the character seems to be fitting me the best compared to the 16 others.

I was just taken aback by the accuracy of results and wanted ot share with you…:)

LOVE; axinia

 

Two films of highest asthetic beauty November 9, 2008

The breathtaking aesthetic beauty is a rare case in the western film. I have never seen any western production that would blow my mind by the spectacular colour combinations or marvelous aesthetic scenes – that remains the strength of the Eastern mindset and perspective.

Two films that impressed me the most with their breathtaking beauty and astonishing colour galore are recent Chinese and Indian films.

Curse of the Golden Flower  is a 2006 Chinese historical epic drama film directed by Zhang Yimou. With a budget of $45 million, it is the most expensive Chinese film to date. it will take your breath away as you see the richness in its story, sets, and costumes. See for yourself – isn`t it gorgeous?

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“Let’s Make Money” – A Film Review November 2, 2008

Last night I went to watch the brilliant documentary “Lets make money”  – an eye-opening well reasearched film by Austrian Director Erwin Wagenhofer. After his earlier mind-blowing documentary “We feed the world” where he traces the origin of food we eat (Every day in Vienna the amount of unsold bread sent back to be disposed of is enough to supply Austria’s second-largest city, Graz. Around 350,000 hectares of agricultural land, above all in Latin America, are dedicated to the cultivation of soybeans to feed Austria’s livestock while one quarter of the local population starves), Erwin Wagenhofer explores another sensible and very timely topic – the background/and backyards of neo-liberalism: what banks actually do with our capital.

Wagenhofer follows the tracks of money through the worldwide finance system. For example in the Costa del Sol region of Spain. Even though 3 millions (!) homes are standing empty, the building frenzy is still going strong after 18 years, spurred by the belief that real estate is a lucrative investment. Blown by the investment drive, there are over 800 golf-places along the beautiful Spanish coast in Andalusien which are not being used but being watered and require water sufficient for 16. Mio. people.

There are no expert comments in this documentary – Wagenhofer makes the “player” speak for themselves.

Here is the trailer with short interviews in German, English, Spanish and French, with German subtitles.

One of the investors, specialist for Emergin Markets points out that “you have to buy when there is blood on the streets” – he knows where and how to invest the funds, also our rent funds.

Another interesting figure is John Perkins, an American Economy Professor, World Bank specialist who calls himself “Economic Hit Man”, he explains in a clear and understandable way the American foreign policy from the different (insider) perspective.  (more…)

 

Freedom and Liberation August 10, 2008

(poem by Shri Mataji)

This is the poetic Intro of a a beautiful documentary “Freedom and Liberation” on the life and work of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga. The screeing in Vienna will take place next Wednesday, 13 August.

I saw the film last year on the German TV (Bayerische Runfunk) and was impressed by (more…)

 

 
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