Horns of Dilemma and Jay’s Tantra Way


Whenever faced with a situation leading to horns of dilemma; that could cause me to procrastinate, delay, be in double minds like sitting on the horns of Dilemma, I go back to two holy books.  1. A Bible 2. BhagvadGita.  I randomly select 2 verses and usually find my answers. I named it as Jay’s Tantra way.

See an example:

This is what Gita said.

Job 41:10

Passage: No one is fierce enough to rouse it. Who then is able to stand against me?

This is what the Bible verse said.

See some similarities in the two random verses?

  1. The doubt in my heart is born out of ignorance and I need to establish myself in Yoga and stand up for fight- Cut my doubt in the heart with the sword of wisdom.
  2. Who is able to stand against you? There is no one fierce enough to rouse it.

I derived the following meaning – the chosen path is right. I need to concentrate, meditate and be ready for the fight whether or not it happens.

I also know, I have class and it will have to be a really fierce fight, if someone were to oppose or put hurdles in my chosen path.

Sounds simple, NO?  I like this technique to work all the time.

Random Phrases. Creativity. Day’s Progress


  1. Swinging For the Fences Meaning: Giving something your all.  Yes. Giving All in to the 3 Goals I have set.  Screen time reduced. Walking/ listening time increased. Talk time improving still. Video recordings not on schedule.  
  2. Keep Your Shirt On Meaning: Keeping calm. Usually said by someone who is trying to avoid making others upset.  Have to learn to like my voice and face and expressions on the video. After all, others are somehow tolerating me 🙂 
  3. Elvis Has Left The Building Meaning: Something that is all over. Yes. This year too many People, Relationships are over. The pleasure was of course, in giving. Giving to those who can not see – the visually challenged people who will never know their Giver, the benefactor.  
  4. Playing For Keeps  Meaning: Said when things are about to get serious.  Joining my third ToastMasters on coming sunday.  The International Champ Speaker is impressive club leader. Worth learning something from him. 
  5. A Fool and His Money are Soon Parted Meaning: It’s easy for a fool to lose his/her money.  I thought I negotiated well. To the working class painter of the house I was bit benevolent and did not hard bargain – with the shopkeeper though, it was another matter.  In balance a good deal. 
  6. Cry Wolf Meaning: Someone that calls for help when it is not needed. Someone who is lying.  Interesting study I learnt that the highest number of lies are told over phone and the least on the emails. I now understand the meaning of “Plausible deniablility”:) .
  7. Back To the Drawing Board Meaning: Starting over again on a new design from a previously failed attempt.  It is not easy to restart Speechcrafting, writing, learning to punctuate but Udemy and online platforms are the new addictions due to great trainers. One of them, I interacted with today few times over a failed PDF and what great responses – speedy, concerned, showed care and full of support for the student – WOW – I told the lady, I shall enroll for her next course.  It made her day.
  8. Jumping the Gun Meaning: Something that occurs too early before preparations are ready. Starting too soon.  No, not making this mistake again.  Have learnt my lessons in the Shani’s Sade Saati year 2018 😦 .   
  9. Ring Any Bells?Meaning: Recalling a memory; causing a person to remember something or someone.  Reading some poetry blogs these days. I just keep appreciating them as I know I can never write such great poetry. Some are sad souls but most are very sane inspite of their sorrow, sadness, emotive yet sensible.  The art of writing and the flair and flourish of many of them is so remarkable and I believe they must be atleast 30 to 40 years younger to me.  Great poetry. I love it. 
  10. Scot-free Meaning: Getting away freely from custody, punishment, or any type of risky situation.  What am I scot free from? I wonder. Closeted in my drawing room, glued to my chair and the screen – it is only when I walk slowly, calmly, steadily, haltingly, I feel the fresh breath of air, the cool, Bengaluru weather and the breeze and the moment I sweat – my instincts tell me it is going to rain – and it does. The cool weather returns.  Feels like freedom! 

Did you know..


Did you know…

… that today is San Francisco’s Birthday? In 1776, Spanish missionaries began the first settlement in the area that was to become the city of San Francisco. Yerba Buena, the original name of San Francisco, was taken from the plant with the same name that grew around the settlement next to the Mission San Francisco de Asis, “Mission Dolores.”

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Never be bullied into silence, never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, define yourself.”

— Harvey Fierstein

Powerful Slogans poetry for Startpreneur Dreamer


Never stop dreaming.
The future.
Beyond perfection.
Bite sized business.
Standards of excellence.
Unbreakable spirit.
Designed for you.
Love of life.
Unleash the power.
Limitless.

Interesting Prophecies – Jay’s Tantra – Have some Fun :) !


As soon as the moon doesn’t fall, a confession shall bring forth a country’s new rise and the deaths of a million.
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As soon as wolves howl together, the two faced one shall cause the fall of a false god and a rise in immorality.
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As soon as what’s shrouded is revealed, an overheard conversation shall usher forth a generation of health.
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When the day comes that mountains move and rivers shiver, a terrible act of cruelty shall bring an age of pain.

How To Say No And Set Better Boundaries — Work, Personal Life


In order to protect said time, space, and energy, Ajayi developed a set of five questions that she asks herself when an opportunity is presented:
Will I enjoy it?
Does it pay my fee?
Is this something different that will challenge me or help me grow in some way?
Does this elevate my profile?
Does this put me in front of a larger audience?

via How To Say No And Set Better Boundaries — Work, Personal Life

A Makerspace for Everyone | Longitudes


A Makerspace for Everyone
Imagine a place where inventors and hobbyists alike can collaborate, accelerate innovation and build community with magical results.

Robin Hooker | UPS
Growing up tinkering in his father’s workshop, Robin Hooker always had a space to reimagine the world – to modulate, mashup, remix and repair things. As an adult, he realized not everyone has access to a space where they can safely experiment.

Hooker argues for democratizing access to public, shared workshops, commonly called “makerspaces,” which provide room for the collision of ideas – where inventors and hobbyists alike can collaborate, accelerate innovation and build community with magical results.

via A Makerspace for Everyone | Longitudes

Raunchy content might attract the new audiences of Bharat 2, but can it build a long term business basis that?


Raunchy content might attract the new audiences of Bharat 2, but can it build a long term business basis that? https://yourstory.com/2018/10/sex-great-way-start-business-not-build-business-dailyhunt-president/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=DailyCapsule

Chicken or the egg: Which came first?


via Chicken or the egg: Which came first?

Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

The age-old question, finally answered. Kind of.

  • It’s one of the oldest—and easiest to picture—philosophical conundrums of our time.
  • It can be best answered by combining two of the most popular takes on it.
  • Even so — there’s a reason the question has been asked for at least 2,000 years.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s the kind of question children ask each other on the playground in a bid to blow minds. Others include “Could your color red be my color blue?” and “How do I know the world exists outside my mind?” and “What is the meaning of life and all that stuff?”

Turns out, children are natural philosophers, comfortably tackling the problems doctorate-brandishing philosophers have been debating for centuries — albeit without the highfalutin language. Can we describe qualiato others? Can we epistemologically attest for consciousness outside our own minds? Is there a telos the universe?

Each of these questions deserves exploration, but as the headline suggests, today we’ll be exploring the enduring predicament of chickens and eggs. Here’s your guide to finally understanding the chicken-and-egg problem.

The problem in an eggshell

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All chickens hatch from eggs, and all eggs are laid by chickens. This fact is nothing special; everything depends on a preexisting something for its existence. Schoolyard bewilderment sets in when our imaginations trace this line of thought back as far as possible.

Where did the first chicken come from? It came from an egg. Okay, where did that egg come from? It came from a chicken. Fair enough, but where did that chicken come from? An egg. And that egg? A chicken. And on and on, until we get bored and decide to swing on the monkey bars.

This is called infinite regression: the initial link in the causal chain (chickens come from eggs) is supported by the truth of a second link (eggs come from chickens), but that proposition can only be true if the first one is beforehand. It’s the logical equivalent of standing between two mirrors so that infinite yous extend on forever.

Infinite regression inevitably leads to a dilemma. Everyday experience tells us that no effect can occur without an initial cause. But the chicken-and-egg problem makes it impossible to tell cause from effect. Each relies on the other, but it is logically unsatisfactory to say history is an endless cycle of chickens and eggs.

So which one was first?

The philosopher’s chicken

Creative commons: John Towner.

Plutarch was the first person to describe the chicken-and-egg problem, writing in his Symposiacs: “Soon after [Alexander] proposed that perplexed question, that plague of the inquisitive, Which was first, the bird or the egg?” The gathered symposiasts then debate the matter, but the discussion quickly moves beyond metaphorical chickens and eggs to tackle the “great and weighty problem” of “whether the world had a beginning.”1

While Plutarch gave the problem its favored form, the tradition of questioning first causes goes back to at least the Ancient Greeks. The Greeks realized that the world, the universe, and everything must have had a beginning, but what caused it to come into being? And even if you solve that, what caused that cause to come into being?

Aristotle answered this causal quandary with the “unmoved mover” — an eternal, motionless substance or energy that can neither come into nor go out of existence yet started the causal chain that led to the universe.

Framing Aristotle’s concept in the language of the chicken-and-egg problem, let’s call this unmoved hen Chicken Prime. Far more than Optimus’s cowardly sibling, Chicken Prime is the initial chicken that began the causal chain of all chickens and eggs to come. But unlike other chickens, Chicken Prime requires no cause to explain her existence. She did not come into being, but has always existed out of rational necessity.

As you can see, this unmoved mover is a short hop away from the Judeo-Christian-Islamic concept of God, and for this reason, Aristotle was favored by many influential medieval philosophers. Thomas Aquinas drew from Aristotle to develop his five arguments for the existence of God, called the Five Ways.

As summarized in the Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, the first two of these five arguments go like this: “Motion is only explicable if there exists an unmoved, first mover” and “[t]he chain of efficient causes demands a first cause.”2 The first argument is cribbed directly from Aristotle. The second solves the chicken-and-egg problem if you accept its premise.

An infinite chain of causes demands a foundational cause, and for Aquinas, that foundation is God. According to Genesis, God created animals first, so the chicken came first. More importantly, God stands as the initial cause for all things. This is called the first-cause argument.

Of course, the first-cause argument is not without its detractors. Bertrand Russell argued that the very argument contradicts itself. If every event must have a preceding cause, he argued, then the very idea of a first cause would be contradictory.2 It is logical sleight of hand.

The scientist’s egg

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The philosopher’s chicken is metaphorical, so let’s restate the question from a technical perspective. Which came first, actual chickens or actual eggs? At this juncture, scientific evidence allows us to solve the problem. The answer, it turns out, is the egg.

Modern birds evolved from small, carnivorous dinosaurs. The first intermediate species between birds and therapods, such as Archaeopteryx, lived during the late Jurassic, and the true ancestor of birds probably arrived during the late Cretaceous.3 This lineage tells us that birds evolved much later than dinosaurs or ancient reptiles, both of which laid eggs. As such, the egg must have come first.

But this answer sidesteps the question, doesn’t it? What we really want to know is: Which came first, the chicken or the chicken egg? Even phrased liked this, the egg wins out.

Chickens have a labyrinthine genealogy. The earliest fossil evidence for the species’ domestication appears in northeastern China and dates to around 5,400 BCE; however, the chicken’s wild ancestors were likely the junglefowl of southeast Asia.

Its primary progenitor includes the red junglefowl (Gallus gallus), but scientists have identified other species that bred with G. gallus on its way to chickenhood. One of them, the grey junglefowl of southern India, is thought to have given the modern chicken its yellow skin — leaving scientists befuddled as to whether chickens were domesticated in southeast Asia before spreading outward, or if their progenitors were domesticated in several locations before being brought together.4

Either way, the chicken lineage is one of many wild and domesticated fowl being interbred. At one point in this history, two chicken-like birds — let’s call them a proto-rooster and proto-hen — mated, and the proto-hen laid a clutch of eggs. One of these eggs housed an offspring with DNA mutations, resulting in what we would consider the first chicken.5

In time, this offspring’s offspring would diverge enough for speciation, but since the proto-hen produced the egg the chicken was born from, we can safety say the egg came first.

Or, as Neil DeGrasse Tyson succinctly put it: “Just to settle it once and for all: Which came first the Chicken or the Egg? The Egg – laid by a bird that was not a Chicken[.]”

Chicken Prime or the Cosmic Egg?

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Thanks to science, we know the egg came before the chicken, but we haven’t really settled the debate that led Plutarch to raise the question millennia ago.

We’ve discovered many links in the causal chain of the universe. We know that life on Earth came to be through a process called evolution and that the Earth accreted from rocks and debris orbiting the Sun and that the Sun formed when gravity pulled in immense amounts of dust and gas together and that the universe sprang forth from a high-density, high-temperature state. But that’s as far back as we can manage.

As astrophysicist Paul Sutter wrote: “Earlier than 10^-36 seconds, we simply don’t understand the nature of the universe. The Big Bang theory is fantastic at describing everything after that, but before it, we’re a bit lost. Get this: At small enough scales, we don’t even know if the word ‘before’ even makes sense!”

Even with our accumulated knowledge, there’s always another link in the causal chain, another first cause in need of a mover, another egg in need of a chicken.

As such, children and philosophers can still get mileage out of the chicken-and-egg problem. They just need to tweak the wording a bit. How about this: Which came first, Chicken Prime or the Cosmic Egg?

Sources

1. Symposiacs (Book II: Question 3). Plutarch. The University of Adelaide Library. Last updated Dec. 17, 2014. Retrieved on Aug. 10, fromhttps://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/p/plutarch/symposiacs/complete.html#section15.

2. Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy. Simon Blackburn. Oxford University Press; Oxford. 2008. Pg. 135.

3. The origin of birds. Understanding Evolution, UC Berkley website. Retrieved on Aug. 9, from https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evograms_06.

4. How the chicken conquered the world. Andrew Lawler and Jerry Adler. Smithsonian.com. Retrieved on Aug. 9, fromhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-the-chicken-conquered-the-world-87583657/

5. FYI: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Daniel Engher. Popular Science. Retrieved on Aug. 9, from https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/fyi-which-came-first-c

Mechanical Rituals 


Religious forms and ceremonies as well as rituals and injunctions of different creeds and spiritual institutions have a tendency to encourage the spirit of love and worship; and as such, they are to a limited extent helpful in wearing out the ego-shell in which human consciousness is caught. 


But if they are unintelligently and mechanically followed, the inner spirit of love and worship gets dried up; and then they only result in hardening the ego-shell rather than wearing it out. 


Therefore, rituals and ceremonies cannot carry a man very far on the Path: and if they are unintelligently followed, they create as much binding as any other unintelligent action.  


Discourses, vol 1,p116  ( e-book)

By Meher Baba 

Copyright AMBPPCT 

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What is your Motto?


Dream, explore, discover.
United in strife, together in peace.
For the people, by the people.
Trust and loyalty.
United we stand, united we stay.
Justice is our shield.
Beacon of the North.
Unity in diversity.
Love of the people, strength of the nation.
As one, united and free.

 

Let yourself FAIL – great startup newsletter for Entrepreneurs.


Brilliant Banana,

Entrepreneurs have a reputation for being fearless. After all, it takes guts to start a business on your own! But there’s one thing that we’re all afraid of: failure.

We’re afraid that if we make just one mistake, our company will fail. But in reality, a single mistake won’t bring our businesses crashing down to the ground. Our fear of failure does far more damage than failure itself!

Needing some weekday inspiration? Check out this week’s brilliance! 🙂

 

  1. Dealing with negativity can be difficult at times as a business owner. Franziska shares her best tips on how to cope with people who are offloading their own fears and frustration on to you in this BBTV episode.

 

2.  Brand consistency is crucial if you want to grow a business people trust in and choose to buy from. In an increasingly competitive market, brand consistency is what will help you keep thriving. Franziska and our creative genius Julia talk about ways to put together a simple style guide, why consistency is key to attract a loyal following, and how to amplify your brand across different channels in this week’s ‘Pick of the Bunch’ podcast episode.

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  1. This week’s shout out goes to Susan Petrie from Beanstalk, who is one of our amazing Clever Bunch members! Susan is celebrating winning 1st place in the Perks Business Boost awards last week! Big Congratulations Susan!

 

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Here’s to creating ripple effects of awesomeness everywhere we go!
-Hanna