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Inner Harmony & the Pathway to Spiritual Peace (Original)

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« Reply #45 on: December 18, 2007, 12:45:37 am »

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Happy New Year to everyone!

Let's lighten the mood a little around here:


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Ancients Rang In New Year with Dance, Beer
By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News


Dec. 30, 2005 Many ancient Egyptians marked the first month of the New Year by singing, dancing and drinking red beer until they passed out, according to archaeologists who have unearthed new evidence of a ritual known as the Festival of Drunkenness.

During ongoing excavations at a temple precinct in Luxor that is dedicated to the goddess Mut, the archaeologists recently found a sandstone column drum dating to 1470-1460 B.C. with writing that mentions the festival.

The discovery suggests how some Egyptians over 3,000 years ago began their New Year, which for them started around the end of August to coincide with seasonal, desired flooding that drenched farmlands where they would grow crops, such as barley and wheat. The Festival of Drunkenness usually occurred 20 days after the first big flood.

While drinking and dancing are part of many modern New Year's celebrations, the early Egyptians probably would have disapproved of the partying because they viewed such activities in a very different light.

"The Festival of Drunkenness was not a social occasion for them," said Betsy Bryan, who led the dig. "People did not come to enjoy themselves. They drank to enter an altered state so that they might witness the epiphany of a deity."

Bryan, who is chair of the Near Eastern Studies Department at Johns Hopkins University, added, "In general, the ancient Egyptians frowned upon drunkenness, but they would come together to drink for a specific purpose."

She told Discovery News that written references to the festival date to several thousand years ago, but the writing on the newly discovered sandstone column drum is one of the first pieces of evidence to directly link the festival to an Egyptian leader and to a temple location.

In this case, the leader is the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, who reigned for close to 20 years in the fifteenth century B.C. The column reads, "She (Hatshepsut) made it (the temple) as a monument for her mother Mut Mistress of Isheru, making for her a columned porch of drunkenness anew, so that she might do as one who is given life forever."

The findings are published in the new book "Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh," which contains writings that were compiled by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The book coincides with an exhibit on Hatshepsut that currently is at San Francisco's de Young Museum.

According to Bryan, the Festival of Drunkenness began with attendees appeasing a lion goddess deity, such as Mut, with red beer that received its color from red ochre.

A myth called the "Destruction of Mankind" suggested that if a goddess became drunk on red beer, she would no longer slaughter humans. The ancient Egyptians, therefore, believed that the colorful brew was associated with salvation.

Liturgical psalms used during the festival suggest that the goddess probably depicted on a statue was enthroned in the temple and then transported through a hall before being carried to the temple's front court. It was here that celebrants became inebriated, sang, danced, engaged in sexual activity, and waited to see the goddess.

"One commonality with modern celebrations is that they would have a 'designated driver' who was supposed to stay sober throughout the event to make sure that others were taken care of," said Bryan.
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« Reply #47 on: December 18, 2007, 12:46:27 am »

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Happy New Year to everyone.

Nice article, Europa.

Hopefully, this is the year we get out of Iraq, the economy turns around and the world in general gets more progressive, not as bloodthirsty.
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« Reply #48 on: December 18, 2007, 12:46:48 am »

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My wish is that all the many lost souls here find (of which there are more than I care to say here) find Jesus Christ and accept him as their savior. It has been my experience that those who have no religion (hence, no faith) tend to be the most miserable.

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« Reply #51 on: December 18, 2007, 12:48:19 am »

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I have changed the name of this topic to broaden the discussion a bit.

"Year in Your life"

Becomes:

"Inner Harmony & the Pathway to Spiritual Peace"

The chief goal in this will be a quest, for each of us to find some better way of dealing with the world. Specifically, in what manner does each of us deal with the world? Everyone feels the wounds of anger, sadness and regret. Everyone has a loss that they cannot bear, there are times when each of us feels completely alone.

What is the philosophy that sees you through it all, did you achieve some pathway to inner enlightenment or are you simply content that it shall end someday, with each of our lives?

Is life a series of challenges that we each pride ourselves on overcoming, or a war wherein each day we incur a new wound? Do you call on God, or are you more apt to depend on yourself?

When you are hurt do you turn the other cheek, or do you strike back?

Victim or aggressor?
Angel or demon?
Liberal or conservative?
A seeker of vengeance, or blessed with the ability to forgive?


Is there some new wisdom or cause you have uncovered that makes it all worthwhile?

I am, by my own nature, a very passive person and would far rather be hurt by someone than be the one to inflict the hurt. And, to be perfectly honest, mine isn't so much of phiosophy as who life has made me.

However, I sense that there are many others out there who are genuinely hurting and if there are teachings that others might have learned that be of worth, it might be part of our duty to share them.

If it isn't too much to ask, if it isn't too intimate, I would like to know everyone's personal philosophy.

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« Reply #52 on: December 18, 2007, 12:49:03 am »

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Dawn, there is an old saying that I shall now impart to you: "Let go, let God.

I have noted with interest that those who seem to drift the most aimlessly through life, and seem the most bereft of hope (as at times, you have certainly seemed to be), are the ones that also tend to lack faith.

The church gives one a mission, a purpose, and, most importantly, direction.

Our crime rates are rising these days because God has been taken out of the classroom and people have been drifting away from the church. Liberals all consider themselves bright people, too bad they haven't yet gotten bright enough to make that connection!

Religion gives one a clear list of moral virtues to live one's life by, take away religion and it;s no wonder so many people feel lost, dispirited, beset and alone.

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Religion gives people the illusion they aren't alone. The only way to actually not be alone, though, is to be seeing someone.

How's that for fortune cookie wisdom...
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Victim or aggressor?
Angel or demon?
Liberal or conservative?
A seeker of vengeance, or blessed with the ability to forgive?
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No offense meant, Dawn, but I think that you have fallen into the trap that most people do these days: needing to give labels to people.

Some people are really easy to label, but others don't fall into any particular category. I don't support the war in Iraq, but hey, just because I don't support one bad idea for a war that all of a sudden makes me a liberal? There are other times when I thoght that war was neccessary.

I'm an "issue-oriented" person, I don't follow any particulare ideology.

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The church gives one a mission, a purpose, and, most importantly, direction.

Our crime rates are rising these days because God has been taken out of the classroom and people have been drifting away from the church. Liberals all consider themselves bright people, too bad they haven't yet gotten bright enough to make that connection!

Religion gives one a clear list of moral virtues to live one's life by, take away religion and it;s no wonder so many people feel lost, dispirited, beset and alone.
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Then, give religion back to us and women like me tend to feel repressed, discriminated against and abhorred.

(See Jade's "Women & the Bible" thread for a list of ugly little examples).

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Calvin needs to get a life...as usual!!!

I didn't even know that Calvin was still lurking around here, what an unpleasant idea! Anyway, I have no profound philosophy to share with everyone other than this: have a good time, all the time!{/i]

I think that people who are the most miserable are the ones that have forgotten how to party. People spend so much time worrying about paying their bills, well, no one's going to give a flying fig if your bills were paid or not twenty years after you're dead. So you might as well have yourself a good time!
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I think that people who are the most miserable are the ones that have forgotten how to party. People spend so much time worrying about paying their bills, well, no one's going to give a flying fig if your bills were paid or not twenty years after you're dead. So you might as well have yourself a good time!
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Wooohoo!,A great motto to live by....Live for today for tommorrow you may not be here !  Grin

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I saw a special tonight where someone said that the secret to inner peace is to just take seven minutes each day and get to "know" yourself.

Trouble is, who has seven minutes anymore..?
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« Reply #59 on: December 18, 2007, 12:59:01 am »

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My own personal philosophy?
Life is a struggle, don't expect anyone to be nice to you and keep everyone at arm's length. The world is not your parents. For those of us who no longer have our parents, that truth was ingrained in us early on.

But does any of that really help anyone? Most people want to believe the good in others, they hope to find some happiness. That fails to take into the account, though, that happiness is fleeting and any of it that we do find is just an illusion.

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