22 Unbelievably Clever Gardening Cheats

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Everyone loves a good cheat and this article reveals 22 of the best achieving a beautiful, productive garden with the minimum of effort.

We reveal a clever trick to get the sweetest tomatoes ever, a simple idea to achieve the most beautiful blooming roses possible, a number of cheats to get free gardening supplies and so much more!


Theosophy ~ The Pilgrimage of Humanity (part 1), by Sri Raghavan Iyer



    Paranirvana is that supreme state of unconditioned consciousness which connotes freedom from the entire process of becoming, the vast range of cosmic evolution, and the mathematical limits of the manvantara. The soul’s pilgrimage over eighteen million years of self-conscious existence, and for a much longer period in the future, is truly an alchemical journey through the great Circle of Necessity. Each immortal soul has been repeatedly embodied in the seven kingdoms of nature, and participated in every possible form through a collective monadic host. Each individual monad has at some remote time experienced the myriad modes of mineral, vegetable and animal life, as well as the variegated centres of consciousness of the three elemental kingdoms. In more recent manvantaric time every human being has traversed the tremendous gamut of contrasting states of mind that are induced by the polarities of self-conscious existence. All this is possible and necessary, according to arcane metaphysics, because “every atom in the Universe has the potentiality of self-consciousness in it, and is, like the Monads of Leibnitz, a Universe in itself, and for itself. It is an atom and an angel.” The Paranirvanic consummation of the soul’s pilgrimage presupposes the existential realization that the self-consciousness of human beings is the reflection of the universal self-consciousness of the Dhyanis. These are the Buddhas of Contemplation, such as Amitabha overbrooding Gautama Sakyamuni, “manifesting through him whenever this great Soul incarnates on earth, as He did in Tzon-kha-pa”.

Since the enormous potentiality for divine regeneration is present in every atom, the conventional distinction between animate and inanimate matter is extremely misleading. Everything is alive through awareness; all is consciousness. A few people know intuitively, and many sense psychically, what the ancient Schools of Wisdom openly taught – that spiritual growth involves the interaction of incipiently self-conscious invisible centres of energy with already perfected human monads. The Hindu teachings about the thirty-three crores of devas and devatas, echoed in alchemical allusions to sylphs, salamanders, undines and gnomes, are all references to elementals. In every single elemental life and in every point of invisible space there is potential self-consciousness and some degree of active intelligence. Owing to this ubiquitous presence throughout the panorama of evolution, the deeper the self-consciousness of human beings, the more effectively they can quicken the intellectual unfoldment of what is potential in the whole of life. In occultism there are strict rules about magnetic specialization, an essential prerequisite to the creation through meditation of beneficent channels for consciousness. Nourished by meditation and protected by magnetic purity, consciousness becomes so charged with universal light that it can exercise complete control over the entire sphere of perception and activity.

There is a sum-total of potentials in consciousness, perception and energy that pertains to each self-conscious human monad over eighteen million years. This sum-total has a necessary connection with the spectrum of possibilities in any given lifetime for any human being. Because of the immersion of consciousness in illusory time, the real person does not consist solely of what is seen at any particular moment, but is constituted by the sum of all the varied and changing conditions from the initial appearance in material form to eventual disappearance from the earth. From birth till death each human incarnation is a series of transformations that is seemingly endless, but which may be approximated in understanding by considering the permutations and combinations of the seven sacred planets and twelve zodiacal signs acting through a variety of aspects and angles. Yet the myriads of transformations a human being undergoes on earth from birth to death are all encompassed by the small circle of time within which a single life is lived. Therefore there is a sum-total, which in turn is included within a much vaster sum-total, unknown to human beings in general, but which exists from eternity in the future and passes by degrees through matter to exist for eternity in the past. To intuit this existence is to awaken to the immense potential of self-consciousness as the guiding force of evolution; to sense its presence in each event is to embark on the path of Paranirvana. To witness its universal dimensions, so that the past and future lie before one like an open book, is to become a Mahatma for whom the grand sum-total is archetypally reflected in the earthly existence of every human soul.

It is possible in principle for the immortal soul to draw into the realm of self-conscious awareness any portion of the experience and knowledge that is already summed up in its immemorial pilgrimage. This would have been very difficult to conceive in the nineteenth century, but is more comprehensible in the age of DNA and the microprocessor. One needs little familiarity with electronics to recognize that millions of items of information can be registered in minute devices, and little awareness of contemporary biology to apprehend that every possible transformation of a human body over a lifetime is potentially present in the embryonic germ cell. Ancient wisdom teaches that by the end of the seventh month of development much more than can be grasped by modern biology is already inscribed in the foetal vesture as a set of possibilities. Crucial among these is the noetic capacity to make a decisive difference in the extent to which one draws upon and experiences the sum-total of possible configurations. By deep thought and study, by the daily use of true knowledge, by meditation and calm contemplation, by creative interaction with nature and with other minds, human beings can affect the degree to which they self-consciously experience what is actually going on in all the vestures from the moment of birth to the moment of death.

Maya or illusion is inextricably involved in the idea of separate existence as a monad. From the philosophical perspective of universal self-consciousness, the immense pilgrimage of the human soul is somewhat unreal. Even from the standpoint of the monad enduring over eighteen million years, a hundred lives in succession is mayavic, rather like glancing through a few slides. A single life on earth is barely an instant, if entire solar systems which emerge and disappear over millions upon millions of years are mere winks in the Eye of Self-existence. What then is the meaning and value of a single human life? While there is an extraordinary range in potential human awareness, most beings are “living and partly living”, in the phrase of T.S. Eliot. They are hardly aware of the dynamic processes behind incarnate existence, and from the perspective of the immortal soul they are not awake and scarcely alive. One has to come out of the psychic sleep of a lifetime for there to be a moment of true spiritual awakening to universal causation, human solidarity and the reality of a law-governed universe working ceaselessly through thought, will and feeling, on a cosmic plane but also in and through every single human being on earth. Spiritual awakening is not merely a shift in one’s plane of consciousness, but a fundamental alteration of perspective regarding consciousness itself beyond all its planes of embodiment and manifestation.

Maya or illusion is an element which enters into all finite things, for everything that exists has only a relative, not an absolute, reality, since the appearance which the hidden noumenon assumes for any observer depends upon his power of cognition. To the untrained eye of the savage, a painting is at first an unmeaning confusion of streaks and daubs of colour, while an educated eye sees instantly a face or a landscape. Nothing is permanent except the one hidden absolute existence which contains in itself the noumena of all realities. The existences belonging to every plane of being, up to the highest Dhyan-Chohans, are, in degree, of the nature of shadows cast by a magic lantern on a colourless screen; but all things are relatively real, for the cogniser is also a reflection, and the things cognised are therefore as real to him as himself.

The Secret Doctrine, i 39

Hermes, July 1980
Raghavan Iyer

Recipe ~ LENTIL LOAF WITH BBQ GLAZE, by Karie Fraley

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Click here for the recipe and directions!

If you didn’t know already, lentils are awesome! They cook up in less than an hour and they’re packed with protein. Their light flavor pairs well with most spices and they make an excellent topping for salads. I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you really wanted to make it a complete meal you could serve it with some homemade mashed potatoes, or even some mashed cauliflower!

This recipe was comes to you courtesy of….The Simple Veganista! What an awesome blog name!

Recipe ~ Vegan Potato Chowder (wow!)

1 Large onion small dice
2 T olive oil
2 medium red potatoes peeled small dice
3 cloves garlic minced
4 cups veggie stock or water
3 small red potatoes diced with skin on
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp sage
1 tsp marjoram
salt & pepper to taste (about 2-3 tsp salt)
1 large shallot small diced (1/4 cup)
6-7 shiitake mushrooms diced
2 tsp liquid aminos
2 tsp liquid smoke
Fresh chives chopped
In big pot add olive oil and saute onion.
Then add potatoes saute for 5 min.
Add minced garlic. Stir
Add veggie stock or water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer 20 min
Blend to smooth consistency with immersion blender. Heat off
Add 3 diced potatoes to soup on light simmer to medium heat
Add nutritional yeast, thyme, sage, marjoram, salt and pepper
Cover and turn heat to medium high.
In separate pan saute shallots with olive oil (1-2 Tbs)
Add shiitake and saute.
Add aminos and liquid smoke and stir
Deglaze pan with 1/2 cup of the soup to get flavors from pan
Add everything to the pot of soup and stir in
Stir in 1/4 cup fresh chopped chives
Serves 6-8

Holy expensive!!

If you think you can just leave the Mainland for Hawai’i … hhhmm …

embracing change

Okay, so I knew moving to Hawaii would cost a lot but you don’t really get a grasp of it until you start getting quotes. (Just wait till I write out those checks, tear*) I knew my dogs would cost more than moving a kid but it didn’t hit me until I filled out all the paperwork and talked to the airline. I am mentally preparing myself to spend about half the money we saved (in a year in a half) on the move alone!

Just so you can wrap your head around this, here are some quotes we got:

Pod to move our crap: $7,400 (I would now rather sell all my stuff and start over!)

Cars: $1,100 each (we were going to take both and now we are debating)

Dogs: $319 each for flight, $165 each to pick up from airport, $325 each rabies titer, not to mention…

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Marquesans: Why Did They Come to Hawaii?


Hawaiian Islands

There are many different theories about why the people of the Marquesas Island people came to Hawaii.  Some believe that it is war, a severe climate or lack of resources forced them to leave their home land. Other believe that they arrived in search of better fishing grounds as they tended to fish way out at sea. It is thought that the first group of Marquesans arrived  in Hawaiian Islands about A.D. 447 settling in Waimanalo, O’hau at Bellows Beach on the windward side of the island.

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Full Moon of March 5, 2015



Here is the chart for the Full Moon of March 5, 2015:

Full Moon Astrological Chart for March 5, 2015 highlights Yod Full Moon Astrological Chart for March 5, 2015 highlights Yod

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As in our other entries, we will have more to say as this FM approaches.  (i.e. We will be adding material over the course of the next week or so.)

EarthSky.org calls this a “micro-moon,” noting that it precedes an Eclipse on March 20th and a “Blood Moon” on April 4th.  We start our analysis by noting that another yod is in play!  (A yod featured prominently the recent new moon that precedes this full moon.)

However, this FM is characterized by two Hele, one somewhat stronger than the other, which indicate that people will polarize on two (or more) issues.  (Arguably, this is what we have called a “Hele Key” in the past.)  How you decide may be…

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Recipe ~ No-Churn Ice Cream (Chocolate, Vanilla, Coffee)




For vanilla ice cream:
  • 1 cup whipping cream (240ml)
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk (120ml)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
For chocolate ice cream:
  • 1 cup whipping cream (240ml)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (160ml)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
For coffee ice cream:
  • 1 cup whipping cream (240ml)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (160ml)
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon instant coffee melted in 1 tablespoon of hot water


For vanilla:
  • 1. Whip whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  • 2. Add 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk and about 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract. And delicately fold until combined. Be careful not to deflate the whipped cream.
  • 3. Transfer to individual-size containers and freeze.
For chocolate:
  • 1. Add 2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk in a bowl and sift in 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Whisk until homogeneous.
  • 2. Whip whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  • 3. Add a part of whipped cream into chocolate-condensed milk mixture. And whisk until combined. Then pour the thinned mixture into whipped cream and fold until homogeneous. Comparing to vanilla, more sweetened condensed milk is added in chocolate and coffee flavors because of the bitterness of cocoa and coffee.
  • 4. Fill in the containers and freeze.
For coffee:
  • 1. Melt 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of instant coffee in 1 tablespoon of hot water. And pour in 2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk. Then whisk until combined.
  • 2. Whip whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  • 3. Add a part of whipped cream into coffee-condensed milk mixture. And whisk until combined. Then pour the thinned mixture into whipped cream and fold until combined.
  • 4. Fill in the containers and freeze.


How Long To Nap For The Most Brain Benefits

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Your body will sure send you some signals if you do not get enough sleep – you are either constantly tired or get sick quite often. Even though you eat properly and exercise regularly, insufficient sleep can compromise your health.

The latest studies (here) have proven that daytime naps have the power to improve overall brain function. Scientists say that naps convert short-term memories into long-term ones, by clearing temporary storage brain part, so there is enough room for new information.

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Recipe ~ Lana’s Chick’n Curry

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Ingredients ~

2 TB coconut oil
2 TB curry powder
2 TB turmeric
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Kafir lime leaves (if you’ve got them!)
2 Qorn-brand Vegan chick’n cutlets, cubed
1 small can coconut milk (optional: use the light version)
1 tablespoon Sriacha paste
1 TB Lobster bouillion paste
2 large mushroom, sliced
1 TB peanut butter
1 tsp. Agave syrup
1 tsp. Patis (a/k/a Thai fish sauce)
2 medium potatoes, peeled in 1″ cubes, sitting in a bowl of
water (approx. 1 cup, to keep potatoes in a bowl before cooking)

2 cups steamed Jasmine rice (use the rice cooker!)
Garnish: sliced limes


Directions ~

In a medium-sized dutch oven pot, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Combine the next 3 dry ingredients and cook in the oil for a minute (takes the raw powder taste out). Next, saute’ in the onion, ginger, garlic and Kafir lime leaves and cook until onion just translucent. Stir in the Vegan chick’n. Turn the heat down slightly. Add in the coconut milk, Sriacha paste, bouillion, peanut butter and the water you used to cover the potatoes. Stir everything together. Add the mushrooms. Add Agave and Patis to taste. Add in potatoes and turn down heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes or until tender, lid on.

Serve with Jasmine rice.

Serves 4.

Add a salad or appetizer for a completely full meal. A light cold dessert (Haupia, maybe?), fresh sliced mango or chilled lichee fruit would really round out this feast. Enjoy!

Ayurveda ~ The Yogic Pathway To Perfect Health

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I’ve come to understand the universe as a vast web of magnetic energy. Some magnetic currents can produce a lifestyle of bliss. Others will produce a lifestyle of dis-ease.

In order to produce a blissful state of being, you must develop the energetic power that enables you to follow that path. That is a key point that so many people miss. It’s a human power that carries you. It is simultaneously simple and profound.

Life can be pretty darn challenging when there’s a scarcity of prana in the body and a surplus of density in the mind!

But when you activate the pranic life-force, you can easily and organically ride the energetic currents that produce prosperity, vitality and deep somatic bliss. The stuff is like pure gold! No amount of money can compete with the supreme sweetness that comes alive in you when the Infinite animates every molecule of your being.

The yogis call this pranic life-force activation ‘Svastha’, or perfect health, which is an art and a science. When you learn this stuff, and really put it to work, everything changes … the body is invigorated, the mind is crystal clear, and the sweetness of complete contentment fulfills you.

Recipe ~ Lana’s Pad Thai

Grandmaster Lana's Pad Thai
Grandmaster Lana’s Pad Thai

1 14 oz. package of Thai rice noodles
2 TB shoyu
2 TB water
2 TB creamy peanut butter
2 TB sriacha chili paste
6 TB coconut oil
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp minced ginger
2 TB Agave syrup
2 TB cider vinegar (or 1 TB cider vinegar + 1 TB rice vinegar)
1 tsp Patis (a/k/a Thai fish sauce)
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 cups greens
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup Julienned carrots
1 cup chopped mushroom (if fresh shiitake, then Julienne first)
2 eggs (scrambled, then cooked as a rolled pancake, then sliced)
4 oz. Vegan protein (grounds, chikin strips, or prepared tofu cubes)
12 medium shrimp (peeled and deveined)
Option: 1 TB lobster jar bouillion (replaces shrimp)

Mung bean sprouts
Chopped peanuts
Green onion, chopped


Boil a large pot of water. Turn off the heat and add noodles to soften; DO NOT BOIL. Let noodles soak in the hot water for 20 minutes, then drain. Meanwhile …

If you elect to add tofu or Tempe to your pad thai as a replacement for your chicken and/or shrimp proteins, then here’s what I do (and this works with any Veggie saute’ I do, including curries):

Into a plastic Tupperware container (no lid), I combine these dry ingredients:  1 cup coconut or corn starch; 1 TB each of ginger powder, curry powder (optional), Vegetarian yeast (optional), tumeric; 1 teaspoon cumin (optional) and garlic salt.  Toss dry ingredients together to integrate thoroughly.  Divide extra firm tofu or Tempe into cubes (cut the cake horizontally once, or twice if the tofu block is thick, then make 6 vertical cuts to create the cubes).  (Be sure to first rinse the tofu block and allow excess moisture to drain away; no need to pat it dry as you’ll need some of that moisture for the dry mix to stick, which eliminates using egg if you’re Vegan.)  Add the cubes to the dry mix and toss the mix onto the cubes by shaking the container to coat the cubes evenly.  Heat some coconut oil in your frying pan and add the cubes, turning them over only after they’ve browned just enough.  Don’t worry if some stick together; those will loosen and break apart when you saute’ the rest of the ingredients in this recipe together.  Set aside after all cubes are cooked and continue with the rest of this recipe.

Prep your scrambled egg (use egg substitute if you’re Vegan) and fry in a small frying pan as a pancake, versus “scrambling” as it cooks.

Prep carrots, cabbage, onion, ginger and set aside.

Combine remaining ingredients to create the sauce in a separate bowl and mix thoroughly. Add in the minced ginger and garlic to that sauce and set aside.

In a large pan, melt the coconut oil (use more if you already used coconut oil for your tofu/Tempe cubes); add the onions and begin to saute’ until the onions are tender. Add in your proteins (or tofu/Tempe) and shrimp (or lobster boullion, with a little water). Then, saute’ in the vegetables, mushrooms and eggs. Add the drained noodle and pour the sauce over the noodle, then gently toss in the pan to integrate everything. Don’t do this vigorously, or else you break up the noodle.

Serve on a large platter, with the fresh bean sprouts, cilantro and chopped peanuts on top.  Also, a great condiment to offer on the side is Cilantro chutney.


Seeds for Meditation

monkeys on rock


There is an outer world and there is an inner world. As deep as you penetrate, as high as you reach, there is always something breathing inside.

The outer world is made of things. Breathing inside the things are words.

Words are the outside. Inside the words are stories.

The story is the outside. Inside the story is a thought.

Thoughts are the outside. Inside the thoughts is a great light.

At the origin of all light is the beginning that cannot be known.

The outside we can touch and come to know.

The inside—we must wait and be still, so that it may speak to us.