Daily Words of the Buddha for January 17, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for January 17, 2020 — saddhā — faith, confidence

Apādakehi me mettaṃ,
mettaṃ dvipādakehi me;
catuppadehi me mettaṃ,
mettaṃ bahuppadehi me.

I have love for the footless,
for the bipeds too I have love;
I have love for those with four feet,
for the many-footed I have love.

Aṅguttara Nikāya 4.67
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Daily Words of the Buddha for January 16, 2020

Yo sahassaṃ sahassena
saṅgāme mānuse jine,
ekañca jeyyamattānaṃ
sa ve saṅgāmajuttamo.

Though one may conquer
a thousand times a thousand people in battle,
yet one indeed is the noblest victor
who conquers oneself.

Dhammapada 10.103
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

La’au Lapa’au | Move Over Kale, Jalapenos Are the Health Food You Never Knew About 

If you can handle the taste of jalapenos, you can consider yourself lucky, as they are apparently a real superfood. The active ingredient in these little green peppers, capsaicin, is the power you need to fight off numerous health issues. Capsaicin is the same ingredient used in personal defense pepper spray, and it turns out […]

Source: Move Over Kale, Jalapenos Are the Health Food You Never Knew About – Healthy Food House

Hauʻōli lā Pōʻahā

Aloha e Hau’ōli lā Pōʻahā. Mai hōʻoni i kā wai lana mālie. ʻŌ kā maluhīa nō me ‘oe.

Greetings and Happy Thursday. “Do Not Disturb the Water That is Tranquil.” When you find yourself not enjoying the peace and quiet of a supposed relaxing day, remind yourself not to interrupt your own peaceful thoughts. It’s not always easy but it sure makes for a refreshed soul when life starts back up again. Peace be with you.

Daily Words of the Buddha for January 15, 2020

Māvamaññetha pāpassa, “Na mantaṃ āgamissati.”
Udabindunipātena, udakumbhopi pūrati.
Bālo pūrati pāpassa, thokaṃ thokampi ācinaṃ.

Think not lightly of evil, saying, “It will not come to me.”
Drop by drop is the water pot filled.
Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little,
fills oneself with evil.

Dhammapada 9.121
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Extremely Powerful Morning Mantra to Start the Day | 432Hz | Om Shri Anantaha (1 hr.)

Om Shri Anantaha | Narayana | Is very powerful mantra to Start your mornings with. Make it a habit to Chant this every morning, Add this small thing in your routine. To start with You can play this track and over the time you can memorize the mantra and chant on your own. And you will feel the difference in your energy levels and attitude.

Another great way is to Chant this Mantra 3 times when starting the meditation. It invokes all 7 energy centers in our body.

The Mantra:

OM OM OM OM SHRI ANANTAHA NARAYANAHA

MANGALAM BHAGWAN VISHNU

MANGALAM GARURD DHWAJA

MANGALAM PUNDRI KAKSHU

MANGALAYAE TANU HARI

Translation:
It’s the Bhagwan Vishnu Mantra, with this Mantra We call upon the peaceful, powerful, positive energies of the Supreme creator.

OM is the Primordial Sound of the Universe

Narayanaha is the Vedic Supreme God according to Vedas, and is also known as Vishnu and Hari.

May auspiciousness be unto Lord Vishnu,

May all auspiciousness be unto the one who has the Garuda as his flag

May all auspiciousness be unto the Lord with lotus-like eyes,

And auspiciousness to Hari.

 

Daily Words of the Buddha for January 14, 2020

Santaṃ tassa manaṃ hoti, santā vācā,
ca kamma ca, sammadaññā,
vimuttassa, upasantassa tādino.

Calm is one’s thought, calm one’s speech,
and calm one’s deed, who, truly knowing,
is wholly freed, perfectly tranquil and wise.

Dhammapada 7.96
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Energywork | Elemental Evocation

Especially for the Philippines, Australia, California and Puerto Rico …

As we cycle through the elements of
Earth Air Fire Water and Aether …
Spirit, the place where all elements come together …
Where our connection to Divinity
Flows through our connection with Breath …

To Wisdom,
To Inspiration:

Take a breath with me and
Let’s celebrate the Elements
Today, and every day …

We welcome you
Air that’s in our Breath
Fire that sparks our synapses
Water and all the fluids of our body
Earth that is our skeleton and muscle
And Spirit that inspires us to Create
And to be in relationship with the whole Universe:

Holy Mother in whom we live, move and have our Being
From you all things emerge,
And unto you all things return.

Open our hearts this blessed Day
Touch our bodies and our minds
Walk with us through
The Gates of Power, Shadow and Starlight
Of Fire meeting Earth …
The Wind on the Ocean
And the sweet kiss of Life …

Blessed be our Journey.

May the blessings of all the World be upon you
The inspiration of all the Elements
May they flow through you
With each and every breath …

Blessings of the Divine Mother!

(c) Victoria Generao

Daily Meditation

It’s already meant for you. You have to start accepting this as your truth. Things are getting very clear for you. You are starting to really see that you’re meant for greatness. You might have been getting so many signs and seeing how everything is all connected. Each moment you’re being reminded of who you truly are and what vast potential you already have. It starts off by wanting better for yourself. Then you make the inner changes by setting your intentions. Even doing that is you already knowing what you have access to. This is your true power you were already born with. You’re experiencing so many synchronicities, alignments, and signs that truly show you how powerful your thoughts are. This initially comes off as out of this world or just a feeling of joy that fills your heart and body.

You can’t really explain it all to anyone because you’re the one fully experiencing it in real time all the time. Sometimes it makes you speechless and puts you in a state of deep gratitude for how precious and miraculous life truly is. Day by day as you start to evolve, invest in yourself, and be present enough to recognize yourself, you will open your heart and mind further to allow blessings and many possibilities to happen for you. A new you will emerge. New being a state of awareness which you always had but recognized. It’s all a reminder of what you already know. Start feeling good right now about this. Start smiling and thinking of the possibilities. Even a single thought starts changing everything for you. Don’t doubt anything right now. Just feel, allow, and welcome your blessings. Trust yourself. Feel everything out. Your feelings will guide you. Trust your intuition and be ready for your wildest dreams to manifest.

Current Events | Warnings of ‘Volcanic Tsunami’ After Eruption in the Philippines

The Taal Volcano has erupted Sunday Morning and the cause is thought to be hydro-thermal in nature. In Batangas, an interview on Dobol B sa News TV states that the phreatic eruption was said to be recorded at around 11am. Three hours later a much stronger explosion was recorded, and more than one kilometer of ash was spewed into the sky.

Alert Level 1 didn’t last long, as officials quickly made the decision to raise the alert level to Level 2. This simply means that there will be a probability of a magmatic intrusion which could possibly lead to an eruption.

Three earthquakes were recorded at 7:35am, 10:43am, and 14:00pm Philippines Time Zone.

Foodstyles | Lemon Almond Cookies

These cookies have real lemon slices on top for an extra strong flavor. I pre-baked the slices a little before placing them on the cookie to bake together so that the lemon flavor is a little bit more concentrated, but when you bite into each cookie you’ll still get a burst of fresh citrus goodness.

The effect is almost as though the cookies are filled with some zesty lemon cream. Some of the juice from the lemon slices also seeps into the cookie itself, giving it a delicious lemon almond flavor.

The trick is to get the lemon slices just thick enough to not get burned during baking — so keep an eye out as they’re pre-baking, as you might want to take them out sooner if need be (or bake at a lower temperature all together, as some ovens bake stronger than others).

You can experiment a little with your oven settings and you can slice the lemons thicker or thinner to your liking (thicker means juicier and stronger in flavor, thinner means more delicate but also more likely to burn a little around the edges). Optimal thickness is around an eighth of an inch.

But don’t sweat it if there’s a tiny bit of browning happening anyways (as you can see in the cookie below around the edges) — they’ll still be delicious!

Also, note that I used a nut butter that’s a mix of almond and hazelnut butter (from Nuts to You Nut Butter) because that’s what I had on hand. A pure almond butter would work great here too on its own, but I did enjoy the light depth the hazelnuts added. So if you can find an almond hazelnut mix, go for it. If not, plain almond butter will do just fine.

INGREDIENTS

LEMON SLICES
1 to 1 ½ small fresh lemons, washed

ALMOND COOKIES
½ cup white rice flour
3 tbsp almond meal
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp creamy natural almond hazelnut butter (or just almond butter)
1 tsp almond extract
⅛ tsp salt

OPTIONAL TOPPING
a tbsp of coconut milk powder for dusting*

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper. Slice lemon(s) into rings about an ⅛” thick (you’ll need 8 good looking rings). Carefully pick out any seeds. Lay each ring flat on the prepared cookie tray and bake for approx. 15 mins. Keep an eye out to make sure the lemon slices don’t burn (as they’ll later cook even further), especially as some ovens can bake stronger than others. At this stage you basically just want to pre-cook and dehydrate them a little. Note that the thinner you slice the lemons the quicker they’ll bake, the thicker you slice them the juicier and more prominent their flavor will be). Once ready, remove the lemon slices from the oven and set aside to cool a little.
  2. While the lemons are baking, prepare the cookies by processing all cookie ingredients in a food processor (I used the small bowl of mine) until the mixture sticks together and is at the beginning stages of forming a ball.** Gather all this dough up (I used a spoon to scoop it out of the processor) and form into a ball with your hands. Then divide this ball into 2, then divide each half into 2, then divide each quarter into 2, so that you’re left with 8 equal pieces of dough.
  3. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Place on the cookie sheet, spreading them half an inch apart. Once the lemon slices are ready, place a slice over the center of each cookie and press down to flatten the cookie further and embed the lemon slices in a little.
  4. Bake the cookies for approximately 12 minutes until nicely golden (again, keep an eye to make sure the lemon slices don’t burn, if need be, lower the oven temperature a little if the lemon slices are thin and are browning too fast). Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Optional: once cool, dust the cookies lightly with some coconut milk powder. Enjoy!

Daily Words of the Buddha for January 12, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for January 12, 2020
dayā —sympathy, compassion, kindness

Selo yathā ekaghano vātena na samīrati,
evaṃ nindāpasaṃsāsu na samiñjanti paṇḍitā.

Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm,
even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.

Dhammapada 6.81
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita