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India evokes at once the image of a large country that boasts so many attractions that tourists sometimes find it difficult to descale their routes to the country. From the majestic Himalayas in the north to the fascinating dunes of Rajasthan in the west, from the exotic hilly states of eastern India to the beautiful, idyllic beaches of southern India, India boasts several tourist attractions.

But India is much more. It is also the land of an ancient civilization, with countless cultures and history, rich places and forts of the era gone by that reminds us of its grandeur and antiquity. Agra, Varanasi, Jhansi, Orcha, Khajuraho, Gwalior and Panchavati are the seven leading tourist hubs in the country that lure travelers to a glimpse of India, its culture, its religion and its history.

Agra

Agra in Uttar Pradesh, India is a famous tourist destination. It finds mention in the Mahabharata, where it is referred to as Agrabana or Paradise. The world famous Taj Mahal is in Agra, as are the majestic Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. While the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri were built by Akbar – the largest of the Mughal emperors.

The pearly white Taj Mahal, a romance in stone that is not only Agra’s pride but India, was built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, Shahjehan’s beloved wife. The most beautiful monument ever built for love Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It took 18 long years (1631-48) and more than 20,000 artisans to build this amazing structure that has not only stood the test of time, but remains a symbol of love, even after so many years.

Taj looks breathtaking and graceful from almost any angle. Whether you see it from the front or from behind, at a distance or from an arm’s distance, it looks wonderful and breathtaking, although its close-up is more stunning. The semi-precious stones are marbled in beautiful pattern and with excellent craftsmanship in a process called pietra dura.

The 16th century Agra fort is another attraction in Agra. Like the Taj, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the seat of the Mughal dynasty in the 16th century. Pearl Mosque, Diwan-e-Am and Diwan-e-Khas and Khaas Mahal are the main attractions of the impressive Fort built in red sandstone. Akbar built the Agra fort in the finest architectural style. The fort has magnificent gates and walls and a moat.

Fatehpur Sikri, the last of the three major attractions in Agra, is 35 km away from Agra. This is where the first Mughal Emperor Babur defeated Rana Sanga, the great Rajput warrior. The best part of Fatehpur Sikri is the impressive Buland Darwaza. Built by Akbar to celebrate his victory over Gujarat, Buland Darwaza is not only the tallest gateway in the world, but displays the Mughal architecture at its best and also the most robust.

Agra is located at a distance of 250 km from Delhi and is well connected by road, rail and air.

Varanasi

City of Learning, Varanasi, is located on the banks of the Ganga River in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Legend has it that the city is one of Lord Shiva’s many favorite places of residence and lies on his trident.

Beran for its beautiful Ghats (over 100) and temples (over 1,000), Varanasi – also called Benaras and Kasi – is to the Hindus what Mecca is to the Muslims and the Vatican to the Christians. Varanasi presents all that is beautiful and divine in Hinduism. No wonder Hindus from all over the world make it a point to visit the holy city, at least once in their lives.

Varanasi finds mention in Rigveda, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Varanasi was founded over 5,000 years ago and is probably the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. To quote Mark Twain, Varanasi is, “Older than history, older than legend, and looks as old as everyone else”. In ancient India, Varanasi was the capital of the Kashi kingdom.

The beauty of the old city is that although it was destroyed and ravaged many times by some of the Muslim invaders such as Mahmud Ghazni and Mohammad Ghori, it not only managed to survive but continued to show the right path to millions of Hindus from everyone all over the world.

Besides being the religious capital of the Hindus, Varanasi is also the cultural capital of India. Interestingly, it occupies a high place in the heart of not only Hindus but Buddhists and Jains. Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, is located near Varanasi.

The city’s claim of world fame and honor is also linked to some other facts. Tulsidas wrote Ramcharitmanas here. Ayurveda, the ancient art of alternative healing, has its origin in Varanasi. Varanasi brass and silk works are much loved for their finesse and beauty and have few parallels elsewhere.

The city’s cuisine is also well known and much loved. And so is Benarasi Paan (a sweet power made of arecam nut and other fragmented fabrics wrapped in a betel leaf) that finds much benefit from lovers of paan who simply love Benarasi paan’s unique flavor and aroma.

Varanasi is located 780 km away from New Delhi and is well connected by road, rail and air.

Jhansi

Jhansi, originally known as Shankargarh, is one of the many destinations in India that attract tourists from all over the world. Its proximity to other tourist attractions such as the world famous Khajuraho, Agra, Orcha and Delhi makes it a much sought after destination. Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, Jhansi’s claim to fame rests on several factors.

It was Jhansi who, in 1857, gave the freedom fighters one of the most inspirational leaders in the brave and legendary Rani Laxmi Bai, who fought the fiercest battle against the British, which inspired all freedom fighters in India by her unmatched chivalry and love for the country .

Among the famous landmarks and tourist attractions of the place comes the name of Jhansi Fort first. Built in 1610 Jhansi Fort is famous as the Gateway to Bundelkhand. The fort has a good collection of sculptures that shed much light on the history of Bundelkhand. Rani Mahal, Ram Temple and Maharaja Ganga Rao ki Chatri are some of the other major tourist attractions in Jhansi.

Jhansi is located 415 km away from Delhi and 292 km away from the state capital, Lucknow, and is well connected by road, rail and air.

Orcha

Orcha is a village located in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, India. The splendor of the place has been beautifully caught in stone and frozen in time. Orcha boasts the massive Orcha Fort-Palace-Temple Complex, which is a major tourist attraction.

Situated on the banks of the Betwa River, the Orcha Fort was built by 16th-century Bundela Chief Rudra Pratap Singh. It houses many ‘architectural wonders’ such as Raja Ram Mandir, Laxmi Narayana Mandir, Jehangir Palace, Raj Palace and Rani Praveen Palace.

The Orcha Fort has glorious pasts and mythological affiliations. It is the only place where Lord Rama is worshiped as a king and not as a god. The statue of Rama inside the Rama Raja Temple – a famous tourist attraction in Orcha – was brought from Ayodhya by Madhukar Shah, one of the Bundela rulers.

Jehangir Palace, another pride of the Orcha Fort complex, is a layered palace, crowned by graceful chatris. The castle was built in honor of Mughal Emperor Jehangir when I had visited Orcha.

In its heyday, the massive and powerful Orcha Fort stored enough rations and ammunition that could last for a few years if it was besieged by the enemies. No wonder the fort did not remain conquered and proudly tore over the mighty Marathas who could not conquer it despite having done all they could.

Orchas 15 km away from Jhansi and 110 km away from Gwalior and is well connected.

Khajuraho

Khajuraho – also called the temples of love – is a UNESCO cultural heritage located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. The Khajuraho temples were built by the valiant Chandella Rajputs over a period of 100 years between 950 and 1050 AD. Chandella Rajputs claimed to be the proud descendants of the Moon God.

Although there were originally 80-odd temples in Khajuraho, only 22 of them have survived the weaknesses of the times and the destruction that some Muslim rulers brought. Khajuraho temples were discovered by T S Burt, an Englishman. But it was General Alexander Cunnigham, another Englishman, who really made the place famous all over the world.

The Khajuraho temples are unique. Many of them boast erotic sculptures of full-breasted, successful women with wide hips. Interestingly, such sculptors make up only approx. 10 percent of the total sculptures.

When Khajuraho was first discovered partially hidden behind adult bushes and shrubs, many people had found the erotic sculptures adorning some of the temples rather repulsive and vulgar. Perhaps they had failed to realize that such sculptures were carved out for a purpose. The purpose was to lure people back to married life to enjoy the many joys of married life.

In those days Buddhism flourished in India. It had almost destroyed the concept of marriage and family life as encouraged by Hinduism and inspired many people to ward off the community and family life to meditate in seclusion. Apart from regaining the lost field of Hinduism, through such sculptures, the importance of sex that is considered essential to achieve absolute and human development was emphasized.

Whatever the purpose behind decorating the walls of the Khajuraho temples with erotic sculptures, it is still these very sculptures that have really made Khajuraho what it is today – a world-renowned tourist attraction.

Khajuraho is located about 620 km away from Delhi and is well connected.

Gwalior

Gwalior is one of the well known cities in India and is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The city was founded by Kachwaha chief Suraj Sen in honor of a saint called Gwalapa who had cured him of a deadly disease. Very well known as the seat of the mighty Scindhiyas, boasts many tourist attractions.

The 15th century Gwalior Fort is the pride of Gwalior and the most significant landmark. Much of the fort was built during the reign of the greatest of the Tomar rulers, Man Singh, to his queen Mrignayani. Situated on a hill, the fort offers good views of the city. Strong and well-built, it is called the massive fort “Gibraltar of India” because of its size and strength. Even Babur, the mighty Mughal, emperor was very impressed with the fort and called it ‘the pearl in the necklace of obstacles’.

It was at Gwalior Fort where the fiercest battle was fought between the freedom fighters and the British. This is where Rani Laxmi Bai showed exemplary chivalry and love for the country as she took on the British soldiers with a handful of fighters and died fighting for the cause of freedom, but not until she had driven a chill down the enemy’s back, inspiring all Indians to to throw the British out of India.

Gujari Mahal and Man Mandir located inside the fort are important tourist attractions that have added to the fort’s appeal greatly.

Jai Vilas Palace, Mia Tansen Tomb and Mohammad Ghaus Tomb add to the magic of the city, making it a much sought after tourist hub. Jai Vilas Palace and Mia Tansen Tomb need special mention. While Tansen was a famous singer-musician from India, whose lineage almost all the Gharanas of classical Hindustani music claim any connection; Jai Vilas Palace is a beautiful palace. This palace is the Scindhia family’s current residence. It was built on the pattern from the Palais de Vieillesse, France.

Gwalior is well connected by rail, road and air. It is only 122 km from Agra, which is world famous for the majestic Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven wonders of the world.

Panchavati

Panchavati is a small place located on the banks of the holy river Godavari in Nashik in Maharashtra, India. Panchavati makes up five banana trees (Vats) which are said to be part of the legendary Dandakaranya forest.

Panchavati occupies a rather high place in millions of Hindus all over the world, as this is where Lord Rama – along with Laxmana and Sita – spent much of his time, having been exiled for 14 years from Ayodhya by his father Dasharatha.

Although all of Panchavati is sacred and revered, there are some places including Rama Kund, Sita Gumpha, Laxmana Rekha, Kalaram Mandir (built in black stone by Peshwas), Naroshankar Temple, Sundar Narayan Temple and Godavari Temple which attracts tourists and others with a religious bend of mind in good numbers.

Perhaps the most famous attraction is Rama Kund. As the name suggests, Rama Kund is the name of Kund (Dam) where Lord Rama used to take bath when he was in Panchavati. A dip in this sacred pond cleanses one of all worldly sins. Besides being associated with Lord Rama, Panchavati is also related to Mahatama Gandhi. This is where the ashes of the Father of the Nation were immersed.

Sita Gumpha is another prominent attraction in Panchavati. It is a small cave under a Banayan tree. One can enter the cave using a narrow staircase. It was from Sita Gumpha that the demon king Ravana abducted Sita. Currently, Gumpha has the idols of Sita, Rama and Laxmana.

Nashik is 180 kilometers away from Mumbai and 220 kilometers away from Pune. When you are well connected by road and train, you can easily reach it.

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Source by Sanjay Kumar Pandey

Timeline – Miss Universe – The Olympics of Beauty

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A chronology of key events:

1952 The first Miss Universe will be held in Long Beach, California, with 30 states and regions. Armi Kuusela (Finland) becomes Miss Universe.

1953 There are 26 countries competing in MU. Morocco’s candidate, Colette Ribes, does not compete in the competition.

1954 The second Miss Universe party game opens in Long Beach with 33 states and dependencies, including Honduras, New Zealand and Singapore. Miriam Stevenson (South Carolina) becomes Miss Universe.

1955 Surprisingly, Ceylon -Sri Lanka since 1972- is number two during Miss Universe. On the other hand, Cuba sends a post, Gilda Marin, to the global event in the States.

1956 Welcome to California! There are 30 entries. Finland, which won the title four years ago, does not participate. Carol Morris (Iowa) is elected to MU.

1957 At the invitation of the Miss Universe Organization, Joaquín Alberto Vargas y Chavez, Peru’s painter, flies to California to be one of the international judges. For the first time, Martinique sends a contestant.

1958 There are 36 nations and territories competing. Corine Rottschafer, the representative of the Netherlands, wins Miss Photogenic.

1959 Akiko Kojima (Japan) succeeds Luz Marina Zuloaga (Colombia) as Miss Universe. On the other hand, Miss England becomes Miss Photogenic.

1960 MU Organization decides to move the event from California to Miami Beach (Florida) Burma – Representative Day Myanmar – wins Miss Congeniality.

1961 There are 46 states and territories competing – from Austria to the US Virgin Islands. Greece’s candidate, Eleftheria Deloutsi, wins Miss Amity.

1962 There are more than 50 republics and dependencies in Miss Universe, including Luxembourg, Haiti and Tahiti. Hawaii’s Macel Wilson, Miss United States, is one of the semi-finalists.

1963 Richard Henry Sellers, also known as Peter Sellers, is one of the judges. Miss Israel, Sherine Ibrahim, wins the best national costume in the pageant.

1964 Colombia’s Luz Marina Zuloaga, Miss Universe of 1958, is one of Miami Beach’s judges. Manuela Stramana, Italy’s competition, becomes Miss Photogenic.

1965 Welcome to Florida! Twenty-five republics and dependents send records to Miss Universe in the U.S. The Kingdom of Thailand, a Southeast Asian nation, wins Miss Universe!

1966 There are 58 states and regions, including four former British colonies competing as independent nations – Guyana, Trinidad Tobago, Singapore and Jamaica. Miss Sweden (Margareta Arvidsson) defeats Miss Finland (Satu Charlotta Ostring) in the final.

1967 Venezuela’s Mariela Perez Branguer, MU’s favorite delegate, does not win the title. Bonaire, a Dutch territory in the Caribbean, competes at MU for the first time.

1968 Welcome to Miami! Entries from 65 republics and dependents competing for the crown at Miss Universe. For the sixth time, Okinawa, a U.S. possessor between 1945 and 1972, sends a contestant.

1969 New Zealand wins Miss Photogenic. Argentina’s Norma Nolan, who had been MU 1962, is one of the judges.

1970 There are 64 states and regions. Marisol Malaret (Puerto Rico) Contreras is the new Miss Universe. Miss United States, Debbie Shelton, ranks second at the global event.

1971 Lebanon’s Georgina Rizk, a model from Beirut, wins the World Cup, and Miss Philippines Vida Valentina Fernández crowns Miss Photogenic. Georgina speaks French, Italian and Arabic. On the other hand, Yugoslavia, a communist nation in SE Europe, does not participate.

1972 MU will be held outside the continental United States for the first time with the host country of Puerto Rico. A panel of international judges will select Kerry Wells, Miss Australia, as MU 1970. The judges are: Mapita Cortes (actor / PR), Earl Wilson (journalist / America), Kiyoshi Hara (businessman / Japan), Jean-Louis Indican (businessman / Belgium), Lynn Redgrave (actress / UK), Sylvia Hitchcock (MU / Alabama), Arnold Scaasi (designer / United States), Edilson Varela (journalist / Brazil), Line Renaud (singer / France), Kurt Jurgen (actor / Germany), Fred Williamson (actor / USA).

1973 Welcome to Greece, one of the world’s oldest nations. Bob Barker opens the 21st Miss Universe with 61 delegates from around the world. Maria del Rocío Martín from Spain wins the best national costume.

1974 Manila, Philippines. The government announces the closing of the Folk Arts Theater, venue for the 1974 Miss Universe.

1975 Miss Universe is held in El Salvador, considered perhaps the most successful of modern times. Micronesia, a US territory in Oceania, debuts internationally.

1976 World-renowned filmmaker Roman Polanski arrives in Hong Kong to be one of the international judges. Liberia – the second black republic in modern history – is competing at MU for the first time.

1977 Eight nations and dependencies in MU in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, are by far the most countries that have ever participated. New Miss Universe countries / regions: Saint Lucia (Caribbean), French Guiana (South America) and Saint Kitts (Caribbean).

1978 Miss Universe in Acapulco, Mexico. According to El Sol (Mexico’s newspaper), there are 12 favorites: Dorik Jellinek (Israel), Guillermina Ruiz (Spain), Alva Margarita (Mexico), Olga Zumaran (Peru), Maribel Fernández (Costa Rica), Iris Yvette Mazorra (El Salvador) , Elizabeth Ann Jones (Wales), Solange Castro (Curacao), Judy Andersen (Hawaii), Margaret Gardinier (South Africa) and Lesotho (Joan Libuseng Khoali).

1979 At the invitation of MUO, Julio Iglesias flies to Perth (Australia) to be one of the international judges. Venezuela’s Maritza Sayalero, of Spanish origin, wins the title. Belize, a former British addict in Central America, qualifies for the semi-finals.

1980 MUO is holding its 28th global event in Seoul, Korea. Semifinalists in 1980 are Scotland, Sweden, PR, NZ (MU’s favorite), Panama, SK, Canada, Tahiti, Colombia, USA (winner), Philippines and Iceland.

1981 Lucia Isabel Vinueza – she looks very much like “Madonna” – is Ecuador’s first contestant to win the Miss Universe semifinals in New York City, USA. She is an American educated woman.

1982 Cuzco, Peru. In the summer, Irene Saez, Miss Universe 1981, accompanied by Gladys Silva, Miss Peru 1981, travels to Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.

1983 Swiss Lolita Morena, Miss World 1982’s favorite candidate, is the third runner-up for MU 1983. Abbey Scattrel Janneth of Gambia becomes Miss Congeniality.

1984 81 Republics and Territories of Miami, Florida. However, four countries do not compete – the Bahamas, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Transkei. For the second time, Guatemala, Julieta Urrutia, qualifies for the competition.

1985 Miss El Salvador, Julia Haydee Mora, is one of the favorites to win the MU title in Miami, Florida. However, ES, a war-ravaged country in Central America, does not qualify for the first round. Meanwhile, Miss USA & Miss Texas Laura Herring-Martinez is one of the 10 semi-finalists. Laura, who was born in Mexico, studied in Switzerland. Unlike America and ES, Dominica, an English-speaking island in the Caribbean, competes at MU for the first time.

1986 Welcome to Panama! Miss United States & Miss Texas, Christy Fichtner, is the first fighter for Miss Universe. Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) qualifies for the semi-finals.

1987 Miss Universe will be held at the Singapore World Trade Center. Semi-finalists in 1987 are Italy, PR, Philippines, Venezuela, Peru, America, Singapore, Sweden, Turks Caicos and Chile (winner). Miss United States and Miss Texas, Michelle Royer, are number two. Exactly Colombia -Miss Photogenic- and Uruguay-1. the place for Miss South America ’87 – not qualified for the second round.

1988 Thailand’s Portip Nakhirunkanok, who studied at Pasadena City College, wins Miss Universe. For the second time, Greenland, a Danish Arctic territory, is sending a delegate. Miss USA and Miss Texas, Courtney Ann Gibbs, is one of the semi-finalists.

1989 Miss United States and Miss Texas, Gretchen Polhemus, is third number two for MU. Sharon Simons, Miss Turks & Caicos, becomes Miss Congeniality at the 37th Miss Universe in Cancun, Mexico.

1990 Miss Thailand, Passaroporn Chaimongkol, wins Miss Photogenic, but she does not qualify for the semifinals at MU in Los Angeles, California.

1991 Romania’s Nadia Comaneci, one of the world’s greatest athletes of all time, is one of the judges in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the third time in the 21st century, Yugoslavia-Serbia qualifies for the competition. Bulgaria makes its international debut

1992 Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand. Semi-finalists in 1992 are Australia, Sweden, India, Netherlands, NZ, USA, Colombia, Namibia (winner), Venezuela and Belgium.

1993 Brazil’s representative, Leila Cristine Schuster, is compared to Jacqueline Onassis-Kennedy, the first lady of the United States (1961-1963). For the first time, the Kingdom of Swaziland is sending a national delegate.

1994 India becomes dominant power in MU. Semi-finalists in 1994 are: India (winner), Venezuela, Greece, Switzerland, USA, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia, Philippines and Colombia. Zimbabwe – a name derived from the stone ruins of the southern part of the nation – is making its international debut. Namibia -ex South West Africa – is the favorite to host Miss Universe from 1995.

nineteen seventy-five Welcome to Windhoek, Namibia (Africa). The highest number of countries in MU history: 82 republics and territories, including 8 African nations – Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria (Miss Amity), Seychelles, South Africa (semifinalist)) and Zambia.

nittenhalvsex Las Vegas, Nevada.Aruba runner-up for Miss Universe.Miss Philippines, Aileen Leng Marfori Damiles, wins Miss Photogenic. Japan and Gibraltar, a British territory in the Iberian Peninsula, are not competing.

1997 Semi-finalists in 1997 are: India, Venezuela, PR, TT, USA / Hawaii (winner), Italy, Sweden, Curacao, Panama and Estonia. Croatia – on 25 June 1991 it declared independence from Yugoslavia – debuts internationally.

1998 Twenty-one states and regions of Honolulu (Hawaii), including Angola, Guam and the Northern Marians. Miss Slovak Vladimira Hrenovcilova becomes Miss Photogenic.

1999 America’s boxer Evander Holyfield, 4-time heavyweight champion, arrives in Trinidad Tobago. He is elected as one of the judges …

2000 Cyprus, the birthplace of Aphrodite, hosts the Millennium Miss Universe party game. Cyprus host Christi Groutidou does not qualify for the semi-finals. Chile’s actor, Christian de la Fuente, is one of the judges. On the other hand, Hong Kong – the former British colony controlled by China since 1997, competes at MU.

2001 Welcome to Puerto Rico! For unknown reasons, eight states and territories do not compete – Barbados, Great Britain, Cook, Denmark, Guam, Hong Kong, Mozambique and the People’s Republic of China.

2002 Albania – a former Maoist state in SE Europe – debuts! Venezuelan-born Natasha Vanessa Borger, Germany’s representative, is one of the 10 semi-finalists. Miss Russia, Oxana Federova, defeats Miss Panama, Justine Pasek, in the final. On September 24, 2002, Miss Panama succeeds Federova as MU. Justine is a Ukrainian-born Panamanian fashion model.

2003 Japan’s representative, Miyako Miyazaki, who hails from Kumamoto, is the fourth runner-up for MU. Antigua & Barbuda, a small island state by the Caribbean, wins Miss Congeniality at Miss Universe in Panama City, Panama.

2004 Semi-finalists in 2004 are: PR, Norway, Trinidad Tobago, Ecuador, India, Australia, Angola, Jamaica, Colombia, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Chile, America, Paraguay and Mexico. Amelia Vega (MU 2003) awards Jennifer Hawkins of Australia, Miss Universe 2004.

2005 Entries from 82 republics and dependents compete in Thailand, including four former Soviet republics competing as independent states — Latvia (semifinalist), Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine.

2006 Venezuelan-born Francy’s Mayela Barraza Sudnicka, Miss Poland, one of the favorites, does not qualify for the semi-finals, she speaks five foreign languages ​​- Spanish, German, Polish, Russian and English. For many years she had worked as a fashion model in Europe. In 2003, she participated in Miss Venezuela, where she was a semi-finalist.

2007 Semi-finalists in 2007 are: Venezuela, Thailand, Denmark, Nicaragua, Angola, Slovenia, America, Brazil, India, Mexico, Japan (winner), Ukraine, Tanzania, South Korea and the Czech Republic. For the first time, Tanzania, Flaviana Matata, qualifies for the competition in the United Mexican States.

2008 Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. There are 80 countries and regions, including five former Yugoslav republics – Kosovo (semi-finalist), Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. Dayana Mendoza Moncada becomes the fifth Venezuelan woman to be crowned Miss Universe.

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Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

Satan’s Church is looking for a few outstanding people – an interview with Peter H Glimor

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The Church of Satan was forged from a group of individuals known as the “Trapezoid Order” and was established on April 30, 1966 by Anton LeVey. The church was created contrary to what LeVey called “Christianity’s stagnation.” According to Blanche Barton, “The Church of Satan- A Short History,” “LaVey saw that there must be a new representative of justice, someone who understood the torment of being human, who shared our passions and unfortunate things anyway somehow wiser and stronger. ” Blanche goes on to say about LaVey “He began to realize that most of our advances in science and philosophy were achieved by those who rebelled against” God “and the church, or the dictates of conventional society. We needed a representative of the revolutionary, creative, irrevocable spirit within us, the only figure to fit the bill was clear to LaVey from an early stage in his life, a deity whose rebellious, passionate nature had been described, either in awe or fear or both, from the dark beginnings of time “.

The Church of Satan has received a lot of press over the years for things like public Satanic baptism (first performed in 1967 on LaVey’s daughter Zeena), Satanic funerals, and naked female altars. Even the movie “Rosemary’s Baby” (which was a loose depiction of The Church of Satan and with LaVey as the devil) received much public backlash and caused churchgoers to hand out small buttons that read “Pray for Anton LaVey” in response to the commercials buttons, which reads “Pray for Rosemary’s Baby”.

Anton LaVey died on October 29, 1997, leaving the church to be led by High Priestess Blanche Barton, LaVey’s cinema, lover and mother of his only son Satan Xerxes Carnacki LaVey. In 2001, Magistra Barton appointed longtime administrator and LaVey associate Peter H. Gilmore as high priest and in 2002 appointed Peggy Nadramia, Gilmore’s wife, to succeed her as high priestess. Magistra Barton remains chairman of the Council of Nine, editor of The Cloven Hoof and mother of LaVey’s son.

The following is an interview conducted with the head of The Church of Satan, Peter H. Gilmore, via email. The church does very limited interviews, so I am grateful to Peter for taking the time to mine. I urge the reader to keep an open mind as I read the following. As I told Peter in our email correspondence, I may not see eye to eye on all of their views, but I am grateful for the opportunity to keep the lines of communication open in a forum like this.

An interview with Magus Peter H. Gilmore, High Priest of Satan’s Church.

TIS: I would like to start by addressing the many misconceptions the public has about Satan’s church. For example, you do not worship the devil or sacrifice babies or animals. In fact, you have been quoted as saying “My real feeling is that anyone who believes in supernatural entities on some level is crazy. Whether they believe in the Devil or God, they reject reason”. Would you please elaborate on this and any other misconceptions you often hear about the church?

PHG: Since we Satanists are atheists who use reason as our means of understanding the universe around us, we consider anyone who thinks themselves in direct contact with entities beyond nature to be irrational and unreliable. We do not believe in Satan or hell, and our ritual methods are meant as a cathartic means of releasing any suspended emotions – they are not worship of historical demons. Thus, sacrifice has no place at all in Satanism. There is nothing to sacrifice!

For us, as he was to so many creative intellectuals in advance, Satan is a symbol of pride, freedom and individualism. Satan represents the refusal to kneel at the conferred authority without questioning its validity. So Satan is an externalized projection of the best in us, an inspirational symbol, not an avatar of evil.

Some spiritual people perceive us to be ‘evil’ as we reject their precious fictions, but we Satanists proclaim justice and are ethical, executive sense as a means of judging the people we meet, based on a personalized hierarchy of values . As these values ​​come from seriously considered personal evaluations of the world around us, we are far more firmly committed to these principles than people who simply obey texts found in an old book and supported by a hierarchical priest with no other explanation than such is the will to the deity required as the author of these rules.

TIS: The Church of Satan adheres to carnal not spiritual faith. Can you explain this?

PHG: Carnally means carnal, of the earth, and therefore we reject the notion that there is any spiritual dimension in existence. Heaven, hell, any kind of non-social afterlife, all are concepts that Satanists reject as dreams of the lake. We see that these often work to comfort people who cannot apply themselves to the achievement of both personal goals and any desired social interaction in this, the only life we ​​have. For us, there is no restart via reincarnation, no eternal reward or condemnation. Our perspective is that life is in our own hands, that success or failure is on our shoulders. No blame for others, no blame. Just total personal responsibility.

Satanists consider the human species divided into two types: the spiritual ones who believe in supernatural worlds and feel the need to be accepted by some form of deity that they serve in the hope of being loved and thus gain value; and the carnal, people who do not believe in anything supernatural, whose value is self-generated, and who act as independent individuals without the need to be embraced by fictional entities. Carnivorous people cherish their freedom and create their own values ​​based on judging the world around them. Spiritual folk look at texts made by someone else to be their guide – they generally do not feel happy until they are part of a group and submit to some form of authority, whether religious or political. Lonely versus crew.

TIS: Can you explain the guidelines that Satanists adhere to?

PHG: Instead of repeating them here, I urge your readers to visit The Church Of Satan website to read my essay “Satanism: The Feared Religion,” which includes links to our nine satanic statements, eleven rules of the earth, and nine satanic sins, all of which were worked out by our founder, Anton Szandor LaVey. In general, our rules are meant as proposals for existing within the social contract while maintaining individual sovereignty and not submitting to the dictates of the state or other authority that may lead to unwilling self-sacrifice. Once you have explored these guidelines, you will see that there is a wide breadth of individual application of those expected to be based on the community in which you live.

Satanists are free to promote whatever political goals serve their individual needs based on their country of residence, and therefore there is no umbrella political agenda for Satanists across the globe. In the end, most Satanists try to strengthen their personal freedom, but it is up to each one to decide how it can be done.

TIS: To achieve higher status within the church, you evaluate the members based on their socio / financial status rather than their commitment and knowledge of the church. Could you explain this approach?

PHG: Both knowledge and application of our philosophy are what are evaluated for revenge in our hierarchy. Non-applied theory is considered meaningless to Satanists. After all, we are pragmatic materialists. Involvement in the organization is not required, and people who are very high-performing in their profession, showing an exquisite practical understanding of Satanism, can reach an advanced ranking without in any way publicly acknowledging their allegiance to our church and philosophy. We have educated spokesmen who have the talent to communicate our philosophy, but they are also expected to have achieved some form of success in the real world of personal endeavor outside the organization before being eligible for advanced elevation.

TIS: Numbers 4 and 11 of your eleven satanic rules of the earth state: (4) If a guest in your nap annoys you, treat them cruelly and without mercy & (11) When walking in open territory, do not bother anyone. If someone bothers you, ask them to stop. If they do not stop, destroy them. Can you elaborate on these two specifically and others you would like?

PHG: it is important that these dictates are applied within a deeper satanic concept: “Punishments must be dealt with in form and degree to the crime committed.” So, if someone is behaving badly in your home (lair), you can feel free to push him out without breaking the social contract. They committed this violation by being a creep in your home. You do not have to tolerate such boorish behavior and can return it without guilt. “Destroy” above must always be assessed contextually. If someone offends you without provocation, you may feel free to destroy him with your superior verbal skills by hiding them with better-crafted barbs. The only time physical destruction would be justified would be in the event that someone tries to do you serious physical harm or tries to kill you. You are then properly able to respond with similar or greater force to end such aggression. However, we must be aware that there may be disturbances that will be addressed by local justice systems. In such a situation, we agree with this truism of the old west: “Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.”

TIS: It appears that many of the important activities of the church are being held at Walpurgisnacht (a traditional spring holiday election April 30 or May 1 in large parts of Central and Northern Europe associated with dance and bonfires), including the official establishment of the church by Anton LaVey in 1966, as well as Blanche Barton appointed you High Priest (2001) & Peggy Nadramia to succeed her as High Priestess (2002). What significance and significance does Walpurgisnacht have for the church?

PHG: As it is our basic anniversary, this is a day we mark as an opportunity to continue with landmarks. Initially, it was conceived as a kind of “witch-sabbath,” a night when the forces of darkness held sway, which is why Anton LaVey felt it was a good time to embrace his positive portrayal of Satanism. A holiday made as hell. However, it should be emphasized that since Satanism is an individualistic philosophy that the primary holiday of the year for each Satanist is his or her own birthday. We are each our own gods.

TIS: It seems that Satan’s church has matured since it began days of naked female quarrels, spotted slices and whiskey. What are the future plans for the church, both immediate and long-term?

PHG: To quote number 2 in the original series “The Prisoner” – “That would be telling.” However, I can say that the purpose of the organization is essentially to convey our philosophy worldwide in as many languages ​​as possible so that like-minded people can discover that a label and guidelines exist to improve the kind of carnal people they are from birth. We no longer require sensationalism to get attention these days. Our ideas are taken seriously by intelligent journalists and scientific individuals as well as academic publications who wish to explore the coherent attitude behind the more theatrical catches we have always shown. The concept of atheists with a sense of drama that is complete misanthrope can be understood, and the false idea that we are Christian heretics worshiping their devil falls only to the ignorant or superior.

And we believe that Satanism is only a philosophy for people born with a carnal, not a spiritual character. We do not believe that a natural spiritual person can convert. Therefore, we do not prosecute. Carnivorous people are a smaller percentage of the current population, but time may change. Currently, those who “believe” and thus need to teach some fictional super-parenting authority, whether a deity or a political leader, are in the majority. Those who are skeptical, earthly people who can stand on their own, determine their own values ​​and – as Nietzsche puts it – make their own horizons are a minority, but a creative one that is needed in this time of blind faith again shows its danger to civilized existence.

TIS: Any last thoughts or comments you would like to leave to my readers?

PHG: It’s time for childlike things like faith and belief in non-existent beings to be brought to rest so that our species can enjoy a global healthy environment for cultural and technological development. A time of enrichment and growth could become viable once the threat of wholesale murder of those trying to fulfill dictatorial doctrines cribbed from books written by mad prophets has ended.

Spiritual religions can give some people satisfaction where they consider themselves valued by mythical saviors. If this idea is used to comfort and keep people in line, it’s fine for the Satanists, but it short-cuts rational thinking and always leaves the door open to drastically destructive irrational behavior. Can we afford not to seal that portal?

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Source by Chris Grosso

Here’s how to get a man to marry you within 12 months

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If you read this article here, you probably fall into one of two different camps. Either you are one of millions of women in relationships who feel frustrated with your guy because your relationship is not moving forward towards marriage. Or you are one of millions of women in the dating scene who do not seem to get their relationship off the starting pad. You may feel that you never find the love you deserve or start the family you want. In either case … time is ticking. Then you might ask yourself, “What can I do to get a man to marry you within 12 months?”

If you are already in a relationship, one of the biggest temptations is to give ultimatums to get that much sought after wedding ring. This can lead to a way to commit suicide. But if you feel the need to present your boyfriend an ultimatum about your relationship, it must be authentic. Ultimatums are common when it comes to women who so terribly want to get engaged to their boyfriend. The waiting game drives desperation (especially if you’ve been waiting for more than a year or two for your boyfriend to finally ask the question) and desperation can lead to threats!

When we talk about ultimatums, what we really do is use a decorative word for threats. Of course, women who use marriage ultimatums on their boyfriends do not realize that this kind of pressure and ‘all or nothing’ attitude often results in the relationship being subordinate.

So does that mean never using ultimatums? Are they ever acceptable? Only when you are ready to deal with the truth and act on the answer. If you hold your girlfriend a “now or never” lecture, you are better prepared to pack your bags and leave if he comes back with a “never” response. Staying in a relationship after saying ‘never’ only results in losing all credibility and leverage in the relationship. However; if you get a ‘now’ answer, your wishes have been fulfilled. Basically, you only need ultimatums if and when you are ready to hear the truth and are willing to act on the answer, whatever it may be.

If you are not currently in a relationship and you ask “Where can I find a man to marry you within 12 months?”, Where do you start? Many women dive into online dating out of desperation to find “Mr. Right.” Statistics show that 90% of women who participate in online dating sites all email the same 10% of men on those sites. As you can see, competition is fierce and can be unfair to women. You need to learn the best practices of online dating. Take the time to learn what you should and shouldn’t do about online dating before hitting the stage to avoid wasting time.

Have you ever heard the inspirational quote that goes like this: “Our character is what we do when we think no one is watching”? Yes, yes … that wisdom can also be applied to relationships. You can get a good indication of the nature of a potential boyfriend by simply observing what he does and how he treats others when it “doesn’t matter.”

You can tell a lot about a person’s character just by seeing how they interact with other people when they think no one is looking. The guys are always able to put themselves on a ‘front’ for a short period of time, especially on a date. But in the end, they will always return to their true character. To avoid falling for their action, see how they interact and treat people when it doesn’t matter. Honing in on someone’s actions when no one is looking is a good indicator of their true character. Go towards the guy with good character.

If men are not approaching you, ask yourself if there may be something that makes you ‘inaccessible’. Men always approach women, but there are a few exceptions that will stop them dead in their tracks: a group of women, a woman sitting down, a “mean” facial expression, etc. Maybe you are doing something that prevents men from approaching you?

Men act in mysterious ways, and the only thing they strive to protect most in life is their “ego.” Yes, no people like a broken ego. Because of this, men usually turn to women who look “safe” – rather than going up to someone who is likely to embarrass or reject them. Most men will also not approach a woman in a group of friends. This can be scary and make the guy feel like he has to impress all the ladies instead of just one. What I’m trying to say is if you want a man to approach you more frequently, learn how men look at certain situations and position yourself so that you are in a more accessible way.

Finally, your appearance is not the only thing that attracts men, it is the overall package. Too many women think they should be a “10” and everything else makes them go down. This results in low levels of confidence. Without confidence, your chances of finding the perfect man and making him commit are very slim. When it comes to attracting men, it’s not about a personal trait you may or may not have – it’s about the overall score!

I hope this has been of help to you. I wish you well on your journey. Of course, this is only advice and should only be used at your own risk when you consider what you can do to get a man to marry you within 12 months.

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Source by Ashton Permewan

Rediscovering Lost Values Through Partnerships

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This motivational speech was presented at Delta College, Bay City, Michigan, and Wednesday, January 20, 2010. We felt the information contained within this speech would be beneficial to families throughout the world. Please enjoy reading the inspirational information. The audience consisted of college students and teachers. The speech was modified for the website.

It’s a tremendous honor to celebrate with you a great leader Martin Luther King (MLK) who is now with many of our great ancestors. Martin Luther King lived and died for the freedom of all mankind. His heart was linked to the injustices he observed in our nation. He found his niche and he died for equality and justice for all mankind. We have focused over the past years on his famous speech “I have a Dream”.

However before King became famous, he gave a speech February 28, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan titled “Rediscovering Lost Values”. In King’s speech, He spoke of our great scientific achievements through scientific genius.

He states and I quote: “Man’s scientific genius has been amazing. I think we have to look much deeper than that if we are to find the real cause of man’s problems and the real cause of the world’s ills today. If we are to really find it I think we will have to look in the hearts and souls of men.”

King spoke of those words fifty-five (56) years ago. It is as though he is speaking to us today. It is very important for us to rediscover our lost moral Values. There are twelve steps to Rediscovering Lost Values Through Partnerships that will enable us to impact our families and our world. I truly believe we can through the use of partnerships.

A partnership is the relationship between two or more people or organizations that are involved in the same activity. There are twelve acrostic letters for the word p.a.r.t.n.e.r.s.h.i.p.s.

Step 1 is Personal: We have a Personal responsibility to contribute to the success of families, neighbors, friends, society, government, nations and businesses and the world. We must personally model moral values within the foundation of our own lives so it can transfer to our families and our world.

Step 2 is Adjust: We must Adjust to a changing world in order for our families and businesses to survive so we can prosper and use our prosperity and resources to respond to the needs relating to our families and in our communities; issues such as lack of spirituality, substance abuse, anger, education, unemployment, literacy, health care, poverty, crime, blight, housing, recreation, and the lack of unity.

Step 3 is Relationship: We must build a Relationship with each other in order to move in the same direction to address the aforementioned needs. We must bring our individual skills and talents to the table. We have a moral obligation to share our unconditional love with others.

Again I quote King from his speech, “Rediscovering Lost Values:” “But the real danger confronting civilization today is that atomic bomb which lies in the hearts and souls of men, capable of exploding into the vilest of hate and into the most damaging selfishness-that’s the atomic bomb that we’ve got to fear today.”

I personally believe we can quench the atomic bomb that lies in the hearts of people. Strong, healthy relationships project moral values to society.

Step 4 is Transform: Therefore, we must Transform our way of thinking by thinking outside the box to come up with new ideas and solutions. The world has changed and if our families, businesses and organizations are to survive, we need stable communities and skilled workforces that will meet the needs of society. Thinking outside the box gives us a new perspective on how to bring stability to communities.

Step 5 is Neglect: We must not Neglect those communities that are decaying but we must grow beyond our own selfish domain so others may be blessed by the fruits of our labor.

Step 6 is Effort: It will take great Effort to break down the walls of our own selfish domain but I believe through partnerships we can transform our communities and the hearts of people. I believe through removing selfishness from our life then through partnerships we will rediscover lost values.

Step 7 is Responsibility: We have a Responsibility and moral obligation to train and mentor our youth to carry the mantle of moral values. This should empower them to obtain the skills they need to build a strong family foundation. We want them to value education and entrepreneurship from generation to generation. This is the very reason we need to dedicate our hearts to our families.

Step 8 is Servant: We must consider valuing the need to be a Servant to each other. We should value the importance of volunteering our time to assist others, which will enhance society through the relationships we build. Yes, servanthood – if we all applied this to all our relationships the world would be different.

Step 9 is Honesty: Honesty must be an important part of the partnerships. We should never build relationships for selfish gains but contribute to the success of others. Honesty can be the driving force to help us to build the relationships needed to address the social ills of society.

Another quote from King’s speech “Rediscovering Lost Values:”

“But I’m here to say to you this morning that some things are right and some things are wrong. Eternally so, absolutely so.”

We should not allow our lives to be governed by selfishness, if we do, we will implode.

Step 10 is Invest: It will take our inner strength to Invest our time, resources and money into partnerships. But our own ideology can hinder partnerships, but I believe in the power of the human heart. With our hearts, we have the ability to influence the lives of people around the world. We can do both by bringing our own individuality to the table. I am sure we can form partnerships that can make us profitable so we can give back to help redevelop our communities.

Step 11 is Persevere: We must Persevere regardless of the obstacles we face because our communities, city, county, region, state, America and the world needs us. We can make a difference by making personal sacrifices to build a community of hope and rediscover moral values through partnerships.

Step 12 is Spirituality: Spirituality will play an important role in rediscovering the moral values of the world. We must not forget the impact God has had on shaping our lives and on the development of our nation and the world.

We need to come together as true partners if we are to survive during these difficult times. The family foundation is broken and we can repair family foundation by working together. It needs to be repaired in order to be successful in rediscovering moral values in the world.

Let me share an analogy with you. Here’s a simple question I need a response to. “What is a Piggy Bank?”

What are you investing in your piggy bank?

1. If you invest pennies in your piggy bank what can you retrieve from your piggy bank?
2. If you also invest quarters in your piggy bank what can you retrieve from your piggy bank?
3. If you now invest dollars in your piggy bank what can you retrieve from your piggy bank?
4. If you invest hundreds of dollars in your piggy bank what can you retrieve from your piggy bank?
5. If you invest thousands of dollars in your piggy bank what can you retrieve from your piggy bank?

You are correct you can retrieve pennies, quarters, dollars, hundreds of dollars and thousands of dollars. You have the option as to what you will retrieve from your piggy bank. I want you to know that the piggy bank represents your brain. Everything you have seen, heard and experienced is stored in your piggy bank (brain)

If you invest in negativity, immorality, selfishness, hatred, drugs, crime, yelling, cursing, fighting, deceptions and lies, that’s what you most likely will retrieve from your piggy bank.

In order to overcome the social ills of society, family problems, and our selfish hearts, we must invest wisely in our piggy bank. We must let our hearts focus on Rediscovering Lost Values through the twelve steps of P.a.r.t.n.e.r.s.h.i.p.s

I believe in you! I believe that God has set aside a remnant of people who will model moral values throughout the world.

Repeat after me three times:

I will invest wisely in my piggy bank.
I will invest wisely in my piggy bank.
I will invest wisely in my piggy bank.

I encourage you now to use your heart, soul, and mind to apply your investments wisely into society.

God bless you and your family, God bless America and the world as you invest wisely in Rediscovering Lost Values through P.a.r.t.n.e.r.s.h.i.p.s

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Source by Billy J Strawter Sr

Darrin McMahon’s "Happiness" – A History That Ended Too Soon

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Darrin McMahon is an immensely skilled historian and writer. His book, “Happiness… a History” is captivating. Yet, it may have been a single chapter short of being a philosophical landmark. McMahon’s history of happiness reaches back as far as Socrates, takes us through the middle ages, the Enlightenment, and the Post-Enlightenment. He includes an impressive number of protagonists, including (but by no means limited to) Locke, Jefferson, Hume, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, and unfortunately, ends his history with Sigmund Freud. How much more replete and uplifting his book would have been if McMahon had elected to include the man who discovered the most happy and productive people in the world, Abraham Maslow.

Maslow did not contest Freudian psychology or the behaviorist ideas of Watson and Skinner. He rather viewed them as too limited to adequately explain human behavior. Maslow inspired what is called the Third Force in psychology, the science of self-actualizing. His ideas about self-fulfillment, creativity, and well-being still influence not only psychology, but also modern health care, education, managerial theory, organizational development, and even theology. Postmodernists tend to relegate Maslow to his psychology 101 pyramid of needs. But his greatest discovery was that of a new kind of persons, the Self-Actualizers, those fortunate few who inhabit the top one percent of humankind. Although there is no perfect, sustained, blissful happiness, Self-Actualizers come close with their remarkable lives of meaning and purpose.

Abraham Maslow was a lifelong atheist who began his career as a behaviorist and a Freudian psychologist. In time he began to doubt the comprehensiveness of the theories of Freud and Skinner. Those theories explained much about the large number of grievously defective, immature mortals who inflict turmoil upon themselves and others. But what about the rare, healthy, industrious specimens of humankind? Maslow wondered if we could learn more about how to become better, happier persons if we studied healthy human specimens. So he began his search for exceptional human beings. He found them. Not in great numbers, but enough to evidence higher ceilings for possible human development.

More important, Dr. Maslow formed a theory about how the self-actualizing person got that way. Two important ingredients are present. One is no surprise. All Self-Actualizers are devoted to a worthy cause or purpose that they believe to be more important than their own personal welfare. The second component is not anything like what you might imagine. What Maslow was to call his “greatest finding” was that every Self-Actualizer, without exception, was dedicated to wholeheartedly embracing the classic triad of metavalues: truth, beauty, and goodness. Near the end of his life he stated in a lecture:

“… what constituted the big difference for self-actualizing people was that their activity became a channel or medium for expressing the eternal, ultimate values-the true, the good, the beautiful, the just-in everyday life… This realization astounded me. I remember rereading Plato’s Republic, in which he stated that the ultimate good involves the contemplation of the ultimate values. What was so amazing was that I had found men and women in everyday life who were embracing, actually living, these ultimate values… They could be attorneys, educators, scientists, or grocery store owners, but in a real sense, they were sages and saints.”

Unfortunately, theintellectuals of Maslow’s day sniffed at such Pollyanna talk. Values such as truth, beauty and goodness have been brutally ridiculed by elite intellectuals and cynical philosophers since the 19th century. The secular humanist movement held, and still holds, the idea than a human being is simply a complex animal. This situation is not news to Professor McMahon. He wrote an insightful review to the elegant book: “The Nobility of Spirit… a Forgotten Ideal” by Bob Riemen. In it he quotes Riemen:

“There can be no civilization without the realization that human beings have a double nature. They have a physical, earthly existence but are distinguished from other animals by also having a spiritual being and by knowing the world of ideas.” McMahonadds his own comments:”It is the role of thinkers and writers, [Riemen] believes, to serve as guardians of our spiritual nature and as custodians of timeless values, cultivating ‘truth, goodness, and beauty’ as well as’freedom and justice, love and charity.’ Therein lies the essence of human dignity and human freedom – the source of the spirit’s nobility.”

Professor McMahon states thisenlightened humanist view with power and precision.

In my judgment, before we can understand happiness we must answer the most urgent question of our time. The issue that must be joined is this: What is a human being? And McMahon expressed the urgency of this issue in his review of “A Nobility of Spirit.” He wrote:

“Over time, various forms of relativism and nihilism took hold in elite circles, as Mr. Riemen shows, especially in the wake of Nietzsche’s savage attack on the West’s moral underpinnings. The would-be guardians of culture became its destroyers… It is a depressing story – from the intellectual justifications of fascism and communist totalitarianism to the perverted idea that the mass murder of 9/11 was a ‘courageous’ act of the ‘oppressed.'”

There are those who may find these words too harsh. Do the intellectual justifications of fascism and communist totalitarianism really have anything to do with whether we define a human being as simply a complicated animal or as a being endowed with a spiritual nature? I believe they are directly related. Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl survived Nazi death camps, and lived on to write about them. In the same manner as most materialistic humanists, the Nazis viewed human beings as complex animals, different only in degree, not different in kind. Frankl saw this conviction as the foundation for their macabre barbarism. He wrote in his book “The Doctor and the Soul”:

“If we present a man with a concept of man which is not true, we may well corrupt him. When we present man as an automaton of reflexes, as a mind-machine, as a bundle of instincts, as a pawn of drives and reactions, as a mere product of instinct, heredity, and environment, we feed the nihilism which modern man is, in any case, prone.

“I became acquainted with the last stage of that corruption in my second concentration camp, Auschwitz. The gas chambers of Auschwitz were the ultimate consequence of the theory than man is nothing but the product of heredity and environment-or, as the Nazis like to say, of ‘Blood and Soil.’ I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some Ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”

Now, let us return to the discussion of “Happiness… a History.” Granting me that we should include Abraham Maslow and his theory of metavalues in a history of happiness, there remains one question. Why is happiness so elusive? Even allowing that Self -Actualizers are happier than most people, and even if they have more peak experiences, surely they do not live in a state of continual bliss. Why is the state of happiness so fragile and ephemeral?

Perhaps because life is motion. We were advised by Alfred Adler to “Trust only movement.” From the moment we left the comfort and pleasure of our mother’s womb, we have been harassed, challenged, and made uncomfortable. For those of us who believe in an afterlife, it could be reasonably postulated that the entire life experience is a sort of extended birth. Perhaps material life is a bridge to another dimension. True, our life journey is uncomfortable and challenging, with only fleeting moments of happiness. Perhaps we are prodded with annoyances to compel us to keep moving.

In my judgment there is a nobler strategy than to be pushed and nudged unwillingly toward our destinies. Better to yield to the allure of things true, beautiful and good, and to allow these metavalues to pull us along in the manner of Self-Actualizers. According to Abraham Maslow this would foster “A new image of man, a new image of society, a new image of nature, a new philosophy of science, a new economics, a new everything.”

For my part, I am happy that we are blessed with great minds such as McMahon, Maslow, Riemen, Frankl, and countless others.

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Source by Larry Mullins

Loneliness – Practice Detachment and Master It

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Isn’t it striking how a song can catch exactly how you feel? It can even sum-up an entire ‘season’ of your life. You love hearing the song every time it’s played and you even go out and buy yourself a copy. Years later you hear the song and all of a sudden your mind’s back in that situation, feeling it as if it were yesterday. Such is the supremacy of our memory around these powerful emotions.

I had this happen to me some five years ago. With a major life change after a key relationship failure, and having lost everything dear to me, it was a song by Avril Lavigne that punctuated my life. “I’m with you,” was a song that made it to the top 10 in the U.S. seemed to capture perfectly my loneliness and desperation, and how I felt at the core of my being. Research indicates that a surprisingly high proportion of the population go through dark periods, dark enough to consider suicide. So dark was this time that the song seemed to take me to these thoughts, and strangely these thoughts were very comforting.

Loneliness is an emotion that can affect anyone at any time. It can come out of the blue. I have memories as a child of having a large extended family reunion each year. It was something we’d look forward to for months. We’d come together for several weeks some years and it was always memorable. The only problem was the inevitable goodbyes-they had to come eventually. Missing people like this brought a sense of aloneness, even though I had my immediate family all around me. The point is, the onset and effect of this emotion couldn’t accurately be predicted; emotions are raw things, when they hit they hit.

I love the quote, “no matter how much you surround yourself with people, at the end of the day you are cosmically alone.” – Alan Dodge. Sixteen Century priest, St. John of the Cross, said “Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.” Both these quotes speak to the suffering involved in loneliness, and what the remedy is. The first mentions the undeniable fact-we come into the world alone, and we leave the world alone. The second proposes that the reader sort out their priorities to protect their soul from the negatively emotional effects of loneliness.

Looking deeper though, both of these men refer to something more profound. There are so many ills in living in dependence on others; the complete extreme of this is the “co-dependent relationship” that becomes highly abusive.

The secret seems to be detachmentthe ability to overcome the desire for worldly things, including relationships, attaining a higher perspective. Again, St. John of the Cross says, “In detachment, the spirit finds quiet and repose for coveting nothing… it stands in the center of its own humility.” This is widely known and practiced in many Eastern religions and it has great power.

Detachment means that there should be a healthy independence from people and circumstances, i.e. not being needy, such that we’re able to preserve the worlds of others, and importantly, shore up our own. It means we have no reason to offend people with our opinions. We can allow them to be as they will be. As far as loneliness is concerned, detachment is a way of thinking and acting that preserves our emotional state and helps us suffer less loneliness. It’s grounded in the way of completeness of soul.

Detachment takes maturity and is a process that requires time and practise ground. Knowing the theory is the first part; practicing detachment should be a lifelong goal.

© Steve J. Wickham, 2008. All rights reserved Worldwide.

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Source by Steve Wickham

Don’t Miss The Point

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“When the great moment came and the Beasts spoke, he missed the whole point; for a rather interesting reason. When the Lion first began singing, long ago whenit was still dark

, he had realized that the noise was a song. And he disliked the song very much. It made him think and feel things he did not want to think and feel. Then when the sun rose and he saw that the singer was a lion (“only a lion,”as he said to himself)

he tried his hardest to make believe that it wasn’t singing and never had been singing – only roaring as any lion might in a zoo in our world.”Of course it can’t really be singing,”

he thought, “I must have imagined it. I’ve been letting my nerves get out of order. Who ever

heard of a lion singing?’ And the longer and more beautifully the Lion sang, the harder

Uncle Andrew tried to make himself believe that he could hear nothing but roaring.

Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very

often succeed.”

Quoted from The magician’s Nephew by C.S.Lewis

In this quote above, from the first book in the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, the author is describing the magician, Uncle Andrew. Uncle Andrew is the self-proclaimed greatest magician in our world. He believes that he alone can and will find the answers to all the questions of the universe. He dabbles in the magic arts and slowly develops a small amount of skill that pulls himself, his nephew Digory and Digory’s friend, Polly, into a world that is pure magic. He starts witnessing the beginning of a whole new world where animals speak and the King is a great Lion. But when faced with real true magic that comes from the dawn of time and beyond he closes his mind to the very thing he believes he is the greatest in. He begins to tell himself that what he is witnessing isn’t real. He talks himself out of believing. He talks himself into being stupid. Most people at one time or another have found themselves in the same situation as Uncle Andrew. They have great expectations of themselves at the start. They believe that they know all and can do all. But when reality hits them in the face, they start to talk themselves out of believing.. The world is full of those people who talk themselves into being stupid. They give up on becoming what they want to be because they are afraid it is too hard. They miss the point. To succeed in this world we must sometimes open our minds to the extraordinary. We must overcome our fears and stand up to our doubts and just believe. Think of the possibilities that Uncle Andrew would have had if he had just believed that the Great Lion was really singing that world into existence. He would have been exposed to the greatest magic in existence! He could have become a follower of the Lion and perhaps learned true magic. But instead he decides that what he is seeing and hearing wasn’t real. He loses the greatest opportunity that he could possibly have. In fact, in a later passage of the same book, Polly asked the Lion if He could help Uncle Andrew out. But because Uncle Andrew has talked himself into not believing so deeply, even the great Lion could not help him. Because of his fear, Uncle Andrew has completely taken away his chance for something good.

From the young teen, who learns a math problem in a text but fails that same problem on a test, to the up and coming entrepreneur who sees a vision of great wealth and knowledge within his reach and then sees the obstacles he must face and starts telling himself that it’s too hard or not worth the effort, these are the “Uncle Andrews” of our world. Just like Uncle Andrew, they miss the point. They lose their vision and start telling themselves to be stupid. The world is full of people who fall into this category. But they don’t have to be this way. If they drop the doubts and just start believing it can be done, then their world will open to the greatest opportunities that can be imagined. If they allow themselves the chance to just believe and to not allow self doubt to take over, then they will succeed beyond their fondness dreams.

In the Book of Proverbs there is a verse that says, “What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.” Remember when you fear things then the things you fear will control you but if you are focused and are working diligently then your desires will be fulfilled.

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Source by Djuana Berlin

English Girl in Hindi and Tamil Cinema

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Indian cinema is going global. Strange things are happening that have never happened before. Indian cinema never had heroines entering the screen from England and the USA, but that is happening now and the latest girl to make an entry in the world of Tamil and Hindi cinema is Amy Jackson. Here is a pure white blooded English girl, wearing Indian dresses and making it good in the world of Indian cinema.

Amy Louise Jackson was born in 1990 in the Isle of Man in England. Her father was working with the BBC. She won the ‘Teen Princess’ award in 2008 and came in the lime light. Immediately she landed a modeling contract for $20,000 that took her to the USA. She narrowly missed getting the Miss England award after being crowned Miss Liverpool.

In 2009, some Indian film producers saw her on a model website and invited her for a screen test. She passed the test and got the role of British Governor’s daughter in the Tamil film Madrasapattinam (1947: A Love Story), opposite actor Arya. The film was released in 2010 and was a commercial success. This prompted the producers to cast hr in Mumbai Hindi film. She has now debuted in the Hindi film Ek Deewana tha opposite Prateik, son of actress Smita Patil and Raj Babbar. In this film she plays a Malyali Christian and is a remake of a Tamil film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. The film appears to be a commercial success. Credit must go to producer Gautham Menon who cast her in this role.

Amy Jackson is perhaps one of the first British girls to make it good in Hindi cinema after a success in Tamil films. She is also well educated and attended Edwards College. She has 2 Tamil films on the sets.

Amy Jackson in the Mumbai film carries herself with aplomb and looks fetching in the sari. She has some lovely love scenes with Prateik in the film, which are an aesthetic delight.The scenes are beautifully shot and all credit to both stars.

The globalization of Hindi cinema is complete with the coming of a British girl in Indian Cinema. This is certainly a challenge to Indian girls to make it good in Hollywood. A beginning is made by Malika Sherawat and Friedo Pinto. These two girls have tried hard, but bad luck has dodged them and they have not been a success. But a beginning is made.

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Source by Madan G Singh

Lines from Barnabas

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This book is thematically about how managers and managers can motivate employees in the workplace. The use of the word “Barnabas” in the title is just to emphasize the need for every organization to have corporate catalysts similar to the Bible Barnabas. Business catalysts are the ones that influence others to think effectively and create positive results in the workplace. Therefore, this text entitled “Lines of Barnabas” could not have come at a better time.

Alex Okoh, author of this text is the managing partner of Ashford & McGuire Consulting. Okoh has different experience in banking and consulting. He was CEO / CEO of NNB International Bank Plc, Nigeria from 2001 to 2005. Okoh holds a Master of Sociology from University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria and Master of Science degree in Banking and Finance from University of Ibadan, Oyo State , Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Okoh says life’s challenges require more than just physical attributes and capacity to overcome. He adds that he has discovered that motivation or emotional composition is also a critical factor for successfully navigating the undulating terrain of life in a way that brings about internal harmony. Okoh stresses, however, that it is surprising that this intangible but critical element is not given the required attention to emphasize the enormous catalytic role it plays in bringing questions into the relevant perspectives for appropriate action.

This author says that when he was appointed CEO / CEO of NNB International Bank Plc, which needed a quick turnaround in 2001, he soon discovered that the more he gave to achieve success, the more frustrated he became. , to the extent that he felt like giving up. As a way out of the seemingly insurmountable challenge, he says in 2002, I began sending electronic inspirational messages to the entire bank staff every Monday morning. Okoh adds that this strategy seemed wonderful as employees were extremely motivated to work for the organization.

This writer says in 2004 that I expanded the audience beyond the organization and changed the text messages accordingly, as I realized (and still realize) that problems that many people had (and still have) to contend with were (and are) beyond professional occupations and engagements. He exposes that when the text messages began to challenge storage, he had no other option but to quickly document them in a book form. The result is this book.

Structurally, this text is divided into 100 chapters. Chapter 1 is entitled “Challenging the Challenges”. Here, Okoh argues that calm seas never produce good sailors. He adds that, for good reason, he believes that, due to light circumstances, hardly produces hard competence. The author exposes that brilliant military commanders are usually the ones who have handled tough engagements and many times overcame them. Okoh emphasizes that the most important characteristic is that, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations, they emerge from lessons learned that are valuable for future occasions.

The author, of course, says that we mostly despise the discomfort or harassment of our comfortable space, preferring the softness of calmness rather than the harsh fitness that is fitted when given the capacity to handle the turbulence. In the words of Okoh: “The creeks may be calm, but they can only produce canoeists. The hard sea is the crucible where sturdy sailors are nurtured.”

Chapter Two is based on the topic of being motivated. Here, the author says you have probably seen the TV commercial showing a toddler taking her first precarious steps in life in response to the fascinating attraction of a ringtone. Okoh educates that this is motivation. He emphasizes that this is generated by emotion and which leads to efforts to do something that is otherwise considered impossible or not previously attempted. Okoh adds that motivation gives people the impetus to move away from their fears toward their desirable destiny. The author states that God also places cell phones with fascinating ringtones that encourage us to walk away from our fears.

In chapters three to twenty, Okoh shines his analytical spotlight on concepts such as continuing; standing strong; will be updated will and ability; turning the tide; positive attitude; be renewed; just move on; and get the goal control. Others are: choose your reality; pushing the lid; happy tunes; flowing with his tide; becoming persistent; remains occupied; to be expectant; source of greatness; and words capable of commanding destinations.

Chapter 21 is baptized “read on him”. Here, Okoh says every event in life portrays a potential learning experience. He adds that even those who are not so comfortable will still help strengthen our preventive or defensive mechanisms to handle similar situations in the future. A New Day therefore presents a fresh platform to enhance one’s positive experiences while seeking new ones, the author emphasizes. He says that as we move forward in life, our sorting mechanisms become sharper to spot problems that show possible negative results before they bud.

In chapters 22 to 40, Okoh X-rays describe concepts such as slow bumps; existential issues; it’s your script; only his time matters; feeling insecure; opportunities in thorns; making excuses; waiting for fate; and the importance of today. The remaining concepts are: key into his grace; is passed; at your pace; in addition to your experiences; He is always persistent; tuning up; go off; restaureringstid; to see the positive; and God is everywhere.

Chapter 41 has the thematic focus of optimism. Okoh emphasizes the need for you to look forward to an exciting future with a lot of optimism. He adds that this is the frame of mind that looks beyond any difficulty because, as the saying goes, “an optimist seeks the opportunity in the difficulty, while a pessimist seeks the difficulty in the opportunity”. Okoh argues that it is quite rare to see an opportunity that presents itself alone without being brought together by perceived difficulties.

In chapters 42 to 60, I have explored concepts that are over; strength for the race; riding the stream; embedding in his ability; it’s just around the corner; winning attitude; seize the season; desired success; and works for good. Others are: pursuing the dream; a life of service; lack of planning; divine tools; choose your growth; your heart; to be diligent; soaring in hope; to make the immediate count; and press forward.

Chapter 61 is entitled “Going After The Goal”. According to Okoh, it is a new opportunity to engage your hopes. He emphasizes that someone said that the US Constitution only guarantees the pursuit of happiness, but that you yourself must obtain it. The author claims that this is a situation that many people can identify with and he guesses that it is just as much why you are up in the morning and treading your path of endeavor. Okoh says as long as there is movement in the right direction, success is a matter of time.

In chapters 62 to 80, Okoh discusses concepts such as judgment being yours; initially; challenges in building you; sharpen your vision; all capable of being well; replenishment insurance; remaining optimistic; it is pouring; and go with insight. Others are: ability to think; listening attentively; just trust enough; maintaining the pace of aspiration; step over temporal dents; God as faithful; things not yet seen; row of jewels; it’s all in your hand; and live your potential.

Chapter 81 is based on the topic of vision and dream. Okoh says the future is pregnant with a whole new set of opportunities. In his words, “People talk about vision and goals sometimes with the perspective of some utopian, invincible ideals. I think that’s not the purpose of the exercise, because any dream that can’t be done is probably not worth having. can actually produce more emotional pain than relief and cause what you might call negative motivation. “

In chapters 82 to 100, Okoh examines subject matters such as age and mileage; treasures within; hope to sustain life; appreciate life; to find your grass; unfold His awesome; imagine the future; learning curve; and preparing for opportunity. The remaining are: victorious disposition; your talent; amidst the uncertainty; the importance of his report; hard times; opportunity for disguise defeat from thinking; regardless of your experience; to take the positive; and his reverence.

Using stylistic assessment, this text is unique. Okoh uses the literary technique for de-familiarity, otherwise called metaphor as a technique in the book’s title. Through this, he is able to create excitement, arouse curiosity by referring to a corporate catalyst like Barnabas and maintaining reading interest. The title also passes for biblical allusion. By using this biblical allusion, those already familiar with the story of Barnabas in the Bible will clearly understand the book’s message. Furthermore, the print quality is very high and the layout very eye-friendly, especially that only two pages are assigned to each chapter. And each chapter is embroidered with a luminous quote. The cover design of the outer front cover is simple and communicative that motivation is a silent and strategic endeavor.

The author is able to give credence to the faith and challenge the readers because it is based on his own personal experience. Because it is based on his personal experience, he is able to naturally combine autobiographical and eye-of-God narrative techniques and assume the role of an omniscient narrator to offer details. The language is also mature.

However, some errors are noted in the text. These are “recognition” instead of recognition “(page iii);” master degree “(outer back) instead of” graduate degree “;” live your potentials “(page 159), instead of” live your potential. “Note:” Potential “is an innumerable noun, and the lexicographic symbol showing its grammatical behavior reads” U, “meaning innumerable nouns. Although the title of the text creates excitement and draws attention, it would have been better to use a direct or literal title to appeal to a wider audience who may not be Christian or may not know anything about the life story of the Apostle Barnabas. This is a must-read for executives, entrepreneurs and organizations who are prepared to achieve results through an effective employee motivation strategy.

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Source by Goke Ilesanmi