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The Mountain / Happy MahaShivratri!
« on: February 18, 2015, 05:38:19 AM »
Happy MahaShivratri to all! OM AUM namah Shivaya

Shiva bestows grace on this day, and yogis find grace in sadhana.

I stayed home and meditated, and picked and washed more chacruna leaves. Watched some "Legend of Korra" toons, did some reading. Had a sore molar and broken toe, and my car needs a water pump, so I stayed home rather than go out to Polestar Farm for the celebration. But Shiva's procession passed thru my space. O Supreme!

The Groove / Eric and the boys, feelin free...
« on: October 27, 2012, 10:13:52 PM »

The Mountain / the wind
« on: December 28, 2010, 04:58:55 AM »
After all the jacks are in their boxes
And the clowns have all gone to bed
You can hear happiness staggering on down the street
Footprints dressed in red
And the wind whispers Mary

A broom is drearily sweeping
Up the broken pieces of yesterday's life
Somewhere a queen is weeping
Somewhere a king has no wife
And the wind, it cries Mary

The traffic lights they turn up blue tomorrow
And shine their emptiness down on my bed
The tiny island sags downstream
'Cause the life that lived is, is dead
And the wind screams Mary

Will the wind ever remember
The names it has blown in the past
And with his crutch, it's old age, and it's wisdom
It whispers no, this will be the last
And the wind cries Mary

The World / Hey Yanks! Ready for some higher taxes?
« on: August 23, 2010, 11:06:24 PM »

Oooof! That's gotta hurt, big time.

Glad I'm on SSA now...

One of my sons in law recently killed himself, this year, so my daughter wouldn't have to pay his estate tax on the properties and insurance under the new code changes coming next year. (Well, I'm sure he had some other reasons as well-like despair that the "new economy", aka depression, would not enable him to meet all his notes).

Such a lucky country...  :twisted:

The Medicine Lodge / common anticholinergics dangers
« on: August 06, 2010, 04:48:36 PM » ... amage.aspx

I didn't realize that so many OTC's were anti cholinergics, and that any amount is bad for the brain.

I like acetylcholine, boosts memory and mental vigor. This anti- stuff works against mental clarity and function.

But I still like to smell the brugmansia!   :ugeek:

Entheogen Law / Obama admin pushes for DUID laws nationwide
« on: July 02, 2010, 03:05:00 PM »
I wasn't aware of this, as Hawaii hasn't joined this particular drug war bandwagon. Sounds like bad news for pot users. ... ed-driving

"Did you smoke pot last month and drive a car this morning? Obama wants to arrest and incarcerate you.    

If you smoked marijuana last week or even last month and you drive a car, you may be sent to prison under new guidelines drafted by the federal government.

The Obama administration released its National Drug Control Strategy guidelines last week. The federal government wants all of the states to adopt its authoritarian and draconian diktat and expand the drug war. From the guidelines:

    Encourage States To Adopt Per Se Drug Impairment Laws [ONDCP]. State laws regarding impaired driving are varied, but most State codes do not contain a separate offense for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). Therefore, few drivers are identified, prosecuted, or convicted for DUID. Law enforcement personnel usually cite individuals with the easier to prove driving while intoxicated (DWI) alcohol charges. Unclear laws provide vague signals both to drivers and to law enforcement, thereby minimizing the possible preventive benefit of DUID statutes. Fifteen states have passed laws clarifying that the presence of any illegal drug in a driver’s body is per se evidence of impaired driving. ONDCP will work to expand the use of this standard to other states and explore other ways to increase the enforcement of existing DUID laws.

Cannabis metabolites can remain detectable in the urine for up to 100 days or longer for a regular cannabis consumer and up to fifteen days for the casual consumer, according to NORML, the marijuana advocacy organization. In other words, even if a pot smoker is conscientious and does not drive while intoxicated, that person can be arrested and convicted for DUID days or weeks after consuming marijuana. It would not matter if you are sober as a teetotaler — if THC molecules are detected with a urine or blood test, you are probably going to prison. You can kiss the right to vote and own a firearm sayonara.

In 2007 there were 14.5 million current users of marijuana in the United States, compared with 14.6 million in 2002, while the number of Americans who have used marijuana increased.

The following states enforce “zero tolerance” draconian DUID laws:

    Arizona: Zero tolerance for cannabis metabolites, mandatory 24 hours jail, up to 6 months upon conviction.
    Delaware: Zero tolerance for cannabis metabolites.
    Georgia: Zero tolerance for cannabis metabolites, mandatory 24 hours jail, up to 12 months upon conviction.
    Illinois: Zero tolerance for cannabis metabolites, up to 12 moths upon conviction.
    Indiana: Zero tolerance for cannabis metabolites, up to 60 days upon conviction.
    Michigan: Zero tolerance for cannabis metabolites, up to 93 days upon conviction, vehicle immobilization for up to 180 days.
    Nevada: 15 ng/ml for cannabis metabolites.
    Ohio: 15 ng/ml for cannabis metabolites, mandatory 72 hours in jail, up to 6 months upon conviction, 6 month to 3 year license suspension.
    Pennsylvania: DUID for cannabis metabolites, amount unclear.
    South Dakota: Zero tolerance for cannabis metabolites for persons under the age of 21.
    Utah: Zero tolerance for cannabis metabolites, mandatory 48 hours jail, up to 6 months upon conviction.

Obama’s new guidelines will criminalize and add to the system hundreds of thousands of people and add thousands of people to the prison industry slave labor complex. In 2007 an American was arrested on marijuana charges every 36 seconds. Obama will increase this criminalization rate significantly.

DUI checkpoints are on the rise around the country. In California, for instance, the state increased grants in 2009 by 47% for DUI checkpoints, including “roving” DUI patrols. 2010 was predicted to be “the year of the Checkpoint” in California. In California and elsewhere, these unconstitutional checkpoints are a highly profitable business for the state, netting billions of dollars every year.

Behavioral impairment is not the issue. Expanding the criminal class is the issue. Government will never rest until it categorizes most of us as criminals."

The World / New film: National Security Alert
« on: June 29, 2010, 06:48:42 PM »

The Kitchen / Hamsa's tandoori chicken
« on: May 28, 2010, 04:00:49 AM »
Recently returned from more than a month in S India. I spent time in Chennai, and Thanjavur, and environs in Tamil Nadu. I was able to sample and really get into the local cuisine. Strictly lacto vegan. The mellow sauce paneer recipes are really toothsome and satisfying.

For any meal, you will be served a large round steel tray covered with small steel cups, like 12 or so. Each cup holds a different recipe, to be eaten on rice piled in the middle of the tray. The meal is accompanied by various thin lightly salted tortilla-like crisps made of grain and legume flours. An amazing array of flavors crashes the senses.

There's usually some curd (yogurt in various stages of sour), a sweet or fruit cup, and an aperitif fancy betel chew/sweetmeat wrapped in a fragrant tasty leaf-really the betel chews are outstanding!).

The overall effect is one of added heat to the body,  as pepper, capsicum and other exotic heaters are used liberally but artfully (nothing is too hot, the cooks use coolers to balance as well).

Back in Maharashtra, I sampled some chicken tandoor, which was interesting. So I got a recipe from a website, and started playing with it. I went to the spice store and grabbed some new stuff.

Thru experiments in marinating and baking, I found a mix quite different from what I sampled in India (and different from any spice I've ever known), but that really brings out and enhances the flavors in chicken (especially the fat) like nothing else. The sour really bites the tongue, inviting you to chew blissfully. Tonight I feasted on tandoori chicken backs, neck, wings, liver and heart, my favorite bits of the bird. With a side of coconut taro. Alright!  :twisted:

I'll post the recipe tomorrow, in case anyone is interested.  :smoke2:

The World / from the pen of a traitor
« on: May 27, 2010, 06:21:31 PM »
""I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." -Woodrow Wilson, after signing the Federal Reserve into existence

The Rain Forest / Indian cobra lily, muktaphala
« on: April 13, 2010, 04:41:55 AM »
I recently came across a mention of this plant muktaphala, or Indian cobra lily. The USA cobra lily is a carnivorous plant, not related to muktaphala.

Arisaema utile is from Sikkim and Nepal. It is reputed to be strongly psychoactive, and popular in Nepal. Cobra lily makes a cob-like cluster of red berries, I assume the berries are the preferred psychoactive. Christian Ratsch mentioned this plant in his recent book on Himalayan shamanism.

It is related to Jack in the Pulpit in NA.

There are many species of arisaema, some found in NA today. Likes higher elevations and cooler weather. I don't know the phytochemistry, or what the psychoactive principle or action is. But it could be found in many of the Arisaema species. Muktaphala means "liberation fruit" in old Indian.  :tea:  :smoke2:

Any one know more?

The Mountain / thandai
« on: March 23, 2009, 06:08:56 AM »
Thandai is a drink of celebration in India, drunk by hundreds of millions on major holidays.

It is a drink of honey, milk and nut milks, with spices and bhang, or cannabis. The recipes can get creative, and even include floating fruits.

It can be very potent with the right amount of fresh bhang. Interestingly, a potent drink can be made from simply powdered leaf (especially when fresh), which most Americans won't even bother with as being weaker than buds. It is a powerful psychedelic at the right dose, but usually is weak enough for the family to enjoy and offer to friends.

But on MahaShivratri, the holy night of Shiva, a thandai sanctified by ritual and sometimes by satguru, called mahaprasad, is  drunk by Shaivas (devotees of Shiva). The Mahaprasad is often given mantra, or also a charged mercury shivling, or small Shiva lingam (symbol of universal being), is dipped in the brew.

After ritually performing mass chanting and abhishek, or the bathing of a temple shivling with pure water, and the placing thereon of mystic signs and  fragrant garlands, leaves and fruits,  many Shaivas stay up all night in devotion, and yogis meditate, holding sacred space in the temples.

It is understood that the mahaprasad relaxes and opens certain circuits, allowing communion with Shiva to be deeper on his sacred night than at other times of the year.

Most people in the Americas experience pot in terms of a smoking culture, myself no exception. I actually have little experience with ingested cannabis. Until I drank some  mahaprasad in India in February, I had only ever eaten a few small doses of brownies etc. The effects were much like euphoric smoking. I usually vaporize my daily meds.

But drinking mahaprasad twice, once at an ashram temple and once ten days later in the Himalayas, I now understand that fresh thandai can be a major psychedelic. Very spiritual, OEV renders companions as flaming spirits, along with intense, meaningful, telepathic, rich, refined and quick CEVs. I really had no idea, oddly enough I had never really heard much about this aspect of cannabis use. I'm amazed, actually.

Since visiting this Himalayan land of Shiva, the Gangotri Range, on a yoga tour, I get the impression that many yogis and local mountain folk drink thandai with some regularity, at least for part of their lives. It was interesting to witness the roadsides and open fields of wild cannabis on the Ganges plains, and in the grounds surrounding Shiva temples in the high country.

I may explore the proper preparation tek for mahaprasad. Thandai is simple enough to make, but the spiritual preparation makes a difference I am sure.

The Mountain / Winged Mercury mudra
« on: November 05, 2008, 02:37:51 PM »
I have been doing a yoga pose I call "Winged Mercury" that has opened my upper back and spine a great deal. It has released a lot of tension in the muscles and bones, and allowed my body to relax into a more upright, balanced and comfortable posture when standing and walking. And it has allowed for greater circulation of kundalini thru the entire system.

It's a very simple and easy-to-do standing pose, kinda like a standing "camel" asana. Basically just letting the head fall back and flexing the neck, upper spine and back muscles into each other and into the spine.

Begin with prayer if you like and anjali mudra. As the head declines, raising the extended arms behind, as in pulling a cart, adds lift and leverage to increase the contraction of the upper back. The end pose presses the shoulder blades tightly into the spine.

I work into the pose carefully, taking time to relax w/no cramping or pain, then as the pose settles in comfortably, I increase the tension until I am pressing my neck into the shoulder blades as tightly as possible, constantly increasing the flex. As the pose progresses, I lift my arms higher and higher behind me, as if I was raising wings from my shoulder blades. Visualization of wings helps in this pose.

It feels so excellent! It feels so good to flex into the spine in any backbend pose, really "scratches that itch". While doing the pose, I stand legs straight, feet slightly apart, and tense the lower abs inward, and with some air in the lungs, I expand and tense the upper abs outward. This calms the diaphragm, allowing focus on the spinal flex w/o dealing with breath.

I call this pose a mudra instead of an asana, because it has a direct effect on the spiritual architecture and kundalini of the body. Sambhavi mudra, or brow vision, is recommended, and  khechari mudra is an enhancement in this mudra. I like to do this mudra while gazing at the full moon. OM

With practice, duration can be increased. When finished, slowly return to anjali mudra, inhale again or not as you please, and enjoy the energy flowing in your head.

If you would like to see some video of this mudra, go here ... sToFreedom

and choose the vid in the top line with the droning geezer in the beard, kriyabrah. About halfway in, the mudra is shown.

Winged Mercury mudra is simple, fairly easy, feels great and improves posture a ton. Give it a try!  :cool2

Entheogen Law / Hawaii County--major decrim!
« on: November 05, 2008, 03:28:54 AM »
OMFG, we just passed a charter amendment making cannabis grow/possession the lowest LEO priority, and allowing a healthy amount of stash and plants to be used responsibly without interference from LEO.

So all you bradahs, no smoke an drive, be cool everyone!  :smoke:3

Shakti Ma One Love...

I gave my kitty some Puna Tang (C99 x Neville's Haze). Everywhere I turn, she licks my face!

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