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Munchies for the Mind IV

Divine Biology

“…the hills and mountains are the stacks of His bones.”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.32


“…the rivers are the veins of the gigantic body…”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.33



“the trees are the hairs of His body…”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.33



“…the clouds which carry water are the hairs on His head…”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.34




“…the terminations of days or nights are His dress”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.34sunrise-2



32-New American Standard Bible

(1)Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” (2) Aaron said to them, “Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” (4) He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” (5) Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” (7) Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. (8) “They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!'” (10)”Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.” (11) Then Moses entreated the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? (14) So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people. (15) Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets which were written on both sides; they were written on one side and the other. (19) It came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain. (20) He took the calf which they had made and burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it. (26) then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him. (33) The LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. (35) Then the LORD smote the people, because of what they did with the calf which Aaron had made.


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Munchies for the Mind III


truthiness (noun) Truth coming from the gut, not books; preferring to believe what you wish to believe, rather than what is known to be true.

Steven Colbert: “Truthiness is ‘What I say is right, and nothing anyone else says could possibly be true.’ It’s not only that I feel it to be true, but that I feel it to be true. There’s not only an emotional quality, but there’s a selfish quality.”

OH . . . .

Oxford Concise Dictionary of Proverbs: “With base and sordid natures
familiarity breeds contempt” (1654, T. Fuller, Comment on Ruth, 176).


“There ought to be behind the door of every happy, contented man someone standing with a hammer continually reminding him with a tap that there are unhappy people; that however happy he may be, life will show him her laws sooner or later, troubles will come for him—disease, poverty, losses, and no one will see or hear, just as now he neither sees nor hears others.”
—Anton Chekhov, “Gooseberries,” in The Wife and Other Stories, translated by Constance Garnett (Ecco, 1985), p. 283.


Been there, done that


16th Century

Licence my roving hands, and let them goe
Behind, before, above, between, below.
O my America, my new found lande,
My kingdome, safeliest when with one man man’d,
My myne of precious stones, my Empiree,
How blest am I in this discovering thee.

from “To His Mistress Going to Bed,” by John Donne (1572-1631)

21st Century


“Lovemarks are super-evolved brands that forge lasting emotional connections.”

Check out the Love/Respect axis at Saatci & Saatci’s “Lovemarks:”

The Love/Respect Axis
“A fast and intuitive way to give any brand or experience a reality check”

What about: your work? your family? your country? your school? your religion?

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Munchies for the Mind II

So They Say:


I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.
John Donne (1572-1631)

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

What shall I swear by?
Do not swear at all;
Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
Which is the god of my idolatry,
And I’ll believe thee.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

The greater the pain, the greater the gain. (pleeon kopos, polu kentos)
Ignatius of Antioch (35-110)


From a dialogue about nama-abhasa (Chaitanya Charitamrita, Antya-lila, Ch. 3):

Chaitanya: My dear Thakura Haridasa, in this Age of Kali most people are bereft of Vedic culture, and therefore they are called yavanas [barbarians]. They are concerned only with killing cows and brahminical culture. In this way they all engage in sinful acts. How will these yavanas be delivered? To My great unhappiness, I do not see any way.

Haridasa: My dear Lord, do not be in anxiety. Do not be unhappy to see the condition of the yavanas in material existence. Because the yavanas are accustomed to saying “ha rama, ha rama” [unclean! unclean!], they will very easily be delivered by this nama-abhasa [a dim reflection of the divine name]. A devotee in advanced ecstatic love exclaims, “ha rama, ha rama” [“O my Lord Ramacandra! O my Lord Ramacandra!”] But the yavanas also chant, “ha rama, ha rama!” Just see their good fortune! The chanting of the Lord’s holy name to indicate something other than the Lord is an instance of nama-abhasa. Even when the holy name is chanted in this way, its transcendental power is not destroyed. [Quoting from the Nrisimha Purana:] “Even a mleccha [barbarian] who is being killed by the tusk of a boar and who cries in distress again and again, ‘ha rama, ha rama’ attains liberation. What then to speak of those who chant the holy name with veneration and faith?” The word ‘rama’ consists of the two syllables ‘ra’ and ‘ma.’ These are unseparated and are decorated with the loving word ‘ha,’ meaning ‘O.’ The letters of the holy name have so much spiritual potency that they act even when uttered improperly.”

Guilty of Only Being a Dog:

“A dog thinks, ‘I am a dog,’ because he has the body of a dog. If I am thinking that I am Indian because this body was born on Indian soil, then how am I different from the dog? The bodily conception of life is simply animalism.” -Srila Prabhupada

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