ed insights have relied on simplified scenarios that shed light on scientific questions, such as Bell’s theorem or heredity, or on philosophical questions, such as elegance in mathematics or randomness. At other times, we’ve explored cutting-edge discoveries such as superconductivity in rotated sheets of graphene.
But insights can also be found in the very act of solving the puzzle itself, just as illumination may come from contemplating a Zen koan. This month, we present some classical puzzles that do exactly that.
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lifted by a string from above; relaxing the shoulders and sinking the elbows; relaxing the chest
and waist letting them sink down; relaxing the crotch and bending the knees. When these
requirements are met, one's inner energy will naturally sink down to the dan tian. Beginners may
not be able to master all these important points instantly. However, in their practice they must try
to be accurate in terms of direction, angle, position, and the movements of hands and legs for
each posture. At this stage, one need not place too much emphasis on the requirements for
different parts of the body, appropriate simplications are acceptable. For example, for the head
and upper body, it is required that the head and neck be kept erect, chest and waist be relaxed
downward, but in the first level of kung fu, it will be sufficient just to ensure that one's head and
body are kept naturally upright and not leaning forward or backward, to the left or right. This is
just like learning calligraphy, at the beginning, one need only to make sure that the strokes are
correct. Therefore, when practising taijiquan at the beginning, the body and movements may
appear to be stiff; or 'externally solid but internally empty'. One may find oneself doing things
like: hard hitting, ramming, sudden uplifting and or sudden collapsing of body or trunk. There
may be also be broken or over-exerted force or jin. All these faults are common to beginners.
If one is persistent enough and practices seriously everyday, one can normally master the forms
within half a year. The inner energy, qi, can gradually be induced to move within the trunk and
limbs with refinements in one's movements. One may then achieve the stage of being able to
use external movements to channel internal energy'. The first level kung fu thus begins with
mastering the postures to gradually being able to detect and understand jin or force.
The martial skill attainable with the first level of kung fu is very limited. This is because at this
stage, one's actions are not well coordinated and systematic. The postures may not be correct.
Thus the force or jin produced may be stiff, broken, lax or on the other hand too strong. In
practicing the routine, one's form may appear hollow or angular. As such one can only feel the
internal energy but is not able to channel the energy to every part of the body in one go.
Consequently, one is not able to harness the force or jin right from the heels, channel it up the
legs, and discharge it through command at the waist. On the contrary , the beginners can only
produce broken force that 'surge' from one section to another section of the body. Therefore
the first level kung fu is insufficient for martial application purposes. If one were to test
one's skill on someone who does not know martial arts, to a certain extent they can remain
flexible. They may not have mastered the application but by knowing how to mislead his
opponent the student may occasionally be able to throw off his opponent. Even then, he may be
unable to maintain his own balance.
Such a situation is thus termed "the 10% yin and 90% yang; top heavy staff ".
What then exactly is yin and yang? In the context of practising taijiquan, emptiness is Yin,
solidity is yang; gentleness or softness is yin, forcefulness or hardness is yang. Yin and yang is
the unity of the opposites; either one cannot be left out; yet both can be mutually interchanged
and transformed. If we assign a maximum of 100% to measure them, when one in his practice can
attain an equal balance of yin and yang, he is said to have achieved 50% yin and 50% yang.
This is the highest standard or an indication of success in practicing taijiquan.
In the first level of skill in kung fu, it is normal for one to end up with '10% yin and 90% yang'.
That is, one's quan or boxing is more hard than soft and there is imbalance in yin and yang.
The learner is not able to complement hard with soft and to command the applications with ease.
As such, while still at the first level, learners should not be too eager to pursue the application
aspect in each posture.Never forgetting of course that according to Wikipedia's Wi-Fi Entymology, the yin-yang Wi-Fi logo indicates the certification of a product for interoperability.
misery created by your own uncontrollable thoughts? Your mind tosses you around like a ragdoll - taking control of it is like taming a hurricane. Well, the Himalayan masters discovered the techniques to make the mind lie subservient to the Awareness. They understood the power of the Nothingness.
What is nothingness? Is it the same as emptiness, the void, shunya, consciousness, the ether, the vacuum, the unmanifest, pure potentiality, pure Awareness? How is this related to bliss, enlightenment, self-realization, nirvana, samadhi, nirvikalpa samadhi, etc? Yogiraj explores this topic here.
Yogiraj is considered an illumined living master and solar seer, and helps sincere practitioners of yogic meditation awaken to higher levels of consciousness through chakra awakening/activation and esoteric practices of Himalayan yoga.
Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath was born on May 10, 1944 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India. He has been meditating since the age of 3, and spent his early years in the Himalayas amongst the HamsaNath yogis, in whose presence he was transformed. The divine transformation flowered after his deep and personal experiences in 1961 and 1967 with the yogi-christ Mahavatar Shiv-Goraksha-Babaji, the same spiritual master described in Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. He has a wife of 30+ years, Gurumata Shivangani, with whom he built by hand the Hamsa Yoga Sangh Ashram (Spiritual Retreat) outside the city of Pune, near Bombay, India. They have two sons, and two grandchildren.
Yogiraj teaches yogic meditation for the evolution of human consciousness. These perennial practices of yoga are the most ancient closely guarded sacred practices of the Himalayan yogis and masters from time immemorial. They help the practitioner gradually transform him/herself into the likeness of his/her own divinity.
This ancient art and science has been a way of life for rare yogis and ascetics of India and abroad who have sacrificed everything in the search for their own inner Truth, their inner Godessence. Today, Yogiraj demonstrates in his own life and livingness, that powerful spiritual practice can be integrated with family life and a career. By the blessings of Babaji, Yogiraj teaches these techniques, which he collectively calls "The Alchemy of Total Transformation" to sincere seekers throughout the world, who wish to integrate these practices into their daily life, without the necessity of giving up worldly pursuits.
These techniques are called:
1. Mahavatar Babaji's Kriya Yoga (N.B., the exact same kundalini kriya originally given to Lahiri Mahasaya in the 19th century)
2. Siddhanath Surya Yoga - A dynamic osmosis of solar healing. Pranic healing with solar power.
3. Siddhanath Hamsa Yoga - The Way of the White Swan.
Hamsa Yoga Sangh:
If Earth Peace is to Herald the Dawn of the New Age, let us All Realize:
Humanity is one's only religion
Breath one's only prayer, and
Consciousness one's only God.…
y blazed a trail toward freedom.
Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can.
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea --
Yes. We. Can.
Guest appearances -
will.i.am - 0:01
Scarlett Johansson - 0:05
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 0:21
Common - 0:23
John Legend - 0:32
Bryan Greenberg (guitar) - 0:37
Kate Walsh - 0:44
Tatyana Ali - 0:44
Harold Perrineau, Jr. - 0:49
Aisha Tyler - 1:01
Samuel Page - 1:03
Enrique Murciano - 1:07 "Si, podemos" - 1:17
Maya Rubin - 1:08 "כן אנו יכולים (Qen Annu Yecholim)" (Hebrew)
Esthero - 1:10
Eric Balfour - 1:23
Nicole Scherzinger - 1:30
Taryn Manning - 1:40
Amber Valletta - 1:52
Auden McCaw (in Valetta's arms) - 1:52
Kelly Hu - 1:52
Adam Rodríguez - 1:56 "Sí se puede"
Eric Christian Olsen - 2:02
Sarah Wright - 2:02
Shoshannah Stern (American Sign Language) - 2:05
Ed Kowalczyk (guitar) - 2:19
Fonzworth Bentley (violin) - 2:38
Amaury Nolasco - 3:24
Hill Harper - 3:27
Nick Cannon - 3:36
Herbie Hancock (piano) - 3:41
Johnathon Schaech - 3:45
Austin Nichols - 3:50
Tracee Ellis Ross - 4:00
Fred Goldring (guitar) - 4:03
Vera Farmigas whispered b...…
used a cinema, Apple have chosen to include the footage of that event in their opening presentation at this years WWDC. The new store is Apple’s biggest outlet in Germany, where it has 10 other shops. The façade of the building on Kurfuerstendamm, Berlin’s main shopping street, is styled like a Greek temple. Inside, iPhones, iPads and MacBooks were on display on tables made of German oak. In the US, Apple has trademarked the glass storefronts, panelled facades, and the oblong tables and wall-mounted video screens inside its shops. Its new Berlin store has a re-designed ‘Genius Bar’, with experts sitting on stools alongside customers rather than facing them. It also has a dedicated space for business customers, in a high-ceilinged room once occupied by the cinema’s café.
Ever since Apple launched its "App Store" in 2008, platforms have waged war on each other to attract the most app developers. In smartphones, iPhone and Android have pulled far ahead while competing platforms like Windows Phone and BlackBerry have lagged behind. On tablets, iPad beats any other competitor by hundreds of thousands of apps. But now, the app wars are battling on a new front: Wearables as well as IOS remote controlled robotics applications such as real-time car racing.
think we should be so conventional, we ought to think of something better.’ We can’t get anybody to use any kind of constructive thinking on the problems of organization. And, of course, there’s no place where you can get a well rounded degree in General System Theory. Rand has a school that is almost entirely military.
One of the most crazy situations - I was asked to speak at a dinner of the Air Force celebrating their fifth decade of Air Force intelligence. I talked about the fact that they weren’t paying attention to the whole; the Air Force was modeling the Soviet Union as a system, and the Army was modeling the United States as a system, using different units, and they were both ignoring the fact that China existed, and therefore were making hopeless mess when you knew you had a universe to deal with. What I was telling them was to use cybernetic thinking as it had developed into general systems theory. The next morning I was on a chartered plane bringing me back, and there was a man on it who said, ‘You left me way behind. I couldn’t understand a word you said.’ I said, ‘What are you?’ He said, ‘I’m an electronic specialist.’
Americans are always solving problems piece-meal. They’re always solving them de nouveau and artificially because they’re all newcomers and they don’t have decisions grounded in a culture.
Margaret Mead talking about Cybernetics in the context of inside versus outside the box from Issue no. 10 of the CoEvolutionary Quarterly, June 1976.