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Wesak Full Moon Festival of the Buddha

8 May 2017

Celebrating Wesak Full Moon Taurus Festival of the Buddha, the spiritual intermediary between the highest spiritual centre Shamballa and the Hierarchy. The Buddha is the expression of the wisdom of God, the embodiment of light and the indicator of divine purpose. The Festival is fixed annually in relation to the full moon of May, it is the great Eastern Festival. The Forces of Enlightenment are active at the time of the Weak Festival.

These Forces emanate from the heart of God, they are related to divine understanding and can reach and strengthen those who love and serve their fellow beings. This energy transmits the second principle of divinity, love-wisdom, of which the Buddha and the Christ are the two outstanding expression. The forces of enlightenment initiate the new world education.

Keynote: ‘I SEE AND WHEN THE EYE IS OPENED, ALL IS LIGHT.’

I was born on a First Quarter in the constellation Aquarius.   This Birthday falls on a First Quarter Moon in the constellation Aquarius. Being born on a First Quarter Moon is less common than many of the other moon phases. Like the Full, New and Last Quarter Moon, the First Quarter occurs at a very specific time and on just one day of the moons cycle.    The moon is 50% illuminated and getting brighter each day until the Full Moon. Since the moon is gaining strength people born during this phase are very strong physically and mentally and constantly on the go.

Check out your Birthday!  http://www.moongiant.com/birthday-moon/

A Personal Message

It’s been a while since I posted last, for a good reason. One of my three daughters passed away earlier this year (the big C) which left me traumatised, I felt as if a part of me had died with her. Although we knew it was coming it was a shock for me and her two sisters when she actually died. I have a very close bond with my three daughters. I found it very hard to connect with everyday life, to sleep or to focus on anything. I allowed myself to grieve and still am really, it comes and goes like dark heavy waves of deep sadness, accompanied with a pain in my chest that makes it difficult for me to breathe.  I withdrew inwards and neglected all my commitments, that suddenly had no meaning for me any more. I just did not care. My only contact was with my two daughters and my son in law, at first, then after a few months, with close family members, other than that I had no wish to socialise or to speak with anyone else. Very slowly now I am waking up, and very slowly trying to pick up my life again, seeing a few close friends, on and off going to the gym, or taking my usual walks by the lake. I am forcing myself to make an effort. They say time will heal. I doubt that. I think this pain, this void inside me, will stay with me forever. For a couple of months I did all the stuff that I should not do. I was very aware of that. I spent most of the days alone, I watched TV for many long hours like a zombie, which depressed me even more. I ate junk food which made me feel awful as I put on weight, I stopped going to the gym, did not go out for walks or fresh air and I was great at lying to my two daughters when they phoned assuring them that I was just fine. I did not answer any other calls, forget emails etc. I pulled myself together when I saw my daughters, pretending to be strong for a few hours, then back again to being alone at home and to my sloppy ways. I let myself go telling myself it’s OK I must allow myself to grieve, the only way I know how. I lit candles for my daughter and spoke to her constantly. No I have not lost my marbles, I just miss her and I really wonder whether she can hear me at all! We think we know so much and yet we know nothing really. Nothing about life after death no matter who says what, no one really knows. One is here lives a full life with all the drama, and then you’re gone! Just like that! I lost my parents over two decades ago, and a younger brother about the same time, yet this is so different for me. For the first time I had the revelation that we really know nothing. So I bless her soul, I wish her to be happy  wherever she might be as I spend hours thinking about our life, with me as her mother, and how she enriched my life as my daughter. She was happily married for over 25 years and had no kids. She was a singer and the last two months of her life she lost her voice, she literally could not speak. So she communicated with us in writing. And she was in good spirits and at peace with herself, with us, and with her maker, right up to the end.

Now five months after, I shall have to come back to the reality of life as we are experiencing it now and as I surf the web and really follow the news about our world I don’t know where to begin to share what exactly with you! Is it about the flat earth theory?! or about the immigrants and the systematic destruction of western Europe? about religions and Islam specifically which is spreading like a virus? about the extinction of the human race or about humans colonising another planet? or about robots and cyborgs? or about Trump being the US President? What a nightmare! I know that there are also good news, that many good people are constructive and doing many good deeds but one has to look hard to find the good news. I wonder why that is. You see with all my wisdom and all my knowledge, my lifelong spiritual work and meditations etcetera I am as vulnerable as everybody else. I am being overpowered with the negativity of our world. I have been shaken to the core by my latest traumatic experience. But we have to face our reality and not live in denial always being politically correct. I don’t see how that can help.

I think that I have found just the right video on youtube that I would like to share with you. See my next post……

12 June, 2016

 

 

 

 

When Baghdad was the Centre of the Scientific World!

In 2011,  I published my book ‘Once Upon a Time in Baghdad’ a creative non fiction book about my two decades life in Baghdad, where I was born. What prompted me to write my book at the time, were the many questions from my European and American friends. Was I a Moslem, did we also walk around covered from head to foot, were we also poor, and more such ignorant questions. Many were surprised to hear that Baghdad during the time I grew up there, was a cosmopolitan multi cultural buzzing town, that Christians Moslems and Jews and others lived and worked side by side, that I drove a car at the age of 16, that I attended a French Convent and learned 3 languages, that we watched the latest Hollywood movies, with Arabic subtitles, bought Vogue magazines for our fashion,  etc.  I decided to put down on paper what life was like in those years,  known as the golden decades of Baghdad, seen and experienced from a young Christian woman’s viewpoint. There were no chadors, hijab, niqab or burka, and only the illiterates and the farmer women walked around covered in a black abaya, their faces uncovered except for the very few, the very Moslem orthodox. The women were never dressed so drab and colourless in sad dark colours as they dress today and their hair was never covered. In fact, I was never even aware of these modes of Moslem dress until the past few decades when suddenly they appeared out of nowhere. They might have existed in Saudi Arabia or Yemen perhaps but these were considered backward countries. During the Moslem Feast days especially, the Moslem families, women and children, came out dressed in their most loud shiny colourful dresses of  taffetas and silks, singing and dancing happily.  We all lived respecting one another without imposing our cultures on one another. We, the non-Moslems, were all very aware that we lived in a Moslem country, but we were free to live according to our religious beliefs without fear. The local schools and businesses for example, had Fridays off, the Moslem day of rest, while the Christian community had Saturdays and Sundays off and of course the Jews their holy Sabbath. Everyone practiced their faith without any threats from anyone.

In my book, I take the reader on a journey through life in the city of Baghdad as I relate our family life. No one interested in history and who wants to know Baghdad as it was 50 years ago, should miss this. All young Arab men and women should read this to be aware that the Islam they know today was not always as they know it, namely, violent, artificial, limiting and debilitating, imposed on them by some religious fanatic leaders taking them backwards in time to ignorance and darkness rather than forward evolving to a bright future for the Arab world in this 21st century.

When I was writing my book I did a lot of research through libraries, also on the web. To my dismay only a couple of years after that, I discovered that much of the information that I had found at the time had disappeared, information changed, websites disappearing. By whom or why or to what purpose? Who knows!

Anyway I found this information today that I thought I’d like to share about the ancient history of Baghdad, the city of the One Thousand and One Nights. If you are remotely interested in history  you should read this article that appeared in 2010 in the Guardian. Read it before it disappears too by some crazies who want to change history!

Here’s the link to the article

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/sep/26/baghdad-centre-of-scientific-world

And perhaps you’d like to read my book ‘Once Upon a Time in Baghdad’ so that you have an idea of what life was really like for normal families in a famous Arab City before the Islamic movement. The invasion of Baghdad by the US removing Saddam Hussein changed it forever to it worst ever for the Iraqi people. According to them they removed a monster, but what they created is far worse for the country, they created monsters who are threatening the whole civilised world. Perhaps this was the plan all along, again who knows!  Here’s an image of a street in Baghdad from the 1950s.

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Here’s another image of my parents walking down al Rashid Street in the 1940s!

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Here’s the link to the website of my book  http://www.onceuponatimeinbaghdad.com

Also available on amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Baghdad-Margo-Kirtikar/dp/1456853759/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445177159&sr=1-5&keywords=margo+kirtikar

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It literally breaks my heart to see what Baghdad and the Iraqis are going through today. Every one who I have ever known has left the country! But I have friends who have relatives who still live there and we get the real news of what goes on there and not that of the general media. It’s ironic that the people are far worse off today than they  ever were before the US, driven by greed for oil and power, invaded, killing thousands and looting the country. Of course you do not hear that from the regular media but any Iraqi living there today will tell you that. You can actually also find videos by guilt ridden US soldiers who tell the same story.

 

Economics and the Four Horsemen!

15 May, 2015
A must see video for everyone who is interested in what goes on in our world of economics why so many suffer famine at one end of the world and why others are obese from over eating at the other end of the world. Or why only the few rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Why we have terrorists etc. This video is in English with French sub-titles. Here what famous economists and philosophers are saying. If you care about your own future and that of your children and grand children watch this. This is not only about the United States but about the whole world you included.

Brigitte Gabriel gives an answer!

Brigitte Gabriele gives a FANTASTIC answer to a Muslim woman claiming all Muslims are portrayed badly »
This should open some eyes for many to make them think! Even if we are idealistic and want nothing but peace for all on earth, we still should keep our minds open to what is going on around us and not hide our heads in the sand! Listen to what she says loud and clear!

The Real Truth About Religion and Its Origins!

Interesting video to watch that will give those who are very religious something to think about! Or should I say re-think about? It will definitely make you shuffle the circuits in your brain around! We are living in the age of information and all esoteric knowledge is now being revealed. So here you have some of it.
I’ve been very busy writing my book on The Illumined Heart and Mind the past months so I haven’t spent much time on surfing and looking for interesting educational mind opening news! Sorry! I plan to have my book available for sale by the end of this month!

WADJDA in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The movie is an authentic Saudi Arabian, written and directed by a Saudi Arabian female, Haifaa al Mansour. It gives us a little peek into women’s lives in Saudi Arabia. I repeat only a little peek. If you are intrigued about this closed society where women are treated as second class citizens, who have to cover up in black, their faces hidden in public with no freedom rights, whose sole purpose is to please and do men’s bidding, then you’ll want to watch this. The dialogue is in Arabic but with English subtitles.
Its wonderful to see the spirit of this little girl, her motivation, determination, vision, desire, and I only wonder how long will it take to break her spirit! When she gets married off to an older man before she’s fifteen and then perhaps later even more, when he gets his second or third or fourth wife legally? They (I think you know who I mean by they) enjoy all the modern technology plus some because they can afford it but they have not yet evolved enough to understand that it is the male who determines the gender of the child and not the female, that woman is just as important as man in the scheme of life, that freedom is a universal law, that men who are evolved are able control their sex desires and do not have to attack a woman just because they see her face! (sorry I had to I just had to let it out)
And how dismal to see all those women walking around in black! ‘God’ which is Arabic for ‘Allah’ has nothing but abundance in the universe, just note all the colours of nature!
Do you see the bitterness, anger and despair in some of the teachers’ faces as they impose the impossible rules of their society on the younger girls?
More interesting even is to read about the director and how the movie was made
on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadjda Enjoy!

By the way I want to say thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, to all who are following my blog, for all the encouraging comments, and those who share my blogs with their followers. I do enjoy reading all your comments so here’s an official thank you, and a huge warm hug to one and all.
May nothing but love and peace reign on earth! May there be an end to this chaos, madness and ignorance! If only intelligence were contagious, we would have heaven on earth!