Woo! That awful feeling when you know you have not been a friend in return.
Anonymous asked: What is the significance of the lotus flower?
The lotus flower, “padme” in Sanskrit, is symbolic of purity and order. It symbolizes also the Bodhi (Enlightenment). Yes, Star Wars fans that’s where Lucas got the name “Padme Amadala”. The lotus is a water plant and grows in muddy, dirty water. Yet, it rises from the muck in perfect purity like the Buddha attaining enlightenment over the the muddy waters of Samsara. The lotus forms a spiral of repeated forms coming from a central core symbolizing the world of Maya (illusion) spinning off from the true reality of the Dharma. Each petal is a universe unto itself but merely an imperfect reflection of the pure realm of the One."One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.”—Bhagavad Gita 5.10:
"Om Mani Padme Hum" — "The Jewel is in the Lotus."
The Mantra of the Buddha of Compassion
Anonymous asked: you know when people get possessed in movies, well i've seen it in real life. their voice isn't the same, their eyes turn scary, and it's like something is inside their body and they're saying crazy stuff. in one instance when my dad prayed over my mom she started choking, then threw up, and then she was okay, BUT my mom also used to practice a lot of which craft and went to santeria and all that, so i truly believe that stuff exists. i've seen too much of it to believe it doesn't.
Superstition is self perpetuating. One very telling thing is that while superstition is present in most cultures they are all different. So, Euro-American Christians experience their particular brand of superstition while a Native Americans, Africans and others experience an entirely different set of superstitions. This tells us that these experiences are a product of belief. Belief in a superstition makes it real to you. However, whenever a “supernatural” experience such as demonic possession is subjected to scientific inquiry they fail to materialize.
There are no demons, devils or spirits which are not a product of the human mind.