SB 12.3.1: Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Seeing the kings of this earth busy trying to conquer her, the earth herself laughed. She said: “Just see how these kings, who are actually playthings in the hands of death, are desiring to conquer me.

SB 12.3.2: “Great rulers of men, even those who are learned, meet frustration and failure because of material lust. Driven by lust, these kings place great hope and faith in the dead lump of flesh called the body, even though the material frame is as fleeting as bubbles of foam on water.

SB 12.3.3-4: “Kings and politicians imagine: ‘First I will conquer my senses and mind; then I will subdue my chief ministers and rid myself of the thorn-pricks of my advisors, citizens, friends and relatives, as well as the keepers of my elephants. In this way I will gradually conquer the entire earth.’ Because the hearts of these leaders are bound by great expectations, they fail to see death waiting nearby.

SB 12.3.5: “After conquering all the land on my surface, these proud kings forcibly enter the ocean to conquer the sea itself. What is the use of their self-control, which is aimed at political exploitation? The actual goal of self-control is spiritual liberation.”

SB 12.3.6: O best of the Kurus, the earth continued as follows: “Although in the past great men and their descendants have left me, departing from this world in the same helpless way they came into it, even today foolish men are trying to conquer me.

SB 12.3.7: “For the sake of conquering me, materialistic persons fight one another. Fathers oppose their sons, and brothers fight one another, because their hearts are bound to possessing political power.

SB 12.3.8: “Political leaders challenge one another: ‘All this land is mine! It’s not yours, you fool!’ Thus they attack one another and die.

Special Earth day edition: looking into the Vedic Puranas’ Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 12: The Age of Deterioration, Chapter 3: The Bhūmi-gītā (Bhumi = Earth)

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Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.

(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).

Jessica Rey - The Evolution of the Swim Suit

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Thank God for the middle age lady who adorned her nails with fake plastic extensions. Thank God they make her button-pressing a tedious and slow task. That held up the line. And with the line standing past the pull-away curfew, I could catch my ride home. That lady’s nails single handedly saved me an hour, brought me home quicker. From the simple comfort of bed I say, thank God for tacky taste.

Thank God for dates with awkward men. Thank God they put themselves out there anyway. Thank God they, with their loud thoughts of nervousness pouring out at me in body language, can give me the pleasure of putting them at ease, of allowing the sweetness of another’s imperfect social conduct to melt into acceptance, giving us each something more to go home with. Thank God this engages my presence reflex, to stare past their insecurities and send encouraging smiles with my eyes.

Thank God for another Spring unfolding, bringing with it familiar markers in time, some attached to happy memories, others fresh in a new frame of life. Thank God for the words that make me think of you, again and again, for the thought of you has a way of uplifting my mind in meditation. Thank God for meditations on those best-of qualities, for the agility of the love-seeking mind.

Music can make you feel happy, jealous, aggressive, calm, depressed or elevated. The ancient musicians of India understood this well. By playing certain ragas, they could make the clouds rain or flowers bloom. They knew which combination of sounds caused which emotional responses in their listeners. The wisest musicians concentrated on making music that could cause God to fall in love with the musician.

Good music defies the thinking mind; good music has no literal meaning at all. Because music has the power to transcend the thinking mind, good music can help bring about an expanded state of consciousness. Listening to elevating music can prepare you for Nada Yoga.

Sharon Gannon & David Life

Eighty percent of your energy is devoted to the eyes. The other senses suffer very much, because there is only twenty percent left for them. The eyes have become an Adolf Hitler. You have lost the democracy of your senses. Don’t get too interested in pictures, otherwise you will lose more and more the ability to perceive reality.

Bhagavan Shree Rajneesh

Whenever two notes come together they create a mood. The moods that result from the interaction between the notes make up raga. A raga is that which colors the mind. The state of mind of the listener is colored by the music, and the music itself is built on the concept of relationship.

From Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon and David Life