It is the cultural accomplishment that satisfies our aesthetic senses, that bridges the gap of knowing and that guides us in discovering beauty.  ——Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 

Culture implies all in which that gives the mind possession of its own powers; as language gives to the critic, and the telescope gives to the astronomer.  ——Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Knowledge is the crystallization of precious stones; Culture is the luster of precious stones. —— Rabindranath Tagore

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Mother Earth’s Monumental Masterpiece: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

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Nature's Beauty

Mother Earth’s Monumental Masterpiece: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

The Swiss Alps are recognized as one of the most spectacular mountainous regions in the world. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region is the most glaciated part of the European Alps. Spanning over 82,000 hectares (316.6 square miles), it is located in the southwest of Switzerland. Jungfrau-Aletsch boasts many impressive peaks, nine of which stand at over 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) in altitude. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region became the first Alpine UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific, and Cultural, Organization) World Natural Heritage Site in 2001. The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region has not only played a significant role in European art, literature, mountaineering, and sightseeing, but it also offers immense wealth of geological information regarding glacier and alp formation, as well as the natural ecosystems unique to the area. With global warming resulting in an alarming amount of unnatural glacial retreat, ongoing scientific research in the area is also considered to be of paramount importance. The Aletsch Glacier is the largest and longest glacial area of the European Alps. This frozen river begins its long winding 23-kilometer (14-mile) descent from an altitude of 4,000 meters (2.49 miles). Measured at almost 1-kilometer (3,280-feet) thick at various points, the glacial ice melts to feed crystal clear water into the Rhone River. Although snow, ice, and outcrops of jagged granite rock make up around 80 percent of the Jungfrau-Aletsch landscape, 529 species of durable vascular plants and mosses can be found here, and Norway Spruce and Swiss Pine trees are plentiful in the valleys below. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region is also full of animal life. There are plenty of mountain goats like the Alpine ibex, or the steinbock, as well as the chamois. The lynx is very much at home chilling on the glacial hillsides along with a number of red deer and smaller mammals such as foxes, hares, stoats, and squirrels. Almost 1,000 separate insect species have been recorded in the region. The 99 species of bird that have been identified here include the rock thrush, rock partridge, great spotted woodpecker, golden eagle, as well as boreal and pygmy owls. Indeed, this vibrant environment is full of life.
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10   571 Views
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10

Admont Abbey: A Magnificent Jewel of the Baroque Era

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The World Around Us

Admont Abbey: A Magnificent Jewel of the Baroque Era

The Benedictine Abbey of Admont was founded in 1074 by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg. It is now the oldest remaining monastery in Styria, Austria, and one of the largest neo-Gothic sacred buildings in the country. The name Admont comes from the Latin word “ad montes,“ which means “at the mountains.” Situated amidst the gorgeous mountains of Gesäuse National Park, the magnificent Admont Abbey gloriously represents the Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia: “So that in all things God may be glorified!”
The World Around Us
2019-07-30   2678 Views
The World Around Us
2019-07-30

Onsens - The Hotsprings of Japan

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Onsens - The Hotsprings of Japan

Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun,” is an island country in East Asia. Although it is a nation with rapid modern development, it has never lost touch with its traditional culture and heritage. The island is blessed with more than 3,000 mineral-rich onsens, fed directly from the 25,000 thermal springs bubbling beneath its unique geothermal archipelago. Furthermore, the ongoing volcanic activities
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-02-03   415 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-02-03

The Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi (vegetarian): Ascended Master and World Teacher

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Life of a Saint

The Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi (vegetarian): Ascended Master and World Teacher

The Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi, also known as Kuthumi or K. H., is one of the great Masters of Ancient Wisdom. Incarnating again and again, the compassionate Savior’s mission is to aid humanity in their spiritual evolution. In His last incarnation as Master Koot Hoomi, He was instrumental in the founding of the Theosophical Society. Alongside Lord Jesus Christ, the Venerated Mahatma Koot Hoomi n
Life of a Saint
2021-01-24   728 Views
Life of a Saint
2021-01-24

The Arctic’s Resilient Inuit People

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Arctic’s Resilient Inuit People

The Inuit are a remarkable indigenous community who are considered the world’s northernmost culture. Living above the tree line in the Arctic, this nomadic group needed to develop special skills to survive. One of the most famous and iconic structures made by the Inuit is the igloo, which they developed as a temporary shelter for the long, harsh winters. An igloo is typically made of very h
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-20   426 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-20

Latin American Dance

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Latin American Dance

Latin America is a place with many culturally enriched dances. Stemming from Mexico, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, Latin American dances infuse cultural flavour with technical skill to bring exciting performances to audiences worldwide. Modern Latin American dance consists of a wide variety of styles that were formed in separate cities and countries. Some of the dances have
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-08   290 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-08

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Hungarian Cimbalom

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Hungarian Cimbalom

The cimbalom, an elaborate stringed instrument found mainly in the Central and Eastern European nations, belongs to the dulcimer family and is played by striking metal strings mounted over a trapezoidal soundboard. Associated with the music of the Hungarian Gypsies, the cimbalom is a symbol of Hungary as well as its national instrument. Cimbaloms come in varying sizes, tone groupings, and string a
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-06   307 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-06

Natural Inspiration: “My Octopus Teacher” and “Gaia”

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Cinema Scene

Natural Inspiration: “My Octopus Teacher” and “Gaia”

Today we present two inspirational films about Mother Nature: “My Octopus Teacher” and “Gaia.” When Craig Foster, a filmmaker, videographer, and diver, experiences a very tough time in life, he can hardly work and finds it difficult to be a good father. He knows a radical change is needed. Following an inner calling to go to the ocean, he moves back to the place where he spent his childhood, happi
Cinema Scene
2021-01-01   358 Views
Cinema Scene
2021-01-01

The Creative Basque People of France and Spain

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Creative Basque People of France and Spain

The Basque Country is a region covering southwest France and northwest Spain that the locals call Euskal Herria, or “Basque speaker.” It is believed that the Basques are descendants of Neolithic farmers who became separated from other European communities due to their geographical isolation. Their land features mountainous terrain, rocky landscapes, coastal lookouts and an abundance of beauty! The
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-09   554 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-09

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 11 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 11 of 11, April 27, 2000

Once you’re beautiful inside, people see you beautiful outside – that is normally the case, yes!…But continue with your practice. Your life is better and better, I need not tell you. I’m just saying that in case somebody doesn’t know yet, they can verify with you. Your life is an example of love and of spiritual blessing; there’s no need to even preach to anybody.&n
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-14   1323 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-14

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 10 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 10 of 11, April 27, 2000

I am only one, but all of you feel that I love you alone, love enough, or have enough love for everyone. It is because we practice the way of love and we just know how to have enough. It’s just like how to save money to become richer – not because you earn more money, not necessarily, but you save more.Some people keep telling me, “It’s difficult to know if
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-13   645 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-13

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 9 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Gathering with Association Members after the Lecture, Part 9 of 11, April 27, 2000

You know the nature of the soul is not that “I am here and I have one soul in here” – it’s not like that! My soul is bigger than just in here. It might be all over here, it might be all me, but it looks different. I know, I know... It’s not like, OK, “God is one and everybody is one with God” – it’s not in that sense. It’s in the s
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-12   763 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-12

Taiwan (Formosa)’s Bunun People – Fascinating Legends, Beautiful Ceremonies

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Taiwan (Formosa)’s Bunun People – Fascinating Legends, Beautiful Ceremonies

Among the Austronesian peoples of the world, the Bunun aboriginal group of Taiwan (Formosa) lives at the northernmost and highest point on Earth. They are known as the patron saints of Yushan Mountain, the island's tallest mountain. They have an orally-based culture with no written language, and they are also the ethnic group with the most ceremonies among Taiwan (Formosa)'s aborigines. Today, we
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-11-11   846 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-11-11

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 8 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 8 of 11, April 27, 2000

Meditation doesn’t change the world, it changes you, and then, if everyone changes themselves, the world becomes peaceful. We only make war because we are not peaceful ourselves, because we could not know the person next to us is God, we could not realize that we are God and we could not realize that the one we kill, we shoot, we torture, is also God, and that’s why the world is not peacefu
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-11   898 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-11

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 7 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 7 of 11, April 27, 2000

There is no person as God; everything is God. We are a part of the whole, and yet the part that makes the whole. So God is the Creator, you see? Hes can make Hirmself into many, many things.(How do the real spiritual experiences in meditation differ from my own fantasies, and visions created by my imagination?) It
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-10   647 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-10

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 6 of 11, April 27, 2000

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Words of Wisdom

The Reunion of Souls: Questions and Answers, Part 6 of 11, April 27, 2000

I am not here to prove to you that I am good or bad. I am here to tell you that you are great, you are good, and if you follow my instructions, you will feel, you will see, you will know that you are great, you are good…You’ll feel that you are great, that you know God.You would like to ask me some questions now, or do you want to have a glimpse of
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-09   619 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-11-09

The Spiritual Sámi of Northern Europe

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Spiritual Sámi of Northern Europe

Today, we present some highlights of the Sámi culture, an indigenous culture present in the northernmost Nordic countries and the Kola Peninsula within the Murmansk Oblast of Russia. Traditionally, the bond between the Sámi and the natural land has been profound and sacred. They have historically lived their lives in accordance with nature. Deeply grounded in the understanding that from the earth
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-10-21   552 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-10-21

The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 2 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 2 of 2

“For wisdom, which is the worker of all things, taught me: for in her is an understanding spirit holy, one only, manifold, subtle, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good quick, which cannot be allowed, ready to do good, kind to man, steadfast, sure, free from care, having all power, overseeing all things, and going through all understanding, pure, and m
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-22   330 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-22

The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 1 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

The Wisdom of Solomon: Selection from the Books of the Apocrypha, Part 1 of 2

The Apocrypha is a group of ancient books with uncertain authorship whose contents overlap parts of the Christian and Hebrew Bibles. The term “apocrypha” means “secret,” “hidden,” or “non-canonical.” Indeed, these books have been considered sacred, with a more advanced teaching than would normally be made available to the general public. Today, apocryphal books remain part of the Holy Bible in the
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-21   370 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-21

Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 2 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 2 of 2

“‘Virtuous man, the multifarious phantasmal transformations of all the multibeings are generated from the wondrous mind of their thus-adventistic consummate enlightenment. It can be compared to the ethereal blossoms, which come into being, as it were, out of the space; and when the phantasmal blossoms vanish, the essence of the space would not go into deterioration along with the blossoms. Thus, t
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-17   352 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-17

Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 1 of 2

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Words of Wisdom

Selection from The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment: Chapters 1-2, Part 1 of 2

The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment (Yuanjue jing) is a Buddhist scripture most likely composed in China during the start of the eighth century with its origin deemed to be from the Chan and Huayan field of study and practice. It is a very popular and influential sutra within the meditation-oriented Buddhist schools of East Asia like Chinese Chan, Korean Seon and Japanese Zen. A key factor for its
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-16   406 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-09-16

The Māori Tūhoe People- Guardians of the Sacred Te Urewera Rainforest

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Māori Tūhoe People- Guardians of the Sacred Te Urewera Rainforest

Today, we visit Oceania to learn about the Māori Tūhoe. New Zealand is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It comprises two main islands, namely, the North Island and South Island plus about 600 other smaller islands. The nation has a population of about 5 million, of which the majority are of European descent, with the Māori forming the most significant minority and then followed
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-15   406 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-15
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