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Ithaca

When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
then pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
Do not fear the Lestrygonians
and the Cyclopes and the angry Poseidon.
You will never meet such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your body and your spirit.
You will never meet the Lestrygonians,
the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not raise them up before you.

Then pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many,
that you will enter ports seen for the first time
with such pleasure, with such joy!

Peony in Spring

Peony in Spring

Stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and corals, amber and ebony,
and pleasurable perfumes of all kinds,
buy as many pleasurable perfumes as you can;
visit hosts of Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from those who have knowledge.

Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for long years;
and even to anchor at the isle when you are old,
rich with all that you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would never have taken the road.
But she has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not defrauded you.
With the great wisdom you have gained, with so much experience,
you must surely have understood by then what Ithacas mean.

-K. P. Kavafis (C. P. Cavafy), translation by Rae Dalven
Notes:
*The Laestrygonians are a tribe of giant cannibals from ancient Greek mythology. Odysseus, the main character of Homer’s Odyssey, visited them during his journey back home to Ithaca.

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Double Impatients Double Impatients
Never tried ‘Double Impatients” before. love this one, perfect for shade and part -shade areas.

To me Dianthus is a very reliable plant, nice and compact, tiny fringed flowers. I have the bath’s pinks near the driveway. It is absolutely beautiful in spring and the purple Irises blooms and the pink Clematis all blooms at the same time yearly.

Once the spring is over, for bath’s pinks, I remove the flower heads and no more blooms.

Added another dianthus “Zing Rose” and it has never stopped blooming until now. Of all the dianthus that I have tried so far this is the longest blooming one.
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NSF

Note: This article below is from NSFfoundation on universal values.

Are we poor?

Dr. B. Parameswara Rao, founder of BCT, a non-profit NGO in India, articulated that there are seven kinds of poverty, not just economic, which ails us. When we are poor, we suffer from their consequences.
1.Economic poverty: lack of food, clothing and shelter
2.Bodily poverty: lack of health and hygiene, malnutrition
3.Mental poverty: lack of thinking and education
4.Cultural poverty: lack of cultural activities and practices
5.Spiritual poverty: lack of mental peace and feeling of brotherhood
6.Political poverty: not casting one’s vote, lack of development
7.Societal poverty: lack of unity and neighborliness

By practicing Universal Values, we have an opportunity to stay away from these afflictions.

Eternal Questions?

Socrates said that an unexamined life is not worth living. He posed many questions: What is virtue? What is justice? What is courage? What life is good? What is piety? What is moderation? Do the means justify the ends? What is truth? What is knowledge? What is love? What is wisdom? Who is a wise man?

Through practice of Universal values, we gain great insights in answering such questions.

Why Values Lead to Excellence?

Comments by Swami Chidatmananda, Chinmaya Mission, Hyderabad
1.All powers and capacities within us are harmoniously developed by the practice of values.
2.There is an intrinsic urge in every one to seek higher levels of Happiness, Fulfillment, Consciousness; this is possible only through values.
3.The Expression of Inborn desire for self-improvement expresses itself in the form of values.
4.Values makes us transcend the impulses of the moment & ephemeral situations.
5.Honor, Power, Wealth, Pleasure are attained through Values.
6.Values make our mind Fresh, Intelligent & Tranquil, F I T.
7.Pleasure, Happiness, Joy, Bliss are possible through values.
8.Sublimation and destruction of Bad thoughts and Impressions is possible through values.
9.Rising above the Ego through Morality is possible through values.
10.Right values lead us to correct understanding, this leads us to Quietness of Mind, which leads us to Real peace and finally to the experience of Divinity.

What are Universal Values?

Life, liberty, and happiness are cherished by all human beings. In fact, they are cherished by all living beings. Those values that promote them at all times and places can be considered universal. Actions are taken by each individual in the interest of life, liberty and happiness. Every action has a consequence. While the action is in our control, the outcome is not always in our control. Right actions that are harmonious, uplifting, and life supporting need to be followed, while wrong actions that are conflicting in nature and unhealthy need to be avoided. Universal values also provide a mechanism to evaluate actions before they are undertaken.

By practicing universal values, we all should be able to experience peace, harmony and joy.

Some Examples of Universal Values:

Listen carefully with full attention

Think carefully before you say

Treat others as equal to you

Do not hurt others

Perform acts of kindness

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