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Words Have Power: Mani Stones

“Om mani padme hum.” This is the Buddhist mantra of Avalokitesvara, or Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion. Roughly translated, it means “Hail to the jewel in the lotus” (or “Behold! The jewel in the lotus!” or “The jewel is in the lotus”), a metaphysical, transcendental mantra said to encompass all of Buddha’s teachings. In truth, …

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The Cintamani Stone

The Cintamani Stone (or Chintamani Stone) is a legendary artifact of Buddhist and Hindu mythology, a “wish-fulfilling” gem of extraordinary power. According to Buddhist legend, it fell from the stars and landed in Tibet, where the ancient Buddhists revered it as a spiritual jewel. However, its power was considered so great, and so potentially disastrous, …

Quite Possibly The Strangest (And Best) Amazon Product Review Ever Written

I’ve had this bookmarked since around October: Elope Wheres Waldo Adult Costume Kit Don’t ask me why I was looking at a Where’s Waldo Halloween costume to begin with, though. I honestly don’t remember, and that’s a mystery even I can’t solve. But you know what? It was serendipity, because in the process I stumbled …

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Are We Living In The Matrix?

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave tells of a group of prisoners who have lived their entire lives in chains, facing the wall of a cave. They’ve spent every moment of their existence facing the wall, seeing nothing but reflected shadows cast from an unseen light. The prisoners, trying to understand their world, begin to name …

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider To Increase Energy

The power of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will soon increase by 14%, reaching “a total collision energy of 8 trillion electron volts.” The particle accelerator is currently resting up after an exciting year in 2011. When it starts up again “later this year,” it will break its previous energy record and allow scientists a …