Mind Is Very Powerful

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Mind is very powerful. The mind suggests that you are bound and you accept it. This is the creation of samsara. Then the mind suggests to be free from samsara, and then the practice starts. This is all a concept! Nirvana is only a concept, a trap of the mind. So how do you escape this trap? When you call it a ‘trap’ you are out of it. You know by a special spontaneous knowledge that all this is just a trap of the mind. Then you understand that there is nothing to do and nowhere to go. Just be. You have come from nowhere and you will never go anywhere. — Papaji

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Intelligence is Only Possible when there is Real Freedom from the Self

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Most of us think that intelligence is the outcome of acquiring knowledge, information, experience. By having a great deal of knowledge and experience we think we shall be able to meet life with intelligence. But life is an extraordinary thing, it is never stationary; like the river, it is constantly flowing, never still. We think that by gathering more experience, more knowledge, more virtue, more wealth, more possessions, we shall be intelligent. That is why we respect the people who have accumulated knowledge, the scholars, and also the people who are rich and full of experience. But is intelligence the outcome of the `more’? What is behind this process of having more, wanting more? In wanting more we are concerned with accumulating, are we not?

Now, what happens when you have accumulated knowledge, experience? Whatever further experience you may have is immediately translated in terms of the `more’, and you are never really experiencing, you are always gathering; and this gathering is the process of the mind, which is the centre of the `more’. The `more’ is the `me’, the ego, the self-enclosed entity who is only concerned with accumulating, either negatively or positively. So, with its accumulated experience, the mind meets life. In meeting life with this accumulation of experience, the mind is again seeking the `more’, so it never experiences, it only gathers.

As long as the mind is merely an instrument of gathering, there is no real experiencing. How can you be open to experience when you are always thinking of getting something out of that experience, acquiring something more?

So the man who is accumulating, gathering, the man who is desiring more is never freshly experiencing life. It is only when the mind is not concerned with the `more’, with accumulating, that there is a possibility for that mind to be intelligent. When the mind is concerned with the `more’, every further experience strengthens the wall of the self-enclosing `me’, the egocentric process which is the centre of all conflict, please follow this. You think that experience frees the mind, but it does not. As long as your mind is concerned with accumulation, with the `more’, every experience you have only strengthens you in your egotism, in your selfishness, in your self-enclosing process of thought.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti (You can read the whole talk at J. Krishnamurti Online: Life Ahead Part One Chapter 19)

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The Arrogance of Preventive Medicine

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David Sackett, who has been affectionately called the father of evidence-based medicine, died on May 13, 2015 at age 80.

While still adhering to many aspects of allopathic medicine and the reductionist paradigms of modern science, praise must be given for his willingness to challenge the main stream of medicine and its methodology when it did not base its findings on evidence, especially in the form of randomized clinical trials.

We would like to share a short paper of his to give a taste for his approach: The Arrogance of Preventive Medicine

I place the blame directly on the medical “experts” who, to gain private profit (from their industry affiliations), to satisfy a narcissistic need for public acclaim or in a misguided attempt to do good, advocate “preventive” manoeuvres that have never been validated in rigorous randomized trials.

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Milk Thistle as a Cardioprotective?

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Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is known as a liver herb.  But as Paul Bergner aptly stated:

Too often we think of “Herb A” for “Condition B,” and an herb gets pigeonholed. Thus we now think of milk thistle as a “liver herb,” and it’s well that we should. But we shouldn’t limit our thinking to using it only for overt liver disease, such as hepatitis or cirrhosis. As we related at length in our last issue, many diseases may be related to liver dysfunction. Furthermore, because milk thistle is proven to be a “liver herb” doesn’t mean that it’s only a liver herb. A description follows of the clinical use of milk thistle seed (tincture) by Finley Ellingwood, MD, who introduced the herb into Eclectic medical practice in the late nineteenth century. It includes liver, spleen, and pelvic indications.

And now there is a very interesting paper released in May of 2014 titled Silymarin and its constituents in cardiac preconditioning that discusses evidence of milk thistle’s benefits on the heart, amongst other organs.

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On Disease

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Diseases, except where they are very dangerous, should not be irritated by drugs. For every disease has a structure that resembles in a certain manner the nature of living creatures. For the composition of these living creatures has prescribed periods of life for the species as a whole.  It is the same with the constitution of diseases; whenever anyone destroys this by drugs, contrary to the allotted period of time, many serious diseases are wont to arise from those that are few and slight. Consequently, so far as leisure permits, one should control all such diseases by regimen, instead of irritating a troublesome evil by administering drugs.  — Plato

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Breakthrough Brain and Muscle Rejuvenating Drug?

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This is early phase research, but Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered a drug that rejuvenates old stems in the brains and muscles of mice.

You can read about this on Science Alert: Scientists have identified a drug that rejuvenates ageing muscle and brain tissue

Or the UC Berkeley Press release: Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

Or from the journal article itself in Oncotarget: Systemic attenuation of the TGF-β pathway by a single drug simultaneously rejuvenates hippocampal neurogenesis and myogenesis in the same old mammal

From the press release:

We established that you can use a single small molecule to rescue essential function in not only aged brain tissue but aged muscle,” said co-author David Schaffer, director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. “That is good news, because if every tissue had a different molecular mechanism for aging, we wouldn’t be able to have a single intervention that rescues the function of multiple tissues.

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