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Vivekacūḍāmaṇi

ISBN: 9788175971400

By developing the quality of of discrimination, a power solely accorded to man, can one distinguish between the eternal and the temporal, which in turn opens the gateway to peace and happiness. Vivekacūḍāmaṇi, literally translated as the ‘Crest Jewel of Discrimination’ is a compendium of 580 verses on the ways to know, understand and reach Brahman, the Reality in us.

Composed by the Sage Śrî Ádi Śaṅkarācārya, Vivekacūḍāmaṇi is in the form of a dialogue between the student and the Teacher, with the latter guiding the student along the spiritual path. Swami Chinmayananda’s commentary on the same is the perfect companion for students walking the spiritual path in understanding its timeless wisdom.

MoonBlog 63.5 affirmation

Weirdos in the mail

weirdo: “Removing my ability to comment or discuss my take on being a reflector highlighted to me the health of your group so I’ve kindly left. I wish you all healing xxx”

me: “I have done no such thing
I’m not the admin/mod there

but the about rules of that group are quite clear
there are no takes, only experiences. The rest is just mind fodder”

weirdo: “Mine was all experience x”

me: “Wishing healing is pretending something is wrong with those other people, making you a moralistic fascist
mirror mirror on the wall”
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MoonBlog 63.3 continuance

A new experiment (and I hate it already) 🙂

Most people know I live a ‘one thing lead to another’ kinda life. Soup of the day for the Reflector, restaurant analogy, yes? And some things that happen this way are absolutely amazing (positive) and some things are absolutely amazing (negative) 😉

Now my PHS is Color 2 (Taste) and Tone 1 (Smell) making my Taste Open, those are splenic binaries. Through my PHS I have access to a discerning spleen. I’m a natural nose breather and closing my sampling is mouth breathing. And I have Gate 20, twice, one of them my Design Moon, and I call my not-self an emotional manifesting reflector, so there is a lot of immediacy (and a few other Gates allowing me to jump into hyperspace and the opening of the heavens) and all that and more.

I do a lot of tinkering, nerding, melancholic muse driven mind puzzles with musical instruments gear (guitar pedal sequence setup and wiring, amp combinations, tube rolling) and motorbike tweaking (gear ratios, air filters, carb and exhaust tweaking) and recently also some more electronics as in guitar pedal making and now a vacuum tube tester, and so on.

So a lot is bought and sold all the time, all, the, time. Including lots of tools and machinery to do all those things. Which I enjoy a lot. A lot of research goes into it, and I do quite well in finding just the right thing, over time, reading all the reviews and having gained more knowledge and hands on experience of some of the procedures and techniques over the years.

Right now I’m diving into model making, gluing shaped pieces of plastic together and then painting them. Brushing these paints on, looks hideous. So I need an airbrush set-up… (and learn how to use it)

The new experiment is, wait, comma, pause, one lunar cycle before buying anything, -anything-. Everything.

Oh boy….
I already don’t like this… 😉
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Niemand durft te zeggen

“We melden elke dag de coronacijfers, maar ik zie nooit de cijfers van oplopende wachtlijsten, van operaties die niet doorgaan.

We maken een passieve, oneerlijke keuze, door te laten gebeuren dat de ic’s vol liggen met coronapatiënten, en de overige zorg af te schalen. Alsof coronapatiënten zieliger zijn dan andere patiënten. Dat is onrechtvaardig.

Maar ik zou wel graag oproepen: maak een klein groepje inhoudsdeskundigen, echte specialisten op dit gebied. Laat hen op rationele gronden op papier zetten: zó zou de zorg verdeeld moeten worden.

Zeshonderd patiënten op de ic en 1600 in de rest van het ziekenhuis ontwrichten op dit moment een hele bevolking, een heel land.

Het zorgpersoneel, de leraren, brandweerlieden, politieagenten. Als zij veilig hun werk kunnen doen, kijk je vervolgens naar de mensen die op de ic terechtkomen en daardoor nu de zorg blokkeren en de samenleving op slot houden. Dat zijn de vijftigers en zestigers, mannen met overgewicht. Als ik moet kiezen tussen een vaccin voor mijn 86-jarige vader of voor een huisarts, dan zeg ik: geef het aan de huisarts.

Mensen die bijna aan het einde van hun leven zijn, soms al dement, krijgen een vaccin. Dat klinkt heel barmhartig, en lief. Net zoals het heel barmhartig klinkt dat we de coronazorg nu steeds voor laten gaan op andere zorg. Maar als je goed nadenkt is het anti-sociaal.

Ik vrees dat we in onze luxe maatschappij niet in staat zijn, nooit geleerd hebben, om dit soort keuzes te maken. De politiek ook niet. Niemand durft te zeggen: we moeten minder coronapatiënten toelaten op de ic.

Ik denk dat het ligt aan de politiek-correcte, braafpraterige cultuur in veel westerse landen. En met die braafpraterij overwin je geen crisis. We willen niet onder ogen zien wat er écht aan de hand is. Het erkennen van eindigheid, dat een oud iemand op een gegeven moment gewoon doodgaat, dat vinden we ook moeilijk.” – IC-baas en hoogleraar Armand Girbes.

An issue for not-self Reflectors (don’t believe this hype)

“Are you a Reflector and you want to take your deconditioning seriously, then complete isolation for a month is the best thing you can do for yourself.”

This ends up in a proof (undefined heart/ego) to yourself to do this drama, this does -not- apply to all Reflectors and is certainly not the way to take ‘living your design seriously’.

Yes, this was done by one person and another, and a few more Reflectors, but subsequently adopted as a homogeneous method by many including other Reflectors and Professionals and even Reflector Professionals.

Much that is written about the Reflector can be traced back to the desire to be able to interpret them, and preferably by something they should or should not have -to do-, see MoonBlog 58.4 Focussing.

There are Reflectors who blame themselves for not having done this yet, which is a strange development.
Let yourself be guided by your Strategy and Inner Authority, and not by a good sounding story from anyone else.

If (big if) Strategy and Authority leads you to a month of isolation: great. If not: great.

See for example the discussions about this online on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/38840257689/permalink/10151607242157690/ or, if this is offline click here
http://www.mcha.nl/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ReflectorsOneMonthSolitudeNo.pdf

µTracer 3+ lid drilling

printed sticker drill template on polycarbonate

3mm through holes, 3.5x2mm sunk holes and 10mm through holes for Lorlin CK1029, 18.3mm through hole for 9 pin vacuum tube socket, 25mm through hole for 8 pin vacuum tube socket with 35x2mm sunk hole.

follow the whole build here: µTracer 3+ build

Moonblog 49.6 attraction

reflector sampling, or… not-self? 😉

I once bought a Digital Multi Meter. Hadn’t had one in a while and building guitar pedals, working on motorbikes and what not, they come in handy. So I buy a new one from a so-so brand for about 40 bucks I think. Conrad’s own Voltcraft VC175.

At one point it stops working, all I get are four dashes – – – – and not 0.035volts for instance.

So I try to find another one to replace it, second hand this time, and preferably a brand. I find one that looks a bit crummy but is super easy to use and has all the functions that I think I need and it’s a Fluke, 113 model. Stil twice the price of the other one new, but hey, its a Fluke.

Once home I clean the outside up a little with water and soap and use it, and it’s great. Until I need to do some tests and I get weird results. I even end up sending the pcb elsewhere for testing and finding out what is wrong. Turns out, all the tests run fine, my meter is off ! So seemingly fully functioning, but wrong values.

So I decide to scour the interwebs for advice for another one. Cause I’m not that enthusiastic about getting a ‘better’ 200 bucks Fluke this time, even if I love my gadgets and I like well known stuff, but let’s see what the experts have to say. There I find there are kinda 2 camps, the cheapos and the semi-professionals. The cheapos advice the Aneng AN8008 or AN8009 for about 20 bucks, new, incl shipping from China and the semi-professionals advice the Brymen BM235 which costs about 95 bucks brand new, excl shipping.

I realize one meter is no meter, you need to be able to check yours if anything is off. So I decide to buy them both, it’s only 20 bucks extra and the cheaper one is quite liked too, so why not? I see a funny GM328A meter gadget for 3 pin diodes and whatnot for 15 bucks and get that one too.

Realising also, that my electronic work and interest is growing and that maybe it is time for an oscilloscope too. Go into the deep end of measuring and the semi-professionals kinda agree on the Rigol DS1054Z as a great beginners scope, so that one is in the back of my mind/on the wannahave list. Meanwhile I also read up on calibrating Digital Multi Meters and find the ‘DMM Check Plus‘ which comes with a proper calibration report so you can always verify your meters and their measured results, or compare to each other how precise they are, mmm yum, I like that even better ! 🙂

Slowly slowly the meters arrive, and while I’m making a post about the different meters, I see a picture of the inside of the Voltcraft VC175

And I notice 2 fuses… so I open it up and with the new Brymen BM235 I check the fuses, and the 10A 5600V one is working, but the 0.5A 600V is broken. Would it.. could it be?

I order a few spare fuses and once they arrive I replace the broken one and voilà ! No more dashes and reading normal values….

So now having 4 Digital Multi Meters, of which 3 are working fine (fluke is still flakey), one gadgety one, an oscilloscope and a calibrated meter checker/tester, when all I needed was to replace one fuse? Was it?

Happy sampling ! 🙂
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