Before He gave any shape to the world, before He produced any form, He was alone, without form and without resemblance to anything else. Who then can comprehend how He was before the Creation? Hence it is forbidden to lend Him any form or similitude, or even to call Him by His sacred name, or to indicate Him by a single letter or a single point. But after He created the form of the Heavenly Man, He used him as a chariot wherein to descend, and He wishes to be called after His form, which is the sacred name “YHWH”. (Zohar, part ii., section “Bo,” 42b)
Major celestial bodies, like the larger, nearer planets or lower magnitude stars are easily found in the night sky without much need for computerized assistance or even coordinates. One can just walk outside at night and using a finder scope quickly home in on those objects. However, a large portion of the objects that fill the night time sky: planets, moons, higher magnitude stars, nebulae, distant galaxies are not observable by the naked eye or even with lower magnification finder scopes; thus it is necessary to use coordinates on a chart to find these objects.
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We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Words attributed to Frederick Keonig which speaks to a truth behind human happiness – a healthy practice of Gratitude is essential to happiness.
In Book X of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle says that happiness (eudaimonia) is the end of human nature. Now when he says ‘end’ he doesn’t mean it in any temporal sense, but in the sense of completion or perfection. In other words, he says that happiness is to be fully human. What does that mean, “to be fully human”? Continue reading “Eudaimonia | Want to be happy?”