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« Reply #765 on: November 22, 2010, 10:36:45 AM »



I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.



Thanks. I know this is your faith statement. Catholic church also has the same prayer for their faith statement.  It is very good and re-instate our theoretical love to Jesus. It is very good. But where is the practical love to Jesus.

Your faith says that above and fully i agree with it. But one point shall be taken into account that the same Jesus that you have stated in the faith statement is coming in every generation so that your present theoretical love can be expressed as pratical service to Him now, here on this very earth.




             

             

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« Reply #766 on: November 22, 2010, 10:37:59 AM »

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« Reply #767 on: November 22, 2010, 11:40:45 AM »



I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.



Thanks. I know this is your faith statement. Catholic church also has the same prayer for their faith statement.  It is very good and re-instate our theoretical love to Jesus. It is very good. But where is the practical love to Jesus.

Your faith says that above and fully i agree with it.
No you do not agree which makes you either deluded or a liar. You prove your disagreement by saying:
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But one point shall be taken into account that the same Jesus that you have stated in the faith statement is coming in every generation so that your present theoretical love can be expressed as pratical service to Him now, here on this very earth.
Jesus as I know Him and worship Him does NOT come in every generation. He came once - He was crucified - He rose again.

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« Reply #768 on: November 22, 2010, 12:15:35 PM »

"Show-off always shown up in showdown." - Confucius

Jesus told “first will be last & last will be first”
   
The people who are treated as great devotees and scholars by their sacrifice of words and feelings and by their dramatic dress of devotion, in the eyes of world stand in the first position but such people are pushed to the last position by the Lord. The people who do not express their love in words and mind and do not expose themselves with dramatic dress of devotion and those who sacrifice practically stand in the last position in the eyes of the world. But the Lord will push such people to the first position. A gravel stone covered by a glittering paper and a diamond covered by the dust are given first and last positions by the world. But the Lord reverses these positions.
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« Reply #769 on: November 22, 2010, 12:25:52 PM »




Listen more and speak less. It will benefit you.

Ok thanks.


Who is the leader of Orthodox church?
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« Reply #770 on: November 22, 2010, 12:33:15 PM »

Christ.
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« Reply #771 on: November 22, 2010, 12:34:27 PM »

Christ.

Christ means God in human form come to you for preaching divine knowledge....
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« Reply #772 on: November 22, 2010, 12:35:04 PM »

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What i mean like Pope for roman catholic.....
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« Reply #773 on: November 22, 2010, 12:35:58 PM »

Christ.
What i mean like Pope for roman catholic.....

The answer is the same.
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« Reply #774 on: November 22, 2010, 12:37:44 PM »




Listen more and speak less. It will benefit you.

Ok thanks.


Who is the leader of Orthodox church?
If you're God, you should know.
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Listen more and speak less. It will benefit you.

Ok thanks.


Who is the leader of Orthodox church?
If you're God, you should know.

Interally God in human form knows everything, because He is the authority for this generation. He imposes upon Him the maya (ignorance) to enjoy this creation. HE knows everything since it is His entire creation, but He assume a role in which He do not know anything, so that He can enjoy the role in this world which He has selected. Thus God will not get bored. He created this entire universe for His own entertainment. If He is aware that He is knowing everything in this creation, the entertainment aspect is lost. Hence When He comes in human form, He make use of the 'Son of God' component in the human incarnation, and the Son of God component expresses the ignorance. GOd can never be ignorant inspite of any effort. But the Son of GOD component can be. Thus Human incarnation is a 2-in-1 system in which God get entertained by using ignorance of Son of God for a moment so that He enjoy the role of human incarnation here in this world, when He comes in huamn form.


God knows everything, because this entire world is His dream or imagination only. Such GOD comes in human form to enjoy the drama here, by entering a Son of God. God alone cannot be ignorant. Because He is never ignorant. When He comes in huamn form, He uses Son of GOD and acts as ignornat that He do not know such and such thing and get infromation from others so that He enjoys the role here on this earth...

God just superimpoess the mask of ignorance using Son of GOD component.

You are a cloud and God is the Sun existing in another cloud (Son of God). The cloud is criticizing the sun for the black colour of the cloud! God is unimaginable and no quality can be His characteristic (Nachaham…, Natvamteshu… Gita). He has chosen such similar medium so that He can become close to us by mixing with us freely. For the demonstration of the diversion of all the three qualities to God, He also requires those three qualities associated with Him. From such demonstration, you should learn the concept but not criticize God foolishly with hypocrisy. The original pure path is best and if you are in the best path, proceed in it.

God will never become fully ignorant in spite of any effort.  For the sake of entertainment and enjoyment God also needs the reality of the creation.  When the reality of creation is felt the ignorance exists.  Reality of the world is proportional to the extent of self imposed ignorance on God.  However, this self imposed ignorance cannot be complete because the sun can never become jet black.  At the maximum, the sun may look dim due to the black clouds covering him.  Even in that state the sun remains with original brightness without any change.  The dim light of sun is only for the observer.  God imposes ignorance on Himself and sees Himself from the other side as the observer.  Even in that state He can see Himself as dim but not jet black.  Therefore, God in human incarnation is under partial ignorance only.

Regarding the ordinary soul, it is the part and parcel of the black cloud.  Whatever may be the extent of knowledge gained by the soul, the soul cannot reach the state of complete knowledge.

 It can never become completely bright like the radiating sun. The bright radiating sun represents the absolute God (Nirguna Para Brahman) without any cover (Upadhi).  The dim sun covered by black cloud represents God under the self imposed ignorance (Saguna Para Brahman).  The bright cloud covering sun represents the liberated soul.  The black cloud represents the ignorant soul.  Therefore, the absolutely Para Brahman is with full knowledge like the radiating sun and the ignorant soul is with full ignorance like the black cloud. 

Both these are the extreme ends of knowledge and ignorance.  The absolute God like radiating sun can enjoy the tragedy because due to the full knowledge-light no trace of misery-darkness can touch Him.  The ignorant soul can fully enjoy the comedy like the black cloud with full ignorance-darkness.  The human incarnation is the sun covered by the black cloud.  It is the union of God and the soul.  Both the extreme ends are achieved to enjoy fully the tragedy and comedy in the world.  Thus, the entertainment is continuous and the human incarnation is in continuous happiness, which is called as bliss (Ananda).
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« Reply #776 on: November 22, 2010, 12:50:58 PM »

Venu, how can you be the reincarnation of Buddha if there are three living Buddhas?    

How can you be all the incarnations of the thousands of Hindu gods?

Are you the incarnation of Zeus?  How about Jupiter?  Atum?

 

Ganapathi Sachidanada Swami-Shri Sathy Sai Baba-His Holiness Shri Dattaswami


There is only one God. God can exists in different human incarnations to carryout the mission of divine knowledge propagation at the same time.

Now for this generation, GOd has exhibited in three forms.

Ganapathi Sachidanada Swami-Shri Sathy Sai Baba-His Holiness Shri Dattaswami

All three are alive, and the same God exists in them.

But all the three caters to different spiritual levels of peoples. At the highest level true divine knoweldge is preached. Shri Sathy Sai Baba mainly promote loving each other, social service etc so that the peace in the society is maintained. Ganapathi Sachidanada Swami, propagate devotion aspect in people through Bhajans etc.

If you want to get divine knowledge in its purest form you have to catch the human incarnation who preaches wounderful divine knowledge. It does not mean that God is incapable of preaching divine knowledge through other 2 preachers. The other 2 preachers cater to people at lower spiritual level.

Each preacher has a specified cassette, which is meant to a particular level of the devotees.  The devotees of a particular level cannot concentrate in one place, since they are scattered all over the earth.  As the level goes down, the attracted souls increase in number because the majority of souls are at the bottom level only.  Schools are many. Colleges are few.  Universities are rare.

      Sri Satya Sai Baba is the reincarnation of Sri Shiridi Sai Baba, who was a Purnaavatara.  This means that there is no need to tell that Sri Satya Sai Baba is a purnaavatara.  He has started with strengthening the foundation to protect the faith of God, which is the basic stage.  For this purpose, the majority of the society is in the underground level requiring the level of foundation only.  If the foundation is not there, today no body will hear the knowledge delivered through this Datta Swami.  For such foundation, which is the faith in the existence of God, the demonstration of a variety of miracles is needed involving the super power, especially in the present atmosphere of scientific achievements.

Sri Ganapathi Satchidananda Swami erected walls on this foundation, which involve the representative worship for the higher level.  Once the existence of God is accepted, people like to worship God.  In this stage, the concept of human incarnation cannot be introduced because the level of jealousy and egoism is not at all subsided in this level.  People accept God but cannot accept the human incarnation.  Therefore, the human forms represented by statues have to be worshipped so that training is given to develop the psychology to worship the human form of the God.  In course of time, during this training the jealousy and egoism are expected to come down.  Swamiji has introduced the word Datta in this level.  He told that every form represented by the statue is Datta only.  Rama, Krishna etc., are God given (Datta) to human beings.  Siva, Vishnu etc., are God given (Datta) to souls in energetic bodies existing in the upper world.  These energetic forms are also in human structure only.


 Since, these forms are not human forms on the earth; the jealousy is satisfied in the beginning.  But the human form is already introduced. Slowly the human forms on this earth are introduced, when the jealousy comes down to the lowest level.  But still since these human forms on the earth do not exist at present, the jealousy gets pacified on this point. I have laid the foundation through Sri Satya Sai and erected the walls through Swamiji.  Now the roof on the walls is left over which is being done through this fellow, Datta Swami.  

At this level the real meaning of the word Datta is revealed, which is that Datta is God given to the human beings on this earth through the present human form only.  Please do not misunderstand that the roof is at the highest level.  The roof cannot exist without walls and walls cannot exist without the foundation.  Thus, the roof completely depends on the walls and foundation only.  Thus, the strength of this Datta Swami is only these two human forms of God.  Therefore, egoism cannot enter the mind of Datta Swami due to this logical analysis.  Without these two there is no need or existence of this roof.  
Ok, I got that.   Who are the incarnations of the gods Moloch and Huitzilopochtli?
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Ok, I got that.   Who are the incarnations of the gods Moloch and Huitzilopochtli?

When Jesus came, there was also another human incarnation in which God's power was present-St. John the Baptist. He came before Jesus to first uplift them to listen the knowledge of Jesus. Hence He preached that one should repent and stop doing sins. By such preaching He was making some group of people so that they will be eligible to listen divine knowledge of the top most preacher of the time Jesus. He told, I am even ineligible to even tie the knot of one who is going to come.

Like wise, there are three preachers:

Ganapathi Schidanada, Sathya Sai Baba, Shri Dattaswami...
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« Reply #778 on: November 22, 2010, 01:04:42 PM »




Listen more and speak less. It will benefit you.

Ok thanks.


Who is the leader of Orthodox church?
If you're God, you should know.

Interally God in human form knows everything, because He is the authority for this generation. He imposes upon Him the maya (ignorance) to enjoy this creation. HE knows everything since it is His entire creation, but He assume a role in which He do not know anything, so that He can enjoy the role in this world which He has selected. Thus God will not get bored. He created this entire universe for His own entertainment. If He is aware that He is knowing everything in this creation, the entertainment aspect is lost. Hence When He comes in human form, He make use of the 'Son of God' component in the human incarnation, and the Son of God component expresses the ignorance. GOd can never be ignorant inspite of any effort. But the Son of GOD component can be. Thus Human incarnation is a 2-in-1 system in which God get entertained by using ignorance of Son of God for a moment so that He enjoy the role of human incarnation here in this world, when He comes in huamn form.


God knows everything, because this entire world is His dream or imagination only. Such GOD comes in human form to enjoy the drama here, by entering a Son of God. God alone cannot be ignorant. Because He is never ignorant. When He comes in huamn form, He uses Son of GOD and acts as ignornat that He do not know such and such thing and get infromation from others so that He enjoys the role here on this earth...

God just superimpoess the mask of ignorance using Son of GOD component.

You are a cloud and God is the Sun existing in another cloud (Son of God). The cloud is criticizing the sun for the black colour of the cloud! God is unimaginable and no quality can be His characteristic (Nachaham…, Natvamteshu… Gita). He has chosen such similar medium so that He can become close to us by mixing with us freely. For the demonstration of the diversion of all the three qualities to God, He also requires those three qualities associated with Him. From such demonstration, you should learn the concept but not criticize God foolishly with hypocrisy. The original pure path is best and if you are in the best path, proceed in it.

God will never become fully ignorant in spite of any effort.  For the sake of entertainment and enjoyment God also needs the reality of the creation.  When the reality of creation is felt the ignorance exists.  Reality of the world is proportional to the extent of self imposed ignorance on God.  However, this self imposed ignorance cannot be complete because the sun can never become jet black.  At the maximum, the sun may look dim due to the black clouds covering him.  Even in that state the sun remains with original brightness without any change.  The dim light of sun is only for the observer.  God imposes ignorance on Himself and sees Himself from the other side as the observer.  Even in that state He can see Himself as dim but not jet black.  Therefore, God in human incarnation is under partial ignorance only.

Regarding the ordinary soul, it is the part and parcel of the black cloud.  Whatever may be the extent of knowledge gained by the soul, the soul cannot reach the state of complete knowledge.

 It can never become completely bright like the radiating sun. The bright radiating sun represents the absolute God (Nirguna Para Brahman) without any cover (Upadhi).  The dim sun covered by black cloud represents God under the self imposed ignorance (Saguna Para Brahman).  The bright cloud covering sun represents the liberated soul.  The black cloud represents the ignorant soul.  Therefore, the absolutely Para Brahman is with full knowledge like the radiating sun and the ignorant soul is with full ignorance like the black cloud. 

Both these are the extreme ends of knowledge and ignorance.  The absolute God like radiating sun can enjoy the tragedy because due to the full knowledge-light no trace of misery-darkness can touch Him.  The ignorant soul can fully enjoy the comedy like the black cloud with full ignorance-darkness.  The human incarnation is the sun covered by the black cloud.  It is the union of God and the soul.  Both the extreme ends are achieved to enjoy fully the tragedy and comedy in the world.  Thus, the entertainment is continuous and the human incarnation is in continuous happiness, which is called as bliss (Ananda).

You, who claim to be the incarnation of God, are fully ignorant if you don't know who the Head of our Church is.  I don't worship or serve an ignorant god.    
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« Reply #779 on: November 22, 2010, 01:08:08 PM »

If you're God, you should know.

Jesus was God in human form, still He asked that rich man whether he knows the laws. The rich man told that from the child hood onwards he was obeying all the commandments of God.

Listening that reply, Jesus was happy to such a nice person infront of Him.

If Jesus were God, why did He asked the rich man about all these, without asking itself He would have known all that...

There is a reason. Definetly Jesus as God, means, God was in Jesus. But God come to this world for entertainmnet and He self imposes ignorance to enjoy the drama here on this earth. Even though He knows everything, He put upon Himself a viel of ignorance to enjoy the world cinema here. By doing so GOd is not becoming really ignorant, He just supperimposed on Him that ignorance to enjoy this creation.
He can at any time remove the selfimposed mask ignorance any time He wishes.....


I hope you understood the concept, if not ask me...
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You, who claim to be the incarnation of God, are fully ignorant if you don't know who the Head of our Church is.  I don't worship or serve an ignorant god.    

This is what i replied. You are not following it...

God when comes to this world in human form, imposes upon Him the mask of ignorace temporarily to enjoy the creation. This does not mean that God is really ignorant. He can remove the ignorance mask anytime He likes. Hence He is only supperimposed the ignorance upon Him deliberately to enjoy this world cinema.

For example you went to see a very thrilling movie, if you know everything which is going to happen then you will not find the movie any more thrilling.

Like wise God knows everything in the world, which is past, present and future. Nobody need to tell Him anything whatsoever. But when He comes in human form, for the sake of entertainment, He simply wear the mask of ignorance to just test His devotees. Devotees will think if He is God how come He is not knowing all these things! Hence the devotee is tested for the faith on Human incarnation.

God simles inside by seeing such behaviour of the devotee. God says, this poor devotee is not knowing that I am all knowing God, just put the mask of ignorance to enjoy the world.....
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« Reply #781 on: November 22, 2010, 01:15:29 PM »

 
Ok, I got that.   Who are the incarnations of the gods Moloch and Huitzilopochtli?

When Jesus came, there was also another human incarnation in which God's power was present-St. John the Baptist. He came before Jesus to first uplift them to listen the knowledge of Jesus. Hence He preached that one should repent and stop doing sins. By such preaching He was making some group of people so that they will be eligible to listen divine knowledge of the top most preacher of the time Jesus. He told, I am even ineligible to even tie the knot of one who is going to come.

Like wise, there are three preachers:

Ganapathi Schidanada, Sathya Sai Baba, Shri Dattaswami...
Can I get a straight answer to a straight question?  Who are the incarnations of the gods Moloch and Huitzilopochtli?

And, you might want to read the actual verse before quoting it on this forum, "John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but He who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."  ~Luke 3:16

Why don't you know what the Bible says about Christ?  I'll be happy to send you a copy.        
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« Reply #782 on: November 22, 2010, 01:17:22 PM »

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."  ~Luke 3:16

Why don't you know what the Bible says about Christ?  I'll be happy to send you a copy.        

 God in human form also, who generates the divine knowledge, does not need the service of anybody in its propagation, since the knowledge itself gets propagated without any effort like the scent of a flower.  Once it is generated, it itself spreads everywhere.

The knowledge of a scholar is like water, where as the knowledge of God in human form is like fire.  Yohan says that his preaching is like purifying with water-bath, where as the preaching of Jesus is like purifying with fire-bath.  Water purifies the place where it is poured.  But the fire put in one place spreads and purifies the entire mass by burning and turning it into ash. The purification by water is limited and also is temporary.  If you wash any item with water, it becomes dirty by next day.  But if you burn any item with fire, it is permanently purified without any change. Hence, the divine knowledge preached even to a single person like Arjuna personally in secrecy, spreads all over the world like fire and its effect of purification is forever.

  Jesus also preached the knowledge to a few people only and did not publish it in His time.  But today it has spread all over the world. The divine knowledge of God spreads by its own divinity and potency and not by the help of the devotees, who spread it. The efforts of devotees in propagation are only formal and nominal like the efforts of monkeys in the service of Rama.  The devotees are sure to succeed in the service of God and to get the eternal grace of God. 

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« Reply #783 on: November 22, 2010, 01:18:24 PM »

You, who claim to be the incarnation of God, are fully ignorant if you don't know who the Head of our Church is.  I don't worship or serve an ignorant god.    

This is what i replied. You are not following it...

God when comes to this world in human form, imposes upon Him the mask of ignorace temporarily to enjoy the creation. This does not mean that God is really ignorant. He can remove the ignorance mask anytime He likes. Hence He is only supperimposed the ignorance upon Him deliberately to enjoy this world cinema.

For example you went to see a very thrilling movie, if you know everything which is going to happen then you will not find the movie any more thrilling.

Like wise God knows everything in the world, which is past, present and future. Nobody need to tell Him anything whatsoever. But when He comes in human form, for the sake of entertainment, He simply wear the mask of ignorance to just test His devotees. Devotees will think if He is God how come He is not knowing all these things! Hence the devotee is tested for the faith on Human incarnation.

God simles inside by seeing such behaviour of the devotee. God says, this poor devotee is not knowing that I am all knowing God, just put the mask of ignorance to enjoy the world.....
I'm following it, alright.  If you're ignorant, why should I follow you?  That's the blind leading the blind.
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« Reply #784 on: November 22, 2010, 01:21:37 PM »

I'm following it, alright.  If you're ignorant, why should I follow you?  That's the blind leading the blind.

You case you qouted above apply to a really ignorant person. God is never ignorant. He simply imposes ignroance to test His devotees' faith. He knows everything, after all this entire creation is dream or imagination only. For testing devotees for their faith in Him, He simply act as ignorant eventhough He knows everything...!!!!
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« Reply #785 on: November 22, 2010, 01:24:16 PM »

I'm following it, alright.  If you're ignorant, why should I follow you?  That's the blind leading the blind.

God always selects a liberated soul with the gross body for becoming the human incarnation. God will not enter the human gross body directly without the liberated soul.  In such case, the chance for the liberated soul to enjoy the closest association of God in a single body is lost. The credit of the liberated soul being treated as God (Advaita) is also not accomplished.  Especially, when God preaches the exceptional spiritual knowledge like Gita, the liberated soul is treated as the generator of such exceptional knowledge.  Apart from this, God has an advantage also through the association of the liberated soul. 

God cannot act as a real ignorant person, since the ignorance cannot cover Him completely.  Even the thickest cloud cannot retain its original intensity of darkness by covering the bright Sun.  Similarly, when the ignorance covers God, it cannot retain its original state of ignorance and becomes weak.  Hence, God likes the association of a liberated soul, which can attain the inherent ignorance of a soul in doing the activities of ignorance. It is like a dupe acting on behalf of the hero in disguise of hero in cinema shooting.

Instead of God acting like an ignorant soul, it will be better if a really ignorant soul acts on behalf of God in disguise. Even though the liberated soul is enlightened and is devoid of ignorance, it can attain its inherent state of ignorance in a natural way whenever it is required.  It is easy for an illuminated cloud to regain its darkness than the really bright Sun covered by cloud.  Due to close association with the ignorant soul, God appears to be really ignorant through the soul and thus God can test the real faith of devotees.

 God takes the credit of the ignorant actions of the associated liberated soul and in turn the liberated soul takes the credit of God’s wonderful activities. Thus, the purpose of God as well as the ambition of the soul is accomplished by this mutual exchange.  This is the main reason of the association of God with the selected liberated soul in the human incarnation as per Veda (Dvaa suparnaa…..). The ambition of God to taste the real ignorance and the ambition of the soul to taste the real divinity are simultaneously accomplished.
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« Reply #786 on: November 22, 2010, 01:26:11 PM »

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."  ~Luke 3:16

Why don't you know what the Bible says about Christ?  I'll be happy to send you a copy.        

 God in human form also, who generates the divine knowledge, does not need the service of anybody in its propagation, since the knowledge itself gets propagated without any effort like the scent of a flower.  Once it is generated, it itself spreads everywhere.

The knowledge of a scholar is like water, where as the knowledge of God in human form is like fire.  Yohan says that his preaching is like purifying with water-bath, where as the preaching of Jesus is like purifying with fire-bath.  Water purifies the place where it is poured.  But the fire put in one place spreads and purifies the entire mass by burning and turning it into ash. The purification by water is limited and also is temporary.  If you wash any item with water, it becomes dirty by next day.  But if you burn any item with fire, it is permanently purified without any change. Hence, the divine knowledge preached even to a single person like Arjuna personally in secrecy, spreads all over the world like fire and its effect of purification is forever.

  Jesus also preached the knowledge to a few people only and did not publish it in His time.  But today it has spread all over the world. The divine knowledge of God spreads by its own divinity and potency and not by the help of the devotees, who spread it. The efforts of devotees in propagation are only formal and nominal like the efforts of monkeys in the service of Rama.  The devotees are sure to succeed in the service of God and to get the eternal grace of God. 


It seems that you are the one that's not following what I'm saying.  You misquote Scripture to support your own delusions.  Like I said, I'll be happy to send you a copy of the Bible so you can learn about the Scriptures.  And, if you should desire to learn more about the Traditions of the Church, I bet there are Eastern or Oriental Orthodox Churches in your area where you will be able to talk to a priest.  In the meantime, I'll pray for you.
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« Reply #787 on: November 22, 2010, 01:27:53 PM »

It seems that you are the one that's not following what I'm saying.  You misquote Scripture to support your own delusions.  Like I said, I'll be happy to send you a copy of the Bible so you can learn about the Scriptures.  And, if you should desire to learn more about the Traditions of the Church, I bet there are Eastern or Oriental Orthodox Churches in your area where you will be able to talk to a priest.  In the meantime, I'll pray for you.

Thanks for that. I have already a copy of english version of bible. I have read bible the new testament many a time completely.....several times...

By the way, i request  you to kindly go through the above reply regarding the ignorance of God....please..
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« Reply #788 on: November 22, 2010, 01:39:13 PM »

It seems that you are the one that's not following what I'm saying.  You misquote Scripture to support your own delusions.  Like I said, I'll be happy to send you a copy of the Bible so you can learn about the Scriptures.  And, if you should desire to learn more about the Traditions of the Church, I bet there are Eastern or Oriental Orthodox Churches in your area where you will be able to talk to a priest.  In the meantime, I'll pray for you.
Agia Marina;

Lord Jesus is very much interested in your case. The theoretical devotion you have is very much appreciable.

Kingdom of God can be entered only when one is fully detached from world and completely attached to Jesus. If you have a single attachment to world then you are not fully attached to Jesus. For example our various attachments are husband, wife, children, wealth, name, fame and self etc.

Unless you break all the above bonds you cannot have a single bond with Jesus. Single bond with Jesus break all other worldly bonds and you will enter kingdom of God since you are liberated by extremly practical love on Jesus.

Practical love on Jesus alone can liberate you, for that Jesus has to be here in human form. Only to a visible Jesus you can practically serve, and have a strong bond which beat all other worldly bonds....
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« Reply #789 on: November 22, 2010, 07:06:36 PM »

It seems that you are the one that's not following what I'm saying.  You misquote Scripture to support your own delusions.  Like I said, I'll be happy to send you a copy of the Bible so you can learn about the Scriptures.  And, if you should desire to learn more about the Traditions of the Church, I bet there are Eastern or Oriental Orthodox Churches in your area where you will be able to talk to a priest.  In the meantime, I'll pray for you.

Thanks for that. I have already a copy of english version of bible. I have read bible the new testament many a time completely.....several times...
Then you should know what the Scriptures say about false prophets, the anti-christ, and demon possession.  Obviously, you haven't read the Bible enough if you can't quote a Scripture correctly.  It's not like this is a closed-book test.

By the way, i request  you to kindly go through the above reply regarding the ignorance of God....please..
I've read the above silliness--God is not ignorant, nor is His incarnation ignorant.  I'm afraid that pleading ignorance won't make us believe that you are God.

You really should read the Scriptures more thoroughly with the help of an Orthodox priest to get a better understanding of them.      
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"Show-off always shown up in showdown." - Confucius

Jesus told “first will be last & last will be first”
   
The people who are treated as great devotees and scholars by their sacrifice of words and feelings and by their dramatic dress of devotion, in the eyes of world stand in the first position but such people are pushed to the last position by the Lord. The people who do not express their love in words and mind and do not expose themselves with dramatic dress of devotion and those who sacrifice practically stand in the last position in the eyes of the world. But the Lord will push such people to the first position. A gravel stone covered by a glittering paper and a diamond covered by the dust are given first and last positions by the world. But the Lord reverses these positions.


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« Reply #791 on: November 22, 2010, 07:08:33 PM »

It seems that you are the one that's not following what I'm saying.  You misquote Scripture to support your own delusions.  Like I said, I'll be happy to send you a copy of the Bible so you can learn about the Scriptures.  And, if you should desire to learn more about the Traditions of the Church, I bet there are Eastern or Oriental Orthodox Churches in your area where you will be able to talk to a priest.  In the meantime, I'll pray for you.
Agia Marina;

Lord Jesus is very much interested in your case. The theoretical devotion you have is very much appreciable.

Kingdom of God can be entered only when one is fully detached from world and completely attached to Jesus. If you have a single attachment to world then you are not fully attached to Jesus. For example our various attachments are husband, wife, children, wealth, name, fame and self etc.

Unless you break all the above bonds you cannot have a single bond with Jesus. Single bond with Jesus break all other worldly bonds and you will enter kingdom of God since you are liberated by extremly practical love on Jesus.

Practical love on Jesus alone can liberate you, for that Jesus has to be here in human form. Only to a visible Jesus you can practically serve, and have a strong bond which beat all other worldly bonds....

God is interested in your soul.  Repent.
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God is interested in your soul.  Repent.

OK i will, but how to repent...
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« Reply #793 on: November 23, 2010, 12:39:03 AM »

You are only asking how to repent so you can have another opportunity to post an unrelated 5 paragraph essay...I will beat you to it.
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Green beans (American English), also known as French beans and Runner beans (British English), are the unripe fruit of any kind of bean, including the yardlong bean, the hyacinth bean, the winged bean, and especially the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), whose pods are also usually called string beans in the northeastern United States, but can also be called snap beans.

Green bean varieties have been bred especially for the fleshiness, flavor, or sweetness of their pods. Haricots verts, French for "green beans," may refer to a longer, thinner type of green bean than the typical, American green bean.

The first "stringless" bean was bred in 1894 by Calvin Keeney, called the "father of the stringless bean," while working in Le Roy, New York.[1]

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Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy   129 kJ (31 kcal)
Carbohydrates   7.1 g
Dietary fibre   3.6 g
Fat   0.1 g
Protein   1.8 g
Vitamin C   16 mg (27%)
Iron   1 mg (8%)
Potassium   200 mg (4%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
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Green beans are of nearly universal distribution. They are marketed canned, frozen, and fresh.

Green beans are often steamed, boiled, stir-fried, or baked in casseroles. A dish with green beans popular throughout the United States, particularly at Thanksgiving, is green bean casserole, which consists of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions.[2]

Some restaurants in the USA serve green beans that are battered and fried, and Japanese restaurants in the United States frequently serve green bean tempura. Green beans are also sold dried and fried with vegetables like carrots, corn, and peas.

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Green beans are found in two major groups, bush beans and pole beans.[3]

Bush beans are short plants, growing to approximately two feet in height, without requiring supports. They generally reach maturity and produce all of their fruit in a relatively short period of time, then cease to produce. Gardeners may grow more than one crop of bush beans in a season.

Varieties

Over 130 varieties of snap bean are known.[4] Varieties specialized for use as green beans, selected for the succulence and flavor of their pods, are the ones usually grown in the home vegetable garden, and many varieties exist. Pod color can be green, golden, purple, red, or streaked. Shapes range from thin "fillet" types to wide "romano" types and more common types in between. French Haricots verts (green beans) are bred for flavorful pods.

The following varieties are among the most common and widely grown.

Bush types

Burpee's Stringless Green Pod, 50 days (green, heirloom)[1]
Contender, 50 days (green)
Rocdor, 53 days (yellow)
Cherokee Wax, 55 days (yellow), 1948 AAS winner
Golden Wax/Improved Golden Wax/Pencil Pod Black Wax/Top Notch, 55 days (yellow, heirloom)
Red Swan, 55 days (red)
Blue Lake 274, 58 days (green)
Maxibel, 59 days (green fillet)
Roma II, 59 days (green romano)
Improved Commodore/Bush Kentucky Wonder, 60 days (green), 1945 AAS winner
Dragon's Tongue, 60 days (streaked)

Green pole beans on beanpoles.
Pole types

Meraviglia di Venezia (Marvel of Venice), 54 days (yellow romano)
Blue Lake, 60 days (green)
Fortex, 60 days (green fillet)
Kentucky Blue, 63 days (green), 1991 AAS winner
Old Homestead/Kentucky Wonder, 65 days (green, heirloom)
Rattlesnake, 73 days (streaked, heirloom)
Purple King, 75 days (purple)
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^ a b Taylor's guide to heirloom vegetables. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1996. ISBN 0395708184
^ The New Best Recipe. America's Test Kitchen. 2004.
^ McGee, Rose Marie Nichols; Stuckey, Maggie (2002). The Bountiful Container. Workman Publishing.
^ Facciola, Stephen (1998). Cornucopia II : a source book of edible plants. Kampong Publications. ISBN 0962808725.
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God is interested in your soul.  Repent.

OK i will, but how to repent...

Repentance is the feeling and act in which one recognizes and tries to right a wrong, or gain forgiveness from someone whom he wronged. In religious contexts it usually refers to repenting for a sin against God. It always includes an admission of guilt, and also includes at least one of the following:

    a solemn promise or resolve not to repeat the offense;
    an attempt to make restitution for the wrong,
    or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.

In Biblical Hebrew, the idea of repentance is represented by two verbs: שוב shuv (to return) and נח�? nicham (to feel sorrow).

In the New Testament, the word translated as 'repentance' is the Greek word μετάνοια (metanoia), "after/behind one's mind," which is a compound word of the preposition 'meta' (after, with), and the verb 'noeo' (to perceive, to think, the result of perceiving or observing). In this compound word the preposition combines the two meanings of time and change, which may be denoted by 'after' and 'different'; so that the whole compound means: 'to think differently after'. Metanoia is therefore primarily an after-thought, different from the former thought; a change of mind accompanied by regret and change of conduct, "change of mind and heart", or, "change of consciousness". One of the key descriptions of repentance in the New Testament is the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke 15:11.









CANON OF REPENTANCE

To our Lord Jesus Christ

Song 1. Tone 6.

Eirmos: When Israel walked on foot in the sea as on dry land, on seeing their pursuer Pharaoh drowned, they cried: Let us sing to God a song of victory. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

Now I, a burdened sinner, approach Thee, my Lord and God. But I dare not raise my eyes to Heaven. I only pray, saying: Give me, O Lord, the sense to weep bitterly over my deeds.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

O woe is me, a sinner! Wretched am I above all men. There is no penitence in me. Give me, O Lord, tears to weep bitterly over my deeds.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Foolish, wretched man, you are wasting your time in idleness! Think of your life and turn to the Lord God, and weep bitterly over your deeds.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Most pure Mother of God, look upon me, a sinner, and deliver me from the snares of the devil, and guide me to the way of repentance, that I may weep bitterly over my deeds.

Song 3.

Eirmos: There is none holy as Thou, O Lord my God, "Who hast exalted the power of Thy faithful, O Good One, and strengthened us on the rock of Thy confession.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

When the thrones are set at the dread judgment, then the deeds of all men will be exposed. Then alas for the sinners sent to torment! And knowing that, my soul, repent of your evil deeds.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

The righteous will rejoice, but the sinners will weep. Then no one will be able to help us, but our deeds will condemn us. Therefore, before the end dawns, repent of your evil deeds.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Woe is me, a great sinner, who have defiled myself by my deeds and thoughts. Not a tear-drop do I have, because of my hard-heartedness. Now raise yourself from the earth, my soul, and repent of your evil deeds.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theolokion: Lo, thy Son calls, O Lady, and teaches us what is good. But, sinful as I am, I always flee from the good. But do thou, O merciful one, have mercy on me, that I may repent of my evil deeds.

Lord, have mercy. (Thrice).

Sedalion, tone 6:I think of the awful day and weep over my evil deeds. How shall I answer the Immortal King? How shall I, a prodigal, dare to look at the Judge? O gracious Father, Only-Begotten Son, and Holy Spirit, have mercy on me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Bound now with many chains of sins, and inhibited by cruel passions, I have recourse to thee, my salvation, and cry: Help me, O Virgin, Mother of God.

Song 4.

Eirmos: Christ is my power, my God and my Lord, the holy Church divinely sings, crying with a pure mind, keeping festival in the Lord.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

Broad is the way here and conducive to indulging in pleasures, but how bitter it will be on the last day when the soul is separated from the body! Beware of pleasures, man, for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Why do you wrong the poor? Why do you withhold the wage of the hired servant? Why do you not love your brother? Why do you run after pride and lust? And so, stop these things, my soul, and repent for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

O thoughtless man! How long will you busy yourself like a bee, accumulating your fortune? For it will perish like dust and ashes soon. But seek rather the Kingdom of God.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theolokion: O Lady, Mother of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Strengthen me in the virtues and keep me safe, lest sudden death take me by surprise. And bring me, O Virgin, to the Kingdom of God.

Song 5.

Eirmos: Illumine with Thy divine light, I pray, O Good One, the souls of those who with love rise early to pray to Thee, that they may know Thee, O Word of God, as the true God, Who recalls us from the darkness of sin.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

Remember, wretched man, how you are enslaved to lies, calumnies, theft, infirmities, wild beasts and fears, on account of your sins. O my sinful soul, is that what you have desired?

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

My members tremble, for with all of them I have sinned: with my eyes in looking, with my ears in hearing, with my tongue in speaking evil, and by surrendering the whole of myself to hell. O my sinful soul, is that what you have desired?

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Thou didst receive the prodigal and the robber who repented, O Saviour, and I alone have succumbed to sinful sloth and have become enslaved to evil deeds. O my sinful soul, is this what you have desired?

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Wonderful and speedy helper of all men, help me. Mother of God, unworthy as I am, for my sinful soul desires that.

Song 6.

Eirmos: Beholding the sea of life surging the flood of temptations, I run to calm haven, and cry to Thee: Raise up my life from corruption, O Most Merciful One.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

I have lived my life wantonly on earth and have delivered my soul to darkness. But now I implore Thee, O merciful Lord, free me from this work of the enemy and give me the knowledge to do Thy will.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy m me.

Who does such things as I do? For just like a swine lying in the mud, so I serve sin. But do Thou, O Lord, pull me out of this vileness and give me the heart to do Thy commandments.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Rise, wretched man, to God and, remembering your sins, fall down before your Creator, weeping and groaning, for He is merciful and will grant you to know His will.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Virgin Mother of God, protect me from evil visible and invisible, O immaculate one, and accept my prayers and convey them to thy Son, that He may grant me the sense to do His will.

Lord, have mercy. (Thrice).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Kontakion: O my soul, why do you become rich in sins? Why do you do the will of the devil? On what do you set your hope? Stop these things and turn to God with tears, and cry: O Merciful Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Oekos: Think, my soul, of the bitter hour of death and the awful judgment of your God and Creator. For terrible Angels will seize you, my soul, and will lead you into the eternal fire. And so, before your death, repent and cry: O Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Song 7.

Eirmos: An Angel made the furnace throw de-w on the holy Children. But the command of God consumed the Chaldeans and prevailed upon the tyrant to cry: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

Do not hope, my soul, for corruptible wealth, and for what is unjustly collected. For you do riot know to whom you will leave it all. But cry: O Christ our God, have mercy on me, who am unworthy.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Do not trust, my soul, in your physical health, and in your quickly-passing beauty. For you see that the strong and the young die. But say: O Christ our God, have mercy on me, who am unworthy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Sore, and to the Holy Spirit:

Remember, my soul, eternal life and the Heavenly Kingdom prepared for the saints, and the outer darkness and the wrath of God for the evil, and cry: O Christ our God, have mercy on me, who am unworthy.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Fall down, my soul, before the Mother of God, and pray to her; for she is quick to help those who repent. She prays to Christ, her Son and our God, and has mercy on me who am unworthy.

Song 8.

Eirmos: Thou didst make flame sprinkle the Saints with dew, and didst burn the sacrifice of a righteous man with water. For Thou alone, O Christ, dost do all as Thou wiliest. Thee we exalt throughout all ages.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

How can I not weep when I think of death? For I have seen my brother lying in his coffin, inglorious and hideous. What, then, do I expect? And what do I hope for? Only grant me, O Lord, repentance before my end. (2)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

I believe that Thou wilt come to judge the living and the dead, and all will stand in order, old and young, lords and princes, priests and virgins. Where shall I find myself? Therefore I cry: grant me, O Lord, repentance before my end.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Most pure Mother of God, accept my unworthy prayer and preserve me from sudden death; and grant me repentance before my end.

Song 9.

Eirmos: It is impossible for men to see God, upon Whom the orders of Angels dare not gaze. But through thee, O all-pure one, did the Word incarnate appear to men, and with the Heavenly Hosts we magnify Him, and thee we call blessed.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

I now have recourse to you, holy Angels, Archangels, and all the Heavenly Hosts who stand at the throne of God: pray to your Creator that He may save my soul from eternal torment.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Now I turn to you with tears, holy patriarchs, kings and prophets, apostles and holy prelates, and all Christ's elect: help me at the judgment, that He may save my soul from the power of the enemy.

Glory to the Father, awl to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Now I lift my hands to you, holy martyrs, hermits, virgins, righteous and all the saints, who pray to the Lord for the whole world, that He may have mercy on me at the hour of my death.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: O Mother of God, help me who have strong hope in thee; implore thy Son that He may place me on His right hand, unworthy as I am, when He sits to judge the living and the dead. Amen.

Prayer after the Canon

Lord Christ our God, Who hast healed my passions through Thy Passion, and hast cured my wounds through Thy wounds, grant me who have sinned greatly against Thee tears of compunction. Transform my body with the fragrance of Thy life-giving Body, and sweeten my soul with Thy Holy Blood from the bitterness with which the foe has fed me. Lift up my downward looking mind to Thee, and take it out of the pit of perdition, for I have no repentance, I have no compunction, I have no consoling tears, which uplift children to their heritage. My mind has been darkened through earthly passions, I cannot look up to Thee in pain. I cannot warm myself with tears of love for Thee. But, O Lord Jesus Christ, Treasury of good gifts, give me thorough repentance and a diligent heart to seek Thee; grant me Thy grace, and renew in me the lineaments of Thy image. I have forsaken Thee - do not forsake me! Come out to seek me; lead me up to Thy pasturage and number me among the lambs of Thy chosen flock. Nourish me with them on the grass of Thy Holy Mysteries. by the prayers of Thy Most Pure Mother and all Thy saints. Amen.

 
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Squash (plant)

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Yellow squash
Summer squash
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy   69 kJ (16 kcal)
Carbohydrates   3.4 g
Dietary fiber   1.1 g
Fat   0.2 g
Protein   1.2 g
Water   95 g
Riboflavin (Vit. B2)   0.14 mg (9%)
Vitamin C   17 mg (28%)
Potassium   262 mg (6%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Squashes generally refer to four species of the genus Cucurbita native to Mexico and Central America, also called marrows depending on variety or the nationality of the speaker. These species include C. maxima (hubbard squash, buttercup squash, some varieties of prize pumpkins, such as Big Max), C. mixta (cushaw squash), C. moschata (butternut squash), and C. pepo (most pumpkins, acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini).[1] In North America, squash is loosely grouped into summer squash or winter squash, depending on whether they are harvested as immature fruit (summer squash) or mature fruit (autumn squash or winter squash). Gourds are from the same family as squashes. Well known types of squash include the pumpkin and zucchini. Giant squash are derived from Cucurbita maxima and are routinely grown to weights nearing those of giant pumpkins. For more details, refer to list of gourds and squashes.

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Archaeological evidence suggests that squash may have been first cultivated in Mesoamerica some 8,000 to 10,000 years ago,[2][3] and may have been independently cultivated elsewhere at a later date.[4] Squash was one of the "Three Sisters" planted by Native Americans. The Three Sisters were the three main native crop plants: maize (corn), beans, and squash. These were usually planted together, with the cornstalk providing support for the climbing beans, and shade for the squash. The squash vines provided ground cover to limit weeds. Weeds can be detrimental to the growing conditions of the squash. The beans provided nitrogen fixing for all three crops.

Summer squashes, including zucchini (also known as courgette), pattypan and yellow crookneck are harvested during the growing season, while the skin is still soft and the fruit rather small; they are eaten almost immediately and require little to no cooking.

Winter squashes (such as vegetable spaghetti, butternut, Hubbard, buttercup, ambercup, acorn, spaghetti squash and pumpkin) are harvested at maturity, generally the end of summer, cured to further harden the skin, and stored in a cool place for eating later. They generally require longer cooking time than summer squashes. (Note: Although the term winter squash is used here to differentiate from summer squash, it is also commonly used as a synonym for Cucurbita maxima.) The squash fruit is classified as a pepo by botanists, which is a special type of berry with a thick outer wall or rind formed from hypanthium tissue fused to the exocarp; the fleshy interior is composed of mesocarp and endocarp. The pepo, derived from an inferior ovary, is characteristic of the Squash Family (Cucurbitaceae). In culinary terms, both summer and winter squashes are generally considered as vegetables, even though pumpkin may be used for pies.

In addition to the fruit, other parts of the plant are edible. Squash seeds can be eaten directly, ground into paste, meal, "nut" butter, even a fine flour, or (particularly for hulless pumpkins) pressed for vegetable oil (e.g. bottle gourd, buffalo gourd, pumpkin seed and watermelon seed oils). The shoots, leaves, and tendrils can be eaten as greens. The blossoms are an important part of native American cooking and are also used in many other parts of the world. Both the male and female blossoms can be harvested pre- or mid-flower.

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A bee within the flower of a zucchini squash
As with all other members of the family, the flowers come in pollen-bearing male form, and the ovary-bearing female form, with both forms being present on the plant. Squash has historically been pollinated by the native North American squash bee Peponapis pruinosa, and related species, but this bee and its relatives have declined, probably due to pesticide sensitivity, and most commercial plantings are pollinated by European honey bees today. One hive per acre (4,000 m² per hive) is recommended by the US Department of Agriculture. Gardeners with a shortage of bees often have to hand pollinate. Giant squash grown competitively are usually hand pollinated. Flowers are kept closed before and after pollination to prevent cross pollination. Inadequately pollinated female squash flowers will usually start growing but abort before full development. Many gardeners blame various fungal diseases for the aborted fruit, but the fix proves to be[citation needed] better pollination not fungicide.

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Though considered a vegetable in cooking, botanically speaking, squash is a fruit (being the receptacle for the plant's seeds). Squash can be served fresh (in salads) and cooked (squash stuffed with meat, fried squash, baked squash). Small pattypans are good for pickling.

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The English word "squash" derives from askutasquash (a green thing eaten raw), a word from the Narragansett language, which was documented by Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, in his 1643 publication A Key Into the Language of America. Similar words for squash exist in related languages of the Algonquian family such as Massachusett.


Squashes grow hanging from a network of stalks


A yellow squash


Petit pan (patty pan) squash


Longitudinal section of female flower of squash (courgette), showing ovary, ovules, pistil, and petals


A turban squash


Delicata squash, also known as Sweet Potato squash


Various squashes such as Turban, Sweet Dumpling, Carnival, Gold Acorn, Delicata, Buttercup and Golden Nugget.

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Moche Squash Ceramic. 300 A.D. Larco Museum Collection
The squash has been an essential crop in the Andes since the pre-Columbian Era. The Moche culture from Northern Peru made ceramics from earth, water, and fire. This pottery was a sacred substance, formed in significant shapes and used to represent important themes. Squash are represented frequently in Moche ceramics.[5]

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^ Archaeobiology: Squash Seeds Yield New View of Early American Farming
^ The Initial Domestication of Cucurbita pepo in the Americas 10,000 Years Ago
^ Eastern North America as an independent center of plant domestication
^ Berrin, Katherine & Larco Museum. The Spirit of Ancient Peru:Treasures from the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera. New York:Thames and Hudson, 1997.
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Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas depicted in stained glass
Born   Thomas Aquinas
1225
Aquino, Kingdom of Sicily
Died   7 March 1274 (aged 49)
Fossanova, Kingdom of Sicily
Occupation   priest, philosopher, theologian
Genres   Scholasticism, Thomism
Subjects   Metaphysics, Logic, Mind, Epistemology, Ethics, Politics
Notable work(s)   Summa Theologica
Influences
Aristotle, Averroes, Avicenna, Albertus Magnus, Paul the Apostle, Boethius, Eriugena, Anselm, Maimonides, Augustine of Hippo, John of Damascus
Influenced
Giles of Rome, Godfrey of Fontaines, Hooker, Locke, Dante, Leibniz, Martain, Gilson, Anscombe, Donoso Cortés, Eckhart, Chesterton, Joyce, Kenny, Pope Pius XII, Carvalho; See also Thomism, Roman Catholic theology, Mortimer J. Adler, Cornelio Fabro, Fulton J. Sheen, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino; (Aquino, 1225 – Fossanova, 7 March 1274) was an Italian priest of the Catholic Church in the Dominican Order, and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, known as Doctor Angelicus (the Angelic Doctor) and Doctor Communis or Doctor Universalis (the Common or Universal Doctor).[1] He is frequently referred to as Thomas because "Aquinas" refers to his residence rather than his surname. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of the Thomistic school of philosophy and theology. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy was conceived as a reaction against, or as an agreement with his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law and political theory.

Aquinas is held in the Catholic Church to be the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood.[2] The works for which he is best-known are the Summa Theologica and the Summa Contra Gentiles. One of the 33 Doctors of the Church, he is considered the Church's greatest theologian and philosopher. Pope Benedict XV declared: "The Church has declared Thomas' doctrine to be her own."[3]

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Aquinas was born in Aquino c. 1225, according to some authors in the father Count Landulf of Aquino's castle placed in Roccasecca, in the same Contea di Aquino (Kingdom of Sicily, in the present-day: Lazio). Through his mother, Theodora Countess of Theate, Aquinas was related to the Hohenstaufen dynasty of Holy Roman emperors.[4] Landulf's brother Sinibald was abbot of the original Benedictine abbey at Monte Cassino. While the rest of the Aquinas sons pursued a military career,[5] the family intended for Aquinas to follow his uncle into the abbacy;[6] this would have been a normal career path for a younger son of southern Italian nobility.[4]

At the age of five, Aquinas began his early education at Monte Cassino but after the military conflict that broke out between the Emperor Frederick II and Pope Gregory IX spilled into the abbey in early 1239, Landulf and Theodora had Aquinas enrolled at the studium generale (university) recently established by Frederick in Naples.[7] It was here that Aquinas was probably introduced to Aristotle, Averroes and Maimonides, all of whom would influence his theological philosophy.[8] It was also during his study at Naples that Aquinas came under the influence of John of St. Julian, a Dominican preacher in Naples, who was part of the active effort by the Dominican order to recruit devout followers.[9] Here his teacher in arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music was Petrus de Ibernia.[10]


The Castle of Monte San Giovanni Campano
At age nineteen, Thomas resolved to join the Dominican Order. Aquinas' change of heart did not please his family, who had expected him to become a Benedictine monk.[11] In an attempt to prevent Theodora's interference in Aquinas' choice, the Dominicans arranged for Aquinas to be removed to Rome, and from Rome, sent to Paris.[12] On his way to Rome, his brothers, per Theodora's instructions, seized him as he was drinking from a spring and took him back to his parents at the castle of Monte San Giovanni Campano.[12] He was held for two years in the family homes at Monte San Giovanni and Roccasecca in an attempt to prevent him from assuming the Dominican habit and to push him into renouncing his new aspiration.[8] Political concerns prevented the Pope from ordering Aquinas' release, extending the detention,[13] a detention which Aquinas spent tutoring his sisters and communicating with members of the Dominican Order.[8] Family members became desperate to dissuade Aquinas, who remained determined to join the Dominicans. At one point, two of his brothers hired a prostitute to seduce him, but he drove her away, wielding a burning stick. According to legend, that night two angels appeared to him as he slept and strengthened his determination to remain celibate.[14] By 1244, seeing that all of her attempts to dissuade Aquinas had failed, Theodora sought to save the family's dignity, arranging for Aquinas to escape at night through his window. In her mind, a secret escape from detention was less damaging than an open surrender to the Dominicans. Aquinas was sent first to Naples and then to Rome to meet Johannes von Wildeshausen, the Master General of the Dominican Order.[15]

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In 1245, Aquinas was sent to study at the University of Paris' Faculty of Arts where he most likely met Dominican scholar Albertus Magnus,[16] then the Chair of Theology at the College of St. James in Paris.[17] When Albertus was sent by his superiors to teach at the new studium generale at Cologne in 1248,[16] Aquinas followed him, declining Pope Innocent IV's offer to appoint him abbot of Monte Cassino as a Dominican.[6] Albertus then appointed the reluctant Aquinas magister studentium.[4] After failing in his first theological disputation, Albertus prophetically exclaimed: "We call him the dumb ox, but in his teaching he will one day produce such a bellowing that it will be heard throughout the world."[6]

Aquinas taught in Cologne as an apprentice professor (baccalaureus biblicus), instructing students on the books of the Old Testament and writing Expositio super Isaiam ad litteram (Literal Commentary on Isaiah), Postilla super Ieremiam (Commentary on Jeremiah) and Postilla super Threnos (Commentary on Lamentations).[18] Then in 1252 he returned to Paris to study for the master's degree in theology. He lectured on the Bible as an apprentice professor, and upon becoming a baccalaureus Sententiarum (bachelor of the Sentences)[19] devoted his final three years of study to commenting on Peter Lombard's Sentences. In the first of his four theological syntheses, Aquinas composed a massive commentary on the Sentences entitled Scriptum super libros Sententiarium (Commentary on the Sentences). Aside from his masters writings, he wrote De ente et essentia (On Being and Essence) for his fellow Dominicans in Paris.[6]

In spring of 1296, Aquinas was appointed regent master in theology at Paris and one of his first works upon assuming this office was Contra impugnantes Dei cultum et religionem (Against Those Who Assail the Worship of God and Religion), defending the mendicant orders which had come under attack by William of Saint-Amour.[20] During his tenure from 1256 to 1259, Aquinas wrote numerous works, including: Questiones disputatae de veritate (Disputed Questions on Truth), a collection of twenty-nine disputed questions on aspects of faith and the human condition [21] prepared for the public university debates he presided over on Lent and Advent;[22] Quaestiones quodlibetales (Quodlibetal Questions), a collection of his responses to questions posed to him by the academic audience;[21] and both Expositio super librum Boethii De trinitate (Commentary on Boethius's De trinitate) and Expositio super librum Boethii De hebdomadibus (Commentary on Boethius's De hebdomadibus), commentaries on the works of 6th century philosopher Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius.[23] By the end of his regency, Aquinas was working on one of his most famous works, Summa contra Gentiles.[24]

Saint Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas, by Fra Angelico, O.P.
Doctor of the Church
Born   c. 1229
Aquino, Kingdom of Sicily
Died   7 March 1274 (aged 49)
Fossanuova Abbey, Kingdom of Sicily
Venerated in   Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion
Canonized   1323, Avignon, France by Pope John XXII
Major shrine   Church of the Jacobins, Toulouse, France
Feast   28 January (new), 7 March (old)
Attributes   The Summa Theologica, a model church, the Sun
Patronage   All Catholic educational institutions
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Around 1259, Aquinas returned to Naples where he lived until he arrived in Orvieto around September 1261. In Orvieto, he was appointed conventual lector, in charge of the education of friars unable to attend a studium generale. During his stay in Orvieto, Aquinas completed his Summa contra Gentiles, and wrote the Catena Aurea (The Golden Chain).[25] He also wrote the liturgy for the newly created feast of Corpus Christi and produced works for Pope Urban IV concerning Greek Orthodox theology, e.g. Contra errores graecorum (Against the Errors of the Greeks).[24] In 1265 he was ordered by the Dominicans to establish a studium for the Order in Rome at the priory of Santa Sabina, which he did from 1265 until he was called back to Paris in 1268.[26] It was in Rome that Aquinas began his most famous work, Summa Theologica,[25] and wrote a variety of other works like his unfinished Compendium Theologiae and Responsio ad fr. Ioannem Vercellensem de articulis 108 sumptis ex opere Petri de Tarentasia (Reply to Brother John of Vercelli Regarding 108 Articles Drawn from the Work of Peter of Tarentaise).[23] In his position as head of the studium, conducted a series of important disputations on the power of God, which he compiled into his De potentia.[26]

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In 1268 the Dominican Order assigned Aquinas to be regent master at the University of Paris for a second time, a position he held until the spring of 1272. Part of the reason for this sudden reassignment appears to have arisen from the rise of "Averroism" or "radical Aristotelianism" in the universities. In response to these perceived evils, Aquinas wrote two works, one of them being De unitate intellectus, contra Averroistas (On the Unity of Intellect, against the Averroists) in which he blasts Averroism as incompatible with Christian doctrine.[27] During his second regency, he finished the second part of the Summa and wrote De virtutibus and De aeternitate mundi,[26] the latter of which dealt with controversial Averroist and Aristotelian beginninglessness of the world.[28]

Disputes with some important Franciscans such as Bonaventure and John Peckham conspired to make his second regency much more difficult and troubled than the first. A year before Aquinas re-assumed the regency at the 1266-67 Paris disputations, Franciscan master William of Baglione accused Aquinas of encouraging Averroists, calling him the "blind leader of the blind". Aquinas called these individuals the murmurantes (Grumblers).[28] In reality, Aquinas was deeply disturbed by the spread of Averroism and was angered when he discovered Siger of Brabant teaching Averroistic interpretations of Aristotle to Parisian students.[29]

On 10 December 1270, the bishop of Paris, Etienne Tempier, issued an edict condemning thirteen Aristotlelian and Averroistic propositions as heretical and excommunicating anyone who continued to support them.[30] Many in the ecclesiastical community, the so-called Augustinians, were fearful that this introduction of Aristotelianism and the more extreme Averroism might somehow contaminate the purity of the Christian faith. In what appears to be an attempt to counteract the growing fear of Aristotelian thought, Aquinas conducted a series of disputations between 1270 and 1272: De virtutibus in communi (On Virtues in General), De virtutibus cardinalibus (On Cardinal Virtues), De spe (On Hope).[31]

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In 1272 Aquinas took leave from the University of Paris when the Dominicans from his home province called upon him to establish a studium generale wherever he liked and staff it as he pleased. He chose to establish the institution in Naples, and moved there to take his post as regent master.[26] He took his time at Naples to work on the third part of the Summa while giving lectures on various religious topics. On 6 December 1273 Aquinas was celebrating the Mass of St. Nicholas when, according to some, he heard Christ speak to him. Christ asked him what he desired, being pleased with his meritorious life. Thomas replied "Only you Lord. Only you."[32] After this exchange something happened, but Thomas never spoke of it or wrote it down. Because of what he saw, he abandoned his routine and refused to dictate to his socius Reginald of Piperno. When Reginald begged him to get back to work, Aquinas replied: "Reginald, I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me."[33] (mihi videtur ut palea).[34] What exactly triggered Aquinas' change in behavior is believed to be some kind of supernatural experience of God.[35] After taking to his bed, he did recover some strength.[36]

Looking to find a way to reunite the Eastern Orthodox churches with the Catholic Church (the Eastern Orthodox had parted ways with the Catholic Church in A.D. 1054 over doctrinal disputes) Pope Gregory X convened the Second Council of Lyon to be held on 1 May 1274 and summoned Aquinas to attend.[37] At the meeting, Aquinas' work for Pope Urban IV concerning the Greeks, Contra errores graecorum, was to be presented.[38] On his way to the Council, riding on a donkey along the Appian Way,[37] he struck his head on the branch of a fallen tree and became seriously ill again. He was then quickly escorted to Monte Cassino to convalesce.[39] After resting for a while, he set out again, but stopped at the Cistercian Fossanova Abbey after again falling ill.[40] The monks nursed him for several days, and as he received his last rites he prayed: "I receive Thee, ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil, toiled, preached and taught..."[41] He died on 7 March 1274[40] while giving commentary on the Song of Songs.[42]

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In 1277, the same bishop of France, Etienne Tempier, who had issued the condemnation of 1270 issued another, more extensive condemnation. One aim of this condemnation was to clarify that God's absolute power transcended any principles of logic that Aristotle or Averroes might place on it.[43] More specifically, it contained a list of 219 propositions that the bishop had determined to violate the omnipotence of God, and included in this list were twenty Thomistic propositions. Their inclusion badly damaged Aquinas' reputation for many years.[44]

In The Divine Comedy, Dante sees the glorified spirit of Aquinas in the Heaven of the Sun with the other great exemplars of religious wisdom.[45] Dante asserts that Aquinas died by poisoning, on the order of Charles of Anjou;[46] Villani (ix. 218) cites this belief, and the Anonimo Fiorentino describes the crime and its motive. But the historian Ludovico Antonio Muratori reproduces the account made by one of Aquinas' friends, and this version of the story gives no hint of foul play.[47]

Fifty years after the death of Aquinas, Pope John XXII, seated in Avignon, pronounced Thomas a saint.[48] Aquinas' theology had begun its rise to prestige. Two centuries later, in 1567, Pope Pius V proclamied St. Thomas Aquinas a Doctor of the Church and ranked his feast with those of the four great Latin fathers: Ambrose, Augustine of Hippo, Jerome, and Gregory. However, in the same period the Council of Trent would still turn to Duns Scotus before Thomas as a source of arguments in defence of the Church. Even though Duns Scotus was more consulted than Thomas at the Council of Trent, Aquinas had the honor of having his Summa Theologica placed on the altar alongside the Bible and the Decretals.[44]

In his encyclical of 4 August 1879, Pope Leo XIII stated that Aquinas' theology was a definitive exposition of Catholic doctrine. Thus, he directed the clergy to take the teachings of Aquinas as the basis of their theological positions. Leo XIII also decreed that all Catholic seminaries and universities must teach Aquinas' doctrines, and where Aquinas did not speak on a topic, the teachers were "urged to teach conclusions that were reconcilable with his thinking." In 1880, Aquinas was declared patron of all Catholic educational establishments.

In a monastery at Naples, near the cathedral of St. Januarius, a cell in which he supposedly lived is still shown to visitors. His remains were placed in the Church of the Jacobins in Toulouse in 1369. Between 1789 and 1974, they were held in Basilique de Saint-Sernin, Toulouse. In 1974, they were returned to the Church of the Jacobins, where they have remained ever since.

In the General Roman Calendar of 1962,in the Roman Catholic Church, Aquinas was commemorated on 7 March, the day of death. However, in the General Roman Calendar of 1969, even though the norm in the Roman Catholic Church is to remember saints on the day of their death, Aquinas' memorial was transferred to 28 January, the date of the translation of his relics to Toulouse.[49]

Aquinas is honored with a feast day on the liturgical of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America on January 28.

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By profession, Aquinas was a theologian rather than a philosopher. Indeed he nowhere characterizes himself as a philosopher, and the references to philosophers found in his own work refer to pagans rather than Christians.[50] He was, nonetheless, a masterfully skilled philosopher.[51] Much of his work bears upon philosophical topics, and in this sense may be characterized as philosophical. Aquinas' philosophical thought has exerted enormous influence on subsequent Christian theology, especially that of the Roman Catholic Church, extending to Western philosophy in general. Aquinas stands as a vehicle and modifier of Aristotelianism, Augustinian Neoplatonism and Proclean Neoplatonism.

Commentaries on Aristotle

Aquinas wrote several important commentaries on Aristotle, including On the Soul, Nicomachean Ethics and Metaphysics. His work is associated with William of Moerbeke's translations of Aristotle from Greek into Latin.

Epistemology

Aquinas believed "that for the knowledge of any truth whatsoever man needs divine help, that the intellect may be moved by God to its act."[52] However, he believed that human beings have the natural capacity to know many things without special divine revelation, even though such revelation occurs from time to time, "especially in regard to [topics of] a faith."[53]

Revelation

Aquinas believed that truth is known through reason (natural revelation) and faith (supernatural revelation). Supernatural revelation has its origin in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is made available through the teaching of the prophets, summed up in Holy Scripture, and transmitted by the Magisterium, the sum of which is called "Tradition". Natural revelation is the truth available to all people through their human nature; certain truths all men can attain from correct human reasoning. For example, he felt this applied to rational ways to know the existence of God.

Though one may deduce the existence of God and his Attributes (One, Truth, Good, Power, Knowledge) through reason, certain specifics may be known only through special revelation (such as the Trinity). In Aquinas' view, special revelation is equivalent to the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. The major theological components of Christianity, such as the Trinity and the Incarnation, are revealed in the teachings of the Church and the Scriptures and may not otherwise be deduced.

Supernatural revelation (faith) and natural revelation (reason) are complementary rather than contradictory in nature, for they pertain to the same unity: truth.

Creation

Aquinas believed life could form from non living material or plant life, a theory of ongoing abiogenesis known as spontaneous generation:

Since the generation of one thing is the corruption of another, it was not incompatible with the first formation of things, that from the corruption of the less perfect the more perfect should be generated. Hence animals generated from the corruption of inanimate things, or of plants, may have been generated then.[54]
Additionally, Aquinas considered Empedocles' theory that various mutated species emerged at the dawn of Creation. Aquinas reasoned that these species were generated through mutations in animal sperm, and argued that they were not unintended by nature; rather, such species were simply not intended for perpetual existence. This discussion is found in his commentary on Aristotle's Physics:

The same thing is true of those substances which Empedocles said were produced at the beginning of the world, such as the ‘ox-progeny’, i.e., half ox and half man. For if such things were not able to arrive at some end and final state of nature so that they would be preserved in existence, this was not because nature did not intend this [a final state], but because they were not capable of being preserved. For they were not generated according to nature, but by the corruption of some natural principle, as it now also happens that some monstrous offspring are generated because of the corruption of seed.[55]
Ethics

Aquinas's ethics are based on the concept of "first principles of action."[56] In his Summa Theologica, he wrote:

“   Virtue denotes a certain perfection of a power. Now a thing's perfection is considered chiefly in regard to its end. But the end of power is act. Wherefore power is said to be perfect, according as it is determinate to its act.[57]   ”
Aquinas defined the four cardinal virtues as prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude. The cardinal virtues are natural and revealed in nature, and they are binding on everyone. There are, however, three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity. These are supernatural and are distinct from other virtues in their object, namely, God:

“   Now the object of the theological virtues is God Himself, Who is the last end of all, as surpassing the knowledge of our reason. On the other hand, the object of the intellectual and moral virtues is something comprehensible to human reason. Wherefore the theological virtues are specifically distinct from the moral and intellectual virtues.[58]   ”
Furthermore, Aquinas distinguished four kinds of law: eternal, natural, human, and divine. Eternal law is the decree of God that governs all creation. Natural law is the human "participation" in the eternal law and is discovered by reason.[59] Natural law, of course, is based on "first principles":

“   . . . this is the first precept of the law, that good is to be done and promoted, and evil is to be avoided. All other precepts of the natural law are based on this . . .[60]   ”
The desires to live and to procreate are counted by Aquinas among those basic (natural) human values on which all human values are based. However, Aquinas was vehemently opposed to non-procreative sexual activity. This lead him to view masturbation, oral sex, and even coitus interruptus, as being worse than incest and rape when the act itself is considered (apart from the abuse suffered by the violated party). He also objected to sexual positions other than the missionary position, on the assumption that they made conception more difficult.[61][62][63]

Human law is positive law: the natural law applied by governments to societies. Divine law is the specially revealed law in the scriptures.

Aquinas also greatly influenced Catholic understandings of mortal and venial sins.

Aquinas denied that human beings have any duty of charity to animals because they are not persons. Otherwise, it would be unlawful to use them for food. But this does not give us license to be cruel to them, for "cruel habits might carry over into our treatment of human beings."[64]

Aquinas contributed to economic thought as an aspect of ethics and justice. He dealt with the concept of a just price, normally its market price or a regulated price sufficient to cover seller costs of production. He argued it was immoral for sellers to raise their prices simply because buyers were in pressing need for a product.[65][66]

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Green bean

"French bean" redirects here. For the Rowan Atkinson film, see French Bean.
For the green bean commonly used in east and southeast Asian cuisine, see Mung bean.

Green common beans on the plant.

Cut green beans.

Whole green beans in a carton.
Green beans (American English), also known as French beans and Runner beans (British English), are the unripe fruit of any kind of bean, including the yardlong bean, the hyacinth bean, the winged bean, and especially the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), whose pods are also usually called string beans in the northeastern United States, but can also be called snap beans.

Green bean varieties have been bred especially for the fleshiness, flavor, or sweetness of their pods. Haricots verts, French for "green beans," may refer to a longer, thinner type of green bean than the typical, American green bean.

The first "stringless" bean was bred in 1894 by Calvin Keeney, called the "father of the stringless bean," while working in Le Roy, New York.[1]

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green beans (raw)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy   129 kJ (31 kcal)
Carbohydrates   7.1 g
Dietary fibre   3.6 g
Fat   0.1 g
Protein   1.8 g
Vitamin C   16 mg (27%)
Iron   1 mg (8%)
Potassium   200 mg (4%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database
Green beans are of nearly universal distribution. They are marketed canned, frozen, and fresh.

Green beans are often steamed, boiled, stir-fried, or baked in casseroles. A dish with green beans popular throughout the United States, particularly at Thanksgiving, is green bean casserole, which consists of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions.[2]

Some restaurants in the USA serve green beans that are battered and fried, and Japanese restaurants in the United States frequently serve green bean tempura. Green beans are also sold dried and fried with vegetables like carrots, corn, and peas.

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Green beans are found in two major groups, bush beans and pole beans.[3]

Bush beans are short plants, growing to approximately two feet in height, without requiring supports. They generally reach maturity and produce all of their fruit in a relatively short period of time, then cease to produce. Gardeners may grow more than one crop of bush beans in a season.

Varieties

Over 130 varieties of snap bean are known.[4] Varieties specialized for use as green beans, selected for the succulence and flavor of their pods, are the ones usually grown in the home vegetable garden, and many varieties exist. Pod color can be green, golden, purple, red, or streaked. Shapes range from thin "fillet" types to wide "romano" types and more common types in between. French Haricots verts (green beans) are bred for flavorful pods.

The following varieties are among the most common and widely grown.

Bush types

Burpee's Stringless Green Pod, 50 days (green, heirloom)[1]
Contender, 50 days (green)
Rocdor, 53 days (yellow)
Cherokee Wax, 55 days (yellow), 1948 AAS winner
Golden Wax/Improved Golden Wax/Pencil Pod Black Wax/Top Notch, 55 days (yellow, heirloom)
Red Swan, 55 days (red)
Blue Lake 274, 58 days (green)
Maxibel, 59 days (green fillet)
Roma II, 59 days (green romano)
Improved Commodore/Bush Kentucky Wonder, 60 days (green), 1945 AAS winner
Dragon's Tongue, 60 days (streaked)

Green pole beans on beanpoles.
Pole types

Meraviglia di Venezia (Marvel of Venice), 54 days (yellow romano)
Blue Lake, 60 days (green)
Fortex, 60 days (green fillet)
Kentucky Blue, 63 days (green), 1991 AAS winner
Old Homestead/Kentucky Wonder, 65 days (green, heirloom)
Rattlesnake, 73 days (streaked, heirloom)
Purple King, 75 days (purple)
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^ a b Taylor's guide to heirloom vegetables. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1996. ISBN 0395708184
^ The New Best Recipe. America's Test Kitchen. 2004.
^ McGee, Rose Marie Nichols; Stuckey, Maggie (2002). The Bountiful Container. Workman Publishing.
^ Facciola, Stephen (1998). Cornucopia II : a source book of edible plants. Kampong Publications. ISBN 0962808725.
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God is interested in your soul.  Repent.

OK i will, but how to repent...

Repentance is the feeling and act in which one recognizes and tries to right a wrong, or gain forgiveness from someone whom he wronged. In religious contexts it usually refers to repenting for a sin against God. It always includes an admission of guilt, and also includes at least one of the following:

    a solemn promise or resolve not to repeat the offense;
    an attempt to make restitution for the wrong,
    or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.

In Biblical Hebrew, the idea of repentance is represented by two verbs: שוב shuv (to return) and נח�? nicham (to feel sorrow).

In the New Testament, the word translated as 'repentance' is the Greek word μετάνοια (metanoia), "after/behind one's mind," which is a compound word of the preposition 'meta' (after, with), and the verb 'noeo' (to perceive, to think, the result of perceiving or observing). In this compound word the preposition combines the two meanings of time and change, which may be denoted by 'after' and 'different'; so that the whole compound means: 'to think differently after'. Metanoia is therefore primarily an after-thought, different from the former thought; a change of mind accompanied by regret and change of conduct, "change of mind and heart", or, "change of consciousness". One of the key descriptions of repentance in the New Testament is the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke 15:11.









CANON OF REPENTANCE

To our Lord Jesus Christ

Song 1. Tone 6.

Eirmos: When Israel walked on foot in the sea as on dry land, on seeing their pursuer Pharaoh drowned, they cried: Let us sing to God a song of victory. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

Now I, a burdened sinner, approach Thee, my Lord and God. But I dare not raise my eyes to Heaven. I only pray, saying: Give me, O Lord, the sense to weep bitterly over my deeds.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

O woe is me, a sinner! Wretched am I above all men. There is no penitence in me. Give me, O Lord, tears to weep bitterly over my deeds.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Foolish, wretched man, you are wasting your time in idleness! Think of your life and turn to the Lord God, and weep bitterly over your deeds.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Most pure Mother of God, look upon me, a sinner, and deliver me from the snares of the devil, and guide me to the way of repentance, that I may weep bitterly over my deeds.

Song 3.

Eirmos: There is none holy as Thou, O Lord my God, "Who hast exalted the power of Thy faithful, O Good One, and strengthened us on the rock of Thy confession.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

When the thrones are set at the dread judgment, then the deeds of all men will be exposed. Then alas for the sinners sent to torment! And knowing that, my soul, repent of your evil deeds.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

The righteous will rejoice, but the sinners will weep. Then no one will be able to help us, but our deeds will condemn us. Therefore, before the end dawns, repent of your evil deeds.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Woe is me, a great sinner, who have defiled myself by my deeds and thoughts. Not a tear-drop do I have, because of my hard-heartedness. Now raise yourself from the earth, my soul, and repent of your evil deeds.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theolokion: Lo, thy Son calls, O Lady, and teaches us what is good. But, sinful as I am, I always flee from the good. But do thou, O merciful one, have mercy on me, that I may repent of my evil deeds.

Lord, have mercy. (Thrice).

Sedalion, tone 6:I think of the awful day and weep over my evil deeds. How shall I answer the Immortal King? How shall I, a prodigal, dare to look at the Judge? O gracious Father, Only-Begotten Son, and Holy Spirit, have mercy on me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Bound now with many chains of sins, and inhibited by cruel passions, I have recourse to thee, my salvation, and cry: Help me, O Virgin, Mother of God.

Song 4.

Eirmos: Christ is my power, my God and my Lord, the holy Church divinely sings, crying with a pure mind, keeping festival in the Lord.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

Broad is the way here and conducive to indulging in pleasures, but how bitter it will be on the last day when the soul is separated from the body! Beware of pleasures, man, for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Why do you wrong the poor? Why do you withhold the wage of the hired servant? Why do you not love your brother? Why do you run after pride and lust? And so, stop these things, my soul, and repent for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

O thoughtless man! How long will you busy yourself like a bee, accumulating your fortune? For it will perish like dust and ashes soon. But seek rather the Kingdom of God.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theolokion: O Lady, Mother of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Strengthen me in the virtues and keep me safe, lest sudden death take me by surprise. And bring me, O Virgin, to the Kingdom of God.

Song 5.

Eirmos: Illumine with Thy divine light, I pray, O Good One, the souls of those who with love rise early to pray to Thee, that they may know Thee, O Word of God, as the true God, Who recalls us from the darkness of sin.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

Remember, wretched man, how you are enslaved to lies, calumnies, theft, infirmities, wild beasts and fears, on account of your sins. O my sinful soul, is that what you have desired?

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

My members tremble, for with all of them I have sinned: with my eyes in looking, with my ears in hearing, with my tongue in speaking evil, and by surrendering the whole of myself to hell. O my sinful soul, is that what you have desired?

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Thou didst receive the prodigal and the robber who repented, O Saviour, and I alone have succumbed to sinful sloth and have become enslaved to evil deeds. O my sinful soul, is this what you have desired?

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Wonderful and speedy helper of all men, help me. Mother of God, unworthy as I am, for my sinful soul desires that.

Song 6.

Eirmos: Beholding the sea of life surging the flood of temptations, I run to calm haven, and cry to Thee: Raise up my life from corruption, O Most Merciful One.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

I have lived my life wantonly on earth and have delivered my soul to darkness. But now I implore Thee, O merciful Lord, free me from this work of the enemy and give me the knowledge to do Thy will.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy m me.

Who does such things as I do? For just like a swine lying in the mud, so I serve sin. But do Thou, O Lord, pull me out of this vileness and give me the heart to do Thy commandments.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Rise, wretched man, to God and, remembering your sins, fall down before your Creator, weeping and groaning, for He is merciful and will grant you to know His will.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Virgin Mother of God, protect me from evil visible and invisible, O immaculate one, and accept my prayers and convey them to thy Son, that He may grant me the sense to do His will.

Lord, have mercy. (Thrice).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Kontakion: O my soul, why do you become rich in sins? Why do you do the will of the devil? On what do you set your hope? Stop these things and turn to God with tears, and cry: O Merciful Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Oekos: Think, my soul, of the bitter hour of death and the awful judgment of your God and Creator. For terrible Angels will seize you, my soul, and will lead you into the eternal fire. And so, before your death, repent and cry: O Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Song 7.

Eirmos: An Angel made the furnace throw de-w on the holy Children. But the command of God consumed the Chaldeans and prevailed upon the tyrant to cry: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

Do not hope, my soul, for corruptible wealth, and for what is unjustly collected. For you do riot know to whom you will leave it all. But cry: O Christ our God, have mercy on me, who am unworthy.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Do not trust, my soul, in your physical health, and in your quickly-passing beauty. For you see that the strong and the young die. But say: O Christ our God, have mercy on me, who am unworthy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Sore, and to the Holy Spirit:

Remember, my soul, eternal life and the Heavenly Kingdom prepared for the saints, and the outer darkness and the wrath of God for the evil, and cry: O Christ our God, have mercy on me, who am unworthy.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Fall down, my soul, before the Mother of God, and pray to her; for she is quick to help those who repent. She prays to Christ, her Son and our God, and has mercy on me who am unworthy.

Song 8.

Eirmos: Thou didst make flame sprinkle the Saints with dew, and didst burn the sacrifice of a righteous man with water. For Thou alone, O Christ, dost do all as Thou wiliest. Thee we exalt throughout all ages.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

How can I not weep when I think of death? For I have seen my brother lying in his coffin, inglorious and hideous. What, then, do I expect? And what do I hope for? Only grant me, O Lord, repentance before my end. (2)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

I believe that Thou wilt come to judge the living and the dead, and all will stand in order, old and young, lords and princes, priests and virgins. Where shall I find myself? Therefore I cry: grant me, O Lord, repentance before my end.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Most pure Mother of God, accept my unworthy prayer and preserve me from sudden death; and grant me repentance before my end.

Song 9.

Eirmos: It is impossible for men to see God, upon Whom the orders of Angels dare not gaze. But through thee, O all-pure one, did the Word incarnate appear to men, and with the Heavenly Hosts we magnify Him, and thee we call blessed.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

I now have recourse to you, holy Angels, Archangels, and all the Heavenly Hosts who stand at the throne of God: pray to your Creator that He may save my soul from eternal torment.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Now I turn to you with tears, holy patriarchs, kings and prophets, apostles and holy prelates, and all Christ's elect: help me at the judgment, that He may save my soul from the power of the enemy.

Glory to the Father, awl to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Now I lift my hands to you, holy martyrs, hermits, virgins, righteous and all the saints, who pray to the Lord for the whole world, that He may have mercy on me at the hour of my death.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: O Mother of God, help me who have strong hope in thee; implore thy Son that He may place me on His right hand, unworthy as I am, when He sits to judge the living and the dead. Amen.

Prayer after the Canon

Lord Christ our God, Who hast healed my passions through Thy Passion, and hast cured my wounds through Thy wounds, grant me who have sinned greatly against Thee tears of compunction. Transform my body with the fragrance of Thy life-giving Body, and sweeten my soul with Thy Holy Blood from the bitterness with which the foe has fed me. Lift up my downward looking mind to Thee, and take it out of the pit of perdition, for I have no repentance, I have no compunction, I have no consoling tears, which uplift children to their heritage. My mind has been darkened through earthly passions, I cannot look up to Thee in pain. I cannot warm myself with tears of love for Thee. But, O Lord Jesus Christ, Treasury of good gifts, give me thorough repentance and a diligent heart to seek Thee; grant me Thy grace, and renew in me the lineaments of Thy image. I have forsaken Thee - do not forsake me! Come out to seek me; lead me up to Thy pasturage and number me among the lambs of Thy chosen flock. Nourish me with them on the grass of Thy Holy Mysteries. by the prayers of Thy Most Pure Mother and all Thy saints. Amen.

 








   
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Squash (plant)

For other uses, see Squash (disambiguation).

Yellow squash
Summer squash
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy   69 kJ (16 kcal)
Carbohydrates   3.4 g
Dietary fiber   1.1 g
Fat   0.2 g
Protein   1.2 g
Water   95 g
Riboflavin (Vit. B2)   0.14 mg (9%)
Vitamin C   17 mg (28%)
Potassium   262 mg (6%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Squashes generally refer to four species of the genus Cucurbita native to Mexico and Central America, also called marrows depending on variety or the nationality of the speaker. These species include C. maxima (hubbard squash, buttercup squash, some varieties of prize pumpkins, such as Big Max), C. mixta (cushaw squash), C. moschata (butternut squash), and C. pepo (most pumpkins, acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini).[1] In North America, squash is loosely grouped into summer squash or winter squash, depending on whether they are harvested as immature fruit (summer squash) or mature fruit (autumn squash or winter squash). Gourds are from the same family as squashes. Well known types of squash include the pumpkin and zucchini. Giant squash are derived from Cucurbita maxima and are routinely grown to weights nearing those of giant pumpkins. For more details, refer to list of gourds and squashes.

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Archaeological evidence suggests that squash may have been first cultivated in Mesoamerica some 8,000 to 10,000 years ago,[2][3] and may have been independently cultivated elsewhere at a later date.[4] Squash was one of the "Three Sisters" planted by Native Americans. The Three Sisters were the three main native crop plants: maize (corn), beans, and squash. These were usually planted together, with the cornstalk providing support for the climbing beans, and shade for the squash. The squash vines provided ground cover to limit weeds. Weeds can be detrimental to the growing conditions of the squash. The beans provided nitrogen fixing for all three crops.

Summer squashes, including zucchini (also known as courgette), pattypan and yellow crookneck are harvested during the growing season, while the skin is still soft and the fruit rather small; they are eaten almost immediately and require little to no cooking.

Winter squashes (such as vegetable spaghetti, butternut, Hubbard, buttercup, ambercup, acorn, spaghetti squash and pumpkin) are harvested at maturity, generally the end of summer, cured to further harden the skin, and stored in a cool place for eating later. They generally require longer cooking time than summer squashes. (Note: Although the term winter squash is used here to differentiate from summer squash, it is also commonly used as a synonym for Cucurbita maxima.) The squash fruit is classified as a pepo by botanists, which is a special type of berry with a thick outer wall or rind formed from hypanthium tissue fused to the exocarp; the fleshy interior is composed of mesocarp and endocarp. The pepo, derived from an inferior ovary, is characteristic of the Squash Family (Cucurbitaceae). In culinary terms, both summer and winter squashes are generally considered as vegetables, even though pumpkin may be used for pies.

In addition to the fruit, other parts of the plant are edible. Squash seeds can be eaten directly, ground into paste, meal, "nut" butter, even a fine flour, or (particularly for hulless pumpkins) pressed for vegetable oil (e.g. bottle gourd, buffalo gourd, pumpkin seed and watermelon seed oils). The shoots, leaves, and tendrils can be eaten as greens. The blossoms are an important part of native American cooking and are also used in many other parts of the world. Both the male and female blossoms can be harvested pre- or mid-flower.

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A bee within the flower of a zucchini squash
As with all other members of the family, the flowers come in pollen-bearing male form, and the ovary-bearing female form, with both forms being present on the plant. Squash has historically been pollinated by the native North American squash bee Peponapis pruinosa, and related species, but this bee and its relatives have declined, probably due to pesticide sensitivity, and most commercial plantings are pollinated by European honey bees today. One hive per acre (4,000 m² per hive) is recommended by the US Department of Agriculture. Gardeners with a shortage of bees often have to hand pollinate. Giant squash grown competitively are usually hand pollinated. Flowers are kept closed before and after pollination to prevent cross pollination. Inadequately pollinated female squash flowers will usually start growing but abort before full development. Many gardeners blame various fungal diseases for the aborted fruit, but the fix proves to be[citation needed] better pollination not fungicide.

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Though considered a vegetable in cooking, botanically speaking, squash is a fruit (being the receptacle for the plant's seeds). Squash can be served fresh (in salads) and cooked (squash stuffed with meat, fried squash, baked squash). Small pattypans are good for pickling.

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The English word "squash" derives from askutasquash (a green thing eaten raw), a word from the Narragansett language, which was documented by Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, in his 1643 publication A Key Into the Language of America. Similar words for squash exist in related languages of the Algonquian family such as Massachusett.


Squashes grow hanging from a network of stalks


A yellow squash


Petit pan (patty pan) squash


Longitudinal section of female flower of squash (courgette), showing ovary, ovules, pistil, and petals


A turban squash


Delicata squash, also known as Sweet Potato squash


Various squashes such as Turban, Sweet Dumpling, Carnival, Gold Acorn, Delicata, Buttercup and Golden Nugget.

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Moche Squash Ceramic. 300 A.D. Larco Museum Collection
The squash has been an essential crop in the Andes since the pre-Columbian Era. The Moche culture from Northern Peru made ceramics from earth, water, and fire. This pottery was a sacred substance, formed in significant shapes and used to represent important themes. Squash are represented frequently in Moche ceramics.[5]

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^ Archaeobiology: Squash Seeds Yield New View of Early American Farming
^ The Initial Domestication of Cucurbita pepo in the Americas 10,000 Years Ago
^ Eastern North America as an independent center of plant domestication
^ Berrin, Katherine & Larco Museum. The Spirit of Ancient Peru:Treasures from the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera. New York:Thames and Hudson, 1997.
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I'm following it, alright.  If you're ignorant, why should I follow you?  That's the blind leading the blind.

God always selects a liberated soul with the gross body for becoming the human incarnation. God will not enter the human gross body directly without the liberated soul.  In such case, the chance for the liberated soul to enjoy the closest association of God in a single body is lost. The credit of the liberated soul being treated as God (Advaita) is also not accomplished.  Especially, when God preaches the exceptional spiritual knowledge like Gita, the liberated soul is treated as the generator of such exceptional knowledge.  Apart from this, God has an advantage also through the association of the liberated soul.  

God cannot act as a real ignorant person, since the ignorance cannot cover Him completely.  Even the thickest cloud cannot retain its original intensity of darkness by covering the bright Sun.  Similarly, when the ignorance covers God, it cannot retain its original state of ignorance and becomes weak.  Hence, God likes the association of a liberated soul, which can attain the inherent ignorance of a soul in doing the activities of ignorance. It is like a dupe acting on behalf of the hero in disguise of hero in cinema shooting.

Instead of God acting like an ignorant soul, it will be better if a really ignorant soul acts on behalf of God in disguise. Even though the liberated soul is enlightened and is devoid of ignorance, it can attain its inherent state of ignorance in a natural way whenever it is required.  It is easy for an illuminated cloud to regain its darkness than the really bright Sun covered by cloud.  Due to close association with the ignorant soul, God appears to be really ignorant through the soul and thus God can test the real faith of devotees.

 God takes the credit of the ignorant actions of the associated liberated soul and in turn the liberated soul takes the credit of God’s wonderful activities. Thus, the purpose of God as well as the ambition of the soul is accomplished by this mutual exchange.  This is the main reason of the association of God with the selected liberated soul in the human incarnation as per Veda (Dvaa suparnaa…..). The ambition of God to taste the real ignorance and the ambition of the soul to taste the real divinity are simultaneously accomplished.


"Show-off always shown up in showdown." - Confucius

Jesus told “first will be last & last will be first”
   
The people who are treated as great devotees and scholars by their sacrifice of words and feelings and by their dramatic dress of devotion, in the eyes of world stand in the first position but such people are pushed to the last position by the Lord. The people who do not express their love in words and mind and do not expose themselves with dramatic dress of devotion and those who sacrifice practically stand in the last position in the eyes of the world. But the Lord will push such people to the first position. A gravel stone covered by a glittering paper and a diamond covered by the dust are given first and last positions by the world. But the Lord reverses these positions.


Did you really write all of that in response to a quote I got from a fortune cookie?



He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."  ~Luke 3:16

Why don't you know what the Bible says about Christ?  I'll be happy to send you a copy.        

 God in human form also, who generates the divine knowledge, does not need the service of anybody in its propagation, since the knowledge itself gets propagated without any effort like the scent of a flower.  Once it is generated, it itself spreads everywhere.

The knowledge of a scholar is like water, where as the knowledge of God in human form is like fire.  Yohan says that his preaching is like purifying with water-bath, where as the preaching of Jesus is like purifying with fire-bath.  Water purifies the place where it is poured.  But the fire put in one place spreads and purifies the entire mass by burning and turning it into ash. The purification by water is limited and also is temporary.  If you wash any item with water, it becomes dirty by next day.  But if you burn any item with fire, it is permanently purified without any change. Hence, the divine knowledge preached even to a single person like Arjuna personally in secrecy, spreads all over the world like fire and its effect of purification is forever.

  Jesus also preached the knowledge to a few people only and did not publish it in His time.  But today it has spread all over the world. The divine knowledge of God spreads by its own divinity and potency and not by the help of the devotees, who spread it. The efforts of devotees in propagation are only formal and nominal like the efforts of monkeys in the service of Rama.  The devotees are sure to succeed in the service of God and to get the eternal grace of God.  





God is interested in your soul.  Repent.

OK i will, but how to repent...

Repentance is the feeling and act in which one recognizes and tries to right a wrong, or gain forgiveness from someone whom he wronged. In religious contexts it usually refers to repenting for a sin against God. It always includes an admission of guilt, and also includes at least one of the following:

    a solemn promise or resolve not to repeat the offense;
    an attempt to make restitution for the wrong,
    or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.

In Biblical Hebrew, the idea of repentance is represented by two verbs: שוב shuv (to return) and נח�? nicham (to feel sorrow).

In the New Testament, the word translated as 'repentance' is the Greek word μετάνοια (metanoia), "after/behind one's mind," which is a compound word of the preposition 'meta' (after, with), and the verb 'noeo' (to perceive, to think, the result of perceiving or observing). In this compound word the preposition combines the two meanings of time and change, which may be denoted by 'after' and 'different'; so that the whole compound means: 'to think differently after'. Metanoia is therefore primarily an after-thought, different from the former thought; a change of mind accompanied by regret and change of conduct, "change of mind and heart", or, "change of consciousness". One of the key descriptions of repentance in the New Testament is the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke 15:11.









CANON OF REPENTANCE

To our Lord Jesus Christ

Song 1. Tone 6.

Eirmos: When Israel walked on foot in the sea as on dry land, on seeing their pursuer Pharaoh drowned, they cried: Let us sing to God a song of victory. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

Now I, a burdened sinner, approach Thee, my Lord and God. But I dare not raise my eyes to Heaven. I only pray, saying: Give me, O Lord, the sense to weep bitterly over my deeds.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

O woe is me, a sinner! Wretched am I above all men. There is no penitence in me. Give me, O Lord, tears to weep bitterly over my deeds.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Foolish, wretched man, you are wasting your time in idleness! Think of your life and turn to the Lord God, and weep bitterly over your deeds.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Theotokion: Most pure Mother of God, look upon me, a sinner, and deliver me from the snares of the devil, and guide me to the way of repentance, that I may weep bitterly over my deeds.

Song 3.

Eirmos: There is none holy as Thou, O Lord my God, "Who hast exalted the power of Thy faithful, O Good One, and strengthened us on the rock of Thy confession.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Troparia:

When the thrones are set at the dread judgment, then the deeds of all men will be exposed. Then alas for the sinners sent to torment! And knowing that, my soul,
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« Reply #798 on: November 23, 2010, 12:58:35 AM »

You are only asking how to repent so you can have another opportunity to post an unrelated 5 paragraph essay...I will beat you to it.

...but how to repent...??
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« Reply #799 on: November 23, 2010, 01:00:25 AM »

  a solemn promise or resolve not to repeat the offense;
    an attempt to make restitution for the wrong,
    or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.
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Thanks i am doing it as suggested by it.

Now what is the next step...Huh
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« Reply #800 on: November 23, 2010, 01:04:55 AM »

  a solemn promise or resolve not to repeat the offense;
    an attempt to make restitution for the wrong,
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Thanks i am doing it as suggested by it.

Now what is the next step...Huh

Come into the Body of Christ (that is, the Church) and be sanctified and united with God.
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« Reply #801 on: November 23, 2010, 01:36:35 AM »

 a solemn promise or resolve not to repeat the offense;
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Thanks i am doing it as suggested by it.

Now what is the next step...Huh

Come into the Body of Christ (that is, the Church) and be sanctified and united with God.
I am participating in holy mass every day.....
then what is next...
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« Reply #802 on: November 23, 2010, 02:10:38 AM »

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Thanks i am doing it as suggested by it.

Now what is the next step...Huh

Come into the Body of Christ (that is, the Church) and be sanctified and united with God.
I am participating in holy mass every day.....
then what is next...

Talk to the priest.
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« Reply #803 on: November 23, 2010, 02:44:11 AM »

You're participating in Mass?  Are you talking about a Mass in the Roman Catholic Church?

Do you understand that's not the same as the Orthodox Church?
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« Reply #804 on: November 23, 2010, 02:44:28 AM »

 Squash (plant)

For other uses, see Squash (disambiguation).

Yellow squash
Summer squash
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy   69 kJ (16 kcal)
Carbohydrates   3.4 g
Dietary fiber   1.1 g
Fat   0.2 g
Protein   1.2 g
Water   95 g
Riboflavin (Vit. B2)   0.14 mg (9%)
Vitamin C   17 mg (28%)
Potassium   262 mg (6%),.....↑Squashes and pumpkins
List of pumpkin varieties
Squashes   
Acorn squash • Big Max • Butternut squash • Cucurbita • Cucurbita maxima • Gem squash • Kabocha • Pattypan squash • Red kuri squash • Spaghetti squash • Summer squash • Winter squash • Yellow crookneck squash • Yellow summer squash • Zucchini
I am not sure that I see how green beans, pumpkins, squash and zucchini relate to unifying Hinduism and Christianity.
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« Reply #805 on: November 23, 2010, 02:56:02 AM »

You're participating in Mass?  Are you talking about a Mass in the Roman Catholic Church?

Do you understand that's not the same as the Orthodox Church?

I would rather he were in a Christian communion other than Orthodoxy than thinking he is God. No sense in pushing the issue, or he may get lost in the confusion.
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« Reply #806 on: November 23, 2010, 02:59:28 AM »

I am not sure that I see how green beans, pumpkins, squash and zucchini relate to unifying Hinduism and Christianity.

Maybe some Hindus have really bizarre dietary ideas like some Daoists do?  Wink
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« Reply #807 on: November 23, 2010, 03:42:29 AM »

You're participating in Mass?  Are you talking about a Mass in the Roman Catholic Church?

Do you understand that's not the same as the Orthodox Church?

I would rather he were in a Christian communion other than Orthodoxy than thinking he is God. No sense in pushing the issue, or he may get lost in the confusion.

what it means...?
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« Reply #808 on: November 23, 2010, 03:49:56 AM »

You're participating in Mass?  Are you talking about a Mass in the Roman Catholic Church?

Do you understand that's not the same as the Orthodox Church?

What you have instead of mass then..??
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« Reply #809 on: November 23, 2010, 09:06:35 AM »

You're participating in Mass?  Are you talking about a Mass in the Roman Catholic Church?

Do you understand that's not the same as the Orthodox Church?

What you have instead of mass then..??
In the Orthodox Church our service of worship is called the Divine Liturgy, both the Roman Catholic mass & our Divine Liturgy are conceptually the same since both existed in communion before the churches split in 1054. Basically it is preparation for holy communion or the Eucharist preceded prior to with fasting, prayer at the commencement of service, hymns, reading of scripture, homily, & then the concentration of eucharistc preparation alongside ongoing worship & culminating in the Eucharist. Probably this is all familiar to you & I am just trying to be thorough.
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