“The spiritually learned….”

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.

Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

Pamela Vaull Starr

I mentioned in a previous post that I’m a confirmed Space Cadet. The Dark Mother of the sky is rich in mystery, wonder, and (importantly) inspiration !

I’ve written a book (free download here) that sets out my opinions on the sky as life-inspiration . . .

Primitive peoples placed (or, discovered ?) their gods in the sky.

Modern people speculate about life on other worlds.

That title up there, “The spiritually learned….”, means, to me, the folks who practice compassion.

Here’s the full quote:

The spiritually learned are lamps of guidance among the nations, and stars of good fortune shining from the horizons of humankind. They are fountains of life for such as lie in the death of ignorance and unawareness, and clear springs of perfections for those who thirst and wander in the wasteland of their defects and errors….They are skilled physicians for the ailing body of the world, they are the sure antidote to the poison that has corrupted human society. It is they who are the strong citadel guarding humanity, and the impregnable sanctuary for the sorely distressed, the anxious and tormented, victims of ignorance.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 33

Feeling A Bit Spacey

Along with being a poet, I’ve been a Space Cadet—all things outer and inner Space have held me enthralled for time past remembering . . .

During my medical treatment and due to a small military pension, I bought this computer I’m using, a whole bunch of iTunes, and some very large binoculars with a tripod.

Currently, my view of the moon looks quite a bit like that image up there. However, the enchantment of the light directly entering the eye is flatly missing!

If the sky weren’t so amazingly and lusciously gorgeous, I doubt anyone would have spent the time and invested the patience it takes to pry into the Dark Mother’s secrets . . .

Here are a few links to some great ( and Free ) astronomical software:

Celestia

Sky Charts

World Wind