This bold and provocative work is a compelling story about the author's spiritual quest as she traveled to the inner worlds to comprehend the "Mind of God," supposedly, through comprehending the enigmatic and elusive Will of God which her Christianized mother always referred to whenever she ran out of answers. To aim and then claim to understand the Mind or the Will of God, is certainly a very ambitious, if not an outrageous attempt. The quest had been very daunting, but which in the end, the storyteller was able to accomplish, in her own fashion, at least. This book is the result of a thorough process of philosophical inquiry which started when the six year old author, pointing to the river flowing in her hometown, asked her caretaker, her very old shaman grandmother, the question: where the river begins and where it ends. This childish question was only the beginning of a profound personal journey into the mysterious worlds of dreams, storytelling, hallucinatory visions; through the angst of existentialism, and through the high abstractions of metaphysics -- all of which unfolds against the backdrop of two powerfully contending paradigms presented by a reputed shaman grandmother and a strong-willed Catechist mother. The narrative took the retelling of indigenous folktales, parables, anecdotes, unusual dreams and original visions -- elements which are an integral part of the biographical episodes of three generations of indigenous women from which the story was based upon. As a philosophical undertaking, the narrative takes an existentialist approach with a distinct shamanic undertone and a saturnine humor. Fundamental questions about God, life, death, afterlife, purpose, and identity, were explored. Abstruse and weighty topics such as freewill, good vs. evil, human suffering, consciousness, perception, and the nature of reality, were also discussed. Anybody with interest in metaphysical philosophy, religions, indigenous peoples, storytelling, anthropology, history, or just anybody looking to be entertained would certainly find this book both informative and entertaining. Although the narrative was taken to the level of metaphysical discourse, the basis of all themes discussed stem from actual historical occurrences and very deep personal experiences -- which everyone who lives on earth, can relate to, as everyone, presumably, is affected both by personal and social issues while at the same time, are consciously or unconsciously searching for meaning, for enlightenment, for happiness, or, for a heaven on earth.
Mark Twain once said, “The two greatest days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” But what happens when you know the why but can't figure out how to make it happen? It is this journey between the realization of your purpose and its actualization that Randall Worley calls process. Purpose, which answers why, can be realized in moment. However, process, which must answer how, is not actualized as quickly. In other words, “becoming an overnight success takes years.” Purpose has been a hot topic for several years, capturing the attention of those adrift in a culture of apathy and aimlessness. It is certainly a far more palatable subject in today’s culture of self-improvement than is process, because it seems to offer a free carpet ride from here to there. Your destiny, however, is not downloadable. The dream of your future is free, but the journey will demand a price. Yet it is in the sacrifice and effort of process that God will turn your purpose into a world-changing reality.
When the god of healing gave River the Gift, she didn’t realize that the direction of her life would be at his whim for all the rest of her days. Living and learning in the temple of Bhanur was all that River had known for most of her young life. She dreamed of becoming a Hand, healing everyone who came to the temple, but soon discovered it wasn’t going to be that simple. A great upheaval scattered Hands and pupils all over the face of Haroon. River had to contend with lethal accidents, powerful mages and truculent tutors in her journey to understanding the hidden dangers in the magic. When a major catastrophe tests them brutally, she struggles to stay within her own limits as crowds of victims descend upon the temple. Her Gift can heal those who need it, but her own life lies in the hands of the god. Coming of Age, Healing Magic, High Fantasy, Strong Female Lead, Epic Fantasy Adult
As Sarah prays on Christmas Eve, she asks God to help her do everything possible to make the world a better place, all while understanding that the best way to start is with herself. After lifting her head to see the Christ child in the manger scene, Sarah finds comfort in knowing her heart and soul are protected by the peace that only Christ offers. Blessed with the talent of music, Sarah loves leading a congregation in singing and playing the pipe organ. As life throws challenges Sarahs way, she listens to her inner voice and trusts that God will carry her, even when her path is strewn with obstacles. While walking through each day knowing God is with her in everything she does, Sarah reflects on her past, relies on hymns and scripture to guide her actions, and embraces every gift from God. Through it all, she demonstrates that while the journey with Christ is not always perfect, it is possible to find eternal salvation and peace on earth through steadfast faith. In this inspirational story, a Christian woman offers a glimpse into her walk with Christ as she relies on love, grace, forgiveness, and music to make a difference in the world.
The Middle Zambezi, host to a rich biodiversity, is located in the central part of the Zambezi River Basin which covers eight Southern African Countries. The area is located downstream of three hydropower schemes. In the last decades, the floodplain riparian tree, the Faidherbia albida, vital for the local wild life, has shown a worrying decrease in its regeneration rates. This thesis explores establishing the environmental flow regime for the Middle Zambezi reach in order to minimise the impact of the upstream hydropower schemes on the river environment, using the Faidherbia albida tree as a biological indicator. The research identified that the current dam operations have completely altered the natural hydrological rhythm from pre-Kariba dam dry season flows of 100-200 m3/s increasing to 1,000-1,500 m3/s. The sudden closure of the dam floodgates can be linked to the observed river channel-widening phenomenon. In addition, the Faidherbia albida tree now experiences longer flood residence over the floodplain, making it inaccessible to animals to allow for regeneration. In order to save the F. albida tree, a two-pronged environmental flow regime is proposed of releasing a moderate flood of 5,800 m3/s once in 5 years, for 5 to 6 weeks in the months of February to March, and phasing the spillway gates closure over a period of 3 to 4 weeks to keep the floodplain wet enough until the months of May and June. Phasing of the spillway gate closure would also mitigate the excessive bank erosion.
Mysticism in India is a complete and informative description of the teachings, works, and lives of the great poet-saints of Maharashtra written by a scholar and professor who was also a mystic. Jnaneshwar, Namadev, Tukaram, Eknath, Ramdas, and the other saints discussed belonged to the great devotional religious movement that spread through medieval India. With the exception of Ramdas, they all belonged to the tradition of the Varkaris, the most popular sect in contemporary Maharashtra. Their compositions exemplify the universality of their faith and practice, and are recognized as literary treasures. Ranade was primarily interested in the poet-saints as mystics--teachers of the perennial philosophy--whose experiences have general metaphysical and religious implications. At the heart of his classic is a comprehensive, objective presentation of the thought of these saints, augmented by a deep appreciation of their value and relevance to present-day scholars and seekers. Mysticism in India is the only major study in English of medieval Indian religious literature. The book's enduring value has been enhanced by the addition of a foreword by a scholar currently working in Marathi literature, and a preface by a present-day poet-saint of Maharashtra.
Understanding and being able to predict fluvial processes is one of the biggest challenges for hydraulics and environmental engineers, hydrologists and other scientists interested in preserving and restoring the diverse functions of rivers. The interactions among flow, turbulence, vegetation, macroinvertebrates and other organisms, as well as the transport and retention of particulate matter, have important consequences on the ecological health of rivers. Managing rivers in an ecologically friendly way is a major component of sustainable engineering design, maintenance and restoration of ecological habitats. To address these challenges, a major focus of River Flow 2016 was to highlight the latest advances in experimental, computational and theoretical approaches that can be used to deepen our understanding and capacity to predict flow and the associated fluid-driven ecological processes, anthropogenic influences, sediment transport and morphodynamic processes. River Flow 2016 was organized under the auspices of the Committee for Fluvial Hydraulics of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). Since its first edition in 2002, the River Flow conference series has become the main international event focusing on river hydrodynamics, sediment transport, river engineering and restoration. Some of the highlights of the 8th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics were to focus on inter-disciplinary research involving, among others, ecological and biological aspects relevant to river flows and processes and to emphasize broader themes dealing with river sustainability. River Flow 2016 contains the contributions presented during the regular sessions covering the main conference themes and the special sessions focusing on specific hot topics of river flow research, and will be of interest to academics interested in hydraulics, hydrology and environmental engineering.