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Manage what is unavoidable , avoid what is unmanageable
The Scary Hidden Stressor
IN her introduction to a compelling new study, “The Arab Spring and Climate Change,” released Thursday, the Princeton scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter notes that crime shows often rely on the concept of a “stressor.” A stressor, she explains, is a “sudden change in circumstances or environment that interacts with a complicated psychological profile in a way that leads a previously quiescent person to become violent.” The stressor is never the only explanation for the crime, but it is inevitably an important factor in a complex set of variables that lead to a disaster. “The Arab Spring and Climate Change” doesn’t claim that climate change caused the recent wave of Arab revolutions, but, taken together, the essays make a strong case that the interplay between climate change, food prices (particularly wheat) and politics is a hidden stressor that helped to fuel the revolutions and will continue to make conso…

Adhibhuta,Adhidaivam, Adhiyagna

A very basic concept to contemplate upon and experience!

178. adhibhūtaṃ kṣaro bhāvaḥ puruṣaś cādhidaivatam adhiyajñoham evātra dehe dehabhṛtāṃ vara 8.4

adhibútam is the ephemeral-principle; purusha is adhidaivam. adhiyajña is simply me here in the body, O best of embodies ones!

Here we have the definition of the three terms which Arjuna wanted to know about. The explanations rest on the idea that there are three aspects to the universe. First there is the material aspect. This is the apparently sturdy and substantial world of solids, liquids, gases, and plasma that constitute the totality of the material universe. Without these there would be mere void.

 The concern and goal of science is to understand and explain this multifaceted dimension of reality. But what is emphasized here is that this aspect of the universe is impermanent. In fact, even the sun and the stars will eventually fade away and turn to nothing.  Until the rise of astrophysics in the twentieth century the general …