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E.T. Phones Thailand and Picks Up the Tab for the Call

Space Aliens Love Thailand 5/5/2011 10:30:00 PM

UFO hunters say Asia's surging economy is attracting international attention--and aliens from outer space. WSJ's James Hookway reports from UFO hotspot Khao Kala Hill in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand.


E.T. Phones Thailand and Picks Up the Tab for the Call


UFO hunters say Asia’s surging economy is attracting international attention–and aliens from outer space. WSJ’s James Hookway reports from UFO hotspot Khao Kala Hill in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand.

KAO KALA, Thailand—Everybody from fund managers to jet-setting diplomats is talking about the world’s center of gravity shifting to Asia. Now, extraterrestrials appear to be taking notice, too.

Trackers in Colorado at the Mutual UFO Network, one of the oldest unidentified-flying-object research organizations in this world, say that since the slump of the Western banking system in 2008, UFO sightings among Asia’s fast-growing economies have accelerated. Suspicious UFOs have shut down airports in China, buzzed resorts in Borneo and lit up the night sky in Myanmar.

All of that is dealing a fresh blow to the prestige of the U.S., which, as the DreamWorks animated movie “Monsters vs. Aliens” observed, “is the only country aliens ever seem to visit.”

“It’s not surprising, really,” says Debhanom Muangman, a 75-year-old Harvard-educated physician and one of Thailand’s leading UFO investigators. “Aliens have been coming to Asia for decades, but now they sense a change. This is where the progressive countries are, so they are coming here much more often now.”

Extraterrestrials first hit the public imagination in a big way in Thailand in 2006, when villagers in the rural northeast found discarded fever-cooling gel packs and mistook them for visitors from outer space. One woman told local newspapers she cooked a gel pack and served it to her children in the hope that it would make them more intelligent.

In Nakhon Sawan province, 160 miles north of Bangkok, scores of UFO enthusiasts now regularly camp out on a hill known as Kao Kala, which they regard as a kind of Stargate to another dimension. It’s a diverse group, including medical students, interior decorators and a soap-opera actor who goes by the name Pete.

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On a recent evening, devotees wearing necklaces depicting alien portraits trooped to the top of the hill to harness extraterrestrial energy to treat illnesses by laying on hands, or to meditate before a statue of Buddha. Periodically, people jumped up with video cameras when planes or other, less obvious, light sources appeared before settling in for a night of chanting.

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“The aliens have been coming here to Kao Kala for at least 10 years,” said Dusadee Prasomsuk, 39 years old. “When we meditate we can understand what they’re trying to tell us—we feel it through our bodies and we understand.”

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Dusadee Prasomsuk

Regardless of whether aliens exist, the slew of sightings is providing yet another measurement of how the world is changing as Asia becomes wealthier and more successful.

Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in California, uses radio telescopes and other advanced equipment to scour the universe for signs of intelligent life. He reckons the growth of Asia’s economies is one of the primary factors contributing to more and more UFO sightings.

“I ascribe this simply to two things,” Mr. Shostak says. “The greater reach of TV, which means that more people have seen television specials dealing with UFOs, and the widespread availability of the Internet, which allows people who would formerly describe strange sightings to their neighbors to now send me an email.”

Dr. Debhanom in Thailand, for instance, says he saw his first UFO in New Hampshire when he was training to become a doctor in the 1950s. When Dr. Debhanom returned to Thailand he heard about many more sightings as the country went through its economic boom of the 1980s and 1990s and media networks expanded to include cable TV and, more recently, the Internet.

Still, these aren’t American-style alien encounters. The aliens that Thai researchers say they have encountered bear little resemblance to the typical creatures depicted in Hollywood films, which have included resource-grabbing monsters or eerily calm, environmentally friendly creatures.

The aliens that allegedly visit Southeast Asia tend to have a rather different view of the universe, following Buddhist precepts such as reincarnation and greeting one another by cupping their hands together in the shape of a lotus flower.

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After years of trying, Dr. Debhanom says he finally made contact with bona fide aliens one morning at 2 a.m. in 1996. Surprisingly, he recalls, they called him on the phone, using an ordinary land line.

“They said they were from Mars and spoke a strange version of Thai. They also said not to worry about the phone bill,” Dr. Debhanom recalls.

Since then, he reports that aliens often have contacted him with warnings about where they will appear, enabling Dr. Debhanom and other researchers to report a series of UFO sightings. Their conclusions: Aliens are typically slightly taller than humans, communicate telepathically and sometimes are accompanied by pets resembling hairless dogs.

One alien visitor calling itself “Kai”—the Thai word for chicken—often visits to warn of natural disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami or political upheavals that could affect Thailand’s economic progress, Dr. Debhanom says. Kai previously presented himself as Eddie to U.S. authorities at Area 51, the famously secretive U.S. military base in Nevada, while he told officials in the former Soviet Union to call him Ivan, Dr. Debhanom says.

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Other researchers have gone further. Several members of the Chansamnuen family in Nakhon Sawan province say they have managed to communicate with the aliens telepathically. It began with Cherd Chansamnuen, an army sergeant, who used to go into a trance and then begin speaking and issuing commands in a strangely altered voice.

“The air began crackling,” says Thanyasak Patamatanasun, 39 years old, a member of the Kao Kala group who once attended one of Sgt. Cherd’s attempts to communicate with extraterrestrial beings. “Then an alien voice spoke to us through Sgt. Cherd and told us he was there to help human beings reach the next level of development.”

Sgt. Cherd has since died, and his mission is now pursued by his three daughters. One of them, Wassana Chansamnuen, a 38-year-old nurse, says she, too, is able to enter a trance and receive messages from otherworldly entities.

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Says Ms. Wassana: “Everybody can develop this ability.”

—Wilawan Watcharasakwet contributed to this article.

Write to James Hookway at james.hookway@wsj.com

From: http://paranormal-mystery.com/e-t-phones-thailand-and-picks-up-the-tab-for-the-call/

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Space Aliens Love Thailand

Space Aliens Love Thailand

Space Aliens Love Thailand 5/5/2011 10:30:00 PM

UFO hunters say Asia's surging economy is attracting international attention--and aliens from outer space. WSJ's James Hookway reports from UFO hotspot Khao Kala Hill in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand.



Dhamma for free yourself of everything

Introduction to Mind and Mental Factors

A 'person' can be described as a number of phenomena into a single working unit. In Western philosophy, one usually refers to Body, Mind and (sometimes) Soul or Spirit. In Buddhism, the Five Aggregates (Skandhas in Skt.) are used to analyse a person. Please note that the terminology can be confusing, as e.g. the term 'Feeling' refers to something very specific here: :

1. Form (rupa Skt.) - the body
2. Primary Consciousness (vijnana in Skt.) - Awareness, experience, in the sense that the presence of consciousness together with the sense organ and the object of the sense organ produces a sense experience or awareness.
3. Perception (samjna Skt.) - the five sense consciousnesses (smell, touch, taste, seeing and hearing) and mental consciousness, in other words, direct perception. Perception also refers to the activity of recognition, or identification, such as attaching a name to an object of experience. It includes the formulation of a concept about a particular object.
4. Feeling (vedana in Skt.) - this refers only to the mental separation of perceptions into pleasant, unpleasant and neutral (nothing more).
5. Compositional Factors, Volition (samskara Skt.) - these are all other remaining mental processes, in general "thoughts".

To begin with, it is interesting to see that four out of five aggregates are concerning the mind, and they do not directly correspond to the divisions made in Western psychology at all. Furthermore, the distinctions in Buddhist psychology are made from the point of view of how to obtain liberation and buddhahood; and certainly not to figure out how 'the brain works'.
Simply said, in Buddhism, the brain is considered a part of the body where many of the instructions of the mind are led to the other parts of the body, it is not regarded as the 'factory of thoughts'; thoughts are purely a function of the non-physical mind.

"From contact comes feeling.
From feeling comes reaction.
This is what keeps us in the cycle of birth and death.
Our reactions to our feelings are our passport to rebirth."
Ayya Khema

To use a simple example of how this works, let's say: something touches our hand:

- This is physical contact, and (as we know from Western science) our nerve cells pick up the movement of the skin, and translate it into energy (more subtle part of the Body).
- This energy is then picked up by Primary Consciousness, which is an aspect of the mind, in Buddhism, this is actually called the Contact (see below as the 5th. Omnipresent Mental Factor); the contact between the physical and the mental aspects.
- Next, the mental process of Feeling evaluates the Perception and decides it to be pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.
- Simultaneously, Perception (Recognition/Discrimination) gets to work in finding out what the thing is that touches my hand, is it pressure or heat, etc. and is it related to other information; maybe I see a table near my hand and consider it likely that my hand must be touching the table.
- Based on the Feeling and Discrimination, the mind creates the Compositional Factors/Volition, which are for example, the reaction to the hand to withdraw if it is unpleasant, an instruction to the eyes to check what is touching the hand, possibly projections/thoughts like 'it must be this bothersome fly again' or 'I am touching the table I am walking past' etc.

Credited by: http://buddhism.kalachakranet.org/mind.html


The Way of the Buddha
A teaching by
His Holiness Sakya Trizin
given at Birmingham UK in August 1998.

Every individual strives for happiness. Every community, every society and country tries to make peoples' lives happier. Yet it is becoming increasingly clear, in spite of all the material progress we make, that the real goal of happiness is not being achieved. Material progress has brought many benefits but that alone is not enough.
As human beings we have many different needs but the most important of these is to make spiritual progress. All our other needs are to do with the body - food, clothing, and so on - but the mind is more important than the physical body. How then can we make spiritual progress?

Every major religion in the world has its own beauty and its own way to help mankind. The Buddha's teaching is that every living being possesses Buddha Nature, that right from the beginning the true nature of our mind is pure.

At the moment we do not see the true nature of the mind. Instead we are completely covered with defilements and delusions. But these things which obscure Buddha Nature are not in the true nature of the mind. They are like the dirt on a piece of cloth: if we use the right method we can remove the dirt and see the actual colour of the cloth. Similarly the obscurations are not in the nature of the mind, which is pure from the very beginning. This is why we say that every living being has Buddha Nature.

This does not mean that we are already a Buddha, but that we have the seed of the Buddha. Every seed has the potential to grow into a crop when it meets with the right conditions. If we meet with the right conditions we all have the potential to become a fully enlightened Buddha.

At present, because we do not see the true nature of the mind we are caught up in samsara, the circle of existence, and as long as we are caught in the circle we are not free from suffering. We will go on and on in this circle endlessly - unless we become enlightened. So the way to become free from suffering is to practise Dharma, the way of the Buddha.

The way of the Buddha has two aspects: the method and wisdom aspects. The method consists of taking refuge in the three jewels of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Taking refuge means being completely under the protection of the Buddha as our guide, the Dharma as the path, and the Sangha as our companions.

The wisdom aspect is to be found in the teachings given by the Buddha, and in particular in the fundamental natural laws known as "the four great seals" - so called because in ancient times when an emperor set his seal to something it became the law. The four seals are the foundation of all the Buddha's teachings.

All compounded things are impermanent.

A compounded thing is anything which is created by causes and conditions. When the cause and conditions come together it appears, but as soon as any of these are absent it ceases to appear. It is impermanent. This is true of everything in the world. Even the biggest, seemingly most stable things such as mountains and oceans eventually disappear. Similarly with living beings: our life is only temporary.

As human beings we do not have a definite life span. Also there are very few conditions which prolong life but many which shorten it. Our life is filled with uncertainty.

Thinking about impermanence motivates us to to begin on the spiritual path. Out of all the perceptions we could have, impermanence is the best, because at the beginning it leads us from worldly life into the spiritual life and later it speeds our progress along the spiritual path.

Remembering impermanence also helps us to realise emptiness, by showing us that things do not exist independently. Life is like a magical show: when the ingredients that combine to produce the illusion of something, such as an animal or a person, lose their power, the illusion vanishes.

All contaminated thins are suffering.

Why do we suffer? Not by accident, not because of some outside force, but because of our own defilements. If the root of a tree is poisoned, then anything which grows on the tree is poisoned. Likewise any actions that arise from defilements create suffering.

As well as what we normally consider to be suffering - our physical and mental pain - there is the fact that what appears to be happiness is in reality unhappiness. This is like someone escaping from the heat of the sun into a cool house where he feels happy - in which case the longer he stays in the house the happier he should become - but eventually the room feels cold to him and he wants to go back into the sun.

Our very existence itself is suffering. No matter where we go or what we have or who we are with, we can never be fully satisfied. In this way even feelings which normally we consider to be indifferent are also suffering.

We suffer because of our defilements, and these come from our lack of wisdom, our ignorance of the true nature of reality. Ignorance is the most basic defilement. It is because of our ignorance that we are caught up in duality and it is from ignorance that attachment and aggression arise. From these three main defilements of ignorance, attachment, and aggression come the other defilements such as pride, meanness, jealousy and so forth.

Out of these negative states of mind come actions - physical, verbal, and mental - and all actions that spring from a poisoned source, the defilements, create suffering - in this life and the next. Suffering is the crop which grows from the seed of our negative actions. The exact nature of the suffering depends on the amount of negative actions committed and also on the nature of the actions.

These may result in one falling into the hell realm or the hungry ghost or the animal realm. Also the pain which we cause to others comes back to us: if we have killed or inflicted pain on others for example we may have a short or a n unhealthy life.. actions produce a tendency to engage in similar actions again, which in turn creates more and more causes of suffering.

All the many kinds of suffering are produced by negative actions. On the other hand positive uncontaminated actions which are free from defilements produce positive results.

The negative and positive aspects of our present life are the product of the deeds we have committed in the past. What we are going to experience in the future - happiness or suffering - is in our own hands. No one else can save us.

All phenomena are without self.

We all have a tendency to think of "I" but this is not logical. If there is a personal self it must be a name, a body, or a mind. Yet any name can be given to anybody at any time; we cannot find a self in any part of the body; and as for the mind: the past mind is gone, the future mind is yet to come, and the present mind is changing from moment to moment.

When we say "my", who is the owner? Who is it that owns "my" possessions, body, mind? It is a wrong notion, like mistaking a rope for a snake, but we cling to the notion of self and from this comes the idea of "other". And once we are caught up in this duality we have attachment and aversion, from which all the defilements are created.

External objects are also devoid of self. A table, for example, can be reduced to its component parts, the parts to wood, the wood to atoms and so on. We cannot find a real "table". In reality everything is free of self.

Nirvana is peace.

Nirvana is the true peace beyond sorrow. To reach nirvana we need to subdue the defilements and then eliminate them. We subdue them by realising that self-clinging is is the root of all defilements, from which come the negative actions that cause suffering. To eliminate the defilements, to completely dig out the roots of the poisoned tree, we need the wisdom which realises non-self. When we have that wisdom, self-clinging disappears and, like a fire deprived of fuel, suffering is extinguished. This is nirvana, the real peace, where one is never caught in samsara again.

The ultimate enlightenment is the great nirvana, when one is free from samsara but out of compassion does not remain in nirvana. One develops qualities which manifest in activity that ceaselessly benefits sentient beings.

The wind of karma and defilements has dictated our present situation. But because we have Buddha Nature the temporary obscurations can be eliminated. We have the right conditions to study and practice Dharma, so if we do not use such an opportunity, if we make no effort and fail to move even one step forward, there could be no greater loss.

To seek enlightenment is the most beneficial thing we can do for ourselves and for others.

From: purifymind.com