Mirabilis Jalapa -5

Day 5

The seed is formed. It is raw and green. Let’s wait and watch how long it takes for it to turn black. Should we call that ripe? Better word for that would possibly be ‘mature’.

This picture above is of another branch. Just above the base of the flower is the black seed. That’s how it will turn out. Let us now wait and watch the transition.

Mirabilis Jalapa – 3

Day 3 Evening

You can form see the green seed forming. I apologise for the picture quality. My lens has limited capability in the ‘macro’ department.

To me, this whole inquiry isn’t about biology. It is about the Universe, this planet and life as a part of the universe.

Mirabilis Jalapa – 2

Mirabilis Jalapa
Day 2 morning
Day 2 evening

I understand how important days and dates are. Yesterday-today-tomorrow has limitations in the online world where things remain forever. So these images are named Day 2 – morning, and evening. Today is day 3, but there is not much change in the flower. So there is no point uploading.

At the base of the flower there will form the black seed we are taking about. It won’t be black in the beginning, it will be green. It will be juicy. Let us wait and watch.

Mirabilis Jalapa

Mirabilis Jalapa
Mirabilis Jalapa
Mirabilis Jalapa

This is a common plant (Mirabilis Jalapa). It is found in western India (Mumbai). But I am not sure if it is common in the rest of the country; and if it is native to India. Wikipedia says it originated from Peru. I am not too interested in where it came from. I have it in my home garden. I decided to observe this particular flower at my window.

Mirabilis Jalapa bears a black seed which forms within a few days after the flower blooms. I observed that the flowers bloom before sunset, or after sunrise. They have a timespan (a deleted the word ‘lifespan’) of about twelve to fifteen hours. The transition that you see in these three pictures is within about eighteen hours. It is 10 AM. right now (whatever day or date it is today). The third picture, I took it about an hour ago. The second picture (I am sorry, I am going in reverse order) was taken at about 8 AM. And the first one was about 6 PM yesterday.

I am not a botanist. I am an electronic engineer for whom electronics is just a hobby now. I love physics. One thing that really interests me is where it all began (big bang). I love the miracles of nature and the miracles of life. I love how life gets formed and how it propagates. This particular flower is in a strategic position (facing inside, rather than out towards the Sun). I decided to follow its transition.

I have taken these pictures with Sony ILCE 6000 and the 200mm kit lens. It is not a fancy lens compared to the other options. I can’t go too close to the subject. I have to keep a distance of minimum 1 metre.

Before I wrote this post, I did not want to wait for Fertilisation, or for the seed to form. Let’s wait and watch. Stay tuned!

PS: I switched back to the Twenty-Twelve theme. I feel it works best when I have to upload images.

About the New Theme of this Blog

I opened the homepage of this blog, and I felt it was a bit mundane. Personally, I felt it was a bit stale. I changed the theme to Twenty Ten. It has a nice picture. That’s when I realised, I need to introduce something colourful. The Twenty Ten theme of WordPress did what I wanted. However, when I looked at the overall content, different sections of the website, I realised that it needs a complete revamp. Some interesting photographs would be nice too. The sections I have added in the design but which I never visited, need to be deleted.

You will see some interesting stuff, now that I have woken up from a long slumber. Life is not just about text. A picture is worth a thousand words.

God, the Creator

In a God-believing world, God is the Creator. History indicates that Religion has payed a major role in forming a civilisation. So God is going to be a major part of the modern civilisation.

While I was a student in Australia, I went on a trip organised by the university for overseas students to Canberra (Australia’s capital). At one of the stops, there was a shop selling aboriginal artefacts. One board at an opal shop described an aboriginal legend that when gods got angry, they made lightning. It broke the rainbow and the colours fell to the ground forming opals. Gods have been with us for ages. The aboriginal culture it seems, is more than ten thousand years old.

For ages, we have had this fear of the unknown. We have been awed by the vastness of the universe, and the vastness of the forces of nature. Our own strength and ability which we are so proud of sometimes, reach a limit which is far surpassed by the natural forces. Our imagination perhaps asks, “who else is out there, stronger than us?” It is that “another” being who is stronger than us that intrigues us. We haven’t been able to pinpoint to it which we normally like to do. It seems to be there everywhere we go, because all around us there is Mother Nature. And, she is mighty strong. We place our almighty force in mother nature and we call it God.

God has played an important role in us because It (with capital I, for there is said to be only one God in English language, and he is neither male, nor female) gave us the faculties of Faith and Imagination. Every achievement of the human society has been a product of imagination. Whatever we designed, we imagined first. And perhaps, our imagination began with the imaginary concept called God.

The subject of God raises a lot of subjects. Each of them – whether in favour of God, or against – is valuable, and that is why God is important in human civilisation.

Social Leadership

A major trait of a leader is that a leader thinks about the benefit of others before their own.

Society as an organism exists for the benefit of the individual, and not vice versa. The individual does not exist for the society. But, this is a default rule. Society has to function for the individual to function, for the individual to survive. The person who makes sure that the society works has to be from the segment of the society that they represent. In other words, the leader must be from the community itself. She / he must be a member of the same community that they are a leader of.

In order for the society to function, the individuals must function according to the rules of the society. The rules of the society must be specified, implemented, followed and monitored. To do that, an authority needs to be employed by the society. Thus, an individual is monitored by the society or by the authority employed by the society, stopping an individual from acting in an uncontrolled manner. the individual who has a tendency to act in an uncontrolled manner now has a reason to rebel, since their personal freedom is compromised by the society at large.

A mature society is one in which there is minimum requirement of control because the individual members are conscientious. there is a balance between authority and freedom of the individual.

The balance cannot be achieved without effective leadership. The leader has the responsibility to educate the society towards their responsibility and make sure that the society is effective in appointing or electing effective authority.

An ideal society is one which works for every individual.

Choosing Thoughts

Is it possible to cause a shift in the universe just by the way we think, or by the way we think, or by controlling our thoughts?

Thoughts come from the Universe. We are an integral part of that universe. We may say that we exist inside the thoughts that exist in the Universe. So we are nothing but the thoughts; and our thoughts are a link to the vast universe. We could argue endlessly as to whether the thoughts are imposed upon us, or whether we have the choice to control our thoughts. I would like to choose a position ‘We can choose our thoughts’, to start with. That seems realistic and easy. It gives me the satisfaction of being in control of my life and my mind. By choosing the right books, right information, I can control the power of thinking.

A Thought about Thoughts

Thoughts can be about past events, or future. Present is kind of momentary. So, in this discussion, it is considered irrelevant, because it is transient.

If thoughts are about the past, there is something we should look at. They may be lingering because we perhaps think about how we could have prevented the past. That is an impossible exercise to attempt to fix the past that has already happened.

Why does the past hurt us now? Because we allow it to! Much after the past event happened, i.e. now, we are playing its recording in our mind, in our thoughts, and thinking about how we could have prevented it. The defense that tries to prevent a past event is just another thought.

Can it be true that this ‘just another thought’ that is trying to correct the past is also trying to prevent the Present – because Present involves adapting every moment? Is it valid that we are just not comfortable with the change that happens every moment around us? Hence, are we trying to prevent (in vain) the change around us, rather than changing with the change, or adapting to the environmental changes around us? That’s just a thought.

Maybe, every thought we generate as our defense mechanism is unique to us, and it has no logical relevance. We created our defense mechanism because we created it – without any logic or reason! Can we distinguish our defense, or, can we catch our defensive thoughts?

Maybe we can neutralise the defense mechanism and just embrace the future that is happening around us with open arms?

The Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind consists of a field of consciousness, in which every impulse of thought that reaches
the objective mind through any of the five senses, is classified and recorded, and from which thoughs may
be recalled or withdrawn as letters may be taken from a filing cabinet.
Through a method of procedure, unknown to man, the subconscious mind draws upon the forces of infinite
intelligence for the power with which it voluntarily transmutes one’s desires into their physical equivalent,
making use, always of the most practical media by which this end may be accomplished.
You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan,
desire, or purpose which you wish transformed into concrete form.
You never can tell what a thought will do
In bringing you hate or love For thouthts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe –
Each thing creates its kind,
And they speed O’ver the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind.

The seven major positive emotions are

  • Desire
  • Faith
  • Love
  • Sex
  • Enthusiasm
  • Romance
  • Hope

The seven major negative emotions are

  • Fear
  • Jealousy
  • Hatred
  • Revenge
  • Greed
  • Superstition
  • Anger
The subconscious mind is the intermediary, which translates one’s prayers into terms which Infinite
Intelligence can recognise, presents the message, and brings back the answer in the form of a definite plan
or idea for procuring the object of the prayer.