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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.

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.

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.

Testosterone – The Link that Napoleon Hill Missed

With due respect to Napoleon Hill and his great work, the reason I find his chapter on Sex Transmutation so confusing is because I have read more about human physiology and fitness than Napoleon Hill has written. Today I have more scientific information available than Napoleon Hill provided in his convoluted chapter Sex Transmutation.

Modern research shows that depleted testosterone level can reduce your physical strength and energy level. Testosterone gives rise to muscular strength along with physical energy. There is a strong link between ones testosterone level and their being physically attractive to the opposite sex.

At older age, we have more experience and wisdom, but lower testosterone and hence lower physical energy. But there is good news. It can be reversed. Physical exercise can restore muscular strength, increasing testosterone level, which in turn can enhance the muscular strength. As we age, we start having ailments like diabetes and high blood pressure, particularly with the modern, industrial, unhealthy lifestyle.

Those who are physically fitter have higher testosterone levels. So, the theory that sex can be transmuted to money starts to make sense. With high sex drive, there can now be higher clarity of thought. There can be higher trust factor because of higher charisma. Sexy men look better not just to the opposite sex, they appear better even to the same sex. A person’s energy is transferred to the other person by their conversation, by their relationship. We find it a lot more comforting to be around a person has a pleasant personality. A person who doesn’t have to struggle to form relationships appears far more pleasant, comforting to be around. Their leadership is natural. These individuals have far more potential to have results achieved than people with less energy.

Sexual attraction makes us feel energetic because the testosterone levels rise in sexual attraction. So look sexy and sexually attractive. Be fit and sexy. Perhaps, Napoleon Hill is right.


There is more confusion about this chapter than any other chapter by Napoleon Hill. After reading the book Think and Grow Rich multiple times, studying it over and over again, things still appear vague. So I leave it to the readers to share their views and insights about this chapter. I will shed some light in this area in my subsequent posts. However, this particular post only gives summary of key points from the chapter.

Genius is developed through Sixth Sense

The faculty of Creative Imagination is the direct link between the finite mind of man and the INFINITE INTELLIGENCE. All so called revelations, referred to in the realm of religion, and all the discoveries of basic or new principles in the field of invention, take place through the faculty of creative imagination.

When ideas or concepts flash into one’s mind, through what is popularly called a “Hunch” , they come from one of the following sources:

  1. Infinite Intelligence
  2. One’s subconscious mind wherein is stored every sense impression and thought impulse which ever reached the brain through any of the five senses.
  3. From the mind of some other person who has just released the thought, or picture of the idea or concept, through conscious thought, or
  4. From the other person’s subconscious storehouse.

The factor of personality known as Personal Magnetism is nothing more or less than sex energy. Highly sexed people always have plentiful supply of magnetism. This energy may be communicated to others through the following media:

  • The hand shake. The touch of hand instantly indicates the presence of magnetism or lack of it.
  • The tone of voice, magnetism, or sex energy, is the factor with which the voice may be coloured, or musical and charming.
  • Posture and carriage of the body. Highly sexed people move briskly, and with grace and ease.
  • The vibrations of thought. Highly sexed people mix the emotion of sex with their thoughts, or may do so at will, and in that way, may influence those around them.
  • Body Adornment: People who are highly sexed are usually very careful about their personal appearance. They usually select clothing of a style becoming of their personality, physique, complexion etc.

The salesman who knows how to take his mind of the subject of sex, and direct it in sales effort with as much enthusiasm and determination as he would apply to its original purpose, has acquired the art of sex transmutation, whether he knows it or not.

The emotion of sex is a virtue only when used intelligently and with discrimination. It may be misused, and often is, to such an extent that it debases, instead of enriches, both body and mind.

Man is the only creature on earth which violates nature’s purpose in this connection. Every other animal indulges in sex nature in moderation, and with purpose which harmonises with laws of nature. Every other animal responds to the call of sex only in “season”. Man’s inclination is to declare “open season”.

Widespread ignorance on the subject of sex is due to the fact that the subject has been surrounded with mystery and beclouded by dark silence. The conspiracy of mystery and silence has had the same effect upon the minds of young people that the psychology of prohibition had.

Sex, alone is mighty urge to action, but its forces are like a cyclone – they are often uncontrollable. When the emotion of love begins to mix itself with the emotion of sex, the result is calmness of purpose, poise, accuracy of judgment, and balance.

Love is the emotion which serves as a safety valve, and insures balance, poise and constructive effort. When combined, these three emotions

Emotions are a state of mind. Nature has provided man with a “chemistry of the mind” which operates in a manner similar to the principles of chemistry of matter. It is a well known fact that through the aid of chemistry of matter, a chemist may create a deadly poson of mixing certain elements, none of which are, in themselves, harmful in right proportions. The emotions may, likewise, be combined so as to create a deadly poison. The emotions of sex and jealousy, when mixed, may turn a person into an insane beast.

The road to genius consists of development, control, and use of sex, love and romance. Briefly, the process may be stated as follows:

Encourage the presence of these emotions as the dominating thoughts in one’s mind, and discourage the presence of all the destructive emotions. The mind is a creature of habit. It thrives on dominating thoughts fed to it. Throught he faculty of will power, one may discourage the presence of any emotion, and encourage the presence of any other. Control of mind through the power of will, is not difficult. Control comes from persistence, and habit. The secret of control lies in understanding the process of transmutation. When any negative emotion presents itself in one’s mind, it can be transmuted into a positive, or constructive emotion, by the simple procedure of changing one’s thoughts.

Love is spiritual, sex is biological.

The love which one feels for one’s parents of children is different from the love one feels for one’s sweetheart. The one is mixed with emotion of sex, the other is not.

The love one feels in true friendship is not the same as that felt for one’s sweetheart, parents, or children, but it, too, is a form of love.

When the emotion of romance is added to those of love and sex, the obstructions between the finite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence are removed.

Man’s greatest motivating force is his desire to please a woman! The hunter who excelled during prehistoric days, before the dawn of civilisation, did so, because of his desire to appear great in the eyes of a woman. Man’s nature has not changed in this respect. The “Hunter” of today no skins of wild animals, but he indicates his desire for her favour by supplying fine clothes, motor cars, and wealth. Man had the same desire to please a woman that he had before the dawn of civilisation. The only thing that has changed, is his method of pleasing. Men who accumulate large fortunes, and attain to great heights of power and fame, do so, mainly, to satisfy their desire to please women.