Newspapers and Magazines are in the content business and on a daily basis editors face immense pressure to fill the space in all the columns of their newspapers. They are in the hunt for all sorts of news also of the offbeat kind. Many a time I saw some good chunk of space allocated to stories titled real life doppelganger where celebrities are paired with their look alike aka doppelganger more having a German etymology Doppel ( double) ganger(walker). The news surely of some curiosity value and very low intellectual value. Of late I also read some articles on doppelganger effect where like a real life hologram a body double of a person makes a presence in two locations at the same time and making it more spooky some people came face to face with their own doppelgangers raising the curiosity quotient of the doppelganger effect.
For the spiritually advanced and well versed with the concepts of Astral Plane and Astral Projection the phenomenon of the Doppelganger effect is within the grasp of their spiritual knowledge. Myself a beginner in the discipline of spirituality had read one of the most recommended book by the New Age Movement Autobiography of a Yogi and followed it up with Meher Baba’s God Speaks. These two books do a great job in expanding the horizons of readers especially of the low spiritual quotient kind. The Human body is explained as a three layer vehicle and the layers explained as Physical, Astral and the Casual bodies. The realization of God head is seen as transcending seven planes of existence. The mutual relationship of thee bodies to each other and the Soul is very clearly explained and forms the core tenets in both of these books. There are variants of the three layered body expanding to the five layered body and the seven layered body. Keeping it simple and focusing on the three layered body. Continue reading Yoganand’s Autobiography Of A Yogi and Meher Babas God Speaks. Astral Plane Astral Projection And Doppelganger Effect. Three layered body and Yoga
Living in New York City is like living in a Global Village. Those who don’t attach much value to the concept of a homemade meal the city offers lot of choice in terms of culinary diversity. We can start off with a solid American breakfast in McDonald’s follow it up with a slice of Pizza at a local Italian Pizzeria for lunch and end it with a Mexican takeout form the Mexican Restaurant Chilies for dinner not forgetting about the French Macaron’s and Columbian coffee on offer a stone’s throw away from work. Every one living in big global cities can rework this scenario applying to their regular daily routine. Moreover The American Mosaic though presenting an American Identity has given leeway to all its citizens to identify with their cultural heritage and identity. The Parades in New York City ranging from Caribbean parade to the St Patrick’s parade and Indian Independence day parade give voice and the chance to showcase their cultural splendor to all the immigrant communities in New York. Life in the new millennium offers such cultural diversity in that we no longer see ourselves rooted in our own cultural identity and see the world through the lenses of multiculturalism and cultural pluralism.
Talking about cultural identity is there a barometer which measures our degree of cultural sensitivity Vis a Vis other cultures. Do we all take our culture too seriously and look down upon anything alien to our cultural beliefs. To a certain extent our locus of existence in reference to the world map has much to do with our perception of our cultural identity. Someone living in a Alpha world city with a lot of overlapping cultures and interacting with a cross section of people from different cultural identities will be far less myopic than a easy going commoner in a remote village country side of rural Bolivia. The life style in an Alpha city offers multi culturalism and cultural pluralism because of the trickledown effect of cultural diffusion bringing into focus two contrasting cultural perceptions Ethnocentrism and Xenocentrism. Continue reading Trickledown Effect of Cultural Diversity And Cultural Diffusion And Its Impact On Cultural Relativism, Ethno Centrism and Xeno Centrism