What is a book, if not the ideas that it contains? What is a bookstore, if not a shrine to ideas, feelings and creativity, to Truth itself? What is a bookstore’s purpose, if not to awaken the heart and mind of people? Swami Kriyananda, who founded the original Ananda East West Bookshop in Menlo Park, gave us our motto (originally an ancient Greek aphorism) “Know Thyself” and used to tell our managers in the past, “Make sure it feels like a bookstore!” I believe he was tuning into this same perspective: of the bookstore as a sanctuary for self-discovery.
A solar eclipse preceded the Birth of Mohammad in 569 CE and coincided with the death of his son, Ibrahim, in 631 CE.
Two days after the RMS Titanic sank in 1912 in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean under the darkness of the new moon, a solar eclipse occurred.
Here are just three examples from history of solar eclipses that signified great changes.
Astrologer Steven Forrest writes in his recent blog on this Monday's Great American Eclipse...
"When I first began my spiritual quest in my late teens I had the good fortune of being given a copy of Ram Dass’ epic, psychedelic, yoga bible Be Here Now. It spoke to me exactly where I was: one foot in the counter-culture world of “Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out” and one foot pointing hopefully towards the path of Enlightenment that has been tread by all great masters from Jesus to the Buddha..."