Monday, 6 December 2010

"Behold a beautiful garden full of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Each flower has a different charm, a peculiar beauty, its own delicious perfume and beautiful colour. The trees too, how varied are they in size, in growth, in foliage -- and what different fruits they bear! Yet all these flowers, shrubs and trees spring from the self-same earth, the same sun shines upon them and the same clouds give them rain."

Garden of colors, enjoy:)

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Rise and make art!

"The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power and charm of music the spirit of man is uplifted."
Compilations : Baha'i Education

Monday, 13 September 2010

New jewellery :)

Saturday, 21 August 2010

I made some watercolor paintings with the Shrine of the Báb from the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa :)

Friday, 20 August 2010

Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices and how we feel about the choices we make. She talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

Thursday, 12 August 2010


Edvard Munch  says: "A person himself believes that all the other portraits are good likenesses except the one of himself."
I did some portraits, it's the first time that I've done portrait photography intentionally, and I love it :)

Monday, 28 June 2010

 a BBC documentary

"Adam Curtis' acclaimed series examines the rise of the all-consuming self against the backdrop of the Freud dynasty.
Sigmund Freud's work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society's belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is man's ultimate goal.
To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?"

The thing that got stuck in my mind was about the phrase "infinite desires" of humans, which, unfortunately, is so true.

"We should continually be establishing new bases for human happiness and creating and promoting new instrumentalities toward this end. How excellent, how honorable is man if he arises to fulfill his responsibilities; how wretched and contemptible, if he shuts his eyes to the welfare of society and wastes his precious life in pursuing his own selfish interests and personal advantages."
Abdu'l-Baha : The Secret of Divine Civilization

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Art jewelry

Jewellery signifies items of personal adornment. I would love that my jewellery be taken as a personal physical adornment, but even more than that, I wanted them to be a reminder to adorn the soul with virtues and qualities.

Any way I was thinking about "Unity" when I made the designs. If it doesn't look right I guess I have to try harder :) My jewelry is made with copper and a type of glass whose colors shift depending on the angle of view.

Just like every soul is unique, so my pieces of jewellery are unique. Even if someone asks me fo...r a previous piece I will be unable to replicate it to the very detail. So if you see something that you like, seize the opportunity!

I used Fused Glass and copper in this model. The glass pieces are designed and fused by me.

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Monday, 21 June 2010

"The sciences of today are bridges to reality; if then they lead not to reality, naught remains but fruitless illusion."
Abdu'l-Baha : Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha

How is our consciousness connected to the world?
Japan Science and Technology Agency made an interactive web page that will "Explore the unconscious functions of the brain with visual illusions and mysterious perceptual phenomena. " If you have 30 minutes you will find out new things about you, your mind, your self.

Web page here: http://www.Japan Science and Technology

I guess we see just what we think we see...

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Coloured Light
HDR photography

I love the old photography with its style, graphic, light and shadows, black and white, how it transforms the tri-dimensional shapes in a bi-dimensional graphic image. After I saw this high dynamic range technique I learned that the human eye can perceive scenes with a very high dynamic contrast ratio, compared with mediums that we have at this moment.  So this technique is an attempt to compensate for the lack of sensibility of today's mediums and I guess a step in another direction from the black and white photography.

Golden Field



Homo Sapiens intrusion

Bucharest, blue moon

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Bahá'u'lláh said, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” now is the time for humanity to live in unity.
Science today says the same thing.

Jeremy Rifkin. The Empathic Civilisation

statement behavioral scientist Dan Pink speaks about what motivates us. Enjoy...

— A new statement challenging the common assumption that human beings are slaves to self-interest and consumerism has been issued by the Baha'i International Community.
A more profound look at human nature would reveal the ability to respond to a higher calling, suggests the document – issued this week for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development as it began its annual two-week session.
"The culture of consumerism ... has tended to reduce human beings to competitive, insatiable consumers of goods and to objects of manipulation by the market," it says.
In fact, "the human experience is essentially spiritual in nature: it is rooted in the inner reality – or what some call the 'soul' – that we all share in common," it states.
The document, titled "Rethinking Prosperity: Forging Alternatives to a Culture of Consumerism," challenges the view that there is an intractable conflict between what people want – which supposedly is to consume more – and what humanity needs.
"Much of economic and psychological theory depicts human beings as slaves to self-interest," it says. "The faculties needed to construct a more just and sustainable social order – moderation, justice, love, reason, sacrifice and service to the common good – have too often been dismissed as naive ideals. Yet, it is these and related qualities that must be harnessed. ..."

The discussion, held on 10 May at the New York offices of the Baha'i International Community, was cosponsored by UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization - and the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations. The 2010 session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development runs through 14 May. Read more about the statement, "Rethinking Prosperity: Forging Alternatives to a Culture of Consumerism" here.


Thursday, 22 April 2010

"Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching. Unity of family, of tribe, of city-state, and nation have been successively attempted and fully established. World unity is the goal towards which a harassed humanity is striving. Nation-building has come to an end. The anarchy inherent in state sovereignty is moving towards a climax. A world, growing to maturity, must abandon this fetish, recognize the oneness and wholeness of human relationships, and establish once for all the machinery that can best incarnate this fundamental principle of its life."
Shoghi Effendi : The World Order of Baha'u'llah

This video is just amazing.
It has 5 parts...

And this is the actor Edward James Olmos at the United Nations, he played the admiral in sci-fi tv series,  Battlestar Galactica. I really enjoyed the series. And I was so happy to see ideas from a sci-fi movie going beyond the script.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

April...I've made some pictures two days ago, selected some for you guys and girls :) Here they are. Enjoy! Link here: PICTURES

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

This work started as an experiment, of course.
A Glass face.
We, humans are also transparent, you can see the emotions on faces, but emotions are inside our head not on the face, so that means you can see trough the face inside the head, into the mind. Because of the feelings you look at the real entity in front of you, not just the material body. I've made different faces, different races, I'm sure that you can see the difference between them.
They have one thing in common, the feelings, they all have the same range of feelings, like when you are shy and you blush, you turn red. Even if they are a frozen liquid (glass), you can still see the sentiments of my glass faces, they blush, they become pale, like real faces due to the colored light coming from behind the glass face.
Light is manifested trough the power of the electricity, electricity makes the light to light up the glass faces. The brain use electric signals to make our face muscles react, it is all happening behind the mask-face. 
Hey that's a good name for this work:)

Remember, look behind the maskface, don't be fooled!


Tuesday, 30 March 2010

How much can you believe in God? Enough to live for 1 day without food? Or maybe to live for 2... or even 3 days without food? Really?! Can you live 3 days without food? What about 4,5,6,7,..,25,26,27 ! What would a man learn from such an experience?!
 "If his ordeal taught him anything, it is that hope springs eternal, he says, adding: "Those who are sick should have the courage to live and pray to God, and those who are healthy need to cherish their life and to pray. Now I know that I must live life to the best I can each day."

How can it be?! Such a beautiful and inspiring words.

Buried for 27 days: Haiti earthquake survivor's amazing story

Friday, 26 March 2010

Why do we put ourselves inside a box!? When we believe we are a certain person ,  we just limit ourselves, we put ourselves inside a box. I'm an introverted person..., why?! Nobody is stopping you from being extroverted! When you take a decision, let’s say when you decide that you want to do this or that in life, you just become blind to some other opportunities. Inside you, there are thousand, millions, an infinite number of possibilities! Why do we limit ourselves to just a few or even one option in life?! Seeing the video below I was inspired to think that we are just like that, one thousand of selves. I'm not just one option made up by my ego! I'm everything that comes to me, my thousand selves are here to seize the occasion!

About the video:

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy
"As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others"

That is a nice way to approach life:)

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Oh, I've just heard this song on radio, the word "ego" got my attention, and then I was surprised by the rest:  "Walk a mile in my shoes / And before you abuse, criticize and accuse / Walk a mile in my shoes".
I know how hard it is not to criticize everything around you, especially when we are all surrounded by this world full of problems, maybe next time when you will be tempted to criticize, you will sing this song! Before you start listening the song I want to share these quotes with you:

"O Son of Being! How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy thyself with the faults of others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of Me."
"O Son of Man! Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner. Shouldst thou transgress this command, accursed wouldst thou be, and to this I bear witness."
Baha'u'llah: Hidden Words

I got the lyrics for you, so enjoy!
"If I could be you / And you could be me / For just one hour / If you could find a way / To get inside / Each other's mind / If you could see you / Trough my eyes / Instead of your ego / I believe you'd be /
Surprised to see / That you've been blind / Now the whole world / You see around you / Is just a reflection / And of karma / Says you be / Just what you saw / So unless you / Lived your life / Of total perfection / You gotta be careful / Of every stone / That you should throw / Have you ever spend the day / Throwing stones / At one another / Cause I don't think / Or wear my heat / The same way you do / Well I maybe / Come in people / But I'm still your brother / And when you strike out / Trying to hurt me / [Its a burning fuse] / Walk a mile in my shoes / Walk a mile in my shoes / And before you abuse, criticize and accuse / Walk a mile in my shoes / There are people / On reservations / And out in the ghetto's / And brother there / Before the [grace] of God / Go you and I / If I only / Had the wings / Of a little angel / Don't you know i'd fly / To the top of the mountain / And then I'd cry / Walk a mile in my shoes / Walk a mile in my shoes / And before you abuse, criticize and accuse / Walk a mile in my shoes"

And a second song, same band, also interesting lyrics :)

Coldcut - Mr Nichols  "Lyrics here"

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

About Happiness :)
 I want to share whith you what my thoughts are about the subject, happiness.
Even thou my process of discovering what happiness is and how to find it involved reading the baha'i  writings first and after some time, in fact years, finding these videos, I will put first the videos and then some things that got me inspired from the baha'i writings, about this subject.

Srikumar Rao says we spend most of our lives learning to be unhappy, even as we strive for happiness. He says how to break free of the "I'd be happy if ..." mental model, and embrace our hard-wired happiness. Wich implies that we have happiness within our self.

 Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

“Happiness consists of two kinds; physical and spiritual. The physical happiness is limited; its utmost duration is one day, one month, one year. It hath no result. Spiritual happiness is eternal and unfathomable. This kind of happiness appeareth in one’s soul with the love of God and suffereth one to attain to the virtues and perfections of the world of humanity. Therefore, endeavor as much as thou canst in order to illumine the lamp of thy heart with the light of love.”

(Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 472)

“As to spiritual happiness, this is the true basis of the life of man because life is created for happiness, not for sorrow…This happiness is the fundamental basis from which man is created, worlds are originated, the contigent beings have existence and the world of God appears like unto the appearance of the sun at mid-day. This happiness is but the love of God.”

(Abdu’l-Baha, Star of the West, Vol. VII:16, 31 December 1916, p. 163)

“For what pleasure can compare the pleasure of bringing joy and hope to other hearts. The more we make others happy the greater will be our own happiness and the deeper our sense of having served humanity.”

(Shoghi Effendi, The Light of Divine Guidance v I, p. 45)

Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me and to mirror forth My beauty."

(Baha'u'llah,  Hidden Words, )

Friday, 5 March 2010

"What is SoulPancake?

SoulPancake is more of a mission than a Web site. It's a MOVEMENT to wrestle with and chew on LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS. It's a way to EXPLORE why we believe the things that we believe. It's a place for you to TALK about your soul and the existence of God. It's a space to ENGAGE in art, philosophy, creativity, truth, and beauty. And ultimately, SoulPancake is a community of people who are digging DEEPER to figure out what it means to be human and to experience this rich, strange, difficult, and awesome journey called life."
Here is one of the latest question from

List 5 things you can’t believe that other people believe in.

I would say:
1. Politicians
2. Hell and heaven
3. The Media
4. Clerics
5. Comercials
Any way, you can go on the website and register to answer to this question or have fun answering tons of other interesting LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS and even  make some of your own for the others :) SoulPancake / SP Content / Ludicrous Belief List

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Where can a life of honest work lead to in a modern contemporary society?! How hard do you need to search to find other examples?! Do we need to change something?!


 documentary made by Diana Deleanu  "Humoresque"

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Do you want to be an scientist today?!

Well, you are lucky! Here is how. "Donate the power of your computer when it is turned on, but is idle, to projects that benefit humanity!" The good part is that everyone can benefit from it, not just a company, it knowledge for every one who can use it, for free. "World Community Grid invites public and not-for-profit organizations to apply to use its powerful grid technology at no cost for projects that benefit humanity. Grid technology enables researchers to access tremendous amounts of power, exceeding that of several supercomputers, to run complex computations and to accelerate the pace of their research. Research results must be made available to the global research community and will be made available on World Community Grid's web site." 
"How do projects get chosen? 
Projects with the best potential to benefit from WCG technology are chosen by an independent, external board of philanthropists, scientists and officials. Submissions should address humanitarian concerns." You can even chose the projects you like.
Active projects today
Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy
Discovering Dengue Drugs - Together
Help Defeat Cancer
Help Fight Childhood Cancer
Human Proteome Folding

So, if you want to do it, join here and  install the program

Enjoy your research!

P.S. I apologize to the real scientists! We know that they are behind all this accomplishments, so in fact we are not real scientists :)

Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Ego is the Animal within Us

Did you know how dangerous the Ego is?! The battle from yesterday, between  me and ego, is over. I've lost. I hope I will not lose the war! 

"When you wish to reflect upon or consider a matter you consult something within you. You say, shall I do it, or shall I not do it? Is it better to do this or abandon it? Whom do you consult? Who is within you deciding this question? Surely there is a distinct power, a distinct ego. Were it not distinct from your ego you would not be consulting it. It is greater than the faculty of thought. It is your spirit which teaches you, which inspires and decides upon matters."
"The other self is the ego, the dark, animalistic heritage each one of us has, the lower nature that can develop into a monster of selfishness, brutality, lust and so on."

"Life is a constant struggle, not only against forces around us, but above all against our own 'ego'. We can never afford to rest on our oars, for if we do, we soon see ourselves carried down stream again."
 (Baha'i writings)

So, a new day is starting, we have a battle to win...
Archeological dig reshaping human History

" it was the urge to worship that brought mankind together in the very first urban conglomerations. The need to build and maintain this temple, he says, drove the builders to seek stable food sources, like grains and animals that could be domesticated, and then to settle down to guard their new way of life. The temple began the city."
"Religion now appears so early in civilized life—earlier than civilized life, if Schmidt is correct—that some think it may be less a product of culture than a cause of it, less a revelation than a genetic inheritance. The archeologist Jacques Cauvin once posited that "the beginning of the gods was the beginning of agriculture," and Göbekli may prove his case."
"Schmidt concludes that man's first house was a house of worship: "First the temple, then the city," he insists. "

It sounded so familiar so I started searching for a quote from Baha'i writings , this is what I found.
"Hence, we learn that religion is the cause of honor, is the cause of advancement, is the cause of civilization, is the cause of the happiness of mankind..."

 Compilations, Baha'i Scriptures, p. 389

With lots of LOVE for the friends from Acuto. Enjoy the rest of  the pictures :)

Monday, 22 February 2010

Second time of barefoot running

if u want to see the they are

Barefoot running

Many people think modern running shoes are necessary in order to run safely and comfortably, but they were invented only in the 1970s. Before then, running shoes were just simple running flats that had little cushioning, no arch support, and no built-up heel. Humans were running for millions of years, apparently safely, in running flats, in thin sandals or mocassins, or in no shoes at all. Our research indicates that they may have been able to do so by forefoot or midfoot striking."

For more indepth visit
Also  tips on how to..

Sunday, 21 February 2010

First post :) nice numbers today 02 21 2010 or 02212010.
My body has numbers: 1,014,076,800 seconds or 16,901,280 minutes or 281,688 hour, time is interesting, can it be measured in something else than numbers?! People are counting everything, friends, books, money, cars, houses, their own kids, vacations, food, exams, free days, job days... Can you count life?! Can we be detached from numbers? Enjoy your life, don't count it.