Talking Starlings – must see

Starlings

Interesting Facts about Starlings (The best of from: Wikipedia):

  • Starlings are medium-sized passerines.
  • Scientific classification
  • The shortest-bodied species Kenrick’s starling (Poeoptera kenricki) has 15 cm.
  • The lightest-weight species Abbott’s starling (Poeoptera femoralis) has 34 grams.
  • The largest secies the Nias hill myna (Gracula robusta) has 36 cm and 400 grams.
  • There are 25 species.
  • The plumage of the starling is often brightly coloured due to iridescence; this colour is derived from the structure of the feathers, not from any pigment.
  • Starlings imitate a variety of avian species and have a repertoire of about 15–20 distinct imitations. Starlings have also been known to imitate other man-made environmental sounds, such as phone boxes and cars.
  • The diets of the starlings are usually dominated by fruits and insects.
  • The starlings are generally a highly social family. Most species associate in flocks of varying sizes throughout the year.
  • A flock of starlings is called a murmuration. These flocks may include other species of starlings and sometimes species from other families. This sociality is particularly evident in their roosting behaviour; in the non-breeding season some roosts can number in the thousands of birds.[3]

Starling

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The pattern on the Wall

The best Yoga quest goes on..

The Sangha is the third of the Three Jewels in Buddhism. Due to the temptations and vicissitudes of life in the world, monastic life is considered to provide the safest and most suitable environment for advancing toward enlightenment and liberation.

In Buddhism, the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha each are described as having certain characteristics. These characteristics are chanted either on a daily basis and/or on Uposatha days, depending on the school of Buddhism. In Theravada tradition they are a part of daily chanting:

The Sangha: The Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples (sāvakas) is:

  1. practicing the good way
  2. practicing the upright way
  3. practicing the knowledgeable or logical way
  4. practicing the proper way

That is, the four pairs of persons, the eight types of individuals – This Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples is:

  1. worthy of gifts
  2. worthy of hospitalities
  3. worthy of offerings
  4. worthy of reverential salutation
  5. the unsurpassed field of merit for the world.[13]

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