Ukigumo: Floating Cloud

(701-762 C.E.)

Floating Cloud or Ukigumo is FooYun in Chinese, embodying a philosophical point of view. As a cloud comes into existence then disappears, so too is life a floating cloud which becomes death. The mind, too, has thoughts that are like floating clouds that form and uniform. Our very flesh is a floating cloud that grows from nothing into something then falls back into the void.

FLOATING CLOUD JAPANESE MAPLE Acer palmatum Ukigumo 2 - YEAR TREE

FLOATING CLOUD JAPANESE MAPLE Acer palmatum Ukigumo 2 – YEAR TREE
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Before the beginning we did not exist, then we existed, and finally, we became as we were before. If we are quiet within, we can experience the whole of this circle of existence and non-existence as a continuum, as though we are the empty space inside a closed circle, and not merely physical beings each with a specific beginning that proceeds in a straight line towards finality.

A floating cloud is anything, such as life’s crises and delightful surprises, that appear as from out of nowhere, and run their course whether pleasant or unpleasant. To see beyond the floating cloud of existence, beyond the body’s pleasures and pains, is to see beyond illusion to the true heart of reality.

Such is the intention of a Zen practitioner on the road to nirvana, difficult though it is not be distracted by the rewards and travails that continuously appear and vanish.

The floating cloud is also the abode of the gods of the Tao. Their Kingdom of Clouds is a mountainous retreat instantly perceivable as a divine residence, with sheer cliffs obscured by mist and cascading rivers and waterfalls that tumble into ancient forests.

The floating cloud as Chinese Eden embodies all of Nature as a reflection of a wholesome paradise so near to one’s vision that it seems as though we might reach out with an open hand and grasp the white mist and bright dawn, even though our hands cannot clutch light and mist, and the vision is only painted screen or a dream. And it is only by never grasping can that such a paradise will prevail.

I shall think of you in a floating cloud;

So in the sunset think of me.

 ~ Li Po

Sea Caves

Gorham’s Cave Complex refers to the four caves at the base of the steep limestone cliffs on the eastern side of the Rock of Gibralter, which is a 426-m high limestone ridge in Gibralter, a British overseas territory on the southern coast of Spain. It is Britain’s 30th world heritage site.

View of Gorham’s Cave, a sea cave in the east face of the Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar.
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The caves, called Bennett’s Gotham’s, Vanguard and Hyaena, were the last known home of the Neanderthal tribes, who occupied them for more than 100,000 years. They contain abstract rock engravings, dating back more than 39,000 years, ornaments, hunting tools and remains of butchered animals. One of the largest collections of bird remains from the Neanderthal period were found here. These archaeological findings depict culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Neanderthals.

6 Beautiful Places in Siliguri (West Bengal) To Explore

Daily hustle and bustle of life make our life so hectic that it would be so not wrong to take a small break from your daily hectic schedule and spend some time with oneself. Siliguri in West Bengal is a beautiful place in India which offers its travellers a pleasing experience for everyone.

Perfect for spending small holidays, Siliguri is situated on the foothills of Himalayas and is one of the best places that come in North India tourism. The place is filled with so many amazing places that will allow you many things to do in Siliguri. Be it shopping or temple visit, there is a plethora of things that will make your West Bengal tours memorable.

Here are the places where you can explore the city to the core and get a chance to peek into the soul of Bengal.

  1. Hong Kong Market

It’s a shout-out for all shopaholics, come and take a visit to Hong Kong market which is a perfect place for all shopping freaks. Located in Hakim Para, this place is always filled with large number of people buying and selling the cool souvenirs, that too in good quality under affordable price. The place will surely bring-out the best bargaining skills from within you. Do not miss visiting this place in your North India tours

  1. Coronation Bridge

Evident to its name, this bridge is indeed gracing the beauty of Siliguri. Listed among major tourist attractions in Siliguri, The Coronation Bridge is also called by the name of Sevoke Bridge. The bridge is spread across the River Teesta and bound the two glittering shores. Travellers can enjoy the spectacular and picturesque scenery of the dense forest that is wrapping around the bridge. This huge bridge makes the connection between the two districts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri. There is one more name by which this bridge is called and the name is Baghpool, which means the bridge of Tigers, as there are two tiger statues over there. Do not forget to miss this place.

  1. Kali Mandir

People of Bengal are the huge devotees of Goddess Duraga and her manifestation, especially Goddess Kali. So, it is obvious to have many temples which are dedicated to Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali. It is because of this reason; the Durga Puja of West Bengal is famous throughout the world. Kali Mandir in Siliguri is a famous tourist attraction and it attracts devotees in a large numbers. The grandeur of the temple during the time of Durga Puja and Navratri is a must watch. The major attraction of Kali temple is the huge idol of Goddess Kali which is adorning the jewels and armory. All the newly-wed couple visits this temple for a blissful conjugal life ahead. A spectacular view of Kanchenjunga, the third largest peak in the world is a treat to eyes.

  1. Salugara Monastery

Beautiful and serene this monastery is listed among the major tourist attractions of Siliguri. This place is located in the outskirts of Siliguri. The major attraction of this place has 100 ft stupa that fascinates travellers towards itself. This is a perfect place where you can spend some real amazing time with yourself. This place proves an ideal place for meditation and yoga under yoga tours in India.  Interesting thing about this place is that it was established by the heighted Buddhist monk, Dalai Lama and his followers. The prayers to shrine are believed to be the door of salvation.

  1. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the places that is enhancing the natural beauty and charm of India is Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary is a beautiful place filled with dense forest which touches the skies with spectacular flora and the fauna. This place is also famous as a house of one-horned rhinoceros, along with Endangered Indian elephants, spotted deer and many more exotic species of animals. People here can enjoy watching more than 350 species of birds which will bring lots of excitement to India Wildlife tour packages. 

  1. Savin Kingdom

This another amazing yet spectacular place in Siliguri that will make a perfect tourist spots for travellers. This amusement park is settled amidst the tea farm and is highly popular among travellers. People who wish to experience the fun, love and adventure altogether, this is the perfect place for you. There is a theme park in here which is located on the banks of Mahananda River. Taking part in the activities like pottery making, culture events, henna making, paintings and many more will make your activity tours in India, memorable.

Developing a Supply Chain Strategy for Turning Warranty into A Profit Center from A Cost Center

The focus of today’s competitive organizations should be to convert challenges into market differentiators. It is now widely accepted that product warranties are a reflection of their product qualities. However, the term warranty is used effortlessly, not so much as its process of reviewing, processing, and tracking the warranty process is.

The entire process calls for attention to minute details, which are not possible with excel spreadsheets or local, on-premise software.

Warranty is indeed a cost centre for cost accountants aiming to perform activity-based costing. However, with a proper supply-chain strategy mix, they same could very well be converted to a profit centre.

The main idea is to manage product quality for low warranty claims and lubricating the total warranty process in itself. Advanced warranty software today has superb analytics, which can capture the product parameters in question and tally them with benchmark parameters. It helps to understand the reason behind the deviation.

With the versatile nature of the software, the reason for deviation may be fed as a policy update in the system, so that the same problem does not occur again. Smartly laid data-capture points in the supply chain will lead to efficient retrieval of operational snapshots and clearly show the loop holes in the system.

Forward-looking organizations are interested in technology which can automatically process claims and take required corrective actions to detect and prevent fraudulent claims. They are in pursuit of integrating warranty management solutions with their supply-chain systems to harness the power of live, authentic data.

Warranty administration tools are known for business-critical incentives in terms of effective management of contracts, hassle-free claims processing, and better customer delight. In the process, the business can gain maximum market penetration.

It has been seen that organizations adopting and running a formal warranty management program have better market outreach in terms of customer experience. Quick and legitimate claim processing is something that people like to talk about in social circles.

Every product, which comes back as a warranty claim, is a reflection of a failed manufacturing process, with which great cost is associated.

If the proper reason behind a failure can be arrested at source, then it can be prevented from recurring. Good warranty management software aims at capturing deviation at a very nascent stage and provides early warning for supply chain operators.

To reap maximum benefit from warranty management software, it is imperative to integrate with the multi-dimensional supply chain landscape like marketing, production, cost control, etc. This will prevent fraudulent claims, which are a menace in today’s big organizations. Warranty Management Solution software can be linked to departmental KPIs (key performance indicators). That will help in improving product maturity.

A good predictive analysis module is vital. It points out emerging crises, which can be prevented, and thus prevent revenue loss in terms of a failed product. Any kind of strategy mix is possible, if organizations are laden with appropriate data.

Advanced analytics incorporated in warranty software clearly show the past and future patters of product failures, so that appropriate actions can be taken. It is better to stay engaged in all stages of the product lifecycle, which would be beneficial in practicing best manufacturing processes. A better process, in terms of manufacturing, storing, and transportation will lead to fewer field returns, in other words, fewer warranty claims.

Nonduality- Rising above illusion

Nonduality is a philosophy, which says that there is just one spirit in the Universe and that everything, living or inanimate is part of this one spirit. Nonduality further says that it is the only illusion that causes us to view the world as real and separate from us.

And with respect to the real meaning of non-duality, since they divide these (Space and Awareness) into two, they fall into deviation.

Imagine a state, in which you feel being one with everything in the universe, enjoying immense peace of mind and happiness, but yet, acting and functioning normally in your day-to-day life. From this state you don’t see the world from the limited point of view of the ego, but from a wider and higher viewpoint. In this state your experience oneness with the One Spirit that is the essence of everything, and you manifest tolerance, patience, love and understanding and deep insight. This is the experience of nonduality.

Ordinarily, the veil of thoughts and the five senses draw the mind outside, to the external world, and obscure the awareness of the consciousness that is beyond the mind. Meditation brings peace to the mind and develops the ability to silence it, thus enabling to experience the “state” of nonduality. In this state of inner silence, one rises above the illusion of identification with the mind, thoughts, and ego gets beyond the illusion of separateness and realizes the oneness with the One Spirit.  It is as if a new sort of consciousness dawns and one sees the world in a different way.

With this kind of consciousness, we are able to allow the mind to be active or command it be silent at our command. It becomes our faithful servant, instead of being our master.

We function very effectively in the outer world, yet our basis is in pure, calm and limitless consciousness, which is not attached to anything and not limited to anything. In this state, we live and view the world from the nonduality point of view.

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