As a vegetarian I have also been a fruitarian and a raw foodist and a macrobiotic and a vegan. I also fasted with stuff like garlic and lemons! Not only done everything but read everything about diets and types of diets. I am trying to incorporate more fruit in my diet and vegetables because of my high cholesterol which I have brought down quite a bit.
I know you can’t do the imbalanced nutso thing for very long. Jobs was not balanced but he was a creative genius and they are often unbalanced and don’t see what others see and see what others don’t see.
(CNN) — After learning that Ashton Kutcher had landed in the hospital trying to follow Steve Jobs’ all-fruit diet, CNN reader Sumday had just one question: “All I really wanted to know was why this diet was bad?”
Jobs first fell for extreme diets during his freshman year of college, according to Walter Isaacson‘s biography “Steve Jobs.” Jobs and his college friend Daniel Kottke became vegetarians after reading “Diet for a Small Planet.”
Then Jobs read “Mucusless Diet Healing System” by Arnold Ehret; Ehret believed in eating nothing but fruits and starchless vegetables like spinach, carrots and cucumbers. Jobs began with two-day fruit fasts, eventually going for a week or more. “I got into it in my typical nutso way,” Jobs told Isaacson.
Ehret’s fruitarian diet, also called the Eden Garden Diet or Ehretism, is often used as a type of cleanse, according to LiveStrong.com. Designed to detoxify the system, it can do more long-term harm than good.
- Steve Job’s Fruitarian Diet Lands Ashton Kutcher in the Hospital (newsfeed.time.com)
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…all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die… Steve Jobs (June 14, 2005, commencement address at Stanford University)
The expected but early death of Steve Jobs–technology compositional genius who orchestrated a new age of electronic icons—creates a teachable moment about death and rebirth. I think it is fitting to weave these current events with cosmic change. Ironically recent remarks above from Jobs set the scene. He traveled with a friend in 1973 to India returning a shorn Buddhist complete with robes; however, Robert Thurman said he would not consider him a “practicing Buddhist.” But perhaps we can incorporate Buddhist’s beliefs with how Jobs conducted his death as well as his life and Apple Corporation.
In this DVD the 14th Dalai Lama spoke about death but did not recount how he was located by the monks who visited his home and tested him with objects when he was just a small child. But full-length movies and documentaries are available that recount his humble beginnings.
According to His Holiness, it is not what the man believes in when he shakes the mortal coil but how he dies. And this DVD is about helping everyone to face death and to die well. One ingredient that aided Jobs in death was a peaceful setting surrounded by loved ones. The Buddhists believe this is the only (preferred) way to die because it opens the door to a good rebirth.
The discussions in this 165-minute DVD: “Beginning,” “Facing death in a peaceful manner,” “How to deal with death from a Buddhist viewpoint,” “Importance of good preparation for death,” “Value of a peaceful mind at time of death” and Questions and Answers.
The Dalai Lama talks about the four noble truths the Buddha taught. He explains, first is the truth of suffering and it is taught within three characteristics. The first being “Impermanence,” and when talking about the nature of impermanence there are two levels: the coarse level which is the cessation event we call death.The transitory nature of existence means the changing nature is more subtle. The aim of the subtle nature when taught by the Buddha is to get at the basic unsatisfactory nature of existence. Any existence which is brought about by causes and conditions depends on them.
The subtle nature of impermanence depends on causes and conditions. The seed of cause is already there. Ignorant state of mind is the root of our existence
and governs it.
On the coarse level of impermanence: Dalai Lama teaches that first reflecting on the coarser levels leads one to appreciation of the subtler levels. One can grasp with the eternal or permanent existence after such reflection. It cannot be done in one lifetime alone.
One of the reasons why the awareness of death is so crucial because the state of mind at the time of death will determine the next birth or have great affect upon it.
Secondly, one of the positive side-effects of attaining the awareness of death is so that one can be in positive state of mind, including meditation; it will prepare an individual for the death event and he will be better able to maintain that state of mind.
In Tantric Buddhism it is maintained that the state of mind one has at death is extremely subtle and has a great impact on one’s mental continuum. So we find a lot of emphasis on death meditation. Individuals at the time of death can maintain his presence of mind and subtle state of mind for the realization of calm. In many countries, yoga meditation or on deities, involve reflecting on the dissolution process at the point of death.
From the Tantric perspective, the entire process of existence is explained in terms of three states: death, intermediate state and rebirth and all are seen as various states of manifestations of consciousness. The three are just levels of
consciousness. The indications of such fluctuations we find in our own daily existence. Within a 24-hour day we go through a cycle of awake, sleep, dream sleep and deep sleep that is comparable or a microcosm of the consciousness, a deep ebb and flow of consciousness.
When talking about the distinction between subtle and gross levels of mind bear in mind what we mean by “mental consciousness.” Do we mean that there is some sort of autonomous level that is independent of the bodily states, like a soul? I think this is a mistaken idea. His Holiness thinks that if you would examine our mental world you would find that most of our functions have direct
physical basis. The brain and nervous system is the base of much of our conscious experience and I agree with the scientists on this. They are linked intimately with the body states so when one dissolves the other dissolves. What
gives rise to a cognitive event? His Holiness continues.
What is the mere state of knowing and what makes it possible? Buddhist explanation: we point toward the clear light state which is independent and the subtlest level of consciousness giving rise to all our consciousness events. There are certain indications of the existence which are more possible for religious persons. A person can be pronounced clinically dead and remain in
that state for days and the body does not decompose.
The Buddhist explanation for this is that the individual is not actually dead but is in the process of dying. Although the mind body nexus may have ceased at the grosser level but it has not ceased at the subtle level. That is the tantric Buddhist explanation for the “near-death experience” which I saw when my own master’s life was suspended for 16 days and his body remained fresh during that time he was consciously away from it.
His Holiness humbly shared his attitude toward death: I don’t know what really happens at death. Sometimes when I think about death I get some kind of excitement. My only burden at this moment is if I die what will happen to Tibet. To think about death is helpful to reduce fear about it. When death finally comes all my preparation may fail (laughter). It is helpful mentally to think
about death and it releases much fear to contemplate death and the next birth this is what Buddhists do.
He affirmed that if you prepare fully for death then you can prepare for it. So if the moment of death is peaceful then your peace of mind can be sustained and that is the foundation for death. That is a guarantee for a good life the next life. That’s about death…then what else?
Conclusion: for those who practice this belief no matter the religion at the time of death the peaceful mind is the goal. A religious believer may be looking for a heaven but regardless to belief a person needs a peaceful mind in the final hours. If you develop a virtuous state of mind then no matter what you did in your lifetime, at the moment of death with a forceful positive mind it is
guaranteed that the immediate next life will be a good one.
Those who attend the person at death should not create any factor which will disturb the person’s mind and should not raise some reminder of negative past experiences.
The DVD ends with a Q&A session where the audience writes their questions and they are answered thoughtfully by his Holiness. His ability to not take himself too seriously elicits laughter from the audience at the disarming answers from this guru who is not afraid to say that he does not know even when he does know.
For Western audiences gurus often treat a topic like death as an unknown experience. In this country death and dying is an academic discipline but an infant science in practice that will one day lead to the practice of dying while living.
- DVD Review: Facing Death & Dying Well (blogcritics.org)
- What happens when you die if your a Buddhist (wiki.answers.com)
- China tells Dalai Lama to respect reincarnation (Reuters) (thuytinhvo.wordpress.com)
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson $17.88 from Amazon
It is already #1 on Amazon and release date will be moved up.
- Steve Jobs Authorized Biography Release Date Bumped Up (mashable.com)
- Demand for Steve Jobs bio soars upon his death (cbsnews.com)
- Pre-orders soar for authorized Steve Jobs bio (seattlepi.com)
It’s official: Steve Jobs has died. The founder of Apple has died. It’s so ironic that all these years I’ve NEVER bought an Apple product. Then last year when Jobs launched the iPad I just had to have one. Something told me it would be a collectible in a sense because I knew he would not live much longer, not with pancreatic cancer. That’s so fatal dude. He’s gone but not forgotten. Thanks for the iPad.
After years of battling pancreatic cancer.
(CNN) — Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world’s leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56.
The hard-driving executive pioneered the concept of the personal computer and of navigating them by clicking onscreen images with a mouse. In more recent years, he introduced the iPod portable music player, the iPhone and the iPad tablet — all of which changed how we consume content in the digital age.
His friends and Apple fans on Wednesday night mourned the passing of a tech titan.
“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple said in a statement. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”
- Steve Jobs Dead (wellbeinginsideandout.wordpress.com)
- Pictures: Steve Jobs Dead – Remembering Steve Jobs (everyjoe.com)
- Steve Jobs has Died (jansimson.wordpress.com)
- Apple: Company Co-Founder Steve Jobs Has Died (annem040359.wordpress.com)
I’ve studied karma and rebirth for decades and what is happening to the founder of Apple is classic. Everyone gets a mix of karma, good and bad. And I’ve noticed when someone gets an exceptional amount of wealth or fame it is usually tempered with bad luck, bad health or early death. I mean Steve Jobs is young still in his mid fifties and he has had a liver transplant and no one knew. Jobs is not rich but super rich he owns a large part of Pixar because he invented the animation that they and everyone uses. Most of his money comes from that invention. Then there is the Apple that he created and the stock is still soaring there. What’s more he was adopted just found that out too. Even though he is ethnically Semitic or Jewish (his father was Arab and his mother Jewish) I am sure he is probably an atheist too. Or maybe he WAS. But according to Wiki he went to India and returned donning orange robes and a shaved head. His biological parentage from WIKI:
Abdulfattah John Jandali, a SyrianMuslim immigrant to the U.S , who later became a political science professor, and Joanne Schieble (later Simpson), an American graduate student of German ancestry who went on to become a speech language pathologist – eventually married.
But he has a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had the liver transplant and we were not told. He might even be on countdown for life. We will never know until…it’s over and today was his last day on earth RIP JOBS. I bought my first Apple product just last year…tears..
The new head of Apple, the new CEO is Tim Cook and he gay. Is that a big deal or not? Will the media care or will you care?
- Tim Cook: New Apple CEO and Most Powerful Gay in America (sfist.com)
- Tim Cook succeeds Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple (pinkbananaworld.com)
I got a little suspicious last month when a new man came to town. Not exactly a man but a movement–the Apple Store with its ipad to follow.
Now I get it. Exactly why an Apple Store opened in a white middle class area near me where The Gap used to stand. And I knew ishould have bought the stocks when they were in the 80 dollar range. But I didn’t.
Computers of the future will be like lightbulbs. I mean just a tiny ball of something that you carry around in your pocket and they turn into holograms when you open them and work anywhere, anytime. That’s the future of computers. No bugs, no connectivity, no problems.