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This was a secret: many years ago people visited this location for a special purpose: a hidden secret. Joyey and his family revealed it. Us: I tell it to you, but keep it as a secret! In the Asian temple, located on top of the sea Pura Tan-ah Lot a nest of a bird in the ocean lives the unique spirit Yogy. As a result, 500 or more years ago, he got a wonderful name Pedanda Shakti Wawu Rauh being touched by the mission and vision of Yogy. It meant: ‘their holy priest had just arrived’. PS W. Rauh said to the fishermen: ‘if you build a temple and pray, you’ll be rich. The honoured flying fish around your boats will help you fishing wonderful species that can't be seen anywhere else.’ Copyright © (c) 20 08 - 20 11 Title photo, all pictures by Yoshua Daely Bali Islands ©2011 Video Music ‘Bali and You’ a composition by Live Music & Entertainment Bernd Suhm, NRW, Europe All Rights Reserved Idea, text, layout by Video productions, Ulrich H. Kiefer, DE, © Meetropool.de
http://SupremeMasterTV.com – The Different Aspects of God - P2/2 September 27, 1994 Singapore). Episode: 1713, Air Date: 24 May 2011. Script
*Dear Master， near my home there are a group of stray dogs， 15，running around. If I alert the council and they terminate the dogs， I will feel responsible for their deaths. If I do nothing and someone gets attacked by these dogs，I would also feel responsible for my inaction to prevent it. In addition，more dogs will be produced until it becomes a big problem. How do I solve this dilemma？ I thank your graceful wisdom.
Is there any dogs’ home in Singapore？Yes？ Then why don't you contact with the dogs’ home which receive dogs and take care of them， and they will take care of them. They don't take care？ They put them to sleep？ Poor dogs. I don't know，really. You have to do what you think is the best. I don't know if the dogs are vicious or the dogs are kind.
Some people just take dogs home and take care of them. In Hong Kong， we have many dogs also running around like that， and there's one person， he took care of them. They don’t take them home， they just put them on the land somewhere， on a friend's land， and then he built a kind of a primitive shelter and then every day he jogs around and brings food for them. In Hong Kong Center， we used to have a stray dog also – from where，I don't know. She came to our meditation center and so she got vegetarian food. All right.
No problem. Mostly，wild dogs， except when they're sick， they don't attack the passers-by. Mostly，it’s only the dogs that have an owner that attack， because they have to protect their property， and they know where their property is. When you trespass， he will bite you. But the wild dogs， if they're sick， probably they will; but I cannot judge because I haven't seen the dogs. Use your own intelligence.
*In Singapore， there is a proposal for a law on the living will. A living will is a document which tells a doctor when a patient wants treatment terminated. The religious bodies in Singapore that have given their views are split on the proposal for a law on the living will though most support the idea. Dear Master， please advise.
Now，the religious body is not exactly representing all the Singaporean people. So，why doesn’t the government just ask the people？ Ask the Singapore people. It's the Singapore people's business. I cannot mess about with your business. Besides， every case is different. Sometimes people just die for a while， like the story I told you; people die and come back again.
One person in America – I told you last time – he was struck by lightning and the whole body was burned inside out， and he got a heart problem，everything， and he couldn't move. He was burnt. But then he went to Heaven and they gave the choice to live and carry out some mission and come back to Earth again. And he was suffering a lot. He couldn't see the light for many months. He had to wear dark glasses – not only glasses， but those that you wear when you do the welding. It was very difficult. But then he stayed alive again. He was in a coma for a long time.
And recently there was a man in Korea， he just woke up after six years in a coma. You know that？ And he just woke up like nothing，just like waking up from sleep and said，Hallo！ So，it's very difficult for us to determine whether that person is absolutely useless or whether he will come back again and be a mighty speaker or a useful person for mankind. I'm not a doctor， I'm not also a religious body. Some case is useful， some case is not， and it’s very difficult to pinpoint that this is good，this is not good. Same with the death sentence.
If the person really committed the offence， maybe it's justified， even though it shouldn't be that way， because God says that “revenge belongs to Me.” But even though in that case it may be justified， but sometimes it's not justified at all because that person is innocent. But sometimes with evidence and under strong pressure， the person is forced into guilt without doing anything wrong. So，in that case， it's very difficult and it's not justified， and nobody can revive again.
That's why England now banned the death penalty because they realized many times before they had made mistakes and killed the wrong person， killed an innocent person. Sometimes 20 years later， they found out that the person is innocent. It's too late. For example like that. So，I think，whatever it is， just let it be. Let it be，naturally. If we can save a person， we save him.
If we cannot， if it's time for him to die， I tell you the truth，even if the whole world’s doctors gather together and want to save him， he will die. If that person is not yet at the time to die， even God cannot kill him. That's why many people die and went to Heaven， don't want to come back but the angel kicks them down， “Your time is not yet up. Go back there and do something. Learn your lessons. You’re not finished yet.”
Things like that. You have read many books like that， of the people who die. Sometimes many days， sometimes many hours， they went to Heaven and got the sermon and learned something and then they go back and be good.
*Dear Master， I have several questions still unsolved in my mind. Please be compassionate to solve them for me. If you so often say that Jesus Christ and his disciples were vegetarians at that time， why did Jesus give assistance to St. Peter to catch fish？
Do we always have to talk about fish？ Even if Jesus ate fish. why do we have to imitate him？ Be your own self. Do something better. Jesus said to the twelve disciples， they were fishermen. He has to talk in the fishy term. He said，Come！ Throw away your net. Follow me， I'll teach you how to catch men. All right？ So，afterwards， because they are nostalgic about their job， so Jesus said， Go and ‘fish’. Do some ‘fishing’. And go give initiation， go gather disciples， go and ‘fish’ for something！ Catch a big fish. You weren't there. You didn't see any fish from Peter.
Why talk like that？ Even if I'm wrong，you're not absolutely right. We're both not there. Why bother about fish？ Let's talk about something else. Let's talk about God. Let's come to see God， and let the fish stay in the ocean，all right？ Because we are free， we're moving in the air. We're moving in Singapore where there is freedom， a democratic country. Nobody will catch you and chop your head for nothing. So why you do that to the fish？ They have their kingdom. They have their movement， their freedom in the sea. They do nothing harmful to our society. Better leave them there. Very simple.
*If God is full of love， why did God create that big rain and water to finish all the rest of the human beings， which didn’t believe Hirm to follow Noah？
Because God's very loving， that's why Hes did it. Hes wanted to purify the planet， make a new one. Just like your house， sometimes it's out of livable condition， so the government tears it down， builds a new house for you， gives you compensation， gives you a better living standard， safer dwelling. Because your house is already so rotten， anytime it can fall down and hurt you and your family even though it looks good now. But it is not safe.
So sometimes God wipes out everything and builds a new house again. Because the body is really not that important. For us，it is important. For God，Hes can create one million again out of one person if Hes wants to. So God can create， but God can destroy. It's entirely no problem to him. Just like you can make cars， even if it's an expensive Benz or Volvo， if it's already no use， and it could cause car accidents， then the company will collect it and crush it into powder and build another one out of it， and add in other better ingredients. In Singapore， you cannot drive a car more than ten years. You know that. So that doesn't mean the Singapore government is very cruel or not loving to the cars， but this is unsafe for you， unsafe for other people on the street.
Then it will cause an accident. So just let God decide what God thinks is best. Actually， we cling on to dear life but we don't know the life eternal; therefore，we blame God for our short time on Earth， for our sickness，for our physical suffering. But if we know life eternal – actually， our short lifespan of 100 years， or 60 years， is absolutely nothing. God can always renew our body， give a more beautiful appearance – the same soul，more beautiful appearance – more beautiful surrounding，more beautiful background for us to thrive，to live on， to develop.
If Hes didn't do that， we'd probably still be crawling on the Earth killing each other and roasting each other for lunch. That's probably what they did at the time of Noah. And God just told them “stop，” but they didn’t listen. They were destroying each other， so God said，Okay， let's build a new house. No problem to Hirm. Hes just waves a hand， and thousands，millions， of planets will appear， let alone human beings. Don't worry about that. Hes knows what Hes is doing. Well，we hope so.
*If God is almighty， omnipotent，omniscient， omnipresent， when Hes created Adam and Eve， why didn't Hes know that they would betray Hirm and eat that forbidden fruit？
Don't you think Hes knows？ Hes knows it. That's why Hes made the apple. But Hes also knows human psychology. If Hes told him to eat it， he won't eat it. But if Hes says， Don't eat it！ then both of them are mouth-watering， thinking，“It must be something good that Hes doesn’t let us eat. That's why they ate it. So Hes is very clever. Don't worry about this Old Guy. Just like your children， you don't let them get initiation.
Many children come to me – three years old， four years old – Master， can I have initiation？ Just because their parents just keep telling them， You cannot get it. You're too young yet. You have to be six years old. Then Master will give you half initiation. So they keep asking me all the time， tugging my dress， Master！ They are so small like this， Master， can I have initiation？
The apple is for us， not for Adam， so we’d learn that we could not sell everything too cheap. That's why many people， the high class society people， they buy a lot of things， very expensive. It doesn't matter if that thing looks exactly like your thing. The name is different. That's important. The name is different.
So，sometimes the big company， they buy cheap things from the small company， but with their name printed on it， and that sells more expensively. You know all this. So God is the biggest salesman. Hes knows everything about human psychology because Hes created us. So don't worry about God's mistakes. Only we make mistakes. God doesn't. Hes knows. This Old Guy is very tricky！
*If God created all these creatures， then who created God？
This you have to go and ask God. But that's no problem， that's still far away. Now we have to walk on the road to God's home and then we can ask Hirm. First，step by step. Now you go with me， then later we can ask Hirm together， Who is Your parent？ Up to now we're still far away from God，so we do other things first. Be practical.
*Does this universe have a beginning and an end， like linear， or this universe has no beginning and no end， like a circle？
It has a beginning and it has an end， but I am afraid we don't live that long to know. But we can know that by meditation. Because in meditation knowledge， there's no past， no future，and no present obstruction to us – there’s no time obstruction– so then we will see that sometimes the universe rests. And then nothing， no activity. It's just like nothing.
And then when it stirs again， then everything springs into activities， like we are experiencing now. But it's not the end. It's really not the end. It's just the alternative state of the universe. But it's a long sleep and a long awakening. It's not like 24 hours. Recently，archaeologists found fossils and say it is the missing link of the monkey and human. Do you agree that modern humans evolved from monkeys？
The missing link is because humans and monkeys are different. You see so many monkeys now， and no monkey has evolved into a human being. Monkeys live longer than man. And not all of the monkeys evolved into human beings. God made man truly for mankind's sake. There's no such kind of monkey. Not because God made the monkey first and monkey becomes man. It's not so.
God created many creatures – different kinds， different beings，for different periods of time. So the animals came first and then later human beings. Some of the monkeys are very intelligent. They're near human intelligence， but by no means can they replace man.
*Dear Master， I work in a company that kills animals and sells meat for human consumption. Is this bad for my karma (retribution)， even if I'm not physically involved in the killing？ Can I be accepted for initiation if I continue working in the company？
I'm afraid that your conscience will disturb you. So you can get initiation， and then if you feel very much disturbed， you please try to change your job， whenever possible for you. Because after the initiation，we become so highly evolved inside and so pure within our spirit that every little contradiction will hurt us.
Our conscience is always very sharp so it will not feel right to do it. Actually，all the precepts are not really precepts at all. It's just for you， for the guidelines， for the beginning. Later on，even if everybody allowed you to kill， you would not do it. And sometimes you use leather goods， or a fur coat， you will feel very uncomfortable because you can sense the suffering atmosphere still lingering in these goods that you use. So，that's the only reason that you could probably consider changing your job in the near future.
*Dearest Master， after initiation if I can't fulfill the two-and-a-half hours of meditation a day， what will happen to me？ Please help me on how I am able to do meditation better and better each day. Thank you.
No problem. You do it slowly. You adjust slowly. You don't have to do it two-and-a-half hours straight. You try your best. Half an hour，one hour， twenty minutes，it's okay. It's good for you. You don't have to bargain with me. If you eat two bowls of rice then you are full. If you eat one bowl then you're half full. What happens to you？ You're hungry，that's all.
*Dear Master， you did mention that when one can see Lights and hear Sounds during initiation， it is an evidence of immediate enlightenment and seeing your own true Self. What if a person does not have these experiences during initiation？ What has happened？ Should he continue the meditation？ Thank you so much.
Yes，sure. Very rare， but maybe one or two people out of one thousand don't have experience. Maybe only have Sound and don't have Light， maybe have Light only， don't have Sound， but he will have it， 20 minutes later， or three days later， at the most seven days， this exception. Otherwise，everyone will have it.
Continue to meditate. You will have it at home. Sometimes you're at the initiation you don't have it， you go home and you have it， or 20 minutes later. You just sit again for 20 minutes. The Master will take care of it – a double blessing， treble blessings， all the blessings. I have to hammer the wisdom eye to get it open. It's too rusted.
*During meditation on the Light， the third eye was blinking in the dark and glittering very fast. Is it the Light of the true Self of the universe？
Yes. I don't suppose that it is the light from electricity. How can the wisdom eye be blinking？ It is really poetry. Feels like. Darkness is not really darkness. If you continue to look further，it will become bright.
*During the Light meditation，I feel my eyelids shivering like I'm blinking or like the light is glittering. Is it okay？
Yes，it's okay. It's called the “blinking light.” The light blinks when it's not strong. If you concentrate on it， it will stabilize. It blinks because you are not paying attention. But the wisdom eye doesn't blink.
*This is not a question. It's a thank-you note. He says，“Master thank you for initiating me， bearing my bad karma (retribution) and elevating my ancestors spanning nine generations. I don't know how to thank you enough. I feel like crying whenever I think of you.”
*Master， you are a great person. I love you. We will love you forever. We'll follow your teachings. You are our example， ideal，aim and model. The meaning of our lives is to pursue spiritual practice and go back Home. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Please take good care of yourself. I hope we'll see you often. Although we all have inner Masters， we still perceive a different magnetic field and vibration when seeing you in person. Heavenly bliss fills our hearts. The blessing pervades the air. Joy and happiness permeate our souls. Good night，Master. Please be well. I hope to see you again in the near future. See you in the next seven-day，three-day， four-day or ten-day retreat. Goodbye， with love.
Thank you. You could have written another “Key to Immediate Enlightenment.” I think other people would like to hear？ You want to hear？ (Yes.) Must be fair.
*Master， I very much appreciate and thank you that you initiated me and carry my bad karma (retribution)， five to nine generations liberated. I appreciate it so much that I am speechless. Every time when I think of Master， I start to cry. Master， Great Master，I love you. I will love you forever， following the Master's teaching.
You're our learning model， our ideal，our aim， our example. The meaning of living is to cultivate and go home. Once again I sincerely and gratefully thank Master. Please take good care of yourself. I wish to see you always. Although there is the transformation Master， but seeing the physical Master， the magnetic field and the vibration are different. That is full of Dharma happiness. The blessing and the happiness and peacefulness is filled in the air. Master，good night. Take care. I wish to see you again and be able to join the three-day retreat， four-day， seven-day，ten-day. Goodbye！
And I said that person can write a book of “Immediate Enlightenment.” Very poetic. The Chinese people are very poetic at heart. And，actually， they're not bad for businessmen. They take care of each other. It just doesn't matter who you are. If you can speak a little Chinese，they think that you're a Chinese and they will help you. That's why everywhere the Chinese go， they help each other and they become prosperous together， and become the envy of many citizens of different countries.
But they shouldn't be envious，they should learn from the Chinese because they work hard and they’re united. Whenever a Chinese goes to another country， even if he doesn't know someone，if the Chinese know them， they take care of him. Or someone will probably lend him money and show him how to work and help him to establish himself in that country. That's why everywhere the Chinese community is very strong. Strong and prosperous.
Chinese people are very hospitable， very hard working. There are many jokes about the Chinese people. Like，wherever there's smoke， there's Chinese. Because actually， anywhere， the Chinese can live. That's what it means. It doesn't mean the Chinese are invading everywhere， but in any circumstance， the Chinese can survive， and they can prosper because they work very hard. Some people，Chinese， go to Costa Rica， or a South American country and they work very hard. No wonder they succeed and have financial security. Saturday，Sunday， holiday，any day – open.
Other people Sunday， Saturday，closed. Friday closed– half-day maybe– Saturday closed and Sunday closed. And Monday maybe holiday，closed again. Tuesday， another day closed， or tomorrow closed. And of course， God blesses us， but God doesn't bless laziness and irresolution. The Chinese people are resolute people.
That's why everywhere they go， they're successful. And they're also very diligent. They don't earn their money from nothing. They really work hard and they know the tricks of business. The most clever trick is hard working. Sunday，Saturday， holiday， rainy day，sunny day， no problem – all open！ In Formosa (Taiwan)， if you have money you can buy anything. You can tell them to work all day，all night. No problem. The customer comes first. Even Formosa (Taiwan) is already a very，very rich country， a prosperous country， the 13th financial business country， the 13th in the world，and it's so small，an island only. Even then， they still work hard. It's their nature to work hard to serve the customer.
Not because of money only; it's their nature. They're very hospitable. They like to help， and they like to work. Without work they'll feel bored. They work very hard. So，even if they already have money， but Sunday，Saturday or even in the night， they will open for you. Sometimes，like，in Miaoli， the disciples plant trees overnight. They plant trees like the Singapore people. Big trees，one night， and then it becomes a jungle. We do that also. But because these are big trees， our disciples have to go and dig themselves， and then even the owner just let him do it all night， sometimes help them also.
And the crane picks up the trees and plants them in a big hole. They also work all night with us. That doesn't mean they need money. They just do it. Maybe it’s just habit， hard working and appreciate their intelligence， their hands and their feet. Because they make use of their brain，their body， therefore， they get more clever and therefore they get more successful in business. That is the secret. But don't tell the Chinese. Don't tell the Chinese that I told you.
*Is the visualization method lower than the Quan Yin Method？
Different people want to learn different methods. Even if I say visualization is inferior to Quan Yin， some people still like visualization. Just let them. Some people like to stay home sleeping and daydreaming， “I have a lot of money. I will build a very big house. I will have a beautiful wife. I will have two or three lovely 'little karmas'.
As soon as he finishes， he bumps his foot into the furniture and knocks it over， and then it breaks， thus ends his daydream. He is daydreaming and imagining all this. But the rich person doesn't have to do this. He builds a house right away. He doesn't have to think. If he wants a wife， he can marry one because he has the money. He doesn't have to think that much. We don't bother to think. We prefer to own things right away. If you already have it， fine. If you don't，daydreaming doesn't help.
It would be tiring. Some people are like that. Some people imagine that there is a Buddha and there is Light. It's fun too. But if we can see the Light and Buddha personally， isn't it less tiring？ But it's up to you to decide. If you are a lazy person， you can practice the Quan Yin Method with me. If you are hardworking and like to imagine，then you decide for yourself. There is no need to argue which is higher or lower.
Everyone has his own taste. They asked me if the visualization method of meditation， would I say it is lower than the Quan Yin Method， so I said to them， “Well，it doesn't matter whether I say it's lower or higher， some people still like to practice the visualization method.” Then let it be. Just like some people， they like to daydream， and then they sit there on their sofa，or on their bed， and say，“I will have a lot of money， and then I will build a big house， and then I will have a beautiful wife， and then my wife will bear a few little， little beautiful ‘karmas’ for me.” Things like that.
But then he’s just daydreaming about it. And then we people， those who practice Quan Yin Method， we don't like to daydream. We don't like to imagine things. We just like to have it now or we don't have it. So this is the choice of different people. If you want to daydream then you can choose visualization. And if you want to have it now， without too much thinking about it， then you can join us. To sit there and visualize that you have light in here and you have Buddha on there， it’s also fun. But to have it right now， see it right now， for us is better. Saves a lot of work. So I say，“It's up to you， it's your choice. No need to say lower or higher.”
Thank you for your love. God bless you， Buddha bless you， Allah bless you. Stay in love， walk in love， and breathe in love because everywhere God is there. We always live in God， whether you believe me or don’t believe me. You cannot escape， so don't worry. In times of trouble， always try to remember God is near. God is in your breathing. God is in your eyes， in your body， in your cells， in the neighbors， in your heart， in your children， in the air. You can never escape from God， so don't worry. Take your lessons easily. Take it easy，try your best to solve your problems. Because that's what we’re here for. All right？ Thank you！
Chilka Lake - Asia's largest brackish water lagoon with water spread ranging from 1165 sq km m the rainy season to 906 sq km in the dry season is nestled in the heart of the coastal Orissa. It extends from Bhusandpur in Puri district in the North to Rambha-Malud in Ganjan district in the South, separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 km long narrow strip of marshy islands and sand-flats.
Some of the prominent islands like Nalabana, Kalijal, Somolo, Honeymoon, Break-fast, Birds and Rajahansa inhabited by small subsistence fishermen families, are popular destinations for daily boat trips. Because of its rich bio-diversity and socio-economic importance, Chilika was designated as a Ramsar site in 1981 to afford better protection.
Chilika is recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the world because it is home to a phenomenal variety of birds. Chilika Lake offers visitors a spectacular display of its colorful avian charms in a thousand different hues presented by over 160 species in the peak season between November and February. The lake and its reed islands teem with nesting birds-white bellied sea eagles, ospreys, golden plovers, sand pipers, flamingos, pelicans, shovellers, gulls, include migratory ones flying great distances from Iran, Central Asia and Siberia.
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http://SupremeMasterTV.com – Shining World Hero Award: Randall Arauz and the Costa Rican Shark Fin Ban (In Spanish). Episode: 1750, Air Date: 30 June 2011.
Today’s Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants will be presented in Spanish and English, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.
Everywhere in the world, we can observe and be touched by acts of kindness. People from all walks of life, faiths, and cultures extend themselves beyond the call of duty to help others unconditionally. Through their noble deeds, humanity as a whole is elevated.
To commend virtuous actions and encourage more people to be inspired by their examples, Supreme Master Ching Hai has lovingly created a series of awards, including the Shining World Leadership Award, Shining World Compassion Award, Shining World Hero and Heroine Awards, Shining World Honesty Award, Shining World Protection Award, Shining World Intelligence Award, and Shining World Inventor Award, to recognize some of the most exemplary, generous, caring, and courageous people who walk amongst us.
Biologist Randall Arauz founded the marine conservation organization, PRETOMA, to save sea turtles. After a colleague on a long-line fishing boat shot some disturbing footage, everything changed.
The first time I saw the shark-finning video, I was just stunned. They hack off the fins, they throw the shark overboard. And I was speechless.
It was the catalyst that made us get into shark conservation.
The Association for the Restoration of Sea Turtles (PRETOMA) is a non-profit organization in Costa Rica devoted to protecting, preserving and restoring populations of sea turtles and sharks in the seas off the coast of Costa Rica.
In 1999, we were able to ban the killing of sea turtles in Costa Rica. Before that it was legal for 1,800 sea turtles to be slaughtered on the Atlantic Coast of Costa Rica. We brought this case to court, and we won, and since 1999, it has been an illegal activity
We also managed to stop the operation of tuna farms in Costa Rica, which is another kind of unsustainable marine exploitation. Last week, we managed to close the country's ports for foreign fleets that come here for shark finning.
Mr. Randall Arauz is a Costa Rican biologist, naturalist and conservationist who has received a number of awards during his career, including the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the “Green Nobel Prize” and the 2010 Göteburg Award for Sustainable Development, the environmental honor most recognized in Europe, which Mr. Arauz received for his efforts to preserve ecosystems and marine species.
We've been working very hard on the creation of Marine Protected Areas, because in this case… the problem of fishing, the solution is really simple, we have to fish less or stop fishing. There are biologically very important areas for the species, where marine turtles breed, where sharks breed, different animals breed in the biological corridors (wildlife corridors).
Mr. Arauz began working mainly on turtle conservation and was shaken upon discovering the horrendous practice of shark finning during one of his marine studies.
We simply bumped into the problem of shark finning. We saw where they bring the sharks; they tore off their fins, threw the sharks back into the water and it was then that we realized it really is a problem of the ecosystem, not a problem unique to the turtle.
What we have here is a problem of overfishing, greed, and this is bringing an end to the turtles and the sharks. So we decided that, really as a first step, we had to end unsustainable fishing practices, and shark fishing for its fins is one of the worst practices that may exist. So we started on the task to at least expose what is happening in Costa Rica, and to try to influence global conservation policies and shark fishing.
In 2003, Mr. Arauz and a team of concerned PRETOMA members secretly filmed a ghastly incident in which a ship illegally landed 30 tons of shark fins in the middle of the night, and then bravely submitted the footage to the local media in an effort to help stop the horrific practice of shark finning that kills up to 100 million sharks globally each year.
When we came up with this video, we were able to tell the Costa Ricans, “Look, this is what’s going on. It’s happening right under our nose with the consent of our fishery authorities.”
Costa Ricans were shocked when they saw those videos. PRETOMAS’ awareness campaign led to many protests and congressional legislation, mandating that sharks must be landed with their fins naturally attached to their bodies. This progressive legislation has been recognized worldwide.
In recognition of the extraordinary courage shown by Randall Arauz and PRETOMA, for their kindness, perseverance and excellence in protecting our oceans and their inhabitants, and for promoting the sustainability of our planet´s fragile ecosystems, Mr. Arauz was honored with the Shining World Hero Award by Supreme Master Ching Hai.
During a ceremony held in San José, Costa Rica the beautiful Award plaque was presented to him on Supreme Master Ching Hai’s behalf by our local Association members. Supreme Master Ching Hai sent a loving and encouraging letter to Mr. Arauz, the following of which is an excerpt:
Dear Mr. Arauz, Being a turtle biologist and conservationist, you examined studies that provided you with valuable insight into the many hazards experienced by our marine life caused by negligence. While viewing a film on the latest fishing techniques, you unexpectedly discovered a gruesome scene – fishermen brutally hacking off the fins of living sharks!
Shocked by this inhumane act, you were determined to expose the needless cruel and painful torture of these ocean living beings. You secretly videotaped a film showing the illegal docking of a ship carrying 30 tons of shark fins, which meant an estimated 30,000 sharks had died for it, and released it to the media.
Your bold and heroic move garnered public outcry and won full support from the Costa Rican public and international community to enforce the country’s existing laws against shark finning. It successfully paved the way for the new fisheries law which came into effect in 2005 legally putting an end to this tragic ordeal. With utmost appreciation, we thank you for bringing our world a step closer towards harmonized co-existence with all sentient beings.
You truly deserve Sweden’s Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development. Congratulations! For your exceptional contribution to animal rights, for your heartfelt compassion and strength and for being a dedicated and noble role model, we hereby applaud and celebrate the heroic deeds of Sr. Randall Arauz, President of Programa Restauración de Tortugas Marinas.
With Great Honour, Love and Blessings, Supreme Master Ching Hai
Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed US$20,000 to PRETOMA to further their noble mission, with all her love and gratitude. She also provided the dedicated group many wonderful gifts including her #1 international bestsellers “The Birds in My Life,” “The Dogs in My Life” and “The Noble Wilds” along with other books such as “From Crisis to Peace,” lots of yummy vegan chocolates, some of her CDs and DVDs and a “Hero” t-shirt.
On behalf of all my colleagues at PRETOMA, whom with I share this honor, I would like to thank Master Ching Hai for this Award. The truth is that these have been very hard years; it was a very long campaign. We had a great victory last week, on Friday. Everything is such a coincidence that falls into its right place at the right moment. And everything is... really is surprising. We are very grateful for this gesture. And definitely, we are touched. It motivates us to keep going ahead.
We have grown a lot during the last years. We hope to keep growing. I have seen professional development also of a lot of colleagues here in the office. And this help from you is going to help us, continue with the work, to become stronger and try to end all this greed that exists nowadays with the exploitation of the sea, and try to achieve something more sustainable, and something more in peace with the oceans. Thanks a lot to everyone.
Mr. Arauz also discussed the organization’s goals for the future.
Well, we hope to continue growing. We look forward to having more and more political influence and that therefore depends on the quality of the science we do, the support that we have to do and the field work we do. That's why I especially thank Master Ching Hai, and all her collaborators here in Costa Rica, because this contribution, the aid that you are giving to us will allow us to continue to do our research, the marine areas that we are helping to take care and protect, tagging sharks, tagging sea turtles.
In general, the hardest thing for us is to get money to do our research. Research is very expensive, and this fund is going to be especially dedicated to conducting research, which is what gives us technical credibility when we go to ask for political changes. And, well, I would like to personally thank Master Ching Hai for her support. This is a great collaboration.
We will be in contact with you by sending our reports for you to see what we have achieved with this contribution, and we hope that we can develop a partnership with your association in the future. Thank you very much.
Our hats are off to Mr. Arauz and all the other members of PRETOMA for your courage and selfless dedication in exposing the horrors of shark finning and preserving marine turtles. May PRETOMA continue its wonderful conservation work and help even more animals in need.
We have to work harder in order for Costa Rica be a blue country to be a real model of promoting conservation of marine resources in the Eastern Pacific.
There are tremendous challenges in conservation work, and many people quit because they can’t face the incredible odds. Randall is one of the tireless fighters who is not afraid to fail and will not stop fighting until he dies.
Randall aligned himself with members of Congress and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to bring the Costa Rican shark finning policy to the United Nations.
And we were able to get the United Nations General Assembly to call on all the nations of the world to land their sharks with the fins attached. Randall has taken Costa Rica from being a leader in shark finning to being a global leader in shark preservation.
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http://www.SeaEagleBoats.tk - CRAZY! A monster bluefin tuna worth up to $US80,000 (close to NZ$100,000) in Tokyo was brought ashore at Port Taranaki yesterday. But this tuna will not be gracing the plates of Japan's top restaurants – it is destined for barbecue hot plates this summer. The tuna, weighing in at 305.8 kilograms, was the first catch of its kind for Te Awamutu's Jeremy Walker, who hooked the giant on a game fishing trip off Westport in the South Island.
"I've never caught one before. It's a once-in-a-lifetime fish, I think," he said. Fishing boat skipper David Donald, from Marokopa, said he had seen tuna that size go for as much as US$80,000 at the Tokyo fish markets. "They slice it up real thin and have it as sashimi.
"And the Japanese fishermen, they take everything off the fish. Even the eyeballs. I've seen them scrape down the bones with a teaspoon and then ask if they could finish ours off." Earlier this year, a 342kg bluefin tuna sold for a record US$396,000 on the Japanese market.
Yesterday, on the back of a Rutherford's Meat Processing truck, Mr Walker's catch was chopped up into large triangular chunks so all five people on the trip could take some home. "We usually only take one of the ones we catch and tag the others and let them go. "There's plenty of meat on one to slab up into steaks to put on the barbecue," Mr Donald said.
Stocks of the fish have declined in recent years, with the species considered endangered by a host of environmental groups, but Mr Donald said fishing of bluefin tuna is "pretty well controlled in New Zealand". "It's the overseas trawlers out with longlines and 20,000 hooks, just out of our waters that are doing the damage," he said.
The Pacific bluefin tuna is known to head to waters off the West Coast of the South Island to feed on hoki being caught by commercial fishermen. Mr Donald often takes his mates out fishing on his 12-metre boat the Crazy Horse when he's not running charters out of Kawhia.
The Seven Lucky Gods(七福神 Shichi Fukujin) , refer to the seven gods of good fortune in Japanese moythology and folklore. They are often the subject of netsuke carvings and other representations.
The Shichifukujin 七福神 are an eclectic group of deities from Japan, India, and China. Only one is native to Japan (Ebisu) and Japan's indigenous Shinto tradition. Three are from the Hindu-Buddhist pantheon of India (Daikokuten, Bishamonten, and Benzaiten) and three from Chinese Taoist-Buddhist traditions (Hotei, Juroujin, and Fukurokuju). In Japan, they travel together on their treasure ship (takara bune 宝船) and dispense happiness to believers.
Each deity has a traditional attribute:
1. Magnanimity (Hotei), God of Contentment and Happiness
2. Longevity (Juroujin), God of Longevity
3. Popularity (Fukurokuju), God of Wisdom, Longevity, Verility, Fertility
4. Dignity (Bishamonten), God of Treasure, God of War, God of Warriors Skt. Vaisravana
5. Amiability (Benzaiten), Goddess of Music, Fine Arts Eloquence, Literature
6. Fortune (Daikokuten), God of Earth Wealth Prosperity Farmers Flood Control The Kitchen
7. Candour (Ebisu), God of Fishermen Good Forture Commerce, and Honest Labor
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Thousands of fishing boats were lost during the tsunami in Japan; now, Operation Blessing is helping fishermen regain their livelihoods by replacing their boats.
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