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If you need encouragement from God’s Word to conquer your fears, take strength from these Bible verses about courage.

Jesus
Christ spoke the Word of God throughout his ministry. When faced with
the devil’s lies and temptations, he countered with the truth of God’s
Word. The spoken Word of God is like a living, powerful sword in our
mouths (Hebrews 4:12), and if Jesus depended upon it to be strong and
courageous in life, so can we.

Be Strong and Courageous
Deuteronomy 31:6
Be
strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the
LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you
nor forsake you. (NKJV)

Joshua 1:9
“This is my command—be
strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord
your God is with you wherever you go.” (NLT)

1 Chronicles 28:20
David
also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the
work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with
you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the
service of the temple of the LORD is finished.” (NIV)

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (NIV)
Fear Not, God Is With You
Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (NKJV)

Psalm 56:3-4
When
I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I
trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? (NIV)


saiah 41:10
So
do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I
will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous
right hand. (NIV)

Isaiah 41:13
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (NIV)

Isaiah 54:4
Do
not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you
will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. (NKJV)

Matthew 10:26–28
“But
don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when
everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will
be made known to all … Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your
body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both
soul and body in hell.” (NLT)

Romans 8:15
For ye have not
received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the
Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (KJV)


Persecuted, But Not Abandoned
2 Corinthians 4:8-11
We
are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in
despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life
of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are
always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may
be revealed in our mortal body. (NIV)

Philippians 1:12-14
Now I
want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really
served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear
throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in
chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the
Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and
fearlessly. (NIV)
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (NLT)

Hebrews 13:5-6
For
He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we
may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do
to me?” (NKJV)

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But
perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)
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With the world stopped and kids getting restless at home, parents are dreaming of the days where field trips were still something to look forward to.
Now that many attractions have implemented crowd limits for the near future, visiting museums, parks, aquariums, and our other favorite spots may need to wait until the coronavirus (COVID-19) is under control.
Fortunately, many of these incredible places offer virtual tours! We have compiled the ultimate list of everything from amusement parks to zoos so that you and your little ones can enjoy them from the comfort and safety of your own home!
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Amusement Parks with Virtual Tours
It may be hard to get the full experience of an amusement park from home, but thanks to some incredible videography, you can almost feel the butterflies in your stomach!
Here are some of our favorites!
Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay, Florida)
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Image Credit: Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida is known for its thrilling roller coasters. Now you can experience them from home.
Thanks to some awesome 4K footage uploaded to YouTube, the SheiKra, Kumba, and Cheetah coasters are just waiting for you.
Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)
Cedar Point Roller Coaster
Image Credit: Cedar Point
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio is home to 71 rides, including the award-winning Steel Vengeance hyper-hybrid coaster. The second-oldest amusement park in North America, Cedar Point is known as “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”
Want to see why? Check out its official YouTube channel full of POV videos of the rides here.
Disneyland (Anaheim, California)
Disneyland California
Image Credit: Tyler Nix via Unsplash
Disneyland in Southern California needs no introduction. It’s the only theme park designed and built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney and has a classic feel to it despite the constant improvements. One of those improvements is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Experience this intergalactic world and go on a video ride on the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction here.
» Related: How to Visit Disney World for Cheap by Using Points & Miles
Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania)
Hersheypark
Image Credit: Hersheypark
Hersheypark is a family theme park about 100 miles outside of Philadelphia, and is, you guessed it, owned by The Hershey Company, one of the largest global chocolate manufacturers.
While you might not be able to go on a factory tour and tasting, you can grab a Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar, sit on the couch, and take a virtual tour on 15 of the park’s roller coasters here.
Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, California)
Knotts Berry Farm
Image Credit: Visit California
Knott’s Berry Farm is not what the name suggests, although it once was. What started as a small berry farm is now a very popular theme park full of attractions and entertainment for all ages in southern California.
If you want to check out the 10 fastest rides and roller coasters at the park, check out this YouTube video.
LEGOLAND (Orlando, Florida)
LEGOLAND Florida
Image Credit: Chip Litherland via LEGOLAND Florida Resort
LEGOLAND gets overshadowed by a couple of other theme parks in the Orlando area, but this park is no joke. With some great roller coasters, including a virtual reality option, there is something for everyone.
If you are interested in VR, you will want to check out this video of The Great LEGO Race.
Peppa Pig World (Hampshire, England)
Peppa Pig World
Image Credit: Peppa Pig World
Hop across the pond and visit the fun little world of Peppa Pig and her family! Go for a ride on Grandpa Pig’s Little Train, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter, and of course, jump in some muddy puddles!
Check out the official virtual tour video, here.
SeaWorld (Orlando, Florida)
SeaWorld Orlando Mako Rollercoaster
Image Credit: SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld has made some serious investments when it comes to its roller coaster game. Mako, Kraken, and Manta are a few of the top rides in the area.
Although parks are starting to open up, you may enjoy this 4K POV video onboard Mako from the safety of your own home.
Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai, China)
Tron Shanghai Disneyland
Image Credit: Shanghai Disneyland
Shanghai Disneyland is home to the world’s only TRON Lightcycle Power Run ride, though one is scheduled to open at Walt Disney World in Orlando in 2021 for the park’s 50th anniversary. It is one of the best rides in the world and many Disney fans admit that it is better than most other Disney roller coasters.
Fortunately, you don’t need to fly to China to experience this futuristic ride. You can ride along in HD thanks to this YouTube video.
Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson Township, New Jersey)
Drop of Doom Six Flags
Image Credit: Six Flags
Situated between New York and Philadelphia, Six Flags Great Adventure is a popular theme park thanks to its fast and high-tech roller coasters, family and kids rides, and wildlife exhibits.
If you are in the area, you can visit the drive-thru safari, but if not, there is still plenty to check out including the world’s tallest VR drop ride free fall POV of Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom.
Ski Dubai (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Ski Dubai
Image Credit: Ski Dubai
Dubai truly is impressive. Who would think that you could go skiing in the middle of the Arabian Desert? And not sand skiing — on real snow!
Well, thanks to some impressive engineering (and a hefty electric bill) visitors can take their shot at the world’s first indoor black diamond run.
Think we are joking? Strap on your VR goggles and check out these 360-degree videos.
Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Tivoli Gardens Carousel
The Swing Carousel. Image Credit: Lasse Salling via Tivoli Gardens
At more than 150 years old, Tivoli Gardens is the oldest amusement park in Europe. Besides the gorgeous decorations and history, the park offers dozens of rides for all ages.
Go for a virtual ride on The Demon roller coaster thanks to this video.
Universal Orlando Resort (Orlando, Florida)
Universal Studios Orlando Florida
Universal Studios Orlando Florida. Image Credit: Chris Hassan
Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando have long been known for their excellent and thrilling rides. With near-constant updates and new additions being made, thrill-seekers are always in for a treat.
Since many of us are still waiting for our next trip, some virtual rides will need to fill the void. Be sure to check out these great videos of the rides like Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Universal also has some excellent videos on its YouTube channel with more rides and the very interesting “The Science of Universal Orlando Resort.”
Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida)
Walt Disney World Entrance
Walt Disney World entrance. Image Credit: Chris Hassan
When it comes to theme parks, the gold standard is Walt Disney World. With that special Disney magic paired with some of the most sought-after rides in the world, you may find yourself taking virtual tours long after things get back to normal.
While many rides generate hours-long wait times, you can skip the line and take a virtual tour any time that you want. Some of our current favorites are Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios.
For the real Disney fans out there, it will be hard to run out of fun content. Be sure to check out this Disney On Stage educational content which is full of fun theatrical activities to do at home, broken down by age groups.
If you are feeling crafty, these DIY projects from Disney Family are sure to be a hit.
And, lastly, #DisneyMagicMoments is full of magical activities with everything from learning how to cook Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ribs to learning how to draw your favorite Disney and Pixar characters.
Hot Tip:
Are you planning a trip to Orlando? Be sure to check out our article on the best places to stay in Orlando for your Disney vacation before you book.
Warner Bros. World (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi
Image Credit: Warner Bros. World
When you think of the United Arab Emirates, the phrase “world’s largest” gets used a lot. And when it comes to theme parks, that is no different. This time the title of “World’s Largest Indoor Theme Park” goes to Warner Bros. World in Abu Dhabi.
Get comfortable and explore all of the park’s rides with this 18-minute long 4K video.
Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia)
Wet n Wild Australia
Image Credit: Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast
Who doesn’t love a good waterpark? Well, you will find one of the best in Queensland, Australia at Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast.
With some massive slides for thrill-seekers to more family-friendly options, this park will give you one more reason to want to visit Australia.
If you don’t want to wait, you can go for a ride via this POV GoPro video.
Aquariums with Virtual Tours
Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, Georgia)
Georgia Aquarium
Image Credit: Georgia Aquarium
With over 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater tanks, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta currently holds the record as the third largest aquarium in the world (formerly the largest from 2005-2012).
With everything from whale sharks and beluga whales to lizards and seahorses, there is something for everyone.
Even better, you can check in on your favorite animals from home thanks to these awesome live webcams. The At-home Learning page offers lesson plans and resources, weekly #FieldTripFriday videos, and also provides updates and details for the animals in the facility.
Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, California)
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Image Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a gorgeous aquarium on the edge of the water along the central California coast. While you should certainly add this aquarium to your list (because who doesn’t need an excuse to drive the California coast?), until then, we’ve got you covered.
The aquarium currently has 10 live webcams that you can tune in to and watch some of the most beautiful creatures swimming around.
Whether you want to check in on the penguins, sharks, sea otters, or watch the Open Sea Exhibit, all you need to do is click here!
National Aquarium (Baltimore, Maryland)
National Aquarium Baltimore
Image Credit: Katherine McAdoo via Unsplash
The National Aquarium in Baltimore has over 2 million gallons of water and more than 750 species for visitors to learn about.
Out of all of the aquarium virtual tours, this one is one of the best as you can “walk” through all of the exhibits at your own pace and enjoy 360-degree views along the way. Start exploring now!
New England Aquarium (Boston, Massachusetts)
New England Aquarium
Check out the live cams in the Giant Ocean Tank. Image Credit: New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium has everything for your virtual field trip. From live videos and demonstrations to activities to complete at home, you and your kids will be entertained for hours.
For more information, visit its website.
Oceanogràfic de Valencia (Valencia, Spain)
Oceanographic Visita Virtual
Image Credit: Oceanografic
Visit Europe’s finest and most futuristic marine complex from home! Composed of 9 elegant underwater towers designed by the famous Spanish architect Félix Candela, you may be just as impressed with the avant-garde architecture as you are with 500+ different species swimming around.
Take your own virtual tour here.
S.E.A. Aquarium (Sentosa Island, Singapore)
S.E.A. Aquarium Singapore
Image Credit: Zheng Wei Lim via Unsplash
The S.E.A. Aquarium is the world’s second-largest aquarium and is home to the world’s largest collection of manta rays in captivity, including the unique giant oceanic manta ray. With 49 different habitats to explore, you could spend all day here.
Instead, you can enjoy a virtual tour thanks to this video! You can also visit the S.E.A. Aquarium Fun Academy, featuring arts and craft projects and brainteasers.
Famous Landmarks with Virtual Tours
The Alamo (San Antonio, Texas)
The Alamo
Image Credit: Matthew T Rader via Unsplash
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio is a historic Spanish mission and fortress compound founded back in the 18th century. In 1836, It was the site of the Battle of the Alamo and today it’s a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District.
Experience The Alamo in this high-quality virtual tour.
Amazon Rainforest (Brazil)
Amazon Rainforest
Escape to the Amazon Rainforest. Image Credit: Paula Nardini via Pexels
The Amazon Rainforest is one of Earth’s most precious resources and represents over half of the world’s rainforests, covering 2,700,000 square miles.
Home to an estimated 390 billion individual trees and millions of unique species from insects to dolphins, visiting the Amazon rainforest is an incredible experience. Unfortunate a trip can be quite expensive.
Fortunately, there is an incredibly in-depth, educational VR experience available courtesy of Conservation International.
You can either strap on your VR headset or visit the beautifully done website, here.
Boston Public Garden (Boston, Massachusetts)
Boston Public Garden
Image Credit: Josephine Baran via Unsplash
The first public botanical garden in America, established in 1837, the Boston Public Garden is full of unusual plants, a lagoon, and the famous Swan Boats which have been operating for over 100 years. A true gem in the heart of one of America’s oldest cities.
You can go on an interactive 360-degree tour of the park here.
Buckingham Palace (London, England)
Buckingham Palace
Image Credit: Debbie Fan via Unsplash
Buckingham Palace, in London, England is the official residence of the Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the monarchy of the United Kingdom.
While this iconic building is open to the public for tours for only a few months per year, know as the “Annual Summer Opening,” you can visit year-round thanks to this virtual tour.
Burj Khalifa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Burj Khalifa
Image Credit: Burj Khalifa
Measuring in at 2,722 feet tall, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai has held the record of the world’s tallest building since it was completed in 2009.
Design and architecture teams from all around the world worked together to create this massive structure built to withstand the strong desert heat and winds.
If you want to take a closer look, you can explore this amazing building via Google Street View which allows you to check out different floors and even a view from a window washer’s platform up on the 80th floor.
Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Christ the Redeemer in Rio
See Christ the Redeemer in Rio. Image Credit: Matheus Bertelli via Pexels
Emerging out of the mountains, the Christ the Redeemer statue can be seen from almost anywhere in the stunning city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The 98-foot tall soapstone statue is one of the “New7Wonders of the World” and is a symbol of Christianity worldwide.
You can now head down to Rio and explore this sanctuary via Google Arts & Culture. Start your virtual tour here.
Cliffs of Moher (County Clare, Ireland)
Cliffs of Moher
View the sweeping views at the Cliffs of Moher. Image Credit: Dimitry Anikin via Pexels
Running along the ocean edge in County Clare, Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher make up 9 miles of stunning terrain.
With 1.5 million visits a year, the cliffs are one of Ireland’s most visited tourist sites.
If you haven’t been, you can start by taking a Google Earth virtual tour, starting at the visitor’s center and then walking your way down by the sea.
Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
Colosseum Rome
Explore the Colosseum in Rome. Image Credit: Henry Paul via Unsplash
Located in the center of Rome, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheater ever built at the time (A.D. 72) — holding between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators.
The Colosseum was used for many things, including gladiatorial contests, dramas based on Classical mythology, and other events, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, and reenactments of famous battles.
You can take your own virtual tour around the arena’s underground, learn more about its history, and more.
Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
Sunset under the Eiffel Tower Paris France
Image Credit: Sarkhan Mamedov via Shutterstock
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is easily one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The 1,063-foot tower has 3 levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels and an observation deck on the top level.
Visited by almost 7 million people last year alone, it can get a bit crowded. Fortunately, there is a great virtual tour that you can take from home!
Enjoy 360-degree views, a sunrise, and an ascent to the top of the Eiffel Tower here.
Empire State Building (New York, New York)
Empire State Building New York City
Image Credit: Jon Tyson via Unsplash
The Empire State Building is of the most recognizable buildings in New York City. The 102-story skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan is home to many corporate offices and 2 observation decks.
You can enjoy a 360-degree view from the 102nd floor thanks to this interactive experience.
Forbidden City (Beijing, China)
Forbidden City
Experience the Forbidden City. Image Credit: Ling Tang via Unsplash
China’s best-preserved imperial palace, the Forbidden City is a complex located in central Beijing. Dating back from the Ming Dynasty, this historic palace complex was home to the former Chinese imperial palace and state residence of the emperor of China until 1924.
We have found an excellent virtual tour that allows you to explore the main areas of the complex, including:
Hall of Supreme Harmony
Imperial Gardens
Meridian Gate
Pavilion of Ten Thousand Springs
Start your virtual tour here.
Grand Central Terminal (New York, New York)
Grand Central Terminal New York
Image Credit: Daniel Polevoy via Unsplash
Although it is only the third-busiest train station in North America (behind New York Penn Station and Toronto Union Station), Grand Central Station in New York City has earned multiple landmark designations thanks to its incorporated works of art.
Not including train and subway passengers, Grand Central is one of the world’s 10 most visited tourist attractions according to Travel + Leisure, with more than 21 million visitors in 2018.
Take a stroll through this famous landmark via this virtual tour.
The Grand Palace (Bangkok, Thailand)
The Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
Image Credit: Teddy Yang via Unsplash
Located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, the Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (now Thailand) since 1782.
The stunning complex of buildings welcomes visitors from across the world to see its famous temples, chapels, and more.
Take your own virtual tour from home, here.
Great Barrier Reef (Coral Sea, Queensland, Australia)
Great Barrier Reef
Dive the Great Barrier Reef from home! Image credit: Daniel Pelaez Duque via Unsplash
As the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef stretches over 1,400 miles off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, and is the biggest single structure made by living organisms on Earth.
Fans of nature documentaries will love to hear the voice of David Attenborough as he guides an interactive, underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef.
Experience interactive time-lapses, videos, and weather maps, of Earth’s most bio-diverse ecosystem, here.
The Great Wall of China (Huairou District, China)
Great Wall of China
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With sections dating back to the 7th century B.C., the Great Wall of China is recognized as one of the most impressive architectural feats in history. Combing all of the sections of the wall, trenches, and natural barriers, the Great Wall measures 13,171 miles.
Originally built for defense, and then later trade control, today it is best known as a tourist attraction.
If you aren’t planning on visiting China any time soon, you can take a virtual tour here.
Hoover Dam (Arizona, Nevada)
Hoover Dam Boulder City Nevada
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With more than 1 million annual visitors, the Hoover Dam on the border of Arizona and Nevada is one of the most visited dams in the world.
Spanning 2 time zones, this architectural marvel controls floods, provides irrigation water, and produces hydroelectric power.
Experience the Hoover Dam virtual tour, here.
International Space Station (Low Earth Orbit, Space)
International Space Station
Image Credit: NASA
In partnership with the U.S., Russia, Japan, Europe, and Canada, the International Space Station is a microgravity and space environment research laboratory focusing on a wide range of fields.
Although it is technically possible to visit the ISS as a “space tourist,” unless you have $40 million to spend, you may need to settle for this virtual tour instead.
As a consolation prize, enjoy this video of astronauts playing with slime in zero gravity!
Jerusalem (Israel)
Jerusalem Western Wall
Explore the Holy Land. Image Credit: Sander Crombach via Unsplash
Located in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and is considered holy land to 3 major religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
You can almost feel the energy of this special city thanks to the 1-day virtual tour put together by Samsung. Immerse yourself in the 360-degree footage here.
Kruger National Park (South Africa)
Kruger National Park Animals
Kruger National Park Safari Tour. Image Credit: Chris Hassan
Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the largest game reserves on the African continent with an area of 7,523 square miles.
Home to the “Big Five,” safari-goers will be excited to see lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, leopards, buffaloes, and dozens of other wild animals on their excursion.
If you’re interested in checking out a safari, be sure to tune in to the WildEarth YouTube channel daily for sunrise and sunset tours.
Set an alarm for your virtual safari here.
» Related: 62 Virtual Tours of Iconic National Parks Around the U.S. [2020]
Leaning Tower of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)
Leaning Tower of Pisa
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a belltower famous for its lean due to an unstable foundation. Over the years the foundation has been stabilized and the structure currently leans at 3.97 degrees. Visitors can climb the almost 300 step staircase to reach the top and view the city below.
If you don’t plan on visiting Pisa any time soon, you can take this 360-degree VR video tour from inside the tower or take a virtual tour of the grounds here.
The Liberty Bell (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Liberty Bell
Image Credit: National Park Service
Famous for being rung to mark the reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence.
Built in London and now residing in Philadelphia, the mostly copper bell has been cracked and repaired multiple times during its usage and traveling tours between the years of 1776 and 1915.
Get an up-close look at this iconic monument, here.
Mars (Fourth Planet From the Sun, Solar System)
Mars Curiosity Rover
Mars Curiosity Rover. Image Credit: NASA
Mars, also known as the “Red Planet” due to the color of its surface, is the second smallest planet in our solar system. With days and seasons similar to those on Earth, scientists have always been wanting to learn more about potential life there.
Currently, Mars is being explored by a NASA rover named Curiosity. Curiosity is about the size of a car and has been on the Red Planet since 2012.
If you want to explore alongside the rover, check out this interactive tour.
Mount Everest (Nepal and China)
Mount Everest
Climb Mount Everest from home. Image Credit: Ben Lowe via Unsplash
At 29,029 feet Mount Everest is the tallest and one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. This massive climbing destination located on the border of Nepal and China attracts adventurers from around the globe, despite its risks.
As of last year, over 300 climbers have died trying to reach the summit due to altitude sickness, weather, and avalanches.
Fortunatley you can experience some of what it is like to climb Mt. Everest without the everpresetn danger thanks to some virtual tours that we found.
If you have some VR equipment, you can experience the climb here. If you prefer to watch a video instead, check out this YouTube summit climb.
Mount Rushmore (Keystone, South Dakota)
Mount Rushmore
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The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture featuring 60-foot heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln in the Black Hills of Keystone, South Dakota.
These 4 presidents were chosen to represent the nation’s birth, growth, development, and preservation, respectively.
If you are interested in getting up close, you can actually “climb” the faces here, or take an actual virtual tour here.
Mount Fuji (Honshu, Japan)
Mt. Fuji Japan
See beautiful Mt. Fuji from home. Image Credit: Tomáš Malík via Pexels
Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains” and is the tallest mountain (and active volcano) in the country at 12,389 feet tall.
Often depicted in artwork and photographs, this snowcapped symmetrical cone is easily one of Japan’s most recognizable landmarks.
If you would like to see what it’s like to visit the top of this majestic mountain, you will love what Google Street View has put together.
To start your virtual tour, click here.
NASA Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, Ohio)
NASA Glenn Research Center
Artemis Spacecraft Environmental Testing: Image Credit: NASA
NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio was created to develop science and technology for use in aeronautics and space. So needless to say, it has some pretty interesting stuff to check out.
If you want to see some testing in action, view one of 10 virtual tours.
Niagara Falls (Ontario, Canada)
Niagara Falls
Journey BEHIND Niagara Falls! Image Credit: Edward Koorey via Unsplash
Straddling the U.S. and Canada border, Niagara Falls is a group of 3 waterfalls that attract visitors from all over the world.
One of the most popular attractions is “Journey Behind the Falls,” located on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, and now you can experience it in virtual reality.
Ditch the rain poncho and visit Niagara Falls virtually, here.
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island (New York, New York)
Statue of Liberty New York Ellis Island
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A gift from the people of France to the people of the United States commemorating the national abolition of slavery, the Statue of Liberty has come to commemorate ideals of freedom, democracy, and opportunity.
The Statue of Liberty was the first thing that most of the 12 million immigrants saw when they arrived at the Ellis Island processing site and is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world.
Get a close-up tour of Lady Liberty here, and learn more about Ellis Island here.
Venice (Italy)
Venice Gondolas
Walk around the streets and canals of Venice. Image Credit: MustangJoe via Pixabay
Venice is perhaps one of the most recognizable cities in the world thanks to its canals being as common as roads are in other cities. This special city is actually made up of 118 small islands that are linked by over 400 bridges.
While it may not be the easiest city to get around for some, thanks to Google you can travel the canals, walk the streets, and cross the famous bridges from the comfort of home
Start your virtual tour of the Floating City by clicking here.
The White House (Washington, D.C.)
The White House Washington D.C.
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Known as the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States, The White House has been the residence of every U.S. president since 1800.
The White House is the only private residence of a head of state that is open to the public, free of charge.
Check out this excellent virtual tour put together by Google Arts & Culture.
Museums with Virtual Tours
American Museum of Natural History (New York, New York)
OLogy American Museum of Natural History
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“Ology” means “the study of,” and OLogy: The Science Website for Kids from the American Museum of Natural History focuses on the study of many topics geared towards kids.
If you and your student are interested in games, stories, videos, and hands-on crafts click here.
The museum also offers 360-degree virtual tours of exhibits from the past, present, and permanent collections, as well as research stations.
Boston Children’s Museum (Boston, Massachusetts)
Boston Childrens Museum
Image Credit: Joel Haskell via Boston Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum is an incredible option for parents looking to entertain and educate their children.
The second oldest children’s museum in the U.S. is full of unique exhibits meant to teach our younger generation everything from racial diversity to science, arts, and more.
Take your little one on a virtual tour today! The museum also offers a Play and Learning Resources page featuring activities, teaching guides, curriculum, and more.
The British Museum (London, England)
The British Museum London England
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The first public national museum in the world, the British Museum is dedicated to human history, art, and culture, with over 8 million pieces of work in its collection.
Highlighting over 2 million years of history, it is no surprise this is one of the most popular museums in the world.
Don’t wait — take your Google Arts & Culture virtual tour of over 60 galleries today. The museum itself also offers 2 virtual galleries.
» Related: The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World [Art, History, Science, and Technology]
Children’s Museum Houston (Houston, Texas)
Childrens Museum Houston
Image Credit: Chris Hassan
The Children’s Museum Houston is already famous for its awesome exhibits and events, and they have gotten creative when it comes to going virtual.
With options for learning at home, virtual events, and Facebook Live streams, you and your kids can stay connected and entertained from home.
Learn more about virtual events here and Learn at Home resources on its Facebook page.
Children’s Museum of South Dakota (Brookings, South Dakota)
Childrens Museum of South Dakota
Image Credit: Children’s Museum of South Dakota
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota was already an incredible asset for parents and kids, and now families from around the world can take part in the creativity from home.
The museum has created a #MuseumFromHome page full of resources and recipes for play! Even better, it offers a page just for parents to help with ideas for activities and more.
Check out this awesome museum here.
The DoSeum (San Antonio, Texas)
Dr Richard Doseum
Learn about evolution with Dr. Richard. Image Credit: The DoSeum
The DoSeum is already well-known for its award-winning exhibits for kids, so they were ready when they needed to start keeping young minds busy while at home.
It has created an entire page dedicated to parents and kids to “DO It At Home,” which is full of DIY activities, storytimes, and more.
Get some “hands-on” learning here.
Glazer Children’s Museum (Tampa, Florida)
Glazer Childrens Museum
Image Credit: Glazer Children’s Museum
Glazer Children’s Museum has always had a mission of creating a learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect. Just because kids are stuck at home, doesn’t mean they’ve stopped innovating.
Instead, the museum has launched GCM at Home, a source of learning at fun for kids of all ages.
Check out some experiments, recipes, games, and more here.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York)
Metropolitan Museum New York Met for Kids
MetKids. Image Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
While the largest art museum in the U.S. may not sound too exciting for many kids, the Met has put together a nice section on its website dedicated to getting the little ones engaged.
Check out interactive maps, a time machine, and videos here.
Musée du Louvre (Paris, France)
louvre museum
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The Louvre in Paris is the world’s largest art museum at over 782,910 square feet, and is also the most visited with 9.6 million visitors in 2019.
With around 38,000 pieces of work — including the famous Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Hammurabi’s Code — the Louvre is easily one of the world’s most well-known museums.
Fortunately, for art lovers, the Louvre has multiple virtual galleries on display to enjoy, without the queues.
To view the Louvre’s virtual tour page, click here.
Museo Frida Kahlo (Mexico City, Mexico)
Museu Frida Kahlo
Image Credit: Museeum
Take a virtual tour of “the Blue House” the former residence where renowned artist Frida Kahlo lived and created masterpieces.
Google Arts & Culture has created a Street View tour so you can walk through La Casa Azúl from home.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil)
MASP Museu de Arte de São Paulo
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Head to Brazil, courtesy of Google Arts & Culture, and explore the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (Museum of Art of São Paulo). With over 8,000 pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, and costumes, there is plenty to explore.
Start your virtual tour of 6 unique online galleries here.
The Museum of Flight (Seattle, Washington)
The Museum of Flight
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The Museum of Flight, located just outside of Seattle, is the largest private air and space museum in the world. With more than 150 aircraft on-site, the museum attracts over 500,000 annual visitors.
In addition to being a museum, the Museum of Flight also hosts the largest K-12 educational programs in the world, welcoming more than 140,000 students yearly through its onsite programs.
If you can’t visit anytime soon, you might enjoy the 360-degree virtual tour.
Museum of Science, Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)
Museum of Science Boston
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The Museum of Science, Boston, dates back to 1830 when it opened as the Boston Society of Natural History. Now receiving over 1.5 million visitors annually, this museum (and indoor zoo) is one of the region’s most popular destinations for children and adults.
With more than 700 interactive exhibits and over 100 rescued and rehabilitated animals, visitors always leave wanting more.
Conveniently, the museum offers an excellent virtual tour full of digital exhibits, videos, and audio presentations.
Start your virtual tour, here.
National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)
Air and Space Museum
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The National Air and Space Museum, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is a center for the history and science of aviation, as well as spaceflight, planetary science, terrestrial geology, and geophysics.
With over 6 million visitors last year, it was the fifth most visited museum in the world, with tourists coming to see the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, the Wright brothers’ Wright Flyer airplane, and much more.
You can take your own 360-degree virtual tour of the entire museum here.
National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Natural History
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The 325,000 square foot National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. has the largest natural history collection in the world. With over 145 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and cultural artifacts, visitors come from all over the world to explore this special collection.
Open 364 days per year (closed on Christmas) and free admission means that this collection can get quite busy with crowds. To avoid the rush, you can enjoy dozens of online exhibits that can all be accessed on its website.
To view the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History virtual tour, click here.
National Women’s History Museum (Alexandria, Virginia)
Women Airforce Service Pilots WASPs of WWII
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of WWII. Image Credit: National Women’s History Museum
Learn more about the brave women who educated, inspired, empowered, and shaped the future for other generations. With everything from the Civil Rights Movement to women in the Olympics, the National Women’s History Museum is full of well-curated material.
Explore the museum’s 29 online exhibits here.
Picasso Museum (Barcelona, Spain)
Museu Picasso
Image Credit: Picasso Museum
If you are one of the millions who stroll through Barcelona’s Latin Quarter, you are sure to know about the Picasso Museum. Art lovers can take in some 4,000+ pieces of the famous painter’s work and medieval architecture in this impressive museum.
Fans of Picasso can enjoy the virtual tour which offers a large selection of his finest works as well as tours of the museum’s beautiful courtyards.
Pretend City Children’s Museum (Irvine, California)
Pretend City Childrens Museum
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Pretend City is a great experience designed for kids to expand their imagination. With 17 exhibits including a cafe, farm, gas station, post office, grocery store, and more, your little one can explore a miniature version of a grown up’s world.
Take an interactive tour, powered by Matterport, here.
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre (Great Missenden, England)
Roald Dahl Museum
Image Credit: The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Winner of the “Best Small Visitor Attraction,” the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is the home of the late children’s and short story writer, Roald Dahl.
Take a step inside and see where he wrote manuscripts, business and personal correspondence, and his “Ideas Books” here.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts (San Francisco, California)
SFMOMA MiniMuseum
Image Credit: SFMOMA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts is letting artists take over its website and create special broadcasts from its YouTube channel.
Check out the artwork and scheduled events here.
The Strong National Museum of Play (Rochester, New York)
Strong National Museum of Play
Sesame Street Park. Image Credit: The Strong, Rochester, New York.
Known as “the ultimate play destination,” the Strong National Museum of Play is built around research, exhibits, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.
Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can experience this incredible museum from home.
To start your own virtual tour, click here.
Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Van Gogh Museum
Image Credit: Jan Kees Steenman via Van Gogh Museum
Housing the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, this Amsterdam museum welcomes over 2 million visitors per year looking to see the artist’s paintings, drawings, and letters.
Stroll through the museum at your own pace via this excellent Google Arts & Culture virtual tour. The museum’s website also offers a variety of tools for young children, like school lessons and coloring pages.
Vatican (Vatican City, Italy)
Vatican Museum
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With multiple museums, the Vatican is home to some 70,000 works of art, including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.
Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century, the museums have been a stunning attraction for hundreds of years. Last year alone the museums welcomed almost 7 million visitors.
Take your own 360-degree virtual tour.
U.S. National Parks with Virtual Tours
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Colorado)
Canyon from Oak Flat Trail at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Canyon from Oak Flat Trail at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Image Credit: National Park Service
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a national park in western Colorado famous for its steep cliffs and craggy spires throughout.
The Gunnison River has flowed for over 2 million years, carving its way through the rugged terrain, leaving behind a breathtaking combination of water, rock, and sky.
You can start your own exploration today, thanks to this Google Earth virtual tour!
Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)
Wizard Island in Crater Lake in Winter
Wizard Island in Crater Lake National Park in Winter. Image Credit: National Park Service
This south-central Oregon gem is breathtaking. Crater Lake was formed from a volcanic eruption 7,500 years ago and has no connections to any rivers or streams — all of its water supply comes from rain and melted snow.
Not only it is the deepest lake in the U.S., but it is also one of the clearest and cleanest in the entire world. Unsurprisingly, the lake and surrounding areas are very popular for outdoor enthusiasts year-round.
Country music singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley is ready to lead you on a 360-degree virtual video tour of the area.
Death Valley National Park (California, Nevada)
Horseback Riding in Death Valley National Park
Horseback Riding in Death Valley National Park. Image Credit: National Park Service
Death Valley has perhaps one of the most recognizable names of all of the national parks. It is also the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in the U.S., so the name is fitting.
Despite the morbid name, this park has a great diversity of life, especially when rainstorms bring sprawling fields of wildflowers and oases for small fish and other wildlife.
At 3.4 million acres, stretching across the California-Nevada border, it is the largest U.S. national park outside of Alaska.
You can explore this massive park courtesy of this Google Earth virtual tour. Some of the highlights include the Devil’s Golf Course, Rhyolite Ghost Town, and some incredible canyons and dunes.
Denali National Park (Alaska)
Denali National Park
Denali National Park. Image Credit: National Park Service.
Home to the highest mountain in North America, Denali National Park in Alaska is a stunning combination of low elevation forests and snowy glaciers at the higher elevations.
This massive 6 million-acre preserve only has 1 road through it, so you will be sure to see wild animals roaming free and adventurists exploring the countless outdoor activities.
If you aren’t planning on visiting Alaska soon, be sure to check out the Google Earth virtual tour of the glaciers and the stunning Denali vistas.
Everglades National Park (Florida)
Mangroves in the Everglades National Park
Mangroves in the Everglades National Park. Image Credit: National Park Service.
Spread across the southern tip of Florida, the Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. In addition to being a national park, the Everglades are also listed as a Wetlands of International Importance and a World Heritage Site.
The unique network of wetlands and forests makes an ideal home for many species, including rare and endangered ones such as the manatee, American crocodile, and Florida panther.
In addition to being home to dozens of species of mammals and reptiles, the wetlands are an essential habitat to over 350 species of birds and 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish.
Start your own adventure in the Everglades on this virtual tour via Google Earth.
Hot Tip:
The Everglades are featured on our list of the 10 best road trips in the U.S. The Overseas Highway starts in Miami and finishes over 150 miles later in Key West.
Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
Grand Canyon National Park North Rim. Image Credit: Michael Quinn via the National Park Service
One of (if not the) most well known of all the national parks is the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. This park is a stunning 277-mile steep-sided canyon carved out by the Colorado River.
Just a quick (and popular) helicopter ride from Las Vegas, visitors can enjoy rafting, hiking, running, and camping along the North and South Rims of the canyon.
If you want to start exploring this incredible national park, check out this awesome virtual tour by Google Earth.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)
Kamokuna Ocean Lava Entry at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kamokuna Ocean Lava Entry at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Image Credit: Janice Wei via the National Park Service
Located on the main island of Hawaii, the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park rests on top of 2 active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive shield volcano.
The volcanoes are home to some of the most unique biological, geological, and cultural landscapes in the world. Visitors come to learn about the volcanoes, their history, the local culture, and the incredible biodiversity on the island.
You can immerse yourself in one of the most comprehensive tours on the internet thanks to this Google Arts & Culture virtual tour.
» Related: The Best Times to Visit Hawaii in 2020 [by Seasons and Islands]
Redwood National Park (California)
Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park. Image Credit: National Park Service
The 39,000-acre Redwood National Park is located on the picturesque, rugged coast of northern California.
Home to the famous Redwood trees — the tallest trees on earth — this national park is also home to wild river-ways, vast prairies, and oak woodlands.
You can start your own tour from home — including a scenic drive through the Klamath Tour Thru Tree — courtesy of this Google Earth Street View virtual tour.
Virgin Islands National Park (U.S. Virgin Islands)
Honeymoon Beach in the Virgin Islands National Park
Honeymoon Beach in the Virgin Islands National Park. Image Credit: David Pinardi via the National Park Service
Famous for its white-sand beaches and excellent snorkeling, the Virgin Islands National Park protects about 60% of the island of St. John, as well as about 5,000 acres of ocean, and almost all of Hassel Island.
“America’s Paradise” also attracts visitors for its sugar plantation history and ancient petroglyphs carved by the Taino Indians.
Thanks to Google Earth, you can explore the park’s luscious forests, Danish sugar plantation ruins, and gorgeous beaches here.
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho)
Morning fog in the Yellowstone River Valley in Yellowstone National Park
Morning fog in the Yellowstone River Valley in Yellowstone National Park. Image Credit: Neal Herbert via the National Park Service
Stretching across 3 states (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho), Yellowstone National Park was the very first national park in the U.S. The park is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera lake, which is the largest supervolcano on the continent.
One of the more famous (and less threatening) attractions is Old Faithful Geyser, which is known for its regular eruptions.
Every year visitors from around the world come to explore the thousands of other hot springs, geysers, and mud pots that dot the wild landscape.
You can now take your own virtual tour of this famous national park — complete with geysers, waterfalls, springs, and more — from the comfort of your own home thanks to Google Earth.
» Related: The Best Times to Visit Yellowstone National Park [by Seasons and Interests]
Yosemite National Park (California)
Yosemite National Park 1
Yosemite National Park. Image Credit: David Mark via Pixabay
Internationally recognized for many of its natural features, including its waterfalls, clear streams, granite cliffs, giant sequoia groves, and incredible biological diversity, Yosemite National Park has a lot to offer.
More than 4 million visitors travel to the Sierra Nevada of central California to explore the 748,000-acre park each year.
You can explore this park from home, including the iconic Half Dome and El Capitan monoliths, thanks to Google Earth’s virtual tour.
Bottom Line:
You can enjoy the incredible natural beauty of our national parks without leaving home thanks to our detailed list of 62 virtual tours of iconic national parks around the U.S.!
Sports Stadiums with Virtual Tours
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool FC (Merseyside, England)
Anfield Stadium Liverpool FC
Anfield Stadium. Image Credit: Liverpool Core
Visit the home of Liverpool FC, Anfield Stadium, which has been the Premier League club’s home since 1892.
You can walk the pitch, visit the lounge, stores, and more here.
The club also has a Kop Kids site offering family-friendly activities, videos, and competitions.
Oracle Park (Formerly AT&T Park) (San Francisco, California)
Oracle Park Baseball Stadium
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Now in its 20th year, Oracle Park (formerly Pacific Bell Park, SBC Park, and AT&T Park) is home to the San Francisco Giants MLB team.
The 42,000-seat park sits right on the edge of the San Francisco Bay, making for some gorgeous backdrops.
If you are interested in what it would be like to attend a baseball game at Oracle Park, check out this fun, 360-degree virtual tour.
The Giants have also created Junior Giants at Home, a free 4-week virtual season featuring training from the Giants’ manager and coaching staff!
Camp Nou, Barcelona Stadium (Barcelona, Spain)
Camp Nou Barcelona Stadium
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Home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe with over 99,000 seats.
Having hosted some of the most high-profile matches ever, including European Cup/Champions League finals, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup finals, the opening game of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and the football competition final at the 1992 Summer Olympics, it is easily one of the most famous stadiums in the world.
Experience what it is like to walk around everything from the bleachers to the pitch thanks to this virtual tour.
Emirates Stadium, Arsenal FC (London, England)
Emirates Stadium Arsenal FC
Emirates Stadium Arsenal FC. Image Credit: Arsenal
Get a view of this gorgeous stadium from one of the 60,000+ seats or, from the middle of the pitch, or even from above the stadium to get a feel for how big it is.
Enjoy the 360-degree tour, here.
The club also has Arsenal Home Learning player packs available to download on its Junior Gunners site.
Hard Rock Stadium During Miami Open (Miami Gardens, Florida)
Hard Rock Stadium Miami
Image Credit: Hard Rock Stadium
Changing names 8 times since opening in 1987, Hard Rock Stadium is best known as the home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team and Miami Hurricanes NCAA team.
The stadium can hold up to 80,000 fans, depending on its configuration, which is quite flexible as it has been host to multiple NFL Super Bowls, MLB World Series, BCS National Championship Games, and is now also the home to the Miami Open tennis tournament.
Take a walk through the stadium during the Miami Open via this virtual tour.
Maracanã Stadium, Flamengo FC (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Maracana Stadium Flamengo FC
Image Credit: Marcanã Tour
Step inside this massive 70,000+ seat stadium, home of the most famous football (soccer) club in Brazil, Flamengo.
A centerpiece for both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, this gem in the heart of Rio de Janeiro is on the bucket list for many sports fans.
Take your own 360-degree virtual tour here.
Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees (Bronx, New York)
Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium. Image Credit: Daniel Vargas via Unsplash
Yankee Stadium is one of the most famous baseball stadiums around. If you haven’t been, you can now visit the “Virtual Venue” which has views from all around the park.
Start your own virtual tour here.
The Yankees also have a Yankees Kids page with at-home activities, games, activities, and more!
UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Virtual Tours
Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Angkor Wat Temple
Angkor Wat Temple. Image Credit: Sharon Ang via Pixabay
The largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia measuring over 402 acres.
What started as a relatively small tourist destination with only 7,000 visitors in 1993, the site received 2.6 million foreign visitors in 2018.
You don’t need to fight the crowds to see the temples, but this Google Earth tour may inspire some wanderlust!
The Great Pyramids (Giza, Egypt)
The Great Pyramids of Khufu
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The oldest of the 7 Wonders of the World, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.
The Great Pyramid was built as tombs for Pharaoh Khufu and his wife, and construction was estimated to take 20 years due to the 2.3 million blocks of limestone and granite, some weighing as much as 80 tonnes.
Walk alongside these massive pyramids from home via Google Street View Treks.
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu. Image Credit: LoggaWiggler via Pixabay
Just outside of Cuzco, Peru, this 15th-century Inca citadel is located almost 8,000 feet up a mountain above the Sacred Valley.
The site was virtually unknown to the outside world until 1911 when an American historian brought it to international attention. It is believed that the Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest.
Experience Machu Picchu without the climb via this virtual tour.
» Related: The Ultimate Guide to the 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the U.S. [2020]
Nijo Castle (Kyoto, Japan)
Nijo Castle
Image Credit: World Heritage Site Nijo-jo Castle
Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994 to help preserve this historic residence.
Built in 1603, it was the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period until Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867. For a period of time in the 1800s, it was used as an imperial palace before being donated to the city and opened up to the public as a historic site.
“Walk” these special grounds via this Google Earth Virtual Tour.
The Palace of Versailles (Versailles, France)
The Palace of Versailles
Image Credit: Andrew Martin via Pixabay
The Palace of Versailles started as a simple hunting lodge but when expanded later became the principal royal residence of France. Eventually, the entire royal court and the French government relocated to Versailles as well.
Many notable historical events have occurred on the property, including World War I ending in the palace with the Treaty of Versailles. The popular tourist destination received nearly 8 million visitors in 2017 — more than the Eiffel Tower.
Take your own virtual tour today via Google Arts & Culture.
Petra (Jordan)
Treasury Petra Jordan
Walk through the Siq and explore the Treasury in Petra. Image Credit: Abdullah Ghatasheh via Pexels
An ancient city established as a capital for the Nabataean kingdom as early as the fourth century B.C., Petra is famous for its sandstone walls and stunning carved structures.
On your Google Street View Trek, travel through the Siq and discover nearly 20 sights, from the Treasury to the Monastery, while learning about Petra’s inhabitants.
Pompeii (Italy)
Pompeii
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Pompeii is an ancient city in Italy that was buried in 20 feet of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius back in A.D. 79. Excavators found a snapshot of Roman life as they dug out the city that was frozen in time.
With 2.5 million visitors annually, Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.
Take your own walking tour of this unique, former thriving town via Google Earth.
Stonehenge (Wiltshire, England)
Stonehenge
Image Credit: Sally Wilson via Pixabay
Stonehenge is one of the world’s most puzzling prehistoric monuments. While certainly beautiful, the more you learn about this structure, the more intriguing it becomes.
Now, widely agreed that it was once a burial ground, historians still don’t know how 100 massive stones were placed upright in a circle back in 3000 B.C. to 2000 B.C. — before the invention of the wheel or other helpful tools.
Take a stroll around this curious masterpiece on your own virtual tour here.
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
Taj Mahal
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The Taj Mahal is an immense mausoleum of white marble, built 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his favorite wife.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.”
Walk along the gardens in this stunning complex from home thanks to Google Earth.
Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)
Sagrada Familia
Explore Gaudi’s famous church in Barcelona. Image Credit: Ferran Fusalba Roselló via Unsplash
The Basílica de la Sagrada Família, also known as the Sagrada Família, is a large Roman Catholic minor basilica in Barcelona.
Construction began in 1882 and has been slow, to say the least. When it was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1936, it was only about 30% complete. As of 2015, it was estimated that the construction was only about 70% complete with a likely completion around 2032.
The inside, however, is complete and stunning. Take a Google Earth virtual tour or visit the official website’s virtual tour of 10 locations within the cathedral, including audio.
Zoos with Virtual Tours
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cincinatti Zoo Frog
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Tune in to the Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook page every day at 3 p.m. EST when zookeepers bring in 1 animal to highlight and teach about to viewers. This is a great opportunity to ask questions directly to the caretakers of some of your favorite animals.
To watch on Facebook Live, click here. All videos are also archived on the zoo’s YouTube page.
The zoo also has a Home Safari Resources page featuring games, crafts, quizzes, and more!
Houston Zoo (Houston, Texas)
Houston Zoo Black Bear
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Each weekday, at 11:00 a.m. CST, the Houston Zoo hosts a Facebook Live event with the zookeepers and animals. Tune in to see what your favorite furred, flippered, and feathered friends are up to.
You can watch all videos, including past ones here.
San Diego Zoo (San Diego, California)
San Diego Zoo Leopard
Image Credit: San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo has put together a special page on its website just for kids. You can watch videos, read stories about animals, play games, and more.
To learn more about this fun zoo and its residents, click here.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian National Zoo Cheetah Cubs
Image Credit: Smithsonian National Zoo
One of the oldest zoos in the U.S., the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. is split into 2 campuses that are home to about 2,700 animals of 390 different species — about 20% of these animals are either endangered or threatened.
If you are curious about what some of your favorite animals are up to, including cheetah cubs, check out these webcams. The zoo also offers a variety of educational at-home activities.
Zoo Atlanta (Atlanta, Georgia)
Atlanta Zoo Macaw
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Are you a fan of pandas? Then you don’t want to miss Zoo Atlanta’s live Panda Cam. Check-in on your favorite bamboo-chewing bear any time, here.
The zoo also offers at-home lessons that feature stories, crafts, virtual events, games, and a virtual petting zoo tour.
Final Thoughts
While we all wish that we could hop on a plane and explore the world like we used to, it just isn’t safe enough to do that, yet.
As things start to open up again, you may have the opportunity to check out some of these virtual field trips in real life. So there is no better way to make the most of your trip than to build up some wanderlust and start planning which of these awesome locations you are going to visit first!
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Frequently asked questions
Does the White House offer virtual tours?
Yes! You can “visit” the White House from the comfort of your own home, for free. This famous presidential residence is normally open to the public as well, but why wait? Just scroll up and click the link and start touring today!
What is a virtual field trip?
A virtual field trip is a guided virtual tour through some of the world’s most unique and interesting locations. We have put together a comprehensive list of everything from amusement parks to zoos, showcasing the best tours we could find on the internet. Enjoy!
What museums have free virtual tours?
Almost all of the top museums in the world offer some sort of free virtual tour. Sometimes that can be some nice photos, videos, or even an actual 360-degree photo tour. We have compiled some of the best virtual tour and field trip options for kids and students all in one place so that you can start exploring from home.
Do UNESCO World Heritage Sites have virtual tours?
Yes, many UNESCO World Heritage Sites have some version of a virtual tour. Many sites offer a Google Earth walking tour, while some others have more in-depth photography and videography. But you don’t need to go searching any longer, we have found the best options and put them all 1 itinerary for you!
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for January 7-13, 2020
by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer
January 7, 2020
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Disney Parks have a long tradition of distributing complimentary hats to guests on New Year’s Eve.
For the past three New Year’s Celebrations, the hats have been made of a recyclable paper product. This year, there were recycle bins at park exits encouraging guests to recycle their hats. I have a collection.
Complimentary hat and horn distribution in the parks, like this one at Epcot, get quite crowded when they open but, with plenty on hand, it usually is not necessary to arrive at the opening of distribution.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
While our West Coast readers were keeping an eye out for annual price increases over the weekend, which, as Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix reported in yesterday’s Disneyland Resort Update have not appeared as yet, here on the East Coast the pricing news over the weekend was the release of the various dining-included discount plans unveiled by Walt Disney World Resort and noted in yesterday’s Disney Parks Blog. Details and links to the plans are now in the Discounts section below, but, in brief, they are:
Summer free dining plan for non-discounted 5-night/6-day packages including a room at certain hotels and a ticket with Park Hopper Option. Must be booked by January 16, 2020 (limited arrival dates).
Summer free dining plan for kids (ages 3 to 9) for non-discounted 4-night/4-day packages including a room at certain hotels, theme park tickets, and dining plans (for all the “adults”). Must be booked by February 26, 2020 (less limited arrival dates).
“Sun & Fun” Room Offer for saving 25% on certain hotels for most nights between April 1 through September 12, 2020. Must be booked by February 26, 2020.
For Passholders, “Save Up To 35%” offers have been published; for Florida Residents, “Save Up to 30%” offers have been published as well. Our Sponsor, Get Away Today can help you arrange your packages, or you can contact other Travel Agents or Disney.
For park tickets, as we regularly remind readers, buying them in advance usually is your best option. Make sure you confirm such things as first use date and expiration date, but, once you buy your tickets, they will be honored according to their original terms regardless of whether price hikes happen before your chosen vacation dates. And, in case you missed it last week, Florida Residents that want to visit the parks in the first half of 2020 can now purchase the new Florida Resident Discovery Disney Ticket: The 4-Day Ticket is $195/person plus tax ($49/day) and the 3-Day Ticket is $175/person plus tax ($59/day) for one park per day admission on any dates through June 30, 2020, with no block-out dates (Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus upgrades available for extra charges and must be purchased by June 27, 2020).
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Sam Eagle Salutes All Cook-Offs But Mostly Barbecue
This week, Disney Parks Blog revealed that the new fast-casual restaurant expected to open soon in the space formerly occupied by Liberty Inn at The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot gets its name from Muppet Sam Eagle. Muppets fans know that Sam is known for his American patriotism. In recent years, guests at Magic Kingdom had a chance to see Sam play a significant role in “Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History” and guests that have seen MuppetVision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (or, for some time ago at Disney California Adventure) may recall that Sam there presents “A Salute to all Nations, but Mostly America.”
Muppets Present… briefly returned to Liberty Square during the last days of 2019. Its sign prominently features Sam Eagle. December 30, 2019 Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Now, Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will be the site for “Sam’s Centennial Cook-Off: A Salute to All Cook-Offs but Mostly Barbecue.” The venue will serve a variety of “classic American backyard barbecue” selections from around the United States. Disney Parks Blog provided highlights of the menu back in a November post.
Regal Eagle
Muppet Sam Eagle inspires the name of the new Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue restaurant opening soon at The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot. Image ©Disney.
The sign greeting guests features Sam sporting appropriate backyard barbecue spatula and fork. A poster in the restaurant highlights the cook-off which it says is “A Competition Fit For Patriots and Pit Masters.” The location will also sell exclusive Sam Eagle Regal Eagle Smokehouse merchandise. No specific opening date has been announced.
Regal Eagle
Sam Eagle Salutes All Cook-Offs but Mostly Barbecue. Image ©Disney.
Epcot Festivals News & Calendar
Festival of the Arts
Starting next Friday, January 17, and running through February 24, 2020, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts returns for its fourth annual celebration of Disney-inspired visual artists, culinary artistic creations by Walt Disney World chefs, and the performing arts, including Disney’s Broadway songs and artists. This year, the new “Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine” debuts with food creations “that make you look twice and delight all your senses.” Based on the description on the Festival’s website, ArtfulEpcot.com, the Walk is like the Holiday’s Cookie Trail, if you purchase 5 menu items from the Cuisine locations and receive stamps in your Passport, you can bring the completed Passport to Decadent Delights for a “colorful culinary prize offered exclusively at the Festival.” Passport stamps do not have to be collected on the same day; the Passport may be completed at anytime before the end of the Festival. The menus for all the Festival’s “Food Studios” (kiosks) are also on the Festival’s website, ArtfulEpcot.com.
Chalk artists and Living Statues will return for the 2020 Festival of the Arts. Some of the artists demonstrated their talents during the media event ahead of the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
The Painted Panda at China Pavilion is one of the Food Studios that will be part of the Festival of Arts. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
The America Gardens Theatre will again host the Disney on Broadway Concerts Series, three times nightly: 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m. The performing duos scheduled to appear this year are: Kissy Simmons & Alton Fitzgerald White, Heidi Blickenstaff & Gavin Lee, Kara Lindsay & Kevin Massey, Liana Hunt & Adam Jacobs, Ashley Brown & Josh Strickland, and Syndee Winters & Michael James Scott. Each duo is scheduled to perform several times, and three evenings over the course of the Festival (January 25, February 9 and 24), two duos combine for three concerts. More information about both the whole Festival and the shows themselves is available on ArtfulEpcot.com or by calling (407)939-5277. Booking for dining packages and workshops is also now open for the entire 2020 Festival.
America Gardens Theatre is being prepared to once again host the Disney on Broadway Concert Series during the run of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
At Germany pavilion, a “brand new to Epcot” performing group, Lebendig (”Alive”) will take to the stage during published times January 17 through February 25. The four-piece pop/rock group performs “its contemporary interpretation of the beloved German Schlager style, including covers and originals.”
Remember, that the 2020 opening of the Festival of Arts also marks the opening of the permanent new films at the Canada and The Land pavilions, along with the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along (plus the return of Impressions de France, upgraded to 4K projection), opening at the France pavilion.
“Canada Far and Wide in CircleVision 360,” is scheduled to debut at Canada pavilion January 17, 2020, with narration by Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, and a new score by Andrew Lockington. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
A new permanent sign has been installed above the theater entrance for the new 10-minute film “Awesome Planet” which is scheduled to debut January 17, 2020, inside The Land pavilion. The new show will feature in-theater effects and an original musical score by Steven Price. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Flower & Garden Festival
The longest running Epcot festival—the one that started them all back in 1994 as “a 38-day celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries”—the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, runs 90-days from March 4 to June 1, 2020. The 27th edition of the Festival includes the Garden Rocks Concert Series three times nightly at America Gardens Theatre, and, the list of scheduled performers so far includes both returning and new names including: Peabo Bryson, STARSHIP, Sister Hazel, Rick Springfield, Plain White T’s, Don McLean, Herman’s Hermits, Daughtry and Survivor. As the Festival gets closer, we expect we expect we will increasingly see the gaps in the schedule filled. The official website for the festival, FreshEpcot.com.
Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Packages are now available. Booking a breakfast, lunch or dinner package at select Epcot restaurants provides guaranteed concert seating for a 5:30, 6:45, or 8 p.m. show.
If you are new to the Festival, you may not otherwise know that this is the one that features the most topiaries around the park. New this year will be a Remy topiary that will be unveiled as the centerpiece of Ratatouille Garden at France pavilion. The garden will include vegetables that make up the traditional ingredients of a ratatouille recipe. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction opens at the pavilion during the summer, with a specific date not yet announced.
Other topiary displays that have been announced so far are the return of Anna & Elsa, Buzz Lightyear, Miss Piggy & Kermit the Frog, Tinker Bell, Snow White, and Bambi. The Goodness Garden Butterfly House will also return, as will the “Play Full Garden” where “families can celebrate spring at a unique playground experience.” The Floating Gardens, Flower Towers, and more bedded blooms will be planted as well. Behind the scenes tours are available during the Festival from the no-additional-charge 20 minute English Tea Garden tour to the Spring edition of the 3 hour Gardens of the World tour ($85/person plus tax).
Like the other Festivals, Flower & Garden Festival will include food and beverage kiosks. This year, 16 “Outdoor Kitchens” and other “stops” will include three Florida-centric locations: The Honey Bee-stro, The Citrus Blossom, and Florida Fresh.
Food & Wine Festival
The 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival concluded back in November. Disney Parks Blog lists the 25th anniversary edition of the Festival among the 20 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2020, but the park has not yet announced its specific dates. It is a very safe bet that the hugely popular festival will return for a near 90 day run in the late summer/fall of 2020. The official website for the festival is TasteEpcot.com. The runDisney Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend which traditionally takes place during the Festival has been scheduled for November 5-8, 2020.
Festival of the Holidays
2019 Performances of Candlelight Processional, wrapped up on December 30, along with the park-wide Festival of the Holidays. The celebrations, no doubt, will return late in 2020, and, as in recent years, we will probably start getting specific details to share in the summer, probably with a Christmas in July media event or promotion.
The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays officially concluded December 30. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Festivals Calendar
For the convenience of our readers, the scheduled performers for this year’s Disney on Broadway Concert Series are shown in our Google Calendar of Epcot Events. We have also added the announced Garden Rocks Concert Series performers announced so far for this year’s Flower & Garden Festival. You can add the entire Event calendar to any calendar that supports the iCal format (like iPhone and Mac) by copying this link and, as we get additional information and update the calendar, the calendar will update on your subscribed device as well.
While our Google Calendar of Epcot Events lists announced performers, it is still always best to check the My Disney Experience app, Times Guide, and, yes, sometimes even signs posted at the park entrances and at the theater noting any last minute changes. The calendar is provided as a courtesy “as is, where is” without any guarantees. We do respectfully request that you do not post our entire calendar on another site without first asking our permission. Walt Disney World Resort does provide schedules in the My Disney Experience app, but does not allow you to add dates to calendars outside the app itself.
Views Around the World
Magic Kingdom
As in past years, Magic Kingdom kicked off its New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 30 with the same dance parties and fireworks as New Year’s Eve itself, but with somewhat smaller crowds.
Cinderella’s carriage was available for photo opportunities for the park’s New Year’s Eve celebration.
Tinker Bell flies to start Magic Kingdom’s Fantasy in the Sky New Year’s Eve (and the night before which Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix likes to call New Year’s Adam) fireworks shows.
Fantasy in the Sky fireworks finale fills the sky all around Magic Kingdom with a full 360 degree display that my camera cannot adequately capture.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
Construction at TRON Lightcycle Run has progressed to where the “gravity box” now has internal lighting. (Credit that quoted term to “The Imagineering Story” on Disney+.)
Near the entrance to Space Mountain and the walkway that will eventually lead to Tron Lightcycle Run, a new display has been installed allowing guests to pose on the ride vehicle seats.
A diagram shows the paths guests are to take to get onboard the ride vehicle. It appears that the new attraction will have a sponsor as well.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
Epcot
Epcot welcomed 2020 with the same sort of massive fireworks display we have seen in recent years that was preceded by fireworks saluting the countries of World Showcase that welcomed the New Year earlier in the day.
Epcot’s main Christmas Tree was removed by December 30 to provide more viewing areas for the nightly presentations of Epcot Forever and the big New Year’s Eve celebration.
Festival of the Holidays topiaries, however, remained in place on New Year’s Eve.
Silent Groove provided DJ-hosted headset-based musical entertainment for those gathered “behind” Spaceship Earth on New Year’s Eve, while louder DJ-hosted parties were held at China and Italy pavilion, and at a smaller temporary stage in Future World East.
Spaceship Earth again served as a giant laser-projected clock for much of New Year’s Eve.
Epcot Forever was presented just ahead of the countdown to the New Year.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
Since most of the pyrotechnics of “Epcot Forever” are high above World Showcase Lagoon, it is possible to see quite a bit of the show, including its finale, from the plaza outside The American Adventure. On New Year’s Eve, Epcot Forever was shown “early” starting at 6:30 p.m. (shown here), and again just before Midnight. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
Lasers projected a Happy New Year message just past Midnight on January 1, 2020. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
Demolition continues at Innoventions West as part of the transformation of the park.
A new pathway has been built from near Spaceship Earth to Future World West. It was open during New Year’s Eve.
The new walkway follows along the path of the Epcot monorail loop.
This weekend, however, the new pathway was not always open. This photo was taken on Sunday.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
With Innoventions West demolition continuing the Character Spot has closed. As of January 5, the main place to meet Mickey at Epcot is now the entry to the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival at Imagination! Pavilion. Minnie meets guests at the gazebo along World Showcase Promenade. We spotted Goofy near one of the former entrances to Innoventions West. Sometimes we have also spotted these three near International Gateway. December 31, 2019 Character Spot Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
Imagination Land is the new meet and greet area for Joy from “Inside Out” and is located in ImageWorks within Imagination! pavilion. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Joy from “Inside Out” now appears in Imagination! pavilion by way of “The Link” to her new meet and greet area, Imagination Land in ImageWorks. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
As part of the park’s transformation, Mouse Gear has opened in a new temporary location in Innoventions East as of Sunday, January 5.
Mouse Gear signage was removed and the store closed for renovations effective January 5.
Doors of the former Mouse Gear location had signs directing guests to to its new temporary location.
Electric Umbrella, the quick service restaurant, is also slated to close this Winter.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
On January 5, as part of the transformation of Epcot, Mouse Gear, the main merchandise location for the park, relocated from its location of the past two decades to a smaller, temporary location which most recently was the location of Innoventions East, including Colortopia. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
Outside the park gates, the new East Tram loading and unloading areas are nearing completion.
From inside the park, it is possible to spot a construction crane behind Canada pavilion which is on a portion of Epcot Resorts Boulevard which is currently closed between Disney’s Beach Club and Disney’s BoardWalk Resorts.
Vertical construction on “The Cove,” the new tower under construction at Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort can also be spotted from inside the park.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
The holiday floral bed behind Spaceship Earth has been planted with Figment-like purple flowers ahead of the upcoming Festival of the Arts.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sunset Boulevard had a large New Year’s Eve afternoon crowd. On the left in the photo, Santa Goofy briefly took over meeting guests from Santa Claus inside Once Upon a Time after Christmas.
With the holidays celebrations at the parks wrapping up this weekend, we expect the Green Army Men in Toy Story Land will put their holiday scarfs away for the season.
Star Wars Launch Bay has new props relating to “The Rise of Skywalker” and its entrance and the Animation Courtyard have new banners.
Lots of guests made visits to Batuu (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) on New Year’s Eve afternoon as well.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
Disney Skyliner
Disney Skyliner stations now post notices when Boarding Groups for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance have filled for the day to alert guests travelling to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
This and That…
…For those with tickets or considering getting tickets to attend Disney Villains After Hours during one of its select nights between February 7 and July 10 this year, Disney Parks Blog has published a Foodie Guide to the specialty food and beverage offerings available for sale around the park during this hard ticket event.
…Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2020 kicks off tomorrow, January 8, with the full Marathon coming up on Sunday, January 12. For those visiting the Resort, be mindful of the road closures and (in the descriptive words of our Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix) the Disney Dark Thirty start times of races that are often accompanied by fireworks and such. Disney Parks Blog has posted a guide to the merchandise that will be available at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex starting Wednesday, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The Expo is open to all guests, and it also runs Thursday and Friday (10 a.m. until 7 p.m.) and Saturday (9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.).
…REMINDER: For a chance to dine at Space 220 Restaurant in Epcot, Patina Restaurant Group’s latest signature table-service restaurant and lounge expected to open this Winter, the non-profit Give Kids the World Village has an opportunity for you to win a package for two including roundtrip airfare to Orlando, lodging for two nights at a Walt Disney World®Resort, 2-day Theme Park Tickets with Park Hopper option and dinner for two at Space 220 at Epcot. Chances to win start at as little as $10. No purchase is necessary. To participate visit www.gktw.org/space220 to enter to win by January 15, 2020. Guests will be able to redeem the package following the opening of the restaurant and the availability of the resort. Donors help Give Kids The World provide life-changing wish trips to critically ill children and their families while getting a chance for an out-of-this-world experience. As we have mentioned many times before, Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida where critically ill children and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations, donated attraction tickets, meals, and more. For more information, visit givekidstheworld.org.
…When the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopens with the March 4 debut of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, those in the queue will see new Mickey & Minnie posters decorating the lobby. When we were invited for a media preview in December, these new posters appear on the video screens throughout the queue - the same screens that used to show posters for classic movies and The Great Movie Ride. The new attraction includes a brand new short, “Perfect Picnic” and the digital posters in the halls leading up to the “premiere” (the pre-show for the ride) set the scene.
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Posters inspired by Mickey & Minnie cartoon shorts have been created for the lobby of Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to set the scene for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway which opens March 4. Image ©Disney.
…Elsewhere in Central Florida, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is now offering a free Preschooler Pass. When purchased by February 3, 2020, it will provide Florida Resident children ages 3 and 4 years old (at the time of purchase) unlimited admission to both LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and Water Park with no block out dates. Children ages 2 and under continue to receive free daily admission. Get the pass at an admission ticket window with either a copy of the child’s birth certificate or travel passport. For more information, visit Legoland.com/preschooler-pass.
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Learn to make “The Last Coconut in San Juan” from The Edison’s winter cocktail collection. Video courtesy The Edison.
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Resort Events
Check here to see if a park event might fall during your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. If you know of any in-park events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, please send us an email.
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2020 Resort Events
Disney After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date and park)
…at Magic Kingdom:
January 13, 17, 20, 23, 27 & 31
February 3, 10, 17 & 24
March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
April 5, 13, 20 & 27
May 5, 11, 18 & 25
…at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
January 9, 16, 22, & 30
February 6, 13, 19, & 27
March 5, 12, 19 & 26
April 1, 7, 14 & 22
May 2, 9, 16, 19 & 26
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - January 8 to 12, 2020
Epcot International Festival of the Arts - January 17 to February 24, 2020
Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic: (Eligible Member reservations required for wristband entry)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: January 21, February 11 & 25, 2020
Registration closed.
Magic Kingdom: March 3, April 21 & 28
Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: January 8, 2020
General Member Registration: January 15, 2020
Epcot: May 4 & June 29, 2020
Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: March 11, 2020
General Member Registration: March 18, 2020
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: July 27 & August 10, 2020
Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: June 17, 2020
General Member Registration: June 24, 2020
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: September 15 & 22; October 6, 2020
Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: July 15, 2020
General Member Registration: July 22, 2020
Disney Villains After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date)
February 7, 14, 21 & 28
March 6, 11, 18 & 27
April 3, 10, 17 & 24
May 1, 8, 14, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26 & 29
July 6 & 10
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 20 to 23, 2020
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – March 4 to June 1, 2020
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – March 4, 2020
Star Wars Rival Run Weekend – April 16 to 19, 2020
Earth Day 50th Anniversary & 25th Anniversary of Disney Conservation Fund – April 22, 2020
As Earth Day is also the 22nd Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there will likely be special events TBA.
Dapper Day – Spring Weekend (unofficial events) May 1 to 3, 2020
♦ May 2 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios ♦ May 3 - Epcot
Gay DayS #RedShirtDays (unofficial events) – June 4 to 7, 2020
♦ June 4 - Disney’s Animal Kingdom ♦ June 5 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios
♦ June 6 - Magic Kingdom ♦ June 7 - Epcot
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 5 to 8, 2020
D23 Destination D: Fantastic Worlds – November 20 to 22, 2020
2021 Resort Events
Refurbishments and Attraction Closures
Note: Not all attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. All refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, visit DisneyWorld.com or use the MyDisneyExperience App on your iOS or Android device.
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Magic Kingdom
Splash Mountain – closed for seasonal refurbishment January 6, 2020 through late February, 2020.
The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History – its final scheduled shows were performed October 5, 2019.
Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party – two performances scheduled daily now through January 2020.
Royal Majesty Makers – no longer has scheduled appearances in Fantasyland as of October 2019.
Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial – Final show was September 29, 2018.
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Gautama
Buddha Quotes  

Following is a story of the Buddha living as an example
to his disciples. Once the Buddha and Ananda visited a monastery where a
monk was suffering from a contagious disease. The poor man lay in a
mess with no one looking after him. The Buddha himself washed the sick
monk and placed him on a new bed. Afterwards, he admonished the other
monks.If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look
after us?
No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path.
Without health, life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death.
Health
is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the
best relationship.Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived
wisely.
All living beings have the Buddha nature and can become Buddhas.
To
become vegan is to step into the stream which leads to Nibbana.He is
able who thinks he is able.Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose
wisely.Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot
today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at
least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die;
so, let us all be thankful.Anger will never disappear so long as
thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear
just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.With our thoughts
we make the world.No one can purify another.Attachment leads to
suffering.Purity or impurity depends on oneself, It is better to travel
well than to arrive.Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of
zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows the double path of gain and
loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.Hunger for things is
the supreme disease.Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.The
cause of all pain and suffering is ignorance.The foot feels the foot
when it feels the ground.The mind is everything. What you think you
become.There is no way to happiness, happiness is the wayThe way is not
in the sky. The way is in the heart.Work out your own salvation. Do not
depend on others.Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived
wisely.Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.The
tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.Every human being
is the author of his own health or disease.Everyone is gifted – but
some people never open their package.As soon as we think we are safe,
something unexpected happens.There has to be evil so that good can prove
its purity above it.All living beings have the Buddha nature and can
become Buddhas.The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.I never see what has been
done; I only see what remains to be done.Better than a thousand hollow
words, is one word that brings peace.He who loves 50 people has 50 woes;
he who loves no one has no woes.Three things cannot be long hidden: the
sun, the moon, and the truth.Chaos is inherent in all compounded
things. Strive on with diligence.Better than a thousand hollow words is
one word that brings peace.Happiness comes when your work and words are
of benefit to others.Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is
loved by the good.The only real failure in life is not to be true to the
best one knows.To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which
leads to nirvana.It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that
lures him to evil ways.Life is dear to all beings. They have the right
to live the same as we do.What we think, we become.Hatred does not cease
by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.You will not be
punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.There have
been many Buddhas before me and will be many Buddhas in the future.If we
fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after
us?Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the
eternal rule.Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting
the other person to die.Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are
what observes, not what you observe.Just as a candle cannot burn without
fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.Those who have failed to
work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.Your work is to
discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to
it.All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can
wrong-doing remain?No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one
may. We ourselves must walk the path.Set your heart on doing good. Do it
over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.Life can only take
place in the present moment. If we lose the present moment, we lose
life.Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise
unshaken by praise or blame.To live a pure unselfish life, one must
count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.As you walk and eat
and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your
life.Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the
idea of Unity are already two.Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of
the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.Without health,
life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image
of death.If we destroy something around us, we destroy ourselves. If we
cheat another, we cheat ourselves.Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.Love
is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is
plenty of room at both endsWe are what we think. All that we are arises
with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.Neither my life
of luxury in the palace nor my life as an ascetic in the forest is the
way to freedom.All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The mind is everything. What we think we become.Friendship is a
treasured gift, and every time I talk with you I feel as if I’m getting
richer and richerAn idea that is developed and put into action is more
important than an idea that exists only as an idea.There are only two
mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way,
and not starting.A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service
and compassion are the things which renew humanity.Words have the power
to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can
change our world.Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy
others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.No one can
escape death and unhappiness. If people expect only happiness in life,
they will be disappointed.To keep the body in good health is a duty…
otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.Ennui
has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and
perhaps as many suicides as despair.To support mother and father, to
cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good
luck.The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good
principle was never found solitary in any breast.My doctrine is not a
doctrine but just a vision. I have not given you any set rules, I have
not given you a system.However many holy words you read, however many
you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?A
wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as
if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.Have compassion for all
beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too
much, others too little.Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what
we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear
them and be influenced by them for good or ill.To be idle is a short
road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are
idle, wise people are diligent.I do not believe in a fate that falls on
men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them
unless they act.There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like
hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.A
dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is
not considered a good man because he is a good talker.In a controversy
the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.Holding on to anger is like
grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you
are the one who gets burned.The past is already gone, the future is not
yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live, and that is the
present moment”As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not
burden your heart with judgement but rain your kindness equally on
all.Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is
tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.Teach
this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of
service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.In the sky,
there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out
of their own minds and then believe them to be true.An insincere and
evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may
wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.Thousands of
candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will
not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.Our life is
shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil
thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it.Conquer
the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness;
conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.We
are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that
falls. We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as
everything.He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all
beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an
impartial eye.Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never
decreases by being shared.The whole secret of existence is to have no
fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the
moment you reject all help are you freed.Believe nothing, no matter
where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless
it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.The secret of
health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry
about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and
earnestly.Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance.
Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the
path that leads to wisdom.It is better to conquer yourself than to win a
thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from
you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.All things appear and
disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing
ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything
else.We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are
shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows
them like a shadow that never leaves them.When one has the feeling of
dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in
listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates
them, one is free of fear.The world, indeed, is like a dream and the
treasures of the world are an alluring mirage! Like the apparent
distances in a picture, things have no reality in themselves, but they
are like heat haze.On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous
deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is
the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can
destroy him.It is to see the faults of others, but difficult to see once
own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the
wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals
his dice.What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the
midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of
debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each
other in this flood?There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of
doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates
friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that
irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.Just as treasures are
uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom
appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze
of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of
virtue.Words do not express thoughts very well; every thing immediately
becomes a little different, a little distorted, a little foolish. And
yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of
value and
wisdom of one man seems nonsense to another.You can search throughout
the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and
affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found
anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe
deserve your love and affection.To enjoy good health, to bring true
happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first
discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he
can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will
naturally come to him.Do not believe in anything simply because you have
heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and
rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found
written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on
the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions
because they have been handed down for many generations. But after
observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason
and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it
and live up to it.

Dr B.R.Ambedkar thundered “Main Prabuddha Bharat Baudhmay karunga.” (I will make Prabuddha Bharat Buddhist)

 
Now
All Aboriginal Awakened Societies Thunder ” Hum Prapanch Prabuddha
Prapanchmay karunge.” (We will make world Prabuddha Prapanch)
People
have started returning back to their original home Buddhism. The whole
world will follow the teachings of the Awakened One with Awareness for
their happiness, welfare and peace to enable them to attain Eternal
Bliss as their Final Goal.


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13. Buddha & The Lamb
Nor, spake he, shall one wash his spirit clean
By blood; nor gladden gods, being good, with blood,
Nor bribe them, being evil.
– Sir Edwin Arnold
Bimbisara
(558-491 BC) was a powerful king who ruled over the ancient kingdom of
Magadha in Northern India. The king wanted to perform a great sacrifice
to please the gods.
    In olden days, many kings had the wrong
notion that the sacrifice of animals would please the gods. So each king
tried to offer as many animals as he could in sacrifice.

   
Bimbisara ordered the shepherds of his kingdom to bring in as many sheep
as they could, all bearing the proper marks on their bodies, for
according to the rules of sacrifice, the sheep to be killed at the
sacrifice had to bear certain marks; otherwise they were not considered
fit offerings.

    In obedience to the order of the king, a
shepherd was driving his flock of sheep along a road that led to the
capital. Gautama Buddha (480-400 BC), the great world teacher, passed
that way and saw the shepherd. He said, “Brother shepherd, where are you
driving your flock to ?”

    “Sir,” answered the shepherd, “King
Bimbisara, is performing a great sacrifice. To see this grand
sacrifice, people from all parts of the world have come. The king has
ordered me as well as the other shepherds to bring him sheep fit for the
sacrifice”.

    Gautama Buddha, the great teacher who
taught the world to give up all kinds of cruelty to living creatures,
was shocked when he heard that King Bimbisara meant to kill a large
number of animals as sacrificial offerings to please the gods. Ho
noticed in the flock a little lame lamb. It was following the flock with
great difficulty. Gautama thought that his first duty was to help the
lame lamb. He said to the shepherd, “Good brother, I see you have a lame
lamb in your flock. It walks with very great pain. It must not be
allowed to walk. Therefore, I shall carry it and follow you to the
king’s yagashala (sacrificial place)”.
    “Sir,” said the shepherd
laughing, “nobody ever heard of pitying a lamb. Surely, people will
laugh at you if you carry the lamb because it is lame and it cannot
walk. If you want to carry it all the way, you can do so. But it is a
funny thing to do”.

    Buddha did not mind the laughter of the
shepherd. He took up the lamb in his arms with great tenderness, as if
it was his own child. Soon they reached the place of sacrifice. People
had come from all parts of India to see the ceremony. Everything was
ready for the sacrifice to begin. A sheep tied to the sacrificial alter
was about to be killed.

    Then Buddha cried, “Hold, hold, let
no one kill that poor animal”. Such was the power of the gentle words of
the great Buddha that the priest desisted from killing the sheep.

 
  “Great King,” went on Buddha, “never, never think that you can please
the gods by sacrificing animals. For they are as much the beloved of
God as human beings are. So do not any more commit the sin of sacrifice
in the name of God. No one can escape from his sins or please God by
such sacrifices”.

    Buddha spoke with such gentleness and
earnestness that Bimbisara saw that it was wrong to think that the gods
and goddesses could be pleased by the sacrifice of animals. So he
ordered the whole ceremony to be stopped and sent away the animals
brought to be sacrificed. He himself became a follower of Gautama
Buddha. From that day, not a single animal sacrifice took place in his
kingdom, nor was any animal treated with the least cruelty, because the
teaching of Buddha took root in the hearts of the powerful king and all
his subjects.





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Kevatta
(Kevaddha) Sutta: To Kevatta
translated
from the Pali by
Thanissaro
Bhikkhu    © 1997–2011    I have heard that on one
occasion the Blessed One was staying at Nalanda in Pavarika’s mango grove.

Then
Kevatta the householder approached the Blessed One and, on arrival,
having bowed down, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to
the Blessed One:
“Lord, this Nalanda is powerful, both prosperous and
populous, filled with people who have faith in the Blessed One. It
would be good if the Blessed One were to direct a monk to display a
miracle of psychic power from his superior human state so that Nalanda
would to an even greater extent have faith in the Blessed One.”   

When
this was said, the Blessed One said to Kevatta the householder,
“Kevatta, I don’t teach the monks in this way: ‘Come, monks, display a
miracle of psychic power to the lay people clad in white.’”    A second
time… A third time, Kevatta the householder said to the Blessed One: “I
won’t argue with the Blessed One, but I tell you: Lord, this Nalanda is
powerful, both prosperous and populous, filled with people who have
faith in the Blessed One. It would be good if the Blessed One were to
direct a monk to display a miracle of psychic power from his superior
human state so that Nalanda would to an even greater extent have faith
in the Blessed One.”   

A third time, the Blessed One said to
Kevatta the householder, “Kevatta, I don’t teach the monks in this way:
‘Come, monks, display a miracle of psychic power to the lay people clad
in white.’   

“Kevatta, there are these three miracles that I
have declared, having directly known and realized them for myself. Which
three? The miracle of psychic power, the miracle of telepathy, and the
miracle of instruction.

The Miracle of Psychic Power    “And what
is the miracle of psychic power? There is the case where a monk wields
manifold psychic
powers. Having been one he becomes many; having been
many he becomes one. He appears. He vanishes. He goes unimpeded through
walls, ramparts, and mountains as if through space. He dives in and out
of the earth as if it were water. He walks on water without sinking as
if it were dry land. Sitting cross-legged he flies through the air like a
winged bird. With his hand he touches and strokes even the sun and
moon, so mighty and powerful. He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds.   

“Then
someone who has faith and conviction in him sees him wielding manifold
psychic powers… exercising influence with his body even as far as the
Brahma worlds. He reports this to someone who has no faith and no
conviction, telling him, ‘Isn’t it awesome. Isn’t it astounding, how
great the power, how great the prowess of this contemplative. Just now I
saw him wielding manifold psychic powers… exercising influence with his
body even as far as the Brahma worlds.’   

“Then the person
without faith, without conviction, would say to the person with faith
and with conviction: ‘Sir, there is a charm called the Gandhari charm by
which the monk wielded manifold psychic powers… exercising influence
with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds.’ What do you think,
Kevatta — isn’t that what the man
without faith, without conviction, would say to the man with faith and with conviction?”   

“Yes, lord, that’s just what he would say.”   

“Seeing
this drawback to the miracle of psychic power, Kevatta, I feel
horrified, humiliated, and disgusted with the miracle of psychic
power.   

The Miracle of Telepathy   

“And what is the
miracle of telepathy? There is the case where a monk reads the minds,
the mental events, the thoughts, the ponderings of other beings, other
individuals, [saying,] ‘Such is your thinking, here is where your
thinking is, thus is your mind.’   


“Then
someone who has faith and conviction in him sees him reading the minds…
of other beings… He reports this to someone who has no faith and no
conviction, telling him, ‘Isn’t it awesome. Isn’t it astounding, how
great the power, how great the prowess of
this contemplative. Just now I saw him reading the minds… of other beings…’   

“Then
the person without faith, without conviction, would say to the person
with faith and with conviction: ‘Sir, there is a charm called the Manika
charm by which the monk read the minds… of other beings…’ What do you
think, Kevatta — isn’t that what the man without faith, without
conviction, would say to the man with faith
and with conviction?”   
“Yes, lord, that’s just what he would say.”   

“Seeing
this drawback to the miracle of telepathy, Kevatta, I feel horrified,
humiliated, and disgusted with the miracle of telepathy.   
The
Miracle of Instruction    “And what is the miracle of instruction? There
is the case where a monk gives instruction in this way:
‘Direct your
thought in this way, don’t direct it in that. Attend to things in this
way, don’t attend to them in that. Let go of this, enter and remain in
that.’ This, Kevatta, is called the miracle of instruction.   

“Furthermore, there is the case where a Tathagata appears in the world, worthy and rightly self-awakened.

He
teaches the Dhamma admirable in its beginning, admirable in its middle,
admirable in its end. He proclaims the holy life both in its
particulars and in its essence, entirely perfect, surpassingly pure.   

“A
householder or householder’s son, hearing the Dhamma, gains conviction
in the Tathagata and reflects: ‘Household life is confining, a dusty
path.

The life gone forth is like the open air. It is not easy
living at home to practice the holy life totally perfect, totally pure,
like a polished
shell. What if I were to shave off my hair and beard, put on the ochre
robes, and go forth from the household life into homelessness?’   

“So
after some time he abandons his mass of wealth, large or small; leaves
his circle of relatives, large or small; shaves off his hair and beard,
puts on the ochre robes, and goes forth from the household life into
homelessness.   

“When he has thus gone forth, he lives
restrained by the rules of the monastic code, seeing danger in the
slightest faults. Consummate in his virtue, he guards the doors of his
senses, is possessed of mindfulness and alertness, and is content.

The Lesser Section on Virtue   

“And
how is a monk consummate in virtue? Abandoning the taking of life, he
abstains from the taking of life. He dwells with his rod laid down, his
knife laid down, scrupulous, merciful, compassionate for the welfare of
all living beings.

This is part of his virtue.   

“Abandoning
the taking of what is not given, he abstains from taking what is not
given. He takes only what is given, accepts only what is given, lives
not by stealth but by means of a self that has become pure.

This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Abandoning
uncelibacy, he lives a celibate life, aloof, refraining from the sexual
act that is the villager’s way. This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Abandoning
false speech, he abstains from false speech. He speaks the truth, holds
to the truth, is firm, reliable, no deceiver of the world. This, too,
is part of his virtue.   

“Abandoning divisive speech he
abstains from divisive speech. What he has heard here he does not tell
there to break those people apart from these people here.

What he has heard there he does not tell here to break these people apart from those people there.

Thus
reconciling those who have broken apart or cementing those who are
united, he loves concord, delights in concord, enjoys concord, speaks
things that create concord.

This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Abandoning
abusive speech, he abstains from abusive speech. He speaks words that
are soothing to the ear, that are affectionate, that go to the heart,
that are polite, appealing and pleasing to people at large. This, too,
is part of his virtue.   

“Abandoning idle chatter, he abstains
from idle chatter. He speaks in season, speaks what is factual, what is
in accordance with the goal, the Dhamma, and the Vinaya. He speaks words
worth treasuring, seasonable, reasonable, circumscribed, connected with
the goal.

This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“He abstains from damaging seed and plant life.   

“He eats only once a day, refraining from the evening meal and from food at the wrong time of day.   

“He
abstains from dancing, singing, instrumental music, and from watching
shows.    “He abstains from wearing garlands and from beautifying
himself with scents and cosmetics.   

“He abstains from high and luxurious beds and seats.   

“He abstains from accepting gold and money.   

“He
abstains from accepting uncooked grain… raw meat… women and girls… male
and female slaves… goats and sheep… fowl and pigs… elephants, cattle,
steeds, and mares… fields and property.   


“He
abstains from running messages… from buying and selling… from dealing
with false scales, false metals, and false measures… from bribery,
deception, and fraud.   

“He abstains from mutilating,
executing, imprisoning, highway robbery, plunder, and violence.   
“This, too, is part of his virtue.

The Intermediate Section on Virtue    “Whereas some priests and
contemplatives,
living off food given in faith, are addicted to damaging seed and plant
life such as these — plants propagated from roots, stems, joints,
buddings, and seeds — he abstains from damaging seed and plant life such
as these. This, too, is part of his virtue.       

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are
addicted to consuming stored-up goods such as these — stored-up food,
stored-up drinks, stored-up clothing, stored-up vehicles, stored-up
bedding, stored-up scents, and stored-up meat — he abstains from
consuming stored-up goods such as these.
This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are
addicted to watching shows such as these — dancing, singing,
instrumental music, plays, ballad recitations, hand-clapping, cymbals
and drums, magic lantern scenes, acrobatic and conjuring tricks,
elephant fights, horse fights, buffalo fights, bull fights, goat fights,
ram fights, cock fights, quail fights; fighting with staves, boxing,
wrestling, war-games, roll calls, battle arrays, and regimental reviews —
he abstains from watching shows such as these.
This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are
addicted to heedless and idle games such as these — eight-row chess,
ten-row chess, chess in the air, hopscotch, spillikins, dice, stick
games, hand-pictures, ball-games, blowing through toy pipes, playing
with toy plows, turning somersaults, playing with toy windmills, toy
measures, toy chariots, toy bows, guessing letters drawn in the air,
guessing thoughts, mimicking deformities — he abstains from heedless and
idle games such as these. This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are
addicted to high and luxurious furnishings such as these — over-sized
couches, couches adorned with carved animals, long-haired coverlets,
multi-colored patchwork coverlets, white woolen coverlets, woolen
coverlets embroidered with flowers or animal figures, stuffed quilts,
coverlets with fringe, silk coverlets embroidered with gems; large
woolen carpets; elephant, horse, and chariot rugs, antelope-hide rugs,
deer-hide rugs; couches with awnings, couches
with red cushions for
the head and feet — he abstains from using high and luxurious
furnishings such as these. This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are
addicted to scents, cosmetics, and means of beautification such as these
— rubbing powders into the body, massaging with oils, bathing in
perfumed water, kneading the limbs, using mirrors, ointments, garlands,
scents, creams, face-powders, mascara, bracelets, head-bands, decorated
walking sticks, ornamented water-bottles, swords, fancy sunshades,
decorated sandals, turbans,
gems, yak-tail whisks, long-fringed white
robes — he abstains from using scents, cosmetics, and means of
beautification such as these. This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are
addicted to talking about lowly topics such as these — talking about
kings, robbers, ministers of state; armies, alarms, and battles; food
and drink; clothing, furniture, garlands, and scents; relatives;
vehicles; villages, towns, cities, the countryside; women and heroes;
the gossip of the street and the well; tales of the dead; tales of
diversity [philosophical discussions of the past and future], the
creation of the world and of the sea, and talk of whether things exist
or not — he abstains from talking about lowly topics such
as these. This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are
addicted to debates such as these — ‘You understand this doctrine and
discipline? I’m the one who understands this doctrine and discipline.
How could you understand this doctrine and discipline? You’re practicing
wrongly. I’m practicing rightly. I’m being consistent. You’re not. What
should be said first you said last. What should be said last you said
first. What you took so long to think out has been refuted. Your
doctrine has been overthrown. You’re defeated. Go and try to salvage
your doctrine; extricate yourself if you can!’ — he abstains from
debates such as these. This, too, is part of his virtue. 

 
“Whereas some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in
faith, are addicted to running messages and errands for people such as
these — kings, ministers of state, noble warriors, priests,
householders, or youths [who say], ‘Go here, go there, take this there,
fetch that here’ — he abstains from running messages and
errands for people such as these. This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, engage
in scheming, persuading, hinting, belittling, and pursuing gain with
gain, he abstains from forms of scheming and persuading [improper ways
of trying to gain material support from donors] such as these. This,
too, is part of his virtue.   

The Great Section on Virtue   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith,
maintain themselves by wrong livelihood, by such lowly arts as:   
reading marks on the limbs [e.g., palmistry];
reading omens and signs;
interpreting celestial events [falling stars, comets];
interpreting dreams;
reading marks on the body [e.g., phrenology];
reading marks on cloth gnawed by mice;
offering fire oblations, oblations from a ladle, oblations of husks, rice
powder, rice grains, ghee, and oil;
offering oblations from the mouth;
offering blood-sacrifices;
making predictions based on the fingertips;
geomancy;
laying demons in a cemetery;
placing spells on spirits;
reciting house-protection charms;
snake charming, poison-lore, scorpion-lore, rat-lore, bird-lore, crow-lore;
fortune-telling based on visions;
giving protective charms;
interpreting the calls of birds and animals —    he abstains from wrong
livelihood, from lowly arts such as these.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith,
maintain themselves by wrong livelihood, by such lowly arts as:
determining lucky and unlucky gems, garments, staffs, swords, spears,
arrows, bows, and other weapons; women, boys, girls, male slaves, female
slaves; elephants, horses, buffaloes, bulls, cows,
goats, rams,
fowl, quails, lizards, long-eared rodents, tortoises, and other animals —
he abstains from wrong livelihood, from lowly arts such as these.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith,
maintain themselves by wrong livelihood, by such lowly arts as
forecasting:   
the rulers will march forth;
the rulers will march forth and return;
our rulers will attack, and their rulers will retreat;
their rulers will attack, and our rulers will retreat;
there will be triumph for our rulers and defeat for their rulers;
there will be triumph for their rulers and defeat for our rulers;
thus there will be triumph, thus there will be defeat —    he abstains from wrong livelihood, from lowly arts such as these.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith,
maintain themselves by wrong livelihood, by such lowly arts as
forecasting:   
there will be a lunar eclipse;
there will be a solar eclipse;
there will be an occultation of an asterism;
the sun and moon will go their normal courses;
the sun and moon will go astray;
the asterisms will go their normal courses;
the asterisms will go astray;
there will be a meteor shower;
there will be a darkening of the sky;
there will be an earthquake;
there will be thunder coming from a clear sky;
there will be a rising, a setting, a darkening, a brightening of the sun, moon, and asterisms;
such
will be the result of the lunar eclipse… the rising, setting,
darkening, brightening of the sun, moon, and asterisms —    he abstains
from wrong livelihood, from lowly arts such as these.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith,
maintain themselves by wrong livelihood, by such lowly arts as
forecasting:   
therewill be abundant rain; there will be a drought;
there will be plenty; there will be famine;
there will be rest and security; there will be danger;
there will be disease; there will be freedom from disease;
or
they earn their living by counting, accounting, calculation, composing
poetry, or teaching hedonistic arts and doctrines —   
he abstains from wrong livelihood, from lowly arts such as these.   

“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith,
maintain themselves by wrong livelihood, by such lowly arts as:   
calculating
auspicious dates for marriages, betrothals, divorces; for collecting
debts or making investments and loans; for being attractive or
unattractive; curing women who have undergone miscarriages or abortions;
reciting spells to bind a man’s tongue, to paralyze his jaws, to make
him lose control over his hands, or to bring on deafness;
getting oracular answers to questions addressed to a mirror, to a young girl, or to a spirit medium;
worshipping the sun, worshipping the Great Brahma, bringing
forth flames from the mouth, invoking the goddess of luck —   
he abstains from wrong livelihood, from lowly arts such as these.   


“Whereas
some priests and contemplatives, living off food given in faith,
maintain themselves by wrong livelihood, by such lowly arts as:   
promising
gifts to devas in return for favors; fulfilling such promises;
demonology;
teaching house-protection spells;
inducing virility and impotence;
consecrating sites for construction;
giving ceremonial mouthwashes and ceremonial bathing;
offering sacrificial fires;
preparing emetics, purgatives, expectorants, diuretics, headache cures;
preparing
ear-oil, eye-drops, oil for treatment through the nose, collyrium, and
counter-medicines; curing cataracts, practicing surgery, practicing as a
children’s doctor, administering medicines and treatments to cure their
after-effects —
he abstains from wrong livelihood, from lowly arts such as these. This, too, is part of his virtue.   

“A monk thus consummate
in
virtue sees no danger anywhere from his restraint through virtue. Just
as a head-anointed noble warrior king who has defeated his
enemies
sees no danger anywhere from his enemies, in the same way the monk thus
consummate in virtue sees no danger anywhere from his restraint through
virtue.

Endowed with this noble aggregate of virtue, he is
inwardly sensitive to the pleasure of being blameless. This is how a
monk is consummate in virtue.

Sense Restraint   

“And how
does a monk guard the doors of his senses? On seeing a form with the
eye, he does not grasp at any theme or details by which — if he were to
dwell without restraint over the faculty of the eye — evil, unskillful
qualities such as greed or distress might assail him. On hearing a sound
with the ear… On smelling an odor with the nose… On tasting a flavor
with the tongue… On touching a tactile sensation with the body… On
cognizing an idea with the intellect, he does not grasp at any theme or
details by which — if he were to dwell without restraint
over the
faculty of the intellect — evil, unskillful qualities such as greed or
distress might assail him. Endowed with this noble restraint over the
sense faculties, he is inwardly sensitive to the pleasure of being
blameless.

This is how a monk guards the doors of his senses.

Mindfulness & Alertness   

“And
how is a monk possessed of mindfulness and alertness? When going
forward and returning, he acts with alertness. When looking toward and
looking away… when bending and extending his limbs… when carrying his
outer cloak, his upper robe, and his bowl… when eating, drinking,
chewing, and tasting… when urinating and defecating… when walking,
standing, sitting, falling asleep, waking up,
talking, and remaining silent, he acts with alertness.

This is how a monk is possessed of mindfulness and alertness.
Contentedness   

“And
how is a monk content? Just as a bird, wherever it goes, flies with its
wings as its only burden; so too is he content with a set of robes to
provide for his body and almsfood to provide for his hunger. Wherever he
goes, he takes only his barest necessities along. This is how a monk is
content.

Abandoning the Hindrances   

“Endowed with this
noble aggregate of virtue, this noble restraint over the sense
faculties, this noble mindfulness and alertness, and this noble
contentment, he seeks out a secluded dwelling: a forest, the shade of a
tree, a mountain, a glen, a hillside cave, a charnel ground, a jungle
grove, the open air, a heap of straw. After his meal, returning from his
alms round, he sits down, crosses his legs, holds his body
erect, and brings mindfulness to the fore.   

“Abandoning covetousness with regard to the world, he dwells with an awareness devoid of covetousness.

He
cleanses his mind of covetousness. Abandoning ill will and anger, he
dwells with an awareness devoid of ill will, sympathetic with the
welfare of all living beings. He cleanses his mind of ill will and
anger. Abandoning sloth & drowsiness, he dwells with an awareness
devoid of sloth & drowsiness, mindful, alert, percipient of light.
He cleanses his mind of sloth & drowsiness. Abandoning restlessness
and anxiety, he dwells undisturbed, his mind inwardly stilled. He
cleanses his mind of restlessness and anxiety.

Abandoning
uncertainty, he dwells having crossed over uncertainty, with no
perplexity with regard to skillful mental qualities. He cleanses his
mind of uncertainty.   

“Suppose that a man, taking a loan, invests it in his business affairs. His business affairs succeed.

He
repays his old debts and there is extra left over for maintaining his
wife. The thought would occur to him, ‘Before, taking a loan, I invested
it in my business affairs. Now my business affairs have succeeded. I
have repaid my old debts and there is extra left over for maintaining my wife.’

Because of that he would experience joy and happiness.   

“Now
suppose that a man falls sick — in pain and seriously ill. He does not
enjoy his meals, and there is no strength in his body. As time passes,
he eventually recovers from that sickness. He enjoys his meals and there
is strength in his body. The thought would occur to him, ‘Before, I was
sick… Now I am recovered from that sickness. I enjoy my meals and there
is strength in my body.’ Because of that he would experience joy and
happiness.

“Now suppose that a man is bound in prison. As time
passes, he eventually is released from that bondage, safe and sound,
with no loss of property.

The thought would occur to him,
‘Before, I was bound in prison. Now I am released from that bondage,
safe and sound, with no loss of my property.’ Because of that he would
experience joy and happiness.

“In the same way, when these five
hindrances are not abandoned in himself, the monk regards it as a debt, a
sickness, a prison, slavery, a road through desolate country. But when
these five hindrances are abandoned in himself, he regards it as
unindebtedness, good health, release from prison, freedom, a place of
security.

Seeing that they have been abandoned within him, he
becomes glad. Glad, he becomes enraptured. Enraptured, his body grows
tranquil. His body tranquil, he is sensitive to pleasure. Feeling
pleasure, his mind becomes concentrated.

The Four Jhanas

“Quite
withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from unskillful mental qualities,
he enters and remains in the first jhana: rapture and pleasure born from
withdrawal, accompanied by directed thought and evaluation.

He
permeates and pervades, suffuses and fills this very body with the
rapture and pleasure born from withdrawal. Just as if a skilled bathman
or bathman’s apprentice would pour bath powder into a brass basin and
knead it together, sprinkling it again and again with water, so that his
ball of bath powder — saturated, moisture-laden, permeated within and
without — would nevertheless not drip;
even so, the monk permeates… this very body with the rapture and pleasure born of withdrawal.

There is nothing of his entire body unpervaded by rapture and pleasure born from withdrawal.

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.

“Furthermore,
with the stilling of directed thoughts & evaluations, he enters and
remains in the second jhana: rapture and pleasure born of composure,
unification of awareness free from directed thought and evaluation —
internal assurance. He permeates and pervades, suffuses and fills this
very body with the rapture and pleasure
born of composure. Just like a lake with spring-water welling
up
from within, having no inflow from the east, west, north, or south, and
with the skies supplying abundant showers time and again, so that the
cool fount of water welling up from within the lake would permeate and
pervade, suffuse and fill it with cool waters, there being no part of
the lake unpervaded by the cool waters; even so, the monk permeates…
this very body with the rapture and pleasure born of composure. There is
nothing of his entire body unpervaded by rapture and pleasure born of
composure.

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.

“And
furthermore, with the fading of rapture, he remains equanimous,
mindful, & alert, and senses pleasure with the body. He enters &
remains in the third jhana, of which the Noble Ones declare,
‘Equanimous & mindful, he has a pleasant abiding.’
He permeates
and pervades, suffuses and fills this very body with the pleasure
divested of rapture. Just as in a lotus pond, some of the
lotuses,
born and growing in the water, stay immersed in the water and flourish
without standing up out of the water, so that they are permeated and
pervaded, suffused and filled with cool water from their roots to their
tips, and nothing of those lotuses would be unpervaded with cool water;
even so, the monk permeates… this very body with the pleasure divested
of rapture.

There is nothing of his entire body unpervaded with pleasure divested of rapture.

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.

“And
furthermore, with the abandoning of pleasure and stress — as with the
earlier disappearance of elation and distress — he enters and remains in
the fourth jhana: purity of equanimity and mindfulness,
neither-pleasure nor stress. He sits, permeating the body with a pure,
bright awareness.
Just as if a man were sitting covered from head to
foot with a white cloth so that there would be no part of his body to
which the white cloth did not extend; even so, the monk sits, permeating
the body with a pure, bright awareness.

There is nothing of his entire body unpervaded by pure, bright awareness.

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.


Insight Knowledge

“With
his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free
from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to
imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to knowledge and vision. He
discerns: ‘This body of mine is endowed with form, composed
of the
four primary elements, born from mother and father, nourished with rice
and porridge, subject to inconstancy, rubbing, pressing, dissolution,
and dispersion. And this consciousness of mine is supported here and
bound up here.’ Just as if there were a beautiful beryl gem of the
purest water — eight faceted, well polished, clear, limpid, consummate
in all its aspects, and going through the middle of it was a blue,
yellow, red, white, or brown thread — and a man with good eyesight,
taking it in his hand, were to reflect on it thus: ‘This is a beautiful
beryl gem of the purest water, eight faceted, well polished, clear,
limpid, consummate in all its aspects. And this, going through the
middle of it, is a blue, yellow, red, white, or brown thread.’

In
the same way — with his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright,
unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained
to imperturbability — the monk directs and inclines it to knowledge and
vision. He discerns: ‘This body of mine is endowed with form, composed
of the four primary elements, born from mother and father, nourished
with rice and porridge, subject to inconstancy, rubbing, pressing,
dissolution, and dispersion. And this consciousness of mine is supported
here and bound up here.’

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.

The Mind-made Body

“With
his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free
from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to
imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to creating a mind-made
body. From this body he creates another body, endowed with form, made of
the mind, complete in all its parts, not inferior in its
faculties.

Just as if a man were to draw a reed from its sheath. The thought would occur to him: ‘This is the sheath, this is the reed.

The
sheath is one thing, the reed another, but the reed has been drawn out
from the sheath.’ Or as if a man were to draw a sword from its
scabbard.
The thought would occur to him: ‘This is the sword, this is the
scabbard. The sword is one thing, the scabbard another, but the sword
has been drawn out from the scabbard.’ Or as if a man were to pull a
snake out from its slough. The thought would occur to him: ‘This is the
snake, this is the slough. The snake is one thing, the slough another,
but the snake has been pulled out from the slough.’ In the same way —
with his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free
from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to
imperturbability, the monk directs and inclines it to creating a
mind-made body. From this body he creates another body, endowed with
form, made of the mind, complete in all its parts, not inferior in its
faculties.

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.

Supranormal Powers

“With
his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free
from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to
imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal
powers.

He wields manifold supranormal powers. Having been one
he becomes many; having been many he becomes one. He appears. He
vanishes. He goes unimpeded through walls, ramparts, and mountains as if
through space. He dives in and out of the earth
as if it were water. He walks on water without sinking as if it were dry land.

Sitting
cross-legged he flies through the air like a winged bird. With his hand
he touches and strokes even the sun and moon, so mighty and powerful.

He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds.

Just as a skilled potter or his assistant could craft from
well-prepared clay whatever kind of pottery vessel he likes, or
as a skilled ivory-carver or his assistant could craft from well-prepared
ivory any kind of ivory-work he likes, or as a skilled goldsmith
or
his assistant could craft from well-prepared gold any kind of gold
article he likes; in the same way — with his mind thus concentrated,
purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable,
steady, and attained to imperturbability — the monk directs and
inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers… He exercises influence
with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds.

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.

Mind Reading

“With
his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free
from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to
imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to knowledge of the
awareness of other beings. He knows the awareness of other
beings, other individuals, having encompassed it with his own awareness.

He
discerns a mind with passion as a mind with passion, and a mind without
passion as a mind without passion. He discerns a mind with aversion as a
mind with aversion, and a mind without aversion as a mind without
aversion.

He discerns a mind with delusion as a mind with
delusion, and a mind without delusion as a mind without delusion. He
discerns a restricted mind as a restricted mind, and a scattered mind as
a scattered mind. He discerns an enlarged mind as an enlarged mind, and
an unenlarged mind as an unenlarged mind.

He discerns an
excelled mind [one that is not at the most excellent level] as an
excelled mind, and an unexcelled mind as an unexcelled mind. He discerns
a concentrated mind as a concentrated mind, and an unconcentrated mind
as an unconcentrated mind.

He discerns a released mind as a released mind, and an unreleased mind as an unreleased mind.

Just
as if a young woman — or man — fond of ornaments, examining the
reflection of her own face in a bright mirror or a bowl of clear water
would know ‘blemished’ if it were blemished, or ‘unblemished’ if it were
not. In the same way — with his mind thus concentrated, purified, and
bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and
attained to imperturbability — the monk directs and
inclines it to
knowledge of the awareness of other beings. He knows the awareness of
other beings, other individuals, having encompassed it with his own
awareness.

He discerns a mind with passion as a mind with
passion, and a mind without passion as a mind without passion… a
released mind as a released mind, and an unreleased mind as an
unreleased mind.

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.

Recollection of Past Lives

“With
his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free
from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to
imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to knowledge of the
recollection of past lives (lit: previous homes).

He recollects
his manifold past lives, i.e., one birth, two births, three births,
four, five, ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, one hundred, one
thousand, one hundred thousand, many aeons of cosmic contraction, many
aeons of cosmic expansion, many aeons of cosmic contraction and
expansion, [recollecting], ‘There I had such a name, belonged to such a
clan, had such an appearance.

Such was my food, such my experience of pleasure and pain, such the end of my life.

Passing
away from that state, I re-arose there. There too I had such a name,
belonged to such a clan, had such an appearance. Such was my food, such
my experience of pleasure and pain, such the end of my life.

Passing
away from that state, I re-arose here.’ Thus he recollects his manifold
past lives in their modes and details. Just as if a man were to go from
his home village to another village, and then from that village to yet
another village, and then from that village back to his home village.

The thought would occur to him, ‘I went from my home village to that village over there.

There
I stood in such a way, sat in such a way, talked in such a way, and
remained silent in such a way. From that village I went to that village
over there, and there I stood in such a way, sat in such a way, talked
in such a way, and remained silent in such a way. From that village I
came back home.’ In the same way — with his mind thus concentrated,
purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable,
steady, and attained to imperturbability — the monk
directs and inclines it to knowledge of the recollection of past lives.

He recollects his manifold past lives… in their modes and details.

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.


The Ending of Mental Fermentations

“With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished,
free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to
imperturbability, the monk directs and inclines it to the knowledge of
the ending of the mental fermentations. He discerns, as it has come to
be, that ‘This is stress… This is the origination of stress… This
is the cessation of stress… This is the way leading to the cessation of
stress…  These are mental fermentations…

This
is the origination of fermentations… This is the cessation of
fermentations… This is the way leading to the cessation of
fermentations.’ His heart, thus knowing, thus seeing, is released from
the fermentation of sensuality, the fermentation of becoming, the
fermentation of ignorance. With release, there is the knowledge,
‘Released.’
He discerns that ‘Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task
done. There is nothing further for this world.’ Just as if there
were
a pool of water in a mountain glen — clear, limpid, and unsullied —
where a man with good eyesight standing on the bank could see shells,
gravel, and pebbles, and also shoals of fish swimming about and resting,
and it would occur to him, ‘This pool of water is clear, limpid, and
unsullied.

Here are these shells, gravel, and pebbles, and also
these shoals of fish swimming about and resting.’ In the same way — with
his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free
from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to
imperturbability — the monk directs and inclines it to the knowledge of
the ending of the mental fermentations. He discerns, as it has come to
be, that ‘This is stress… This is the origination of stress… This is the
cessation
of stress… This is the way leading to the cessation of
stress… These are mental fermentations… This is the origination of
fermentations…
This is the cessation of fermentations… This is the
way leading to the cessation of fermentations.’ His heart, thus knowing,
thus seeing, is released from the fermentation of sensuality, the
fermentation of becoming, the fermentation of ignorance. With release,
there is the knowledge, ‘Released.’ He discerns that ‘Birth is ended,
the holy life fulfilled, the task done.

There is nothing further for this world.’

“This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.

“These are the three miracles that I declare, Kevatta, having directly known and realized them for myself.

Conversations with the Gods

“Once,
Kevatta, this train of thought arose in the awareness of a certain monk
in this very community of monks: ‘Where do these four great elements —
the earth property, the liquid property, the fire property, and the wind
property — cease without remainder?’ Then he attained to such a state
of concentration that the way leading to the gods appeared in his
centered mind. So he approached the gods of
the retinue of the Four
Great Kings and, on arrival, asked them, ‘Friends, where do these four
great elements — the earth property, the liquid property, the fire
property, and the wind property — cease without remainder?’

“When
this was said, the gods of the retinue of the Four Great Kings said to
the monk, ‘We also don’t know where the four great elements… cease
without remainder. But there are the Four Great Kings who are higher and
more sublime than we.

They should know where the four great elements… cease without remainder.’

“So
the monk approached the Four Great Kings and, on arrival, asked them,
‘Friends, where do these four great elements… cease without remainder?’

“When
this was said, the Four Great Kings said to the monk, ‘We also don’t
know where the four great elements… cease without remainder. But there
are the gods of the Thirty-three who are higher and more sublime than
we. They should know…’

“So the monk approached the gods of the
Thirty-three and, on arrival, asked them, ‘Friends, where do these four
great elements… cease without remainder?’

“When this was said,
the gods of the Thirty-three said to the monk, ‘We also don’t know where
the four great elements… cease without remainder. But there is Sakka,
the ruler of the gods, who is higher and more sublime than we. He should
know… ‘

“So the monk approached Sakka, the ruler of the gods,
and, on arrival, asked him, ‘Friend, where do these four great elements…
cease without remainder?’

“When this was said, Sakka, the ruler
of the gods, said to the monk, ‘I also don’t know where the four great
elements… cease without remainder. But there are the Yama gods who are
higher and more sublime than I. They should know…’…

“The Yama gods said, ‘We also don’t know… But there is the god named Suyama… He should know…’…

“Suyama said, ‘I also don’t know… But there is the god named Santusita… He should know…’…

“Santusita said, ‘I also don’t know… But there are the Nimmanarati gods…
They should know…’… 


“The Nimmanarati gods
said, ‘We also don’t know… But there is the god named Sunimmita…
He should know…’…
“Then
the Great Brahma, taking the monk by the arm and leading him off to one
side, said to him, ‘These gods of the retinue of Brahma believe, “There
is nothing that the Great Brahma does not know.

There is nothing that the Great Brahma does not see.

There is nothing of which the Great Brahma is unaware.

There
is nothing that the Great Brahma has not realized.” That is why I did
not say in their presence that I, too, don’t know where the four great
elements… cease without remainder.

So you have acted wrongly, acted incorrectly, in bypassing the
Blessed
One in search of an answer to this question elsewhere. Go right back to
the Blessed One and, on arrival, ask him this question. However he
answers it, you should take it to heart.’

“Then — just as a
strong man might extend his flexed arm or flex his extended arm — the
monk disappeared from the Brahma world and immediately appeared in front
of me. Having bowed down to me, he sat to one side. As he was sitting
there he said to me, ‘Lord, where do these four great elements — the
earth property, the liquid property,
the fire property, and the wind property — cease without remainder?’

King Ashoka’s gift of life for trees

And
the exemplar who has made officialdom take a relook at at its
chopping-happy ways is none other than fabled Mauryan emperor Ashoka.The
whole world will incorporate Ashokan principles in nurturing and
safeguarding roadside fruit-bearing saplings/trees in urban and
non-urban areas.Mauryan emperor was the first to promote and champion
the concept of roadside trees.“At a time when we are losing our trees on
an everyday basis,we should go back and observe what he did.

Taking
a cue from Ashoka, If you look at the areas which once covered by the
Mauryan kingdom, or Delhi, world will appreciate the importance of
roadside trees,”“Ashokan principles will help the forest department in
conserving trees for longer periods.

He deliberately chose one
species for each road. Mixing of species at close intervals can affect
the survival of trees. We will focus on a single species for an entire
stretch.”

“Ashoka vested the ownership of roadside trees in the
local people. While the government will oversee the nurturing of the
sapling, the ownership of the tree at a later stage will be given over
to the locals.”

“It is not possible to completely ban cutting of
trees, but (with the new measures) it will be minimised to a great
extent.”Forests provide the basic life support system to all the living
beings of mother earth including mankind.

Forest ecosystems
provide fresh air, water resources, fertile soil for sustenance of
agriculture, bio-diversity, climate change mitigation and numerous other
ecosystem services.

Vast sections of rural society, including a majority of the tribals, are directly dependent on forests for their livelihood.

World
Forest Departments have the primary mandate of protecting the forests
and wildlife, conserving the rich biodiversity of the world and ensuring
that the ecological balance of the forest eco-systems is maintained.

All the world forest Departments must be headed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Head of Forest Force(HOFF).

The Departments must have working strength including World Forest Service Officers and officers/ field staff of various cadres.
The
world a network of Protected Areas with Tiger Reserves, Wildlife
Sanctuaries, Conservation Reserves and 1 Community Reserve.

The
work carried out by the Departments can be broadly classified into the
following categories: regulatory, protection, conservation and
sustainable management.

As part of the regulatory functions, the
departments must enforce provisions of various legislations such as
World Forest Act, Wildlife Protection Act, Forest (Conservation) Act,
World Preservation of Trees Act, etc. and corresponding rules.
Protection functions include, boundary consolidation, protection of
forest areas from encroachment, illicit-felling, mitigation of
human-wildlife conflict, undertaking fire prevention and control
measures etc.

The conservation functions include taking up of
plantation works, soil-moisture conservation and watershed development
works for water security, conservation of rare, endangered and
threatened (RET) species and conducting awareness activities to
sensitize all sections of the society on the importance of forests,
wildlife and biodiversity. In territorial areas, the departments must
also be involved in sustainable extraction and marketing of timber and
other forest produce as per the specifications of the Working Plans.

The
Departments must also be engaged on a large scale in promoting
agro-forestry through incentivization to support farmer’s income.


https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140408122316.htm

Humans
are unique in their ability to acquire language. But how? A new study
published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences shows
that we are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of
language, thus shedding light on the age-old linguistic “nature vs
nurture” debate.

While languages differ from each other in many ways, certain aspects appear to be shared across languages.

These aspects might stem from linguistic principles that are active in all human brains.

A natural question then arises: are infants born with knowledge of how the human words might sound like?

Are
infants biased to consider certain sound sequences as more word-like
than others? “The results of this new study suggest that, the sound
patterns of human languages are the product of an inborn biological
instinct, very much like birdsong,” said Prof. Iris Berent of
Northeastern University in Boston, who co-authored the study with a
research team from the International School of Advanced Studies in
Italy, headed by Dr. Jacques Mehler.

The study’s first author is
Dr. David Gómez.BLA, ShBA, LBAConsider, for instance, the
sound-combinations that occur at the beginning of words.

While
many languages have words that begin by bl (e.g., blando in Italian,
blink in English, and blusa in Spanish), few languages have words that
begin with lb. Russian is such a language (e.g., lbu, a word related to
lob, “forehead”), but even in Russian such words are extremely rare and
outnumbered by words starting with bl. Linguists have suggested that
such patterns occur because human brains are biased to favor syllables
such as bla over lba.

In line with this possibility, past
experimental research from Dr. Berent’s lab has shown that adult
speakers display such preferences, even if their native language has no
words resembling either bla or lba. But where does this knowledge stem
from? Is it due to some universal linguistic principle, or to adults’
lifelong experience with listening and producing their native language?
The Experiment
These
questions motivated our team to look carefully at how young babies
perceive different types of words. We used near-infrared spectroscopy, a
silent and non-invasive technique that tells us how the oxygenation of
the brain cortex (those very first centimeters of gray matter just below
the scalp) changes in time, to look at the brain reactions of Italian
newborn babies when listening to good and bad word candidates as
described above (e.g., blif, lbif).Working with Italian newborn infants
and their families, we observed that newborns react differently to good
and bad word candidates, similar to what adults do.

Young
infants have not learned any words yet, they do not even babble yet, and
still they share with us a sense of how words should sound.

This
finding shows that we are born with the basic, foundational knowledge
about the sound pattern of human languages.It is hard to imagine how
differently languages would sound if humans did not share such type of
knowledge. We are fortunate that we do, and so our babies can come to
the world with the certainty that they will readily recognize the sound
patterns of words-no matter the language they will grow up with.

How many languages are there in the world?

7,117 languages are spoken today.

That
number is constantly in flux, because we’re learning more about the
world’s languages every day. And beyond that, the languages themselves
are in flux.
 
They’re living and dynamic, spoken by communities whoselives are shaped by our rapidly changing world.
This is a fragile time:
Roughly
40% of languages are now endangered, often with less than 1,000
speakers remaining. Meanwhile, just 23 languages account for more than
half the world’s population.

When a just born baby is kept
isolated without anyone communicating with the baby, after a few days it
will speak and human natural (Prakrit) language known as Classical
Magahi Magadhi/Classical Chandaso language/Magadhi Prakrit, Classical
Hela Basa (Hela Language), Classical Pāḷi which are the same. Buddha
spoke in Magadhi.

All the 7111 languages and dialects are off
shoot of Classical Magahi Magadhi. Hence all of them are Classical in
nature (Prakrit) of Human Beings, just like all other living speices
have their own naturallanguages for communication. 116languages are
translated by https://translate.google.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_language

The
origin of language and its evolutionary emergence in the human species
have been subjects of speculation for several centuries. The topic is
difficult to study because of the lack of direct evidence.


Consequently,
scholars wishing to study the origins of language must draw inferences
from other kinds of evidence such as the fossil record, archaeological
evidence, contemporary language diversity, studies of language
acquisition and comparisons between human language and systems of
communication existing among animals (particularly other primates). Many
argue that the origins of language probably relate closely to the
origins of modern human behavior, but there is little agreement about
the implications and directionality of this connection.’

Language origin hypotheses

Early speculations

 I
cannot doubt that language owes its origin to the imitation and
modification, aided by signs and gestures, of various natural sounds,
the voices of other animals, and man’s own instinctive cries.
 — Charles Darwin, 1871. The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.

In
1861, historical linguist Max Müller published a list of speculative
theories concerning the origins of spoken language: Bow-wow. The bow-wow
or cuckoo theory, which Müller attributed to the German philosopher
Johann Gottfried Herder, saw early words as imitations of the cries of
beasts and birds. Pooh-pooh. The pooh-pooh theory saw the first words as
emotional interjections and exclamations triggered by pain, pleasure,
surprise, etc. Ding-dong. Müller suggested what he called the ding-dong
theory, which states that all things have a vibrating natural resonance,
echoed somehow by man in his earliest words. Yo-he-ho.

The
yo-he-ho theory claims language emerged from collective rhythmic labor,
the attempt to synchronize muscular effort resulting in sounds such as
heave alternating with sounds such as ho. Ta-ta.

This did not feature in Max Müller’s list, having been proposed in 1930 by Sir Richard Paget.

According
to the ta-ta theory, humans made the earliest words by tongue movements
that mimicked manual gestures, rendering them audible.Most scholars
today consider all such theories not so much wrong—they occasionally
offer peripheral insights—as naïve and irrelevant.The problem with these
theories is that they are so narrowly mechanistic. They assume that
once our ancestors had stumbled upon the appropriate ingenious mechanism
for linking sounds with meanings, language automatically evolved and
changed.


King Ashoka’s gift of life for trees
And
the exemplar who has made officialdom take a relook at its
chopping-happy ways is none other than fabled Mauryan emperor Ashoka.






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7,117 languages are spoken today.

That
number is constantly in flux, because we’re learning more about the
world’s languages every day. And beyond that, the languages themselves
are in flux. They’re living and dynamic, spoken by communities whose
lives are shaped by our rapidly changing world. This is a fragile time:
Roughly 40% of languages are now endangered, often with less than 1,000
speakers remaining. Meanwhile, just 23 languages account for more than
half the world’s population.
When
a just born baby is kept isolated without anyone communicating with the
baby, after a few days it will speak and human natural (Prakrit)
language known as Classical Magahi Magadhi/Classical Chandaso language
/

Magadhi Prakrit,

Classical Hela Basa (Hela Language),


Classical Pāḷi


which are the same. Buddha spoke in Magadhi. All the 7111 languages and
dialects are off shoot of Classical Magahi Magadhi. Hence all of them
are Classical in nature (Prakrit) of Human Beings, just like all other
living speices have their own naturallanguages for communication. 116
languages are translated by
https://translate.google.com

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02) Classical Chandaso language,

03)Magadhi Prakrit,



04) Classical Hela Basa (Hela Language),

05) Classical Pāḷi

06) Classical Devanagari,Classical Hindi-Devanagari- शास्त्रीय हिंदी,
07) Classical Cyrillic
08) Classical Afrikaans– Klassieke Afrikaans

09) Classical Albanian-Shqiptare klasike,
10) Classical Amharic-አንጋፋዊ አማርኛ,
11) Classical Arabic-اللغة العربية الفصحى
12) Classical Armenian-դասական հայերեն,

13) Classical Azerbaijani- Klassik Azərbaycan,
14) Classical Basque- Euskal klasikoa,
15) Classical Belarusian-Класічная беларуская,
16) Classical Bengali-ক্লাসিক্যাল বাংলা,
17) Classical  Bosnian-Klasični bosanski,
18) Classical Bulgaria- Класически българск,
19) Classical  Catalan-Català clàssic
20) Classical Cebuano-Klase sa Sugbo,

21) Classical Chichewa-Chikale cha Chichewa,

22) Classical Chinese (Simplified)-古典中文(简体),

23) Classical Chinese (Traditional)-古典中文(繁體),

24) Classical Corsican-Corsa Corsicana,

25) Classical  Croatian-Klasična hrvatska,
26) Classical  Czech-Klasická čeština


27) Classical  Danish-Klassisk dansk,Klassisk dansk,

28) Classical  Dutch- Klassiek Nederlands,
29) Classical English,Roman,
30) Classical Esperanto-Klasika Esperanto,

31) Classical Estonian- klassikaline eesti keel,

32) Classical Filipino klassikaline filipiinlane,
33) Classical Finnish- Klassinen suomalainen,

34) Classical French- Français classique,

35) Classical Frisian- Klassike Frysk,

36) Classical Galician-Clásico galego,
37) Classical Georgian-კლასიკური ქართული,
38) Classical German- Klassisches Deutsch,
39) Classical Greek-Κλασσικά Ελληνικά,
40) Classical Gujarati-ક્લાસિકલ ગુજરાતી,
41) Classical Haitian Creole-Klasik kreyòl,

42) Classical Hausa-Hausa Hausa,
43) Classical Hawaiian-Hawaiian Hawaiian,

44) Classical Hebrew- עברית קלאסית
45) Classical Hmong- Lus Hmoob,

46) Classical Hungarian-Klasszikus magyar,

47) Classical Icelandic-Klassísk íslensku,
48) Classical Igbo,Klassískt Igbo,

49) Classical Indonesian-Bahasa Indonesia Klasik,

50) Classical Irish-Indinéisis Clasaiceach,
51) Classical Italian-Italiano classico,
52) Classical Japanese-古典的なイタリア語,
53) Classical Javanese-Klasik Jawa,
54) Classical Kannada- ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರೀಯ ಕನ್ನಡ,
55) Classical Kazakh-Классикалық қазақ,

56) Classical Khmer- ខ្មែរបុរាណ,

57) Classical Kinyarwanda
58) Classical Korean-고전 한국어,
59) Classical Kurdish (Kurmanji)-Kurdî (Kurmancî),

60) Classical Kyrgyz-Классикалык Кыргыз,
61) Classical Lao-ຄລາສສິກລາວ,
62) Classical Latin-LXII) Classical Latin,

63) Classical Latvian-Klasiskā latviešu valoda,

64) Classical Lithuanian-Klasikinė lietuvių kalba,
65) Classical Luxembourgish-Klassesch Lëtzebuergesch,

66) Classical Macedonian-Класичен македонски,
67) Classical Malagasy,класичен малгашки,
68) Classical Malay-Melayu Klasik,
69) Classical Malayalam-ക്ലാസിക്കൽ മലയാളം,

70) Classical Maltese-Klassiku Malti,
71) Classical Maori-Maori Maori,
72) Classical Marathi-क्लासिकल माओरी,
73) Classical Mongolian-Сонгодог Монгол,

74) Classical Myanmar (Burmese)-Classical မြန်မာ (ဗမာ),

75) Classical Nepali-शास्त्रीय म्यांमार (बर्मा),
76) Classical Norwegian-Klassisk norsk,
77) Classical Odia (Oriya)
78) Classical Pashto- ټولګی پښتو
79) Classical Persian-کلاسیک فارسی
80) Classical Polish-Język klasyczny polski,
81) Classical Portuguese-Português Clássico,
82) Classical Punjabi-ਕਲਾਸੀਕਲ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ,
83) Classical Romanian-Clasic românesc,
84) Classical Russian-Классический русский,

85) Classical Samoan-Samoan Samoa,
86) Classical Sanskrit छ्लस्सिचल् षन्स्क्रित्
87) Classical Scots Gaelic-Gàidhlig Albannach Clasaigeach,
88) Classical Serbian-Класични српски,
89) Classical Sesotho-Seserbia ea boholo-holo,

90) Classical Shona-Shona Shona,
91) Classical Sindhi,
92) Classical Sinhala-සම්භාව්ය සිංහල,
93) Classical Slovak-Klasický slovenský,

94) Classical Slovenian-Klasična slovenska,

95) Classical Somali-Soomaali qowmiyadeed,
96) Classical Spanish-Español clásico,
97) Classical Sundanese-Sunda Klasik,
98) Classical Swahili,Kiswahili cha Classical,

99) Classical Swedish-Klassisk svensk,
100) Classical Tajik-тоҷикӣ классикӣ,
101) Classical Tamil-பாரம்பரிய இசைத்தமிழ் செம்மொழி,
102) Classical Tatar
103) Classical Telugu- క్లాసికల్ తెలుగు,
104) Classical Thai-ภาษาไทยคลาสสิก,
105) Classical Turkish-Klasik Türk,
106) Classical Turkmen
107) Classical Ukrainian-Класичний український,
108) Classical Urdu- کلاسیکی اردو

109) Classical Uyghur,

110) Classical Uzbek-Klassik o’z,

111) Classical Vietnamese-Tiếng Việ,

112) Classical Welsh-Cymraeg Clasurol,

113) Classical Xhosa-IsiXhosa zesiXhosa,


114) Classical Yiddish- קלאסישע ייִדיש
115) Classical Yoruba-Yoruba Yoruba,
116) Classical Zulu-I-Classical Zulu


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and for them to attain Eternal Bliss as their Final Goal as enshrined in
the marvelous, modern Constitution with full freedom, equality,
liberty, and fraternity exposing the foreigners kicked out from Bene
Israel, Tibet, Africa Etc., chitpavan brahmins of Rowdy Swayam Sevaks
(RSS) who are attempting to nullify the Constitution with their
chitpavan brahminised parliamentarians, executives,judges, cheating
election commissioners and the PRESSTITUTE media.99.9% All Aboriginal
Awakened Societies are aware of the fact that Murderer of democratic
institutions (Modi) of Bevakoof Jhoothe Psychopaths (BJP) Private
Limited remotely controlled by just 0.1% intolerant, violent, militant,
ever shooting, mob lunching, number one terrorists of the world,
lunatic, mentally retarded, foreigners kicked out from Bene Israel,
Tibet, Africa etc., chitpavan brahmins of Rowdy Swayam Sevaks (RSS) only
will win all elections as long as the Fraud EVMs (Evil Voting Machines)
are used. Like USA of Ballot Papers are used chitpavan brahmins will
get only 0.1% votes. If the foreigners chitpavan brahmins are forced to
quit Prabuddha Bharat democracy, liberty, equality and fraternity as
enshrined in our marvelous modern Constitution will be saved.

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