Wednesday, 28 September 2005

(10199) Chariklo, flowing with life (zen)

(10199) Chariklo a centaur with 4:3 resonance with Uranus. Is one of the largest known centaurs (about 260 km). It was discovered in February of 1997 and named in September of 1999.The orbit is between Saturn and Uranus. It has a perihelion of 13.1 AU and an aphelion of 18.7 AU. There is a prediscovery image back to January of 1996, December of 1995, October of 1989 and November of 1988. It has an inclination of 23.4º.

Greek mythology

Athenea was bathing in a spring with the nymph Chariklo, who was a particular friend of hers. When the young Teiresias (son of Chariklo), who was hunting on the mountain with his dogs, happened to come to the spring to quench his thirst, he accidentally saw Athenea naked. She blinded him right away (because of the divine law: if a mortal sees a immortal naked with out his agreement, he will be deprived of his eyesight forever). Chariklo cried out in reproach and distress. When she asked her to restore his sight, she was unable to do so, but compensated him instead by enabling him to understand the language of birds.

(10199) Chariklo walks the path of zen: accepts and interacts with everything that appears, adapting and flowing with life, like in "The Alchemist", an allegorical novel by Paulo Coelho first published in 1988; or in the movie "Titanic" (1997).

The innocence that comes from a deep experience of life is childlike, but not childish. The innocence of children is beautiful, but ignorant. It will be replaced by mistrust and doubt as the child grows and learns that the world can be a dangerous and threatening place. But the innocence of a life lived fully has a quality of wisdom and acceptance of the ever-changing wonder of life. (Osho-Zen Tarot, 1994)