Once in a while, i amuse myself with this during the daily puja.
Sorry about the grainy video. The few drops of water on the shivling flow slowly down the incline of less than 5°; once it goes over (at 11 sec in the 21-sec video), the gomukha (platform) starts vibrating!
As the water moves a bit, you can see the surface tension of the water holding out against the gravity. The incline is less than 5°, but gravity is acting nonetheless in its insidious manner. The water breaks a bit and moves forward, but the surface tension acts as a binding force and again creates a smooth water front. So it's a fight between these two forces.
Feynman writes of a marvelous incident:
So when I was in graduate school at Princeton, I once took it [a little hand microscope] out of my pocket to look at some ants that were crawling around on some ivy. I had to exclaim out loud, I was so excited. What I saw was an ant and an aphid, which ants take care of--they carry them from plant to plant if the plant they're on is dying. In return the ants get partially digested aphid juice, called "honeydew." I knew that; my father had told me about it, but I had never seen it.
So here was this aphid and sure enough, an ant came along, and patted it with its feet --all around the aphid, pat, pat, pat, pat, pat. This was terribly exciting! Then the juice came out of the back of the aphid. And because it was magnified, it looked like a big, beautiful, glistening ball, like a balloon, because of the surface tension. Because the microscope wasn't very good, the drop was colored a little bit from chromatic aberration in the lens--it was a gorgeous thing!
The ant took this ball in its two front feet , lifted it off the aphid, and held it. The world is so different at that scale that you can pick up water and hold it! The ants probably have a fatty or greasy material on their legs that doesn't break the surface tension of the water when they hold it up. Then the ant broke the surface of the drop with its mouth, and the surface tension collapsed the drop right into his gut. It was very interesting to see this whole thing happen!
Last morning, i was trying to do the same thing, but ended up having a mysterious XP.
The water moved very slowly. It went creep, creep, creep, but nowhere in particular. Less than ten mm in more than ten minutes. It felt like an advancing glacier.
So i reverted to reading Chapter 49 of the Shri Sai Satcharita. Since i had to remove my specs to read, i was a bit worried about seeing the water going over. But the water stayed put.
So i added five more drops to the mix. There was a sort of a mark on the gomukha but the waterline stayed the same distance.
In the meanwhile, i read the Discourses of Brahmachaitanya for the day as well as Chapter 4 of The Gospel.
When i finished and wore my specs back, the waterline had hardly moved, so i thought that gravity was beaten for the day.
Just a few seconds later, the waterfront plunged forward and even the shivling started going down with it! I had to move fast and tip the gomukha to a horizontal position but not before the water sailed over.
All during this XP, i was thinking of the changing dynamics of a system. As a system undergoes changes, it keeps trying its best to jiggle back to an equilibrium state. But after a point, it sort of can't do that. Even when you think the system has sort of stabilized (as i was thinking at the end), it might just be preparing for an explosion (as it eventually did).
Since it's a holographic universe (small-scale events mimic those on a larger scale), i think mankind is in a similar situation wrt Mother Earth, which is trying its best to adjust to the depredations of man. It's impossible to tell when the tipping point has been reached. Everything might seem stable for the moment, but it's probably just the lull before the storm.
Recently, one of my pals sent me a link that the figurative 2012 has been postponed. But, IMHO, that's impossible to tell.
AFAIK, i am keeping my eyes & ears peeled for the trigger event, according to Cayce: Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius or Mt. Pelée. From Reading 270-35, given on January 21, 1936:
If there are the greater activities in the Vesuvius, or Pelee, then the southern coast of California—and the areas between Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada—may expect, within the three months following same, an inundation by the earthquakes.
No wonder, then, that the entity feels the need, the necessity for change of central location. For, many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the US.
There will be upheavals in the Arctic and Antarctic that will cause the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas, and pole shift.