04.29.10

Parenti on religion, and Tibet

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:34 am

http://darwiniana.com/2010/04/29/parenti-and-the-leftist-idiots-imitating-new-atheism/

Critiquing Tibet and Buddhism, as noted, can backfire because violent and genocidal leftists (witness Parenti and the Chinese Communists) will take that as grounds for retribution and extermination.

04.27.10

Shadow book, and ‘buddhist’ enslavement

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:42 am

Post on The Shadow of the Dalai Lama

I am in a tight spot as to how to take this critique of Buddhism. There are problems of slander here, as it were, but the book hits a nerve, distorting its critique perhaps.

But the dangers of psychological domination, if not enslavement, in the immensely complex and semi-invisble Buddhist ‘sangha’, are immense, and while the option of enlightenment is clearly at the fore, the reality we suspect, in Tibet at least, is that under the guise of the Bodhissatwa a cultural enslavement took place, in part benigh, but caught up in the decline of real Buddhism in the politcal/spiritual game.

Any critics of the ‘Shadow’ book are, however, welcome to help us out here.

This is book I was trying to write, but certainly couldn’t manage. The result would have been quite different, and I am left helpless to see through some of the attacks.

Who need aliens? Modern man enslaved by Darwin propaganda

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:33 am

Since the topic du jour is alien invasions, here’s a reminder that it doesn’t take aliens to enslave man. The Darwin propaganda machine has done a fair job already without alien help.
This section of WHEE is going to disappear in the next edition (for placement in a different book, it’s slightly out of place where it is), get it now: General Propaganda Machines And Occult Proxies

Man is psychologically enslaved by his religions, mostly, and now by scientism. Who needs aliens!!!

Aliens, etc…

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:29 am

Is humanity currently enslaved by invisible astral plane aliens….

As readers here might suspect, it doesn’t require aliens to do the damage. Shark sufis are enough.

I should point out that Gurdjieff, then Idries Shah (or his student author), thought that Sirian aliens had already colonized earth.

04.26.10

Ichazo, and the enneagram issue

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:02 pm

MBFM comment on What G said, ….

mybrainisafleamarket said,

26.04.10 at 9:24 am ·

For one persons description of Oscar Ichazo in his very early days of starting Arica, get and read John Lilly’s ‘The Center of the Cyclone’, published in 1972. Lilly met Claudio Naranjo at Esalen and went to two of Ichazo’s Arica retreats in Chile.

However, Lilly was determined to maintain his ability to remain objective. He did not want to get pulled into becoming anyones disciple or ‘psychic property’–my own private term for what can sometimes happen if things go too far and a person internalizes a leaders imago to the point where a persons own identity is suppressed by that imago. (or worse, is covertly impregnated/raped by a predatory leaders imago and become taken over rendered the leaders property without even knowing it)

In the book Taking With the Left Hand, written by Gurdjieffian author William Patrick Patterson, the chapter How the Enneagram Came to Market claims that Lilly later said much of his experiences with Ichazo in Arica was the result of LSD use. Am not sure if this is true, but it illustrates how many conflicting accounts there are of this very murky situation, nearly 40 years ago.

However, in a discussion of the enneagram (which I still consider merely to be one gadget amoung many that facilitates cold reading, and to have no special properties in and of itself)

Sterling Doughty confirms that LSD was in use amongst the Arica crowd. And significantly suggests that there were some bad hypnotic seeds present from the beginning in Ichazos material.

It was from this toxic medium that the enneagram was spawned–reason enough to leave the entire thing well alone.

http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:X1HKwoIX2LgJ:http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3580+lilly+ichazo+enneagram+LSD&hl=en&ct=clnk

Ichazo’s use of the enneagram shows the way the ideas related to it get made up as the various parties to the game go along. Ichazo was probably influenced by some people in the so-called Naqsbandi movemnt. But so what? The variations in the spiel are suspicious.

A New Age idea challenged

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:57 pm

Separate truths
It is misleading — and dangerous — to think that religions are different paths to the same wisdom

Return of the Raj? and hinduism…

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:55 pm

The Return Of The Raj

It’s all the same to me, a rising India, fine, but it is important to critique Hinduism (in part a construct of the earlier Raj) to let the real Indic tradition come to the fore.

C. Raja Mohan
It is not clear what French President Nicolas Sarkozy had in mind when he invited a contingent of 400 Indian troops to march down the Champs-Élysées for the Bastille Day parade in 2009. But Paris might be on to something that Washington has missed, in spite of its more intensive military engagement with India in recent years. Although Paris does not have the power to engineer international structural changes in New Delhi’s favor, it has often been ahead of Washington in strategizing about India. In its effort to build a partnership with India, ongoing since the mid-1990s, France has helped India renegotiate its position in the global nuclear order: It provided diplomatic cover

04.25.10

Critiquing what G said, vs what his supposed teaching was, never revealed

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:19 pm

One of the confusions on the question of Gurdjieff is the difference between critiquing Gurdjieff, critiquing what he said, and critiquing his teaching, about which we know almost nothing.
Many complain that one should not criticize Gurdjieff (why on earth not???) or his ‘sacred teaching’. But the strange reality is that what Gurdjieff said was not his teaching, as the obscurity of All and Everything makes clear.
We have criticized his advertising, but his real teaching is nowhere to be found in print, even A & E being devious material.

A typical example is the enneagram stuff. What Gurdjieff says is complete idiocy, from other sources. But what the real teaching of the enneagram is, he never says, implying that some unstated esoteric something consitutes objective knowledge, the public stuff being exoteric, and possibly nonsense.

These tactics are hard to defeat, since idiots will get hooked on the esoteric pretense, and become willing victims for something else, never stated out front.
Only when you travel through the actual terrain, of corrupt sufis, do you come to realize the nature of the swindle going on.

In any case, we have gotten enough hints of what Gurdjieff really thought to be suspcious of what he was saying.
It is tricky, however, because some of what he says in general would be hard to fault.
Thus there were undoubtedly ancient teachings of great moment. But it doesn’t follow that Gurdjieff know what they were, as he invented a lot of garbage, like the table of hydrogens, orthe enneagram myths, etc…

As we pointed out Danielou is similar to Gurdjieff in that respect, pointing however specifically to verifiable (up to a point, and debatable archaeologically, of course) historical givens, like the history of Shaivism and Jainism. These histories are probably on the right track and point to something specific that we can learn from, and also clarify the distorted history of Hinduism.
But with Gurdjieff we learn almost nothing, and are even given probable myths made up like the fake legend of Ashieta Shiemash, with its confused and never specific references to Zoroaster, about whom Gurdjieff seems to claim a special knowledge, without proof.
So in this cleverness, we can never really get at Gurdjieff because he never said what he was about.

Meanwhile Danielou gives us a great hint about how to study Indic religion, by showing how the incredibly ancient Shaivism, and its associate Jainism, or Jainiesm’s ancestor goes back to the Neolthic of India, if not before.
(But Danielou ends up confused about the spurious law of caste in a later book, spoiling his whole exposition)
We can see how the distortions of Hinduism have covered up the reality of Indic religion. The same could be true in the Occident, but we get almost no specific information that is reliable. Nonsense about pre-sand Egypt or the real Sphinx won’t hack it here.

Resting on our laurels//mission accomplished??? (No)

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:03 pm

I have been letting the blog slide a bit, sorry. But remarkably, last month had a large traffic (disregard the stats undercount on the frontpage button), almost breaking a record for the blog (these other stats may be a slight overcount from Webalizer, however). We seem to get about 2-3 hundred visits, and a thousand to five thousand page views a day, which means people are studying the archive back posts vigorously:

So far this month
Total Hits 49691
Total Files 39756
Total Pages 36199
Total Visits 6891
Total KBytes 881651
Total (unique) visits and total pages are the key stats here. The numbers show a lot of pages per visit.

I mention this because there is a large amount of interest in the subject addressed, and a lot of nervous people fearful of the Gurdjieff world but hooked on its come-ons. Thus the archived posts attract a lot of readers, so our job has been a success.
Perhaps the time has come to start over, and write up a short book in pdf form as a resource for confused Gurdjieff dupes.
Anyway I am glad for the consistent readers of the back posts, and apologize for such a thin performance this month on new material.

04.18.10

Intro to In the shadow…

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:30 pm

Intro to Shadow of the DL

The practice and philosophy of Buddhism has spread so rapidly throughout the Western world in the past 30 years and has so often been a topic in the media that by now anybody who is interested in cultural affairs has formed some sort of concept of Buddhism. In the conventional “Western” notion of Buddhism, the teachings of Buddha Gautama are regarded as a positive Eastern countermodel to the decadent civilization and culture of the West: where the Western world has introduced war and exploitation into world history, Buddhism stands for peace and freedom; whilst Western rationalism is destructive of life and the environment, the Eastern teachings of wisdom preserve and safeguard them. The meditation, compassion, composure, understanding, nonviolence, modesty, and spirituality of Asia stand in contrast to the actionism, egomania, unrest, indoctrination, violence, arrogance, and materialism of Europe and North America. Ex oriente lux—“light comes from the East”; in occidente nox—“darkness prevails in the West”.

Does anyone really take up this agenda? In fact, some do, after the fashion of the anti-modern New Agers who find that, as with Moslem apocalyptics et al., modernity is at the ‘end times’.
The discussion in World History And The Eonic Effect on ‘new ages’ might help here:
New Ages

The great irony, at least for New Agers, is that the rise of modernity is the real ‘new age’, as a horde of reactionaries attempt to posit a ‘postmodern’ New Age that is in reality a hopeless confusion. We have addressed that here multiple times, and it is a view present in Gurdjieffianity.
That said, there is a more general perspective that sees the value of the Buddhist tradition even as it sees also that in the ‘new age’, as in the Axial ‘new age’, Buddhism might pass away and yield to a new Buddhism.

04.17.10

Nietzsche epigraph

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:53 pm

The Shadow…

For centuries after Buddha had died,

his shadow was still visible in a cave

a dreadful, spine-chilling shadow.

God is dead: but man being the way

he is for centuries to come there

will be caves in which his shadow is shown

and we, we must also triumph over his shadow.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The book, The Shadow Of The Dalai Lama, has quotation from Nietzsche which I can’t quite place.
What is the point? Buddhists were atheists. But that’s not good enough for Nietzsche. Under the spell of what, Lange, scientism, Darwin ? he must rewrite the universe to be not just compatible with his extreme atheism, but absolutely compatible with scientism. It is the same mentality that he bequeathed to current science debates.

As James sensed, the fake secularists mean to not just to move into a new age beyond traditional religions, but to destroy their memory and insights, to leave man a robotic remainder in an age of reductionism.
Thus one should tread warily with this critique.
But I have always been on the trail of Buddhism here. More things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in Nietzsche’s philosophy. And ten times more frightening.

Nityananda (another)

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:14 pm

I am a lurker at Abhiinava forum:
some scandal links re: Nityananda

http://ariyaamai.blogspot.com/ [scroll down to 1 April…are we all fools?]

www.youtube.com/watch?v=D76tZQNmDnM

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=73293

Toward a critique of The Shadow of the Dalai Lama

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:08 pm

The Shadow of the Dalai Lama – Contents
Victor & Victoria Trimondi

I have had this material in mind ever since the last series on this book here, which provoked a protest or critique from James who has sinced moved on.

I was on the prowl for this set of insights, then came across this book, and will respect the objections that James found, but leaving the issue open: the history of Tibet contains a riddle, a mystery, and something unknown. We suspect it, but can’t resolve it, as this book claims to do.

Gere dvd

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:04 pm

Richard Gere Narrating the Fascinating Story of “Buddha” (April, 2010 Release) DVD
“Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant in our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. Richard Gere narrates.”

“This is one of the very best historical Buddha documentary I’ve seen in a long, long time. Richard Gere, our great spokesman for his most blessed HHDL and Buddhism narrates this tale with utmost respect and care, along with a great cast of highly revered experts including Robert Thurman, other monks, nuns, poets, writers, and of course, none other than his His Holiness Dalai Lama (HHDL). The docu covers much grounds, including the Buddha’s childhood stage, mostly historical and commonly accepted findings of his youth, to his last dying days, covering much intimate details of his search for reaching and attaining enlightenment, hence the Buddha, meaning the Enlightened One. Thanks to the wonderful David Grubin and a great cast and Richard Gere for bringing this to fruition and the most blessed teaching of Buddhism, not just to a Western audience, but to the world. On a separate but related note, my wish is that this video would one day be widely available and be seen in mainland China for some 1.3 billion plus Chinese to watch and learn from the great teaching of the Buddha, and not the crass, materialism of modern times, hence have a new found respect for Buddhism, for Tibet and its people.”

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04.12.10

Scanned text on this blog for Bazaz

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:26 pm

I had forgotten how much of Bazaz’ book I had already put on this blog. I will organize it better tommorrow, but you can read three chapters from Part I, and most of Part II on the composition of the Gita.
The first link is for Part I, it starts at about chapter 5./ Then below is the link to Chapter 10, then the search button will show the links to chapters 10 to 21, most of Part II.
I may as well scan the first chapters, then some of Part III.

Guide to scanned text: Role Of Bhagavad Gita In Indian History

http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2009/01/05/bazaz-role-of-gita-chap-10-the-author-and-his-time/
http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/page/2/?s=bazaz+