07.31.10

Research on Privatizing Enlightenment …

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Link for later research: http://www.send2press.com/newswire/2010-07-0730-003.shtml

Research on Privatizing Enlightenment Released to the Public

MBFM: clarification RE: Webb, etc… (2 comments)

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MBFM said,

30.07.10 at 3:12 pm ·
From MBFM a clarification concerning all entries relating to James Webb, Colin-Smith and Lachman

* I felt moved to write because I believe very strongly that it is not helpful to suggest that anyone has came to misfortune or brought ill health upon themselves as a result of studying western occultism objectively, and by demystifying it, as James Webb sought to do.
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Lachman and OTO

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MBFM said,
30.07.10 at 2:15 pm · Lachman and OTO

Gary Lachman
Music, magick and mind
By Jack Phoenix February 2002

(quote)Tell me about your own involvement with the occult.

During the time I was in The Know (1978-1980), I got involved with a Crowley group in Los Angeles. I was actually a member of the OTO (Ordo Templi Orientis). I don’t know their direct lineage, but it was interesting. I did all the rituals in Magick And Theory and Practice; there’s a sort of DIY manual at the back.

Did you go into it as a believer?

Well, I was interested in it. I’d read Colin Wilson’s The Occult, and New York friends had books of Crowley’s like Diary Of A Drug Fiend and Moonchild. The Nietzschean aspects of Crowley interested me. I felt that Crowley’s philosophy of the True Will was a bit like the Nietzschean concept of the Superman. Anycase, I thought it’s better that I try it rather than just talk about it.
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So who stole yoga?

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:59 am

Theft of Yoga has ironically benefited Hindus and Hinduism. As I mentioned before, it is all not white and black in kaliyug. venkat

Below is the extract from hpi and followed by the full article in Huffington Press
Has The “Theft of Yoga” Helped Hinduism Flourish in America

This is ironic, since as we have seen Aryan Hinduism stole yoga from the greater past!!

07.30.10

More on Webb

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email/mbfm

What follows are some quotes from a memoir written by a woman who knew James Webb but who had
zero insight into the nature of his medical predicament and who, unwittingly contributed to the ugly conspiracy
theory of his death–something resentful Fourth Way types have been too eager to buy into.
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Lachman and Cohen

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:29 am

Note: Lachman is involved with Andrew Cohen?? n’est ce pas?

Lachman

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email on Lachman (mbffm)

IMO, Gary Lachman is rather beguiling. He seems to write objectively, but I am getting a feeling that he supports the cultic milieu. Signficantly, he was once in OTO and later has been a student of Ouspensky’s work. For this reason, he wrote
a book about Ouspensky, feeling it was time that the man be studied apart from Gurdjieff.

He’s clearly unsympathetic to James Webb, given the title ‘The Damned’. Webb was ill, he was not damned, anymore
than one is damned for having Type 2 diabetes.

One can read Lachman either as encouragement to stay out of this crap or as encouragement to get involved in this crap.

I remain convinced that James Webb had the tragedy of living at a time
when there was little understanding of bipolar affective disorder as a medical syndrome or how to treat it.

I do not have the condition but know people who do, including the wonderful woman who died and left so many in grief.

One of the worst aggravators for bipolar is our modern life conditions with artificial lighting and so many activities
that disrupt circadian rhythm. One social worker who is a buddy and who has worked with many persons with bipolar,
lived for awhile at a Zen monastery. She told me that persons with bipolar not only need to get ‘at least9 7 to 8 hours of
high quality sleep per night, they also do best when they get up with the sun. She said that even if a person with bipolar
gets the 8 hours of sleep and takes his or her medication, if he or she gets up before dawn, that can still be enough to
destablize the person. She saw this happen to a couple of sincere practitioners who had bipolar and tried to stick with the
monastery schedule, in which first period meditation began before dawn in wintertime.

Later, I met one or two persons with bipolar who told me they’d been told this same thing–avoid trying to get up before
down.

What is a tragedy is that persons with bipolar may have some vivid experiences, and then try to make sense of those
experiences by joining groups and gurus which entail stress, sleep disruption, poor diet–the very worst thing for anyone
with this type of biochemical vulnerability.

Lachman’s conspiracy theorizing about Webb can be read here.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:OvBpimpYsFQJ:http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/264/the_damned_the_strange_death_of_james_webb.html+%22james+webb%22+suicide&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&strip=1

The Damned: the strange death of James Webb

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By email from MBFM
The Damned: the strange death of James Webb

On the afternoon of 8 May 1980, after two years of a deep, paralysing depression and at least one psychotic episode, a brilliant young Scots historian of ‘the occult’ put the barrel of his shotgun to his head and blew his brains out. He was 34. Gary Lachman investigates the strange death of James Webb. Read the rest of this entry »

07.29.10

Intelligence agents/occultism/Gurdjieff

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:34 pm

CIA out of control, the JFK assissination literature,….
Another issue at the fringe here is the relationship, if any, between intelligence agencies and the Gurdjieff (et al) legacy. Especially with Webb’s suggestions about Gurdjieff the spy.

The rightwing conspiracy to destroy liberalism finds occult echoes in many places, not least the Gurdjieff gang.

Webb books

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Comment: MBFM on Webb

MBFM said,
29.07.10 at 10:17 am ·
I have to echo Nemo; James Webb’s books are highly informative, but they are not cheap.

All I can offer by way of consolation is this: I have been at a bookstore that specializes in occult/metaphysical books of high quality.

They had a copy of The Occult Establishment, in paperback, and unmarked for 70 dollars USD, not including sales tax.

By going onto http://www.bookfinder.com and doing some comparison shopping, I got a copy for half that price, but had to settle for a copy that had ball point pen markings and a slight tainted ‘old book’ funk scent.

Unless someone can be persuaded to re-issue new editions of all of James Webb’s books, we will have to buy em used.
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Frawley

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http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2010/07/26/beyond-hinduism-and-the-culture-crime-of-the-aryans/comment-page-1/#comment-36381

Frawley has one of the worst books on the AIT issue, so I am wary of him

MBFM said,
29.07.10 at 9:38 am
One can benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine without having to buy into a goofball theory of history; ditto for Ayurveda
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07.28.10

MBFM on The Harmonious Circle

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Comment from MBFM on Enneagram Junk

MBFM said,
27.07.10 at 10:57 am ·
If you are prepared to de-mythologize both Gurdjieff and the enneagram, get a copy of James Webb’s The Harmonious Circle (1978). It is a vast and marvellously researched book. If you are lucky and can purchase a hardbound copy with its original dust cover, you will see on that cover, a diagram of a 17th century representation of the enneagram, from the frontispiece of Athanasius Kircher’s Arithmologia. James Webb gives us a tour of Gurdjieff’s sources in the last chapter of the book–feast of many courses.

The reader can accomplish a lot by reading first the introduction, and then go and read the last chapter in which Webb traces the sources. He finds versions of the enneagram throughout Western Occult texts, especially Raymond Lull and Athanasius Kircher. Webb suggests and carefully offers diagrams and evidence that Lull and later Kircher used the enneagram to diagram the tree of life in the Kabbalah and Gurdjieff used it in that same way. It was not original with Gurdjieff at all but, once again, derivative.

‘Countless examples show how the philosophy elaborated by Francisco Gorgi is the source of Gurdjieff’s cosmogony….Although Athanasius Kircher does not acknowledge Giorgi as source for his Arithmologia, there ican be little doubt he borrowed extensively from his predicessor. From De Harmonia, Kircher’s universe, dominated by the Triple Ternary of th enneagram, receives a fuller explanation; we learn that the first triad produces the angels, the second, the heavens, and the third the four elements. On the authority of Plato, Giorgi maintains that the octave can be used to scrutinize the human soul; for as man is constructed as an image of the greater world, the same laws apply to him as to the cosmos.

…Kirchers experiments into the effects of sound on matter went further than any of his predicessors in arguing that the universe was based not only on number and harmony, but on sound itself…there is no doubt that Gurdjieff made thorough researches into musical literature and though he might have picked up the principles of Pythagorean harmony from the classical texts, the version which he expounded quite difinately derives from the revival and adapation of that philosophy from the late Renaissance. The portable organ, like Gurdjieff’s own, but with the assembly of pipes, was known to both Fludd and Mersenne, whle many ofhte miracles which Gurdjieff attributed to ‘Essene’ music are discussed by Kircher. It is much more likely that the teacher of an ‘esoteric Christianity’ would have taken his version of harmonial philosophy from the more orthodox writers and practically certain that Gurdjieff’s interest in th effect of sound on matter would have led him to Kircher.

*What of the enneagram, the blazing Triple Ternary that dominates the frontispiece of the Arithmologia of the learned Jesuit, (Athanasius Kircher)?

‘ Kircher’s universe is governed as Gurdjieff would have said, by the Law of Three. From the intellectual world the astral world descends and such is the engravers skill that it seems to spin the emanations from the ennead…

‘Whatever Gurdjieff’s intention in adapting the enneagram to his own synthesis, or even whether he inadvertantly destroyed its original significance, it seems clear that the function of the enneagram is linked closely to another esoteric diagram: the Cabalistic Tree of Life.

(Webb pages selective quotes 510-513, from The Harmonious Circle)

‘In the Arithmetica, Kircher was quite explicit that his enneagram was equivalent to the Hebrew Tree of Life, and the diagram of the Tree places some of the ‘correspondances’ which his lists as appropriate to each Sephirah. (Webb page 515)

Here is a telling paragraph:

“The most unexpected occult source for Gurdjieff’s ideas is the American “Rosicrucian” Paschal Beverly Randolph, who flourished in the third quarter of the 19th century. Rudolph was a talented and extraordinary figure. Half-Negro by birth, he made a reputation as a lecturer on the American Civil War adn other patriotic subjects, but felt always that his ancestry prevented his real merits from being recognized. Eventually he relapsed into a welter of occultism and quack medicine. The essence of Randolph’s teaching was sexual. Gurdjieff sometimes gave personal advice on sexuality by word of mouth, but his general teaching was clear enough. Sex was a sacred function of which there should be two results: the procreation of children and “the coating and perfection of …’higher parts’. In Russia he taught that the most refined substance produced by body was sperm, and that it was sperm that formed the fourth body which made man immortal.

‘This, (writes Webb) is Randolph’s doctrine in all respects.

‘The detail which really ties Randolph to Gurdjieff is the American’s constant references to ‘Ansairetic Mysteries’ said to be secrets of ‘the Syrian mountaineers.’ This associates him directly with Gurdjieff’s emphasis on the ‘Aissors’ in Meetings With Remarkable Men. Unfortunately for any theory which would make Gurdjieff and Randolph heirs of the same esoteric tradition, the latter (Randolph) later decided to to reveal the source of his wisdom in The New Mola (1873) “Early in life” (Randolph wrote) “I discovered the fact of my ancestry on one side, being what they were (sic) was an effectual estoppel on my preferment….so I called myself The Rosicrucian and gave my thoughts to the the world as Rosicrucian thought; and lo! the world greeted with loud applause what it thought had had its origin adn birth elsewhere than in the soul of PB Rudolph!…Precisely so was it with things purporting to be Ansairetic. I had merely…got hold of a new name, and again mankind hurrahed for the wonderful Ansaireh, but incontinently turned up its nose at the supposed copyist.” (Webb 532-533)

Webb, tragically, died a suicide at the young age of 33 in 1980. My reading of his final months has convinced me that Webb suffered from a medical conditon, that would probably be diagnosed today as bipolar affective disorder.

In James Webb’s case, there is an added sadness. Many resent his work and will not frankly admit they dislike his work or feel threatened by it. Instead, they enjoy suggesting that he was driven mad or hounded into depression by a conspiracy of vested interests that resented his enlightening research. The unspoken moral of this conspiracy theory is anyone who dares to research esotericism and its destructive gurus will die under a curse.

Bullshit.

No domain is priviliged from scrutiny, especially when power abuses are regularly reported.

The take home lesson from James Webb’s great career and his tragic and early death is, keep on researching, hold power and powerholders accountable and stay balanced and healthy and hearty while doing so.

Many lives of great achievement, great and valid achievement were fueled by early onset bipolar affectiive disorder. Modern treatment and insight into the condition is keeping more and more persons with bipolar alive and happy. The ones who do well are the ones who do not draw attention to themselves, except when they invite us to their next booksigning party.

That James Webb died young from bipolar and suicide does not invalidate his scholarship. That some gloat over his fate demonstrate that he was right to ask tough questions of certain vested interests.

His suicide was not due to conspiracy but a tragic and frequent outcome of untreated bipolar affective disorder. The condition is seductive, for in early stage hypomania, the persons work is of high quality, he or she has enviable stamina and can go for days without sleep. An acquainance of mine with bipolar told me she was convinced that revolutions and breakthroughs may often be accomplished by talented persons on bipolar upswings. She witnessed many of these persons creating the stunning breakthroughs that created Silicon Valley, California, and two others I have met have been mightily productive artists.

The tragedy is that the superb creativity and energy of the manic phase is succeeded by varying degrees of depression unimaginable physical exhaustion. One cannot sleep even when one needs most to sleep, and worst of all, modern living gives few encouragements for rest and balance.

Forty years ago, there were few resources for recognizing and treating bipolar affective disorder. Even today, most persons suffer for an average of ten years until they are diagnosed and even then, medical care must be tailored to the individual needs of each person.

07.26.10

Beyond Hinduism and the culture crime of the Aryans

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The Aryan Invasion Theory and Hindu Politics

David Frawley is one of the biggest windbags on the subject of the AIT.
I think that we are seeing the last phase of ‘hinduism’ and the rebirth of the real Indian tradition for a new age of modernity.
The AIT is not ultimately a Eurocentric viewpoint, and cannot be done away with ideological denunciations.
In fact, the real indignation should be against the monumental theft of the Indian tradition by Aryans.

The Aryan invasion theory, as Schaffer notes, arose from a Eurocentric view that was hostile to an Indic basis for Western civilization or peoples. The discovery of close affinities between the Indo-European languages in the eighteenth century required an explanation. By placing the original Aryans in Europe, who later migrated to India where they got absorbed by the indigenous population, it took away any need to connect the ancient Europeans with India, which was not pleasing to the colonial mindset of the time. The theory eventually developed an antisemetic tone. It was used to trace Western culture not to the Jews and their Biblical accounts but to an proposed European homeland dominated by Nordic peoples. Thus the invasion theory eventually became one of the pillars for Nazi historians (yet strangely the communists in India have become strong supporters of the theory and accuse those who question it of being fascists!).

Unfortunately some scholars today, particularly Indian leftists, argue that the rejection of the Aryan invasion theory is just a political ploy of Hindu fanatics.They point out how Hindu texts like the Vedas and Puranas, though mentioning different regions and rulers, contain many fanciful and unscientific ideas. How therefore can we take their history seriously? They fail to note that all ancient accounts like the Bible, Egyptian, Greek, or Sumerian records have their mythic and legendary elements and this is not used to so completely reject them. They similarly argue that Hindus today have many fanciful ideas about history, like placing the events of the Ramayana over a million years ago, as if this barred any Hindus from ever having valid historical notions.

07.25.10

U.S. Atheists Reportedly Using Hair Dryers to ‘De-Baptize’

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U.S. Atheists Reportedly Using Hair Dryers to ‘De-Baptize’

Lahore attack strikes Sufism

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Lahore attack strikes Sufism, a tolerant blend of Islam
The attack on the landmark Data Darbar shrine in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, which killed 41 people, was an assault on an ancient, traditionally syncretic form of Islam that is under siege in a fast radicalising country.