07.31.11

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07.30.11

Another Karmapa article, and comment: buddhism and revolution

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http://darwiniana.com/2011/07/30/buddhism-and-revolution/

07.29.11

An end to Tibetan political religion?

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/us/29lama.html

Article on the young Karmapa: I think that the current Dalai Lama should be the last of the political buddhists from Tibet. Tibetan buddhism is quietly killing buddhism in the west, because it is a phony front for something invisible to the naked eye. The Dalai Lama was harmless enough, and has attempted to adapt, but with this Karmapa we are confronted with something potentially insidious.
To be fair, the previous Karmapa, whom I remember, was sophisticated and intelligent Tibet rep, and his supposed reincarnation should be a person of note. But the problem here is Tibet’s totally strange system of expending all its spiritual resources to maintain these limited lineages, while everyone else gets nothing. It is time to see the corruption that has become the path of Mahayana, with its regimes of boddhissatwas.
It is a complete waste of time, and a system that will make you a spiritual peasant. The current Dalai Lama is a charming total idiot, and a good PR mouthpiece. But the deeper reality is truly frightening.

I am not a buddhist (it is impossible to be one, in fact, in my view), so I am merely warning enthusiasts to be wary of the real Tibet. The Tibetan Buddhists need to come clean about the fascist agenda that lurks in the nineteenth century Blavatsky continuation. It is not possible to so much as utter the word compassion anymore in a buddhist sense. The hidden esotericism has made total fools of all its admirers, and it is time to shovel dirt over buddhism as we know it, and start over. The insidious nature of such buddhism is harmful and is on the prowl for unawakened agents who can do the dirty work of these ultra-reactionary formations.

So, the Karmapa should radically dismantle the Tibetan political religion (hopefully freeing Tibet from China), while Westerners should stop being fooled by a movement that never produces transformation, and doesn’t take Westerners seriously (any culture that makes Stepen Seagal a tulku, presumbably because he is Jewish can’t be taken seriously as a potential path).
Tibetan buddhism is an anomaly of buddhism as such: we need to consider the real history of buddhism, and the bitterness of its destruction in India, and from there not get entangled in another generation of phony baloney Tibetan religious charades.

07.28.11

Chopra, Bennett, and physics/consciousness issues

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http://darwiniana.com/2011/07/28/more-on-harrischopra/

I think that, Schopenhauer apart, J.G. Bennett produced an approach to doing science while dealing with issues of consciousness that can help to forestall the trouble Chopra gets into. Bennett’s work is highl flawed, as we have said here many times, but if you dance around it gingerly it can keep you away from some typical mistakes. Thus I think that Chopra’s attempt to say the universe is alive, and/or related to ‘god’ in some sense, is no better than what he critiques. It seems to move in the right direction, but creates its own problems.
We should review some of Bennett’s thinking here again, maybe, and we can see that we can still do good science, with this different perspective on the sidelines. Maybe.

Danielou search link: posts here on his work, including scanned text

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http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/index.php?s=danielou
The search results for ‘danielou’ here at The Gurdjieff Con: a lot of posts, but you can get a lot of good info here, including a lot of scanned material from Danielou’s ‘History of India’.

We should also be wary of Danielou: he was something of a Hindu fanatic also, and a Traditionalist in the sense of the book Against the Modern World, where he is discussed.

Comment on Danielou

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Comment on Axial Age and meditation:

Richard
207.138.47.153 2011/07/27 at 1:29 pm
Interesting comment here:

…there are some surprising parallels too, both between Dionysian myth and Tantric lore

I think the most well-known advocate of a purported connection between Dionysus and Saivite Tantra (and indeed, the bhakta movement) is Alain Danielou, in particular his book Gods of Love and Ecstasy. However, I’d advise caution in taking too much of “Gods” on face value. Danielou, like some other orientalists, sees “Saivism” (and by extension, tantra) as an ur-religion predating the Vedic-Brahmanical religion – for example, he sees the famous Marshall Seal as a definite representation of Siva – a view which is highly speculative, to say the least. In his efforts to demonstrate that Saivism is a kind of primeval wellspring of ecstatic religions, he takes some liberties with translation, for example, in Gods of Love and Ecstasy he asserts that Yin & Yang are “Chinese transcriptions” of the words Yoni and Linga. Similarly, in his translation of the Kama Sutra one can see Danielou’s desire to read evidence for Classical India’s tolerence for homosexuality (a hotly contested subject, needless to say) turning into some “creative translations” such as svairini as “lesbian” or auparistaka as “homophile relations”.

Danielou’s an interesting character – a “Traditionalist” very much in the mold of Julius Evola and Rene Guenon – he believed that modernisation was bad for India, hated Gandhi (he refers to him as a “silly idealist”), and wrote a great deal praising the Indian Caste System, from which he believed the west could learn a thing or two. His book Virtue, Success, Pleasure & Liberation for example, explains that:

“a woman who has had a lover or has been raped is no longer fit for her role as mother because the heredity of her children is believed to be affected … Henceforth she will belong to the corporation of women who have had relations with several men, i.e. prostitutes, and her duties will be those of that group.”

He’s also famous for claiming that the British Empire lost India because of the influx of Middle and Upper-class women (“memsahibs”) into the country – interfering with Western men’s ability for enjoying the delights of native sexuality. Danielou’s another of those writers who, like Richard Burton, sees western sexuality as stultified and Asian sexuality as “natural”. For a brief account of Danielou in India, see Robert Aldrich’s Colonialism and Homosexuality (previewable through Google Books).

http://liminalnation.org/discuss/discussion/179/western-tantra-the-dionysian-kaula-was-intelligent-magick/p1

Interesting comment here:

…there are some surprising parallels too, both between Dionysian myth and Tantric lore

I think the most well-known advocate of a purported connection between Dionysus and Saivite Tantra (and indeed, the bhakta movement) is Alain Danielou, in particular his book Gods of Love and Ecstasy. However, I’d advise caution in taking too much of “Gods” on face value. Danielou, like some other orientalists, sees “Saivism” (and by extension, tantra) as an ur-religion predating the Vedic-Brahmanical religion – for example, he sees the famous Marshall Seal as a definite representation of Siva – a view which is highly speculative, to say the least. In his efforts to demonstrate that Saivism is a kind of primeval wellspring of ecstatic religions, he takes some liberties with translation, for example, in Gods of Love and Ecstasy he asserts that Yin & Yang are “Chinese transcriptions” of the words Yoni and Linga. Similarly, in his translation of the Kama Sutra one can see Danielou’s desire to read evidence for Classical India’s tolerence for homosexuality (a hotly contested subject, needless to say) turning into some “creative translations” such as svairini as “lesbian” or auparistaka as “homophile relations”.

Danielou’s an interesting character – a “Traditionalist” very much in the mold of Julius Evola and Rene Guenon – he believed that modernisation was bad for India, hated Gandhi (he refers to him as a “silly idealist”), and wrote a great deal praising the Indian Caste System, from which he believed the west could learn a thing or two. His book Virtue, Success, Pleasure & Liberation for example, explains that:

“a woman who has had a lover or has been raped is no longer fit for her role as mother because the heredity of her children is believed to be affected … Henceforth she will belong to the corporation of women who have had relations with several men, i.e. prostitutes, and her duties will be those of that group.”

He’s also famous for claiming that the British Empire lost India because of the influx of Middle and Upper-class women (“memsahibs”) into the country – interfering with Western men’s ability for enjoying the delights of native sexuality. Danielou’s another of those writers who, like Richard Burton, sees western sexuality as stultified and Asian sexuality as “natural”. For a brief account of Danielou in India, see Robert Aldrich’s Colonialism and Homosexuality (previewable through Google Books).

http://liminalnation.org/discuss/discussion/179/western-tantra-the-dionysian-kaula-was-intelligent-magick/p1
Richard

Type danielou in the search box and you will find a lot on this author here, including the issue of his ‘Traditionalism’ as discussed in the book Against the Modern Age.
Danielou suddenly resolved for me the issue of the antiquity of Indic spirituality with its primoridal Jainism, and Shaivism. A hindu traditionalist who adopted this perspective (along with many Indian gurus and philosophers) such as Danielou was strong testimony against the OIT debate, etc…
We will review these posts again later but I note Richard’s valuable indication of some resemblance between tantra and dionysian cults in the Occident: Danielou discussed this in one of his many books on these subjects.
I cannot say for sure what truth there is in this, but the birth of many religious themes in the Neolithic, and in parallel zones, Oriental and Occidental, is very likely, and the resemblance of Shiva and Dionysus is considerable (but we could also be the near a mistake).
I think that Danielou simply took it for granted that Indian religion was very ancient, and the questions of primordial Shaivism suggest how yoga/tantra might have emerged in earlier forms ages ago.

More on Andrew Cohen’s confusion of evolution and consciousness

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http://darwiniana.com/2011/07/28/cohens-confusion-over-evolution/

Enlightenment means consciousness beyond ego and evolution means development in time. So Evolutionary Enlightenment means the development in time of consciousness beyond ego. The path, in the context of evolutionary enlightenment, is, at least in theory, quite simple. It is a journey from identification with ego to identification with the evolutionary impulse. It is a radical transformation of our relationship to the human experience, from one that is fundamentally negative, narcissistic, compulsive, and rigid to one that is inherently positive, liberated, consciously creative, and perpetually evolving.

In an evolutionary context, the expression of the enlightened or liberated self is perpetual development in time. So if the individual is not developing in a measurable and discernable way, that means that he or she is stagnating in the emotional and psychological prison of unenlightenment that is the individual and collective ego.

Ego, in this context, is defined as inertia — an anti-evolutionary posture of narcissism and self-concern that is based upon the conviction, conscious or unconscious, that something fundamental is terribly, terribly wrong. It is because of our unquestioned identification with the negative orientation of the ego that most of us find ourselves unable to consistently express the freedom, lightness of being, and ecstatic positivity that is the quality of the evolutionary impulse, which I call the Authentic Self. And it is because of identification with ego that so few of us are able to spiritually evolve in a truly significant way.

A simple equation I often use to describe the path of evolutionary enlightenment is that it is a journey from minus one to zero to plus one. I refer to the ego’s relationship to life as “minus one” because it is fundamentally negative. And the path of transformation, reduced to its simplest terms, is the shift from the ego’s negative relationship to life to the authentic self’s positive relationship to life, which I call “plus one.” But it’s not possible to make this profound transition in one simple step, to go directly from a relationship to life that is negative, narcissistic, compulsive, and rigid to a relationship to life that is positive, liberated, consciously creative, and perpetually evolving. In an enlightenment context, as a first step, we always have to go to zero, which means to assume no relationship to life, mind, and time. Only then do we discover the freedom of enlightenment, and ultimately learn how to freely choose what a right relationship to life would be.

Zero means no relationship whatsoever. You leap from something to nothing, from the manifest to the unmanifest, from the individual and collective ego to the ground of all being. In that groundless ground that has never entered into the stream of time, the burden of existence falls from your shoulders and you are released from the entire process of becoming. So when you go back to zero, you don’t have any problems to overcome. Ego is the conviction that you have a problem, and that there is something fundamentally wrong. But when you experience zero, or no relationship, you realize in a flash that that was never true. Profoundly liberated from the ego and its unending self-concern, you reemerge from that primordial emptiness ready to be a vessel for the original creative impulse, the authentic self, bursting with ecstatic urgency and a fearless passion to become.

So the goal in evolutionary enlightenment is for the individual, through the power of conscious choice, to shift his or her fundamental locus of identification from the ego to the evolutionary impulse or authentic self. And the only way for that to happen is to take the heroic journey from minus one to zero to plus one; from a negative relationship to life, to no relationship to life, to a positive relationship to life; from inertia to emptiness to the evolutionary impulse; from ego to no self to the authentic self. The journey begins when we recognize the prison of ego, then leads to its dissolution in the ground of all being, and finally to our reemergence as a liberated, perpetually evolving expression of the authentic self, standing strong and fearless. That’s the path of development in the teaching of evolutionary enlightenment.

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07.27.11

Shiva seal: evidence of meditating yogi?

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Shiva Pashupati

07.25.11

Axial Age and meditation??

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-taft/downtime-for-the-stone-ag_b_889446.html
This quote (and article) shows a series of confusions: 1. the Axial Age was more than a period of the founding of religion, 2. meditation existed from the beginnings of homo sapiens, implicitly, if not explicitly, as the potential of consciousness. In any case, ‘meditation’ is much more ancient than the Axial period.

In general the complexities of human consciousness didn’t evolve by a Darwinian method!

This is where meditation comes in. Meditation was invented during the founding of the Axial religions, around 500 BCE. Before that, I suspect that people had little need for it. Life had been simple enough and still natural enough to allow the brain the down time it needed. But with the construction of massive city states, civilizations, new technologies, and highly interconnected modern societies, people’s ability to cope with the novelty overload they were experiencing began to break down. Siddhartha Gautama (the historical person now known by his title, the Buddha) said that suffering was caused by tanha which is usually translated as “desire,” but which could easily be alternatively translated as “seeking.” Seeking causes suffering. Constantly on the lookout for novelty, you cannot rest. You get caught in a hyperactive feedback loop that eventually rags you out. To combat this affliction of modernity, the Buddha prescribed meditation.

07.24.11

Marrs and the hidden research of the Third Reich era

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http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2010/03/03/marrs-on-the-fourth-reich/

I have since read this book, and Marrs’ thesis is good enough to ask further exploration: the right wing connections with possible Nazi emigre circles, etc… (as an example, I read recently of a claim the Arica group was really a crypto-rightist occult seed of South American Nazis…proof please!!!)

But the book unwittingly produces some data on another question that I find of interest: the tremendous number of really smart (I mean really high IQ) types at work in exotic research not just in the third Reich, but in the generations of the Enligntenment onward. There were a lot of really significant discoveries made in the first third of the twentieth century in Germany, a lot of that research now suppressed. Not all suppressed, like artificial gasoline, rockets, etc,…
A good example, whose factual basis is still not sufficiently documented, is the probable real discovery and first creation of an atomic weapon in Germany (not the Heisenberg strain), or at least the purified uranium, and the hidden legacy of that now suppressed reasearch (and upgraded uranium) as it made its way to Los Alamos. I would like to see this research done right in some new books upgrading these sloppy sleuths. Marrs stumbles on a list of about twenty such hidden research projects, now lost to history it seems. As noted, many are now in the public domain, like gasoline from coal, etc…

The deepest legacy here, I suspect, is the emergence of Rosicrucianism in Germany with roots in the pre-modern. And then the subsequent spin-offs, e.g. freemasonry (or does that have different sources). The Faust legend is perhaps a garbled version of this.
Again, as noted today here in a previous post: do not overplay the ‘Rosicrucian/Freemasonry’ card. These are genuine human home-grown spiritual paths, but highly flawed for that reason.
But the suspicions grows that, as with the (mostly useless) outer signs of the Rosicrucian stream (garbage in, garbage out), there is a probable hidden strain of realized sages in the Euro-Germanic sector, and this turned rancid in the nineteenth century stimulation of rightist occultism. Of course, the real legacy there is indirectly visible in Blavatsky’s orientalized perspective, so we can easily make too much of such things as masonry and the rosicrucian strain (99% a waste of time). But as clues to something they remain. I am suspicious Eastern sources used Germanic and other lore as disinformation fronts for a really ominous brand of something rumored about, e.g. Rajneesh pointing the finger at the ‘buddhists’ (?) as staging fascist/nazi actions. A similar exploitation of disinformation fronts like Nietzsche was especially confusing.
I feel frustrated that Rajneesh never said anything more here. But not surprising, as he was soon murdered for all his outrages.

Meanwhile Marrs is useful as a source of leads, had one the time to pursue them. !!!

Marrs’ skullduggerous (?) scholarship/private eye sleuthing/conspiracy research

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:17 am

http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2010/03/03/marrs-on-the-fourth-reich/

We have actually discussed the 9/11 issue here already, and even more at Darwiniana, where there are quite a few posts on David Ray Griffin, and others, like Tarpley. And then Jim Marrs, who has a whole series of books, check him out at Amazon.com. To show the connection with what we are doing here (!), check out:
http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2010/03/03/marrs-on-the-fourth-reich/
and then…
Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids [Paperback]

It is not hard to consider that Marrs has turned whacko with these books, but since he wrote a very good book on the JFK assassination he gets my respect.

As I have noted before, Jim Marrs wrote some books I wanted to write (as is obvious to readers of this blog), so to speak, but couldn’t because I lack his chutzpah and demand a measure of rigor.
But the topic he attempted, and bungled (you can get the point from his titles and their Amazon pages/commenters), was what we have tried here without full success: the continuum of government conspiriacies, the fascist right, the nazi right, and in turn their relationship to the occult tradition.
All these attempts founder and all peddle the same mass of confused data: the Trilateral stuff, the Skull and Bones stuff, then, take a deep breath, the Illuminati, and, with Marrs, a connection all the way back to the Pharaohs.
You know what? Marrs is onto something. But as Idries Shah once noted to critics of sufi secrecy, it would not be secret if people gave it away. There are a lot of things that never make it to public awareness.

The point here is that Marrs et al are probably right, but we don’t have the correct facts.

Noone has put the pieces together right on all this. But the obvious point is the suspicion of esoteric underground issues of great antiquity. And they regularly thwart all efforts to realize a spiritual path.

Then again, as we have also pointed out, if you look at the eonic effect you will see that most of this undergournd stream is GIGO (garbage in, garbage out): it doesn’t control events in the way suspected, and its reactionary tendencies make it all ‘off the wall’. The ‘esoterics’ are just as confused as everyone else.

Some relief: a look at the ‘eonic effect’ shows a higher process at work, and the world’s occultists are mostly out in left field from beginning to end. They can undermine civilizations, but they can’t create them.

I should note that this was an issue understood by the Greeks (and other polytheists) who distinguished between garden variety deities, major deities, and such as Prometheus, the champion of man.
Note the meaning of this: much of the ‘divine’ obsession is about entities (imaginary or not) who are authoritarian, and destroy human freedom.
As the Greeks understood there are ‘gods’ who champion man, and help to liberate him from the domination of the ‘gods’. We don’t need the polytheism or its language to understand the point. The rise of modern freedom was ‘promethean’ (as Marx sensed, using that metaphor), and the reaction is beginning as all the slimy spirits and their henchmen like Gurdjieff are bent on destroying all that and reenslaving man.

The place of democracy in world history springs from a Promethean impulse that is beyond the ‘domination of divine powers’. The myth of Prometheus can be useful, but also confuse the issue. But the point is clear.
The myth still has its meaning and you can see how the ‘esoteric’ crowd falls under the spell of the enemies of freedom.
It is totally obvious in the “New Age” attacks on modern democracy, or on modernity as such.

Web site on Griffin

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http://tvnewslies.org/html/david_ray_griffin__almost_perf.html

Griffin at YouTube

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:58 am

http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCHN-1Yk5LI

07.23.11

9/11

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:33 am

Griffin books are essential reading. Tarpley’s book on 9/11 is also good.
The 9/11 question has been fairly well nailed by the critics of the official version

Paul said,

22.07.11 at 2:53 pm

Griffin’s bk is endorsed by Lynn Margulis. And then there is the ‘Architects for 9/11 truth’.

http://www.ae911truth.org/

I heard the leader of this group on radio and he’s v. perceptive.

They claim that the evidence of explosives in the towers is overwhelming – they are not saying it’s a ‘conspiracy; but that there is enuf evidence to justify a public inquiry..

07.22.11

Pew survey on 9/11

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:52 am

Pew Survey: Arabs Not Responsible For 9/11, Say Majority In Muslim Nations

Americans are oblivious to the incredible trip laid on the head of Moslems re: the 9/11 events. The expose by figures such as David Ray Griffin (check Amazon under name) leave the status of the American government open to some challenge!