28 December 2008
-- from Outside the Circles of Time (Kenneth Grant)
26 December 2008
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18 December 2008
-- Robert DeGrimston (Process Church of Final Judgement), "As It Is"
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15 December 2008
-- Michael Bertiaux (qtd. in Kenneth Grant's Hecate's Fountain)
10 December 2008
They cited a survey indicating that a large number of university students already utilize prescription brain-enhancing stimulants for both academic and non-academic purposes.
The scientists suggested that doctors and responsible individuals in other fields evaluate the costs and benefits of encouranging wider use of such drugs. Others warn that the negative side effects of many such drugs outweigh their benefits, however.
03 December 2008
Elderly volunteers were scanned with MRIs while half the study group used the Internet and the other half performed ordinary reading tasks. The MRI scan indicated that both text reading and Internet searching stimulated the regions of the brain controlling language, reading, memory and vision. But the Internet search activated more neural regions, including regions controlling complex reasoning and decision making. This increased brain activity, probably due to the many rapid choices such searches involve, suggests that subjects had a richer sensory experience and heightened attention.
29 November 2008
-- from Hecate's Fountain (Kenneth Grant)
19 November 2008
Earlier research on the neural mechanisms of decision-making found that the brain processes two separate streams of data: one is based on our own experience and our record of success or failure in similar circumstances, based on trial and error; the other flows from the fact that we are social animals, and that we are influenced by what others do and say. Most scientists had assumed that the neural underpinning of this second kind of learning was more complex than the first, but the new study suggests that in both functions, the brain uses the same basic computational mechanism.
14 November 2008
-- from Principia Discordia (Greg Hill and Kerry Thornley) orig. pub. 1965
13 November 2008
07 November 2008
-- Carroll, Liber Null
03 November 2008
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16 October 2008
11 October 2008
-- from Demian (Herman Hesse)
07 October 2008
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03 October 2008
-- R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience
30 September 2008
All devotees of the Living God are called to Holy War, which is a creative and benign struggle with the limitations of self and the common conditions of the human world. In time, the Truth may even seem to win – not as a result of brutal worldly power, but because Truth has no equal and no opponent.
-- Da Free John, The Eating Gorilla Comes in Peace
23 September 2008
19 September 2008
-- Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man
16 September 2008
08 September 2008
"Only the development of his inner powers can offset the dangers inherent in man's losing control of the tremendous natural forces at his disposal and becoming the victim of his own achievements."
-- Roberto Assagioli, The Act of Will
03 September 2008
28 August 2008
May the time come when men, having been awakened to a sense of the close bond linking all the movements of this world in the single, all-embracing work of the Incarnation, shall be unable to give themselves to any one of the their tasks without illuminating it with the clear vision that their work – however elementary it may be – is received and put to good use by a Center of the universe. When that comes to pass, there will be little to separate life in the cloister from the life of the world. And only then will the action of the children of heaven have attained the intended plenitude of its humanity.
-- Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu
21 August 2008
yet men have no comprehension of it!
They experience the words and deeds that I have set out,
yet still do they not understand.
Truly, mankind is as unconscious of what they do when 'awake'
as when they are asleep.
12 August 2008
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14 July 2008
Such "brain fitness" style software has become increasingly popular in recent years as popular awareness of neuroscience and the possibility of increasing one's own brain function (neuroplasticity) has increased. As a result, similar software has been developed for other user platforms, including video game systems.
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10 July 2008
05 July 2008
An independent video game creator is developing a yoga program / video game that makes use of Nintendo's popular new "Wii Balance Board" (see photo), an accessory that attaches to its Wii game console and inputs the users weight and position into compatible games. The publisher of the upcoming yoga game indicates that the concept will introduce young people to the techniques and philosophy of yoga in a fun, dynamic video environment.
02 July 2008
01 July 2008
Many a wise man claims that in order to know God one
must denude oneself of the signs of one's existence, efface
one's identity, finally rid oneself of one's self. This is error.
How could a thing that does not exist get rid of its
If you think that to know God depends on you ridding
yourself of yourself, then you are guilty of attributing partners
to God, the greatest error; because you are claiming
that there is another existence besides That, the all-existent;
that there is a you and a That.
Therefore, do not think anymore that you need to become
nothing, that you need to annihilate yourself in God. If you
thought so, then you would be God's veil, while a veil over God
is other than God. How could you be a veil that hides God?
What hides God is God's being the One Alone.
-- Ibn Arabi (13th cent. Sufi Master)
30 June 2008
-- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, On the Bhagavad Gita
27 June 2008
-- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, On The Bhagavad Gita
18 June 2008
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30 May 2008
-- Gurdjieff, from Views from the Real World
24 May 2008
15 May 2008
-- Marcus Aurelius, from Meditations 6:9
13 May 2008
Poets do not "fit" into society, not because a place is denied them, but because they do not take their "places" seriously. They openly see society's roles as theatrical, its styles as poses, its clothing costumes, its rules conventional, its crises arranged, its conflicts performed, and its metaphysics ideological.
-- James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games
"If we can learn to understand that even though we may feel quite content just now at this moment, around the corner not too far away some form of suffering is inevitable, and that we have our choice between suffering and pain, then perhaps we can find in ourselves the serious 'wish to work.' The false hope of some future attainable state in which we will feel no pain can destroy the inner necessity for work, unless we realize once and for all with the whole of our Being that this is an imaginary idea."
-- E.J. Gold, from The Hidden Work
12 May 2008
26 April 2008
-- Sri Aurobindo, from The Life Divine
24 April 2008
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26 March 2008
-- Bodhidharma (5th cent.)
18 March 2008
-- Dogen, Shobogenzo
14 March 2008
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12 February 2008
Thousands of followers accompanied the body of their guru from his ashram to the burning site. In attendance was filmmaker David Lynch (a longtime TM practitioner and advocate) and one-time Presidential candidate John Hagelin of Maharishi's Natural Law Party.
09 February 2008
seek teachings everywhere.
Like a deer that finds
a quiet place to graze,
seek seclusion to digest
all you have gathered.
Like a madman,
beyond all limits,
go wherever you please
and live like a lion
completely free of all fear.
-- a Dzogchen tantra, from The Crystal and the Way of Light by Namkhai Norbu
-- Rowena Pattee, in Shape Shifters: Shaman Women in Contemporary Society by Michele Jamal
29 January 2008
23 January 2008
-- U.G. Krishnamurti (7.9.18 - 3.22.07)
22 January 2008
Have you observed that if you look inside, time exists not? If you look outside there is time, but if you look inside there is no time. Have you not felt it sometimes, sitting silently with closed eyes -- that inside you have not aged at all? Inside you remain the same as when you were a child, or as when you were young. Inside nothing has changed: the face is wrinkled by age, the hairs have gone gray, death is approaching -- this is all from the outside. If you look in the mirror then of course there are signs that much time has passed, that very little is left, that sooner or later you will be gone. But look within: there has never been any time there.
You are born, but not yet really born. A rebirth is needed; you have to be twice-born. The first birth is only the physical birth, the second birth is the real birth: the spiritual birth. You have to come to know yourself, who you are. You have to ask this question: Who am I? And while life is there, why not enquire into life itself? Why bother about death? When it comes, you can face it and you can know it. Don't miss this opportunity of knowing life while life surrounds you.
One birth has been given to you by your parents, the other birth is waiting. It has to be given to you by yourself. You have to father and mother yourself. Then your whole energy is turning in -- it becomes an inner circle.
12 January 2008
If one could die completely to all attachments right now, then awakening would immediately be attained.
-- Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, Elements of Sufism
09 January 2008
-- Ouspensky, from Conscience: The Search for Truth
06 January 2008
-- Sri Madhava Ashish, qtd. in In Search of the Unitive Vision by Seymour Ginsburg