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I need to recupe the costs of this one before I make a new one so help me obi won kenobi. You re my only hope.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
The krishna consiosness movement was founded by this dude in the picture. He came from india in the sixties and converted many dirty hippies to the worship of Krishna. Primary principle is Bhaktí-yoga or the yoga of devotional love for god. They see all god worship in all the world to be the worship of the same god. They have a prophet that came 500 years ago who released the knowledge held by the brahmas to the masses. This dude told everyone that the gates of heaven would be open as long as you chant the name of god and dance around. Hare Krishna Kare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare hare. This means basically, ´God, let me be an instrument for your love´´
They have dieties and a big alter behind a curtain. 4 or five times a day they open the curtain and everyone dances around and sings. Many of the devotees spend all day caring for the deities. Every day they get a new set of clothes, everyday they take a bath, and you cant eat any food until its been offered to them first. Devotees wake at 4 am, take a cold shower and start devotions.
These people were very sweet and we got a long well. I sang all of their songs and read all of their books (some of them). Mostly in our discussions it served to strengthen my personal convictions that you can access the devine realms through the material realm through various processes and that´s ok with Krishna too. This organization focuses all energy on the devotional service at the expense of all other joga forms. I think physical asanas are key.
I also dont agree that every one NEEDS a guru and that the gurus word is forever law. I rather prefer the concept of the guru within. When asked if we are the body or the soul I said both, wheareas they try to deny the body at all costs. I feel that denying the material is the denial of the feminin aspect of reality. Some interesting tidbits I gathered about the guru in this ashram is that he doesnt beleive the Americans landed on the moon and also beleives that aids was started in a lab.
There is much wisdom to be gathered from the Indian texts such as the bhagavad gita and the bhagavatam. The vedic traditon is the longest standing faith system. Although I would argue the traditions of shamanism spread back deeper.
The greatest thing with this place is that everyone gets together at the end of the day and sings songs and discusses fundamental questions of reality. Also vegetarian diet is pretty darned good. But so is smoking reefer and Im pretty sure altered states have a traditon of being used in this faith. I was greatly stimulated by this atmosphere and am very greatful. They bestowed apon me a set of mala beads in order for me to recite the mantra. I also learned how to make dream catchers.
I was sad to leave and they gave me a bag of Krishna Clothes to take to another ashram in the jungles of ecuador. I feel privelaged to have this devotional mission. I leave their feeling lucid and cleansed.
Back in Lima now which is an ancient seething grey polluted cesspool. Never gets sunshine because the clouds get caught and pushed back by the towering andes! Makes me wonder why they built a city here in the first place. Maybe Im being a bit harsh. We´re going to spend the day trying to find some shining spots like the beautiful old churches and museums. Need to gather information about the ancient cultures as we´re headed north to the sunny beach where there´s many ruin sites. The ruins of Chan Chan is the oldest and largest adobe city in the new world. Apparently their culture was inspired primarily by the San Pedro Cactus.
If you´re interested Ill continue my travelog here as It progresses.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Of course, you have probably guessed by now, that I would never have destroyed all this work and that the blog is safely archived. So 'deletion' was merely flipping the switch off, and then on 'again. But don't get me wrong, I'm not saying my actions are any less bad only that I would never destroy all that collaboration.
And although lots of people may be angry with me, I think that I have learned a lot from this. People's reactions and some thoughtful words from friends gave me advice on what to do next.
And as you can see by the link below a new era has begun already....blog on!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The blog was deleted.The blog had come to an end. After no serious discontent, after no major event, the blog crumbled, gone as quickly as it had been created and there it was, finished. Could it be so? Could it all be over? Or is this a new beginning? ....or if not...than when is good day to end this blog?
How about 03/02/2010. (exactly five years after its beginning in 03/02/09).
That gives us three more months to wrap this thing up and call it done.
but was alerted to an emergency situation
fortunately, the patient is in recovery
and the prognosis is good
but it does make me bear in mind
(as I usually do, when I don't forget)
that all things on the internet
(and in this life, don't forget)
are nothing but dust and ether
and often much less than either
- fortunate are we to ever see anything more
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"What is capable of restoring enthusiasm and confidence? What can encourage the human spirit to rediscover its path, to raise its eyes to the horizon, to dream of a life worthy of its vocation - if not beauty?
The experience of beauty does not remove us from reality, on the contrary, it leads to a direct encounter with the daily reality of our lives, liberating it from darkness, transfiguring it, making it radiant and beautiful.
You are the custodians of beauty: thanks to your talent, you have the opportunity to speak to the heart of humanity, to touch individual and collective sensibilities, to call forth dreams and hopes, to broaden the horizons of knowledge and of human engagement."
-- J.A. Ratzinger 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Lists are of course arbitrary, especially when it comes to art. I guess that's what makes them interesting? Anyways, when I read this I immediately wondered what you guys thought.
Just a side note, I had no idea that Damien Hurst had sold one of his collections for $198 MILLION US. And he's still alive!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Nassau’s footway, pursued by the
carnival of street noise to
where rosedale glows.
I alight on the doorstep
and push open
and the thickness
of the silence acoustic
shelves lined with volumes
the drift of my finger's
over face over spine
each awake now
silently mouthing their words to me
in language I finally can understand.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I wanted to share my on-line show "Pre-Christmas Consumerist Blitz" Starting at 6pm CMT on Sunday, November 8, 2009. It's an open event, not exclusive to facebook friends, so, if inclined... and while you're at it, add me on FB!
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Contour is expression of a blind faith.
A trust for the inalienable possibility of identity.
And not unity into a single form,
but a fantastically re-enchanted real observation
of the interplay between one and many,
the dot like plenum continuum,
the gelled string of extant
that is me and my circumstances,
me in my life.
Ah, it too lives.
I am one, and we are many,
it is both, the third order ontology
Let us be thankful that this young man
is now released from the sweet sweet apathy.
Blessed be the rage in him,
through him, and with him.
Let us be thankful this father will one day
also know the beauty of the everlasting hope,
and can for now accept the empathy
which flows from these minds of weak resistance.
Blessed is the rage in the light of life.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
are seen here today
The things I have listened
The cruelties I've said
For this is apology
Your gracious deep breath
When I lost to love
stuck on that day
Never the same
to gift in exchange
Your body is light
your naivety fame
Forever so bright
Forget what I said
Yet easy to resent
is the hurt I have laid
But always remember
You know you're the same
The best and the sane
support in extreme
I wish I could be
what you need to slave
I love you the same
the day I forgave
I'll love you the same
until it's explained
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Change and evolution in fashion was brilliantly summarized by British critic James Laver, who in 1937 at the height of the Surrealist movement, wrote that the same article of clothing will be "indecent 10 years before its time, shameless five years before its time, outre 1 year before its time, smart, dowdy 1 year after its time, hideous 20 years after its time, romantic 100 years after its time, beautiful 150 years after its time."
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"perception is a condition to which we are intellectually and emotionally attached."
above the Arctic Circle
we played cards
spoke and said not much
glances was all we understood
there’s no need
to deal in order
that is the order of things here:
time allows that luxury
the role of cards
and of glances
in a place like this
is to alleviate the burden of time