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Donna Summer's Love to Love, Serenading the Joy of Gaia

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 13/11/2017 - 05:32

A woman's candid expression of carnal pleasure, joy and ecstasy is something which is supposed to be private, something she acknowledges to herself when alone, or when she is with her partner. Even then her partner is not privy to some of these expressions. In this song she appears to be reliving the experience, and expressing her feelings about her man in song.

Acknowledgement and Revival of Yoni Consciousness in Christendom

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:45

Yogaredux:

Spirituality:

Take the yoni as a symbol, like the cross in relation to the crucifix, free of the presence of the body with it, essentially the image of the virgin with the elements of the body removed, leaving only the surrounding halo, the lines of the clothing. Is there a case for such a symbol in Christianity? There already is such a symbol, but with the body of Mary superposed and ensconced within it. The desire here is for a wholly abstracted one, but recognizable in its features.

On the design, simulation, and creation, of mind

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Fri, 19/05/2017 - 19:00

Let us assume that our thoughts and feelings are actually creations, that they are not mere side effects of the interaction between physical matter and the mind/brain. In effect God in Her mind fashions our thoughts and emotions. They are tangible/material elements to Her which She fashions or forms in our consciousness. She has her CAD workstation constituted of Her mind, where She forms these thoughts before putting them into production.

The Soliloquy of We

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sun, 14/05/2017 - 12:35

Spirituality:

Visitors to the TED website or their Youtube channel some years ago may remember this presentation by Jill Bolte Taylor. The ostensible title of the presentation is "My Stroke of Insight", but what many of the people who (have) watched it probably have never noticed is that its true title is "Who are we?" If you watch the presentation closely you see that caption appear a few times in the presentation.

The Darshan of Melani

Submitted by afrocentric on Tue, 03/01/2017 - 19:14

MelaniI have been looking at this blog post of mine on Google and Isabelle. The photos of the women at the end have to be scrolled through one at a time, and a few times on scrolling through them I sense a kind of grace in looking at them. It is as though the beauty of the pictures is some kind of blessing, that it is some divine kindness which has made the images of those women available to be witnessed. In some way I have come to the conclusion that it is the picture of Melani is the one which contributes the most to this feeling.

The Electronic Brain

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sun, 28/08/2016 - 19:55

(from Advaita Musings)

Thinking along similar lines as the Direct Post Processing Induction let us consider a different case. In this one consciousness arises as an effect of the states in an electronic computer, rather than those in a biological brain.

In this example the whole world is modelled right down to the quantum level in a computer and the sentient aspect of the brain models the biological brain exactly, only in this example consciousness arises from the electronic states.

My Galactic Brain

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Thu, 25/08/2016 - 08:46

(from Advaita Musings)

According to current theory, our perceptions are the results of brain states, with the brain being some kind of computing device, with states or configurations within the computer mapping to different perceptions.

Total Darkness

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Fri, 19/08/2016 - 12:22

(from Advaita Musings)

Total Darkness. We are in fact in Total Darkness. Out there there is no light, ie the sensations within the brain which we describe as light, which our vision is constituted off. This is because the sensation of light as we see it does not exist in nature. It exists only within the brain. Let us assume that there is a three dimensional world out there, with light sources reflecting off objects. The simple fact is light as you see it doesn't exist in nature, it is the effect of coded information exciting cells in the brain.

Direct Post Processing Induction

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Thu, 18/08/2016 - 17:06

(from Advaita Musings)

Direct Post Processing Induction. That is an intriguing geeky term. The kind of expression you could hear from Jeff Dean. What it could it possibly mean? It comes down to the brain, yours truly, how it works, and how by considering alternative views of its workings, We, or I, come to an entirely different view of how reality, and the way We function within it.

A Wild Wild Harinama after the Paris Ratha-Yatra

Submitted by afrocentric on Sun, 22/05/2016 - 11:22

Mangala-Vati 04
I have been longing for good pictures of one of my favourites Crushes of the Month, and who would believe it, there is a God after all. And what's even better is that it is a video, an even more magnificent one, with lots to choose from. Here is Mangala-Vati in glorious techicolor, with her dazzling presence and beauty leading a troupe of Krishna devotees of Krishna right across Paris, showering her inhabitants with the presence and blessings of Lord Krishna, whereever she goes, on whoever she glances at. What greater sight could a crypto Hari Krishna devotee wish for, other than the presence of Lord Krishna himself?

I Am God, Does That Make Me (An) Atheist?

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sun, 08/07/2012 - 22:49

I am God.

I am self aware

I am conscious

I am thoughtful.

I am an intelligent being, the most intelligent of all beings.

I have an enquiring mind.

I possess the faculty of memory.

I possess a moral intellect

I create life.

I fashion life.

All that is intelligent in the world arises from My intelligence.

I do not have to look out onto the world, look out onto my Creation to see evidence of my intelligence. I only have to look within, for said said intelligence.

The Illuminator

Submitted by rchurch on Mon, 29/03/2010 - 11:28

We see.

We don't know how we see, but we see.

The traditional belief is that light shines on objects, is reflected of those objects into our eyes, and from stimulation of certain parts of the brain via the optic nerve we see the images that the creator God wishes us to see.

Classic Vaishnava Agitprop

Submitted by rchurch on Sat, 26/12/2009 - 22:08

Chapter Thirty Description by Lord Kapila of Adverse Fruitive Activities

The Personality of Godhead said: As a mass of clouds does not know the powerful influence of the wind, a person engaged in material consciousness does not know the powerful strength of the time factor, by which he is being carried.

Whatever is produced by the materialist with great pain and labor for so-called happiness, the Supreme Personality, as the time factor, destroys, and for this reason the conditioned soul laments.

Krishna, Brahma and the Gopas

Submitted by rchurch on Sun, 13/12/2009 - 13:56

The Srimad Bhagavatam has an interesting chapter about the nature of the ego and identity, described in a story about a contest of power between Krishna and the Creator God, Brahma. There is no need to repeat it here, as you've probably read it. It is available online at krsnabook.com a>

Krishna's ability to manifest himself in the forms of the gopas and calves is expressed. But what about the unexpressed part?

I, Igraine

Submitted by rchurch on Sat, 12/12/2009 - 15:41

Who Is Igraine?

The initial observer that was Igraine had died years ago, so who came alive as being her, but was not her?

Whose sense of I, present and past, became her? The original had died years ago, but someone became the I of her deceased person, someone whose sense of ego pertinence, feelings, memories, thoughts, concerns, was her, yet was not her?

Krishna and Envy

Submitted by blogmeister on Sun, 25/10/2009 - 12:55

I have been thinking, perhaps Krishna is a myth and has never existed at all. There is no Krishna and there has never been any Krishna. There is only Brahman. Brahman is what we worship.

The sages and seers of ancient India wanted to express their thoughts about the nature of human consciousness, so they came up with a story with a boy named Krishna as the central character in that story.

Inner Light Revisited

Submitted by blogmeister on Fri, 23/10/2009 - 22:23

I have been thinking about Picard in The Inner Light and wondered what it would be like if the event happened in his infancy.

Imagine he is less than a year old. The probe transports him into another life where he is the same age, and has a new mother and a new family. He grows up into adulthood, has a family and becomes a grandparent. He dies, the whole event took all of 20 minutes and his consciousness returns back to his original consciousnesss, back to the same age and same family.

Jill Bolte Taylor - My Favourite Guru (press-ganged, of course)

Submitted by rchurch on Sat, 17/10/2009 - 13:21

I guess I can't say much about this lady, a number of you may already know about her, except that I have press-ganged her into service as my number one guru.

Whenever I listen to her I found myself along trains of thought I haven't considered before, considering her choice of words and wondering why she chose those words in particular, those phrases.

I also find myself returning to verses in Hindu and Buddhist scriptures, which although I did not gloss over, whose significance I don't quite understand until I hear her repeat them in a different way.

What Michael Jackson Taught Me

Submitted by blogmeister on Tue, 07/07/2009 - 21:15
Being a black bloke, and in middle age, I remember when I started going off Michael Jackson, some years after Thriller, after the Bad album came out. Even with Thriller his musical style had changed, going from the African-American soul music we expected like in Off The Wall, to a harder-edged rock, which to seemed to made for its appeal to whites. It wasn't the stuff I as a black person expected, and he has also began to appear tough, challenging and snarling and Bad in his music and videos, as the album name suggests.

Yuri - which life do we really prefer?

Submitted by blogmeister on Mon, 16/02/2009 - 04:18
There is a film featuring Kevin Costner entitled No Way Out. You ought to watch the film which is about a naval officer, Farell, who gets caught up in some political intrigue when the lover of senior government official gets killed. The death is blamed on a fictional Soviet spy codenamed Yuri and the hunt begins.

Confession

Submitted by blogmeister on Mon, 16/02/2009 - 03:47

Yogaredux:

Confession

I have a deep sincere confession to make. A fair amount of the stuff on this website is mostly tosh, sad part is I don't know which. It could be 30%, 50%,70%?

I really don't know - but I just have to get my thoughts and ideas out. If I am lucky someone will come along and set me right, if I am wrong I will just have to live with my illusions. It is said that empty barrels make the most noise, the problem is if you don't make noise, there is little chance of any one coming along and introducing you to the good stuff. So here goes.

Star Trek - The Inner Light

Star Trek - The Inner Light is one of my favourite episodes, because it is so evocative about the nature of awareness, the nature of life and consciousness itself. It is a story about Picard, who is transported not so much physically, but in terms of his whole consciousness into another life, into another place in the past in which he lives as a different person. He has a wife, he has a family, he begets a grandchild and lives a full family life.

Lord Krishna and the Bhagavad-Gita

Krishna as a Teacher, Preacher? When I begun to study Krishna and His place in Indian religion, there was something that didn't sit right with me, something I couldn't quite define. In other religions the main proponents of the religions have been teachers, prophets, reformers and law makers. Moses, Muhammad, Jesus, Buddha all share these traits whereas Krishna does not. This is the bit that always had me puzzled. But it is only when you pay more attention that the theme underlying the stories begin to work itself out. Krishna as Religious Teacher

A True Story

Is this a true story, or should it really be entitled 'A Convincing Story'?

Well - here goes.

This is a story about how God created the universe, but then somehow the universe came to be Krishna's creation. Yes this is really true. It is God who created the universe not Krishna as Krishna's devotees like to claim.

When God was creating the world, He first created two beings, Nara and Narayana, to help Him with his activities. Nara and Narayana later reincarnated as Arjuna and Krishna. We will call them Arjuna and Krishna from now on, as that is how we have come to know them.

God or Krishna?

One thing any unbiased observer of religion will notice is the fact that when it comes to moral conduct and sense of social responsibility all religions are basically identical in what they expect from their believers. When it comes to devotional practices they also share a lot of commonality. It is the view on cosmogony and the afterlife condition that fundamentally differs.

Yogaredux:

Introduction

Some years ago, I was going through the Radio Times and my eyes were caught by a program about string theory. At the same time I was interested in the yoga philosophy expounded in the Bhagavad Gita and realised the strings sounded familiar to the gunas (strings)expounded in Sankhya philosophy which underpins all matter. Of course entirely different concepts are involved here and the use of the term strings in both cases could be pure coincidence. On the other hand they could be one and the same thing and the ancients yogins could intuit something directly that present day mathematicians conceptualize as strings.

At the same time I was beginning to realize that the primary tenets of Yoga could be made purely on grounds of reason alone, from reasoning about the phenomena around us, without any kind of spiritual or meditative revelation.

Of course being able to reason about such things is not the same as having direct perception of them, but at least a sound convincing argument can be made. Whether that can be grounds for a proper attempt to verify them from the meditative disciplines of Yoga is an entirely different matter. If anything at all that knowledge provides the impetus for studying Yoga properly.

Initially I wanted to make rational arguments alone without any religious sentiments or ideas coming in to it, but over the years I have realized that with the mind being an organic entity (yet being intangible and invisible) is subject to morbidity just like any physical organ and needs to properly exercised and conditioned just like the physical body.

I also realized that dharma, together with the karma and bhakti yoga practices constituted the exercises for the mind which keeps it strong, focused and supple for the higher disciplines of Yoga, especially when it comes to development of will and egolessness.

With thy thoughts all actions
   Casting upon me, devoted to Me,
Turn to discipline of mentality,
   Keep thine mind ever fixed on Me.

If thy mind is on Me, all difficulties
   Shalt thou cross over by My grace;
But if through egotism thou
   Wilt not heed, thou shalt perish.

On account of that the bulk of these writings have more of a karma/bhakti orientation than a sankhya orientation. I don't know whether the analytical aspect can be described as sankhya but it just seems me to be in the same analytical spirit.

With the passage of time I will flesh out analytical parts some more as I believe that making arguments which transcend any kind of cultural and religious differences should be the basis for the advocacy of Yoga.

Taxonomy upgrade extras:

Analytical Thought

I considered labelling this chapter as Sankhya Yoga, Jnana Yoga and other kinds of analytical names. As English is the main language here I thought I would simply call it Analytical Thought.

Yoga has its practical side and its analytical side which serve to reinforce each other. Success in Yoga needs practice and yet practice without an analytical basis is tantamount to blind rote behaviour. On the other hand an analytical basis requires new experiences based on action to be confirmed as truth, just as scientific hypotheses need practical experiments to be confirmed.