Monday, April 21, 2008

Herman Hesse's Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf is the tenth novel by Hermann Hesse, combining autobiographical and fantastic elements, the book in large part reflects a profound crisis in Hesse's spiritual world in the 1920s.

Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. A steppenwolf, named after the lonesome wolf of the steppes, or coyote. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meerts a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine. The tale of the Steppenwolf culminates in the surreal Magic Theater—for mad men only.

The symbol of the Steppenwolf itself can be traced to Nietzsche's "differentiated loner", whom he also termed a "beast" and a "genius". Steppenwolf is Hesse's best-known and most autobiographical work. With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, it is one of literature’s most poetic evocations of the soul's journey to liberation. Originally published in English in 1929, the novel's wisdom continues to speak to our souls and marks it as a classic of modern literature.

"I sped through heaven and saw god at work. I suffered holy pains. I dropped all my defences and was afraid of nothing in the world. I accepted all things and to all things I gave up my heart."

"Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke."

MAGIC THEATER
ENTRANCE NOT FOR EVERYBODY
I tried to open the door, but the heavy old latch would not stir. The display too was over. It had suddenly ceased, sadly convinced of its uselessness. I took a few steps back, landing deep into the mud, but no more letters came. The display was over. For a long time I stood waiting in the mud, but in vain. Then, when I had given up and gone back to the alley, a few colored letters were dropped here and there, reflected on the asphalt in front of me. I read: FOR MADMEN ONLY!

"Haller’s sickness of soul, as I now know, is not the eccentricity of a single individual, but the sickness of the times themselves, the neurosis of that generation to which Haller belongs, a sickness, it seems, that by no means attacks the weak and worthless only but rather those who are strongest in spirit and richest in gifts."

"The sacred sense of beyond, of timelessness, of a world which had an eternal value and the substance of which was divine had been given back to me today by this friend of mine who taught me dancing."

Alan Watts: Thinking


Alan Watts: Thinking

Faithless - We Come One


Faithless - We Come One

History of Religion


History of Religion

Alan Moore Quotes

Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. (I really like Promethea too)

"There are people. There are stories. The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse is often closer to the truth." Swamp Thing

"We're all puppets, Laurie. I'm just a puppet who can see the strings." Dr. Manhattan, Watchmen #9

"In fact, let us not mince words… the management is terrible! We’ve had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars, and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make decisions for you! While I’ll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me to be nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workplace with dangerous and unproven machines. All you had to say was “No.” You have no spine. You have no pride. You are no longer an asset to the company." V for Vendetta

"Did you think to kill me? There's no flesh and blood within this cloak to kill. There is only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof." V for Vendetta

"Truth is a well-known pathological liar. It invariably turns out to be Fiction wearing a fancy frock.. Self-proclaimed Fiction, on the other hand, is entirely honest. You can tell this, because it comes right out and says, "I'm a Liar," right there on the dust jacket."

"Consciousness is unquantifiable, a ghost in the machine, barely considered real at all, though in a sense this flickering mosaic of awareness is the only true reality that we can ever know."

"The entire universe — for one thing — only exists in your perceptions. That's all you're gonna see of it. To all practical intents and purposes this is purely some kind of lightshow that's being put on in the kind of neurons in our brain. The whole of reality."

"Ancient cultures did not worship idols. Their god-statues represented ideal states which, when meditated constantly upon, one might aspire to. Science proves there never was a mermaid, blue-skinned Krishna or a virgin birth in physical reality. Yet thought is real, and the domain of thought is the one place where gods inarguably exist, wielding tremendous power. If Aphrodite were a myth and Love only a concept, then would that negate the crimes and kindnesses and songs done in Love's name? If Christ were only ever fiction, a divine Idea, would this invalidate the social change inspired by that idea, make holy wars less terrible, or human betterment less real, less sacred?"

"To some degree Satanism is purely a kind of disease of Christianity. You've got to really be Christian to believe in Satan."

"Because our entire universe is made up of consciousness, we never really experience the universe directly we just experience our consciousness of the universe, our perception of it, so right, our only universe is perception."

"Yes, there is a conspiracy, in fact there are a great number of conspiracies that are all tripping each other up. And all of those conspiracies are run by paranoid fantasists and ham-fisted clowns. If you are on a list targeted by the CIA, you really have nothing to worry about. If however, you have a name similar to somebody on a list targeted by the CIA, then you are dead."

"The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory is that conspiracy theorists actually believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is chaotic. The truth is, that it is not the Jewish banking conspiracy or the grey aliens or the 12 foot reptiloids from another dimension that are in control. The truth is more frightening, nobody is in control. The world is rudderless."

Check out the Alan Moore videos Monsters, Maniacs & Moore and Mindscape: Perception

Infiltraaatiooon :p

Here's your chance to toady up to the Illuminati Tribe post
SUMMER JOBS at the BOHEMIAN GROVE
20601 Bohemian Avenue, Monte Rio, California, 95462

The Bohemian Grove, which is part of the Bohemian Club, is a private men’s club founded in 1872 and based in San Francisco. The Grove itself consists of 2700 acres of forest and watershed, a small part of which is developed with living quarters for members and guests, stages for performances, dining facilities, hiking trails, a trap-and-skeet shooting range, a small store, and a message center.

Bohemian Grove events are:
The Spring Jinks Tuesday, May 29th – Sunday, June 1st, 2008
The Encampment Thursday, July 10th – Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Most jobs are available during the events only, when over 2000 members and guests will stay at the Grove. Many jobs don't require prior experience. These jobs include: Food Server, Busser, Dishwasher, Employee Van Driver, Cook, Baggage Crew, Recycling Crew, Valet Car Parker,Store Clerk,Commissary,Delivery,Message Center Staff, Bus Driver,Registration,Bartender,Security and Trap/Skeet Range Attd.

We have the reputation of being a fair and fun place to work. 75% of our summer staff worked with us previously of which half have worked for 3 summers or more.

If you are reliable, dependable, cordial, and enthusiastic – and can work in a fast-paced environment – we would like to talk with you about joining our summer team.

Interview dates this spring are: Friday, 4/11; Friday 4/18;Friday 4/25; Friday 5/9; Friday 5/16 and Friday 5/23 at the Bohemian Grove. Additional dates will be scheduled in June and July. Watch the Sunday Press Democrat for specific dates. Interviews are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and are on a first-come-first-served basis.

hypertext/?="The Metaphor is the Message"

Readers: Do you think in hypertext?

The era of the linear tome is dead, information is a web - who'd have thought it -
a net of knots in time and space, a palimpsest with infinite, self-referential layers.

I find that the model of hypertext has become the metaphor via which my thoughts, my research, finds form. I can't read one book at a time. Instead I skip between many, following an annotation in one, buying a bibiliographed reference, dipping into books by the same or similar authors in the bookstore, scribbling notes in one book about another. I make the world my internet; the library my world wide web.

Less I describe my journeys in hypertext, how about I carve them in hypertext, for you to explore?

Read on from Obvious Personal Cargo at spacecollective.org

PhilipKDickfans.com

Welcome to PhilipKDickfans.com, the ultimate online resource dedicated to the life and work of the world's greatest science fiction author. The twenty first century has seen a surge of interest in Philip K. Dick, whose stories have inspired generations of readers, film lovers and artists of all kinds. His books and stories are in print in dozens of languages and his works are studied in university classrooms. The legacy of Philip K. Dick is stronger than ever, his seemingly prescient views of the future are more real than he could have ever imagined. This web site is a loving tribute to the man and his work from his fans. It may not be the fanciest site on the internet but we hope the content speaks louder than the form. Enjoy the visit.

Daily Dedroidify: Kabbalah & The Tree of Life

Daily Dedroidify: Kabbalah & The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life (more at the page, this post is just an excerpt) describes the descent of the divine into the manifest world, and methods by which divine union may be attained in this life. It can be viewed as a map of the human psyche and of the workings of creation, both manifest and unmanifest. Indeed, any system can be more fully understood both in itself and relative to any other system by viewing it in relation to the Tree of Life. The Tree allows and requires a more holistic understanding of any topic to which it is applied - reason, spiritual perception and intuition are all needed, as is clear from the structure of the Tree itself.

It is important to realize that the pure nature of divinity is unity, and that the seemingly separate aspects or emanations exist only in view of the emanated, living in a state of illusory separation.

Qabalah could be thought on as the mathematics of the esoteric with the literary side consisting of legends, myths and lore. In Qabalah numbers have a deeper significance. This could be because numbers have mystical properties in themselves, or it could be that numbers, being the purest of symbols, are appropriate entities to hang metaphysical concepts on.

It is difficult to imagine, but the originators of Qabalah had a very different number system from the one we are familiar with today. There is a difference between cardinal numbers (how many there are: 1, 2, 3 ...) and ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd ...). To represent cardinal numbers the early Semitic people used letters : aleph = 1, beth = 2, ... This is the basis of Gematria, where words also have numerical values.

Note: I still have no freaking idea how this model can be of any use to me practically :p. I find it hopelessly unnecessarily complicated and elaborate compared to say, the 8 Circuit model, but I admit I'm very much still a novice. Though comments or tips on excellent (explaining) Kabbalah books would be appreciated :).
That being said, check out this video which explains it more or less, at least you learn some new kabbalah and tarot symbolism which is always useful. Presented by the wonderful scottish Merlyn, check out the notes along with the vid.


GV: Merlyn's Deoxy.org Praxis: Tree of Life and Tarot
Merlyn's Notes and Images - Audiostream - mp3 download

Peace or Annihilation (The revolution is now)


Maynard James Keenan (Tool & APC): Peace or Annihilation
(The revolution is now)

Richard Bandler Quotes

Richard Bandler is best known as the co-inventor (with John Grinder) of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). He also developed follow-up systems known as Design Human Engineering (DHE) and Neuro Hypnotic Repatterning (NHR).

"We take the very best of what people do, synthesise it down, make it learnable and share it with each other - and that is what the real future of what NLP will be and its gonna stay that way!"

"The evolution isn't over. We are the experience that the universe is having."

"Do you want to know a good way to fall in love? Just associate with all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones."

"Brains aren't designed to get results; they go in directions. If you know how the brain works you can set your own directions. If you don't, then someone else will."

"Disappointment requires adequate planning."

"The greatest personal limitation is to be found not in the things you want to do and can't, but in the things you've never considered doing."

"The reason people have problems is that they have too much time to think."

"The best thing about the past is that it's over. The best thing about the future is that it's yet to come. The best thing about the present is that it's here now."

"People always tell me with absolute certainty that they don't trust themselves."

"If you say to yourself 'It's difficult to get up in the morning', 'It's hard to cease smoking', then you are already using hypnotic suggestions on yourself..."

"You know what ? Certain people think they will feel good if certain things happen... The trick is : you have to feel good for no reason..."

"Remember, it's your own body, your own brain. You're not a victim of the universe, you are the universe."

"If you can't enjoy what you have, you can't enjoy more of it."

"My mantra for silencing the inner dialogue is: 'shut the fuck up, shut the fuck up, shut the fuck up,...'"

"I made the door in my house left-handed, because I'm left handed. When people come in, they push the door the wrong way, and hit themselves on the door. And you know what ? People keep harder and harder to do it ! When something doesn't work, try the same thing harder!"

"You are born with only two fears: fear of falling and fear of loud noise. All the rest is learned. And it's a lot of work!"