Thursday, May 1, 2008

Machine Elves

Machine Elves! (original link of comic)

Thanks to Overcompensating (newer URL), check out the other comics.
Via Dosenation

Jed McKenna Quotes

It's possible that Jed McKenna is a semi or entirely fictional teacher, though I really liked this book "Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest thing" and here are a few quotes out of it, except the first which is from Spiritual Warfare. Also check out this article on Jed McKenna.

"Where are the people that chose their lives?
... maybe a life of drudgery and carrot-chasing is exactly what we would chose if we did chose, but we don't. That's what it means to be unconscious; to be asleep within the dream. We slip into the lives that are laid out for us the way children slip into the clothes their mother lays out for them in the morning. No one decides. We don't live our lives by choice, but by default. We play the roles we are born to. We don't live our lives, we dispose of them. We throw them away because we don't know any better, and the reason we don't know any better is because we never asked. We never questioned or doubted, never stood up, never drew a line. We never walked up to our parents or our spiritual advisors or our teachers or our gurus or any other formative presences in our early lives and asked one simple, honest, straightforward question, the one question that must be answered before any other question can be asked: What the hell is going on here?"

"I like happiness as much as the next guy, but it's not happiness that sends one in search of truth. It's rabid, feverish, clawing madness to stop being a lie, regardless of price, come heaven or hell. This isn't about higher consciousness or self-discovery or heaven on earth. This is about blood-caked swords and Buddha's rotting head and self-immolation, and anyone who says otherwise is selling something they don't have."

"Sit down, shut up and ask yourself, "What's true?" until you know."

"But what about when people explore their inner selves? Make journeys of self-discovery? Aren't they going within to find the truth?"
"They're just exploring the ego, making a study of the false self, which is a lifequest as valid as any other. But you don't wake up by perfecting your dream character, you wake up by breaking free of it. There's no truth to the ego, so no degree of mastery over it results in anything true. Putting attention on the false self merely reinforces it."

"The misconception about enlightenment stems from, or is at least compounded by, the fact that most of the world's recognized experts on the subject of enlightenment are not enlightened. Some are great mystics, some are great scholars, some are both, and most are neither, but exceedingly few are awake."

"Enlightenment isn't like graduating high school only to start college, or even finishing college to enter the "real" world. It's the final graduation. No more hunt, no more chase, no more battle. Now you can go out in the world and do whatever you want; learn guitar, jump out of airplanes, write books, tend grapes, whatever."

I'm not there

I'm not there trailer

I saw this Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan movie yesterday, I love Bob but wasn't able to stay awake during the movie, though that may have had to do with other factors too :p. If you haven't seen any interviews or documentaries with Bob Dylan you're in for quite a treat! There were some great quotes in the movie of course, here are a few.

"I accept chaos. I don't know whether it accepts me."

"[looking up at a giant Jesus on the cross] Do your early stuff!"

"Seven simple rules of going into hiding: one, never trust a cop in a raincoat. Two, beware of enthusiasm and of love, both are temporary and quick to sway. Three, if asked if you care about the world's problems, look deep into the eyes of he who asks, he will never ask you again. Four, never give your real name. Five, if ever asked to look at yourself, dont. Six, never do anything the person standing in front of you cannot understand. And finlly seven, never create anything, it will be misinterpreted, it will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life."

[Woody shows Hobo Joe and Hobo Moe his guitar case which says 'THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS']
Hobo Joe: "You wouldn't be stashing no weapons in there, son?"
Woody Guthrie: "No sir, not in any literalized way."

Angels & Airwaves - A little's enough

Angels & Airwaves - A little's enough

Judging from the song lyrics of his new band, Tom DeLonge seems to be exploring interesting consciousness material.

Daily Dedroidify: Afterlife

Daily Dedroidify: Afterlife

"Here" is big enough for everyone to have their own private universe.

Thought is real. Physical is the illusion. Ironic, huh?

What some folks call impossible, is just stuff they haven't seen before.

You were expecting physical danger? What could it do, kill ya, huh?
No, in Hell there's real danger. Of losing your mind.

Albert: You don't understand.
Chris: It's not about understanding... it's about *not* giving up!

I also used to read too slow. I don't need these glasses. [taking off his glasses]
My eyes being a figment of my imagination...
What Dreams May Come

If you're frightened of dying and you're holding on...
you'll see devils tearing your life away.
But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels
freeing you from the earth.
Jacob's Ladder

"Do you deny me the entrance to heaven, I who have at last learned the mystery of myself."
Egyptian Mystery School Legend

Tibetan Book of the Dead videos
Magical Egypt: 5. Navigating the Afterlife (Egyptian Book of the Dead)

Recommended books:
Sogyal Rinpoche - The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup & W.Y. Evans-Wentz - Tibetan Book of the Dead (comments by Carl Jung)
Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert - Psychedelic Experience: a manual based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead