Reading Lila – Indians


The idea that ‘all men are created equal’ is a gift to the world from the American Indian

A speech given in 1867 by Ten Bears a Comanche chief:

There are things which you have said to me which I do not like. They were not sweet like sugar, but biter like gourds. You said that you wanted to put us upon a reservation, to build us houses and to make us Medicine lodges. I do not want them.

I was born on the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there, and not within walls. I know every stream and every wood between the Rio Grande and the Arkansas. I have hunted and lived over in that country. I lived like my fathers before me, and like them I lived happily.

When I was at Washington, the Great Father told me that all the Comanche land was ours, and that no one should hinder us in living upon it. So why do you ask us to leave the rivers, and the sun, and the wind, and live in houses? Do not ask us to give up the buffalo for the sheep. The young men have heard talk of this and it has made them sad and angry. Do not speak of it any more. I love to carry out the talk I get from the Great Father. When I get goods and presents, I and my people feel glad since it shows that he holds us in his eye. If the Texans had kept out of my country, there might have been peace. But that which you now say we must live on is too small.

The Texans have taken away the places where the grass grew the thickest and the timber was the best. Had we kept that, we might have done this thing you ask. But it is too late. The white man has the country which we loved and we only wish to wander on the prairie until we die. Any good thing you say to me shall not be forgotten. I shall carry it as near to my heart as my children and it shall be as often on my tongue as the name of the Great Spirit. I want no blood upon my land to stain the grass. I want it all clear and pure, and I wish it so, that all who go through among my people may find peace when they come in, and leave it when they go out.

Posted in Lila, Reading Lila | You are welcome to read 1 comment and to add yours

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-02

  • @adambn can .htaccess contain hebrew characters (for 301 redirects from URLs containing hebrew to new english only URLs)? in reply to adambn #
  • new series about reading illustrated yoga asana practices – starting with breath & repetition: #
  • going to cleanse my body on the outside by showering and on the inside with yoga #
  • @msurman re: Pics from drumbeat Toronto: [me: looks like a soft, open and happy gathering of people … beautiful!] in reply to msurman #
  • on WordPress: when I use it I love it, when I partake in it I hate it #
  • I have put off this next reading for some days… a challenging and important chapter… here goes nothing #
  • "…[on] the doctrine that says,'Science is not concerned with values. Science is concerned only with facts' … #
  • the Metaphysics of Quality asks: which values is science unconcerned with? … #
  • A scientist may argue rationally that the moral question 'Is it all right to murder your neighbor?" is not a scientific question. #
  • But can he argue that the moral question, 'Is it all right to fake your scientific data?' is not a scientific question? #
  • … What the Metaphysics of Quality makes clear is that it is only social values and morals … that sciences is unconcerned with. #
  • There are important historic reasons for this: … [to] the ancient Greek belief that thought is independent of society … ancient Greeks #
  • such as Socrates & Pythaguras paved the way for the fundamental principle behind science: that truth stands independently of social opinion. #
  • It is determines by direct observation & experiment,not by hearsay. Religious authority always has attacked this principle as heresy… #
  • The defenders who fought to protect science from church control argued that science is not concerned with morals. Intellectuals would leave #
  • morals for the church to decide… But the Metaphysics of Quality makes clear is that this political battle …was in fact a moral battle. #
  • It was the battle of a higher, intellectual level of evolution to keep itself from being devoured by a lower, social level of evolution. #
  • Once this political battle is resolved, the Metaphysics ofQuality can then go back and re-ask the question, #
  • 'Just exactly how independent is science, in fact, from society?' The answer it gives is, 'not at all'. #
  • A science in which social patterns are of no account is as unreal and absurd as a society in which biological patterns are of no account. #
  • … If the observer is totally objectiveand records only what he observes, then where does he observe a hypothesis?… #
  • Our scientific description of nature is always culturally derived. Nature tells us only what our culture predisposes us to hear. #
  • … Descarte's 'I think therefore I am' was a historically shattering declaration of independence of the intellectual … from the social… #
  • If Descartes had said 'The 17th century culture exists, therefore I think, therefore I am' he would have been correct. #
  • The Metaphysics of Quality resolves the relationship between intellect and society, subject and object, mind and matter by embedding them #
  • all in a larger system of understanding. Objects are inorganic and biological values; Subjects are social and intellectual values. #
  • …They have a matter-of-fact evolutionary relationship. That evolutionary relationship is also a moral one. #
  • The intellect's evolutionary purpose has never been to discover an ultimate meaning of the universe. That is a relatively recent fad. #
  • It's historical purpose has been to help a society find food,detect danger, and defeat enemies. It can do this well or poorly, depending on #
  • the concepts it invents for this purpose. #
  • … Knowledge has grown away from this historic purpose and become an end in itself, just as society has grown away from it's original #
  • purpose of preserving physical human beings … and this growing away … towards greater Quality is a moral growth. #
  • But those original purposes are still there. And when things get lost … it is useful to remember that point of departure. #
  • The Metaphysics of Quality suggests that the social chaos of the 20th century can be relieved by going back to this point of departure… #
  • Intellect can support static patterns of society without fear of domination by carefully distinguishing those moral issues that are #
  • social-biological from those that are intellectual-social… what's at issue here .. [is] a clash of 2 entirely different codes of morals #
  • in which society is caught in the middle… You have a society-vs.-biology cored of morals and… an intellect-vs.-society code of morals. #
  • … In the battle of society against biolog, the new 20th century intellectuals have taken biology's side. #
  • Society can handle biology alone by means of prisons & guns & police & the military. But when the intellectuals in control of society take #
  • biology's side against society, then society is caught in a cross fire from which it has no protection. #
  • … The Metaphysics of Quality says … what's good in life isn't defined by society or intellect or biology. What's good is freedom from #
  • domination by any static pattern, but that freedom doesn't have to be obtained by the destruction of the patterns themselves. #
  • … The Hippie revolution of the 60's was a moral revolution against both society and intellectuality … children of well-to-do … people #
  • of the world who suddenly turned upon their parents & schools & society with a hatred no one could have believed existed… #
  • The reason this movement has been so hard to understand is that "understanding" itself, static intellect, was it's enemy. #
  • Whatever the intellectuals of the 20's had fought to create,the flower children of the 60's fought to destroy… #
  • Drugs that destroyed one's ability to reason were almost a sacrament. #
  • Oriental religions such as Zen & Vedanta that promised release from the prison of intellect were taken up as gospel. #
  • …By the end of the 60's the intellectualism of the 20's found itself in an impossible trap. #
  • If it continued to advocate more freedom from Victorian social restraint, all it would get was more Hippies. #
  • If, on the other hand, it advocated more constructive social conformity in opposition to the Hippies, all it would get was more Victorians, #
  • in the form of the reactionary right. This political whip-saw was invincible and cut down one of the last of the great intellectual liberal #
  • leaders of the New Deal period, Hubert Humphrey, the Democractic candidate for president … the great intellectual revolution of #
  • the first half of the 20th century, the dream of a 'Great Society' made humane by man's intellect, was killed, #
  • hoist on its own petard of freedom from social constraint. #
  • … this 'Dynamic' 60's revolution made a disastrous mistake that destroyed it before it really got started. #
  • The Hippie rejection of social and intellectual patterns left just 2 directions to go: toward biological quality & toward Dynamic Quality. #
  • The revolutionaries of the 60's thoughts that since both are antisocial & anti-intellectual…they must be the same. That was a mistake. #
  • …When biological quality and Dynamic Quality are confused the result … [is] an extremely destructive form of degeneracy of the sort #
  • seen in the Manson murders, the Jonestown madness & the increase of crim and drug addiction throughout the country. #
  • In the early 70's,as people began to see this, they dropped away from the movement #
  • and the Hippie revolution, like the intellectual revolution of the 20's, became a moral rebellion that failed. #
  • Today…the overall picture is one of moral movements gone bankrupt… the result has been a drop in both social and intellectual quality. #
  • The end of the 20th century in America seems to be an intellectual, social, and economic rust-belt, a whole society that has given up on #
  • Dynamic improvementand is slowly trying to slip back to Victorianism,the last static ratchet-latch. #
  • More Dynamic foreign cultures are overtaking it and actually invading it because it's nowincapableofcompeting. #
  • What's coming out of the urban slums …[is] the oldbiological might-makes-right morality of prehistoric brigandage that primitive #
  • societies were set up to overcome." #
  • are early adopters the Pied Pipers of Facebook? #
  • second article in series on reading illustrated yoga practices – this time on sequences: #
  • "…the Metaphysics of Quality says that what is meant by 'human rights' is usually the moral code of intellect-vs.-society, the moral right #
  • of intellect to be free of social control. Freedom of speech; freedom of assembly, of travel; government by consent… #
  • According to the Metaphysics of Quality these 'human rights' have not just a sentimental basis, but a rational, metaphysical basis. #
  • They are essential to the evolution of a higher level of life from a lower level of life. They are for real. #
  • But what the Metaphysics of Quality also makes clear is that this intellect-vs.-society code … is not the same as the society-vs.-biology #
  • codes of morals that go back to a prehistoric time. They are completely separate levels of morals. They should never be confused… #
  • Is society good or is society evil? … in one level society is the higher evolutionary pattern and in the other it is the lower. #
  • Unless u separate these 2 levels of moral codes u get a paralyzing confusion…[that] dominates all thoughts about morality & society today. #
  • … There are no chains more vicious than the chains of biological necessity into which every child is born. Society exists primarily to #
  • free people from these biological chains..has done that job so stunningly well intellectuals forget..&turn on it..with shameful ingratitude. #
  • [because of this] Today we are living in an intellectual and technologiical paradise and a moral and social nightmare. #
  • the 20th century intellectual faith in man's basic goodness as spontaneous and natural is disastrously naive… a devastating fiction… #
  • cannibalism,not cooperation, was a pre-society norm… American Indians …ambushe & tortured [other tribes]… #
  • … maybe it is man's basic goodness which invented social institutions to repress this kind of biological savagery in the first place. #
  • .. the Metaphysics of Quality concludes that the old Puritan & Victorian social codes should not be followed [or attacked] blindly… #
  • They should be dusted off and re-examined, fairly and impartially, to see what they were trying… and actually did accomplish towards #
  • building a stronger society. We must understand that #
  • when a society undermines intellectual freedom for its own purposes it is absolutely morally bad, #
  • but when it represses biological freedom for its own purposes it is absolutely morally good. #
  • These moral bads and goods are not just 'customs'. They are as real as rocks and trees. #
  • … the Metaphysics of Quality concludes that [the destructive sympathy by intellectuals toward lawlessness in the 60's] was really stupid. #
  • … The idea that biological crimes can be ended by intellect alone, that you can talk crime to death, doesn't work… #
  • The instrument of conversation between society & biology has always been a policeman or a soldier and hhis gun. #
  • All the laws of history…Constitutions & the Bills of Rights & Declarations of Independence are … instructions to the military & police. #
  • …'racism' … goes all the way back to square one, to the subject-object metaphysics wherein man is an object who possesses … culture… #
  • it goes on to reason that because it is immoral to speak against a people because of their genetic characteristics it is therefore also #
  • immoral to speak against a people because of their cultural characteristics…& Science sayd there is morality outside of cultural morality #
  • , therefore any moral censorship of minority patterns of crime … is itself immoral. That is the paralysis… #
  • the Metaphysics of Quality says… that to say a cultural pattern is an integral part of a biological person is like saying #
  • the Lotus123 program is an integral part of an IBM computer.Not so. Cultures are not the source of all morals,only a limited set of morals. #
  • Cultures can be graded and judged morally according to their contribution to the evolution of life. #
  • A culture that supports the dominance of social values over biological values is an absolutely superior culture to one that does not, and #
  • a culture that supports the dominance of intellectual values over social values is absolutely superior to one that does not. #
  • It is immoral to speak against a people because of the color of their skin, or any other genetic characteristic… #
  • But it is not immoral to speak against a person because of his cultural characteristics… these are changeable and they do matter. #
  • … The fight to sustain social codes isn't a war of blacks vs. whites… or poor people vs. rich … or…stupid people against intelligent #
  • ..It's a war of biology vs. society…and intellect, to end the paralysis of society, has to know whose side it is on, and support that side #
  • Where biological values r undermining social values, intellectuals must identify social behavior..& support it alltheway without restraint. #
  • Intellectuals must … limit and destroy destructive biological patterns with complete moral ruthlessness the way a doctor destroys germs." #
  • "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet" #
  • "minimum wage" is a socially acceptable alternative to slavery #
  • a shakuhachi recording from this morning: #
  • a 3rd part in the series about reading asana illustrations – this time covering alternating between 2 sides : #
  • "No one wants to admit it, but that's really the reason the insane get locked up. It's not just that they have absurd ideas that no one else #
  • believes. What makes them 'insane' is that they have these ideas and are a nuisance to somebody else. #
  • The only thing that's illegitimate is the cover-up, the pretense that you're trying to help them by getting rid of them. #
  • … As long as you're stuck with the old conventions,insanity is going to be a 'misunderstanding of the object by the subject'. #
  • The object is real, the subject is mistaken. The only problem is how to change the subject's mind back to a correct comprehension… #
  • But with a Metaphysics of Quality the empirical experience … is an experience of value patterns produced by a number of sources… #
  • When an insane person – or a hypnotized person or a person from a primitive culture, advances some explanation of the universe that is #
  • completely at odds with current scientific reality, we do not have to believe he has jumped off the end of the empirical world. #
  • He is just a person who is valuing intellectual patterns that, because they are outside the range of our own culture, #
  • we perceive to have very low quality. Some biological or social or Dynamicm force has altered his judgment of quality. #
  • It has caused him to filter out what we call normal cultural intellectual patterns just as ruthlessly as our culture filters out his. #
  • Obviously no culture wants its legal patterns violated…That's what mental hospitals are partly for. And also heresy trials. #
  • They protect the culture from foreign ideas that if allowed to grow unchecked could destroy the culture itself. #
  • … [he] had seen that the psychiatrists were … required to deal with insanity as cultural representatives… priests saving heretics. #
  • Psychiatrists seemed to fear the taint of insanity, much as inquisitors once feared succumbing to the devil. #
  • Psychiatrists were not allowed to practice psychiatry if they were insane. #
  • It was required that they literally did not know what they were talking about. #
  • To this… they could counter that you don't have to be infected with pneumonia in order to know how to cure it and you don't have to be #
  • infected with insanity to know how to cure it either. But the rebutal to that goes to the core of the whole problem. #
  • Pneumonia is a biological pattern…scientifically variable. Insanity…is an intellectual pattern…it has no physical/biological reality. #
  • No scientific intrsument can be produced…to show who is insane and who is sane. The scientific laws of the universe r invented by sanity. #
  • There is no way by which sanity, using the instruments of its own creation, can measure that which is outside itself and its creations. #
  • Insanity isn't an 'object' of observation. It's an alteration of observation itself. #
  • …Insanity always exists in relation to others. It is a social and intellecual deviation, not a biological deviation. #
  • The only test for insanity is conformity to a cultural status quo. That is why the psychiatric profession bears such a resemblance to the #
  • old preisthoods. Both use physical restraint and abuse as ways of enforcing the status quo. That being said, it follows that #
  • the assignment of medical doctors to treat insanity is a misuse of their training….[they] are trained to look at things from an inorganic #
  • and biological perspective… their cures are biological:shock,drugs, lobotomies, and physical restraints… #
  • … [he] had seen that if you want to get out of an insane asylum…is 2 persuade them that u fully understand that they know more than u do #
  • and that you are fully ready to accept their intellectual authority. That is how heretics keep from getting burned. They recant. #
  • …In time this strategy has brought [him] enough smiles to get out. It made him less honest…more of a conformist… #
  • It wasn't a happy solution, to always role-play with people he had once been honest with. It made it impossible to ever really share #
  • anything with them. Now he was more isolated than he had been in the insane asylum… #
  • Now, years later, his resentment … had lessened…somebody has to deal with the degenerate forms of society and intellect. #
  • The thing to understand is that if you are going to reform society you don't start with cops. And if you are going to reform intellect you #
  • don't start with psychiatrists. If you don't like our present social system or intellectual system the best thing you can do… #
  • is stay out of their way." #
  • my greatest Microsoft memory – Eddie Brickell's Good Times – came with Win95 – multimedia demo: #
  • originally assembled this PC (I'm working on now) to be my Ubuntu based home made RAID server .. but now #
  • it's my primary workstation and I'm kinda kicking myself for not getting better hardware (processor & memory) at least RAID is super fast :) #
  • an advanced Yoga energy experiment combining asana and structured breathing: #
  • when you hug someone – try bringing your hearts together :) instead of the more common hearts-apart variation #
  • "Anthropologists,when they are not being self-consciously 'objective',tend to be very interested in new things… #
  • …Anthropologists see over & over again that insanity is culturally defined… each culture has different criteria for what constitutes it. #
  • … Anthropologists found that schizophrenia is strongest among those whose ties with the cultural traditions are weakest… #
  • …psychoses, which are an extreme form of culture shock, emerge… because the cultural definition of values … has been changed… #
  • pshychiatry can't really deal with all of this because it is pinioned to a subject-object truth system which declares that #
  • 1 particular intellectual pattern is real & all others are illusions. Psychiatry is forced 2take this position in contradicition 2history, #
  • which shows…that 1 era's illusions become another era's truth…in contradiction 2georaphy… 1 area's truth are another area's illusions. #
  • … not only does insanity vary from culture 2 culture, but sanity itself also varies from culture 2 culture … #
  • …in the psychiatric wards… what the patients showed wasn't any one common characteristic but an absence of one. #
  • What was absent was the kind of standard social role-playing that 'normal' people get into …the insane see this role-playing & resent it. #
  • …Ur static value system filters out the undesirable opinions & preserves the desirable ones…it isnt just opinions that get filtered out. #
  • It's also data. #
  • We build up whole cultural intellectual patterns based on past 'facts' which are extremely selective. When a new fact comes in that does not #
  • fit the pattern we don't throw out the pattern. We throw out the fact… a contradictory fact has 2keep hammering…sometimes for centuries #
  • , before maybe one or two people will see it. And then these one or two have to start hammering on others for a long time b4 they see it 2. #
  • Just as the biological immune system will destroy a life-saving skin graft with the same vigor with which it will fight pneumonia, #
  • so will a cultural immune system fight off a beneficial new kind of understanding with the same kind of vigor it uses to destroy crime. #
  • … there's nothing immoral in a culturenotbeing ready to accept something Dynamic. Static latching is necessary to sustain the gains the #
  • culture has made in the past. The solution is… to look for those factors that will make the new information acceptable: the keys. #
  • The Dharmakaya light…a huge area of human experience cut off by cultural filtering… #
  • he didn't think of this light as some sort of supernatural occurence that had no grounding in physical reality … #
  • nobody c's it bcause the cultural definition of what is real&what is unreal filtersout Dharmakaya light from 20th century American 'reality' #
  • just as surely as time is filtered out of Hopi reality, and green-yellow differences mean nothing to the Natchez. #
  • …he thought that the light was nothing more than an involuntary widening of the iris of the eyes … makes things look brighter… #
  • but despite filtering by the cultural immune system, refernces to this occur in many places, scattered, disconnected and unrelated. #
  • Lamps are sometimes used as symbols of learning.Why should they be? A torch…symbol of idealistic inspiration… 'I've seen the light' … #
  • When a cartoonist want to show someone getting a great idea he puts an electric bulb over the character's head. Everybody understands…Why? #
  • In a Metaphysics of Quality…this light is important because it often appears associated with undefined auspiciousness…Dynamic Quality. #
  • It signals a Dynamic intrusion upon a static situation. When there is letting go of static patterns the light occurs. #
  • It is often accompanied by a feeling of relaxation because static patterns have been jarred loose… #
  • it was probably the light that infants see when their world is still fresh and whole,before consciousness differentiates it into patterns; #
  • a light into which everything fades at death … the breakup of static patterns of the person's intellect #
  • as it returned into the pure Dynamic Quality from which it had emerged in infancy… #
  • …when he had wandered freely outside the limits of cultural reality, this light had been a valued companion.." #
  • there's a subtle element of denial & resistance in looking for a 'reason' to explain something objectionable – a false hope for causality? #
  • @raymondpirouz re:Apple (1) yes kicking off with "Open" is cynical; (2) they can make a case with hypocritical thinking; (3) they did in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • @raymondpirouz re:Apple – they are arrogant: "to provide the most advanced and innovative platform…the best apps the world has ever seen" in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • @raymondpirouz re:Apple – they have marked their greatest contender – "Open"… in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • @raymondpirouz re:Apple – but, lucky for them, "Open" still hasn't pulled it's act together… to do that it needs an injection of "design" in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • @raymondpirouz the core values of "openness" are the greatest threat to Apple… but those values have yet to manifest as good products! in reply to raymondpirouz #
  • the book is nearing the end… I'm going for a 2nd reading today… this one is close to my heart… #
  • "'What makes people sane?' … the way to really deal with insanity … is to turn the tables and talk about truth instead. #
  • If objects r the ultimate reality then there's only 1 true intellectual construction of things: that which corresponds 2the objective world. #
  • But if truth is defined as a high-quality set of intellectual value patterns, then insanity can be defined as just a low-quality set of #
  • intellectual value patterns, and you get a whole different picture of it. #
  • When the culture asks 'Why doesnt this person see things the way we do?" you can answer that he doesnt c them because he doesn't value them. #
  • He's gone into illegal value patterns because the illegal patterns resolve value conflicts that the culture's unable to handle. #
  • … In a subject-object world trance and hypnosis are big time platypi. That's why there's this prejudice… #
  • … They're best nudged as close as possible to the empirical trash heap called 'the occult' … #
  • But since they do exist, what you have is an empirically observable case of empiricism being overthrown. #
  • The irony is that there are times when the culture actually fosters trance and hypnosis to further its purposes. #
  • When you enter a movie theatre you know that all you are going to see is 24 shadows per second …an illusions of moving people & objects. #
  • Yet despite this knowledge u laugh when the 24 shadows per second tell jokes and cry when the shadows show actors faking death. #
  • U know they r an illusion yet u enter the illusion&become part of it&while the illusion is taking place u r not aware that it is an illusion #
  • This is hypnosis. It is trance. It's also a form of temporary insanity. But it's also a powerful force for cultural reinforcement… #
  • … in the case of permanent insanity the exists to the theater have been blocked, usually because of the knowledge that the show outside is #
  • so much worse. #
  • the insane person is running a private unapproved film which he happensto like better than the current cultural one. #
  • If U want him to run the film everyone else is seeing,the solution would be to find ways to prove to him that it would be valuable to do so. #
  • Contrarians sometimes just seem to savagely attack every kind of static moral patern they can find… as though … a kind of revenge… #
  • The Cheyenne had a whole society of contrarians to assimilate the phenomenon within their social fabric… #
  • [they] rode their horses sitting backward, entered teepees backward…Members seemed to enter the contrary society when they felt #
  • a great wrong, a great injustice, had been done to them and apparently it was felt that this was a way of resolving the injustice. #
  • …When u add a concept of 'Dynamic Quality' toa rational understanding of the world, you can add a lot to an understanding of contrarians. #
  • Some of them aren't just being negative toward static moral patterns, they are actively pursuing a Dynamic goal. #
  • ..negative contrarian streaks…sometimes it's a degenerative negativism…sometimes an ego pattern…sometimes a static pattern of it's own #
  • … But sometimes it's Dynamic, where your whole being senses that the static situation is an enemy of life itself. #
  • That's what drives the really creative people… the feeling that if they don't break out of this jailhouse… they're going to die. #
  • They're way too energetic and aggressive to be decadent. They're fighting for some kind of Dynamic freedom from the static patterns. #
  • …It's often confused with degeneracy but it's actually a form of moral regeneration… #
  • … in addition to the usual solutions to insanity – stay locked up or learn to conform – there was a third one #
  • , to reject all movies, private and cultural, and head for Dynamic Quality itself, which is no movie at all… #
  • … evolution doesn't take place only within societies, it takes place within individuals too… #
  • Sometimes the insane & the contrarians & the ones who are closest to suicide are the most valuable people society has. #
  • … They have taken the burdens of the culture onto themselves, and in their struggle … they're solving problems for the culture as well." #
  • "Dynamic Quality is a higher moral order than scientific truth, and it is as immoral for philosophers of science to try to suppress #
  • Dynamic Quality as it is for church authorities to suppress scientific method. #
  • Dynamic value is an integral part of science. It is the cutting edge of scientific progress itself." #
  • "What's wrong with insanity is that she's outside any culture… a culture of one. That's what had to be reconciled… #
  • At a hospital they'd just start shooting her full of drugs and tell her to adjust… they wouldn't see .. that she is adjusting. #
  • …insanity is the adjustment…[it] isn't necessarily a step in the wrong direction, it can be an intermediate step in the right direction. #
  • … the problem of 'curing' an insane person is like the problem of 'curing' a moslem … or 'curing' communist …or 'curing' a republican #
  • … You're not going to make progress by telling them how wrong they are… #
  • The important thing was to support her delusions and then slowly wean her away from them rather than fight them. #
  • The catch here,that almost any philosopher would spot, is the word 'delusion'. It's always the other person who's 'deluded'… #
  • Delusions can be held by whole groups… as long as we're not a part of that group. If we're a member…[they] become a 'minority-opinion'. #
  • .. A person isn't considered insane if there are a number of people who believe the same way … then it's a religion. #
  • … It sounds quite blasphemous to put religion and insanity on an equal footing for comparison,but his point was… to illuminate insanity. #
  • … The current subject-object point of view of religion, conventionally muted so as not to stir up the fanatics, is that #
  • religious mysticism and insanity are the same. #
  • Religious mysticism is one of those dellusions that isn't called insane only because there are so many people involved… #
  • The Metaphysics of Quality … says the subject-object people are almost right when they identify religious-mysticism with insanity… #
  • Both lunatics and mystics have freed themselves from the conventional static intellectual patterns of their culture. The only difference is #
  • that the lunatic has shifted over to a private static pattern of his own, #
  • whereas the mystic has abandoned all static patterns in favor of pure Dynamic Quality … #
  • as long as the psychiatric approach is encased within a subject-object metaphysical understanding it will always seek a patterned solution #
  • to insanity, never a mystic one… When Socrates says in one of his dialogues, #
  • 'Our greatest blessings cometo us by way of madness provided the madness is given us by divine gift', #
  • the psychiatric profession doesn't know what in the world he is talking about… #
  • The Metaphysics of Quality suggests [there is another] solution to insanity… to dissolve all static patterns, both sand and insane #
  • and find the base of all reality, Dynamic Quality, that is independent of them all. #
  • The Metaphysics of Quality says that it is immoral for sane people to force cultural conformity by suppressing the Dynamic drives that #
  • produce insanity. Such oppression is a lower form of evolution trying to devour a higher one. #
  • Once this theoretical structure is available, it offers solutions to some mysteries in the present treatment of the insane… #
  • For example… The value ofshock treatment is not that it returns a lunatic to normal cultural patterns. It certainly does not do that. #
  • It's value is that it destroys all patterns… cultural & private, and leaves the patient temporarily in a Dynamic state. #
  • All the shock does is duplicate the effects of hitting the patient over the head with a baseball bat. It simply knocks him senseless. #
  • In fact it was to imitate the effect of hitting someone over the head… without the risk of skull injury that Ugo Cerletti developed [it] #
  • … but what goes unrecognized .. is the fact that this senseless unpatterened state is a valuable state of existence… #
  • psychiatrists of course don't know what to do with it,and so the patient often slips back into lunacy and has to be knocked senseless again. #
  • But sometimes the patient, in a moment of Zen wisdom,sees the superficiality of both his own contrary patterns and the cultural patterns, #
  • sees that one gets him electrically clubbed… and the other sets him free from the institution… #
  • and thereupon makes a wise mystic decision to get the hell ouf of there by whatever avenue is available. #
  • … Another mystery in the treatment of the insane …is the value of peace and quiet and isolation… Leave them alone… #
  • Ironically the one thing that the mental hospitals and doctors to best is the one thing they never take credit for… #
  • They know it works, but there's no way of justifying that because the whole cultural set they have to operate in says #
  • that doing nothing is the same as doing something wrong… what sometimes occurs in an insane asylum but occurs deliberately #
  • in a mystic retreat is a natural human process called dhyana in sanskrit. In our culture … ambiguously called 'meditation'. #
  • Just as mystics traditionally seek monasteries&ashrams…so r the insane treated by isolation in places of relative calm&austerity&silence. #
  • The Western treatment of dhyana is a beautiful example of how the static patterns of a culture can make something not exist… #
  • People in this culture are hypnotized into thinking they do not meditate when in fact they do. #
  • … boats… seaside cottages… lake cabins… hiking trails… golf courses… It's the need for dhyana that is behind all these. #
  • Vacations too…how perfectly named that is… an emptying out…of all the static clutter…settling into an undefined sort of tranquility. #
  • …sectarian religion was a static fallout from Dynamic Quality … none of them told the whole truth… #
  • There's an adage that, 'Nothing disturbs a bishop quite so much as the presence of a saint in the parish'… #
  • The saint's Dynamic understanding makes him unpredictable and uncontrollable but the bishop's got a whole calendar of static ceremonies… #
  • In all religions bishops tend to gild Dynamic Quality …because their cultures require it … #
  • but these become like gold vines that cling to a tree, shut out its sunlight and eventually strangle it." #
  • an Irish-German gift to the world – great band great album great fun!!! ♫ #
  • using breath to generate heat in yoga asana practices: #
  • "… once this integration occursand Dynamic Quality is identified with religious mysticism it produces an avalanche of information… #
  • a lot of this religious mysticisim is just low-grade 'yelping about God'… but if you search for the sources… interesting things turn up. #
  • …The logical order of things which the philosophers study is derived from 'mythos'. #
  • The mythos is the social culture and the rhetoric which the culture must invent before philosophy becomes possible. #
  • Most of this old religious talk is nonsense, of course, but nonsense or not, it is the parent of our modern scientific talk. #
  • … Digging back into ancient Greek history, to the time when this mythos-to-logos transition was taking place … #
  • the ancient rhetoricians of Greec, the Sophists, had taught what they called arete, which was a synonym for Quality. #
  • …It is said that by following linguistic analysis u could go even further back into the mythos…Ancient Greek wasn't an original language #
  • It was descended from a much earlier one … the Proto-Indo-European language … it has left no fragments but has been derived … #
  • from similarities between such languages as Sanskrit, Greek and English which have … a common prehistoric tongue. #
  • After thousands of years of separation from Greek & English the Hindi word for 'mother' is still 'ma'. #
  • Yoga both looks like and is translated as 'yoke'…. an Indian rajah's title sounds like regent… #
  • The Proto-Indo-European root of arete was the morpheme rt. There besides arete, was a treasure room of other derived 'rt' words: #
  • aristocrat, art, rhetoric, worth, rite, ritual, wright, right (handed), & right (correct)… #
  • All of these words except arithmetic seemed to have a vague thesaurus-like similarity to Quality… #
  • in aristocrat&arithmetic Rt meant first…in art&wright it seemed to mean 'created' and 'of beauty'…'ritual' suggested repetitive order… #
  • the word right has two meanings: 'right-handed' and 'moral and esthetic correctness'… #
  • When all these meanings were strung together a fuller picture of the rtmorpheme emerged. #
  • Rt referred to the 'first, created, beautiful repetitive order of moral and esthetic correctness.' #
  • … condemntation of left-handedness as 'sinister' is an almost universal anthropological characetristic… #
  • even today when legal oaths are taken … people shake hands …a president is inaugurated … it is mandatory that he raise his right hand. #
  • Prehistoric rt is still with us. #
  • There was just one thing wrong with this… the meanings… suggested 'importance' … that was social and procedural and manufactured… #
  • Rt meant 'quality'…but … static, not Dynamic… then his mind dredged up a word he hadn't thought… of for a long time… Rta. #
  • Rta [sanskrit] was the 'cosmic order of things'… the Sanskrit language was considered the most faithful to the Proto-Indo-European root… #
  • …Rta, from the oldest portion of the Rg Veda, which was the oldest known writing of the Indo-Aryan language… #
  • Varuna… was the chief support of rta … [a] ominiscent god …[of] unswerving adherance to high principles… #
  • The physical order of the universe is also the moral order of the universe. Rta is both… It was the oldest idea known to man. #
  • Rta also meant ritual … a decay [during the Brahmanas Hindu period] of Dynamic Quality into static quality… #
  • then came the Upanisadic period &the flowering of Indian philosophy. Dynamic quality reemerged within the static patterns of Indian thought. #
  • Rta…almost ceased to be used in Sanskrit…but under the name of dharma [it] occupies averyimportant place inthe later Indian view of life #
  • The more usual meaning of dharma is religious merit…but it is sometimes used as a purely moral concept & stands for right/virtuous conduct #
  • Dharma is duty… not external duty which is arbitrarily imposed by others…neither internal…arbitrarily decided by 1's own consciousness #
  • …Dharma is Quality itself, the principle of 'rightness' which gives structure and purpose to the evolution of all life… #
  • Within the Hindu tradition dharma is relative & dependent on the conditions of society… it is the bond which holds society together. #
  • … But within modern Buddhist thought dharma becomes the phenomenal world – the object of perception, thought or understanding. #
  • A chair, for example, is notcomposed of atoms of substance, it is composed of dharmas. #
  • This statement is absolute jabberwocky 2a conventional subject-object metaphysics. How canachair b composed of individual littlemoralorders? #
  • But if 1 applies the Metaphysics of Quality & sees that a chair is an inorganic static pattern and sees that all static patterns are #
  • composed of valueand that value is synonymous with morality then it all begins to make sense. #
  • …this was one answer…to why workmen in the Far East are able to maintain quality levels that compare so favorably to those in the West. #
  • If one comes from a cultural tradition where an electronic assembly is primarily a moral order rather than just a neutral pile of substance, #
  • it is easier to feel an ethical responsibility for doing good work on it… #
  • Oriental social cohesiveness… resulted from the working out, centuries ago, of the problem of dharma&the way…it combines freedom&ritual #
  • In the West progress seems to proceed by a series of spasms of alternating freedom and ritual. A revolution of freedom against old rituals #
  • produces a new order, which soon becomes another old ritual for the next generation to revolt against, on and on. #
  • The Zen monk's daily life is nothing but one ritual after another, hour after hour, day after day, all his life. They don't tell hime to #
  • shatter those static patterns to discover the unwritten dharma.They want him to get those patterns perfect. #
  • The explanation for this contradiction is the belief that you do not free yourself from static patterns by fighting them with other contrary #
  • static patterns. That is …'bad karma chasing its tail'. You free yourself from static patterns by putting them to sleep… #
  • You master them… you get to used to them you completely forget them and they are gone. #
  • There in the center of the most monotonous boredom of static ritualistic patterns the Dynamic freedom is found. #
  • … The danger has always been that the rituals, the static patterns are mistaken for what they merely represent #
  • and are allowed to destroy the Dynamic Quality they were originally intended to preserve. #
  • … If ritual always comes first & intellectual principles always come later,then ritual cannot always b a decadent corruption of intellect. #
  • Their sequence in history suggests that principles emerged from ritual, not the other way around… #
  • That is, we don't perform religious rituals because we believe in God. We believe in God because we perform religious rituals." #
  • Congratulations Ubuntu 10.04 is out, easily upgraded two computers! #
  • two more short readings and that will be the end of my recent quote-floods… #
  • "From the static point of view the whole escape into Dynamic Quality seems like a death experience.It's a movement from something 2 nothing. #
  • How can 'nothing' be any different from death? … Allthe Buddha could say was,'See for yourself' … #
  • enlightment is distributed in all parts of the world… but some cultures accept it and others screen out recognition of it. #
  • The Metaphysics of Quality translated karma as 'evolutionary garbage'…the pain,the suffering that results from clinging to static patterns #
  • … the only exit from the suffering is to detach yourself from these static patterns, that is, to 'kill' them. #
  • A common way taken to kill them is suicide, but suicide only kills biological patterns. #
  • That's like destorying a computer because you can't stand the program it is running. #
  • the social and intellectual patterns that caused the suicide have to be carried on by others. #
  • From an evolutionary point of view it's really a backward and therefore immoral step. #
  • Another immoral way of killing the static patterns is to pass the patterns to someone else …a 'karma dump' #
  • … you invent a devil group, Jews or blacksor whites or capitalists … then say that group is responsible for all your suffering. #
  • If you take all this karmic garbage and make yourself feel better by passing it on to others that's normal. That's the way the world works. #
  • But if you manage to absorb it and not pass it on, that's the highest moral conduct of all. That really advances everything, not just you… #
  • … some of the great moral figures of history – Christ, Lincoln, Gandhi … that's what they were really involved in, #
  • the cleansing of the world through the absorption of karmic garbage. They didn't pass it on." #
  • "Then he remembered when he had been walking down a dirt road…on the Northern Cheyenne reservation… #
  • with…John Wooden Leg, the tribe's chief and a woman … they were all walking down the road … #
  • when one of those raggedy nondescript dogs that call Indian reservations home came onto the road and walked pleasantly in front of them. #
  • … [the woman] asked John 'What kind of dog is that?'. John thought about it and said, 'That's a good dog.' #
  • …if he were looking for proof that 'substance' is a cultural heritage from an ancientGreece rather then an absolute reality, he should #
  • simply look at non-Greek-derived cultures. If the 'reality' of substance was missing… that would prove he was right. #
  • … the woman… wanted 2 know what genetic,substantive pigeonhole of canine classification this object walking b4 them could be placed in. #
  • But John Wooden Leg never understood the question. He wasn't joking when he said 'That's a good dog'. #
  • He probably thought she was worried the dog might bite her. #
  • .. John had distinguished the dog according to it's Quality, rather then according to its substance. #
  • That indicated he considered Quality more important. #
  • …American Indian mysticismis not something alien from American culture. It's a deep submerged hidden root of it. #
  • Americans don't have to go to the orient to learn what this mysticism stuff is about. It's been right here in America all along. #
  • In the Orient they dress it up with rituals & incense & pagodas & chants…& huge organizational enterprises that bring in …millions of $ #
  • …American Indians haven't done this. Their way is not to be organized atall. They don't charge anything, they don't make a big fuss, #
  • and that's what makes people underrate them. #
  • … The Dakota Indian considers goodness to be a noun rather then an adjective. #
  • He will tell someone, 'Take care of your goodness, rather than 'Be Good'. #
  • Good is a noun. That was it. #
  • Good as a noun rather than as an adjective is all the Metaphysics of Quality is about." #
  • The End! #
  • TED has stagnated from dynamic & inspiring to predictably (static) over-intellectualized #

Powered by Twitter Tools

Posted in About, Twitter Updates | You are welcome to add your comment

Breath & Heat in Yoga Asana


There are two kinds of heat we can experience in a Yoga asana practice: a peripheral heat and a core heat. A similar (and easier to achieve) experience can be found in food. Spices like black pepper create a peripheral heat that can be felt in the bodies extremities (hot face, runny nose, sweat, etc). Then there are spices such as ginger which create a heat that is felt in the abdominal area (also considered good for digestion).

One of the motivations for the alchemy of breathing in asana experiment is to experience these two qualities of heat in practice. If you review the breathing patterns in the experiment you will find that the variations are based on the holds – the pauses between inhaling and exhaling (the inhale and exhale remained consistent througout the experiment).

The hold after the inhale (Antah Kumbhaka) is a stimulating practice that generates peripheral heat. When challenged, and the breath runs out, most people gravitate automatically towards holding their breath after the inhale (partly because it can be forced!). A common symptom of the peripheral heat is of-course sweating.

The hold after the exhale (Bahya Kumbaka) is a centering practice (attention is placed on the abdomen). This generates a core heat, felt mostly in the abdominal. It is a concentrated heat that purifies. Though it also has stimulating qualities – it is more about containment. This hold cannot be forced (try!) –  instead it offers a practice of surrender. Advanced Yoga energetic practices place an emphasis on the exhale and the hold after the exhale, and centered around the abdominal area.

These qualities comes into play when designing a practice. Asana sequences can be used to both stimulate energy and bring it to the center – using a combination of postures and breathing formulas. Pranayama regulates energy flow and meditation directs it. The overall practice would vary for individual practitioners and life circumstances, and a relevant mode of practice.

Posted in Asana, Breath, Energy, Yoga | You are welcome to add your comment

Alchemy of Breathing in Asana


This post will describe an experiment that will enable you to experience the workings of the fire within. To proceed with the experiment effectively you should be:

The expriment is about performing the same sequence of asana’s using different breathing patterns. The breathing patterns are selected to evoke different energetic affects. It is advisable to do one sequence a day, under similar conditions (same time and place in your usualy daily schedule). Take time after each practice to observe the effects of the practice. You may also want to write down some impressions. If you have a familiar practice sequence you may use that. Alternately you may use the sequence described at the end of this post.

Following are the breathing formulas for the experiment. The formulas are offered in multipliers – so please apply them to your own length of breath. Some of the formulas may be quite challenging to perform – therefor you may wish to work with a breath that is slightly shorter (~75%) of your full capacity. For example, if your base inhale is usually 8 seconds, you may consider practicing with a 6 second inhale instead.  I invite you to use the breathing formulas in the order they are offered:

  1. Equal inhale and exhale, no holds: 1 – 0 – 1 – 0
  2. Hold after the inhale: 1 – 0.5 – 1 – 0
  3. Hold after the exhale: 1 – 0   – 1 – 0.5
  4. Both holds: 1 – 0.5 – 1 – 0.5
  5. Optional Extended hold after inhale: 1 – 1 – 1 – 0.5

When I was first introduced to this experiment it was on retreat in a group setting. It was very useful to share my experiences and to hear what other people experienced. I invite you to come back to this article and to share your experienceand observations with others.

As promised, following is a short sequence of standing postures and some counter-postures you are welcome to use for this expriment. If you do, you may want to review reading practice illustrations. You can click on the image to enlarge it and you can download it as a printable PDF you can take to your practice space.

Posted in Asana, Breath, Energy, Practice Sequences, Yoga | You are welcome to read 3 comments and to add yours

Reading Asana – Alternating


Let’s have a look a sequence that includes alternation between two sides – a simple upper raised leg posture:

This illustration says:

  • on inhale raise your arms
  • on exhale bring your arms forward and raise one leg up
  • on inhale bring raise your arms again and return the leg to the floor
  • repeat this 8 times alternating between the two legs (so each leg will be raised a total of 4 times, but alternating).
  • on the 9th exhale bring your arms back alongside your body

A shorthand, generic version of this illustration may be:

As we explored in the sequence explanation – it would be up to you to decide how to perform this sequence: (1) alternate between sides using the entire sequence – including a return to the starting position; (2) alternate just the legs and then come back to the starting position – as described above.

Finally, see if you can you tell the difference between the two illustrations above and this next illustration:

This illustration describes a sequence without alternation. Each leg is lowered and raised 4 times consecutively. So there is a total of 8 lifts but on each leg separately. This variation may be more physically challenging – because there is a longer consecutive effort for each leg.

Posted in Asana, Getting Started, Yoga | You are welcome to add your comment