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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Inner Witch and other new books
« Last post by forbitals on December 17, 2019, 07:38:42 pm »
Inner Witch and other new books


Very available:

Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft
Gabriela Herstik
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143133543/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

^^^^  looks very good!

Crystals: Understand and Connect to the Medicine and Healing of Crystals (Updated Edition)
Rachelle Charman
https://www.amazon.com/Crystals-Understand-Connect-Medicine-Healing/dp/1925682617/ref=sr_1_1?crid=CZVF1MD93VV2&keywords=crystals+rachelle+charman&qid=1576632587&s=books&sprefix=crystals+rachelle%2Cstripbooks%2C211&sr=1-1

The Chakras Handbook: Tap into Your Body's Energy Centers for Well-Being, Manifestation, and Positive Energy
Athena Perrakis
https://www.amazon.com/Chakras-Handbook-Well-Being-Manifestation-Positive/dp/1592338755/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=chakras+handbook&qid=1576632672&s=books&sr=1-2

Also, want to spend more time with these:

Christian Gnosis
Leadbeater, C. W., 1854-1934

Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites
Leadbeater, C. W., 1854-1934

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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Re: East meets West, by John Adago (2014)
« Last post by forbitals on December 17, 2019, 05:58:00 pm »
East meets West : the stories of the remarkable men and women from the East and the West who built a bridge across a cultural divide and introduced meditation and Eastern philosophy to the West / John Adago (2014)

So it mentions Thomas de Hartman, R. A. Orage, Maurice Nicoll, Rodney Collin, as people from their group who follow Gurdjieff and Ouspensky.  And yes, these are some of the most well known are read, but there are others.

Mention Adi Shankara, and Indian teacher who lived 788 AD o 820 AD.

Various mentions of Vedanta.

San Jose house
https://www.vedantaberkeley.org/san-jose-center/

founded by Swami Swahananda

but also
https://www.cmsj.org/about-chinmaya-mission-san-jose/
founded by

Swami Chinmayananda, affectionately addressed as “Pujya Gurudev” blessed our effort when we acquired the property on Park Avenue in San Jose in 1987. He named it Sandeepany San Jose. Pujya Gurudev sent us the best teacher he then had in India, Swami Tejomayananda, to be the first Acharya of Sandeepany San Jose from 1989 – 1993. Swami Chinmayananda also formally named the organization, Chinmaya Mission San Jose (CMSJ) in 1992.

Not sure if the above two connect to their Indian teachers.

So Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (born Mahesh Prasad Varma, 12 January 1918[5] – 5 February 2008) was an Indian Guru and developed the Tranendental Meditation technique.  Associated with Beatles, mentioned in song, and spoke to an audience of 4000 at the Royal Albert Hall.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcendental_Meditation_technique

https://www.tm.org/

So this kind of meditation was seen as more suitable for Westerners.  ( note that Rajneesh/Osho would also proliferate the number of meditation techniques.

http://thinkexist.com/

So "Be Here Now" was written by Ram Dass (Richard Alpert)

And there was some SYDA and Vedanta org established.

In 1994, at the passing of Leon MacLaren, Donald Lambie succeeded him.  Lambie is also a barrister.

Joy Dillingham, part of this.

They say this statue, Girl With Lamp of Wisdom is in Wallkill NY.  But here says it is in the UK

https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-girl-statue-called-the-lamp-of-wisdom-at-waterperry-gardens-oxfordshire-18888196.html

book says statue is a bronze made by Nathan David.

So MacLaren and his people see the Gurdjieff - Ouspensky work as introducing Eastern Meditation to the West.

For myself, I have always had only a limited interest in Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation.  Wanting things which are more about thought and remembering.  But yes, as that is what the Gurdjeff - Ouspensky work seems to be, I have been practicing for many decades.

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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Re: East meets West, by John Adago (2014)
« Last post by forbitals on December 16, 2019, 07:28:53 pm »
So finishing up with:

East meets West : the stories of the remarkable men and women from the East and the West who built a bridge across a cultural divide and introduced meditation and Eastern philosophy to the West / John Adago (2014)

Want to record some of its references:

Henry George, Progress and Poverty

Leon MacLaren, MacLaren Lectures

Ouspensky, Tertium Organum,

Tertium organum : the third canon of thought : a key to the enigmas of the world / P.D. Ouspensky ; revised translation by E. Kadloubovsky and the author ; originally translated by Nicholas Bessaraboff and Claude Bragdon (1982 edition 298 pages)
 
 Author Uspenskiĭ, P. D. (Petr Demʹi︠an︡ovich), 1878-1947 
 
Francis C. Roles, multiple books, but not in libraries

https://www.amazon.com/Orange-Book-Method-Self-Realisation-ebook/dp/B008IVC0XI/ref=sr_1_3?qid=1576545375&refinements=p_27%3AFrancis+Roles&s=books&sr=1-3

Standing for Justice: A Biography of Andrew MacLaren MP (Enduring Quest), by John Stewart
https://www.amazon.com/Standing-Justice-Biography-MacLaren-Enduring/dp/0856831948

But not in libraries.

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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / East meets West, by John Adago (2014)
« Last post by forbitals on December 11, 2019, 08:20:03 pm »
East meets West, by John Adago (2014)

East meets West : the stories of the remarkable men and women from the East and the West who built a bridge across a cultural divide and introduced meditation and Eastern philosophy to the West / John Adago (2014)

https://www.amazon.com/East-Meets-West-John-Adago/dp/0692124217/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=john+adago&qid=1576114806&sr=8-2

Okay so he is talking about this London School of Economic Science, started in the 1930's by Leon MacLaren.  And this should not be confused with the London School of Economics.

And then there was or is also this School of Practical Philosophy in NYC.

John Adago gives an entire chapter of his own biography, starting when his grandmother emigrated to the US from Italy in the first decade of the 20th Century.

So he talks about many, like Gurdjieff and Ouspensky.

And especially Leon MacLaren and his father Andrew.

Andrew MacLaren (1883 - 1975)

"Wealth results from work.  There is no such thing as a 'windfall'.  When one acquires wealth without work or great wealth with little work, others are being deprived of the fruits of their labor.  A community without justice will not survive: to each must be rendered his due.  A society, through its laws and institutions, must inhibit one man from harvesting the crop of another, that each may reap what he has sown."

Labour Politician
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_MacLaren

Campaigned for the ideas of the American Henry George
https://web.archive.org/web/20101006175720/http://www.henrygeorgefoundation.org/cej/the-school-of-economic-science.html
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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Re: Deconstructing Gurdjieff
« Last post by forbitals on November 26, 2019, 08:14:10 pm »
So to follow up on stuff from the Tobias Churton book on Gurdjieef:

G's organization was Institute for Development of the Harmonious Human Being, IDHHB.

This ran for along time.  I talked to someone with them in Palo Alto, maybe 20 years ago.

If you looked in a library at a book by or about G., you might find an IDHHB book mark.

But today though, looks like IDHHB has been taken over or merged with one E. J. (Jeff) Gold, a self styled G. imitator.  Maybe this is for the better.

https://www.idhhb.com/


So Peter D. Ouspensky, major follower of G.  Read some of his stuff.  But later Ouspensky turned against G.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._D._Ouspensky

Some of his books can now be found online.

I would be more inclined to go along with Ouspensky than with G. himself.

Today only  Uspenskiĭ, P. D. (Petr Demʹi︠a︡novich), 1878-1947. 
In search of the miraculous; fragments of an unknown teaching.
 
 is in academic libraries around me.

Both G. and Ouspensky amounted to Anti-Marxists, especially Anti-Bolsheviks.

But Ouspensky helped found the London School of Economic Science, and they are built first and foremost on the works of the American Socialist Henry George.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_of_Economic_Science

Labor MP Andrew MacLaren
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_MacLaren



video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOmkYwxuO9A

and right here, a book about them

East meets West : the stories of the remarkable men and women from the East and the West who built a bridge across a cultural divide and introduced meditation and Eastern philosophy to the West / John Adago (2014)

Yeah I gotta read this:
https://www.amazon.com/East-Meets-West-John-Adago/dp/0692124217/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=john+adago&qid=1574820060&sr=8-2
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The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Te**o*ism
by Timothy Shanahan, 2009.

Author teaches Philosophy at the Jesuit run Loyola Marymount in Southern California.

Mention of Bobby Sands and of Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Also mentions Rev. Ian Paisley, who to me seems to a big part of the problem.

Want to understand what links there are to Frantz Fanon, but not seeing mention of him in this book.

Lecture on Frantz Fanon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ThoGtS-fX4



Undun - Guess Who
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_gxQt-bhik

The Association - Along Comes Mary - Live on Smothers Brothers 1967
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYJhhKSXOBo

Windy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsY8l0Jg3lY

It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFOdkBFzX50
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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Deconstructing Gurdjieff
« Last post by forbitals on November 19, 2019, 06:51:22 pm »
So reading this Tobias Churton book about Georges Gurdjieff.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1620556383/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6

Churton is a prolific writer.  I cannot imagine how he can read how many books as he must.

This discussion of Gurdjieff does follow on from his discussion of turn of the century Paris.

Some books and people are introduced.

A highly influential thinker and writer:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine_Fabre_d%27Olivet

Antoine Fabre d'Olivet (December 8, 1767, Ganges, Hérault – March 25, 1825, Paris)

 French author, poet and composer whose Biblical and philosophical hermeneutics influenced many occultists, such as Eliphas Lévi, Gérard Encausse - Papus and Édouard Schuré.

Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre 
 (26 March 1842 – 5 February 1909) was a French occultist who adapted the works of Fabre d'Olivet (1767–1825) and, in turn, had his ideas adapted by Gérard Encausse alias Papus. His work on "L'Archéomètre" deeply influenced the young René Guénon. He developed the term Synarchy—the association of everyone with everyone else—into a political philosophy, and his ideas about this type of government proved influential in politics and the occult.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandre_Saint-Yves_d%27Alveydre

And then Papus.

And then especially
Édouard Schuré
Eduard (Édouard) Schuré (January 21, 1841 in Strasbourg – April 7, 1929 in Paris) was a French philosopher, poet, playwright, novelist, music critic, and publicist of esoteric literature.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89douard_Schur%C3%A9

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89douard_Schur%C3%A9


And his book is in academic libraries

The great initiates : a study of the secret history of religions / translated from the French by Gloria Rasberry. Introd. by Paul M. Allen.

Gurdjieff was very aggressive about educating himself too.  Have to admire that.

And then talk about Jules Doniel, as he founded the Gnostic Church.



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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Re: Ge Wang and ChucK programming language
« Last post by forbitals on November 16, 2019, 06:15:27 pm »
https://www.amazon.com/G.-Randy-Slone/e/B000APG19O%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

G. Randy Slone, I don't agree with him about everything, but he wrote good books and he also sold some products.  Some were circuit boards for what it describes in the books.  Others were this thing he called the "audio engine", no integrated circuits in the signal path.

Again I don't agree with everything he did, but still worth studying.

He has passed away, did have a continuing tribute web site.  Not sure if it exists anymore.

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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Ge Wang and ChucK programming language
« Last post by forbitals on November 16, 2019, 05:09:56 pm »
Ge Wang, Stanford, really interesting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-T8kcSRLL0

ChucK, a programming language written for music, by Ge Wang.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChucK

https://chuck.cs.princeton.edu/

https://ccrma.stanford.edu/~ge/thesis.html


Relaxing Blues Music Vol 7 Mix Songs | Rock Music 2018 HiFi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nd9GtfFTMk
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Philosophy, Religion, Esoteric, Occult / Ontology is the philosophical study of being
« Last post by forbitals on November 12, 2019, 08:23:46 pm »
Ontology is the philosophical study of being

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontology

Having reached a point decades ago where it seemed like my career had been boxed in, turned into something just to get money, and that becoming more and more difficult.

What had been lost was the feeling that it was about the work itself and the skills being used.  What was being lost was the conviction that it was all and ends activity, something which had value in and of itself.

So I started trying to broaden my education.  I needed to learn new things, needed to go further than I had.

So I came across the works of Maturana and Varela, in Chile, and particularly their book Tree of Knowledge.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humberto_Maturana

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0877736421/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Autopoiesis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autopoiesis

The book has lots of pictures.  But it is also a rare book that I could not assimilate it just by skimming in the book store.

More than anything, I think it does a tremendous job of showing us how deeply embedded into popular psychology we find Social Darwinism.  And it completely debunks this.  It challenges us to grow and to change how we think about ourselves and about society.

We are told of how things are effected by events, and we are told to look at ourselves as quite autonomous.  And we are told about biological adaptation.

But this book in great detail shows us how there is always a couple to the environment, and that what things which happen are simply being triggered by outside events, but that potentiality had to have been there already.  And we are told about Phylogenic Drift, as opposed to biological adaptation.

This book changed me greatly and sent me in directions that I finally decades later feel are finally starting to pan out.

Ontology is that other way of looking at things instead of Epistemology.



Miles Davis - Call It Anything (Miles Electric)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMYVvjoXf4o
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