RIP: Ike Turner

Ike Turner – 5. November 1931 – 12. Dezember 2007:

“I got a job driving the elevator in the Alcazar and the radio station was on the second floor. It was very exciting to me, a radio station. I’d run up to the second floor and look through the window at the guy spinning records. He saw me and tole me to come in and showed me how to ‘hold a record.’ I’d sit there and hold it until the one playing stopped, then I’d turn a knob and the one I was holding would play. Next thing I know, he was going across the street for coffee and leaving me in there alone. I was only eight. That was the beginning of my thing with music.”

More @ Wikipedia

Now Reading: The Teachers of Gurdjieff

by Rafael Lefort.
Book Description
When The Teachers of Gurdjieff was first published some 25 years ago, it made a very considerable stir. George Gurdjieff was one of the most famous mystics before the war, a teaching master who had many fashionable and influential pupils. He had a striking appearance and manner of teaching, one that was to prove influential. The meaning of his teaching and the sources of it were a puzzle. How did he come by his knowledge? What was to become of it? These were questions that engaged many seekers.
Yet, with the rapidly changing focus of our era in all things, not least spiritual, this is in some real part a book of another time. From the time of Gurdjieff’s operations to the early ’70s, many in the West were discovering, for the first time, the older religious and spiritual traditions of the East. After his death, Gurdjieff’s followers were running groups in “the fourth way”; travelers set out to India, Tibet, Japan, Turkey and other parts east to find their Buddhists, Tibetan Buddhists, Sonoran Shamen, and the rest. Schools began, seekers sought and found, sought again, found again.

Today, everything is available and exposed on the table, and anybody can connect with any technique at any time. And the possibilities are endless, highly intellectual, highly emotional, highly sensual. How many different forms of yoga, zen philosophy are there, and is a lifetime enough to find a proper combination, or is the answer closer at home.

This book offers, among the adventures of the search and the souks of Baghdad and Aleppo, striking and timeless advice to those interested in finding spirituality. Its appeal is far beyond that of one seeker in one era, but offers us information, today, on how to evaluate different forms of teaching, how to study, and even some tantalizing information on the role of Jesus.

Excerpted:
You are scrabbling about in the sand, attracted by pieces of mica to knit together and make a window, not realising that the sand itself is capable of being transformed into the purest glass.–

From The Teachers of Gurdjieff
At Amazon: The Teachers of Gurdjief

A Hundred Poems by A Hundred Poets

In 12th-13th century Japan there lived a man named Fujiwara no Teika (sometimes called Sadaie), a well-regarded poet in a society that prized poetry. At one point in his life he compiled the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (often known simply as the Hyakunin Isshu), which means “A Hundred Poems by A Hundred Poets” (literally “A hundred people, one poem [each]”).

This collection of a hundred poems is known to almost all Japanese, and over the years it has been translated by many different people. One of the early translators of the collection was William Porter. His translation, first published in 1909, was titled “A Hundred Verses from Old Japan”.

Total running time: 0:49:02, read by Kevin Steinbach @ Librevox
Hyakunin Isshu @ Wiki

Boujeloud

As they play, “Boujeloud,” a naked man sewn into the skin of a slaughtered goat, dances wildly, vibrating and whirling among the crowd, beating them with two oleander branches as they run to get away. It is believed that women beaten with the sticks will become pregnant within the year. Boujeloud and the musicians feed off of one another–the music gets louder and more frenzied, while Boujeloud madly gyrates and hurls himself through the bonfire. Later, “Crazy Aisha” enters the circle, danced by a group of little boys dressed as women. Later, more dancers join the circle and are possessed by the music, becoming entranced by its erratic rhythms.

http://www.marocevasions.com/festivals/jajouka/

Chuang Tzu

One day Chuang Tzu and a friend were walking by a river.
“Look at the fish swimming about,” said Chuang Tzu, “They are really enjoying themselves.”

“You are not a fish,” replied the friend, “So you can’t truly know that they are enjoying themselves.”

“You are not me,” said Chuang Tzu. “So how do you know that I do not know that the fish are enjoying themselves?”

Now Reading: Solipsist

by Henry Rollins. Now this is a true hardcore Zen / Tao / Dharma whatever book. I recommend every seeker on the path to get this book and read it ! Then do a re interpretation of your boring fucked up life and get on clear terms with yourself and stop acting yourself but become you. Every single Paragraf is a kick in the guts, a smack on the face and a spiritual vision.
It is sit down , shut up and read time !

People spend to much time trying to make themselves happy. They never know what its like to feel the sheer, silent weight of existence. They’re too busy running from something that they havent even dealt with. How can they be the master of their own lives without this knowledge
(page 29)

Some info on the side:
Solipsism is first recorded with the Greek presocratic sophist Gorgias (c. 483–375 BC) who is quoted by the Roman sceptic Sextus Empiricus as having stated:

Nothing exists
Even if something exists, nothing can be known about it, and
Even if something could be known about it, knowledge about it can’t be communicated to others

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solipsism
Amazon: Henry Rollins: Solipsist

Straight Edge

The German Spiegel website is running an article about “straight edge”, a punk movement from the early eighties. Basically the Straight Edge idea’s are:

Don’t smoke
Don’t drink
Don’t fuck
At least I can fucking think
I can’t keep up
Can’t keep up
Can’t keep up
Out of step with the world

These principles simply stand for respect for your own mind and body as well
as for the opposite sex and your fellows. A clear mind should allow humans to perceive the
world around them better and to recognice and to fight against deplorable
states of affairs in their social surroundings. This can be of ethic-moral,
ecologic or politic nature or can simply include problems from your very own
personal surroundings….

Interesting to see that a idealistic movement gets some attention after 20 Years,
specially in a time where most of the youngsters going mostly over the edge.

1] www.spiegel.de

Moving Mind.

Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. “It’s the wind that is really moving,” stated the first one. “No, it is the flag that is moving,” contended the second. A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. “Neither the flag nor the wind is moving,” he said, “It is MIND that moves.”