Fri 19 Jun - USA, Bethlehem, PA, Zoeliner Arts Centre, Nearfest - STEVE HILLAGE BAND 'THE' US indoor Prog-fest, also with Van der Graaf Generator and PFM. The first Steve Hillage Band gig in the US for 30 years and the first Gong one since 2000 - there will not be any other US dates on this trip.
Sat 20 Jun - USA, Bethlehem, PA, Zoeliner Arts Centre, Nearfest - GONG So good that it always sells out - may have already done so. The Patron Sign Up Window is now closed. General ticket sales begin on Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at 10:00am EST. Tickets for NEARfest '09 will go on sale to the general public Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at 10:00am ET. Those interested in getting choice seats early may opt to sign up for our exclusive Patron Program.
(680 mi – about 11 hours 25 mins from Bloomington, In.)
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Tibet when The People’s Liberation Army of China surrounded Lhasa and trained artillery guns on the palace. It is also the birth of Barbie. The sacrifice of the Tibetan people has resulted in the jewell of the dharma, the wisdom teachings of Liberation, being bourne around the world in their diaspora. Barbie, the tear Chenrezig wept at the fall of freedom in Tibet, has now reached maturity as a dharmapala dakini; Mattell manufactures a Tibetan Barbie, known as Fuxi Girl.
"In a few days the Eldorado Expedition went into the patient wilderness, that closed upon it as the sea closes over a diver." -Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness 1902
These misfortunes of immortals... Such as the recent sneezing ragtime serenade & softshoe proposition to reprise Livery Stable Blues with Jazz Crackson's Muletrain Harem Queue; an opportunity as Livestock Biowaste Relocation Engineer available for a limited time only. Mssr. Crackson, showman of the spiffiest magnitude informed me that union scale wage regrettably would not be forthcoming for the position; however, a tip jar was provided. Now, over the years, I've lost my appreciation for the braying of rank burritos; I'm sure its just my ears, some deleterious result of hearing myself whoop it up big time in the long ago & faraway. I declined. But if I'd only seen the SIZE of that tip jar.... Reminds me of the time I worked at a certain used record store: Crossbone's Rusty Needle Exchange & Espresso Bar, and things went afoul with Biff the narcoleptic bootleg peddlar. Crossbone was a craven rook of a man who would think nothing of foreclosing on the mortgage to your soul; "chump change", he'd snort. He subsisted on the dire endorphin of greed and was chained to his harbor of Marlboro lights; he kept for companion a gargoyle which maintained an unhealthy affection for scouring powder. He thought he had her on a tight leash but repeatedly she furrowed in the register to score more ajax, "its a filthy world", she'd growl. Biff made sporadic appearances with platters of questionable origins that Crossbone made available to the General Public. On occasion Biff good naturedly threw something my way and thus we gradually became acquainted. I made the error though of entrusting a certain treasure, a rare analogue radio recording from the summer solstice '94 of some unknown eerie cosmonauts allegedly called the Octave Doctors into his hands in order to digitize for me; the sole evidence of their actual existence. Biff disappeared after that; some say the Octave Doctors would not allow such documentation revealed, the world wasn't equipped to handle it. I miss old Crossbone. He was honest as the grave and just as ruthless. Last I heard he was hawking women's croc shoes in the obituaries of Southern Indiana. His laugh was grisly as a death rattle but his decency preceded him by reputation. Here's to Crossbone: slap on some Boz Scaggs & burn one down to the blister.
Gaily bedight, A gallant knight In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singing a song, In search of El Dorado.
But he grew old -- This knight so bold -- And -- o'er his heart a shadow Fell as he found No spot of ground That looked like El Dorado.
And, as his strength Failed him at length, He met a pilgrim shadow -- "Shadow," said he, "Where can it be -- This land of El Dorado?"
"Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride," The shade replied -- "If you seek for El Dorado." -Edgar Allan Poe, 1849
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Are of imagination all compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold, That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt: The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. Such tricks hath strong imagination, That if it would but apprehend some joy, It comprehends some bringer of that joy; Or in the night, imagining some fear, How easy is a bush supposed a bear! -William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Act v. Sc. 1.
"The Imago Templi can be seen as the meeting-place of the great families of the Abrahamic tradition, of all the "communities of the Book" (Ahl al-Kitab)." -Henry Corbin:Temple and Contemplation. KPI, 1986
"...the Kalachakra Tantra embodies a large conglomerate of Western Asian, mostly Iranian (Zoroastrian, Manichean), elements, Hellenistic and local religious features characteristic of Gandhara and Udyana as well as Vedic borrowings (which interestingly had themselves made their way into India via western Central Asia, though in prehistoric times).6 <Das Kalachakra, die letzte Phase des Buddhismus in Indien. In: Saeculum15,1964. Siegbert Hummel: Frau Welt und der Priesterkoenig Johannes. In: Zeitschrift fuer Missionswissenschaft und Religionwissenschaft43/2, (M?ster) 1959). Siegbert Hummel:Notes on the Lamaist Apocalypse. In: Tibet Journal XXII/4, 1997 (Orig. in: Archiv Orientalni26/2, Prag 1958). >> Besides that, it shows the marks of Buddhism's struggle against the inexorable expansion of Islam in the region, and bears traces of the Jewish and Christian traditions, also probably mediated into the region by the Arabs.7 <<. Helmut Hoffmann: Kalachakra Studies I. Manicheism, Christianity and Islam in the Kalachakra Tantra.In: Central Asiatic JournalXIII, 1969. Helmut Hoffmann:Kalachakra Studies I. Addenda et Corrigenda. In: Central Asiatic JournalXV, 1971. >>
Meanings of the Monad Number One "The point within a circle, the Central Fire Deity. The lingam, an upright pillar, was its Hindu symbol.:" - W. Wynn Westcott:Numbers: Their Occult Power And Mystic Virtues, 1890
Concerning the Hieron du Val d’Or: "The Abbey of Orval's web site says only that mysterious monks from Calabria came there in 1070, although little is known about their identity, and they were welcomed there by Count Arnould de Chiny. These "pioneers" moved out after forty years, i.e. around 1110. The legend of Orval claims that it was named by Mathilda de Tuscany, who after finding a lost ring declared the place "a Valley of Gold" (Val D'Or.) " http://www.fiu.edu/~mizrachs/poseur3.html
Ludwig Werner's Sons of the Valley came out of the German Masonic Order of the Strict Observance. Werner was a High-Grade Mason and a member of the STRICT OBSERVANCE, the traditional history of which is elaborated in his remarkable work. "Werner's Sons of the Valley already mentioned, being the existence from time immemorial of a Secret Order of Wise Masters in Palestine devoted to the work of initiation for the building of a spiritual city and as such the power behind the Temple, as it was also behind Masonry"" -Arthur Edward Waite: THE TEMPLAR ORDERS IN FREEMASONRY An Historical Consideration of their Origin and Development in: The Occult Review", Volume XLV, nos. 1 and 4, January and April, 1927.
"...in Werner's Sons of the Valley already mentioned, being the existence from time immemorial of a Secret Order of Wise Masters in Palestine devoted to the work of initiation for the building of a spiritual city and as such the power behind the Temple, as it was also behind Masonry." -Arthur Edward Waite: THE TEMPLAR ORDERS IN FREEMASONRY, An Historical Consideration of their Origin and Development" The Occult Review", Volume XLV, nos. 1 and 4, January and April, 1927.
"...at the end of Albrecht von Scharfenberg's great epic, "the New Titurel"... there is an episode which has all the impact of a parable of the Imago Templi. When Titurel and Parsifal take the Holy Grail back to the East, they pass through a certain city. Parsifal leaves the inhabitants of this city with an image of the castle-temple of the Grail at Montsalvat. And with the aid of the single image the inhabitants set about building their own Temple of the Grail...this Image is imperishable, to the extent that we see it rise triumphant in the "waste land", from an earth that is spiritually more devastated than the domain of the Grail ever was before the coming of Parsifal..."
"...the Imago Templi, the image of the castle-temple left to mankind by Parsifal, will never be lost. It is in some sense the response to the geste of Parsifal, and both together are the response to the desperate cry of the Templar knights... Together they reply: No! the temple is not destroyed forever. This was known to Suhravardi also [who]... composed an entire "Book of hours" in honour of the "guardians of the Temple", who are unknown to the majority of men. They guard a secret Temple, and those who find their way to it can join in the invocation which returns, like a refrain, in one of the most beautiful psalms composed by Suhravardi: "O God of every God! Make the litany of the Light arise. Make the people of Light triumphant. Guide the Light towards the Light. Amen." - Henry Corbin: "The Imago Templi in Confrontation with Secular Norms," in: Temple and Contemplation, London: KPI, 1986, pp. 389-90.
"Moreover, it is this exalted science of alchemy that Zacharias Werner sees as the secret of the "Valley", the secret which transformed the martyrdom of Jacques de Molay into an ecstatic apotheosis. The Order had but a single aim: the regeneration, the new birth, brought about by the re-establishment of the identity between macrocosm and microcosm. The all-powerfulness of the active Imagination (quite different, as Paracelsus says, from the "fantasy") puts into operation an alchemy which comprises simultaneously a conception of the world, an ethic and eschatology. And this is so whether it is a case of practical alchemy or speculative alchemy: the notion of mediating and mediation is the very foundation of the Ars magna. The philosopher's stone is to be found only through the coincidentia oppositorum, and this coincidentia can occur only through a mediatory term and on a mediating level (the level, as the Islamic theosophers say, "where bodies are spiritualized and where spirits take on body"). Mercury both engenders and reabsorbs contraries, and it is also one of the names for the Stone of the Sages. This stone has the power to destroy gross matter and to convert the body of man into a subtle body of luminous essence, like the bodies of the Righteous in Paradise, or the body of the androgynous Adam before his Fall. The active Imagination is the organ of meditation that assimilates the Opus alchemicum, by which base metal is refined. In virtue of this assimilation, the Imagination is the mediator which brings about the refinement of whoever "spiritualizes himself until he reaches the final stage of mystical union." - ibid
"Mundus Imaginalis... Like the domain of the Grail, it is an interworld that is self-sufficient." -Henri Corbin: Imaginal Worlds and Utopia
"The following passages from Proclus' Theology of Plato, however, will throw further light on this interesting subject. Thus the Demiurgus is said to 'constitute the psychical essences in conjunction with the Crater' (V.xxxi)--this in the Sensible World. Again, 'the Crater is the peculiar cause of souls, and is co-arranged with the Demiurgus and filled from him, but fills souls'. Thus the Crater is called the 'fountain of souls', the 'cause of souls' " -G. R. S. Mead: The Orphic Pantheon
"P. Wapnewski, Wolfram's Parzival,... points out similarities between the ideas advanced in the Grail poems and those of the Fedeli d'Amore and Hermetic tradition." -Emma Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz: The Grail Legend, 1970
""Why then, my father, did God not distribute Mind to all? He willed, my son, to set it before souls as a prize that they might win. And where did he set it? He filled a great bowl with it and set it down. He provided a herald and ordered him to proclaim to the hearts of men the following message. Dip yourself, you who can, into this bowl, you who believe that you will ascend to him who sent the bowl down, you who know for what purpose you have come into being. Those therefore who have understood the proclamation and dipped themselves in Mind partook of gnosis and became perfect men, since they received Mind. But those who ignored the proclamation, these are the logikoi, who have not received Mind in addition (to Reason) and do not know for what purpose they have come into being, or from what source."" -----------
3. Reason (Logos) indeed, O Tat, among all men hath He distributed, but Mind not yet; not that He grudgeth any, for grudging cometh not from Him, but hath its place below, within the souls of men who have no Mind.
Tat: Why then did God, O father, not on all bestow a share of Mind?
H: He willed, my son, to have it set up in the midst for souls, just as it were a prize.
4. T: And where hath He set it up?
H: He filled a mighty Cup with it, and sent it down, joining a Herald [to it], to whom He gave command to make this proclamation to the hearts of men:
Baptize thyself with this Cup's baptism, what heart can do so, thou that hast faith thou canst ascend to him that hath sent down the Cup, thou that dost know for what thoudidst come into being!
As many then as understood the Herald's tidings and doused themselves in Mind, became partakers in the Gnosis; and when they had "received the Mind" they were made "perfect men".
But they who do not understand the tidings, these, since they possess the aid of Reason [only] and not Mind, are ignorant wherefor they have come into being and whereby.
5. The senses of such men are like irrational creatures'; and as their [whole] make-up is in their feelings and their impulses, they fail in all appreciation of those things which really are worth contemplation. These center all their thought upon the pleasures of the body and its appetites, in the belief that for its sake man hath come into being.
But they who have received some portion of God's gift, these, Tat, if we judge by their deeds, have from Death's bonds won their release; for they embrace in their own Mind all things, things on the earth, things in the heaven, and things above the heaven - if there be aught. And having raised themselves so far they sight the Good; and having sighted it, they look upon their sojourn here as a mischance; and in disdain of all, both things in body and the bodiless, they speed their way unto that One and Only One.
6. This is, O Tat, the Gnosis of the Mind, Vision of things Divine; God-knowledge is it, for the Cup is God's.
From the cradle to the grave There are roads for us all that we'll find, and follow to the end Leading upwards to a place in the stars, ten million miles away... There's a path called Tenemos Roads Everything happening there is history, records of ages before we were born. But the sound of men in battle makes me cry out in my dreams. ..
I will build a home on Tenemos Roads I will build a home on Tenemos Roads -Dave Stewart: TENEMOS ROADS
"But I wish here only to give indications and directions of approach to that Divine Mind whose signature is upon us in everything, and whose whole majesty is present in the least thing in nature." - A. E.: Candle of Vision (George William Russell, 1918)
Performing my filial characterization of Pasta Dharmajohn, priest of the Oblique Faith; I was elaborating for my patient brother Tom the other evening upon my conceit that humankind is a species which divines significance. In this respect, an artifact of ours is the Doctrine of Signatures.
"Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library and its books were the stones, leaves, grass, brooks and the birds and animals that shared, alike with us, the storms and blessings of the earth. We learn to do what only the student of nature ever learns, and that is to feel beauty." --Chief Luther Standing Bear , 1868-1939
"No tribe has the right to sell, even to each other, much less to strangers.... Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth? Didn't the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?
The way, the only way to stop this evil is for the red man to unite in claiming a common and equal right in the land, as it was first, and should be now, for it was never divided."
We gave them forest-clad mountains and valleys full of game, and in return what did they give our warriors and our women? Rum, trinkets, and a grave." -Chief Tecumseh, 1768 – 1813
You cannot write a single line w/out a cosmology a cosmogony laid out, before all eyes
there is no part of yourself you can separate out saying, this is memory, this is sensation this is the work I care about, this is how I make a living
it is whole, it is a whole, it always was whole you do not "make" it so there is nothing to integrate, you are a presence you are an appendage of the work, the work stems from hangs from the heaven you create
every man / every woman carries a firmament inside & the stars in it are not the stars in the sky
w/out imagination there is no memory w/out imagination there is no sensation w/out imagination there is no will, desire
history is a living weapon in yr hand & you have imagined it, it is thus that you "find out for yourself" history is the dream of what can be, it is the relation between things in a continuum
of imagination what you find out for yourself is what you select out of an infinite sea of possibility no one can inhabit yr world
yet it is not lonely, the ground of imagination is fearlessness discourse is video tape of a movie of a shadow play but the puppets are in yr hand your counters in a multidimensional chess which is divination & strategy
the war that matters is the war against the imagination all other wars are subsumed in it.
the ultimate famine is the starvation of the imagination
it is death to be sure, but the undead seek to inhabit someone else's world
the ultimate claustrophobia is the syllogism the ultimate claustrophobia is "it all adds up" nothing adds up & nothing stands in for anything else
THE ONLY WAR THAT MATTERS IS THE WAR AGAINST THE IMAGINATION THE ONLY WAR THAT MATTERS IS THE WAR AGAINST THE IMAGINATION THE ONLY WAR THAT MATTERS IS THE WAR AGAINST THE IMAGINATION ALL OTHER WARS ARE SUBSUMED IN IT
There is no way out of a spiritual battle There is no way you can avoid taking sides There is no way you can not have a poetics no matter what you do: plumber, baker, teacher
you do it in the consciousness of making or not making yr world you have a poetics: you step into the world like a suit of readymade clothes
or you etch in light your firmament spills into the shape of your room the shape of the poem, of yr body, of yr loves
A woman's life / a man's life is an allegory
There is no way out of the spiritual battle the war is the war against the imagination you can't sign up as a conscientious objector
the war of the worlds hangs here, right now, in the balance it is a war for this world, to keep it a vale of soul-making
the taste in all our mouths is the taste of power and it is bitter as death
bring yr self home to yrself, enter the garden the guy at the gate w/ the flaming sword is yrself
the war is the war for the human imagination and no one can fight it but you/ & no one can fight it for you
The imagination is not only holy, it is precise it is not only fierce, it is practical men die everyday for the lack of it, it is vast & elegant
intellectus means "light of the mind" it is not discourse it is not even language the inner sun
the polis is constellated around the sun the fire is central
"There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled, which leads to an unknown, secret place...." ---Chief Luther Standing Bear , 1868-1939
"Imaginatio est Astrum in homine, coeleste sive supracoeleste corpus" ("Imagination is the star in man, the celestial or supercelestial body.") -Martin Ruland: Lexicon Alchemiae, 1612
Tossing, turning, sinking/surfacing in pseudo-sleep the other night, I latched onto the passing realization that the Holy Grail symbolizes the Creative Imagination. In this restless slumber, images drift by of an emerald altar stone fallen from the brow of a seraphim , Coleridge clutching after, empty handed; & Hermes, solemn as a pillar holding the smaragdine table entoning its inscriptions to Ludovico Lazzarelli, who transcribes implications into the Crater Hermetis.
And when I finally crawled ashore, coffee'd and trawling internet discover that for Richard Barber, in The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief, “it is, in all its forms, a construct of the creative imagination”.
"For William Blake, the imagination is much more than a mental faculty. It is, he claimed, ‘the Human Existence Itself’, and ‘the Eternal Body of Man’. He was inspired by the idea of the seventeenth century German mystic, Jacob Boehme, that the imagination is divinely implanted, “the Son” being “the substantiality of the Father’s imagination”. In his own idiosyncratic version of Christianity, he came to identify the figure of Jesus with the imagination. In Blake we see the perfect integration of a highly developed creative imagination with spiritual vision. His poetic utterances are the expressions of that vision, and flow without stint or hindrance. He was able to speak, in Wordsworth’s phrase, “the language of the whole man”."
"...Dakinis and other Tantric deities, appear in what is known in Buddhist cosmology, as the ‘rupaloka’, literally the world of Form, a world which is intermediary between the mundane world and the Transcendental. This realm has parallels with the intermediate realm in Persian sacred texts, which Henri Corbin calls the ‘Mundus Imaginalis’. Sangharakshita’s preferred translation of ‘rupaloka’ is ‘the world of archetypal form’.
The Muse figures that play a leading role in Coleridge’s visionary poems, like the Dakinis, do not come from the world of ordinary sense perception (though they may well be transformations of sensuous impressions). They come from, or appear in, the world of Archetypal form, which is just as real, and therefore just as important, from a Buddhist point of view, as the world of the waking senses. While they may not be Dakinis in the specifically Tantric sense of being agents of the utterly unconditioned freedom of the Mind of enlightenment, they are certainly reminiscent of the wrathful female figures that appear in a typical Tantric ritual drama. They are embodiments of psychic forces that have an urgent message for the visionary, in this case the poet. " http://www.urthona.com/abhaya-coleridge.html
“Our hearts cannot apprehend that they are imaginatively thinking hearts,” he writes, “because we have so long been told that the mind thinks and the heart feels and the imagination leads us astray from both. Even when the heart is allowed its reasons, they are those of faith or of feeling, for we have forgotten that philosophy itself -- the most complex and profound demonstration of thought -- is not ‘wisdom’ or ‘truth’ in any abstract sense of ‘sophic.’ Rather, philosophy begins in a “philos” arising in the heart of our blood, together with the lion, the wound, and the rose. If we would recover the imaginal we must first recover its organ, the heart, and its kind of philosophy.” -James Hillman: “The Thought of the Heart.”
He who is born in imagination discovers the latent forces of Nature. . . . Besides the stars that are established, there is yet another -- Imagination -- that begets a new star and a new heaven. -Paracelsus