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Postby identity » Fri May 12, 2017 8:01 am

More from the above source:

In 1993, Jones revealed that he is the reincarnation of Swami Vivekananda (1863–
1902). (He had been making veiled references to this possibility for some time.) As
he explains it, every human being is composed of gross biological elements, derived
from their parents, and subtle spiritual elements that reincarnate from life to life.
Jones believes that his own “subtle core” is Swami Vivekananda, the great disciple
of Sri Ramakrishna (1836–1886). In a curious incident near the end of his life, Ramakrishna
claimed to have transmitted his spiritual power to Vivekananda, leaving
nothing for himself. Consequently, Jones believes that he is also in some sense Ramakrishna.
Even more mysteriously, Jones seems to suggest that Ramakrishna was originally
a reincarnation, or perhaps an emanation, of Jones himself. As the guru puts it:

I Am the One Who Awakened (and, thereafter, Worked through) Ramakrishna. He
Recapitulated the past, in order (by a Spiritual Sacrifice) to Serve the future. I AM the
One Who Worked through (and has now Most Perfectly Awakened) Swami Vivekananda.
He Served the future, in order (even by physical death and physical rebirth) to Transcend
the past (and, Thus, and by Means of a great and Spiritual Awakening, to Bless
and to Liberate the future).

Now and forever, Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda are One, at the Heart, And I
AM the One They have Realized There.


There are several oddities one might recognize in this passage. The most obvious is
the strange capitalization. It is a characteristic of all of Jones’s later writings. He
claims a spiritual purpose for this practice. Ostensibly it serves to undercut the
“egoic” focus of his readers, though there appears to be little coherence to the method.
(For example, why capitalize “Thus”?) More practically, it serves to alienate casual
readers. It does not, in this author’s opinion, serve Jones well, and it certainly
does not expand his readership.


A second oddity one might notice is the dualism of the language. For someone
whose central realization is the oneness of Reality, Jones seems at great pains to
emphasize himself in contrast to everyone else. Few writers use “I” and “Me” more
frequently and enthusiastically than Jones, though he occasionally qualifies the apparent
egotism by pointing out that his readers are really Him anyway, whether they
know it yet or not.

Other oddities include the legalism of Jones’s wording and the constant restatement
he employs. Parenthetical synonyms and paraphrases, following and ostensibly
clarifying nearly every statement, have been an increasingly prominent feature of
Jones’s writing since the 1980s. His most recent work reads like highly esoteric legal
documents or perhaps the fine print at the bottom of a very strange credit card bill.
The real cigarettes are elsewhere.
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Postby DrEvil » Sat May 13, 2017 8:09 pm

identity » Fri May 12, 2017 1:50 pm wrote:(from Adidam, a chapter on the late Adi Da by Scott Lowe. Maybe RI would benefit from something comparable to the steps listed below before membership is bestowed?!)

In keeping with the routinized, exoterically demanding daily practices of Adidam,
it has become incredibly difficult to enjoy the guru’s satsang. The current
probationary process takes at least 9–12 months to complete and requires a significant
academic, temporal, financial, and devotional investment. The following ten
steps are the minimal requirements that must be met before new students are eligible
to receive the avatar’s spiritual transmission:

1. Take the introductory “First Word” course.
2. Take the Pre-student course, “The Only Truth That Sets The Heart Free” ($350.00 cost).
3. Sign and return copy of “Sacred Agreement.”
4. Sign and return notarized copy of “Membership Agreement.”
5. Sign and return notarized copy of “Legal Release form.”
6. Sign and return copy of “Health & Life Circumstance Questionnaire.”
7. Sign and return copy of “Form to calculate tithe.”
8. Receive a physical examination, including blood work.
9. Take the MMPI Psychological evaluation test.
10. Take the student beginner vow.


"a fool and his money are soon parted".
"I only read American. I want my fantasy pure." - Dave
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Postby Cordelia » Fri May 19, 2017 2:07 pm

“You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music.”

~ Annie Proulx ~
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Postby MacCruiskeen » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:47 pm

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from Dan Hind's The Threat to Reason

via Louis Allday (thread)
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Postby chump » Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:19 am

...He (Vladislav Surkov, Vladimir Putin's Karl Rove) came originally from the avant-garde art world, and those who have studied his career say that what Surkov has done is import ideas from conceptual art into the very heart of politics. His aim is to undermine peoples' perception of the world so they never know what is really happening. Surkov turned Russian politics into a bewildering and constantly changing piece of theatre. He sponsored all kinds of groups, from neo-nazi skinheads to liberal human rights groups. He even backed parties that were opposed to President Putin. But the key thing was, Surkov then let it be known that this was what he was doing; which meant that no one was sure what was real or faked. As one journalist put it, "It's a strategy of power that keeps any opposition constantly confused, a ceaseless shape-shifting that is unstoppable because it's indefinable," which is exactly what Surkov has alledged to have done in the Ukraine this year.


In typical fashion, as the war began, Surkov published a short story about something he called non-linear war: A war where you never know what the enemy are really up to - or even who they are. The underlying aim, Surkov says, is not to win the war, but to use the conflict to create a constant state of destabilized perception in order to manage and control.


Maybe, we have something similiar emerging here in Britain...


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Postby hanshan » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:00 am

...

Lewis Richardson was thirty-two
and had a plum job as the superintendent
of a government meteorological observatory
in Scotland when the First World War broke out.
As he later wrote, he was

torn between an intense curiosity to
see war at close quarters, an intense objection
to killing people, both mixed with ideas of
public duty, and doubt as to whether
I could endure danger.


But he hit upon a way to satisfy these
competing urges. In 1916, after Britain
denied his request to serve as a
battlefield ambulance driver, he joined
the Friends’ Ambulance Unit,
which transported
wounded French soldiers.




“The background appears
to be composed
of a restless desire for change.”


https://harpers.org/archive/2017/06/safety-in-numbers/3/


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Postby chump » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:17 am

"As of a few months ago, our country has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, wasted. And the lives, the lives, thousands and thousands and thousands of lives. $6 trillion and thousands of young, beautiful lives. We started 16 years ago and it's in far worse shape than it was 16 years ago by many times over. So, we spent all of this money, all of these lives. And let me tell you, I came in and took over a very, very difficult hand. But we're going to get it fixed. That's what you put me here for. We're going to get it fixed..."

- President Donald Trump, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 21, 2017
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Postby seemslikeadream » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:52 am

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More importantly, the way Cambridge Analytica gained access to some 30 million Facebook accounts without users’ consent, along with private voting records, raises serious privacy concerns.
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Postby Grizzly » Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:20 pm

One of the greatest achievements of the human mind,
modern science, refuses to recognize the depths of its own
creativity, and has now reached the point in its development
where that very refusal blocks its further growth.
Modern physics screams at us that there
is no ultimate material reality and that
whatever it is we are describing,
the human mind cannot be parted from it.

—Roger Jones, Physics as Metaphor
If Barthes can forgive me, “What the public wants is the image of passion Justice, not passion Justice itself.”
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Postby MacCruiskeen » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:18 pm

Mr K. Marx wrote:(2) By taking as his standard – his universal standard, in the sense that it applies to the mass of men – the worst possible state of privation which life (existence) can know, he turns the worker into a being with neither needs nor senses and turns the worker's activity into a pure abstraction from all activity. Hence any luxury that the worker might enjoy is reprehensible, and anything that goes beyond the most abstract need – either in the form of passive enjoyment or active expression – appears to him as a luxury. Political economy, this science of wealth, is therefore at the same time the science of denial, of starvation, of saving, and it actually goes so far as to save man the need for fresh air or physical exercise. This science of the marvels of industry is at the same time the science of asceticism, and its true ideal is the ascetic but rapacious skinflint and the ascetic but productive slave. Its moral ideal is the worker who puts a part of his wages into savings, and it has even discovered a servile art which can dignify this charming little notion and present a sentimental version of it on the stage. It is therefore – for all its worldly and debauched appearance – a truly moral science, the most moral science of all. Self-denial, the denial of life and of all human needs, is its principal doctrine. The less you eat, drink, buy books, go to the theatre, go dancing, go drinking, think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you save and the greater will become that treasure which neither moths nor maggots can consume – your capital. The less you are, the less you give expression to your life, the more you have, the greater is your alienated life and the more you store up of your estranged life. Everything which the political economist takes from you in terms of life and humanity, he restores to you in the form of money and wealth, and everything which you are unable to do, your money can do for you: it can eat, drink, go dancing, go to the theatre, it can appropriate art, learning, historical curiosities, political power, it can travel, it is capable of doing all those thing for you; it can buy everything: it is genuine wealth, genuine ability. But for all that, it only likes to create itself, to buy itself, for after all everything else is its servant. And when I have the master I have the servant, and I have no need of his servant. So all passions and all activity are lost in greed. The worker is only permitted to have enough for him to live, and he is only permitted to live in order to have.

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/w ... pm/3rd.htm
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Postby cptmarginal » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:50 pm

Ephraim Hardcastle for the Daily Mail wrote:Brassy U.S. socialite and serial divorcee Ivana Trump, 62, has given up drinking.

She says: ‘I made a resolution this summer not to drink. It’s very dangerous in St Tropez when everyone starts pulling out magnums at 11am, and it goes on all day and night. I’m really calming down.’

Having divorced her fourth husband, Italian playboy Rossano Rubicondi, in 2009, is the old trout, pictured, on the prowl for hubby number five? ‘Ivana certainly has another marriage in her,’ I am told.
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Postby Cordelia » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:21 pm

“[Cannery Row's] inhabitants are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gamblers, and sons of bitches,' by which he meant everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'saints and angels and martyrs and holy men,' and he would have meant the same thing.”

~ John Steinbeck, Cannery Row ~
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Postby MacCruiskeen » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:34 pm

maple cocaine‏ @historyinflicks 26. June

Someone told me socialism is "evil" on a tweet about universal health care & their pinned tweet is a Gofundme for their baby who has cancer.

https://twitter.com/historyinflicks/sta ... 9528714240
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