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Give Me the Death of My Soul. [Mar. 19th, 2011|09:40 pm]
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At least I have not cast away the flesh of dreams.

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This my will, O Thou Glorious Sun. I am weary of my snakes descending-making slush.
Farewell antithesis. I have suffered. All is paid.
Let me go forth to recreate my sleep.
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Nirodha-Samāpatti. Attainment of Extinction. [Mar. 12th, 2011|07:58 pm]
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Pāli. Attainment of cessation.
Ninth level of trance which was added to the scheme of the eight trances (dhyāna).
In this ninth stage, all mental activity is suspended and bodily functions are greatly attenuated.
The subject remains in a state of suspended animation in which it is difficult to detect any vital signs.
In due course the meditator emerges spontaneously from this condition.
Stories are told of monks who remained in this state while there was great tumult around them,
even to the extent of being absorbed in trance in the middle of a village that was on fire.
The state is also known as ‘the cessation of ideation and feeling’ (Pāli, saññā-vedayita-nirodha).
 
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"Wherein Sorrow is Joy, and Change is Stability, and Selflessness is Self.
For the interplay of the parts hath no action upon the whole."



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Das Pathetisch-Erhabene [Dec. 26th, 2010|12:52 am]
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"Beauty is not external, but already in the mind."

MONO NO AWARE

M o n o   n o   a w a r e   物の哀れ:

Literally "the pathos of things"), also translated as "an empathy toward things," or "a sensitivity of ephemera," is a Japanese term used to describe the awareness of mujo or the transience of things and a bittersweet sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing. The term was coined in the eighteenth century by the Edo period Japanese cultural scholar Motoori Norinaga, and was originally a concept used in his literary criticism of The Tale of Genji, and later applied to other seminal Japanese works including the Man'yōshū, becoming central to his philosophy of literature, and eventually to Japanese cultural tradition. The word is derived from the Japanese word mono, which means "things" and aware, which was a Heian period expression of measured surprise (similar to "ah" or "oh"), translating roughly as "pathos," "poignancy," "deep feeling," or "sensitivity." Thus, mono no aware has frequently been translated as "the 'ahh-ness' of things." In his criticism of The Tale of Genji, Motoori noted that mono no aware is the crucial emotion that moves readers. Its scope was not limited to Japanese literature, and became associated with Japanese cultural tradition (see also sakura). Notable manga artists who use mono no aware-style storytelling include Hitoshi Ashinano, Kozue Amano, and Kaoru Mori. The quintessentially "Japanese" director Yasujiro Ozu was well known for creating a sense of mono no aware, frequently climaxing with a character saying a very understated "ii tenki desu ne" (It is fine weather, isn't it?), after both a familial and societal paradigm shift, such as daughter being married off, against the backdrop of a swiftly changing Japan. Norwegian Wood by the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is an example of this feeling as well. Ivan Morris in The World of the Shining Prince compared it to Virgil's term lacrimae rerum.

Mottainai (もったいない, 勿体無い)


Wabi-sabi (侘寂)


Momento Mori

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Excommunicata - Synodus Horrenda [Jun. 3rd, 2010|09:16 pm]
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The Synod: Probably around January 897, Stephen (VI) VII ordered that the corpse of his predecessor Formosus be removed from its tomb and brought to the papal court for judgement. With the corpse propped up on a throne, a deacon was appointed to answer for the deceased pontiff. Formosus was accused of transmigrating sees in violation of canon law, of perjury, and of serving as a bishop while actually a layman. Eventually, the corpse was found guilty. Liutprand and other sources say that Stephen had the corpse stripped of its papal vestments, cut off the three fingers of his right hand used for benedictions, and declared all of his acts and ordinations (including his ordination of Stephen (VI) VII as bishop of Anagni) invalid. The body was finally interred in a graveyard for foreigners, only to be dug up once again, tied to weights, and cast into the Tiber River. According to Liutprand’s version of the story, Stephen (VI) VII said: "When you were bishop of Porto, why did you usurp the universal Roman See in such a spirit of ambition?”

Aftermath: The macabre spectacle turned public opinion in Rome against Stephen. Rumors circulated that Formosus' body, after washing up on the banks of the Tiber, had begun to perform miracles. A public uprising led to Stephen being deposed and imprisoned. While in prison, in July or August of 897, he was strangled. In December 897, Pope Theodore II (897) convened a synod that annulled the Cadaver Synod, rehabilitated Formosus, and ordered that his body, which had been recovered from the Tiber, be reburied in Saint Peter's Basilica in pontifical vestments. In 898, John IX (898—900) also nullified the Cadaver Synod, convening two synods (one in Rome, one in Ravenna) which confirmed the findings of Theodore II's synod, ordered the acta of the Cadaver Synod destroyed, and prohibited any future trial of a dead person. However, Pope Sergius III (904—911), who as bishop had taken part in the Cadaver Synod as a co-judge, overturned the rulings of Theodore II and John IX, reaffirming Formosus' conviction,and had a laudatory epitaph inscribed on the tomb of Stephen (VI) VII.

Cadaver Synod


Posthumous execution

Damnatio memoriae
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Θελημα | Αγαπη [May. 3rd, 2010|01:19 am]
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There's no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going There's no knowing where we're rowing or which way the river's flowing Not a speck of light is showing so the danger must be growing Are the fires of hell a-glowing?
Ionesco

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Abyssus abyssum invocat. [Apr. 6th, 2010|06:47 pm]
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I call a lie: wanting not to see something one does see, wanting not to see something as one sees it... The most common lie is the lie one tells to oneself; lying to other is relatively the exception. - Friedrich Nietzsche, The Anti-Christ

Que l'importance soit dans ton regard, non dans la chose regardée .- André Gide
 
Aut disce aut discede. Aut vincere aut mori
Amat victoria curam. Amor ordinem nescit.
Ad augusta per angusta.
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Lucifer | Light Bearer | Venus [Feb. 26th, 2010|08:05 pm]
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Lucifer
The name 'Lucifer' (Light Giver) refers to the planet Venus - the brightest object in the sky apart from the Sun and the Moon - when appearing as the Morning Star. Lucifer has been erroneously equated with the fallen angel Satan, because of a scriptural misreading of a passage applied to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, who in his glory and pomp aspired to exalt himself to the level of god, as reported in Isaiah : "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning." Just as the brilliance of Lucifer surpasses that of all other stars in firmament, so the splendor of the king of Babylon suprasses that of all Oriental monarchs.

According to the Qur'an, Iblis (the Arabic name used) disobeyed an order from Allah to bow to Adam and as a result was forced out of heaven and given respite until the day of judgment from further punishment: "It is We Who created you and gave you shape; then We bade the angels prostrate to Adam, and they prostrate; not so Iblis (Lucifer); He refused to be of those who prostrate." (Allah) said: "What prevented thee from prostrating when I commanded thee?" He said: "I am better than he: Thou didst create me from fire, and him from clay."

In the New Testament the Adversary has many names, but "Lucifer" is not among them. He is called "Satan" (Matt. 4:10; Mark 1:13, 4:15; Luke 10:18), "devil" (Matt. 4:1), "adversary" (1. Peter 5:8, Tim. 5:14), "enemy" (Matt. 13:39), "accuser" (Rev. 12:10), "old serpent" (Rev. 20:2), "great dragon" (Rev. 12:9), Beelzebub (Matt. 10:25, 12:24), and Belial (comp. Samael). In Luke 10:18, John 12:31, 2. Cor. 6:16, and Rev. 12:9 the fall of Satan is mentioned. The devil is regarded as the author of all evil (Luke 10:19; Acts 5:3; 2. Cor. 11:3; Ephes. 2:2), who beguiled Eve (2. Cor. 11:3; Rev. 12:9). Because of Satan death came into this world, being ever the tempter (1. Cor. 7:5; 1. Thess. 3:5; 1. Peter 5:8), even as he tempted Jesus (Matt. 4). The Christian demonology and belief in the devil dominated subsequent periods. However, though the New Testament includes the conception that Satan fell from heaven "as lightning" (Luke 10:18; Rev. 12:7-10), it nowhere applies the name Lucifer to him. Thus "stella matutina" in Revelation 2:28, which promises the Morning Star to those who persevere. In Revelation 22:16, where Jesus calls himself "the bright morning star". Outside the Bible, the Roman Rite liturgy's Exultet chant in praise of the paschal candle refers to Christ as the Morning Star (in Latin, lucifer, with lower-case initial).

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Venus
As one of the brightest objects in the sky, Venus has been known since prehistoric times and as such has gained an entrenched position in human culture. It is described in Babylonian cuneiformic texts such as the Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa, which relates observations that possibly date from 1600 BC. The Babylonians named the planet Ishtar (Sumerian Inanna), the personification of womanhood, and goddess of love.

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Absente reo. [Feb. 8th, 2010|11:44 pm]
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Giordano Bruno was an Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer best known as proponent of the acentrism and the infinity of the universe. His cosmological theories went beyond the Copernican model in identifying the sun as just one of an infinite number of independently moving heavenly bodies: he is the first man to have conceptualized the universe as a continuum where the stars we see at night are identical in nature to the Sun. He was burned at the stake by authorities in 1600 after the Roman Inquisition found him guilty of heresy.

Giordano Bruno Quotes:

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

It may be you fear more to deliver judgement upon me than I fear judgment.

There is no law governing all things.
 
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Solar storm of 1859


The solar storm of 1859, also known as the Solar Superstorm, or the Carrington Event, was the most powerful solar storm in recorded history.

The Great Storm: Solar Tempest of 1859 Revealed
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Rubber's Lover. [Jan. 24th, 2010|09:41 pm]
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One of my favorite films, though, a disclaimer, not for the faint of heart.
You might want to read
the description first. Enjoy. ;)

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The Blizzard. [Jan. 17th, 2010|04:07 pm]
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