The Buddha’s Fire Sermon (note similarities, contrasts with alchemy]

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Buddha has always fascinated me how he looked, felt and observed the powers on the Earth, which for us, they might be considered mostly as normal elements. as I remember; when I watched the movie Little Buddha (1993) I was very impressed by the scene:  Tree of Life – “Little Buddha” movie scenes.

I wish You dear Friends a Happy & Peaceful New Year with full of Love and Freedom for all of us ❤ ❤

here is somthing like a pray; Amasing!

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C.G. Jung & Wholeness with a very best Thank to Craig Nelson

All things, O priests, are on fire. And what … are these things which are on fire? The eye, O priests, is on fire; forms are on fire; eye-consciousness is on fire; impressions received by the eye are on fire; and whatever sensation, pleasant, unpleasant or indifferent, originates in dependence on impressions received by eye, that also is on fire… With the fire of passion, say I, with the fire of hatred, with the fire of infatuation; with birth, old age, death, sorrow, lamentation, misery, grief and despair are they on fire. The ear is on fire; sounds are on fire; … the nose is on fire; odours are on fire; … the tongue is on fire; tastes are on fire; … the body is on fire; things tangible are on fire; … the mind is on fire; … ideas are on fire; … mind-consciousness is on fire; impressions received by the mind are on fire; and whatever sensation, pleasant, unpleasant or indifferent, originates in dependence on impressions received by the mind, that also is on fire. And with what are these on fire? With the fire of passion, … with the fire of hatred, with the fire of infatuation; with birth, old age, death, sorrow, lamentation, misery, grief and despair are they on fire. 
[his prescription of how to escape being on fire]: 
The learned and noble disciple conceives an aversion for the eye, conceives an aversion for forms, conceives an aversion for eye-consciousness, conceives an aversion for the impressions received by the eye; and whatever sensation, pleasant, unpleasant, or indifferent, originates in dependence on impressions received by the eye, for that also he conceives an aversion. Conceives an aversion for the ear, an aversion for sounds, … conceives an aversion for the nose, conceives an aversion for odours; . . . conceives an aversion for the tongue, conceives an aversion for tastes, . . . conceives an aversion for the body, conceives an aversion for things tangible …. etc

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LEONARD COHEN SUFFERS FROM LYRICISTS BLOCK

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- MIKE STEEDEN -

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“Oi Len, fancy a quick one at The Chelsea?”

“What do you mean Svetlana, a swift libation?”

“No me old fruit bat I was more thinking both.”

“Fine…why not, I’m up for that.”

 “Anyhow Lennie boy, you got any new songs you can belt out for me in your own indomitable style by way of a serenade as a prelude to my seduction?”

“Can’t say as how I have presently, luv. Me mind refuses to wander creatively anymore.”

“You’re having a laugh surely?”

“No Svet, it’s the honest truth. I’m bolloxed in that regard at the moment. Even now whilst your otherwise engaged abandoning your kit in a manner most tantalising, my creative juices fail me. I must admit I’m getting a tad worried about it if the truth be told.”

“Well Lenny, if you care to cast your gazers over here I’ll lay odds you’ll feel inspired, you old…

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From A Christmas Carol to War and Peace in # 6degrees

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A Russian Affair

by elisabethm with Thanks ❤

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After reading the nice and interesting blog post of An Argumentative Old Git , I decided to write a # 6degrees blog post. On Kate’s literary blog, Books are my Favorite and Best , each month a different book of inspiration is presented, from which you then have to connect six other books.

A Christmas Carol (1843) by Dickens is the starting point this month .

Scrooge is visited by three spirits, who show him the past, the present and the future. He soon understands that he needs to improve his life. 

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In Pushkin’s The Coffin (1831) we find an on-Dickensian coffin maker with a Scrooge character. He is also visited by ghosts, in large numbers, they celebrate him at night in the living room. He recognizes his deceased clientele and is accused of having scammed their relatives. In contrast to Scrooge, Prokhorov is not impressed enough the next morning to improve his life; he calls his daughters and brings tea. And we hear him thinking: “Bah! Humbug!”

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Those festive ghosts remind me of De Meester and Margarita (1940) of Bulgakov. In this satirical novel, the devil himself visits Stalinist Moscow to organize a ball during Walpurgis Night. The guests are all dead and they all have something on their faces, so they went to hell. Among the guests are celebrities and criminals. They arrive at the party through the fireplace. This is familiar to the reader, but we do not go that way. The most famous quote from the book is “manuscripts do not burn”.

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In 1852 Gogol burned the manuscripts with a large part of the second part of Dead Souls in a fit of bewilderment. Shortly afterwards he died under extremely sad circumstances. Contrary to what the title suggests, Dead Soul is a cheerful novel. Or rather, a cheerful satire about an aspiring landowner travelling through Russia and about the people he meets. Chichikov is accompanied by his faithful servant Petrushka, who smells quite apart, but is completely devoted to his lord.

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And that brings us to another devoted servant: Zechar. Zachar! The meddlesome, lazy, grumbling and gossiping servant of Oblomov. Oblomov was written in 1858 by Gontsjarov as an example of a surplus person. Oblomov has postponed procreation into art, and the first 150 pages of his bed do not come out. He simply refuses to worry about things that are already bothering him, and he hates it when ‘things’ are expected of him. His house is his safe haven.

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From the safe harbour in the Gorochovajastraat, we take a ten-minute walk to the Stoljarnisteeg, to the humble home of another Petersburg literary hero: Raskolnikov. The protagonist of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (1866) does not stop at plans and dreams; he adds the word to the word and kills old usury. He wants to help the poor with her money and thus make a useful contribution to society, the witch is dead and her money is used for a good cause, but he is consumed by feelings of guilt.

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Crime and Punishment were published in episodes in the Russian literary magazine De Vjestnik. If you had a subscription to that, then around 1866 you were eagerly looking forward every month to the postman because there was not only a new episode of Crime and Punishment, Tolstoy’s War and Peace was also published in De Vjestnik for the first time. . Of course, the reader knew perfectly well that the Russians finally defeated Napoleon, but how did it go with Natasja? Would she finally be reunited with Andrei? The novel is full of cliffhangers, and that has everything to do with the monthly episodes.


Dickens was extremely popular in Russia and both Tolstoy and Dostoevsky were influenced by him and admired him. 

Text and photos © Elisabeth van der Meer 2018

Dreams of Desire 59 (Juliet et Margaret)

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Juliet & Margaret Nieman, Juliet et Margaret -Man Ray 1942?

Another arresting erotic image by the master Surrealist photographer, Man Ray. I cannot accurately determine the date it was taken, however as it features his lover Juliet Browner (and later wife, they were married in a dual ceremony with Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning in Beverly Hills in 1946) and Margaret Nieman who was his neighbour in Los Angeles during the early 1940’s, 1942 would seem to be the likeliest year.

Man Ray frequently photographed his lovers in embraces with other women, notably Lee Miller and her room-mate Tanja Ramm (though not the photograph of Lee and Tanja having breakfast in bed, that was taken by Lee’s father) and  later, Ady Fidelin with the ultimate Surrealist muse Nusch Eluard.

The totem-like masks were designed by Man Ray himself and certainly add an aura of strangeness and animalistic carnality to the scene. In…

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The Queen of the Lesser Lands

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The self taught artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein worked in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture (using chicken bones) and photography, all of which adorned the modest house in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that he lived in for forty years with his wife and muse, Marie.

Eugene’s marriage to Evelyn Kalka in 1943 (he re-named her Marie) seemed to have ignited a creative spark. Over the next two decades he would photograph Marie thousand of times, as a pin-up girl, tropical tourist, vixen, Madonna. Bedecked with pearls, clunky fetish heels, lurid leopard prints against florid wall coverings, Marie looks wistfully upwards, awkward and gauche. The photographs are simultaneously curiously innocent and charged with an subterranean current of obsessional eroticism. Marie at times seems like a harbinger of Cindy Sherman, assuming and thereby questioning a number of manufactured female roles.

Eugene was convinced that he…

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Zeus and Hera: Images of a Divine Syzygy

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“He was a sky god, associated with wind, rain, thunder, and lightning, and was the master of spiritual phenomena, since it was the spirit realm that was signified by the sky and the manifestations of the weather. He was a carrier of justice and judgment, an embodiment of law and the punisher of transgression of the law, accomplished by the hurling of the thunderbolt. He was the personification of creative energy, which constantly spilled out and had an unceasing urge to impregnate, hence his perpetual love affairs.” Edward Edinger, The Eternal Drama: The Inner Meaning of Greek Mythology

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In Edinger’s description of Zeus, we see the image of a powerful masculine ruler of the heavens. Although Zeus is still one of many gods, he is both leader and creator of the pantheon. And just as importantly, we see Zeus’ engagements with his wife, Hera, not as his compliment, but…

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