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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Lualtirips Etats (75)


One thing is that which leads to worldly gain; quite another the way that leads to Nirvana. Thus comprehending, let the almsman, the disciple of the Buddha, take no delight in respectful greetings, but devote himself to solitude.

Dhammapada (75)


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Song About Jealousy

https://youtu.be/_DkWIQ5pp_w?t=5277

One who is jealous, miserly, and dishonest is not accounted ‘good’ (sadhurupa) merely by reason of his speechifying or beautiful complexion.

Dhammapada (262)






Saturday, May 13, 2017

A man's advice to one who is desperate for sensual gain

Great post(s) that I found. I don't agree with all of it, but overall it's solid advice:


You are looking externally for what must be found internally. Why do you want to get rich, "get laid" and "go on unique adventures?" If you follow these questions, and the additional questions following these queries generates, you will eventually resolve your problem. Questioning is the most powerful "magic" ever, particularly self-questioning.


The most important recommendation: write to yourself. Argue to yourself from multiple positions, plan and reason on paper, even if just to give a good description of the complete problem. Develop a system tailored to you to organize knowledge-acquisition and analysis. Politics, capitalism, and social forces are working nonstop to try to subvert your agency to compel you to partake in actions desired by others, what you need to do is to be stronger than these forces and compel yourself to partake in actions desired by you. Think of the absurdity of modernism: we intend on doing things, but don't do them, instead we procrastinate or ignore. How can you possibly do something that you don't want to do? The answer is that you are not unified, there's a whole bunch of conflicting subconscious desires that weedle their way in, which have been conditioned to do so by a lifetime of being advertised and politicized to. So you use language and create an air-tight argument on paper convincing yourself to do something to beat down these subconscious phantoms.



The status quo's worst enemy is reason, except for the falities it can convince you are rational. Being ultra-paranoid about your own beliefs and ideas. Simply calibrate your compass to one goal, to figure out how to reason and think accurately about various aspects about the world around you, and everything else will follow, with the caveat that many will attempt to aid you to do this for their own reasons (see: how everyone is a "skeptic" now.)


The sooner you get to killing God off the better, God is the most evil parasite ever created.


. . . The only way of properly doing "magic" without fucking around with rituals and shit is simply detaching from reality. Your consciousness is all there is. Once you wake up and realize reality is no more than a dream then you can manipulate it at will. Of course, this is easier said than done, I haven't been able to do it myself because I'm afraid of becoming schizophrenic or something (I'm not schizo btw, never heard voices or had any weird shit ever happen in my life, I just believe this is the truth because it's the only thing that makes sense to me). I don't even know if you can give yourself schizophrenia but whatever, the point is that magic, magick, all that shit is basically the same shit. Fooling yourself with rituals, symbols, etc to exercise your real power which doesn't really need any of this, but because it's easier to believe than just manipulating reality at will as if it was nothing is the reason it works. It works only because you believe in it, but ideally you wouldn't need any of it because the power is in you regardless.


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Astral projection from the perspective of a Javanese mystic

Now allow me to explain astral projection from the perspective of an Indonesian mystic, particularly that of Javanese mysticism, as it's the most widespread form of mysticism known here in Indonesia.

There are certain ethnicities and tribes which have their own names, ways, and methods to perform astral projection, but that'd take much longer to explain and would need a separate thread to describe them all..

In Javanese Mysticism, astral projection is called "Illmu Rogo Sukmo." It is a skill which allows one to separate their corporeal body (Rogo) from their astral body (Sukmo).

We believe that the Astral body (Sukmo) is the manifestation of our own consciousness, and Rogo Sukmo is the process through which one separates their consciousness from one's corporeal body.

Javanese mysticism recognizes sleep paralysis, and sees it as one step closer towards astral projection. What happens during sleep paralyses is that your astral body has not yet fully separated from your corporeal body, hence the feeling of being "stuck."

There are a wide range of things we can do when our astral body is wandering around, such as telepathy, chit-chat with astral beings and 4d waifus, or going literally anywhere you want.

But be advised; it uses a lot of energy. You'll usually wake up tired since technically you've been wandering around and about. Sugar or anything sweet like drinks should be enough to replenish it after a short time.

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Original post by Akavir !!FP/Yevmserx, edited and proofread for easier legibility.

Friday, May 12, 2017

New Alien Picture Leaked on 4chan's /x/ board (5-12-17)

Over on 4chan's /x/ board there was this big deal about an alien thread which was supposedly immediately taken down:


So I kept going down, and I found a lot of interesting stuff. The thread started with this picture:


The guy who posted it said that the pictures in the previous threads were fake. Here's a screencap:


So far, so interesting. 😃 What was posted soon after was the fake image the original poster was talking about, created using CG:


Definitely looks like CG, that much is for sure. And the tree which was mentioned earlier is missing.

Next was an image that some user tried to reconstruct using some kind of image data and other such means:



Now shit is getting weird. This image looks pretty unsettling. Here's another image that was posted shortly after that one:



But the kicker was this guy, who posted what got the most reactions, and was supposedly the "true" image:



This got the most replies, people who were freezing up saying that this was the one the original thread said was "unsettling." So here it is. The picture of the alien, as well as some of the post's responses:








Even somebody who supposedly reported the poster to the FBI 😮

What do you guys think? Some people are suggesting these are all a bunch of hoaxes, or some kind of psy-op. Personally I'm going to hold on to a fair amount of skepticism, but it's definitely interesting, that's for sure.




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Buddha, the Teachings, and the Community of Practitioners

 
Buddhism traces its root back to the historical Buddha, born Siddharta Gautama, a yogi who lived more than 2,500 years ago in Northern India.

One prerequisite to identification as a Buddhist would be to take refuge in the Three Jewels, ideals at the heart of Buddhism. The Three Jewels include buddha, the dharma, and the Sangha.

Buddha is not just the historical person of the Buddha, but it's also what the Buddha represents-the potential for awakening (buddha-nature) that we have.

Taking refuge in Buddha is not idolatry, and is more akin to treating him as a role-model rather than a God.

The dharma is the body of teachings that the buddha taught and also the truth that the teachings point to.  Dharma is often translated as "the way"- the way to live to get beyond suffering.

Sangha is the community of like-minded practitioners in the same path.

In the Zen tradition, one who is ordained as a monk must shave their head and dedicate oneself to a life of service to one's zen master and zendo (Zen temple.)

Becoming a monk also means renouncing aspects of one's live and taking on monastic vows.

  

To be a Buddhist, one must accept all four of these tenets:

1. All compounded things are impermanent.

The quality of your breathing, the energy in your body, and the ceaseless flow of thoughts in your mind. Things are constantly changing or impermanent-this can be observed during the meditation practice.

2. All emotions are pain.

All emotions are impermanent. Joy, which may not be considered "painful," is coupled with the recognition and fear that the experience won't last. There is anxiety lurking behind the joy. Emotions are distinguished from feelings, with emotions being a complex of intense feelings, suffused with thoughts and embedded in a story that eventually has to do with desire.

3. All things have no inherent existence.

The teaching on emptiness. It is less a belief than an experience that arises during meditation.

4. Nirvana is beyond all concepts.

Nirvana is not a concept; it is an experience and one that can be realized in meditation. Nirvana is the cessation of suffering and literally means "blowing out." What gets blown out is the generation upon generation of suffering from the influence of greed, hatred, and delusion.


Different sects of Buddhism differ in importance placed on devotion. Therevada is the least devotional, while Tibetan practices are the most, with the Zen practices being somewhere in between.

In Tibetan Buddhism, there are many buddhas and bodhisattvas which respond to prayers. Among them is the buddha Amitabha, who is directly believed to intervene in the process of death and rebirth.

In the West, you may want to see the Buddha as an exemplar to inspire practice. If you bow to the Buddha at a zen temple, you are not subjugating yourself to a superior being but bowing to the divinity that resides in yourself.

The Buddha's earliest disciples are the closest things to Saints. They were all arhants (worthy-ones) and included Ananda, Sariputra, Moggalana, and Kashyapa.

Tibetan Buddhists revere bodhisattvas who take the form of tulkus or rinpoche, lamas who have taken rebirth. The word Lama translates to "teacher."

Bodhidharma brought Buddhism to China and founded the Chan sect of Mahayana Buddhism. Dogen brought Chan to Japan and founded Zen Buddhism.

Upaya (skillful means), is a rental Buddhist concept which refers to a teacher's ability to reach a student. 

The Buddha lived and taught in the Axial Age, the period between 800 and 200 B.C.E.

The Axial Age gave birth to the philosophies of Confucius, Lao Tzu, Zoroaster, Socrates, and Plato, as well as the Hebrew prophets Ezekiel, Zechariah, and Jeremiah. 

Conviction that the world was filled with dukkha (suffering) was fundamental to the spirituality emerging in countries during the Axial Age. Concepts associated with Buddhism such as karma and samsara (rebirth) originated in Hinduism. The goal for Hindu mystics was to escape rebirth and samsara by reuniting one's atman (soul) with Brahman (the creator's spirit.)

The Buddha rejected the notion of an everlasting soul and made the radical observation that what is considered self is not a thing but a process, and a process that is ever-changing.

Suffering results not from living inside of a body, but being attached to it.

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Notes taken from the following sources:
Kozak, Arnie. The Everything Essential Buddhism Book. F+W Media, Inc, 2015. Print. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

pornography has been ingrained in our brains

Everywhere you look you see porn. Everywhere you look there is subliminal messages. When your eyes open, you see through the cloud. You recognize the figure. You see what you've always seen. It's always been there, you just now see it. What was once the background is now the forefront. Sometimes, one needs a push. Sometimes, one needs a push...h

PUSH PUSH PUSH                                                                                            REBOUND REBOUND REBOUND

There it is. You. See it. NOW.

You  wonder why? It's always been there. No need to wonder. Look there. Look here

Well you see, I think we all see it. Haha, yeah, we all see 'it'. We finally see what we've always seen.

HAH. Something like entertainment. Everything has two meanings.

For example, this could just be freeform. 

Thoughts

So, know contexts. You know one context, but do you know another? You know the contexts of these words. But acknowledging that you don't know another? Hahahahaha!

I know now. I know what I know, and I "know" what I don't.

One step. One step closer.

Another.

Another.

Then you're there again!

"I"

What does the word "I" mean? You know what it means. "I" know what it means. We've all known. But remind yourself what it means. Look behind it. Look around it. You know what it means.

You know what it means.

When 'I' do this?

Who is 'I'?

We all know who 'I' is.

Look closer. We know what it is but we don't know who it is? 

Who is I?

When we say, I know how to do this.

Or,

"I drive the car."


It exists. But it's not who you think it is. Look further. Look further. Some truths are better said through experience.

Some truths are better said through experience.





 

Friday, May 5, 2017

7 Day Water Fast: Postponed

I have decided to break my fast. I wasn't ready and didn't ease myself into it. After being broken again and again I saw that I wasn't prepared. Perhaps I was too over confident... I still reached 5 days, so I'm not too far from my original goal. I'll definitely try again sometime in the "future." Thanks for the homies who were following this little log. I was also straying too far from mindfulness and forgot the Buddha's teachings. Anyway, much appreciated again to those who were following me. If any of you guys have any suggestions for something else I could try, let me know.

Till next time.

7 Day Water Fast: Fatigue (Day 5)

Hey all. Welcome to Day 5.

Yesterday was just... in a word, miserable. Every inch was a hustle, whether through my physical body or my mind.

Towards the beginning it was very similar to Day 4; I was tired, but I could still relatively function. But as the evening crept up, everything took a 180° turn.

R.I.P
It was truly torture, and I wanted to just sleep all day. Pain was everywhere. My mind thought and thought, going to realms I did not know even existed. Felt kind of like a bad trip. Like I said, I just wanted to rest.

Unfortunately however, I had a paper to write and was forced to operate on a half-dead brain. Easier said than done.


I ended up falling in the pattern of writing a paragraph, lying down,  then writing a paragraph, and lying down once again. It made what was supposed to be just 1-2 hours of work much longer. Thinking was definitely hard. I ended up falling asleep and somehow managed to wake up in time to finish it up with some extra energy.

These last days are truly ending up to be a grind. My hunger seems to be getting worse too. Not sure what's going on, but there's just 2 days left, so I'm gonna stay strong.

Thanks to anyone who has been reading and following these logs.

Till next time.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

7 Day Water Fast: Changes (Day 4)

Hey all. Here I am, Day 4 of 7. I gotta say, things are getting really really hard. I've made some questionable decisions as well, but luckily I'm still in the game; I'm still fasting.

This is how you'll feel ↑
Day 4 was pretty difficult in the sense that I was hungry as hell and like usual, had no energy. For anyone fasting for a long period of time, I recommend you do not exercise. Initially doing exercises like cardio seemed to have gave me more energy, but the feeling is akin to downing a couple cans of Monster. You end up crashing like a mofo afterwards, and then you can't do anything and just get more hungry.

For the remainder of my fast, I'm gonna rest whenever I can.

I've decided to modify my fast further and from now on just drink water rather than tea, coffee, or any of the other drinks I mentioned previously. This is partly because I made a slight hiccup when I chewed on a few sticks of sugar free gum as a result of the munchies. Obviously there was no sugar, but I ended up chewing about 30 calories.

All about that water
Since I wanna be strict with my fasting, any more calorie intake than this will surely break my fast. Even though drinks like tea and coffee have seemingly negligible calories (1-3 per cup), the amount I drink across the day would easily add up to 10 or 12 throughout the day.

Thus for the sake of keeping it safe within the 50cal limit, it's just water from here on out.


I am very tired and really wanna eat. Just gotta grind this out. 


I'll keep you homies posted for what happens next...


Till next time.


Day 3 ← → Day 5

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

7 Day Water Fast: Pushin' Along (Day 3)

Day 3 of my 7 day water fast.

Today was interesting, for sure. Compared to Day 2, I definitely wasn't as tired, and I didn't get any painful headaches. I did seem a bit dehydrated towards the end, but all in all less head rushes, less discomfort, and for the most part, at-least in the beginning, less hunger. I also experimented with working out in this fast state- nothing too major, just some light lifting and cardio. Interestingly enough I seemed to have more energy after the workout, not less, but only after I did cardio.

Towards the end of day,  that's when things got a bit tough. I had incredible hunger cravings. I was really close to breaking my fast with a cracker, but I managed to resist chomping on the thing...though I did go through an interesting ordeal before-hand:

I was aroused, not gonna lie.
There it was. The roll of crackers, tempting me, taunting me, and teasing me; like some kind of demoness who knows what you desire. In any other state I wouldn't want a bite of it. But it knew.

It knew what I wanted.

I did some weird stuff at this stage.

I grabbed a single cracker and lightly nibbled on the edges. As I began to slowly and sensually nibble on the edge of the cracker, a vision came to my head that told me that If I'm gonna play this game, I'm gonna play it my way  


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I took a medium sized chomp and immediately spit it out, forsaking it of all its concepts and ideals!


 






Doing this, I managed to alleviate a lot of the tension and stress, even though I didn't actually swallow any large bits. It seems a lot of the time the temptation is more on just chomping on something, rather than eating it.

As you could obviously tell, I was hungry as hell haha. Never hang around food when fasting, that's for sure 😄

I decided to modify my fast and include half a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder in my beverages, as well as a little bit of cinnamon. 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder has  12 calories, so half a teaspoon would be about 2 to 3 (i.e nothing.) Same with cinnamon, which has 6 calories per teaspoon.

Since it takes about 50 calories to break a fast, I figured this is a nice way to add variety to my beverages as well as help me get through the fast. I got a little bored of just drinking tea all day, so I sometimes switch it up like this.

What's most surprising is that though it ends up being such a small amount of powder from both spices, the flavor it adds is incredible, and if added together the caloric content would probably just be 8-10 at most. I also like to add a little bit of instant coffee in the mix as well, just enough act as a filler.

It's all going well everybody. Just 4 days left. 4 days. I know I can do it. And for anyone reading this who is doubting whether they can do it, you can do it to.


Till next time.


Day 2 ← → Day 4