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                                                                             Meredith Duran, 'At Your Pleasure'

Mantras (part 4)

"Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism"  -  Lama Anagarika Govinda

"...Thus, the word in its hour of birth was a centre of force and reality, and only habit has stereotyped it into a mere conventional medium of expression...

(sorry this book has been packed away.  I'll have to continue the excerpt later)    




The Surgeon as Priest

"Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery" Richard Selzer

"On the bulletin board in the front hall of the hospital where I work, there appeared an
announcement.  "Yeshi Dhonden", it read, "will make rounds at six o'clock on the mor-
ning of June 10."  The particulars were then given, followed by a notation: "Yeshi Dhonden is Personal Physician to the Dalai Lama."  I am not so leathery a skeptic that I would not knowingly ignore an emissary from the gods.

Chinese Prohibitions in Tibet (partial list)

FLYING THE "TIBET INDEPENDENCE'  FLAG, PUTTING UP POSTERS, SPREADING PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND PROMOTING DISCUSSION

UNDERTAKING PRAYER ACTIVITIES FOR THE 14TH DALAI LAMA ON THE OCCASION OF A FESTIVAL, AT A MONASTERY, OR IN A PUBLIC PLACE

RECITING PRAYERS, MAKING INCENSE OFFERINGS OR LIGHTING BUTTER LAMPS AS PRAY-
ERS FOR SELF-IMMOLATORS, OR GREETING THEIR FAMILIES

PROMOTING DISCUSSION OF "TIBET INDEPENDENCE' IN SCHOOLS

ESTABLISHING ORGANIZATIONS AND UNDERTAKING ACTIVITIES UNDER THE PRETEXT OF

The Use of Herbs and Food in Taoism (part 2)

"Taoism" Eva Wong

"Many people are curious about the role of food in Taoist spirituality.  The general rule of thumb is to let the body decide what foods it can take, rather than trying to control the diet with preconceived ideas.  One of the aims of Taoist training is to  cultivate an intelligent body.  Once the body has attained an awareness of its health, it will naturally reject foods that are unhealthy for it.  Techniques of cultivating the body of-ten require the practitioner initially to expend a lot of energy.

The Use of Herbs and Food in Taoism (Part 1)

"Many practitioners of the Taoist arts of health use foods and herbs to supplement their training.  The use of herbs and special foods must go hand in hand with the practition-
er's condition of health and spiritual development.  If foods and herbs are used inappro-
privately, internal injuries can occur. 

In Chinese herbology, herbs can be divided into three main groups: those that have cur-
ative properties, those that are used as preventative medicine, and those that facilitate

Homo Satanicus

Religion.  It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.
                                                                                                           Jon Stewart

The Queen of Heaven (Part 5)

"The Virgin Mary is the modern day form of the divine feminine as Virgin Mother.  Con-
cealed in Marianism, Christianity retains the worship of the moon and it's symbolism.
Marianism is the practice of devotion to the Virgin Mary...In the New Testament book of
Revelation Chapter 12, verse 1 reads: "...and I saw a woman clothed with the sun; with the moon beneath her feet."  Mary is often depicted in this image in Catholic religious art.  This is lunar imagery, for a woman clothed with the sun is the moon!

The Queen of Heaven (Part 4)

"The moon has been called the Lord of Women, Queen of Heaven, Goddess Fifteen, and Great Mother.  As an aspect of the Great Mother she reproduced the sun's light every 28
nights...Ancient peoples thought that the moon was the cause and regulator of menstru-
ation, fertility and childbirth.  This numerical cycle of 28 became venerated in the wor-
ship of the moon - the 'Queen of Heaven'.  During full moon, on the fifteenth day of the
lunar cycle, she shined bright and her rays illuminated the earth.

The Queen of Heaven (Part 3)

"What caused the origin and spread of Moon Goddesses from 8,000b.c.e. to 2000 b.c.e?  
There are three important factors that contributed to the birth of Moon Goddesses.  The first is the transition from hunting and gathering to agricultural food production between 8,000 b.c.e. and 6,000 b.c.e., which is known as the Neolithic Period.  Second,
the relationship between lunar cycles, women, and agriculture.  The third factor is the beginning of the Cancerian Age around 8,000 b.

The Queen of Heaven - part 2

"The second aspect of the Goddesses is her representation as virgin or Virgin Mother with a son who becomes her lover when he attains manhood.  In this relationship the goddess experiences all the relationships a man can have with as woman, as she is sometimes his sister also.  According to Briffault, {The Mothers: A study of the Origins  of Sentiment and Initiations} the concept of virgin did not mean a woman without sex-
ual experience but, instead, an unmarried woman - one who was independent.

The Queen of Heaven - 3,000 BC to the Virgin Mary

An exploration of the historical development of the concept of the Moon-Mother Goddess, from her beginnings in the Near East five thousand years ago to her ultimate absorption into the Catholic Church as the Blessed Virgin Mary. *

                                                     {Happy Mother's Day}

Tibetan Mystery Play (part 4)

"And now follows the most dramatic and significant part of the sacred dances {forming
 the highlight of the second day of the mystery-play of the Old Schools): the Lord of
Death, wearing the dark blue mask of a three-eyed, skull-drowned bull of frightful size and appearance - a blood-filled skull-bowl  in one hand and swinging a broad-bladed sword in the other - dances with ever-quickening steps and increasing ferocity around the prostrate human figure in the centre of the courtyard, until he whirls around at such speed that his features become a mere blur and his sword a bundle of flashes.

Tibetan Mystery Play (Part 3)

"...In the Tibetan mystery-plays all states of existence are present: the worlds of gods and men, of animal-headed monsters and hungry spirits, the spectres of deaths and annihilation and the human and super-human incarnations of love and compassion, through which all forms of existence are freed from their limitations and reunited with that greater life that encompasses all.

The struggle between the forces of light and darkness, between the divine and the de-
monic, between the titanic forces of decay and dissolution and the innate urge for eter-

Tibetan Mystery Play (part 2)

"What an unforgettable sight to see the super-human fibres of saints and of celestial
and demoniacal beings emerge from the dark cavelike portals of the main temple, ma-
jestically descending the long flight of steps down to the courtyard, accompanied by the thundering blasts of twelve-foot long horns and the slow rhythm of deep kettle drums.  Thousands of people who occupy every inch of ground round the open space in the centre of the courtyard, as well as the open space in the centre of the courtyard, as well as the open verandas, balconies, and roofs of the adjoining buildings, hold their breath in spellbound silence.

RAMAA

Pluck this little flower and take it,
delay not!  I fear lest it droop
and drop into the dust.

It may not find a place in your garland,
but honor it with a touch of pain from thy
hand and pluck it.  I fear lest the day end
before I am aware. and the time
of offering go by. 

Though its color be not deep and its smell
be faint, use this flower in thy service
and pluck it while there is time.

"Tagore - The Mystic Poet"

Tibetan Mystery Play (ca. 1935) - Part One

"...Here, where people had not yet come in touch with the outer world, where people had never seen a vehicle on wheels, where the mere mention of railways or steamships aroused an incredulous smile, and where aeroplanes or the like had never been heard of
- it was here that one could see and participate in the feelings which these mystery plays aroused.

They were far from being merely theatrical performances: they were the coming to life of a higher reality through magic rites, in which beings from the spirit world were propi-

A Short History of Medicine

Author Unknown

                                     2000 BC - "Here eat this root."

                                     1000 AD - "This root is heathen, say this prayer.

When Women Rule

'Columbia Ideas at Work - Connecting Research to Practice',
Summer 2014

"...Women in top national leadership positions - president or prime minister - have more
than quadrupled between 1950 and 2004, from four to 18.  Recently, women have been elected to top posts in every corner of the globe, including Chile, Germany, Liberia, and
South Korea...Earlier this year, Catherine Samba-Panza was chosen to lead, on an inter-
im basis, the Central African Republic, which is in the midst of a civil war.

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Sordid Pre-History of Monogamy (part 3)

"In the south of Mayalam a married woman is permitted to have twelve other husbands as lovers besides the man to whom she is legally bound, but she must play the game fairly and not exceed the number allowed.  With the Esquimaux or Inuits the primitive
communal marriage still obtains in spite of their being monogamists in appearance.  As M. Reclus remarks, adultery is a daily escapade with the women as well as the men.  The "members of the Marital Association keep running accounts and open large credits" with each other.

Sordid Pre-History of Monogamy (part 2)

"The Totemic festival of fructification (bearing fruit) naturally had a phallic character, as it was sexual from the first.  It was not only performed at seed-sowing and harvest, on behalf of food.  Long before corn was cultivated in the name of Isis or Demeter, there was a general rejoicing at the time when the youth was made into a man and the girl into a woman.  The general rejoicing at the girl's coming of age was in celebration of her entering into connubium, which was communal, as she was then open and acces-

Sordid Pre-History of Monagamy (part 1)

"Ancient Egypt: Light of the World"   Gerald Massey

"In the course of time, as human consciousness increased, the Mother would be made exempt from primitive promiscuous intercourse.  Here it may be observed that much of the early wisdom was secreted in Totemic Tabus that were recited to the initiates in the mysteries of young-man and young-woman making.  The Buffalo clan of the Omaha In-
dians are prohibited from eating a calf whilst it is red, but when it turns black, the an-

Opposing Views on Enlightenment

"To this day, I use [Lama Govinda's] wonderful simile for the difference between Bud-
dhist enlightenment and the mystical experience of oneness that Vedantic Hinduism and many other mysticisms anticipate.  He said that those mysticisms perceive the ultimate goal as being the moment when the little individual drop of water - which has fallen from the rain cloud to the mountain top, melted down from glacial snows, flowed with myriad others into streams and waterfalls and broad rivers - finally merges itself indiv-

Make it Plain, Brother

Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Columbia University
 
"However, as we begin the twenty-first common era century in hopes of not repeating
the violence of the world wars and genocide of the previous ones - it is crucial that we
face up to some important lessons that Lama Govinda tirelessly taught.  Western cult-
ure,based on the religious forms of Christianity and Islam, which, in Lama's words, "lost themselves...by overpowering the human mind through the dictatorship of a partially world-creating and at the same time world-negating spirit", is still relatively uncivilized, focused on the external conquest of other civilisations, violence, war, imperialism, and a rampant need for material possession and self-aggrandizemnet.

Breathing Exercises (Pranayana) and Time of Day (pt 2)

                 "Retention (of breath) should be practiced perfectly four times a day:
                  early morning, midday, evening and midnight, so that retention is 
                  gradually held up to eighty (counts in one sitting).

Breathing Exercises (Pranayama) and Time of Day (pt 1)

"In connection with the science of chakras (Laya Yoga), we have said a little about the three principal nadis - pingala, ida, and sushumna - and have said that ida and pingala originate at the base of the spine and terminate in their respective left and right nostrils, but sushumna covers the whole area, from the base of the spine to the top of the corpus callosum.  In Swara (Breath) Yoga we get a very clear understanding of these three principal nadis.  Ida is most active in operation of the left nostril, pingala with the operation of the right nostril, and sushumna when both nostrils operate simultaneously.

Breathing Exercises {Qigong} and Time of Day

"The 3rd century A.D. alchemist Ko Hung wrote:
 
         From midnight until noon, energy waxes; from noon until midnight, energy wanes.
         When energy is waning, breathing exercises are of no benefit.
 
In other words, chee-gung should be practiced between midnight and noon, when posit-
ive Yang energy prevails in the atmosphere.  Ko Hung's observation accords precisely with the findings of Western science, which has determined that the concentration of

Origin and Development of Tibetan Medicine (part 5)

                                                 "The Chagpori Medical School
 
Sangye Gyatso performed another great service when he founded the Chagpori medical school in Lhasa in 1696, in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, who died ten years previously.

Origin and Development of Tibetan Medicine (part 4)

                                                         "The Content of the Four Tantras
 
The first Tantra is the Root Tantra.  It presents teachings about illness and relates all
the elements of these teachings to one another in logical sequence.

Origin and Development of Tibetan Medicine (part 3)

"Tibetan Medicine"  Gerti Samel
 
                                                    "The Four Tantras
 
The Four Tantras are also known under their Tibetan name of rGyudhzi, which is pro-
nounced (and sometimes written as) 'Gyushi'.

Origin and Development of Tibetan Medicine (part 2)

"The First Medical Texts

Under the rule of King Songsten Gampo many texts from India were translated into
Tibetan.  There was a lively cultural exchange between India and Tibet and the Chinese
princess Weng Cheng is said to have brought a medical text from her homeland that was
translated into Tibetan.  Songsten Gampo gathered many scholars from India, China and
Persia at his court, including doctors, but the king's  most outstanding achievement was to develop the Tibetan script.

Indian (Vedic) Mysogyny (part 4)

New York Times, June 4, 2014 - Amana Fontanella-Khan
'India's Feudal Rapists'


"...For much of India's history, the lower castes, especially the Dalits (once known as
untouchables), have been routinely raped by the landowning upper castes.  Better
 legal protections, urbanization and social mobility have helped reduce caste-based discrimination, but not enough.  Dalit women are still the most likely to be victims of gang rapes.  An analysis of Uttar Pradesh's crime statistics for 2007 by the People's Union

Origin and Development of Tibetan Medicine (part 1)

"Tibetan Medicine - A Practical and Inspirational Guide to Diagnosing, Treating
                             and Healing the Buddhist Way"  Gerti Samel"


"A Buddhist Art of Healing

There is hardly any other widespread system of medicine in which religion plays such
an important role as in Tibetan medicine.  This deep connection is clear from the fact that Buddhist doctors recite mantras during certain kinds of treatment, and the patient

Ayurveda and Samkhya

"Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicne and Ayurveda"  Robert Svoboda and Arnie Lade
 
"The evolution of the universe as detailed in the Sankhya (sic) system, one of the six
systems of philosphy in India, forms the foundation for most Ayurvedic theories.  Yoga
uses the same approach with only minor alterations.  In the Sankhya philosophy, every-
thing evolves from an Absolute Reality (purusha), which is consciousness without any charactheristics whatsoever, beyond time, space, and causation, a single point which encompasses everything and which cannot be perceived by mind or accurately described in human language.

Origin and Development of Ayurveda

"Tao and Dharma - Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda"  Robert Svoboda and Arnie Lade
 
"The word 'Ayurveda', which comes from the Vedas, the ancient sacred book of the
Aryans, means 'The Lore of Life'.  Ayurveda, whose origins go back at least five thousand years, began as an apendix to the youngest of the Vedas, the Atharva Veda.  Most of the Vedic healing lore occurs in the Atharva Veda, which is basically a manual of magic.  After its incantational medicine evolved into empirical medicine, the most important of all Ayurvedic texts, the 'Charaka Samhita', appeared, possibly between the 8th and 10th centuries B.

Origins and Development of Chinese Medicine (part 2)

"Tao and Dharma - Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda"  Robert Svoboda and Arnie Lade
 
"Subsequent works especially of the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.) laid the ground-
work for the system that has come down to us today.  Three texts of this period stand
out, the first being the 'Classic of Difficult Issues (Nan Jing) which elaborated and clari-
fied the theories of the Inner Classic, especially on the correspondences and used of the
Five Element doctrine and on the use of the wrist pulse for diagnosis.

Origin and Development of Chinese Medicine (part 1)

"Tao and Dharma - Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda"  Robert Svoboda and Arnie Lade
 
"A fundamental tenet of the Chinese system of medicine is that the human body-mind-
spirit continuum is an integrated whole, and that the individual is linked to a greater ma-
crocosmic entirety through a progressive continuum from family, society, environment, and ultimately, the universe.  From this perspective, the manifestatiion of disease is viewed as the outcome of an imbabalnce originating within oneself or in one's relation-

Sacred Root of Herbalism (Part 3)

"The Divine Origin of the Craft of the Herbalist."  E.A. Wallis Budge
 
"According to a magical papyrus in the British Museum (No. 10051, Salt 825), the connect-
ion between the gods and certain vegetable substances was very close.  The tears that fall from the eyes of Horus turn into the gum anti, i.e. myrhh.  The blood that falls from the nose of Gebban turns into cedar trees, the sap of which is the oil 'sefi'.  On certain occasions Shu and Tefnut weep, and when their tears reach the ground they sink into the

Sacred Root of Herbalism (part 2)

"The Divine Origin of the Craft of the Herbalist"  E.A. Wallis Budge
 
"The principal Egyptian gods and goddesses who were specially skilled in medicine and the art of healing were these:  Osiris was a god of vegetation in one of the earliest phases, and at all periods he was associated with the moon.  He was skilled in the know-
ledge of plants and was a great agricultural authority, and he introduced wheat  into Egypt.  He taught men the cultivation of the vine and was the first god to make wine.

Sacred Root of the Herbalist (part 1)

"The Divine Origin of the Craft of the Herbalist"  E. A. Wallis Budge
 
"The religious and magical writings of the great nations of antiquity, that is to say, the
Chinese and the Indians...the Egyptians and Nubians, contain abundant evidence that these primitive peoples believed that the first beings who possessed a knowledge of
plants and their healing properties were the gods themselves.  They further thought that the substances of plants were parts and parcels of the substances of which the persons of

Sub-Saharan Origin of the Heiroglyphics (part 4 of...)

"Sign-Language includes the gesture-signs by which the mysteries were danced or other-
wise dramatized in Africa by the Pygmies and Bushmen.  It is by means of sign-language
that the Egyptian wisdom keeps the records of the pre-
historic past.  The Egyptian hieroglyphics show us the connection betwixt words and things, also betwixt sounds and words, in a very primitive range of human thought.  There is no other such record known in all the world.  They consist largely of human gesture-signs and the sounds first made by animals, such as "ba" for the goat, "meaou' for the cat, and "fu," for the snake.

Sub-Saharan origin of the Heiroglyphics (part 3 of 3)

"One of the most profound perversions of the past has been made in misapprehending
this primitive sign-language for what is designated "Worship," whether as "Sun-Worship,"
"Serpent-Worship," "Tree-Worship," or "Phallic Worship."  The Tree, for example, is a
type, but the type is not necessarily an  object of worship, as misunderstood by those who do not read the types when these are rooted in the ground of natural fact.  The
forest-folk were dwellers in the trees, or in the bush.

Indian (Vedic) mysogny (part three)

My understanding of Indian spiritual history is that there have been two streams, Vedic
and Tantric.  Most of what we associate with religious ritual, prayers, mythology, and
philosophy is Vedic.   Vedic literature begins with its first text, the RigVeda scriptures,
perhaps dating from 5,000 BC in oral form, during the time of Shiva.  It represents the
dawn of human civilization, with nature gods (Indra -earth, Vayu -air, Agni - fire, etc.)
whose power and wrath needed to be appeased by Vedic priests.

Sub-Saharan origin of the Heiroglyphics (part 2 of 3)

...An ignorant explanation  of the Egyptian Sign Language was begun by the Greeks,
who could not read the hieroglyphics.  It was repeated by the Romans, and has been
perpetuated by "Classical Scholars" ever since....Ignorance of primitive sign language
has been and is a fertile source of false belief.  For example, Juvenal asks, "Who does not know what monsters Egypt insanely worships?"  (Sat., 15,1)  And having seen or
heard of the long-tailed Ape in an Egyptian temple, assumed without question that this animal was set up as an object of worship.

Sub-Saharan origin of the heiroglyphics (part 1 of 3)

                           "Ancient Egypt.  The Light of the World"

                                   Gerald Massey  (1829 - 1907)
                     (991 pages - a phenomenal, monumental work)

Thoth (final comments)

(We can't let those Rosicrucians have the last word)
 
"Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilisation"  Volume 1 - The Fabrication of Ancient Greece."  Martin Bernal
 
"Aside from Petrie's specific arguments, the central feature pointing to the early dating of the oldest portion of the (Hermetic) Texts is that all scholars agree that Hermes is the same as the Egyptian Thoth.  Casaubon, the 17th c. debunker of the Texts, did not deny that there might have been an ancient sage called Hermes Trismegistus.

Isis (part 7)

'Moses the Egyptian - The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism'  Jan Assman
 
"Lucius...awakens on the shores of the Mediterranean as the full moon rises from the sea...a new hope arises with the moon, which Lucius addresses as follows:
 
     O Queen of Heaven-whether thou art Ceres, the primal and beautiful mother
     of crops...;or whether thou art heavenly Venus who...art worshipped in the
     shrine of Paphos; or the sister of Phoebus who.

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Isis and Christianity (part 6)

"There are however, indications that the birth of the Messiah without sexual intercourse
originated not in Rome but in Ancient Egypt.  Isis is said to have conceived her son Horus
by using the phallus of Osiris, her  brother and husband, after his death and dismember-
ment.  This posthumous sequence of events  is illustrated on the walls of the Osiris tem-
ple at Abydos, in Upper Egypt.
 
A later development of the legend rid it of its physical connotations and related the
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