Rip Van Winkle Does Chi Gong

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Statue of Rip van Winkle

 I am Rip Van Winkle.

I’m slowly rousing to life again after a long twenty-some-years sleep. After a long-time of suffering chronic fatigue, I was finally diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.

So I changed my diet & wear an octopus at night (cpap machine), and it’s made some real difference. But not enough. So I have keep at it like a detective figuring out why such low conductivity and how to naturally amp it up, without coffee, etc.

Will try & bother doctor so I can look at the stats the cpap makes. (I’ve looked at a file, and can reader the header, but the data is binary encoded, so I will push to get the format.) So far he hasn’t been willing to give the data to me, although somehow the fact of me having a cpap has (via my providers no doubt) gotten into the hands of internet advertisers, not thru me, so now surfing shows cpap machines in the adverts. Kind of amusing how it’s easier to see my stuff on the internet than it is to get it from my provider.

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Chi Gong

Rip meditates & does Da Chi Gong

So pranayama & Chi Gong then. & Guru meditation.

 

 

 

 

 

Radical Healing

The Basic Principle Of General Health and Well-being In The Only-By-Me Revealed and Given “Radical” Reality-Way Of The Heart, and The Basic Principle Of “Radical” Healing… Is Communion With The Prior Perfection… In Which the bodily human being is arising…

by Adi Da, from Right Life Is Free Participation In Unlimited Radiance.

 

 

Why I don’t promote Apple Tech Products

Apple Is Fighting A Secret War To Keep You From Repairing Your Phone

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I have a friend who’s in the hardware repair business who fights companies like HP & Agilsys about the same things. The hardware companies would rather you buy a new board for >$1,000 than repair a switch on it that costs a dollar. (The company wouldn’t help so my friend bought a switch and fixed it himself for about $1.00 in parts.)

I also have a kind of love/hate relationship to Apple. I love their design ethos and work to make tech comprehensible to humans, but hate their pricing strategy (I’m too poor for it and use a kindle fire rather than an ipad.) I’m also into open-source and don’t like walled gardens.

From Slashdot.org: It’s no secret that Apple makes a ton of money by charging ‘astronomical’ fee for replacing and fixing display and other components of iPhone and iPad (as well as Mac line). For instance, the company charges $599 for replacing the display on the iPad Pro tablet. Which sounds insane when you realize that you can almost certainly purchase a new iPad Pro under $700. And this is what most people do. A Huffington Post article notes that this behavior has contributed significantly in “generating heaps of e-waste.” Citing many advocates, the publication claims that Apple has “opposed legislation that could help curb it.” From the report: The Huffington Post spoke with politicians in two states who support such legislation, and confirmed through government filings that Apple has lobbied on the issue. Four states — Minnesota, Nebraska, Massachusetts and New York — have considered adopting “right to repair” amendments, which would update existing laws regarding the sale of electronic equipment. Amending these laws would make it easier to fix your devices and would help reduce “e-waste,” a catch-all term for any electronic detritus. The New York State Senate and Assembly could approve one of these amendments next week. This would help unofficial repair shops get the information they need to fix your iPad, ideally driving down repair costs and encouraging you to squeeze more life out of your old devices — thus cutting down on the e-waste generated by our voracious appetites for new gadgets. Apple asserts that it helps recycle millions of pounds of electronics equipment every year. But it won’t support right to repair amendments.One would ask what is preventing a user from getting their device repaired by unofficial service person? In addition to the security implication, you also run a risk of getting your device bricked by Apple. To recall, the iPhone maker was found bricking the handsets that had been repaired by third-party vendors earlier this year. ipad-repair2

 

The Diurnal Fuse

Nevertheless… it must be Said that, now that this sunset-time of night-games is upon all, the Diurnal Fuse yet Crackles overnight, and will Make an inevitable Dawning. And, in the meantime, much can be Said and Done to bring the nightwalkers to Rest, and to Awaken them Early–to Feel toward the inevitable Morning, and to watch for The Flying Horse of Dawn That Lights the Single eye and heart, and Restores the Divine Kingdom within, and (if only there is Compassionate Love) without (as well).

An extract from the essay “My All-Completing and
All-Unifying Word” from The Basket of Tolerance, forthcoming, by the World-Friend, Adi Da.

The “Diurnal Fuse” reminds me of a Dylan Thomas poem that goes:

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.

My Canvas

Where to begin? I need to organize my thoughts, my pictures, my PCs, my everything. Guess I’ll start with a wiki and some kanban.

k2-ewbThe logo (above, centered on the canvas) is a rendering of Machapuchare, one of the highest peaks of the Himalaya in Nepal. Adi Da (“Bubba Free John” at the time) signified that this is a logo for “The Great Tradition” of Mankind’s wisdom-inheritance. The peak is also featured on one of his books, The Enlightenment of the Whole Body.

 

So Many Deprecated Functions, So Little Time

Friday night, time to watch a Kenneth Clark documentary–and wondering what Adi Da said about the series in The Basket of Tolerance, I went to the database-essay page I set up and: nothing! Oh oh, what did my recent Ubuntu upgrade mess up….?

Looking up my Ubuntu mysql database problem...
Looking up my Ubuntu mysql database problem…

Ok, after about 1/2 an hour, I figure out I’m just connecting and talking to mysql in a deprecated way. I learn the new syntax, and I get the essay I’ve been looking for: “Western Man’s Turn From God: A Commentary On The Book and Video Series Civilisation, By Kenneth Clark”. Now I can go to bed, that basic database connectivity is working again.

Another Day, Another Complicated Flower Image

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Another 3D round pic, round drop shadow, only 19k (orig. was 485k) because I converted to jpg from png pic of a Rock Rose. Used Inkscape and image magick.

Ah Ha-cvrI’m reading excerpts from AH HA, Dialogues with Creative Legends: Aha Moments In a Designer’s Career for inspiration these days. Delightful. Surprising as well, as the Foreword is by the guy that created the TED talks. The story of the book is that the author, David Calvin Laufer, got a degree in Design, and is hitting the NYC streets looking for  design work as he’s also working on the book, which centers on him interviewing professional designers.

IMG_20160502_110136aI have a designer friend who says all images should have shadows, so I thought I’d give the round one a shadow. Well, doing so had a few more bumps in the road than I’d expected. So now I’m thinking about what kind of tool I can use to do so for all images automagically…

“Your Teacher Will Come Later”

AutobiographyOfAYogiAn Excerpt From Autobiography of a Yogi By Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, Chapter 47: I Return to the West (pages 966-973)

 

Paramahansa Yogananda, in 1895, (right) with his Guru, Sri Yukteswar (left)
Paramahansa Yogananda, in 1895, (right) with his Guru, Sri Yukteswar (left)

…. The year-end holidays are celebrated annually at the Los Angeles center with an eight-hour group meditation on December 24th (Spiritual Christmas), followed the next day by a banquet (Social Christmas). The festivities this year were augmented by the presence of dear friends and students from distant cities who had arrived to welcome home the three world travelers.

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E. E. Dickinson

…. “Mr. Dickinson!” The next parcel contained a gift which I had bought in a Calcutta bazaar. “Mr. Dickinson will like this,” I had thought at the time. A dearly beloved disciple, Mr. Dickinson had been present at every Christmas festivity since the 1925 founding of Mt. Washington. At this eleventh annual celebration, he was standing before me, untying the ribbons of his square little package.

“The silver cup!” Struggling with emotion, he stared at the present, a tall drinking cup. He seated himself some distance away, apparently in a daze. I smiled at him affectionately before resuming my role as Santa Claus.

The ejaculatory evening closed with a prayer to the Giver of all gifts; then a group singing of Christmas carols.

Mr. Dickinson and I were chatting together sometime later.

“Sir,” he said, “please let me thank you now for the silver cup. I could not find any words on Christmas night.”

“I brought the gift especially for you.”

“For thirty-three years I have been waiting for that silver cup! It is a long story, one I have kept hidden within me.” Mr. Dickinson looked at me shyly. “The beginning was dramatic: I was drowning. My older brother had playfully pushed me into a fifteen-foot pool in a small town in Nebraska. I was only five years old then. As I was about to sink for the second time under the water, a dazzling multicolored light appeared, filling all space. In the midst was the figure of a man with tranquil eyes and a reassuring smile.

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My body was sinking for the third time when one of my brother’s companions bent a tall slender willow tree in such a low dip that I could grasp it with my desperate fingers. The boys lifted me to the bank and successfully gave me first-aid treatment.

“Twelve years later, a youth of seventeen, I visited Chicago with my mother. It was 1893; the great World Parliament of Religions was in session. Mother and I were walking down a main street, when again I saw the mighty flash of light. A few paces away, strolling leisurely along, was the same man I had seen years before in vision. He approached a large auditorium and vanished within the door.

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“‘Mother,’ I cried, ‘that was the man who appeared at the time I was drowning!’

“She and I hastened into the building; the man was seated on a lecture platform. We soon learned that he was Swami Vivekananda of India. *337 After he had given a soul-stirring talk, I went forward to meet him. He smiled on me graciously, as though we were old friends. I was so young that I did not know how to give expression to my feelings, but in my heart I was hoping that he would offer to be my teacher. He read my thought.

“‘No, my son, I am not your guru.’ Vivekananda gazed with his beautiful, piercing eyes deep into my own. ‘Your teacher will come later. He will give you a silver cup.’ After a little pause, he added, smiling, ‘He will pour out to you more blessings than you are now able to hold.’

“I left Chicago in a few days,” Mr. Dickinson went on, “and never saw the great Vivekananda again. But every word he had uttered was indelibly written on my inmost consciousness. Years passed; no teacher appeared. One night in 1925 I prayed deeply that the Lord would send me my guru.

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A few hours later, I was awakened from sleep by soft strains of melody. A band of celestial beings, carrying flutes and other instruments, came before my view. After filling the air with glorious music, the angels slowly vanished.

“The next evening I attended, for the first time, one of your lectures here in Los Angeles, and knew then that my prayer had been granted.” We smiled at each other in silence.

“For eleven years now I have been your Kriya Yoga disciple,” Mr. Dickinson continued. “Sometimes I wondered about the silver cup; I had almost persuaded myself that Vivekananda’s words were only metaphorical. But on Christmas night, as you handed me the square box by the tree, I saw, for the third time in my life, the same dazzling flash of light. In another minute I was gazing on my guru’s gift which Vivekananda had foreseen for me thirty-three years earlier—a silver cup!”

*337. Swami Vivekananda was the chief disciple of the Christlike master Sri Ramakrishna.

Going Green: Ever Eat a Pine Tree?

 

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Spring & Fall

Cedars in the spring show new growth in a really light yellow/green color compared to older dark green leaves. My “fall” roommate happened to be walking by.

Ever Eat a Pine Tree? Many parts are edible. — Euell Gibbons*1

I was recently reading an ebook by Sergei Boutenko, Wild Edibles, A Practical Guide to Foraging. (Sergei suggests putting pine tips into hot water for Doug Fir tea.) I’m thinking of snagging some tips of new pine growth and putting them into a green smoothie. I also see miner’s lettuce on the way to work, while I’m stuck in construction crew roadside blocks, as they’re still removing dead trees from the Valley Fire in Lake County last September.

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Vinca flowers inside the fence where the deer are less likely to eat them.

And I’m still listening to instrumental Christmas music on Pandora while working.

*1: “Pine Needle Tea, made by pouring 1 pint of boiling water over 1 ounce of fresh white pine needles chopped fine, is about the most palatable pine product I have tasted. With a squeeze of lemon and a little sugar it is almost enjoyable.” 🙂

Spiritual Survival Kit

Spring-Vinca

A lighter, some rice,

the Buddha lifts a flower–

smiles Enlightenment.

 

According to a classic text attributed to Japanese Soto Zen Master Keizan Jokin (1268-1325), The Transmission of the Light (Denkoroku), one day the Buddha silently raised a lotus blossom and blinked his eyes. At this, Mahakasyapa smiled. The Buddha said, “I have the treasury of the eye of truth, the ineffable mind of Nirvana. These I entrust to Kasyapa.”

–from The Disciple Kasyapa

Two Leelas of the Transmission of Enlightenment from Divine Distraction, pages 144-45, by James Steinberg

In the early spring of 1974, when I had been associated with the Way of the Heart for less than a year, I was Blessed to sit with Him, along with seven or eight of His other devotees, in Temple Eleutherios at The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary. It was a period in which His devotees regularly asked questions of Da Avabhasa, and He, seated on His Chair, a small dais at the front of the room, was Graciously responding. I was seated on the floor perhaps ten feet from Him. I was curious about a famous traditional story of the Buddha’s Transmission, and so I asked: ‘Is it possible that the Buddha could have Enlightened Kashyapa only by holding up a flower?’

It was a simple moment, probably not even noticed by most of the other devotees in room, during this rather wild period in the history of our Communion. Heart-Master Da Gave me a big smile, and His eyes then got very large. That is all I remember–until about a minute later when my mind returned. Heart-Master Da Love-Ananda was no longer looking at me.

It took me a moment to piece to together what had just happened. First I remembered that I was a person, and then that l was sitting there in the Temple at the Mountain Of Actention, and then finally I remembered that I had asked Heart-Master Da Love-Ananda a question about whether the Buddha could have Enlightened Kashyapa by his glance alone.

Da Avabhasa’s Glance had plunged me instantaneously into samadhi. Sri Gurudev had answered my question by Granting His Enlightened Transmission directly! Unlike Kashyapa in the traditional story, I was not then prepared to make my Sat-Guru’s Transmission the basis of my moment to moment practice. But I had been clearly shown that Heart-Master Da’s Glance Transmits the Enlightened Disposition beyond any limitation of the body-mind.

Some years later, in the summer of 1980 , I happened to mention Kashyapa once again to Heart-Master Da. Sri Gurudev and a few of His other devotees had gathered in a small room in Bright Behind Me, which at that time was Heart-Master Da’s Residence at the Mountain Of Attention. Some remark reminded me of the story, and I blurted out, ‘Master Da, that is like the time the Buddha Enlightened Kashyapa.’ Heart-Master Da Love-Ananda was looking at another part of the room. He turned His head toward me and, smiling looked me in the eyes. Again, a few moments later, when my mind returned, I realized that Sri Da Avabhasa’s Truth had been made directly Obvious to me by His Gaze alone.