Mahamudra experience of reality where each phenomenon appears vividly beyond concept, imagination, and projection. It also denotes a hand gesture, now linked to three other hand mudrās—the action (karma), pledge (samaya), and dharma mudrās—but also involves "mantra recitations and visualizations that symbolize and help to effect one’s complete identification with a deity’s divine form or awakening Mind (bodhicitta)" , which is said to be "primordially unborn, empty, unarisen, nonexistent, devoid of self, naturally luminous, and immaculate like the sky."
The thematic stream of most of Alice Munro's stories is the relationship between time and memory. Tangled in the faulty wiring of traumatic memories, Munro makes us notice the treacherous terrain of time and the rugged topography of memory. She garners sympathy for her doomed characters by making the reader privy to the knowledge of things to come and yet incapable of intervening. Just as casually as we had been dropped in, we are then extracted out of their life, and one could almost be angry at Munro before amends are made, and our guilt resolved. She depicts her characters — particularly the women — as unaware participants caught in the pivotal moments of a shared history. They are caught on the margins of changing cultural norms, and torn between freedom and domesticity, independence and the need to belong. These characters are scorched by the friction between desire and duty; some of them are driven by unhinged passions, tormented by unmerited expectations, others engaged in an unchallenged subservience to the sanctity of societal consensus, and depleted in the belly of historical transformations. She seems perplexed by the in-authenticity of memory, by the careless inflections of fate, and the burden of responsibility. Her characters are outstretched, trying to map the coordinates of their reality as dictated by the maligned memories to carry around their shoulders. For Munro, memory is inconsistent and thus, malleable. Convinced that one must constantly negotiate the terms on which our histories are situated, Munro touches upon the heart of these stories: “We say of some things that they can’t be forgiven, or that we will never forgive ourselves. But we do — we do it all the time.” We must remember to forgive ourselves, because there is no reliable reason for which History should be allowed to punish us. Farhad Mirza
The Art Of Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky in his book "Concerning the Spiritual in Art," compares the spiritual life of humanity to a pyramid and argues that authentic artist creating art from "an internal necessity" inhabits the tip of an upward-moving pyramid. It is a spiritual pyramid, advancing and ascending slowly even if it sometimes appears immobile. This progressing pyramid is penetrating and proceeding into the future. The artist has a mission to lead others to the pinnacle with his work causing a vibration of the soul or an "inner resonance". This inner necessity is the right of the artist to unlimited freedom, but this freedom becomes licence if it is not founded on necessity. Art is born from the inner necessity of the artist in an enigmatic, mystical way through which it acquires an autonomous life; it becomes an independent subject, animated by a spiritual breath. During decadent periods, the soul sinks to the bottom of the pyramid; humanity searches only for external success, ignoring spiritual forces.
The philosopher Isaiah Berlin divided thinkers into two categories: hedgehogs, who know one big thing and tend to view the world through the lens of a single organizing principle, and foxes, who know many things and who pursue various unrelated, even contradictory ends. Joshua Cooper Ramo in his book “The Age of the Unthinkable,” argues that foxes, with their wide-ranging curiosity and willingness to embrace change and toss out old assumptions tend to be far more accurate in their forecasts of future than hedgehogs, eager for closure and keen on applying a few big ideas to an array of situations.
Tchaikovsky suffered bouts of depression and self-doubt throughout his career but yet managed to transform his tendency toward crippling doubt into useful self-criticism. His earlier version of Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture begins with a charming tune that carries elements of the great love theme. In later revisions Tchaikovsky eliminated this and replaced it with the benedictory theme beginning as it were with a prayer, inviting the hearer to look back on a tragedy that has already happened.
To understand is to perceive patterns - Isaiah Berlin
Ring of Gyges - Living Under Drones If you have power to become invisibl, could you resist the temptation of being able to perform any act without being known or discovered? No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill whom he would, and in all respects be like a God among men. The question at issue being: do humans naturally tend to justice or injustice? which is to do injustice and not be punished, and the worst of all, which is to suffer injustice without the power of retaliation; and justice. Secrecy is a form of invisibility, and for the purposes of power, as effective as a magic ring. The question "What is Justice?" remains as crucial today as it did 2,400 years ago.
Joseph Anton Koch, Dante and Virgil in the Second Circle in Hell, 1823
Crisis produces character; You take a group of people and you put them in crisis – shipwreck them or whatever – and you find out who they are. crisis like an intense light shining down on everyone’s choices and deeds, create a world without shadows, a stark unequivocal place of right and wrong action, good and bad choices, yes and no, strength and weakness. Salman Rushdie new memoir 'Joseph Anton'.
The key to creating or transforming community is to see the power in the small but important elements of being with others and to treat as important many things that we thought were incidental. Peter Block: “Community – The Structure of Belonging”
Homage performance to Yoko Ono's 'Cut Piece' by Glasshouse
The SFU Public Square ONE VOICE Music Project
The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflute) - Mozart’s famed work about a young man on a quest for love and enlightenment who gets tangled between the forces of light and dark. Queen of The Night - a grief-stricken mother consumed by hatred and arrogance, is the church - (or any institution which place privilege, power, and wealth ahead of humanitarianism)- the institution which personify hypocrisy, preaching “love, forgiveness, and benevolence,” while wallowing in material luxury and subjecting anyone suspected of threatening its position to unspeakable torments and monstrous persecutions. Once that is realized, the volta face of The Queen of the Night between acts one and two becomes readily understood: The Queen in Act I is what the Church preaches; the Queen in Act II is what the Church practices.
Stage set for Mozart's "The Magic Flute," 1815, showing the Queen of the Night
Rimsky-Korsakov, after reading the Arabian Nights, conceived "an orchestral suite in four movements, closely knit by the community of its themes and motives, yet representing, as it were, a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale images and designs of Oriental character. He wrote that the titles commonly used in Scheherazade as "hints to direct but slightly the listener's fancy on the path which my own fancy had traveled, and to leave more minute and particular conceptions to the will and mood of the individual listener... All I had desired was that the listener, if he liked my piece as symphonic music, should carry away the impression that it is beyond doubt an Oriental narrative of some numerous and varied fairy-tale wonders".
The second movement,The Story of the Kalendar Prince: The Kalenders were a particular category of fakir, roving monks who turned up at Eastern courts and bazaars dispensing stories, magic tricks and wit in exchange for a coin or a night's lodging. The "Kalender Prince" was one of those mendicants who turned out to be a nobleman in disguise.
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade: The Story of the Kalendar Prince
Desiderata - Max Ehrmann (poem), Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings (music)
The Poet of Prague - Josef Sudek: The Legacy of a Deeper Vision Sudek created a poignant world of lights and shadows in which his personal themes and variations converged into poetic cycles. His increasingly contemplative photographs transformed ordinary subjects by uniting his external observations with deeply felt sensibilities, creating a unique world of his own.
“Live simply so that others may simply live.” Gandhi (born in October 2, 1869)
“We have a way in the West of looking at man as the top of the food chain – we control the world. Well, the Ojibwe view is completely opposite: even rocks are higher on the scale than us, because you need a rock to build a fire. You need arock to build a house. You need deer to eat. You need moose to eat. We are reliant on everything. But none of these things need to rely on us. We should be looking at ourselves as in debt to our natural world.” Joseph Boyden In his latest novel, The Orenda, going back in time to explore the early clashes between the Jesuits and the indigenous peoples in 17th-century Canada. "I think it was absolutely vital that I show that the people who were here already were not these sub-human Neanderthals running around or these savages running through the forest and dressed in loincloths. These were incredibly complex, sophisticated people that have been around for 10,000 years when the Jesuits arrived. These are peoples who have as complex a spiritual system, as complex a society, as complex a social system as anyone in the world."
Joseph Boyden - The Orenda
Frédéric CHOPIN -Concerto no.2 op.21 (composed in 1830, before he had finished his formal education — he was around 20 years old).
Bottled water at the grocery store is more expensive than crude oil on the spot market. More people own or use a cellphone than have access to sanitation services. Unclean water is the greatest killer on the globe, yet a fifth of humankind still lacks easy access to potable water. More than half of the global population lives under water stress – a figure projected to increase to two-thirds during the next decade. Brahma Chellaney
You're So Vein Blood (and Identity): how it weighs on the human mind, and how it influences our perception of who we are, to whom we belong, and how we experience our own humanity and how we negotiate our own identities, within communities, families and within ourselves. Lawrence Hill
How our relationships with others inform our relationship with ourselves and how we change in the context of different people? Sometimes people in our lives hold up a mirror and force us to take stock. Are we lining up with who we think we are? Are we living fully in the world? Lynn Shelton
Etiology of pain at its root cause. There are many pain generators such as bone, ligament, tendon, fascial, muscle and nerve. Sensitive nerve ganglia along the C fibres (C fibres are usually close to surface and are uninsulated). These sensitive spots distribute signals two ways, one to spinal chord and back as a reflex arc and the second to the brain creating heat, swelling, and pain. It is argued that the reflex arc causes more clamping of joints than expansion, thus causing less nourishment to reach cartilage. The cartilage therefore starts decomposing creating additional secondary and tertiary free radical effects. (Cartilage in joints has little blood supply thus relies on expansion and contraction to suck in blood and squeeze out waste products.) “Cutaneous nerves pass through many facial layers on their way to the spine. When there is neurologic swelling at the Facial Penetration Zone, a Chronic Constriction (CCI) occurs. The CCI points will inhibit flow of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). Proper flow of NGF is essential for nerve health and repair.” Dr. Lyftogt
Etiology of pain
Agnes Obel - Wallflower
"The economics prize ... is awarded as if it were a Nobel Prize. But it's a PR coup by economists to improve their reputation...Two-thirds of the prizes had been handed out to "U.S. economists of the Chicago School who create mathematical models to speculate in stock markets and options - the very opposite of the purposes of Alfred Nobel to improve the human condition." Peter Nobel
Bako Dagnon: the Leader of the Revolution
In Winter Journey, via twenty-four short poems about sadness, loneliness, defiance, and resignation – a sort of intimate diary of a frustrated man, we enter the landscape of the soul of a lonely man coming to terms with the loss of his beloved. As a stranger I arrived, As a stranger I shall leave. It is now winter and the hero leaves his adopted home in the dead of night, writing a farewell message to his beloved (Good Night). As he leaves the town crows shower him with snow from the roofs (Looking Back) and he begins a painful journey, constantly tortured by memories of his past happiness (Frozen Tears, On the River, The Watercourse). As he leaves the town he is joined by a raven, possibly symbolic of a death wish (The Raven). Eventually he arrives at another town (Solitude) where it seems that he stays for some time as he writes of the post arriving there (The Post). The cycle ends with a particularly bleak image. An organ-grinder or hurdy-gurdy man has a pitch near the village where he plies his trade ignored by the villagers and harassed by dogs. It is ironic that in this final poem the poet asks if the hurdy-gurdy man will set the poet’s songs to music, an invitation that was ultimately accepted by Schubert.
The Griot, a documentary by Volker Goetze, uncovers the beauty of West African's traditional oral histories that are crucial for the preservation of their social structures. "We have to play, sing and dance to live. The music is our strength and energy. Griots remind you where you came from"
Winter Journey: songs from Schubert's 'Winterreise' a song cycle for voice and piano (words on Wilhelm Muller's poem)- the search as the essential aim of life. “I will play you a cycle of terrifying songs; they have affected me more than has ever been the case with any other songs. These songs please me more than all the rest, and in time they will please you as well.” Franz Schubert