Monday, May 26, 2014

Springtime for Vishnu

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:01 PM


A post by Margaret Soltan this morning:

Links (in blue) from the above post:
Cane and Mondo Cane.

Bagger Vance — “Time for you to see the field.”

From Pictures for Kurosawa (Sept. 6, 2003) —

“As these flowing rivers that go towards the ocean,
when they have reached the ocean, sink into it,
their name and form are broken, and people speak of
the ocean only, exactly thus these sixteen parts
of the spectator that go towards the person (purusha),
when they have reached the person, sink into him,
their name and form are broken, and people speak of
the person only, and he becomes without parts and
immortal. On this there is this verse:

‘That person who is to be known, he in whom these parts
rest, like spokes in the nave of a wheel, you know him,
lest death should hurt you.’ “

— Prasna Upanishad

Related material — Heaven’s Gate  images from Xmas 2012:

“This could be heaven or this could be hell.” — Hotel California

Those who prefer mathematics to narrative may consult Root Circle.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Quilt Geometry

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:55 PM

or: The Dead Hand Shot

Library Thing book list: 'An Awkward Lie' and 'A Piece of Justice'

See also Tumbling Blocks Quilt and Springtime for Vishnu.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Annals of Philosophy

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:00 AM


The Legend of Bhagavan

"I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
Bhagavad Gita 11:32 as translated by
J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer, January 1, 1947

LIFE magazine photo, Jan. 1, 1947

African-American Golf Pioneer Bill Powell Dies at 93 on New Year's Eve, 2009

Powell died on New Year's Eve– the day before yesterday. Yesterday's post was dedicated to Will Smith in his role as golf caddy Bagger Vance. In the novel from which the Smith film was taken, "Bagger Vance" is an anglicized form of the term "Bhagavan" from the Bhagavad Gita. In the Gita, "Bhagavan" refers to Krishna– an incarnation, or avatar, of the god Vishnu.

Let us hope that when, on the last day of the old year, Powell met the Reaper, he appeared as neither fearsome Krishna nor grim Oppenheimer, but rather as the kinder, gentler Bagger Vance.

See also "Bhagavad Gita" in this journal.

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Saturday March 29, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:26 AM

The Ideology of Empire and
Springtime for Vishnu

There has been much talk lately of the establishment of a new American Empire.  An empire needs an ideology. The Bush family, which has strong ties to various right-wing Christian organizations, may favor an ideology best described as “Christian Zionism.”  For an excellent overview of this ideology, see the following Christ Church website:

Christian Zionism:
Its History, Theology, and Politics

In view of the strong influence of Christian Zionism on the United States government, the following festival should perhaps be known as “Springtime for Jesus” —

The National Cherry Blossom Festival,
Washington, DC.

A Christian Zionist haiku
celebrating this festival:

Cherry blossoms bloom.
Sure, it’s beautiful, but
Is it good for the Jews?

Personally, I side with Henry David ThoreauAldous Huxley, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Andre Weil in preferring the Hindu Holy Scripture The Bhagavad-Gita to any Abrahamic religious text.

The Gita deals, at one level, with a particular incarnation of the Aryan god VishnuHoli 2003, a springtime festival associated with Vishnu, will be celebrated tonight in Carteret, New Jersey.

“The old Aryan god, Vishnu, was portrayed as coming to Earth periodically in the form of Krishna, the embodiment of Spring….”

The Classical Empires, a website of the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas (final home of William S. Burroughs)

Burroughs fans at the University of Kansas
might appreciate the following website
related both to the classical Athenian Empire
and to Lawrence, Kansas:

Politics of Hell.

Follow-up of Sunday, March 30, 2003:

See With God on His Side, by Garry Wills,
in the Sunday New York Times.

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