Alan Watts recorded a great little video for Pacifica Radio. I can only recommend checking out KPFK.org. Go to the audio archives and search for Alan Watts' lectures. My personal favorite. Besides the show "something's happening" they stream a half-hour Alan-Watts-special every sunday morning. Check it out
Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment isn't one kind of Enlightenment - it is the only kind. Jed McKenna's books aren't for everyone. They're for people who are tired of the spiritual merry-go-round and ready to confront the unadorned reality of the awakening process. If you like your teachers with all the spiritual trimmings and trappings, Jed may not be right for you, but when ... you're ready to jump off the merry-go-round and begin your journey, Jed McKenna is the guy. This is the second book and if you are interested he just has a new one coming out. Check www.wisefoolpress.com for more infos.
McKenna writes about Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Mark Twain and U.G. Krishnamurti. They all appear, and a student from the first book returns to share her Spiritual Autolysis journals. Also surprising are the author's gentle efforts to guide the reader away from enlightenment towards a more desirable and accessible state.
Here is another lecture of Swami Tattvavidananda - I have already linked to one of his lecture series in a previous post called "Teachings by Swami Tattvavidananda". This particular lecture speaks about what freedonm really is. We mistake choices for freedom. He also talks about the impulse of people to compare themselves with others and how we can use our mind to either climb up - or down and deeper into whatever keeps our mind busy.
In this little video excerpt I found on youtube - you can hear a collage of Alan Watts lectures on the subject of Nothing, and death. Camus once said: "The only real philosophical question is wether or not to commit suicide." Why go on in life? Is the game worth the candle? I believe it is - or why am I posting on this blog? For nothing ? :-) ?
This guy has perfected the "humor is seeing the paradox in life" - LOVE love love love love him: "Two days from now - life will be different from tomorrow" - truth is still funny :-)
"Yoga - the art of transformation" is the world's first exhibition of yogic art realized by crowdfunding. The Smithsonian will be hosting this exhibition curated by Debra Diamond. Check out http://asia.si.edu/yoga/save-the-date.asp for more information.
Check out the trailer for the exhibit:
In this excerpt Alan Watts talks about the role of the court fool and how modern society is too insecure to laugh about their own mistakes and ridiculous state of being ... enjoy!
The truth is still the funniest thing :-) I love Dave Chappelle - bless him.
Savasana Addict Andrea Leber just posted these beautiful pictures of the Africa Yoga Project by Robert Sturman. Thanks to the Africa Yoga Project over 250,000 Kenyans a year get to practise postures that can not only transform your body, but your mind. The project’s 52 teachers roll out their mats everywhere .... read the rest of the article for more info and pictures here.
Nobel Peace Price Laureat Desmond Tutu talks in this rare and funny interview about Forgiveness, Apartheid and about good and evil. Please watch also the other two parts to this interview.
PART 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp3ajo7kxrE
PART 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj3bwJrIVeU
This talk is from 1992. If you do not know Swami Chinmayananda don't be scared :-) He means well - his rethoric is just so passionate, real and honest.
This is the first part of a talk by Tony Parsons about what is. He speaks about the hidden but essential essence of Advaita and unadulterated non-dualism, out of which can arise a radically different perception of reality. If you are interested in more Tony Parsons check out his website www.theopensecret.com
Wisdom tells me, I am nothing Love tells me, I am everything.
In this conversation between Jack Kornfield and Ram Dass - they talk about the various facetts of enlightenment.
This is a really inspiring TED Talk by artist and musician Amanda Palmer - makes you think about our human connection and how to live a spiritual life and still be part of this global community.
You can find more videos on the official website http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/
In this talk Jiddu Krishnamurti raises the following questions - In meditation, what is the place of search? Can one bring about order without understanding disorder?
- Is control necessary for order? Why do we need control when there is understanding of "what is"?
The light always goes up!
I just found this great picture on my favorite Yoga blog http://yogadork.com/ - if you don't know it -please check it out. Somehow this picture speaks to me :-) A little eye-candy for your day
Dj Dave and Barney Kook bust some inspired rhymes dedicated to Yoga Girls all over the world.
Here is a quote from "The Headless Way", a leaflet by Douglas Harding "Over the past [sixty] years a truly contemporary and Western way of 'seeing into one's Nature' or 'Enlightenment' has been developing. Though in essence the same as Zen, Sufism, and other spiritual disciplines, this way proceeds in an unusually down-to-earth fashion. It claims that modern man is more likely to see Who he really is in a minute of active experimentation than in years of reading, lecture-attending, thinking, ritual observances, and passive meditation of the traditional sort. Instead of these, it uses a variety of simple, non-verbal, fact-finding tests, all of them asking: how do I look to myself? They direct my attention to my blind spot - to the space I occupy, to what's given right here at the Centre of my universe, to what it's like being 1st-person singular, present tense."
I have discovered Douglas Harding and his extremely practical way of realizing your reality many years ago. Just got reminded again - you spiritual seekers out there should take a look at the headless.org website where many more videos and experiments /techniques are provided to discover who you really are. It always brings a smile on my face - I hope you can laugh too and find it amusing - never forget: the Buddha is smiling - and there is a reason for it :-)