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Post by Simon E. » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:13 pm

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MiphamFan wrote:Which Krishnamurti? The one Anne Besant tried to set up as a World Teacher? I found him rather obnoxious in his interview with Trungpa.
Well, I guess that settles it. :smile:
I never said that alone settles it but after watching that and briefly reading about him and some of his writinga, I don't find him very interesting. iirc, Trungpa wasn't very impressed by him either.

'Not impressed' is a considerable understatement. :lol:
Krishnamurti's people tried several times to set up a follow-up interview as K. thought he had sold himself short, but CTR made it plain that he had no intention of sharing space with 'that man' a second time.
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Post by Grigoris » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:25 pm

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Wayfarer wrote:Why would a Buddhist admire a satanist?
Even Satanists have Buddha Nature. Even Crowley spoke a pure Dharma from time to time.
That's right. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also has Buddha Nature and speaks pure Dharma from time to time too.
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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by MiphamFan » Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:02 pm

Nicholas Weeks wrote:MiphamFan:
His commentary here on a text by Blavatsky derived from Buddhism but mixed with her own Theosophical ideas is quite interesting.
Interesting perhaps, but his contempt, based on ignorance and his generally prideful mind, for the Mahayana approach of Blavatsky's text reveals self-cherishing as his ruling star. Mahayana texts and teachers were not that obscure in his lifetime. There was DT Suzuki's 1907? work on the Mahayana, plus translations of Mahayana sutras in the SBE series at the end of the 19th c.
Like I said, I don't think he understood Mahayana well, possibly due to being conditioned by Hinayana ideas from Bennett.

Nonetheless he did respect Blavatsky's efforts to defend the traditions of the East against misrepresentations by Christian missionaries and apologists such as Chesterton. He defended her in his book "The Sword of Song".

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Kim O'Hara wrote:If this motivates you, you may also like to read about Gurdjieff - similar time frame, teaching a 'new' path based on extensive borrowings from an eclectic lot of older traditions, establishing a community for it ... and being, again, a flawed human being.
I read "The Unknowable Gurdjieff" by one of his disciples. It was fantastic. But it didn't go into details about his ideas. Then I read about his ideas.
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Post by maybay » Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:49 pm

Nicholas Weeks wrote:Interesting perhaps, but his contempt, based on ignorance and his generally prideful mind, for the Mahayana approach
Gurdjieff crew had the same reaction. They didn't like the opaque contradictions, form is emptiness, emptiness is form, etc.
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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by dzogchungpa » Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:59 pm

Apparentlly,
one of the most prominent Gurjieffians in the U.S., Paul Anderson (1897-1983) took a group of his students with him to form the core of the Dzogchen Community in Conway Massachusetts in the mid-1980's.
see: http://tibeto-logic.blogspot.com/2013/1 ... 2587165939

and ChNN dedicated "The Cycle of Day and Night" to Anderson's memory.

Just thought that was kind of interesting. I've heard about this connection before but if people know more about it, I would be interested to hear. Admittedly it's a little OT.
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Post by MiphamFan » Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:03 pm

Tsegyalgar used to be a Fourth Way community, yeah, I thought it was common knowledge?

Found this: http://tsegyalgar.blogspot.co.uk/2014/0 ... jieff.html

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MiphamFan wrote:Tsegyalgar used to be a Fourth Way community, yeah, I thought it was common knowledge?
Maybe so, I guess I never really looked into it. There's a little more about the connection here:
http://www.campcaravan.org/d_fourth_way/movements.html
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Post by BuddhaFollower » Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:14 pm

Black magicians are just huge nerds/frauds.

Ask a black magician how to summon a demon into a human fetus, and watch them suddenly turn into quivering Christians.
Just recognize the conceptualizing mind.

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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by Kim O'Hara » Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:56 pm

Thanks for those links, guys. I was particularly interested to see the Movement presentation, something I read about years ago but never say video of.

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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by Wayfarer » Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:55 am

There are plenty of counter-cultural figures I like and admire. I have even discovered a magician, John Michael Greer, a Druid, whom I think is really interesting and worth knowing about (blog here) . Always had a bit of time for Gurdjieff and Ouspensky (albeit no contact with the schools). But Crowley gives me the creeps. 'Beware the dark side, Luke'. :jedi:
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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

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Wayfarer wrote:There are plenty of counter-cultural figures I like and admire. I have even discovered a magician, John Michael Greer, a Druid, whom I think is really interesting and worth knowing about (blog here) . Always had a bit of time for Gurdjieff and Ouspensky (albeit no contact with the schools). But Crowley gives me the creeps. 'Beware the dark side, Luke'. :jedi:
Gurdjieff was a lightweight. Crowley, despite his many flaws, actually understood yoga, Etc.
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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by MiphamFan » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:09 am

Wayfarer wrote:There are plenty of counter-cultural figures I like and admire. I have even discovered a magician, John Michael Greer, a Druid, whom I think is really interesting and worth knowing about (blog here) . Always had a bit of time for Gurdjieff and Ouspensky (albeit no contact with the schools). But Crowley gives me the creeps. 'Beware the dark side, Luke'. :jedi:
I read JMG regularly, I like some of his posts but he always hated Crowley and is not really being fair to him.

Crowley was prescribed cocaine and heroin when they were still legal, he realized he got addicted, didn't like it and he managed to kick the addictions and only went back on heroin later on because he was prescribed it again, during WWII. His final years were spent in good company, a boarding house for learned men from all walks of life and he regularly entertained interesting visitors of all sorts. At the time of his death, the OTO in America had members successful in their personal lives in various highly placed and connected positions, such as Jack Parsons so JMG's claims that he ran it into the ground are just not tenable.

I'm not saying he was a saint. Tom above make the point that he treated the women in his life badly, which is true, he tended to abandon them when they started becoming alcoholic, or unstable in other ways. But his "dark" reputation is vastly overstated. There is much darker magic than Crowley out there. He wasn't some fluffy bunny (though he loved playing with rabbits in his final years), but he wasn't some kind of inhuman monster.

I find JMG's argument thst Crowley cooked up his own system rsther funny:
It’s a failure that stalks everyone who tries to come up with an original system of magical training without first mastering some existing system from top to bottom, and finding out what systems of magical training are supposed to accomplish. One of the goals of magical training, to turn to technical language for a moment, is the equilibration of the lower self: in less opaque terms, the balancing out of the habitual imbalances of the personality, so that the aspiring mage can use his or her habits of thought and feeling rather than being used by them. Magical systems cooked up by people who haven’t had such a training inevitably miss this; having projected the habitual imbalances of their personalities onto the cosmos—and we all do this, until appropriate disciplines teach us how to stop—they end up reinforcing their imbalances rather than equilibrating them.
If that were the case then there is no useful Western magical system at all. The Golden Dawn system, which Crowley did learn, was cooked up by people who never mastered any existing system, so everything based on them later on would suffer from the same flaw. He does claim that Dion Fortune later reformed the Golden Dawn system to be more balanced, but on what basis I'm not sure exactly. Crowley trained under the masters of the GD system (Allan Bennett, Mathers).

But, if his claims were true, then Vajrayana would be best magical system available.

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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:17 am

If one admires black magicians, then read this gem: http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/ha ... ockets.htm

Jack Parsons, L. Ron Hubbard and Crowley all happily invoking demons...
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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by MiphamFan » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:26 am

Do you realise that Christians and Muslims would call our Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and especially our wrathful deities "demons"?

The FBI investigated Jack Parsons' home with the other OTO members after the rumours started and found no evidence for them.

Babalon is a complex figure, and not simply a "demon" unless you subscribe to the Christian understanding of spirits that whatever is not from YHWH is a demon.

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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:56 pm

MiphamFan wrote:
The FBI investigated Jack Parsons' home with the other OTO members after the rumours started and found no evidence for them.
Ah yes, the best ghost busters around - the FBI.

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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by dzogchungpa » Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:45 pm

Malcolm wrote:Gurdjieff was a lightweight. Crowley, despite his many flaws, actually understood yoga, Etc.
I'm not really sure why you say that. I'm not an expert on either, but Gurdjieff and his students seem much more interesting to me. ChNN was apparently quite impressed by G's student Paul Anderson as well, and it seems unlikely that a "lightweight" would have produced such a student.
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Post by MiphamFan » Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:04 pm

I remember reading somewhere that Paul Anderson's community shifted towards Buddhism and invited ChNN because they felt their Gurdjieff practice was stagnant. I forgot where, might have been an old (1990s to early 2000s) issue of The Mirror.

Gurdjieff and Crowley once met each other and both were quite happy with the encounter.

Crowley has been irking self-proclaimed defenders of convention, middle class morality etc (e.g. Chesterton) since he was alive. Whether he is interesting or not is just a matter of taste, but I think the fact that he rubs againsy middle class manners so much is much of the reason why people dislike him as well as misunderstanding what magic is about.

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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by dzogchungpa » Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:21 pm

MiphamFan wrote:Gurdjieff and Crowley once met each other and both were quite happy with the encounter.
That's not what I heard. :smile:
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Re: Perdurabo - biography of Aleister Crowley

Post by MiphamFan » Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:35 pm

dzogchungpa wrote:
MiphamFan wrote:Gurdjieff and Crowley once met each other and both were quite happy with the encounter.
That's not what I heard. :smile:
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=NGd ... ey&f=false

Cf Nott and Yorke's account

Gerald Yorke incidentally later supported the 13th Dalai Lama in exile.

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