The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy

Tagore and Coomaraswamy

“Religion may and must be man, each being an “arrangement of God,” and stylistically differentiated, inasmuch as thing known can be the knower according to the mode of the knower, hence they say in India, “ He takes the forms that are the image of His worshipers, “ or as Eckhart expresses it, “I am the Cause that God is God.” And that is why religious beliefs as much as they have united man, have divided men against each other.”

Tagore & Gandhi

“The principle of comparative religion, the true end of which science…should demonstrate the common metaphysical basis of all religions and diverse cultures are fundamentally related to one another as being dialects of a common spiritual and intellectual language; for whoever realizes this will no longer assert that  ‘‘My religion is best,’’ but that my religion is best, but that it is the “best for me.”

The Changing World of Radio, Internet is best.

Entrance to Nosali

It is amazing how the radio has changed. I don’t know about you but I have gone to the net for my radio. I select the music, there is no middle man wanting money (though I wish I had money to give away). It all started with Muzak music, very interesting music at first that they had in the 80’s in four stations, one only for classical. The Muzak was alright or even good when they had brought in musicians to do arrangements of Christmas tunes for sextet of instruments or a quartet of instruments doing a Beatles tune. Muzak was even listened by John Lennon when he was in the kitchen. He complained that they only selected the famous Beatles songs and not the obscure ones. This is a good sample of the songs they might have…finally ended when they started playing the easy and mellow pop songs without using musicians to arrange it and perform it. Muzak was there to make money not to help struggling talented musicians. It lasted over a decade, then like records store or video stores much later it came to a total end. In the lost airwaves on NPR was Music from the Heart of Space that also was in for a decade, put on the air by doctors or business for one hour a week, I was a great listener. Here is a tiny sample. You can find this type of music in youtube or Spotify or maybe other places, the easier to find the better. Enjoy.

H.H. Munro–Saki

I started reading Saki when he was advertise in the catalogue of Banana Republic by the founder Mel Zeigler –this is a very good production of one of his stories –all of them are excellent—something here for pre-Halloween. He writes in a quirky manner similar to Wodehouse, worthwhile readings each story is different –and is a gem. My favorite writers in this period are Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood. Enjoy..   Saki’s Unrest Cure and other stories online

John Cage the Zen Musician

I have no idea how I heard that John Cage was coming to town but I worked in a music store, and I was in college music department, though I was still in high school. It was at Broward Community College, he was giving his talk for two days and solo performance. I had already read by 15 Silence and a Year by Monday so I knew his interest pretty well. The performance was fitting for a 15 yr. myself of group of students playing music with music toys, which he is not the type of guy that wants perfect the sound so by the second try said it was fine, then he lecturers on Norman O. Brown that he was greatly into, for about an hour. The next day he gave a short 15 minute piano recital himself and a very long performance of the I Ching chance operation of Thoreau journals which were his favourites, vocalizing it in ways that is chance operation of I Ching; not everyone would be able to get into. It was a real Zen performance by a music Zen Roshi, which to me he was. I guess there was no preparation for a symphonic or long piano recital that happened a few years later with the Florida Philharmonic when he already had passed away.  I sat next to Earl Brown another composer and they had his music and Martinu, Cage music, all the concerts were free paid by the city; there were not many people at all. The performance was incredible and there was an older lady outside and we started talking of Composers Recordings International (CRI) that we both had. I really wasn’t into popular music, unless it was influenced by Cage, and soon enough I came across many progressive rock groups into that like Soft Machine, Krautrock, etc. It was an incredible experience which is amazing because I don’t know how at this point got the information that he was there. It is fitting here that I post a violin work for that was his favorite instrument but said he said that he was too old to learn to play.  His music is Zen Japanese World Music inspired like his friend from the West Coast Lou Harrison so one needs to have appreciation for that!     

Children Must be Guided into Creativity – Madeleine L’Engle


Creative by Nature

“There are forces working in the world as never before in the history of mankind for standardization, for the regimentation of us all… Because of the very nature of the world as it is today our children receive in school a heavy load of scientific and analytic subjects, so it is in their reading for fun, for pleasure, that they must be guided into creativity.” ~Madeleine L’Engle, 1963


The following is an excerpt from author Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Award Acceptance Speech (given in August, 1963) for her children’s science fantasy book “A Wrinkle in Time.” She talks about what inspired her writing, the deeper meaning of children’s literature, the importance of young people reading for pleasure and the creative role of adult writers to provide material that helps to expand children’s imaginations, especially in our present age where forces of “regimentation” and standardization” continue to exert influence…

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My First Fountain Pens: a Wonderful Experience…

parker 75This is the first expensive fountain pen I bought, the Parker 75, not made anymore, has had many years of writing fun. This one has a broad nib that doesn’t write very broad. When I bought this pen, I only knew of Parker inks, but then got into Waterman that has much more colours, like violet and brown. The Parker colours were limited. Now there is many colours to choose with Noodlers ink. In High School and two first year of college I used the Parker Vector and had like a dozen of them in different colours but no coloured ink only Parker cartridges. cf2aaefb485cf8c17cd38845adc62c28 I gave them all away but some people are still collecting them. Now, in the advent of no writing of cursive there are no pens like these in my college, but rollerball isn’t bad, but expensive if one writes alot, but most people don’t write a lot. The cheapest way to write is with a bottle not cartridges one is paying for the convenience. As years past on I bought many pens and greatly enjoy them, they last a lifetime. So, do your own collection if this interest you and you love writing  in great amounts.