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.  

If You Love an Instrument…

Gypsy boys--Budapest, Hungary (1939)--photograph by William Vandivert
Gypsy boys–Budapest, Hungary (1939)–photograph by William Vandivert

It is terrible to think that when one is in high school and plays an instrument if one doesn’t like playing one has to give up on the instrument. The love of an instrument is separate from the sometimes short live need to play in school ensemble. If one doesn’t like the instrument or grows not to like it– that is a different story. I have met a good number of musicians that don’t feel like playing anymore. If you love the instrument, guitar, cello, baritone sax, or marimbas –one should explore the instrument. The goodness of the school is that it gives you the primary skills to be off on your way, though many people incredibly learnt it alone. There are people that listen to the recordings and don’t need to read music and do the music exactly like the recordings and that I been told by a virtuoso violinist, he is amazed as anyone. I never seen this but it is more common in rock music learning the riffs of guitarist from a recording.  So, if one loves ones instrument why quit, what better thing can one do, unless you take up another art like painting, etc. There are many types of music to select from, the rock has mostly guitars, etc; the jazz, mostly sax, but there is clarinet and a small amount of violin, cello, etc.; bluegrass music, mandolin, banjo, etc.; not that any of these could be mixed and mixed for a vibrant new music. You can invent your own music — that is totally awesome, so one never has to quit if one still wants to play.

Aldous Huxley Perennial Philosophy

Aldous Huxley

“This thought of “no-mind,” exist, as it were, on a knife-edge between the carelessness of the average sensual man and the strained overeagerness of the zealot for salvation. To achieve it, one must walk delicately and to maintain it, must combine the most intense alertness with a tranquil and self-denying passivity, the most indomitable determination with a perfect submission to the leadings of the spirit. “When no mind is sought after by the mind,” says Huang Po, “that is the making it a particular object of thought. There is only testimony of silence; it goes beyond thinking.” In other words, we as separate individuals must not try to think it, but rather permit ourselves to be thought by it. Similarly in the Diamond Sutra we read that if a Bodhisattva, in an attempt to realize Suchness, “remains the thought of an ego, a person, a separate being, or a soul, he is no longer a Bodhisattva.” Al Ghazzali, the philosopher of Sufism, also stresses the need for intellectual humbleness and docility. “If the thought that he is effaced self occurs to one who is in fana ( a term responding to Zen’s “no mind” or mushin), that is a defect. The highest state is to be effaced from effacement.” There is an ecstatic state of effacement from effacement in the interior heights of the Atman-Brahman; and there is another more comprehensive effacement from effacement, not only in the inner heights but in and through the world, in the everyday knowledge of God and his fullness.

“A man must become truly poor and free from his own creaturely will as he was when he was

born. And I tell you, by the Eternal truth, so long as you have desire to fulfil the will of God,

and after Eternity and God, for just as long you are not truly poor. He alone has spiritual poverty

poverty who will nothing and knows nothing, desires nothing, ” Meister Eckhart”

page 73 of Aldous Huxley “The Perennial Philsophy”

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer. Best known for his novels including Brave New World and a wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel writing, film stories and scripts. Huxley spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. Aldous Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, satirist and interested in spiritual subjects.

“Tea” is the best for me…

my English tea pot and oranges

I don’t know about  you, but tea is my favorite thing, and it is hard finding loose teas in regular markets. One finds them certainly on the net, but I don’t like buying food on the net, but I have gotten a good supply at TJMaxx so far that I seldom been without it. The Tao of Tea is a great brand and I have a dozen different flavors, at Trader Joe one can find green tea in a can and in the Oriental Market one can find green tea from Japan. I have green tea before 3pm, otherwise only have tea in the mornings Assam, English Breakfast, etc, so many flavors to select from. It is also hard buying a two cup tea kettle of good quality for boiling but recently bought one in TJMaxx. There is large ones everywhere for six cups but two people or one can’t drink six cups. I have the large ones too for guess. There is seldom coffee here, though I don’t mind sometimes. The espresso and cappuccino are better than regular coffee and enjoyed in the Latin countries, this is the way I came on it.    15 - 1 (2)