What is a person? An invisible point Of view The centre Of a cloaked circle An asymptotic history Tending towards a soul An imaginary number Of irrational roots
Cosmological Koans by Anthony Aguirre A brief summary Part 1 The Path Laid Out before Us 1: The Arrow How does the arrow move? What is the relationship between time and motion? Is there such a thing as the present moment? 2: Setting Sail All motion is relative. Being at rest is the same as … Continue reading Cosmological Koans
Most of the time, our mind is sticky. Imagine a lake in Summer. The lake is your mind. When leaves (thoughts) blow onto the lake, the water grabs them. Holds on tight. The leaf belongs to the lake now. In fact, as time passes, the lake begins to integrate the leaf. Absorbs it into itself. … Continue reading What is Meditation?
In language, we have a clay that we can mould, though once it hardens, it moulds us: our thoughts and the world. In poetry, we have language moulded with skill, crafting new shapes, new mirrors, new eyes with which to see the world -- within and without. But this language -- so necessary to thought … Continue reading Our World of Words
Remember. Re- Re-member God. Remember yourself. Your arms spirals of matter, Your nerves beams of light, Your mind fractured and scattered through Time and Space, connected by thought: words, images, music. God writes notes to her self on paper. Communication is All; then Reaching out, out, in. Building a web of ideas which are memories … Continue reading Remember
I sit at my desk, perched on my chair. Out the window, a robin patrols the roof, protecting her nearby nest. Whose house is this? To her, I am invisible -- the interior of the house does not exist. When I emerge from the front door, she cannot fathom my world, but she swoops and … Continue reading Whose House is This?
Inhabiting a state Where all may be true, I live in the fullness of experience. Then, I believe — And my world shrinks. Experience fades to remembrance And I am left With a story only. Now I forget the infinite thoughts in superposition, Swirling clouds of virtual potential; I have been pressed into a position … Continue reading The Uncertainty Principle
Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara. Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah. Our creation is that guru (Brahma-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu-the force of preservation); our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru (devo Maheshwara-the force of destruction … Continue reading Guru Gratitude Meditation
— Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven “We have also been variously disturbed. Concepts cross in mist. Perception is difficult. Volcanoes emit fire. Help is offered: refusably. Snakebite serum is not prescribed for all. Before following directions leading in wrong directions, auxiliary forces may be summoned, in immediate-following fashion: Er’ perrehnne!” “Er’ perrehnne,” Orr … Continue reading Er’perrehne
For the last few weeks I have been savouring Maria Popova’s Figuring — a bright comet of a book, spiralling through intersecting orbits of lives, loves, and letters. From the opening sentence — a page-long masterpiece of cosmic and personal images — I knew that I would be transformed by these pages. Popova reaches out … Continue reading Figuring, by Maria Popova