Month: April 2007

The Battle of Lanka and The Bridge of Rama

It is not often that a religious text finds factual evidence. Let alone satellite photographic evidence as well as archeological proof. The story of the Battle of Lanka is

“Vibhishana, Ravana’s righteous brother, intervened and counseled Ravana to follow the scriptures, reminding that it was improper to execute a messenger, and instead told him to exact the appropriate punishment for Hanuman’s crime. Ravana accepted and ordered his rakshasas to set fire to Hanuman’s tail. As soon as this was done, Hanuman made himself very small, slipped from his bonds, and, jumping upon the roofs, spread a conflagration through the city of Lanka. He leaped back to the mainland, conveyed the news of Sita’s captivity to Rama and Sugriva, and was soon engaged in active preparations for the campaign.

Life is Time is Immortality

All of our lives are surrounded by the element of time. With phrases like “Time heals all wounds”; it is a wonder that time is so often neglected. Perhaps time is best experienced by the inuit. The inuit have no sense of future sense as most of western and eastern culture does. Instead they see things more as a concurrent series of events we know as the now.

It is the now that we only ever have; we can plan for the future; and we can plan for the past; but we only ever have the now. As time goes on we forget events, memories, dreams, everything fades away. Painful memories become distant thoughts, happy memories even succumb to the ravages of time.
I asked a young girl once what it was like for her to get braces. She said she couldn’t really say because it was like she always had them.

This thought this very idea stuck with me for some time. She had them for so long she had no measure for comparison save her memories which had now grown quite distance. This reminded me of the importance of the now. The very zen like act of simply being makes perfect sense when you put it in context of time.

Simon Boses Interview

Excommunicate is proud to present artist Simon Boses. Simon Boses primary medium is sculpture, his pieces depict seemingly light hearted, comical sculpture. Like most things there is more to his work than meets the eye. His work is far more involving than initial appearances and we had the opportunity to interview him. Before we begin the interview we just want to thank Simon once again for taking the time out to do this.

JackDirt: Have you always been artistic or did that come later in life? Did you have any formal artistic training?

Simon Boses: I was constantly in trouble for drawing in school. I’ve been drawing or sculpting in one form or another for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents are artistic (although neither pursued art as a career) so they have always been very supportive. As a kid/teen I took a variety of lessons/classes in drawing, painting and sculpting. Eventually I got into a local magnet school for art. This in turn led me to art school. I graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1997 with a BFA (General Sculptural Studies Major).

JD: Can you describe your creative and technical process for us?

SB: Putting my creative process into words is a bit like describing the shape of the wind – I can take a stab at it, but it’s easier to describe the effect of the thing than the thing itself.

The linchpin of my creative process would have to be the shower. It’s where I get to re-examine the day and ask myself how my experiences reflect on what it means to be human. This always leads to more ideas than I can put on paper. Luckily I have a deep seated compulsion to fill blank books with drawings so I do manage to record quite a few of them.

I’ve been lucky enough in my life so far to have experienced very few days that I wake up without any “ideas” for work. Most days start with flipping through a sketchbook to find something interesting. The most challenging step is moving an idea from a 2D world to one where it has to…

Lesson 4 in Gnosticism: Consciousness and the Self

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THE THREE FACTORS IN THE REVOLUTION OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS

The work that one must do to become self-realized, can be summarized by the three factors, Death, Birth and Sacrifice for Mankind. It is not enough to work with one factor, or even two factors. To be successful one must perform them all.

1. DEATH is the name of the work of eliminating the Egos so that we can liberate our captured essence. “One must die to be born again”

2. BIRTH is the name of working with Sexual Alchemy. The Practice of White Tantrism to create the higher “Solar Bodies”. This is practiced with the same partner throughout a life-time, and it is essential that it is a partner of the opposite sex. White Tantra is a specific form of sexual intercourse without spilling the sexual energies (i.e. having orgasm).

3. SACRIFICE FOR MANKIND is there because we mustn’t be egoistic in our work. If we keep that which we have learned (by experience) to ourselves we cannot become self-realized. The Third Factor tells us that we must offer, not preach, to others what we know. We must never break the law of the free will. It is of course absolutely essential that we do not charge money for any of this. No true teachers have ever taken money for what they teach.

THE SEVEN CENTRES IN THE HUMAN MACHINE

This subject is for us to better understand how the Essence and the Egos manifest themselves through our body. There are seven different centers in the human body, all working with their own specific energy, and dealing with specific aspects of our life. The centers are: