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Harold Bloom on the importance of reading certain works to cultivate the spirit

One of the great critics noted that reading great texts can cause a certain quality of consciousness Recently Harold Bloom died, perhaps the most influential literary critic of recent times, who sought to define a whole canon of Western literature. Bloom has been criticized in our era of politically correct by some omissions, but beyond some analog excesses - he was always after all a Gnostic and a Kabbalist - and the minor sin of writing too much, Bloom was a generally consistent man and in good taste, and one of the greatest readers of literature of the last century

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This is why you don't really progress in your meditation

Without this foundation, meditation will not go far In recent years meditation has been assimilated to Western culture, a bit in the same way as yoga. While the mixture of science and certain qualities of the Western mind has created some interesting innovations or transformations, it has largely been extracted from meditation from its religious context and embedded in a purely psychological or even neuroscientific context

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First Museum of the Vagina will open its doors in London

The Vagina Museum will open its doors at the legendary Camden market in London on November 16, 2019 In the world there is a long list of museums that host a wide diversity of topics and themes. Some are a reference to history and the passage of humanity on the planet; others are aimed at an audience whose curiosity goes beyond the norm

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The German spirit is transhistoric

The German spirit is immortal Among the readings concerning the German world, it is essential to include readings such as Tolkien's hobbit . Although from the historical point of view that concerns the contingent and temporal world, the reading of such subjects is not considered serious by ordinary academics, because it does not allow, supposedly, a real and non-fictional knowledge of those traditions, which conforms to the facts of the same in question and without subsequent alterations, the truth is that it does allow a true knowledge of its essence

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The esoteric meaning of hatha yoga

What does the supposed union of the Sun and the Moon mean? Hatha yoga is the source of much of the "yoga" practiced in the world today. There are many types of yoga and many different understandings of what yoga is (a term that originally means "to fast", "anvil", "union"), but it is hatha yoga that has dominated, although also when westernized and commercialized He has lost much of his essence, getting closer to fitness than meditation and a soteriological motivation

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The poet Rubén Darío about the Buddha nature

Curious similarity between a poem by Rubén Darío and the theory of intrinsic Buddha nature We find in some verses of the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, a great luminaire of modernism, a beautiful description of an incorruptible nature: Can a drop of mud on a diamond fall; can also like this its glow darken; but although the diamond all is full of mud, the value that makes it good He won't lose a moment and it must always be diamond however much the silt stains it. Al

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The roots of yoga (the webcomic)

The real roots of yoga: a comic version of the deep study of one of the leading experts on the subject In recent years, yoga has become a massive practice in the world. Currently, it is estimated that up to 35 million people practice yoga in the United States alone. However, most people practice a version of the hatha yoga that has little to do with traditional yoga and that, on the other hand, little is interested in the roots of yoga

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A challenge for 2019: imitate what the Dalái Lama does every morning

Following the daily routine of the Dalái Lama would be something enormously beneficial, although extremely difficult to imitate It is not easy to imitate the Dalai Lama. After all, he was educated since he was born to become the leader of the Tibetan people and has also had to go through the conditions of exile, strengthening his character and spirit.

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Passport to Manchuria: on 'Communion' by Whitley Strieber and 'Prisoner of Infinity' by Jasun Horsley

Cross-reviews of two books on the UFO phenomenon and its psychological implications At the moment of writing this text, the publisher Reediciones An anomallas is about to publish in the Spanish state ─ thanks to a successful crowfunding campaign ─ the bestseller Communion of Whitley Strieber. Originally appeared in 1987, the book has the status of a classic among the ufological community, and was once one of the most important vectors for the phenomenon of abductions in the American public conscience ─ and from it to its area of ​​cultural influence in the rest of the world─. While the

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These are the 3 types of incorrect motivations within a spiritual practice

We all start a spiritual practice for the wrong reasons, and an important part of the practice is finding the right and efficient reason. Crucial part of a spiritual work is to discover the reason why we are inclined to practice. In the Tantric tradition shaiva speaks of an efficient motivation, pure motivation or aligned motivation, as opposed to inefficient motivation

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Solve et coagula: the essential formula that summarizes alchemy and Vedic sacrifice

In the solve et coagula is the essential principle of alchemy, a rhythm that summarizes the universal process, which was also recapitulated in the Vedic sacrifice Alchemy is also called hermetic art and is hermetic in the double sense of the term, both for tracing its lineage to Hermes Trismegisto, a mythical adept associated with the god Hermes, as for its "hermetic" nature, that is, enigmatic, impenetrable, excluding

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Pajama Surf Library: Haruki Murakami books digitized and ready to download (PDFs)

An author who could not miss in our Pajama Surf Library: Haruki Murakami, whose works invite us to question the limits of reality Now, the name of Haruki Murakami is well known. One could even say, without missing the truth, that he is internationally known. His works have been translated even into the least expected languages ​​despite the fact that he is an author who writes in Japanese, a language that, unlike other hegemonics (especially Europeans), might be thought to present greater difficulties in entering to the global publishing and literature market. Ho

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The 4 basic errors of perception according to Buddhism

Basic cognitive mistakes that keep you in a state of distress Within the deep simplicity of Buddhism are different lists or essential formulations that serve as the basis for achieving liberation. Buddhism can be understood as a science, a psychology or a philosophy, but all of them are always in the service of a soteriology, that is, of a path to liberation (and therefore it is fundamentally a religion, without the concepts being important)

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The Santurronería seen from Zen

A critique of the empty external formalisms, the excess of rigor, the rigidity that loses sight of the essential, through a Buddhist text «In Tokyo, during the Meiji era, two prominent masters of opposite characters lived. One of them, Unsho, a shingon instructor, followed the precepts of the Buddha scrupulously.

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The consequences of eating with cutlery

The cutlery can be considered as the result of rationalism, of excess urbanism, of hygiene manias, of extreme containment that suppresses instinct Eating with cutlery is a modern invention, of the stage in which the human being had already separated from nature and crowded into the cities. Table manners are a decadent cultural element, of Victorian boom, taught by circumspect individuals of severe and severe governesses

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An irony around the exegesis of Holy Books

We often warn religious apologists who defend books considered Sacred whose content is cruel, violent and unfair, in short, inhuman, based on the excuse of non-literal interpretation We often warn religious apologists who defend books considered Sacred whose content is cruel, violent and unfair, in short, inhuman, based on the excuse of non-literal interpretation (which lends itself to subjectivity and open speculations that they themselves are, without however, unable to accept in their dogmatic and unilateral view of the Sacred texts)

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These are the 7 most common thoughts that block a person's creativity

Make these mental patterns of self-sabotage conscious and unlock your creative potential. Creativity is one of the qualities inherent in the human being. As much as sometimes it seems to us that creative people are special or uncommon, the truth is that we are all capable of unexpected thoughts, extravagant ideas, novel perspectives and plans that add to the world something that did not exist before

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About fairies: their government, their society and their nature

In the fairy kingdom there is a perfect monarchy, as there is not on earth In the fairy kingdom there is a perfect monarchy, as there is not on earth. The queen is the axis, and her consort, the king, and around them turns the fairy universe. From the royal headquarters, its organization is structured in hierarchical levels, in successions of subjects, ranging from noble ranks to commoners

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What really fuels creativity?

Everyone wants to be creative, but what really triggers creativity? Creativity has become something like the holy grail of our time. In this concept that comes mainly from German philosophy - from Hegel's creative spirit and from Nietzsche's artistic creativity - our time has also included the entrepreneur (or entrepreneur) and not just the artist (something that is highly revealing)

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How does it feel to control your nightmares with lucid dreams? (VIDEO)

Lucid dreams are a fascinating therapeutic tool Alicie Robb is the author of the book Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey , an exploration of the transformation power of dreams, particularly what we can call the royal way of dreams, lucid dreams. In this beautiful video from New Yorker magazine, Robb recounts his dream journey on Peruvian nights, experimenting with what he calls "a reality test