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Spirituality / Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:13:31 AM »
Thanks guys, will check into these.  :)

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Spirituality / Re: Century of the Self
« on: December 01, 2015, 09:29:32 AM »
Personally I think it's just part of the natural evolution of things. I.e. people may need to live a certain way to make various realizations. Someone may need to live a very selfish life to realize that it never made him or her happy.

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Magick / Re: How to be fully dedicated and consistent in the path?
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:11:45 PM »
Now, as someone who can be considered a schizoid with the occasional tint of depression and hopeless despair, that is, someone who can relate, I'm going to give it to you straight - putting your focus on spirituality won't make you any less of a loser. If anything, neglience of your souls desire to express itself in your personality is going to hinder your progress in spiritual practice.


Aw shucks  :P

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Magick / Re: How to be fully dedicated and consistent in the path?
« on: November 15, 2015, 10:27:13 PM »
There's no easy answer to this, but in general succeeding is essentially the act of picking yourself up and persevering everytime you fail. This is true for everything, so don't be discouraged by failure. You might also want to do some introspection on why you are failing to see what is really blocking you from succeeding.

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Magick / Re: Where did Crowley get his asanas?
« on: October 19, 2015, 11:54:41 AM »
What is he using those asanas for? Out of curiosity. I can't imagine either Ibis or Thunderbolt would be comfortable for any kind of prolonged working.

I believe he used them for meditation and pranayama (there are pictures of him using Thunderbolt for pranayama). Yeah, that's what made me curious; those two don't seem all that practical \_(ツ)_/

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Magick / Re: Where did Crowley get his asanas?
« on: October 19, 2015, 08:30:03 AM »
The 'Dragon' is a classic Zen and Japanese Martial Arts posture, the 'Thunderbolt' looks Egyptian (I've seen statues of Anubis in this posture), or even Tibetan, but I am not totally sure.

Interesting, I was thinking the Ibis looked Egyptian too, but I wasn't sure. Cool, thanks!

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Magick / Re: Where to start with Crowley's books
« on: October 18, 2015, 11:29:09 AM »
I would recommend Book 4, which is basically a compiled overview of his system of magick and mysticism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magick_(Book_4)

I also enjoyed his lectures on yoga.

http://deoxy.org/annex/Eight_Lectures_on_Yoga.pdf

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Magick / Where did Crowley get his asanas?
« on: October 18, 2015, 11:22:46 AM »
So I finally got around to reading some of Crowley's material, and the guy seems to use some odd asanas. For instance in the picture below, I am familiar with the Dragon and the God, but the Ibis and the Thunderbolt I have never seen before. So far, Crowley is the only person I've ever seen using the Thunderbolt (which he is using for pranayama in the 2nd image) and the Ibis. I am wondering if anyone knows why he chose these postures and where they might have come from.




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Magick / Re: Tarot card question?
« on: May 28, 2015, 10:27:23 AM »
Generally I look at the two of cups as emotional bonding between two people. It could be that emotional spark between two people that they are just noticing but isn't as deep as a card like the lovers. It's almost like that bridge point between platonic friends transitioning into more than friends, so maybe it's saying you need to find that emotional connection with your wife again? It's really what it means to you that counts.

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Magick / Re: Magickal way to cut attached negative cords ...
« on: February 17, 2015, 08:39:12 PM »
If you're talking about just clearing the negative mental energy from your mind that you might have picked up during the day:

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (there is an in-depth article on it somewhere on veritas)

or

Cold (or cool) shower - visualize any negative mental dirt flowing off your body and visualize your body becoming pure and white

The 2nd is very effective for me and helps clear my mind before meditation

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Main Hall / Re: Most of you people are so boaring, typical, and mundane
« on: February 17, 2015, 08:28:40 PM »
I can understand where you're coming from in this post, but you're forgetting that every artist on display had to learn the basics of art before they could ever create the masterpieces you saw. A painter has to master the basic techniques of painting before they can create a portrait. A musician has to train his ears and learn some music theory before writing a hit. A mathematician has to to learn basic addition and subtraction before moving on to various degrees of calculus. The same principle applies to metaphysics. If you have no foundation of basic mental discipline, you can never succeed in any form of metaphysics, much less experiment. So in the end, if a lot of people are practicing the same thing, well, it's because they're still mastering the basics.

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Main Hall / Re: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
« on: February 17, 2015, 08:17:13 PM »
Personally, I like Chopra. My only complaint is that sometimes his writing is vague and not all the practical. He seems like a good writer for people who want to bring more spirituality into their lives but don't know where to start.

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Spirituality / Re: Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
« on: December 06, 2014, 12:28:50 PM »
Perfect, the neuroscience one sounds right up my alley. Thanks!

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Spirituality / Good books on Buddha and Buddhism?
« on: December 05, 2014, 09:17:33 PM »
Can anyone recommend any good books on Buddhism? I'm mostly interested in books on the life of Buddha, but any good books on Buddhism will do. Anything inspirational is also good. There are just so many books on the subject out there that I don't always know what is credible and what is not. Thanks

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From what I understand, it's pretty common for aspirants to go through rough periods of life before reaching higher spiritual states because certain past karmas have to be worked out in life before they can attain those states. Sometimes all you can try to do is hang in there and pray.

Personally, when I feel myself slipping mentally, I spend more time doing physical exercise, especially cardio exercise. It's not a perfect fix, but it helps.

If you are really concerned about something, then I would probably try to talk to your teachers as well.

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