September 11, 2011

notes on bhakti: up the down staircase

The power of the 'divine'/'human' dream is that each perspective beckons the other. The micro is not broad enough, and the macro is too distant. The mind seeks pleasure in the transitional zone between the two, its pleasure deepening as its focus widens or narrows in a surge of learning.
September 1, 2011

translating translating patanjali

All that is needed for a religion to form is a book that no one can read, a priestly class to read it, and a general need for faith that reaches out of prehistory and childhood to challenge the angst of reason. This may not be what we want in modern yoga. But it’s certainly there.
August 26, 2011

waking up remembering proust waking up

The first thought, a tiny wind, is mental vocalese, a series of long vowels opened into through mm or nn, that mimic the breath and the sound of sensory doors opening. What is the sound of the eyes recognizing form? What is the sound of ambient sound dawning on the conscious mind?
July 4, 2011

opening mantras

...you remind me that to write truly I must keep an animal head and use my very bones to scratch my marks...