Marcus Aurelius: On opinions

There is a popular quote from Marcus Aurelius: "Remember that all is but opinion" being continuously shared online, usually in attempt to claim that there are no such things as facts, but when taken in the context in which he wrote he wrote it, we can see that clearly, he was writing about the power … Continue reading Marcus Aurelius: On opinions

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The Tale of Pharaoh Khufu and the Magician in Ancient Egyptian Literature

According to Ancient Egyptian literature, the Book of Thoth (see earlier post about this here ) was said to have the power such that anyone who found and read it would know how to enchant the earth and the sky, see the wind, how to hear the sun, know the secrets of the gods and … Continue reading The Tale of Pharaoh Khufu and the Magician in Ancient Egyptian Literature

Cubeer Burr, the Great Banyan Tree, and the Gymnosophists

Cubeer Burr The Great Banyan Tree painted by James PhillipsReposting this from 2011 A famed Banyan tree called in India "Cubeer Burr" was found on an island in the river Nerbedda, "ten miles from the city of Baroach, in the province of Guzzurat, a flourishing settlement formerly in possession of the East India Company, but ceded by the … Continue reading Cubeer Burr, the Great Banyan Tree, and the Gymnosophists

Working through Depression with Alchemy

"More than a school of thought, alchemy is a gnosis, a "way" of knowing. It is a deliberate attempt to grasp immortality in which the process is paramount. We all embody the archetypal journey of life, consciously or unconsciously. We are born in our essential nature but it quickly becomes covered with a hard-shelled core … Continue reading Working through Depression with Alchemy

Letter from Anton Chekhov To His Brother Nikolay – conditions cultured people must satisfy

Letter from Anton Chekhov To His Brother Nikolay Translated by Constance Garnett: MOSCOW, 1886. … You have often complained to me that people “don’t understand you”! Goethe and Newton did not complain of that…. Only Christ complained of it, but He was speaking of His doctrine and not of Himself…. People understand you perfectly well. … Continue reading Letter from Anton Chekhov To His Brother Nikolay – conditions cultured people must satisfy

Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself – Brain Pickings

How can man know himself? It is a dark, mysterious business: if a hare has seven skins, a man may skin himself seventy times seven times without being able to say, “Now that is truly you; that is no longer your outside.” It is also an agonizing, hazardous undertaking thus to dig into oneself, to … Continue reading Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself – Brain Pickings

Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich | Parabola

"What Gurdjieff calls the magnetic center represents an inner formation that helps orient us in the right direction, toward what can serve our individual evolution and inner development. Our search is often born from contact with certain kinds of influences—books that may help show the way, other people that touch us in a deeper fashion, … Continue reading Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich | Parabola