daily dharma (‘some of the dharma’ pages 66-71)

*Note* – In J.K.’s 1966 book about an aborted trip to Europe searching for his French roots, “Satori In Paris”, he makes the following declaration – “But I’m not a Buddhist, I’m a Catholic…”

Given that bit of later information I find it interesting that in the mid 1950’s J.K. refutes “Catholic Dualism” as the force behind the “error of Western Civilization with its war of machines” All assumptions of good/evil, right/wrong are based on misconceptions because neither “exist”.

What would have happened if Christ had simply refused to carry his cross to Golgotha?

Aquinas* is irrelevant and Gurdjieff** is an ignoramus. (name calling in the service of Buddha, not very admirable)

Once again(will it ever end?) I find irony in J.K.’s words when he quotes Gurdjieff then says “anyone incapable of seeing through this charlatan’s attempts at being a mysterious seer of some secret oriental wisdom is going to be reborn a novelist”

Et tu, Jack Kerouac?

Next J.K. gets drunk one night in a North Carolina field and writes bad poetry about his mother, the Virgin Mary, snakes, birds, but mostly the corn that surrounds him.

*Thomas Aquinas – lead Catholic philosopher, 13th century, believed heretics should be killed, women were inferior and parents should use corporal punishment on children.

**Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff – 20th century Russian(?) mystic, teacher, believed man was basically “asleep” and higher planes of consciousness were possible. Taught self awareness.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to daily dharma (‘some of the dharma’ pages 66-71)

  1. binky011 says:

    Well, really, what else are you going to do if you’re drunk in the middle of a corn field? 🙂
    Is this anything like L. Ron saying, “The best way to become a millionaire is to found your own church” and then founding Scientology a couple of years later? No, wait, that’s not irony, that’s cynicism.

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