Infinite Kiss

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The Infinite has no preferences.

It kisses both the darkness and

The light equally.

— Wu Hsin; from Aphorisms for Thirsty Fish, 2014; translator Roy Melvyn

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Yoga Exercise for Kyphosis

My dad bought a copy of Frank R. Young’s Yoga for Men Only in the early 1970’s. I started reading it when I was a teenager and have used some of the techniques from time to time throughout my life.

According to the author, his paternal ancestors were “long-lived Yogis,” and he learned the basic exercises and techniques directly through that lineage. But Young was also a chiropractor, and he altered the exercises from a chiropractic point of view for the modern man. The exercises mainly deal with angles of pull and push. The case studies are often quite funny and almost certainly, in my opinion, either made up or embellished. That doesn’t detract from the usefulness of the book’s information, however.

The book has long been out of print, and prices for used copies can be a bit high. I thought that I would occasionally put up an exercise from the book for anyone who is interested, starting with this one. I’ve been using this particular exercise for about four weeks now, and have noticed some improvement in my posture; if you have a sub-clinical kyphotic back condition, you may find it useful. Although the book is “for men only,” I think that this exercise would work equally well for women:

"The Lower Back Doorway Pull" Frank Rudolph Young

“The Lower Back Doorway Pull” Frank Rudolph Young

Grasp both door knobs of an open door, feet close to the bottom of the door. Extend arms to full length (dropping back), with straight legs. Then,

1. Round your shoulders. (Turn them inwards, downwards and backwards.) 2. Inhale deeply as you pull your still straight body towards the door, with your fingers. At the same time 3. Arch your back, and drop your weight backwards. 4. Hug your body tightly with your elbows. 5. You will rise up on your toes, as the movement progresses. If you are tall bend your knees a little. 6. Keep your shoulders rounded all the while, with 7. Your elbows still hugging your body until the end. Hold the contraction, at the end, for two seconds. Then relax.” (Young, Yoga for Men Only, 1969, page 37)

Young recommends doing this from one to ten times a day, “depending on how fast you want results,” and he suggests putting a wedge under the door’s free end to take pressure off of the hinges. It takes practically no time to perform ten reps of this, and it does help with the humped shoulders look that many of us get from sitting at computers most of the day. Pay heed to keeping your elbows tight to your body as you do the exercise (don’t let your elbows drift outwards).

–quotes, instruction and illustration taken from Yoga for Men Only by Frank Rudolph Young, Parker Publishing Company, Inc.: West Nyack, New York, 1969, pages 37-39.

Lucifer’s Coming!

On YouTube today, I ran into this: http://youtu.be/6Jc61xBfcGI It’s been around for a while and I’m not going to embed it on the post, but it supposedly shows Pope Francis invoking — Lucifer? The poster is obviously implying that the pope, through his cantor, is blatantly praying to “the Anti-Christ”, and most of those commenting fall right into line with that assumption.

In case you’re not already aware of it, Lucifer is not a Biblical synonym for Satan. The word Lucifer occurs only once in older English translations of the Bible, in Isaiah 14:12:

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (KJV)

(In Latin) quomodo cecidisti de caelo lucifer qui mane oriebaris corruisti in terram qui vulnerabas gentes. (Vulgate)

In that sentence, the word is a metaphor for the earthly king of Babylon. In Latin, Lucifer literally means “light-bearer,’ from the root noun lux (light) and the verb fero (bear), and it refers to the morning star (the planet Venus). Jesus also was called the morning star in 2 Peter 1:19. The Vulgate again uses the word lucifer for that reference, and that is why, when that word lucifer is used in that ancient hymn in the video, it is completely referring to Jesus. Later Christians simply took the verse in Isaiah out of context and created a fanciful story about Lucifer as a fallen angel.

If you want to read more in-depth about this subject, a couple of thorough and well-written articles from a Christian perspective are at http://jdstone.org/cr/files/luciferaproblemforchristianity.html and https://bible.org/article/lucifer-devil-isaiah-1412-kjv-argument-against-modern-translations

Music for Cthulhu’s Awakening

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Heavy, dark, intense, slow-grinding doom metal at its best. Catacombs is the one-man project of John Del Russi (currently doing projects under the name Xathagorra). This is a track from his 2006 recording, In the Depths of R’lyeh. Put out the lights and sink into this album’s oppressive transcendence. This is meditation music for the rest of us.