Friday, September 22nd 2017

Spiritual Surf: Lost says, “Namaste”, Tony Robbins writes “vanity”, Jennifer Aniston’s Dogma, Yuppie Islam and More

Lost goes all the way with, Namaste

lostWhen the Sopranos was on the air, Soul’s Code liked to call the HBO “family” show the TV series with the most mystical messaging. Sorry Tony, but ABC’s Lost now blows your crew off the screen on that score. The way that Lost routinely plays with the notion of both linear time and personal identity as illusions of the mind makes it the most spiritual show on TV.

Episode 9 of Season 5 is called, “Namaste”, a Sanskrit word uttered when you bow to the divinity, or spark in the heart chakra, of another. “Namaste” is also the greeting they say on the Lost island to new recruits at the Dharma Initiative, a 1970′s scientific commune that is now the center of action for Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lily), Sawyer and the other main characters.

Lost trivia: The Dharma Initiative is loosely inspired by  a utopian community called Gaviotas, founded in the 1970′s by Colombia’s Paolo Lugari and other scientists. Also, note the common literary roots that Lost shares with the 1960s art film, Last Year at Marienbad, which is No. 11 in the Soul’s Code slideshow, Transcendental Movies.

Handwriting’s on the wall for Tony Robbins’ vanity

Handwriting analysis expert, Bart Baggett, of Handwriting University International, has analyzed superstar self-help seminarista, Tony Robbins’, handwriting and has discovered what he believes to be traits that include “vanity, pride, fear and self consciousness” — all based on the  exaggerated loop in Tony’s “D’s.” Far from hurting his career, however, Tony’s telling D’s — and the fears Baggett says they indicate — are one secret of his success. View the video here.

Oprah’s karma runs over Jennifer Aniston’s dogma

Actress Jennifer Aniston is said to be in a tizzy over Oprah Winfrey’s refusal to see her latest tear-jerker, Marley & Me, which co-stars Owen Wilson. It tells the story of a Marley, an adorable pooch who dies “Old Yeller” style. According to Popcrunch, Oprah, who lost her own dog last year, said that it would be “bad luck and bad karma to indulge in watching Marley & Me.” It’s easy to understand why anyone who has lost a beloved pet would not want to sit through two hours of tears, but bad karma? The big “O”, may want to look up that word again.

Dr. Phil runs out of ideas (the musical)

Writing on her blog, Typing Makes Me Sound Busy, back in January, poetaster J-Money offered these lines of eloquent doggerel verse entitled, “Dr. Phil Haiku #5.”

Debate: Should we ban
Baggy pants? No! What would
Happen to Kris Kross?

Today marks the day
That the Dr. Phil program
Ran out of ideas.

Thanks for the giggle, J.

muslimYuppie Islam

A feature in this week’s Time magazine tells of a quiet Islamic revolution going on in the Middle East. The movement, says author Robin Wright, strives to find a uniquely Muslim way to be modern, rather than either rejecting modernity outright, or aping Western customs. The new movement stands for greater equality of the sexes and rejects customs like female circumcision. “Since 9/11, polls have consistently shown that most Muslims do not want either an Iranian-style theocracy or a Western-style democracy,” says Wright.  “They want a blend, with clerics playing an advisory role in societies, not ruling them.”  Of course, religious conservatives say this is just “easy Islam,” “yuppie Islam,” or “Western Islam.” We say, power to all yuppies :)

Today’s quote from Eckhart Tolle

The word ‘enlightenment’ conjures up the idea of some super-human accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that… is quintessentially you and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form. Forgetting this connectedness gives rise to the illusion of separation… — “The Power of Now.” (Thanks to Coyoteprime for bringing this item to our attention.)

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5 Comments on “Spiritual Surf: Lost says, “Namaste”, Tony Robbins writes “vanity”, Jennifer Aniston’s Dogma, Yuppie Islam and More”

  1. You guys are in the San Francisco Bay area, and you missed the coolest piece of trivia from the Lost episode you tagged:

    The soundtrack scores the welcoming of the new recruits at the Dharma Initiative with a clip from a 1970 song, "Ride Captain Ride."

    It's actually an anachronism: this one-hit wonder by Mike Pinera, a guitarist who later joined the psychedelic rock band, Iron Butterfly ("In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"), pre-dates the 1977 scenes at the Dharma Initiative by 7 years.

    And you guys are from the Bay Area! Here's the lyrics :)

    Seventy-three men sailed up
    From the San Francisco Bay,
    Rolled off of their ship
    And here's what they had to say.

    Ride, captain ride
    Upon your mystery ship,
    Be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip
    Ride captain ride upon your mystery ship
    On your way to a world that others might have missed

  2. Ha! Thanks for the tip, TJ!

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