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02 November 2016 22:16
 
Hypersoup - 02 November 2016 03:59 AM

I like the dance of nataraj image. Dance of shive. Its an icon depicting the virtuousness beingits own reward basically, and demonaic characters being cruchesd by the dancing shiva.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bf/Shiva_as_the_Lord_of_Dance_LACMA_edit.jpg

The humn “lord of the dance” was partly based in shivism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Dance_(hymn)


That’s interesting, I like the action oriented approach here. Buddhism describes my basic philosophy more closely but sometimes I look to other practices when I see I’m going to get “stuck” on something in Buddhism. Sitting meditation, for example, can be a good practice but it can also be incredibly reifying. You are literally, un-ironically, watching “Every Breath You Take”, ha ha, until you’re like “Oh my God who is stalking me?! Oh, wait, it’s… me. Wherever I go there I am. Aaaa!”


I’m kidding around, of course, but after awhile the direction to “watch” does start to seem a bit nonsensical - Who is watching what? I thought “I” wasn’t here in the first place? Why am I spending hours pretending to be an “I” who watches things then…” “Self-watching” can (not always, by any means, but it can) get very task oriented - a job that, ironically, has to be “done” by a “self”. To that extent I find more action-oriented, “external world” oriented approaches can be a good counterbalance, a way to “lose yourself” in the moment. The downside being that I think this kind of practice can lead to fleeting insights not grounded in any more long lasting understanding, which requires something more like analytical meditation, I think. Still, I find it an interesting an complimentary framing.

 
 
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