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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Inspiration from early tantricism, etc.

FYI, etc: Puttin' on the Ritz takes some inspiration from early tantricism, etc. Well, what i mean is that there were two main branches of Buddhism in India, Mahayana and Hinayana, until the fourth century A.D. when Buddhism began to lose ground in India during its second great empire, which emphasized Hinduism over Buddhism. By the 6th century, The Hinayana School had almost disappeared and a new branch, “The Vehicle of the Thunderbolt (Vajrayana)” was now the main competition with Mahayana. Vajrayana was an aspect of Tantricism, or a school that was devoted to magic power and the supernatural, based on the Tantras literature, which illustrated spells, formulas and magic rites. Tantricism had mostly feminine divinities and encouraged yoga, meditation, the chanting of mantras.
“Adepts who had learned the secrets of Vajrayana at the feet of a spiritual guru would meet together, usually at night, in small groups to perform their secret ceremonies.”[i] “But the tantric groups also followed more questionable methods of gaining salvation. It was believed that once the adept had reached a certain degree of spiritual attainment the normal rules of moral behavior were no longer valid for him, and that their deliberate breach, if committed in an odor of sanctity, would actually help him on the upward path.”[ii] “All things were legitimate to those who fully know the truth is already to be found in specific texts…at a certain stage of self-development, to give way to the passions, especially the sexual passions, is a positive help along the upward path.”[iii] “Thus, drunkenness, meat-eating, and sexual promiscuity were often indulged in, as well as such repulsive psychopathic practices as eating ordure and ritual murder.”[iv]

These practices were carried out because they facilitated a “final bliss: the union of the phenomenal world with the noumenal full consciousness of the emptiness of all things.”[v] “It is understood to be highly dangerous to the participant’s welfare (karmic position) if pleasure is sought.”[vi] The aim was to “come face to face with the elemental forces in the world and to transcend the desires aroused by them,”[vii] or to have “such tight control over the senses as to rise above pleasure to a complete non-dualistic union with natural force, ultimately with the purpose of riding the back of this ‘tiger’ into Nirvana.”[viii]
“So, with all one’s might, one should do
Whatever fools condemn,
And, since one’s mind is pure,
Dwell in union with one’s divinity.

The mystics, pure of mind,
Dally with lovely girls,
Infatuated with the poisonous flame of passion,
That they may be set free from desire.

When he has developed a mind of wisdom
And has set his heart on enlightenment
There is nothing he may not do
To uproot the world (from his mind).

The mystic duly dwells
On the manifold merits of his divinity,
He delights in thoughts of passion,
And by the enjoyment of passion is set free.
From the Tantric poem, Disquisition on the Purification of the Intellect[ix]
[i] The Buddhist Tradition In India, China and Japan. p. 113.
[ii] The Buddhist Tradition In India, China and Japan. p. 114.
[iii] The Buddhist Tradition In India, China and Japan. p. 118.
[iv] The Buddhist Tradition In India, China and Japan. p. 114.
[v] The Buddhist Tradition In India, China and Japan. p. 114.
[vi] Noss, David S. A History of the World’s Religions – 10th Edition. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1999, p. 129.
[vii] A History of the World’s Religions – 10th Edition. p. 205.
[viii] A History of the World’s Religions – 10th Edition. p. 129.
[ix] The Buddhist Tradition In India, China and Japan. p. 118.

Tantricism has given we of Puttin' on the Ritz a practical means to escaping our emotions. Using the Tantric methodology for overcoming our desires (the "dallying with lovely girls" part, etc, though it doesn't seem to be working at the moment, etc), we devour the dominant human regime from the inside – first ideologically (as with rational capitalism) and secondly corporeally by using our supernatural skills, skills like flying, invisibility and sobriety.


  • At 3:31 PM, Blogger sidster said…

    Interesting, yet the references that would be interesting to follow are all empty, not found. Please do the work if you wanna share.

  • At 11:18 AM, Blogger usurper the said…

    "Please do the work if i wanna share." i think you are trying to be a smart ass, but unfortunately since the references have always been clearly listed at the bottom of this post, i'm afraid you, my friend, are the one who needs to do "the work"... the work as in, "learn how to read."


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