Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Day After

When a soldier was shot outside of Parliament yesterday, I had quite a few reactions that came up within me throughout the day. I had heard the news and immediately perked up; this was something significant. My co-worker showed me the video and I watched with awe as the guards chased down their man. What in the world had just happened? We kept our ears peeled to the news and I continued to follow the story when I got home.

After getting the full scoop, realizing that it was a terrorist attack by a Muslim extremist, and also learning that it was the second one that had happened in the same week, my first reaction was that of an uneasy fear that our country would become more like the United States. In many ways I know this will be unavoidable and necessary, as tightened security and a heightened urgency regarding the war on terror are the obvious follow-throughs in response to an attack on the home front. My other fear was that we may fall prey to becoming more racist and discriminating toward our neighbours who exhibit the faintest signs of looking Middle Eastern or Muslim. I pray that this does not happen, but I anticipate some form of it to surface that I will have to meet with a head of clear conscious and keen discernment.

Another reaction I had was that of an utter sadness. It had been developing ever since I heard that Canadians were joining up with ISIL. People from this great and wonderful country of ours were being duped to join these forces of evil and savagery; I could hardly contain myself with the thought of that. This country is full of respectable, civilized, brilliant, funny, lovely and absolutely amazing people. The very thought that such a thing could take place in our nation pained me in the heart and enraged me entirely. Apparently the rest of us have a great job to do in informing those others who may be duped that this group of power-hungry tyrants is a complete gong show of brainwashed delusions and an utter blasphemy to the very religion they claim to fight for.

Lastly, I became more determined to somehow help out and possibly get my application to the Canadian Forces underway. It is currently on hold because of debts that I owe, but I am adamant to somehow get that cleared up soon. I am also eager to write more about my opinions on the matter, since during the day I wrestle with many opinions that enter my mind that are under constant scrutiny. Writing out my thoughts and feelings on these matters solidifies my positions and makes it easier for me to convey exactly what I think on different matters. I would encourage many of you to do the same, and to take part in positive discussions that reinforce our values and virtues regarding the discouraging things that happen in the world.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

ISIS' False Idols

Muhammad came went to destroy the false idols in the Kaaba. What ISIS needs is their false idol of tyranny destroyed. Systematically killing those who do not belong to your religion must be one of the biggest oxymorons that can take place; these extremists do so much harm in the name of their religion that they disparage the very religion that they claim to fight for. Instead they fight only for domination and power and in doing so they bring the world they live in to ruin. They claim religious authority over all Muslims worldwide, but they do not even correctly follow the precepts of their religion. This point must be made clear to them, but I assume it would fall upon ears unwilling to listen to any criticism of their insanity.

What are the seeds of these groups, and by what means do they gather and commit crimes in the name of religion? Is the Islamic world so tainted with corruption that evil people twist its meanings to accomplish their own ends? I would think so. The people who join and support these groups must be so delusional and caught up in the false glories of their warfare, but what does it take to turn that around and prevent these groups from continually forming?

Islam needs a new prophet and teacher, one like Muhammad, who will come to destroy these falls idols that these extremists bow down to. One who will inspire young Islamic men and women to greatness in virtue instead of the sin and degradation that these extremist leaders inspire them to fall into. One who will make it clear to all that these obsessions and passions of pestilence must be stopped at their source and dealt with firmly. One who will inspire the entire Islamic world to wail in dismay and swiftly put out any inklings of behaviour that resorts to terrorism. To see these groups propagate in the manner that they do is entirely shameful for the Islamic world.

I pray that this sympathetic feeling is put in place by those who have the power to bring justice in that part of the world so wrought with the stigma of undue violence and depravity. It is very much a spiritual battle that requires constant vigilance against those who use religion for selfish and perverted achievements, and it is very much my opinion that the Islamic world certainly needs our prayers and support in the matter.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


The Symbol of the Rosy Cross

The well-known Symbol of the Rosicrucians—"The Rosy Cross"—appears in several forms, as for instance: The Cross surmounted by the Rose; the Sword (the Cross handle) attached to the Rose; the Cross surmounted by the Crown; a modification of the Phallic Cross, etc. The explanation of the general Symbol is Sevenfold—the three highest being reserved for Initiates of a certain rank, only, and therefore cannot be stated here. Below follow several of the meanings which we are permitted to translate and explain here:
(1) The Cross Surmounted by the Rose, indicates that the "Rose" (the mystic symbol of the Divine) can be attained only by the suffering of mortal life (symbolized by the Cross).
Figure 2. The Symbol of the Rosy Cross. (Conventionalized)
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Figure 2. The Symbol of the Rosy Cross. (Conventionalized)
(2) The Sword Attached to the Rose indicates that the Sword of the Spirit must be actively employed in the Battle of Life, in order to win the reward of the Rose (the Rose being the reward bestowed by the Queen upon the victorious Knight, in the olden days).
(3) The Cross Surmounted by the Crown, indicates that the suffering of mortal existence, borne by the faithful disciple of Truth, will inevitably be rewarded by the attainment of the Crown of Mastery. "Every Cross has its Crown"; and "No Cross, no Crown"; being old aphorisms seeking to express this truth.

(4) The Modified Phallic Cross, indicates the Sexual Duality of the Manifested Universe—the Presence and Activity of the Universal Male Principle and the Universal Female Principle, respectively. [The Modified Phallic Cross of the Rosicrucians, however, must not be taken to indicate any relationship of the Rosicrucians with the gross forms of Phallic Worship, however. The latter is merely the distorted shadow of the Truth, and must not be mistaken for the Reality.]
Concluding this introductory statement, and inviting you to enter into the study of the Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians, let us ask you to carefully consider the following words of an ancient aphorism: "The possession of Knowledge, unaccompanied by a manifestation and expression in Action, is like the hoarding of precious metals by the miser—a vain and foolish thing. Forget not The Law of Use, in this and all other things."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How Revolutionary Tools Cracked a 1700s Code

"Discovered in an academic archive in the former East Germany, the elaborately bound volume of gold and green brocade paper holds 75,000 characters, a perplexing mix of mysterious symbols and Roman letters. The name comes from one of only two non-coded inscriptions in the document.

"Kevin Knight, a computer scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, collaborated with Beata Megyesi and Christiane Schaefer of Uppsala University in Sweden to decipher the first 16 pages. They turn out to be a detailed description of a ritual from a secret society that apparently had a fascination with eye surgery and ophthalmology."


Monday, November 29, 2010

Religion Debate: Christopher Hitchens vs Tony Blair

"Is religion a force for good in the world?" was the topic debated at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Responded to a question on reddit today about existentialism:

"So i have some time on my hands and wanted to explore a little further into Existentialism.

As I have learned it, especially through Nietzsche's writings, there is no ultimate purpose or goal in the universe. When you die, nothing happens and that's all there is. However, it is up to the individual to create his own purpose in life and reason for living. This belief doesn't justify any sort of living. If a man's purpose in life is to kill and steal, there is his purpose. This also applies to the religious people...their purpose in life is to praise God and be a religious/good person. As an extistentialist, you can't blame them because that is their purpose.

That's kinda my philosophy on life so far....and Existentialism as I understand it. Am I getting the point of the theory or am I incorrect in what I believe what existentialism is?"

The following is my response:

If a man's purpose in life is to kill and steal, there is his purpose. This also applies to the religious people...their purpose in life is to praise God and be a religious/good person. As an extistentialist, you can't blame them because that is their purpose.

I don't think anyone should stick to any one purpose, especially if it is something as appalling as killing. If someone has come to a place where they have decided that killing and stealing is their purpose, then I think it is only inevitable that others will make their own purpose a reaction against that.

As an extistentialist, you can't blame them because that is their purpose.

Yes you can blame them for things like screwing up the world if they have made something awry of their purpose in life, and if you have the capacity you can show them their errors in a hope that they may reconsider their ambitions.

It's true that we, especially those of us who aren't subject to enforced doctrines of 'right living', do have to at times to generate or find our own purposes to direct our will and energy.

Many people don't really seem think about this, and simply follow the social norms that are ingrained within whatever culture they are raised in. It's not that these norms are in themselves harmful, but they can be limiting if they are viewed as exclusive and regard deviation as anathema.

there is no ultimate purpose or goal in the universe. When you die, nothing happens and that's all there is.

I myself do not agree with this assertion. It's true that the purpose of existence itself is a baffling mystery that many people come up with their own answers for, but it is not something readily realized by everyone equally, like, say, the purpose of hunger and thirst. There are, however, clues that cause us to see patterns in life that point toward perceived purposes, like the evolution of species or the strive toward peace and equality. Also, I believe in (or rather, hold a high favour with the concept of) reincarnation, but I don't think that in any way would hinder my own perception of existentialism itself.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Religious Discourse

Below is a comment I posted in response to an article published in The Guardian today, titled Is religion a force for good... or would we be happier without God?. The article is an interesting read, asking five 'leading thinkers' what their take on religion is.

The sphere of religion today, as perceived by the general public, is in definite need of elucidation. As the article shows, the commentators themselves hold on to the negativities of religion as things that, for them at least, actually constitute what religion is about.

The role and purpose of religion itself is heavily scrutinized because many only see it for the harm that ignorant and non-understanding religious followers have done, using their faith as an excuse for their own misplaced infallibility.

Ideally it should be about encouraging benevolence, including non-violence and moral discipline. Other beneficial traits of religion include the search for mystical truths and spiritual discernment within ourselves and the world we live in, in order to better understand our place in existence (both personally and collectively).

Would we be happier without God?

This is irrelevant. Yes, some people may be happier without the god in their head that they think is god. Others would say that without god they would have no reason for being, but this only illuminates their lack of understanding and courage in the face of life itself, or their incapacity to at least hold their friends and family as reasons for being.

Even as a mystic, I cannot fully describe my conception of god, or even hope to convince another person as to the validity of my conception, unless they too have had similar spiritual experiences as mine. Still, I choose to seek the divine, keeping sacred these aspirations, even if only to have the solemn experience of sacredness toward life itself.

Although I am spiritually inclined at times, and hope to see religion someday in better favour with the general public, I also understand the animosity toward its insult to reason among the intellectuals and free-thinkers. With them I am in accordance; I easily dismiss much of what religious people pander to the masses, because they think they speak for the divine when they are only promulgating biased and one-sided doctrines and philosophies. Yet I am also put off that many disdain spirituality itself in light of these inaccuracies, and would rather tear down everything it is associated with than seek an open-minded and cautiously skeptic reciprocity of learning and tolerance.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Funny Heckler

I'm always checking out heckler videos from stand-up comedy shows, and this is one of the better ones I've seen in a while. The comedian's name is Joe Klocek.

There's a pretty interesting interview with him as well:

Alien Warrior: Stand Up Comic

This guy is interesting; in the clip he responds to a heckler. His outfit is pretty well made, and his spiel is intriguing.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Documentary blog

Have been watching a lot of documentaries lately (as usual), and decided to compile a blog of some of my favourites that are available for watching online.

Check it:

Reddit Adventures

Have been on a lot recently. A lot of interesting discussions and debates seem to happen on there, and I am happy to participate. Recently someone posted in the philosophy section with a question regarding the criticism of others' beliefs. Here is a response I posted:
"is it legitimate to criticize religious beliefs in others?"
I suppose any criticism is legitimate, but what is the intent of the criticism? Hopefully it is to bring to surface an inconsistency with what you think is false, or inaccurate, or simply superstitious.
As with most areas, self-criticism is a key to a well-developed confidence, and religious people who criticize their own beliefs are usually better at explaining to others exactly why they believe what they believe.
Many times a skeptic will criticize a religious person because that skeptic has a preconceived notion as to why the believer is in line with a certain way of thinking. And in some cases, belief does start out as superstition, only to be illuminated later in life as to that belief or superstition's usability in life.
Take prayer for example. The skeptic says, 'Why pray? It doesn't work. You won't get what you want. God doesn't even exist.' To which a religious person might answer, 'I do not pray to ask for things, but to express to a higher power my desire to be a better person, or to express my worries and desires to help my friends or to think of a way understand an issue that has been on my mind. I have found an applicable use for it to which I use because in the long run I have found it to be helpful in times of distress and confusion.'

I will have to find more of the thought-provoking discussions I partake in and post them here. Or, if you're a registered user of Reddit, feel free to add me as a friend.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Harmonograph (aka Pendulograph)

Have been reading up on John Keely, an 19th century inventor from Pittsburgh who experimented with an alternative 'etheric' energy source he termed 'vibratory sympathy.' A lot of interesting and controversial claims that the scientific community eventually gave up on partly due to his staunch secrecy and eventual claims of fraud.

An article on his history of work, written by his friend and sponsor, Clara J. Bloomfield Moore, makes reference to what is known as Pendulograph, described as such:
A system of Pendulums tuned to swing the various ratios of the musical scale, form a “Silent Harp” of extraordinary interest. This “Silent Harp,” D.C. Ramsay, of Glasgow has shown to his students of harmony for many a year. A pen, placed by means of a universal-jointed arrangement between any two pendulums of this “Silent Harp”, so as to be moved by a blend of their various motions, writes, with all the precision of gravitation, a portrait of the chord which two corresponding strings of a sounding harp would utter to the ear. This spiral writing is a Pendulograph; exquisite forms such as no human hand could trace

My curiosity prodded, I managed to find a video example of how such an apparatus works:

Pierre Berton Interviews Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee "The Lost Interview" 1971 - Be like water my friend - Pierre Berton Show from Maximilian on Vimeo.