August meeting

Next meeting:

October 1st. We will discuss Part II, chapter 15. (No meeting in September.)

August meeting:

Today, we discussed Part I, chapters 17-19. One of the ideas we discussed was that of “maya” meaning illusion, or false perception of reality. What I was trying to convey is best expressed by these quotations (actually from Sikh gurus):

  • In the darkness of māyā, I mistook the rope for the snake, but that is over, and now I dwell in the eternal home of the Lord.
  • You are squandering this life uselessly in the love of māyā.

Here’s Jim Morrison’s famous song: “Come on, baby, light my fire” by the Doors. The Doors are considered one of the most representative bands of the 1960s. From Wikipedia:

The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley‘s book The Doors of Perception,which itself was a reference to a William Blake quotation, from his famous work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.… They were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960s and beyond, mostly because of Morrison’s wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison’s death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.

Although the Doors’ active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold 36.6 million certified units in the US[6] and over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.  The Doors has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines…

The band, their work, and Morrison’s celebrity continue to be considered inexorably embedded within the larger counterculture of the 1960s

Morrison died in Paris, France, in 1971, of heart failure, probably brought on by excessive drinking and drug-taking. He was buried in Poet’s Corner of the famous cemetery Pere Lachaise. He was 27.

His grave is marked with the following inscription:  “ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ”, literally meaning “According to his own daimōn” and usually interpreted as “True to his own spirit”. This sounds similar to Polonius’ advice,  “To thine own self be true”. Do you think he was?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O6x_m4zvFs

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire, yeah

The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire, yeah

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire
Try to set the night on fire
Try to set the night on fire
Try to set the night on fire

 

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