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Werner Herzog, February 20, 2009, Royce Hall, UCLA — Part 2

Werner Herzog continued..."This is what I learned": PART 2 That Werner Herzog is a lover of language and poetry. He speaks of the witnessing, the taxonomy of Virgil's Georgics, a paean to the earth and all that grows and grazes there. Herzog tells of the Icelandic Codex Regius, thought to have been written in the 1270's. How he was allowed to actually hold the delicate document, made up of 45 vellum leaves, and of its return journey to Reykjavík in 1971 accompanied  by  the full Danish military escort. He further narrates on the oral traditions of Iceland preserved and reserved for vital consolation. Women whose husbands have been lost at sea, recite all 800 verses of the Codex to purge their … [Read more...]


Desire is the first datum of our conciousness; we are born into sympathy and antipathy, wishing and willing. Unconciously at first, then conciously we evaluate: “This is good, that is bad.” And a little later we discover obligation. “This being good, ought to be done; that being bad, ought not to be done.” – Aldous Huxley I return repeatedly to Aldous Huxley's Perennial Philosophy. It is a comprehensive compendium of metaphysical thought. It investigates topics ranging from, "Personality, Sanctity, Divne Incarnation" to "Good and Evil" to "Time and Eternity" to "Faith" and "Suffering". Excerpts from authors include Eckhart, William Law, Chuang Tzu, The Bhagavad Gita, Maitrayana Upanishad, Kabir, Rumi and St. John of the Cross. All of us, … [Read more...]

The Invocation to Patanjali

I have been a yoga practitioner since 1984. In the beginning, like many, I tried on different styles, but eventually settled into method of B.K.S. Iyengar. There will be many many posts to follow on the practice of yoga. But first things first. Here is the chant and translation that is recited before every class. The sound clip is of BKS Iyengar himself.   yogena cittasya padena vacam Yoga for consciousness, grammar for speech malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena medicine for the ills of the body; yopa karottam pravaram muninam he gave us these things the sage patañjalim pranjalir anato’smi Patañjali to whom I pay my respects. abahu purusakaram His upper body (arms) of human form, sankha chakrasi … [Read more...]