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Anthology: Ten Years TQ – Nancy Cantwell

Willie Mays, New York Giants, Polo Grounds, Rookie Season 1951 _____________ First let me say what an incredible privilege it has been to work with all the contributors to Times Quotidian:   Guy Zimmerman, Associate Editor | Contributors: Marla Apt, Alan Berman, Suresh Chandvankar, Lorraine Davis, Brian Forrest, Alissa Guzman, Patrick Halm, Jim Houghton, Sean Hughes, Robert Kato, Constance Mallinson, Michelle Plochere, Naomi Pitcairn, Janet Sternburg, Rita Valencia, Aram Yardumian, Melanie Wudl, Tom Wudl The work has been extraordinary, penetrating and incredibly rewarding. To be able to cultivate such material for our readers near and far has been an … [Read more...]

Poetry in Translation

One of the pleasures in reading Christopher Isherwood is the ease with which he writes in the first person. He creates an atmosphere of intimacy where one is privy to all kinds of internal and external dialogs. The reader becomes complicit in a constant barometric recording of success and failure. Unfolding narratives explicate on topics ranging from sexual aspiration, neurotic deliberations, spiritual sleuthing or (most satisfying) his own grappling with the writing process. Here is an excerpt from My Guru and His Disciple where he shares an aha! moment, a discovery that allows him to move forward with the translation of the Bhagavad Gita text. What starts out as a pedantic laborious effort at transcription … [Read more...]

In the Heart of All Things

Isha Upanishad, as read by Christopher Isherwood By Nancy Cantwell Hollywood was first exposed to the philosophical and religous texts of India when Swami Prabhavananda was charged with opening the Vedanta Society of Southen California (VSSC) in 1930. It was Prabhavananda's discourses and ministries that attracted southern California cultural luminaries Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Gerald Heard, Henry Miller and composer Igor Stravinsky to Vendanta. Isherwood went on to collaborate with Swami Prabhavananda translating "The Song of God: Bhagavad Gita", 1944, "Shankara's Crest-Jewel of Discrimination (Viveka Choodamani)", 1947, and "How to know God, the Yoga Aphorisms … [Read more...]

Desire

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...]