Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Self Deception

 So self-deception, in this case, means trying to recreate a past experience again and again, instead of actually having the experience in the present moment. In order to have the experience now, one would have to give up the evaluation of how wonderful the flash was, because it is this memory which keeps it distant. If we had the experience continuously it would seem quite ordinary, and it is this ordinariness that we cannot accept. 

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Karaikkal Ammaiyar

"..Shiva was so moved by her devotion he called her “Ammai” or mother, and allowed her to join his troupe of ghouls, his ganas, and to perpetually witness his dance at Tiruvalankatu, where she lived as his adoring slave."

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Skulls and Corpses

"Buddha had his own radical ideas regarding the flesh; he recommended meditation on age, death, and decay. The same idea appears in numerous Tantras, especially of the northern tradition. Here we encounter Tantrikas, Hindu and Buddhist, who made a point of seeking out sites of danger, horror, fear, revulsion, and pollution. Most prominent among these were cremation grounds."

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Soma

"Even the pressing of the Soma sap took two to twelve days of continuous ceremony, followed by another twelve days of sacrifices. Animals were slaughtered almost continuously and each stage of the rite was accompanied by the singing and recitation of hymns. The Soma rites were all-round ceremonies involving a wide range of ritual activities."

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Daksa's Feast

"One day Parvati chanced upon Shiva. The lord of ascetics sat on a tiger skin, nude apart from the beads and serpents wrapped around his throat and arms, his half closed eyes unseeing and empty with the wisdom of the void. Parvati saw Shiva and felt her mind come apart. Long, long ago, she had been Gauri, Then Sati, and the memory of that life burst into her mind like the avalanches sweeping down the slopes in summer. "

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