…kigaku-ho with jo…

…Guy Debord / La Société du Spectacle(50)…

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  • The only two classes which are accurately described in Marx’s theory, the two clearly delineated classes that are the subjects of all that analysis in Das Kapital – are the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. And they are also the only two revolutionary classes in history, but with this difference in status: the bourgeois revolution has happened, the proletarian revolution is a project, borne of the achievements of the preceding revolution, but different in kind. It is essential to keep in mind how new was the historical role of the bourgeoisie, because only then can you also appreciate how truly new the proletarian project is… and it will come to nothing unless it fights under its own colors, with full understanding of the immensity of the various tasks. The bourgeoisie came to power because it was the emerging class of the developing economy. The proletariat can only come to power by becoming the class of knowledge and awareness. The maturing of the forces of manufacturing and production cannot bring it to power, even with the ever-increasing impoverishment and dispossession that comes as the capitalist economy evolves. A Jacobin seizure 1) of the apparatus of state cannot be its vehicle. No ideology can disguise a subset of its goals as the totality of its goals: because it cannot sustain a partially-true-but-partially-false reality as truly its own. 
1) think Robespierre and the guillotine.

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So…

knowledge and awareness…

Guy Debord wrote this in 1967, but it is only now – with all of our ongoing general impoverishment, and the beginnings of the information age, – that suddenly we can see forming a proletariat that is knowing and aware. And that has its hands on the means of production.

That is: all of us.

And so the task becomes: to educate to be truly in the physical world – and to be aware of all its energies – and to be accustomed to doing – to be able to act.

And epistemology.

Because it’s about knowledge and clear vision. In all of the five worlds: manifest, hidden, divine, virtual and economic…

And even though “knowledge and awareness” might not seem to be about redistribution… redistribution will happen:  with connection, and a view that is whole and with person-to-person activity and with self-determination and self-sufficiency.

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…It’s a Great White Pumpkin!!!…

…taiboku no kumo ni…

…the way this great tree
towers up into the clouds
– – – amidst these dried up fields

– – – Shiki

…Zen rocks!!!…

…floating rainbow-bridge of Heaven, dragon swimming through the clouds…

O’Sensei tells us we should be standing on the ‘floating rainbow-bridge of Heaven’ (Ame-no-Uke-hashi) always… so this is about not simply standing in wu-ji, but maintaining a sense of wu-ji even as you move. Ba-gua has a word and an image for this: it is ‘you-shen’ – “swimming body”, like a dragon swimming through the clouds: or “swimming in ki”.  So Ame-no-Ukehashi is wuji and it is you-shen.

…ich’!!!…

…Guy Debord / La Société du Spectacle(49)…

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  • The beginnings of political power – which appear to be connected to the last few of the great technological revolutions, such as the forging of iron, at the threshold of an era which then will see no more profound upheavals until the appearance of industrial manufacturing – are equally the moment when the bonds of consanguinity start to dissolve. From this time on, the cycle of succeeding generations ceases to be a cycle, pure and simple, and becomes a succession of unidirectional events: one  succession of power after another.  Irreversible time is the time of whoever is in power, and dynasties are its measure. And writing is its weapon.
  • With the advent of writing, language becomes a fully independent reality, that is no longer a direct mediation between consciousnesses. But this independence is one and the same as the overall, generalised independence of separated power, which now becomes the system of mediation that constitutes society. With writing, there appears a consciousness which is no longer presented and transmitted in the context of an immediate relationship of living beings. It is an impersonal memory, an artefact of the administration of society. “Writing is the thoughts of the State. Archives are its memory.” (Novalis)

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And this is why direct transmission, consciousness to consciousness – isshin denshin – without the use of words – is so important.  The wisdom that is so transmitted is entirely beyond the perception of the State…or of any kind of power.

And it opens windows that communicate with other energies: kotodama, mudra, mantra, dharani, tai ch’i

And this is what changing your point of conception is about…

And the very earliest writings that have come down to us, they, too are not on-the-surface  articulate… not discursive or definitive in nature. They, too, are intended for making contact with the universe: oracles, inventories of syllables, petroglyphs, markings on the walls of caves… and often they are written to be destroyed or changed: written over (like kuji-ho), modified, cracked in the fire… so we have to imagine: what are the writings that have  n o t  come down to us?  How old is the idea of prayer flags, “wind-horses” dissolving in the wind?

Surely, the earliest Egyptian hieroglyphs, with all their birds and animals: a picture of the marshes of the Nile, and a sound picture as well (many of the birds and animals stand for the sound of their cry)… surely, something like this would have been first written on an impermanent medium, as transitory as the growing season of the river itself.

And there is even an echo of this in the ceramic boxes, in which the women who were doorkeepers of Shakespeare’s theatre (they doubled as the wardrobe crew) collected the offerings (a hundred years before, they would have been donations: at mystery plays by the sacred springs in the hills outside London) made by the patrons as they entered the magical space of the theatre, for all the world a wooden castle in what was left of the fields… and then the boxes were taken backstage to be broken.  After the play, one would imagine.

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…peace pole!!!…

…late in 1942…

“….On August 7, after consultations with the appropriate judges, [Judge Takano] released [Onasiburo, Sumiko and Isao] on bail, and they appeared in the outside world for the first time in six years and eight months….

“My cousin Yasuaki Deguchi…writes in ‘Founder of a New Religion’….’To the followers who came to see him, he would say with emphasis, “There will be no divine help in this war,” “This war is a war between devils, so do not get involved”….’

“….even now he did not hold back from his outspoken remarks. ‘On the day I left prison, Japan’s defeat in the war began,’ he said.

“On August 7, 1942, the day Onisaburo was released, American forces landed on Guadalcanal, and the first naval battle of the Solomon Islands began….

“He would say, ‘They did all this to Omoto and don’t even come to apologize. So Japan will be attacked by the foreign enemy and will be beaten.’….’God dislikes killing. Omoto will not cooperate in the war.’

“….Telling soldiers leaving for service overseas, ‘Fire your guns into the air,’ he would give them advice according to their respective destinations….To troops leaving for the front, Onisaburo issued special amulets on which were written the words, ‘Victory to the Enemy’….

– – – – from The Great Onisaburo Deguchi,  Kyotaro Deguchi,  tr. Charles Rowe, publ. Aiki News, pp. 285-9