to Dov 1
Does a an abstract painting have a single concept? How about
an abstract piece of sculpture? How would one translate these
into another artistic medium? Into another language? You can't.
But what about abstract expressionist writing? Now there's a
challenge. It's like translating rapidly shifting poetry. That's
why my work is challenging to translate. The register keeps
shifting. The translator is translating a translation process
within the home language onto his or her target language. This
is going to be different in Hindi, French or Chinese. This is
experimental translating of an experimental piece of writing.
I discussed this long, long ago.
The experience is key. Not just the ideas. It's like music.
That's why the younger translators are fanatics about my work.
Obviously you enjoyed the writing or you wouldn't have stuck
it out this long. But when you tried to analyze it with your
left-brain you got into trouble. Language is a very left-brain
subject. McLuhan, Joyce, and Eliot tried to break this straight-jacket.
It's a stream of consciousness technique. I throw in Buddhist
and Hindu ideas. Each chapter is a mandala and all of them together
make up one huge mandala. This is how the work encompasses everything
and nothing. I took you dead seriously in your interview spoof.
You were talking like a Buddhist and you didn't even know it.
would love to see the Israeli publishers at an Indian raga concert.
They probably would go CRAZY. Instead of a deepening subtle
fugue. They would just just get frustrated by the seeming sense
to Dov 2
Buddhism is a science about mind recycling. Everything is impermanent.
The body goes and the mind finds a new body. Karma. The thoughts
of any particular mind get recycled and transformed from life
to life. When you do serious meditation the pure flow of thoughts
is unceasing and they hop from level to level. Each individual
meditator will have different associations to these levels.
Its kind of a free association thing. Much like Freud
what pioneered. But the ultimate meaning of any particular thought
flow depends on the intention and karma of the person.
What does he want to do with this information now brought up
from the psychic excavation? It might be of great use to the
individual or society if it can be refined enough. The ultimate
aim of Buddhism is to empty out the mind of any thought. Both
good or bad. This emptiness is not nothing. It has a pregnancy
to it. It has a deeper knowingness. It is the gateway to bliss.
You have to live with a Zaddik to fully understand this. After
much meditation the mind is opened up and it starts to drop
all kinds of silly and unnecessary boundaries.
kind of mind is subtler, plastic, and more open to all kinds
of different points of views without grasping them. Not just
other cultural or religious ideas, but also other psychic realms.
This open mind needs to be stabilized however. This is why a
teacher is so important. A surrender is necessary, but it also
must be pursued under a canopy of spiritual protection.
In Harvest and all my works, I chose a particular literary device
of a superfical adolescent mind fighting itself and also other
minds. This tension pushes the narrative along. I throw all
kinds of ideas, sensations, and mind pits for this green
mind to travel through. The objects the subject confronts
keep changing and the subject retains his autonomy even as he
blends with the multiple subjects. This is whats called
duality. Without it there is no thought, no language, and no
literature. Its the world of TWO. The world of ONE is
empty and has no thought, language or perception.
Harvest has nothing to do with the world of ONE. But it tries
to point in this direction. It uses the world of TWO in every
way imaginable. It shifts and shifts the mind and hints that
someday it will simply get exhausted and surrender to a bigger
psychic kind of openess. Then it is taking its first baby steps
towards the world of ONE.
stream of consciousness technique is good for this form of beginner
and intermediate mind excavation. It captures a piece of the
mind-stream with all its levels. You can keep going back for
Tibetan method captures this kind of mindstream activity with
a more structured approach. The mandala is like a house with
many rooms and certain kinds of psychic energy locked in these
rooms are invoked purposely for a given psychic transformation.
Its like alchemy. But a Tibetan Zaddik will have an
empty mind when doing these operations. It has to be
for a beneficial reason. Theravada and Zen Buddhism dispenses
with this kind of particular alchemy which is directed towards
many different psychic realms symultaneously. Theravada and
Zen Buddhism is much more geared towards the individuals
most Westerners go to Buddhism for the wrong reasons. They are
looking for psychotherapy. Buddhism is not psychotherapy. Its
a rigorous discipline. You become a mind TSANHAN .
But Buddhism appeals to many Westerners because its very
logical and mind oriented. But from my own experience faith
and surrender to some kind of higher protective force is still
needed even in Buddhism. Westerners try to just go it alone
and get into serious trouble.
Jewish religion has undergone serious evolution since 4000 years
ago. Originally it was primitive. Like the Mesopotamian religions
it did not believe in mind recycling. You went to SHEOOL and
that was that. Regardless of your actions in this life. The
Yaweh theologists then because of social pressures during the
exile opted for a limited kind of recycling: resurrection. Then
there could be some kind of justice meted out. Finally the Kabbalists
embraced more recycling with GEELGOOL. Karma was recognized.
Most Orthadox Jews and Christians and Muslims are still stuck
with the limited recycling concept. Thats why my father
was not cremated. His bones will rise up during the day of judgement.
of the free association in Harvest. The translator has to make
some personal judgements. They maybe good and they maybe bad.
But there is an organic structure to the work. The voyage, the
meetings with the witch, the Zaddiks, the religious wars and
the final test at the end. This is the mythological scaffold.
But I use this scaffold to explore other kinds of mind states
and this makes the work richer and some great ideas pop out
from all the unusual juxtapositions. But how deep the translator
or future reader goes depends on their multiple-life accumulation.
A Zaddik will see more in anything than someone less attuned.
He probably also has no need for my books.
hope this helps....
to Dov 3
great paradox that Israel and the West do not understnd. You
want commercial and economic development in the Middle east
and Asia? Guess what? Modern military development follows this
aswell. Peres wants a common market? His company TEDIRAN has
heavy ties to the Israeli military-industrail complex. Israel
is a major weapons dealer.
Asian countries will reject commercial development, but they
will embrace modern arms gladly. Forget about " democracy.
" The west developed commercially and economically at a
quick pace and its military might galloped along with this quick
pace. Result? WWI and WWII and the Cold War.
should Asia be different? Now Iraq or Iran can take atvantage
of globalization and buy whatever they need abroad. Developing
nukes from scratch is not necessary. MacDonald's hamburgers
and Nike shoes are not an antidote for this military problem.
Asian culture is DIFFERENT from Western culture. Asian nukes
can be used just like Western nukes even if Asian culture is
is not a serious player. Islam is. Peres is not a serious player.
Isreali right and left are bankrupt. So are Western ideas of
liberal capitalism and socialism. A strange new world is dawning.
One which we barely understand. It's global and it' s complex.
It's quite a surrealistic movie. Lynch would have loved this
global and schizophrenic movie. Let's see how many sequels come
out of it.