Vision of the Nagual [HD]

by Matthew O’Toole (videos)
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Carlos Castaneda was a graduate student in anthropology at the university of California, Los Angeles, gathering information on various medicinal herbs used by the Indians of Sonora, Mexico, when he met the old Yaqui Indian, Don Juan. He wrote a series of books outlining his apprenticeship to this Yaqui sorcerer who guided the young anthroplogist on a magical journey into another world. Castaneda learned that for us to perceive any of the worlds that exist beside our own, not only do we have to covet them but we need to have sufficient energy to seize them. This is a dedication to all those who have followed in his footsteps and taken a path into the unknown. A collage of images from the Toltec tradition, quotes from Don Juan and music by The Mayan Factor- ‘Warflower’ from the album In Lake’ch
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The warrior’s Controlled Folly

by Matthew O’Toole (videos)
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Carlos Castaneda was a graduate student in anthropology at the university of California, Los Angeles, gathering information on various medicinal herbs used by the Indians of Sonora, Mexico, when he met the old Yaqui Indian, Don Juan. He wrote a series of books outlining his apprenticeship to this Yaqui sorcerer who guided the young anthroplogist on a magical journey into another world. Castaneda learned that for us to perceive any of the worlds that exist beside our own, not only do we have to covet them but we need to have sufficient energy to seize them. This is a dedication to all those who have followed in his footsteps and taken a path into the unknown.
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O now, when the BIRTHPLACE-BARDO upon me is dawning,
Abandoning idleness – there being no idleness in life –
Entering into the reality, undistractedly listening, reflecting & meditating,
Carrying on to the path knowledge of the true nature of appearances & of mind,
May the Tri-Kaya be realised.
Once that the human form has been attained,
May there be no time in which to idle it away!O now, when the DREAM-BARDO upon me is dawning,
Abandoning the inordinate corpse-like sleep of stupidity,
May the consciousness undistractedly be kept in its natural state;
Grasping the true nature of dreams, may I train myself
In the clear light of miraculous transformation;
Acting notlike the brutes in slothfulness,
May the blending of the practising of the sleepstate & the actual waking experience
Be highly valued by me!O now, when the DHYANA-BARDO upon me is dawning,
Abandoning the whole mass of distractions & illusions,
May the mind be kept in the mood of the endless, undistracted Samadhi;
May firmness, both, on the visualising & in the perfected stages be obtained;
At this time, when meditating one-pointedly, with all other actions put aside,
May I not fall under the power of missleading, stupefying passions!

O now, when the BARDO of the MOMENT of DEATH upon me is dawning,
Abandoning attraction & craving & weaknes for all,
May I be undistracted in the space of the bright enlightening teachings,
May I be able to transfuse myself into the heavenly space of the unborn;
The hour has come to part with this body composed of flesh & blood;
May I know the body to be impermanent & illusory!

O now, when the BARDO of the REALITY upon me is dawning,
Abandoning all awe, fear & terror of all phenomena,
May I recognise whatever appears as being mine own thought-forms,
May I know them to be apparitions in the intermediate state;
It has been said: ‘There arrives a time when the chief-turning-point is reached;
Fear not the bands of the peaceful & the wrathful, who are thine own thoughtforms’!

O now, whenthe BARDO of REBIRTH upon me is dawning,
Onepointedly holding fast to a single wish,
Continue the course of good deeds through repeated efforts;
May the wombdoor be closed & the revulsion recollected;
The hour has come when energy & pure love are needed;
Cast off jealousy & meditate upon the Guru, the Father-Mother!

Oh procrastinating one, who thinks not of the coming of death,
Devoting thyself to the useless doings of this life,
Improvident art tho in dissipating thy great opportunity;
Mistaken indeed will thy purpose be now, if tho returnest emptyhanded (from this life);
Since the holy DHARMA is known to be they true need,
Wilt thou not devote thyself to the holy DHARMA even now?

EPILOGUE
Thus say the great adepts in devotion
If the chosen teachings of the GURU
Be not born in mind,
Wilt thou not be acting
Even as a traitor to thyself?

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