Friday, November 30, 2007

Krishnamurti, Leadbeater, Wedgwood

Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti and Leadbeater (Krishnamurti as a young boy Meditation Handbook Home)

Nitya and Krishnamurti (Krishnamurti as a young boy)

In 1922, Bishop James Wedgwood settled in Paris "abandoning his ecclesiastical position temporarily to pursue a life of sexual excess."

In Gay Paris, Bishop Wedgwood "fell victim to cocaine addiction, also supplying his boyfriends with the drug, and took to smuggling it past the authorities inside his crozier"

This information comes from Star in the East: Krishnamurti, the Invention of a Messiah by Roland Vernon (London: Constable, 2000, page 164)

James Wedgwood founded the Temple of the Rosy Cross in 1912. (Liberal Catholic Church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia / James Ingall Wedgwood)

He paraded himself at the Vatican, robed in Purple.

He was one of the top people in the Theosophy Movement.

He claimed that beings called the 'Masters', who lived in the Himalayas, held him in high regard, and that he was the recipient of mysterious messages from these Masters.

Reportedly, these 'Masters' were an 'invention' by Madame Blavatsky and the 'fraud' had been exposed as early as 1884. (theosophy)

In the early part of the last century, Wedgwood and other members of the Theosophists believed that a new Messiah was going to appear. Krishnamurti, an Indian discovered by Charles leadbeater, was thought by many to be the new Messiah.

Leadbeater took a keen interest in the male children of the Theosophists.

Vernon writes: "It came to light that Leadbeater had been teaching his boys masterbation, and had been encouraging them to practise it regularly... Leadbeater had in the past repeatedly stated the importance of sexual purity."
There is much evidence that leadbeater frequently shared beds with his pupils.

The adult Leadbeater discovered the handsome young boy Krishnamurti in India in 1909.

It was Leadbeater who taught Krishnamurti about the 'Masters'.

Krishnamurti had a brother called Nitya who developed tuberculosis. In 1925, when Nitya was seriously ill, Krishnamurti received word from mysterious higher beings that Nitya would recover his health. Krishnamurti described having a meeting on the astral plane with these higher beings. The Theosophist George Arundale reported that he had been assured personally by the Masters that they had great plans for Nitya's future.

Shortly afterwards, Nitya died.
Krishnamurti looked like a celibate guru. However, he had a long and intimate affair with his friend’s wife and then had a long and bitter legal battle against his friend in order to stop any knowledge of it becoming public.

How does a religion begin?

Are the people who talk of messages from angels and spirits, and the like, telling lies?

Roland Vernon's excellent and exciting book about the invention of a 'Messiah' (Star in the East: Krishnamurti, the Invention of a Messiah by Roland Vernon, London: Constable, 2000) should be read by all.

Vernon suggests that human beings invent or imagine the angels, masters and other such creatures.

But he believes we should not necessarily ignore these imaginings.

These inventions may, in some instances, represent or symbolise some kind of spiritual reality which cannot accurately be described in words or pictures. (Page 155 Star in the East)

Vernon writes: "The mind works to build physical images of what are essentially metaphysical entities".

Krishnamurti, after the death of his brother Nitya, gave up his belief in the Masters.

Krishnamurti came to believe that enlightenment was not to be found by messages from Tibet or by following some Messiah.

Krishnamurti decided that each person can find enlightenment immediately, from inside themselves.

The kingdom of heaven is within you.
According to Roland Vernon, Krishnamurti believed that there is some kind of divine energy in all creation and that enlightenment comes 'through a state of union with this energy.' (Vernon Page 215)

This idea is found in Hinduism.

Like Buddha, Krishnamurti thought that enlightenment comes when a person is freed from selfish desires such as the desire for money or fame.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Donald Friend - Australian Artist


Donald Friend ( http://www.savill.com.au/2006Friend.html) was born in Australia in 1915.

He spent much of his life in Nigeria, Italy, Sri Lanka and Bali.

He lived in Bali between 1966 and 1979.

Much of his art represents relationships with boys, 'some of whom remained as life-long friends'.

Friend wrote several books. The original manuscripts are archived in the major museums of Australia and in important private collections.

Friend wrote: "The artist is making a confession of his inner being, so he is really making a confession about himself. I really think that when you see a painting which expresses absolutely nothing of the artist, then you can be certain that it is a very bad painting.

"There are lots of bad paintings around. If you paint a wonderful picture, then you have put yourself into it!" ( http://www.age.jp/~pranoto/bookenglish/donald/002.htm)


"Friend was essentially a pagan, bereft of any sense of sin or guilt, reveling in sensuality and colour, and making no attempt to disguise the homo-eroticism which underlay much of his work - which makes the more surprising the fact that he won the Blake Prize for religious art in 1955.

"Nor did he mince words about his attractions, depicting himself in his journal as 'a middle-aged pederast who’s going to seed'. His relationships consisted in large part of a series of relations with adolescent boys, some of whom remained as life-long friends, particularly Attilio Guarracino and others who merely fleeced the artist for whom they had modeled."

John Moyle has an article about the Bali lifestyle of Donald Friend:

"There was also nothing unusual in a gay man living in the community, as there had already been a long tradition of homosexual artists taking up residence in Bali.

"Known locally as ‘The Group’, artists such as Walter Spies, Rudolf Bonnet and Auke Sonnega were to exist there for long periods, living a thin line between acceptance and scandal. In the 1930s, Bali was known in gay circles as a place tolerant to gay lifestyle and where a little money could buy a grand lifestyle...

"While Balinese culture does not officially recognise gays as a separate lifestyle, they do recognise that sexuality is fluid and manifests itself in many forms. This tolerance was historically evident in the Indo Malay courts of Java."



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Monday, November 19, 2007

Sir Richard Burton

Burton
After Von Gloeden

Gerome - Snake Charmer

Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) ( social sciences >> Burton, Sir Richard F. ) was a British explorer and writer.

While working as an intelligence officer with the British army in India, Burton was asked to investigate the boy brothels of Karachi that, reportedly, catered for British soldiers.

The army wanted to know about what went on inside three brothels that rented young boys and eunuchs. General Sir Charles Napier wanted the full details, in writing.

Burton wore various disguises during his investigation.

Burton was among the first white men to enter the more private parts of Arabia, including Mecca.

Burton translated into English a number of famous books:

The Kama Sutra,
The Hindu Art of Love,
The Perfumed Garden
The Arabian Nights
The Carmina of Gaius Valerius Catullus
Priapeia, or the Sportive Epigrams of Divers Poets on Priapus.

In the Terminal Essay of The Arabian Nights, 1885, Burton outlined his theory of a "Sotadic Zone" where homosexuality/pederasty flourished. The Sotadic Zone included most of the Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, China, Japan, the islands of the South Seas and North and South America.

Burton's book The Jew, the Gipsy and el Islam, published posthumously in 1898, claimed the existence of Jewish human sacrifices. (Burton's investigations into this had provoked hostility from the Jewish population in Damascus, see Damascus affair.) (Richard Francis Burton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Burton wrote ( terminal essay by richard francis burton ):

Subsequent enquiries in many and distant countries enabled me to arrive at the following conclusions:

There exists what I shall call a 'Sotadic Zone,' (area where pederasty is common) bounded westwards by the northern shores of the Mediterranean (N. Lat. 43 °) and by the southern (N. Lat. 30°). Thus the depth would be 780 to 800 miles including meridional France, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Greece, with the coast-regions of Africa from Marocco to Egypt.

Running eastward the Sotadic Zone narrows, embracing Asia Minor, Mesopotamia and Chaldaea, Afghanistan, Sind, the Punjab and Kashmir.

In Indo-China the belt begins to broaden, enfolding China, Japan and Turkistan.

It then embraces the South Sea Islands and the New World where, at the time of its discovery, Sotadic love was, with some exceptions, an established racial institution.


We must not forget that the love of boys has its noble, sentimental side. ThePlatonists and pupils of the Academy, followed by the Sufis or Moslem Gnostics, held such affection, pure as ardent, to be thebeau ideal which united in man's soul the creature with theCreator.

Professing to regard youths as the most cleanly and beautiful objects in this phenomenal world, they declared that byloving and extolling the chef-d'oeuvre, corporeal and intellectual, of the Demiurgus, disinterestedly and without any admixture of carnal sensuality, they are paying the most fervent adoration to the Causa causans.

They add that such affection, passing as it does the love of women, is far less selfish than fondness for and admiration of the other sex which, however innocent, always suggest sexuality; and Easterns add that the devotion of the moth to the taper is purer and more fervent than the Bulbul's love for the Rose.

Amongst the Greeks of the best ages the system of boy-favourites was advocated onconsiderations of morals and politics. The lover undertook the education of the beloved through precept and example, while thetwo were conjoined by a tie stricter than the fraternal.

Hieronymus the Peripatetic strongly advocated it because the vigorous disposition of youths and the confidence engendered bytheir association often led to the overthrow of tyrannies.

Socrates declared that "a most valiant army might be composed of boys and their lovers; for that of all men they would be most ashamed to desert one another."

And even Virgil, despite the foul flavour of Formosum pastor Corydon, could write: - Nisus amore pio pueri...

From Rome the practice extended far and wide to her colonies, especially the Provincia now called Provence. Athenaeus (xii. 26) charges the people of Massilia with "acting like women out of luxury"; and he cites the saying "May you sail to Massilia!" as if it were another Corinth. Indeed the whole Keltic race is charged with Le Vice by Aristotle (Pol. ii. 66), Strabo (iv. 199)and Diodorus Siculus (v. 32)...

In old Mauritania, now Marocco,[FN#384] the Moors proper are notable sodomites; Moslems,even of saintly houses, are permitted openly to keep catamites...

As in Marocco so the Vice prevails throughout the old regencies of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli and all the cities of the South Mediterranean seaboard...

Beyond India, I have stated, the Sotadic Zone begins to broaden out, embracing all China, Turkistan and Japan. The Chinese, asfar as we know them in the great cities, are omnivorous and omnifutuentes: they are the chosen people of debauchery, andtheir systematic bestiality with ducks, goats, and other animals is equalled only by their pederasty...

Passing over to America we find that the Sotadic Zone contains the whole hemisphere from Behring's Straits to Magellan's... In California the first missionaries found the same practice, the youths being called Joya...

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Picasso

Two Brothers
Actor and Child

Acrobat with Ball

Boy with Pipe

Picasso had a sexual relationship with the gay French poet Max Jacob. This lasted 3 years and ended in 1906.

“Oh, Picasso was absolutely having sex with Max Jacob. And everyone knew!” says John Richardson, author of A life of Picasso. (page 2 (love?) )

Brett Masters, Princeton Class of 2008, Winner of the Quin Morton Essay Prize, wrote (Picasso: Sa Vie en Rose ):

"Boy with a Pipe is undeniably provocative, raising questions both about Picasso’s sexuality and his relationships with children. In it, the artist depicts a lanky and vaguely feminized adolescent boy holding an opium pipe. The boy is clearly intoxicated and his pose is sexually suggestive: his legs are spread, his groin, prominent. The homoeroticism at work in the painting seems to suggest homosexual or even pedophilic desires.

"Moreover, a look at Picasso’s oeuvre reveals that Boy with a Pipe is only one of a series of works from 1905 and 1906, on the hinge of his blue and rose periods, which depict effeminized, almost androgynous, adolescent males in vaguely sexual positions. Upon closer inspection, each figure appears in fact to be only a different rendering of the same boy, compelling us to wonder if Picasso, a renowned philanderer, was not also a pedophile...

John Richardson, in A Life of Picasso, says the boy is P’tit’ Louis.

Louis regularly visited Picasso's Bateau Lavoir studio in Paris.

Picasso said Louis “stayed there, sometimes the whole day. He watched me work. He loved that. And he died in the prime of his delinquent life.”

Richardson says that “Picasso was fascinated by the idea of androgynous youth.”

Richardson thinks that the inspiration for Boy with a Pipe was an erotic poem Verlaine wrote about Rimbaud. This poem, Crimen Amoris, refers to an adolescent “evil angel” wearing a halo of flowers. Richardson suggests a link to Picasso’s own relationship with “P’tit Louis”.



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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Andre Gide

Athman the model for Moktir in 'The Immoralist'

Photo of Gide

André Gide won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947.
Few writers in the twentieth century have been as influential as Andre Gide, according to Geoffrey Heptonstall. (Andre Gide: A Life in the Present - Review Contemporary Review ... )

In 1893 and 1894 Gide traveled to North Africa and took a sexual interest in a number of young boys.
In Tunisia Gide lost his virginity, at the age of twenty-three, to a fourteen-year-old Arab boy called Athman. (Gide, André)

"None of the boys or their families ever complained about their treatment at Gide’s hands." (Who is Andre Gide?)

In 1895, Gide married his cousin Madeleine Rondeaux.

In 1902, Gide wrote L'immoraliste about a character called Michel who loves boys (pederastic tastes).

In 1916, Marc Allégret, aged 16, became Gide's lover.

Marc Allegret was the son of the best man at Gide's wedding. Gide adopted Marc.

Gide defended homosexuality in his book of essays entitled Corydon (1924).

In Corydon, Gide uses scientists', historians', poets' and philosophers' evidence to back up the argument that 'homosexuality pervaded the most culturally and artistically advanced civilizations (such as Periclean Greece, Renaissance Italy and Elizabethan England) and that this was reflected by writers and artists from Homer and Virgil to Titian and Shakespeare in their depictions of male-male relationships (such as Achilles and Patroclus) as homosexual (rather than platonic or friendship-based as other critics argue they were)'.

Gide writes suggests that homosexuality is more fundamental and natural than heterosexuality, the latter being merely a union constructed by society.

In 1925, Gide produced Les faux-monnayeurs 'which contains a considerable number of bisexual or gay male characters — the adolescent Olivier and at least to a certain unacknowledged degree his friend Bernard, in all likeliness their schoolfellows Gontran and Philippe, and finally the adult writers Comte de Passavant (who represents an evil and corrupting force) and the benevolent Edouard.'

During the 1920s, Gide grew in fame as a writer, inspiring Camus and Sartre.

Andre Gide said:

"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better."

"Dare to be yourself."

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