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This book is spiritual gold. If you are a Christian, or even have any passing interesrt in spirituality, you ought to read it. Here is an excerpt

>The second bonds of the spirit are imposed from the world and lie closer to the surface than the first. The world, with its concepts, principles and rules, in general with its entire system made into immutable law, lays a heavy, authoritarian hand on each of its offspring. As a result, no one dares even to think of rebelling against it or renouncing its power. Everyone venerates it and adheres to its rules with such timidity. A violation of these rules is considered as a criminal act. The world is not a person, but its spirit in some way stands firm on the earth, influences us, and holds us as if with bonds. It is evident that its power is psychological and imaginative, not real or physical. Consequently, one has only to dispel this imaginative power of the world, and the opportunity for abstaining from its charms becomes more likely for us. That is how salvific divine economy operates in us.

>It is with this purpose that it continually maintains two other sacred, divine worlds in the presence of the world and ourselves. Through them, divine economy constantly reiterates the emptiness of worldly life by calling it to our attention and allowing us to perceive it more keenly. The two divine worlds are visible nature and the divine Church. Experience shows how frequently the mind, obscured by worldly ways, becomes sober through contemplation of divine creation or by entering the Church. For example, a man standing at a window and looking at a tree in the winter came to his senses. Another man, after a disturbing conversation, and having sensed the sweetness of peace of mind in a church, abandoned his former ways and dedicated himself to the service of God.

More excerpts here: http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/salvation_theofan.htm
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>>9414379
But will it give meaning to existence on its own? It sounds just like a happy state. Would you take a drug designed to be happy that way?
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>>9414531
It's an intense sorrow, A bright, beautiful sadness that induces a "fire of dispasion" , a trembling fear, and a zealous serenity. God is more intense than any drug.
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>>9411736
>It is with this purpose that it continually maintains two other sacred, divine worlds in the presence of the world and ourselves. Through them, divine economy constantly reiterates the emptiness of worldly life by calling it to our attention and allowing us to perceive it more keenly.

Reminds me of what I read of Schopenhauer yesterday where he said that the existence of the eternal "thing in itself" within the individual is demonstrated by the individual's being able to soberly recognise he ephemerality of the temporal world he lives in because he has within his essential being a kind of reference point of eternity.
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>>9411775
Would you fugg Andy????
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>>9412330
What the fuck is that?

Is Ivan Karamazov the most compelling literary character ever written? I find myself re-reading every appearance he makes

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>Want to learn more about theory of narrative and how symbols shape everyday life
>Anon, you have to read Lacan, Barthes, Saussure, Foucault! You will find all the answers you need there!
>Pick up Barthes
>First page sets up a non sequitur line of reasoning
>Second page takes it for a fact
>On third page he starts drawing diagrams, requesting you to use this arbitrary reasoning as a key for understanding the rest of the work
>On the fourth page he contradicts himself
>Fifth page has another diagram

>Pick up others
>Same exact thing

That was dissapointing. Should I just read McLuhan and that other guy?
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>>9413850

Will you marry me Lauren?
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>>9415977
unironically the least cancerous post in the thread
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>>9416008
No, that's you haha! you're just above it all. It's really inspiring. Quite endearing.
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>>9416024
thanks :)
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>>9416037
:)

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So is he /ourguy/?
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>>9414700
/pol/ invaders pretend to speak for /lit/

fuck off

/ourguy/ is nabby, an autist obsessed with prose with irrational political opinions based only on his childhood experiences and literary opinions based only on his synthesia autism
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He was a genuinely shitty person and he wasn't nearly talented or accomplished enough to justify it

Would have been just another violent wrinkly bum on skid row if he hadn't gotten lucky
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>>9414693
I don't like him or what he stands for but Ham on Rye and Post Office were fun reads
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>>9414700
>>9415122
Not a stormfag, but Hitler may have unironically been /ourguy/
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>>9414693
bukowski fucking sucks
what a miserable hack
couldn't write worth shit

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Has anyone read pic related? If you liked the TV show, is the book worth a read?
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The implied smelly female feet has me diamonds already
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>>9416011

I hear beyond the main premise it's not like the show at all.

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> Be me
>Have to do a report on Hindu literature
>Have no idea about this topic
>Not having a good bibliography
>Ask for help
>Nobody come

HELP
Everything you know about Indian literature
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>>9415690
Rupi Kaur is a good place to start
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>>9415690
How exactly does that work? How do they expect you to write a report on Hindu literature if you don't even know Sanskrit and Hindi? It's like if I had to write a book on Shakespeare without knowing any English.
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POO
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>>9415690
POO IN LOO
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Hindu texts are broadly classified into two - Shruti(that which is heard) and Smriti(that which is remembered). Vedas and Upanishads are Shruti while the rest are Smriti.

Vedas - The most important scripture of Hinduism. Mainly in the form of poetic hymns addressing God in one way or the other. They're also the oldest Hindu scriptures, and are of great interest for scholars interested in Indo-European culture

Upanishads - The philosophical texts of the Hindus. The Upanishads are the central base of Hindu philosophy. Every single traditional Indian philosopher takes his ideas from the Upanishads and builds upon it. Scholars have agreed that the Buddha himself has been inspired by the Upanishads.

Puranas - Scriptures that deal mainly with mythology. Most Indian mythology is based off the Puranas, and your average Hindu is more acquainted with the Puranas than the Vedas or Upanishads.

Itihas - The epics of India, which are the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The Hindu equivalent to the Iliad and Odyssey

Bhagavad Gita - The most popular Hindu text in the world. It is part of the Mahabharata and is a major philosophical text.

Shastras - A treatise on a specific field of knowledge. These texts cover a wide range of topics like politics, biology, physics, dance, poetry, architecture, mathematics, zoology etc.

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/Lit/erature Desktop Backgrounds anyone?

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Why did Edith become such a bitch?
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>>9415559
this is genuinely awful and not even in a hackneyed piece of shit way the dude just missed multiple core parts of the story. you'd have to be fucking retarded to think stoner is supposed to be a 'blameless martyr'
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>>9415559
>Stoner isn't a classic book.
>The book sucks because I don't like the character.
>Lets ignore the fact that it was set in the 1920s.

Since when was Stoner a blameless martyr?
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>>9415559
my noggin is joggin
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>>9415559
>women
>literary criticism

pick one
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its implied she was abused by her father. possibly married to get out of that situation. then stoner bungles their marriage night by forcing himself on her like her father. there is a point where she freezes but stoner doesn't pick up on it and keeps going. I think from her pov, stoner and her father were forever lumped into the same basket.

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post your flash fiction/hybrids/micro prose or whatever you want. feedback!

an ikea salad

been bamboozled another by that moonslinging son of a whip-crack. one of these 3:36 pm’s i’m gonna wake with cake on my throat. speed racer earning some greasy simoleons, he does. grendall kirchner aimless and true mumbles his way into rightless eternities. my elbows grungy up to the idea of wingless avocadoes. please be told you are one buddy walleye in this fling-up parade. you are my rastaman from iceland with golden fingertips.

weightless birds with lego blood dance towards infernal burger joints. like 30 times the bunsen burner feeds the viagra babies in pepsi. with my lighter i set the mosaic mirror on fire. georgia peach in georgia font. keep on surgeon on for those mink iron answers. billy eyed bluebelly really ought to do something about this.

tennis elbow johnny manhunt lily willow steal this heart of water bells. the stream seems false. verify your freedom condition with your freedom identification. who do you think you are smoking space shuttles in the blossom pie night? the future takes you where? ablaze’n din and even ablaze’n lulls. the task manager is a task. go back to your home.
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It was an otherwise unremarkable day in Cape Juliet when three hundred horses and a single man washed onto the shore. The horses had water in their lungs, and could not be saved. The man also had water in his lungs, but he could be saved—in every way a man can be saved.
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>>9415914
enjoyed this a lot, thanks for sharing!

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Post a book and an album that seem to be related.

I'll start.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11JITPeYAWs
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What album would match the Bible?
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>>9413198
good choice going with the best Iron Maiden album too
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These sync weirdly well together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL998ajnjN4
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>>9409227
look at>>9415897
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>>9409227
god i forgot how much i liked this album

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What was going through David's mind here?
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>>9415407
>Massively worried about people thinking he's pretentious

>speaks and writes pretentiously anyway

I like DFW but this shit kills me.
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>the audience pussy better be worth it for this shit
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why did i ever think it was a good idea to appear on stage wearing my underpants on my head?
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>>9415407
"a bullet," wishes dave
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>>9415500
He certainly isn't pretentious in that interview. He's not worried about being actually pretentious, just that people will think he is, because people have a really low fucking bar. Just like how so many retards have such a low weird threshold

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What are good books or authors to read if I want to expand my vocabulary?

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>Suddenly the screen's shadow wavered and enveloped the entire cornice, the entire ceiling, and other shadows from the other side rushed to meet it; for an instant the shadows ran together but then with new speed they drew nearer, wavered, merged, and all was talk. "Death!" She thought.

I thought hating him was a meme

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>prosefags are cancer edition
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>>9414135
She's 110% already fucking someone else.
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>>9414135
only way to survive through the worries you have is to completely trust her. you'll be a lot happier for it, and she will too.
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>>9409959
Der Schuft lacht,
Im Luftschacht.
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what is there to do
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I am anxious about not being able to complete a 1000 word essay that is due in a few days.

I am fully aware that my life has been reduced to a meme. I want to leave reality as it is painfully clear that I am not built for it.

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Do you guys have a personal "bible"? Just a book that you've read a lot and has had a profound impact on your life. I've kind of always been looking for one. I don't even know how the idea got into my head.
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>>9414604
Ignatius?
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Martyrdom of Man by William Winwood Reade.
I have a fair condition hardcover edition from 1925. Very quality advice on damn near everything, plus I get to feel "original" since this book is seemingly rare to hear about for some reason.
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Leaves of grass. Not really for any spiritual reasons or life insight, I just really like the poetry

>>9410041
I read from this often too.
>>9410057
Of course.
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>>9409201
Life doesn't have any endgoal but that's probably okay.
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>>9410189
>>9410229
>>9412227
all good

I reread thurber's 13 clocks and gide's so be it every christmas.

When I was younger it would have been
the old man and the sea
frankl's will to meaning
wittgenstein's on culture
tolstoy's collected essays on art



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