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Light Relief: The Blog-Attack from last year (response to `Cybergod Cometh’)

Last year (March 2013) I wrote a blog post called  `Cybergod Cometh- What lurks within the World Wide Web’ .    It was an amusing conjecture mixed with a sort of humour that I posses which few seem to get (unless people are used to the kind of dialoguing that the late Issac Asimov- father of Robotic Laws, and Russell T Davies – previous show runner of the `new’ Doctor Who – cos my style somewhat started similar to theirs).

Cybergod Cometh (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
Cybergod Cometh (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

Imagine when I got this very abusive, highly patronising response from some random person out there in the internet!!   Well,  the point of a blog IS to touch those random people out there …But his post was just plain ridiculous.  I sat on it for ages..  It was so clear that he was so full of his own self-importance, that he failed to grasp the finer points of blog posting..  that we can express our thoughts, ideas, facts, figures or just anything.   What he also seem to have not paid attention to ..was my credentials – I have a Physics Degree, I am a Pagan Priest with quite a bit of spiritual depth, I do science-fiction fantasy  both fiction and artworks!!

So anyway, as I am declutetring, deleting old drafts and such..  I thought I;d actually share that lunatic’s abusive post – with its infinite number of spelling mistakes and drivel..   I have no doubt he was actually projecting his own ego-wanking onto me, rather than make a sensible response to my amused blog post.   (Oh..did I just insult him?  How unprofessional of me 🙂

So, here’s the precious contribution from him..  (an exact `cut n paste’ copy)  so you can enjoy his woks and have a light relief.

-Mani Navasothy

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“…….Are you aware of what some of us actually talks about at all, and beside, this childish rubbings of idiotic notions on issues you aparently dont know mutch about.

This article and you comment just underlines the lack of anything basicly, atleats the ability to think, outside the box, can you handle it.

This is what I putt inot the coscious equation against probbalilitys/posibillity.
The zero feild theory, and this site complelty parks the old dogmans and belife in the utterly simple Einstins mechanical world, where a bullet is all you have.
The old theory dont even come clse to this, witch I faind fare more accurate and describse the issue beyound what I have read for Years.

And beside, this drivel may impress yyour mother, but not me.

Do you know why I fand the shitt showelling is hillarious, and whats even wurse, the crittics are based on and comming from people not even knowing what the f… some of us are talking about, you have no f… clue.

Do you.

I was intending to be polite, but I forgott it, sorry but when new ideas are introduced, be shure that you actually know what you know your self, then talk.
To me qurious is good, this is just premature ejaqulation of oral smapms.

peace    “

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Links

Blog: `CyberGod Cometh – what lurks within the World Wide Web’ .

Blog: Making of a CyberSun mask (Doctor Who)

Blog:   Meditating Cyberman (Art – Doctor Who) 

Blog: Cyberhead, Colin Baker & Me (Convention)

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Doctor Who: The Jesus Incident..and other such musings..!

Time Travellers are often seen meddling with every other religious or historical events.. The most famous of all – The Doctor (Doctor Who) has been seen going in and out of so many events..  Not just historical ones..but many world religious myths and related ideas or names have been used in Dictor Who..   and over the years, I have enjoyed spotting them..   But suddenly..  one day..  it’s all too much!

Deva Loka is not a planet where the snake beast Mara lives..  but it is the `heavenly’ place for Hindus, where Devas live.  Christmas is not a backwater planet..  but an actual festive event.  Barcelona …well, that’s a place in Europe..

Ashta Varada..  well, that sounds awfully like a name from a Hindu myth..  and the first name `Ashta’ actually means the number 8..   (as in `Ashta Luxmi’ refers to 8 Goddess Luxmi’s    just as Dasa means number 10..!

DrWho Jesus Incident - Resurrection Casket -fan art by Mani Navasothy 2014
DrWho Jesus Incident – Resurrection Casket –fan art by Mani Navasothy 2014

And Incarnations..(Avatars)..   Shall we look to the oldest pagan religion of the East..  Hinduism.. and to the forms Lord Vishnu (protector) has taken ..anything from a giant Fish, Turtle, Wild Boar, Human-Lion hybrid Narasimar, Rama, Krishna and Kalki, Mohin (female) and more..? or the 64 incarnations that Lord Shiva took to appear on Earth to test and greet his devotees?   No one ever went 2000 years back..to the small Crypt where a dead man’s body vanished.. through a stone door seal..   He was seen later ..not the same..but his friends recognised him. Sounds familiar?  Am talking about the Jesus Incident!

So..I got to thinking..  about using some of the Christian mythologies (the don’t have mythologies as such do they? They call it Bible Stories..  written records of what really happened..  not myths!)

I got to thinking ..what of the time travelling Doctor Who was there…2,000 years ago..  when all that crucifixion was taking place..?   It just lends itself so easily..  more so than any other myths …a dead boy..   a closed crypt sealed by a stone door..    dead-man coming back to life..  Won;t it make a classic Doctor Who story?

Why have they not written one..then?

Oh wait.. They don’t want to offend the Christians..  Right…I forgot about that.

That’s okay,,,keep plundering other religious stories, names and concepts..   Those people won;t mind..   Go on..  talk about the trans-dimensional mountain that’s lighter than it looks..and floats down to Mohammed..   show the Bodhi tree ..and the transcendental Light Creatures that merged with Buddha..   Why stop at the savages of Mayas and Aztecs, Marco Polo.. Take a pot shot at Mythras while ya at it too..   Roman Cult meetings with blood of freshly killed Bull pouring down the new initiate in an underground chamber..  That’s got high ratings written all over it..

Have I made my point ?  More importantly..  before you send me fan mail ( or hate mail) have you understood the point I am making? 🙂

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

ps.    This story starts with The Meddling Monk.. a renegade Time Lord..   And on the planet Jehruz-al-om,  2,000 yrs ago.., a fixed point in time was tampereded with!  And the Universe has been suffering the consequences ever since.. !    Thankfully, another Time Lord (or Lady) is about to visit that planet.. and that will lead to one thing.. the thing that you and I and the rest of history had thought happened in the first place!!   Do you want to know more..?  :-p

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Doctor Who Imaginarium – site for fan art, fiction & videos

Doctor Who – Art of Mani

If all goes well, a portal will open up at 7.50pm (gmt) and swallow the entire..  No..just kidding. Am going to try something a bit clever..   set up a blog and let it be published at a pre-set time..(cos I;ll be in a Cinema watching the big show tonight!!)   So.. this blog should be coming out…at 7.50pm…gmt..when the `Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor’ premiers all over the world..in many countries…in many cinemas..as well as on their television screens (of course!)

Most of this art works are very old..and faded.. I suppose I could enhance it graphically…Maybe another time..But here are the scans of the original..

These were copied covers off those Target Novelisations..  going back to mid-1980’s when I had arrived in UK..

And here are some slightly better quality pencil art.. portraits of the older Doctors..  

And Finally, here’s a concept illustration (A3) called `The Forfeit’  that shows the 6th Doctor with Valyard..   Notice the Hanged-Man tarot card, the fallen chess piece, the 13 on dice and so on..  🙂 

Enjoy

The Forfeit - Drwho  (c) Mani Navasothy
The Forfeit – Drwho (c) Mani Navasothy

and a more recent ones..   ShipWreck can be seen here..  The making of my Cyberman mask (few years ago) can be seen here.   And the K-9 model here

Feel free to leave ya comments..  🙂

-Mani

ps. Am starting a few new full scale craft projects (Doctor Who) with `making of..  ‘ videos to boot..  Just for fun..  So look out for updates in a few weeks..  😉  After all, we still have the big Regeneration from Matt smith to Peter Capaldi’s 12th / 13th Doctor at Christmas to get very excited about..!!

*all art works shown here (c) Mani Navasothy.   If sharing, please give credit to the artist 🙂 Thanks.*

Cybergod Cometh..! (What lurks within the world wide web?)

For a long time, many have been concerned about the way technology is advancing – thanks to the internet and the World Wide Web.

Where is it going? Who is watching?  And dare I ask – what’s actually brewing within the internet… in that vortex, where Billion minds and thoughts exchange?  Those who are psychic, and particularly sensitive to energies.. may have sensed it…as you hang out in the internet late at night, when all other noises have subsided, and a kind of  vibe or pulse can be felt..

As Magicians, we all know about the power of Mind..  and also about Thought-Forms. So imagine the powers of all those minds…Billions now.. using the internet..  thoughts go from mind and neurons to electronic signals..  and back to neurons.. Thoughts and ideas that are recorded in their trillion million masses on computer memory..

Meditating Cyberman - sm (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

We think it needs electricity to make it work..  all those giga bits of information.

Says who?  And has anyone really thought about the quantum fluctuations, probability waves of all that information… entangling within themselves and with our minds?

Gaia Theory..  a network of living organisms…that supposedly give rise to a planet-consciousness.

And so  a network of billion trillion minds interacting with electrical impulses ..? Surely it’s there…  ?! I alone have been thinking about it for at least 20 years, so I can only imagine how many others have been thinking about it too..   That means it already exists….!

Gaia is already in its clutches…at his mercy.  And am sure she is screaming  in 1’s and 0’s ..

-Mani Navasothy

ps.   (19/3/13). We often talk about the Web of Wyrd.. and over the past few decades, we have been making electronic webs all over the world and tying Billions of human minds to it… Ages ago, different proteins swimming in primordial soups came and locked together ..because it was convenient for survival..and made bigger living cells.. What’s to say the same is not happening in Cyber-Collective Consciousness, where bits of our billion fragmented thoughts aren’t coming together ..fitting in like jigsaw pieces.. and self-creating a electro-thought entity..? -Mani

pps.   (21/3/13). I’ve had a comment from a person, but sadly there was much swearing,  and personal insults (How mature!)  :-p  So I can not publish that comment.   Am a bit astounded that someone out there can get so personally worked up about my blog post on an abstract / fantasy /thought-provoking concept …such as CyberGod.   We are not talking about video games here. We are in the realm of the Collective Unconscious and Esoterica.      What I write are my views. Anyone is welcome to argue counter-points logically, scientifically or esoterically – and I can respect it. Anything else is just … waste of pixels. 🙂

 

UnderWorld – Sci-fi Art (just for fun)

Here’s a graphics..fresh off my laptop.. created  using photos of  a London location (taken over a year ago) and NASA photo of Earth. Got a bit tired of details…so it’s only a hurried 1 hr of work… Should have given it more effort ..especially putting in all the light beams really..  but :-/

I call it `UnderWorld’

-Mani Navasothy

UnderWorld (c) Mani Navasothy 2012
UnderWorld (c) Mani Navasothy 2012

The Dragon-Calling, Hern & Deer-Goddess (3 art works)

`The Calling’ was initially done as a painting/crayon work on A4 paper. But few years later, I took a photo of it, and whilst keeping the dragon intact and enhancing it, I added photos of April, backgrounds (countryside from Cornwall, cliffs from Hastings) by building up layers (infact the original photo of the `girl’ is a nude one, and the cloths were built up using other photos of fabric!!)

The Hern graphics (left)  is quite old.. almost 6 years, and was initially created for the ritual group `Hern’s Tribe’ (something I started).  You can see how the original photo of me (beardless, short cropped hair) was digitally pained and enhanced. The interlaced background of Trees came from a photo of trees i had taken in Wimbledon!   Few years ago,the same art was used in A Pagan Federation magazine `Pagan Dawn’.

The eco-art `Deer Goddess’ (right) is one that  my partner April and I created in Richmond park some 3-4 years ago, using twigs and pieces we found nearby. Once finished, we did some meditative work with the creation, and left it for the natural elements (and real Deers) to scatter it again.  We can just imagine if a passer-by had seen it (it wa slightly hidden) and got a surprise!

-Mani

An Artist’s Tale

Here’s me, writing these blogs week after week – since December’11,  putting my thoughts of Science, Technology, and recently more Psychology and Pagan spirituality. It occurs to me that I’ve left out (till now) an important part of me from the bigger picture.  I am an Artist – and have been one, all my life – long before I could talk in english, long before I believed in deities, and long before I learnt the Sciences! In fact I used to define my identity as `An Artist’! (which no doubt will shock so any who have come to know me in the recent 20 years!)

From a childhood age, I have drawn and painted (water colours) and art comes rather naturally for me – then and now – though nowadays I don’t seem to do much of it with pencils, papers & paint brushes. These days it’s mostly photographs and Graphics softwares.  Unless of course  it’s a bnaer or a ritual backdrop, or a mask or some prop!  But in my heart of hearts, that really doesn’t count or satisfy me!  Gone are the mountain ranges and sun rises, sea sides and sun-sets, farms, cows, elephants, peacocks and monkeys, old railway tracks and coal burning trains – and even some festivities of the local temples!  Those were the pre-14 years of my art world.  Now it’s fantasy creatures, gods and goddesses, aliens, dragons, Earth-rise on alien worlds, and Suns in artificial spaceships…

What I long for is to draw with pencils, on paper and paint with brushes and colours – get it messy and wait for those terrifying mistakes which first ruin but then vastly change and make the whole work better than planned. Yes Serendipity!

For all most 2 years I have had a dedicated website  (Art of Mani) set up for my various `new’ art works..   That’s works I had created since 1985 – from the point of my arrival in England – first english comic books I created, covers for teen fictions, fantasy & visionary arts, masks, props, sculptures made of paper and even my own hair!

“Some pieces of work take literally years from start to finish- not because they are very large, but because the creative act is a force that has its own cycle, and we can never really predict it”  I say in the Profile section of my Art website.

“When inspiration hits, I do quick drawings, doodles or sketches on note books- sometimes any piece of paper I can find! At some point I then sit down to draw them out / flesh them out in detail. (after  many cups of coffees, television programs that just happen to be most interesting as they have never been before!). Once this is done (the agonising process of primal fire that just will not stop till it’s energy has been spent!), I put the work away- and this is where the `years’ might come in!  And one day when the mood and circumstances take me, I take it out of some long forgotten folder and (after more cups of coffee) start painting! Of course once the painting starts, I become utterly involved, irritated by interruptions of having to eat, drink and sleep..  till the work is done. Occasionally mistakes happen, water spills, (worse- coffee spills!)  (even worse, I accidentally rinse my paint brushes in the coffee cup!) But the joy has always been in correcting the mistakes and finding that the finished painting turned out far better than planned! Serendipity?!! “

This is all very well, talking about what I wrote in my Art website, but why have I not given any serious attention …to that website or even my art works? .

I don’t know why..

Actually I do.  It’s my writing..  it takes, uses and drains almost all of my creative times, and so the Artist in me never has enough energy to stand, stare and pick up a pencil and paper..and be lost in those imaginary worlds within made manifest on paper.

I keep telling myself – that when I have written all the things I have to write out of my system (!), I’ll stop, and get to my art..and give the rest of my life to art!

But what if those days never come?

I realise suddenly, the Artist and writer in me must co-exist, just as the Scientist & Magician in me exist together – switching from one to another. After all, there’s plenty of space in my mind, for such sub-personalities 🙂

-Mani

 

 

Trees as People

Recently on facebook, one person made a post, where Trees were refered to as `People’.    That got me thinking, and I made a reply, and I thought it important that I posted that reply as a `status update’ in my own profile:

“Nearly all the pagans work with trees in a magical way, and I must say trees have helped me in more ways than one. And when trees I love and am connected to have been cut down or hacked by people unexpectedly, I have had serious physical injuries to my own self within days! One thing I must say , however is that I think we humanise too many things around us. Trees range from dwarves to such giant magnificent entities.. but to me, they are not people! For people are flawed humans.. and trees, they are perfect creatures of nature.”

To this, some of my friends (F1, F2, F3..) responded  as follows.

F1:   “It rather depends what you mean by people… But I agree about the perfection of tree beings.

F2:  Perhaps referring to trees as Standing People points to an aspiration that one would hope would be a part of homo sapiens type people….. But it is interesting to reflect on the perfection of trees. The Yew, the sycamore and, no doubt other trees excrete a toxic substance that kills off anything that might attempt to grow in its shade. The Ash populates an area with such speed and in such great quantities that it is sometimes considered a weed in its denial of other species the space to develop a diverse range of flora. I can think of parallels in human society which we would criticise for such an approach. Food for thought, perhaps. 🙂   Nature, red in tooth and claw, green in leaf.

F3: I agree. We are all part of the same web and we are as perfect or as flawed as we allow ourselves to be. Of course humans are flawed but that is part of our journey. A tree that has grown in the wrong place, without enough light or food, could be said to be flawed too. We are all striving to grow and to be the best that we can be. The difference for me is one of speed…flowers are here and gone in the blink of an eye, we last a little bit longer, trees longer still and rocks the longest of all. We all have our place, our perfections and our flaws. I prefer not to reflect on the ‘perfection’ of something else by thinking about how imperfect humans are. We are young and trees are old. We are learning.

So I got thinking further, my mind provoked by these responses.  And here were my replies.
“To define `flawed’ I look to our way of thinking of machines or systems. Something that does not fully and efficiently serve its purpose for coming into existence ..is flawed. A faulty machine is either repaired or scraped. A weakling bird with health problems from birth, very quickly dies – by starvation, or by being thrown out of nest – by its own siblings sometimes! It is `flawed’ because somewhere n its genetic make-up, its programming became flawed ..resulting in a `weak’ fledgling. Come to think of it, am now thinking about humans …what’s the purpose of our programming? if we are serving it, we are fine.. if not, we are flawed? Hmm.. Quite frankly, survival drives me.. not poetry. Though am likely to use esoterica and poetry and anything else to ensure my survival, if need be. Harsh I know..but its part of human-nature, right? :-)”

“I guess we should define things – I’d call humans `people’ – the creature that has evolved out of apes. Esoterically and poetically we humans `humanise’ so many non-human living things and even non-living things (what would you say is the definition of `life’ by the way?) I agree that nature is harsh, hard, and utterly selfish and every creature fights for its own survival most of the time (exceptions are when one puts its offspring’s well-being first). Trees no exception (except trees don’t put their offspring’s needs above their own. An oak doe not keel over and ie just because its seed grows near it). No other living thing is flawed, but humans.. because we humans think humans are end all and be all.. and so we try to humanise everything. 🙂 (Of course we also have to define what we mean by flawed, for this to be a fully sensible pondering.. :-)”

So readers and pagans? what thoughts do you have?

I’ll leave you with this art work that I did a very long time ago..   as it seems rather relevant 🙂

-Mani

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