Stephanie Karlik

Month: November, 2013

Vach

“The potencies of sound and of vach, the human voice, have nowhere else been so profoundly investigated as in India. The Aum vibration that reverberates throughout the universe (the “Word” or “voice of many waters” of the Bible) has three manifestations or gunas, those of creation, preservation, and destruction. Each time a man utters a word he puts into operation one of the three qualities of Aum. This is the lawful reason behind the injunction of all scriptures that man should speak the truth.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

Let us be cognizant of our gunas: creation, preservation, and destruction. Let us not destruct when we mean to preserve or create.

 

In Her Position

A woman in my position is expected to look pretty (wah! ni hao piaolong!), smile (smile, sweetheart), and stay quiet (it’s a board meeting), while the old boys’ network feeds their growing bodies and bank accounts (coffee, sir?).

This war you started was not supported by me nor by any other sentient, sane, or sensitive being.

A woman in her position is expected to bring forth life, self-sacrifice to nurture it into adulthood, only to see it blown to pieces (over your dispute brought forth by your greed and terror), and then grieve at its annihilation in quiet withdrawal. Where’s her purple heart? Do you not give her one because you know that such a symbol renders utterly meaningless in the reality of anguish and despair?

This war you started was not supported by me nor by any other sentient, sane, or sensitive being.

A woman in her position claws her way through life, backstabbing, screaming, cursing, and tantrumming because you taught her to do so. You established the culture and set the black tone that tells her it’s ok to do so. Why have you given her the green light for such egregiously bad behavior if not to justify your own?

This war you started was not supported by me nor by any other sentient, sane, or sensitive being.

A woman in my position will reach a fork in the road, time and again, where she must decide whether to fight or concede (play ball, bitch?) when sometimes she’ll choose to fight (fuck this injustice) and sometimes she’ll choose to concede (knitting a sweater tonight).

Alas, this war you started was not supported by me nor by any other sentient, sane, or sensitive being.

Junot on Reading, Reconstructing, Reconstituting

“How do we get anyone to read in a culture where there is no space for contemplation? If full-grown adults can’t muster the time to sit still for two hours, how are the greatest market sectors of these corporations going to be able to resist the urge to check their Twitter every five minutes, to scroll down Tumblr all day long? The thing is is that there are trillions of dollars trying to capture young people’s imaginary and move them away from any contemplative life, from any life of deliberation, from any human rhythm. And books, novels, poetry, essays, sculpture, dance, this is from a much more human rhythm. And it’s a literacy that you have to fight to preserve because the whole country’s trying to disrupt that literacy. The whole culture’s trying to say that there’s no time, that you’re living in a sped up world. So just even beyond the fact that one comes from a Latino background, we’re already at a baseline that doesn’t encourage people to sit still and read, to just take time, to deliberate and to contemplate. I think that we need time to deliberate and contemplate to feel human. I don’t think you can reconstruct and reconstitute yourself after every day without that time. Part of the reason most of our souls feel so heavy and so frantic is because we don’t get the deliberation and the contemplation that would allow us to reconstitute ourselves after a day of living in a society that only encourages you to compete, create hierarchies and accumulate. “