Illuminati Congo

I had an interesting conversation with my friend Jerubbaal today. He has diverse interests and is on a spiritual path that includes eating healthy foods, studying esoteric texts, and practicing meditation.

Here are some of the people and topics that we discussed:

Robert Edward Grant

This is a person who studies sacred geometry, is alive today, and is an associate of Adam Apollo. I don’t have too much to say about him because today is the first time I’ve heard of him, but I made a link to his website so that I can delve deeper into his ideas. His picture reminded me of Elon Musk. By the way, Elon and Grimes just had a child. Congratulations — but I have to say that I find them to be quite an odd couple and wonder what they have in common to talk about. Also, mixing musk and grime sounds a bit odiferous, if you smell what I mean.

Adam Apollo

This guy is kind of a self described genius, but he does seem rather impressive, if a bit arrogant. On his website he features videos of himself practicing with swords. He has a lot of ideas about physics and also, most interesting, he claims that he had an intense vision when many things were revealed to him. I listened to him being interviewed and he was talking about the possibility of time travel.

Apollonius of Tyana, Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Τυανεύς

Since my friend Jerubbaal was discussing Adam Apollo, it made me think of this guy, a contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth. He also performed healings and miracles, at least according to Philostratus, his sophist biographer who wrote the book at the request of empress Julia Domna. I was reading about him on Wikipedia, but besides the fact that he was a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher from the town of Tyana in the Roman province of Cappadocia in Anatolia, what I found interesting was that he was one of the 7 circus characters portrayed by Tony Randall in the 1964 film The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao. This character didn’t have any philosophical context, rather he was a sideshow attraction fortune teller blessed with clairvoyance. While he always spoke the truth, he was accursed with an ironic fate – nobody ever believed what he said. Shades of the mythical Cassandra, but anyway, I saw this movie in Junior High School where it was featured in the Little Theater auditorium. You could watch movies while you ate your lunch. This was fun while it lasted — until the crowd of ingrates pelted the teacher who MC’d the event with Hot Tamales and Mike & Ikes. The film series really didn’t last long. I remember only one other film that we saw: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. That one almost got canceled when the hero, the Time Traveller, saved one of the Eloi from drowning and she said her name was Weena. Huge reaction. They had to stop the film until the audience settled down. In case you don’t remember, the Eloi lived above ground while the Morlocks lived underground.

Dr. Sebi

Jerubbaal is into weird food, like not even the regular kind that you get at Whole Foods but even harder to get organic and expensive stuff that you have to order online like Turmeric Smoothies and Irish Sea Moss, so it comes as no surprise that he follows the teachings of Dr. Sebi, who was jailed for claiming his food could cure cancer. While in jail Dr. Sebi contracted pneumonia and died — Jerubbaal said it was because he was forced to eat jail food instead of his healthy alternative. Going to have to check this out. Meanwhile, some weird coincidences; Nipsey Hussle, the rapper and entrepreneur who was shot recently by Eric Holder (not the Attorney General from the Obama Administration but a guy with the same name as him), was making a documentary about the Dr. before Nipsey was hussled off this mortal coil. [Don’t mean any disrespect here, but I think both Nipseys would appreciate a little word play since it was an integral part of Mr. Russell’s humor, and the very name bestowed on Mr. Hussle was the epitome of word play].

I had to explain to Jerubbaal, because of his tender years, that Julius “Nipsey” Russell (September 15, 1918 – October 2, 2005) was an American comedian, poet, and dancer best known for his appearances as a panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, including Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth, and Pyramid. He had a regular role in the 1961-63 television sitcom “Car 54, Where Are You?”

A witty raconteur, Mr. Russell delighted audiences with his funny but topical poems, which prompted “The Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon to dub him “the poet laureate of television.” Among them:

The opposite of pro is con;
That fact is clearly seen;
If progress means move forward,
Then what does Congress mean?

“I’ve always had the ability to manipulate words and communicate ideas and thoughts,” Mr. Russell told the Philadelphia Tribune in 1997, adding that he earned a degree in English at the University of Cincinnati and originally planned to teach English.

Meanwhile, getting back to my story, when Nipsey Hussle was shot he was working on a documentary about Dr. Sebi, but there was no connection with Dr. Sebi and the shooting. Still, rumors abounded, and so the family of Dr. Sebi was asked about Nipsey. They mentioned that there was also a lot of speculation when Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, from the group TLC, had expressed interest in Dr. Sebi prior to her death in Honduras in a car accident. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes will of course always and forever be remembered for burning down the house of her boyfriend Andre Rison, a wide receiver for the Bills.

Dr. Sebi was also treating Michael Jackson, and tried to sue him to collect fees and compensation for lost income while treating the reclusive pop star for about six months. Jackson’s people said that Michael had received no professional treatment from the Dr., which might have been lucky for him, as Conrad Murray, the doctor who had given him professional treatment was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for improperly administering the anesthetic drug that led to Jackson’s death and served two years of a four-year prison sentence.

Finally, it was announced that Nick Cannon would complete the Dr. Sebi documentary, and Cannon will forever and always be remembered for being married to Mariah Carey, with whom he had three children. Though Nick spells it with 2 Ns I always think of this passage from Hamlet when I see the word “canon”

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,
Seem to me all the uses of this world!

Illuminati Congo

We listened to Maa Sonic, the latest release from Illuminati Congo. Sometimes this sounds like Tibetian throat singing, and it is a lot of chanting in either a foreign language or just some made up syllables that are reputed to have therapeutic properties. I kind of like listening to this stuff. Maa Sonic? Is this a reference to the Freemasons?

Samael Aun Weor

Jerubbaal is really into this modern day mystic and wants me to read this book, The Perfect Matrimony, one of many by this prolific author. I am currently reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but it is on my list. When I get around to it, Jerubbaal. But first explain to me one thing: Why did your parents name you Jerubbaal?

Wouldn’t you know it, Jerubbaal is into crystals, and so I looked up a few passages of scripture to see if there was any mention of them being used or prohibited, so here are a couple of things that might pertain:

Deuteronomy 18:9-12

9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

King James Version (KJV)

Ezekiel 13:18-21

18 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?

19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.

21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

King James Version (KJV)

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