posted on November 14, 2007 at 6:02 am

as i entered the sweet unknown today
i thought about you
and all the different ways you are
i thought yoga must exist to chase the old insults
from where they hide
in all unopened spaces in our body
i thought about how we will all seem heathens
one thousand years thence
how great civilisations pass away into nothing
as vishnu blinks his eye
and the snake
at the base of the tree
coiling up the trunk
wriggle by wriggle
there will be temptation
this time it will be overcome
warm power flowing up into me
the white cosmic light
a spear in the fontanelle
the air is a liquid plastic mass of energy
oh yes it all seems so obvious now
the easy easy way
as you reach upwards
you become lighter
you think deeply
you cease thinking
more warm power
a body of light
you are light and you are light
no weight
no wait
like instruments in a symphony
we intertwine and separate
we harmonise we emphasise
your piccolo lips emitting tiny sonar blips
your clash of symbols
your crescendoes which are deathening
your codas and slight returns
your outro which leaves me hanging
and my sudden changes of time
and my impulsive stabs
yes and im a real pitta
i look in the mirror and im red
my eyes are huge black wholes
my eyes see right through me
i am fiery
i am angry
i am creative
the fire burns me good
the fire burns me bad
i have cultivated fire
i am pitta pattern
my nature seems to scorch and scald
i stoke the fires and everything else just comes
i laugh at my years
i seize the day by the throat
and i wring its temporary neck
now the fire is rekindled
i am not what i was
you can change
you can change!
you are not stuck with that old you
the snake sheds its skin
turns over a new leaf
ignites its past
steps forth legless
and ascends
i should leave the fire alone
i have always been a firebug
though i hate to get burned
i should wait till im cool again
although in both senses
that may be never
i love this energy now made available
i am becoming and becoming more myself
open a door
open adore
if this disinterests you
then so too magic
watch this space
space this watch
now im gonna make some guacamole

43 Responses to “the sweet unknown”

  1. avatar
    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 14 November 2007 at 6:44 am #

    so eye touch meye self tour huh…
    The Divinyls

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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 6:49 am #

    crashendo,mashendo !haha!holey guacamole!

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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 7:22 am #

    well that was absolutely gorgeous Mr.K!..beautifully said,once is a good thing…its a good thing..any being without fire…is a dead in the soul ,needs feeding,or nourishment.. nothing is constant,except change!….thank you Steven!..have a magnificent evening…love to you,as always,gen xxxxxx

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    verdelay | 14 November 2007 at 7:26 am #

    But I love today
    I like this moment
    This one too
    The way things always were
    Eternal buzzzzzz
    I need it always
    I want it in aspic
    Row upon row
    Jars of pickled nows
    I’ll have to expand down into the basement
    At this rate
    Buy the terrace next door
    And knock through
    Out of my goddamn way!
    I need more space to store all these instants
    I’m just trying to calculate a constant
    That one got away
    Go fetch it for me will you?
    Do as I say!
    Do it now!
    You’re wasting my precious time!

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    Melissa | 14 November 2007 at 8:54 am #

    I think I am a double dosha – Pitta-Kapha. Physically Pitta, mentally kapha 🙂 Interesting!

    “i love this energy now made available
    i am becoming and becoming more myself”

    good for you SK 🙂 Thanks, as usual, for another wonderful read today!

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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 9:04 am #

    sounds like you’re entering a nice space

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    Faint | 14 November 2007 at 9:24 am #


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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 9:45 am #

    We’ve all seen that fire come out in this blog sk, but I love that about you.
    Yoga has done so much for you sk, I’m starting classes again this Saturday and I’m really looking forward toit.
    love Amanda

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    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 10:41 am #

    i think i may vaguely approach what you feel when i do my exercise and just run and run and run…afterwards my mind’s cleared, the endorphins have kicked in and i feel cleansed, physically and mentally…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

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    cita | 14 November 2007 at 11:25 am #

    Adore your musings on yoga. Yoga creates change in the most profound way-because it is effortless. The change grows from deep within. Yoga sounds like it has been your saviour. Magical doorways begin to appear. You describe the profound effects of yoga so beautifully. Keep writing no matter what… your yoga wisdom is wonderful.

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    veleska1970 | 14 November 2007 at 12:30 pm #

    this one today spoke to me on a very deep personal level. and about the yoga~~i’m feeling better since i picked it up again.

    eh…never was a fan of guacamole. how about some salsa instead?

    lotza love…..

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    fantasticandy | 14 November 2007 at 12:49 pm #

    i wrote a huge bloody great epistle
    that took me half an hour.
    thanks to blogger its just vanished into the ether!
    can’t be arsed to do it all again so here’s a brief synopsis:
    i feel as though i am in the same space as you at the moment.
    it is very pleasant to be sharing it with you,
    much love,
    andy L.

    now let’s try again………

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    captainmission | 14 November 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    your words are indeed becoming more and more elegant and poetic, i’m dipping into you blog realm, like diving for pearls or looking at stars, its all quite beautiful, so far.

    i loved your evaluation/comments about ‘low’ especially side two which is quite a remarkable piece of music, so emotive and way ahead of its time, subterranians is so inexplicably moving.
    i believe they played ‘music for airports’ in airports as a way to subliminaly relax passengers before

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    captainmission | 14 November 2007 at 12:51 pm #

    flights. I’m just waiting for ‘music for dentists’

  15. avatar
    John | 14 November 2007 at 4:47 pm #

    How much do avodacos cost in Australia?

    John Garratt

  16. avatar
    MEM | 14 November 2007 at 5:47 pm #

    more of what i said yesterday, so much more…

  17. avatar
    Cee | 14 November 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    the most brilliant comment I had ever made has just been eaten by the computer…

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    ben | 14 November 2007 at 6:05 pm #

    fire burns anything in its path, i needed a little boost today so thanks. ascending and descending is a natural process ive struggled with as of late. but being humble is confidence in yourself, but when this confidence comes,coming down is the hardest part.

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    CSTCoach | 14 November 2007 at 6:33 pm #

    cee, my comments just got eaten too. 🙁

  20. avatar
    davem | 14 November 2007 at 6:56 pm #

    Attempt 2.

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    davem | 14 November 2007 at 6:59 pm #

    Typical…… Steve – problems with posting on your blog started yesterday.

    You inspire me – I’m fat and lazy but recognise how hard you’ve had to work to give us these insights.


  22. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 November 2007 at 10:34 pm #

    What Sk showed up today. Is this the eastern sage, the Hindu guru, the Pre-Socratic philospher (invoking Empedocles), A Tibetan Buddhist or John Wesley after a bong hit. Today I read about an Indian Hindu who married a dog. Several years ago he stoned two dogs to death and hung their bodies from a tree. In the ensuing years his legs and hands got paralyzed and he lost his hearing. These were discerned as negative karmic consequences for killing the dogs. Hence, he married a dog for atonement.

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    the dean | 14 November 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    harking back a few days, I believe that Ambient 2 is The Plateaux of Mirror by Harold Budd and Brian Eno.

  24. avatar
    nickfiction | 14 November 2007 at 10:42 pm #

    i am afraid i may be stuck with this mess forever …

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    ...being here, doing this... | 14 November 2007 at 11:02 pm #

    “i am not what i was
    you can change
    you can change!
    you are not stuck with that old you”


    What does it mean to be a truly powerful human being? Real power is not the ability to exert your will upon another person. There is no inner security in that kind of power. That kind of power is an attribute of time, and as time changes, that changes, too. Do you have a strong body that others cannot challenge? That will change. What will you do then? Do you have a physical beauty that can be used to influence others? That will change. What will you do then? Do you have a cleverness that maneuvers others? What happens when you are too tired to use it, or you miss the opportunity?

    If you are not at home in the world, you live in fear, so you can never truly relax and enjoy Life. Is this power?

    There is no power in fear, or in any of the activities generated by fear. There is no power in a thought-form of fear, even if it is supported by armies. For example, the armies of Rome disappeared more than a millennia ago, but the force of the life of a single human that the Roman soldiers put to death continues to shape the development of our species. Who had the power?



    What does it mean to be harmless? It means being so strong that you need not harm any creature. That is what it means: you are so able and empowered that the idea of showing power through harm is not even a part of your consciousness. Without genuine humility, you cannot have this kind of power because you lose power when you do not give each situation that you are in, and the people you are with, respect and appreciation.



    An truly empowered person is humble. This does not mean the false humility of one who stoops to be with those who are below him or her. It is the inclusiveness of one who responds to the beauty of every soul. It is the harmlessness of one who treasures and honors and reveres life in all its forms. A humble spirit walks a familiar world. People are not strangers to it; they are its companions upon the earth. Humble spirits are free to love and to be who they are.



    An truly empowered person lives in love. Love does more than bring peace where there is conflict. It brings a different way of being in the world. It brings harmony and an active interest in the well-being of others. It brings concern and care. It brings Light. Love is not a passive state. It is an active force. It is the force of the soul. It washes away the concerns of the personality. There is nothing that cannot be healed by love. Love is the energy of the soul. Love is what heals the personality. In the Light of love, there is only love.


    From –


  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 November 2007 at 11:13 pm #

    ~ feel better now?

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    Anonymous | 15 November 2007 at 12:16 am #

    another keeper from the killer

    the past few days I have been watching….people playing 200 year old violins; a beautiful harbour city sparkling in the night; writers words in the books I’m reading, a woman struggling to breathe as she makes her own funeral arrangements and commands me to make sure her son is okay, “äfter”; cars massed across endless roadways; towers darkening the sky at mid day; politicians talking talking talking; children giggling joyously and brawling; memories drifting through my mind…..
    and always, the sense of it all going, ending, this, our glorious blip in time….


    hold it hold it til it burns

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    timf | 15 November 2007 at 1:22 am #

    your spoken word version of this would fit nicely on another earthed
    or a very nice podcast
    maybe both
    ill settle for white text
    on black bg
    if i have to

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    timf | 15 November 2007 at 1:41 am #

    by the way..
    MY blog was dubbed elementry reading level
    either i appeal to the masses or no one at all…

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    Brien Comerford | 15 November 2007 at 2:00 am #

    being here doing this a very mystifying and illuminating commentor. I think he might be an alter-ego of Sk’s. being here doing this is an erudite mate that merits plaudits from yours truly a reprobate.

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    Ethereal Butterfly | 15 November 2007 at 2:47 am #

    There is a sense of peace & dignity in this resolve to detach (Pratyahara) from ego/desire. Sadly, to err is human but with the grace & experience of age one can acquire wisdom.

    Too much fire (passion/desire) burns, Ying & Yang need to be in balance.
    Yoga brings balance to the physical, emotional and spiritual state and can bring a state of bliss (Samadhi). Yoga,dance, music, time with nature; joy in time with children/ partner & making love with someone you love, can bring these states too in my experience……….
    Youth is wasted on the young, someone said….

    P.s I agree with you BC Parallel Universe is a masterly album!!!

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    ...being here, doing this... | 15 November 2007 at 2:48 am #

    “i should leave the fire alone
    i have always been a firebug
    though i hate to get burned
    i should wait till im cool again”


    Thinking is at the base of everything. It is important for us to put an eye of awareness into each of our thoughts. Without a correct understanding of a situation or a person, our thoughts can be misleading and create confusion, despair, anger, or hatred. Our most important task is to develop correct insight. If we see deeply into the nature of interbeing, that all things “inter-are,” we will stop blaming, arguing, and killing, and we will become friends with everyone. To practice nonviolence, we must first of all learn ways to deal peacefully with ourselves. If we create true harmony within ourselves, we will know how to deal with family, friends, and associates.

    When we protest against a war, for example, we may assume that we are a peaceful person, a representative of peace, but this might not be true. If we look deeply, we will observe that the roots of war are in the unmindful ways we have been living. We have not sown enough seeds of peace and understanding in ourselves and others, therefore we are co-responsible: “Because I have been like this, they are like that.” A more holistic approach is the way of “interbeing”: “This is like this, because that is like that.” This is the way of understanding and love. With this insight, we can see clearly and help our government see clearly. Then we can go to a demonstration and say, “This war is unjust, destructive, and not worthy of our great nation.” This is far more effective than angrily condemning others. Anger always accelerates the damage.

    All of us, even pacifists, have pain inside. We feel angry and frustrated, and we need to find someone willing to listen to us who is capable of understanding our suffering. In Buddhist iconography, there is a bodhisattva named Avalokitesvara who has one thousand arms and one thousand hands, and has an eye in the palm of each hand. One thousand hands represent action, and the eye in each hand represents understanding. When you understand a situation or a person, any action you do will help and will not cause more suffering. When you have an eye in your hand, you will know how to practice true nonviolence.

    To practice nonviolence, first of all we have to practice it within ourselves. In each of us, there is a certain amount of violence and a certain amount of nonviolence. Depending on our state of being, our response to things will be more or less nonviolent. Even if we take pride in being vegetarian, for example, we have to acknowledge that the water in which we boil our vegetables contains many tiny microorganisms. We cannot be completely nonviolent, but by being vegetarian, we are going in the direction of nonviolence. If we want to head north, we can use the North Star to guide us, but it is impossible to arrive at the North Star. Our effort is only to proceed in that direction.

    Anyone can practice some nonviolence, even army generals. They may, for example, conduct their operations in ways that avoid killing innocent people. To help soldiers move in the nonviolent direction, we have to be in touch with them. If we divide reality into two camps — the violent and the nonviolent — and stand in one camp while attacking the other, the world will never have peace. We will always blame and condemn those we feel are responsible for wars and social injustice, without recognizing the degree of violence in ourselves. We must work on ourselves and also work with those we condemn if we want to have a real impact.

    It never helps to draw a line and dismiss some people as enemies, even those who act violently. We have to approach them with love in our hearts and do our best to help them move in a direction of nonviolence. If we work for peace out of anger, we will never succeed. Peace is not an end. It can never come about through non-peaceful means.

    Most important is to become nonviolence, so that when a situation presents itself, we will not create more suffering. To practice nonviolence, we need gentleness, loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity directed to our bodies, our feelings, and other people. With mindfulness — the practice of peace — we can begin by working to transform the wars in ourselves. There are techniques for doing this. Conscious breathing is one. Every time we feel upset, we can stop what we are doing, refrain from saying anything, and breathe in and out several times, aware of each in-breath and each out-breath. If we are still upset, we can go for walking meditation, mindful of each slow step and each breath we take. By cultivating peace within, we bring about peace in society. It depends on us. To practice peace in ourselves is to minimize the numbers of wars between this and that feeling, or this and that perception, and we can then have real peace with others as well, including the members of our own family.

    I am often asked, “What if you are practicing nonviolence and someone breaks into your house and tries to kidnap your daughter or kill your husband? What should you do? Should you still act in a nonviolent way?” The answer depends on your state of being. If you are prepared, you may react calmly and intelligently, in the most nonviolent way possible. But to be ready to react with intelligence and nonviolence, you have to train yourself in advance. It may take ten years, or longer. If you wait until the time of crisis to ask the question, it will be too late. A this-or-that kind of answer would be superficial. At that crucial moment, even if you know that nonviolence is better than violence, if your understanding is only intellectual and not in your whole being, you will not act nonviolently. The fear and anger in you will prevent you from acting in the most nonviolent way

    – Thich Nhat Hanh

    (from – )


  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 November 2007 at 3:44 am #

    the possibilities are endless

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    arg... | 15 November 2007 at 3:48 am #

    Being her, doing this…just what is your point?? What a big long waste of space. Do you think anyone actually takes that all in…is it relevant? are you trying to educate me or something. Or maybe SK, mabye he will go “oh, I’ve never thought of that, this has really helped me, you are so wise, thanks”
    I just don’t get, why not just work on your own blog??

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    I Me Mine | 15 November 2007 at 4:59 am #

    to arg:
    the reason he/she doesnt work on his/her own blog is cause no one will ever read it. He/she craves readership and this is the medium it has chosen. So please do not promote this tiny lost piece of insignificance!

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    ...being here, doing this... | 15 November 2007 at 6:05 am #

    Sorry if it was a bit long!!

    Sometimes I latch onto a phrase or two of SK’s and get swept away by the current.

    It’s a fascinating trip!

    Hopefully there is some relevance or connection here for some!


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    damien | 15 November 2007 at 6:21 am #

    I read in the paper today that you’ll be performing in the David McComb tribute show with the surviving members of the Triffids.

    Can’t wait to see that one!

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    Anonymous | 15 November 2007 at 7:10 am #

    Yeah, I’ve heard about that too Damien, but it’s only happening in Sydney:( so you’re one of the lucky ones!
    Where are you sk, missin’ the fix!
    Love Amandah

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    eek | 15 November 2007 at 7:47 am #

    i am becoming and becoming more myself

    Yes. I notice how much more comfortable and confident you seem performing, interviewing etc now than you did when you were younger. I have to say I quite like you as well as admire your talent, and I believe a great deal of your increased likability is because you are becoming more yourself.

  40. avatar
    steve kilbey | 15 November 2007 at 8:21 am #

    being here
    i like your stuff

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    Anonymous | 15 November 2007 at 8:39 am #


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    mandn | 15 November 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    Today Orpheus reminds me of someone else…

    many happy rebirths.


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    arg... | 15 November 2007 at 10:50 pm #

    gee willikers SK,

    don’t encourage ‘being here’,
    He does go on.
    The comments pages are for the readers, the users, the subscribers,’ve already had your say on your blog.
    You big hog.

    It’s like the father eating the child.

    Thanks arg..

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