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 Post subject: Circulation of the Light - another (free) CD from the vaults
PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:29 am 
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Part two of my recent recovery mission deep into the endless catacombs of the Steamy Vaults. Circulation of the Light is from 1999, before I had a computer and originally a run of hand-made CDs made on a CDR recorder, minidisc and photocopy machine. This cover art comes from a few years later when I acquired a computer (and Photoshop) and a printer.

This album is an early excursion into meditative drone textures. Unusually (for me) it is entirely devoid of guitar other than the final track, a solo acoustic guitar piece. The first seven tracks come from sessions I recorded sometime in 1998 when a friend of mine was travelling out of the country and lent me a couple of keyboards, some rack fx and a DAT recorder for safekeeping. There is no computer sequencing, just onboard arpeggiators and rudimentary sampling from a manually triggered digital delay line.

It is available to stream or download for free (full CD packaging artwork included with download) from my Bandcamp page .....

Circulation of the Light


1. Meditation, stage 1 - Cessation of outflowing
2. Meditation, stage 2 - The six periods of circulation in conformity with the law
3. Meditation, stage 3 - The two energy-paths of function and control
4. Meditation, stage 4 - The embryo of the Tao
5. Meditation, stage 5 - The birth of the fruit
6. Meditation, stage 6 - Concerning the retention of the transformed body
7. Meditation, stage 7 - The face turned to the wall
8. Circulation of the Light - Empty infinity

"1. Cessation of outflowing
If thou wouldst complete the diamond body with no outflowing,
Diligently heat the roots of consciousness and life.
Kindle light in the blessed country ever close at hand,
And there hidden, let thy true self always dwell.

2. The six periods of circulation in conformity with the law
If one discerns the beginning of the Buddha's path,
There will be the blessed city of the West.
After the circulation in conformity with the law,
there is a turn upward towards heaven when the breath is drawn in.
When the breath flows out energy is directed towards the earth.
One time-period consists of six intervals (hou).
In two intervals one gathers Moni (Sakyamuni).
The great Tao comes forth from the centre.
Do not seek the primordial seed outside!

3. The two energy-paths of function and control
There appears the way of the in-breathing and out-breathing of the
primordial pass.
Do not forget the white path below the circulation in conformity with the law!
Always let the cave of eternal life be nourished through the fire!
Ah! Test the immortal place of the gleaming pearl!

4. The embryo of the Tao
According to the law, but without exertion, one must diligently fill oneself with light.
Forgetting appearance, look within and help the true spirtual power!
Ten months the embryo is under fire.
After a year the washings and baths become warm.

5. The birth of the fruit
Outside the body there is a body called the Buddha image.
The thought which is powerful, the absence of thoughts, is Bodhi.
The thousand-petalled lotus flower opens, transformed through breath-energy.
Because of the crystallization of the spirit, a hundred-fold splendour shines forth.

6. Concerning the retention of the transformed body
Every separate thought takes shape and becomes visible in colour and form.
The total spiritual power unfolds its traces and transforms itself into emptiness.
Going out into being and going into non-being, one completes the miraculous Tao.
All separate shapes appear as bodies, united with a true source.

7. The face turned to the wall
The shapes formed by the spirit-fire are only empty colours and forms.
The light of human nature (hsing) shines back on the primordial, the true.
The imprint of the heart floats in space; untarnished, the moonlight shines.
The boat of life has reached the shore; bright shines the sunlight.

8. Empty infinity
Without beginning, without end,
Without past, without future.
A halo of light surrounds the world of the law.
We forget one another, quiet and pure, altogether powerful and empty.
The emptiness is irradiated by the light of the heart and of heaven.
The water of the sea is smooth and mirrors the moon in its surface.
The clouds disappear in blue space; the mountains shine clear.
Consciousness reverts to contemplation; the moon-disk rests alone."

- from the HUI MING CHING, The Book of Consciousness and Life

All instruments played by Steve Baker

© Steve Baker 1999

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