“Sutratma (devanāgarī: सूत्रात्मन् sūtrātman) is a Sanskrit word composed by sūtra (“thread”) and ātman (“self”), usually translated as the “thread-soul”

H.P. Blavatsky defined it as follows:

Sûtrâtman (Sk.). Lit., “the thread of spirit”; the immortal Ego, the Individuality which incarnates in men one life after the other, and upon which are strung, like beads on a string, his countless Personalities. The universal life-supporting air, Samashti prau; universal energy.”

In des Menschen Seelengründen

In des Menschen Seelengründen

Lebt die Geistes-Sonne siegessicher.

Des Gemütes rechte Kräfte,

Sie vermögen sie zu ahnen

In de Innern Winterleben;

Und des Herzens Hoffnungstreib,

Er erschaut den Sonnen-Geistes-Sieg

In dem Weihnacht-Segenslichte,

Als dem Sinnbild höchsten Lebens,

In des Winters tiefer Nacht.


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An example is:

 In needing experience to get a job…“How can I get any experience until I get a job that gives me experience?” – Brantley Foster in The Secret of My Success.

Catch-22s often result from rules, regulations, or procedures that an individual is subject to, but has no control over, because to fight the rule is to accept it. Another example is a situation in which someone is in need of something that can only be had by not being in need of it (e.g.: the only way to qualify for a loan is to prove to the bank that you don’t need a loan). One connotation of the term is that the creators of the “catch-22” situation have created arbitrary rules in order to justify and conceal their own abuse of power.

Origin and meaning

Joseph Heller coined the term in his 1961 novel Catch-22, which describes absurd bureaucratic constraints on soldiers in World War II. The term is introduced by the character Doc Daneeka, an army psychiatrist who invokes “Catch-22” to explain why any pilot requesting mental evaluation for insanity—hoping to be found not sane enough to fly and thereby escape dangerous missions—demonstrates his own sanity in creating the request and thus cannot be declared insane. This phrase also means a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

 “You mean there’s a catch?”

“Sure there’s a catch,” Doc Daneeka replied. “Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy.”

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. If he flew them, he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to, he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.


Different formulations of “Catch-22” appear throughout the novel. The term is applied to various loopholes and quirks of the military system, always with the implication that rules are inaccessible to and slanted against those lower in the hierarchy. In chapter 6, Yossarian (the protagonist) is told that Catch-22 requires him to do anything his commanding officer tells him to do, regardless of whether these orders contradict orders from the officer’s superiors.

Those Annoying Zen Bastards

one from the vault..


If you are sat opposite someone and trying to get them all lively, engaged, arguing, maybe even a little angry and failing, you may assume that you are sat opposite a near dead, disengaged introvert. How can you be sure that you are not sat with one of those annoying zen bastards? Zen-like calm is for some both disconcerting and infuriating. If the bastard then asks you to calm down and collect your thoughts, it is likely that you will become even more infuriated. If you are all excited and want the buzz of bouncing ideas off someone and they just sit there waiting for you to calm down and finish, it can be frustrating.

It never occurred to me that being calm would infuriate, but it does seem to have that effect with some. I guess that I must be, on occasion, one of those annoying zen bastards.


pain of loss

Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.

Norman Cousins


forcing expectations

into papier-mâché boxes

the Dao is not written by will


the universe knows

all the hidden motives



sorcerers spinning plates

have nothing to

breakfast from


straight line simple

with open hand

the sage is never hungry


a single sheep

clothed only naked

is not cold in winter


emotional intensity

shatters limbs

and breaks bonds


even a camel

knows how important

a single straw is


the reed meets the wind

by bending and



even the reed

knows when

to bow


pushing too hard

the intelligent worm turns

and walks away


the fisher catches

no carp today

swimming, in golden pond


the lottery ticket

which never wins

cannot force any joy


the artificer gets

unpredictable outcomes

and does not learn


chasing groundhogs

across autumn meadows

ever in the mist at dawn


the sorcerer’s ball

never lands on

zero or thirty-three


Acting in anger and hatred throughout my life, I frequently precipitated what I feared most, the loss of friendships and the need to rely upon the very people I’d abused.

Luke Ford