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The Miracle Is Worth The Wait

Yamagata University Craft-Pal 2006 » by simo100)The Abode Of The Blessed by Christopher Stewart« The Miracle Is Worth The Wait » was the 2nd song written for the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project, and was completed on January 8, 2013.The inspiration for this opus came from conversations held with David, a somewhat peculiar…See More
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Mother Of Pearl

Natural Abalone with conical pearl » by Worldexplorer82) « Mother Of Pearl» was the last song written in the location where the music for the « The Abode Of The Blessed » EP was composed. Yet, arguably, considering the clear stylistic and thematic distinctions between this opus and the pieces that preceded it, they probably shouldn't belong on the same album. Assuming that I eventually get…See More
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Perfect Magic

Spirit of the Night » by John Atkinson Grimshaw) « Perfect Magic » is the 9th opus penned for the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project. It was completed on February 6, 2013, and is the first new piece to follow the compositional rush that led to the « The Abode Of The Blessed » EP.The lyrics were written in an « everything happens for a reason » frame of mind and aim to…See More
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A Tide Of Positive Change

Wave » by Mark) The 23rd song written for the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project is entitled « A Tide Of Positive Change » and was completed on March 24th, 2013.The aim here was to come up with an inspiring and energetic song that can uplift the listener into an optimistic frame of mind. Considering the comments offered so far when I played it in public spaces, I'd venture to…See More
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To Kill Your Demons

Painting created in Year 12 Painting at Albany Senior High School » by Mosborne01) « To Kill Your Demons » was completed on March 10, 2013, and is the 20th song written for the henceforth entitled « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project.Basically, the main point of the song is that most-if-not-all experiences, apparent catastrophes included, can be interpreted positively as opportunities for…See More
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Pacify

Family » by Jo Christian Oterhals) At some point during this past winter, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could come up with a bunch of songs that I could play on my own, without the need of a backing band. I had always wanted to try my luck at busking, but because of the demands of Poligraf, I never really had the chance to build a repertoire of original songs that require only guitar and vocals,…See More
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« What destiny sends, bear! Whoever perseveres will be crowned. » — Johann Gottfried Herder

Music and Spiritual Practice - An Overview of Poligraf

Music has been an essential part of my life since the end of the 80s.

The adventure began during the second of my four years of studying electrical engineering at Université Laval in Québec City. Through various friends and contacts I reconnected with progressive rock, a form of music to which I had already been exposed to in my youth thanks to my older brothers and sisters. Hearing the music of bands such as Yes, Rush, Genesis, and King Crimson felt like meeting old friends, and quickly I knew I just had to do as those musicians did, although my prior experience with music had been minimal at that time.

The feeling was so strong that not only did it led me to buy various instruments so I could learn how to play, but it was also the main force that made me decide to change direction after my first semester as a graduate student in computer vision and systems so I could build my life around music. And perhaps more importantly, when it became clear that I would compose music of my own, it spawned the question « what should the songs be about ? » which powered me into many years of exploring a multitude of domains of knowledge including science, philosophy, psychology, art, mysticism, and the occult.

Music for me is also spiritual practice. The inspiration and elevation it provides is undeniable, and the many insights I have had while practicing an instrument or rehearsing a part are too numerous to recount. Music picks me up when I let reason bring me down, restores my energy levels when I feel tired, sustains me through lengthy work sessions, and generally brings me to a state of inner peace and deep joy.

My objective as a musician is to communicate that energy in the hopes that listeners will experience that very same elevation and inspiration. It is also my intention to share my experiences and discoveries and thus hopefully help others reach understandings that can they can use on their own journey.

Buddhism has been an essential part of my life since the mid-90s.

The adventure began when I stumbled upon a feature in an encyclopedic dictionary that highlighted the Four Noble Truths. That finding immediately sparked my curiosity and a few days later I was buying a copy of The Dhammapada at a local bookstore. While slowly digesting the aphorisms in the weeks that followed, I found that its teachings were in continuity with a process of introspection that had begun during an introductory course on neural networks (i.e. systems designed to emulate some of the capabilities of the human brain, such as pattern recognition and associative memory), the study of which had triggered the question « what does this tell me about my own inner workings ? »

From then on I pursued my explorations and plunged into the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, which was quickly followed by various Mahayana sutras. I also bought a guide to learn how to meditate and started experimenting with the practice.

During the years that followed, I plowed through most of the major Mahayana sutras, progressively adjusted my lifestyle and behaviour to accord with the precepts, refined my meditation practice, memorized mantras, and became a vegetarian.

Poligraf has been an essential part of my life since its inception at the beginning of February 1998.

The adventure began after the collapse of a band that arguably never really existed as it only had a handful of rehearsals, but for which I had already written a lot of material. Left alone at the helm, I connected with a group of experienced musicians via a co-worker friend and after agreeing on a general aim and formula, we raised sail and headed to the terra incognita of progressive rock.

Over its eleven years of activity in various incarnations, Poligraf has yielded enough music for over five full-length albums, but never really had a chance to officially record any of them, although some of the material has been demoed and performed on stage on various occasions.

Most of the music documents my own spiritual path and presents some of the lessons that life has taught me on the way. Some pieces are directly inspired by Buddhist texts or teachings. For instance, « Between Worlds » is directly inspired by the Tibetan Book Of The Dead, and « The Idler » and « Creeper » have been inspired by aphorisms of The Dhammapada. « Void » illustrates the Buddhist concept of emptiness, and « SubjeKctiv » serves as a reminder of the subjectivity of experience and the coextensivity of worlds. « Entering the Stream » is a trilogy, counting a total of nine chapters, that depicts the trajectory of an individual fed up with the mundane who decides to retreat into an ashram for some heavy introspection before returning to the ordinary with a renewed perspective on life.

Throughout all these years, if the Mahayana has provided the vehicle, then Poligraf has certainly provided landscapes, path, and drive, while the buddhas have completed the picture with their timely, serendipitous, and often magical interventions.

I don't know why I feel so strongly about music, progressive rock, and Poligraf in particular, but I just know I do and I trust that feeling to the best of my ability. My connection to Poligraf runs so deep that whenever I let hardships or circumstances turn into reasons to believe that there's no viable future for the band, then I retreat into apathy. That is, until that unmistakable feeling breaks through the veil of confusion to drive me again. To the best of my present understanding, my own self-realization seems to be linked to that of the band, if not as the culmination of my spiritual practice, then at least as an essential stepping stone towards it.

Poligraf's first album is entitled « Samsara. » Traditionally, the term refers to the Buddhist concept of the cycle of birth and death in which all beings in the universe take part and which can be escaped only through enlightenment. Personally, I agree with the view that it is rather that very same process of enlightenment, in which ups and downs are in fact the appearance of constant motion towards spiritual growth.

In accordance with that perspective, the album presents a collection of pieces that depict the journey of an individual who faces a series of challenges through which they will experience various transcendences, on their way to increasingly better versions of themselves.

If you'd like to know more about the band and support us in our efforts to bring our beauty into the world, please visit our website (see the first icon below) where you can learn more about our many projects and the sponsorship opprtunities that we offer.

For Poligraf, your support represents an opportunity to go to the next level, reach a wider audience, and ultimately become a self-sustaining prog rock producing unit that can function independently of a record label.

Thank you for reading thus far, and best wishes to you on your journey.

               

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At 8:28pm on January 15, 2015, Mahoganie said…

HOW TO GET DELIVERED FROM SICKNESS AND POVERTY (BEING BROKE)

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    THIS INFORMATION IS NOT A SOLICITATION FOR ANYTHING OR A BUSINESS. THIS INFORMATION IS FOR DELIVERANCE PURPOSES ONLY!

    This is not a blog so to speak but rather an informative announcement of sorts to let you know, “How you can get delivered from sickness and poverty (being broke)”. I've even added my own below-mentioned personal testimonies.

    Suggestion: Please feel free to copy this information and read it later if you can't do so now.

    THESE PROVISIONS ARE MADE FOR BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS ONLY!

    I am sharing and teaching you freely how you can:

  1. Take authority over all of your own financial issues,

  2. Eliminate all of your Debt…

    God’s Word is medicine to our spirits. Did you know that if you healed your spirit with the Word of God your spirit will heal your body?

    Because God gave us a free will He will not shove Himself down our throats therefore my hope is that you will learn through this information how to…

    Go to the blog and glean what you need for yourself….

    My people perish for the lack of knowledge.

    Excerpts regarding finances: 

    The Lord said I was to

    claim whatever it was I needed (the total amount of money it takes to run your household weekly or monthy) in Jesus' name,

    to command Satan to take his hands off my money,

    and to send out ministering spirits …

  • 18. When you speak negatively about your financial situation, you can have what you say and believe. Here is a very important spiritual law: You can have what you say. With your words you can choose life or death, poverty or riches, sickness or health.You may tithe (give 10 percent to the church), work hard, and pray for prosperity every day, but if your words are negative and contrary to God's Word, you could stay mired in debt, struggling to make ends meet. Words are powerful, but God's Word is full of creative power…go to the blog

    Excerpts regarding healing: 

  • 19. today that are beneficial in aiding the body's healing process. If you are taking medicine, mix faith with it by saying, "I believe I receive my healing in Jesus' Name." Man's medicines will not heal you, and generally will not keep you from being healed. Yet there are some medicines today that have so many side effects they seem to be worse than the disease. So ask some questions and find out what you are taking. Most medicine will help hold down the symptoms while you are applying God's principles concerning healing and health. I don't advocate that you throw your medicine away and rely on confession alone unless the Lord directs you to do so. It takes time to renew your mind and develop faith in your words as well as God's Word. But the things you are continually confessing eventually become a part of you. It is true, God has provided healing for us through His Word. But we must learn to appropriate that healing by making the Word a part of our daily vocabulary. I believe by being taught properly and by practicing your faith you can grow to a point where 22

    Go to my blog!

    MY OWN CINDERELLA TESTIMONY

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Perfect Magic

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A Tide Of Positive Change

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The 23rd song written for the « 30 Songs for the Sunny Season » project is entitled « A Tide Of Positive Change » and was completed on March 24th, 2013.

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