Wednesday, July 6, 2011


A Conversation with YACHT from Bayan Mogharabi on Vimeo.

Be your own god. Create your own universe.

Art as religion is an interesting concept to me.

Y.A.C.H.T.s music helps a lot as well.

This is from their website:

"If I believe in God, can I still be a part of YACHT?

YACHT is not a religion. YACHT aims to provide an alternative to religion, by creating a community which provides long-lasting meaning and value without dogma or submission. We share many things with spiritual groups: we respect ritual, ceremony, and magic. We desire to turn disassociated people into a group capable of summoning upon itself high, transcendent power. However, we believe that traditional religious dogma can, if we are not intellectually engaged with it, hold us in a kind of prison of the mind. We aim to break free, break molds, and impress upon our members the importance of self-empowerment.

Thus, YACHT itself does not partake in any existing organized religion, nor does YACHT believe in God as most define it. In our minds, God is the Universe and all it contains, including us, and you, which makes each individual a member of a vast pantheon of small gods. Each man and woman on this planet has the power to fulfill their role in this pantheon. Which is to say: each man and woman on this planet can control his or her own position on it.

Our God is something like the philosopher Baruch de Spinoza’s God, one that reveals itself in the orderly harmony, the totality, of what exists, who is the pure essence of everything and every idea in the Universe — not one that concerns itself with the fates and actions of human beings. That said, we are fascinated by all religions, rituals, and spiritual paths, and are students of the history of religion over the ages — which means, yes, we have studied Satanism in its various incarnations, as well as the great pagan animist religions of the Native Americans, Greek and Roman mythology, the shamanism of the Aztecs and Mayans, the mystic knowledge of the ancient Egyptians, the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, the Hollywood plague of Scientology, the Tibetan notions of death, UFO cults, the Hindu reincarnation, the Japanese Shinto, the mystery cults and secret societies of the early century, Buddhism, Zen, the Babylonian-Assyrian myths, fundamentalist offshoot groups, and the psychedelic spiritual anarchism of the mid 1960s. It is an inexhaustible subject which we will undoubtedly study for the rest of our lives, and continue to find interesting. We encourage you to read deeply and broadly about spirituality, and to open your mind to the various possibilities it implies."

(via Rainn Wilson.)

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