The Smiling Prayer

 

From How To Be Happy

The Smiling Prayer

 

Widget? Splodge?

Splat? Dodge?

Doodle? Poodle?

Noodle? Oodle?

Twinkle? Winkle?

Mussel? Bustle?

Wither? Thither?

Blather? Blither?

 

Spindle? Brindle?

Bridle? Tidal?

Spiniker? Jib?

Globular? Bib?

Articulate? Fulminate?

Stipulate? Spondulate?

Prognosticate? Ruminate?

Just tell me what the otter ate!

 

Noodle! Oodle!

Gadzooks! Oops!

Doodle! Poodle!

Whoa! Whoops!

Splat! Dodge!

Hodge! Podge!

Weeble! Heeble!

Widget! Splodge!

Weeble! Heeble!

Weeble! Heeble!

Weeble! Heeble!

Widget! Splodge!

 

The website: www.captivatingcult.co.uk

The book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECECL84

© 2013 Luke Andreski. All rights reserved.

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One Journey, One Path

 

Hymn 989 from “How To Be Happy – The Maxus Irie Book of Happiness”

One Journey, One Path

 

 

Follow the path down to the sea

The water of life will set you free

Stretching away as far as can be

The truth and the love of Maxus Irie

 

Breasting the waves of the ocean of life

The winds of change, the tides of strife

Riding the crest as far as can be

The love and the truth of Maxus Irie

 

Cresting the currents of night and day

Where fisher folk toil and dolphins play

Seeking new friendships as far as can be

The truth and love of Maxus Irie

 

We are the currents, the wind and the sea

The happiness and love that sets you free

Sharing our message as far as can be

The love and the truth of Maxus Irie

 

Follow the path down to the sea

The water of life will set you free

Stretching away as far as can be

The truth and the love of Maxus Irie

 

The website: www.captivatingcult.co.uk

The book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECECL84

© 2013 Luke Andreski. All rights reserved.

When is a cult not a cult?

Cultology…

William Tarkovsky

 

Is a cult a cult if it calls itself a cult?

Is a cult a cult if it denies it is a religion?

Is a cult a cult if it is fundamentally secular?

These questions are all raised by the phenomenon of Maxus Irie, the so-called ‘captivating cult of happiness and joy’. Visiting the website http://www.captivatingcult.com you might think that you have stumbled upon something fundamentally innocent, particularly if you click on the link to be ‘transported to another place’…. but can a cult ever be truly innocent?

Judging by the t-shirts, I suspect the answer may be “Yes”.

 

Links:

To be transported to another place: http://www.captivatingcult.co.uk/laugh.html

http://www.captivatingcult.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/capivatingcult

www.maxusirie.wordpress.com

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Wear the message…

Message on a t-shirt!

 

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Available via http://www.cafepress.com in the US and http://captivatingcult.spreadshirt.co.uk/ in the UK.

Feel free to use and share this image!

 

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Annoy your friends and family – join a cult

The Juliette Stevenson Interview:

A new cult is infesting our streets… but could it possibly be a “nice” cult?

What are cults and why are they bad? This summer a new cult came into existence: Maxus Irie, the “captivating cult of happiness and joy”. The brainchild of author and poet Luke Andreski, Maxus Irie celebrates and promotes happiness, love and joy while at the same time challenging the very notion of what a cult is.

I doorstep Luke Andreski during a conference in his local city, Bristol UK, and ask him some challenging questions about his new project. I begin by asking him, Aren’t cults fundamentally wrong-headed?

“Generally that’s the case,” Luke says as he ushers me into his quiet and studious household, “but my cult is different. Firstly, it is a fun cult, a cult which is meant to make you smile, a cult which is about nothing other than happiness: increasing our own personal happiness and the happiness of everyone around us.”

I suggest that many cults claim exactly the same thing. “But there’s one crucial difference,” Luke says, serving me herb tea in a bone china cup, “and that is that they take themselves all too seriously. They indulge in the cult of the personality, with some ‘holy’ personage at the centre of the whole thing; they claim connection with some higher power; and there are all sorts of hoops you have to jump through to become a member. None of that applies to Maxus Irie.”

In that case, I ask, how in fact do you become a member of Maxus Irie?

“It’s very easy and very transparent,” Luke states, sipping at his aromatic brew. “You simply smile. You simply laugh. And you set yourself the target of making the world a happier place.” He looks at me. “You’d like to hear now how this whole thing came about?” When I nod, he continues, “Well, it is all very simple. I launched Maxus Irie for two reasons. Firstly, out of a sense of love. I love life, I love the world, and I love the human race. I love these things devoutly and I believe that they are all greatly deserving of love. From this love the core principles and beliefs of Maxus Irie arise. Why not have a new belief system, or a ‘cult’, that works purely on the basis of making people happier, and of increasing the amount of happiness in the world? In other words, why not isolate the core beliefs surrounding happiness about which every type of person, no matter what religion they belong to or which nation they inhabit, would be able to say, ‘Yes – I believe in that too!’

“Secondly, I asked myself the question, ‘Why should the orthodox religions or the traditionally religious have all the fun? Why shouldn’t those who are less involved with specific religions or creeds enjoy the pleasures and benefits of prayers, hymns and rituals?’ And my answer was, ‘Let’s create some prayers and rituals and hymns that anyone, anywhere, of any persuasion or religious belief (or of no belief at all) can participate in and enjoy. Hymns and prayers and rituals whose sole aim is to make you feel happier, and to help you share that happiness with those around you…

“So I wrote the book How To Be Happy, The Maxus Irie Book Of Happiness, set up the website www.captivatingcult.com, designed the t-shirts… and launched the cult!”

So are you saying that Maxus Irie, your ‘captivating cult’, is not in fact a cult?

Luke bounces that back at me with a question of his own: “How many cults do you know which call themselves cults? How many cults say, ‘Hey, don’t call us a religion – we’re a cult!’ Or ‘Don’t bother joining us – just smile!’”

Not many, I admit, as I finish my herbal concoction… And then it’s clear that our time is up and Luke needs to get back online to converse with his disciples via the Maxus Irie Facebook page and Twitter.

Once again on the doorstep I ask, Do you have a last message you would like to share with my readers?

“Yes,” Luke replies with a smile. “In fact I do. Tell your readers that life can be painful, so change that. Tell your readers to do something wild today. Tell them to do something good, something lasting, something based solely on happiness. Tell them to annoy their friends and family – and join my cult!”

Luke Andreski’s ebook, philosophy, blog and t-shirts can all be accessed via his website, www.captivatingcult.com. And studiously and happily in his calm and quiet home he continues his work on Being Content: The Maxus Irie Book Of Contentment and his two novels-in-progress Green Messiah and Elven Dogs.

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This interview was first published on Jacksonville.com on September 18

Our Contentment And Love Last Forever

Leapfrogging, cartwheeling, gyrating and spinning

Our lives are the laughter of the now and ever after

Where happiness and joy

Are a part of forever

And our sadness and tears

Are in the never-never

And our contentment and love

Last for ever and ever

For ever and ever

For ever and ever

And our contentment and love

Last for ever

 

Bounding, somersaulting, tumbling and leaping

Our lives are the laughter of the now and ever after

Where kindness and love

Are a part of forever

And our losses and our sorrows

Are in the never-never

And our smiles and our happiness

Last for ever and ever

For ever and ever

For ever and ever

And our smiles and our happiness

Last for ever

 

Stepping out, jumping up, ducking low, leaping high

Our lives are the laughter of the now and ever after

Where caresses and smiles

Are a part of forever

And our troubles and woes

We face them together

And our kindness and compassion

Lasts for ever and ever

For ever and ever

For ever and ever

And our kindness and compassion

Lasts for ever

 

Cartwheeling, leapfrogging, gyrating and spinning

Our lives are the laughter of the now and ever after

Where happiness and joy

Are a part of forever

And our sadness and tears

Are in the never-never

And our contentment and love

Last for ever and ever

For ever and ever

For ever and ever

And our contentment and love

Last for ever

 

www.captivatingcult.co.uk

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECECL84

© 2013 Luke Andreski. All rights reserved.

A Maxus Irie Hymn – The Garden Of The Sun

 

We are living in the garden, the garden of the sun

Each spark of life is precious, yes each and every one

We are the necklace of a thousand stars alight on nature’s breast

Each spark is its own miracle, by love and nature blessed

 

We strive to be the best we are, in happiness and love

We stride through nature’s garden, the shining sun above

We strive to share our love and joy, the whole wide world around

You hear our ardent singing – a wondrous, thrilling sound!

 

We are strong and we are mighty, yet we are humble too

We will share our mighty energy and gentle love with you

We share the mighty energy of the burning sun above

And transform this human world of ours with happiness and love

 

We are potent in our happiness, we are generous in our love

We share the mighty energy of the burning sun above

We need no mighty castle, no fortress in the air

If you scale the highest mountain, you will already find us there

 

If you scale the highest mountain, you will find us by your side

We are part of every living thing, in tooth and nail and hide

We need no mighty army, no weapons wrought with care

Look, thee, in the mirror: you will see us standing there

 

We are living in the garden, the garden of the sun

Each spark of life is precious, yes each and every one

We are the necklace of a thousand stars alight on nature’s breast

Each spark is its own miracle, by love and nature blessed!

 

www.captivatingcult.co.uk

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECECL84

© 2013 Luke Andreski. All rights reserved.