Latest Blog Posts

The Still Point of Existence

Introduction Archimedes, the famous astronomer and mathematician from Syracuse, Sicily, who lived in the third century B.C.E. is purported to have said: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum to place it on and I shall move the very earth.” I use this wonderful image as a metaphor for what is called the Still Point of Existence in such a fashion as to underline the potency of attaining this point of being whereupon we can literally embody the very sentiments of the Desiderata, the first verse of which runs:   Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to…

LIBERATION Demystified!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! Before we get started on the topic it is necessary for us to be on the same page as far as the definition of liberation goes. Liberation may very loosely be understood as a state of uninterrupted happiness, peace, security and freedom from all pains, hardships and insecurities. What makes liberation different from other spurts of happiness / joy is only that liberation is seen to be an unending state, that is, once attained, it remains permanently with us. Different groups tend to tweak the same idea of liberation to their understanding. Let’s enquire…. The Religious Viewpoint…

Does the Sun Trigger Hurricanes and Social Uprising?

What do the activities of our sun have to do with the increase in extreme weather, public scandals, mass tragedies and social unrest that we are experiencing here on earth? According to indigenous and shamanic belief, and their understanding of life and the universe… everything. Each time I travel to the Southwest, I happen to cross paths with a different, indigenous Indian man who teaches me about this period of accelerated change and instability. The indigenous people of our land have valuable insight to share with us. Their oral traditions, passed down from generation to generation have long forecast this period of instability as part of a repeating cycle, which their ancient ancestors have lived through before. This cycle involves our sun’s natural rhythms as it journeys around the galaxy,…

Common Myths About Meditation

With so much information out there about meditation and its benefits, it makes sense that there is some misconceptions along side it. With over seven billion minds active from moment to moment, there are endless streams of thoughts on every aspect of creation. Some thoughts perceive reality the way it is, some are imagination and some are simple misconceptions. While there are myths about many topics, one of the most popular one is meditation itself. Here is a list of the most common myths about meditation, hoping that any confusion that you might have is cleared. 1. Meditation Takes Years to Learn While the Dalai Lama says that meditation can change your life, he has also been practising for most of his life. Fear not! You can actually learn meditation within minutes. There’s no denying that like…

Celebrating Setsubun

Well happy Setsubun to all particularly those celebrating in Japan and “Out with the ogre! In with happiness! (Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!)” For readers who are not too familiar with the Shinto-Buddhist festival here’s a brief portrayal. Setsubun, a marker on the ancient, lunar-based koyomi calendar indicates the start of a new season. Setsubun means “change of the season”. Japanese people used to celebrate Setsubun four times a year; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. (Image Source: www.japantimes.co.jp) Ancient Japanese believed that the world tends to become unstable during the transition of the season (Setsubun). Therefore, they used to hold various ceremonies to prevent from all kinds of devil or demons invading the society. But contemporary busy Japanese people decided to concentrate on Spring Setsubun because Spring represents a new start from winter.…

More Posts

Ireland at a Crossroads?

I grew up during the ‘60s in the US, that great time of revolution and social change. Many social institutions were being challenged, most with good reason. One of the primary institutions under scrutiny was religion, especially Christianity. The many hypocrisies of its leaders and the betrayals of its founder were very obvious. The lack of credibility of many of its dogmas due to the development of knowledge over the centuries further undermined the its validity. Textual criticism, the ability to analyse a book and see how it was put together from many different sources and times, was particularly good at calling into question the accuracy of many Biblical claims. And so…

The highest level of God understanding!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! In the previous blog, we looked at 2 levels of understanding God, first as jagat kartA the Creator / Intelligent Cause and then as jagat kAranam, the very Material Cause of the Creation itself. We found the need to include negative aspects to the second definition of God. If the human intellect is able to be accepting of such definition, well and good if not, there’s always another step to go! Afterall, human intellect only wants to conceive of an ideal God who…

Interspiritual Calendar 2018

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere in the world. This inclusive interspiritual calendar provides dates for major feasts, celebrations and festivals for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism, as well as Humanist/Secular dates. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your spiritual tradition as well as your neighbours’ and friends. Baha’i Holidays 2018   Buddhist Holidays 2018 Christian Holidays 2018   Hindu Holidays 2018   Islamic Holidays 2018   Jewish Holidays 2018   Pagan Holidays 2018   Secular/Non-Religious Holidays 2018   Shinto Holidays 2018   Sikh Holidays 2018

3 levels of understanding God and how it respectively changes our perspective of the world

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-duality / Advaita Vedanta) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! The blog title says,” 3 levels of God understanding…………….” but you’ll see that the blog ends after level 2. No, I’m not trying some new strategy of writing to invoke your curiosity and interest (though can’t argue that it happens to my benefit anyways)! The blog was running way too long for comfortable reading. Afterall, we’re discussing the most important, subtlest, profoundest subject there is, so try hard as I might, it just couldn’t be short enough to fit…

Spirituality Ireland’s Best of 2017

Now that it’s safe to say that 2017 has passed, we are proud to present the best posts from each of our contributing bloggers over the last year. They have offered incredible insights, thoughts, knowledge, perspectives and inspiration over 2017. Without their contributions Spirituality Ireland wouldn’t be what it is. Each blogger has supplied many posts and articles over 2017 and it would be difficult to choose just one out from a multitude of masterful pieces of writing. So the list below are the posts that have been shared the most from each blogger from their long list of posts on social media. From all of us on the Spirituality Ireland team we wish…