Spirituality

The Instrumental Self

Religion is nothing if not a practical approach to life; however, it is very little practiced. To explore and explain what I mean by ‘practical’ let us compare and contrast an imaginary book: ‘How-To-Play-the-Guitar’ and any serious spiritual book. You can read and reread a book on how to play the guitar but unless you pick…

KARMA – A minuscule attempt at discussing a bewildering Enigma !

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 word ‘karma’, a seemingly simple word directly translates from ancient Sanskrit language to mean ‘action’. Action here covers thought, word and…

Top Meditation Tips for Beginners

Over the last few years I been a keen practitioner of meditation. However over those few years I had a very busy schedule with work and college which meant starting and restarting my meditative routine. Meditation at the very start seems very daunting and it can be a bit anxious if you’re a beginner or…

Living Awarefully – A Karma yogA way of Life!

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 this blog, I pick up the thread exactly where I left off in the previous blog. Here, as promised, the discussion…

7 Ways To Give Your Spiritual Life A Spring Cleaning This Season

The spring equinox fell this week on 20th March, this year, marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. It’s a day many pagans observe as Ostara, a holiday of renewal and rebirth that celebrates the transition from winter to spring. Paganism and its many permutations, including Wicca, are nature religions that honour the sacred power…

Celebrating the Spring Equinox

The spring equinox occurs on 20th March; a cyclic event where the Earth’s North and South poles are not tilted toward or away from the sun meaning that the sun will rise exactly in the east and travel through the sky for 12 hours before setting in the exactly west. Day and night are of equal lengths. It…

What stands between us and our living a liberated, free life!

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 ! Liberation is not something which is acquirable from the outside by our doing “something”.  Such freedom cannot stand the test of time!…

Celebrating Holi 2018, Welcoming Spring in Colour

Holi is the Hindu festival of colours. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season, on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna. In 2018, Holi falls on March 1-2. Holi is observed with great fanfare by Hindus all over the world, with celebrations beginning on the eve of the festival with bonfires and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…