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Moksha and Dharma

Morality has a bad name in certain contemporary circles. Rules, restrictions, tired old dogmas, the famous “thou shalt nots . . . “ All this jars against modern ideas of liberty, where free spirits follow their own inclinations first. What role could such narrow and rigid anachronisms have in genuine spiritual practice? This is indeed the age of moral relativism . . . continue reading

Patanjali's Conception of the Mind

What is yoga? Despite the current popularity of yoga practice, few people, when pressed, seem capable of providing a satisfactory answer to this question. The complexity, subtlety and paradox inherent in the ancient tradition does not lend itself to an easy answer. At the beginning of the Yoga Sutra . . . continue reading

Realising the Body of Light

Lord Shiva, the lord of yoga, is a great master of the dance. Tradition says he dances every evening on Mt. Kailasa, to relieve the suffering of embodied creatures and to delight the other deities who gather at his feet. He also dances at the heart of every subatomic particle--just as he dances with the quasars and the stars. Minute flashes of energy  . . .  continue reading

Liberation: What are We Really Seeking?

We live in strange times. Forty million westerners practice the ancient Indian art of yoga, a practice dedicated to world transcendence and Self-realisation. These contemporary yogins, the vast majority of them focused exclusively on the physical practice, have generated a billion dollar industry . . . continue reading

Yoga and Childbirth

Yoga creates balance in all. Heart and mind. Body and spirit. Masculine and feminine. Sun and moon. In the sacred act of creation, the energies of Shiva and Shakti unite, giving birth to the entire manifest world. Pure consciousness and creative energy producing infinite forms . . . continue reading

Buddhism and Childbirth

If there are as many schools of Buddhism as there are Buddhist teachers, and if the Buddha gave 84,000 different teachings (understanding as he did the variety of human nature) the Buddhist message remains . . . continue reading

Meditation for the Month:

"Thoughts come and go.
Feelings come and go.
Find out what it is that remains."
Ramana Maharshi

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My Hymn to Surya: 
The blue light of morning holds a promise. The ancient rishis knew that. But don’t just believe it, investigate for yourself. It is happening for me right now in a most serendipitous way. My effort to protect my garden here in Sardinia from wild pigs has me up each morning well before dawn, inspecting the results . . .  (read more)