Monthly Archives: November 2013

Bam Shankar!

(Leonid Plotkin – Sadu Sorcerer) A sadhu strolling towards me along the burning ghats at Varanasi had his eyes lowered. His matted dreadlocks were  piled up high on the top of his head, and he wore the usual paraphernalia of

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The Tailor from Almora.

(Almora – Anthony van Zijl) On the train to Varanasi I asked the boy to marry me. Fortunately, he agreed. We sealed the deal in a hotel called The House of The Rising Sun. The Brahman, who performed the ceremony

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Jack Kerouac ~ advice to his wife…

    “I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night.    It said that Nothing

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To Do or Not To Do?

(Resting Buddha – https://inshaallaah.wordpress.com/) This is a brief extract from a satsang by Swami Nishchalanada Saraswati on the subject of Effort versus effortlessness. ”…We cannot create or do Meditation, for any attempt at doing will be an extension of the ego,

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Ashtavakra Gita

(Wandering in the Forest – http://www.thaogallery.com/home/) The Ashtavakra Gita was written around the same time as the Bhagavad Gita (about 2500 years ago). They are fairly different in approach. The Ashtavakra Gita is about radical non-dualism – Advaita Vedanta – as

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They shoot horses, don’t they….

(Meerabai – Open Source) “The layer that is above the sky and below the earth, which is described as being situated between the earth and the sky and which is indicated as the symbol of the past, present and future,

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A poem from SURDAS

(Image Source Unknown) As a woman is dear to a lustful man So most of life is lost in sense enjoyment The hairs of the head have gone grey, The eyes are becoming dim, The ears have lost their power

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Gunas ~ the tendencies that shape us….

(The Whirlpool Galaxy NASA image) Guna means thread or primal tendency. Feuerstein has called them ”energy parcels” to draw attention to their quality of energy and flow, waves rather than particles. I like to think of them as winds or

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An Old Warrior’s Battle Cry

(Maori Portrait – Charles Frederick Goldie) I am Donn, do you hear? I am out beyond, striding the hummocky fields, liberal and at ease. No swallows rise to fret away like scattering leaves when I walk among them. Blades of

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Detachment.

(Zombie Lips – Jason Levesque) The day started out badly, he said. From the outset there was so much rushing, he said, and so little time, that I didn’t get to go to the loo. I hate that, he said.

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Tenuous Sanity

(Artist: Tomasz Kopera) “Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them

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life cycle

(Pumpkin – by Me – free to use)

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Notes from a Mountain.

    I ended up unexpectedly in an out of the way place last night. It was a community hall in the mountains in the middle of nowhere. The meeting was a ”convention on old cures”. About 150 country people

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Life in One Go?

”Deep inside you are just a hollow bamboo and existence flows through you for no other motive than the sheer delight in flow. Existence flows because it delights in flow. There is no utilitarian goal” (Osho) I am going to

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Impermanence and Buddhist thought on Reincarnation

Vipassana and the yogic meditation Antar Mouna (Inner Silence) train us to know that it arises, it exists for a while, and then it disappears. This applies to everything ~ to our thoughts, our emotions, our experiences, our bodies, our

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Letter To My Mind

(Art by Alex Grey)     Oh my Dear, Dear Mind,   ” ‘Tis almost morning; I would have thee gone: And yet no further than a wanton’s bird; Who lets it hop a little from her hand, Like a

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Poppy

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Aghoris

    (Photo: Joey Lawrence)   Whose house do you live in?In the house of Sethaji.That house is going to collapse.Let it collapse. What does it matter?I will go elsewhere.   (Dattatreya)     The Aghoris are a sect of

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I have invented you & you have invented me.

”Everything in the Universe is within You. Ask all from yourself” RUMI   I have invented You and You have invented Me. This applies to the people in our real worlds, our children, our lovers, our families, our friends, our

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