Yearly Archives: 2015

Pranava ~ In the beginning was the Word….

http://somathread.ning.com/groups/yoga-and-tantra/forum/pranava-in-the-beginning-was-the-word ‘’(Ishwara) (Underlying Intelligence) rested in meditation and from those came the three sound..Bhur, Bhuvas, Svar..earth, air and sky. (Ishwara) end rested in meditation and from the three sounds came the sound AUM. Even as all the leaves come from

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Kaya Sthairyam ~ meditation on Stillness

This is a fundamental meditation technique. Normally in meditation we aim to forget the body. But the mind is tricky and starts to feel discomfort or pain, restlessness or impatience ~ and these feelings manifest within the body. We find

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Ten Grounds of Bodhisattva

http://somathread.ning.com/groups/buddhism/forum/ten-grounds-of-bodhisattva These are said to be the stages or grounds (also called Bhumis) that the Bodhisattva must traverse to reach enlightenment. It is mainly from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. The Ten Grounds are… 1)The Joyful Land or Great Joy (Happiness)

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40 days and 40 nights

Jesus did it. Buddha did it. Mohammed did it. Moses did it on Mount Sinai. They all took to the desert or some wild place, and practised discipline of the flesh for the magical duration of 40 days, spending that

Posted in Uncategorized, Western Mysticism

To the good, kind people who follow this blog….

…at this point in time I am moving older blogs and posts from a site of mine that I have maintained for the past few years (and indeed hope to continue to maintain into the future) and so there may

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Shiva and Shakti

Shiva & Shakti – the Twin ‘Realities’ Satsang from Swami Nischalananda Saraswati Source : http://www.yogamag.net/archives/1991/bmar91/twins.shtml (One of the best articles I have ever read…) “Utterly fearless and uninhibited it is this consciousness that brings into manifestation and sustains the infinite variety

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Parasite Purge!

Parasite Purge.   There was a naturopathic doctor called Dr Khanna who I once spent some time with, because he was treating my baby boy for dysentery. We were in Almora, in the Himalayas. The doctor lived in a beautiful

Posted in Health and Healing, Uncategorized

Birth at Balsamic Moon

All information here copied from various sources as conveyed…   WHEN IS BALSAMIC MOON…. On the Lunar Calendar: 10 ½ days after the Full Moon, up to the New Moon NOTE>>>COUNT THE DAYS AFTER THE FULL MOON>>NOT INCLUDING…. Look up mOon

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As Many As The Leaves on the Bilva Tree

A young cow-herd was moving through the forest when he spied an old yogi doing a ritual to summon Shiva. The cow-herd hid himself behind a nearby tree. The yogi’s ritual was successful, and Lord Shiva appeared before him. He

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Prayer Before Birth ~ Louis MacNeice

This is one of my favourite Poems. It is by the Irish poet, Louis MacNeice. Prayer Before Birth I am not yet born; O hear me. Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the club-footed

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Tilopa

  Tilopa is a very interesting character. He was born in the 10th century in India of royal descent, and lived as King, but was dissatisfied with that life. He had a vision of a dakini who told him to

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The Eight-Fold Path

The Four Noble Truths give rise to the Eight Fold Path which is the Journey out of samsara (the repeating cycle of birth, life, deqath and rebirth, ad infinitum)….. The Eight Fold Path is a highly practical outline of an approach to

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Milarepa ~ From Dark Mage to Green Sage

(Milarepa by Roerich)   Milarepa is one of the best-loved and most epic characters in the story of Tibet. The bad boy made good. When he was young his family was dispossessed after his father’s death, and all their hereditary

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The Nativity ~ Some Thoughts from Tau Malachi

The story of the “Immaculate Conception” and “Virgin Birth” is understood as a myth that conveys secret knowledge of Christ, unfolding something of the greater mystery of the Christos to initiates who are aware of the mystical and symbolic language

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Matthieu Ricard

I have recently come across this guy. I find him very interesting and inspirational. He elucidates Tibetan Buddhist approaches in a very scientific and clear manner….. He was born in France and then… He worked for a Ph.D. degree in molecular

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Lojong ~ Mind Training Aphorisms

This is a bit long but interesting (I think). I have joined the translations of the 59 slogans from various sources to make each one clearer (I hope) :). Lojong ~ Mind Training Aphorisms. These set of 59 slogans or

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The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra is the most most famous teaching in Mahayana Buddhism, encapsulating the essence of the teachings. It is estimated to have been composed between the 2nd and 4th centuries CE. I asked the leaf whether it was scared

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The Four Noble Truths

Back to Basics. The Good Basics 🙂 The truth of dukkha (suffering, anxiety, dissatisfaction) The truth of the origin of dukkha The truth of the cessation of dukkha The truth of the path leading to the cessation of dukkha Extracts on the Four Noble Truths

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Tonglen

“May I be the protector to the vulnerable;  a guide to those traveling; a bridge for the farther shore. May the suffering of all completely cease. May I be the healer and medicine, nursing all the sick of this world,

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Bon

It is often said that Tibetan Buddhism is a combination of regular Buddhism and Bon, which gives it a unique flavour. This may or may not b e so…But…. what is Bon? Bon was the original native religion of Tibet

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