Monthly Archives: August 2016

Not This…Not That

  It is not just a matter of what we wake up from…it is also a matter of what we wake up to. Waking up from illusion in the world around us – the political, economic, historical farce – is

Posted in Inner Transmissions, Uncategorized

Milarepa’s Cave of Demons

One evening Milarepa returned to his cave after gathering firewood, only to find it filled with demons. They were cooking his food, reading his books, sleeping in his bed. They had taken over the joint. He knew about nonduality of

Posted in Buddhism, Uncategorized

The Holy War ~ René Daumal

Extracts from The Holy War. Full piece available here ~ I am going to write a poem about war. Perhaps it will not be a real poem, but it will be about a real war. What I am going to make won’t

Posted in Uncategorized, Western Mysticism

Dzogchen ~ Extract from James Low Article

”Dzogchen means the great completion or the great perfection. It starts with the experience that from the beginning everything has been perfect just as it is, and so there is nothing to do. * The very doing, by which we

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Bholenath means the ”Innocent Lord” or ”kind hearted Lord”. We think of all aspects of Divinity as being sophisticated, as being akin to our crafty thinking minds, but the Bholenath archetype is that which is as unaffected as a child.

Posted in Uncategorized, Yoga

Time in the Puranas

A poetic way of appreciating the vastness of time…. The Shiva Puranas were first written down in 4-6th century, but are said to have been orally transmitted since ancient times. (There are some references in older Upanishads from 5 th

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The Innermost Being of Man ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

”The earth supplies all the things that man’s nature demands except one, and that is his source; and therefore man remains dissatisfied all through life in spite of everything that he may obtain in answer to his desires: pleasure, comfort,

Posted in Sufi Wisdom, Uncategorized

Quote from Sutra of the Wise and the Foolish

Do not disregard small misdeeds, Thinking they are harmless, Because even tiny sparks of flame, Can set fire to a mountain of hay. * Do not disregard small positive acts, Thinking they are without benefit, Because even tiny drops of

Posted in Buddhism, Uncategorized

Ever Expanding God

‘‘The essence of philosophy is not the possession of truth but the search for truth.” ~ Karl Jaspers. The Perennial Philosophy is the reasonably modern term assigned to that unity of truth said to rest behind all spiritual traditions –

Posted in Inner Transmissions, Uncategorized

Vishuddhi Chakra

The Throat Chakra. Vishuddhi includes the word shuddhi which means ”purification”. The Bija or seed mantra for Vishuddhi is HAM (the essential meaning of which is ”I Am”) (it is pronounced with a long drawl on the A, between awww and

Posted in Uncategorized, Yoga


Purna is a Sanskrit word which means Wholeness, Complete, Full, Perfect. Fulfilled, Satisfied. INFINITE. There is a peace mantra – from the Isha Upanishad. (Isha is a lovely word, meaning Lord in the personal sense, a more intimate attitude than

Posted in Uncategorized, Yoga

Poems of Izumi Shikibu (10th century)

Her poems and correspondence, part of a tradition of court love poetry, frequently combine erotic and romantic longing with Buddhist contemplation. In Love Poems from the Japanese (2003), poet and translator Kenneth Rexroth noted of Shikibu, “Of all the poets of the

Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized
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