Monthly Archives: September 2016

Akka Mahadevi ~ Female Devotional Poet

12th Century Poet. Married to a King when young, Akka Mahadevi rejected life in the palace and left to become a naked wandering mendicant. Her life was devoted to Shiva.  I have fallen in love, O mother with the Beautiful

Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized, Yoga

Dandelion Root Medicine

Any of us may need to know about this easily-available and powerful medicine sometime. All parts of the plant may be used, but this post is just about the Root.                      

Posted in Health and Healing

Tashi and the Monk

Really lovely, inspiring documentary ~ Tashi and the Monk https://player.vimeo.com/video/95735800?badge=0 TASHI AND THE MONK from Pilgrim Films on Vimeo. In a remote region of the Indian Himalayas, Lobsang Phuntsok, formerly a Buddhist monk, has dedicated his life to rescuing unwanted,

Posted in Uncategorized, Videos

To Go Beyond Thought ~ Karen Armstrong

Parabola: Can you describe the Axial Age and the light it might shed on the difference between thinking and knowing? I realize I’m asking you to traffic in huge generalities here, but it seems to be a pivotal distinction. KAREN ARMSTRONG: You

Posted in Uncategorized, Western Mysticism

The Monk Hanshan

(All images are of artwork from the MING DYNASTY) The Monk Hanshan (Deqing) was one of the most important Buddhist teachers in the Ming Dynasty. The Ming Dynasty in China stretched from the middle of the 14th Century to the

Posted in Buddhism, Uncategorized

Enso (Video ~ Animation)

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The Egg (Video)

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The Old Scientists Who Knew ~ Clarissa Pinkolo Estes

Vasavada taught breathing to me as prayer, as clearing, as vision. The popular tonglen practice aside for a moment, Vasavada AND Aunt Edna, both used to say in order to calm oneself: Breathe in blue, breathe out red. In our

Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized

The Five Poisons and The Eight Worldly Concerns

”Learn to bear them patiently, as if they were mere echoes..” ~ Longchenpa In Buddhist psychology different types of mental affliction are categorised. These are the so-called mental poisons. In addition there are the eight worldly concerns, or those things that

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Ancient China ~ Egyptian Connection?

An interesting possibility. Don’t know if it holds water, but will include it anyway. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/43.25.4/ An important archaeological artifact for understanding the early cultural and technological development of China is the splendid Yin-Shang bronze wares dating back to ca. 1400

Posted in Oddities, Uncategorized

On The Physics of High Rise Building Collapses

Source ~ http://www.europhysicsnews.org/articles/epn/pdf/2016/04/epn2016474p21.pdf Europhysics News is the magazine of the European physics community. It is owned by the European Physical Society and produced in cooperation withEDP Sciences. It is distributed to all our Individual Members and many institutional subscribers. Most European national societies receive

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

Seyyed Hossein Nasr ~ On Tradition and Perennialism in the Contemporary World

Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Persian born April 7, 1933) is an Iranian University Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, and an Islamic philosopher.

Posted in Sufi Wisdom, Uncategorized

Possibilities ~ Wislawa Szymborska

I prefer movies. I prefer cats. I prefer the oaks along the Warta River. I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky. I prefer myself liking people to myself loving mankind. I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.

Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized

We Had Each Other for A Long and Too Short A Time ~ Clarissa Pinkolo Estes

I know you’re going to your new love, I see your old white knapsack leaning at the door… your waiting lasso and your saddle outside, and I know, you’ve decided with finality, not to stay with me, not even one

Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized

Vision of Saint Ambrose of Optina

I read this recently in a book called The Christ of India and find it really lovely. As told by Abbott George Burke. “Suddenly, I am outside of the forest, somewhere far away, in another world, quite unknown to me, never seen

Posted in Uncategorized, Western Mysticism

The Three Roots ~ Tau Malachi

Remember your Transcendence ”Always remember that God is with you, wherever you are, whatever is happening, all of the time. Cultivate this awareness, and throughout your days think of God with you often, and learn to abide in the this

Posted in Western Mysticism

The Half Finished Heaven ~ Tomas Transtromer

The Half-Finished Heaven Despondency breaks off its course. Anguish breaks off its course. The vulture breaks off its flight. . The eager light streams out, even the ghosts take a draught. . And our paintings see daylight, our red beasts

Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized

The 24 Teachers of Dattatreya

Dattatreya was a mythological deity or sage. He was said to be an avadhoot, or complete renunciate, wandering naked in the world. He is usually represented with 3 heads as he is also said to be an incarnation of the

Posted in Yoga

The Self Forgets Itself

The self forgets itself as a frantic dog in a glass temple barks himself to death; as a lion, seeing a form in the well, leaps on the image; as a rutting elephant sticks his tusk in a crystal boulder.

Posted in Poetry, Sufi Wisdom, Uncategorized

Hakuin (and the Butter Visualisation)

Hakuin Ekaku 1686 – 1769 (Self Portrait) ”If you forget yourself, you become the Universe.” Hakuin heard about Hell when he was a small boy and decided to become a monk to avoid it. While a young monk he heard

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