What is your vision of a perfect life? When you try on clothes in a store, what image of yourself do you imagine presenting to the world? Or take a moment to think about what makes you unhappy and then consider its opposite. For example, if you don’t like your house, what are you comparing it with in your head? We all have visions of an ideal life either in conscious fantasies or in dreams submerged beneath duty and perceived obstacles.
Quantum physics now proves what Hindus and Druids have believed for centuries – that are thoughts and deeds have power beyond our immediate circumstances. Karma is the law of cause and effect – the proverbial ripple in the water returning the energy we emit magnified. By sharpening our desires into focused intent, we can manifest them into creation. Continue reading
“No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities. It’s a shame to waste those by doing what someone else has done.” Joseph Campbell
The word boundary is bandied about a lot in Western psychology, but what does it really mean? Just like a fence around the limits of a house and yard, personal boundaries define the amount of physical and emotional space we maintain with others and how we interact with the world. While this is seemingly at odds with living a spiritual life in pursuit of getting rid of the ego and the illusion of separatism, boundaries can actually help us reach these goals safely. Continue reading
Guru Deva Maheshwara
Guru Sakshath Parambrahma
Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha.
“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.”
Hindu scripture says enlightenment is nearly impossible without the help of a guru. I have always disagreed because my own inner guide has helped me succeed in life rather than a mentor who would take the credit for my hard work. Though I had heard the impressive tales of amazing people such as Neem Karoli Baba, the guru of Jai Uttal and others in the Western Bhakti movement, I had never experienced that kind of transcendence myself. Gurus are part of a sacred tradition for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, but doubt and suspicion have also long clouded my mind because of the numerous stories involving fraudsters, perverts and fakes especially in the West.
Today I have a new perspective as we commemorate Guru Purnima, the Indian holiday in honor of teachers who awaken our spirituality and provide us with tools to reach enlightenment. Continue reading
The path of the Spiritual Warrior is one of seeking…for the specific reason we are here on earth. We continue on the journey with a cursory introduction to two practices that have been integral to my own personal development…meditation and Bhakti Yoga.
Fear Is Our Friend
Human beings are a rich, complex brew of life experiences, genetics, choices and fate. Not all methods for enlightenment will work for everyone, but meditation has been a common practice throughout time and geography.
Caveat emptor – developing a communion with the inner self isn’t the sweet, soft experience many think. It’s difficult, dirty and damn scary on multiple levels.
Spiritual Warriors seek to find their personal purpose in life. Here are readers’ views…
Do you have a purpose?
“Yes, but that purpose can be big or small. We’re here to be happy, to do what we can for other people, our community and the earth, and to do no harm.” Eileen, Brooklyn, N.Y.