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  • The Path of No Return

    Thursday, February 26th, 2009

    Anandamayi Ma once told a man to avoid taking a certain train. He couldn’t see a logical reason for changing his plans and voiced his intention not to follow her suggestion.

    Ma replied: “Everything I say and everything I do has meaning.” more…

  • Fixation means Fixed

    Monday, November 10th, 2008

    I often talk about fixations here on Living Tantra. Fixations are karmic tensions or patterns we express over and over again.

    Fixation means we are unable to act spontaneously–fully alive and responsive. In fact, we are reactive rather than responsive. more…

  • What is Dharma?

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    Can you explain the concept of “dharma”?
    –Wyoming, USA

    The most common translation of “dharma” is “duty.” In the West, we tend to think of duty as something like unwanted obligation or drudgery. But in its original Indian context, duty is going along with what is natural or native to us. In doing so, we are cooperating with nature as a whole. more…

  • Approval or Bust

    Friday, March 14th, 2008

    Much human behavior is approval-seeking.

    We want validation. We want someone to tell us we are good, ok, smart, cool, the best at X, Y or Z, indispensable, important, and on and on.

  • My Tibetan Roommates

    Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

    My Tibetan roommates were having a lively discussion the other day about theory and spiritual practice. “Theory,” of course, is View.

    The question revolved around the value of practices such as prostrations and mantra. Are they worthwhile in and of themselves, or do you need to first know the theory or world view of the tradition in which you are practicing before you begin? more…

  • Get Real Magic!

    Saturday, December 8th, 2007

    The difference in View between my students here in the U.S. and those Living Tantra readers who write from India is dramatic.

    Folks who write from India often assume that I have powers such as clairvoyance and the ability to predict the future. Some have it in mind that I am a particular favored goddess. I have been asked for mantras to manifest deities and kill annoying neighbors. more…