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  • Self-realization - the Long and the Short of It

    Sunday, February 15th, 2009

    The other night, I dreamt of a house. I was shepherding students outside into a vast, rolling landscape of shimmering color.

    How beautiful! How infinitely nuanced! How luminous! Please, please come.

    Some step directly from the confines of the familiar house into the outdoors. Others are afraid and hang back. I want to wait for everyone. more…

  • The Lives and Wisdom of Women Practitioners

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    Hello, Precious Selves,

    Last year, I introduced the Anandamayi Ma Resource Portal on Living Tantra. Ma was a great woman teacher and a great teacher of women. She transmitted what I consider to be the only authentic version of siddhasana (the accomplished pose) for women. I will be writing an article about it soon.

    That article will appear on the forthcoming Yogini Resource Portal on Living Tantra. This new resource portal will feature articles, books, photographs, music, movies, websites and other resources by and/or about women practitioners. more…

  • Telling the Truth

    Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

    I just finished reading a hard-to-find memoir about Anandamayi Ma by Shraddha, a Western devotee. The memoir is called In Her Perfect Love.

    Ma once said to Shraddha:

    Tell what you know to be truth–worldly truth. This is necessary to attain divine truth.

    Why should we tell the truth? Why is this necessary? more…

  • How to Pronounce a Mantra

    Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

    Can a mantra be incorrect because of stress or rhythm?

    – a question from Germany

    Mantras are are the subtle chemical catalysts of the cosmos. They have effects in the world. They are embodied, creative wisdom. When we do mantra practice, called japa in Sanskrit, we are trying to realize the the direct, embodied wisdom of the mantra. more…

  • Sadhana - Just Do It!

    Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

    A spiritual practitioner and a postal delivery person have a lot in common.

    Here in the U.S., the postal motto is that the mail is delivered “come rain, come sleet, come wind, come hail.”

    No matter what the conditions, the mail always arrives. more…

  • How to Practice Tantra

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    1. Use naturalness to turn toward nature.This is the absolute, bedrock foundation of Tantrik practice.  Establish naturalness in the rhythms of your everyday life by following the guidelines of Ayurveda. more…