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  • The Guardians of the Ten Directions

    Sunday, August 31st, 2008

    How important is it to have ones altar not in a southward direction? Someone posted in a forum that south means death.
    –from a Living Tantra reader in Germany

    The guardians of the ten directions (dikpalas) are powerful personalities. more…

  • Why am I doing Spiritual Practice?

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    Quite a few students have been asking about the resistance they feel to doing sadhana, aka spiritual practice. I’ve written a lot about resistance over the years, so here’s a new look at resistance through the eyes of its nonidentical twin: motivation. more…

  • Ancestors and Parents

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    I just read an article by a Vedic astrologer that said it is most important to be in service to one’s parents first and then to one’s guru. What if your parents are abusive, alcoholic, absent or people with whom you have no communication?


  • Spiritual Fantasy or Spiritual Growth?

    Monday, May 26th, 2008

    How can I tell the difference between real spiritual growth and fantasy or wishful thinking?
    –Portland, Oregon

    Every person doing spiritual practice should ask this question many times. more…

  • Ghee Happy

    Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

    I wonder about the balance between having good self esteem and pride.


  • Tantra and Miracles

    Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

    From Victoria, British Columbia:

    I wonder why there is so much emphasis on miracle powers when describing tantra, when that isn’t the point. Even in books that purport to discuss the spiritual path, there can be this emphasis. I am thinking of Autobiography of a Yogi, for example. Yogananda says that miracle powers are not the point, and yet a good portion of the book describes various people and their miracle powers.