Gold Cleansed With Acid – A Meditation on Sri Aurobindo

“All who enter the spiritual path have to face the difficulties and ordeals of the path, those which rise from their own nature and those which come in from the outside. The difficulties in the nature always rise again and again till you overcome them; they must be faced with strength and patience. But the…

Forging The Alchemical Body – Time, Sweat, Blood, Tears

I have always cherished and savored the endless hours of physical training in martial arts and long distance running. In many ways I view this time as alchemical in nature: heat, pain, sweat, blood, tears, joy and sadness all coalescing into physical expression. The Transformative Fire Ayurveda and Yoga refer to this as the transformative…

Conquering Illusion – An aid for travelers lost in modernity’s mirage | Excerpt from Entering the Desert: Pilgrimage to the Hinterlands of the Soul

The concept of illusion is perhaps the most fundamental idea in Eastern Gnosticism. The entire philosophical and theological foundation of Eastern perception is to differentiate the real from the unreal, truth from falsehood, reality from illusion, the “rope from the snake.” The modern age moves in a decidedly different direction, secular and religious alike. The…

Let None Put Faith in the First Sown Fruit

“Let none put faith in the first sown fruit not yet his son too soon; whim rules the child, and weather the field, each is open to chance.” Havamal In the modern world we see the majority seek instant gratification, instant satisfaction, and instant success. We see individuals crying over being judged or being made…

Bhairavi, The Fierce One – Merciless Pathways | Names of the Dark Goddess

“She exists in the forms of sleep, lack of memory, illusion, and dullness in creatures immersed in the illusion of the world, but among the Yogis She becomes the power that destroys all thoughts, indeed Samadhi itself!”  – Ganapati Muni – “He who by discernment has effaced all objectivity is one established in the Reality…

The Heart of the Matter – Observe Nature’s Simple Way

“Some people are born with good physiques, a sense of speed and a lot of stamina. That’s fine. But in the martial arts, everything you learn is an acquired skill. Absorbing a martial art is like the experience of Buddhism. The feeling for it comes from the heart. You have the dedication to get what…

Transmission: Trance Realities

“Nine tenths of the news, as printed in the papers, is pseudo-news, manufactured events. Some days ten tenths. The ritual morning trance, in which one scans columns of newsprint, creates a peculiar form of generalized pseudo-attention to a pseudo-reality. This experience is taken seriously. It is one’s daily immersion in ‘reality.’ One’s orientation to the…

Danger is a Very Rare Commodity

One of the most interesting entries found within the pages of “Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai” is as follows: The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either / or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say…

The Ritual of Life – A Pathway to Return

The world is filled with magic if one has the eyes to see. Nuances of color and light reveal their cosmic whispers as the seasons ebb and flow, luscious fertile essences are manifested in the waxing and waning of the moon and the rising and setting of the sun. The systole and diastole of the…