How Far Are You Willing to Go? I’ll See You There….

“I became a successful Judo player after I had learned three hard lessons: the first lesson was to ignore the crowd and concentrate on the opponent, the second lesson was to disregard the rank and reputation of the opponent, and the third was to just go out do the best I can do.” –  Jesse Glover…

The Spirit of Karma Yoga – A Meditation on Sri Aurobindo

“Work here and work done in the world are of course not the same thing. The work there is not in any way a divine work in special—it is ordinary work in the world. But still one must take it as a training and do it in the spirit of Karma Yoga—what matters there is…

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…