Articles Filed Under: Spirit

  • Is the The Poonja (Papaji) Crowd Fraudulent?
  • As a young boy Ramana Maharshi lay down on the ground, closed his eyes, and tried to imagine what it meant to die. What, he wondered, died. The body? Sure. Thoughts? Yes. Spirit? Probably - since he had never seen proof there was such a thing. But what about the sense “I am” did that die too? Well, hard to say. So he wondered, what about turning the question around. What am I before I Read More...

  • Is Meditation a Waste of Time?
  • The content of most thoughts for most people is simple: avoidance of pain or the pursuit of pleasure - opposite poles bouncing on a fulcrum of desire. So certainly, sometimes it is nice to have a rest. To have a few moments when thoughts quiet down and we stop oscillating between the pleasure-pain opposites. Meditation is useful for this, to calm thoughts. Done with conviction and attention, it ca Read More...

  • Whirling - How to find Rumi’s centre
  • Place your left arm slightly out to your side, palm down as if touching the earth. Place your right arm up slightly, elbow bent, with the hand about shoulder level, and the palm up as if touching the sky. Read More...

  • Should you be seeking enlightenment or going for a walk inst
  • The problem with "spiritual work" is that it is complex and filled with silly concepts. Concepts such as with hard work and brutal honesty you will suddenly have a lovely deep insight when everything changes ... and you see things clearly ... and are happy and at peace ... and all fear vanishes. Read More...

  • Is truth relative? Part II: Why true spirituality is tricky
  • Postmodern relativism is the belief that things are definable and understandable only in relation to other things. It is the idea that knowledge is subjective, that everything is on a sliding scale, that spiritual growth is on an ever deepening ascent into reality. Read More...

  • Do you need a spiritual teacher?
  • Teaching is a tricky thing - it can ensnare both teacher and student within invisible walls of reassurance. As I am sure you know, it is possible to convince other people of almost anything. Contrary to popular opinion, mass brainwashing is very effective, and the techniques well known and well researched, as discussed below. Especially if the targets of the brainwashing are lost and unhappy, and Read More...

  • Is Spiritual Compassion Dead?
  • A while back I met someone who was into newage ideas. He spoke of vibrations, of auras, of the power of feelings, psychic phenomena, the power of thought, karma, harmonisation of energies, and so on. And most of all about “the soul’s path toward enlightenment”. Read More...

  • Are Most Animals More Intelligent than You?
  • When I studied biophysics and neurobiology, several ’facts’ were propounded by various professors. Amongst these was the strong reluctance to accept research findings in animal cognition. I suspect that at least some of this denial was, and is, due to the use and sadly frequent abuse [71] to which they subjected the animals in their laboratories. One internationally famous medical researcher with Read More...

  • Are Advaita and Nondualism Junk Religion?
  • I very much like what Ramana Maharshi said so clearly in response to this type of narcissism: The effort required to truly and permanently awaken must be as strong as that of a drowning man struggling for air, and may go on with that intensity for decades. Nisargardatta said it beautifully too - one must diligently place one’s attention upon Truth and make constant effort to keep it there regardle Read More...

  • Is Zen Worthwhile?
  • The Wet Rice culture, as well as iron processing, came to Japan around 400 to 300 BC. Over the next 300 years a unique form of worship took hold - Shintoism. Read More...

  • What is the Inner Meaning of Martial Arts?
  • I had the good fortune to study martial arts with some very good teachers, particularly a Japanese sensei - Henry Kono) - and two exceptionally good Chinese sifu. I learned four things: Read More...

  • Is Oprahism Your Religion?
  • Oprahism [1] is an increasingly dominant religion in many western countries. Sadly it epitomises the avaricious secularisation of spiritual pursuit prevalent in the United States. But due to that country’s influence, Oprahism has now spread throughout the world. It is a religion founded upon surface analysis, disdain for detailed knowledge, and greed masked as ’spiritual growth’. Read More...

  • Physical pain, long term illness, and spirit
  • Pixie is blind and almost deaf. I found her half starved and dying outside my door one day three years ago. Now she is doing ... sort of okay. She is still health challenged. Despite being much recovered she is still very weak. Because she is blind she walks into things all the time, falls, and gets lost very easily. Because she is almost deaf she cannot use sound to help her navigate. She is also Read More...

  • Advice for the lovelorn: How to live well and at peace in th
  • Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Read More...