Category Archives: spiritual practice

Reflections on this anniversary of Rumi’s Sheb-i Arus (2015)

Image credit December 17, 2015 On this anniversary of Sheb-i Arus (Rumi’s night of Divine Union with his Beloved) I reflected on 2015’s challenges. I remembered the conditions that prompted me to post these I surrender to your infinite wisdom and love God … Continue reading

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Why do we have ego?

Why do we have ego? I have been pondering this question for a long time. In my previous writings I have mentioned that ego is a necessary stage in the journey of the soul but I am not really satisfied with … Continue reading

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Few comments on universal spirituality

  I have read John Horgan’s book “Rational Mysticism” many years ago. I returned to it recently because this book represented some unfinished business as far as I am concerned. Horgan is a great writer and he knows how to extract emotional … Continue reading

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God is stretching us for a reason

Image credit I have heard a Christian sermon on the Christmas Eve. The preacher talked about the experience of “God’s stretching.” That phrase resonated with me. In the last two years I have been stretched like I have never experienced … Continue reading

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I surrender to your infinite wisdom and love

I surrender to your infinite wisdom and love, my God!

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Philology of Yoga and Tantra

Philology of the Sanskrit words “Yoga” and “Tantra” according to P.R. Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti) from “Yoga and Tantra” discourse (1979) The word yoga is derived as the Sanskrit root verb yuiṋj plus the suffix ghaiṋ. Or alternatively, the root … Continue reading

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I am happiest when ideating on God

In the “Mischievous Smile” I mentioned that I keep writing about spiritual philosophy  not to win any arguments but to experience joy. The term “ideation” is the English translation of the Sanskrit word bhava. There are many Sanskrit words derived … Continue reading

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Crazy thoughts on how ideas spread

An idea can spread and disappear quickly. The ideas that survive for thousands of years usually spread very slowly. It is not the rule but it is often the case. Historical Shiva lived 7000 years ago. Historical Tehuti lived 6000 … Continue reading

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What is Universal?

In one of the Renaissance Universal (RU) discussions I participated in while in Istanbul in 1980, we were talking about music. People around the table were discussing whether Europeans could appreciate the traditional Turkish music. We were not sure because … Continue reading

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Force/Consciousness; Midichlorians/Microvita; Jedi/Sadvipra

This article is not about Microvita. I am not ready to write about Microvita yet. It is a huge subject. I don’t know where to start. Consciousness is huge subject too but I have been writing about Consciousness. You may … Continue reading

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The Adjustment Bureau is working extra hard these days

The Adjustment Bureau starring Emily Blunt and Matt Damon is one of my favorite movies. I can’t remember exactly how many times I have seen this movie but it must have been at least 5 times. I see many parallels … Continue reading

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Theoretical Aspects of Ego

This is the 7th installment of my “ego” series. The first six were: Observing Ego Knowing ego No anger, no envy Selfishness Over-intellectualism Transparent Ego All six deal with the practical aspects of ego in the context of spiritual practice. … Continue reading

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Transparent Ego

This is the 6th installment of my “ego” series. The first five were: Observing Ego Knowing ego No anger, no envy Selfishness Over-intellectualism I ended the 3rd installment by saying ‘if ego is an obstacle to reach happiness then ego … Continue reading

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Over-intellectualism

This is the 5th installment of my “ego” series. The first four were: Observing Ego Knowing ego No anger, no envy Selfishness Over-intellectualism is another dimension of ego. Over-intellectualism is seen in the sneering attitude. Many intellectuals sneer when the … Continue reading

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Selfishness

This is the 4th installment of my “ego” series. The first three were: Observing Ego Knowing ego No anger, no envy Selfishness is another dimension of the ego. I have been accused of selfishness numerous times. My selfishness stemmed from … Continue reading

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No anger, no envy

This is the 3rd installment of my “ego” series. The first two installments were: Observing Ego Knowing ego In Sufism, when they describe the ideal human being (Insan-i Kamil), they always mention the ‘no anger, no envy’ aspect of that … Continue reading

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Knowing Ego

This is the 2nd installment of my “ego” series. The first installment was: Observing Ego When I was young I did not consider ego and spirituality to be in the same context. Back then I had an intellectual conception of … Continue reading

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Observing Ego

This is the first article in my “ego” series. Please see the index for a list of the other posts in this series. I have a feeling that the visual expressions of spiritual surrender bothers people. More accurately, ego is … Continue reading

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We are in your hands, God!

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Electronic Edition of the Works of P.R.Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti)

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (May 21, 1921 – October 21, 1990), also known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was one of the highest expressions of Universal Teacher in human history. He was the founder of Ananda Marga. He was … Continue reading

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Spiritual quantum jump

In my previous post, I described my initiation experience in Istanbul in 1980. Dada K. (the meditation teacher who initiated me) returned to India in 1981. He has been living in India since then. I have not seen him or … Continue reading

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Initiation

The year of 1980 was a turning point in my life. In the summer of 1980 the social unrest in Turkey was getting out of control. On September 12, 1980 the military took over the government promising to end the … Continue reading

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The Three Factors for Spiritual Elevation

1. Spiritual surrender 2. Spiritual questioning 3. Service I wanted you to see this strongly worded discourse from Baba, especially his comments on pedanticism and his comment that the false vanity of intellect is the worst psychic knot. I find … Continue reading

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A Universal Answer to an American Question on Mystical Feelings

“When do you have the mystical feelings? During shower or when you are shaving?” A Sufi of the Mevlevi order was asked this question by an American journalist during an interview. I don’t know the exact English words of the … Continue reading

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Ideation

English dictionaries define ideation as the process of forming ideas. This word is not very popular in the English language. For reasons that I cannot fathom, the word “ideation” acquired negative connotations in the English language. The Sanskrit word “bhava” … Continue reading

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What is Intuition?

You must have noticed that articles with a title in the form of a question do not really provide answers. I am very conscious of this but I wrote few articles with titles in the form of a question anyway: … Continue reading

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Overwhelming Beauty

Last month, I had guests from Turkey. I did my best to show them the daily life in NYC. I shared my enthusiasm and affection for this city. I have grown very fond of New York City after the tragedy … Continue reading

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Savikalpa and Nirvikalpa Samádhi

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti explains Savikalpa Samádhi and Nirvikalpa Samádhi. In Nirvikalpa Samádhi or the stance of indeterminate contemplative contemplation, the causal mind is suspended due to the transcendency of Avidyá or Máyá and that is why that state is supersensible, … Continue reading

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Metaphysics is a misunderstood word

Image credit I noticed that people have very different notions of metaphysics. Even among the physicists the connotations of metaphysics vary widely. Let’s start with the literal meaning of metaphysics. The word meta usually means an abstraction from another concept … Continue reading

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Rumi’s 7 Principles

These 7 principles of Rumi are not mentioned enough in the Western literature. Westerners are attracted to his poetry but ignore the formulaic presentations of his wisdom. The situation is reversed for the Turkish people. They seem to ignore the … Continue reading

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Attraction to Abstraction

Image credit Abstract ideas are unpopular. I hesitate every time I post an article discussing an abstract idea. There is no one around me who is willing to listen and discuss abstract ideas. In the office I am surrounded by … Continue reading

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Ontological Semiosis

In “Course in General Linguistics,” Ferdinand de Saussure proposed a new science. “It is … possible to conceive of a science which studies the role of signs as part of social life. It would be part of social psychology, and … Continue reading

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On Receptivity

Image credit I am not an intellectual in the classic sense. I don’t read a lot of books like intellectuals do. I follow my inner voice and pursue subjects that I have some natural receptivity. I don’t think hard on … Continue reading

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Internalizing ideas and theories

Apparently the subject of internalization is widely studied in academic psychology and sociology. I am not an expert in the academic aspects of internalization but I am cognizant of my own mental processes. I wanted to share some of my … Continue reading

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Impatience

Spiritual practice (sadhana) is not just about meditation. Cultivation of love and beauty, cultivation of a peaceful and tranquil mind, ego training and personality development, observing the mind from a higher level, community service, and many other practices including meditation … Continue reading

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Ananda Purnima 2013

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was born on May 21 in 1921 on the day of the full moon. We celebrate his birthday on the day of the full moon in May every year. This happy day is known as Ananda Purnima. … Continue reading

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Rose Symbolism

I cannot do justice to the long history of rose symbolism in world cultures. I will pick and choose and mention few that held my attention. For me rose is the symbol of the soul. The seat of the soul … Continue reading

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J.D. Salinger and Swami Vivekananda

Today, I was reading the news about L.A. Lauder’s 1 billion dollar gift to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in the form of an art collection. Buried in the news article was a tidbit of information that another … Continue reading

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Long Narrow Road

In his most famous ballad titled “I am on a Long Narrow Road” the Anatolian folk singer and mystical poet Aşık Veysel tells us that he has been traveling all his life trying to reach the goal (“menzil” in Turkish). … Continue reading

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Sheb-i Arus

On this night of Sheb-i Arus (Dec 17, Rumi’s night of reunion), I remembered Baba’s eternal words “And there cannot be any peace, any happiness or any beatitude till the aspirant comes in tactual contact [touch] with the Supreme Self.”   … Continue reading

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Do not let your imperfections hold you back

I write about the human ideal of merger with the Cosmic Consciousness. I say that the ego is the main obstacle towards reaching that goal. I say ego is the veil that hides the truth. Over the last 30 years … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (3): The Supreme Truth

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year university student at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I missed these … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (2): Beware of Dogma

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year student in Boğaziçi University at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (1): Mysticism and Yoga

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year student in Boğaziçi University at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I … Continue reading

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Klaus Kommoss

Klaus Kommoss passed away on August 3, 2012. I received the sad news on September 17, 2012. I have never met him but I considered him a friend and a mentor. There are people in my spiritual life that I … Continue reading

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Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Ba’Ba’ Satyam Ba’Ba’ Shivam Ba’Ba’ Sundaram This chant picks me up immediately. It is perfect for a walking meditation. Ba’Ba’  : the Beloved,  the affectionate way to address the Parama Purusha (God, Cosmic Consciousness) Satyam : Truth Shivam : Consciousness … Continue reading

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Six Enemies

1.   Lust 2.   Anger 3.   Avarice 4.   Delusion 5.   Pride 6.   Envy

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Baba Nam Kevalam

Baba Nam Kevalam Baba  : the Beloved,  the affectionate way to address the Parama Purusha (God, Cosmic Consciousness) Nam : Name Kevalam : all that exists, all there is The explanation from Ananda Marga web site is: Baba means “my most … Continue reading

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Rumi

Jalal-e-din Rumi (Mevlana) (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273) is one of the world’s most beloved mystical poets. He was a well known and respected Quran scholar living in Konya before he met the traveling Sufi dervish Shams of Tebriz. … Continue reading

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Dharma

Definitions from the Web basic principles of the cosmos; wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn the principle that orders the universe; one’s conduct in conformity with such a principle; one’s obligation in respect to one’s position in society; the teachings of the Buddha; one’s path … Continue reading

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What is Devotion?

I never thought I would one day write an essay titled “What is Devotion?” I thought “devotion” was self-explanatory. But, every time I mentioned “devotion” there was either silence or questions. I now recognize that there is a linguistic barrier … Continue reading

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How to convert mundane into spiritual

In my daily walks in Manhattan I see thousands of people in a short period of time. Bryant Park is very close to my office and it is one of my favorite parks in the city so I go there … Continue reading

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Psychic Pabula

Pabulum (from the Latin) means food; psychic pabula (pl.) means “mental food” or “mental objects.” Abhoga in Sanskrit is the proper term to describe this concept. The term “psychic pabula” is not comprehensive enough but it is the nearest English/Latin … Continue reading

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Inner Silence

“God, The Father, or Brahman is primarily The Supreme Silence. The soul in its depth is Silence. The peace of the mind is Silence. Atman (The Supreme Self) is Silence. Silence belongs to God, the one perpetually mysterious, essential language. … Continue reading

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Remembering Goethe

Goethe was one of those souls who constantly searched for truth. I have been thinking about his approach to science lately. Although he is widely known for his literary work not many people know that he was also a scientist. … Continue reading

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One and Zero

My teacher Shrii Shrii Anandamurti has a simple advice. I often fail to follow this simple principle. I hope you can. He uses the Sanskrit expression Parama Purusha to refer to God. “Your every action should be with Parama Purusha. … Continue reading

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Spirit of Fight

Regarding the conceptualization of spiritual practice as a “fight” Shrii Shrii Anandamurti should be the first reference because he was very consistent about this message throughout his life. He not only taught it but he practiced it. He exemplified the … Continue reading

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Spiritual Surrender

It is difficult to write about spiritual surrender. It is a sensitive and easily misunderstood subject. I don’t want to make it personal but without a personal narrative it is impossible to explain this principle. Spiritual surrender was the most … Continue reading

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Kiirtan: Ancient Cure for Modern Problems

Many people suffer from psychic ailments in the current age. Many of us are depressed or suffer from anxiety disorders. Moments of happiness are brief and fleeting. Loneliness and meaninglessness are common themes. We blame stress created by the modern … Continue reading

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