Category Archives: spirituality

Reflections on this anniversary of Sheb-i Arus (2016)

December 17, 2016 On this anniversary of Sheb-i Arus (Rumi’s night of Divine Union with his Beloved) I am deeply saddened by the unbearable suffering of people in Syria and my homeland Anatolia as well. During Rumi’s years in Konya in the 13’th … Continue reading

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Playing catch with your father

Image credit Every time I watch the final scenes of the 1989 film “The Field of Dreams” I get very emotional.  Watching Ray playing catch with his father John appearing as a young man creates deep emotional waves in my mind. In those moments … 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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The 265’th birthday of Goethe

              Today (August 28, 2014) is Goethe’s 265’th birthday. He was a poet, writer, philosopher, scientist, and a statesmen. His ideas and words still resonate with us. When I was 10 years old, my … Continue reading

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Engraving concept revisited

Sometimes I am moved by an inspiration and write about a concept without fully understanding why it is relevant at this point in time. My original intention for writing this post was to say few inspiring words on Haqq which … Continue reading

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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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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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Maybe Human is Divine

I wrote this many years ago. For some reason I neglected to migrate this essay to the WordPress platform when the Knol platform was shut down. In the film “The Da Vinci Code” the character Robert Langdon says “Maybe human … 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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Vidya, Avidya, Para, Apara

vidya: introversive principle; divine attraction; centripetal or introversial force; force of attraction to the Nucleus Consciousness; aspect of the Cosmic Operative Principle which guides movements from the crude to the subtle avidya: extroversive principle; ignorance; centrifugal or extroversial force; force … 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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Baba’s favorite Kabir poems

Baba (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti) often mentioned the great mystic poet Kabir in many of his discourses. Kabir lived in North India in the 15′th century. Very little is known about his life but his poetry still resonates deeply in our … Continue reading

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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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Different kinds of connectivity

We are talking to each other or writing to each other or reading and “liking” each other’s blog. We are connected. Ours is not a physical connection. I would describe it as mind-to-mind connection. Soul-to-soul connection is the most mysterious. … 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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Prabhata Samgiita

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti) composed 5018 songs including the lyrics and the tunes in 8 years. He composed the first song “Bandhu he niye calo” on 14 September 1982 at Deoghar, India. He continued composing songs until his … 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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Happiness in All Languages

Image credit For human beings the most basic instinct is the search for happiness. This innate human characteristic is more fundamental than the instincts for survival and reproduction. My sincere hope is that these words and pictograms below give you … 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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The seven mysteries of life according to Guy Murchie

Guy Murchie (1907-1997) wrote an inspiring book titled The Seven Mysteries of Life [1]. He completed this book in 17 years. It is one of my favorite books. I return to it periodically for inspiration. He was a school teacher, … 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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Deep interest but no strong urge to visit

I visited Rumi’s shrine in Konya in 2010. It was my first visit and I was 50 years old. I grew up in Turkey and I have always been interested in Sufism but I was never able to bring myself … 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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Grace

There is a building known as the Grace Building in New York City. It is on the 42nd street across the Bryant Park. The architecture of this building with its concave vertical slopes of its north and south facades remind … 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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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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Universal Spirituality: misunderstood in all ages and countries

When I was a young man in Turkey in the 70’s I had to defend my views on universal spirituality against the dialectic materialists. In those years there was a strong socialist movement in Turkey supported by Soviet Union and … 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’s Night of Reunion

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi died on Dec 17, 1273. This date is known as Sheb-i Arus (Wedding Night). Every year the 17th of December is celebrated as the night of Rumi’s reunion with his Beloved. This poem of Rumi explains more … 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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Mystic Poetry (2)

Happy Easter. Christian mystic Meister Eckhart’s words still resonate in our hearts. Poems from Poet Seers. ******************** God is always ready, but we are very unready; God is near to us, but we are far from Him; God is within, … Continue reading

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“What Is This World?” Lecture of 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 re-formulated … 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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God is

I am grateful to  Times Square Church of New York City for this deeply meaningful poster.

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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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Cosmic Inversion

There are many mysteries in the universe but the biggest mystery is the connection between the Cosmic Mind and the human mind. Full realization of this connection will lead to a new phase in human development. Interaction between the objective … 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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Spiritual Undercurrents of Anatolia

Turkish (Anatolian) society is going through a tumultuous transformation. On the surface, it seems as though the society is becoming more dogmatic. Sunni Islam is taking over all state institutions. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Mustafa … Continue reading

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The Clarion Call of the Universal

“O human beings! You are fortunate. The clarion call of the Universal has reached you. That very call is vibrating in every cell of your body. Will you now lie inert in the corner of your house? Will you now … Continue reading

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