Tag Archives: Spiritual practice

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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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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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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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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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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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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Sometimes it takes courage to become a vegetarian

In 1980, after I became involved with Ananda Marga I felt that I was in a vortex, a wonderful vortex that transformed me completely. The most visible change was my vegetarianism. I became one of the few vegetarians in 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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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 with me. In the office I am … 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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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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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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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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