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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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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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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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David R. Hawkins on Causality

This is my fourth post in the “causality” series. The first three were: Difference between correlation and causation Phillip Gibbs on Temporal and Ontological Causality Kant, Hume, Reichenbach, Meister Eckhart and others on Causality I think that the following question … 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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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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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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Bird Symbolism

I watched a documentary film titled “Birders: Central Park Effect.” People in the film were describing their feelings of being one with nature and the joy of being alive. Many of them described how bird watching makes them feel alive. … 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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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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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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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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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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Haji Bektash Veli

Haji Bektash Veli was a great Sufi teacher, humanist and philosopher who lived in Anatolia in the 13’th century. He is the eponym of the Bektashi Sufi order and is considered as one of the principal teachers of Alevism. He … Continue reading

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