An interesting take on Kundalini

I enjoy listening to the teacher who calls herself Maharishikaa. She’s an iconoclast who claims to offer a new teaching that is better in some ways than traditional ones: surrender (“bend down”) to the soul. The soul, she says, is the inner “impulse” that tells us what we should do. I don’t know if this […]

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My experiment in the New York City subway

The subject of external aids (videos, satsangs, music, chanting, books, etc.) came up in a comment yesterday. These things can be very helpful by reminding us, inspiring us, and transmission. Incidentally, if you’ve never been in a large hall, especially a large wooden hall, where hundreds of people are chanting, try to arrange it at […]

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Destroy vasanas or meditate?

At the bottom of this post I’ll link a terrific new video by my friend Padmé. It speaks for itself but first I want to offer a few short comments. 1. The most elementary ideas are often the most important. But people often overlook them because they are in a rush to get to the […]

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The most surprising thing that ever happened to me

Instead of the title you see on this article I could have chosen, “The night I completely lost interest in my thoughts.” Both names are accurate. The experience that I’m about to describe occurred about 20 years ago, shortly after I became an earnest seeker, on a particular night when I made a much greater […]

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How to pick a good spiritual teacher

Because of my limited experience in this area, you probably shouldn’t pay much attention to what I’m about to say. In fact that’s probably good advice in general. But for whatever it’s worth here’s what I think. Ideally, you should choose a spiritual teacher who is Self-realized. Unfortunately Self-realization is rare and you may not […]

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How to destroy a vasana (example 1): I am a coward

In this article, I’ll describe in detail how I destroyed a vasana which had tormented me for decades. Vasanas must be destroyed in order to realize the Self. This particular vasana was painful because it made me hate myself. Painful, self-hating vasanas are especially insidious. First I’ll tell you how the vasana got created. When […]

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This might be a powerful sadhana

The basic idea This technique is intended to make you more conscious of your vasanas in order to help them dissolve. Set your phone (mobile) or digital watch so it beeps or vibrates unexpectedly at random times. Each time it goes off, notice what you had just been thinking. Optionally, you can write the thoughts […]

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The Endless Search for the MacGuffin

Even the simplest creatures move toward food. For example, the cuddly little organism in the picture above, Escherichia coli, a bacterium that lives in our intestines, swims toward sugar. I do pretty much the same thing every time I happen to see a container of ice cream. Not all living things can control their movements, […]

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The Hole

You live your life on the edge of a hole incomprehensibly wide and deep. The funny thing is that you think you’re not aware of the hole when everything you do, see, know, and feel including you itself is merely your effort not to fall in. You don’t have to find the hole. It’s what […]

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