Ganesh Festival Begins

Back in Mumbai after a quick trip to Pune and before that, nearly a week in Gujarat, the highlight of which journey being our encounter, about 9:00 pm as we headed through a corner of the Gir Forest National Park on the way to our lodgings for the night, two young, virile-looking male lions occupying the road […]

Fasting is the Supreme Medicine

The lunar month of Shravana will extend this year from August 3 through September 1. For much of India the end of Shravana marks the beginning of the end of the rainy season, which for much of the country is the unhealthiest time of the year. Yes, winter in the north, and summer in south […]

Who, or What, is Running the Show?

All manner of amusing topics, including polyvagal theory and epigenetics, uprose during the recently-concluded FOUNDATIONS OF ĀYURVEDA PART II that Dr. Claudia Welch & I co-taught in Vermont. All were germane to our subject because Ayurveda concerns itself with everything involved with embodied life. Anything that can be said about embodied life will be couched […]

Greetings on Mahasivaratri!

From a young age my mentor Vimalananda was a fire-worshiper. While a sadhu he would sit at his dhuni all night long, but when I knew him he would commune with agni (fire) via the more structured ritual known as havana, or homa, words derived from the Sanskrit root hu, meaning to sacrifice, to offer […]

Communicating With Nature

Today I’m writing from Costa Rica, where I’m enjoying the jungle luxury of The Sanctuary at Two Rivers co-teaching a retreat with Kapilnath of the International Nath Order. A couple of weeks back I re-read one of my favorite books, Kinship With All Life by J. Allen Boone, who was working in the movie biz in Hollywood nearly a century […]

Thoughts on Finding a Guru

Over the last several years I have received many letters and emails asking questions about gurus — how to find a guru, or at least a good saint, to spend time with being the most common. I’ve decided to address this query in this New Year’s update. The word guru literally means “heavy” in Sanskrit, […]

Greetings from the 5th Int’l Ayurveda Conference

Greetings from the 5th International Ayurveda Conference “Where Science Meets Consciousness,” the theme for this conference being “Exploring the Interconnectedness of Man and Nature,” where I will be teaching daily with Dr. Claudia Welch. Ayurveda and Jyotisha are both based in the Indian philosophy known as Sankhya, and were for many centuries used together to help individuals prevent and overcome ill health. […]

Divali Mubarak!

Dipavali, or Divali, the “festival of lights”, is probably India’s chief festival; it is certainly its brightest. Serving as a New Year for many communities, and a joyous festivity for everyone else, Divali celebrates the victory of light over darkness. All over the subcontinent millions of earthen lamps (in Sanskrit, dipa) are lit outside houses, […]

Navaratri Begins Today

Immediately following the “All-Ancestor New Moon” which marks the end of the Forefather Fortnight begins Durga Puja, the period during which the Divine Mother is adored. As this veneration transpires over a period of ten days and nine nights it is popularly known as navaratri (nava = nine & ratri = night). One such period […]