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 […]

Ancestor Fortnight Begins Today

From the abundantly favorable to the significantly inauspicious: such is the ambit of the lunar month of Bhadrapada. Now that Ganapatideva has been respectfully returned to his home, with the request to return soon next year, the time has come for us to revere our ancestors, during the Pitr Paksha (the “Forefather Fortnight”). The Sanatana […]

Remembering the Last Mughal

Finally, four decades after I had first contemplated a visit, I made it to Myanmar (Burma), landing in Yangon (Rangoon) where I proceeded directly from the crowds that throng to gawk and worship at the city’s prime attraction, the mighty Shwedagon pagoda, to the nearly-deserted Dargah of Bahadur Shah Zafar, last of the Mughal emperors, whose […]

Happy Guru Purnima!

A few days back as I sat with three friends for tea the discussion veered toward the recently-completed fifth season of the TV series Game of Thrones. Half an hour later we were still speculating about what may transpire in Season Six. Being the sole member of that group who has actually read the books […]

Thoughts on International Yoga Day

June 21, the summer solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere), was chosen to be this year’s International Yoga Day. In Sanskrit the word yoga literally means the “act of joining”, and since on that day the sun is at its most prominent position for the year, the summer solstice is a particularly appropriate choice of day […]

Please Remain Calm

May blog appearing before May end! Change is in the wind, particularly here in Stowe, Vermont, where I am co-teaching “Advanced Introduction to Basic Ayurveda” with Dr. Claudia Welch. Spring is busting out all over up here, the apples and crab apples in full bloom, the lilac buds preparing to open. On the first day […]

Worthwhile Links: March 2015

This week I’ll be teaching virtually at the Living Yoga Conference on the 25th, and you can watch live for free or join the whole conference and receive additional content and access the videos at any time. You can get $10 off a pass with this code: LYC1365 https://www.yogainternational.com/brochure/living-yoga-conference I’ll also be teaching in person […]