Thriving in Rahu World

In a global climate of uncertainty, in the turmoil of sudden reversals, inexplicable actions and assorted extremes, I cannot but believe that we have entered into a new dimension of what I like to refer to as “Rahu World”, negotiating which will require greater than ever focus on balance and calm. According to some students

Working with Fire

This month I taught an enjoyable advanced retreat with Scott Blossom and Chandra Easton on working with the Five Elements, especially fire, to overcome our personal limitations and better connect with the Supreme Reality. We were blessed with some very focused students with whom we got to practice homa and chant mantras. What was reinforced

Faith and Healing

The challenges of living in the modern world are many, but in particular it has become harder than ever to have faith in anything at all. Bereft of faith we are less healthy, less stable, less resilient as the complexity around us divides our attention and distracts our focus. When unfocused, prāna, our life force,

Singing is Free!

Not long after I arrived here in Banaras I stopped in at Indica Books and my eye was immediately drawn to copies of the new printing of Transcendent Journey, the autobiography of Swami Jnanananda Giri, a narrative that well deserves to be read. Unfortunately it is currently only available in India; copies can be ordered from Indica

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