Stories are Good Medicine

“Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story,” said Mark Twain (possibly), and while this is often poor advice for those (like heads of state) who deal with affairs of the external world it is a foundational principle for those who seek to convey truths that transcend the merely mundane. This

In Memoriam: Mantriji

Today it is my sad duty to announce the recent demise of Sri Krishan Lal Mantri. Known to all as Mantriji, it was through him and his disciples that I learned most of what little I know of Jyotisha. Mantriji’s difficult task during his time in Toronto, where he spent several decades, was to try

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