If Your Heart is Open, It’s Impossible To Be Lonely…

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The spiritual practice that I learned from my teacher is often called meditation. A better word for it is “inner work.” It’s a process that goes much deeper than meditation and requires mastery of mind and breath in order to open the chakra system. Relaxation and meditation are just means of preparing one’s self for deep “inner work.” Meditators are told to listen to their breathing, to focus on the third eye or the heart center, or to just sit ...

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

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The past follows us wherever we go. Like a shadow, its substance-less presence haunts us, fills us with guilt, and remains a constant reminder of how many mistakes we’ve made and how difficult it is for us to correct them. We look “through a glass darkly” into a kaleidoscopic mass of particles that are barely recognizable. The good and the bad blend ...

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Wide-eyed Wonder

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Years of inner work and meditation practice have taught me that I know little or nothing about life. At first this frightened me: after so great an effort to now come up empty. I soon realized the value of knowing nothing: the entire world was at my fingertips. I could embrace life without having to defend my knowledge; I could sit in front of life and allow it to be my teacher; and best of all, I no longer had ...

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Tantra

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The word Tantra brings to mind images of Buddhist deities and Mahasiddhas in union with their female consorts (yab-yum); it brings to mind the playful and sometimes erotic stories of Krishna, Radha and the Gopis rendered in Indian miniature paintings; and the temples at Khujaraho, India where medieval stone statues of Hindu gods and goddesses fornicate in every imaginable position. These artistic images are subtle and mysterious expressions of a highly evolved meditation practice that uses sexual energy to transform ...

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Nine Months to Have a Baby and One Second to Die

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When a student of my guru asked him how long it takes to have a spiritual life and why there are so many obstacles on the road, Rudi smiled, and said: “It takes nine months to have a baby and one second to die.”  If you pick an apple or a cherry before it ripens, the fruit will be sour.  We also have to ripen.  Impatience keeps us from ever ripening.  We are always at odds with ourselves and find ...
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Nothing is Permanent

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There’s much talk about racial, religious, economic, and political freedoms, but real freedom is the ability to free our self from the internal chaos and dysfunction that plagues every human being.  It requires mastery over mind and breath, the ability to use those tools to develop balance and harmony, an open heart, and a quiet mind.  We need to unclog systems that have been ravaged by years of neglect and tension, by an insane belief that money, relationships, power, social ...

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An Ocean in a Teacup

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No matter how vast and exceptional an I. Q. one has, the mind can never wrap itself around what’s infinite in the universe.  It’s like putting an ocean in a teacup.  Philosophers and theologians have tried for millenniums to make sense of it all.  They’ve explored the furthest realms of consciousness and uncovered secrets hidden therein.  It’s an exciting, but futile attempt to make sense of a logic that transcends human comprehension. Most seekers will discover that intellectual exploration doesn’t ...

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All We Have to Do is Listen…

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When I was younger, I attended numerous satsangs and prayer meetings. I listened to swamis, yogis, rishis, priests, rabbis, imams, etc. speak endlessly about God and spiritual practice.  I used to chant and pray until assorted “Love, Peace and Eat Vegetable” mantras rang like church bells in my ears.  The rest of the day, I had to deal with a mind that wouldn’t shut up, and emotions that were like quicksand.  I was incapable of maintaining five minutes of inner ...

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