August 4, 2019

Chapter 2:  Ego

The greatest miracle is the experiencing of your essential self. For this to happen you need to disentangle your sense of I. That disentanglement is what this book is about. The unchecked striving for endless growth is a disease. Whatever the ego gets at...

June 23, 2019

1. context and Conflict

2. Karma and Reincarnation

3. Karma Yoga

4. Janana Yoga

5. Brahman

6. Sacrifice and Mantra

7. Renunciation and Purification

8. Devotion and the Guru

9. Social Aspects of Sadhana

10. Dying

CF - the Upanishads ideas -

Brahman, the Godhead;

Atman, the divine c...

August 1, 2017


Success should therefore be measured by the yardstick of happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with cosmic laws. Success is not rightly measured by the worldly standards of wealth, prestige, and power. None of these be...

July 28, 2017

Open Mind - Season 8 / Episode 5 / January 2017

At the base of Bhakti yoga (=devotional practice), is the chanting of gods' names.  The Krishna mantra in particular is referenced in the ancient Sanskrit texts as effective in Kali Yuga.  It's kind of a main line, direct...


The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.

The tao that can be told isn't the eternal Tao, because trying to tell it brings it into time.   Once anything is named, it's no longer eternal.  Before you name anything, the world has no things in it, no meaning. There...

February 2, 2017

Chapter 2  The Mechanism of Letting Go

What is it?

Legging go is like the sudden cessation of an inner pressure or the dropping of a weight. It is accompanied by a sudden feeling of relief and lightness. It is an actual mechanism of the mind, and everyone has experienced...

September 7, 2016

The word upanishad means “sit down near”: upa (near), ni (down) and shad (sit). Traditionally, the student sat down near the teacher to receive secret instruction, and in this way knowledge was passed down from teacher to student, linking each new generation back to th...



Like the Sermon on the Mount, it has an immediacy that sweeps away time, place, and circumstance.  Addressed to everyone, of whatever background or status, the Gita distills the loftiest truths of Indian's ancient wisdom into simple, memorable po...

July 11, 2016


Chapter I : Departure

1.  The Call to Adventure

2.  Refusal of the Call

3.  Supernatural Aid

4.  The Crossing of the First Threshold

5.  The belly of the Whale

Chapter II : Initiation

1.  The Road of Trials

2.  The Meeting with the Godd...

July 9, 2016


Fear in High Heels

I was once in love with a gifted young man— somebody who I thought was a far more talented writer than me— who decided in his twenties that he would not bother trying to be a writer after all, because the work never came out on...

June 18, 2016


Tao Te Ching can be translated as:

  • The Book of the Immanence of the Way, or

  • The Book of the Way and of How It Manifests Itself in the World, or, simply,

  • The Book of the Way. 

About Lao-tzu, its author, there is practically nothing to b said.  He m...

May 9, 2016

 Judge Your Neighbor Worksheet Summary

Think of a recurring stressful situation, a situation that is reliably stressful even though it may have happened only once and recurs in your mind.  Allow yourself to mentally revisit the time and place of the stressful occur...

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