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Pūjā is the procedure of developing a deep and sweet intimacy with a deity or object of adoration.
The literal meaning of the word tarka is logic or reasoning. Quite simplistically, it is the ability to put together a series of related notions through logical deduction based on experience – our own or learned as generalizations. Depending on the type of reasoning we use and the kind of experiences we’ve had, the conclusion […]
One of the central concepts of classical Tantrik philosophy is that of prakasha and vimarsha, the Light of Consciousness and the Power of Self-Awareness.
Recently on a visit to the ruins of a medieval monastery i stood at the foot of an impressive stone Irish High Cross that was carved with images from the biblical story of Christ. One weathered panel showed Roman soldiers (as evidenced by their helmets) holding a robe. I also have a wooden 15th century […]
The ways to meditate are many and varied. One of them centers on an inner point of concentration, the shrine of the heart. Entering into this holy place, into the very center of awareness, the spiritual aspirant can contemplate and worship the Divine in the most personal and powerful of ways. The divine reality, called […]
If you’ve been in a bookstore lately or even on the Internet, you’ve probably heard about embracing the divine feminine. We are asked to step into our goddesshood in innumerable ways, from the way we dress and feel about ourselves to the way we talk and walk and go about living our lives. We are […]
Chausath Yogini temple (Mahamaya temple) dedicated to 64 Yoginis By Soumendra Barik In South Asia, Goddess is described as “the one and the many.” She appears as Devi, the Great Shining One in Her infinite manifestations and as collectives of numerous goddesses. Collectives of female deities have a long-standing place in South Asian history, mythology, […]
Hungary and Nepal appear to have little in common especially when one considers these cultures’ spiritual and religious beliefs. Hungary is a Christianized country[note]Medieval authors generally identified and called Hungary in their works as Regnum Marianum, the Kingdom of Saint Mary. For further explanation please see: http://hargita.awardspace.com/vajken.html [/note]with a strong presence of Judaism. The Kathmandu Valley […]
Many students of yoga, especially those undergoing yoga teacher training, are introduced to the Yoga Sutras. It is commonly believed that this text, composed by Patanjali between 200 BCE and 200 AD, represent the culmination of the ancient yoga tradition’s spiritual quest. These so-called Classical Yoga teachings, most scholars believe, are the confluence of a long and complex development that emerged from yoga’s archaic beginnings in the Vedas about 3000 years earlier.

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