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Archive for August, 2010
Zen Master Pohwa Sunim and Father James Wiseman give answers to questions asked by commentator Dr. Chuck Mills on television .
Part two of the discussion between Zen Master Pohwa Sunim and Father James Wiseman.
Part 3 of the discussion between Zen Master Pohwa Sunim and Father James Wiseman
Eckhart Tolle reminds us that in every moment there is an opportunity to Awaken.
Sample Q&A from the May 2010 Issue of Eckhart Tolle TV
Q: Is the ego the source of our thoughts or are our thoughts generated elsewhere and passed through the ego? The ego arises out of the state of identification with thought. The moment of freedom arises when we realize that we are not our thoughts—rather, we are the awareness.
Lokas, Astral Worlds & Consciousness ….conversation w/ Stuart Hameroff, M.D.
About The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism
Explores St. John’s Gospel from an Eastern perspective to reveal the interconnectedness of all faiths and the need for interfaith dialogue
• Takes readers beyond academic and historical analyses by exploring the mystical foundation of the Gospel
• Includes the full text of the Gospel of John interwoven with passage-by-passage interpretations
The Gospel of John is different from the other canonical gospels in its overall point of view concerning Jesus Christ and his mission on earth. It is much more cosmological in scale and mystical in nature and has long been considered more esoteric. The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism presents an unusual and rewarding exploration of this Christian text from a Hindu perspective as Ravi Ravindra takes us into the heart of St. John’s words, eloquently and convincingly revealing the interconnectedness of all faiths and the growing need in today’s world for interfaith dialogue. For those concerned with the emergence of a universal spirituality, Ravindra provides a source of light, a translucent pool of wisdom that offers from its depths an immense and lasting spiritual vision.
About the Author(s) of The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism
Born and educated in India before moving to Canada, Ravi Ravindra holds master’s degrees in technology, physics, and philosophy and a Ph.D. in physics. He was the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge and is currently professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he was professor and chair of comparative religion and adjunct professor of physics. His other books include Science and the Sacred, Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree, Yoga and the Teaching of Krishna, and Whispers from the Other Shore. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A new translation and guide
The yoga sutras are two thousand year old spiritual classic. In India every spiritual teacher of any note has written a commentary on it. Ravi Ravindra is the latest of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s students to do the same. For that reason alone this book will be read in theosophical circles at least.
But Jiddu Krishnamurti doesn’t get quoted as much as Madame Jeanne de Salzmann, ‘the closest pupil and successor of Gurdjieff’, as she’s called in the book jacket.
The best line ever:
Yoga does not require sitting on a cushion in meditation and it is not limited to a specific hour or a particular posture. Each moment is the right moment and the present moment is the best one. Each place is the right place – the place where I now am can be a sacred space.
Studying the Yoga Sutras
The Yoga Sutras are an ancient text. The Sanskrit is concentrated, making it very hard to translate. But even in translation it’s a difficult text to study. This commentary and translation by Ravi Ravindra does not over simplify. It leaves a lot of Sanskrit terminology as Sanskrit – transliterated of course – with a glossary at the back.
The advantage of this is that the reader who perseveres will learn the basic Sanskrit terminology. But that advantage is also a disadvantage: it means that casual reading is hardly possible with this book.
This translation and commentary is best used as a tool for contemplation: read a segment, and let the contents simmer in your brain. Ponder, let it in. Ravindra tries to show us another world, and the book is of no use if that’s not what you’re after too. Contemplation is a form of meditation in which thought is a tool as much as a hindrance.
No avoiding controversial topics
There are three topics that Ravi Ravindra puts to his readers, that I would personally have been hesitant to write about: the Higher Self, sex and black magic.
The first is unavoidable in an honest commentary of the Yoga Sutras: the very aim of the text by Patanjali is for the yogi to unify himself with Ishvara (the Divine in each of us).
The second is central, as Ravi notes, to our physical lives. Sex is an energy hard to avoid, and the first we think of when the word ‘sin’ gets mentioned. Even so, pride is higher up on any list of vices. Ravi treats the subject briefly, but honestly.
The last topic is the one of miraculous powers: their existence, use and misuse.
Ravi Ravindra Bio-data
Ravi Ravindra, PhD is a spiritual visionary, scholar, and leading international speaker on religion, science, and spirituality. A native of India, he emigrated to Canada and is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served for many years asa professor in the Departments of Comparative Religion, International Development Studies, and of Physics. He was a Member of the Instituteof Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and Founding Director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. He was a member of the Board of Judges for the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Ravi’s spiritual search has led him to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, G.Gurdjieff, Zen, and a deep immersion in the mystical teachings of the Indian and Christian traditions. He is the author of fourteen books on religion, science, mysticism, and spirituality.
Heart Without Measure: Gurdjieff Work With Madame de Salzmann
Krishnamurti Two Birds on One Tree
The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism
Science and the Sacred: Eternal Wisdom in a Changing World
Centered Self without Being Self-Centered: Remembering Krishnamurti
Pilgrim Without Boundaries
The Spiritual Roots of Yoga: Royal Path to Freedom
The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
Longing for Oneness
“Astral voyage est extrait de l’album “Tenkaï” 1978
Kitaro “Fragrance Of Nature”
kitaro “SILK ROAD
Kitaro – Inner Lights
In this inspiring satsang, Adyashanti discusses his first visit to a prison— San Quentin—where he meets with men sentenced for life. Their remarkable stories of finding peace and happiness within are compelling examples of what happens when the ego lets go of hope for a better future. “When you look inside with utmost simplicity and sincerity, what you find is the light of being.” 90 min. DVD recorded on June 28, 2006. http://www.adyashanti.org
“If you filter my words through any tradition or ‘-ism’, you will miss altogether what I am saying. THE LIBERATING TRUTH IS NOT STATIC; IT IS ALIVE. It cannot be put into concepts and be understood by the mind. The truth lies beyond all forms of conceptual fundamentalism. What you are is the beyond—awake and present, here and now already. I am simply helping you to realize that.” — Adyashanti
Light Of Being (part 2) / Adyashanti