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The Orphic Circle

‘You scattered the dark mist … and brought pure light’ – The Orphic Hymns [trans. from the Ancient Greek by A.N. Athanassakis] Initiatory traditions run deep in my family.  At least eight generations have chosen to undertake the arcane rites of … Continue reading

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Jīvita Putalī

The non-priestly Tradition of India’s Northeast encourages us to think, say or do nothing to our detriment or the detriment of others. However, this one, seemingly straightforward principle can prove remarkably challenging. A wide range of tools is therefore offered to help keepers of the Tradition recognise, … Continue reading

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Kali

Came across this stunning 10th-century bronze of Kali in a museum in Chennai the other day. Kali is one of many traditional personifications of Shakti, the Energy that constitutes the entire universe. She holds the head of a stylised “trishul” trident. … Continue reading

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Bhairava

Our need to “fit in” makes evolutionary sense. Our ancestors needed to stick together in extended families, then in tribes to survive a tough life in a dangerous world. Today, we are a predominantly urbanised species that has divided itself into … Continue reading

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The 4 Skilful Means to Resolve Conflict

These past months of blog silence have been in response to a sustained ‘cyber attack’ by a gang of hell-and-damnation Bible quoters. For all the unpleasantness, it has at least been a fascinating insight into how some people who profess “devout … Continue reading

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History of Yoga – Part 7

Our obsession with external appearance diminishes our ability to participate in truly intimate, loving relationships. – Kushal Magar As a child, I was utterly entranced by Classical Greece. I taught myself its history and myths, its alphabet and geography. I … Continue reading

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History of Yoga – Part 6

Yogasana … are not exercises, but techniques which place the physical body in positions that cultivate awareness, relaxation, concentration and meditation … the body becomes full of vitality and strength, the mind becomes light, creative, joyful and balanced. – Satyananda … Continue reading

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History of Yoga – Part 5

Body still as a deodar cedar.  Mind lucid as a winter moon.  Senses tranquil as a summer sky.  This is Yoga. – Kushal Magar The contrast between my impressions of yoga as I had experienced its practice in the West and … Continue reading

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History of Yoga – Part 4

He who truly experiences yoga sees himself in all beings and all beings in himself.  He thereby truly perceives that in truth there is perfect unity in all diversities. – Gorakhnath “So what of Matsyendranath’s student, Gorakhnath?” I asked, eager … Continue reading

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Shivratri

Today is the festival of Shivratri, when Shiva is honoured as the principal symbol of all that is benevolent and Unlimited Consciousness – the innate disposition towards order in the universe. In some regions of the Hindu world, Shivratri celebrates Shiva’s … Continue reading

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