Lao-tzu vs Confucius: The Ultimate Sage Showdown

Lao-tzu vs Confucius: The Ultimate Sage Showdown

In this episode of Enlightenment Today, I will speak about the ultimate sage showdown between Lao-tzu and Confucius. Both sages have diametrically opposed philosophies and viewpoints on the nature of humans and the irreducible essence of the Tao. These differences are showcased in the opposing metaphors of Lao-tzu’s uncarved block and Confucius’s…

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Lao-tzu’s Wisdom on Artificial and Natural Desires

Lao-tzu’s Wisdom on Artificial and Natural Desires

In the Tao Te Ching, Lao-tzu makes a distinction between “the desires of the eye” and “the desires of the belly.” He recommends that we revert back to one over the other. In chapter 12 of the Tao Te Ching Lao-tzu explains: The five colors blind our eyes. The five notes deafen our ears….

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Vairagya: The Practice of Dispassion Towards the World

Vairagya: The Practice of Dispassion Towards the World

In this episode of Enlightenment Today, I will speak about the practice of vairagya in Hindu philosophy. Vairagya is a term that can be translated as dispassion, detachment, or renunciation. Someone who practices vairagya has a dispassionate attitude towards the pain and pleasures of the world. Vairagya refers to an…

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Mental Health Issues in Spirituality

Mental Health Issues in Spirituality

In this episode of Enlightenment Today, I will speak about mental health issues in spirituality. To speak about mental health in relation to spirituality may appear contradictory. But there are a growing number of cases where people have experienced the effects of mental health, including depression, chronic anxiety and stress,…

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Why People Are Scared of Advaita Vedanta

Why People Are Scared of Advaita Vedanta

In this episode of Enlightenment Today, I will speak about why people are afraid of Advaita Vedanta and other Eastern spiritual traditions. Advaita Vedanta is one of the most difficult spiritual paths to follow, but it is one of the most transformational. Following Advaita Vedanta sincerely frightens most people because…

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The Story of Shiva and Parvati’s Divine Marriage

The Story of Shiva and Parvati’s Divine Marriage

In this episode of Enlightenment Today I will speak about the ancient story of Shiva and Parvati’s divine marriage. Their union is one of the most significant stories throughout history. It is one of those ancient myths that will never lose its significance, as it means something very deep for…

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The Life and Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

The Life and Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

  Many people have heard the name Ramana Maharshi, but surprisingly most of them don’t know who he was and why he was one of the most important figures of the 20th century. Personally, his teachings thrust me on the path of spirituality at a young age. He was one…

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