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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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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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Go Beyond Everything (Turiya)

Go Beyond Everything (Turiya)

In the great Eastern spiritual traditions there is a special importance given to going beyond everything, essentially going beyond the world and even your own mind. This is the spiritual ideal of the great sages and teachings of the East. But this ultimate goal is something that frightens most people…

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The Nature of Siddhis in the East

The Nature of Siddhis in the East

The word siddhi is a Sanskrit noun which means attainment, accomplishment, perfection, power, realization, or success, in the sense of liberation or attaining magical powers. Siddhis are the magical powers or paranormal abilities attained through rigorous spiritual practice. In the Hindu sect of Shaivism they define siddhis as the “Extraordinary powers of the…

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Yugas: The Hindu Map of Time

Yugas: The Hindu Map of Time

The Eastern view of time is completely different to the Western view. A perfect example of this is the Hindu time system called the Yugas. The word yuga in Sanskrit means age, cycle, or world era. The yugas are a complex world-age doctrine of four ages. The yugas map the cycles of change within the universe…

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Understanding Flow – Part 2 Ancient Philosophy

Understanding Flow – Part 2 Ancient Philosophy

The embodied model of the self was the primary viewpoint during the Warring States period of China, and also other parts of Asia. But it was in China especially that we discover the embodied mind model. During the Warring States period there were numerous philosophers and sages whose names we still…

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Understanding Flow – Part 1 Modern Science

Understanding Flow – Part 1 Modern Science

What is the nature of being in a flow state of consciousness? How and why do we experience flow? What truly is flow? The term flow was first coined and popularized by Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi who is a Hungarian psychologist. He wrote a fascinating book called Flow back in 1990. When we think…

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