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The Dalai Lama Gets Married

Spiritual awakening is about the universalization of love and compassion. Instead of our love and concern being focused on just a few people, we discover we have the innate capacity to express a deep, abiding and active desire for the well-being of all.

Sometimes people are disturbed by the idea that they might eventually love everyone equally. If a person is attached to the concept of romantic love, or to a belief that the nuclear family is the pinnacle of the expression of human love, they can even feel threatened by the very idea of universal love. These same people may enjoy it when they see universal love being expressed by someone such as the Dalai Lama. Universal love is okay for the Dalai Lama, but I don’t want that for myself, they think. It is too scary to imagine not having this exclusive, intense love for my family that gives my life shape and meaning and a feeling of importance.

I woke up this morning giggling. What if instead of teaching about the universalization of love, we tell the story in reverse? What if the Dalai Lama got married? Read On…

Dig One Well Deep, Share the Water

I’ve declared the time between now and August 2016 a year for our spiritual community, Jaya Kula, to discover and explore the nature of generosity. Want to join us?

Jupiter

Jupiter

The inspiration is Jupiter’s recent transit into Leo. The opportunities of this transit are either to relax and share, or bloat up. By “bloat,” I mean literally get fat, or become inflated with gaseous self-aggrandizement that everyone but you can smell.

So how to discover greater generosity? Read On…

American Mahatma vs. the Greatness Virus

aka 9 ways to discover your innate goodness and forget about being Great

 

Here in the U.S., we suffer from a terrible virus. We catch it at a young age and most of us virusdie with it running rampant in our systems after a lifetime of uncontrolled replication.

The virus is so ubiquitous, many of think it is who we are. We don’t notice it sucking our time, energy, attention and joy. In fact, the more infected we are, the more “successful” we are likely to be, the more acclaim we will garner and the more money we are likely to earn.

Unfortunately, no matter how successful we become at meeting the demands of the virus, the more impaired is our ability to feel satisfaction, contentment or fulfillment. This virus has one ceaseless demand: become Greater, and Greater and then Greater still. Read On…

Primordial Devotion Video Satsang

Video of Shambhavi Sarasvati talking about primordial devotion and the relationship of devotion to wisdom virtues such as compassion, clarity and creativity.

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PRIMORDIAL DEVOTION

Land, waterway, sky by Nandikesha Jungwirth

Positive Tantra

As Tantrikas, our attitude should be: How can I work with each and every circumstance? How can I participate positively? How, in spite of various compulsions, can I open my heart and find the freshness and potential in each moment?

Tantrikas are not fatalistic. We try not to let ourselves be swept forward by the momentum of compulsion and fixation. We do not baby ourselves with either hope or hopelessness.

We don’t focus on past or imagined future calamity. We understand that obstruction is a communication. Every obstruction is an invitation to go deeper, to expand one’s senses, to let go of limiting concepts, to reach for the subtlety of nature’s communication and to follow that.

Sometimes people take up negative, or fatalistic attitudes as a strategy for gaining control over others. Compulsive negativity hijacks attention, hijacks energy and is a drag on the collective efforts of other people. At the root of such negativity is competitiveness and fear of being exposed: fear of not being up to the task of living.

Negative thought stunts personality and stifles all effort. It kills initiative—Swami Sivananda Read On…