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What is Direct Realization?

Lingam Out and AboutDirect realization spiritual practice emphasizes the direct encounter. It de-emphasizes faith, trust and belief in favor of finding out about Reality firsthand for yourself.

The direct realization traditions I have practiced in are the Trika Shaivite tradition of Kashmir and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet. While these two traditions have somewhat different cultural roots and practices, the core View and method are identical. Read On…

Wailing on God

Religious Hindus love hyperbole. They love wailing at the feet of statues of deities. They love insentient states in which one’s eyes roll back in supposed ecstasy. They love tales of spiritual powers. They are prone to enthusiastically proclaiming every old Chinnamastaguy with flowly robes and a long beard a saint. They throw the word “enlightened” around like a smurf ball toss on a low gravity planet.

In my experience, Indian people in general are also the planet’s masters of irony. They do almost everything with a wink and a nod. Westerners mostly fail to recognize this irony as we earnestly attempt to discover the supposed devotion and exaltation we imagine we see in our Indian counterparts.

Oftentimes our friends “over there” are just going through the motions, more or less enjoying their own display. Throwing yourself wantonly at the feet of a sindoor-smeared deity while shouting “Maa! Maa!” can be the Hindu over-the-top equivalent of modestly (and quietly) genuflecting in church. You do it because it’s fun and it’s the done thing. Read On…

Anandamayi Ma: ‘I am not an Alien’

I was reading something I wrote years ago. “Sri Anandamayi Ma plucked elaborate rituals, whole scriptures and languages from the wisdom-laden air. All teachings of the one wisdom teacher, the Guru tattva, were hers. I know it’s insane, but I want to be like Ma.

Ok, that was a bit over the top. But my point is this: Ma manifested, as she put it, because of our aspirations.

We aspire to Self-realize. Ma shows us where we are going. Precisely because she is human, she demonstrates that realization is within human reach.

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Anandamayi Ma with her devotees

This is what Ma came here to show us: how to be fully human. Read On…

What is Satsang?


Playing Kirtan at Matrika House satsang, Portland, Maine

Attending satsang–a talk or a discussion led by a spiritual teacher–is considered to be one of the fundamental practices within many Indian traditions. Satsang was the primary way in which teachers interacted with groups of people before Westerners invented “the workshop.”  Read On…