God Isn’t Thinking About You

I had this idea the other day and I hope that I'm able to put it into words because it's kind of hard to explain.I was talking to Brad about my guru and the experience of being in his presence. Then I told him about how when my friend did energy work on me she said she felt a strong connection between the guru and me. That surprised me since I don't know if he even recognizes me one trip to the next. Who am I to him? Just another devotee. (It's possible I'm underestimating how recognizable I … [Read more...]


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The Misunderstanding of Me

"I alone am Brahma" -Ribhu Gita"No one comes to the Father but through Me" -Jesus, the Bible"Controlling the mind and fixing it on Me, sit in meditation with Me as your only goal." -Krishna, Bhagavad GitaIf you believe that the speakers of these sentences were speaking of "Me" as their own individual current embodiment then you'd become an exclusivist, believing that there's only  image of God that will get you to your goal (heaven, moksha, etc.) But considering that different people … [Read more...]


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Happy Mahashivratri!

Lord Shiva's blessings to you all! Thank you for being part of this journey with me! If you missed it, here is my post with information on how to celebrate: Mahashivratri is Coming Up … [Read more...]


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Sringeri Week: The Value of Darshan

First of all, darshan is a word that means seeing and being in the presence of someone like a guru or a deity.I don't know how it is that I did not before appreciate the amazing energy that one gets from seeing the guru and being in his presence. It is electrifying.I felt it a little bit in 2011 but I was tuning it out, focused so much on my own problems and thoughts and miseries. This time I was paying attention and I was amazed by what I felt. I had assumed that you don't need darshan … [Read more...]


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What is the Purpose of Life?

Ever since human beings had conscious awareness of themselves, they have wondered what purpose brought them into being. Why does life exist? What is the meaning of our lives? What are we in existence to accomplish?There have been many potential answers ranging from 42 to it's all random and consciousness is just a development of nature.Perhaps our purpose is to procreate and pass on our genes/assure the survival of our species Perhaps our purpose is to praise and worship God Perhaps … [Read more...]


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Beware Answers

I'm not about having answers. I'm all about having questions.I'm not going to claim that I understand everything. Of course I don't! And I'm not sure that I want to have all the answers.Because what I see is that when people feel like they've got it all figured out, they stop growing and they stop learning. It reminds me of when I was young and I was watching some TV program about math. I told my mom that I already knew this stuff. She told me I needed to let go of thinking that I … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads: Part Six

I thought it would be nice to read along through some scriptures and discuss the passages. I have a translation of the Upanishads done by Eknath Easwaran, a teacher whom I deeply trust and love. In this book there is an introduction before each translation with some insight from Easwaran.Here is a link to the Amazon page for the book I have:The sixth verse of the Easwaran translation of the Isha Upanishad is... Those who see all creatures in themselvesAnd themselves in all … [Read more...]


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Karma: Misunderstood

The concept of karma is something that people seem to have a lot of misunderstanding about. The comments on my post about verse five of the Isha Upanishads inspired me to talk a little bit about it. These are big, big concepts. There aren't quick and simple answers here because in order to understand someone else's religion and beliefs, you do have to be able to set aside your own and see through that person's eyes. The Hindu way of looking at sin and punishment is just so completely different … [Read more...]


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Meet A God: Ganesha

Ganesha, I think it is safe to say, is the most beloved of all Hindu Gods and Goddesses. He is loved by everyone who comes into contact with him, whether Hindu or not. Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles and so he is usually the very first God you will pray to no matter the circumstance.It's easy to find a lot of information about Ganesha, from stories to images.  Here are some sites with a lot of stories about Ga … [Read more...]


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