A synthesis of Eastern and Western spirituality

The Lord dwells in the heart of all beings

In the Bhagavad Gita the Lord has given many theories to explain the world and the means to liberation from the bonds of avidya, the phenomenal existence. We try, by the means known to us, to overcome the limitations in the form of hunger, thirst, wants and desires,...

Anyone can begin to follow the path of Devotion

What a number of totally different experiences this word “love” has to stand for. The Bible says “God is love.” It also says “We must love our neighbours as ourselves.” When two persons are seen embracing on a cinema or television screen we call it love. Love made St....

God by His own Divine power takes birth as man

Though God is in essence unborn, immutable by nature and Lord of all beings, still, when times warrant it. He through His own Divine power takes birth as man. He incarnates throughout the ages whenever righteousness declines, in order to restore virtue and to protect...

Man ignores the spiritual Reality within him

Man ignores this spiritual Reality within him and seeks satisfaction in the outer world. As St. Augustine wrote so many years ago : “ Men go abroad to wonder at the height of the mountains, the lofty billows of the sea, the long courses of rivers, the vast compass of...

Mysticism is the key to the region of the Absolute

Mysticism is the key to a region utterly beyond narrow differences of race and the small outlook of the individual. It is the region of the Absolute where there is no second, for “ number does not exist apart from the malady of time ” and here there is no fear and no...

The real enemies of freedom

The real enemies of freedom according to the yogic teachings are the possessive and competitive instincts of the lower mind of man. And so long as he is still subject to these possessive and competitive impulses rather than to his creative and altruistic impulses he...

Counsels on the manners of men and the good life

The future St Anthony the Great, the first of the Desert Fathers, was born about 250 a.d. in a rich Egyptian family of noble descent. His parents died when he was 18 or 20, and he was left with one sister the heir of great estates. He had been a serious child, and...

Adhyatma Yoga and Psychiatry

IT is a well-known fact that modern psycho-analysis is expensive, lengthy and not always successful. It is therefore surprising to read of a certain case-history, described by Professor Jung as being completed in two visits. The patient was young, pretty and highly...

The real empire, which has no ends

In the state of deep sleep, (Sushupti), when our faculties return to their cause, in stillness and a void - there is THAT which rests in its own bliss; which is beyond the trio of the cogniser, the cognised and cognising. It is not existence nor is it non-existence;...

Overlooking or disregarding sin

Shankara explains 'overlooking or disregarding sin' as having as little to do with sinful people as possible during the training period. This is a negative practice, and it may be asked why it is mentioned as a ‘refinement’ of the mind. He says: If it were not...

Compassion towards suffering

Compassion towards suffering is the second of the four bhavana exercises. Bhavana in Sanskrit has the sense of saturating, steeping, completely infusing, psychologically it means something which permeates the whole mental life. The yogi exercises compassion in his...

Studying Christian Texts

 I wanted to say something about studying texts from the Yoga point of view and rather than use an oriental text which is not familiar to us I will use a short passage from the New Testament. This makes most of us Christians, lay Christians, slightly uncomfortable. It...

Christian Meditation

Here is the setting for one definite experiment meditation. First, the principle. The supreme Spirit is all-pervading, and therefore also present in the depths of the heart and mind of man. While the heart is full of conflicting desires, hopes and fears and so on, the...

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