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The Liberating Embrace of Uncertainty
August 9, 2018 – 12:33 am | 8 Comments
The Liberating Embrace of Uncertainty

These lives we live, surrounded by beauty and horror, profound knowledge and pitiful ignorance, are a mystery to us all. To push that truth away with false certainty, falsely derived from either religion or reason, is to miss our most perfect truth.

Strength in Change
August 6, 2018 – 12:33 am | 18 Comments
Strength in Change

Although I still maintain my conviction and I am forever indebted to those who have helped me along the way, going through two and a half decades of life trials and changes in the association of those I share an intensely purifying and meaningful spiritual relationship with has been my toughest challenge.

Eat, Pray, Kill: The Basic Brutality of Eating
August 2, 2018 – 12:33 am | 40 Comments
Eat, Pray, Kill: The Basic Brutality of Eating

“Is there an ethical argument in favor of flesh consumption? That is, can a meat-eating human find solid moral ground for her more carnivorous appetites?”

You Are Going to Die
July 5, 2018 – 12:33 am | 8 Comments
You Are Going to Die

You are older at this moment than you’ve ever been before, and it’s the youngest you’re ever going to get. The mortality rate is holding at a scandalous 100 percent.

The Purpose of Prayer
May 31, 2018 – 12:33 am | 4 Comments
The Purpose of Prayer

Am I correct in saying that it makes no sense to ask God for anything? Am I correct in saying that the method of asking God for anything is flawed?

The Tolerant Mercy of the Vaishnavas
May 28, 2018 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
The Tolerant Mercy of the Vaishnavas

To be humble like a blade of grass is truly meaningful if one feels the towering presence of a tree standing over. Humble before what? Without feeling a tree’s presence above, humility is only a show, fostering one’s ego. Let one be humbled before the lotus feet of a Vaishnava.

The Morality of Meditation
May 14, 2018 – 12:33 am | 6 Comments
The Morality of Meditation

if you stop to think about it, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the pursuit of business enhancements and the purpose for which meditation was originally intended. Gaining competitive advantage on exams and increasing creativity in business weren’t of the utmost concern to Buddha and other early meditation teachers.

The Facts About Our Relationship with Facts
April 5, 2018 – 12:33 am | 12 Comments
The Facts About Our Relationship with Facts

“It would seem that expecting people to be convinced by the facts flies in the face of, you know, the facts.”

Dying to Live to Serve
April 2, 2018 – 12:33 am | 7 Comments
Dying to Live to Serve

In pursuing the death of the conventional ego we pursue also the flourishing of the serving ego, which is the gateway to genuine spiritual emotion.

The Key to the Theological Kingdom
March 12, 2018 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
The Key to the Theological Kingdom

If one can go through Caitanya-caritamrta in the right way, one will have the key of the theological kingdom in one’s hand.

Must We Learn to Love?
February 12, 2018 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Must We Learn to Love?

Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort. Or is love a pleasant sensation, which to experience is a matter of chance, something one “falls into” if one is lucky?