Right now, my wife and I are watching the Netflix series called "The Tudors" which shows the life and trials of England's King Henry VIII, who lived in the 1500s. Perilous times indeed. King Henry was against the Catholic Church and so in order to forcibly move the belief system in England to his new … Continue reading Limited Self = Conflict
Today, I simply want to thank four souls for guiding me to the Blessed Omkar, the Blessed Name, Word and Presence of God: OM. These souls are Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, Lord Sankara, and Lord Jesus (Yeshua). Thank you, Lord Krishna, for speaking what today is known as the Bhagavad Gita. Thank you, Lord Buddha, … Continue reading Thank You, Times Four
Another great teaching by His Holiness Swami Sivananda... OM is Sat (Truth). OM is Chit (Knowledge). OM is Ananda (Bliss). OM is Atman (Soul). OM is Brahman (Spirit). OM is a fortress - it is a place to shut out hate and malice. OM is a fortress - it is a place to shut in … Continue reading What is OM?
If you examine the OM prayer/mantra/chant/sound invocation, you will see that the actual sound embodies two complete concepts - nonduality and duality. The nondual aspect of the chant is the "O" sound. If you take two O letters, side-by-side, you produce the infinity symbol. The underside of this double-O creates the W sound and the … Continue reading The Totality of “OM”
There is a saying: if you really understand something well, then you can explain it easily to a child. Then, the child will understand it and be able to communicate that understanding to others successfully. So, here goes. Vedanta philosophy says that all living beings - people, trees, animals, etc. - are like icebergs in … Continue reading Vedanta in Simple Terms
In the Bible (Book of Genesis, in the Old Testament), there is a story about Adam and Eve, the first two human beings. It goes something like this: Adam and Eve were in paradise, the Garden of Eden, and God told them they could enjoy fruit from any tree except the tree of knowledge. However, … Continue reading Vedanta on Adam and Eve
I am in my early 50s and have read many of the world's major religious and spiritual texts. I have traveled across the vast USA, to Latin America, and to Europe. I have worked for thirty years now since graduating from college in the late 80s and I have studied with and corresponded with numerous … Continue reading Why I Chant OM