Posts Tagged ‘Bhakti’

The Most Glorious Side of Humanity ~ On cancer and empathy

The Most Glorious Side of Humanity ~ On cancer and empathy

Here is a piece just published in Elephant Journal I kinda started in 2010 when I first got cancer and I was the recipient of such outpouring of compassion. In many ways this is a big “Thank You” to all those who showed care and support. “Empathy, the gateway to our essential nature. When this [...]


On Happiness, Now, and Thou…

On Happiness, Now, and Thou...

Happiness is universally cherished and sought, and yet so elusive and often associated with experience, rather than our essential nature of Being. I wrote this originally around New Year’s day, touching on the motivation we often have at that time of year to reaffirm values important to us, to invoke happiness for the year to [...]


Why Meditate? Part 2 … thoughts on intention and effects.

Why Meditate? Part 2 ... thoughts on intention and effects.

New FREE Meditation practice Sundays, 8:20 am – 8:50am, Yoga Tree Valencia San Francisco Yoga is first and foremost a practice, a means, of purifying the heart/mind, anta karana suddhi, for self-knowledge. The yoga sastra, or source texts, the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, tell us this. Asana, or the posture practice is but [...]


Kirtan audio: Jai Ma, Ananda Ananda, Om Satcitananda

Kirtan audio: Jai Ma, Ananda Ananda, Om Satcitananda

FREE audio download and streaming of live Kirtan and solo Vedic chanting. Enjoy for meditation, or to practice chanting and singing. Songs include: Jai Ma-Mata Kalika, Ananda Ananda, Om Purnamadah Purnamidam, Tva Meva Mata and more, even a Winnie the Pooh poem! // The widget below has both Kirtans and more: some solo recordings, including [...]


Beyond Tribal: On Empathy, Wholeness, Yoga & Vedanta [books, J. Rifkin, video]

Beyond Tribal: On Empathy, Wholeness, Yoga & Vedanta [books, J. Rifkin, video]

For some years now I have been pondering ‘identity’ as I study and seek to practice Yoga and Vedanta. Identity meaning sense of self – in community, in society, in relation to spirit and divinity, in relation to our apparent tribal nature.

Yoga and Vedanta teach the nature of Wholeness, brahma vidya, knowledge of Brahman, and the practice of karma yoga…
Recent studies in neuroscience, psychology and behavior point to empathy and compassion being strong biological drivers[...]


All is Given Pt. 2: Cultivating attitude of graceful acceptance – karma yoga is bhakti

Here I offer the principles and verses from the Bhagavad Gita that inform the principles in All is Given Pt1 and delve into the essence of Karma Yoga, which includes Bhakti, or devotion. There is no separate Bhakti yoga in essence. Again, I draw largely from Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s teachings. In essence Karma Yoga has [...]