Posts Tagged ‘Vedanta’

“Attaining the already attained…” Meet Clay Pot. A lesson and tradition explain a logo and an offering.

"Attaining the already attained..." Meet Clay Pot. A lesson and tradition explain a logo and an offering.

Introducing Citta Chats and the new yogaNexus2013 Serving S V A D Y A Y A Traditional Spirit in Contemporary Relevant Forms. East Bay Citta Chat #1: An introduction to Svadyaya, self-study, the means and the desired end. This class and meditation are good introductions. At the first Orinda Citta Chat session we just held [...]


What is Karma Yoga? Pt1: The glory of where you are.

What is Karma Yoga? Pt1: The glory of where you are.

How much mental/emotional vitality dissipates into sorrow at what we cannot change? Today, where can you rejoice in what is, steering clear of patterns of perception of loss in what is not? I often hear such frustration or sadness at what one used to be able to do in yoga, for instance; or daily despair [...]


Beyond the Divisive Power of Belief, a path towards shared values

Beyond the Divisive Power of Belief, a path towards shared values

I just published this article in the Elephant Journal. I’d love to see a dialog, please comment on the Elephant Journal page, share it, tweet it, like it… let’s discuss. This is part of an ongoing conversation across media, including a video series on YouTube, “Citta Chats.” “I see a road toward shared, universal values [...]


Citta Chats videos: Free Virtual Yoga Philosophy Course

Citta Chats videos: Free Virtual Yoga Philosophy Course

Free virtual Yoga Philosophy course Citta Chats video series is an ongoing collection of discussions with Karl Erb and guests exploring the source texts and teachings of Yoga. The idea came up as we held fun in person discussion groups that were engaging and led some to ask how else they could participate. The videos [...]


How can I practice “dispassion” when there is such suffering?

How can I practice "dispassion" when there is such suffering?

On Equanimity, Dispassion and Empathy: Everyday we experience ups and downs, things that bring a smile to our face or a knot to our hearts. For some the trials and suffering others, homeless in the streets, a child crying, an argument between lovers and so on will elicit an emotional response. Even those apparently numb [...]


Emerson, the Dream of America and Vedanta – Book review, Interview

Emerson, the Dream of America and Vedanta - Book review, Interview

Emerson on Consciousness: “We are in it. It is not in us.” Truth is not subjective. Modern science seeks to observe and understand our world and it’s truths, investigating our perceptions, inferences and assumptions about the world. Truth is not culturally specific, nor time dependent; laws of nature are not cultural, nor subjective. We don’t [...]


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 [...]


Healing & Rebuilding, and thanks

Healing & Rebuilding, and thanks

I am currently at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Pennsylvania, studying Vedanta, meditation, walking, rebuilding. I began study of Vedanta with Swami Dayananda Saraswati here in 1996, coming every year for over for over ten years, so it has had a big influence on me and the place is a familiar, comfortable refuge full of rich [...]


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[...]


Beyond Belief: Yoga & Vedanta are for Understanding

Beyond Belief: Yoga & Vedanta are for Understanding

It really struck me one year at Swami Dayananda Saraswati’s place when he said “Vedanta is not a matter of blind faith or unverifiable belief, but a matter of understanding.” It hit me then why his teachings sat so well with me. The primary message is listen, inquire, question, discuss and if you disagree speak [...]


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 [...]


All is Given Pt. 1: musings, Sutras & Gita, and free meditation mp3.

[NOTE: it's a long one, you may want to print from blog for better reading. You have to read all the way through to download the meditation in mp3 format ] Is my body mine? Does it belong to me, in terms of rights of ownership? Am I defined by my physicality (gender, species, health, [...]


Emerson, Vedanta & Serendipity (Karl’s musings, book, conference)

So I’m reading a book on Emerson by Richard G. Geldard I saw reviewed in an old issue of Parabola (a magazine on world mythology and spirituality I’ve been into since high school). I have always been a fan of Emerson since high school or earlier, and Thoreau, Whitman… I realize now much of Emerson [...]