On Meditation

Let the seeker quietly lead the mind into the Spirit, and let all his thoughts be silence. (Bhagavad Gita 6:25) The word 'meditation' has a number of different meanings and the dominant meaning has changed over time. For the sake of brevity I shall ignore all these complexities and concentrate on the technique which Krishna... Continue Reading →

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Now I’m A Believer

I thought love was only true in fairy tales Meant for someone else but not for me Love was out to get me That's the way it seemed Disappointment haunted all of my dreams Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer. (The Monkees) Using their favoured allegorical method the Monkees here advance a... Continue Reading →

How To Find Meaning

How to find meaning Is: stop searching for meaning; It is always here. There are, I think, at least three major assumptions embedded in this micropoem. Namely- 1) That there is a universal human desire to find meaning in life and in the cosmos. 2) That this desire is often expressed in terms of a... Continue Reading →

Mental Anguish: Ancient & Modern

There exists a tribe of angry militant atheists (AMA's) who appear to regard the sacred scriptures of the world as a kind of extended true/false quiz. By which I mean that they assume that if a proposition or story contained within the texts cannot be proved as certain, in the same way that one can... Continue Reading →

Evil & the Human Will

There is probably a popular consensus that some acts can be called 'good' and others 'evil.' Further, it is believed, that prior to any such morally charged action being performed a positive movement of the Will must take place. That is, a fully conscious determination is formed and from this the act flows, or at... Continue Reading →

On the Nature of the Human Self

In an earlier post I suggested that the one article of belief which everyone in the West is expected to sign up to goes something like this- Each individual has a duty, which is also an inalienable right, to achieve the greatest possible degree of self-realisation or self-fulfillment provided that in doing so they harm no... Continue Reading →

Habit Forming

Bad Habits, Holy Orders is a series by the UK's Channel 5 in which five young women, Gabbi, Paige, Tyla, Sarah and Rebecca, whose life is largely based on clothes, cosmetics, clubbing, casual sex, selfies and alcohol spend four weeks under the care of nuns from the Daughters of Divine Charity. To further twist the knife in... Continue Reading →

The Cry of the Heart

The 14th century Orthodox bishop Theoleptus gives us the following proposition- The cry of the heart Born of prayer Brings forth Divine love. At one level this is obviously a faith statement. It is also an invitation to carry out an experiment. As such it fits the criteria outlined by the French philosopher Simone Weil... Continue Reading →

A Surplice Tao

With music and dainties we may detain the passing guest. But if we open our mouths to speak of Tao he finds it tasteless and insipid (The Sayings of Lao-Tzu) This saying from the Tao Te Ching could be read in conjunction with the one attributed to Socrates that 'the unexamined life is not worth... Continue Reading →

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