we try to differentiate between petty and grand theft, but stealing a dollar is as harmful to our souls as stealing the Mona Lisa would be.
I first became aware of the connection between breath and spirit in my studies of yoga because the word Pranayama means breath control. Prana literally means breath in Sanskrit. It also means spirit. In English, the words spirit and respiration come from the same root, the Latin word spiritus. In other languages the pattern is the same.… Continue reading Breath and Spirit
This batik hangs over my bed. Shiva & Parvati with the ghost of Kali. Shiva, the destroyer, leans on his trident supported by his white bull as Parvati, the perfect wife, shows him her necklace of skulls reminding him that she has another aspect. That of mad, ravening, Kali, the black one, who can do… Continue reading A Cautionary Batik
The second yama is Satya. Satya corresponds directly to the biblical commandment, “You shall not lie.” Lies chip away bits and pieces of the self and leave us hollow and disconnected. If we lie often we begin to live life in fantasy and can forget what the truth is. We are diverted away from authentic living.… Continue reading Satya: Lies and Self-destruction
First in line is ahimsa, translated commonly as “non-harming.” It is the one associated with Mahatma Gandhi and non-violence. It arises from the recognition that all beings are one with the Supreme Being and, as such, are part of ourselves.
Ben Franklin said, "actions might be forbidden because they were bad for us, or commanded because they were beneficial to us." He might be right!
Fewer Japanese school children wear corrective lenses than American school children. Yet when the children graduated and went off to college, the difference between the two disappeared. Hmmm . . .