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2 10, 2019

The Harvest

The autumn time of year is a delight for witnessing change. Down here in Surrey, the chestnuts are opening up for the taking; fungi of all shapes and color dot the trees and mossy landscape. As the jays and squirrels duke it out for their share of fallen acorns, the song birds queue up at

29 06, 2019

With Time, Magic Arises: by Sharon Gannon (Focus of the Month, July 2019)

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abhyāsa vairāgyābhyām tan nirōdhah (PYS 1.12) Identification with the fluctuations of mind is stopped by practice and non-attachment. In our relative world, growth, transformation and the rearranging of elements occurs where there is time. Sadhana (spiritual practice) involves discipline— a process over time—a steady, repeated application in order to attain results. We can think of

28 08, 2018

Washed up on a river.

During the course of August month took time to recover from spinal surgery, resting near a pond that is connected to a river which opens to the sea. It is a healthy estuary and vibrant ecosystem. The bird life is rich, fish are abundant; insects dominate the space between sea and sky in the form

22 07, 2018

Beyond Greatness

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A memory of my five year old self exists, sitting in my mother’s giant eggshell yellow Pontiac station wagon on the way home one day from kindergarten. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my mother asked. I responded innocently (if not a wee bit precociously), “I want to be Great!” Great,

21 07, 2018

H2OM (Jivamukti Focus of the Month August 2018, by David Life)

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patraṁ  puṣpaṁ  phalaṁ   toyaṁ  yo  me  bhaktyā  prayacchati  tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam  aśnāmi  prayatātmanaḥ Whatever is offered to Me with a pure loving heart, no matter if it is as small as a leaf, a flower, a piece of fruit, or sip of water, I will accept it from one who’s mind is restrained. BG IX.26 ................ I turned the faucet and filled a small glass

3 01, 2018

owning who you are

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Warning: The below story contains a few lines that may not paint a pretty picture. but hey, is life always pretty?On Christmas eve, I was food poisoned. Not the mild version either; instead, one with liquids spewing out every orifice throughout the night and for days on end. I know it might not be the

29 11, 2017

Gathering of the Tribes

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sat-sangatve nissangatvam, nissangatve nirmohatvam, nirmohatve nishcala-tattvam, nishcala-tattve jivanmuktih, bhaja govindam, bhaja govindam, bhaja govindam mudha-mate Good and virtuous company gives rise to non-attachment. From non-attachment comes freedom from delusion. With freedom from delusion, one feels the changeless reality. Experiencing the changeless reality, one attains liberation in this life. I-AM is the ocean of awareness. Realizing