Brian Feinblum’s Interview with Mira Prabhu


e86345da08c09d1879f0e7eda3a5e911What inspired you to write your book?

Krishna’s Counsel is the second of a trilogy of novels whose theme is moksha(Sanskrit word for ‘liberation from suffering’). (Please see here). My first novel, Whip of the Wild God: A Novel of Tantra in Ancient India, is set in a civilization reminiscent of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, and my third, Copper Moon Over Pataliputra, is set in 300 BCE. I intended to stick with historical/mystical fiction, but way back in 1999, my Manhattan-based literary agent suggested I write a contemporary novel about an Indian woman who had moved from East to West. Nothing happened until many years later when I found myself marooned in a guest house in Rishikesh in northern India: a wild festival raged all around me, keeping me captive in my suite, and so I decided to sink my teeth into something that would engage my monkey mind; in six months, I had written the first draft of Krishna’s Counsel.

Krishna’s Counsel
is a patchwork of a thousand tales I heard growing up in India and in the West. The title/theme is inspired by the luminous advice delivered to Prince Arjuna of the Pandavas on the ancient battlefield of the Kurukshetra by his charioteer and kinsman, the Blue God Krishna. Arjuna does not want to fight—his enemies are his own kin who have turned viciously against his family. Prince Arjuna would prefer to offer himself to the enemy as a sacrifice rather than stoop to destroying those who once cherished him. Then Krishna shows him a dazzling vision of the cosmos and convinces the doubt-stricken Prince to fight the good fight: in essence, Krishna’s teaching is that the spiritual warrior must never give up the battle against evil—instead he or she must first decide on the best course of action, and then pursue that action, disregarding the consequences. Continue reading

Independent motion – can you help?

There’s a lot of suffering in our world, in some parts much worse than others, and many of us help out as much as we can, I know…please read this and if you are moved to give Nick whatever you can so he can follow his bliss, please do. Its one thing to be born a cripple, yes, a hard thing to face, but to come through a ghastly ordeal only to be confined to a wheelchair is hard to imagine. In essence, we are all ONE; to do what we can to help others fulfill their dreams is to also fulfill our own desire to be free.

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What would you give to make a dream come true if you woke to find yourself living a nightmare?

What would you feel if you could never again walk on a beach? Or go out alone in the snow…feel the stillness of a wood or cross a field?

And then, you found a way…

In 2009, my son was a successful young man with a bright future… until he was stabbed through the brain in an unprovoked attack and left for dead in an alley.

He was found almost immediately by passers-by who saved his life. By the time we arrived at the hospital, Nick was being prepared for emergency brain surgery. We were allowed to see him, for a few minutes, to say goodbye. He was not expected to survive…

Over the past couple of years, many in the blogging community have come to know my son and know…

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10 Tips for Effective Communication

I’m a writer and I love expressing myself. Relationships get hard for me when the other person does not feel this way, or believes in hiding or suppressing parts of themselves. Unfortunately, especially in trad communities, men in particular are not encouraged to open their hearts to women. Of course this is a generalization, but it happens often enough to be a concern to many women. Here are some great tips to evolve into a better communicator…thanks for sharing, Alk3r!


Liz Kingsnorth explores the ways we can improve our relationships with others at home, at work and with friends, by improving the way we communicate.

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Inside The Well-Traveled Sketchbooks of an Artist

Simply amazing…I always wished I had a natural genius for drawing…phooey, missed out…but here is a woman who has it in spades…thanks for sharing, alk3r!



Artist Dina Brodsky has many focuses to her practice, painting in miniature on canvas and paper, and recently turning to her family, friends, and Instagram community to submit trees for her to reproduce in a drawn project titled “The Secret Life of Trees.”

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Aging and wisdom, Gratitude, Empowering women, Attitude, Writing, D.G. Kaye

My Journey Through Mid-Life and What I Learned (By Debby Gies ):
“When I was young, I thought I was invincible. My plans to battle age developed decades before I hit my mid-life years. My arsenal of age-fighters were nothing short of trying to maintain a healthy eating and exercise regime, and an ongoing supply of whatever beauty aids, creams, potions, and lotions I would read about, in efforts to preserve myself from aging. But the truth is, aging is a natural process of life. And, it entails much more than just our physical attributes. As I transitioned into my middle years, many things changed. My perceptions and values changed, my evaluations on friendships changed, even my tolerances and gratitudes changed….” Read on…both Debby Gies and Tina Frisco are deep and wonderful women who are spreading the word about so much we need to come to terms with as we age….

Time became more apparent; not all of these things happened simultaneously, but as the hands of time began pointing in the direction of fifty, I noticed several changes within myself.


aging-and-wisdom-by-debby-giesA beautiful post by D.G. Kaye on the importance of gratitude in attaining wisdom as we grow older… ❤ 

THE VALUE OF #GRATITUDE – Voices of Wisdom Guest Post |D.G. Kaye

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Today I’m sharing a recent article I was invited to write and share on Dorothy Sander’s blog, Aging Abundantly.

Dorothy writes about the wisdom we gain as we age. And her new series, which I was thrilled to be the first in, is entitled ‘The Voices of Wisdom’ – The Value of Gratitude.

Read the article below and you can continue reading on Dorothy’s blog.

Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. ECKHART TOLLE

I’m so happy to introduce…

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Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Still I Rise….Maya Angelou…thanks for sharing this gorgeous poem, alk3r!


Maya Angelou, is by far one of the most beautiful, wise and inspiring people I have seen and because I have been admiring her work for so long, today I want to share with you this special poem of hers: “Still I Rise”

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Donja Lokosnica: The Serbian “Paprika Capital of The World”

I LOVE chillis..all kinds…green, red, yellow, fresh and succulent, dry and wicked…imagine growing them for a living!!! Thanks for this, alk3r.



Donja Lokosnica is the Serbian “capital of paprika”, since almost all of the 1300 inhabitants are involved in growing paprika. As autumn approaches, the whole village turns red, because of many threads of dried peppers, that hang around Lokosnica, waiting for their winter use.

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Illustrations of Political Satire

Amazing illustrations of political satire here! Thanks alk3r!


Olivier Bonhomme graduated from the Ecole Emile Cohl (Lyon, France) in 2010 and has been working with different clients, newspapers, and studios as illustrator and art director. The french illustrator draws political satire since ages and doing it very well and if not satire, he illustrates comic books a lot.

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Serpent Ring And The Magic of Acceptance

Kiri 16GB sd card 5294I met a wild looking sadhu on the way up to Skand Ashram many moons ago, and noticed that he wore incredible jewelry, all in the shape of serpents, and fashioned of copper and gold.

He told me a jeweler in a town far away had made it for him. I asked if he could make me a ring, and he agreed. I gave him an advance and the ring came as promised—a golden serpent coiled like the kundalini with a small ruby for an eye.

I have grown to love this ring for it represents my passion for the serpent fire (Kundalini)—which is nothing less than the energy of primal mind that fuels the process of enlightenment. Nothing but this fiery energy can halt the power of my chaotic mind, and I use a kundalini practice as a base for Atma-Vichara, Self-Investigation or the Direct Path, as taught by Ramana Maharshi. Continue reading

The Language Of Silence

There’s a story I love about Gautama Buddha – instead of the sermon his disciples were anticipating,  he sat before them in radiant silence…and finally held out a flower, as his entire teaching for the day. The truth is that words fall on different ears in different ways and therefore the Sage prefers to teach in silence – although he or she is simultaneously sending out incredible transformative energy that we ordinary humans can only try to imagine…thank you for sharing this, Harsh Luthar.


Bhagavan Sri Ramana used to say that the highest spiritual teaching and transmission is only in silence.

True Silence comes when there is complete surrender to God without any reservation.

Then there is no room for anxiety, worry, or any other mental noise.

In this sublime silence filled to the brim with peace and contentment, the fullness of awareness spontaneously reveals ItSelf as the Universal Intelligence.

It is the Pure Infinite Being whose very nature is Bliss.


Editor’s note: The photo art is from Eden Kailash fb page.

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