About Mira Prabhu

I was born in India and moved to New York in my mid-twenties. It was during my tumultuous residence in Manhattan that I first became fascinated by eastern philosophy’s power to transform the genuine seeker.So, during the freezing winter of 1993, I began to write Whip of the Wild God, a novel of tantra set in an ancient civilization reminiscent of India’s famous Indus Valley Civilization. I completed this novel–believe it or not!–twenty years later, in the shadow of Arunachala, the ancient hill considered by millions to be the God Shiva incarnate. Three more novels are currently simmering in my consciousness–Copper Moon Over Pataliputra, set in the time of the magnificent Mauryan Empire (300 BCE, India); Krishna’s Counsel, a contemporary novel (the genre: metaphysical crime fiction!), set both in India and New York, and a third, untitled, in which I intend to present the spiritual “view” necessary for seeking moksha, or enlightenment–a unique and perhaps controversial view I have garnered from my travels and study all across the globe–from south India to Manhattan, to the foothills of the Himalayas, Europe, and finally back to south India. I now live in the deep south of India, hanging out with my divine canines, Kali and Aghori, delighting in my growing garden, and continuing to mine my own creative and spiritual potential.

Easy And Natural Is The Way: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

“As Sri Ramana never tired of saying,… the only true guru is your Heart, your own Self.” Thanks for a great post, Harsh!

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Dear Friends,

Sahaj in Sanskrit means easy and natural.

There is saying in Hindi, “Sahaj pake so meetha hoy.”

It means that easy and natural cooking of food leads it to taste sweet.

It is something like the English saying that soup that simmers slowly or the cake that is baked slowly tastes best in the end.

These are metaphors for life. When we do something with care and love, the results are better. Sometimes we even say that, “this is a labor of love.” When we love what we do, it does not feel like work.

Everything has its nature. When we are true to our own nature, an easy authenticity takes over. Then we are not concerned about impressing others nor worried about how others are judging us.

Nature is showing us the way. Seasons are coming and going. Flowers bloom and then wither. We are breathing in…

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Monday Funnies…

“Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office?
What are we supposed to do, write to them?” Ha ha ha, yes, that’s Maxine all right – thank you for sharing, Chris Graham!

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Maxine Asks:

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Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety-one?

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If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea…

Does that mean that one out of five enjoys it?

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Why do croutons come in airtight packages?
Aren’t they just stale bread to begin with?

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If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

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If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

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If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked,

then doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted,

musicians denoted, cowboys deranged,

models deposed, tree surgeons debarked,

and dry cleaners depressed?

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If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

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Do Lipton Tea employees take ‘coffee breaks?’

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What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?

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I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks,

so I wondered…

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Love, Fear, and Gratitude – Guest Post by Tina Frisco…

“When the heart closes, fear is at the helm. And if we’re not careful, it will control our every thought and deed while masquerading as benign feelings. Fear is at the root of prejudice, hate, anger, grief, anxiety, depression, and all that’s not conceived of love.” Thanks for a great post, Tina Frisco, and to Chris Graham for hosting her….

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Image courtesy of Lucie Stastkova

What is love? Not romantic love, but the essence of love, pure and unadulterated. Pure love lightens and enlightens. But what is it? In truth, love can’t be defined; we can only talk around it. In attempting to de-fine it, we con-fine it and thus lose it. Love simply is. And love is our true nature.

What is the opposite of love? Many would say hate. Seems logical, right? When we’re not sitting in love, expanded and with an open heart, we’re struggling to keep our heads above the quicksand of raw emotion. Truth is: the opposite of love is fear. All that isn’t love stems from fear. Love and fear are our primeval baseline emotions.

So what is this seemingly ubiquitous, all-consuming emotion we call fear? When we constrict – when our hearts close, our muscles tighten, our thoughts ricochet, our spirits dim – we sit in…

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Sri Ramana Maharshi’s Mahanirvana and the Comet in the Sky

A comet streaked across the sky at the moment of Ramana Maharshi’s passing; when I first heard this story, I felt a great stirring in my own heart, a confirmation perhaps of what I already felt. Here’s Cartier-Bresson’s description of that time: “It is a most astonishing experience,’’ he said. “I was in the open space in front of my house, when my friends drew my attention to the sky, where I saw a vividly-luminous shooting star with a luminous tail, unlike any shooting star I had before seen, coming from the South, moving slowly across the sky and, reaching the top of Arunachala, disappeared behind it.” Thanks for sharing this, Harsh, so many don’t realize that Ramana is still here and more powerful than ever, fused with the energy of his beloved Arunachala.

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Editor’s Note: The following is the description of the luminous comet that streaked across the sky disappearing behind the holy hill of Arunachala at the time of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s Mahasamadhi. The devotees who saw it from far away realized that it was an “announcement” that Bhagavan Ramana had entered Mahanirvana. 

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At about 9 p.m., Monsieur Cartier-Brassen, the French photographer, who has been here for about a fortnight with his wife, related an experience of his to me.

“It is a most astonishing experience,’’ he said. “I was in the open space in front of my house, when my friends drew my attention to the sky, where I saw a vividly-luminous shooting star with a luminous tail, unlike any shooting star I had before seen, coming from the South, moving slowly across the sky and, reaching the top of Arunachala, disappeared behind it.

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Here Lies The Heart

Most humans go through life believing every bit of nonsense their minds spit out…and as you can see, some go insane. Now Ramana puts the mind in its place – he says it is only a bundle of thoughts. No, you don’thave to believe your thoughts…you can activate Spirit and allow it to dominate your mind. The mind is transient, unreal, Self is real and immortal. It is also pure existence-awareness and bliss. Thanks for another great post, Harsh!!!

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Mercedes De Acosta was asking Sri Ramana Maharshi about which religion, teacher, or guru she should follow that would be most helpful to her.

Bhagavan Ramana replied, “If they can help in the quest of the Self. But can they help? Can religion, which teaches you to look outside yourself, which promises a heaven and a reward outside yourself, can this help you? It is only by diving deep into the spiritual Heart that one can find the Self.”

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All Are In The Circle Of Love

“The message of Sri Ramana is simple and echoes the Upanishads. It is to turn the mind within to see our true nature. Once we recognize that we are not the body but the Spirit, we will see everything to be full of spirit. It is the Universal Self that has manifested as all that we see and perceive and sense.” Great post, Harsh!

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The Sage of Arunachala, Sri Ramana Maharshi, gave us the purest teachings.

If we look at the devotees of Sri Ramana, we see that they were some of the greatest yogis and jnanis of their day.

Many of them were world class poets and scholars. But they led quiet, unpretentious, and humble lives fully content in the grace of Bhagavan Ramana.

In outward appearance, Sri Ramana appeared as an ordinary sadhu sitting quietly on the rocks of Arunachala, and wandering the holy hill at times.

The yogis of the highest wisdom upon meeting him recognized him instantly as the king of yogis, serene and content, whose very presence was the blessing they had been seeking.

The message of Sri Ramana is simple and echoes the Upanishads.

It is to turn the mind within to see our true nature. Once we recognize that we are not the body but the Spirit, we…

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Examining One’s Mind

Yes, the wise examine their own minds – its a waste of time trying to figure out why others think in the way they do – in samsara, we are limited beings with finite time – it is examining our own minds that leads us to wisdom and allows grace to shine through…thanks for a great post, Harsh Luthar!

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We are elated and happy when things go our way.

We are sad and depressed when reality unfolds differently than our expectations.

How pitiful is our lot my friends, thrown about here and there with the changing winds!

Everyday, the world, as perceived via the mind invites us to ride the roller coaster of emotions fueled by fear, anxiety, anger, and hatred.

A Sage centered in the Heart of Love is always indifferent to such an invitation.

How truly fortunate to come into the orbit of Sages who give the purest teachings of Ahimsa (nonviolence) and Self-Realization.

Bhagavan Ramana used to say, “Wise people examine their own minds.”

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Bridegroom’s Oak: The Tree With Its Own Postal Address

“If you write a letter addressed to the address above, it will end up in knothole of an oak tree in the Dodauer Forst forest near Eutin in Germany. In the past hundred years, thousands of people have written to this tree, and reportedly hundreds have had their wishes fulfilled — the wish of finding one’s love partner.” Thanks, Alk3r!

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Bräutigamseiche,
Dodauer Forst,
23701 Eutin, Germany

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10 Works of Anglo-Saxon Literature Everyone Should Read

I haven’t read a single one of these books, but I would if I could get my hands on them…

Interesting Literature

The best Anglo-Saxon books and poems

What are the finest works of Anglo-Saxon literature? We’ve restricted our choices to works of literature written in Anglo-Saxon or Old English, so that rules out Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, which, as the title suggests, was written in Latin. But there’s a wealth of great literature written in Old English, as the following pick of ten of the best testifies (we hope).

Anonymous, The Exeter Book riddles. Here’s a riddle for you: what hangs down by the thigh of a man, under his cloak, yet is stiff and hard? When the man pulls up his robe, he puts the head of this hanging thing into that familiar hole of matching length which he has filled many times before. Got it? A key, of course! This is one of a number of riddles found in the Exeter Book, one of the…

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