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  • YOUNG SOUL, OLD SOUL (Nov 17, 2017) - The New Age (which I happen to mostly detest and keep my distance for, for really it is all recycled material that they use often to great detriment of depth and richness) has popularized many buzzwords and one is that … Continue reading
  • EVERYONE HAS A HIGHER POWER (Nov 10, 2017) - Manhattan broke down my identity; in south India I was more or less confident that I could accomplish anything I set my mind on. I was popular, well-known in certain circles, and could have launched myself into a lucrative creative … Continue reading
  • CHEAP THRILLS (Nov 3, 2017) - Growing up in south India at a time when the West was not as accessible as it is to Indians today, my first glimmerings of the wild life I (delusionally) believed all Americans and Europeans led was via the thrillers … Continue reading
  • MOUNTAIN GODDESS (Oct 27, 2017) - When I first landed in Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas, straight from the frenetic city of Manhattan, I was lost and bewildered by a strange new world. Soon I found my way to the Tibetan Library, where every … Continue reading
  • I REJECT YOUR GIFT (Oct 20, 2017) - I write my morning posts off the top of my head, meaning I don’t generally research the topic, so you  must forgive me if I use ancient stories merely as devices to get a message across, and don’t bother unduly … Continue reading
  • EMPTY WORDS (Oct 14, 2017) - Before I moved into my own home here in Tiru, I had four landlords over a space of three years, each of whom was nightmarish in their own unique way. One was so slippery that he would assure me he … Continue reading
  • LAST NIGHT I DREAMED OF SAMSARA (Oct 6, 2017) - I’d been out of sorts for the past couple of days, and so I went to bed early, allowing my guest, exhausted as she was from long travel, to dive under the covers too. The dream came on quickly, swallowing … Continue reading
  • MONOGAMY: BLESSING OR CURSE? (Sep 29, 2017) - The other day I read a statement by a “guru” (who claims to have thousands of devotees) that all men are polygamous by nature. Ah, I thought, brilliant excuse! Let’s blame Nature for all the dishonesty and delusion we see … Continue reading
  • MESMERIZING LILA (Sep 15, 2017) - I am beginning to understand Lila, the Cosmic Enchantress, In a new way. I now see her as the I AM, the base of the egoic edifice, So brilliant, conniving, creative and spellbinding That I have fallen for her tricks, … Continue reading
  • SEX, DEATH AND SIGMUND FREUD (Sep 8, 2017) - Freud opened the minds of millions of Westerners to the hidden codes that determine our behavior. I read his work from time to time as a young woman, and one particular novel I plunged into as a teenager particularly fascinated … Continue reading
  • A SOUPED-UP FERRARI WITH THE BRAKES ON!!! (Sep 1, 2017) - “You know what?” he said as he studied my astrological chart. “You’re like a souped-up Ferrari with the brakes on.” He laughed at my puzzled expression. “Well, I say that because you’ve got some great planets on your side, but … Continue reading
  • KILL YOUR DARLINGS (Aug 26, 2017) - This is serious advice for serious writers—to kill our darlings. Sounds brutal, no? Well, actually, what it means is that sometimes we come up with great material, but, in the context of the whole piece of work, say a short … Continue reading
  • DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? (Aug 19, 2017) - My father taught me a powerful lesson growing up; I watched many a time as he out-intimidated the legion of official and governmental bullies that routinely harass all Indians and make millions of lives miserable. “Do you know who I … Continue reading
  • BLISS JUNKIE (Aug 12, 2017) - One result of discovering the amazing teachings of Eastern philosophy was that I began to closely study my own relative nature. Over time I came to the conclusion that it was composed of two almost equal but opposing sides: yes, … Continue reading
  • DENIAL IS NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT. (Aug 5, 2017) - A woman introduced to me by a friend visited me the other day. We had a nice chat and I offered her something to eat. She came into the kitchen as I got her meal ready and hovered over me, eyes … Continue reading
  • DID I TELL YOU NOT TO HISS? (Jul 28, 2017) - The great sage Ramakrishna told this old tale to his disciples: an angry snake terrified the village boys so greatly that they dared not venture near his territory. One day a yogi was walking through the village when a boy … Continue reading
  • ADVAITA IS NOT TWO (Jul 21, 2017) - I am no scholar and tend to reduce the most sophisticated philosophy into easily digestible truths I can use in my daily life. Complication and complexity only keep me from going deep, I have discovered, and when ideas become simple, … Continue reading
  • A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW (Jul 14, 2017) - I just finished reading a beautifully crafted novel set in Greece where one of the protagonists is a billionaire who adores his only son. And so does his gorgeous mistress. It’s a bizarre situation, because the man’s wife knows he … Continue reading
  • EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL (Jul 7, 2017) - All through the night it had snowed heavily; when I awoke, in a beautiful Ashram in America with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I looked out to see my world blanketed in pure white. Usually I love the … Continue reading
  • BE MINE FOREVER….OR YOU WILL SUFFER THE AGONIES OF THE DAMNED. (Jun 17, 2017) - When a sage is born, shining like a star in a noon sky, some are fortunate enough to encounter him or her personally and to directly absorb his teachings. But after he passes away, other elements take over, and these … Continue reading
  • ONE MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE… (Jun 10, 2017) - …is all it takes to blast open the mind and to prove to us, from the inside where it counts, that what we take for reality, as revealed to us via the five senses and our limited finite mind, is … Continue reading
  • ONLY AS SICK AS WE ARE SECRET (Jun 3, 2017) - Anyone who has grown up in a traditional community knows that one is strongly urged to never speak about the skeletons rattling around in both individual and community closets. As for me, I was so open with strangers right from … Continue reading
  • NAGARJUNA’S KILLER TIME GAP (May 5, 2017) - I am no scholar and frankly admit that my long years of immersion in Eastern Philosophy were driven solely by an obsession to destroy my own darkness. In my teens, I dived into esoteric teachings in an attempt to understand my … Continue reading
  • STEALING GEMS FROM A CORPSE (Apr 7, 2017) - During my years in Manhattan, I flew to Florida to spend a long weekend with a close friend. At the time I was agonizing over whether to cut loose from a relationship that had been wonderful at the start but … Continue reading
  • PLATINUM INSURANCE (Mar 3, 2017) - How are you? I asked a friend in Manhattan. Oh, I’m just FINE, he said with a laugh—then proceeded to inform me that FINE was an anagram for Fuddled, Insecure, Neurotic and Egocentric. (Actually he used two hyphenated words for … Continue reading
  • HAITIAN HEALER DESTROYS MY STORY (Feb 3, 2017) - I love stepping into a new year for one major reason—a fresh chunk of time yawns before me, encouraging me to drop destructive behaviors and to cultivate new habits that better serve my highest goals. I decided to make this … Continue reading
  • The Destructive Dance of Monkey Mind (Jan 6, 2017) - Last night something happened that disturbed my mind. Unable to sleep, I stayed awake until the wee hours, reading an illuminating book a friend had given me containing the reminiscences of those fortunate enough to have had personal contact with Bhagavan … Continue reading
  • Do Not Be Serious About Anything! (Dec 2, 2016) - During my stay at a beautiful Ashram in America long years ago, I was consumed with worry about my future. You see, I had jumped out of the mainstream by quitting a great  job in Manhattan, sold my lovely apartment, … Continue reading
  • Samsara is a Fickle Beast! (Nov 4, 2016) - ‘Samsara’ is a Sanskrit word that approximates to ‘relative reality.’ When Buddha gave us his first noble truth: life is suffering, it was this level of reality he was referring to, simply, the ups and downs of a life lived … Continue reading
  • Serpent Ring And The Magic of Acceptance (Oct 8, 2016) - I 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 … Continue reading
  • DHARAMKOT (Oct 3, 2016) - I dashed off this short poem 16 years ago, right after trudging up the mountain, even as snow flakes drifted down to earth. We were heading home, I and the three beautiful American friends with whom I shared a big … Continue reading
  • Everything Happens For The Best (Sep 2, 2016) - As a wild teenager intent on finding a way out of angst, I read a reassuring eastern tale of wisdom…here’s my impromptu version of it: A great King had a favorite Minister upon whose sage advice he strongly relied. One day while … Continue reading
  • THAT INFURIATING PATTERN FROM HELL!!! (Aug 14, 2016) - NOTE: The Kindle Scout campaign for Krishna’s Counsel is over. No further nominations shall be accepted. A Big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who nominated. Well, so this is the last day you can NOMINATE my mystical novel Krishna’s Counsel for inclusion on … Continue reading
  • THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET (Aug 12, 2016) - ‘The Secret’—a ‘spiritual’ self-help documentary launched in Australia in 2006—hit the Western world with incredible impact, generating millions for its producers. I wrote the following article a year or so later but never published it. Today, although a thousand other … Continue reading
  • BRAHMA’S DREAM & KRISHNA’S COUNSEL (Aug 9, 2016) - NOTE: The Kindle Scout campaign for Krishna’s Counsel is over. No further nominations shall be accepted. A Big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who nominated. I grew up in a traditional south Indian world whose cruel inequities I struggled to make … Continue reading
  • TRUE CONFESSION & KRISHNA’S COUNSEL (Jul 28, 2016) - NOTE: The Kindle Scout campaign for Krishna’s Counsel is over. No further nominations shall be accepted. A Big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who nominated. True confession—I LOATHE self-promo with a passion! I don’t enjoy nagging and equally shy away from … Continue reading
  • ARUNACHALA, NOT ABRACADABRA (Jul 8, 2016) - “Why don’t you teach an analytical meditation at my learning center?” a woman asked me. It was a bright morning in Rishikesh, and while I loved my new apartment with its spectacular view of the Himalayas, my heart was heavy … Continue reading
  • ANGEL IN MANHATTAN (May 6, 2016) - It was a gorgeous fall morning and I woke up deliriously happy in my new apartment. The past couple of months had been crazy with all sorts of pressures, but finally the move from Carroll Gardens to Brooklyn Heights came; since … Continue reading
  • DRUGS, GUNS & SATSANGH (Apr 1, 2016) - In the course of a fiery discussion on how so-called gurus milk unwary disciples of their money as well as precious intangibles, a friend mentioned that Papaji (a devotee of Ramana Maharshi who later became a guru in his own … Continue reading
  • SERYNA, Japanese Restaurant (Mar 11, 2016) - Someone close to me has been suffering greatly; one morning, post-meditation, I thought of her again, and memories of a distant time when I too had been just as sad came back to me in a rush. At the time, … Continue reading
  • BE TRUE UNTO YOURSELF… (Feb 5, 2016) - …and it shall follow as the day the night…thou can’t then be false to any other man (or woman or child or animal, for that matter)….thus spake Hamlet and he spoke true. When I first came to Tiruvannamalai almost seven … Continue reading
  • Wall Street Addict in Harlem (Jan 8, 2016) - Note: All the facts regarding this man’s story have been altered to protect his identity. The Twelve Step Program insists on anonymity, and for good reason; however, I personally feel that the stories of many inspire others to begin their own … Continue reading
  • The Magic of Being Alone (Dec 4, 2015) - 1992 for me was a time of great personal darkness—sparkly on the outside, rotten on the inside. Stuck in a difficult marriage, I asked a friend at work if I could unload my troubles on her. Karen was an opera … Continue reading
  • Dattatreya’s 24 Gurus and His Brilliant View (Nov 6, 2015) - Dattatreya blows my mind with the daring way he lived his life and the transcendent wisdom that emerged as a result. The word Datta means “given”—for it is said the Divine Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) “gave” one aspect of themselves … Continue reading
  • No Better than Solzhenitsyn’s Village Dogs (Oct 2, 2015) - “The moral duty of the free writer is to begin his work at home: to be a critic of his own community, his own country, his own government, his own culture. The more freedom the writer possesses the greater the … Continue reading
  • Two Great Truths of Absolute and Relative Reality (Sep 4, 2015) - In my volatile teens, I was struck by the poignant beauty of an ancient metaphor (contained within the Mundaka Upanishad) that speaks of two birds perched on the branch of a tree: one bird eats the fruit of the tree while the … Continue reading
  • On Being a Bull In A China Shop (Aug 7, 2015) - America was a fabulous country for me to emigrate to mainly because it gave me the freedom to flower. Growing up in patriarchal and often repressive India, I’d often been punished for being a free spirit—but Manhattan appeared to reward those who … Continue reading
  • Revealing Hidden Codes That Cause Suffering… (Jul 3, 2015) - As a young bride in Manhattan, I spent my first couple of months shopping, cooking and wandering goggle-eyed around that fascinating city. One day I happened to bump into my next door neighbor (we lived in a relatively small mid-town … Continue reading
  • Terms of Enlightenment (Jun 5, 2015) - A team of attorneys I once worked for in Manhattan specialized in the purchase and sale of aircraft between countries. Transactions often involved a slew of lawyers from different corners of the world and required that the legal team as a … Continue reading
  • Dying Every Single Day for Months in Manhattan… (May 1, 2015) - A brilliant monk held a motley crew of us dharma students in thrall for many years in the Big Apple. All right, he’d drawl as his eyes lazily scanned the room. So you’re all so cool with your stylish black … Continue reading
  • The Blazing Skyscraper: An Archetypal Moksha Dream (Apr 3, 2015) - I loved my new apartment in Dharamsala: hardwood floors, a modern bathroom and kitchen, glass windows and a wraparound terrace from which I could contemplate the icy splendor of the ring of surrounding mountains. I’d just moved to this Himalayan … Continue reading
  • Gone Fishin’ & The Art of Taking Personal Responsibility… (Mar 6, 2015) - At one point in my erratic freelance career in Manhattan, I landed in a small branch of an environmental law firm with its head office in California. It was headed by a cold and beautiful woman with grave emotional problems … Continue reading
  • Speaking of Robes, Broken Vows and Imperfection… (Feb 6, 2015) - When I moved to Dharamsala (seat of the Tibetan Government- in-Exile located in the foothills of the Himalayas) on the eve of the new millennium, my life changed overnight. You see, I had just left the world’s craziest city (Manhattan) for a … Continue reading
  • Groundhog Day in Tiruvannamalai… (Jan 3, 2015) - Groundhog Day—a great movie on the magic of transforming one’s personal karma—was released in America in 1993. The plot is simple: for the fourth year in a row, Phil Connors (Bill Murray)—a narcissistic meteorologist who works for a make-believe Pittsburgh TV station—travels … Continue reading
  • From “Consider the Source” to “Who Am I?” (Dec 5, 2014) - I flew from south India to Manhattan in the summer of 1986 as a young bride with great expectations. Almost none of these hopes were met; as the saying goes, the Great Goddess laughs when you tell her your plans. For one … Continue reading
  • The Moksha Trilogy & Mishi Bellamy, Artiste Extraordinaire (Nov 16, 2014) - One warm Rajasthani afternoon in the year 2008—while taking a break from festivities hosted at splendid Diggi Palace Hotel where I happened to be residing courtesy the sponsors of the Jaipur Literary Festival—I found myself wandering aimlessly through the sprawling semi-forested area … Continue reading
  • Rejection is God’s Protection… (Nov 1, 2014) - Years ago in Manhattan I enjoyed attending a spiritual meeting where people of varied ethnic backgrounds, professions and ages congregated to remind themselves of the power of the Divine running through their often thorny lives. One guy—a talented young actor … Continue reading
  • Me & The Capricious Sorcery of Cyberspace… (Oct 3, 2014) - “Oh, I don’t ever worry about Mira being lonely,” a friend declared at a farewell party in Manhattan, thrown to celebrate my terrifying decision to leave mainstream life for the unknown quiet of the Himalayas. “She walks down to the … Continue reading
  • Appointment with Shiva… (Aug 30, 2014) - One recent morning I was riding to Ramana Ashram along Bangalore Road when I saw ahead of me a stationary public bus and a swelling crowd, including policemen and their vehicles—clustering around a white female lying motionless in a vermilion pool … Continue reading
  • Me & Bobby McGee…Live! (Aug 9, 2014) - This post fits bang into the “mundane” aspect of our blog title…but it also deals with the greatest foe we each must duel on the long and winding road to freedom — voila, Monsieur EGO!  I made my debut as … Continue reading
  • Mirabai Cracks The Matka…3 of 3 (Jul 13, 2014) - I fell under Mirabai’s spell in Manhattan, when a western friend who had just returned from India handed me a slim book about her extraordinary life. At the time I was still struggling to make sense of what appeared to … Continue reading
  • Mirabai’s Dazzling Cosmic Vision…2 of 3 (Jul 12, 2014) - Mira saw her entrancing Blue God everywhere—in rocks, forests and blossoms, in storm, thunder and lightning, in animate and inanimate things. Fearless and ascetic, graceful and elegant, Mira was saint, philosopher, singer and poet, and one of India’s most versatile … Continue reading
  • And Mirabai Sang the Blues…1 of 3 (Jul 11, 2014) - Six hundred years or so ago in the fabled land of Rajasthan, Home of Kings, Princess Mira blossomed under the benevolent guidance of her grandfather. Many versions of her amazing life in 14th century India abound; this particular retelling is … Continue reading
  • The Ego is Not Your Amigo – Part 2 of 2 (Jun 8, 2014) - I first began to consciously pursue the destruction of my own troublesome ego when I lived in hectic Manhattan. At the time, I had just begun to plot a novel based on eastern philosophy (Whip of the Wild God: A … Continue reading
  • The Ego Is Not Your Amigo – Part 1 of 2 (Jun 7, 2014) - One twilit Sunday evening, a friend and I embarked on the 14-kilometre Giripradakshina trek. In  this specific case, Giripradakshina refers to the ancient practice of circumambulating the sacred hill Arunachala—which rises majestic from the center of the intriguing ancient temple town of Tiruvannamalai in Tamil … Continue reading
  • Snakes Alive…just where did those rockin’ sixties go? (Jan 11, 2014) - Why is this gorgeous serpent challenging us with that wicked look? I’d like to think it’s because—in the mythological consciousness of earth folk—the snake represents both death and rebirth, torment as well as wisdom; wisely, it shucks off its old skin … Continue reading
  • The Magic of Arunachala: Kali, Aghori & Unconditional Love #6/6 (Dec 18, 2013) - What, in the first place, is unconditional love? Each of us is likely to have our own special definition of this phenomenon, while Google would likely manifest a gazillion definitions in about three seconds flat. For me, as I write this … Continue reading
  • The Divine Canines: Kali, Aghori & Unconditional Love #5/6 (Dec 17, 2013) - Even more water flowed under the bridge of my life. A decade or so later, without really meaning to—after all, woman proposes and Great Spirit disposes—I found myself in Tiruvannamalai, a famous temple town in south India. Despite a never-ending … Continue reading
  • The Wisdom of Bear: Kali, Aghori & Unconditional Love #4/6 (Dec 16, 2013) - The years flew by and our group of fantastic females disintegrated. Some left Manhattan or began new lives that did not allow for the intimacy we’d shared as single women. As for me, I took a huge leap into the unknown … Continue reading
  • Circle of Light: Kali, Aghori & Unconditional Love #3/6 (Dec 15, 2013) - It was twilight by the time the entire group had assembled in my Brooklyn Heights apartment. We sat in a circle on the floor of my candle-lit living room and held hands in silence in order to create the perfect … Continue reading
  • The Talking Stick: Kali, Aghori & Unconditional Love #2/6 (Dec 14, 2013) - My turn to host our fortnightly gathering rolled around. I wanted to make the evening truly memorable, but how? Out of the blue, Melissa—a member of our  group who lived in nearby Carroll Gardens—called to invite me to watch a … Continue reading
  • A Goddess Mandala: Kali, Aghori & Unconditional Love #1/6 (Dec 13, 2013) - During my post-divorce years in Manhattan, I grew close to a band of unusual women ranging in age from their 20s to their 50s. Some were freelancers or regulars at the posh corporate law firm for which I then worked; … Continue reading
  • Psychotic or Saint? Who Killed Jasmine #4/4 (Nov 19, 2013) - Eastern philosophy has convinced me that just one invisible factor separates the psychotic facing the electric chair from a great being like Mahatma Gandhi — and that is karma. In order to evolve, it is essential we improve ourselves on … Continue reading
  • EGO = Easing God Out. Who Killed Jasmine #3/4 (Nov 18, 2013) - Let’s face the bitter truth, Jasmine: it was not your circumstances that caused you (and those other celebrities) to snuff out their lives…the real assassin was and is the ego — the false self that seduces us into believing — … Continue reading
  • From Bollywood Celeb to Mother Teresa? Who Killed Jasmine #2/4 (Nov 17, 2013) - Food apart, what about other critical issues? You probably had access to an excellent education, Jasmine, but did you know that nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read? Here are other shocking stats: less than one … Continue reading
  • Hang It All! Who Killed Jasmine #1/4 (Nov 16, 2013) - Recent headlines about a young Bollywood star who hung herself one fine day in her posh Mumbai home set me to wondering just why a woman so blessed would resort to so irrevocable an act. I dug a little deeper: … Continue reading
  • Freedom From the Matrix – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #12/12 (Oct 22, 2013) - The goal of our practice is not to put up with crap, but to eradicate suffering in all its forms. These were the words of the guru who taught me Mahamudra and so much else. That said, analytical antidotes to human suffering … Continue reading
  • The Sticky Web of Life – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #10/12 (Oct 21, 2013) - Say you’re a crack software designer with your eye on a dream posting in California’s exciting Bay Area. The job dangles before you like a luscious red apple. Everyone knows you’re the best candidate. You’re so sure the job is … Continue reading
  • Inherent Imperfection – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #9/12 (Oct 20, 2013) - Shaken to the core by Angelica’s unexpected rant, I rode the elevator up to my apartment. The thought flashed that here was a perfect opportunity to check out the efficacy of Mahamudra. So I sat in lotus position before my altar … Continue reading
  • Karmic Tranformation – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #8/12 (Oct 19, 2013) - Flavor #5: Transforming Problems. If a great chef and a lousy cook are given the exact same ingredients and asked to prepare a meal, chances are the chef would produce a feast, while the novice would offer up a mess. Well, … Continue reading
  • No Accident & No Judgment – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #7/12 (Oct 18, 2013) - Flavor #3: Nothing Happens by Accident. Mahamudra claims that nothing that happens in our lives is an accident. Say I stop for petrol in a quiet Himalayan town and bump into a pal I haven’t seen since high school — well, … Continue reading
  • You Don’t Own A Damned Thing – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #6/12 (Oct 17, 2013) - Flavor #2: No ownership. Most of us live with the feeling that we call the shots in our personal lives, that we own our lives. But what does ownership really mean? In essence, it indicates that you control the destiny … Continue reading
  • The Impermanence of All Things – Samsara’s Seven Flavors – #5/12 (Oct 16, 2013) - Flavor #1: Impermanence. Great sutras teach us that all people and things inevitably vanish, like dewdrops evaporating in the radiant morning sun; however, while intellectually we may accept that all that is born must eventually die, in our daily lives we ignore … Continue reading
  • Diamond Sword – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #4/12 (Oct 15, 2013) - Check out these excerpts from the introduction I wrote on Mahamudra: Imagine you own a sword fashioned of pure diamond which can slice through to the blazing heart of reality. This sword, however, is sheathed in layers of ignorance and … Continue reading
  • Mahamudra, The Great Seal – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #3/12 (Oct 14, 2013) - Etymologically, Mahamudra is a combination of two Sanskrit words: maha, or great, and mudra, translated in this context as seal. In ancient times, minus the ease of communication that we take for granted, seals were the only way to confirm … Continue reading
  • Absolute & Relative Reality – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #2/12 (Oct 13, 2013) - Angelica and I rode the subway into downtown Manhattan, then walked to a packed hall near 8th street in the simmering east village to hear this lama speak. And she was right — he was brilliant and magnetic. In hindsight, … Continue reading
  • Angelica’s Brilliant Lama – Samsara’s Seven Flavors #1/12 (Oct 12, 2013) - Peak of summer, Manhattan 1995….life was on the upswing, what with an admin gig at a top law firm a hop, skip and jump from Grand Central, and my very own co-op apartment in picturesque Brooklyn Heights, whose major attraction … Continue reading
  • Quiche, Coffee & The Morning Pages… (Sep 27, 2013) - Quiche, Coffee & The Morning Pages was featured (on Sep 17, 2013) as a Guest Post on Indies Unlimited. Indies – the happening website for independent publishers worldwide! It’s the Manhattan winter of 1992, less than three months since I’ve … Continue reading
  • Demon of Eclipses & Illusions – Part 9/9 (Sep 16, 2013) - The non-addict does not understand why an addict continues to hurt himself. A “normal” person sees an alcoholic woman racked by smokers’ cough; her teeth are yellow, her fingers stained with nicotine, she stinks of booze, sounds like death warmed … Continue reading
  • Demon of Eclipses & Illusions – Part 8/9 (Sep 15, 2013) - During my teens in south India, I sneaked outside during a boisterous party for a secret puff. An older male relative caught me in the act. “Put that out immediately!” he ordered, even as he lit up his own ciggie … Continue reading
  • Demon of Eclipses & Illusions – Part 7/9 (Sep 15, 2013) - I once confessed to a guru that I suffered from an addictive personality. He startled me by roaring with laughter. “You and everyone else on the planet, Mira,” he retorted. “Anyone not fully enlightened is an addict of samsara.” Today … Continue reading
  • Demon of Eclipses & Illusions – Part 6/9 (Sep 12, 2013) - As a farewell gift, Theo handed me an audio tape the evening he and Dana were to head back to their mountain home in Colorado. The subject was Chöd, translated as Feeding Your Demons, an ancient Tibetan healing practice; the … Continue reading
  • Demon of Eclipses & Illusions – Part 5/9 (Sep 12, 2013) - Back to Theo and his encounter with the tulku. Tai Situ Rinpoche had made a critical point — that those on the path to moksha become the targets of dark powers. After Gautama had slipped permanently out of his slimy … Continue reading
  • Demon of Eclipses & Illusions – Part 4/9 (Sep 9, 2013) - I got a report of their encounter with the tulku a couple of days later. Interestingly enough, Tai Situ Rinpoche had begun his interview by recounting how Mara — lord of death and sensual pleasure — had tempted Gautama Buddha … Continue reading
  • Demon of Eclipses & Illusions – Part 3/9 (Sep 9, 2013) - During my post-millennium residence in the magical foothills of the Himalayas, specifically in the picturesque town of Dharamsala, home-in-exile of the Dalai Lama and a thriving Tibetan community, I made friends with a charming American couple who lived a few … Continue reading
  • Demon of Eclipses & Illusions – Part 2/9 (Sep 6, 2013) - Can modern smokers blame the devious advertising of tobacco companies for their inability to quit smoking? After all, those catchy slogans have beguiled billions over the decades: You’ve come a long way baby; I’d walk a mile for a Camel; … Continue reading
  • Demon of Eclipses & Illusions – Part 1/9 (Sep 3, 2013) - Strolling down Manhattan’s Broadway in the early 1990s, I stopped to stare at a dramatic hoarding, the elements of which I shall attempt to recapitulate for you: a smoldering cigarette hangs out the corner of the mouth of an older … Continue reading
  • The Spider & The Blue-Throated God – Part 1/2 (Aug 13, 2013) - This post has been written in response to the WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge. This week’s challenge can be found at the following link: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/writing-challenge-health/. I owe a colossal debt of gratitude to a woman I shall call Grace, whose kindly … Continue reading
  • The Spider & The Blue-Throated God – Part 2/2 (Aug 13, 2013) - Did I go from being a neurotic worrier to a goddess radiating mega-rays of tranquillity in a few short weeks? Sorry, but this ain’t no fairy tale. The sad truth is that I was born with a depressive gene: to … Continue reading
  • Shiva’s Spectacular Gender Divide – Part 6/6 (Jul 22, 2013) - My own emotional reactions to perceived suffering—mine and others—were always so intense that I was often paralyzed into depression. By the time I was a teenager, I already knew that in order to survive, I would have to make peace … Continue reading
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