This post explores the most subtle of all The Recognition Sutras. Read it to understand why becoming more aware of awareness, and how it creates its experience of reality moment-to-moment, is the key to living a liberated life.
A crystal-clear outline and explanation of Chapter One of the Yoga Sutra, together with a brand new translation of a Tantrik scriptural passage that adopts and reinterprets Patañjali's ashtānga-yoga!
Chapter Ten of The Recognition Sutras explains how it makes sense to say that each and every human being is a manifestation of God. In what sense are we all constantly expressing our Divinity, whether we know it or not?
One of the most fascinating, strange, mysterious, compelling practice texts in the history of yoga is the Vijñāna-bhairava-tantra, “The Scripture of the Bhairava who is Consciousness.” This post analyzes the nature and content of this 1200-year-old scripture.
The Shaiva Tantrik tradition has a remarkable prescription for how to be happy, and it's not cute, superficial, fluffy, or easy. It's subtle, profound, challenging, and real. And it works. It's found in Chapter Nine of The Recognition Sutras.
The second of two posts on the spiritual culture of Karnātaka, this one also outlines the Bhakti Movement and describes some of its key features.
Why is Karnātaka -- one of four states of south India -- the land of yoga? Discover its rich heritage in this post.
This post clearly defines 'awakening' and documents the four uses of the term in spiritual literature and contemporary discourse.
A concise exploration of the need for spiritual teachers, and how we might reinvent the role in such a way as to avoid the dangers of exploitation. Uncensored straight talk.
How can we understand all the scandals that have beset yoga teachers and gurus over the years? In the context of what teachings do these 'falls from grace' make perfect sense? And how can we avoid such pitfalls?
A departure from the norm for Tantrik Studies, this post is likely to awaken some and offend others.
This post, which translates Recognition Sutra #8, reveals both how to access fundamental awareness and how to reconcile the many spiritual paths and philosophies of the world.
The seventh sutra of this seminal Tantrik scripture explained. How does the One become many? What are the fundamental constituents of embodied Consciousness?
In the face of tragedy, we need to feel our emotions fully, but we also need to see through our negative stories, which dishearten us and make us less able to take positive action. This post might help put things in perspective for you.
The mind perceives things dualistically. Why does it do so, and why is that such a problem in human life? Sutra Six of The Recognition Sutras gives the answer.
This post discusses the nature of the mind in Tantrik philosophy, and ends with a powerful practice for all seekers of liberation. This is the sixth post on the 1000-year-old spiritual masterpiece, The Recognition Sutras.
The fourth Recognition Sutra: how the pattern of the whole universe exists within you, and why that matters.
The third mind-blowing sūtra of this 11th-century masterpiece explains how the perceiver (you) and the perceived are co-arising, interdependent, co-creating aspects of one reality. Read on to see WHY THAT MATTERS....
The fascinating story of how the spiritual masterpiece *The Recognitions Sutras* survived the ravages of time, and why it matters.
The mindblowing second teaching of The Recognition Sutras, a spiritual masterpiece composed 1000 years ago in the valley of Kashmīr. How does Awareness create reality?
This post presents the astonishing first sūtra of The Recognition Sutras, a masterful introduction to the Tantrik path written 1,000 years ago by Abhinavagupta's successor, himself a fully realized being.
This post clearly outlines the nature of the spiritual path according to traditional Yoga. It challenges common misconceptions and dispels fundamental misunderstandings, bringing clarity to the question of what we're doing and why we're doing it.
This eye-opening post addresses the seven main 'energy leaks' that cause depletion and inability to retain the energy generated in spiritual practice.
Why are there eight 'limbs' of yoga? Why not six? Or fifteen? Take a closer look ~ there ARE other systemizations of yoga. This post continues our investigation into the original diversity of the yoga tradition.
Six fundamental facts most yogis today don't know! Revised version of the controversial post which finally unveils the truth (from the traditional perspective, anyway) about the subtle energy centers called chakras.
My first post on Abhinavagupta's breathtaking 'The Essence of Ultimate Reality' (Paramārtha-sāra), a concise and poetic introduction to Tantrik philosophy written 1000 years ago.
Continuing my translation of 'Light on Tantra' chapter one, this section is FASCINATING, covering as it does the Tantrik view of the nature of reality as patterned flows of energy. Incredible correspondence with quantum physics!
Why do you practice? How do your subconscious assumptions about the purpose of practice influence the results you obtain? This post presents one of the most powerful teachings the path of original Tantra has to offer.
This post, the product of years of contemplation, explores the dimensions and importance of desire on the spiritual path. To understand what you really want, and how it manifests naturally when you get out of your own way, you need to understand more about who you really are.
Why is the word deva (meaning 'deity', or 'God') used to denote the Supreme Consciousness? Because, we learn, the Sanskrit root div means ‘play’, 'joy, ‘urge to transcend’, ‘daily conduct’, ‘radiance’, ‘praise’ and ‘movement’.
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