An Argument for Dedication

This post is a follow-up to my last post on Spiritual Relativism. I'll be more direct here on why a parampara is important and hope that readers can understand where I'm coming from - and respond to points of offense. I'll also note that this is focused on spiritual relativism/spiritual exploration as relevant to the yoga … Continue reading An Argument for Dedication

Grace in Islam and Beyond

Adapted from the longer essay "Let the Ocean Carry." One common characteristic of Oriental religious texts is that the more beautiful and poetic they are, the less clear they are on doctrine. In Islam, however, we are fortunate to have a common source and inspiration for all the centuries of Islamic poetry and art: the … Continue reading Grace in Islam and Beyond

The Pearl

Gulshan-i Raz, the “rose-bower of mystery”, is a collection of poetical dialogues between a Sufi Sheikh, Sheikh Mahmoud Shabestari, and a student, Rukh al-Din Amir Harawi. Sheikh Shabestari was himself a student of ibn ‘Attar, author of the famous Conference of the Birds, and ibn ‘Arabi, a Spanish Sufi and prolific writer. The Gulshan-i Raz … Continue reading The Pearl

First Steps on the Path of Yoga

Eighteen months ago, I embarked on a journey of faith. This journey has taken me to places and people I never dreamed of meeting. I never thought I would be a member and servant of the Hindu community at Princeton. I never thought I’d spend all my free time at a Hindu temple not far … Continue reading First Steps on the Path of Yoga