Embraced By Your Gaze

This post is part of a series, Snapshots of the Eco-Village Stories about Govardhan Eco Village would be incomplete without a story about Govardhan itself! Amongst the many ‘replicas’ at GEV is a replica Govardhan Hill in the center of the forest. Near Vrindavan (Bhauma Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh) is a hill called Govardhan, one … Continue reading Embraced By Your Gaze

Discovering Socially Engaged Buddhism in Thailand

"How can we use Buddhist values to create a better society?" This is the central question posed by the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, and it was the question framing a two-week training on Socially Engaged Buddhism that I and eight other Princeton students were fortunate to participate in this summer. Socially Engaged Buddhism teaches … Continue reading Discovering Socially Engaged Buddhism in Thailand

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. - C. S. Lewis I’m in the midst of a monthlong “vacation” of some kind – that interval between summer work and college where most people unplug on some level to travel, visit friends, and relax. … Continue reading Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.

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

Spiritual Relativism

My friend Chris recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post on the blessing of guru parampara (connection to a lineage of teachers) and the spiritual relativism of modern-day seekers. As a former spiritual relativist now committed to an orthodox Hindu parampara (to encapsulate my life history in a nutshell), I've struggled with this question … Continue reading Spiritual Relativism

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

Yoga Is Meant to Make Us Whole

We bring ego into yoga in so many ways. There's so much going on in the body, mind, and emotional self, so of course all these things complicate yoga. It's amazing to see all the yoga classes that qualitatively seem no different than workout parlors. I've even had teachers like this who studied in India, … Continue reading Yoga Is Meant to Make Us Whole