Near Enemy #1: Everything Happens for a Reason

Near Enemy #1: Everything Happens for a Reason

Kicking off the Near Enemies to the Truth series, this post explains why 'everything happens for a reason' is a near enemy, what the deeper teaching behind it is, and why it matters.  
Bonus: explanation of the role of facts, truth, and inquiry in the spiritual life. 

Embodied Liberation: the goal of Tantrik Yoga

Embodied Liberation: the goal of Tantrik Yoga

This extraordinary sutra teaches the goal of Tantrik Yoga—and of every nondual path—here called jīvanmukti or 'embodied liberation', and offers a beautiful definition of that goal: "jīvanmukti is defined as the natural freedom that arises for one who has recognized her own essence-nature when the entire mass of bondage melts away yet she continues to care for the prāṇas of the body."

Finding the spacious ground within

Finding the spacious ground within

This second reading of Sūtra Eight explores how the nature of awareness can be realized by careful reflection on the process of cognition—specifically, how thoughts, feelings, and perceptions arise and dissolve within awareness. Such profound self-reflection leads one beyond philosophy to a direct contemplation of the nature of fundamental Awareness itself. This contemplative process, if properly directed, results in awakening to your true nature.

The only real limitation is self-limitation

The only real limitation is self-limitation

Chapter Twelve of The Recognition Sutras reveals how the state of bondage that most people live in is nothing other than the state of being deluded by and about the powers and potencies of one's very own consciousness. Learn how this delusion manifests as inhibition, and how the key to freedom lies in unraveling the misunderstandings you have about yourself.

Will the real Vijñaana-bhairava please stand up?

Will the real Vijñaana-bhairava please stand up?

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.