|6 The Nectar of Advaitic Instruction
Compelling and intriguing questions from our Readers
10 The Spontaneous Virgin Birth of Spirituality
by Sheikh Nur al-Jerrahi
The intimate relationship between teacher and disciple is precious in any setting, but is valued above all else in most religious traditions. What blooms forth from it is nothing less than the intrinsic perfection of the soul. This loving look into the wondrous way of Sheikh and Dervish aptly demonstrates this divine dynamic by blending scriptural wisdom with the profound symbolic imagery flowing from the mind of the illumined preceptor.
13 Advaita Yoga
by Babaji Bob Kindler
Of the many powerful paths to spirituality afforded by the Vedic Tradition, Yoga is one darshana that is still alive today on a broad scale. However, it remains to be seen if Patanjali’s original intention and Yoga’s innate integrity as a philosophy rather than a pastime will remain intact in the West and survive the onslaught of impingements such as hatha yoga, health fads, and other physically-oriented concerns. This look at the Advaitic, or nondual view of Yoga, should recall to the contemporary mind the authentic system and clarify what it is intended to accomplish.
18 On Cats and Zen
by Kyogen Carlson
Our Zen offering in this issue concentrates on the subtle and often perplexing principle of ingrained mental habits and how to change them in the light of the simple, gradual and far-reaching practice of Zazen – the results of which are to be duly implemented into the practitioner’s everyday life.
|21 Love and the Power to Heal
Fr. Abbot Joseph Homick
Different than attempting to heal or “become” a healer, is the natural healing power of Divine Love which flows spontaneously from the true Self united with God. Further, as this article affirms, the various impediments constructed by the false ego-self can be attenuated by time-tested spiritual practices which ennoble mankind and are particularly suited for aspiring human beings in this day and age.
24 The Radiant River of Mahamudra-II
by Lama Surya Das
Continued from our previous issue, #9, vol 3 no. 4, we extend this second and final installment on the Wisdom Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, regarding the powerful path, unique practice, and enlightened perspective of the essential nondual way of Mahamudra.
29 The Happy Heart of the Hasidim
by Yitzhak Buxbaum
In this light and enlivening offering on Mystic Joy in the Jewish tradition, stories from life and scripture are selected and introduced to help illustrate the necessity and benefit of an irrepressible and positive mindset in daily life and religious practice. This is the connection to an inspiring spiritual life which in turn allows for the bliss of communion with God.