Religion and Philosophy

Are we not all equal before God?

Are we not all equal before God?

“The true seer is one who sees the supreme lord seated equally in all beings- the Imperishable within the perishable” – The Bhagavad Gita I am grateful for what I have learnt from the day that was given to me today…. The first thing is that I am observing Mumbai from the privileged position of being(…)

Japanese Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253)

Dogen Zenji was perhaps the most enlightened and influential Zen master in Japanese history. He lived in Japan in the thirteenth century. The 12th and 13th centuries was a period which produced many enlightened masters across the world, including Meister Eckhardt and Hildegard von Bingen in Germany, St Francis of Assisi and Thomas Aquinas in(…)

Patience: The Lake of Beauty by Edward Carpenter

Irvine, Scotland, taken by my friend Jamie Glenday. See his Facebook pages for more great photys. The Lake of Beauty Let your mind be quiet, realising the beauty of the world, and the immense the boundless treasures that it holds in store. All that you have within you, all that your heart desires, all that(…)

A Journey: Religions of the World by D.E Harding

Anyone interested in developing their spiritual practice, or simply wishing to open their mind to the vast array of tales and teachings offered by the world’s great religions will, as I did very much enjoy this book. Whatever your level of spiritual understanding, reading this book can only deepen your appreciation of religion, faith or(…)

My Big Theory Of Everything: Thomas Campbell

I have recently read the My Big TOE trilogy (MBT) by Thomas Campbell, a respected physicist and it is FABULOUS! For someone who believes, or would like to believe, that a Universal Consciousness interconnects, creates and continuously evolves all existence, this is a book of such compelling wisdom that reading it requires a block of post-it-notes, several(…)

New Scientist: Keeping the Faith

Reading this week’s New Scientist, I came across two book reviews on The Ravenous Brain by Daniel Bor and  Science Set Free, by Rupert Sheldrake. I have read neither of these books but the reviews are informative. The first book is a contribution to the debate, ‘Is consciousness separate from the physical world, or an(…)

Integral Thinking: Consciousness and the Cosmos

As a very young child I had a fascination with the ‘being’ of all thoughts and things and the apparent endlessness of everything. It was a topic that I spent hours pondering on in silence from around the age of 4. For reasons I can’t explain I have always held a belief in the interconnectedness(…)

Van Morrison: Mystic songwriter. Hymns to the Silence

Van Morrison has a vast repertoire of music. Most people seem to know only Brown Eyed Girl and Moondance. I addition to more regular Rhythm and Blues and Soul he has a large number of spiritually inspired numbers. I listen to these for a wonderful experience of depth and pathos. I am linking some of(…)

Patrick Kavanagh, Irish Poet

I find that good poetry is an excellent subject for meditation. In the Christian contemplative tradition there is what is known as Lectio Divina, Divine Reading. This has four parts: Lectio, the reading of the text; Meditatio, meditating on it; Oratio, praying on it; and finally Contemplatio, contemplating it. For me the process is of(…)

The Dead by James Joyce

‘A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over(…)

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