Sirens: Sex, Faith, and The Decline of The West

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Starring Hugh Grant as an English reverend by the name of Anthony Campion and Tara Fitzgerald as his wife Estella — who, on a visit to Australia, go to stay with the illustrator and painter Norman Lindsay — the movie Sirens (1994) is a strange, perhaps sometimes confused, but interesting and overlooked commentary on the modern […]

Eros, Plato, and The Red Chamber Dream

Plato’s Symposium, an explication of desire in the form of a panegyric to the god Eros, may be taken as the quintessential classical Occidental text on the erotic. Eros (the god) generally represents what we casually understand as the entity sustaining erotic or physical love. However Plato offers a hierarchy of desire beginning with base […]

Sorcerers And Warriors: The Initiatic Journey In Chinese Mythology

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Chinese mythology, folk tales and fables are mostly unknown to the West. However this indigenous folklore combines not only unique philosophical and artistic traditions, but informs much modern Chinese popular art, from movies to video games. Here we present two tales, well-known throughout the greater Orient, both having multiple variants yet all holding to a […]

Visions of China: The Nationalist Spirit in Chinese Political Cinema

What follows is an introduction, with examples, of a particular sub-set of Chinese cinema, namely film as overt political propaganda.  Here, the distinction is one between China and Chinese considered as an organic national unit, opposed to two enemies: first, their historical and overtly hostile enemy, Japan; and second, a covert foreign cultural and economic […]

The Spiritual Warrior and the Dharma Way

According to the Bhagavad Gita, it is on the battlefield that Krishna (Lord of the Universe) teaches the eternal truth (Sanatana Dharma), and reveals his omnipotent form, to his disciple Arjuna. Again, we are told that Krishna his brother Balarama defeated the powerful wrestlers sent, by King Kamsa of Mathura, to kill them. Early stories about the Buddha […]

My Path to Sanatana Dharma: Angel Millar

“All men dream,” said T. E. Lawrence, “but not equally.” Artistic, introspective and questioning, even as a child it was clear to those around me that I was, in Lawrence’s terminology, a “dreamer of the day.” I disliked what I regarded as the shallow materialism and trivial ways people interacted in the West. But above […]

The Higher Man in the modern world: a short survival guide

Can the Higher Man participate in the modern world, elevating his surroundings and giving those around him a glimpse of the transcendental even as he participates in worldly affairs? This is the question that confronts us today with so many spiritual people living in modern cities, with their fast pace of life and often superficial […]

Can radical spirituality end racism?

“”What the superior man seeks,” said Confucius, “is in himself; what the ordinary man seeks, is in others.” In the West, those who consider themselves spiritual, thinking people, inevitably consider themselves to be concerned with the internal — the inner being — not the external. Frequently, though, nothing could be further from the truth. And […]