Category Archives: Culture

Strength, Spirituality, and Masculinity Against Materialism

“Make your nerves strong,” said Swami Vivekananda, “What we want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel. We have wept long enough. No more weeping, but stand on your feet and…

The Four Warrior Practices for Achieving: Anytime, Anywhere

We’re all human. So why can some face down even the most terrifying situations, overcoming overwhelming odds, and achieving what so many others others might believe impossible? Reading the classical…

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Punk, Feminism, and the anarchist Femme Fatale

Young women did much to shape the Punk movement of the late 1970s, even if they often overlooked or relegated to the role of girlfriend and groupie (think “Sid and…

Hinduism’s Cosmology of the Divine Mother

On the occasion of Navarātrī, Dirk Gysels, historian and civil servant of the Belgian kingdom, spoke, at the request of his daughter Freya who runs a centre of devotional and ritualistic…

Nietzsche: Allure and Misunderstanding on the Left and Right

Friedrich Nietzsche says many true things and many outlandishly immoral things. There’s clearly a religious and philosophical earnestness underlying many of the things he says, despite a superficial jokey cynicism. Reading…

The Veil Illuminated: Photographer Drew Tal Reimagines the Niqab in New Exhibit

“Worlds Apart,” an exhibition of photographic works by Drew Tal opened at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery last week. The focus of the exhibition – which is also being shown in Istanbul, Turkey…

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Adversity, and its Importance

Friederich Nietzsche tells us that “whatever does not kill us makes us stronger.” It’s a bold statement. Yet, though today the culture often seems to reward those who wallow in…

Is Hinduism Rational? (Part II)

“Subration is the mental process whereby one disvalues some previously appraised object or content of consciousness because of its being contradicted by a new experience. […] From the standpoint of…

Is Hinduism Rational? (Part I)

I am well accustomed to being the only religious person in the room. My social circle is fairly diverse, but the friends that I have known the longest and with…