Agni: The Sacred Flame of Tantric Physics

Perhaps the most universal concept in all systems of spiritual praxis is the sacred flame. The incendiary imagery of the flame is an apt metaphor for an almost unlimited range of themes ranging from the guiding light of inspiration to the metabolic function of digestion. The medical system of Ayurveda cherishes and worships the sacred […]

Freemasonry, Islam, and Radical Spirituality: A Review of The Crescent And The Compass

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[Note: The review below is about The Crescent and The Compass by Angel Millar, editor of, and a regular contributor to, People of Shambhala.] The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age is a brief but engrossing history of the previously-unexplored relationship between Islam, often of a politically radical stripe after Western […]

Reality Is Overrated; Why Subjectivity Informs Our Experience Of The World

In An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, John Locke focuses on epistemology. The theory of knowledge. His most important aim was to know what reality was really like. Like many other scientists and philosophers of his time (Montaigne, Galileo) Locke became fascinated with the difference between ‘reality’ and the way we experience, or perceive reality. He […]

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 […]

Spirituality, Marxism, And The Future Of Religion

In one of the more surprising remarks of the year so far, “as far as social-economic theory is concerned,”said the Dalai Lama in January, “I am still a Marxist.” Religion, spirituality, and socialism and capitalism have, perhaps, crisscrossed for well over a century in the West, with the resulting movements expressing themselves in notions of […]

Are Friends Electric?: Machines, Emotions, And The Importance of Rule Breaking

A robot is a machine. One definition of a machine, used by people like Alan Turing who invented the concept of a modern computer, is a rule-following device. A computer, and by extension, a robot satisfies this definition. Computers are rule-following devices. They do what we program them to do; no more, no less. Clearly, […]