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 […]

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 […]

Going It Alone: Ayurveda, Initiation, and Self-Responsibility

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The ancient Indian system of medicine Ayurveda has much to offer the modern world. Ayurvedic texts such as the Ashtanga Hridaya and the Charaka Samhita are filled with extensive commentary on human suffering, pathology and disease and are a veritable treasure house of healing wisdom that can assist in the transformation of outdated western allopathic […]

William Burroughs: Loving The Alien

Few individuals as the Black Pope, William Burroughs, have expressed with feral honesty and brutal clarity the hidden forces that seek to control and manipulate humanity. “It is precisely by breaking down the whole concept of privacy,” said Burroughs, that the monopoly the Nixon Administration wishes to set up will be broken down. When nobody […]

After Death, And Beyond The Rational: Man, Divinity, And Reincarnation

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Assumptions are inevitable and unavoidable. One assumes that other drivers are not going to run stop signs and red lights. One assumes that the floor one was standing on yesterday will not give way today. The food that sustained us yesterday will not poison us today. We make innumerable assumptions on faith without evidence, or […]