The Jedi, Mythology, and the Training of a Spiritual Warrior

[The following is part II of an article adapted from The Jedi in the Lotus by Steven J. Rosen, published by Arktos. Part I can be found here.] So What Exactly is a Jedi? In summary: we learn from Lucas’s films that a Jedi seeks harmony with the Force, with the essence of all that is. To tap […]

Initiation, Individuality, and the Alchemy of Danger

One of the most interesting entries found within the pages of Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai is as follows: The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either / or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that dying […]

A Forest Passage Through the Kali Yuga

Perhaps the most dangerous illusion of modern times is the idea of safety. I remember clearly the concerns of safety voiced by individuals on my journey to the sacred Mount Kailas, concerns held by individuals undertaking the arduous excursion with me and concerns held by individuals simply hearing of my journey. “Is this safe?” was […]

Tantra, Martial Arts, and The Metaphysics of Pain

“Pain is one of the keys to unlock man’s innermost being as well as the world,” wrote Ernst Junger. “Whenever one approaches the points where man proves himself to be equal or superior to pain, one gains access to the sources of his power and the secret hidden behind his dominion. Tell me your relation […]

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 […]

Tibetan Mysticism, Russian Monarchy, Holy War: von Ungern Sternberg — an Interview With Andrei Znamenski

In People of Shambhala’s latest podcast, Andrei Znamenski speaks about Roman von-Ungern-Sternberg, alittle-known but important character in late revolutionary and early-Bolshevik Russia. A fanatical monarchist, von-Ungern-Sternberg wanted to save Russia — and by extension European and Asian nations — from Bolshevism and the upheavals of revolution, and sought support for his worldview and militarism in Tibetan […]

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

The Zurkheaneh, an Iranian martial ants and athletic club that dates back to Zoroastrian Persia.

In contrast to our modern belief, since time immemorial spirituality and mysticism have coexisted with, and have been an intimate part of, the arts of war. Mithraism, the cult of the Roman centurion (adopted and adapted from the ancient Persian religion, Zoroastrianism) appears to have had both strong militaristic and Gnostic elements. The Hindu Bhagavad […]

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 be men. First of all, our young men must be strong. Religion will come afterwards.” That religion will come after — and in some sense […]

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 commentaries on the martial arts, listening to contemporary masters, and hearing how contemporary elite military units tackle situations, tells us that there are less than […]