Traditionalism, le Wagnerisme, and Vincent d’Indy

Vincent d'Indy, Composer.

Vincent d’Indy (1851 – 1931), an almost exact contemporary of Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934), studied under César Franck (1822 – 1890) at the Paris Conservatory and, on Franck’s death, became the acknowledged guardian and continuator of his teacher’s achievement.  Like Elgar although less conspicuously in his national context, d’Indy upheld the fervent Catholic […]

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 […]

Corporate Karma: Better Values Means Bigger Rewards

corporate karma, an article on capitalism and ethics

There’s a tendency to believe that values are an obstacle to “making money.” And certainly we can all think of companies that have no problem with behaving unethically for an extra dime or two, whether it’s ripping off their consumers, taking serious advantage of their staff, or simply having no concern for society or the environment. […]

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 […]

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 Nietzsche inevitably raises the question – what is this person up to? He’s clearly up to something, but what? He attacks slave morality, but master […]

Adversity, and its Importance

Ferdinand Hodler, The Day (detail).

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 self-pity (not least of all through litigation for emotional upsets and “offense”), adversity has played a crucial part in the spiritual, intellectual, and creative development […]

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 the subject, to subrate means to undergo an experience — practical, intellectual, or spiritual — which radically changes one’s judgment about something. An object or […]

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 whom I have been the closest have largely been atheists (some more militant about it than others). Even with the more extreme among them, I […]