Profane Sacredness: Spirituality, Sexuality and Violence in Art

Can sacred art be ugly? Can it seem even to be against the sacred? There are a couple of contemporary manifestation of religion and imagery that might cause us to ask these questions. In India, today, poster images of Hindu goddesses Saraswati, Durga and Lakshmi have begun being displayed in public as part of the “Save […]

Authoritarian Personality: Power and Subversion in Popular Culture

Duran Duran: The Chauffeur.

Moral superiority is the preferred pose of those lacking knowledge and understanding, it seems. And today, in our neo-Victorian era, morality is all the rage. Facts, thin on the ground, are swept under the rug with the suggestion that the speaker — whether pundit, politician, or popular entertainer — is morally offended. Yet, throughout the […]

Ramakrishna: Did he Really Practice Other religions?

Ramakrishna Coexist

The central argument of the RK Mission for its non-Hindu character was that, unlike Hinduism, it upheld the ‘equal truth of all religions’ and the ‘equal respect for all religions’. The latter slogan was popularized by Mahatma Gandhi as sarva-dharma-samabhâva, a formula officially approved and upheld in the BJP’s constitution.n 1983, RK Mission spokesman Swami […]

Henry Corbin’s Iranian Islam published in Italian language

Iran Book News Agency has reported that the first volume of Henry Corbin’s “Iranian Islam collection” has just been released in an Italian language edition. Although lesser known than many more contemporary works, Corbin’s Iranian Islam is considered something of a classic in its field, and deals with the more Gnostic and esoteric side of the […]

Esotericism, Censorship, and Politics Left and Right

In light of revelations that the British government has asked internet service providers to block “esoteric material”, we discuss what esotericism is, how it has become a part of radical Left- and Right-wing politics, and esoteric interpretation and religion. Some of the themes we touch on are esotericism versus religious literalism, Freemasonry, the radical Right, […]

The Spiritual Warrior and the Dharma Way

According to the Bhagavad Gita, it is on the battlefield that Krishna (Lord of the Universe) teaches the eternal truth (Sanatana Dharma), and reveals his omnipotent form, to his disciple Arjuna. Again, we are told that Krishna his brother Balarama defeated the powerful wrestlers sent, by King Kamsa of Mathura, to kill them. Early stories about the Buddha […]

My Path to Sanatana Dharma: Angel Millar

“All men dream,” said T. E. Lawrence, “but not equally.” Artistic, introspective and questioning, even as a child it was clear to those around me that I was, in Lawrence’s terminology, a “dreamer of the day.” I disliked what I regarded as the shallow materialism and trivial ways people interacted in the West. But above […]

Dharma Prosperity: an interview with P’arang Geri Larkin

Are you fitting your spiritual practice around your work? If so, you might be interested to discover how you can build a business, turn your interests into your career, and develop your own livelihood, to create prosperity with the help of, and in accordance with, timeless spiritual principles. In, this, People of Shambhala’s third podcast, […]