Tag Archives: senses

How to Give Advice to a Bobble Head

BGKrishnaBobbleheadHere’s an idea: find an object that has some personal significance for you, something that represents you or some aspect of yourself; something you can use as a proxy for ‘you’. Personally, I find that Bobble Head dolls work best. Put the object ‘you’ on a table or desk and sit with it. Then think of the biggest challenge you currently face in your life or a challenge that you know you will have to face soon. Now, imagine that you are the Supreme Being and you are looking at the proxy ‘you’ in full knowledge of the challenge ‘you’ face and the difficulty associated with facing it.

What would you, in your role as the Supreme Being, do? Continue reading

The Mind-Blowing Fantastic-ness of Being a Person


art by Keith Haring

In my last post, I concluded with a couple of questions, the first of which was: “what does it mean to be a person?” It’s an often-overlooked question in spite of its obvious importance to… people. That’s one reason why, whenever the issue of person-ness arises in my yoga philosophy workshops, I make a point of asking participants to offer their thoughts on what it means to be a person. The Sanskrit word for ‘person’, purusa, figures prominently in yoga wisdom texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali so it should come as no surprise that the issue would come up in any meaningful discussion of yoga philosophy.

The response to my query usually includes ideas such as ‘to be conscious or self-aware’, ‘to keep learning and growing’, ‘to have the ability to communicate’, or ‘to have a soul’. Most of the replies I get suggest what I consider to be the essential element of person-ness but it’s rare that someone directly states my preferred answer: to be a person means to have senses. Continue reading

Setting Spiritual Intentions

I tell people that I don’t make New Years resolutions. I tell myself that, too, but the truth is that every year I surreptitiously make a few. Being secretive about them is a way to give myself an out but lately I’ve been pretty good at keeping them.

The value of an action is found more in its intention than in the action itself, so when I make a resolution I try to be clear about the intention behind it before I commit to it. Focusing on my intention helps me to see how my resolution fits into the bigger picture of my life and its relationship to my sense of what I was put on this earth to do.

A resolution is a vow to reach an objective. An intention is the state of having a purpose in mind. So an objective has to serve an underlying purpose in order to be worthy of the vow to accomplish it. And in my case, I want the underlying purpose of my objectives to be spiritual rather than material. Continue reading

Psychedelic Yoga, Part 2

In one small portion of this infinite spiritual environment is a region where an expansion of the original form transforms spiritual energy into matter and time which stirs the qualities of matter into motion, resulting in the creation of innumerable universes within which reside innumerable, eternal spiritual beings who, bewildered by that material energy by virtue of mistaken identity, misidentify themselves with the temporary material forms they inhabit in this realm rather than with their eternal spiritual selves. In this world of matter and time they experience the illusion of separation from their source. Continue reading

Developing Spiritual Vision

In my last class of 2009 I proposed a New Year’s resolution that would help us take our yoga practice off the mat and into the world: I suggested that we try to interact with people – all kinds of people: human people, animal people, plant people – on a spiritual level. The reason is because doing so fundamentally changes the nature of the relationship; it puts it on the spiritual level, which is the level we are trying to attain by our yoga practice.

Soon afterwards somebody very intelligently asked me: “How do you do that exactly?” Continue reading

Spiritual Senses

From time to time I’ve spoken in my classes about ‘awakening our spiritual senses’. This seems to inspire a consistent series of questions, beginning with ‘Hari, what are you talking about? What do you mean by ‘spiritual’ senses?’ Continue reading