Pramāṇa means right knowledge, a correct understanding of reality that can be acquired in one of three ways: sense perception, logic, and verbal testimony as the sources for the acquisition of valid knowledge.
Mālā literally means “garland.” Japa mālās are a string of beads used to count mantras. They have been used for centuries in India as a spiritual tool for meditation and prayer.
The Upaniṣads, the ancient oral texts within the corpus of the Vedas, are the world’s earliest extant discussions of nonduality. They develop an integrative vision that reveals the hidden connections tying individuals to the world.
Lucidly expressed in the Bhagavad-Gita and especially in Tantra, we see instructions on why we should not escape the endless woes of samsara, but rather embrace this dualistic world of ecstasy and heartbreak openheartedly and with deep spiritual intention.
How do we define the feminine, especially the divine kind? And who gets to define the divine feminine?
The question of the Hindu goddess’s feminism is embedded within the larger question of the instrumentality of religion in the post-colonial nation and thus moves far afield of a de-contextualised if more focused consideration of an answer.
Ιn Ancient Hellenic language, ‘El’ stands for the Light of Being—or spiritual Light.
Two of the most basic philosophical questions are, “What is true?” and “How do we know what is true?”
An emerging need to manage the stress and dissatisfaction of busy lives by looking inward for peace and stillness has motivated many to participate in the yoga revolution, which has become a multibilliondollar industry in America.
Saṃsāra refers to the cycle of death and rebirth. It is the natural cycle of creation, maintenance, and dissolution that all material things undergo.
Although he did not originate the idea, Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) is certainly the figure who is most widely associated with the term the perennial philosophy.
Buddhist theory doesn’t deny your existence but it helps rid yourself of the myths that you live by
There’s something that you will never forget in your life. I know I haven’t. It’s the first time you see a dead body—the first time you meet Death.
Death plays a pivotal role in the history of yoga—the original objective of practice was ending rebirth. At some point between the earliest Vedas and the time of the Buddha a thousand years later, the doctrine of karma changed people’s priorities.
Since ancient times, the Yoginis have appeared in various forms and often have a close association with nature.
The bardo, or “antarābhava” in Sanskrit, is one of the central concepts in Buddhist descriptions of what happens after we die.