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Rivers, Mountains and Stones

EAST END OF LONDON,  JACK the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders. The Poor Houses of the 19th century. It is a troubled part of town even today with a high percentage of impoverished ethnic minorities. But - the Rolling Stones. There I was last night at the Olympic...

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Soulmates and Sparklers

IT HAS JUST HAPPENED AGAIN. I was taking a stroll along the river this afternoon lost in no-mans-land, grateful for an early Spring breeze after the biting snows of last week when a young woman appeared from nowhere and asked me if she could ask me a question. I...

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The Breath is Life

I AM IN INDIA. That moment when you step off the plane from the freezing fog of a rational west, bleary, boss-eyed and bedecked in overcoat, crumpled blanket and super-sized socks grabbed at the airport, and slip into the penetrating saffron haze of an early Indian...

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Samadhi in the Seventies

I AM 61 TODAY. Why, you might ask, am I writing a blog at midday when I should be out at a Sunday lunch partying to celebrate this most auspicious day? I indeed asked myself the same question, particularly as this time last year I was standing on my balcony aboard a...

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What is Liberation?

I HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM A gruelling trip which has taken toll on my body, and I need to spend this weekend holding some deep Hatha asanas to release the pent-up energy. I think I need to wind into a reef knot, but the problem is I might get stuck - forever. Earlier...

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Paramahansa Yogananda and Me

I DO GRANT THE TITLE OF THIS POST is ... naughty. But I was paid to write advertising copy for the Beauty Industry 20 years ago so I can still swing a a headline into my favour rather well - it's called unadulterated Artistic Licence. It's not something I should...

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Hydrogen and the No-Self

I WAS THINKING THIS WEEK ABOUT a comment Adyashanti made about the losing of the self as a somatic experience, and indeed, the question Ramana Maharshi posed about the energy of the separate self (about which I have written here already). I was recently in face to...

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