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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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No ego v. No self

A LADY ASKED, "What is the difference between no ego and no self?" This is a crucial point within inner enquiry. In contemplative traditions, the self can unite with God as the ego is dropped and the body/mind is flooded with the arrival of a supreme energetic...

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Early reflections – June 2006

The absurd denial of the truth is natural to man.  Man does not want to be, but to appear to be He does not want to see what he is, but tries to see himself as the person Other people take him for, when they talk about him.                                    ...

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