What is a Hero?

What is a hero? Do you really know? Is it someone strong and vibrant who goes off and slays your enemies and upholds your friends? Or is it a football quarterback who wins the Super Bows in the last second with his “hail Mary” throw? Christoper McDougall doesn’t think it is any of these.   […]

Father Time

These words of wisdom about father time (the Time-God) were hand written in a letter from Swami Veda Bharati in December 2008. We are at the end of 2015 and it is a good time to think about this time in our lives, reviewing our past year and setting intentions for the new year. In […]

The Art of Mini-transitions

I just received an email from Jennifer Louden on the art of mini-transitions. I wrote the following to her: In 1971 I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Swami Rama of the Himalayas and his successor Dr. Arya, who became Swami Veda Bharati. The first discourse Dr. Arya taught was about celebrating […]

Pema Chodron Turned 79!

A lot is happening in the world of Buddhism and yoga these days! With the Dalai Lama turning 80, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh being treated for his stroke at UCSF (near my home), and Swami Veda Bharati passing away I think it is high time to launch the Indiegogo campaign! Just a couple of […]

In Memory of Swami Veda Bharati

This article is in memory of Swami Veda Bharati, who passed away on July 14, 2015. When I met him in 1971, he was called Dr. Arya and he was the scholar in residence at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy under the direction of Swami Rama in the suburbs of Chicago. As […]

How to Recover from Distractions in Meditation

These words of wisdom from Sharon Salzberg (again) teach us how to recover from distractions in meditation. I like the way she tells us to begin anew, as if we are beginning to meditation again for the first time. So, beginning again: your attention will go somewhere eventually, one breath, two breaths, ten breaths later. […]

Ambition and Spirituality

Ken Wilber teaches us how to reconcile ambition and spirituality in these words of wisdom in his essay on “Egolessness” from his book The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader. I’ve been admiring his work for more than twenty years now and find his wisdom very palpable. I have listened to the audio recordings of […]

Gayatri Mantra

Swami Rama taught and now  Swami Veda Bharati teachs the Gaitri Mantra. The translation rendered by Swami Vivekananda on Wikipedia is, “We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlightens our minds.” The basic meditation practices that I learned from Swami Vivekananda from the Chicago Vedanta Center, Swami […]

Chanting Om Namah Shivaya

The Chanting Om Namah Shivaya was one of the first chants I learned. It is a traditional yogic mantra. The translation is basically adoration or homage to lord Shiva, the destroyer god of Hinduism. I learned it from Swami Rama and Dr. Arya (Swami Veda Bharati) many years ago. Swami Rama also taught me a […]

Yoga Is Calming the Modifications of the Mind

Swami Rama of the Himalayas died in 1996. He taught in Chicago when I lived there and his teachings are still with me today. He was one of my root teachers. The mantra he gave me served me well for many years. I even had one of my most powerful meditations ever using it. He […]