Invoking Grace, Courage And Healing: COVID-19 And Beyond

During these times of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread fear and concern, I've been asked to address what this means for our inner journey. In our tradition of Śrīvidyā (and Śākta Tantra in general), we deal with calamities, catastrophes, and world events in extraordinary ways. In addition to using commonsense approaches of being safe and the practicalities of protecting ourselves as far as possible, we use these events as opportunities to…

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The Secret Sauce In The Empty Cup

It's 2 AM and I'm wide-awake. Thanks, jet lag, for this opportunity to sit quietly in the dark of night, sipping water. 2020 is here. How fast the years seem to fly by. If you're a parent like me, you probably count the years in terms of your children's age and their milestones. I can hardly remember how old I am, but foremost in my consciousness is the acute awareness…

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The Goldilocks Principle

You know Goldilocks, don’t you? She’s the little girl whose encounter with the three bears is a classic example for everything that’s “just right.” In fact, her story of just right has become a principle, an effect that denotes the optimal conditions in a variety of disciplines including psychology, medicine, and economics.

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The Quest for Shreyas

In the three decades that I’ve been studying the Bhagavad Gita, I’ve gone through a series of feelings for Arjuna, the Pandava hero and the student of Lord Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. They’ve ranged from annoyance, envy, and finally, respect for this great hero.

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The Conundrum of Self-love

There’s a global phenomenon that you can’t escape, whether you are a materialist or a spiritualist – the call for self-love. It seems like everyone is talking about self-love, be it on social media by way of images that speak of this celebrated quality, on daily news or in the subtle messaging of TV advertisements.

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