“Global Spirituality for the Next Age” Q: What do you mean by “Global?” We mean exactly what “catholic” means according to the dictionary: cath·o·lic ˈkaTH(ə)lik adjective including a wide variety of things; all-embracing. “her taste in literature is pretty catholic, as she likes most genres” synonyms: universal, diverse, diversified, wide, broad, broad-based, eclectic, liberal, latitudinarian; … Continue reading
I don’t trust disorganized religion. Look at it closely and you’ll inevitably find some reactionary yahoo who figured out there is nothing to figure out and wants to sell you that information. There’s always a trail of disciples, synchronizing their idiosyncrasies so they all think the same though none think they do, flaunting their individuality … Continue reading
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” —Thomas Aquinas “Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” —Friedrich Nietzsche “Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science … Continue reading
Every one of us is followed by an illusory person: a false self. This is the man I want to be but who cannot exist, because God does not know anything about him. –Thomas Merton POSTULATE: The individual self —ahamkara in Vedanta, and understood in the West, perhaps wrongly, as the ego– has never … Continue reading
The following is an introduction written for the Biopantheism discussion group on Facebook by its founder, pantheist author Poffo Ortiz. Biopantheism is a nascent movement in its very early stages (as of Sept 2015) seeking to codify pantheist values and deep ecology perspective into a sustainable spiritual community serving the Life common to us all. … Continue reading
Bus 477 has been retracing its tire prints for a while. We climbed back nearly all the way to the ridge of the foothills on Route 33, and we are now turning east onto Azucar Mountain Road. The climb will continue for about twenty miles on a narrow switchback trail. We are just a stone’s … Continue reading
While I was writing The Camerado Chronicles in the summer of 2004, I picked up The Last Temptation of Christ at a used book store, not knowing how deeply it would influence the rest of that project, nor the short story that would emerge directly from it. Here is the scene that inspired the writing … Continue reading
How would our lives be different if we could weather the storms of tragedy and loss without fear? What if the fearlessness were not a result of isolation from others or insulation in false hope and comforting beliefs, but of full immersion in uncertainty, armed only with the knowledge and trust that what we perceive … Continue reading
“Just sit there right now Don’t do a thing Just rest. For your separation from God, From love, Is the hardest work In this World. Let me bring you trays of food And something That you like to Drink. You can use my soft words As a cushion For your Head. –Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky Note: this is a continuation of the introductory … Continue reading
“I have learned so much from God that I can no longer call myself a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of itself with me that I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel, or even pure soul. Love has befriended Hafiz … Continue reading
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