Upeksha is Sanskrit word. It is a seminal term in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. English words that give us a sense of what this term signifies are: equanimity, non-attachment, non-discrimination, even-mindedness or letting go. In the Yoga Sutras it is mentioned as the state of being ‘close to the Seer with great patience’.

Thich Nhat Hanh in his new book “At Home in the World” mentions this term in the following passage that I feel is a great way to set an intention for the coming solar cycle,  the New Year 2017. Continue reading


we look for objects

Q: How did the ego arise?

Ramana: Ego is not. Otherwise do you admit of two selves? How can there be avidya (ignorance of the Self) in the absence of the ego? If you begin to inquire, the avidya, which is already non-existent, will be found not to be, or you will say it has fled away.

Ignorance pertains to the ego. Why do you think of the ego and also suffer? What is ignorance again? It is that which is nonexistent. However the worldly life requires the hypothesis of avidya.

Avidya is only our ignorance and nothing more. It is ignorance or forgetfulness of the Self. Can there be darkness before the sun? Similarly, can there be ignorance before the self-evident and self- luminous Self? If you know the Self there will be no darkness, no ignorance and no misery. Continue reading

no center and no circumference


Our normal perception is one of continuity. We see our life as a movement of continuity. I have an image of myself now and this image changes very slightly from moment to moment. When a strong catalyst enters my life I may experience a more marked change in my image of myself. I may then say to myself “Now I am more generous, more trusting, more compassionate after this experience.” This is an expression of my changed image. And yet I experience myself as the same ‘me’ day after day after day. Continue reading

not a scratch on the mind



Our greater Being is a boundless ocean of energy. Every movement of energy by the various streams of energy of which this ocean consists, leaves an impression. These impressions are one aspect of what we call memory. Without the faculty of storing past impressions we could not even know that we are. Memory is thus a fundamental aspect of manifest consciousness. The data which sentient beings have accumulated over eons allows us to learn how to interact smoothly with the external conditions we call ‘the world’. When an impression is retained on our brain, it creates an infinitesimal (or larger) scar on the brain tissue. These ‘scratches on the mind’ as Krishnamurti calls them, produce what is known as conditioned consciousness. There is also stored information accessible to us that is not directly  stored in the brain and which has been called akashic (or space) storage of information. Continue reading

from ageing to sageing


Two poems for the days just before Winter Solstice

by Han Shan – the Sage from Cold Mountain

Sitting alone I am sometimes overcome 
By vague feelings of sadness and unrest. 
Round the waist of the hill the clouds stretch and stretch; 
At the mouth of the valley the winds sough and sigh. 
A monkey comes; the trees bend and sway; 
A bird goes into the wood with a shrill cry. 
Time hastens the grey that wilts on my brow; 
The year is over, and age is comfortless. Continue reading

look into your hand


This is another short chapter from Thich Nhat Hanh’s newest book, his memoirs, called At Home in the World. It is a meditation on endless life. It strikes a strong chord in me because when I was about twenty years old I once had a remarkable vision of the eternity and infinity of life while captivated by the intricacy and aliveness of my own palm Continue reading

After two weeks in community


My thoughts after the first two weeks in our new community,

the Lost Valley Education Center 

What the ancients say: There is a power that brings forms into existence, sustains them for a certain period and then destroys them. It is this first principle possessing various powers: pictures of name and form, the person who sees, the light by which he sees and the screen upon which he sees. He himself is all of these. A peaceful and orderly life is needed for this realization. Some power acts through his body and uses his body to get the work done to make life peaceful and orderly.

This mysterious power that cannot be named takes care of all its creations. This means all that is needed to sustain them and foster their growth on all levels. It also means that it does what is required to de-compose and de-generate each form when its cycle of being a vehicle to burn vital energy is nearing its end.

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the caravan moves on even while dogs may bark


camel caravan

The image of a large caravan making its way on a long journey – while passing a small grouping of dwellings the local dogs begin barking… I am reminded of this as I listen to the contentious and oftentimes trivial responses to the deep struggles humanity is going through right now. Humanity is moving on, together with the celestial bodies with whom we are traveling through the cosmos. Will each and every human “move on” by aligning him/herself with this cosmic rhythm? Only if we are not distracted by the barking dogs…


10. … “Does a caravan ever turn back from a journey on account of the noise and clamor of dogs?

Or on a night of moonlight is the running of the full-moon in its course retarded by the dog´s outcry?

The moon sheds light and the dog barks: every one proceeds according to his nature.

15. (The Divine) Destiny hath allotted to every one a certain service, suitable to his essential nature, (to be performed) in (the way of) probation.

Since the dog will not leave off his pestilent howling, I (who) am the moon, how should I abandon my course? ”

SOURCE: THE MATHNAWI, RUMI, Book VI, Verses 10 and 15