The matter thats matters

La Palma (Canary Islands)Jung met Swami Pavitrananda (from a Vendatic Order) and they began a discussion about the main concern of men: sex or espiritual yearning. Can you guess who won?

  • Let me first start with the Hindu concept of mind, As the story goes, a Western philosopher was once asked, “What is mind?” He replied, “No matter.” He was asked again, What is matter?” And he replied “Never mind”. The implication of what the philosopher said was that mind is not matter. Hindu philosophy emphatically declares that mind is matter — although extremely subtle matter. Hindu psychology does not see any difference between matter and energy. Hindus recognize psychic energy, which they considered to be the manifestation of the cosmic energy called Prana, long before Professor Jung felt the need for a concept of psychic energy. The oldest school of religious philosophy, the Sankya school, which is several thousand years old — saw no difference between matter and energy. (Ed: nor later did Einstein!). Swami Bhaskarananda

One of Jung’s important teachings is that if you can find a way to befriend the Dark Shadow, it will not come out in harmful, cruel, or antisocial ways. To be a whole person does not require that you are only good or perfect; it only requires that you be real.

Al Link in Soul Sex

There is a time for departure
even when there’s no certain place to go.

Tennessee Williams in Camino Real

Spiritual practice

La Palma (Canary Islands)Where do you find the motivation to persevere in making your relationship thrive in the face of obstacles and problems? An effective strategy is to begin to view your relationship as a spiritual practice. What Is Spiritual Practice?

“Through Tantra, one’s sins are burned.”Mahasiddha Tilopa

Spiritual practice always includes a search for the deepest meaning in life. It can be a search for personal salvation or for a direct experience with god.

Al Link in Soul Sex

It is ironic. I don’t have much worth for myself, but yet I don’t speak out because I don’t want anyone to have pity, because I want to be valued. I don’t have high respect for myself, but yet I want to be respected and treated on par regardless of what I have faced. I guess, that when life pins you down, you feel like showing the world that you could still do whatever you could do if life had not pinned you down. May be I have been successful because I felt that if I don’t then people would say that, oh! Dear, life has been so unfair. I guess, when you face trauma, nature has built something in us that make us strive to feel normal, to become normal. I can’t think of any other reason how I could have been through this and come so far.

I always forget myself while playing with kids. Sometime it feels like as if I have made a pact with myself: I grew up too fast, destiny denied me my childhood, so I will pay it back by keeping the child inside me always alive. Many of my friends and neighbors say that I am actually their kid’s friend. Since I became parent, life has come full circle. It basically nudged me to come out of my misery and move on. Hopefully I will be totally out of it soon.

Anonymous in Quora

Sometimes I wonder if I am holding back some great works due to my lack of comfort with sharing my inner feeling with the world. For the most part I do feel like I share some fairly intimate things, but really letting go and putting everything out there can be difficult.

For me, sharing my feelings and thoughts through the internet is much easier than sharing them in “real life”. Taking the time to choose my words carefully brings me a peace that sharing out loud could never do, and there is always a chance that my blog post will go unread.


Problems, please



Cultivate relationships

 The notion of “humanity” as a form of transcendence derives, I think, from the conviction that intellectuality possesses an absolute power, from the demand that our best behavior depends on our ability to think abstractly, in terms of a universal rule, about something called humanity, that we need to understand humanity abstractly so that we can act responsibly towards those who represent it. But it seems to me perfectly possible to act humanely towards other beings, whether humans or animals or plants. One simply has to learn how to behave. To behave “humanely” it is perfectly possible to do without the notion of “humanity.” Language has multiple uses, and is embedded, as Wittgenstein pointed out, in different forms of life. It is not necessary to have this grand concept of “humanity” in order to behave decently.

Talal Asad 

What is real can never be fully taken away; its essence always remains. David Whyte

To me, one of the most revealing things about a person’s character is how well he or she deals with setbacks and misfortune, and how they treat the people around them during those times. Maggie McQuaid in Quora

Consider this:
that the obstacles we encounter,
and the creativity we expend working around them –
that balance that we choose to strike
between the wildness we allow into our lives
and the chaos that we hold at bay…
could it be this that gives our world
such character and charm? Diane Walker

When you transform your consciousness into divine consciousness so that you feel for everyone else’s well-being as you feel for yourself, when all the world becomes your greater self, you will become completely dissociated from the sufferings of your little body. You will behold creation as a sort of dramatic experience in which nothing can hurt you. Paramahansa Yogananda


I was raised Roman Catholic in Berkeley, California, and at university boomeranged to the socially liberal extreme. I cast off my belief in God, agreeing wholeheartedly with Marx that “the existence of religion is the existence of defect”. But I soon found that those who claimed to be free of religion, including myself, often came to embody its worst aspects. Among the greatest mistakes that educated westerners make is to assume, first, that religion can be eliminated from politics, and second, that it is a purely reactionary social force.

Padraic Rohan in The New Humanist

One way to express the crisis of our time is to say that most of us have an address but cannot be found there.

Henri Nouwen (via)

Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some.

Jose Marti



When children have trouble learning, it is rarely because they are intellectually incapable., it is often because a one-size-fits-all educational process does not support their unique ways of learning. A system that requires them to fit a culturally expected norm, and often defeats them when they do not fit, delivers another blow to their faith in themselves. I suspect that many children who excel and are rewarded with good grades and special honors do so more as a survival reflex than because they experience a real joy in learning or because their souls are rejoicing at finding the support they need to express their innate genius. In any case, children subconsciously learn that they are valued for what they achieve and how they perform, not for whom they are. Once again the message, at least subconsciously, is “You are not sufficient as you are.”

Richard Moss in The Mandala of Being: Discovering the Power of Awareness

After all, you are what you are every moment of your life, but you are rarely conscious of it, except, maybe, at the point at awakening from sleep. All you need is to be aware of being, not as a verbal statement, but as an ever-present fact. The awareness that you are will open your eyes to what you are. It is all very simple. First of all, establish a constant contract with your self, be with yourself all the time. Into self-awareness all blessings flow. Begin as a centre of observation, deliberate cognizance, and grow into a centre of love in action. ‘I am’ is a tiny seed which will grow into a mighty tree — quite naturally without a trace of effort.”


Nisargadatta Maharaj in 'I Am That' Freedom from Self-Identification

New Humanist: Federico, what are you trying to say in your book by comparing work to religion?

Federico Campagna: When I first moved to Britain from southern Italy, I noticed this strange attachment to work, which contradicted the image I had of Anglo-Saxon rationalism. Instead of the activity of work being efficiently aimed at something, it was going round in a circle. People kept working overtime and I kept wondering, “Why do they do that? They are not going to get any praise, they are not going to get any money, they’re actually damaging their lives, so why do it?”

I noticed there was a religious element, in the sense that work gives you something that nothing else does, which is that you became part of something bigger than yourself. You sacrifice your life, but what you get is somehow immortality, you become part of capital, part of the nation, part of the everlasting glorious community, and so on.

Shaivite Philosophy


Shaivite Philosophy

No separation among

  • Theology
  • Cosmology
  • Science
  • Religion Aim


  • the nature of the world
  • the destiny of living beings

From inside the Universe is

  • a game
  • or a fantasy beyond the birth of
    • space
    • time
    • existence

The Being that imagined the world is

  • unkownable
  • imperceptible
  • inactive
  • nonexistent

Creation of

  • space
  • energy
  • matter
  • time


The way of yang

The closest the universe ever came to pure yang, according to this thinking, would be that little speck of matter whose explosion created the Big Bang. That is what happened at the end of a great universal crunch, where yang predominated. At the extremes yin becomes yang and yang becomes yin. The Big Bang began a period of universal expansion, of yin predominance. And when a point of extreme yinness is reached, we can expect a reversal, another Big Crunch, leading to another Big Bang and the cycle goes on forever. But how would we have a crunch if matter is disippating as the universe is expanding and therefore the pull of gravity is getting weaker and weaker? Don't forget that I am arguing from a yin/yang perspective, not a gravity/ thermodynamic perspective. Yes, the universe in general is expanding, but there are black holes that are vortexes of extreme yang that are pulling matter into them. Yang doesn't grow in size. It contracts and grows in strength. So as the universe, in general, becomes more dispersed, there are black holes that are becoming not bigger but more powerful. The crunch will happen when the black holes reach enough strength, enough yang intensity, to collapse into each other and then to suck back the universe. Michio Kushi, The Kushi Institute

Listen to your soul

Sam: Why didn’t you just become a student of Tolle’s?

Dan: I think that Eckhart Tolle is correct, but not useful. I’m stealing that distinction from the meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. I think his diagnosis is correct, but he doesn’t give you anything to do about it, at least that I could ascertain. He has sold millions of books about “spiritual awakening.” If he were truly useful, we should have a reasonable population of awakened people walking around, and I’m just not seeing them. I found Tolle to be both extraordinarily interesting and extraordinarily frustrating. The lack of any concrete advice was really the source of my frustration, alongside the aforementioned weirdness. I think Tolle deserves credit for articulating a truth of the human condition extremely well. But I also think that it’s a legitimate criticism to say he doesn’t give you anything to do about it.

[Sam Harris and Dan Harris]


Don’t argue with a fool. (People may not know the difference)
Elisa Vannini 

Dhal, brown rice, salad and God’s email

I will do it tomorrow

Coming back

Supertramp – Fool’s Overture
History recalls how great the fall can be
While everybody’s sleeping, the boats put out to sea
Borne on the wings of time
It seemed the answers were so easy to find
“Too late,” the prophets (profits) cry
The island’s sinking, let’s take to the sky
Called the man a fool, striped him of his pride
Everyone was laughing up until the day he died
And though the wound went deep
Still he’s calling us out of our sleep
My friends, we’re not alone
He waits in silence to lead us all home
So tell me that you find it hard to grow
Well I know, I know, I know
And you tell me that you’ve many seeds to sow
Well I know, I know, I know
Can you hear what I’m saying
Can you see the parts that I’m playing
“Holy Man, Rocker Man, Come on Queenie,
Joker Man, Spider Man, Blue Eyed Meanie”
So you found your solution
What will be your last contribution?
“Live it up, rip it up, why so lazy?
Give it out, dish it out, let’s go crazy,
Fool’s Overture lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group [LyricsFreak]

Turning now to the views on anima and animus that imply gender directly, it is first of all noteworthy that these are terms taken from the Latin. Like most cultivated Europeans of his day, Jung was fluent in the classical languages and he found it quite natural and convenient to use these sources to name psychic figures and structures. Anima means “soul” in Latin, and animus means “spirit.” (In German these appear as Seele and Geist.) From one point of view, there is not actually much difference in meaning between these two Latin terms. If one thinks of the soul (anima) as leaving the body at death, as the Greeks and Romans supposed, it is equivalent to saying that the spirit (animus) has departed. Spirit is often depicted as breath or air, and to catch a person’s last breath as it leaves the body is to catch the person’s soul. Thus the terms spirit and soul are nearly interchangeable. Also, both words refer to the inner world of persons, to the soulful and the spiritual. The questions to ask about one’s own anima and animus are: What kind of soul do I have? What kind of spirit?

Murray Stein in Jung’s Map of the Soul: An Introduction