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The Nature of Your Soul

We each have a soul, but because we are each observing from a different place and a different set of experiences, we do not observe the same things in exactly the same ways. The variations in what we…

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The Universe of Brain

If it takes the whole brain to produce one thought, it also takes the whole universe to perform a single action. Like a neuron, electrons and atoms seem to be independent, yet a change of electron sp…

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What is a Karmic Debt?

A karmic debt is, basically, any cause that hasn’t yet found its effect. According to the rishis, punishment in the afterlife is the result of unpaid karmic debts. If I commit a crime and don’t pa…

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The Concentrated Strength of Patience

“Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.” - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton As a child walking to school, I irritated my fellow walkers with my quick pace and s…

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Finding God Through Grace

We make our choices, some of which are good for us, some bad, and then grace shapes the results. To express this another way, each of us does things that have unexpected consequences. Our foresight …

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Mass Evil And You

Evil is born in the gap. The gap isn’t anyone’s private possession. The gap contains collective responses and collective themes. When an entire society accepts the theme of “the outsiders” who caus…

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Today’s Actions are Tomorrow’s Future

“As you sow, so shall you reap” – Jesus stated the law of karma quite succinctly. He had no intention of getting away with wrongdoing but instead pointed to a higher spiritual rule: your actions toda…

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Karma-Free Sex

Sex. What a compelling topic! As a spiritual teacher, whether I'm giving a lecture or leading a retreat, whenever the subject comes up, a very particular form of focused attention immediately takes ov…

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Do Animals Have Souls? Part One

One day when yoga instructor Kari Harendorf was practicing backbends, her dog Charlie padded over and started stretching out beneath her on the hardwood floor. In a flash of insight that may or may no…

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The Winds of Karma: Meditation in Action

Meditation in Action. That is the title of the chapter in Natural Radiance, by Lama Surya Das, that reinforces for us that "we are the tiller of our own boat, and the steering wheel of the great vehic…

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