Happiness Matters

You’ve undoubtedly seen and heard the Pharrell Williams song Happy. Here’s some quotes from a recent article of his in the NY Times.

Happiness is a human right. It’s neither a luxury nor a triviality. It’s given to you at birth, but you must recognize its existence.

Most people think that once they have found “it” — whatever that “it” may be for them — then they will have attained “perfect” happiness. But happiness always comes from within, and many unfortunately take it for granted, or feel guilty about it or suppress happiness instead of setting it … Continue Reading…

7 Years

I launched this blog as In2Deep 7 years and 1295 articles ago this week. It went a little quiet while I got my grad degree a few years ago. And a couple of times while major falling away was occurring within. A year and a half ago, I picked up the Davidya.ca domain and in January this year, it was all migrated to the current site.

When I launched, I was in the middle of writing a related book that foundered on the realities of publishing (rightfully) the following year. Still a work in progress (there’s a lot to cover), … Continue Reading…

Forfeiting Creative Being

They pass over themselves and all that is created, God and the Godhead, and they say that God is nothing and that they are nothing as well. Nothing is neither blissful nor damned, neither working nor idle, neither God nor creature, neither good nor evil. See, in this way they have forfeited their created being and have become nothing, just as, in their imagination, God is nothing. Heaven and earth and all that God has made have being and existence. These unbelievers say ‘We are nothing and our God is nothing.
– Flemish mystic Jan van Ruusbroec (John of) … Continue Reading…

The Dalai Lama on the Meaning of Life

Today I saw an article on Slate about the Dalai Lama’s visit to New Mexico in April, 1991. Near the end of the article, a waitress asks him “What is the meaning of life?

In my entire week with the Dalai Lama, every conceivable question had been asked—except this one. People had been afraid to ask the one—the really big—question. There was a brief, stunned silence at the table.

The Dalai Lama answered immediately. “The meaning of life is happiness.” He raised his finger, leaning forward, focusing on her as if she were the … Continue Reading…

Varna Shiksha and Sanskrit Gender

A very old text on Sanskrit grammar was found by accident, unlabelled and mis-catalogued in a university library in Mysore. Named the Varna Shiksha, it describes a number of qualities of the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet previously lost. This includes gender, guna, deva, colour, and associated special ability.

The text does not name the author or title and there is no closing statement. It was thus thought to be incomplete. But it does complete the entire alphabet so seems intact.

The significance of the text is in the mechanics of name and form Continue Reading…


When I went live, 2 short articles that were published prior did not go out to all subscribers – just some. The links to recent articles were in the newsletter but that too depends on how you get new articles. For those who didn’t see them, they are:

Welcome!  – a short welcome to the new site.

Oprah meets with Deepak Chopra in India – an insightful interview I ran into in an old post that hadn’t been finished.

I have a backlog of articles in the pipe. The first I was going to … Continue Reading…

Howard or Here

Robert Fulghum is a former minister and school teacher best known as an author. He uses stories to illustrate principles of life and living. His first and most famous book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” was subtitled “Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things.” I’ve quite enjoyed several of his books over the years. (more quotes)

In his book Uh-Oh, he’s asked by a reporter if he believes in God. He tells the story of his childhood learning of the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father, which art in … Continue Reading…

One Man

One man devotes his life to the world as real and solid, worthy of his confidence.

Another man devotes his life to the world as illusion, a mirage or waking dream.

Yet another man devotes his life to God, and the world as an outpouring of  love.

Yet another man devotes himself to the world as himself, intimate with all that is.

The last man knows there is no world or illusion. He devotes himself to reality.

Who are these men? They are the same man at different points on the journey home.

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What is Consciousness Published

I do almost no publicity or networking for this blog. It has grown by word of mouth and happenstance. Until recently, I blogged under an alias.

A few months back, I was invited to contribute an article to Science to Sage on-line magazine in an issue themed on consciousness. This issue was delayed a couple of times but has finally been published.

As a benefit to readers, the editor has invited me to send a link to the magazine issue for my readers for free. The issue is normally $8.

The issue is a wide-ranging smorgasbord and … Continue Reading…