The Strange Reality of Being Human

Most people think of themselves as a single being, distinct from others. This is my body, these are my private thoughts, and this is how I feel. However, this is just a set of ideas, a story we tell ourselves. And I’m not taking a spiritual approach here but one leaning more on science. Your body is an assemblage of trillions of cells, each with their own life and life cycle. They come and go at various rates but overall, our body almost completely replaces itself within 7 years. (The cosmic body is similar, only that is a body composed … Continue Reading…

Food Rules

Yeah – I like titles that have several meanings or are playful. 🙂 We’re not all built the same. A suitable menu for one person can be bad news for another. For some, a strict vegetarian approach is suitable. For others, such a diet would lead to serious issues over time. Dietary decisions should not be based on a spiritual or ethical belief but rather on the needs of your specific body. Then you’ll have a suitable platform for spiritual development. Sure – you can point to all kinds of examples of spiritual teachers recommending a “pure” diet for practitioners. … Continue Reading…

On Purity

I’ve spoken before in various ways about the gunas, such as the gunas in awakening. The gunas are qualities of nature. They are not actions or objects but rather subtle qualities that give those things characteristics and effects. Sattva, which is often translated as purity or clarity is one of them, key to spiritual progress. Many people however apply the principle in a much more superficial way. For example, we can seek to eat a “pure” diet by being vegetarian or vegan or some special program. But then beat ourselves up for straying from the diet, even if our body … Continue Reading…