Book Bits

Brahman, God, Allah and the Tao – Alan Watts

Among Alan Watts’ most compelling qualities was his fascination with different systems  of faith and his ability to draw comparisons and lines of equivocation between them in a way that they would further illuminate each other. He stressed the importance of looking at the experience of religion rather than the schema of a doctrine, writing in his… Continue reading Brahman, God, Allah and the Tao – Alan Watts

Book Bits, The Masters

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on Being Universal and Family Life in the Modern World

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was one of the leading teachers of Advaita Vedanta – the Indian philosophy of non-dualism – during the 20th century. A humble shopkeeper from Bombay, Maharaj became popular with students and spiritual seekers from around the globe who were drawn to him for his deep sense of humanity and the clarity of… Continue reading Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on Being Universal and Family Life in the Modern World

Vivekananda
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The One Motive Power in the Universe

In this extract from an essay about bhakti and devotional love written in the late 19th century, Swami Vivekananda – the 19th century spiritual reformist and teacher of Vedanta who was instrumental in popularizing Hinduism and yoga in the west – makes the difference between empty religious ritual and the burning desire for union with God, which is as real as any hunger or thirst.

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‘We are born in mystery and we die in mystery’ – Huston Smith

“The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder,” wrote Huston Smith, one of the 20th centuries most prominent scholars of world religion in his book, Beyond a Post-Modern Mind. And it’s wonder that primarily comes across in his autobiography called Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, in which he gives… Continue reading ‘We are born in mystery and we die in mystery’ – Huston Smith