Spirituality

The Vision and Mission of Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru

Gurucharanam Saranam Santhigiri Ashram was founded by Navajyotisree Karunakara Guru in the year 1968 at Pothencode, 21 KMs away from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. It is emerging as the global capital of spirituality where...

Ink and Blood

One of the tasks I set my advanced creative writing students is to have them, one student a week, find three poems to read and then unpack from whatever anthology I happen to be...

“Crucifixion”

"The real meaning of crucifixion is to crucify the false self, that the true self may rise. As long as the false self is not crucified, the true self is not realized." —Hazrat Inayat Khan,...

Spirits and Spirituality: The Grace of Discernment

As a scholar of mysticism and religious literature, I spend a lot of my time reading, thinking, and writing about the encounters with God various writers, mystics, and seers had or claim to have...

Spiritual Poetry Writing Class

If you’d like to write spiritual poetry – or if you admire the writings of Rumi, Hafiz, Whitman, and others – please join us for an online writing group that will meet for four Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m EST.

Sishyapoojita – The Most Revered Among Disciples

Gurucharanam Saranam The concept of ‘Sishyapoojita’ is an original contribution of Santhigiri Guruparampara to the spiritual fraternity. Sishyapoojita, meaning the worshipful among disciples is the highest accolade bestowed by Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru, the founder...

Jewish Values and the Right to Health Care

Is there a basic human right to health care? Or is health care a “privilege” that applies only to those who can afford it? And what is the Judaic perspective on this controversial issue,...

Lupercalia: alias Valentine’s Day

The poet who planted his soul in death's green childhood has spoken the rose of February. Winter whispers among the wolves, 'You can only anticipate the past.' Talon-footed April gouges the tombs of Autumn...

Classical Literature, the Gods, and Metaphysical Desire

In December I finished teaching a course on classical myth and literature for undergraduates. We read a variety of texts and from a variety of time periods. Among the works we studied were The...

Celestial Celebration

Buddha contemplates in silence. His peaceful countenance and cherubic smile radiate his inner bliss. His unnatural long ears, symbolic of a beautiful reality, are listening intently to some sublime music. One can get a...