The Empty Boat

There are very few poems that you can live your life by. Poems that grow with you as you grow older, revealing a different meaning at different stages of your life. Taoist sage Chuang Tzu‘s ‘The Empty Boat’ is one such for me. As I begin a new phase of my life today, engaging in […]

Behind The Mind: The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin

One of the most beautiful and unknown gems in Eastern non-duality, whom I recently discovered thanks to my mentor GD, is Wu Hsin. Born a hundred years after Confucius, his name literally means ‘no-mind’. And true to his name, there is no trace of him available – no profile, no wikipedia entry, one single image. […]

The Change Trap

We live in the most change-obsessed culture in history. We change our clothes, our hair, our body structure – and sometimes even our noses. We want to change our attitudes, our brains, our marriages – and sometimes even our chakras. We applaud those who take on herculean challenges to shed weight or gain muscle. And […]

The Empty Boat

My informal role in the spiritual group which gathers around my spiritual mentor GD (a role appreciated by GD, mind you) is that of the senior student + class clown. Which basically means I keep the energy in the workshops and Sunday sessions light by poking fun at myself and sometimes taking welcome potshots at […]

The Awake Blogger

A few months ago, when I was just beginning my blogging journey, I had asked my mentor GD for some tips on blogging as a path of reflection and self-learning. The insights he shared in the form of questions to ask myself while creating a new blog could well be insights one could use while […]

Seeker Punch!

Whenever you feel the urge to take yourself and your spiritual journey too seriously, try a dose of Ram Tzu’s poems. These poems were actually written by advaita teacher Wayne Liquorman who used a pen name because he “didn’t want a bunch of miserable seekers cluttering up his living room”! So don’t expect a shoulder […]