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Betmaar:
Women's Man-Beating Festival

Betmaar festival, young girls

JODHPUR, INDIA-- Dreams of exotic adventure-- turbaned maharajas, desert princesses and camel safaris-- have made Rajasthan the most touristed state in all of India. While reality is never quite like the storybooks, the twists and turns of a real-life tour of Rajasthan are sure to make a much deeper impression than any fantasy can do.

Located in the Thar... read more

Love Is Not Love

art of love

It has been dangerously claimed that “Love is not love, which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove. O no; it is an ever-fixed mark … Love … bears it out, even to the edge of doom.” i

But we don’t have to go back to Shakespeare and the 17th Century to find this message. I walk through the mall and see T-shirts emblazoned with “I will not give up. End of story.” Would we be so inclined to stay in toxic... read more

July 2015

ice cream truck

Capricorn
(Dec 22- Jan 20)

You will be disappointed, at first, when your career as a private dick doesn’t pan out the way you’d hoped, and you’ll wonder what you’re going to do with all those fedoras, suspenders, bottles of good scotch and the van full of surveillance equipment. Well, I’ve got four words for you: alcoholic ice cream truck. Now all you need’s a swell dame on your arm and you’re good. You’re very good....read more

Secret Body, Secret Self:
Art and Meditation

skyhead

We are brought up to think that perfection is something without flaws, and so it is hard to approach the idea that we do in fact embody primordial essence, joy, containing all imperfections.

Gnosis - self knowing. Native cultures everywhere insist on the presence of spirit indwelling. Connection to the primordial state creates openness, warmth and bliss. ...read more

Farming Livestock Sustainably: Heritage Hills and Humane Living

Serenity at Heritage Hills

Animals emit fear, stress and pain when they are being killed or waiting to be slaughtered. These hormones lead to a number of serious diseases when humans consume this meat. More in-depth investigations of the problem show that industrial (or factory) farms often make animals live in unhygienic and inhumane conditions with no access to pasture, transparent air or daylight... read more

Darkness, Light and the Primal Mother in the Modern World

Madonna

Was I so desperate to be loved? Was I so starved for the bonds of family that I would seek out captivity, and make myself a slave?

20 years ago, I quit my job as a phone psychic to go to America and marry a man I had met while travelling. My boss, the witch Kerry Kulkins, called me to say farewell. And, as witches are want to do, she said out of the blue, “It’s about time... read more

Mulla Nasruddin - 5

Früchtestilleben mit Sektkelch by Johann Wilhelm Preyer

Mulla Nasruddin lived far beyond his means, and his creditors were constantly hounding him. It had been going on for years, and after a while, the Mulla became so accustomed to it that it didn’t bother him anymore. He even began to enjoy the whole affair, and treated them with the highest grace and respect. One fine summer evening, a bill collector pounded on the door. “This is Mr. Smith again, Mulla!” he yelled ...read full story

Flowers and Seeds: Memoirs of a Hippie Girl In India by Ann BeCoy

Hippies in India

It is a rare person who can review their life without resorting to spin; after all, who among us truly wants to portray ourselves publicly, warts and all? Ann BeCoy, in writing about her year in India in 1972, has achieved this feat and taken the reader inside the mind of a naïve 19-year old from Toronto who accidentally finds herself on a continent about which she knows absolutely nothing... read more

Mapping the Multiverse: How Far to the Next Universe?

Flame Nebula

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe” (Lao Tzu). Trust in the universe. This is the best pasta in the universe! People mean different things when they say “universe.” What does “universe” really mean?

One common understanding is that the universe means the totality of existence—everything that stretches out from our own small eyes...read more

Longing and Desire: Meditation and the Truth of the Heart

longing

But how do we know? How can we tell whether that still, small voice is coming from the mind or the heart? If our search is for a life like this, filled with love and bliss and freedom, we must learn to judge our own desires and determine their origin—the heart or the mind—and our own motivation. When we want something, is it because it will satisfy our ego, or because it will satisfy our soul?

There is no place ...read more

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