Ghosts and goblins may seem scary on this most auspicious All Hallows’ Eve, but there is also something even scarier about how science now understands time. Ever since Einstein demonstrated that space and time are not separable but form a four-dimensional continuum we call space-time, the scientific view of time has become contrary to our everyday experience of time—namely, that it flows from the past to the present into the future something like water flowing under a bridge. Science now understands that the flow of time is an illusion. This is based on numerous observations such as the following: (1) time and space are intimately interconnected and space is observed to convert to time and time to space; (2) things change in time but they cannot change within integrated space-time, hence events do not take place in time; they simply are; (3) the past, present and future are all equally real making our perception of the flow of time an illusion; (4) motion at high speed slows time as does intense gravity; (5) space is converted to time when a body is in motion, and there is no longer agreement on the concept of “now,” which is difference for observers moving relative to one another; (6) effect does not always follow cause, many times cause is observed to precede effect. Continue reading
I first heard about the hippies (though the word wasn’t coined then) in June 1967 when my best friend urged me to go with him to San Francisco. He said there was something happening on the streets. It didn’t sound interesting and I went to Massachusetts for a summer of social work instead. However, I could not escape a counter cultural torrent that was flooding America. There were psychedelic drugs, the mystical music of Donovan, and the Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” In 1968 I read Edgar Cayce’s On Prophecy and was convinced that we were on the cusp of the Age of Aquarius.
It didn’t work out exactly as I envisioned it, but it is fair to ask whether the hippie world view of the 1960s makes any sense today. Continue reading
On April 14th I gave a talk at Google HQ on Meditation, Creativity and the Power of Mantra. The day before my talk I was driving back from a lovely weekend meditation retreat down in Big Sur where we sang kiirtan and meditated and ate yummy vegetarian food and went to check out about five hundred elephant seals who were sleeping on the beach.
With all due respect, I have to say that these amazing creatures looked like nothing so much as a collection of severely overweight slugs sunning themselves.
Except when a couple of the males woke up to fight over which particular 2000 pound female slug they had matrimonial rights to. And then we discovered a herd of zebras roaming right there on the Californian coast. I’m not making any of this up.
So there we were, my friend Sudama and I, happily driving up one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world towards San Francisco, when a show came on the radio about Pope Francis. This seemed appropriate since the fabled flower people’s city is named after the same Italian saint who inspired our new pope’s name. Continue reading
Do you ever sit for meditation but can’t concentrate? Does it take you 10, sometimes 20 minutes to quiet your mind? Don’t feel discouraged. It’s not that you are bad at meditation. Even people that have practiced meditation for years have to take time to calm their thoughts. This article will help you understand the parts of the mind that cause you to struggle and the part that makes meditation easy.
Citta: According to mystic philosopher, PR Sarkar, there are three evolutionary aspects to the mind, in sanskrit, which human beings have inherited from the time of creation. Let’s start with the citta. The citta is the aspect of the mind that is associated with the mundane world and preoccupied with crude thoughts. For example, the mind of animals is primarily made of citta stuff. Think of a monkey swinging from branch to branch, preoccupied only with its next meal and how to avoid predators or a dog barking into a mirror, unaware that the reflection is its own self. In order for the dog to recognize its reflection, it has to develop an ego and be aware of itself subjectively. If it did, then it might spend hours in the mirror practicing looking good. As in the case with the dog, the citta is associated with the objective world, it is the aspect of the mind devoid of artistic, mental, personal, or spiritual awareness. How does the citta manifest in the human mind? First let’s talk about the second aspect of the mind, the aham. Continue reading
As we approach a new era in the world at large, the emergence of sadvipras in all artistic expressions is necessary. By harnessing the powerful tool of Hip-Hop, a sadvipran artist could have a profound impact on society, especially with the youth. A Hip-Hop sadvipra’s mission is to liberate on all levels. Consciousness needs to be raised on the mental level to bring awareness to the physical condition, while awakening needs to happen on the spiritual level; to shed light on inherent potential in order for true happiness and fulfillment to be possible.
If a sadvipra emerges from incorporating the various aspects of Sarkar’s social cycle, then let us take a look at the various trends within Hip-Hop that will lay the ground for a savipra’s mission.
Shudran Hip-Hop – Party Trend
During the 1970s, the South Bronx was an economically depressed slum. With the U.S. in a recession, African-American and Latino communities of the Bronx felt the brunt of neglect. Everyday, apartment buildings went up in flames from landlords who would rather insurance money than tenants who could not pay rent. Gang warfare was rife and police aggression was brutal. The youth had few alternative outlets for expression. Continue reading