Sacred Texts

Realization

by Swami Siddheswarananda

IN THE SECOND VERSE of the Mandukya Upanishad we find one of the four great utterances (mahavakyas) of the Upanishads. This self is Brahman (ayam atma brahma). The realization of this statement is not an experience, but a metaphysical insight, falling outside the realm of duality. With this realization disappears our ignorance as to the […]

Seven Taoist Masters

by Eva Wong

Winter passed, and it was spring. On the third day of the third month, Wang secretly left home and journeyed twenty miles to the bridge where he had bid farewell to the two immortals. He sat by the bridge and waited patiently; looking around from time to time to make sure he did not miss […]

Yoga Vasishta

by Staff

According to tradition, the original verses are attributed to Sage Valmiki, author of the great epic Ramayana. The Yoga Vasishta consists of approximately 32,000 verses and represents a dialogue between SageVasishta and Sri Rama, the king of Ayodhya. It is through this dialogue that the teachings of Advaita (the doctrine of non-duality) are presented to […]

Spiritual texts that have stood the test of time continually reveal the truths they embody through the hearts and minds of those who apply their teachings in daily life. The fact that a teaching lives this way allows it to endure. The Bhagavad Gita is one of the great scriptures that reveals itself in this […]

Swampland Flowers

by Ta Hui

An ancient worthy said, “If you can recognize the inherent nature while going along with the flow, there is neither joy nor sorrow.” Ta Hui was born in 1088 during the Chinese Sung dynasty. At that time, Ch’an Buddhism was flourishing and its impact was felt at every level of society. Even at an early […]