Posts Tagged ‘Vāsanā’

Wall Paintings

The Gandharva's air-castle, Maya, a hair-circle, and a fata morgana, they’re non-entities yet they appear as if they were entities; the nature of an objective existence is thus to be regarded. Yet another reinforcement of the Lanka’s favorite metaphors of illusionary reality. My favorite are the Gandharvas. They have quite the allegorical background: gandharva. (P. gandhabba; T. dri za; C. gantapo/ zhongyun youqing; J. kendatsuba/ chūun’ujō; K. kŏndalba/ chungon yujŏng 乾 闥 Read more [...]


In conjunction with earlier blogs in this series, Patañjali's work does not beat around the bush—there needs to be a daily purification of the sattva, of one’s being. If not undertaken, future karmic seeds will continue to run amok. Mircea Eliade writes eloquently about being conditioned and governed by the seeds of karma: This means that every action whose point of departure is illusion (that is, which is based on ignorance, the confusion between Spirit and non-Spirit) is either the consummation Read more [...]
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