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Knowledge is an important component of our spiritual growth.

Over the period of some 30 years, I have written these articles to illustrate a variety of spiritual ideas and principles.

Knowledge can guide us in our practices, let us know what to expect along the way and support us in times of doubt. However, knowledge alone can only take us so far. Direct experience is equally as important so I encourage you to choose the practices which resonate with you and make them part of your daily life.

These articles have been grouped by categories to help you select the ones that may be of greater interest to you. 

Edited versions of some of these articles have been published in other places, including the Chopra Center Lifestyles Newsletters.

I have always tried to fully research each topic and apologize for any inaccuracies. Unlike scientific “facts”, spiritual wisdom is open to interpretation. These articles reflect my understanding of the subjects. Please read them with an open mind and find the path that best suits you.

India

Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima or the Full Moon of the Guru is a very special celebration in the spiritual calendar.  This is the day when we honor the Guru in all forms.  We give thanks for all the blessing we have received in the past and ask for future support in all areas of our lives but particularly with our growth to Higher Consciousness and Enlightenment. The word guru means remover of darkness or ignorance so the Guru can

Origins of Ayurveda

We don’t really know how old Ayurveda is, although scholars place its formal origins at around 5-6000 years ago. According to Vedic mythology, Ayurveda is as old as time itself.  It is said that before manifest creation, the gods were weak and unbalanced.  They went to Lord Vishnu for help, who told them to churn the Ocean of Consciousness until the Amrit, Nectar of Immortality, appeared and this would rejuvenate them. The story of what happened has

Shree Satuwa Baba Ashram

300 Years of Serving Humanity Since 2004 I have been a member of the Shree Satuwa Baba Ashram in Varanasi India. It is a traditional Indian ashram, offering simple but sufficient facilities, which has become like a second home to me.  If you are ever in Varanasi, I hope you will visit the Ashram.  Tell them Raghavanand sent you and you will be welcomed, whether you choose to just look around, enjoy a basic meal, meet

The Glorious Kumbh

India is a land of festivals. It seems that every day something is being celebrated somewhere. However, nothing compares to a Kumbha Mela for size, intensity and auspiciousness. Kumbha means pot and Mela means festival so the Kumbha Mela is the festival of the pot and, like so many Indian traditions, has its origins in mythology. There are several different versions of the myth but let’s look at a popular one. The Mythology Back in

The Mumbai Opportunity

The Mumbai Opportunity - written for the tenth anniversary of the Mumbai, India terrorist attack. There are only two emotions, fear and love.  All the emotions we judge as negative have their basis in some fear, whether superficial or deep rooted and everything wonderful in our lives stems from love. Everything painful, toxic and life-damaging comes from fear, whereas all pleasurable, beautiful, expansive and life-supporting emotions come from love.  Fear constricts, limits and distorts, while

Tips for Traveling in India

People often ask me for advice about traveling to India, how to stay safe and healthy. Just like anywhere else, there are no guarantees but, by using common sense, most people can and do have a great time when visiting India. India is one of the most fascinating places on earth, where your senses are constantly being filled with every imaginable experience. While India moves forward to take its place in the modern world, much

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