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Lakshmi – the Goddess of Worldly Enjoyment and Spiritual Liberation

Lakshmi, the most widely worshiped Indian goddess, emerged on a lotus out of the primeval ocean of milk. In the pantheon of goddesses she is a soothing and gentle presence. In her book Awakening Shakti, Sally Kempton includes compelling words … Continue reading

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Jung on Alchemy (2): The Mandala

“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls. They will practice Indian yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen or diet, learn theosophy by heart, or mechanically repeat mystic texts from the … Continue reading

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The Erotic Watery Dreamland of Henri Rousseau

“In 1910, the year of his death, Rousseau gave the world his last dream, his extraordinary painting Le Rȇve. In a moonlit jungle clearing, a naked woman lies on a brown velvet-covered couch. In attendance are she-lions, birds of paradise, … Continue reading

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Images of the Zodiac: Contemplating Aquarius

Johfra Bosschart, Aquarius 1.“And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight, And the lotus rose, quietly, quietly, The surface glittered out of heart of light.” T.S.Eliot, “Burnt Norton” 2.“Praise to the jewel in the lotus.” (Om mani padme … Continue reading

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