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The Quest for Enlightenment


Many set off on the quest for enlightenment because they have a sense, an inkling, that it is important... but in truth not many pursue it! Why?

  • Distractions of all sorts: relationships, material possessions, the monkey mind etc.
  • Lack of discipline 
  • Lack of faith
  • Lack of commitment 
  • Lack of the right teacher

We are human, born into human bodies and subject to all sorts of distractions on a daily basis. We are full of desires of all sorts, many of which turn into anger when they are not fulfilled.


Loving You


Loving you is so easy, dear Lord...Your love is everywhere, in everything...

When we gaze at the sun setting over the water, we see Your glory before us

Looking at an autumn leaf on the ground, we see Your care and attention to detail.

The tiniest spider exploring the bathtub permits us to see Your beauty

Looking up at the sky above us we see Your magnificence!

When waves crash against rocks and thunder rumbles and roars, we hear Your power




A couple of weeks ago I had a tricky week, a change in medication sparked off some considerable physical, emotional and mental discomfort, yet there is always a lesson to be learned when we experience difficulties and challenges.


Yama (5): Aparigraha


Aparigraha is the last of the Yamas and possibly one of the greatest opportunities for inner peace and freedom...  What does it mean? Non-hoarding, non-possessiveness, non-seizing... are we acquiring and holding on to things which we do not need?

There is a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “There is enough for everybody’s needs, but not for everybody’s greed.” Cultivation of Aparigraha is both the invitation and opportunity to look at our own lives and see how we collect or possibly even hoard things that we do not need.  


Yama (3): Asteya


The third of the Yamas is ASTEYA, non-stealing. ‘Thou shalt not steal’ is very familiar in our culture coming from the Christian tradition and being another very obvious part of the moral code shared by many traditions and cultures. 

We have laws which make theft of any kind... mugging, robbery, shoplifting etc... not forgetting copyright laws and patents... illegal. There are also laws regarding slander and libel which help protect people’s reputations. The legal system quite rightly punishes those who break the law.


Yama (2): Satyam


SATYAM is the second of Patanjali’s Yamas and it means TRUTH.

We all know what happened to Pinocchio when he told lies... Indeed honesty and truthfulness are virtues aspired to in all moral codes, for telling lies can have dire consequences, but let us delve into this concept a little deeper.



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