Namaste: Etymology and Meanings

Namaste (pronounced Naa-ma-stay) is a greeting in the Hindi language from India. The ‘namaste’ greeting has become popular in recent years, especially among the New Age thinkers in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. In the West, the namaste greeting is often associated with the spirituality of India – and it can mean anything… [Read More]

Feng Shui Explained for Skeptics

If you’re skeptical when it comes to New Age ideas, old age mysticism and psychic concerns, you may be equally doubtful about whether feng shui is a genuine rather than dubious concept. The idea that the placement and design of objects could alter the future may seem outlandish and obscure. Yet, many people swear that… [Read More]

Introduction To Chakras

Hidden within the body there is believed to exist a complex energy system made up of seven separate energy centers. These are known in Buddhist and Hindu religions as ‘chakras’. These chakras correspond to different physiological, psychological, and spiritual characteristics of the mind and body. The chakra system, meaning "wheel" or "disk" in Sanskrit, is… [Read More]

A Brief History Of Meditation

Meditation is an ancient mind-body practice which draws on the focusing of attention to create a sense of inner peace. The term itself comes from the Latin meaning "to ponder", or to think. In some form or another, meditation has been around for thousands of years and is still practiced today in its contemporary form…. [Read More]

Beginners Look At Buddhist Zazen Meditation

The most fundamental techniques of Zen Buddhism is zazen, which literally translated means "seated meditation". The main principle behind Zen Buddhism is to actively meditate to calm the body and mind so that you can focus on your "inner self" and find the Buddha-nature within. Often the teacher will give the more advanced zazen students… [Read More]

What is Hinduism?

Understanding one of the world’s largest religions can be a challenge It is a difficult task to answer the question “what is Hinduism?” One of the best and most useful metaphors to use in a description of Hinduism is that of the Banyan tree. This is a tree which sends down shoots from its branches… [Read More]

Who Was Buddha?

Gautama Buddha (also known as Siddhartha Gautama Buddha) was a spiritual leader from the country of India whose teachings later helped for the religion of Buddhism. The specific word Buddha is used to describe the first period of awakening for the followers of Buddhism as well. Gautama Buddha is referred to in the Buddhist religion… [Read More]

A Look At Astral Projection

Astral projection is a belief that everyone has an incorporeal “astral body” or “spirit” can travel outside of the physical body carrying one’s consciousness. In many cultures, it is thought of as the soul and the travel is possible through the astral plane. The idea of astral travel is discussed in mythologies and some say… [Read More]