Innengard

In early Anglo-Saxon and Norse culture, the Innengard is the community sanctuary — there is a fence separating the Innengard from the Utengard. This is explored in “We are our Deeds” — the premise is that the law separates society from the outlaws — the law keeps outsiders outside the fence. Within the Innengard is… Continue reading Innengard

Union of Lovers

माययारममाणस्य न वियोगस्तया सह आत्मना रमया रेमे त्यक्तकालं सिसृक्शया Maayayaaramamaanasya na viyogas tayaa saha Aatmanaa ramayaa reme tyakta kaalam sisrikshayaa – Brahma Samhitaa He who does not rest enjoyed creating the lack of separation for the souls of His lovers who are in maayaa – you who are abandoned in the darkness, take comfort. The… Continue reading Union of Lovers

The Generative Principle

लिङ्गयोन्यात्मिका जाता इमा माहेश्वरीप्रजाः Linga yony aatmikaa jaataa imaa maheshvarii prajaah – Brahma Samhitaa All are reborn from Shiva through the union of male and female. This is one of those hard to translate mantras that relies heavily on Sanskrit grammar and spiritual symbolism in order to be understood properly. This line from the Brahma… Continue reading The Generative Principle

Govinda

गोविन्दमादिपुरुषं तामहं भजामि Govindam adi purusham tam aham bjajaami – Brahma Samhitaa “I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord” – trans. by Bhaktisiddhaanta Sarasvatii Gosvaamii Thaakura An interesting alternate meaning to “bjaj” is “enjoy carnally.” It has further meanings of “adore, worship, love, court, cook, give, favor, partake of and to be devoted to.” This has… Continue reading Govinda

Agape

The highest spiritual love is the love of man for God, and God for man (agape). The word can be found in the following quote (John 3:16): Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ᾽ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. “For God so… Continue reading Agape

Eucharist

The Eucharist is the reflection of God’s covenant with man, reflected in a spiritual feast commemorating the highest sacrifice. There are several eucharist’s, other than the Christian one. There is also the eucharist of prasadam and the highest eucharist, that of communion with one’s partner. According to Thomas Aquinas, the miracle of transubstantiation occurs through… Continue reading Eucharist