Tag Archives: H.W.L. Poonja

What is in the way of Freedom?

My teacher in India, H.W.L. Poonja,  used to tell a wonderful story. I remember one day we were all gathered together with him. He used to like to tease us.  “What is the one thing that most gets in the way of freedom?” he asked.  “The mind,” somebody suggested.  “The ego,” said another. He shook […]

The Ultimate Upgrade Neurosis

Between 2002 and 2004 I did more than 170 interviews to prepare for the book The Translucent Revolution. One of the things I asked everybody in those interviews was about enlightenment. Almost no-one I talked to would say ‘I am enlightened,’ nor would they say ‘I am trying to become enlightened.’ Instead most would say, […]

The Pull of the Heart

Here is a passage from my book, “The Translucent Revolution”: When children grow, they pass through what are called, in psychological language, various developmental stages. It is actually quite interesting, if you’re a parent, to notice the bizarre nature of these developmental stages. There is the stage of being completely dependent—nursing, just holding the mother—and […]

Who Gets to Chat with God?

God and I have always had something of an up-and-down relationship. I really like Him (or is it a Her or an It? I’ve never been quite sure) a lot. I mean A LOT. More than anything else.  But still, we’ve had our struggles. My grandmother was my very favorite relative, complete with a friendly […]

Living Awakening

If you’ve been reading my stuff here for a while, you probably remember that back in the summer of 2009, I started to conduct interviews for a new publication with some very interesting people. I’ve been busy with that ever since. Finally, it’s come to some sort of completion. In almost every tradition, there has […]