WHAT ABOUT YOGA?
What Yoga Really Is
Aarhus University, Danmark
The philosophy of yoga can be expressed as follows:
“Ashes are fire, ashes are water, ashes are earthy everything is ashes, mind, sight, and the other senses are ashes.” (Atharva Siras)
All things in life are transitory, and pain, suffering, and death lurk behind everything. All of life with its omnipresent suffering and death goes on and on in an eternal cycle (samsara or the reincarnation cycle) from which no one escapes. Life is an endless wandering through relentless and insurmountable suffering. The future holds only further rebirths, and whether one is inching towards a better life or sinking into worse life makes little difference.
For all life is ashes.
Hinduism in all its various forms is first of all an attempt: escape from this relentless cycle of rebirth. It is not death wish because the aim is to escape death as well as life. Hindus wish to escape from life with good reason – for life on the Indian subcontinent is Continue reading “What Yoga Really Is – By Johannes Aagaard Aarhus University, Danmark”
TAIWAN & HONG KONG OF MY HEART
IRELAND OF MY HEART
聖帕提克的護心鎧甲 St Patrick’s Breast Plate
TAIWAN & HONG KONG OF MY HEART
A letter from the first Taiwanese
Orthodox missionary Pelagia Yu to the Greek people
EX 2X2 LETTERS FROM GREECE
I am Chinese, born in Taiwan and my Christian name is Pelagia. I was a Protestant Christian, and it took me five years to become Orthodox. I love to read the Holy Bible and have all of its publications in the Chinese language.
I have visited Greece and discovered that it is a truly unique country. While travelling in your country, even before I arrived, on the plane I saw how different in temperament Greek people were, how cheerfully they conversed with each other, how they laughed and how they applauded the pilot after the landing, something unheard of for us Asians, who are more conservative and do not easily display emotion. I learnt after this experience that the expression of freedom requires passion and liveliness.
In Greece, I visited many churches, I participated in the Divine Liturgy, and when I Continue reading “A letter from the first Taiwanese Orthodox missionary Pelagia Yu to the Greek people”
Αδελφότητα Ορθοδόξου Εξωτερικής Ιεραποστολής
ALASKA OF MY HEART
ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY
AMERICA OF MY HEART
Joseph Magnus Frangipani:
The Impossibility of Aloneness – When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas
I’m an Orthodox Christian living in Homer, Alaska and experienced Jesus Christ in the Himalayas, in India.
I listen to the heartbeat of rain outside…
Cold, Alaskan fog blowing in off the bay, emerald hills now that autumn is here and summer chased away into the mountains. But a milky white fog spreads over the bay like a silken ghost. I used to visit Trappist monasteries, back when I was Catholic, at the beginning of high school, and searching for a relationship of love. I read plenty of philosophy then to know that knowing isn’t enough, that having a realization in the mind is entirely different from experiencing a revelation of the heart.
I spent two birthdays in the Himalayas…
Traveling along gravel roads that drop deep into icy gulches where the Ganges river rages below not yet packed with the filth and mud and newspapers of villages, not yet carrying remainders of Indians in her current, I found Christ found me. It’s a difficult and strangely compelling atmosphere to confront oneself, – – India, – – sandwiched with Continue reading “Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA: The Impossibility of Aloneness – When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas”