Articles on Yoga & Tantra

  • The Devatas (Gods and Goddesses) as Forms of Brahman

    Note an expansion of this article in the book of David Frawley: Inner Tantric Yoga: Working with the Universal Shakti (Lotus Press, July 2008) The Hindu Gods and Goddesses, more properly called Devatas or Divine principles, are usually treated by modern scholars in a superficial senses as distinct powers of nature or worse as just […]

  • The Purusha Principle of Yoga

    From the book Yoga and the Sacred Fire by David Frawley Yoga, the Purusha and the Cosmic Being One could say that the essence of our humanity is that we are ‘sentient’ beings, conscious entities possessed of feelings and capable of suffering. We cannot accept that human beings are enslaved, experimented on, used for food, […]

  • Turning Life’s Poisons into the Nectar of Soma

    The following article is authored by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) Shiva as the Drinker of Poison Shiva is the great ecstatic deity of Yoga, the supreme Lord of the highest inner energy and transformation. He has the deepest experience of bliss (ananda) as his constant state of being. He is the foremost drinker of […]

  • Yoga and Ecology

    The following article is authored by David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) Yoga and Nature Both Yoga and Ayurveda are all about working with the forces of nature, which are not just as material energies but powers of consciousness. This work with nature occurs at both internal and external levels. Internally, we need to balance the […]

  • The Fire of the Goddess

    From the book Yoga and the Sacred Fire by David Frawley (Lotus Press) I first discovered the Goddess as the muse that arose as part of my youthful poetic inspirations before I had even heard of the path of Yoga or studied any eastern spiritual traditions. The muse is the intimation of beauty and mystery […]

  • The Primacy of Shakti

    Note an expansion of this article in the recent book of David Frawley: Inner Tantric Yoga: Working with the Universal Shakti (Lotus Press, July 2008) The ultimate goal of human life is liberation or moksha, the realization of the Pure Self or Brahman beyond all time, space and karma . In that alone is complete […]

  • Yoga and Buddhism: Similarities and Differences

    (By David Frawley, Note: This article in various forms has been published by different magazines in the past like Yoga International and Hinduism Today, and been put on various websites.) Yoga and Buddhism are sister traditions which evolved in the same spiritual culture of ancient India. They use many of the same terms and follow […]

  • Awakening Our Senses

    By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) The five senses are the key instruments that we have in life to perceive the world and make our way within it. How we use them determines how our lives will unfold; whether towards health or disease, creativity or stagnation, enlightenment or ignorance. Learning to use our senses correctly is […]

  • Karma, DNA of Our Soul

    By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) Karma, meaning action, is a term in yogic spirituality for explaining the soul’s evolution from life to life. Karma is generally portrayed as the effect of our individual actions, extending from past lives to present and future lives. It is often regarded as a force of determination, like fate or […]