The Inauthenticity of Hate

As I said just over a year ago, my intention for Phanes is to focus on the positive, on what we as individuals can do to improve our own lives, and to stay away from the political and the divisive. (And if you’re not in accord with that idea, then this site probably isn’t for you.) Recently, though, I’ve been thinking a little more about the difference between the higher man (or higher woman) and what we might call the true believer, the hater, or the ideologue. Below are some thoughts on the characteristics that separate the two:

Placing Limits on Knowlege Versus Seeking Wisdom:

I was tempted to describe the higher man as seeking truth, but that would not be exactly correct. (We might be able to talk about the higher type of person seeking Truth, i.e., a transcendental experience in harmony with the Divine, dharma, the cosmos, etc.) Continue reading “The Inauthenticity of Hate”

Raising Hell, Storming Heaven

Plans are necessary for the long haul. To varying degrees, we can plan our careers, where we might live, our diet, our physical training, and our studies, etc. But, as Mike Tyson has famously said, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” When that happens in life it’s necessary to go rogue, internally: to overhaul our psyches, and break our habits and burn our maps that have laid out what is and, more importantly, what is not possible for us. Continue reading “Raising Hell, Storming Heaven”

Journeys In The Kali Yuga: An Interview With Aki Cederberg

Aki Cederberg is the author of the recently-released Journeys In The Kali Yuga. Cederberg is an author, musician, and filmmaker from Finnland who traveled to in India. Living there and studying the spiritual traditions of that country over many years, he came to contemplate the emptiness of modernity and the problems of the Kali Yuga (Iron Age) that face both India and the West.

In the book, and in this interview, he discusses India, Hindu spiritual traditions and discipleship, the West, and paganism.

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