By Tasha Friedman   “I say nothing to Him, I love Him.” -St. Therese of Liseux   Prayer is the Heart speaking to itself. It is what the human heart naturally does when it is open. Like music is always present in the strings of a violin, whether or not they are sounded, prayer is […]

Walking, cleaning, working, playing, sitting, standing, running, sleeping… Is any moment more important than another? There is something in us that believes so, which reserves our complete attention for only exceptional moments, which we await most of the time. There is something in us that keeps us half-asleep—crushed by time, running after the next moment, […]

“Here in this body are the sacred rivers: here are the sun and moon as well as all the pilgrimage places… I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.” –Mahasiddha Saraha Take a moment to feel into your heart… Let your attention settle in the middle of the chest, slightly to […]

“Your own self is your ultimate teacher (sadguru). The outer teacher (guru) is merely a milestone. It is only your inner teacher that will walk with you to the goal, for he is the goal.” –Nisargadatta Maharaj All spiritual teachers and teachings are leading us to our inner guide, from which wisdom flows. Within us […]

Love, a fire that consumes everything. The source, the path, the guide, and the truth. Love has many faces, and we should never make any claims when it comes to its wisdom. Love is as vast as infinity, as timeless as eternity, as profound as a bottomless abyss. It is yet to be revealed, as […]

By Emma Carruthers Life as a parent of two small children is not always easy. It doesn’t often look like a corn flakes ad, and it isn’t always easy to maintain equanimity and repose. However, as a long-time Hridaya community member, I don’t know how many times a day I reflect on my gratitude for […]

It’s natural for the human soul to be called beyond the material frontier. A bird cannot remain forever in its nest. It needs to fly. Trust is the faith of a bird that feels the lightness of the breeze under her wings before she ever opened them. Flying is a leap of faith; it is […]

One moment of Truth is enough, and devotion has found its way into your soul. It comes when you touch upon something of immeasurable value. When your heart opens to the radiance of Truth. Devotion is the face of love that burns away all rationality. It annihilates the delusion of egoic consciousness and brings your […]

“You wander from room to room Hunting for the diamond necklace That is already around your neck.” –Rumi What a mysterious force that binds us to believing that we are a body, coming from a past moment and going towards the next. How ineffable, that we take ourselves to be something that is outside the […]

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By Tasha Friedman At night, all distinctions disappear. Falling asleep to the outside world, you awaken to the life within. Shivaratri (the “night of Shiva”) is a festival celebrated on the night between the 13th and 14th day of every month in the Hindu calendar, corresponding to the new moon. Of these 12 Shivaratris, Maha […]

You may imagine awakening to be an experience of more and more Peace, Joy, and Love. You may think that its magic will solve all your problems. Definitely, awakening is, in itself, Bliss. But many people say that it is also something entirely unexpected.

They seem so real, our ideas and opinions about life—a vast force pulling our entire sense of reality into the domain of intellectual and emotional knowledge. The mind loses its openness and ends up imprisoned in itself. Cycles of thoughts creating one reality after another. We look at things and believe that our description of […]