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Posted On September 24, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn From The Editor, October 2012 - Masks

From The Editor: Masks, by Pranada Devi

As this issue of Parvati Magazine goes live, Halloween treats are starting to show up in stores. Children (and some adults!) all over North America look forward to an opportunity to dress up as something they’re not, and receive a sugary reward. But actually, many of us are wearing masks every hour of every day, pretending to be someone we’re not in order to receive the reward of approval or the apparent security of fitting in. In this issue of Parvati Magazine, our columnists explore the masks we present toRead More
When I lived in India for a year where I eventually met my guru, I was known for saying that I was seeking yogis, not bogies. As they say, not all that shimmers is gold. And the world of a spiritual seeker is no exception. There are a lot of self-proclaimed prophets who are attached to power rather than learning to serve. As spiritual aspirants we need to learn to discern the fool’s gold from the real gems. Sometimes people think being spiritual is being a Pollyanna, pretending to beRead More
Recently I was asked about how to tell when someone – particularly a spiritual acquaintance – is truly the light they project or when they are shining light as a decoy to nasties in their personal basement. It can be trickiest to see the ego in people who are spiritually minded. Having adopted a certain skill in the unseen, it is easy for people with spiritual knowing to learn how to manufacture perceptions that manipulate and twist reality to suit their own shadow. They know how to turn situations aroundRead More
As this issue of the magazine goes to press, it is Labour Day weekend and the summer’s heat continues. But the nights have been getting cooler, and the last summery long weekend of 2012 will soon be in the past. Many people have been fitting in their last summer vacation days before school and work begin again in earnest. As for the editorial staff of Parvati Magazine, our editor-in-chief Parvati has left for the second phase of her North American tour, along with her agent (and our music columnist) Rishi.Read More
This month, Parvati Magazine contributor Sunanda Jordon is visiting the Amritapuri ashram in Kerala, India, the headquarters of the Mata Amritanandamayi mission. This is her first visit to India, and she made the journey as part of her own quest for awakening. The following is excerpted from her first letter home. The day after I arrived, I pretty much slept the whole day. Not only was I extremely tired, I also felt like I wanted to hide, not ready to face this big experience just yet. I was worried thatRead More
Acceptance is one of those words that is often misunderstood, even secretly feared. We may think of acceptance, like surrender, as throwing in the towel and becoming powerlessly subject to the will of something other than ourselves. Thinking of acceptance like this is to divide ourselves from the Divine, to see ourselves as separate from the universe in which we live. When we see acceptance as an expression of powerlessness, we are identified with our ego and feel that we are in control of it all. If we were toRead More
Recently I was asked when compromise and acceptance are part of spiritual growth, versus letting yourself get walked all over. Acceptance is a powerful place. In fact, true change only begins once acceptance occurs. If we want change, we must soberly look at what is and accept it, which means not trying to push our will into trying to change the way things are to suit our needs. To accept is to be in non-resistance to what is. Acceptance is active in a non-forceful way. It is dynamic in aRead More
Vacation can be a way for us to press the reset button on our harried lives. It can be an opportunity to step back from our day-to-day habits and gain some perspective that then helps us make changes when we return to the world. The root of the word vacation is the same as that of the verb “vacate”, to move out of something and make it empty. When we vacate, even for a short period, the place we had been occupying in the world, we can decide to re-occupyRead More
Recently, I was asked if it was appropriate to take courses and go travelling, or be “rational” and keep paying the bills. Being rational is an impediment to the spiritual path when it squelches joy and stops us from expanding and evolving. Joy is expansive. Joy amplifies evolution, as evolution in its very nature is in alignment with the fundamental vibration of the universe, which is love. Joy is one of the things we bring when we pass from this Earth. When our body disintegrates and all matter that weRead More
We are moving into the season of warmth and light, which brings with it outdoor activities, time in the sun, soon-to-be holidays and a general light-hearted mood. The way light bounces through the leaves as they dance in the wind, or the way the sun sparkles on water, or is reflected in someone’s gaze, never ceases to inspire in me the feeling of interconnection with each other, the planet and the universe as a whole. For this reason, this month’s issue is all about light, both the luminosity we haveRead More