Positive Possibilities Category

The idea that the world could end in 2012 has become part of the popular mainstream. The entertainment industry has capitalized on the fear that this thought conjures, while people do their best to make sense of the idea of their ultimate demise either by dismissing it or trying to meet it as an opportunity for final transcendence. Historically, the planet has experienced many great periods of change. The ancient Mesopotamian tale known as The Epic of Gilgamesh tells the story of a man in a boat that survived aRead More
As this issue of Parvati Magazine goes to print, the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday has passed and the American Thanksgiving holiday is upcoming. It is traditionally a time of bringing in the last of the year’s harvest; my relatives in the country who tend vegetable gardens have kept me posted on their yield of beets, hot peppers, pumpkins and more. In the face of this abundance from the Earth, it can be easy to cultivate a sense of gratitude. But not all of us live in close harmony with the naturalRead More
Complaining is easy. Perhaps that is why so many of us do it. It has an entropic force that seems to pull us along. It can even be addictive, our ego getting high on our sorry stories, feeling we deserve more, leaving us endlessly wanting. The Thanksgiving holidays, in October in Canada and in November in the US, give us a gentle reminder to practice gratitude. Yet, many can feel there is little to be grateful for. But when we look at the immensity of the world and all theRead More

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