Tuesday, August 30, 2011


In Sanskrit, the ancient Indo-Euroean language of India, Swa means "self" or "own".
Swedish, like most European languages is descended from an ancient Indo-European tongue very similar to Sanskrit, and reading a brief history of Sweden recently, I was interested to discover that the "Swe" in Swede is thought to have come from an old Indo-European word meaning "us" or "our own" (people). It suggests that the ancient term for self could be used in a collective sense. Today the word 'self' refers to something entirely limited to the individual.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Owner of the Organism

The Innermost principle of man's nature,
the so-called 'Owner of the Organism''
is unmanifest, unthinkable, unchangeable...
One person beholds the Self as a marvel,
another speaks of It as a marvel,
still another hears and learns of It as a marvel,
being instructed in the sacred esoteric tradition by a guru.
Yet, though having heard and learned,
no one has any real understanding of what It is.
-Bhagavad Gita

Below: Shri Krishna reveals his universal form (Vishvarupa) to Arjuna.