‘Divine light’ a government scam; philosophers fail to walk the talk; Brits want celebrity-fashion funerals; Zodiac gets a shake-up
Oy, not that shikse! New website helps Jewish moms meddle into their kids’ dating lives.
Spiritual Surf: Brad and Angelina go Hindu; soldiers and scientists go spiritual; Texan shaves her head and goes Buddhist.
Feds steal Christmas in Grinch-style bank raid; God caught in middle of deadly bar fight; U.S. Army Troops spiritually unfit; Brangelina wedding won’t be white.
God-talk and alcohol don’t mix: A man in Moscow fatally stabbed his two drinking buddies after a not-so-friendly discussion on the existence of God.
Feds rob bank of its yuletide: Yes Virginia, there is a clause banning all things Christmas.Read more
Forget the Deepak Chopra Center in southern California. This is an ayurvedic resort!
In the picture is worth a thousand words department, Renee Tavares sent this image from Kerala, India, where the San Francisco, CA yogini is enjoying ayurvedic treatments. Namaste.Read more
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, is celebrated this week by Roman Catholics. This holy day commemorates Mary’s being conceived without original sin. Two surprising features of the holy day? Historically many Christians believed that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin, yet this belief was not promulgated as Catholic dogma until December 8, 1854 (fairly recent relative to the world of Catholic doctrine). Second, while many Protestants scoff at this belief, the first advocate of the Reformation, Martin Luther, firmly believed in the immaculate conception of Mary.
Vatican takes on New Moon while Pope courts artists; Mel Gibson goes rogue; Marriage myths busted
We are as (not) shocked as you are to hear that The Vatican condemns New Moon. The Vatican’s Culture Council leader, Monsignor Franco Perazzolo isn’t down with the film’s “deviant” message to youth, but perhaps it’s all the fit shirtless dudes adorning the flick that really have his knickers in a twist.
Continuing in a cultural “vein”, the Pope met with 250 artists (500 were invited), including singer Andrea Bocelli, on Saturday, November 21st in a cozy little place called the Sistine Chapel. His message, to encourage artists to inject more spirituality into their work, and in aid of “renew[ing] the Church’s friendship with the world of art.” Suggestion: a starting place may be for The Vatican to get out of the business of movie critic/censor.Read more
First it was gay marriage, then a “solo” sex tape (and apparently there are way more of these coming), then a hissy fit on Larry King Live. Now former Miss California Carrie Prejean explains her views on how there is nothing in the Bible saying that sporting breast implants makes you less of a Christian to Christianity Today.
But internet searchers beware: even modern monastics with an electronic scriptorium (i.e. computer) will find some searches for “Carrie Prejean” littered with porn sites and deadly viruses (as we learned the hard way). The solution: an end to Prejean’s 15 minutes of fame, or good protection for your computer.Read more
Obama lights up the White House for the Goddess of Wealth (and no, it’s not Oprah). In another first for Nobel Prize winner Barack Obama, he became the first US President to honor Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains by lighting a symbolic diya/lamp in the White House and wishing everyone a “Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.”
The Secret’s Out for Oprah Guru: Police in Angel Valley are showing no mercy in pursuing James Arthur Ray, as Oprah’s Self-help Guru sweats out homicide charges in the Sedona sweat lodge murder investigation.Read more
Beliefnet Founder’s Founding Faith
Talking about his new book, Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty, on National Public Radio last week, Beliefnet co-founder, Steve Waldman, debunks the twin myths that the Founding Fathers were either a pack of howling evangelicals or a group of proto-new age spiritualists. The Fathers’ intent, he says, was actually to promote faith by separating religion from government.
Dr. Phil, tear down this billboard!
Residents of West Los Angeles, irked over the size of a huge, 60 by 100-foot Dr. Phil billboard on National Blvd., complained to the city.Read more
“I spent a month at B.K.S. Iyengar’s yoga retreat, and my body has openings that were never there before”
BY RENEE TAVARES — We’re wrapping it up here, only two more classes with the best yoga teacher I’ve experienced, Geetaji Iyengar, the daughter of B.K.S. I feel my body has openings that weren’t there — and wouldn’t be there unless I had been here. Since body, mind and spirit are connected, I am trusting there are openings in the latter two
I have been practicing in the Iyengar yoga studio next to all my colleagues. Geetaji and Guruji (B.K.S.’s honorific, which literally means “great teacher”) are always there, as well as their Indian students who we can observe receiving teaching from Guruji himself. That’s me, in the picture below, bowing to B.K.S. Iyengar.
A very few lucky westerners have spontaneously received some personal instruction from Guruji by strategically positioning themselves right in front of him.Read more