Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)

Today’s lecture begins a two day series on the revolutionary developments in ancient Indian thought during what is sometimes called the Upanishadic Era. After discussing the challenges such thinkers posed to the Vedic concentration on ritual and priests, we begin to discuss yoga, both in its philosophy and, after watching a HYSTERICAL video, juxtaposing such … More Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)

Pursuit of Happ-I-ness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” So says the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Sure we all know what it’s like to be happy and sure we … More Pursuit of Happ-I-ness

Spirituality: The New Opiate of the People (Pt. IIA)

In the first of this four-post series, collectively titled “Spirituality: The New Opiate of the People,” I wrote on the history of spirituality, focusing mainly on the usage of this vague term and discussing how, in our late modern society, such vagueness made ripe the capitalist usurpation of the “spiritual.” As stated in my plan … More Spirituality: The New Opiate of the People (Pt. IIA)