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The Story of Two Dead Girls and a Zombie

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Everything you’re about to read is true. This was meant to be a book about a dead girl. It was going to tell the story of a boy who became a zombie after loving a girl who died. Over the years it grew in length, becoming a memoir about not one but two dead girls and how the zombie boy became a man who wanted to live. I never wrote the book. The sentences all ran into ellipsis… The great book about death and longing became a short story. Then a long poem. And finally an epigraph – an anecdote polished and... 

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How to Start a Celebrity Cult in Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The documentary film The Source Family pays tribute to Father Yod, a.k.a. James Edward Baker, a decorated Marine and jujitsu master who moved to California in the sixties to become a Hollywood stunt man. For many ambitious seekers migrating to Los Angeles the silver screen perfectly mingles with the spiritual life—the  metaphors of transcendence and worship make great bedfellows. Baker reinvented himself as a guru with a head nod to his inspiration, Kundalini yoga leader Yogi Bhajan. Merging eastern mysticism... 

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The Warrior’s Path: Introduction

Monday, August 11, 2014

THE WARRIOR’S PATH: LIVING YOGA’S TEN CODES The latest book by Derek Beres Purchase print edition | Purchase Kindle edition  “Derek Beres has yanked yoga’s ethical mandates out of the museums of academia and orientalist romance to squarely look at their meaning and value in the here and now. In this well-referenced and pragmatic gem of a book, Beres holds the yamas and niyamas to the light of recent discoveries in neuroscience and biomedicine, and to the fire of our thorniest ethical dilemmas.... 

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How Does Vivekananda Hold Up 121 Years Later?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Swami Vivekananda’s 1893 speech at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago is often cited as the widespread introduction of Hinduism to the United States. Of course there were pockets of influence before that time. In the 1840s, Ralph Waldon Emerson was one of the publishers of transcendentalist magazine The Dial, which published one of the first English translations of the Bhagavad Gita. But it was Vivekananda’s incredible speech that brought Indian spirituality to the States. Credit the man’s... 

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The Yoga of Martin Luther King, Jr

Friday, March 28, 2014

In 1959, after being inspired by the writings of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to India to learn the principles of nonviolent social protest directly from the great thinker’s disciples. Invited personally by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956, a series of obligations held up the great African-American orator and leader. It was not until he nearly died in an assassination attempt in 1958 that he decided the time to travel abroad had arrived. He was interested in how Gandhi’s vision of... 

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21st Century Spirituality

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The Warrior’s Path: Introduction

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THE WARRIOR’S PATH: LIVING YOGA’S TEN CODES The latest book by Derek Beres Purchase print edition | Purchase Kindle edition  “Derek Beres has yanked yoga’s ethical mandates out of the museums of academia and orientalist romance to squarely look at their meaning and value in the here and now. In this well-referenced and pragmatic gem of a book, Beres holds the yamas and niyamas to the light of recent discoveries in neuroscience and biomedicine, and to... Read More

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Philosophy

The Story of Two Dead Girls and a Zombie

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This was meant to be a book about a dead girl. It was going to tell the story of a boy who became a zombie after loving a girl who died. Over the years it grew in length, becoming a memoir about not one but two dead girls and how the zombie boy became a man who wanted to live. I never wrote the book.

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Our Brain

Why Variety in Yoga is Important

Marc Coronel - Open Mind Fitness

Recently I was in a yoga class when we reached the backbending sequence. The instructor then stated, ‘We’re going to do three backbends now. My teacher always does three, so that’s just the way it is.’ Visions of my initiation arose: the mandatory three bridges or wheels that marked the beginning of the ending of […]

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Society

How to Start a Celebrity Cult in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is prime real estate for celebrity worship mixing with spiritual salesmanship. The city is built on an illusion: people arrive in droves to get hired to be someone else in order for their original persona to be celebrated. In the process any actual identity gets lost, confusing some to who they really are.

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Politics

The Yoga of Martin Luther King, Jr

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In 1959, after being inspired by the writings of Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to India to learn the principles of nonviolent social protest directly from the great thinker’s disciples. Invited personally by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956, a series of obligations held up the great African-American orator and leader. It […]