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At amaiyu.com you will find a collection of short essays exploring one-ness with/difference from God, and related subject matters. The plan being to later organise/edit them into chapters, with the intention of publishing as a cohesive book under the title ‘A Personal Journey with Eastern Spirituality

Disclaimer: Please note that my essays very much represent my own understanding, appreciation and opinion. I make no attempt to justify or argue my thoughts on the basis of traditional guru-sastra-sadhu authority (guru = spiritually aware teacher; sastra = scripture; sadhu = saintly person). Rather, I wholeheartedly own them as subjective personal opinion. As such I encourage you to feel free to dismiss or find inspiration in them as you see fit.

David Kingston

David at the George Harrison Garden, Bhaktivedanta Manor

Recent Essays

Suffering By The Will Of God?

That God is benevolent and completely in control, yet at the same time bad things happen in this world is a problem for logical and rational thinkers. I think. If we embrace any idea that artificially distances God from something he/she is absolutely in control of, i.e. to explain the suffering of this world without implicating God … as most religions tend to do in one form or another (law of karma, natural law, punishment…

How are we all always serving God?

1. God chooses to taste and explore rasa. Our life adventures, dark or light/conscious or unconscious regardless, contribute, albeit in a small way, to the completeness of that exploration. How? Our personal experiences of emotion/feeling, by dint of our enternal jiva individuality, together with our current lifetime tailored conditioning, have a uniqueness about them, and thus value because they add to the completeness of God’s exploration. How are our experiences God’s experiences? By both our…

It’s not that I don’t believe in karma per se

When I say I don’t believe in Karma, it’s not that I don’t believe in karma per se, but I don’t believe in karma as reaction to thought and/or deed that one is obliged to accept. I find that sort of understanding fundamentally incompatible with the divinity of the soul in that this idea of karma is simply a thinly disguised version of against-my-will-obliged. Divinity and against-my-will are never happy bedfellows for me. Just as…

Rethinking Faith and Belief

The questions ‘Do you believe in God?’ and ‘Do you have faith?’ are both often taken as ‘Do you believe God exists?’ I propose a more personalised way of understanding. ‘Do you believe in God?’… not so much about ‘Do you believe God exists?’ but more along the lines of one person saying to another ‘I believe in you’. Others may doubt you, defame you, misunderstand you, but I still believe in you. Likewise ‘Do…

Self Divinity

Bondage of karma, fallen soul etc., … this type of thinking can go unchallenged/sit comfortably with the idea that we are not God. That our being a separated part and parcel of God more or less minimises the fundamentals of our continued divinity. I feel this is a false argument … much in the vain of the passing of huge amounts of time makes the ideas of natural selection / random mutation / man from…

Life on Earth – like a wonderful vacation?

In pondering my own mortality, and in particular the temporary nature of life on Earth, I stumbled into a comparing of my life here with the taking of a vacation. That a vacation is temporary is not normally perceived as a problem.  And that a holiday is not forever is not actually thought of as an impediment to enjoyment of the holiday. Likewise that this life has a beginning and an end doesn’t necessarily need…