King Arthur Pendragon at Stonehenge

It was back in 1986, before the name change. He was still plain old Johnny Rothwell then, a crazy-arsed barbarian from the Farnborough and Aldershot area, head of a gang of outlaw bikers, a death-defying trouble-maker, a rebel and a fighter, known as “King John” at the time, not because he had any aspirations to royalty, but because he was famed for throwing full-moon parties at nearby Odiham Castle, also known as King John’s Castle. He’d had this weird revelation about his true identity – about his once, true and former name, as he describes it – in a run-down … Continue reading King Arthur Pendragon at Stonehenge

Engaged Spirituality

Russell Brand’s interview with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight was one of the most watched YouTube clips in the UK last year. It’s not surprising. Brand is always entertaining, and to see him go head to head with one of the UK’s heavyweight political pundits had something of the air of an intellectual sparring match about it. Indeed it was billed that way. The BBC’s own YouTube channel calls the interview “Paxman vs. Brand”. So it was the old guard vs. the new, political commentary vs. anarchic comedy, seriousness vs. facetiousness, democracy vs. revolution, politics vs. spirituality. The politics of spirituality: from  Kindred … Continue reading Engaged Spirituality

Satyagraha: Engaged Spirituality

Mahatma Gandhi called it Satyagraha, Truth Force. Martin Luther King called it Soul Force. It is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, as Karma Yoga, Action Yoga, consecrated action. Or we could call it Engaged Spirituality. It is the means by which a person with spiritual beliefs may become involved in the political world. http://cjstone.hubpages.com/hub/Satyagraha Continue reading Satyagraha: Engaged Spirituality