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The maitri letter

Closing the circle is our weekly newsletter that fuses the most important ideas from traditional and western societies. It is our attempt at Eros—the unity of knowledge—and at forging a path towards self-knowledge.


The grand self-deception 
 5 min read
Aging, sickness, and death are part of the inexorable flow of life, yet we invent all manner of subterfuge to deny these facts.
Scarcity mindset 
 5 min read
Scarcity is both the product of social conditioning and the deliberate manoeuvring of commerce. When the things on which we hang our hope and dreams move increasingly out of our reach, the desire to pursue our goals slowly ebbs away.
Your undivided attention 
 5 min read
Attention is a flighty thing that incessantly flits from one thing to the next. Any useful action or achievement is in direct proportion your ability to focus for long periods of time.
Mithya 
 5 min read
Once you breach the facade of identity, there is no going back to the blissful existence you knew before you ate of the fruit. The only way forward is to transcend your present awareness, and temper the upheaval within you.
The keys to imagination 
 5 min read
Imagination, far from being flighty or fanciful, is the wellspring of change and development. When we picture where we want to be and pay attention to the details, arranging them until they feel right, we are more likely to being living by our highest ideals.
Meaningful goals 
 5 min read
Framing goals that extend the boundaries of our world is essential to our very lives. Meaningful goals, push us by just the right amount so that we can advance gradually into more complex experiences. Good goals take us towards a more direct experience with our world and the people around us.
Higher needs 
 8 min read
Once you breach the facade of identity, there is no going back to the blissful existence you knew before you ate of the fruit. The only way forward is to transcend your present awareness, and temper the upheaval within you.
The value of values 
 5 min read
Goals and desires are the superficial demands of a peurile mind; they only carry you so far and narrowly focus your efforts on your immediate needs. Your values carry you forwards through life, adjusting your tragectory as you encounter new vistas of experience and insight.
Eudaimonia 
 7 min read
The daimon has been associated with that powerful creative force that drives us towards our destiny, sometimes with scant regard for our own wellbeing. How do we channel its energy without losing our footing?
The thing-ing of us 
 6 min read
The mind has a necessary facility for abstractions, which is useful for preserving and utilising our exiguous resources. This predisposition, coupled with cultural and linguistic systems that objectify all things within them, forces us adhere to impracticable norms.
About rumination and its effects 
 5 min read
Rumination is the replaying of a stressful event uncontrollably in the mind and whose constituent images trigger certain taboo states like loneliness, irrational anger and guilt—states like deep awning wells or whirlpools that send us spiralling downward because they have no discernible source and so cannot be placated.