Spirituality and religion are at the heart of what it means to be human, and understanding them is central to knowing ourselves, not only for each of us on our own individual path, but for our collective evolution as a planetary culture.

As a dedicated spiritual practitioner and a trained religious studies scholar, I am in a unique position to examine and understand spirituality and religion from both inside and out — subjectively, from my own firsthand experience, and objectively, using methodological tools for comparative analysis.  

This kind of study is not simply an academic exercise or a personal indulgence but, in this historic moment, which calls for nothing less than major transformation, it can help us to chart the path of transformation in our own lives and in the larger world.