Welcome to the Wesak Taurus Solar Festival, Scorpio Full Moon, April 28, 2010 edition of the SatyaCenter newsletter. Warm greetings from your Editor, Curtis Lang and your co-editor, Jane Sherry.
May you be blessed this Wesak Full Moon with a renewed sense of equilibrium, a strong sense of a firm foundation in your life, and a strengthened dedication to help humanity during this amazing time of transition from the Industrial Age to a new, as yet unrealized, as yet even unvisualized New Age of human civilization.
We are pleased to tell you that we have successfully completed our move to Antioch, California, unpacked all but a handful of boxes, upgraded the SatyaCenter.com content management system, and joined a fantastic CSA called "Eat Outside the Box". They deliver food from Knoll Farms and Frog Hollow Farms here in Antioch. Knoll and Frog Hollow provide food to Alice Water's Chez Panisse, the pioneer of the American local sustainable food movement in this country & the creator of the Edible Schoolyard.
We have seen hail, thunderstorms from Alaska, searing hot afternoons and cool evenings. We have been to the nearby farmers' market and it is like a carnival, with good blues and jazz bands, fresh seafood from Santa Cruz, and springtime strawberries, artichokes, asparagus, peas, heaps of vegetables, oranges, asian greens, honey, local olive oil and more. We had the best biodynamic artisanal butter and the best biodynamic honey we've ever tasted, both made about ten miles from our house in nearby Brentwood.
Our subdivision looks like the set of "Weeds", but if you take a right when you get to the entrance to our little slice of Uber-Suburbia, you are instantly surrounded by a mammoth cattle farm, which must be hundreds and hundreds of acres, and within five minutes you're in beautiful golden hills rich with cattle, hundreds of acres of olive groves, fruit farms, vegetable farms, and even a ranch which is a golf course.
We are also five-ten minutes from an array of mind boggling gleaming new shopping malls, some set on a ruler-straight suburban artery, and pastel faux-adobe clusters of stores gathered into a truly mind-bogglingly large pedestrian-friendly outdoor shopping extravaganza, including a 3-D Theater nearly a block long called "Rave".
As if this weren't enough to produce a queasy feeling of cognitive dissonance in the typical New Yorker's little mind, we are also discovering that here in California people take to the streets in support of their cause. We've been watching local TV since we arrived to try & acclimate.
Thousands of students in San Francisco and Berkeley took to the streets protesting skyrocketing and totally unaffordable tuition, dwindling faculty, overweight bureaucracy and gold-plated sports stadiums being erected by overpaid administrators with an edifice complex.
In nearby suburban Walnut Creek, where home values are about triple what they are here in Antioch, posses of well-dressed men, some with $500 sunglasses, plucked eyebrows and buffed fingernails, have taken to gathering in pizza parlors and coffee houses casually sporting large revolvers and sleek semi-automatic weapons in gleaming leather holsters that give off a whiff of saddle soap and gunoil. These oppressed upper-middle class Republicans are protesting California's gun laws.
Nurses and teachers have vowed to spend tens of millions of dollars and to put tens of thousands of troops on the streets during the upcoming election cycle in hopes of defeating the billionaire Republican Gubernatorial front-runner Meg Whitman, who is running on a platform that can be loosely summarized as the following: "Liquidate teachers, liquidate services, liquidate the middle classes." The former CEO of EBay has been roundly hailed by San Francisco's most prominent socialites and thinktank conservatives alike as a potential tough-love neo-Margaret Thatcher dominatrix who could go all the way. Whitman has been criticized for her close ties to Goldman, Sachs, and is often called the Wall Street candidate for Governor of California.
Why not? After Arnold, anything is possible.
Meanwhile, here in the East Bay suburbs, the other hot button issue is the proliferation of medical cannabis dispensaries. Many deliver! But don't think you'll get rich growing legal marijuana here, after the November election, when legalization is on the ballot. After it's legal, it'll be "regulated" so that only the factory farmers in Southern California, with all the sun and rain, and the best access to cheap Mexican labor and Northern California's water supply, thanks to their great connections in the Governor's office, will get rich. The rest will have to get out of the biz.
But seriously, it has not been all fun and games like a Hunter S. Thompson novel here. Not at all.
Aside from working thirteen hours a day, we have been blessed to spend a great deal of time with our spiritual teachers, Shri Anandi Ma and Dileepji Patak. They have welcomed us as if we were their very own family, and we are eternally grateful for their presence in our lives.
So that's enough about us.
It's time for the Cosmic Weather Forecast!
This year the Full Moon in Scorpio, which co-incides with the global festival of Wesak, celebrating the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha, occurs on Wednesday April 28 at 8:18 am Eastern Standard Time, or 5:15 am Pacific Standard Time.
The Festival of Wesak is a Global Celebration of the work being done by the Ascended Master Teachers in Spiritual Worlds and by the New Group of World Servers in the physical realm on planet Earth.
When the moon is full, the Sun will be at 9° Taurus and the Moon will be at 9° Scorpio. For a complete overview of the cosmic weather forecast at the time of Wesak, read Esoteric Astrologer Malvin Artley’s comprehensive article on Wesak 2010 here at SatyaCenter.
In the East, Wesak is a yearly Festival commemorating the birth of Gautama Buddha, his spiritual enlightenment, and his transcendent journey beyond the manifested universe.
On Wesak, millions of Buddhists in thousands of temples across the world from Tokyo in the East to San Francisco in the West gather and pay homage to an Indian Prince who renounced the pleasures of his royal household to seek enlightenment for the purpose of ending human suffering, and to bring peace and happiness to mankind.
Buddha Shakyamuni, the Supremely Enlightened One, was born in 623 B.C. on a May full-moon day, during the month the Hindus call Wesak. The young Prince was named Siddhartha or “the one who has brought about all good”.
As a young man, after excelling in every aspect of his royal education, Siddhartha left his family palace, including his wife and young son, to live the ascetic life of a renunciant. On the 35’th anniversary of his birth, on the full-moon day of the Hindu month of Wesak, while in meditation, seated under a Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, India, the seeker Siddhartha became the Buddha, the Fully Enlightened One.
For many years the Buddha traveled around Northern India preaching His message of compassion and Loving-Kindness for all beings. Buddha taught that the individual Self, experienced as the egoistic personality, is an illusion, and that each of us is indissolubly united with the vast web of life that interpenetrates the physical and spiritual realms, extending throughout the space-time continuum, encompassing past, present and future.
Thus, when we help another being we help ourselves. When we harm another being, we harm ourselves. This is the philosophical and spiritual foundation for the practice of compassion and selfless service that defines Buddhist spirituality.
True to this vision of compassionate Unity Consciousness, many of Buddha’s disciples seek to achieve nirvana (or enlightenment, or liberation) by attaining the rank of Bodhisattva. Bodhi means "awakening" or "enlightenment," and sattva means "sentient being." Sattva also has etymological roots that mean "intention," implying the intention to enlighten other beings. Thus the word bodhisattva signifies a spiritually enlightened being whose primary intention is to enlighten other beings.
One becomes a Bodhisattva after arousing the “mind of enlightenment” by taking a vow to attain supreme enlightenment for the sake of all beings. The Bodhisattva vows never to obtain nirvana for him or herself alone but to transcend this Universe only when all sentient beings have been liberated from the delusion of individual existence and attained Unity Consciousness.
Many versions of the Bodhisattva vow exist. Here is one: “The passions of delusion are inexhaustible. I vow to extinguish them all at once. The number of beings is endless. I vow to help save them all. The Truth cannot be told. I vow to tell it. The Way which cannot be followed is unattainable. I vow to attain it.”
This beautiful vow contains the seed of all Buddha’s wisdom teachings, which he spread throughout Northern India during his lifetime.
After decades of unremitting work, having firmly established the Buddhist path upon the Earth, on the Wesak Full Moon, forty-five years after his enlightenment, lying between two beautiful sala trees, in front of a large group of his followers, Buddha left his body and transcended phenomenal existence completely.
Buddhist Monks Gathering at the Site of the Bodhi Tree in Bodghaya Where Buddha Achieved Enlightenment
Today, devout Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Passing at the Wesak Festival by gathering before dawn to raise the Buddhist Flag and sing hymns in praise of the “Three Jewels” of Buddhism – the Buddha, the Dharma (Teachings), and the Sangha (Spiritual Community). Devotees bring simple offerings of flowers, candles and incense sticks to lay at the feet of their great teacher. These offerings remind us that just as the beautiful flowers wither away after a short time, just as the candles and incense soon burn out, life is subject to decay and destruction.
For this reason it is important to cultivate spiritual practice now and every day in our lives. Spiritual practice alone leads to the flowering of enlightenment. It is important to light the candle of devotion within our hearts and spark the light of wisdom within our minds, by deep meditation grounded in gratitude for our many blessings. It is important to exercise our will and send our sincere prayers for spiritual advancement spiraling to the heavens like coils of smoke from sticks of incense on an altar.
Preparation is needed for each of us to participate in this profound moment of global spiritual practice. This is a time for each one of us to perform the necessary purifications and spiritual practices to achieve our very best consciousness and to relate to others and to our world with all the dignity, careful consideration and diplomatic integrity that we would expect from our world leaders at their very best moments.
Over the last one hundred years, the Celebration of Wesak has become a World Festival of Spirituality, transcending the Buddhist community, and is now a major celebration for Lightworkers everywhere.
The 20th century Theosophist, clairvoyant, spiritual teacher and esoteric astrologer Alice Bailey discussed the new global tradition of the Wesak Full Moon Festival in her booklet, “The Wesak Festival: A Technique of Spiritual Contact”.
“As one studies the world situation today, it becomes apparent that the secret of synthesis has been lost. Humanity is divided – one section against another section; the East versus the West; one race against another race; one nation against another nation,” Alice Bailey explains. “Men need to get back to the ancient knowledge that our planet is intended to demonstrate the essential unity of humanity, and that the energy which should manifest is that of integration and coherence. When this is truly realized our present world problems will adjust themselves, and the basic world rhythm will be re-established and stabilized.”
“Unfortunately, as yet, the race as a whole is not group conscious, and therefore average humanity cannot be trusted to work, think and plan for the group,” Bailey continues. “Men are as yet too selfish. In this fact, there is, however, no cause for discouragement, because to those who have a wide world vision it is also become definitely apparent that group consciousness and group responsibility are already something more than simply a lovely vision.
Brotherhood and the recognition of its obligations are beginning to permeate the consciousness of men everywhere. This is due to the increasing activity of the Hierarchy of Light, to the services rendered down the ages by the Guides of the race, and today by Christ and his Church. They are beginning to demonstrate to man the true meaning of brotherhood, and men are beginning to grasp and realize their responsibilities. There is innate in mankind a responsiveness to that supreme ideal, and men are now reacting to a deep-seated need for synthesis.”
That synthesis is a recognition of the Unity behind the apparent dualities of reality. The Sanskrit word for that mysterious Unity is 'Satya' or 'Truth'.
Recently, our spiritual teachers, Shri Anandi Ma and Dileepji Patak, were asked whether the Hindu mystery school teachings of our lineage, which is a kundalini maha yoga lineage extending back in time thousands of years to Lord Ram, were appropriate for Buddhists or Christians to follow.
Truth is One, our Teachers explained, but the paths to Truth are many and varied. “There is One Energy that manifests as different Deities,” Dileepji continued. “We humans create differentiated religions, but at the subtle level the energy is One and the same and there is no conflict.”
Individuals on the spiritual path have mental and emotional expectations and images concerning the nature and form of spiritual experience and the Deities and other Beings of Light they will encounter in the spiritual world.
These expectations condition their spiritual experience. Thus, a Christian who attains enlightenment has an experience of walking with Jesus Christ. A Hindu who attains enlightenment has an experience of light exploding from the crown chakra, and a vision of the Union of Shiva and Shakti, and the Buddhist who attains liberation enters the Void.
Although these energies are somewhat different, the fundamental Truth of spiritual experience as Unity consciousness transcends the culturally conditioned forms and categories of that experience. In every case, the individual who attains the spiritual goal will find they share common ground with other enlightened beings and spiritual seekers of all denominations and lineages.
“The time has now come when the West should understand the true significance of this event (Wesak),” Alice Bailey revealed. “As men understand and avail themselves of the opportunity offered at the Festival, they place themselves in line with a particular spiritual force. They become vitalized by it, and spiritually stimulated, and are consequently rendered available for service.”
The true spiritual significance of Wesak is this. In the spiritual world, there is a Hierarchy of Ascended Master Guides and Teachers whose elevated consciousness constitutes a kind of collective hive-mind dedicated to the enlightenment of human beings and the acceleration of humanity’s spiritual evolution.
This Hierarchy honors all the various Wisdom Schools of the East and the West, and recognizes the validity of all true religious teachings of every lineage.
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Each and every human soul currently embodied on planet Earth is blessed by the special attention of one, and usually more, Ascended Master Guides and Teachers with whom the individual souls have developed a special affinity through countless rounds of reincarnation.
These enlightened teachers work ceaselessly to help human beings to remove the obstacles separating them from Unity Consciousness: pride, ignorance, anger, lust, greed, jealousy, sloth, envy and gluttony. The Ascended Teachers work ceaselessly to help human beings liberate themselves from the bondage of karmic attachments accrued through millennia of incarnations. These Teachers stand ever ready to respond to sincere requests for help, guidance, grace and assistance from spiritual seekers everywhere.
In addition, these Teachers help to co-ordinate the work of various churches, ashrams, sanghas, mosques, and other gatherings of spiritual seekers and Lightworkers worldwide by sending energy streams infused with Wisdom and Love to the leaders and members of these organizations, designed to provide these groups with the specific vibrations they require to obtain their spiritual goals.
In addition, the Spiritual Teachers reach out in every possible way to human beings on the spiritual path, seeking to prepare them for the important work that only embodied souls can do to alleviate human suffering and promote spiritual progress on Earth.
For those who have become conscious of their Guides and Teachers, the Enlightened Ones send a continuous energetic stream of intellectual inspiration, loving wisdom, compassion and will forces designed to strengthen the spiritual seeker, guide them toward golden opportunities to be of maximum service in the world, and unite them with like-minded souls from various walks of life with whom they can share the life of Spirit in a more conscious way.
Thus the Ascended Master Teachers seek to help the individual find and affiliate with a sympathetic group of spiritual aspirants, so that the individual may enjoy the enhanced energy levels available only in group spiritual practice.
The Ascended Master Teachers also seek to join the individual with spiritual teachers appropriate to each individual’s soul development, personality, cultural conditioning and karmic needs.
Finally, the Ascended Master Teachers seek to embrace the individual in the New Group of World Servers comprising all those spiritual aspirants worldwide from every lineage and religion who share a common vision of humanity’s essential Unity and of the essential Truth of Unity.
The Festival of Wesak is a Global Celebration of the work being done by the Ascended Master Teachers in Spiritual Worlds and by the New Group of World Servers in the physical realm on planet Earth.
As we recall today, the Buddha taught that the individual Self, experienced as the egoistic personality, is an illusion, and that each of us is indissolubly united with the vast web of life that interpenetrates the physical and spiritual realms, extending throughout the space-time continuum, encompassing past, present and future.
Much of the work that the New Group of World Servers must accomplish in this New Age is to bring the activities of human beings into harmony with the myriad beings of the mineral, plant and animal realms on planet Earth, restoring a balance to the environment and preserving the lives of countless species during this period of global climate change and transition. The New Group of World Servers strive to elevate human consciousness so that we will all recognize the existence of the many devas, elemental spirits and nature spirits active in the realms of nature, whose work equilibrates and optimizes the growth of all sentient beings on this garden planet.
Over the last hundred years, countless meditators, lightworkers, spiritual seekers and aspirants have told stories of dreams and meditative visions they have experienced on the Full Moon of May. Over time, their stories have coalesced into a larger collective Story of Wesak, which has its foundation in the initial writings of Alice Bailey.
This is a summary of that Story.
“The Wesak Festival is in recognition of a present living event. It takes place ... whilst some great and heavenly event is going on, and it is in the nature of a participating ceremony,” says Alice Bailey. . . .There is release upon Earth (according to the measure of man's demand) of the blessing of God Himself, transmitted through the Buddha and His Brother, the Christ.”
High in the Himalayas, in the general area ofTibet, there lies a remote valley, all but circumscribed by lofty mountain ranges. Beginning on the third day prior to the Wesak Full Moon in Scorpio, a slow but steady stream of adepts, high lamas, magi, monks, priests, nuns, high priestesses, clairvoyants, spiritual teachers, and yogis begin to travel through a small funnel shaped opening in the mountains, to the northeast of the valley, and to set up camp on the valley’s plains.
Toward the northern end of the valley lies a large flat rock. Shorn of trees and shrubs, the valley is covered with a kind of short grass, but the mountainside surrounding it is full of tall trees.
Throughout the days prior to the Full Moon and up to the night thereof, the growing gathering is augmented by the addition of many Beings of Light -- Ascended Masters, Guides and Teachers, Rishis and Bodhisattvas whose subtle bodies pervade the valley with auric light visible on the etheric, astral, and causal planes of existence.
During this period, many lightworkers and disciples, spiritual teachers and yogis who inhabit the earth in a physical form and who cannot attend the gathering in person perform spiritual practices, meditations and prayers designed to join their energies, their souls, and their spirits with this elevated gathering.
In the hidden HimalayanValley, this gathering congregates in groups according to their various grades, religions, paths, affiliations and lineages. Each one individually, and as part of a group, performs intensive spiritual practices to prepare themselves to receive a great spiritual gift.
Through these practices, the adepts open the heart, strengthen the will, illuminate the mind, and set up a ceaseless petition to heaven asking the Divine Source to instruct them concerning humanity’s pressing needs for the upcoming year, and asking the Divine Source to provide them with the grace and guidance they need to be of maximum service in the world.
On this Tuesday evening before Wesak, as the time of the Full Moon nears, the congregation looks to the northeast of the valley, concentrating their attention upon the vast flat rock lying there. A vast crystal bowl, full of the water of life, sits upon its grey expanse.
The Cosmic Christ takes up his position among the congregation in the valley, and the various groups begin to move, forming human, moving mandalas that inscribe through sacred geometry the wisdom teachings of East and West upon the valley’s floor. Chants and mantras rise up into the night sky. As the chanting and the rhythmic movements of the groups quicken and strengthen, mere minutes before the exact time of the Full Moon, a saffron dot appears in the northeastern sky, soaring over the mountains and descending into the sacred valley.
The Buddha appears in his saffron robes, hovering above the great rock, in a full lotus meditation posture, his hand extended in blessing.
At that moment, the Cosmic Christ intones a secret mantram, and the congregation falls upon their faces in a gesture of supplication, gratitude and devotion.
At that moment, the combined energy of the congregation reaches its highest pitch and is met with a vast outpouring of Loving Wisdom in the form of the blessing of the Buddha, conveying energies direct from the Divine Source essential to humanity’s evolution during the coming year.
The Cosmic Christ receives these potent energies, transforms and transmutes them into energies appropriate for the vehicles of the various participants in the Valley and around the world, and distributes these energies to all those receptive and prepared to receive them.
All this takes approximately eight minutes. The Buddha’s annual sacrifice being complete, he returns to that inconceivably elevated place from which he came, at great personal cost, to aid suffering humanity.
The crowd rises to its feet. The water in the bowl is distributed in small portions to the attending Master Teachers, initiates and disciples, and they go their own way to their places of service. The crowd shares the waters of life with one another.
This is symbolic of the initiation of a New Aquarian Age of World Service, in which human beings, symbolized by the Water Bearer, recognize the essential unity of all humanity and willingly share with one another all that is essential for human life and human spiritual evolution.
Here are some ideas for those who would like to participate in this great Festival of Love and Light.
1.During the time prior to the full Moon, accelerate your spiritual practice as much as possible. Attempt to remain somewhat more quiet than normal. Listen to some uplifting spiritual music, chants or mantras, instead of watching TV if possible. Or simply make some silent time. Meditate. Pray. Ask for the grace and guidance you need to achieve your loftiest spiritual goals. Ask that you be ever more consciously connected to inner spiritual guidance. Ask that you be given golden opportunities to be of maximum service in the world. Give thanks. Perform random acts of kindness.
2.This evening just before the Full Moon, fill any crystal bowls or vases you may have available with water, and place them outside at sunset. Allow these containers to sit outside during the night, and bring them in the following morning after the full moon.
Put the water from the crystal containers into sealed glass bottles. You can use this holy water, infused with the magnetic energy of the Loving Wisdom embodied by Lord Buddha and the Cosmic Christ, to heal your environment, yourself, and others. Place the water in a crystal bowl on your altar, or by your bed, or on your mantelpiece, and simply allow the water to evaporate. Then replace the water as needed. This will elevate the energy within your living space.
Occasionally pour some of this enlivened water into your bath to purify your body and soul. Occasionally drink the water for self-healing. Offer the water to others who are in need of healing. Tell them what they are receiving. Pour this water upon the earth in areas where human beings have damaged the environment, and ask Grandmother Earth for forgiveness.
3.In the room where you meditate, place a crystal bowl full of water on the altar or nearby you. Light a candle and some incense if you have these available. Play some appropriate spiritual music the evening of the Wesak Full Moon. Meditate during the evening hours whenever you have the time to do so.
The week of he Wesak Full Moon try to sit as often as you can, daily if possible, in meditation. Connect with your spiritual guides and teachers, and with inner spiritual guidance. Ask for help with any and all issues you are currently addressing. Ask to be graced with guidance that will help you understand what is to come in the next year, and how you can be of maximum service in the world.
If you are awake at that time, chant or pray as the Full Moon approaches. A few minutes before the Moon reaches fullness, or whenever you can during Wesak week, simply enter into a deep meditative state. Try to visualize or hear or feel the presence of a vast energy grid surrounding the Earth, energized by the combined will and intent of the entire Spiritual Hierarchy and the New Group of World Servers around the world. Feel your own energy uniting with that vast collective outpouring of love and light.
4.Sit in peace during the eight minutes of Buddha’s visitation, and when that is over, simply give thanks. Allow yourself time to feel the inpouring flow of Loving Wisdom from the Divine Source.
5.Join in the Wesak water ceremony of communion. When you have finished your meditations, and the next morning when you wake up, take up the crystal bowl nearby you and see the light reflected within the liquid. Know that light is the Path of Spirit, and that as you partake of the water of light, that light will dwell within you, lighting your path during the coming year. Mentally dedicate yourself to selfless service and healing the Earth.
6.Recite the Great Invocation:
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of light within the Mind of God
Let Light stream forth into our minds
Let LIGHT descend on Earth.
From the point of love within the Heart of God
Let Love stream forth into our hearts
May LOVE increase on Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide our wills
The PURPOSE which the masters know and serve.
From the center which we call Humanity
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door
where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
Let LIGHT and LOVE and POWER
Restore the Planet Earth!
If you go to bed before the actual Full Moon moment, say the Great Invocation before retiring. The next morning you can get the crystal bowls you set outside, take and drink some of the collected water, and once again say the Great Invocation.
7.During the three days following Wesak, imbibe the holy water from your crystal containers. Try to maintain a high level of spiritual practice. Maintain a constant awareness of the energy that you received during Wesak, and be prepared to share that energy with all those you meet during this time. Keep an attitude of service uppermost in your mind.
As you go about your day, listen to the people you meet, and honor them. Extend the energy of compassionate concern to them, and if you can help them, do so. In each encounter, you have the opportunity to share the living waters of life just as the Masters do in the Himalayan Valley Wesak night.
Remain watchful for coincidences, meaningful synchronistic events and chance encounters that could be your doorway to new spiritual pathways, new spiritual allies, new guides and teachers, new spiritual communities, and new opportunities for selfless service.
This Wesak Festival, may each and every one of you receive the grace and guidance you need to achieve your loftiest spiritual goals during the coming year!
Curtis would like to share a special love poem he wrote during the time of this Spring Wesak Festival Full Moon. The poem is called "I would love to be your sun".The poem carries the energetic signature of the Divine Lovers, and serves as a reminder to us all that love is the key to our accelerated spiritual growth, love is the key to achieving right human relations, love is the key to achieving world peace, and love is the key to solving all the environmental, political, and social problems on planet Earth. Love, and only love, will lead the way to a New Age.
Curtis & Jane High Above the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts
We pray that you will receive the grace and guidance you need to achieve your loftiest spiritual goals this coming year! May your lives be full of abundance, joy, health, strength, courage, and above all, may your hearts be opened and may love come into your life day after day!
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The Dance of Life
By Swami Amir Jyoti, Winter 2009-09
When you flow in tune with creation, beautifully and sweetly, you will see the supreme purpose of life: to dance in joy and to know. The sages call this satchitananda—existence, consciousness, bliss.
WHAT IS THE MEANING of dance? Rhythmic movement. What is music? Rhythm. When your life flows in rhythm, you are creative. You are original. So call life a dance, music, the art of living. We call it cosmic rhythm. When you flow in rhythm you will see that your body, mind and prana (vital complex) begin to come into tune. You become an instrument of God, unbound and free. When your whole being is in cosmic rhythm, your every act becomes effortless—action-less action, soundless sound. You come in tune with your Lord, with Mother Nature, with Divine Mother. The energy flowing through your being is indescribable and inexhaustible.
Whatever is out of rhythm and tune with the Creator, whether it is individuals, nations or systems, it will be scrapped in course of time. This is the way nature works. Those who are out of tune do not see God’s play. The river of immortality is flowing and they do not see it. The promise of salvation is given and they do not hear it. In other words: they do not come in tune with God, with the cosmos, until they surrender completely and unconditionally, until they are, sorry to say: brought to their knees. Unconditional surrender is called “sweet will”; the other is called “a blessing in disguise.” In this dance of creation the Lord and the soul, Purusha and Prakriti, are so intertwined that you do not feel it is two—as if the Creator is dancing with Himself. And in this rhythmic life pattern there is joy.
In any action that we do, whatever the circumstances, when we flow in tune with the Lord and His creation the results will be fantastic. Everything may not happen the way you desire but it will certainly be fulfilling and satisfying. And then, if you are very fortunate, you will discover the whole cosmos, as far as your consciousness can travel, is all one, each aspect flowing in rhythm and tune. In creative living you do not feel afflictions or pain or a sense of separation. You do not miss anything. Everything flows as it should. You are both the doer and the witness, flowing in refreshing newness every moment. This is not emotion or imagination but spirituality, new age consciousness, the kingdom of heaven, the golden age. The cobwebs of the brain are cleared; the nerves are purified and strengthened. Whether you gain or lose, you will be grateful. In this flowing river of life, you can take any amount of water you want. Plunge in—it has that capacity. But do not try to hold on to it. Consciousness held captive becomes unconsciousness. Life kept captive in pools of attachment and greed begins to decay. Dead habits are like stagnant water; there is no joy since there is no movement.
There is a story about Shiva and Parvati, the Vedic embodiment of Heavenly Father and Divine Mother. One day Parvati told Shiva, “Lord, you are always thinking you are real and I am unreal”—Divine Mother is also called Maya. “You have been downgrading woman and saying that You, the Spirit, are real and Maya is illusory. Why is it then that you can’t live without me? These are modern times and we want equal freedom. You declare me before your progeny on all the planets as Divine Mother and here you are saying I am illusion! What do you mean?” Divine Father kind of scratched His head. Then He said, “Now Honey, since you mean business I’ll tell you straight. Preaching is for those who are ignorant, not for those who know. Thou, Parvati, knoweth. Thou should not ask this question. It is for those who are clinging to the un-divine, to the illusion, to the darkness. For them I preach this distinction, this discrimination. It is for those to realize the Real from the unreal, not for those who already see the Divine everywhere. Thou, Parvati, are always in my tune, perfectly one with me. This preaching is not for you but for those who still do not see the Light.”
There are two kinds of maya, not that they are two separate things. Ramakrishna called them vidyamaya and avidyamaya. Vidya is enlightened maya; avidya is ignorant maya. Normal relationships are in the domain of avidyamaya—naturally, they cannot give salvation. It has to be in tune, flowing into each other. That is the law of nature. Any discordant note, any movement out of tune in nature is rejected. Whenever movements are disturbed in the earth atmosphere or the cosmos, nature begins to bring them back into rhythm. Human clashes, whether in battles and wars or even two individuals fighting, are not what nature is supposed to be. Nature reacts to such disturbance by creating earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms and even disease. When your health and body and life are out of tune, then disease begins. Ayurveda, the Vedic system of health, teaches that disharmonies in the body create dis-ease. Any mental disturbance or tension is simply being out of tune with your Spirit, your God or your Guru.
Maya is paradoxical; Truth is not paradoxical. Parvati asked Shiva, “Lord, do you think anyone can live without relationships, therefore without maya?” He said, “Look, Parvati, maya is not to be shunned if you are in tune with her. If you are in rhythm, flowing in tune with each other, that is perfectly all right. If you fight with the current of the river, you will drown. You cannot conquer the river either. You have to swim in such a way that you and the water are enjoying each other.” This is the meaning of Radha-Krishna, of those who bore the wounds of Christ—Oneness.
Whatever makes you noble, whatever expands your consciousness, is religion. According to your temperament, according to your free choice, you choose from traditional, liberal, modern or ancient, whatever makes you truthful, joyful, giving and righteous. Your true Self dictates, not your ego or selfishness, because that will degrade you. Whatever your inner voice, your Spirit and your conscience tell you, follow that. There is a saying in India: “You may be born in the church; don’t die in the church.” Relationships exist as very temporary phenomena. They are to be sustained but they are not eternal. You cannot put relationships above your God, your Divine, your Truth, your Light, your true identity. Everyone is busy trying to find their identity but they are trying to find it in someone else or something else. It is your true identity that you are trying to find. Your true Self is your Purusha, your Spirit, your Truth, the Reality on which you play the rhythmic dance of maya. If you are firm in your footsteps, then everything around you dances perfectly.
Your whole life has to be homogeneous, a totality. A partial view of life will never be satisfying. It is not the relationships that are wrong but that partial view of life. If you want to live consciously and awakened, if you want to live in your true nature, then avoid falsehood and any acts without merit. Let life flow around you and through you. Don’t grab it. Leave your hands open. That is the way you will come in tune and begin to truly dance.
Never Born, Never Ceasing
A teaching on the nature of mind
by the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
In a state of emptiness, whirl the spear of pure awareness;
People of Tingri, the view is free of being caught by anything at all.
Our realization, our view, should be as high and vast as the sky. Once the awakening of pure awareness arises within the vortex of emptiness, conflicting emotions can no longer obscure it, but instead become its ornaments.
The unalterable realization of this view, which has no birth, duration or cessation, is accompanied by an enlightened consciousness that observes the movement of thoughts as a serene old man regards children playing. Confused thoughts cannot affect pure awareness any more than a sword can pierce the sky.
Lady Peldarbum said to Milarepa:
When I meditated on the ocean,
My mind was very comfortable.
When I meditated on the waves,
My mind was troubled.
Teach me to meditate on the waves!
The great yogi responded:
The waves are the movement of the ocean.
Leave them to calm themselves in its vastness.
Thoughts are the play of pure awareness. They arise within it and dissolve back into it. To recognize pure awareness as the very source of thought is to recognize that our thoughts have never begun, continued or ceased to exist. At that point, thoughts can no longer trouble the mind.
As long as we run after our thoughts, we are like a dog chasing a stick. Each time we throw the stick, he runs after it. If we look at the enlightened consciousness instead, the source of our thoughts, we will see that each thought arises and dissolves in the space of that consciousness, without engendering other thoughts. Then we will be like a lion, which does not chase after the stick, but turns to face the thrower. You can throw a stick at a lion only once.
To conquer the uncreated citadel of the nature of mind, we must go to the source and recognize the origin of thoughts. Otherwise, one thought gives rise to a second, then a third, and so on. We will be constantly assailed by memories of the past and anticipation of the future, and will lose the pure awareness of the present moment.
A story is told of a practitioner who was giving some rice he had offered on his altar to the pigeons one day, when he suddenly remembered the numerous enemies he had had before devoting himself to the dharma, and conceived this disastrous thought: "If I had had as many soldiers then as I have pigeons at my door now, I could have easily wiped out my enemies." This idea obsessed him until he could no longer control his hostility, and he left his hermitage and assembled a band of mercenaries to fight his former enemies, thus committing incalculable misdeeds. And it all began with one simple, deluded thought.
If we recognize the emptiness of our thoughts instead of solidifying them, the arising and subsidence of each thought will clarify and strengthen our realization of emptiness.
Meditation Moment: The Human Family
Bulgarian Spiritual Master Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
"Humans began by living isolated from one another, with each
family defending its little territory.
Later they formed tribes,
then nations, and societies functioned like living organisms; you
could say they reached the physiological stage.
So humanity became an immense organism, one in which each
individual works for the good of the whole and the whole works
for the individual. We call this ‘trade’, and of course it is progress
of a sort.
But now it’s necessary to go further and work for a human
brotherhood: that implies love and an awareness of the deep
connection that exists between people. This is the psychological
As long as human relationships are based on self-interest,
in spite of everything humans stand to gain from it being this
way they will feel that something is missing; their life will
They will only find this meaning if they succeed in cultivating a
brotherly attitude, in other words if they come to understand that
they must share their very best with others."
-- Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov