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Wesak Full Moon Festival 2007 Newsletter

By Curtis Lang and Jane Sherry on May 1, 2007

Harmonizing Human and Divine Realms

Welcome to the May 1, 2007 edition of the Satya Center newsletter. Warm greetings from your Editors, Curtis Lang and Jane Sherry.

This is our Wesak Spiritual Festival special issue, complete with links to Top Spiritual Stories around the Web. We will be sending another May newsletter with new Satya Center stories and many more links to Top News Stories in a couple of weeks.

The Spring Festival of Wesak, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha, occurs tomorrow morning at the exact moment of the Full Moon, 6:09 Eastern Daylight Time, or 3:09 Pacific Daylight Time.

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.

To read more about Buddhist wisdom teachings, from the point of view of a Westerner, read two articles entitled “The Illusion of the Separate Self” and “The Watcher”.

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.

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.

This year the Wesak Festival Full Moon occurs tomorrow morning at 11˚38’ Scorpio at 6:09 am Eastern Daylight Time, and 3:09 am Pacific Daylight Time. The Sun will be at 11˚38’ Taurus.

The Sabian Symbol for 12˚ Scorpio is “A full dress embassy ball”. An embassy ball is a formal party and a political occasion, a carefully constructed social event at which the global elite gather to enjoy their achievements, to forge ties of community and also to transmit communications of importance from the hierarchy of leaders in whose names they operate, setting agendas for the future and establishing ground rules and goals for group activities. Peaceful negotiations are undertaken to resolve conflicts of all kinds.

Naturally, no one would attend such an event as the embassy ball without first showering and changing into the appropriate attire. Symbolically, this Wesak Full Moon celebration is a time when each of us is invited to join the Spiritual Hierarchy in meditation and prayer to join in community, receive instructions, set group goals for the year, and engage in those activities which will promote peace on Earth among all the peoples of the world.

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.

The Sabian Symbol for this 2007 Wesak Full Moon Festival, the image of the full dress embassy ball, is amazingly appropriate and auspicious, referring directly to the need for peaceful co-operation and peaceful negotiated solutions to problems and conflicts between the many quite unique and differing peoples, nations, religions and communities of interest that comprise the human enterprise on planet Earth.

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.

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 of Tibet, 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 Himalayan Valley, 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 Wesak Full Moon occurs at 6:09 AM Eastern Daylight Time.  By 5:45 AM, at the latest, try to be sitting 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. By 6:05 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.

Those on the West Coast will be doing this between 2:30 AM and 3:00 AM.

However, all of those who wish to participate should feel free to simply tune in to this global meditation at any time during the evening, and early morning hours, join in and participate. You may have some very interesting early morning dreams!

4.    Sit in peace during the eight minutes of Buddha’s visitation (from 6:05 AM EDT to 6:13 AM EDT), and when that is over, simply give thanks. Allow yourself time to feel the inpouring flow of Loving Wisdom from the Divine Source. Once again, if you are on the East Coast or in Central time zone, just meditate during the evening and be sure to keep a dream journal near your bed.

5.    Join in the Wesak water ceremony of communion. When you have finished your meditations, and tomorrow 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 his new poem with you 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.

A Few Announcements from Satya Center

(From our favorite Shaman Jade Wah'oo Grigori)
We are Gathering in Appreciation of Honeybees!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 4 PM - 6 PM

Gather at the Karmapa Peace Garden (located at the lower parking lot of the Creative Life Center)
333 Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona.

Dear Friends,

After my sending out a call for Appreciation of Honeybees last week, I was inundated with requests from people asking "Where are we gathering?" Honestly, I had not considered a physical get-together. However, you presented the idea, and it is a good one. Then Amalia Camateros called me and said "Jade, I carry a sacred dance of the Honeybee. I would be so honored to offer this dance at your gathering." Well, that did it!

Amalia Camateros:Dancing "A Call to the Honeybees"
John Dumas: The Buzz of the Bees Didjeridoo
Three Trees: Drumming the Rythm of Life
Jade Wah'oo: Meditation  Song of Appreciation
{Your Name Here}: Bringing Heart  Soul

We have been graciously offered the Karmapa Peace Garden for this gathering. These are the responsibilities of we, the community:

No food on the premises.

Water only! No other drinks.

Clean the grounds afterwards.

Seating is limited, bring a lawn chair or pillow.

Intent

In Community we will hold a presence of  appreciation and draw the essence of the honeybee into that field of awareness. The offerings of the principal individuals are to facilitate this in an engaging manner. With respect we will gather in sacred commune with the HoneyBee.

This is all that is asked, all that is required. No dogma nor doctrine is involved. No dieties or angels need be called upon (you certainly may, in your meditation, do so if you choose). Keep it simple! No money is being collected, No organizations derive financial benefit from participating in this. This is solely about the honeybees, and our appreciation of them.

For those not in the vicinity of Sedona:

Gather!

Already I have received notification from across North America and as far away as England that people have called for Gatherings on May 2 for the purpose of Appreciation for Honeybees! Yes!

Thank You!

Jade Wah'oo Grigori

http://www.shamanic.net/

 

Announcement for Group Meditation Dedicated to Balancing Energy Forces

This meditation is "dedicated to balancing the energy forces......sitting down wherever we are at a predetermined time once a month for a collective meditation specific to healing feminine energy in the planet. The meditation is the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM CST making it 5:30 pm West Coast and 8:30 East Coast time.

Everyone can participate as it will take us all to rebalance.

 

Top Spiritual Stories From Around the Web

[Ed. Note: These are excerpts from long articles Jane and I feel are exceptional messages of love and light, with important information for all Lightworkers. If you resonate with their energy, click on the links for more. . .]

NightLight News
http://web.nightlightnews.com/OverviewfortheMonth/WeeklyHoroscopes/index.html
We
Are Ready Lord Buddha

Wesak, the great eastern and western festival, combines Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian faiths. Wesak is the Festival of illumination and enlightenment because Taurus guards the secret of light and illumination. The Taurus Full Moon is the moment when the spiritual Forces of Enlightenment (from the Spirit of Resurrection) are released to the world. These Forces quicken and inspire our minds, guiding the world of educators, communicators and those seeking to influence world thinking. The Wesak festival aligns East with West. Also humanity with Shamballa (our Father & Creator's House), with Hierarchy, and with our world teachers, the Buddha & Christ. At this festival we are also aligned with our Path of Return.

 

Shambhala Sun
http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=2913&Itemid=247
Beautiful Snowflakes
By Norman Fischer, 4/30/07

From the first time I encountered the word in English, I liked the sound of it: emptiness. Some would find  it chillingly abstract, even scary. But I took to it immediately. I chanted the Heart Sutra (“form is emptiness, emptiness form ...”) alone and with sangha every day for years before I ever bothered to find out what the great teachers of the past meant by emptiness. It didn’t matter to me what they meant. I knew what emptiness was.

Of course I had no clue. But intuitively I knew. I remember once, at the beginning of my practice, wandering in the woods during a blizzard, drifting snow piled two feet high, chanting the Heart Sutra over and over again. In the snow, with trees, bushes, and ground covered in white, white, white, and the sky white with whiteness falling down, the sutra’s meaning was perfectly clear. It wasn’t until much later that I plunged into the vast philosophical edifice of Mahayana Buddhism, from the Diamond Sutra and Nagarjuna on, that elucidates this saving and elusive teaching.

The logic of emptiness is wonderfully airtight. Like all simple truths, its clarity is immediately self-evident: we are. And there is no moment in which we are separate and apart: we are always connected—to past, to future, to others, to objects, to air, earth, sky. Every thought, every emotion, every action, every moment of time, has multiple causes and reverberations—tendrils of culture, history, hurt, and joy that stretch out mysteriously and endlessly.

As with us, so with everything: all things influence one another. This is how the world appears, shimmers, and shifts, moment by moment.

World of Wisdom Astrology
http://www.world-of-wisdom.com/04_articles/2007/02_elections.htm
2008 and the Wings of Victory
By Adrian Duncan, 4/30/07

An era is drawing to a close. What began in January 1995 when Pluto entered Sagittarius, will change in January 2008, when Pluto leaves. 13 long years which have seen a religious transformation take place beyond our dreams, from Islamic terror to neo-conservative hegemony in the USA and prayer sessions between Bush and Blair. It is always the case that when Jupiter teams up with Pluto, which can be said to have happened with this long Pluto transit through Sagittarius, then wisdom is obscured by ideological fanaticism.

When someone is gripped by ideological fanaticism then it is often true that any means at hand is justifiable to reach a desired end result. Towers can fall, countries can be invaded. The end justifies the means. This is the time when the masses can be expected to die for the beliefs of some mad group or individual. With Pluto in Sagittarius the focus has been on alien religions and beliefs, and the result has been the polarization of peoples and nations. This process is likely to reach a crescendo as Jupiter transits Sagittarius to conjoin Pluto on December 11th 2007 at 28 degrees. This is the last mighty gasp of the doctrine of extremism, after which the pragmatic climate of Capricorn will defuse religious interpretations of world conflict, and find practical solutions no longer based on ideological belief.

From June to November 2008 Pluto will return to Sagittarius to complete unfinished business, and on September 2007, January 2008 (retrograde) and March 2008 Mars will oppose Pluto on the Gemini/Cancer cusp. This Mars opposition suggests that the Pluto transition from Sagittarius to Capricorn will be violent and very unstable indeed. Planets crossing cups are often reflected on Earth by forces crossing borders, and therefore it is likely that there will be a last gasp attempt to eliminate “the forces of evil” between September 2007 and November 2008. This could be further terror in the USA, or American or Israeli attacks on Iran, or simply the withdrawal of occupation forces from Iraq with the inevitable escalation of civil war as a result.

But whatever happens, the end of ideological extremism as the dominant factor in politics will arrive. As the final exit of Pluto from Sagittarius takes place in November 27th 2008 – the same month as the US election, the Republican ideologues who have been running American politics for many years will disappear into the history books. This means goodbye to the right-wingers behind Bush, like Dick Cheney, but almost certainly to the Republican party too, which augurs well for Democratic candidates. By the inauguration of the new president in January 2009, Pluto will be firmly in Capricorn and Jupiter will just have entered Aquarius, the latter indicating a euphoric period of people’s power in America.

 

The Heavenly Light Emporium
Meditation: Healing the Wounded Heart of the World
http://www.heavenly-light.us

Influencing mass consciousness for the better
Hello Dear Lightworkers:

This is a special update as a result of a transmission from my Higher Self.

I asked my Higher Self how we could become more powerful in transforming the mass consciousness from fear to Pure Unconditional Love.

The answer I received was to enter more deeply into mass consciousness.

We have been distancing ourselves, holding ourselves apart from mass consciousness while sending Love from our Higher Selves to them. We have been doing good work but we can increase the power of our meditations 100% by joining with mass consciousness.

Here is the new visualization I received. Please give it a try and see how it feels to you, dear Lightworkers.

Visualize your Higher Self above you as a Golden Sphere of Light, allow that Golden Light of Pure Unconditional Love to flow through you to the mass consciousness couple at center of the Earth.

Feel yourself turning Golden and allow yourself to travel down that beam of Golden Light to merge with the mass consciousness couple. You are, in fact, merging with a template which connects to the subconscious mind of every person on Earth! Repeat the Supreme Mantra: We are All One. I Love You!

While merged with that template, radiate the Golden Light of Pure Unconditional Love out in all directions, north, south, east, west, above, below , and see the Golden Light radiating out from the Earth like a Star.

We are permeating the Earth, Gaia's Body, and the subconscious mind of humanity with Pure Unconditional Love, dissolving all fear based energies and raising all life to a higher frequency of ascension.

After working with this new visualization, I feel it is the key to awakening humanity immediately from the fear movie of the illuminati into the bliss of Pure Unconditional Love for all Life.

We must become our Higher Self and, as Such, join with mass consciousness while radiating Pure Unconditional Love to uplift all.

My friends, you need have no concern of being influenced negatively by the mass consciousness as you merge with it. You are radiating the Golden Light of your Higher Self. It is you that will be influencing mass consciousness humanity for the better!

It is time for the Lightworkers of the world to unite and move humanity from fear to Pure Unconditional Love here and now!

Pedal to the metal, friends, the world situation is critical at this moment in time.

Live the truth 24 hours a day, "We are all One. I Love You!" It will carry you to ascension and the Highest Heavens.

Meditation Moment: Inviting Bullets

INVITING BULLETS

"Everything is based on our own uptightness. We could

blame the organization; we could blame the government;

we could blame the food; we could blame the highways;

we could blame out own motorcars, out own clothes; we

could blame an infinite variety of things.

 

But it is we who are not letting go, not developing enough

warmth and sympathy - which makes us problematic. So

we cannot blame anybody...

 

This slogan applies whenever we complain about anything,

even that our coffee is cold or our bathroom is dirty.

It goes very far.

 

Everything is due to our own uptightness, so to speak,

which is known as ego holding, ego fixation. Since we

are so uptight about ourselves, that makes us very

vulnerable at the same time... We get hit, but nobody

means to hit us - we are actually inviting the

bullets."

 

~Chogyam Trungpa