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Thanks to all our Christmas Basket donors! This year was our most successful year yet, thanks to all those that made it possible.

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There he was. He came flying in to the pond. He was so super shiny WHITE. We hadn’t seen him for a long time. It was really magic. Then I saw my friend walking his usual rounds around the pond and I thought the egret would be disturbed and fly away but he didn’t. So I took my camera and went down to the pond to see if I could get some pictures.

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Despite being the one thing assured all of us, our culture does not equip us to be present to death. And, yet, it is no less magical, mystical, and transformative than birth. The act of compassionately companioning the dying is rich with blessings unavailable elsewhere. In this podcast, you will learn simple but profound ways to be present at the bedside, to create a sacred space of passage which, in turn, will return unimaginable gifts of spirit to you.

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I don’t know about you, but I have been getting a lot of testings. And they have been tough. I believe has been a timing in which the cosmic and astrological patterns have been heightening this. A couple of my loved ones have passed during this time. Perhaps you have lost someone as well. In addition, I have had other a personal testing in my ability to stand in my truth and in my heart. I know from those I have been talking to, others are having their own tests. So, this blog talk is about how to go through those testings in a positive way.

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The ability to cultivate your intuition begins at birth and possibly before. It is not relegated to a select gifted few. Intuition is part of who we are, it is a human gift and a valuable one.

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Join me as we explore the Terrain of Grief and Wrestle with the Questions: What is Grief? What does it have to offer us? And how do we Recover from it and Reclaim our Joy?

 

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In my own personal life and when I was an organizational consultant, I noticed that most people have trouble with even well-phrased negative feedback.  Any time we have to face criticism gives most of us some discomfort.  But for some, it is a devastating experience. Though there are a lot of things to say about how to give criticism or negative feedback in a positive way, how to deal with taking criticism in a positive way is our topic for two episodes of Soul Talk.

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Expecting everything to be a perfect huge success in your life, who carries this block, there’s no chance.  Even if someone keeps on helping you, how long, how far can a person help you unless you program yourself?  You have to program yourself.  To wash certain blocks, you’re the best master for yourself.

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When Nityaananda, our daughter, Isa, and I, were living with our teacher Sri Kaleshwar in his ashram in Penukonda India, we participated in many traditional events. Most of them were fire ceremonies that were held on full and new moons or other special occasions. This time it was a Durga puja in which Mother Divine was worshipped.

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It was 2002. I was sitting in a temple in an ashram in South India, it was late at night, my 3-year-old son squirming on my lap, nursing on and off and unable to rest or sleep. At the front of the brightly lit room was a colorful altar dedicated to Jesus, Mother Mary and Dattatreya. A young, beautiful saint, Sri Kaleshwar, was talking to a group of western students.

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I remember the day so well. It would be my first time meeting Sri Kaleshwar, the Indian teacher who gave the beautiful mantra that I practiced during my pregnancy. My son Toby was about 5 months old when Swami came to Seattle for an intimate teaching program at my parents house. I had never meet a Guru before and aside from the list of instructions my mother had given me, I did not know what to expect. I had been instructed to ask him a question when an opportunity arose. 

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I am an advocate for creating soul nourishment as part of a daily routine, as a way of life. Looking first to the soul and then to the physical attributes of our lives. If we can switch our perspective to come from the inside (soul, essence, creative source) to the outside or surface, (physical health, emotional, mental health) we will always be able to come from pure love and power. The surface needs will lessen, it becomes possible to change habits, to shift ways of being, to heal heartbreak. The undercurrent of the soul will be driving, and the outer current will respond.

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During one of the longer group meditations, the energy was so strong that I feel asleep. I had a dream that I was in my small kitchen sitting at the table, when Swami walked in. He was holding a large pan of scrambled eggs. He offered these eggs to me, giving me the opportunity to eat with him.

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Surround me with harmony, fill my days with peace. Calm me, care for me, as water protects the lotus. 

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On the day of his (Sri Kaleshwar’s) samadhi, when I’d been there (at the Penukonda ashram), that night it was just overwhelming. It was like four or five days, I don't know how long. We spent that evening with his body and then I was just done. We had permission to be with him from his parents, but there were things that had to be followed by sunrise. But I was just done. I was fried. I was out. I couldn't feel one way or another about anything.

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A podcast for parents on the profound effects of Mantra Meditation during pregnancy, a mothers natural ability to heal her children and how to be calm in the midst of chaos. How you can use this ancient technology to support your life and your children.

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Posted by Divine Lineage on Jan 22, 2018 under , , , , ,

By connecting to, purifying, and energizing your soul energy, you can reach your highest potential. These soul talk blogs will take you on a journey to your own soul. With the understanding, inspiration, divine wisdom and ancient practices presented here, you can start living your divine life, a life from your soul. 

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Since I had fallen in love with the song, I spent a lot of time working with it after Swami's samadhi. Trying to understand all of its meaning; trying to understand the Mother, all of Her pain. I dived into it as deep as I could; It was a process. I just progressed singing and playing the song with my guitar in my daily practice. Then finally after five years, the thought came, 'Yes, let's record the song now!'

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See, if you look at me, I’m looking at you guys. If you’re not looking at me, why I should look at you? Hey, is it fair? If you look at me, I have to look at you. You’re looking at me with different glasses, one is red, one is green, one is yellow. You see me through whatever glasses you’re wearing. Do you understand? If you have total confidence, “Yes, he can help me. I can get success.” Then you can get success.  

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Michael D. Fitzpatrick, world-renown composer and cello soloist, is giving his composition, Quilted Storm, to everyone throughout the world here to play in meditation to / with in your Sacred Fire Ceremony or Meditation on New Year’s Eve.

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“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka (“The Great Mystery” or “The Great Spirit” or “The Divine”), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” ~ Black Elk

 

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Earlier this week, we posted a prayer for peace as part of our small addition to the “energy of peace” for the planet. Synchronistically, through our dear friend, Robert Rabbin, we found Pujas For Peace – an organization with a positive vision that is calling "…all people and communities around the world to come together {on New Year’s Eve 2016} around a sacred fire in prayer and meditation to bring peace..."

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Divine Lineage taking care of the wildlife at the Laytonville Center.

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Unity always makes more strength. It's like a beautiful thread. One small thread joining with several threads to make a strong thread. Even to a big wild cobra, if small ants turn around it, it can easily kill it. But one ant cannot. If they're all gathered together and attacking the negativity it will automatically stop. 

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Help ever, hurt never. Care about the tears. With intention or without intention, you should not give a cause, give a pain to somebody’s heart, to create tears in their heart; tears in their heart, not in the eyes. That is a most dangerous crime that you can do. Intentionally, without intention, be very careful how you’re going to handle the humanity, any divine soul, any creation around you, in whatever the circumstance.

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Through our efforts to develop divine qualities in ourselves – love, kindness, gratitude, forgiveness, empathy, compassion, acceptance – we position ourselves to be a transformative healing presence, to respond and not react. Through our work to cultivate stitha pragnatha - a calm, balanced mind - we can create a refuge of solace at the bedside. The gift of bringing a calm, compassionate presence to companion the dying and their loved ones on their journey, something so simple, can be profoundly transformative. The power of this simple act cannot be overstated in my experience.

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Monika and Nityaananda discuss honoring our mothers, the Divine Mother, and the path of the sacred feminine.

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Posted by Divine Lineage on Mar 28, 2016 under , , , ,

Teachings from the ancient knowledge on how Jesus, an embodiment of Brahma consciounesness, merged with the Divine Mother in Her form as Mahakali during his crucifixion and then came back to life during his resurrection as a new creation, merged with all of Creation.

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In the context of spirituality, how to understand what is prosperity? What is the proper posture towards wealth of any kind? How to maneuver our way in this material world which is dominated by belief and attachment to wealth as identity? How to maneuver this as spiritual people trying to make a difference in the world?

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How to wash the blocks? Skepticism is always the biggest block in spirituality. Then, unworthiness and lack of faith—in yourself, the process and the master... Developing true love in you is the remedy for that. Love is the right medicine. If you keep loving, loving, loving, loving—loving your enemy, loving your friends, loving your children, loving the plants, loving the cat, loving the animals. Everywhere putting your pure love—no matter what. Then true love is developing. Then automatically your heart, your mind, your soul will get tuned as true pure love.

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Look, this body is not permanent. One day we need to also get old. We don’t know what is going to happen. We need to love the humanity. If you cannot love the humanity, we don’t have the right to ask God for any gifts. God is nothing but doing the service to humanity. Once if you are doing the service to humanity, automatically God is taking care of you—all angles.

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Discipline is the most important, my dear divine souls. If you lost the discipline you will be in trouble. Whatever you want to win it, until to you win it, keep try, keep try, try, try, try, try, try, try. Everything is possible in the planet. You have that capacity, capability. I didn't come here as a master. I came as your friend. I know something. You don't know something. Once if you know that what I know it, we're equal. I want to see you guys the most strongest powerful healers. Especially the America land, the soil of the land, it have that power. But you're not recognizing that.

 

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“Maybe we could ask (Jesus) to sing about Paradise through us? Why don’t you ask the Man of Love for help? Ask him to bring you closer to the goal, to Paradise, with each bhajan you sing. And ask him for the gift to be able to sing like he would have sung.” Gustav Vighneshwara

On Christmas Day, our dear friend and soul brother, Gustav Vighneshwara, left his body after a long illness. He was surrounded by love and joy as he took his final journey and was liberated from his body. We are happy that his soul is free to fly high now but we will miss him dearly.

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Before I met my master Sri Kaleshwar I had been working as an energy healer for 15 years, dedicating my life to serving the Divine Feminine and the Divine Mother.  Though a part of me wished to meet a master I never searched for one because of a deep fear I had about what would happen if he or she died, how would I deal with the pain?  How would I survive when he was gone? It was my brother who came across Swami Kaleshwar and after a big inner ordeal we decided to go and meet Him on his ashram in Penukonda, India.  Before I actually met Swami I realized he was my master, but I was still overwhelmed and anxious about my fear of eventually being separated from him.

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Posted by Divine Lineage on Dec 27, 2015 under ,

I arrived at the ashram several weeks before the Immortal Enlightenment program in 2011 for Seva (selfless service). I was to work in the Welcome Center and head registration for the program. It was decided the room the Welcome Center was in would be used as housing since the program was bursting with participants. Swami offered his parents’ apartment as a temporary location for the Welcome Center saying they wouldn’t be visiting until after the program. It took a couple of weeks to move the heavy furniture and all the document storage and computer equipment out of the Welcome Center and into the apartment and to run cables and hook up all the electronic equipment and get it working in its new location.

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Posted by Divine Lineage on Dec 27, 2015 under , , ,

I belong to the so-called “new students,” those who did not find Swami until after his Mahasamadhi and therefore never had the good fortune to see him in the physical body. There have been times I have felt deep regret that I never had the chance to sit opposite him and listen to his teachings, that I never heard his laughter or shared moments and deep experiences with him. However, I also realize the great grace that exists in my late recognition.

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Posted by Divine Lineage on Dec 27, 2015 under ,

In January of 2009 I was enrolled in Swami Kaleshwar’s Soul University program in Penukonda, India. During my first week on the ashram I never knew what was going on and would find things out at the very last minute. One morning my good friend Kathleen and I were going to the Northeast garden to meditate. It is a short walk to this garden, down a dirt road the village residents use to come into the ashram on. As we were heading down the path that leads to the road we passed the newer ashram apartments. At the time I was residing in the older apartments. As we walked nearer I noticed that the grounds behind the new apartments had well over 100 bicycles, or rather tricycles, all lined up. They were brand new. The design of the bike reminded me of the bikes I would see in Mexico, three wheelers. I always felt this was a very practical form of transportation, an adult tricycle. It was very impressive to see all of these bikes lined up. I then recalled hearing something about Swami giving bikes to the Indians. Well, I thought, these must be them.

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Posted by Divine Lineage on Dec 27, 2015 under , ,

My first experience of Swami was at the 2009 Chandra Nadi program at the Divine Lineage Healing Center in Laytonville, CA.... where he didn't show up. Instead, he called in live from India. So, we listened to Swami’s voice over loud speakers as we looked at his picture on a big screen at the front of the tent that had been set up for this process. Because my friend and I we were new to this path we had on special colored scarves and sat in the front row. I was struggling to understand what he was saying, and I shall never ever forget when he recited the diksha (rules) for the Chandra Nadi meditation process. I understood him to say that not only would we have to give up meat during this process, but also we were to have no fork. I looked at the people around me and thought — how on earth do we eat with no fork? Of course, it has become a funny and very fond memory of this beautiful first moment with Swami Kaleshwar because he had said no pork.

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A young man will come—at the turn of this millennium—with a special relationship to Mother Divine. He will live by the holy mountain in Penukonda. The Mother, Adishakti Parashakti, will receive his worship and answer his prayers. He will be an incarnation of love who will bring Her energy to the world. He will come to take care of the planet and bring extraordinary knowledge and light. To see him once will be a blessing for a person’s whole lifetime. If you have faith in him, you will automatically receive the shakti from him. He will spread the supernatural power channels to every soul who is interested, and will bring Jivanmukti (liberation) to the world.

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At the time, one of my big blocks was always expecting something.  I had a strong desiring character, and also a pretty good addiction to meditation. The process we were doing really was a pretty good meditation—trying to see her in everything, while chanting a formula, a vibrational code.  It was a mantra intended to connect our souls directly with the hidden greatness of Mother in nature, which is around us all the time through the Five Elements...

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Then I rushed in. Seeing Her standing there was a shock. The room was filled with light She stood perfectly poised on a tiger skin. Stepping into the room was stepping into another world, Her world. She was indescribably beautiful. I never knew such beauty existed. She was absolutely dazzling. There was light coming from all around Her. She was self luminous. She was the source of the illumination and the light was illuminating Her at the same time––She was lit from everywhere. Even though She was this pure radiant light, I was shocked to see how real She was. There is nothing that can prepare you for that. As often as Swami had told us She would appear in a physical form, I couldn’t really comprehend it until I saw Her with my own eyes.

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