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The Kabbalah Center is inviting people of all faiths to join for an hour of unity on the New Moon of Aries, March 27, 2017, to read “from any holy scripture that speaks to our hearts — be it the Zohar, the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Quran, the Yogi Sutras, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Pali Canon, even poetry if you would like.” The Kabbalists believe that the New Moon in March is the Lunar New Year, the seed level of the coming 365 days. It is the time to join together, regardless of individual paths.
In the first wave of the consciousness movement in the ‘70s, yoga was introduced to the west. Now every city has yoga studios. In the ‘80s, meditation came to our shores. Now meditation is in schools and corporations. In the ‘90s, kirtan singing came to the West, now kirtan is its own genre of popular music. Through yoga, the body was prepared for meditation, through meditation the mind was purified, through kirtan, devotion was awakened. The next wave is puja – Puja is the new yoga. Through puja we can receive divine power and manifest what we need as individuals and for the world.
Shirdi Baba’s mission is to bring peace to the world. “Love all people, all creatures. Join hands and bring communities together. God is One.” He taught that all paths are one, and encouraged everyone to follow to their own spiritual path but be tolerant and accepting of all other faiths.
As Part of our focus on the Sacred Feminine, we look at how we can embody the strength of the Divine Mother in our own lives. We begin with the form of the Divine Mother known as Durga, with her power to kill the negativity and stand in our strenght and confidence.
Swami verbrachte in dieser Woche jeden Tag mit uns. Er bereitete uns weiter vor. Ein Student steht immer unter der Beobachtung des Meisters, der prüft, ob der Student bereit ist. Es ist wichtig, dass der Student in der rechten Gemütsverfassung, friedvoll und ausgeglichen ist, bevor er in eine Situation mit hoher Energie eintritt. Swami hat die Gabe, jeden in die richtige Gemütsverfassung zu bringen, ohne dass man es merkt. Er agiert erst dann, wenn alles für den Erfolg perfekt bereit ist, keine Sekunde früher.
Every woman embodies the sacred feminine energy. A woman has a greater capacity to receive shakti. This is a special gift that God gave to every woman. Each woman is an expression of the Goddess. Every woman a natural healer. When women come in touch with the shakti, the power they embody, they will lead the healing and transformation of society. As the feminine energy is cherished and understood, by both women and men, it will transform our relationship with all of life – with our parents, partners, children, Nature, God, and ourselves.
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?
During the 15 years of living and studying with Sri Kaleshwar in Penukonda, India, I was blessed to have had many conversations while working on the ancient knowledge, editing and writing books with him. Some of this material is already found in books in its edited form. Reading the original dialog gives an experience of what it was like to sit with him. Sri Kaleshwar, who we called Swami or Guruji, was a great joy to be with, he was informal, unpretentious, funny, a captivating storyteller and a wellspring of divine wisdom. His energy was totally infectious.
This conversation with Swami, Philip Lipetz and I, took place on March 12, 1999, late evening, 11 pm, sitting by his dhuni. Swami was 26 years old.
During the transition from the age of darkness into the light, there will be many changes as the world goes through a purification process. The challenges we will face will act as a catalyst for souls to return to spiritual ideals and values. Faith will be the refuge during these times, and loving and caring for one another a necessity. These events will serve to awaken humanity to their real purpose on Earth. It is special characteristic of this time, more than any other in history, that it is easier for souls to reach enlightenment than ever before. There will be a spiritual birth of many enlightened miraculous souls on the planet. As Swami Vivekananda described, “In time to come, Christs will be in numbers like bunches of grapes on a vine.” That time has started.
“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.
Every person should know this truth – studentism is like slavery. Studentism is feeling your master is God. Don’t do that. It’s a big crime. Love a master as a friend, and as a brother. Give your thanks to him. If you have the bhakti way then you can touch his feet. In India, thousands of years back they found some supernatural things. It’s being kept a secret. The masters don’t release it to the public. Or, even if they release it, they do not give perfect guidelines to implement it. Students have nobody showing them how to drive the car. What good is a car, no matter how beautiful it is, if you cannot drive it? I know car driving. I give the car keys to you. I show you how to drive. When you have a car and know how to drive you are a new person. Instead of driving their own car, so many people say, “Jesus is great, Shirdi Baba is great, Mother Divine is great.” So what! Ok, they are great. So what! When will you become great like that? Do you want to be a slave forever and ever? Why are they so great? Why are you not that great? If you want to see the real thing – focus. The person who is making you focus is not God. He’s a friend who came in your life bringing light to push you. On one level he’s a God to you, but the real God is what he experienced, what you are experiencing.
We too must awaken to our relationship with Jesus. Jesus’ consciousness will show our relationship to him, and what we are here to do. We each have to play our part, whatever that is. Each piece of the mosaic is required to create the perfect picture. None of us can fulfill this great mission on our own; it has been thousands and thousands of years in the making. We have to step up and play our role, winning through peace, forgiveness and love pouring from our hearts. “It’s a sign on your soul, guys,” Sri Kaleshwar said, “It’s a sign on your souls to be truthful, loyal to the divine energy, forever and ever until your last breath. You’re here for the society. You’re here for creating peace on the globe. You’re here to take care of the suffering people.”
This knowledge is divine knowledge to help us with our problems. We’re always looking for ways to solve the problems in our lives. The thing is, the ancients found formulas for everything, from how create happiness and prosperity, how to create great relationships, how to create divine children, how to heal, how to see and communicate with angels, how to soul travel, how to connect to the Divine Mother and Father. Like that beautiful prayer that we shared at the beginning of this talk about the possibility of having our own personal relationship the Divine Mother, face to face. These are the kind of things that the ancient books teach us. It goes on and on and on. All the mysteries of life.
What is enlightenment? When you recognize yourself, who you are, where you came from, where you’re going, and what is your duty on this planet. If you receive the perfect information about that, that is called enlightenment...
If a person gets enlightenment, if that person has some more information in his hands, in his brain, and shares the God energy and the God information with another person…if he shares the knowledge with a friend who has no idea, it brings him a lot of energy. If you keep it to yourself like, ‘No, it’s private, it’s mine, I don’t want to leak this idea,’ if you make yourself selfish, it’s very difficult to grow yourself up. If you share whatever God information you received in your life with the people, it brings you much energy.
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.
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.