Aug 09, 2019
Aug 09, 2019
Aug 02, 2019
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.
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.
Surround me with harmony, fill my days with peace. Calm me, care for me, as water protects the lotus.
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.
Watch and listen to a group Satsang recorded live with Monika Taylor Penukonda, Nityaananda (Clint Thompson MD), Terry Clark, Ramakrishna Ananda (Mark Jenkins), Kirsten Thompson (Shakti), Gary Taylor and Patrick Huffman, recorded during the 2018 Sri Kaleshwar Jayanti Celebration.
He called himself a soul scientist and he said that we were too. He asked us to research these things the way he did. And whenever there is anything going on at the level of soul, automatically, healing's happening, karmas are being burnt, experienced, freedom is happening in the presence of the light and he was such a great... He is such a great light, so he was healing no matter where he was. We could talk about him as healer. We talked about him. He would look at everything as healing. He would look at his teaching and the creation of masters as a kind of a healing. He called Jesus and Baba great healers. Buddha, a great healer. But also, he demonstrated that the greatness of... And the miraculous power that exists through God's cosmic energy that anything's possible. Again, it became more unpredictable as the time went by as it became more avadhut, but he demonstrated really a lot of amazing healing. I don't even know a number, really. I mean, cancers, tumors. Not to mention heartbreak, depression, inspiration, hope. All those things that are really the hallmarks of supernatural healing.
The Dattatreya statue began to cry at precisely the same time that Sri Kaleshwar’s body was being buried in the earth of the Dwarkamai in Penukonda. Those gathered at the Dattatreya Temple had come for a holy bath to connect to Sri Kaleshwar who had taken Mahasamadhi three days earlier. After the holy bath, as everyone sat to meditate, tears started to flow from the statue’s eyes, then from other parts of Datta. Tears continued to flow as everyone watched in awe and silence.
It was really one of the first times I personally got in my gut the emotional connection. I mean this was like 2000, it was really early on, the emotional connection, the depth of that love between Jesus and Swami, as Swami said he was, they’re soul mates. And he put that cross for a long time, and he was in the midst of making the Jesus Temple actually, it was just being created. And it stood for a while near Jesus on the Jesus altar, but for the longest time, for the majority of the years he had that cross sitting next to his chair in his living room. And when he first got that cross he held it and he almost embraced it like a baby to his chest and he said, he looked very fiercely into my eyes and said, “You have to promise no matter what that when I take samadhi that this cross is on my chest, even if it’s in pieces, it doesn’t matter.”
Sri Kaleshwar came down from his office to the Mandir to share his experience of Shirdi Baba appearing in his physical form in his bedroom the night before. He gave a talk to the students who had come for noon Aarti. Nityaananda and Monika had been with Sri Kaleshwar during that time and share their versions of the experience following Sri Kaleshwar's account.
I was dizzy, the laws of physics were skewed, solid marble was fluctuating like waves. I was nauseous, I felt like I was spinning upside down, like the first time you got too drunk and were spinning in your bed. Except I was more aware and sober than I had ever been in my life. The energy of this Emerald Lingam and the Sky mantra raged through reality around me in utter silence. Shirdi Sai Baba was there. Swami was there, as with a whole lot of other characters that I did not officially meet until that day. That was the day that I met the Divine Lineage...
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It began in 2003 when Sri Kaleshwar came to America to give a program in Northern California, specifically in the town of Petaluma at the Noetic Center. There were 75 people who attended that program and it was a very powerful teaching. What was particularly unique was that Sri Kaleshwar created a process group that would do its work only in America. Up until that time, Sri Kaleshwar had set up numerous miraculous energy process groups involving hundred of students, but strictly in India.