- (Past events)
By Adina Stoian
Short history of the activities dedicated to the Great Cosmic Powers
Among other exceptional spiritual moments, within the picturesque and colorful scenery of each summer, there are also the camps for deepening the communion with the beloved Cosmic Powers of the ancient tantric tradition, known under the name of Dasha Maha Vidya: the ten great fundamental wisdoms, facets of the Unique Truth, supreme energies who are continually weaving the fabric of this Manifestation, fulfilling in this way the Will of the Unique One.
These activities, initiated and supported by Grieg, have become landmarks in our spiritual life and in the lives of many of our colleagues with whom we’ve shared their magnificent moments.
At Grieg’s suggestion, all these activities follow a certain structure: they begin with a polarisation period during which the women and men deepen, in their specific way, the adoration of the Great Cosmic Powers through meditations, Hatha Yoga practice and separate conferences. The period for deepening the specific feminine or masculine polar activation ends with activities which make use of the attraction and strong energising built up in this manner. Thus each participant has the possibility to become aware of the importance of cultivating his or her own nature to attain the specific perfect state of being: the state of spiritual hero (Vira), in the case of men and, the state of Shakti – as a divine channel manifesting the Divine Creative Energy, in the case of women.
Within each of these camps, we practice tantric exercises of transfiguration and identification with certain aspects of the respective Godly Powers in the way they manifest through feminine beings endowed with a significant resonance with them. These exercises favour the awakening of each participant’s soul and her or his direct communion with that aspect of the adored Great Cosmic Power, which is leading to profound revelations and transformations of the perspective and of the personal connection with that Maha Vidya.
The practical elements performed in these camps are built on a solid basis of theoretical presentations and discussions that reveal esoteric aspects of the Cosmic Powers as they appear in ancient tantric treatises, as well as correlations with the most modern discoveries of science which reveal the reality of these Fundamental Energies. The conferences also reveal some practical modalities for entering in resonance with their gigantic sphere of force in the daily life and remarkable personal experiences of some students who gained certain achievements through the communion with these Cosmic Forces.
In 2010 we had the first of these camps of communion with the Maha Vidya Yoga Path: a week dedicated to the Great Cosmic Power of Time and Transformation, Kali. The camp was taken by the wings of the energy of the beginning and the Great Cosmic Power Kali, the Mistress of the Tantric Path impreganted the incendiary atmosphere of Costinesti with intensity, sensuality, refined eroticism, the lively wish for transformation, glimpses of mystery and overwhelming vitality.
In 2011 the Great Cosmic Power Tara, the Shining One, the Embodiment of Divine Compassion gathered us on her way that is so pure and immaculate, through a kind overflowing of Gentle Light, ethereal or terrible in her crystalline shining, touching the deepest chords of our souls, awakening the aspiration towards the ideals of sacrifice and abnegation for helping all sentient beings.
In 2012 we experienced the moment of adoring the Great Cosmic Power Tripura Sundari, the almighty beauty of the three worlds, the Shining Splendor of Love, Truth and Divine Beauty. The magical moments of manifestation of the Supreme Love were entwined with revelations about the spiritual nature of desire and its alchemy into an endless longing towards the Absolute which thrills our hearts and awakens our souls.
Above all, the peak moments of these Maha Vidya camps are the unique initiations offered and supported by our spiritual guide, which reveal operational keys of tuning, through resonance, into the gigantic sphere of force of the Great Cosmic Powers which facilitate rapid and amazing transformations for those who apply them in their spiritual life.
On the occasion of the Maha Vidya Kali camp we were offered a secret modality for controlling the energy of time – dedicated to accelerate spiritual transformation; in the Maha Vidya Tara camp we were offered the Occult Law of Divine Miracles – how to attract within our being the Godly Miracles in which the Divine Grace directly manifests for helping certain beings or for supporting certain activities, projects and so on, while at the Maha Vidya Tripura Sundari activity we were offered the secret key to the accelerated awakening of the soul and to the opening of the Spiritual Heart through triggering God’s Active and Never hesitating Love….
Each of these activities amplified in my being an extended state of profound bewilderment, adoration, fascination, gratitude for the achievements offered by the Great Cosmic Powers in meditations, rituals, conferences or special initiations. At one point, the mind, overwhelmed by the grandeur of the Divine Mothers’ gigantic spheres of force, shyly raised a question – what more could follow, after such an EXCEPTIONAL thing…? And each time, the next Maha Vidya managed to show us another perspective – Cosmic, Perfect, Universal, Magnificent – specific to her sphere of force, which intoxicated our souls with another nuance of ecstasy, specific to her…
Preparing the Maha Vidya Bhuvaneshwari camp
It is in this way that we reached the moment for preparing the camp for deepening the communion with the Great Cosmic Power of Absolute Space and Essential Knowledge – Bhuvaneshwari! And, once again, everything was different from how it had been in other years – her specific energy impregnated all with her distinct fragrance already many months before the beginning of the activities, from the very moment when we were to think about the frame of the camp and even the space in which it could unfold. Thus, inspired and supported by the Divine Mother of All Worlds, Bhuvaneshwari, the activity dedicated to her took place in an exceptional space – the new conference center, Lux Divina, in Brasov and it became the very first spiritual action performed there – marking in this way the glorious beginning of this center dedicated to the blossoming of spirituality. The location is wonderful, the uniquely elegant halls are decorated with refined taste and, going beyond our expectations, we discovered that the size of the main conference hall is variable as it has the possibility to be divided in two with the help of a mobile separating wall. In this way we could freely unfold the polar activities of every morning. I will let the images talk of the beauty of this space and, implicitly, of the very special integration in which the entire Maha Vidya Bhuvaneshwari activity unfolded.
From the program of the Maha Vidya Bhuvaneshwari camp
In the first days, the program unfolded in a polar manner: – the men began very early in the morning (7-9) with two hours of Laya Yoga with the mantra of Bhuvaneshwari and then two more hours of delving into the masculine perspective of the adoration of this Great Cosmic Power on the tantric path.
The women had a Hatha Yoga program, integrated in the sphere of force of the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari, together with a small ritual in the beginning and in the end, and then a meditation with the Bhuvaneshwari mantra/yantra and after that we had conferences about the concept of Shakti from the tantric perspective and the specific feminine way of relating to the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari.
At the end of the polarity period we continued to perform together (both men and women who wished to do so) two hours of Laya Yoga meditation in the morning with the mantra of Bhuvaneshwari followed by 2 hours of asanas in polar couples.
Special rituals of adoring certain aspects of the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari
This year there were chosen by our spiritual guide Grieg four women endowed with a special resonance with the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari with whom we performed two tantric exercises of transfiguration and identification. Thus on Thursday 27th June we adored the aspect of Bhuvaneshwari known as Aditi and on Friday we worked with the distinct manifestations of the Great Cosmic Power of the Absolute Space in the three fundamental worlds: the physical, the astral and the causal.
The answer of the Cosmic Power to these collective actions of transfiguration and adoration was overwhelming for all of us who participated. For the aspect of Universal Divine Mother, Transcendent and Almighty (Aditi) we perceived gigantic waves of unconditional maternal love which continuously poured from the being of the chosen one and which filled us with a nourishing energy that is protective and full of an endless kindness:
On Friday, with the occasion of the exercise dedicated to the distinct manifestations of the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari in the three worlds (the physical universe, astral universe and causal universe) we perceived the ecstatic and all-encompassing presence of the Divine Mother with specific nuances for the three levels – concrete, alive and full of life, in the physical plane; ethereal, aerial and fulfilling all dreams – as if woven from fantasies and in continuous transformation – in the astral plane; abstract and transcendent in the causal plane:
At the end of this exceptional ritual we did a meditation of synthesis with the three aspects of the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari, while the three chosen women performed the mudras specific to the embodied aspects: the one corresponding to the physical plane did the sensual posture representing birth in a state of orgasm, the one corresponding to the astral plane did the gesture of blessing with her left hand and with the right hand the gesture of offering gifts – so that from her right palm flowed sweet milk for around 10 minutes – the milk being one of the main symbols of the Divine Mother; and the person chosen for the aspect of Bhuvaneshwari corresponding to the causal level embraced the entire public with some enormous, bright-shining wings. Here the ritual attained its peak and I saw tears of ecstatic happiness in the eyes of many colleagues for this moment which touched profound chords of their souls awakened by the Cosmic Force of the Absolute Space…
Exceptional unique experiences of translation into certain parallel levels
The night of the fairies
With Grieg’s guidance and support, in this camp there were scheduled three such translations into parallel worlds: the first one into the realm of the fairies – with the occasion of the Fairy day meditation on the 24th of June. We went out in the nature, on the peak of a high hill, on the road towards Brasov Glade, in a fairytale place, as if coming from the tales about fairies – a glade facing the sunset, surrounded by centennial oak trees and garnished with tall grass and … yellowweed flowers.
Caressed by the rays of the sunset, in the magical time when the skies are opening and the worlds are overlapping, we could perform the meditation of communion with the magical world of the fairies with their flowers braided into wreaths, held at the breast or in the hand, after which we previously savoured a mixture of medicinal herbs meant to amplify the resonance with their realm, in which the main ingrediant was the powder of dry flowers of yellowweed. Supported by Grieg and in unison with all our colleagues from all the countries which performed this meditation, we were provided with an extraordinary experience.
The 95 minutes of the meditation passed incredibly quickly, the perception of space and time was completely distorted, as if we had slid into a realm of dream, mystery and magic. This time I did not perceive so much the presence of the fairies, as distinct entities, but I clearly felt the ”realm” in which they manifest, I almost “concretely” felt how the ”texture” of that specific universe was, as if perceiving from the inside, directly how the air smells there, what tastes exist, how existence is experienced in that land … It was as an aerial dream, experienced with perfect lucidity – into which I projected myself into this parallel dimension, with all the senses awakened, intimately savouring its mystery…
Moreover, following an old Romanian tradition, we slept with yellowweed flowers under the cushion to dream our destiny, and, just like the previous year on the same occasion, I had a very clear, luminous and aerial dream in which I was present with many women as if at an astral feminine gathering full of exhilaration, joy and playfulness…
Projection into Hiranya Loka
The second translation was done by using secret elements about the inner portal received in the specific initiation offered on that occasion and it was directed towards the sublime astral dimension named Hiranya Lokha. Due to unfavourable weather we did not go out into the nature, but we stayed in the hall. This was the peak experience that I felt in this camp and one of the most powerful meditations which I’ve ever done! The state perceived touched me very profoundly as well as the intuitions I had on that occasion.
The activation of the inner portal was so clear and intensive that it lasted for hours in a row, as if an inner gate had opened right in front of me, through which I could penetrate, at will, into that space of an exceptional, unimaginable, crystal-like purity. The entire experience unfolded as an initiation into the mysteries of this realm of the highly evolved spiritual beings, the entrance into the respective realm being marked by the meeting with the ”guardian of the threshold” of that land, an egg-like entity of light, full of humour and compassion, who searched me with gentleness and then encouraged me to enter… In that realm I perceived supramental states of clarity and clairvoyance for which there are no words to describe it, and in the end there was a direct ”transfer” of information about that realm by the good will of the beings from there, of whom the ordinary mind has only kept the intuition that it was about the unmediated and supramental knowledge of the subtle structure of laws and principles which govern that realm…
The ritual of synthesis of the communion with the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari
The third translation was performed during the final ritual of synthesis in the last evening. We integrated several of the elements which were offered at the special initiation for expanding the consciousness through ”recapturing in the center of the heart” – integrated in the sphere of force of the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari, the inner portal and other elements.
For all three translations we used special medicinal herbal mixtures – taken 4 hours before – whose effect of impelling the experiences was considerably perceivable. On this occasion, as well, I perceived incredible state of sacredness and magic created by the unison effect and the integrated elements, the profound resonance with the Energy of Infinite Space, direct revelations regarding a type of mysterious knowledge, achieved through direct transfer and unbounded by mental concepts or by words, ecstatic states of melting into infinity…
Among many other synchronicities and divine signs which took place during this camp there was also a marvelous rainbow that appeared on the 25th of June around the moment of beginning of the conference with the theme: Revealing and centering in the secret space of the heart – daharakasha – the mysterious home of the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari:
Special initiation offered by Grieg
In the last day of the activity we had the surprise of receiving also an exceptional initiation with novel elements revealed and explained for the first time for the ones chosen through a lottery consecrated to this Cosmic Force; an initiation which enables the deepening of the communion with the Great cosmic Power Bhuvaneshwari, appearing as a wonderful ”cherry on top of the cake” that is this Maha Vidya Camp.
Once more we wish to express our gratitude for the support of our colleagues from the Conference Center, Lux Divina, in Brasov for the kindness they showed and for the immense help they offered for organizing this event in their space, as well as to the colleagues in the organizing team from Constanta and Bucharest without whose aspiration to deepen the Maha Vidya path we wouldn’t even have these camps. But, above all, we are profoundly grateful to the Good God, the Great Cosmic Powers and to our spiritual guide Grieg for the exceptional spiritual gift represented by this camp for us all!
Instead of conclusion
Many days have passed since the gentle and protective embrace of the Divine Mother Bhuvaneshwari thrilled us all, enabling us to realize the fact that we are permanently comprised in her gigantic sphere of force, that is almighty and nourishing … Yet, even now, there are, alive in our hearts, glimpses of the intuition and ecstatic states which we experienced on that occasion, as well as the comprehensive perception which we had all the time, the one of the perfect superior integration of all the aspects of this activity, as if an invisible hand had arranged all the circumstances and events in the wisest possible manner!…
- (Past events)
by Elodia Thallon, Yoga Teacher
“It is more important to love than to be loved.”
Every August a very special event takes place on the shores of the Romanian Black Sea. For one week the small seaside town of Costinesti is transformed into a heavenly paradise, as it becomes home to the Maha Vidya Special Event in which the most esoteric of spiritual teachings are revived in their traditional form in a week-long celebration of the mysteries of the divine feminine nature. Since the Maha Vidya Tara Retreat of 2011, I have very much looked forward to the next chapter in this journey along the path of Maha Vidya. It is a privileged moment for attaining more profound understandings about the nature of my existence and to especially deepen my understandings of my intrinsically feminine nature.
Maha Vidya is a form of yoga that implies the adoration of the Divine in its feminine form, as the Cosmic Supreme Mother. The feminine energy of God, Maha Shakti, is manifested in ten fundamental aspects that are considered to be the ten great paths of knowledge (Maha Vidya). Also known as the Ten Great Cosmic Powers, the 10 Maha Vidya-s or Dasha Maha Vidya offer a complete spiritual path for attaining the highest possible spiritual realization through their worship and adoration. Each Great Cosmic Power has specific characteristics that are unique to Her and together all 10 make up the entire spectrum of energies and resonances that exist universally. In fact, nothing exists outside of them, and as such as sentient beings we are all continuously existing within their spheres of force.
The Maha Vidya Special Event is kept by world-renowned yoga and tantra teachers, Advaitananda and Adina Stoian, whose are amongst the most experienced practitioners on the path of Maha Vidya today. Under the guidance of their spiritual master, Gregorian Bivolaru, they began this series of events in 2010 with Kali, the Great Cosmic Power of Time and Transformation. In 2011 they introduced us to Tara, the Great Cosmic Power of Compassion and Divine Protection, and this year theyled us into the world of the third Maha Vidya, Tripura Sundari, the Great Cosmic Power of Divine Love, Beauty, Harmony, Goodness and Truth. She is the Divine Mother of the 3 worlds, whose sublime beauty brings us silently closer to knowing God in manifestation; She is the very essence of life itself which is held together by the ‘glue’ of divine love that is our very nature and at the same time the true nature of the one and unique God, the superior consciousness that is both immanent and transcendent.
It is amazing how deeply we manage to delve into the worlds of the Maha Vidya-s in only one week, quickly reaching new heights of understanding even after years of personal practice with them.
This is a testament to the efficiency of the teachings when shared together with such a large group of people with high spiritual aspiration, especially through the use of practical methods, and also to the profound personal understanding and expertise of the ones imparting the knowledge which although coming from a very high level of spiritual realization is made comprehensible for the neophyte.
Through conferences, the practical application of tantric principles, meditations, tantric transfiguration exercises, yoga practice, ritualistic practices, and the use of relevant multi-media we are immersed into the divine realm of the respective Maha Vidya, yet it is actually up to each of us individually how far we want to go and how much we want to apply. For me this year I made the decision beforehand that I would dedicate this week solely to this experience and to integrate all aspects of my life in Her sphere of force, to give myself the chance to be part of all that was offered to us and to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The result is very interesting, much more subtle than I expected but no less intense or real. And now in the days after I am experiencing very beautiful repercussions of this event in my life, and I start to see the more refined nuances of Tripura Sundari manifesting through me and around me in my life.
Perfection through the Practice of Polarity
The first three days of the retreat are integrated from the perspective of the tantric principle of polarity. The principle of polarity is based on the fundamental assertion that everything in manifestation is either predominantly masculine or feminine and as such polarizes the other pole due to its predominance. Through the building up of the two poles individually we create an intense polarity and a huge energy.
This can be compared to the charging of a battery, which contains within it the two poles (+ and -), so that it will fully be able to power a machine - the machine in the case of human polarity being our individual being and also the consequent relationships that exist between men and women, and which are built on the very foundation of this universal principle.
One of the ways in which this principle is applied is by keeping the men and women separate so that they do not interact with one another over these days, meaning no communication of any sort, including eye contact, speaking etc. Each group follows a program which is tailored specifically to their needs as men and women, which are different, yet complementary. So while the men meditate from early in the morning, the women get their beauty sleep and begin their daily practice sometime later. During the conferences, the women learn about aspects specific to women on the path of Maha Vidya, while the men learn, well, I have no idea…
The fact that we are born into the body of a man or a woman is by no means an accident; it is because of the fundamental necessities of our soul in this incarnation and as such it is something to be treated with the utmost importance as a guide for how we should live our life as well as how we can best evolve towards perfection through the specificities of our gender and the lessons it brings. I personally find this fundamental universal principle of polarity to be one of the most fascinating aspects of our human existence which brings with it some of the most amazing revelations about life and the universe.
I was very much focused during the initial three days of polarity on becoming more aware of myself as a woman and the essence of my feminine nature, and this also included time spent with my girlfriends which I valued very much. This time spent only with women set up the frame for the whole retreat which became very much focused around my friendships with other women and how this enriches my own womanhood, and helps me to be more conscious in this crucial aspect of my life. I felt great joy and happiness in the time spent with these beautiful and inspiring women.
After the days of separation, men and women were reunited and we entered into a new phase. Now we stepped further along the path offered by Tripura Sundari and began to explore the double edged nature of desire, and the complex world of the couple relationship.Here we find some of the most practical ways to get to know Tripura Sundari as she is the very essence of love and is the one inspiring the couple relationships. We delved deeper into the notions of beauty, goodness and truth in their divine essences, which is something quite different from the common understanding we have about them today. During privileged ritualistic moments of tantric transfiguration we were introduced to Tripura Sundari in her aspects as Bala, Raja Rajeshwari, and her triadic aspect as Tripura, the queen of the three worlds - causal, astral and physical.
Love Actively, Plenarily, and Without Hesitation
Since June (2004 ) I have been suffering the Danish summer and longing for hot weather and warm waters, (having grown up in Australia I will most likely never adapt to the European climate), and now during this camp I certainly got what I’ve been asking for. The days were constantly above 30° and inside the conference hall, which is covered by a big yellow marquee, we sweated through most of the conferences in 40+ conditions clad only in swimming costumes and thin cotton fabrics. But come dusk, and welcomed relief from the incessant heat descended. Evenings spent on the beach were one of the most enjoyable moments of the day, when many were magnetically drawn to the shore to practice yoga, swim, take happy snaps and bask in the light of the setting sun as the whole world evolved into a soft, ethereal paradise, where everything and everyone were bathed in the angelic glow of perfection.
I realized though there was a deeper meaning to this almost unbearable climate. Throughout the retreat we were the receivers of a great number of spiritual gifts. The receiving of such gifts though does not come without effort and the effort we made to remain there even in such conditions was at times great. I believe in my heart that this was a last test for those of us who had managed to reach to being there before being able to receive the spiritual rewards offered. These rewards came in various forms, such as revelations triggered by the knowledge presented in the conferences, the states triggered in meditations, and especially in the two most important spiritual moments - the ritual in different aspects of love, and the special initiation in love presented by Advaitananda.
The ritual involved the practical experience of 12 different aspects of love, which ranged from love between friends to the love between the spiritual guide and aspirant through a series of steps which helped us to get into resonance with these specific nuances of love. In a room of hundreds of people all opening up their hearts, the atmosphere became even more alive, refined and elevated. Afterwards, the transformative effects of loving and receiving love were clearly visible, and that night we all flew home instead of walking.
What made this particular day of the ritual even more special was that earlier on we received a very spiritual initiation about love, in the form of one of the fundamental lessons revealed to us by the Great Cosmic Power Tripura Sundari. The crowning glory of the whole event, this initiation was given for the first time, and it channeled all the experiences and understanding about Tripura Sundari in a method of very precise and intense spiritual practice which can be applied by anyone at any time of their life. I will not say more about it except that it is something which can deeply and irrevocably transform our attitude towards love and loving and therefore constitutes a way for discovering the reality of love and of intimately knowing the Great Cosmic Power Tripura Sundari.
Unfortunately one who is very dear to my heart could not be with me during this week and I wondered why it had worked out like this especially considering that Tripura Sundari is the Great Cosmic Power most intimately connected with the couple relationship and its mechanisms. I had looked forward to being able to delve deeper into Her mysteries together with the man I love, but it was not to be. Instead what this week brought me was a much more personal journey in which I got to learn more about myself as a lover and how I relate to love and how I love, and to thus be more individually concerned about improving myself in this area of life.
And now that the week is over I am reunited with my lover and I have to say that I feel the experience of this event reflected now in our relationship. I see how I am better in tune with the resonances specific to Tripura Sundari and consequently I am better able to relate to my lover through Her eyes in a way which is extremely beautiful, refined and more subtle than ever.
Next year we step further into the divine realms with Maha Vidya Bhuvaneshwari, the Great Cosmic Power of Divine Space and Knowledge. Until then, the fascinating journey of self-discovery on this ineffable and mysterious path of spiritual knowledge Maha Vidya continues within me.
Taken from http://elodiathallon.