- (Aphorisms and thoughts)
By Yoga profesor Gregorian Bivolaru
Offered by Gregorian Bivolaru to all women within the yoga schools of the Atman Federation of Yoga and Meditation on the 8th of March.
Women should become more aware of their role now more than ever, especially on this universal day when we celebrate the Eternal Feminine. Their role is manifested in an ineffable way within man’s creative dynamism. Those women especially, who have awakened the state of SHAKTI should make enthusiastic, sustained and adequate efforts in order to awaken in as many women as possible (and quickly) the divine nature, the Sacred Feminine which lies within them, just like the Sleeping Beauty.
More and more women should become fully aware that they have, in a potential state, in their inner universe (the microcosm of their being) all the energies, all the aspects they need to create a mysterious, profound and overwhelming connection with MAHASHAKTI. For this they need to realize and to be totally convinced that “ WHAT EXISTS IN THEIR INNER UNIVERSE, EXISTS ALSO EVERYWHERE IN THE ENTIRE MACROCOSM, AND WHAT IS NOT PRESENT IN THEIR INNER UNIVERSE, DOES NOT EXIST ANYWHERE IN THE ENTIRE MACROCOSM”.
Moreover, all women should be aware that in reality their being and body are constitutive parts of MAHASHAKTI’S immense being and body. Kundalini Shakti which is always present (in a latent or active state) inside every woman’s body, stays as the mysterious messenger of MAHASHAKTI. From the moment that many women will transcend the veil of the millenary hypnosis, which forces them to indulge in a state of lethargic obedience and convinces them of their pseudo mental inferiority, they will be able to create, in a state of creative collaboration with men, a richer and better world through the feminine values.
At the level of the entire macrocosm MAHASHAKTI manifests and states the greatness of the Creative Feminine Principle of the woman. Even when she is still not aware, the woman is and remains a privileged messenger of MAHASHAKTI. Every woman who is totally awakened is at the same time a mysterious personification of Mother Nature. A woman should never forget that through her, the Feminine Nature is the one that initiates the man and she should be aware of the fact that the man is not the one who teaches Nature. Consequently there is a stringent necessity that all women who are intuitively aware of these secret aspects, should wake up and then act in order to discover in a profound and ample way possible their noble origin. As many women as possible should make adequate efforts and be full of aspiration to manifest in an exemplary way the power of MAHASHAKTI. Acting in this way, those rare women who will awaken, totally and profoundly in their inner universe the state of Shakti, will be able to awaken at the same time, the fundamental divine knowledge offered to them through MAHASHAKTI.
An important announcement regarding a Divine Gift which will be offered to those Women who are ready to discover the Overwhelming and Mysterious Reality of Mahashakti
We announce those of you who wish to have access to a particular secret initiation which you deserve (only those of you who are ready for it), that you will be able to benefit very soon (with no costs), within an unite group, from specific millenary revelations which are contained in a very old oriental text called Maha Shakti Darshana Tantra. In this way only those of you who will deserve, will be able to know (in order to practice them) specific fundamental mysteries which belong to MAHASHAKTI. They will help you open entirely your being and soul so that you can discover HER in an ineffable and grand way everywhere around you, She is the one who in Christianity is the Holy Spirit and – at the same time for those initiated – the Great Mother (MAHASHAKTI) whose super gigantic Maha Yoni gave birth to the Macrocosm (which contains three worlds: physical, astral and causal). Both the woman’s and the man’s inner universe have Mahashakti present through the mysterious feminine energy - Kundalini Shakti. When a woman manages to awaken as much as possible this mysterious energy – kundalini, she can come in contact with Maha Shakti. When we experience intense, profound and overwhelming states of cosmic orgasm, we also feel the mysterious and secret presence of Maha Shakti. Each state of prolonged and profound orgasm which women are capable of experiencing spontaneously, reveals in an intuitive, ecstatic way the all-inclusive presence of Maha Shakti and it makes us experience the state of divine bliss (Ananda). In this way, through the state of divine bliss (Ananda), which is revealed to us during specific states of divine orgasm, it becomes possible for us to discover simultaneously the pure existence of God the Father (Sat) and His pure divine consciousness (Cit). It is obvious that all these are possible only for those human beings who make love based on mutual love and apply in the game of love-making, full sexual continence, transfiguration and consecration of the fruits to God the Father. In this way it becomes possible for us to live and discover every time, during our ecstatic amorous games, God’s fundamental reality which is known to the wise ones as SAT-CIT-ANANDA.
The admission to this initiation will be based on a selection which is going to be announced shortly.
We know that in the Christian tradition the presence of Maha Shakti is the enigmatic reality of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti is in fact, in eternity, the eternal feminine power, invisible and mysterious of the Perfect Eternal Feminine. It also represents in the Christian tradition an essential and secret symbol. The Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti is in Its essence, the manifestation of an intelligent, extraordinary and mysterious feminine force, which embraces always the whole of God’s creation. Maha Shakti or the Holy Spirit is both the invisible and the extraordinary powerful feminine force of the wind, the mystery of feminine vitality, the external feminine force which supports and transforms everything within God’s creation.
When we contemplate God’s creation and its manifestation, we can say that beyond appearances, they are all expressions of the divine feminine energy or, in other words all these are facets of the PERFECT ETERNAL FEMININE. The Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti makes possible in a secret way the relationships between human beings (men and women) and God. Maha Shakti is the embracing Spirit of God. Maha Shakti or the Holy Spirit suggests to us a secret distinction between natural and supernatural. The Holy Spirit of God or Maha Shakti has been conceived with a terrible and all-inclusive supernatural feminine power (which is under the authority of God the Father) and which exercises its force only towards beneficial and divine actions.
Many initiated people and wise ones based their claimed authority upon special overwhelming manifestations of the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti which has been revealing itself within the universe of human beings (men and women) through some ecstatic and overwhelming states. In this distinction one can easily notice the sublime and uplifting role which divinely inspired music has in the stimulation of ecstasy and inspiration, especially in the women’s case. The most striking is the confession of the Biblical prophets who based their divine inspiration on Maha Shakti’s presence. The Holy Spirit or Mahashakti is often indentified in manifestation with divine ecstatic states (in Israel, but also in other religions of the East). The secret role of the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti has been often reaffirmed as being a source of inspiration for prophecies.
The idea that God is present in the universe of our being through the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti is expressed in Psalms. Considering this fundamental idea that the Holy spirit or Maha Shakti is the mysterious spirit of God, who is always without exception holy and good, one can say that the Holy Spirit or Mahashakti has an intermediate role. This is why the prophets named it Spirit or Maha Shakti – “The Holy Spirit of God”. Sometimes they called it “The Good Spirit of God” and in fact this Holy Spirit is nothing else but Mahashakti, the perfect eternal feminine and enigmatic, through whom God’s creation has been manifested
Times New RomanThe gifts of the Holy Spirit or Mahashakti mark the beginning of a divine life for both men and women. In the Acts of the Apostles, the overwhelming out pouring of the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti during Rusalii was the privileged moment when Jesus’ disciples felt when their totally divine faith began. The promise of the Gospels for the first seekers of God is concentrated on the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti and in other situations, receiving the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti is considered to be a crucial fact which indicates the acceptance of all aspirants (who are full of excitement),both men and women, by God.
In disciple Paul’s writings, the Holy Spirit’s gift or Maha Shakti, is considered to be the beginning of divine experience. In other words, a human being (man or woman) can belong to God, only if Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti manifests totally within her/him. The human being can only be united with God through the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti; they cannot benefit from the communion with God without being connected to the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti.
In disciple John’s writings, the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti is the enigmatic feminine power who gives birth again, because Holy spirit is the mysterious life giver, just like a river which flows from God and gives a new and rich spiritual life to men and women who come and believe in Him. According to disciple John, the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti is the feminine breath of life of God’s creation. He considers that the presence of the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti is life’s indescribable proof. The first Christians believed that the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti was a divine feminine power which was manifested through its multiple and profound effects upon any woman and man’s life who received the Holy Spirit. The impact of Maha Shakti or Holy Spirit has never created doubts regarding the extraordinary, profound and significant transformation which happened shortly after that, within human beings (women or men) through divine action.
It is interesting that disciple Paul asks Christians to remember always the first time, the moment of the beginning when they felt the overwhelming and indescribable manifestation of Maha Shakti or the Holy Spirit. For some, the overwhelming manifestation of Maha Shakti or the Holy Spirit has been and remained an overwhelming experience of God’s love; for others it was an experience of the ineffable divine enlightenment or divine liberation. The Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti has always made possible many spiritual and moral transformations. The Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti pours in every woman, especially, but in men also, various spiritual gifts. This is why this overwhelming outpouring of the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti can be emphasized as a fundamental feature of any Christian. It is often possible that the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti which is manifested, to be unseen but its presence felt and easily detected. The human being within whom it is fully manifested the Holy Spirit or Maha Shakti, does not depend on this world anymore and its standards in order to find an aim or a profound, overwhelming and divine satisfaction.
A meditation on the mysterious presence of Maha Shakti in maifestation (the eternal feminine, embracing and omnipresent)
Only those who are initiated and also women who reached a certain level of wisdom through the awakening in their inner universe of the state of Shakti, have the intuition, feel and are always aware of the fact that Maha Shakti (the perfect eternal feminine) is present in its hypostasis of Great Mother and when so many of us talk about Mother Nature we actually refer to the mysterious presence of Maha Shakti (the perfect eternal feminine). Through the extraordinary power which God the Father offers to Her, Maha Shakti is, in a significant way, almighty and she exists in eternity, as the feminine counterpart of God the Father.
When we look at the manifestation on this planet - through Maha Shakti’s eyes we can ask ourselves: what is that we call wisdom of this world and also of science, which is considered to be madness in comparison to perfect, embracing and eternal wisdom of God? What are all the inventions of human beings, all the cities with skyscrapers which lie (not by chance) as close to the desert? What are all the terrible weapons which these pervert people use to either ‘protect’ their so-called conquests or to perpetuate their empires full of perversity and rottenness (a significant example is USA)?
We have to be aware of the fact that all these will only turn into ashes in the future when they will be dust and powder and brought to their initial state by the great, mysterious feminine forces of nature which, sooner or later, will make everything return to their initial shape and, in this way, it will make them re-enter their primitive composition. That is when many cities which are dominated by skyscrapers will be completely cleared of those human beings who live there, or when those cannons and guns which are placed in the so-called strategic zones, will be abandoned and, after a while, grass and rust will invade the concrete, pavement will become powder and rust will inevitably eat what before was considered to be very hard steel.
It is worth looking back at the vast loneliness which is now ruined, but used to be populated by some very powerful cities at that point. Lets pay attention to the fact that – and it is not at all a coincidence, but a mysterious necessity- there are only ruins left today and the more the mysterious and omnipresent energy of time embraces and crushes them, the more they will be worn by the energy of time and in the end they will turn into ashes, they will merge with the earth, which will become virgin, and thus, a cyclical eternal return will appear soon.
It is good when we find ourselves in a place covered by the desolate ruins of an old city, to ponder, looking through Maha Shakti’s eyes (perfect eternal feminine). What was the purpose and did it matter that so many people once lived and had various superficial, ephemeral, full of illusion experiences in these places? What happened with the great majority of women and men who lived here during those times? When each one of those human beings passed away in order to leave this planet forever, their life in this physical world suddenly stopped and, immediately after, their breath froze. After that they disappeared forever from this world and now they are not at all on this planet in the way they used to be. Stop and pay attention because all that existed once will be again and again and the law of the eternal return of times will ineluctably and inexorably work in the same way it did for the desolate ruins we contemplate today, in some places on this planet.
In those times which are in the future now, the sons of the earth who will deserve to be here, will take hold of this planet and then the sublime, divine time of the past will come back, just like Apocalypse’s text shows. Beware that all these are inevitable and all prophecies inspired by God which exist in the Apocalypse, but also in other texts, predict that, eventually all these will reappear inevitably, just like we tried to explain in a certain way (addressing them to your intuition). When we face chaos and confusion in which this materialistic world drowns, Maha Shakti’s mysterious wisdom inspires us in the moment we are opened enough, makes us experience the perfect eternal feminine in a profound, grand and overwhelming way in our being, like an enigmatic source, always alive and regenerating.
Aphorisms and Thoughts
• The human being who lives in a larval state ignores his/her own defects and cannot discover, look and admire the exceptional qualities of anyone else. This kind of human being is not only ignoring his/her own defects, but also those wonderful features of someone else. She/he cannot get rid of her/his own defects because she is not capable of recognizing them. Also, she is not able to observe or reach the level of the others’ qualities because she/he is initially not capable to discover and analyze them.
• How is it possible that beauty and wonders, which are latent in other people and which we admire, can be transmitted through the eyes full of delight of the admirer in his/her being, in order to enrich him/her being in this way with new treasures of beauty which he himself discovered? The human being who reached a high level of wisdom knows already that only God the Father is always perfectly wise and in the same time knows that He is the only one who knows all forever. Understanding this aspect as it should be, even the greatest wise man continues to learn everyday so that he increases the treasure of his wisdom. This is why his type of wise man has always at his disposal two mirrors. In the first one he will see with a lot of lucidity and detachment even the smallest defect or possible flaws which are still persisting, in the smallest quantity, in his being. He strives to fix them as fast as possible. By acting in this way, the wise one preserves unaltered his modesty and humility. In the second mirror which he has he will contemplate with great delight and admiration not only the qualities, but also the virtues, together with all that is extraordinary in all human beings he comes in contact. Then the wise one does anything in his power, based on the example he is given, in order to integrate and awaken as soon as possible in his being everything that is good, beautiful and extraordinary. In this way he transforms fast through relentlessly assimilation and awakens through empathy and identification everything that is beautiful, good and extraordinary in the nature of all human beings he encounters. In this way the wise one makes secure and fast steps towards fulfillment. He continues to learn even when those obtuse and stuff in their sufficiency think that there is nothing else to learn and assimilate in their inner world.
A special comment:
In the case of those human beings who had the chance to benefit from the secret teachings of SHIVA which are contained in the secret tantric treatise GUPTA KAMA BHAIRAVA TANTRA, they can understand when it comes to this aphorism, how it is possible to assimilate and easily awaken the qualities, virtues and exceptional features of other human beings. By having an intimate connection with these human beings one can enjoy with happiness and frenzy, in a transfigured way the golden elixir (MEHASAMRITA) after the amorous fusion. In this way it becomes very easy to awaken and galvanize in our inner universe the qualities, virtues and all that is wonderful or extraordinary in the adored human being. This is how it becomes possible for those initiated to have always at their disposal a secret and privileged technique which helps them assimilate and awaken in their inner universe all the qualities and virtues of the beloved.
• Human beings who love intensely, profoundly and without limits look at the faces and bodies of those they love in a transfigured way and full of admiration. When they look at other human beings in this state, they are capable to discover in both, the features of the faces and the characteristics of the bodies, the qualities and extraordinary potential, or the latent virtues present in their entire being. They identify themselves with these qualities and extraordinary features when they empathize with the loved ones and in this way it becomes possible for them to transfer in their inner universe the valuable seeds of those qualities and exceptional features. Thus, looking with love, transfiguration and admiration at the faces and bodies of the loved ones (of the opposite sex), this creative and fruitful contemplation will awaken in the inner universe these qualities and exceptional talents, which sometimes can be in a latent state. If we understand these secret aspects presented here, we can realize that all these transformations become possible when we use the divine energy of love. As soon as we feel a real state of admiration and manage to feel this love for a human being with some exceptional qualities and talents, it becomes easy to transfer in our own inner universe, through duplication, or in other words through a sui generis graft, everything that the respective human being manifests and sets off in our being a profound state of sympathy, admiration, provoking thus love and making it increase in order to experience a state of adoration.
• A critical mean look of a human being who judges in a superficial/mean way all the time discovers immediately even the tiniest defect which exists in the human beings he sees. In the case when these human beings do not really have defects, this kind of critical, superficial and mean vision will soon project, through the game of uncontrolled imagination (on those human beings), all the defects and vices which already belong to that being. After that, this type of human being reaches a level where she/he strongly believes that the other person she/he has in front of her/his eyes, really has these defects which were projected in a mean and non-transfigured way onto her/him. We can easily notice that in these situations, this type of human being slides into a sui generis vicious circle from which she cannot easily escape. We should not be surprised by the fact that where the critical opinion discovers very fast the tiniest defect, the one full of admiration, full of love and transfiguration and delight sees none.
Meditating on these aspects which are present in some ignorant human beings and unconscious, we can realize what are the disadvantages of a critical, mean, superficial and accusatory judgment.
by Hans Hvass
An understanding of the concept of polarity is absolutely necessary for anyone who wants to make his/her first step on the path of tantra.
In the summer camp of 2007 organized by Natha Yogacenter, the concept of polarity was introduced to all participants in a way that they could understand it through direct experience.
The ancient texts of tantra did not include the chapter of polarity as polarity was at the time a very natural and integrated part of society. The concept of polarity should be the first chapter in any text book about tantra as this is an absolute prerequisite to understand all the other teachings of tantra.
The main idea of polarity is that the universe consists of a male principle called “Shiva” and a female principle called “Shakti”.
To give you an intuitive understanding of the two poles we present a list of “polar opposite” concepts. The concepts on the left of the table are feminine principles and the concepts on the right are masculine principles.
Mother earth God the father
The present moment Eternity
Material world Void
The astute reader will by meditating a short while on these “polar opposite” terminologies gain an inkling intuition about the nature of the masculine and feminine poles of existence.
From the list above the pair of words that best catch the essence of the two poles are consciousness and energy.
What is energy?
Everything in the universe is energy. Einsteins famous formula E=mc2 demonstrates to us that even mass is energy. Every physical object is just in fact “frozen” energy. The universe consists of a shimmering web of energy always changing form from one kind of energy to another in a continual flux or dance. Even our thoughts are fluxes of a certain frequency of energy created from other processes of energy.
What we normally define as energy or energetic is when we experience energy changing form from one type to another but actually the energy is always there and in its potential form we often define it as mass.
What is consciousness?
In ourselves we sense consciousness as that part of us which is “aware”. This part of us is able to pull back from any sensation or thought and simply observe. Consciousness and awareness are correlated, two sides of the same coin. If we try to establish the location of consciousness as science has been trying for many years we face a barrier. Science has already shown us that we cannot isolate consciousness by cutting out a certain part of the brain. No matter how much we dissect and dissect, consciousness escapes our grasp. It seems to be everywhere and nowhere. This is the enigma of consciousness. In the west where we are materially minded we tend to think that consciousness is a “bi-result” of the physical plane. A deeply complex bi result of a lot of parallel processes in the brain each consisting of the simultaneous firing of a lot of neurons.
In the east though the view is completely different. Consciousness is “free” from energy and exists outside energy somehow. We are not the only beings limited to "having consciousness". In fact the whole universe is seeped in consciousness. What we in the west would call "God the Father". Consciousness is in fact the backdrop of the whole physical universe.
In many philosophies in the world it is a common view that it is from consciousness that the energy arises. The universe was initially consciousness and out from this consciousness springs the energy. This view is metaphorically represented in the bible by God creating Eve from a “rib” of Adam. Today in quantum physics it is an observed phenomenon that out from nothingness a particle and its antiparticle can appear. From the void (or consciousness) energy springs forth. When the particle and its antiparticle join they will cancel each other out and again become void. The universe at the quantum level seems to be made of a soup of particles appearing out of nothing and again disappearing into nothingness.
Physicists have also shown that when all energy in the universe is added up we get Zero! The whole universe is in fact nothing! This fact harmonizes very well with the eastern concept of Maya. The world is an illusion spun in the consciousness of God the father.
As we cannot find our individual consciousness by dissecting our brains we cannot find universal consciousness by dissecting the world as the western sciences have attempted to do through the ages.
Today in the areana of quantum physics, we have dissected the universe into parts that are so small that these parts are under the direct influence of our consciousness. This makes phenomena at that level very difficult to study. We have reached a threshold where we see that consciousness and energy influence each other directly.
Consciousness and energy are polar opposites but yet they dance together in a universal dance which can be seen in all levels of manifestation from the universal, to the couple relationship to our own individual beings.
The masculine pole
To understand how “consciousness” can be seen as a trait in the masculine it is useful to understand the correlation between the concepts of consciousness and freedom. Consciousness is “free” from the material world so to say. By being aware or conscious of the flow of energy, inner or outer, you do not attach yourself to that energy. If we are sitting looking at a river we will initially get distracted by the waves on the surface. The glittering sparks of light will catch our awareness and we will instinctively follow the ripples on the surface. When we have contemplated the energies long enough we will not be distracted by them in the same way and we can “detach”. We are “free” so to say from the distraction and we can gaze deeper into the river. Another example can be found in the experiencing of physical pain in a meditation. If we try to “escape” the pain it will become bigger, but if we put awareness into it, we will find that (if done properly) this awareness will in a miraculous way dissolve the pain. The awareness will break the pain into its constituent parts and consciousness will no longer see the pain as pain but as a set of different experiences. We are “free” from the pain so to say by applying awareness and analysis. Consciousness is much a like a sword which can cut a problem into smaller problems which then can be solved. (A divide and conquer approach).
Sharpened consciousness or awareness can also be likened to an eagle soaring over the physical world. The eagle has a huge overview of the whole terrain but is at the same time able to include all the details. The eagle is able to zoom in on a mouse scurrying across a mountain side and to swoop down to catch its bait in one swift move.
Also the concept of freedom can be associated to the eagle which soars up in the skies in calm majesty, unattached to the physical world. In the metaphor of the soaring eagle it is easy to equate the concepts of consciousness and freedom.
The urge for freedom is a very masculine trait. Men aspire to freedom in everything that they do, whether it is business, relationships or football. In business many men aspire to be independent, to be their own boss. In relationships once the woman has been “conquered” the man is the one that values his “freedom” and the woman will be the one who follows.
Freedom can be seen as the “breaking through to the other side”. Men are fascinated by situations in life where a problem has to be transcended, a prison wall has to be scaled, a mountain has to be climbed etc. Even football is very masculine in its essence. A “tribe” of men is pitted against another tribe of men. When one tribe pushes through the defence lines of the other tribe kicking the ball past the goalkeeper and the ball enters the goal this is an expression of freedom. The freedom is reached as the ball passes the last barrier and has “broken through to the other side”. This is enough to bring certain types of men into a state of orgasm. Anybody who has attended a football match can attest to the mass orgasm that happens among the supporters of a team when their team scores a goal.
In the state of orgasm, whether it incurred during a football game or in bed, a man reaches what you could call a state of void. In a brief moment he is “dead”, free from “life”. He forgets all the problems typical of life (Shakti): financial problems, health problems, relationship problems etc. In one brief millisecond he is completely “free”. This is why in French an orgasm is lovingly called “le petit mort” meaning “the little death”. If you ask a man whether he was thinking of the problems of the day (in other words: Shakti) while he had his orgasm he would look increduously at you.
The very nature of the masculine orgasm is this race to freedom or the void. The man will enter orgasm much quicker than women who have hardly become warm before the man has reached the peak of his arousal! For the woman it is the process that is important but for the man it is the goal because the goal is the promise of that freedom. The moment the goal is attained that spark of freedom is felt. In this moment he lets go off everything.
In the depths of his being men long for the void, a place where they are free of the energy. Men will go to great lengths to be “free from” or “above the” energy. Men have meditated in caves for years on end, sat in barrels on top of poles, abstained from sex etc. According to his level of consciousness a man will strive for his freedom in different ways. For example, a not so “evolved” man will seek his freedom by sitting in front of the television with his beer. A man with a higher level consciousness will obviously see that this is a form of escapism. A more evolved man will at least move out of the couch and go to the football game. A yet more evolved man will seek his freedom through intellectual pastimes or through the attaining of knowledge.
A spiritually developed man will strive for inner freedom through meditation and spiritual practice.
It is a very masculine trait to live a life according to a principle for a principle is eternal, a principle belongs to the world of ideas, the world of the transcendent, the world that goes beyond the ephemeral always changing “Shakti”. A principle stays a principle no matter what happens in the outer world.
In societies which emphasized polarity a lot, such as for example was the case in Japan in the time of the samurai, a man would rather sacrifice his life than suffer dishonour. The principle was more important than life itself.
You can judge a man's “manhood” by his level of inner freedom, awareness and ability to follow a high principle.
You can also judge a man's masculinity by his ability to stay centered in the face of any energy or woman that he encounters. He has the “void” so firmly implanted in his being that no woman or event in life can bring him out of this place of inner identification with the male principle. A masculine man goes for his goals filled with enthusiasm because he instinctively knows that Shakti will test him in all the ways she can but that his masculine essence if cultivated, will “break through to the other side” and he will obtain that goal.
A man penetrates the world (Shakti) with his consciousness. He is continuously aware of what goes around him at the same time always aware of his own energies.
All women who have had the opportunity to have a gifted lover can attest to this. He was 100% there so to say. If you want flowers he will pull out a rose from his jacket. He stares intensely at you seeing your every innermost need before you even see it yourself. He is in fact more aware of you than you are as the masculine man is very aware indeed.
In lovemaking he is completely aware into the act itself. He is more focused on the woman than the fulfilment of his own pleasure. He controls his energies so well that he can prolong the act and the pleasure as well. His gaze penetrates into energy and through his awareness a woman feels “polarized”, meaning she can allow himself to fall into her feminine pole. The masculine pole is taken care of by the man as it should because this is where it belongs.
A man who has a high level of consciousness can send women into states of orgasm just by being near her, because women can feel the level of his awareness. If you are a man reading this you can make the experiment of focusing your attention on a woman physically nearby, tracing her moves in the corner of his eye, intuitively feeling the rate of her breath and correlating the rhythm of his breath to this, intuitively feeling what she is thinking and correlating your thoughts to this. You will be surprised to notice that the woman will open to you and approach you or send you sweet smiles.
The feminine pole
In nature energy is continuously changing from one form to another. Heat becomes cold, water turns to steam and then again to water, Stella fogs condense and become stars etc. Nature is in a continual state of transformation. The feminine is continuously changing her form.
All men know how women change their moods in a continuous flux. One moment expressing anger, another moment expressing sadness and in the next moment expressing joy. Men who naturally tend towards continuity and the state of void can often be very overwhelmed by these shifts of energy in the woman. It seems to them irrational and illogical, but an experienced man will learn to listen to women like he listens to nature itself.
We bring here the famous quote from David Deidas “The superior man” as it very eloquently catches this idea:
“When you listen to your woman, listen to her as you would the ocean, or the wind in the leaves. The sounds you hear from her are sounds of the motion of her feeling energy. Of course, there are times when she speaks in the masculine style of meaning exactly what she says, but more often, and almost always in emotional moments, what she says is the sound of her feelings. Her feminine speech is far more like poetry than like a clear cut agenda for action. In an emotional moment, what she says she is going to do is actually an expression of what she feels like doing in the moment. Her feelings, and therefore what she is actually going to do, could change in five minutes. It could change every five minutes”
Like a man has to cultivate awareness as this is central in his being a woman has to learn to abandon to the energies as this is the basis of her structure. By abandoning we mean a deep surrendering. To accept and embrace all energies as they are, to accept the universe as it is, to accept her life as it is and to let herself be guided through a deep trust. In nature though things are constantly transforming we can sense the presence of a master plan behind it all. Otherwise the wonderfully complex structures we see in the creation would not be there, but everything would be completely chaotic. Do you think that nature opposes this master plan? No, it follows lovingly, enfolding itself to this grandiose vision which is the vision of the masculine aspect of the universe.
Where Shiva creates a concept, a frame, Shakti will fill it up playing close attention to all the details. The masculine comes with the idea and the woman will carry the idea through till its perfection. If a man is the river bed the woman is the river filling out all the nooks and crannies . If the man builds the house the woman makes sure all the spaces are beautifully decorated and include the correct furniture. The masculine will present the direction or mission statement and the feminine will provide the energy necessary to fulfil the mission.
We are not stating that a woman does not have anything to say in the decision making of the man. As her nature is energy a wise woman aids in the decision process of the man by presenting him with the correct “choices of energy”.
In the world of quantum physics the universe consists of an endless spectrum of choices, and it is only when consciousness “shines its light” on creation that one of the potential choices crystallizes into the reality that is then perceived by the consciousness. The man sees the content of the room depending on the nature of his light.
Before awareness is cast on a wave of light it remains a wave, “a potentiality”. The moment awareness is cast on the wave of light it becomes a particle, a certainty, an object with a certain position in time and space. Depending on the consciousness of the observer the universe moulds itself completely to the presets of this consciousness.
We choose to believe that there “is a spoon” because our consciousness believes very deeply that the spoon exists, and the universal Shakti responds immediately: “You choose to see spoon, ergo I present spoon to you”. As we grow in our spiritual development we learn that the “spoon” is a fabrication of our consciousness and we learn to bend it with our consciousness.
At the level where we are, we do not realize that there are other choices available to us than believing in the existence of the spoon.
The higher the consciousness, the bigger the spectrum of choices available to us in any given situation. The higher the eagle soars the more potentiality it can grasp in its vision, before zooming down into one detail (or choice).
Testing the man
It is in the deepest nature of woman to “test” men. For men it may seem a test but for woman this is a natural way of being. A woman feels to manifest her energy, to abandon to it completely. If she follows her nature but the man cannot stand in the face of her stream of energy she feels lost and dissatisfied at a deep level as she does not allow her full power to unfold. If a woman shouts at her husband and he shouts back as emotional as she does they will both sink to the bottom of the ocean of chaos. If instead he remains calm and aware and can see through the anger to what was the initial frustration or energy that started the whole tirade he has thereby cast his awareness on that situation and “polarized” the woman. Any gifted psychologist “polarizes” his client finding the essence of the problem (energetic blockage) and thereby releasing the energy that was blocked. A woman wants the man to “stay above the surface”. The man must stay in his boat so to say, and not get pulled into the water.
Men must understand that in front of this ocean of energy he is but a boat. He cannot fight the ocean but he can speak with the ocean, he can navigate the ocean and send his love to the ocean. If his heart is pure, his will strong and his vision clear the ocean will help him navigate across her, sending him the correct winds and currents.
These mechanisms can be translated to all kinds of examples we can see in the daily relations between men and woman but this is out of the scope of the current article. For the beginner I warmly recommend the book "The superior man" by David Deida. For more advanced though, this book is not enough and a serious study of Tantra should be applied.
Many men who have not studied polarity or intuitively understood these mechanisms feel anger towards the feminine. For them the feminine is irrational, illogical, disturbing and overwhelming. They want to run away from the challenges and problems of life. The superior man understands that behind any test in life lies a deep meaning and a deep love. By challenging Shiva, Shakti allows him to grow until he flies as the eagle.
By successfully passing the test, the consciousness of the man grows and he will be placed before new and bigger tests.
When Eve asks Adam to eat the Apple, Adam should have taken it, cut of the bad parts and given it back to her. This would have been a wise man who understood that women want the discernment and generosity of men. Instead Adam follows his own ego and eats the apple. In this way starts the separation from the essence and Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden.
The state of Androgyny
As we grow in our spiritual development we approach what in tantra is called the state of androgyny. Androgyny in this context does not mean a wiping out of the poles, but the strengthening of each of the poles within us so that the masculine pole is strong and the feminine pole is strong. A spiritual developed person is often more masculine than most men and more feminine than most women.
When there is a strong polarity within us we have access to endless amounts of energy and inspiration exactly like in a fresh battery where there is a big “polarity” between the plus and minus.
A person with a high level of inner polarization, meaning a person with a strong masculine pole and a strong feminine pole, is a person who works efficiently. That persons masculine part will provide a very coherent framework for the solving of the problems of the day and for the attainment of the goal, and the feminine part will fill out all the details in the framework coming with the right inspirations at the right times.
A person who understands polarity will give his/her subconscious mind a clear and firm request (masculine) and knows that the subconscious mind (which is feminine in its nature) will come up with an answer. This is why it is good to state a problem that you want to solve before sleeping as you will put your feminine part to work out the solution while you sleep. You will often wake up with the idea of how to proceed.
The list of examples like this is long but we hope you have understood the fundamental principle.
By understanding and applying the principles of polarity in our life we start using the energies around us in the correct and efficient way. We gain a deepened sense of awe of the universe and the fascinating game between the masculine and feminine.
In the time to come we will present more in depth articles about polarity here at Natha.net as this article just scratches the surface.
Looking at things from the perspective of the “Wholeness”, over centuries the “parts”, meaning us, human beings, have constantly aimed towards the reunification with the Whole… we live our busy lives, taking care of our daily concerns, but in our inner universe each one of us has, more or less consciously, the drive towards something beyond… each one of us feels intuitively that there is somewhere, somehow, a place where everything is still.
This inner drive has inspired some to follow certain paths that took them closer to those places, while others are still struggling in the “outer world”, still believing they will reach the “wholeness” by getting a better car, job, dog, etc… Some succeeded to reach the Full Realization by constant and perseverant practice, such as yoga or meditation, or other similar practices, while others managed to have some glimpses of that Ultimate Reality with some exterior help, such as herbs and plants. Aldous Huxley is one of those who was determined to find out what it is like “out there”, which is actually more ”in here” then anywhere else, and with the help of certain special plants he succeeded to take a glance at the “Beyond”. In the following, we present you some excerpts from his book “the Doors of Perception” in which he describes what the world looks like from the, let’s call it, Witness perspective. The state he describes is strikingly similar to states which yogis explain that they experience in states of deep meditation, therefore we present you this text as part of our monthly theme about meditation.
1. "The change which actually took place in that world was in no sense revolutionary. Half an hour after swallowing the drug I became aware of a slow dance of golden lights. A little later there were sumptuous red surfaces swelling and expanding from bright nodes of energy that vibrated with a continuously changing, patterned life. At another time the closing of my eyes revealed a complex of gray structures, within which pale bluish spheres kept emerging into intense solidity and, having emerged, would slide noiselessly upwards, out of sight. [...]
I took my pill at eleven. An hour and a half later, I was sitting in my study, looking intently at a small glass vase. The vase contained only three flowers-a full-blown Belie of Portugal rose, shell pink with a hint at every petal's base of a hotter, flamier hue; a large magenta and cream-colored carnation; and, pale purple at the end of its broken stalk, the bold heraldic blossom of an iris. Fortuitous and provisional, the little nosegay broke all the rules of traditional good taste."
Danuta Rogula - Hydrangea Study II
"At breakfast that morning I had been struck by the lively dissonance of its colors. But that was no longer the point. I was not looking now at an unusual flower arrangement. I was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his creation-the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence.
"Is it agreeable?" somebody asked. (During this Part of the experiment, all conversations were recorded on a dictating machine, and it has been possible for me to refresh my memory of what was said.)
"Neither agreeable nor disagreeable," I answered. "It just is."
Istigkeit - wasn't that the word Meister Eckhart liked to use? "Is-ness." The Being of Platonic philosophy - except that Plate seems to have made the enormous, the grotesque mistake of separating Being from becoming and identifying it with the mathematical abstraction of the Idea. He could never, poor fellow, have seen a bunch of flowers shining with their own inner light and all but quivering under the pressure of the significance with which they were charged; could never have perceived that what rose and iris and carnation so intensely signified was nothing more, and nothing less, than what they were - a transience that was yet eternal life, a perpetual perishing that was at the same time pure Being, a bundle of minute, unique particulars in which, by some unspeakable and yet self-evident paradox, was to be seen the divine source of all existence.
I continued to look at the flowers, and in their living light I seemed to detect the qualitative equivalent of breathing - but of a breathing without returns to a starting point, with no recurrent ebbs but only a repeated flow from beauty to heightened beauty, from deeper to ever deeper meaning. Words like "grace" and "transfiguration" came to my mind, and this, of course, was what, among other things, they stood for. My eyes traveled from the rose to the carnation, and from that feathery incandescence to the smooth scrolls of sentient amethyst which were the iris. The Beatific Vision, Sat-Chit-Ananda, Being-Awareness-Bliss - for the first time I understood, not on the verbal level, not by inchoate hints or at a distance, but precisely and completely what those prodigious syllables referred to."
2. <<"What about spatial relationships?" the investigator inquired, as I was looking at the books.
It was difficult to answer. True, the perspective looked rather odd, and the walls of the room no longer seemed to meet in right angles. But these were not the really important facts. The really important facts were that spatial relationships had ceased to matter very much and that my mind was perceiving the world in terms of other than spatial categories. At ordinary times the eye concerns itself with such problems as Where? - How far? - How situated in relation to what? In the mescalin experience the implied questions to which the eye responds are of another order. Place and distance cease to be of much interest. The mind does its Perceiving in terms of intensity of existence, profundity of significance, relationships within a pattern. I saw the books, but was not at all concerned with their positions in space. What I noticed, what impressed itself upon my mind was the fact that all of them glowed with living light and that in some the glory was more manifest than in others. In this context, position and the three dimensions were beside the point. Not, of course, that the category of space had been abolished. When I got up and walked about, I could do so quite normally, without misjudging the whereabouts of objects. Space was still there; but it had lost its predominance. The mind was primarily concerned, not with measures and locations, but with being and meaning.
And along with indifference to space there went an even more complete indifference to time.
"There seems to be plenty of it," was all I would answer, when the investigator asked me to say what I felt about time.
Plenty of it, but exactly how much was entirely irrelevant. I could, of course, have looked at my watch; but my watch, I knew, was in another universe. My actual experience had been, was still, of an indefinite duration or alternatively of a perpetual present made up of one continually changing apocalypse.>>
3. "From the books the investigator directed my attention to the furniture. A small typing table stood in the center of the room; beyond it, from my point of view, was a wicker chair and beyond that a desk. The three pieces formed an intricate pattern of horizontals, uprights and diagonals - a pattern all the more interesting for not being interpreted in terms of spatial relationships. Table, chair and desk came together in a composition that was like something by Braque or Juan Gris,
Georges Braque - Bottle, Newspaper, Pipe, and Glass
a still life recognizably related to the objective world, but rendered without depth, without any attempt at photographic realism. I was looking at my furniture, not as the utilitarian who has to sit on chairs, to write at desks and tables, and not as the cameraman or scientific recorder, but as the pure aesthete whose concern is only with forms and their relationships within the field of vision or the picture space. But as I looked, this purely aesthetic, Cubist's-eye view gave place to what I can only describe as the sacramental vision of reality. I was back where I had been when I was looking at the flowers-back in a world where everything shone with the Inner Light, and was infinite in its significance. The legs, for example, of that chair - how miraculous their tubularity, how supernatural their polished smoothness!
Van Gogh's chair
I spent several minutes - or was it several centuries? - not merely gazing at those bamboo legs, but actually being them - or rather being myself in them; or, to be still more accurate (for "I" was not involved in the case, nor in a certain sense were "they") being my Not-self in the Not-self which was the chair."
4. "To a person whose transfigured and transfiguring mind can see the All in every this, the first-rateness or tenth-rateness of even a religious painting will be a matter of the most sovereign indifference.) Art, I suppose, is only for beginners, or else for those resolute dead-enders, who have made up their minds to be content with the ersatz of Suchness, with symbols rather than with what they signify, with the elegantly composed recipe in lieu of actual dinner."
5. "My attention was arrested and I gazed in fascination, not at the pale neurotic heroine or her attendant, not at the victim's hairy head or the vernal landscape in the background, but at the purplish silk of Judith's pleated bodice and long wind-blown skirts.
Boticelli - Judith, with the head of Holofemes
This was something I had seen before - seen that very morning, between the flowers and the furniture, when I looked down by chance, and went on passionately staring by choice, at my own crossed legs. Those folds in the trousers - what a labyrinth of endlessly significant complexity! And the texture of the gray flannel - how rich, how deeply, mysteriously sumptuous! And here they were again, in Botticelli's picture.
Civilized human beings wear clothes, therefore there can be no portraiture, no mythological or historical storytelling without representations of folded textiles. But though it may account for the origins, mere tailoring can never explain the luxuriant development of drapery as a major theme of all the plastic arts. Artists, it is obvious, have always loved drapery for its own sake - or, rather, for their own. When you paint or carve drapery, you are painting or carving forms which, for all practical purposes, are non-representational - the kind of unconditioned forms on which artists even in the most naturalistic tradition like to let themselves go. In the average Madonna or Apostle the strictly human, fully representational element accounts for about ten per cent of the whole. All the rest consists of many colored variations on the inexhaustible theme of crumpled wool or linen. And these non-representational nine-tenths of a Madonna or an Apostle may be just as important qualitatively as they are in quantity. Very often they set the tone of the whole work of art, they state the key in which the theme is being rendered, they express the mood, the temperament, the attitude to life of the artist. Stoical serenity reveals itself in the smooth surfaces, the broad untortured folds of Piero's draperies.
Piero - Madonna del parto
Torn between fact and wish, between cynicism and idealism, Bernini tempers the all but caricatural verisimilitude of his faces with enormous sartorial abstractions, which are the embodiment, in stone or bronze, of the everlasting commonplaces of rhetoric - the heroism, the holiness, the sublimity to which mankind perpetually aspires, for the most part in vain.
Bernini - Ecstasy of Santa Teresa
And here are El Greco's disquietingly visceral skirts and mantles; here are the sharp, twisting, flame-like folds in which Cosimo Tura clothes his figures: in the first, traditional spirituality breaks down into a nameless physiological yearning; in the second, there writhes an agonized sense of the world's essential strangeness and hostility.
Cosmo Tura - The spring
Or consider Watteau; his men and women play lutes, get ready for balls and harlequinades, embark, on velvet lawns and under noble trees, for the Cythera of every lover's dream; their enormous melancholy and the flayed, excruciating sensibility of their creator find expression, not in the actions recorded, not in the gestures and the faces portrayed, but in the relief and texture of their taffeta skirts, their satin capes and doublets.
Watteau - Pilgrimage to Cythera
Not an inch of smooth surface here, not a moment of peace or confidence, only a silken wilderness of countless tiny pleats and wrinkles, with an incessant modulation - inner uncertainty rendered with the perfect assurance of a master hand - of tone into tone, of one indeterminate color into another. In life, man proposes, God disposes. In the plastic arts the proposing is done by the subject matter; that which disposes is ultimately the artist's temperament, proximately (at least in portraiture, history and genre) the carved or painted drapery. Between them, these two may decree that a fête galante shall move to tears, that a crucifixion shall be serene to the point of cheerfulness, that a stigmatization shall be almost intolerably sexy, that the likeness of a prodigy of female brainlessness (I am thinking now of Ingres' incomparable Mme. Moitessier) shall express the austerest, the most uncompromising intellectuality.
Jean-Auguste-Dominique INGRES - Madame Moitessier
But this is not the whole story. Draperies, as I had now discovered, are much more than devices for the introduction of non-representational forms into naturalistic paintings and sculptures. […] …draperies are living hieroglyphs that stand in some peculiarly expressive way for the unfathomable mystery of pure being. More even than the chair, though less perhaps than those wholly supernatural flowers, the folds of my gray flannel trousers were charged with "Is-ness."
7. "Meanwhile I had turned, at the investigator's request, from the portrait of Cézanne to what was going on, inside my head, when I shut my eyes. […] And as I looked, it became very clear that this five-and-ten-cent ship was in some way connected with human pretensions, with the portrait of Cézanne, with A.B. among the Dolomites overacting his favorite character in fiction. This suffocating interior of a dime-store ship was my own personal self; these gimcrack mobiles of tin and plastic were my personal contributions to the universe."
"I felt the lesson to be salutary, but was sorry, none the less, that it had had to be administered at this moment and in this form. As a rule the mescalin taker discovers an inner world as manifestly a datum, as self-evidently "infinite and holy," as that transfigured outer world which I had seen with my eyes open. From the first, my own case had been different. Mescalin had endowed me temporarily with the power to see things with my eyes shut; but it could not, or at least on this occasion did not, reveal an inscape remotely comparable to my flowers or chair or flannels "out there." What it had allowed me to perceive inside was not the Dharma-Body, in images, but my own mind; not Suchness, but a set of symbols - in other words, a homemade substitute for Suchness."
8. And yet,"I felt myself constrained to say, as I listened to these strange products of a Counter-Reformation psychosis working upon a late medieval art form, "and yet it does not matter that he's all in bits. The whole is disorganized. But each individual fragment is in order, is a representative of a Higher Order. The Highest Order prevails even in the disintegration. The totality is present even in the broken pieces. More clearly present, perhaps, than in a completely coherent work. At least you aren't lulled into a sense of false security by some merely human, merely fabricated order. You have to rely on your immediate perception of the ultimate order. So in a certain sense disintegration may have its advantages. But of course it's dangerous, horribly dangerous. Suppose you couldn't get back, out of the chaos...">>
9. <<"O nobly born, let not thy mind be distracted."That was the problem - to remain undistracted. Undistracted by the memory of past sins, by imagined pleasure, by the bitter aftertaste of old wrongs and humiliations, by all the fears and hates and cravings that ordinarily eclipse the Light. What those Buddhist monks did for the dying and the dead, might not the modern psychiatrist do for the insane? Let there be a voice to assure them, by day and even while they are asleep, that in spite of all the terror, all the bewilderment and confusion, the ultimate Reality remains unshakably itself and is of the same substance as the inner light of even the most cruelly tormented mind. By means of such devices as recorders, clock-controlled switches, public address systems and pillow speakers it should be very easy to keep the inmates of even an understaffed institution constantly reminded of this primordial fact. Perhaps a few of the lost souls might in this way be helped to win some measure of control over the universe - at once beautiful and appalling, but always other than human, always totally incomprehensible - in which they find themselves condemned to live.
- (Legal and Media Cases)
HOW AN IDEAL TURNED INTO A COURTCASE
By Sahajananda Porslund
This article serves to give the reader the background story about Bhoga. It also serves partly as an answer to the accusations against Natha yogacenter published on the site www.bhoga.dk.
Content of article
The opinions on the website www.bhoga.dk about the ownership and future plans for Bhoga, as well as the serious accusations about Mihai Stoian and other teachers from Natha Yogacenter, are not shared by the involved parts and sideline witnesses to the Bhoga story. Going through the documents and official protocols of Bhoga Ashram and of the Bhoga court case, and by interviewing people from the Bhoga community and from Natha Yogacenter, Natha.net offers here a coherent overview of the past years events and surprising development in the spiritual community, Bhoga Ashram.
It started as a minor conflict between one of the members of the community, Kim Schmock, and the community living there. The conflict scaled up and the case went to court where Kim Schmock who left the community claimed his right to throw out the other inhabitants there and sell the farm to a third part. Kim Schmock wants it to appear as if he is the rightful owner and initiator of Bhoga, who was unfairly treated by the community and who is now claiming his fair right. A crusade against "injustice" caused towards him. But the community itself and people connected to the place thinks otherwise and give us a quite different story about harassment and manipulation damaging the future of a genuine spiritual initiative.
2. A sacred space
By comparing photos taken 6 years ago before the spiritual community Bhoga Ashram bought the place and how the place looks now, it is clear that many people have worked hard to make the place what it is today. Bhoga is an ashram. An ashram can be compared to an intentional community formed primarily for spiritual upliftment of its members, ie a sacred space for those seeking to discover their inner spiritual nature in an environment which facilitates this search.
Bhoga Ashram today hosts a dynamic spiritual community of several yoga teachers from Natha Yogacenter, two professional musicians educated in Rythmic music conservatory in Copenhagen, a Swedish moviemaker graduated from the Danish Film Academy, the editorial staff of the newsmagazine Logos, the daily manager of a teahouse in Copenhagen and several other visitors working on different other creative projects in the contemplative surroundings of Bhoga Ashram. I arrive in the middle of the annual summer camps held in Bhoga Ashram by Natha yogacenter. The impression from the article “Nathas True Face” published on www.bhoga.dk of a place squattered by a mad isolated sect barricading the entire place is already dissolved in the warm summer sun, as I am welcomed by several of the members of the community with warm greetings and a wonderful vegetarian meal. Around the buildings I find yoga teachers teaching yoga to the camp participants in the garden, one is mowing the lawn around the tents on the field together with two playing kids. From the main house I hear loud laughter – ‘can savage squatters really laugh that hard’, I am catching myself thinking – and through the door to the big kitchen I find a group of younger people cutting vegetables listening to the lecture from the conference-hall next door through the speakers.
My first impression of Bhoga ashram was not at all in alignment with the information published on www.bhoga.dk. How come? I decided on further investigation within the community itself, since bhoga.dk definitely did not give a complete picture of the situation. Actually the version of the Bhoga Case ‘Nathas true face’ written and published by Kim Schmock on bhoga.dk who left the community, suddenly appeared extremely subjective and did not seem to appreciate the truth at all. In fact it was just 3 short lines claiming Bhoga to be squattered by Natha Yogacenter and a lot of serious accusations and calumnies against ‘the squatters’.
According to the members of the community Bhoga Ashram they are in these days facing a case in court against one mans clever attempt to destroy the community and its activities and gain the profit on the sale of a property which never belonged to him and never was financed by him. Bhoga was bought at a price of 2.1 million kroner. As current house prices are today, Bhoga could easily be sold for 6 million kroners. This gives Kim Schmock a profit of around 4 million kroner not to mention the amount already payed down by people living in Bhoga through the times believing that their rent money was paying down the loans of a place believed to be Natha Yogacenters. As Bhogas credit institute loans are set up at the moment there is an annual downpayment of the original loan of 2.1 million of around 100.000 a year. This means that in rent these people have payed down 600.000 kroner of the original price (subtracting Kims own rentpayment). KIM STANDS TO GAIN A POSSIBLE PROFIT OF 4.6 MILLION KRONERS based on the work of a whole community in the course of many years! As we unfolded the different chapters of the Bhoga Case, it turned out to be the story about a community where heartful trust and team spirit is the fundamental level of communication and cooperation, and how one member of the community suddenly turned his back and went from loyal and trusted over suspicious and greedy to manipulative and irresponsible.
4. Buying the ashram The intention declaration
In the summer of 2000 a dozen spiritual seekers were looking for the same thing: A spiritual community inspired by the teachings in yoga, tantra and meditation from Natha Yogacenter. Among these people were Kim Schmock and Amrita Hansen. They had met in a small yoga camp in a summerhouse on Møn, where among others Kim Schmock together with his girlfriend Helle Grønhøj and Amrita Hansen were participating. What they did not know at that time was that they only few months later were going to buy a old farm on the countryside of Vejby together in order to fulfill their apparently common dream.
Amrita Hansen and Kim Schmock took the first initiative visiting Aadyssegaard (The name of the farm before it became "Bhoga") in Vejby later the same summer. According to Amrita Hansen they were all very enthusiastic, especially Kim and Helle: “Kim presented to us, that he wanted to buy the farm for the sake of creating a place, where there would be the same spirit and the same atmosphere all year round, as the one they had experienced on Møn. Especially Helle was very enthusiastic and said: ‘One should be together like this all the time and not just in one camp once a year’. Both Kim and Helle were very open, warm and helpful people.”
In October 2000 Kim Schmock put forth the initial downpayment necessary to buy Bhoga, signed the ownership contract and started renovating the wrecked old farm together with his new friends and colleagues of the community who decided to move there immediately, determined to realize their common dream. It was clear for everybody within the community that the place was going to belong to the community, even though the first primary payment and the loan for buying the place were established by Kim Schmock. The whole project and the renovation of the place was based on the common spiritual idea of creating a community based on the teachings of Natha Yogacenter, and furthermore to offer the place once it had been built up as a cultural house organised by Natha Yogacenter full of creative and spiritual activities for the local society.
The clear agreement within the community and confirmed in the protocols of many house meetings was therefore that Bhoga was belonging to the community and that Kim Schmock was only the generous cashier for managing the financial fuel for starting up the project. Already in November 2000 all the present members of the Bhoga community signed an Intention Declaration including Kim Schmock. The original and signed declaration was archived in Kim Schmocks personal papers and was not available for our investigation, but an electronic copy of the intention declaration remained in Natha Yogacenters archive dated and last modified on 15th of November 2000. It goes as follows:
Declaration of intent of 15. november 2000
This declaration is binding
The signers of this declaration form the Ådyssegård Asramcommunity, which, until further notice, takes responsability for building the asram. At decisions related to the building, NATHAs or MISAs leader has right to veto.
The signers bind themselves to the following:
1. To transform Ådyssegården Møngevej 11, Vejby, into a spiritual development- and course-center, with ecologically sustainable facilities.
2. To leave the leading and the economical responsability concerning Ådysse-gården to NATHA or its mother-organisation MISA, after the Ådyssegård is free of debt.
3. That Ådyssegården pays back it present owner, Kim Schmock, his expense for the downpayment at the purchase of the property (kr. 130.000,-), which has to be payed back before the leaving over to NATHA/ MISA. That all economical duties and obligations are removed from Kim Schmock and Helle Grønhøj
4. To facilitate these transactions through the formal forming of a self-owning trust (”fond”) under the official leadership of NATHA or MISA, as soon as possible.
The signers understand, acknowledge and bind themselves to the following:
5. To adopt the spiritual lifestyle according to NATHAs system, and to practice yoga in the measure given in the house rules.
6. To contribute to the building of the development- and course-center with labour or amounts that equals the value of the labour, in the measure given in the house rules.
7. That an individuals moving in or out can be decided by NATHAs or finally by MISAs leader.
8. At moving in, to contribute to the center by giving it first priority in the daily life.
9. At moving in, to pay the settled rent for the next 6 months. After this there is a 3 months time limit.
On the house meeting 3rd of April 2001 Kim Schmock officially announces that: “Kim and Helle already now want to begin the make over of the farm, so Kim no longer is registered as owner and guarantor, but is free from this. Kim, Christine Maria and other interested and relevant persons will form a committee, where we investigate the possibilities.”
5. The making of the ashram
Indeed a generous attitude, which in fact just reflects the same generosity from all the people working to establish the retreat centre. Many people who either studied or sympathized with the teachings of Natha Yogacenter gathered in the weekends to help their friends to make this wonderful initiative come through. “I was part of a men’s group in Natha Yogacenter and every Saturday morning we went to Bhoga to help the initiating renovation project. It was an amazing atmosphere of doing something together and it seemed just like what the school needed in order to create a physical location where we together could develop projects connected to the school. For example yoga camps, silent retreats, music festivals et cetera. Of course I never doubted that the place belonged to Natha Yogacenter, since it was publicly expressed among all the ones in charge in that time, including Kim”, says Martin Svensson. People even came all the way from Israel in order to participate in the yearly summer camps and in the necessary preparations: “I came together with two of my friends from Israel for the camp. We worked here for more than one month 8-10 hours pr day even with hard physical work. I was sure this placed belonged to Natha Yogacenter already, and even though I am a little naive, in this case I heard Kim express it clearly like that. Now I really don’t know what to say, but I am surprised how anyone can be so blinded by money or whatever might be his motivation for trying to destroy our wonderful community,” says Veredit Zeithun who used to live in Bhoga Ashram.
It did not take long before the community on the farm together decided to host the first big yoga camp held by Natha Yogacenter. In the beginning of 2001 before the first camp it was clear that the community met their first big challenge. Organizing a summer camp for 200 people on Ådyssegaard was definitely not an easy task considering the present conditions. And at the same time the community decided on a house meeting with the support of all members, to become an official ashram in alignment with the spiritual teachings of Natha Yogacenter, and furthermore to change the official name of the place to Bhoga Ashram. Amrita Hansen who was the first ashram leader in Bhoga and who organized the first summer camp writes in her deposition about the Bhoga Case: “When we had working weekends I helped where it was needed. Often I cooked food for all the people who came. Sometimes more than 20 people came. Mikael Eriksson instructed in how to build […] Kim borrowed us all his tools and he also had his own work team fixing all the things, which he would not let anybody borrow his special tools to fix.
None of us, none of all those people coming and working voluntary in their weekends and long afternoons, ever doubted that the farm belonged to ‘us’, meaning the group of people, who were practicing yoga according to the teachings of the same spiritual school, Natha Yogacenter. None of us doubted that Natha Yogacenter was going to own the place, when the time was ripe for this – and that was why all these people came and helped with voluntary work. I would never have called all these people, or worked that hard for the place, if I have had the slightest suspicion that Kim one day would declare it all to be his private property. I would have been embarrassed to ask my friends to work for free, so that a private person could take economical advantage of it.”
The people living in Bhoga Ashram were all in their first years of their yoga/studies and therefore Amrita Hansen moved in, in order to help the community in the right direction and more urgently to help organizing the soon to come summer camp: “I moved into Bhoga Ashram, Møngevej 11, 3210 Vejby on the 1st of April 2000 after agreement with the people living there, among them Kim Schmock. I moved in as ‘ashram leader’ first having secured myself, that everybody wanted the place to become a real ashram.” Just before that on the 26th of March 2001 Kim Schmock had signed a contract, declaring that in case he resigns from the Bhoga project, he will pass over the farm to the community living there: “The undersigned hereby guarantees, that if I do not wish to live an ashram life and hand over the leadership of the ashram, to the leader chosen by Grieg (right now Christine Maria Hansen), then I will hand over the farm to the people in the Ashram (Natha) and move out in the best possible harmonious way.” Signed by Kim Schmock 26/03/01.
Signed by Kim Schmock 26/03/01
6. The ownership: Kims proposed donation
Beside the verbal confirmations I was amazed as a reporter to see a written contract in such a dispute, and I had to ask myself: What makes a single member of a community suddenly claim the rights for a place which he 5 years before obviously resigned all ownership from in a written piece of paper handed over to the official protocol of the community?
As if this should not be evidence enough to confirm the original intention of Kim Schmock, as a loyal, trustworthy and responsible member of the community, whose only official and well-known idea about the place was, that it belonged to the community and was dedicated to integrate the teachings of Natha yogacenter in a living spiritual community. Only 2 months later immediately after a successful summer camp Kim according to several witnesses publicly announced his gratitude for the teachings of the school and his intentions even ‘to donate’ his downpayment for buying the farm to Natha. The entire community managed to transform an abandoned farm into a quiet well functioning and well-facilitated camp-site, Kim Schmock send a signed letter to Gregorian Bivolaru, the founder of Natha Yogacenter and the spiritual mentor of many of the students there, explaining certain aspects about the economy of Bhoga Ashram. Again in this letter he declares that his ownership of the place is pure formality and indeed the place belongs to the community: “I am not able to finance further development of Bhoga, but I got an idea. If I received the 160.000 kr back now, I will donate the whole amount to Bhoga Ashram as a start capital for making the facilities needed.” The official process for handing over the legal property papers of Bhoga to Natha unfortunately did never happen. Because in fact Kim was himself in charged of the economy of both Bhoga and Natha and for some reason never started this process.
7. What the others did not know…
But still we have not yet seen why Kim turned his back on the community 5 years later. What happened and is there any footprints leading us back to when it actually happened?
According to Amrita Hansen, ashram leader in Bhoga at that time there was already a split in the mind of Kim Schmock from the beginning: “Kim was in this way ‘depending’ on that people from Natha Yogacenter were interested in the project for two obvious reasons: The first was that he and Helle obviously could not create a spiritual community by themselves. They needed somebody to move in and to do it together with, somebody who had more experience than themselves. The other reason was that Kim could not afford to pay for all the expenses for maintaining the place. He was all the time very careful to secure himself: To make sure enough people would move in and to make them oblige for a long enough period, in order to make sure he would not suddenly risk his initiative and go bankrupt. As a matter of fact Kim all the time showed himself as a person with a good sense for his own economy.”
So Kim Schmock not only wanted a spiritual community, but also a “place with horses for him and his girlfriend Helle”, as Amrita Hansen writes in her witness deposition about Bhoga. But what was most important: The community or his own romantic dream? In fact maybe Kim just wanted “a place with horses” where he and his girlfriend could enjoy their according to Amrita Hansen quite expensive lifestyle. But is it morally correct to pretend in front of a community of around 10 people and not to mention in front of a whole school of hundreds of people, contributing for 6 years with free labour, that you are working for their project, when in fact you are only dreaming about horses? Nonetheless many facts are showing us that this is the reality.
8. The economical set up
Already from the beginning Kim declared in several house meetings – as it is found in the house meeting summaries - and confirmed by the ashram leader at that time Amrita Hansen, that the economical responsibility belonged to the community and the members of Natha Yogacenter and not to him personally. After one year delay from the first initiative the community decided in the spring 2002 to make an Aps (Anpartsselskab) which should function as a link in the passing over of the property from Kim to Natha Yogacenter. Again Kim took the task on behalf of the community, since he was the most experienced in financial matters, to make an aps with himself as the director, in order to make the agreed transaction with monthly shares handing over the property to the members of Natha Yogacenter.
A lease was therefore signed by Kim Schmock as the owner of Bhoga Aps and Mihai Stoian as the newly chosen coordinator of Natha Yogacenter. In “The true face of Natha” published on Kim Schmocks homepage, it is mentioned that Kim did not like Mihai Stoian very much. The facts are suggesting us that they in fact had a very close connection and friendship for many years: In the same period as Mihai Stoian took over the coordination of Natha Yogacenters teaching department Kim Schmock became an important character in the administration and economy of Natha Yogacenter taking many important tasks and new initiatives having consulted the board, where Mihai Stoian also was present as manager of the yoga teachers.
According to Amrita Hansen and Celestine Andersen, Kim was member of the board of Natha Yogacenter, who was administrating all the agreed decisions on the general assemblies of Natha Yogacenter. “Kim was for a period of 8 months accountant for both Natha Yogacenter and Bhoga Ashram. After a while we trusted his reliability so much, that only later we discovered that he had made several huge transactions of many thousand kroner from the account of Natha Yogacenter to cover the expenses of Bhoga Ashram, who seemed to had run out of hand“, says Amrita Hansen who kept the protocols of the board meetings.
9. Taking personal advantage
So a lease between Bhoga Aps and Natha was made as a preliminary step in order to make the official transfer of the property. Instead Kim abused it to claim the property for his own and throw out Natha. A trusted man indeed, Kim Schmock, so trustworthy that the board of Natha Yogacenter kept their hands on the heart for almost 8 months while Kim constantly was talking about a new amazing payment system he was claiming to set up for Natha Yogacenter, while in fact instead of transferring the promised shares of Bhoga Aps to Natha Yogacenter, he was paying all the bills for maintaining and improving the facilities of the farm by drying out Natha Yogacenter’s account.
“The bills from Bhoga added a deficit to Natha Yogacenter of approximately 100.000 kr in the first 6 months of 2004. It was difficult for Natha Yogacenter to pay the house rent and since Kim did not make any budgets for Bhoga, but only passed on bills, a majority of the committee decided to renounce the engagement, and also the lease.” Says Amrita Hansen
The cancellation of the lease was done verbally at the small assembly there, since as Amrita Hansen underlines: “Verbal agreements are like written agreements. The atmosphere between us was very friendly and nobody would believe, that anybody would try to take advantage of a silly contract which was only a formality. Now we know that we were a little naïve and that one wrong signature risks destroying 6 years of efforts and great achievements, because of an irresponsible and corrupted economical set up of one man.”
Now Kim abused the contract to claim that Natha was only tenants in Bhoga and even bad tenants not paying their rent! In fact he was hiding that Natha was paying all the costs including the monthly mortgage and also veiled the official agreement about transferring the formal papers for the property to Natha. Mihai Stoian explains that the real reason for the verbal cancellation of the lease was to make Bhoga Ashram become an economical independent branch of Natha Yogacenter: “We made it clear that together with the cancellation of the contract, the members of community living there now had to administrate the place themselves financially and practically. This procedure was agreed in order to make the people there more responsible for the place and not just depend on constant economical support from the main center in Copenhagen and donations of private persons.”
10. Indications of fraud
But this did not solve all the problems for the committee of Natha Yogacenter. In fact Kim Schmock had just postponed the attainment of a proper overview of the economy and at the same time the board member who partly took over Kims tasks, discovered something even more alarming: “After looking through the papers I discovered that the promised transfer of Bhoga Aps to the members of Natha Yogacenter, which Kim was responsible for he had not even begun!”
Mihai Stoian underlines the fact that Bhoga Ashram was “even supported by Natha Yogacenter by letting all the income for the yoga courses and the economical successful yoga camps kept there, contribute to the further development of the facilities there.”
11. Opposing the community
After a while another sign occurred showing Kim Schmocks inner dilemma between supporting and being loyal to the initial foundation of Bhoga Ashram, as a spiritual community, and fulfilling his personal dreams and desires. He started to show an opposing attitude to the spiritual program of the ashram, consisting in daily common meditations. Instead talking or loud movie watching could be heard from his room. ”Kim would do a lot of things for Helle and sometimes I felt, that it was mostly for the sake of Helle, he had bought the farm and to create the community she had always dreamt about. He started to be not so happy to oblige himself for practicing yoga and meditation or participating in the common activities, which was the main purpose of the community. I have had long discussions with him about the lack of realism in his idea about taking partial responsibility for such a big project, when he did not really want to be part of it himself”, says Amrita Hansen.
According to Stine Andersen: “ Kim also started to oppose against the future plans of Bhoga Ashram as a place for a spiritual community, wanting to lead things in his own direction, which was clearly not the initial agreement nor the present opinion by the majority of the people in the community, which was tired of spiritual compromises from Kim.” [Note: According to Stine Andersen, Mihai Stoian had announced the community some suggestions for turning the place into a more harmonious ashram.]
Lets sum up the situation from here: Did Kim really plan all this on forehand, and only pretended that he would hand over the farm later, so that a large community of people was working for him? Taking the responsibility of the economy of Natha Yogacenter and financing his ’own place’ with the funds of a spiritual school, leading all the involved parts behind the light and blocking the agreed transfer of the shares of Bhoga Aps to the community? What would make a man do something like that: Was he just extremely clever and foresighted calculating all to his own economical interest as a cold hearted businessman or did it happen gradually a long the way? At least one thing is clear: While the rest of the community was arranging summer camps and renovating the facilities, Kim was keeping meetings with clever lawyers and his auditor securing his personal interest in the property.
After several disagreements where Kim was in conflict with the board decisions the final break came in July 2005. After the board had cancelled one of his personal projects in Bhoga, Kim himself realized that it could not continue like this. On the 26th of July 2005 Kim writes a letter to the people in the community announcing his resignation: “Dear Bhogaists, after considering the consequences for me accepting Mihai´s suggestion “how to turn Bhoga into an Ashram”, I have decided it is time for me to leave Bhoga.” In the same letter he also mentions a reason: That he does not feel competent enough to go through with the project: “[…] I have to move from this position, not to be an obstacle for further development of Bhoga – I would only be able to keep it ‘as a nice place to be’.“ Kim even specifies the economical conditions for the make over in the letter: “The basic fact is that someone else must take the financial responsibility for Bhoga. The price of Bhoga will be what I have invested in Bhoga. This I think is very fair, considering the price of Bhoga has increased since I bought it. I have asked my accountant to a make a statement. […] May God and all his angels be with you for now and eternity.”
13. Buying your own farm, if only you knew the price!
For sure the community needed this blessing to resist what Kim was going to pull them all through the next year. From the 26th of July 2005 starts a long series of changing offers for the passing over of Bhoga Aps owned by Kim Schmock to Natha Yogacenter alias the community in Bhoga Ashram. Kim simply seemed to be taken by one clever idea after the other completely forgetting his initial verbally and signed promises to a whole community, thus leading himself astray both juridical and morally. From the initial agreed 160.000 kr in 2001 which was his actual down payment and contribution to the place, Kim Schmock consulted by his for many years accountant Leif Munck on the 26th of July comes up with 426.000 kr being “how much money I had invested in Bhoga.”, writes Kim in an email to Mihai Stoian, adding maybe with slightly bad conscience that, “I don’t think this is correct, it must be much less”, and “you pay me back my investment, and you can sell it afterwards if you want to take the profit, or you continue the development of Bhoga.” If the situation for the community so far had been tolerable and acceptable, from now on it turned absurd: “The same day as the deadline for the down payment of 426.000 kr to Kim, he cancelled the offer exactly as we were on the way to the bank to transfer the money.” Says Stine Andersen, ashram leader in Bhoga, and adds with a smile “At least he started to be honest about his real intentions.” During the next 3 months Kim Schmock advised by his accountant Leif Munck and his lawyer Henrik Hornslet is constantly changing the consistency of the offer for the make over. The 10th of January 2006 the community Bhoga Ashram on Møngevej 11 receives a final sales offer which “is not subject for further negotiation” on 3000.000 kroner. The community of course did not agree to buy their own farm, once again, and this time for a price which was even higher because of the increased market prices and the many improvements of the facilities on the farm, which they had made themselves and which Natha Yogacenter had paid for.
Actually Kim was asking them to pay a second time for their hard efforts to build up the place, since the only reduction made in the sale-offer was for some of the materials used for the renovation-project (around 600.000 kr).
Instead of moving out within 3 months as he promised in the signed letter, Kim at the same time started a serious harassment of the community there. “He tried to throw us out several times. Putting notes on the doors and ridiculous house rules like ‘no access to the public areas after 22.00’. He put locks on our rooms and made threats of physical violence and about going to the newspapers with the story, which was even more absurd, since we were the ones being harassed! He even stole the common moneybox with 30.000 kr from the summer camps in it,” says Stine Andersen ashram leader and spokesman of Bhoga Ashram.
Also the members of the board in Natha Yogacenter was shocked by the situation: “Theoretically we have worked for Natha Yogacenter and the promotion of a genuine spiritual school. In reality it looks like all our effort will end up in the pocket of a single person with a very immoral and even criminal attitude. Considering official sale numbers plus the enormous tax advantages, which he put at his own disposition for his other company KSED, it is clear that for him this project ended up being pure business. I still hope and believe that he got tempted a long the way; but its very hard to see a person you trusted with all you stand for going so corrupted and stabbing all his old friends and colleagues in the back,” says a concerned member of the board.
The case continues and Kim apparently does not stop the harassment of the community: “Three times he called the fire department and another official faculty of Helsinge Kommune in order to stop the annual summer camps, which are going on at the moment. Thank God that the chief of the fire department recognized what this guy what up to. Last night he came again and cut our big street sign for the second time. He is without any common sense and obviously considers us as his enemy number one. What can we do, now we are guarding the new sign every night hoping that he will not go into more damaging harassments,” says Andronicus Torp, one organizer of the summer camps in Bhoga. This is the background of the Bhoga case. To read more about the different court proceedings that are currently taking place we refer to the section called "courtcases" (See link in menu).
It is a matter of principle for us not to let a cynical businessman get away with such a damaging attack on a spiritual school and its visions. We are responsible for many hundreds of students all over the country and we have a lot to live up to”, says Amrita Hansen who is administrating the case for the community and the members of Natha Yogacenter.16. Serious accusations, but no proofs
Amrita Hansen is here also referring to the very serious accusations especially against the coordinating teacher in Natha Yogacenter Mihai Stoian, who was Kim Schmocks yoga teacher for more than 4 years. Some accusations which might have very serious juridical consequences for Kim, if Natha Yogacenter starts an injury-case against him. About the accusations, Mihai Stoians first comment was: “I am amazed. It seems he did not want to learn what I was teaching him. Constantly he refused to learn from the tasks and responsibility he was offered. Of course the accusations against me and the school are absolutely without any ground in reality. Being the spiritual leader of a big school it’s natural that all the frustrations of people are projected on me. Furthermore it is improper discussing my personal life, after he has been lying for years in front of hundreds of people.”
We found it very difficult to comprehend how an article naming the truth in its title can present a story and a long list of accusation without any documentation. Not a single quotation from any involved in the case or other kinds of documentation is published and only three lines about the Bhoga Case itself. Lets take one of the more serious examples from “The true face of Natha”: After the accusations in the Romanian medias about the famous yoga teacher Gregorian Bivolaru was proven inconsistent and false and nothing but a huge media-scam by the Supreme court of Sweden in Stockholm – an important decision shaking radically the entire juridical system in Romania – Kim Schmock brings the same accusations in his article. He did this even after the Supreme court in Sweden gave asylum to Gregorian Bivolaru. Does Kim Schmock not recognize the judgment of the Supreme court? “The article on www.bhoga.dk looks more and more like a last desperate attempt to turn the case into his own favor. I am very sorry for him and that he turned so destructive. Luckily he is now trying not only to destroy his old friends, but also his own chances for having the least reliability in court,” ends Amrita, spokeswoman of Natha Yogacenter.
We sincerely hope that Kim Schmock will end this pattern of destruction and open himself to engaging in a dialogue with his old friends, so a case which has lasted for so long will find a fair conclusion.
- (Spiritual techniques)
The Law of Analogy
The law of analogy is also known as the law of correspondence between the microcosm of man and the macrocosm of the universe;it is between the individual spirit Atman and the Universal Spirit Paramatman.
Everything that exists in God The Father exists in us as well. Through the Art of Blessing we have access to the Supreme Energy of God.
The Law of Vibration
Nothing is motionless. Everything that exists is merely vibration that is manifested on different scales. Thus the difference between manifestations of matter, feelings, thoughts, and other phenomena has this simple explanation. The evolutionary scale is made of grades of frequencies from the dense to the subtle, ranging up to the Immortal Spirit of God. The higher the vibration, the more elevated the manifestation. In reality matter is composed of energetic particles in continuous motion of a certain rhythm. Pythagoras discovered that motion is characteristic to every thing or being. Even what seems to be inert has a certain frequency of vibration. Everything that exists in the Universe was created by Divine Energy. An object subjected to vibration can seem perfectly immobile for example, the spokes of a wheel in motion appear as a compact fixed object. Therefore we should not allow ourselves to be fooled by appearances. Rather, we should seek further in order to be closer to reality and to see if a thing object is coarse or refined. We will discover that light, heat, magnetism and electricity are nothing but vibratory phenomena. This is also true for thoughts, emotions, moods, and willpower: they are all vibratory states, emitted towards the exterior, having a larger or smaller impact upon the environment.
The law of vibration represents the ability to intervene in lower levels of manifestation in order to produce the desired transformations.
According to the law of vibration, Supreme Energy is attracted to our being through the technique of the Art of Blessing. It comes from God The Father and is the Ultimate Supreme Energy that originates from the Ultimate Spirit of God. By attracting it, we make the first step on the path of Divine Love. This energy is the direct answer God The Father offers to everyone.
"Ask and thou shall receive. Knock and the door shall open" - this is the fundamental promise the Creator made to Creation, which He has always respected. God The Father immediately grants Supreme Divine Energies of His Spirit as an answer to our prayers.
The Art of Blessing allows us to receive the most valuable spiritual gifts. The energies the individual spirit Atman receives from God have a very high frequency of vibration; they make everything possible in the entire manifestation of spirit.
The Law of Cause and Effect
Every genuine cause that has not been erased has its own effect; and every effect that appears has its own cause that determined it. Everything takes place according to Universal laws established by God. "Luck" and "accident" are only names that the ignorant give to the law of necessity. Nobody can elude the divine laws God has established.
We have the tendency to approach the law of cause and effect in its most negative, pessimistic and ill-fated forms - this attitude seems almost normal. Our shallowness and mediocrity have us misunderstand this principle which is also called the law of karma, and to take appearances as reality. Nothing is fortuitous or by chance. There is a strong connection between events and what follows them. All thoughts appear from the mind, all actions are the consequences of our thoughts, all are links of the chain of cause and effect. This is the secret contained in divine spiritual law. Therefore it is necessary to train the mind in order to obtain happiness, as this is the emotional representation of spiritual evolution. Unfortunately most people limit their access to happiness and indulge in negative states. They abandon themselves passively to others' will, for example when using the mass media. In this way they lose the ability to exercise their own will and allow themselves to become manipulated. The wise and initiated man can use divine law in an intelligent manner against the laws made by people. The superior prevails above the inferior. The common emotion of fear is a torment which blocks knowledge and stops evolution. Thus if we feel troubled we should freely admit our mistakes and move forward and so remain in a calm state. Our errors impact only on us; others' mistakes illustrate what level we are. If someone hurts us, he accumulates karma and this does not affect us. Therefore, we should not take revenge, but should instead ponder why we attracted that action upon us. The law of "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, "is thus nullified.
We must consider all our experiences as spiritual tests that allow us to confront our mistakes and learn from them. If we are unsuccessful in learning from this, we simply remain behind other advanced people that may surround us. For example, a man who murders will be murdered in the next existence. Through his action, he accumulates a duty towards himself. If we do not understand this, we will continue killing and being killed life after life. It is important therefore to become conscious, fair and honest with ourselves, to aspire to God, and to follow an upward trajectory towards heavenly divine fruit. All events take place because of causes we know little about; but once the mystery is solved they become natural.
The Law of Synchronicity
Everything is One and this is God The Father. This includes everything: me, you, her, creatures, the tattva-ic elements, and so on. To realize this can only be obtained by a supra-mental consciousness. This state of true harmony is impossible to be reached by mere mechanical understanding. The one who achieves this awareness is above the actions of people, beyond karma. The people who commit selfish actions merely illustrate how they misinterpret life, because appearances are different to reality. In order to see life as it really is, one should reach divine knowledge.
Through the Art of Blessing, Divine Consciousness is awakening in us. The person becomes moral; he will never harm anybody or anything. Divine Consciousness offers such mental peace that cannot be disturbed by anything; this is the most rapid way to obtain the Supreme goal. Regarding devotion, the love of an awakened person is greater than the love of a mother, because she feels separated from her child whereas the wise person is one with God.
It is necessary to tenaciously practice the Art of Blessing, because we can thus reach the Supreme Divine Reality. God is The One who transcends everything we perceive.
Cause, or Karma, can be revoked by knowledge, therefore knowledge is essential. The reason for being reborn is simply our ignorance. However if we can annihilate every desire, we will stop the cycle of rebirth and incarnating again.
Creation is an infinite spectrum of the underlying reality of people, things, and phenomena; with ourselves as conscious beings superior. But the One who created this is beyond all categories. He is transcendental because He is beyond our capability of rational knowledge. Through the Art of Blessing, or through any other efficient method where the Self is revealed by relating to the Supreme Consciousness, He lets Himself be known. When He is known, it eliminates any suffering according to our aspiration. A drop of Divine Grace corrects every mistake, heals every misfortune. The state in which we are freed from every desire grants us perfect peace, complete self contentment and inner reconciliation. Through the Art of Blessing, we reach the state of Communion with God, we get to know Him as "Sat - Chit - Ananda" (ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss). It clearly gives us the direct path and the means to reach Supreme realization. However God's Grace cannot be obtained without any effort. He offers us the Art of Blessing as a direct path to reach Him, but He can only be known by sustained individual practice.
The Correlation between the Law of Synchronicity and the Art of Blessing
Sometimes we feel inspired (zones of synchronicity-harmony, significant coincidences), sometimes we do not (zones of turbulence). In moments of synchronicity, everything is fluid; people, gestures and objects appear exactly at the right time and place. This harmony that seems to come from beyond may appear as a miracle, even in the smallest things:
• meetings, telepathy – the so-called simple coincidences;
• cascade, succession of coincidences (at a superior level). For instance - a person is passing by a phone box, the phone rings, the person answers, the call is for her and the person who made the call dialed this number by mistake instead of the home number!
For many, these are only extraordinary chances of fate, merely "coincidences" or "miracles". Actually they illustrate profound resonance with the mysterious forces of God. It is only our ego that stops us from being in a state of synchronicity all the time.
Synchronicity represents significant coincidences that are not related each other by an evident cause. An event is synchronous with another one when an inner experience (for instance a dream) prepares us for an event that takes place later in the external world. Wishing something passionately, we create what we desire in another plane (sometimes even unconsciously) and we can obtain astonishing effects. For instance, the intellect has very little to do with brilliant discoveries: rather, it is intuition that appears and the solution comes without knowing how, as Albert Einstein confessed. The term “synchronicity” (syn=with and chronos=time) was chosen by Jung to stand for the simultaneous appearance of connections between elements, through meaning but without a unique cause. Science does not quite understand these phenomena and the rational mind denies them. What connects them can only be understood within a mysterious, timeless and causal Universe, which brings spontaneous enlightenment.
Prediction techniques are based on synchronicity – there is no apparent connection between signs and their meaning. Divination is a form of synchronicity. The law of synchronicity and the law of cause and effect are complementary. The law of karma is the law of connections and the law of synchronicity is the law of miracles. Understanding these fundamental laws leads to spiritual leaps in evolution. Synchronicity connects the material world to the psychic world through symbols that are not always understood and which appear from the collective subconscious.
When a person is spiritually elevated and wise, she benefits by having additional degrees of freedom, as she is no longer conditioned to live life by the usual patterns. The law of synchronicity offers her the power, and thanks to her creativity, anything is possible (but not everything is allowed). This "freedom" of a wise man manifests in various ways. For instance near a spiritual master, the evolved disciple is confronted with unexplainable synchronicities.
One can bless houses, places, objects, food, and situations. The Energy of the Spirit of God can be directed to anything; deification can appear in everything. The Blessing does not have to be preceded by Consecration, as it is about the Spirit of God who exists in manifestation as well as outside it. Through the Art of Blessing one activates invisible subtle forces and connects to the synchronicity field.
By Yoga professor Gregorian Bivolaru
Is it true or not that the great thinkers had been talkative? Is the spiritually evolved man recognized according to the multitude of words meant to drown anyone who comes close?
Do crossword puzzles truly help us to develop our intelligence, or do they represent one of the most dangerous “vampires” of mental energy? Do we know how our mental energy can be best used?
Once, long ago, a disciple named Bhaskali approached his Guru, Bhava, and asked him: “Where is The Eternal and what does The Supreme Absolute mean, who is Brahman (God, The Father) that the Upanishads talk about?" However, his master did not reply, but he remained silent. The disciple insisted and asked him again and again, but in spite of all these, the master did not answer at all, abiding in his quietness. Only much later he said: “I have already told you, over and over, but you are not able to understand me. What can I do to you? Brahman (God, The Father), The Absolute or The Eternal, cannot be explained in words! Only in a profound silence, full of aspiration and love, can one know Him. There is no other place where He can be found, except in the profound silence of the Supreme Self (ATMAN)! This Atman is, above all, the everlasting Silence (Aham Atma Santah).”
The peace beyond sound is God
God, The Father, or Brahman is primarily The Supreme Silence. The soul in its depth is Silence. The peace of the mind is Silence. Atman (The Supreme Self) is Silence. Silence belongs to God, the one perpetually mysterious, essential language. Silence is the deep language of the heart, and because of this, it is the true language of the wise, because, first of all, quietness represents an immense power, and living proof of God’s true eloquence.
Profoundly acknowledged silence is God. Therefore, it is the ultimate substratum or the essence of this body, of prana, and of the mind. Silence is the background where the entire universe of senses is projected. It is an esoteric reality. That profound, beatific peace, which transcends any rational understanding, is the real Silence. The essence of life, but also the target of our whole existence, is that Silence. Beyond all noises and all sounds, is where the Silence is found. It is characteristic of an awareness that perceives reality directly through ecstatic, intuitive experience. It is, in reality, your profound being. To be deeply submerged in silence, actually means to open yourself up completely for the UNITY with God. That is why, the ultimate purpose of life, may be correctly considered the perfectly aware re-integration into God’s mysterious and intensely beatific silence. And regarding to this, we find enough examples: the message of Sahara desert is Silence; the message of Himalaya Mountains is Silence; the message of the wise Avadhota who lives naked on the frozen peak Gangotri, or Kailas, is Silence. When your heart is full of God’s love and when you are in ecstasy, then you’re in Silence. Who can describe in words the overwhelming glory of Silence?
There is no better healing balm than Silence for those humans whose hearts are aggrieved because of failure, disappointment or loss. There is no better remedy than Silence for those whose nerves are over strung due to their tumultuous lives, stress and quarrels of all kinds. Each time we get into the state of profound sleep without dreams, we experience the mysterious and ineffable state of Silence, but the veil of ignorance (Avidya) hides this experience from our consciousness. The Silence that we reach during profound sleep without dreams, and also the Silence that lays inherently over the entire being when the night comes, are proofs of the existence of that Mysterious Endless Ocean of Silence or Brahman (GOD, The Father).
From physical quietness to the state of perfect repose of the mind
For the common man, the mind is almost permanently bewildered or roused by at least one of the 11“organs” (Indryias) subordinate to it (these are the five organs of cognition- for smell, for taste, for sight, for touch and for hearing – the five organs of action – for talking, for grip (with the hands), for motion, for excretion and for sexual activity – and, finally, the inferior mind, which acts like a SUI GENERIS filter-interface between senses and the consciousness of the ego). To achieving absolute control of the mind, the modification of the activity of these organs at will is therefore necessary. Only then, the Silence inside of us will be revealed.
On the level of common intellectual understanding, to remain silent for a certain period of time, without talking to anyone, means to withdraw yourself in silence, but, by extension, this experience is applicable to other domains too. For instance, if your best friend does not write to you a longer period of time, you will be tempted to think: “My friend manifests a long period of silence. I do not know why.” If, in a conference, the orator stops speaking for a few moments during a thrilling lecture, we will relate this situation in the following manner: “There has even been a drop of silence, yesterday evening, at the conference.” When in India, you may meet two people who have attained the state of holiness (Sadhu), it is possible that one of them will tell you: “This holy man (Sadhu) is steadfast in Silence (Mauna). He is my friend, and he has respected this pledge stringently for six years now.”
All these represent physical silence.
But if you stop letting your eyes see, and you put them away from objects constantly, through the practice of Pratyahara or Dama (the perfect forbearance of the sense organs), this brings on the silence of one of the Indryas, sight. If you stop letting your ears hear sounds, it means that you’ve achieved the silence of another Indrya, the hearing. Likewise, complete fasting in the holy days of feast involves the calmness of another organ of action (Indrya) - the tongue. If you do not move at all and you practice the lotus posture (Padmasana) continuously for three hours, you will make the calmness of activities of the hands and feet possible. All these are useful, but what is most desired is the calmness of the agitated mind. We can stringently respect the pledge to keep physical silence, and, with all these, our mind can generate new images further on. Then the process of thinking (chitta) will again be able to bring all kinds of memories in the field of our consciousness.
Imagination, motivation, reflection and other various functions of the mind will not necessarily stop their activity simply by strictly holding to a pledge of physical silence. Therefore, we must realize that this kind of silence alone does not guarantee achievement of real peace or a state of perfect inner silence!
In this case, the only solution left is for the intellect to stop functioning as long as we are not urgently in need of it. This function of the astral body must then be in a state of perfect relaxation, in order to be able to go beyond it more easily. It is necessary to create complete quietness of the mental waves. Our mind must rest then in The Mysterious Ocean of Silence or Brahman (GOD – The Father). Only then we will truly be able to perceive the real and unfading Mystic Silence.
The four pledges
The direct meaning of the word “Mauna” is the pledge of silence, but in reality there are more kinds of Mauna:
1. The complete control of the act of speaking is named Vak Mauna. Therefore, if you keep the organ for the act of speaking (Vak Indrya) perfectly quiet, this is Vak Mauna.
2. The complete suspension of all the voluntary physical actions is Koshta Mauna. In the perfect state of Koshta Mauna, which is EXTREMELY USEFUL especially for aspirants who pursue to reveal their Supreme Self (ATMAN), you are supposed to hold even your head unmoved. You are not to make any sign. You do not write anything on a paper and nor try to express your ideas in any way. However, in the state of Vak Mauna and Koshta Mauna, the fluctuations of the mind are not suspended.
3. An entirely equal point of view upon all things, human beings and phenomena, and also the firm keeping in mind of the idea that, eventually, all is nothing else but Brahman (GOD- The Father), it represents Susupti Mauna (Susupti actually refers to the way the human consciousness in the state of profound sleep without dreams works). The almost complete dismissal of all doubts from the mind, which follows the firm realization concerning the illusory character of this world, is also Susupti Mauna. The fair conclusion that the whole MACROCOSM is nothing else but Brahman’s BODY (GOD-The Father), is Susupti Mauna as well.
4. Brahman (GOD-The Father) is named Maha Mauna, as He is the supreme impersonation of the Silence. Maha Mauna is, we can say, the true Mauna. That is why, Vak Mauna represents not only a phase on the path to the attaining of Maha Mauna, and this is the reason that places Mauna of the mind on a far superior level to Vak Mauna or the Mauna of speech.
The act of speaking keeps the soul in a state of error
Vak Indrya, or the organ for the action of speaking is actually a powerful weapon of the phenomenal illusory world (Maya) for maintaining. The Alive Soul (Jiva) in a state of error, by perturbing the mind almost constantly. Thus, the act of speaking provokes a continuous exteriorization of the mind.
Quarrels, disputes, etc., mostly occur due to the game of this turbulent Vak Indrya. In such situations, language may be considered to be a sword and words as arrows. In this way, we often hurt the feelings of others and generate resentful attitudes. Women, especially, are very talkative. They almost always create a certain kind of noise, when they are gathered in groups, sometimes generating a stressful atmosphere.
A more thorough study of a particular scientific domain - literature, law, Sanskrit language, etc., - makes some people become very talkative, as they feel almost pushed to get into discussions (mostly useless!), propelled by their own elation, to show their scholarly erudition. Scholasticism or the unnecessarily exposure of their knowledge is a specific attribute of still immature and vain students.
In this direction, there is a very significant pattern of ancient wisdom, which compares the behavior of a new and enthusiastic aspirant on a spiritual path to the noise produced by the air when it is forced out by the water rushing into an empty bottle plunged under water.
Unlike this case, the behavior of an aspirant who has almost reached to the realization of the Supreme Self (Atman) is, analogically speaking, similar to the imperceptible noise produced by the air when the bottle is almost totally filled with water. Once it is completely filled (in other words- having achieved the realization of the Supreme Self – Atman), Silence follows…Vak Indrya is mostly impetuous and turbulent, and that is why it is considered as being very harmful. Through diligent practice, full of firmness, it must gradually be brought under control. When we begin to succeed in controlling it, it will try to act disobediently. But we must be very determined and courageous.
In such situations, we must not allow anything to come out from the mind through Vak-Indrya. That is why it is necessary to pursue to the realization of Mauna. Diligent, constant and detached effort is going to help us. When success appears we will know that we have removed an important source of agitation. When we are successful, we will be also able to control our ears (or the sense of hearing) much more easily, because if we get to control Vak Indrya, it may be stated that we already control half of the mind.
The force which heals incurable diseases
A lot of psycho-mental energy is lost by useless speaking and chatter. Common people never become aware of this aspect. Mauna conserves our energies and thus we are able to carry out any beneficial physical or mental activity, efficiently and concomitantly with increased focus. In this way those engaged on a spiritual path will be able to do more meditations successfully.
Maintaining ourselves in Mauna for a couple of days has a very good influence on the brain and nerves. By practicing Mauna systematically, the subtle energy of speaking is gradually sublimated into Ojas – Shakti, or spiritual energy.
Additionally, Mauna considerably develops willpower; it increases the control of the imagination (Samkalpa), thereby helping its transformation into a truly creative force and inhibiting the impulse for foolish, uncontrolled speech by keeping it under control, bringing about peace of mind. Mauna is of great help for consistently respecting the truth, and also for controlling anger. In this way emotions are easily controlled and irritability disappears all of a sudden. Through the help of Mauna we will stop lying, and we’ll also get the power of endurance. When somebody is ailing, Mauna will gradually confer that person the peace of mind, and this condition makes any suffering easier to bear. That human being will also be able to mobilize herself much better in this way to fight against a disease or to eliminate the cause of her suffering.
Thus, one who respects and applies Mauna constantly, reaches a state of peace, strength and happiness, which is completely unknown to common people. They will exult in inexhaustible energy, because Silence is the source of some unimaginable powers: wisdom, profound peace, joy, balance and beatitude. In silence, as well, we discover true freedom and affection. If we practice it, we will achieve profound peace and spiritual force
People who are very busy with activities which require much effort of communication must practice Mauna at least one hour daily. If they are able to do this for two hours a day, it is even better. On Saturday or Sunday we can practice Mauna for six hours or why not, all day long. In any case we are less disturbed in the weekends. As people can get used to the fact that some of them go regularly to places of entertainment, they will start to get used to us practicing Mauna at certain hours, as well. Step-by-step, our friends and the members of our family will spare us of troubles and will stop distracting us, if we have previously let them know about our intention. It is very useful to utilize this period of Mauna for praying, at the beginning, and then, as we will advance in our spiritual practice, for Laya Yoga or meditation. If we intend to practice Mauna in a profound way, we are supposed to be sufficiently preoccupied with meditations or with the spiritual practice, in general. In such a period of time, it will not be useful at all for us to associate with people with exclusively materialistic preoccupations.
We must also avoid staying away from the location of our spiritual practice for too long. Proceeding in this way, the subtle energy of speaking will be sublimated and used in an elevated manner. Only then, will we be able to truly enjoy serenity, profound peace, calm, and a great spiritual power.
During the Mauna practice we must not read newspapers at all. Reading newspapers (or watching TV ) will not only bring new information into the consciousness, but also the reactivation of some latent impressions linked with certain thoughts from the subconscious mind (samskaras), and thereby the peace of mind might be perturbed. Even if we live in the peace and the serenity of the Himalayas, but at the same time we continue to read the newspapers, our mind will actually still be in society. This way of proceeding will not bring us the high benefits of the Mauna practice, and the spiritual meditation will be seriously perturbed. To understand this context more adequately, it is worth reflecting deeply on the content of the Bhagavad-Gita verses (sutra-s) 62-64, chapter II:
Ponders on objects of the sense, there springs
Attraction; from attraction grows desire,
Desire flames to fierce passion, passion breeds
Recklessness; then the memory- all betrayed-
Lets noble purpose go, and saps the mind,
Till purpose, mind, and man are all undone.
The great wise and liberated Sri Balayogi ( the yogi-child)in the highest crisis of his terrestrial existence( getting into the state of continuous divine ecstasy, samadhi, for years, on 27th of March 1949), enunciated one of his famous aphorisms: “One can meditate to the Almighty God even when he carries out his daily duties, inclusively the ones regarding to an emperor, but then how can you still be able to reach the state of perfect mental stability? Agitation will never disappear completely. From time to time, a human being must bear some suffering, which will seem endless. She will not be fully flooded by the infinite grace of God anymore, unless she will get to completely transcend these worries.”
During the Mauna practice it is necessary to reduce actions such as writing notes, making gestures, or expressing our thoughts to the ones in the nearby. It is recommended even for laughing to be restrained. When the conscious orientation of the being starts to be prevalently directed to the Self(Atman), Mauna becomes naturally euphoric, from the Self, as well. When you get to live into the Truth, Mauna comes totally from the Self(Atman), so thereafter we will be part of God’s absolute peace, and we’ll fully live the state of divinity.
Talk little and listen much!
We should only try to be a human being who practices Mauna based on an innermost need and conviction, and not because it is a new Yoga technique, which is now in fashion. Through Mauna we pursue to become people who measure their words wisely. Mauna helps us learn to easily avoid long, useless, flaming, passionate discussions, and generally all discussions which are not absolutely necessary or which seem to be sterile and vain, right from the start. Mauna easily allows us to move ourselves away from the society of those who, in lack of discernment, lose themselves in such disputes almost all the time. In this way we can become aware of how practical Mauna is for us.
In the superior phases of Mauna practice, we are allowed to chase each word carefully. This may gradually become a high mental discipline. So we will have the revelation that, practically, words represent a great force that each of us must become aware of. Mauna teaches us to utilize WORDS very attentively, it helps us to control the act of speaking and it offers us the possibility of not letting the tongue speak incontinently. He who has sufficiently practiced Mauna correctly controls his words before they cross over his lips. That one talks little and listens much. He has learnt to be silent.
The preponderant use of erudite, complicated words provokes an exhaustive and often sterile preoccupation for the language. Such a way of speaking is very tiresome. Thus, by using as simple and sharp words as much as possible, we conserve our energy. It is wonderful to conserve our energy in order to love God as much as possible, and it is essential to consecrate more and more time for an interior life of meditation, of introspection and of contemplation of our Supreme Self (Atman). It is very important to purify our mind and meditate. Through Mauna, we discover THE INNERMOST VOICE OF SILENCE, and therefore to realize that, in his Supreme Self (Atman), each of us is one with God.
By practicing Mauna correctly, we calm our mind down, we silence our dispersed thoughts and we easily sublimate our transient emotions. Mauna helps us to submerge into the mystic depths of our heart, and to fully enjoy its oceanic Silence. This Silence is mysterious and euphoric, and it is the gate for us to enter into Stillness.
Each man who sincerely aspires to know God The Father, must previously know this Stillness. He is then the silence itself, and, in this way, he becomes a Maha Mauni, realizing God The Father, HERE AND NOW.
This article is taken from Yoga Magazine nr. 17 and 18.